I would like to start my first column of the new school year by
welcoming the incoming freshmen to the wonderful world of CSU.
Going to school here is such a great experience that the norm has
been to graduate in five years instead of the more traditional
Now there are many great things about going to college. The best
thing of all however, apart from realizing that you are
conveniently located in a building with a thousand other people of
the opposite sex looking to explore their newfound freedom, is
CSU is the only college I have been to but I am willing to make
the generalization. Football season is great, even the people that
don’t enjoy sports love going to football games.
That’s because it’s as much of a social event as it is an
athletic competition. During any given part of the game at Sonny
Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium you will find half the student crowd
on the concourse behind the student seats.
Here you will see many of your friends and when you get towards
the evening part of your collegiate career you will see many of the
friends you thought you would never see again and this inevitably
ends up in a chorus of “Wow, what are you doing here? I haven’t
seen you forever!”
Now, these reunions are usually brief because in general there
is a very good reason that you haven’t seen someone forever and
it’s because you don’t want to spend your time together but it
gives you someone else to tell your latest anecdote to anyway.
Our stadium separates itself from most of the college stadiums
in the country in a most agreeable way: it sells beer. This in
itself is partly responsible for the amount of time spent at the
game, but not watching it.
Standing in the beer line while hearing the roar of the crowd
has become as much of a CSU tradition as the jingling of your keys
during the ensuing kick-off. And don’t get me started about
Alright, I will get started about tailgating. This tradition of
gathering 50 or so of your closest friends grabbing a barbecue and
a cooler, or trough as the case may be, of beer is quite possibly
the greatest thing you American’s have ever come up with.
The school very kindly allows vendors to provide a plethora of
entertainment in the build-up to the games including bands and lots
of opportunities to grab some free food, win a couch to watch the
game from or snag a “Fear the Mu11et” T-shirt.
These events are wonderful fun for all as long as people realize
that it is important to enjoy the event responsibly. I would
imagine that there is ample opportunity to get in trouble at a
football game if you have been celebrating the occasion a little
This is even truer for the big game this weekend against our
rivals with the long hair, bad smell and bulging wallets, down the
interstate. The police will be looking for trouble makers and those
who have been tear gassed in the infamous Rocky Mountain Showdown
in 1999 will tell you that you don’t want to get on the their bad
So wear green, support our team, have fun but most importantly
of all be safe.