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MacDonald: Rams need more energy at sports events

Editor’s Note: All opinion section content reflects the views of the individual author only and does not represent a stance taken by The Collegian or its editorial board.

If we’re being honest, all students could agree that we could show more school spirit and be more present for our teams. The amount of Colorado State University students that stay during games is pretty depressing, not to mention the amount of students that don’t even bother showing up in the first place.

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Our sports teams would benefit from the support of their fellow students, and that may offer the possibility of CSU sports doing much better than they currently are. 

CSU’s football team recently ranked No. 15 on the CBS 25 worst college football teams list with an overall win/loss ratio of 4-5 this season. That’s not great news, and Mike Bobo is probably facing the heat.

Nobody likes booing their own team. 

Cam The Ram pumps up the student section with a cowboy hat on, during the homecoming game against San Diego State. CSU is defeated 24-10.
Cam The Ram pumps up the student section with a cowboy hat on, during the homecoming game against San Diego State. CSU is defeated 24-10. (Devin Cornelius | Collegian)

Every season begins with hopeful students attending the first few games with the idea that maybe, just maybe, the team won’t suck that entire season. They stand in the $220 million Canvas Stadium in the oppressive September heat, either dozing off from dehydration and boredom on the stands or jogging down the concrete staircases to leave before the end of the third quarter. 

Cuss words and negative chants rain down onto the field, but almost none of them are in our team’s support. They suck, and CSU students aren’t happy about it. 

People want to blame Head Coach Bobo for this, as articulated by this creative website designed to show why we need to get rid of him as soon as possible. 

There’s a big hype for defending ourselves and our identity as the Colorado State Rams, but are we really “Proud To Be”? What if we did stay the entire game to show support? We can already admit we’re not the greatest, but that’s not an excuse to not have a good time. 

Molly Moxness, a sophomore studying philosophy, argues that uniting students should begin with better cheers. 

“I just think that the student section has no spirit at all, and we need cheers that everyone knows,” Moxness said.

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Making the stands rally with our team as a show of camaraderie is an easy way to show spirit, and it would certainly make it more fun to attend games. 

“People just don’t give a damn to go because it’s just not a fun, high-energy environment,” Moxness said. “That’s why I think we’re not successful as a team. If the student section had more energy, the games would be fun to go to even if we weren’t set up to win.” 

We should support our teams with our fellow students regardless of whether they suck or not at this moment. 

Staying the whole game is another argument. It should be obvious that we should watch the entirety of a game — but a lot of people don’t. CSU’s student sections start off packed at the beginning, usually only ending the game with a few stragglers. 

The dissipation of student attendees by the ends of games is sad, and there is no wonder why team players may lose hope as the game goes on. We should support our teams with our fellow students regardless of whether they suck or not at this moment. 

Sports games should be a reflection of our community at CSU and how supportive we are of each other. Our school spirit is a sign of how proud we are to be at this university, and how much we stand by each other is another great example of that. Come hang out for a while, Rams.

Alexandra MacDonald can be reached at letters@collegian.com or on Twitter @alexandramacc.

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Devin Cornelius, Digital Managing Editor
Devin Cornelius is the digital managing editor for The Collegian. He is a fifth-year computer science major from Austin, Texas. He moved to Colorado State University and started working for The Collegian in 2017 as a photographer. His passion for photography began in high school, so finding a photography job in college was one of his top priorities. He primarily takes sports photos, volleyball being his favorite to shoot. Having been on The Collegian staff for 4 1/2 years, he's watched the paper evolve from a daily to a weekly paper, and being involved in this transition is interesting and exciting. Although Cornelius is a computer science major, his time at The Collegian has been the most fulfilling experience in his college career — he has loved every second. From working 12-hour days to taking photos in Las Vegas for the Mountain West Conference, he cannot think of a better place to work. Working as a photographer for The Collegian pushed him outside of his comfort zone, taking him places that he never expected and making him the photographer he is today. As the digital managing editor, Cornelius oversees the photos, graphics and social media of The Collegian along with other small tech things. Working on the editorial staff with Katrina Leibee and Serena Bettis has been super fun and extremely rewarding, and together they have been pushing The Collegian toward being an alt-weekly. Outside of The Collegian, he enjoys playing volleyball, rugby, tumbling and a variety of video games. When in Austin, you can find him out on the lake, wake surfing, wake boarding and tubing. You can expect that Cornelius and the rest of The Collegian staff will do their best to provide you with interesting and exciting content.

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