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UA Committee Attempts to Foster School Spirit

By Jennifer DeBoer

SPORTS EDITOR

This Saturday, in conjunction with the Institute’s “Fall Festival”/ “Domecoming” athletic events, the Undergraduate Association Athletics Committee will be sponsoring two study breaks: one during the women’s soccer game at 10:30 a.m. against Springfield, and one during the 2 p.m. football game against Curry College.

The study breaks are part of the Athletics Committee’s ongoing efforts to foster school spirit.

“One of our main goals this year is to promote campus-wide spirit and encourage student support for varsity athletes,” said Committee Chair Kirsten M. Alberi ’03.

“We’d like to convince people that it it’s fun to go to games and cheer for your team,” Alberi said.

The committee, as part of revived effort to encourage student spectator participation in athletic events, decided that Homecoming would be a key event at which they would implement their plans for the upcoming year.

“We’re kind of apathetic here, but people respond well to study breaks and free food,” Alberi said.

Bagels and donuts will be offered at the morning soccer game “to wake people up,” Alberi said. The football game later in the day will have pizza and chips.

This weekend’s games coincide with Fall Festival weekend, formerly know as “Domecoming.” While the homecoming football game was formerly an integral part of “Domecoming” weekend, this year, publicity cites only the social events sponsored by living groups as part of the festival.

The Athletics Committee hopes that its own advertising will promote attendance.

Arousing student interest as sports spectators “is the committee’s biggest goal this year,” Alberi said.

“Unfortunately, a lot of the teams have away games this weekend, but its a good start,” Alberi said.

The two games will take place at Steinbrenner stadium, which “usually has a couple people cheering,” Alberi said.

“Hopefully we’ll get more fans for the game than we normally do,” said Monica F. Morrison ’04, a soccer player.

“It would be really great since Springfield is one of our biggest rivals,” Morrison said. “They’ve beaten us for the past few years, but we have a lot of good freshmen.”

“Hopefully the game will be really exciting, and maybe the people who just came for the food will realize how scintillating a good soccer match can be,” Morrison said.

The afternoon football game also gives the men’s football team the opportunity to encourage student interest. This year marks MIT football’s 25th year, and Saturday’s allows the team the chance to improve its current 2-2 record.

“We have new uniforms this year and they’re see-through. Maybe that will help draw more spectators,” Morrison said.