A-State needs a school spirit makeover
Published: Monday, November 4, 2013
Updated: Monday, November 4, 2013 18:11
When I transferred to Arkansas State, I planned to embrace my new school in any way I could.
Because I transferred from a small school, I was very happy to have a football team to cheer for, and I couldn’t wait to go to the games and have a good time.
So when I went to this year’s Homecoming game, I expected a loud and proud student section, marked with fans ready to cheer along their team.
What I saw instead was downright disappointing.
I witnessed a large part of the student section sitting down before half time. In front of me, a group of girls from the same sorority gossiped while looking at their cellphones, barely glancing up at the field.
Before the band started their half-time show, over half of the student section was empty. And the ones who remained were mostly seated for the rest of the game.
But when I went to check my Facebook and Twitter feeds, I started to think I might have been at the wrong event.
Many friends posted pictures and statuses about how awesome the game was.
The same people who sat during the game, or left before halftime, had managed to look peppy in a photo to share online.
Sporting events have turned into a social affair rather than a school event.
Students don’t always go to games to cheer and be a part of something bigger. They go so they can say they went, to make sure they’re not one of those anti-social people who stayed home and missed out.
Surly this is not how students want to be viewed. At other college games I’ve attended, sitting down is never an option while the game is being played.
All fans cheer like they want to be there, and most importantly, they enjoy themselves while doing so.
Part of the lack of school spirit at A-State most likely comes from our recent mascot change. After years of the same cheers, it can be hard to adjust to the new identity of the student body.
Another reason is the possibility that we are University of Arkansas fans at heart, which makes it harder to focus on the smaller program of the two.
However, the problem is not only from the phase out of the Indian or the fact that we are in Arkansas’ shadow.
It seems that some students have taken school spirit for granted, as something that will just happen, regardless of whether or not anyone contributes. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
The best solution to the lack of school spirit can only come from the student body itself.
It is important to note that there are students who do embody a Red Wolf fan, but they cannot completely make up for the shortcomings of the majority who choose to be quiet.
As students, we need to realize that games are more than just something to attend.
While hanging out with friends is important and fun, the unity that comes from cheering with those we don’t know as well is what can truly make the experience.
Games are more than just tweets or Facebook check-ins.
Arkansas State needs support from their student body in the same way that the University of Arkansas depends on theirs.
Games are a way to unify our school, and be a part of something bigger than just our group of friends.
We can all be a part of it, but it takes more than feigning interest for a Facebook post to truly make it work.