The Highlander Highrise is one of the best, if not the best, dorm dances on campus, ironically taking place off campus. Fr. Tom Erkert CSC, the first Duncan Hall Rector, pioneered off-campus dorm dances with the St. Edward's Yacht Dance in Chicago when he was Rector at St. Eds. He continued and raised the tradition at Duncan Hall with the Highlander Highrise. Duncan Hall rents out the 99th floor of the Willis Tower and the 103rd SkyDeck floor every year for this spectacular event. On February 13, 2016, we chartered six buses with over 320 participants to the Willis Tower in downtown Chicago for our signature dance. It was a great success and we look forward to more Highrising experiences. Check out the photos from this year's Highrise:
2016 Highrise Pictures:
Part 1: Welcome to My House (For High Resolution Download)
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The Duncan Classic: is a 9-hole campus wide golf tournament for all Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross Students, Staff and Faculty. The Duncan Classic is hosted at the Notre Dame Golf Course, located directly west of Duncan Hall. The inaugural Duncan Classic was held on April 13th and 14th, 2013 and was an outstanding success for its beta year. Over 100 golfers participated in the main competition, with numerous others competing in the separate skill challenges on the putting and chipping greens. Proceeds were donated to charity through the Bald and the Beautiful.
The future and the “Bookstore Basketball” of golf tournaments: Duncan Hall has high hopes and expectations for the Duncan Classic. Taking place every Spring, the Duncan Classic promises to remain a Duncan tradition for many years. Proceeds from the events are donated towards the St. Baldrick's Foundation.
-Chalking up the campus right after Mass - meet in the 24 @ 10:00 pm.
-Catch some phrases tonight at Midnight Catchphrase @ Midnight
-Golf Ball themed cake pops - To be a true golfer, you've got to BE the ball, and what better way to do this than to eat some. Make sure to be in Duncan for this special edition of our cake pops tradition.
-Duncan Donut Mass! Be there at 9:00
-Hall Council: Inauguration of Abe and Mark @ 10:00
-Dinner: Burger night (not a Duncan event, but it's awesome).
-What I Learned at ND with CORNELIUS MCGRATH!!! at 7pm. Come hear this Duncan legend reflect on his experiences and hear Duncan's best British accent (sorry Max Cooper).
-Section Mini Golf, 8:00-10:00. Each section will be designing 2-3 holes with stuff found only in the dorm. Talk to your RAs about decorating and invite your friends to come play. Highlander Grille will be open from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., selling your favorite Kaseadillas. Entrance is FREE and there will be prizes for the winner.
-Duncan Cookout at 5:30. Come to the courtyard (weather permitting) for some great food and great company. What can beat a bunch of (non dining hall) food and a bunch of dudes, and perhaps some girls!
-Blazer Day - ALL DAY! Sport your green for the whole world to see (props to anyone who rocks the Highlander kilt)
-Sign Up Here.
-Online Payment Here
- THE CLASSIC: 1pm or 3:30pm Tee Time, on the Burke golf course
- Register throughout this week for $15 (money goes to St. Baldrick's) on the Duncan website or at a signup table outside South. Get together some friends, make teams of four, and get on the course. You don't have to be Jordan Spieth to have a great time! $1 mulligans for sale, too.
The Fourth Annual Duncan Classic was schedule for April 9, 2016, but true South Bend Weather, it snowed four inches the morning of the event. Thus, the 2016 Duncan Classic got postponed to Saturday April 16, 2016. We had a total of 82 players participated in the Duncan Classic and collected $900 for The Saint Baldrick's Foundation.
This year's individual winner hails from Keough Hall: Residential Assistant Luke Gray shot 36, one over par. Team Scrambles came down to the "Last Six" Tie Breaker: Dominic Dascoli, Jay LaFave, Gary George, and David Currid shot 30, five under par; Justin Cohen, Andrew Stineman, Connor Willis, and Adam Mallette also shot 30. However, Team Dascoli went 20 over the last six holes while Team Cohen shot 21. Duncan Highlanders won the Team Scramble Play!
A new tradition this year, Duncan Hall hosted the first annual Mini Putt-Putt Challenge in the hallways of Duncan on Wednesday April 6, 2016 and 52 people weathered the storm to participated in the event, which collected an additional $106 for our charity. Between the Duncan Classic, Mini Putt-Putt, and donations, Duncan Hall raised over $1100 for Saint Baldrick's Foundation in 2016.
A total of 120 golfers participated in the Third Annual Duncan Classic this year. We raised nearly $1,000 for the Saint Baldrick's Foundation and the proceeds were given to The Bald and The Beautiful as part of the University's charitable donation to Saint Baldrick's.
Unfortunately, Duncan Highlanders did not win our tournament. The individual champion was Brendan Mulshine (+6) and the Team Champions were Kevin Culligan, Brian Severyn, Tom Taylor, and John Rydburg who shot 5 under par in best ball play.
Thank you to all those who made the Duncan Classic a success and we look forward to hosting it again next year! Hopefully with the same perfect weather we had this year.
The Bald and The Beautiful
Although no longer a Duncan signature event, The Bald and The Beautiful (TBAB) was initiated by a group of Highlanders in 2009 in response to the death of Highlander Samuel Marx. Now a campus-wide student-run philanthropy event, TBAB has raised over $150,000 to benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation.
To see the progress for this year's TBAB and stats from last year, click here.
The Green Blazer
The Green Blazers began as a Duncan Hall tradition in the winter of 2013. With only one year in the books, Tradition may seem like a strong word, especially given Notre Dame’s prowess and history in the passing on of customs. Alas, as the University’s newest Men’s dorm, one can hardly accept the most striking quality of our community to be the size and pristine condition of our bedrooms. The Green Blazer Project was initiated by Josh Whelan to oppose this association and to tangibly align itself with the already growing reputation of Duncan as a classier community that enjoys luxurious amenities and golf course view.
The Inaugural Green Blazer Ceremony was held February 21, 2013 in the Duncan Hall Main Lounge and each participating Highlander was called forth to receive their own green sport coat embroidered with the Duncan Hall Crest. The blazers were placed on each gentleman as he came forward by one of three beautiful ladies, another integral part of the tradition. The vibrant and uniform color of the Blazers unifies Highlanders one and all under the motto of Community, Brotherhood, and Respect and continues to build notoriety, spirit, and pride in a young dorm on an old campus.
Through the kind generosity of the Duncan Family, every senior who stays on campus for all four years receives a Duncan Hall engraved Silver Oak wine bottle in honor of their time spent in the dorm. Please visit http://www.silveroak.com/ for more information regarding the Duncan Family's Winery and to order your own bottle--which probably will not come engraved with your name, class year, and Duncan Hall on the back.