- Libraries & Spaces
We are currently installing new doors in the stairwell in Lauinger Library. During this time, visitors will not be able to use landings that are under construction, either to enter that floor or pass through en route to another. We encourage visitors to use the elevators, although the stairwell may still be used to access floors that are not under construction. Landings under construction should only be used in the case of an emergency.
McDonough Memorial Gym, dedicated in 1951, is named for Vincent S. McDonough, S.J. (1870-1939), who served as Director of Athletics from 1916 to 1928. Father "Mac" was both revered and feared by students. In addition to serving as Director of Athletics, he was also Prefect of Discipline and Student Counselor. When asked what he would most like to honor his 25th anniversary as a priest, he replied, "You give the boys a new gym and I'll be happy." A few days later, on September 3, 1939, he was found dead in his room, beside a radio broadcasting news of the declarations of war by Britain and France. Coaching legend Lou Little, who worked under Father "Mac," said of him, "I never knew a man with so broad a vision. I never knew one who understood boys as he understood them. I never saw him confronted with a decision and fail to give a fair and sympathetic answer-one that satisfied all hands and endeared him to all."