I’ve been at Concordia for almost 4 years now and never have I seen our University get together like they have been at the pep rallies (and usually the following pub events). It just go to show that with a little hard work we can really become a community, so I got in contact with the one and only Brett Farquharson, Student Experience Advisor, to find out exactly how these pep rallies all came into play.
Brett may be the one organizing the events now, but he says:
“The idea of the pep rallies came from the following people in a meeting this past summer: Dr. Barb van Ingen (Dean of Students), Bernie Masterson (Past Athletic Director, now Joel Mrak), Scott Bancarz (Athletic Program Coordinator), and myself (Brett)”.
As for the why:
“The group wanted to recognize these Student Athletes for all the hard work they put into our Thunder athletic teams. Some teams will practice 4 days a week and play 2 games on the weekend, with only 1 day of rest. These students do all of this on top of their academics. The pep rallies were one way of showing our support to these Student Athletes”.
From my point of view the pep rallies have been a hit; they’ve gotten people excited about the teams and brought us closer as a school community. Brett wanted to point out some extra special people though:
“I have been very happy with the response of the rallies so far. I would like to thank the volleyball and cross teams for supporting all the teams this year. Every rally they are out there in their ThunderWear supporting their fellow athletes. I would also like to thank the students, staff and faculty who take their break to cheer on their Thunder”.
The pep rallies feature a variety of fun and sometimes sporadic games that always get some lucky volunteers up off their feet to participate with the sports team(s) of the rally. I asked Brett how he came up with the all those great activities and the answer might shock you:
“To be honest with you, I come up with the ideas the morning of the rally. My Drama and Physical Education background I received from my Concordia Degree is a big reason for my creativity. There is a lot you can do with a hoola-hoop and few balls. You don’t need anything too fancy to have some fun. One of my favorite toys as a kid was a refrigerator box. You just need to use your imagination and you can come up with some fun games.”
Brett does have plans for next year to bring more atmosphere to Tegler during the pep rallies, but he knows he owes a lot to current vibe to one person in particular:
“A big part of the success of these pep rallies is from our DJ, DJ Lighting (Dave Patterson). Music is a vital part of a successful rally and without music I would just be an annoying guy yelling into a microphone.”
If you haven’t yet heard Brett on the mic, I prefer enthusiastic over annoying, you’ll have your chance Friday February 28th at Noon in the Tegler Students’ Center. Come cheer on your Concordia Thunder Hockey team and don’t forget that another Cheers with the Chancellor is that afternoon too. Come get your Concordia spirit on with some pep, free food, and a meet and greet with our Chancellor. Then shuttle on over to the Concordia Hockey game at Glen Garry Arena (Brett will have a 15 person van to take students to and from the game)!
I think Brett sums everything up perfectly with this last sentiment:
“I would like to encourage everyone at Concordia to attend at least 1 Thunder Athletic Game. You have 45 home games to choose from a season. You’re missing out on your University experience if you don’t take in a Thunder Game.”
Thanks Brett for doing what you do to make our student experience something to remember here at Concordia and LET’S GO THUNDER!