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Campus spirit promoted through evening events

“Don’t be stupid, go find cupid.” Signs such these are seen in hallways promoting the upcoming winter formal on Feb. 22 and other campus events.

Student leadership is using unique methods of advertisement to get students excited about future events such as Night of the Stars.

“I am really looking forward to formal this year,” Ashley Tucker, ’05, said. “The signs posted around school have been a funny way to grab student’s attention and remind them to buy their tickets. I was unable to attend Night of the Stars last year so I am excited to see what this event is all about!”

This year, the Night of the Stars formal will be at the Tower Theatre located in Downtown Fresno. The new location will provide room for more students and also a possible outreach to Fresno residents.

“I am really excited about having Night of the Stars at Tower Theatre this year,” Christopher Schultz, student leadership adviser, said. “It will be great to have an arena where we can show our movies to the public. Our films have really improved over the years and I feel they are good enough to show to more than just the student body.”

New concepts for change are frequently presenting themselves around campus. From Night of the Stars to basketball games, demonstrations of school spirit are being displayed through students and campus activities.

At home basketball games our student body can be seen supporting the team from a designated section called the “Nut House”. This is a popular place for enthusiastic fans to cheer on our eagles at all sporting events.

Shirts and towels are sold at basketball games so students can display their school spirit in style.

“Seeing my fellow students getting rowdy and enjoying themselves really gets me on a high,” Nathan Yockey, ’03, said. “The Nut House brings people together who normally wouldn’t socialize together and unifies the student body. It’s great to see enthusiasm in the FC supporters.”

Along with rising interest of the Nut House, student leadership is looking to increase attendance at basketball games through rewarding contests and exciting theme nights.

Each week consists of a challenging competition among the student body. During the evening game the winner will have the chance to eat pizza with two of his/her friends on the couch known as the “Blue Lagoon”.

“The Blue Lagoon is a way to honor campus students who attend games and to promote school spirit,” Julie Fujihara, ’03, said. “They receive pizza, soda, candy and an excellent view of the basketball game.”

The first official night displaying the sofa sensation was Jan. 21 when Jordan Hogue, ’06, was selected to observe the game from this rewarding new seat.

“Sitting on the Blue Lagoon during the basketball game was a really cool experience,” Hogue said. “This contest is a good way to get people excited about attending the games in hopes of winning the competition. The view of the game was perfect and the pizza helped add to the excitement.”

Night events such as rallies and 5th Quarters have sparked the interest of many searching for some evening entertainment. The most recent was the 5th Quarter on Jan. 24. The drama team showcased its unique talent of improvisation.

“I thought the 5th Quarter was a really fun event and interesting chance to see the drama team perform,” Tara Thompson, ’04, said. “It was so funny and it kept my attention the whole time. Seven dollars was a little expensive, but well worth the quality entertainment.”

The drama department, in an improvisational acting show called Theatre Sports, performed a variety of onstage games allow them to showcase their talents. They competed against a student leadership team after the game.

“My hope is that this is just the beginning,” Tom McEntee, drama coach, said. “There were a lot of good things the students did on stage, but my desire is to see us get better and better. I’d really like to have a Theatre Sports season every year where teams compete. After all, actors are actors are athletes too.”

Actors also saw this opportunity as an amusing way to brush up their acting skills and put on a hilarious show for the audience.

“I felt the 5th Quarter was an improvement from the last one,” Greg Tharp, ’04, said. “Improvising is an art and it’s something we as a drama class have been trying to perfect. Night events such as this are great because they get the school involved and unite students through laughter.”

Whether acting on stage or cheering in the Nut House, school spirit can be seen all over campus. There are many unique ways to become involved with the school and connect with other kids from the student body.

The next home basketball games are scheduled for Feb. 11 against Riverdale beginning at 6 p.m.

While student leadership plans on adding other fun nights in the future, their focus right now is preparing for Night of the Stars. Tickets for the formal cost $30 includes dinner and the movies and students need to contact Schultz to make reservations at 297-9464 ext. 124.

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