Why we can’t have nice Homecoming things
One comment on a post detailing this week’s homecoming activities complains that Columbia doesn’t provide “standard university” experiences. In case you don’t click the link, basically the point is that there’s not enough officially sanctioned booze. I don’t think anyone will disagree with that, but from my point of view, it’s our fault too.
As far as standard homecoming experiences are concerned, we can’t ignore the excuse to have any festivities in the first place: college football. Hailing from the Southeast, I have a pretty good idea of what football culture is like at “standard” universities. I know this is a huge surprise, but we don’t have it.
People who don’t go here aren’t fans of Columbia football. People who don’t go here (and probably most people who do) don’t know anything about our players. I’m sure there are students who have no idea what a Bowl Game is.
I mean, look at our stadium. First of all, I think my high school might have a nicer scoreboard. Additionally, that inferior scoreboard is pretty far removed from campus.
I don’t know if anyone has ever been down to Athens, but Sanford Stadium looms ominously right in the middle of UGA’s campus. It also seats over ninety thousand people. Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium, besides trying to make too many people happy with its name, seats seventeen thousand and requires a subway trip of at least 100 blocks to get to. Do people even go to home games? At UGA, people fight to get tickets to home games in lottery system draws.
Based on our actions, we don’t care about football here—we don’t have that culture. I’m not making a judgment either way, just stating a fact. If we want homecoming activities like they have at other universities, maybe we should act like “standard university” students and go to football games on occasion.
While some students obviously do attend games, a vast majority of students here don’t. What were you expecting?
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