The rise of ‘The Hive’

Senate tackles topic of students' school spirit

As students get busier, they find less and less time to go to sporting events, leaving the bleachers empty. The Student Senate started plans to incentivize students to attend home games.

The lack of student attendance recently came to the Student Senate’s attention when treasurer Luke Diel,  sophomore political science major, brought up some of the activities that the Student-Athletic Advisory Committee uses to bring students to games. Hearing this, the Student Senate decided to help do its part by purchasing bracelets, miniature basketballs and some other fun promotional items. 

Ryan Williams, president of the student senate and junior political science major, explained the details of how the senate selected the promotional items to be purchased.

“We had other stuff in mind. We had cardboard cutouts of people’s faces, but those are expensive,” Williams said. ”The items we choose are cheap and people like them.”

The senate also expressed how their involvement in helping this situation is not just advertising on behalf of the Student Senate.

“One of the things that was brought up at our meeting by a senator was that we can use this to advertise in other ways,” Williams said. “But it’s not really a way to advertise. It’s not to advertise the student senate. It’s to advertise ‘the hive’ and the student section.”

But not only has the Student Senate noticed the lack of student attendance, coaches have noticed as well. This includes women’s basketball coach Samuel Jones.

“I have noticed the lack of student attendance and it’s at times frustrating,” Jones said. “Student attendance does matter and it helps students feel supported. It brings great energy to the games and boosts morale.”

The main goal of the senate is to get students in the bleachers and spark school spirit.

“I think it’s just good for students to support their colleges,” Williams said. “It’s just something to encourage people to go, and it’s a way for the senate to help.”

As students get busier, they find less and less time to go to sporting events, leaving the bleachers empty. The Student Senate started plans to incentivize students to attend home games.

The lack of student attendance recently came to the Student Senate’s attention when treasurer Luke Diel,  sophomore political science major, brought up some of the activities that the Student-Athletic Advisory Committee uses to bring students to games. Hearing this, the Student Senate decided to help do its part by purchasing bracelets, miniature basketballs and some other fun promotional items. 

Ryan Williams, president of the student senate and junior political science major, explained the details of how the senate selected the promotional items to be purchased.

“We had other stuff in mind. We had cardboard cutouts of people’s faces, but those are expensive,” Williams said. ”The items we choose are cheap and people like them.”

The senate also expressed how their involvement in helping this situation is not just advertising on behalf of the Student Senate.

“One of the things that was brought up at our meeting by a senator was that we can use this to advertise in other ways,” Williams said. “But it’s not really a way to advertise. It’s not to advertise the student senate. It’s to advertise ‘the hive’ and the student section.”

But not only has the Student Senate noticed the lack of student attendance, coaches have noticed as well. This includes women’s basketball coach Samuel Jones.

“I have noticed the lack of student attendance and it’s at times frustrating,” Jones said. “Student attendance does matter and it helps students feel supported. It brings great energy to the games and boosts morale.”

The main goal of the senate is to get students in the bleachers and spark school spirit.

“I think it’s just good for students to support their colleges,” Williams said. “It’s just something to encourage people to go, and it’s a way for the senate to help.”