March 24, 2011 Volume CXXIX Issue 8

This is How the World Ends, Not With a Bang, But a Grilled Cheese Sandwich

By PERRY DIXON
The Boy Who Lived

This Editor was depressed at the close of Monday night’s loss in the Fab Four. For most of the game, which they largely dominated, it surely felt as though the Tigers were headed toward a matchup against Pikeville for the national title and state bragging rights. The Tigers’ double-digit lead in the second half certainly made it feel as though things were going to go our way and through to victory. Alas, by some unforeseen imposition of poor circumstance and grave misfortune, our Tigers were rendered unto their doom. A second-half implosion marred by the disappearance of shot making and a sudden departure into Turnover Town (population: us) ultimately ended in our opponents’ advancement. The cloudy Tuesday that has followed can only be described as one of sadness and suckitude. However, it is worthy to point out that the Tigers, well coached once more by Happy and his staff, achieved the kind of success this season that has long been the standard for the men’s basketball team at Georgetown. Short of a national championship, there is little else we could hope for from a season and much is due to the players and coaches for their consistent excellence. On a campus where many students, including this Editor, are guilty of often following more closely the big Division I programs in college basketball, the Tigers made it to a stage in their national tournament not seen by the majority of programs on any level. Despite the loss, the next season approaches and it is time to start looking toward the next championship run.

If there is one thing that should be taken from this year’s season, and likely from many seasons prior, it is that the College needs to actively encourage more support of the men’s basketball team by students. Really, every team deserves and requires the assistance of the Administration, the Powers that Be, Dark Lord and Death Eaters, or whatever designation is currently appropriate (as long as no first names are used). As such, this Editor has two suggestions. The first is specifically intended for the men’s basketball team, but the second is far more general and would benefit every athletic team. First, the College should officially excuse students from class for going to support the Tigers in the national tournament, and they should do everything financially possible to ensure safe transportation to the tournament site. Students should have to pay their own way for hotels, food and whatnot but it does not seem too much to ask for a bus or two. Students not going to the tournament should still have to attend class, of course. Phenomenal fan support is a massive reason for the University of Kentucky’s status as a perennial power. Happy and the Tigers, given their historically impressive resume, deserve the same reputation for fans that will travel and support. If there had been an overwhelming number of Georgetown fans at the game, it certainly might have positively impacted our chances at winning. So, to recap, first suggestion: in the future, the College needs to financially support the transportation of students to support the basketball team when it makes it to such great heights as well as excuse the same students from class. Simple.

The second suggestion that this Editor has thought about for quite some time has to do with the dubious CEP/NEXUS enterprise. For starters, it would be too easy to point out all the things that are wrong with the entire CEP/NEXUS system. The Dark Lord and his Death Eaters love to sit in dark musty rooms criticizing individuals for being merely critical, so this Editor will temporarily entertain a more constructive approach. As this Editor sees it, there is a serious problem gaining fan support for all of the sports teams on campus. The men’s basketball and football teams have it easiest since they dominate the [expletive] out of their competition, historically speaking, but even they do not have the support they deserve. The rest of the teams are in a very difficult situation in that it is nearly impossible to get consistently massive support from casual students with no real relation to members of respective teams or what have you. A solution may rest in the CEP/NEXUS cluster(bungle). What this Editor suggests is that the College award one CEP/NEXUS credit, under the title of Athletic Support or something, for an individual’s attendance of ten separate sporting events throughout the year. So, if an individual were to attend thirty games between the women’s basketball team, the tennis team and the men’s soccer team, they would be rewarded three credits. If the College does not want to so easily give away credits, in the hope that students might be more encouraged to attend the phenomenally enlightening events already available, it would be possible to perhaps require attendance of fifteen games per credit. It would not be successful to make the number too high, however, because the point is to get people to as many games as possible all the time. If this route were taken, the College might also limit an individual to four Athletic Support credits per year, so that one might not achieve their entire requirement picking flowers next to the soccer field. These are relatively rare constructive suggestions, since we have yet to take handicap accessibility seriously (though the non-handicap accessible staircase by Phi Tau and Phi Mu has been made traversable, in case you were worried).

Think about it. The Back Page has spoken.

Disclaimer: The contents of the back page are not necessarily true and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Georgetonian or Georgetown College.

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