Sarah Olson | The Observer Each floor in the hall hosts a kitchen, the result of a year-long remodeling process of the dorm, during which residents lived in Pangborn Hall, the current “swing dorm” for halls undergoing renovations.“We see it in the original mosaic tile and arches in the hallways, as well as having woodwork play a prominent role in the design and keeping original wood where they could,” Detwiler said.Detwiler said one of the most important changes to Walsh is its accessibility.“The biggest positive change is that Walsh is now accessible to all abilities which really fits into our priority of inclusion,” Detwiler said. “It feels wonderful to be able to offer hospitality and welcome to all residents and guests.”Other new changes to Walsh have included updated bathrooms and plumbing, a new elevator, expanded mailroom, air-conditioned lounges with full kitchens on every floor, a first-floor lobby and coordinated furniture throughout the building.Brigid Walsh, senior and resident assistant in Walsh Hall, said the hallways in Walsh are straight with no turns, but that the third and fourth floors boast beautiful views at the end of their halls of God Quad and South Quad, thanks to new windows.“The windows go from the floor to the ceiling on the two ends of the building,” Walsh said.Walsh said other than the windows, she is also excited about the exposed brick in the two lounges on the fourth floor as well as the new patio porch with tables for outdoor studying when the weather allows for it.In many ways, Walsh said the dorm still feels the same in character, but that it was only the visibly old aspects that were gone, such as the outdated bathrooms and problems with plumbing. However, she said, this was a good thing.“It definitely brings back memories of freshman and sophomore year for me because it is the same building with just some nicer touches,” Walsh said.Walsh said the move to the new building has made her job easier.“It’s been a really positive transition,” she said. “It made being an RA or being on hall staff a lot easier because everyone had so much positivity coming in.”Walsh said what was interesting was that some of the underclassmen never lived in the old Walsh Hall and for them this would be their first and only impression of the hall.“It’s just funny because the freshman never knew old Walsh and neither did the sophomores,” she said. “It’s interesting that those two grades are getting used to the new building.”Detwiler said during the initial move into Pangborn, she became aware of the resiliency of Walsh’s residents.“I believe that the Walsh women handled the transition well,” she said. “They volunteered in droves to help me organize and pack up the hall and unpack it twice, for which I’m eternally grateful.”While the Walsh community has moved out of Pangborn, Badin’s community has moved into it while their dorm undergoes renovations. Detwiler said Pangborn will forever be a part of Walsh’s history.“At the last Mass in Pangborn last year, we spoke about how ‘the Pang’ — as we called it — is now an important part of the Walsh story, and how she has served us well in our time of need. She was the space where our first years came to love the Walsh community and many important memories happened there. “Though we are elated to be back in our renovated home, we have a deep respect for Pangborn. When some upper-class students saw the new Walsh building as they moved in this year, I finally heard the chorus of seven words I had been hoping to hear: ‘Wow— the move was totally worth it.’”Tags: dorm renovations, Pangborn Hall, Walsh Hall The start of the 2017–2018 school year marked the beginning of a new move to a familiar place for the residents of Walsh Hall.Last year, Walsh residents were temporarily moved to Pangborn Hall while Walsh Hall underwent renovations such as repairs and upgrades for some of the communal spaces. Walsh’s rector Liz Detwiler said the renovations were “gorgeous” and that the most important part about the changes that she was particularly pleased with was that the character of Walsh remained intact.
The Alliance of American Football is expected to suspend all football operations, according to multiple reports — a move that likely will mean the end of the fledgling professional football expirament after eight short weeks of play.This isn’t a total shock given recent reports and rumblings around the AAF and majority investor Tom Dundon, but it’s a little surprising the league is potentially shutting down already. The AAF was heading into its ninth week out of 10, so it’s odd the league couldn’t find a way to finish out the season. But here we are. Alliance of American Football owner Tom Dundon tells me a decision whether to shutter the 7 week old league could come as soon as tomorrow or days. He wants a development agreement with the NFL/NFLPA, but no evidence they are willing. Story in @sbjsbd.— daniel kaplan (@dkaplanSBJ) April 1, 2019These comments were similar to the comments made to USA Today, but the increased timeline raised concerns for AAF fans.April 2There hasn’t been an official announcement from the league as of this writing, but mutliple reports said the AAF plans on suspending operations.What a source told me on @TheAAF: League heads were stunned by this, still working on a solution. There’s still a hope for a Hail Mary situation with outside funding, but they’re now suspending ops before a prime, pre-Final Four CBS time slot. This could get complicated.— Conor Orr 🇦🇶 (@ConorOrr) April 2, 2019Just got off the phone with a source close to the AAF. A few things:1. No one, I mean no one, gets why Dundon is doing this. Not the AAF, nor its partners, nor the NFL2. Just because Dundon is the control owner doesn’t mean it’s his company. Complications on the horizon.— Ben Kercheval (@BenKercheval) April 2, 2019It’s important to note “suspending operations” is different from folding. The league isn’t officially dead yet, but its future doesn’t look great. As the two reports above show, some league executives are still fighting to keep the AAF alive despite Dundon’s plans on shutting it down. MORE: Who killed the AAF? His name is Tom DundonThe question to ask now is: How did we get here?Due to the league’s short lifespan, let’s take a look back on the AAF’s timeline of events from the very beginning to its anitcipated demise.2016Founder Charlie Ebersol came up with the general idea for the AAF in 2016 while working on “This Was the XFL” for ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series. Ebersol was a filmmaker at the time, but his dad, Dick Ebersol (NBC Sports executive), co-founded the original XFL. So Ebersol was in the business and gained knowledge while making the film about what went wrong with the XFL, and why he could make a pro football league that would succeed.”When I started to dig back into that a couple of years ago to do the film, I started seeing how the potential was never met in terms of what you could do with football,” Ebersol told CBS Sports. “You had lots of people show up. They just showed up to bad products. So if you really focused on having a good product, there’d be something there.”One of Ebersol’s main points on why the XFL failed is that it overpromised and underdelivered. He sought to make a league that was driven by the product on the field rather than gimmicks the XFL relied on.2018MarchThe launch of the AAF was officially announced March 20, 2018.“This [spring football] is a massive gap in the market,” Ebersol said at the announcement. “This is a marketplace of tens of millions of Americans who have been telling us for decades that they want to see high-quality football longer than the football season.”Ebersol said the league planned to start right after the Super Bowl, despite not having team names or locations at that point. The rules and general layout of the league were also explained during the announcement. Several retired NFL players and executives were announced as being part of the league.People such as Bill Polian, Troy Polamalu, Hines Ward, Justin Tuck and even rules expert Mike Pereira were part of the process to start the league.NovemberAt this point, the league had announced all of its team locations and signed its first 250 players. The full schedule was set up: there would be a 10-week season followed by playoffs and a championship game. Things were starting to take shape, and the league was ready to begin business despite a short amount of time to do so.2019February 9The AAF kicks off to a rave reviews on Feb. 9, captivating the imaginations of football fans who desired an option to fill the NFL void.Ratings for the first game on CBS drew 2.9 million viewers, which passed the marquee NBA matchup between the Rockets and Thunder that same night (2.5 million). The hype was real. Just six days after the Super Bowl ended it seemed football fans were ready to crave this new league.February 18Perhaps the most important day in the AAF’s short history.According to a report from The Athletic, the AAF was in danger of missing payroll and needed an emergency investment. (Ebersol has disputed this, saying the payroll issue was a technical glitch). The league received an investment from Tom Dundon, the majority owner of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes.Dundon provided a $250 million commitment, although the money wasn’t given all at once. According to Darren Rovell, Dundon was financing the league week-by-week and ended up putting about $70 million into the league. Also, when the AAF agreed to allow Dundon to invest, “he took unilateral control of the board,” according to Rovell’s sources. This meant “any decision he wanted to make, including folding the league, was his to make.”February 25A man named Robert Vanech claimed the AAF was idea and sued the league, claiming 50 percent of it should be entitled to him. The AAF responded saying Vanech’s claim was “without merit.” March 27Just over a month after Dundon made his initial investment, he hinted at the end of the league in comments made to USA Today.”If the [NFLPA] is not going to give us young players, we can’t be a development league,” Dundon said. “We are looking at our options, one of which is discontinuing the league.”These comments were a surprise at the time. Ratings for the league were high. So high that the league moved a few games to TNT and CBS several weeks earlier. Interest wasn’t quite as high as the opening week, but a league shutdown before the first season was even over seemed confusing.Some reports claimed Dundon was just playing hardball with the NFLPA and he wasn’t actually considering shutting down the AAF.April 1One day after the AAF wrapped up its eighth week, Sports Business Journal reported the league is seriously considering shutting down and could happen soon.