Volume 96, Issue 67
Wednesday, January 29, 2003

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Athletics unite a school

Re: "Born in the U.S.A.," Jan. 14

To the Editor:

It was so exciting to read Mr. Bell's comment on Western sport spirit. Actually, that is something I have been thinking [about putting] into words [for a long time]. Well, Mr. Bell did it.

First of all, make no mistake about it, I am neither American nor Canadian, but I experienced the high spirit of a state university on the east coast, since my husband was studying his PhD there.

It was a typical university town with a population of 60,000 while around 30,000 are students and the rest of it are indirectly related to the university in someway. From the end of August to December, we had something to expect: the football game on Saturday. Therefore, Saturday was our game day and the result of the game would be something to be talked about among students, professors and local communities for the rest of the week until next game came.

The students there have tremendous passion toward not only football, but also every sport [in which the] school participates. They take pride in their sports team, win or lose. They are proud of being a member of the university and love to show their support, unconditionally. We lived very closed to the Beaver Stadium (for the NCAA football fans, you may know now which university I am talking about). On Saturday afternoon, if we were unlucky and could not get tickets [to the football game], the best strategy to watch TV was to turn off the volume completely since the noise in the Stadium, outside the window, totally filled your ears. The cheerful noise never goes down even, in days of severe weather. That's something we call loyalty.

Watching university sports is part of students' lives and university tradition. It is a tradition [linking generations of students], even after graduation.

Can we, as Western students, show a little support to the athletes and loyalty to our school? Can we start the tradition to watch school sports today?

Way to go, Western!

Lydia Yan Li
ACS IV

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