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So I open up the student paper here at MSU earlier to see what was going on this week and I found an interesting article on the MSU student section at the football games. Now my colleagues and I have been talking about the student section for a couple weeks and this article just put it over the top for me. The article was about the profanity-laced cheers the section does, and man they are NOT for younger ears. But what I’ve been wondering is if people have going about the issue the wrong way and not accepting that this was the student sections own way of being original?

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So let me go “Mike Gundy” on you for a moment so you can understand where I’m coming from: I’M A STUDENT!! I’M 21!!! So if any one should understand it’s me, right? But I don’t understand. I just don’t get it. I’ve been to every MSU game this season, home and away, and have compared MSU’s student section to those of Notre Dame and Wisconsin and here’s what I’ve come up with: Those two have blown us away. That isn’t to say that we’re not loud enough (as a whole stadium we’re not by the way), it’s to say that those two schools got their point across with ZERO foul langunge. I stood in front of the ND student section and saw how organized they were with cheers and dances (Irish Jig) and they were fun to listen to because they did haze the Spartans, but they did it in a classy way.
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I thought that maybe because they were a religious school that they were holding back, so I checked Wisconsin’s student section out.  And the results: NOT…EVEN…CLOSE. They blew ND away and made them look like a pee wee football crowd. They were loud, hype, organized and classy. Their main cheer consisted of repeating when the P.A. announcer said “First and 10, Wisconsin!” But because there were so many of them (I swear that student section took up 30-40% of Camp Randell) it was very effective. And then they litterally shook the entire stadium at the start of the 4th quarter when “Jump Around” starting playing. They went crazy. And you know how people always say things like I couldn’t hear myself think or whatever? I started talking to the person next to me just to see if I could hear what was coming out of my mouth. And not only could I not hear myself, I couldn’t hear any of the 3 conversations around me and they were yelling at each other!
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So to my fellow students I say this: I am not hear to scold you. I am not hear to act like your father. I am hear to say WE MUST DO BETTER. We must be louder, we must be better. I’d be lying if I said I liked the “F--- (your team here), they s--- balls” chant, but I can understand the “First Down” chant. But It’s time to get MORE creative then that, it’s time to become the most feared student section in college football. Teams should HATE coming to play here. This is homecomming week so it’s time to turn it up. The team needs support now more than ever so let’s cheer our boys AND hassle the other team without too bad of launage. Then maybe the 40 and 50 year olds will get the point and get hype too.

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