Reactions to the Sorin Boycott
Letter to the Editor | Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I will never forget the most fun I ever had at a pep rally as an Otter of Sorin College.
It just so happened to be one that we hosted. In what ended up being Ty Willingham’s final pep rally, Ty proceeded to do a role call of the host dorms. In the usual scripted and expected form, the dorms each tried to make as much noise as possible. However, when Ty called for noise from the Otters of Sorin, he was greeted with nothing but dead silence from us. Confused, he called us again, but we stood firm in our silence much to the amusement of the rest of the JACC and the players. Thinking a third time would be a charm, he moved on, called the rest of the dorms, came back to the Otters whom again stood in silence.
Think about that story for a second. My favorite memory of a pep rally was one in which I stood in dead silence. Isn’t there something wrong with this picture?
The fact is the pep rallies in the JACC are a complete joke and we all knew it. Sorin standing in silence was the most spontaneous and unexpected act that I can ever remember actually happening at a pep rally (we actually “planned” this on the way there).
The pep rally should serve to get the players and student body hyped up for the game, and not the current Disneyland production that we have today.
As a student, they felt like nothing more than a huge waste of time. As an alum, I still do not want to go into the JACC for another one. As a former Otter, I salute all current Otters in Sorin College for your pep rally manifesto. You have hit the nail square on the head.
As a former member of the Norte Dame family, I encourage all members of the student body to support Sorin in their effort and to stand with them outside the JACC. This is your pep rally. Take it back. As one of many Notre Dame alumni, I encourage those of you on campus this weekend to support the Otters of Sorin as well.
Forgo the dog and pony show and let the current students see your support outside the JACC. We should give them nothing but our support for trying to bring back true fire and passion to our pep rallies.
Class of 2007