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Lauren Chval (’13)

  1. Five Foot Nothing: Notre Dame Fans

    Nov 13, 2013, 9:26 AM EDT

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    Lauren Chval graduated from Notre Dame last May. She will be chronicling the 2013 season through the experience of being a first-time alumnus. You can follow her on Twitter at @lchval or check out her blog Image Moved about all things athletics and entertainment. Sometime between the end of the Pitt game and now, I heard someone say, “Notre…

  2. Five Foot Nothing: Game Watching

    Oct 28, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

    Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver Chris Brown (2) celebrates with wide receiver TJ Jones (7) after Brown caught a pass for a touchdown in the third quarter against the Air Force Falcons at Falcon Stadium. (Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports)

    Lauren Chval graduated from Notre Dame last May. She will be chronicling the 2013 season through the experience of being a first-time alumnus. You can follow her on Twitter at @lchval or check out her blog Image Moved about all things athletics and entertainment. I gather from conversations that people weren’t exactly thrilled with the…

  3. Five Foot Nothing: Rivalry

    Oct 21, 2013, 1:53 PM EDT

    Notre Dame Fighting Irish players celebrate their 14-10 win against the Southern California Trojans at Notre Dame Stadium. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

    Lauren Chval graduated from Notre Dame last May. She will be chronicling the 2013 season through the experience of being a first-time alumnus. You can follow her on Twitter at @lchval or check out her blog Image Moved about all things athletics and entertainment I applied to USC during my senior year of high school. No, really. It’s true.…

  4. Five Foot Nothing: Tradition

    Oct 9, 2013, 8:54 AM EDT

    Arizona State Sun Devils safety Alden Darby (4) attempts to tackle Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver DaVaris Daniels (10) in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

    Lauren Chval graduated from Notre Dame last May. She will be chronicling the 2013 season through the experience of being a first-time alumnus. You can follow her on Twitter at @lchval or check out her blog Image Moved about all things athletics and entertainment. Traditions are undeniably a part of Notre Dame. Talk to anyone who cares about this…

  5. Five Foot Nothing: Life and Death in the Student Section

    Sep 29, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT

    Photo taken by Andrew Bartolini (@NDworkhorse).

    Lauren Chval graduated from Notre Dame last May. She will be chronicling the 2013 season through the experience of a first-time alumnus. You can follow her on Twitter at @lchval or check out her blog Image Moved about all things athletics and entertainment In the press box, we typically need around 10 student workers per…

  6. Five Foot Nothing: Returning

    Sep 23, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

    Sep 21, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; A rainbow appears over the Notre Dame campus before the game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Michigan State Spartans at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports.

    Lauren Chval graduated from Notre Dame last May. She will be chronicling the 2013 season through the experience of being a first-time alumnus. You can follow her on Twitter at @lchval or check out her blog Image Moved about all things athletics and entertainment Although I spent my senior season blogging to you from the Notre Dame Stadium student…

  7. Five Foot Nothing: Trade Off

    Sep 15, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

    Sep 14, 2013; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish cornerback Bennett Jackson (2) and linebacker Jarrett Grace (59) celebrate with their teammates after Notre Dame defeated the Purdue Boilermakers 31-24 at Ross-Ade Stadium. Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

    Lauren Chval graduated from Notre Dame last May. She will be chronicling the 2013 season as a first-time alumnus. You can follow her on Twitter at @lchval or check out her blog Image Moved about all things athletics and entertainment. Yesterday was actually my two-year anniversary. My boyfriend came to me in the morning with an air of excitement,…

  8. Five Foot Nothing: Misery Without Company

    Sep 8, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

    Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner (98) is sacked in the end zone by Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Prince Shembo (55) during the fourth quarter. (Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)

    Lauren Chval graduated from Notre Dame last May. She will be chronicling the 2013 season as a first-time alumnus. You can follow her on Twitter at @lchval or check out her blog Image Moved about all things athletics and entertainment. Misery loves company, and I have lost my company. As strange as it was to watch Temple across Notre…

  9. Five Foot Nothing: Belonging

    Sep 2, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT

    Lauren Chval (bottom left) at the Notre Dame-Temple pep rally with friends.

    Lauren Chval graduated from Notre Dame last May. She will be chronicling the 2013 season as a first-time alumnus. You can follow her on Twitter at @lchval or check out her blog Image Moved about all things athletics and entertainment. “Are you a student?” “Yes.” I lied to the Recker’s cashier this weekend. I didn’t…

  10. Senior Season: The Ending

    Jan 8, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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    I don’t want to talk about silver linings or graduation rates. I don’t want to say, “Well, at the end of the day, I still go to a great school.” I’m irritated at the people who are posting that they’re glad they didn’t go to Miami. It hurts. It better hurt. If it didn’t, it…

  11. Senior Season: Welcome to Miami

    Jan 6, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

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    Tomorrow is the day. At the beginning of the season, I said I felt like the night before the Navy game felt like Christmas Eve. I tossed and turned all night, worrying and wondering what this season would bring. There is absolutely nothing in my life to compare Sunday night to–nothing could have prepared me…

  12. Senior Season: Perspective

    Dec 10, 2012, 6:44 PM EDT

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    I haven’t had many opportunities to deal with disappointment lately. In a perfect season, that tends to be the case. Since the USC game (and the realization that we would be going to the National Championship Game), campus has been flying high on success. Not only did the football team lead us to a 12-0…

  13. Senior Season: Perfect

    Nov 25, 2012, 10:19 AM EDT

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    The title of my first blog this season was “This Is The Year.” “The year for what though?” I asked. “The year we win a national championship? The year we go undefeated?” No, I could never ask for that. I could never jinx my team, my school, myself with a request that big. Undefeated? This…

  14. Senior Season: Manti Te’o, The Notre Dame Senior

    Nov 23, 2012, 9:16 PM EDT

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    When I came back to school in August, ready to start my senior year, I had two requests at work. The first was that I write a column on being a senior in the student section. The second was that I get to write the senior feature on Manti Te’o that would appear in the…

  15. Senior Season: This Is It

    Nov 19, 2012, 11:43 AM EDT

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    In the most spectacular senior day that I—or anyone—could have imagined, there was a moment on Saturday that I know will always haunt me. As a student section (but more specifically, as a senior class) we had already wrapped our arms around each other, preparing to sway. The band played the Victory March, and then…

  16. Senior Season: The Countdown

    Nov 12, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

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    Lately there have been two parts to watching Notre Dame football. The first comes on Saturday and takes place either in Notre Dame Stadium or in front of the TV. The second falls on Sunday night and serves as a reminder of what we’re pushing for week after week—The BCS Countdown. I have been eagerly…

  17. Senior Season: Finding A Way

    Nov 5, 2012, 9:36 AM EDT

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    How many miracles can there be in a single game? And how likely is it that they all come sometime after the third quarter? I wasn’t worried at halftime. Things were looking shaky at halftime against BYU, but still the Irish prevailed. When our team ran onto the field for the second half, I thought,…

  18. Senior Season: Defining

    Oct 28, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

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    Among other things, this has been a season of defining games. I feel like I’ve heard “This is the biggest game Notre Dame has played during your time as a student” at least three times this semester. After we beat Michigan State, people said we wouldn’t be for real until we beat Michigan. But after…

  19. Senior Season: The Grind

    Oct 21, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

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    When Brian Kelly came out for his post game press conference yesterday, one of the first things he commented on was the atmosphere of the locker room. “I think the thing that was concerning for me the most is when our guys came in, and I didn’t sense a great feeling after winning a tough,…

  20. Senior Season: Believe

    Oct 15, 2012, 5:09 PM EDT

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    And just like that, any hope I had of protecting my heart vanished. There is no chance of managing expectations anymore. I don’t know why this win felt so different from the others (and by different I mean better). Certainly, beating Michigan was one of the happiest and most gratifying sports memories of my life.…

  21. Senior Season: College GameDay

    Oct 14, 2012, 12:22 AM EDT

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    This day was spectacular. It was a classic. Today is the kind that makes you look back and say wistfully, “Those were the days.” Isn’t that a strange thought? Right now, we are in the middle of living “the days.” How many times in your life have you been consciously aware of living in a…

  22. Senior Season: Playing Confident

    Oct 7, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

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    When I started writing this column, I had no idea things would go this way. Each of my other three football seasons at Notre Dame was some other class’s “senior season.” I figured my last year would go something like theirs, and when I wrote about it, I would write about the emotions. I would…

  23. Senior Season: My Notre Dame

    Oct 3, 2012, 10:46 PM EDT

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    I’ve said before that Notre Dame—and by extension Notre Dame football—has always been a part of my life. My father (’81) is as Notre Dame as it gets. All I usually have to say to get people to grasp that is that our dog’s name is Ara. Believe it or not, the reservations I had…

  24. Senior Season: Irish Forever

    Sep 23, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

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    Let me tell you a story. The story goes that last year, my friends and I woke up before the sun rose to drive to Ann Arbor in time for ESPN’s College Gameday. We wove through the crowds of obnoxious yellow and endured shouts of “Go Blue!” (among other indelicate sayings). We descended into the…

  25. Senior Season: We Are Relevant

    Sep 16, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

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    I could tell the story of last night’s game against Michigan State purely in sound bites. The first comes in the opening montage introducing the two teams. It is a statement made by Brian Kelly. “You do not come to the University of Notre Dame because you want to be average.” I’ve learned in my…