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    teoarms.jpg What type of Notre Dame football fan are you?

    One away game weekend is okay, we can all handle that. Back-to-back weekends without a home game? Now things start to feel a little off.

    No questions asked - if the team is playing at home we're all watching the game from arguably the best spot on Notre Dame's campus, the student section. When the team is away, we actually have to put some thought into where we're going to spend three (or four) hours cheering as the Irish run past Purdue.

    Our go-to option: a dorm room.

    Sounds simple enough, but game watches in dorm rooms take almost as many extremes as the number of Notre Dame turnovers this season.

    Let's break it down ...

    The Social: Dorm presidents live for these weekends. Nothing like a televised Notre Dame football game to have a big social event. Order some pizza, dust off the big screen television in the lounge and invite everyone down for some dorm bonding. If you like being social and catching about every other play between conversations with friends from the second floor who you haven't seen in ages, then this is the place for you.

    The Party: Kickoff at 8:00 p.m.? Hmm ... that's going to cut into prime party time. Solution? Let's just get the party started two hours earlier. No better excuse to party than a Notre Dame football game. Crank up the surround sound speakers with some pump-up music, throw on your "Tailgate Like a Champion" lacrosse penny, text everyone in your phone book that your room is "where the real party is at" and, of course, flip the game on in the background.

    The Die-Hard Fan: Socials and parties are good and all, but that's really going cut into seeing every play. That can't happen. There are only three hours each week that we can watch the Irish take the field, so why miss a single second of the action? Granted, even though watching another Irish turnover is a stab in the heart, we'd rather see it happen than hear everyone talk about it for the next week. Our dorm room televisions will be glued on ESPN from start to finish when Notre Dame travels to Purdue, and don't even think about touching the remote. All other die-hard fans are welcome to join.

    The Studious Fan: It's almost midterm week so there is pressure to be productive at all times. I'd like to be able to sit in the student section again - and also in years to come - so failing these next few tests can't happen. As a Notre Dame student, missing the game completely isn't an option. So, to compromise, I'll stay in and glance over some calculus notes while the game is playing in the background. There's nothing wrong with that.

    All in all, in some form or another, we're all going to be watching the game. To what extent and in what form depends on what type of Notre Dame fan you are. But there's one thing that we all agree on: Go Irish, Beat Boilermakers!

    - Kristen Stoutenburgh ('13)

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