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Aug 28, 2010

Historic Reckers

Reckers returned to all-night availability Tuesday, but it won’t receive heavy traffic until this weekend. At the dawn of another season for the late-night ND favorite, here is a little background on its namesake.

Clement Reckers was the first-ever ND student, according to Brother Gatian’s early attendance log.

There’s some debate about this distinction, as Rev. Arthur J. Hope, C.S.C., admitted in his book, Notre Dame: One Hundred Years. Theodore Alexis Coquillard claimed to be ND’s first student, but Gatian’s reputation for “meticulous” note-keeping gives Reckers the upper hand in this race.

The records don’t indicate the specific date on which young Clement arrived or began his studies, but the log says he “paid in work” starting in the winter of 1842-1843, foreshadowing the immigrant work ethic that defined the next century of ND history.

If Gratian’s log had not survived, students living on campus today might end their post-parietals Friday nights at a place called Coquillard. Not to take anything away from the other claims, but Reckers just sounds like it was meant to be.

1 comment:

  1. When I was a senior in high school visiting campus as a prospect student my host took me on a late night Reckers run. I attempted to convince a group of girls that I was a sophomore business major, but my plan backfired when they asked me who my professors were... rookie mistake...


2012 Notre Dame Football Schedule

2012 Notre Dame Football Schedule
DateOpponent / EventLocationTime / Result
09/01/12vs. Navy Dublin, IrelandW, 50-10
09/08/12vs. PurdontNotre Dame, Ind.W, 20-17
09/15/12at SpartyEast Lansing, Mich.W, 20-3
09/22/12vs. SkunkbearsNotre Dame, Ind.W, 13-6
Shamrock Series
10/06/12vs. Da UChicago, Ill.W, 41-3
10/13/12vs. TreesNotre Dame, Ind.W, 20-13 (OT)
10/20/12vs. BYU Notre Dame, Ind.W, 17-14
10/27/12at Oklahoma Norman, Okla.W, 30-13
11/03/12vs. Pittsburgh Notre Dame, Ind.W, 29-26 (3OT)
11/10/12at Backup College Chestnut Hill, Mass.W, 21-6
11/17/12vs. Fake Worest Notre Dame, Ind.W, 38-0
11/24/12at U$C Los Angeles, Calif.W, 22-13
1/7/13vs. AlabamaBCS CHAMPIONSHIP
(Miami, Florida)
L, :(