Circumstance has changed the University community. No longer are highly spirited students filling the seats of the classrooms. Events that are geared to attract the entire student body are dwindling if not disappearing all together, only to be replaced by activities geared toward a select group.
Activities like Homecoming, which are supposed to attract all sorts of people, fail to do so. The roaring flames of pre-Homecoming game bonfires are long since extinguished. The traditional flag football game between the seniors/juniors and sophomores/freshmen, gone. Other activities similar to these because they are to attract a wide variety of people have lost their appeal. Student apathy is not the only factor to be taken into account. While in some cases student apathy is to blame, it is not as big a problem as in the past. There could be an acceptable turn out if events are well planned and advertised. We have taken our individualistic nature to new heights by staying away from the communal activities that were popular in the past and separating ourselves. The most successful events on campus nowadays are the ones that focus on a particular group. Students like to stay within their niche.
Fraternities and sororities are more apt to attend activities that promote school spirit because they share the organizations values. It is these people who are likely to attend homecoming games, promote their organizations at club fairs and add to the overall spirit of the University community.
Take notice of the individuality expressed by the commuters though. Their main objective is to attend classes and go on with their lives. Commuters don’t usually have the time to attend events and since a large portion of the University’s population is commuters, that means a fraction of that group is not willing to attend events. It’s in general events like homecoming where traditions are frequently lost. The bonfire is just one small tradition that is gone. Alumni are the only ones that keep the tradition of joining together alive and as a result, their activities are well received.
Student activities sponsored by smaller organizations are focused for specific groups. Since the groups are successful in providing activities and events for their own group, they are alienating themselves from other groups. How many times do clubs collaborate and co-sponsor an event? It is improbable that it would happen because there is a lack of communal feeling between the organizations. There isn’t a need to change all events so that they can be appreciated by the masses. There should be a form of awareness, however, regarding the success of events that focus on the individual.
Once that occurs, the nature of those successes can be applied to the larger events geared to a more general audience; which will ensure the survival of whatever traditions are left. After all keeping tradition is very important to ULV. It is what the University prides itself on, keeping tradition. It would only seem fitting that students join in on ensure the survival of ULV traditions. Why not start with Homecoming?