New pep rally process is a step backward

What’s the point of a pep rally if you’re only rallying the already-rallied?

As most people have heard by now, the administration is trying something a little different for the Oct. 30 pep rally for the big game against Centerville.  Instead of releasing the entire student body after their 7th period class to attend the rally at Trent Arena, those who wish to attend must buy one of 1,200 tickets for a buck.  If you don’t shell out the dollar, you stick around in your classroom instead.

I won’t try to pretend that we’re the most spirited school I’ve ever seen.  But at the same time, there are certainly quite a few students at Fairmont who take pride in being a Firebird.

I always thought the objective of a pep rally was to bring the entire school together, to stir up pride and excitement in those who might lack it.  But what is the objective now?  To forget about those who don’t have enough spirit to buy a ticket?  To abandon the effort to encourage their school spirit?

I get it – the amount of student participation during recent pep rallies has been less than stellar.  But I don’t think the solution to this problem lies in leaving half of the student body in the classroom.

Maybe the administration’s goal is to concentrate the spirit.  Maybe the administrators think that, by keeping out those who don’t scream and cheer, the ones who do scream and cheer will sound louder.  Or maybe it’s just to raise money.  I’m certainly not against raising money for Spirit Chain, but I just don’t think this is the right place to do it.

The pep rally should be the culmination of Spirit Week.  It should be an opportunity to celebrate all the support and awareness that was raised during Spirit Week.  And only allowing half of the school to attend this celebration, and making them pay to get in, just doesn’t make sense.

If the administration wants to increase our school spirit, I think it’s time to re-evaluate what exactly goes on at the pep rallies.  I know a lot of the cheers are traditions, but I’m not sure that they’re quite as effective as they used to be.  There needs to be more student involvement.  Some great steps were taken last year – remember the finals of the tire-rolling Advisory Wars, for example?  I was excited for that.  I enjoyed watching it.  It was something new and different.

But now it seems like the administration is taking a step backwards.  Maybe they’re just experimenting, just to see how it goes.  But I can’t imagine it going very well.  Here’s to hoping they change their mind about this ticket business before the next pep rally.