UMMM...when your college team has improved every year for the past 5...and now you're 24-1...don't you think attendance would improve?? Duh. You don't need an army to rally students around a kick ass basketball team. you only need them when you suck and can't get anyone to watch them play...ie-Bonnies and Dukies.
This is the major point. Like DB, I went to Gw in the mid 90's. From 1994-98 to be eact. WE had something like the Colonial Army, they sat in the front behind our bench and wore the ugly ass T-shirts. The rest of us would grab a few drinks and then head to the smitty, wait on some line and get good seats to the game. For the most part, all of the games were filled. When the baketball team was playing well, our attendance was far better. If we wanted to grab a few etra drinks, then we'd sit high on the bleachers or on the sides. BIG deal. The fact is we didn't need to be motivated. The play on the court motivated us.
HOW THE HELL COULD THE COLONIAL ARMY TAKE CREDIT for increased attendance Intraining? All it seems to me is that you guys created some money making scheme to ATTEMPT to increase school spirit during a time when the basketball team was doing poorly. It seems that the CA only causes red tape. Creates rules that everyone must follow, or face epulsion. As well, most often groups like the CA are created for the wrong reasons. special treatment for some, hile the majority take it up the ***. Why do i fel this way? $$$$ thats why.
What's lost in all of this bullshit is the mere fact that paying 50 dollars to join some army for SCHOOL SPIRIT is flat out retarded. If we can't fill up the arena when our team is performing well then we as a school and alumni are piss poor. Bottomline. You don't pay for spirirt. It's not something bought or sold. thus, No need to force anyone to attend women's games, in order to get in early for senior day. If the Gw students are blind enough to only appreciate men's sports, that is their hipocracy and their right. Although I'm assuming many of these posters are young boyz, who don't know of the rich tradition our women have built under Joe. i guess a quick chat wth poog or ELJ may help these boyz see the light.
More importantly, if we must have the CA, why cant you get new freakin shirts. Seriously...the ones that you wear are so ugly, especially on TV. It's embarressing. Once they get washed they become this bizarre color that represents neither buff or blue. Spend your time and energy on getting new shirts and looking good. Seriously, who the hell wants to wear those shirts and our yellow foam hats? That's why we get ridiculed all over the country. We are #7/6 in the nation but don't look or act the part.
Intraining--you have taken a lot of abuse on this thread and I don't think its justified. It's not your fault that the CA was created and all you can do is try to make it better. But sometimes---things correct itself. The men were dismal from 200-2003. That being said, since 2004- we have really turned it around. The need for a standing army is nul and void. Let's put you on as reservists and save the front row seats for people who know how to dress with style.
Is it really that hard to wear a blue t-shirt that has a buff GW on it. Really...seriously...anyone. Is it really that hard? All i heard at Fordham were guys and gals in their 20's, 30's and 40's laughing at the the CA because of their "pucky" looking shirts. It's just not becoming. and that needs to change.