Bison 101 prepares students for game
Published: Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 15:09
Student government’s first Bison 101 event prepared students for the football season by teaching them cheers at the Fargodome Friday night.
Each month student government will host a Bison 101 event. The events are primarily geared towards involving freshmen from the very beginning and making sure no one falls through the cracks of their college experience, Luke Brodeur, student body president, said.
Bison 101 is part of the L.E.A.D. platform designed by Brodeur and Jace Beehler, student body vice president.
The events are meant to engage students on campus and in Bison culture.
The goal is ultimately to “celebrate what it’s like to be a Bison,” Brodeur said.
Each Bison 101 event will cover a different topic regarding NDSU campus and culture. The next event will teach about NDSU history.
“It will be fun, I promise,” Brodeur said jokingly.
There are plans for a study tips session in November to prepare students for finals, as well as an end of the year carnival.
“There is a lot going on, Bison,” Brodeur said. “One time a month all year long so we can have fun all year long.”
The first Bison 101 event at the Fargodome went really well, Brodeur said. The event was scheduled before the first game so it would be a good introduction to the season.
Long-time fans attended the Bison 101 event to start off their football weekend early.
“I’m just so pumped for this season,” Megan Michaelson, a junior majoring in pharmacy, said. “It’s electric.”
The atmosphere is a big part of the experience according to upper-classmen.
“I’m looking forward to the atmosphere of it,” Carly Trowbridge, a senior majoring in pharmacy, said. “Coming off a championship and waving the flag. I’m so excited!”
Students camped outside the student entrance to be assured good seats and enjoy the Bison weekend.
“We did it last year for the playoffs and a couple other games,” Cody Strom, a junior majoring in civil engineering said. “I’ve been going to every home game since I can remember.”
NDSU President Dean Bresciani, Football coach Craig Bohl, Beehler and Brodeur addressed the crowd before the yell leaders came out onto the field to teach the students some cheers.
“The meat and potatoes of why you are here tonight is to learn some cheers for tomorrow night and this year,” Brodeur said to the student seated in the bleachers.
The cheering section has a major impact on the football players, Bohl said.
“Without a question this group really propelled us on to the National Championship,” Bohl said. “Let’s raise the roof off this place!”
The speakers also mentioned the effect the cheers have on the opposing team.
“You are going to have an impact they are not ready for,” Bresciani said. “We want to show all our support one game at a time.”
For more information about Bison 101 visit their facebook page and the student government website.