UMWvizrhetspirit


It may be late for Spirit Week post.  But I took a video of the gorilla and banana occurrence right when it happened on campus.  I think things like this are the best way to boost school spirit.

My photo agrees with most other spirit week posts. Our school has so little school spirit, yet the bookstore had these ridiculous “spirit fingers” gloves made…presumably for students to wear at ALL our UMW spirit week events.

I, however, was unaware of any events celebrating last week’s spirit theme. I would love to see spirit like McKenna experienced in Florida, but until then, I think our student’s fingers will remain wholly UNspirited.

Before you read this post, watch this video. UCF 2007 Spirit Splash

(My friends and I during Spirit Splash in 2007, I’m crouched down on the bottom right.)

As some of you may not know, I transferred to UMW as a sophomore. I attended the University of Central Florida, a school of 50,000 students, my freshman year. Although I was overwhelmed by its size, UCF really knew how to celebrate school spirit. During our homecoming week, UCF does this annual event called Spirit Splash, as shown in the video. It’s the only day of the year where we can swim in the huge fountain in the center of campus. The marching band plays, people crowd surf, everyone skips class and has an amazing time, all in the name of our school spirit. Even the mascot attends! UMW really doesn’t have anything that compares to this, spirit wise, but then again, I doubt we’d all fit in our fountain at the same time. I guess this is really the only picture of school spirit I’m a part of, it’s the school spirit that I never really found at UMW.

I remember Spirit Week in high school. We had different days where we were all encouraged to dress in costumes or wear certain colors. Clubs did things for it. We had a big pep rally. Most importantly, it was advertised. People went on our school’s news program to talk about it, there were flyers, and teachers had a little spiel about what we were going to do for the rally.

Where is that at Mary Washington?

We have a television network, too, or at least a silly station that plays music videos every once in a while. But where were the flyers? Coleman’s picture was the only sign I saw that we had even had something going on. Sure, I heard about our games: I have friends on sports teams, and I like to watch sports. The only time when Mary Wash really turns out for games, though, is Homecoming weekend! That gets press. People care about that and hype it up. Our whole class’ reaction to this year’s “Spirit Week” has been one of apathy, and how can UMW expect anything different if no one puts any effort into making the event visible?

That must have been the most ninja spirit week ever. While I don’t live on campus, I was around on campus more than I usually am last week, and I had no idea that there was a spirit week going on.  I walked over much of the campus last week and didn’t see anything for this. Maybe I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but it seems like Spirit Week should be something that’s heavily advertised and promoted across the university. I didn’t see a single flier, and no one mentioned it— none of my professors or fellow students. There haven’t been any changes in my classes or the attitudes of people around me, and the only reason I even knew we had a Spirit Week was because of this assignment.

Woops! I guess UMW’s annual spirit week was so exciting, students were rendered unconscious from Monday to Friday.  This picture perfectly describes spirit week for students in Fredericksburg.  Classes continued without much alternation and excitement, while the afternoon festivities were nonexistent.  The only excitement came on St. Patrick’s Day Thursday, when an underrated yet amazing band, Circa Survive, played a show in Great Hall to 30 UMW students and 150 non-UMW students- Thus representing the “diverse” culture of the UMW community.

Woops! I guess UMW’s annual spirit week was so exciting, students were rendered unconscious from Monday to Friday.  This picture perfectly describes spirit week for students in Fredericksburg.  Classes continued without much alternation and excitement, while the afternoon festivities were nonexistent.  The only excitement came on St. Patrick’s Day Thursday, when an underrated yet amazing band, Circa Survive, played a show in Great Hall to 30 UMW students and 150 non-UMW students- Thus representing the “diverse” culture of the UMW community.


Oops, I blinked and missed “Spirit Week” at UMW.  What did I miss?  Apparently a sale on the overpriced stuff at the bookstore.  I hear the prices were so low you could almost buy a used copy of that textbook you needed two months ago for less than the price of a down-payment on a car.  Almost.

Thankfully I just happened to see this flyer, that takes up a whole fourth of this sign, or I would have completely missed the fact that it was spirit week.  And talk about conveniently placed, it was right outside of the bookstore doors, way to advertise only within a five foot radius.

This is my image that represents UMW Spirit Week. It’s a screen shot of my gmail account, showing the OSACS Weekly email announcing “It’s Spirit Week at UMW” -in my trash box. I didn’t even open the message and completely forgot it was spirit week until I remembered this photo assignment a few minutes ago. I’m only on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays, so maybe I missed something, but not once on those days did I hear another student make reference to the fact that it was spirit week or to a spirit week event. As school newspaper articles/columns have pointed out in recent semesters, the university just isn’t known for it’s school spirit.

*This was posted Friday, but it did not show up to the Visual Rhetoric blog, so I just added the vizrhet11me tag. I don’t think my photo assignment responses to two and three showed up either on the Visual Rhetoric blog, so here are the links:

Define UMW

Freedom Rides

So this is a bit harsh, but UMW Spirit week really is unfortunately a joke on campus. No one really knows what’s going on and it isn’t a huge focus in campus life. That’s why I decided to use a tumbleweed, because students can easily go throughout the week without realizing that it is spirit week. But because UMW isn’t a school known for its spirit, I can see why this is the case.

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