The real Fighting Irish
When you hear about girls fighting on most college campuses, it tends to involve nasty gossip or cheating boyfriends -- but not at Notre Dame.
The ladies out in South Bend, Ind. apparently take the "Fighting Irish" nickname very literally. This year, 59 of them participated in the annual women's boxing tournament known as Baraka Bouts. The tournament started 12 years ago when student
Buccellato got the idea after the University told her she couldn't fight with the men's novice team, which has been around since
Buccellato is now an architecture professor at Notre Dame and remaines a huge advocate of the club. She may not lace up the gloves anymore, but her spirit has definitely carried over.
This year's president, senior
"I think we've made some big strides in the past few years," Koors said.
For the first time ever, the girls fought in the University Fieldhouse this Fall. The set-up included bleacher-seating and a professional ring. It wasn't quite Madison Square Garden, but it was certainly enough to get your blood boiling.
Fight night is just the tip of the iceberg.
The fighters gather in "The Pit" -- the basement of the school's basketball arena -- five days a week to train for the bouts. And they don't mess around.
"We usually start out running two or three miles, then back down stairs for calisthenics. We do a couple hundred push-ups and 1,000 sit-ups or so," senior captain
That's just to get warmed up. Then the group, led by its captains, pairs off to work on technique for a few hours before ending with a little cardio.
Cummings has been fighting for the past three years and is 2-1 in her career in the ring. Koors also finished at 2-1.
The boxers fight one three-round match each year against a comparable-sized opponent -- except for one lucky lady this year. With 59 competitors, junior