Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. announced at 4 a.m. this morning that two new retirement communities will be added as part of the university’s new housing plan. The communities, named Welsh Hall and Walsh Walsh Hall, will serve alumni aged 50 and over.
“Notre Dame is a community,” Father Jenkins said in his statement, “and we know that deep down, no one actually wants to leave. Our goal is to have 100% of alumni return to Notre Dame in some capacity after graduation, whether it be for Eternal Grad School, to join our teaching staff or simply sit on a bench on God Quad until they turn 50.”
Welsh Hall will be an all-female community, while Walsh Walsh will be all-male. Parietals will still be upheld in the communities, according to representatives of the project, and residents can apply to be ERBs (Elder Resident Bosses) after living in the community for at least 10 years. As there is no more space to build on campus, the halls will hover ominously above South Quad.
“Here, we live, breathe and die Notre Dame,” said Father Jenkins, “and now it will be quite literal.”
The changes will affect all current, past and present students, and the communities are set to open in 2020.