In one of Herb's files
entitled "Notre Dame - Southern Cal Football Series," I
found an article from the Observer (Tuesday November 1, 1977)
entitled: "Horse and Homecoming dubbed successful. It's by
The defeat of the Trojans on the football field capped off a successful
homecoming campaign sponsored by the Student Union according to Social
Commissioner Orest Deychakiwsky. Included among the festivities were the,
Homecoming Dance, happy hours, contests and the construction of the Trojan
"The Trojan Horse was probably the most unique spectacle of the
weekend," remarked Hugh Sullivan, coordinator of the Trojan Horse
Committee. Originally, the students who brought up the idea wanted to
attach a Trojan warrior to the crane near the Engineering Building. This
idea proved structurally impossible so the Trojan Horse idea was chosen
instead. After obtaining the approval of Dean of Students James Roemer and
Athletic Director Moose Krause, the committee submitted the idea to the
Student Union, which agreed to finance the project.
Horse if pulled off the field by toga clad bearers.
"We wanted to keep the horse a secret said Sullivan, "so our
next challenge was to find a place where we could build it
incognito." Brother Pasqual Cesce, rector of Carroll Hall, offered
his gym and the students went to work.
Pat Moynihan and Jim Sterner, two fourth year architecture students,
designed the wooden beast and a group of 20 to 30 helped build the horse
out of 2 X 4's. After panelling, the horse was placed on a trailer.
"We made enough room for six, people to fit Inside the horse,"
stated Sullivan. "We wanted members of the football team to
jump out of it the day of the game. But Col. Stephens, Associate Athletic
Director informed us that it could be dangerous," Sullivan explained.
Therefore, five lnterhall football players adorned in blue and gold
jerseys and the leprechaun emerged from the horse in front of a capacity
crowd and the television cameras.
"The horse was certainly a hit," stated Deychakiwsky, "but
not the only success story of the weekend. The happy hours drew in a
larger turnout than even hoped for -- it was the biggest crowd The Library
has had all year," he said.