NUSG Considers Pep Position
With the first annual Pack the Pavilion pep rally and the christening of Swoops, the newly named NU Eagles mascot, NU is taking a fresh look at spirit on campus. NUSG hosted a naming competition for the mascot, and the university used the Microsoft Surface RT prize to build excitement for the rally. Clearly, this year’s NUSG team has a passion to see students get excited about attending NU and supporting athletic activities on campus.
“Basketball games have the largest audience,” said Mariah Savage, NU freshman who attended the Pack the Pavilion rally and shares
NUSG’s passion to involve students in supporting NU athletics. NU students have room to improve, and she noted that a good way to support the pep effort is have one person or an entire group begin cheering. “At my high school, a specific group would cheer as a group and this would allow the audience to jump in.”
The “focus of building community around athletics is stronger this year,” said Emilee Larsen, NUSG treasurer. Athletics still does not take precedence at NU like is does at many other schools, but Larsen holds that school spirit and support of athletic programs helps to form a structure which community can be built upon.
“We are looking at the new structure for the upcoming NUSG officers,” she added. Larsen suggested that NUSG could be looking into establishing a new individual or group position for school spirit next year. However, there is still nothing official regarding new positions.
“[We want] to collaborate with other organizations beside Rec Sports and athletic programs,” said Larsen. NUSG has been working with Student Development and Residence Life to brainstorm possible changes.
Northwest University is a community. One of the best ways to build community it to show support for those that represent us. Our athletes represent us to other schools, and they deserve support from their peers. So whether you encourage the athlete that lives next door in the dorms or deck out in blue and gold war paint for the next basketball game, show some school spirit and let our athletes know that you appreciate them.
Written by Maritza Lino