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As a native of Virginia and with the ND football team traveling to VA this weekend, I feel impelled to open this weekly newsletter with some Virginia Fun Facts. Just like Notre Dame was named after "The Virgin Mary, Our Lady," Virginia was named after another virgin: England's "Virgin Queen," Elizabeth I (for being childless). However, on the Catholic spectrum, the two couldn't be further apart: Elizabeth I cleared house when she became the Queen of England and persecuted a lot of Catholics. Contrarily, Virginia's official state motto is "Virginia is for Lovers" and Virginia's current state capital, Richmond, also served as the capital of the Confederate States of America. Similarly, Duncan Hall is a place where everyone can come together and claim as their "capital;" and we have an arrays of happenings this week:

Fire Drill
The first fire drill of the year is TONIGHT at 7:30pm. There will be two each semester and the rest will not be announced.  Please exit the building through the nearest exit and gather in the front lawn. When the fire department gives the "All Clear" from the front door, then we may reenter the building. Thank you for your cooperation.

Duncan Ryan Week Final Updates
Tuesday: Scavenger Hunt throughout Campus meeting in Ryan 24
               Time: 8:00 pm
Wednesday: Compton Free Skate ($3 Skate Rentals)
               Time: 8:00 pm- 9:00 pm
Thursday: Duncan-Ryan Field Events in Duncan Fields!
               Time: 5:00 pm
Friday: Duncan-Ryan BBQ (one more time folks) at the Duncan Courtyard
               Time: 6:30 pm

Friday Adoration
Duncan Hall will be hosting a campus-wide adoration this Friday in the Saint Walter's Chapel from 7:30pm-9pm. All are welcome to come and pray in the presence of the Eucharist; there will be time for praise and worship music as well as individual prayer. Come and go as you wish. Invite your friends. Take some time to quiet down in a highly busy environment. Email AR Dom (ddascoli@nd.edu) with questions.

Duncan Hall "Country Club" SYR
The SYR is this Saturday from 10pm to 1am and sign ups are live on duncan.nd.edu; please refer to the attached dance expectations and let me know if you have any questions.

Free Paint Ball Tickets
Duncan Hall has 72 paint ball tickets for any Highlanders who are interested in them. The tickets include Playing Field, Gun Rental, Safety Gear; however, Paintballs and CO2 must be purchased at Field. Closest location: Total Control Paintball and Airsoft. Contact them for details and see Rector for tickets.

Housekeeping Items
-Mail: If a package requires signature confirmation, then you will have to take the "pink slip" to the post office in Hammes Mowbray to pick up the package. Hint: If it's not too sensitive, then inform your sender not to require signature.
-Work Orders: Please report any maintenance issues to your RAs, including bathroom issues. Routine maintenance repairs are charged to the "building account." Vandalism is not tolerated and there are restitution fees for those repairs.
-Door Alarms: Exterior Door alarms are armed so if you prop the door open for longer than 100 seconds, the door alarm will beep. 
-Posters: The entrance and stairway door dividers (the center post between the two doors) are reserved for Hall Staff and dorm postings.

Hall Council at 10pm tonight
-For those who are participating in the dorm wide Fantasy Football, draft is tonight after hall council.

That's all folks! Today is the Feast Day of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A total coincidence! Started the email yesterday... Mass in the Chapel at 9pm Tonight.

Peace Brothers,
Nhat Nguyen