(My posts this week are rather cognitive, so I thought I would add something more visceral... my strong feelings about UConn cheers).
There’s a lot to like about being here at UConn, but it does have one big shortcoming—stupid cheers. What happens in a ballgame when its gets very close and the home team needs support? The crowd stands up and spells the school’s name, actually not the entire name, just an abbreviation:
(Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYHWQpGx03k)
Doesn’t this speak of institutional insecurity? As if we don’t think that anyone will know who we are, so we constantly remind them—sort of like someone always reintroducing themselves to others at a party.
This spelling would make sense if it was of the university's whole name because Connecticut isn’t the easiest state to spell. In fact, I was here for a couple of years before I got it right every time.
It actually gets worse. Some guy from the community (Big Red?) usually leads the cheers—spelling out the letters with his body--suggesting that the students might have trouble going at it alone.
Since UConn is the #1 public university in this part of the state, it’s high time that UConn students do better in this important matter.