by David Stein
Construction is well underway for our two new residence halls. I can see them from my office window, and they are going to be stunning. I’m thinking about quitting my job in admissions to re-enroll, just so I can live here (only slightly kidding). Hopefully Dean Brown doesn’t read this. Anyway, check them out!
Don’t they look incredible? Here’s the problem. As far as I know, they haven’t been named yet. Before some big donor claims them, I wanted to use this as an opportunity to give some suggestions:
David G. Stein and LaDainian Tomlinson Hall:
If you weren’t already aware, LT and I are pretty good buds. Here’s a picture of us at an alumni awards banquet. Yes, I did just use this suggestion to brag about this picture. Deal with it.
He was being honored as one of the premier running backs in NCAA and NFL history.
LT, if you’re reading, stop ignoring my calls, emails, texts, and letters, and come hang out with me in the office.
Reverend Timothy Lovejoy Hall:
Did you know Rev. Lovejoy from The Simpsons is a TCU graduate? He says it in an episode during season 20. What better way to honor one of our most famous fictional alumni than naming a residence hall after him? “The Professor” from Gilligan’s Island also got a fictional Ph.D. from TCU. Unfortunately, he also got one of his six degrees from another institution located east down I-30, so no buildings. Maybe we’ll name a bench after him.
How awesome would it be to have a Dudemeister Hall? You may remember actor and TCU alumnus Travis Schuldt as “Keith Dudemeister” from Scrubs, one of my favorite sitcoms ever. During my days as an undergraduate, I spent many afternoons trying to study while my roommates watched Scrubs on DVD.
Paula Deen Hall:
Sorry, I was watching a cooking show after work yesterday, and now I’m hungry. Paula Deen was the Grand Marshal when we won the Rose Bowl, so she’s obviously good luck for TCU. Then again, have you seen the heart attack burger she made? Who puts donuts on a hamburger? Maybe this isn’t the best (or healthiest choice) for a residence hall name.
Lieu, the single name that most of us know her by, is an employee in our main dining hall, Market Square. She has to be one of the most beloved figures at TCU. More students probably know her than Gary Patterson – and more impressive is she knows all of them. Lieu is famous for knowing the name of almost every single person who eats at Market Square. If she doesn’t know your name, she makes it a point to learn it. She has even won a national award through Sodexo for national excellence. Here is a great article by one of our students about Lieu in TCU 360:
Well, if Dudemeister Hall is arguably my best suggestion, I’m probably not the best man to select the name. I’ve already emptied my wallet with a huge donation to secure naming rights (Editor’s note: It was $14.64, a Potbelly’s Sandwich’s gift card that had nothing left on it and a picture of David’s grandmother).
If you have a suggestion, please let us know! The winner will receive leftover cupcakes from our December birthday celebration today. (Disclaimer: There probably won’t be any left, but we’ll give you the box.)