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This picture was taken in Framar’s attempt to win a PS3. Sodexho was having a photo competition of a group with the most school spirit. We thought this was a competition within Mary Washington and therefore we would have a good chance of winning. On Friday Night Dry we knew the ‘Eagle’ was going to be there and we thought we would get a picture with it sporting our UMW wear and painting our faces. I thought this was a pretty UMW spirit filled picture.. maybe even UMW website worthy??? Yes? But we were only really in it for the PS3, which we didn’t win because turns out it wasn’t a competition within UMW. If they attached a prize to Spirit Week, Framar would have been there front and center!

This picture was taken in Framar’s attempt to win a PS3. Sodexho was having a photo competition of a group with the most school spirit. We thought this was a competition within Mary Washington and therefore we would have a good chance of winning. On Friday Night Dry we knew the ‘Eagle’ was going to be there and we thought we would get a picture with it sporting our UMW wear and painting our faces. I thought this was a pretty UMW spirit filled picture.. maybe even UMW website worthy??? Yes? But we were only really in it for the PS3, which we didn’t win because turns out it wasn’t a competition within UMW. If they attached a prize to Spirit Week, Framar would have been there front and center!

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.

I was waiting until today to post a picture for the week because yesterday(saturday) was an event I had been excited about for many weeks! My friends attempted to build school spirit by creating an event called Spromecoming– kind of like a Spring Homecoming, where everyone would sport the school colors, and socialize in the backyard all day with fun events planned. They held the large Homecoming party in the fall, and out of excitement for the spring event, I went shopping with friends to plan the perfect school spirit outfit, and created Spromecoming t-shirts.

But of course, as my picture that defines UMW on my blog (friend with Fburg Police), the same thing happened here, but way earlier, and in an aggressive way. We had planned to open doors to all college students at 9am, but weren’t expecting the large crowds to come until after 11am.  Around 10am, when there was about 12 of us hanging out (all over age 21), The ABC cops set us up–sending in an undercover student who tossed some money at the front door, helped himself to one of the kegs, and then left, sending the police in. The ABC cops bursted in, along with 6 or 7 other cops (completely unnecessary for the tiny amount of kids there), took the 5 kegs away, wrote one of the girls up to send her to court, and threatened the rest of us. The police made several harrassing remarks, and were laughing and trying to joke about the situation that was not so funny to us. We had to cancel the Spromecoming event before it even got started, and killed the school spirit for hundreds of students.

This picture represents the ‘fun police’ which is what I feel like the Fredericksburg police are–always crashing college kids’ fun because they have nothing else better to do. It is appalling to me that they cannot even let us have ONE day or ONE party without crashing it. I go visit other schools and the kids are able to have tons of parties and socialization to build school spirit, and the police let it go on because they are just there to make sure everyone’s safe-not to get everyone in trouble. Police should be there to protect us, instead of living on their power highs and literally never letting us have college parties. I am absolutely appalled at how horrible the community treats the  students here, and the police here have literally ruined my college experience. They are making people not want to go to this school, and I certainly won’t recommend this school to my friends outside UMW, because of the lack of socialization and rediculous heirarchy of the community/police over the students. UMW is known as being a quiet, non partying school, and when we try to have any sort of event for once, it gets shot down by the community. The community and police have killed my college experience, and are absolutely a huge variable for UMW not having much school spirit. Though I’ve never thought UMW has ever had much school spirit, I was excited for this weekend to help build that, and I was eager to post pictures about it. But now, I go back to my previous thought, and am posting this ‘fun police’ picture I found on the web to define my thoughts on school spirit at UMW. Thanks a lot, Fredericksburg.

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