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Band should call students to pep rallies

Letter to the Editor | Thursday, October 12, 2006

One more point about pep rallies from an old timer, one who experienced the rallies in the old fieldhouse as a member of the marching band. In those days the band marched around campus past all the dorms on north and south quad, playing the school songs and gathering the students as they passed. There was a “meat squad” of big dudes who marched alongside the band to protect the bandsmen from the raucous students. Toilet paper flew everywhere, not infrequently into the horns of the bandsmen and rattling teeth.

Upon arrival at the fieldhouse the band and students simultaneously squeezed through the doors into what seemed like an already packed arena (I have no idea where all those people came from) to the sounds of the Victory March. It was a minor riot inside from the time the team arrived until they exited after the Alma Mater. Why can’t the band march again and call the students out of their dorms to the rally?

Jack Fremeau

alumnus

class of 1971

Oct.10