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Expanding the student support

Letter to the Editor | Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Saturday’s halftime show featured the Notre Dame Band’s drum section. They ran through their cadences and did their usual great job, but it was a missed opportunity to improve crowd participation at the games. The student section has some specific cheers that accompany some of the cadences. The drum line’s performance was an opportunity to educate the crowd about how to emulate what the students do during certain cadences. Why not try to expand the cheers to the rest of the arena? This shouldn’t be hard. Send cheerleaders to different sections during TV timeouts, have the leprechaun briefly explain what’s happening over the PA system, and instruct those sections to do what the cheerleaders do. It wouldn’t take long to get the arena waving arms and chanting along with the students – 11,000 participating instead of a couple of student sections would help make the JACC more intimidating.

Kevin O’Neill

alumnus

Class of ’76

Jan. 29