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Students give Stadium energy

Ben Meekins | Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I’m writing in response to Robert Russo’s hilarious Letter to the Editor (“Appreciate football experience,” Nov. 13). Russo rather clearly missed the sarcasm in the letter advocating that Charlie Weis pay back the students for a terrible season. He launches into a screed about appreciation for the football experience and then makes the laughable statement that the athletic department could instead sell our student tickets for full face value.

That’s a great idea, Russo. Let’s change the dynamic of the stadium from approximately 70,000 people sitting and rarely cheering to approximately 80,000 sitting and rarely cheering. Let’s completely disregard the fact that the student section provides the vast majority of the energy in the stadium, chanting and yelling and screaming for their team – even in this abysmal year.

You’re right, Russo. There are many who would pay over face value for our discounted tickets. But if they cheer like the rest of the non-student crowd, I think Notre Dame could win every sport magazine’s award for “Least Terrifying Stadium to Play In.”

Ben Meekins

graduate student

off campus

Nov. 13