BC's First Spirit Week Falls Short Of Expectations
Team members reflect on pros and cons of events
Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 23:10
As Boston College resurrected Homecoming festivities this year, the first ever Spirit Week occurred, as well. Spirit Week was an effort to foster student spirit leading up to the BC vs Army Homecoming football game on Saturday. The ongoing event throughout the week was the Spirit Week Competition, where various student organizations and communities participated in a series of events to show who had the most BC Eagles pride, culminating in the presentation of the Spirit Cup at the BC vs. Army football game.
Students were eligible to participate in the Spirit Week if they registered as part of a student organization, residence hall council, or Boston College organized group. The Student Programs Office promoted the Spirit Week Competition through emails, encouraging students to register a team leading up to the Sept. 23 deadline. In its inaugural year, the Spirit Week Competition drew 13 registered teams, with only five gaining points after participating in its events.
One of these teams is the Entreprenaturals, which is made up of the 10 executive board members of the Boston College Entrepreneur Society. Troy Johnson, team captain and A&S ’14, explained the Entrepreneur Society’s reason for creating a team. “We, especially these past two years, have become a much more active club on campus,” he said. “We thought this was good way to get more visibility. It would be a fun event and good bonding experience for everyone who is on the executive board of the club.”
Team captain of the Cheverbest team Meghan Henneberger, A&S ’17, didn’t realize that this was the first year of BC’s Spirit Week Competition when she created a team with her hall of freshman girls in Cheverus. But upon seeing the email encouraging teams to register, Henneberger explained, “We just decided to take the opportunity and see what it would be like.”
The week kicked off with a banner competition, with five teams participating, and each designed their own BC banner. The banners were then posted on the BC Homecoming website for students to vote on their favorite, which led to points awarded to the various teams.
One of the aspects of the competition that was particularly confusing for competitors, however, was the attending of athletic events to win points. Many of the sporting events that were supposed to qualify for points occurred the week leading up to Spirit Week. “We kind of missed that memo. There were things we were not completely aware that we had to do until after they had already passed,” Johnson said. After the fact, the Spirit Week Competition decided not to have the athletic events count toward points because of this confusion.
The focal event of the Spirit Week Competition was “BC Campus Feud” on Thursday Oct. 3, a family-feud style competition that was supposed to take place between the top four teams who had accumulated the most points as of Thursday. Only two teams, however, chose to take part in the event, the Entreprenaturals and the Eagletts. The event took place in Robsham at 9 p.m. as part of NOTH programming and was open to all students to watch.
Four games were used to determine the winner with only the final game being BC trivia. One question in this final game was, ‘What is the best sandwich on campus?’ with the baja chicken being the winner. Brianna Cooley, a member of the Eagletts and A&S ’16, was on the winning team of “BC Campus Feud” and thought it was a great event. “I thought it was really fun. We were really nervous, though, leading up to it thinking that it was going to be questions all about BC.”
The Spirit Week Competition concluded with a “Wear your Spirit Day” on Friday. Team members had to check in with a representative from the Student Programs Office at the Quad to show their BC pride clothing to win points, although only one of the teams followed through and checked in. Many students, while thinking that Spirit Week and the Spirit Week Competition are good ways to boost BC pride, had ideas in regard to how it can be improved in the future.
“I think it is a really great thing they are doing with taking initiative to have a Homecoming week because I think it would build a lot of morale and spirit around campus,” said Maryam Kazmi, A&S ’14. “But I feel like all the events themselves could just be publicized a little bit more.”
The necessity of registering a team to be part of the Spirit Week Competition seemed like it could be problematic for Tadala Jumbe, A&S ’14. “Particular events could have been a little bit more interactive with more people,” Jumbe said. “A lot of the events were team-based, but many people are not proactive enough to create their own team.”
Jumbe also offered some suggestions on to how to make this a campus wide-event. “Going forward they need to do more show-stopping things to get everyone’s attention for Spirit Week. Especially since it was the first Homecoming Weekend in 40 years, it needed to be something that caught our attention first of all.”