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Soda fountain in “Caf” labors under 9:00 p.m. push. Two soda-jerkers, one dishwasher perform row of gleaming taps. Coke is fastest selling drink. The Huddle, serving halls on north part of campus, has other N.D. soda fountain, is smaller, has poorer appointments than “Caf” fountain, but still does whopping business, sells everything from donuts to radios.
Senior art student Michael Todd ‘57 painted the mural, which was met with scant praise. One critic referred to it as “wincing, grimacing hulks of flesh and muscle wrapped in football uniforms.” The October 1, 1970 Scholastic said:
The one [mural] in the Huddle…has had a rough go at winning an appreciative audience ever since its unveiling. The football coaches that year denounced it as repulsive, member of the Administration thought it grotesque and disgusting, and that year, and nearly every one since, the Scholastic has thrown at least dig against the work.
Robert Leader, a Notre Dame art professor, said of his student’s work:
I guess you could call it a homily on the emphasis of that kind of manliness that the artist found repulsive. Superficially it was full of the ballyhoo characteristic of Notre Dame football, and of the Huddle crowd. But that ballyhoo was no more than a disguise for the satire of the artist’s statement. Certainly it was never a beautiful piece, but that was an integral part of the message.
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