Students in the Crawford Hall Executive Council (EC) have been taking leaps and bounds to create a unique program for this Homecoming Week: A pep rally this Saturday before the Student Activities Board tailgating event.
The EC has been brainstorming, planning, and advertising for the “Bulldog Fever – Bleeding Blue” pep rally since its first meeting in early September, and the planning hasn’t stopped.
“We had meetings throughout the week,” said Crawford Hall’s Assistant Residence Hall Coordinator Aliza Rosenthal. “We met early at our last EC meeting, spoke at other EC meetings and got SAB involved to ensure that this event would draw in a crowd of spectacular people.”
The planning process for a large scale event like this pep rally is not always easy, but the Crawford EC worked through it.
“The planning process was rough at first, but we learned to work together and get great ideas off of each other,” said Shardul Soni, the vice president of Crawford Hall.
With the event drawing closer, the EC is forming committees to help execute all of the planned activities and to create special events.
The pep rally will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Pomerantz Stage in Olmsted and will end at noon when students are urged to join SAB at Drake Stadium for tailgating. There will be snacks for attendees, said Soni.
Other events include lawn games and photo opportunities with Spike for either a monetary donation or a can of food that will benefit the local food bank. Cheers and possible special campus speakers to help “infect everyone with Bulldog Fever” will be there, according to Soni.
Another event which other halls and groups will be able to participate in is the “Man Poms” competition where groups can create an original routine to perform for a prize.
While the idea for a pep rally came up in the EC’s early meetings, they still have been working quickly, according to Rosenthal. While planning, discussion came up about whether or not the EC should collaborate with another on-campus organization.
“Collaborating with SAB was a brilliant idea on their part, and I’m thrilled they’re getting such an awesome experience including the Drake Community,” Rosenthal said.
“All students are urged to participate in competitions and attend for a fun time.” Soni said.
Rosenthal added that it would be an “awesome” event for everyone to attend to get pumped up before the homecoming game against Marist College.