On one particular evening in 1980 or 1981, the six guys living at 216 Lowes St. ventured to their basement and found an abandoned shower stall in the corner.
No one knows who started it, but the idea of standing at the other end of the room and imitating their favorite baseball pitcher with whatever bottle they were holding was discussed.
The idea seemed good at the time, and that night the Bullpen was born and a lasting memory made.
But there were other unforgettable things about what was called “the last house on the left” by Steve Kellett ’81, Brian Hunt ’81, Rick Howard ’81, Rick Szink ’81, Jeff Szink ’82 and Mark Morabito ’81, who shared the four-bedroom home that was not UD-owned at the time.
For starters, their housemate contract was written up and signed on a napkin in a bar. That napkin was considered legally binding to all of them — especially since rent was only $50 per person.
There was also that game they played each weekend as the roommates (along with unofficial roommates Buddy Glavy and Tim Wood) watched The Love Boat on mute while listening to vinyl records.
“Each housemate took a turn choosing one song off an album. Once a song was picked, the album couldn’t be used again. So, we would line the album covers around the perimeter of the living room, which sometimes snaked into the hallway,” Rick Szink said.
Then there was Kellett’s room in the attic. Unfortunately, the only way to get there was through the second floor bathroom.
“It was not unusual for Steve to go up to his room when one of us was using the facilities and watching TV in the bathroom,” Morabito said.
And who would forget ordering delivery from Milano’s — even though the home was directly across the street from the restaurant.
But, above all, the Bullpen is what stands out.
Howard took his grandfather to the Bullpen on graduation weekend, when his grandfather told him it was one of the coolest things he had seen. Hunt’s 6-year-old brother bore witness to that and never forgot UD (he’s now an alumnus).
And what if the basement shananigans weren’t such a good idea?
“Three high-powered lawyers are amongst us,” Howard confirmed, “just in case the statute of limitations for the Bullpen has not passed.”
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1903 Trinity sits on the corner where Trinity Avenue and Lowes Street meet. The yellow house is home to nine senior male undergraduate students and has four floors including a basement, first and second floors, and a chapel on the third floor. With so much space and so many guys, each room of the house is decorated with a mix of unique, memorable and silly personal touches. On every level of the house, you can find space to chill and relax, study or play video games. Despite such a large household, however, the guys find time to come together. Once a week, all nine roommates sit down to eat dinner together, and they hold Mass in their chapel every Monday night.No Comments
They may not have had a large porch to gather on, but it didn’t matter.
Living at 1514 Brown St. had a special advantage. And that’s what you could see from the front door.
Tom Fiegl ’86 lived at the home for three years and remembers fondly its convenience to local hangouts.
“From our front door, we could walk out and see if there was a line forming at Flanagan’s. This was especially helpful on Thursday nights when it could get really busy there.”
In the other direction on Brown Street, Fiegl said, Milano’s was just a short walk, which made the home “a really central location where everything was easy to get to.”
The home, adorned with big white pillars outside, was unique because it had four separate apartments on the inside. Fiegl and the three roommates he lived with occupied the bottom right apartment.
Because of the setup, Fiegl said that strong friendships were created between separate apartments of the home.
“We were able to make some great friends. We’d do all kinds of stuff together. We were friends with all of them,” Fiegl recalled.
But, whenever any of them needed a little privacy, underneath the stairs leading to the upstairs apartment was a small closet with just enough space for someone to sneak away.
“We’d use that space to be able to talk on the phone in private — back when there were no cellphones around,” Fiegl said.
A special memory that stands out was the time Fiegl and the others got their families together the day before graduation for a celebration. Having spent three years together in the home, it was “cool to finally get to see the families of the friends I had gotten to know,” Fiegl said.
And though Fiegl can’t recall anything crazy ever happening during his time at 1514 Brown St., he’s certain of this fact: “We all had a good time together and were good friends back then.”
And, that is all that does matter.
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219 Kiefaber Street, a modest-sized house with a plain exterior and a well-kept porch, is home to six University of Dayton male undergraduates. The spacious interior, more roomy than the outside view lets on, is adorned with different flags, board games and posters, with a large dining table in one corner and a pillow-strewn couch in another. The first floor, despite being the only part of the house with air conditioning, is where the boys prefer to do their homework and hang out. Even so, each bedroom is generously decorated with enough personal touches to make the house feel much more homey.No Comments
The gray duplex at 240 Stonemill sits at the intersection of Frericks and greets UD students on their walk to and from class. The six roommates met freshman year and joined the Social Justice Club where they tutor children in the Dayton area. The house, covered wall to wall in posters and flags, has now become the hub for all members.No Comments
They say the kitchen is the heart of a home. But for Sara Lehman ’05, it was the hanging bathroom off the side of 240 Stonemill that made the home so memorable.
“It seemed to be an afterthought — something that was tacked on at a later date,” Lehman said of the space. “It was spooky when you were showering because you always wondered if you would fall off the side of the house.”
In fact, the bathroom was so small that occupants could sit on the toilet, wash a hand and put a foot in the shower all at the same time.
However, the bathroom wasn’t the only thing that gave the house character. The kitchen pantry hid a trapdoor leading to the basement. Known as “the pit” to the home’s past and present tenants, the secret door led to a dirt floor that connected their home to the duplex’s adjoining unit.
And although visitors were always welcome, it made Lehman wonder “if someone might pop through the door
and into the house at any given moment.”
The greyish duplex was also home to Gloria Scheibert ’05, Kolleen Hryb DeGrazia ’05, Sara Moser ’05, Miriam Kline Slee ’05 and Lori Diebel Counsell ’04. The roommates spent countless hours on the large porch that they shared with the occupants next door.
And they say there was never a dull moment.
The roommates spent warm days playing cornhole and cold nights fitting as many people into the narrow hallways as possible. They dressed up as Disney princesses for Halloween and once decided at 2 a.m. to enter the Christmas on Campus house decorating contest.
“It was snowing and we all climbed out onto the roof to put up lights and whatever odd decor we could find,” Lehman said. They didn’t win, but Lehman recalls that “the night bonded us.”
And though 240 Stonemill was by no means luxurious, memories were made.
“We danced, laughed and had the times of our lives,” Lehman said. “Some of our very best memories took place at 240 Stonemill, and it will forever hold a sacred spot in our hearts.”
Set on one of the University’s most famous streets, this narrow house with a wrap-around porch houses six junior residents. According to the current residents, interaction with alumni who have previously lived in the house indicated that the structure has always been well-loved.
Like many UD students, 2007 graduates Bernadette Jamieson Gibson, Colleen Conlon Renner, Mary Anne Harasim, Caroline Miller Horwitz and Erin Petrovic prioritized their housing options by porch quality and location.
It wasn’t long before, as juniors living at 38 Woodland, the soon-to-be seniors locked eyes on 217 Kiefaber.
With almost all the housemates present during 2017 Reunion Weekend, the old friends reconfirmed the housing decision they made 10 years earlier.
“We picked the house because of the porch, and the great location sealed the deal,” Gibson said. “It wasn’t in the middle of all the parties, but it also was close enough to walk to Tim’s and class. It was the perfect location for our senior year.”
Although the pipes of 217 Kiefaber would often freeze and the front bedroom felt like an ice box, the five-person, one-bathroom home was always full of laughs, furniture dancing and mismatched decorations.
In the living room hung a custom-made “Good Times Sheet” — a white sheet like the ones found on student porches — filled with scribblings of funny quotes said in the home. Other décor around the room included a Rascal Flatts cutout and a flower-patterned placemat.
Then there was the single bathroom — shared by five women — that was a place of disorder.
“It was like a drug store in the bottom of our shower because we all used different hair products,” Harasim said. “One time Caroline took a bath and all the hair products floated around her.”
The house itself also had its quirks. A secret room called the “Gnome Dome,” named by previous occupants, was nestled behind a small door connected to a bedroom.
In another room with a more mundane name, the “Mud Room,” there was a single yellow dryer, but no washing machine.
To keep order, the housemates established some rules.
“Our favorite was rule No. 8,” Gibson said, “‘Don’t Stop Believing,’ like the Journey song. Now, we all keep memorabilia in our homes referencing it. Whenever I look at it I’m reminded of the times we shared in this house.”
The best part of 436 Kiefaber may be what’s hidden.
Walk around back to find an entire second home — 436 1/2 Kiefaber — attached by a hallway that serves as laundry room and closet.
It makes it difficult to get a pizza delivered, said Amanda Paul ’11, who lived in the back half. She moved in during the summer after her sophomore year and didn’t move out until graduation. In that time, Paul said she had 30 housemates come and go from the landlord house that sleeps 10.
“It’s still ours,” Paul said during last summer’s Reunion Weekend as she recounted how her housemates passed it down to younger siblings.
The combined home has six bedrooms and three porches, including a deck in the middle of the yard.
“This was our headquarters,” said Brittney Dienes ’11 of the deck where they would drag the TV out for community watch parties of movies, the Super Bowl and America’s Funniest Home Videos.
It also attracted a lot of friends who always kept the house full. “You would come back from class, and no one who lived here would be here,” said Katie Hueneman ’11, a laboratory technologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
“It was a revolving door,” added Dienes, who works for the Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Medical Examiner’s Office.
The housemates say living with 10 people wasn’t a problem. With numbers came great diversity — housemates hailing from England to California to Cleveland with majors including sport management, English, engineering and premed.
Paul, an account executive at Intersport in Chicago, said an added bonus was the home’s proximity to Baujan Field, which made for an easy trek to cheer on housemates from the soccer team, including Josie Grant ’12, Kelsey Miller ’12, Emily Kenyon Carr ’12, Kathleen Beljan Murray ’12 and Kelsey Owen ’12.
If you knocked on the front door and couldn’t find anyone, chances are they’d be lounging in the back living room with its air conditioning. Just walk around and knock. Said Paul, “There was always someone to hang out
A 12-student house on Brown Street turned into Kappa Delta’s UD home last August. After the sorority became established on campus in 2013, Kappa Delta soon earned a temporary house on Stonemill Road. But as the Greek organization began flourishing, KD made 1316 Brown St., its official home. The newly renovated five-bedroom and one group bathroom house is roomy enough for 10 KD council members. The front door, however, is always open to its general chapter members.