Board Editorial: Lion Pride Rides the Tide

From spring of 2003 until my graduation in May 2006, I wrote many articles for several sections of my college newspaper, the Los Angeles Loyolan. Here's one of my Opinion articles.
Board Editorial: Lion Pride Rides the Tide

Originally Published: Friday, February 10, 2006

Picture this: you step inside Gersten Pavilion and are greeted by a sea of bodies covered in burgundy and blue, and your ears are filled with the cacophonous sound of screaming, unruly college students. No, not college students-Lions!

Tomorrow night we face Pepperdine in the two most anticipated basketball games of the season. The women's game starts at 5 p.m. and the men go on at 7:30 p.m. We expect you to be there at no later than 5 p.m. with Lion merchandise, tireless vocal cords and painted bellies. All of you. Even you, kid who just plays X-Box all day.

Our school is comprised of students with a diverse range of opinions, political affiliations and religions. But there is one thing that unites the student body more than anything-and no, we're not talking about free food. We're talking about the extreme dislike of Pepperdine. We're talking about sheer, unadulterated hostility for the other team. Case in point: the largest group on Facebook is none other than the "Pepperdine sucks at everything" group, with 912 members.

We've got reason to be cocky-our women's team is first in conference, and men's is second. If Iggy met the Pepperdine mascot in a dark alley, there's no doubt he'd come out on top. Soggy, but on top. You know why? Their mascot is a freakin' wave.

This is our chance to show the kids from "The 'bu" what we're made of. So let's support LMU basketball, and bask in the unity that only a hot cross-town rivalry can bring. Do it for Hank. Do it for your mom. Or do it for that cute athlete you're trying to impress.

However, our duty extends beyond attendance to this one hyped-up night of basketball. In leaving the Pepperdine game tomorrow night, overflowing happily with nachos and cheer from our inevitable victory, take note of this feeling and think of all the games to come. Perhaps it's time to make school spirit a regular thing. Water polo, baseball, go crazy! Let's extend our infectious pep to all LMU sports, and our enmity for Pepperdine to all WCC schools.

So Lions, we are confident that we will see you at the games. Hopefully it'll be over by 10 p.m. so Pepperdine can make their curfew. Zing!
[via Los Angeles Loyolan:]
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