Courtesy of John McGuinness Members of the “Redheads of Notre Dame” GroupMe gather outside Legends for photo before the Michigan game Sept. 1.This requirement is a source of controversy within the group, as it isn’t always easy to determine if someone’s hair is red — people have been removed from the group after it was determined that they were simply strawberry blonde, senior John McGuinness, an early member of the group, said. Senior Moira Griffith, a member since fall 2017, said strawberry blonde is not purely red. She also classifies a ginger as someone with “highlighter bright” hair, but said that a classic redhead’s hair is darker. Group member and senior Emily Dufner disagreed, arguing that a ginger’s hair is “orangey.” For junior Evan Slattery, freckles define a ginger.Griffith said her red hair is an important part of her identity.“Over time [being a redhead] has become more of my identity than I think it was when I was younger,” Griffith said. “It’s a fun way to stand out. People notice your hair right away. It’s like an electric shock on your head … It makes me feel a little more unique in the mass.”Red hair is uncommon worldwide. Genetically, the trait is recessive and comes from a mutation in the MC1R gene. Despite red hair’s rarity, the redheads of Notre Dame agree there is an unusually high number of red heads on campus.“There are definitely more [redheads] here than there would be at other places … with all the Irish blood,” McGuinness said.However, not all redheads are of exclusively Irish descent, Griffith said. Both Griffith and Slattery said they are at least half Italian.Though McGuinness said he doesn’t feel a special connection with other redheads stemming from hair color, some members of the group, such as senior Chad Quick, do report feeling fellowship with other redheads on campus when they spot them walking around.“You just kind of wave and smile in solidarity,” Quick said.Quick, like many group members, comes from a family of redheads. His dad, mom, sister and dog all have red hair.The GroupMe is used mostly for meet-ups at large events, as members attempt to take exclusively redhead photos. Ultimately, the group hopes to have a social gathering exclusively for redheads. During football season, group members said, the group is used extensively to locate sunscreen.Slattery, who said he has been nicknamed ”Big Red” since childhood, was one of the members to plea for sunscreen during the Sept. 1 football game against the University of Michigan. He said he takes great pride in his red hair.“Last year I grew out my hair to my shoulders and it was who I was. I was that kid with long, red, curly hair,” Slattery said.Griffith said she enjoys her sense of camaraderie with other redheads.“It’s like a secret society,” she said, “I’ve had old men on campus before stop me and go, ‘you just look like Ireland.’“Griffith hopes to organize a campus 5k consisting solely of redheads. She said the race could raise funds to fight skin cancer.“There’s so much solidarity in our proneness to skin cancer,” Griffith said.For his part, Quick said his mother told him his red hair was a reason not to commit crimes with the following advice: “You’re a redhead so you’ll never get away with anything.”Tags: genetics, red hair, Redheads of Notre Dame At first glance, Ed Sheeran, Lucille Ball, Ms. Frizzle and at least 108 Notre Dame students might appear to have little in common. However, all of these people share a rare genetic trait: They are among the less-than 2 percent of the world’s population with red hair.Last year, Teagan Dillon, who graduated from the University in the spring of 2018, created the “Redheads of Notre Dame” GroupMe as a way for redheads on campus to communicate and coordinate events surrounding their red hair. The group currently has 108 members, but is open to new applicants. The only requirement for admission is the group must reach a consensus on whether or not applicants have red hair.
Written By COMMENT WATCH US LIVE First Published: 26th August, 2020 06:30 IST LIVE TV Last Updated: 26th August, 2020 06:30 IST Nick Bosa, Brandon Aiyuk Out At Least 1 Week For 49ers San Francisco 49ers star edge rusher Nick Bosa and rookie receiver Brandon Aiyuk will both miss at least one week of practice with lower-body injuries SUBSCRIBE TO US San Francisco 49ers star edge rusher Nick Bosa and rookie receiver Brandon Aiyuk will both miss at least one week of practice with lower-body injuries.Coach Kyle Shanahan said Tuesday that Bosa had complained last week of soreness in his leg and got time off from practice. When that didn’t help he underwent an MRI that showed a muscle strain that has him out on a week-to-week basis.“He was about to go out and practice through it because he didn’t think it was much,” Shanahan said. “Fortunately, he got that and we were able to prevent him from hurting it worse.”Bosa won AP Defensive Rookie of the Year last season and is a key part of the strong pass rush for the defending NFC champions.Aiyuk had been extremely impressive early in camp before coming up lame on a deep pass during Sunday’s practice. He was diagnosed with a mild left hamstring strain that was not as serious as initially feared. He also is week to week.The Niners had been counting heavily on Aiyuk, especially with starter Deebo Samuel still sidelined by a broken foot. Samuel has not been able to practice all camp, but Shanahan said he’s still hopeful he could be back for the opener Sept. 13.The Niners also hope Aiyuk will be back by then as well. The Niners traded up six spots in the draft last April to take Aiyuk 25th overall and are expecting him to be a major part of the offense.“Hopefully it’s only one, two weeks,” Shanahan said. “When it is, that will give him time to come back. He can’t check out while he’s rehabbing, which how he is, I’m not worried about that. He’ll stay in it mentally.”In other injury news, edge rusher Dee Ford sat out practice with calf irritation, while tight end Jordan Reed took part in his first padded practice since signing at the start of camp. Defensive tackle D.J. Jones also returned from a concussion.NOTES: The Niners announced that they will have no fans for the season opener Sept. 13 against Arizona. “I totally understand it, but it’s not going to be that fun,” Shanahan said. The team is working with state and county officials to determine whether it will be safe enough later in the season for fans. … CB K’Waun Williams (calf), C Ben Garland (ankle) and TE Ross Dwelley (foot) also remain sidelined. … RB Raheem Mostert got a veteran’s day off. … San Francisco signed TE Erik Swoope to a one-year deal and waived RB Salvon Ahmed to make room on the roster.Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US