Keough Hall implements dorm-wide events, improves community

first_img“Brothers. Scholars. Champions.” is the motto that unites the men of Keough Hall — whether it be through section sports, bringing kangaroos to campus, or attending mass together.Located on West Quad since 1996, the men of Keough Hall — also known as the “Roos”, after their kangaroo mascot — seek to create an inclusive and strong community among their 277 residents.“My favorite thing about Keough Hall is the section culture, because it is a really big dorm but there’s that 35-40 guys who you’re super close with. You do everything together. You get meals with them, you play sections sports together and the section culture is a really great way to make a big dorm feel like a small community,” Hammad Choudhury, sophomore and a vice president-elect for Keough Hall, said.Some sections in Keough compete against each other in section sports such as football in the fall and basketball in the winter and spring, catch up with each other at section dinners on Sunday nights and hang out in their section lounges — all of which is part of the community they have built.“It’s [section lounges] not the best place to do work, but it’s a good place to sort of wind down and talk to your friends. It’s always central in the section so if someone’s just walking through, it’s easy to have a conversation,” Nick Schleith, junior and current hall president, said.“I came from a school that had big dorms without a lot of culture,so coming into Keough with the dorm masses and the distinct section cultures was a big change but a welcome one,” Chris Torsell, sophomore and a transfer student, said. “[Keough’s dorm culture] really varies from section to section. I’ve only had half a semester to figure it out … I think it’s just a lot of guys who like to have fun, who don’t care much about privacy. Everyone goes into everyone’s rooms without knocking, which I appreciate. It’s a good culture.”Next year’s hall president, sophomore Dylan Fritz, attributes a large part of this success to Keough’s history of strong rectors. Keough has a new rector this year, Deacon Brogan Ryan, who became the rector of Keough Hall this year after serving as assistant rector last year.“Deacon Brogan has done a great job with that [the transition] … That really helps the dorm as well as having someone that is there for you,” Fritz said.“He loves the community and I think we all know that too … It really feels like the same Keough that it was last year, and it’s all credit to him, I think. He gets to know all of the freshmen and continues to develop relationships with all of the Keough guys that lived in the hall last year,” Schleith said.This year, Keough’s hall government has implemented new programming that focused more on dorm-wide interactions rather than just section-wide interactions. For instance, Schleith said they have started Keough Thursdays, hoping to engage more residents by hosting things like video game tournaments or a game watch for the first Thursday night football game of the year. Keough also organized a multicultural potluck.“The guys from the dorm came together and cooked foods that they traditionally grew up with and then the whole dorm came together to eat it. I think we had about 100 guys at that,” Choudhury said.Fritz wants to expand on these efforts next year. One of his ideas is a Keough mentorship program that would pair underclassmen with an upperclassmen mentor for career and academic advice.“That way they have a familiar face, someone that’s a friend. It’s not just some random person on campus there for them,” Fritz said.One campus-wide event that Keough hosts annually is the Keough Chariot race. Featuring handmade chariots and live kangaroos, the event typically draws around 300 people. The money raised at the event goes towards a Holy Cross mission in Kitete,Tanzania. Keough also sometimes sends a resident to the site.This year, Keough is also reviving Aussie Fest for campus.“We’re starting an event that used to happen about six or seven years ago called Aussie Fest. It was just a huge cookout that we used to do with O’Neill,” Schleith said.It will be held this year in the area between the Keough and O’Neill courtyards on Saturday. The event will have yard games as well as a petting zoo including a kangaroo, a yak and a tortoise. The animals come from an exotic animal petting zoo in Ohio, Schleith said.“Since we weren’t able to have the petting zoo with the kangaroos in the fall for the original chariot race because it got rained out, we’re going to bring it back for this event,” Schleith said.Schleith said that while their location on West Quad can sometimes make them feel separated from the larger campus community, they still “have a lot of special traditions and really great community within the dorm that separates us from a lot of other halls.”Or as Torsell puts it, “Go Roos.”Tags: brotherhood, dorm features, dorm life, Keough Halllast_img read more

FB : Syracuse lands 1st commitment in class of 2013

first_img Published on May 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: Tyler Provo saw the interest level balloon and the offers from colleges pile up over the last few weeks. But after every offer, Syracuse remained at the top of the tight end’s list.  On Tuesday, SU offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett flew down to meet with Provo in Florida. Hackett, Provo and his father watched film for a few hours before discussing his decision.‘Every time he had an offer, Syracuse was still on the top of the list, so Coach Hackett came down today and he kind of sealed the deal with him,’ his father, Sam Provo, said. ‘He came down to see him and when he got here he said, ‘I don’t think there’s any sense in just waiting around, I think I would just get it done today.”Provo verbally committed to Hackett and Syracuse on Tuesday, becoming the Orange’s first commit in the class of 2013. The younger brother of former standout SU tight end Nick Provo is rated as a three-star recruit and the No. 28 tight end in his class, according to He is also rated as the No. 2 fullback in the nation by Provo grabbed nine passes for 100 yards and a touchdown while helping American Heritage School (Fla.) win the Class 3A state championship as a junior last fall.Provo also had offers from Boston College, Florida International, Louisville and Central Florida while six other schools including Alabama, Wisconsin, Louisiana State and Miami (Fla.) all showed interest, according to Scout.comAdvertisementThis is placeholder textProvo said he didn’t want to be used solely as a blocking tight end or out of the backfield as an H-back or fullback, and SU’s plan to utilize him at the tight end position set the school apart from his other offers.And Provo saw his brother, Nick, enjoy a successful career in the Orange offense under head coach Doug Marrone and Hackett. Nick Provo finished his Syracuse career in 2011 as the all-time leader in receptions by a tight end with 92 and second in receiving yards with 1,027.‘I saw what he’s done at Syracuse so that kind of made my decision for me,’ Provo said. ‘I’ve been around the coaches there, I’ve seen some of the games, I’ve talked to some of the coaches so yeah, that helped me out a little bit.’Sam Provo said that comfort zone and familiarity with the program made SU a top choice for his son. But ultimately, the coaching staff’s vision for him on the field sold him on joining the Orange.‘It wasn’t so much following in his brother’s footsteps,’ Sam Provo said, ‘but he felt that Syracuse was going to be the best fit for him because they pretty much laid out how they wanted to use him in the offensive scheme.’ Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more