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Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:14 pm

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For most Lafayette football fans it has been noticed that fan support is dwindling. But it is also been dwindling for the other sports who are having a decent season ( FH, Soccer). It's not that they will attract 1000 students to the sidelines but by my count student support is nil.
Part of the problem is the school newspaper who can't even report up to date scores of their college teams. Often times they are a week or two late if ever!!
Why should the college newspaper be reporting on the NY Yankees before our soccer team. When was the PL standings reported for the above sports??
I think the student newspaper had deteriorated in the last several years.

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Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 5:13 pm

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In fairness to other sport athletes, I have seen a lot of them attend other sports like field hockey and the soccer teams. There have been groups, mostly other athletes, at volleyball. The band has been at the football games, hard to tell how many students are there as they sit in multiple areas.

In the past, there have been events that had free pizza, etc. That brought out a few more.

If you are winners , more people come out.
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Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 7:45 pm

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For the FH team the players personally handed out 500 vouchers personally, worth 2 dollars for the refreshment wagon at the field at the Boston game. About 50 were redeemed I have heard.
Boston was ranked number 9 in the country at the time and selected to come in first in Pl. Lafayette won 2-1 after two overtimes and a shoot out to decide the winner. We had less than 200 fans, mostly parents and some local fans with their kids.
The win was not reported by the school newspaper for almost a week, with no pictures from the game. They did eventually report it.
It will be interesting to see how many show for the American game which could decide the home field for the playoffs.

In soccer less than 200 showed for the Bucknell game which we won 1-0.

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Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:09 pm

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I was active on the paper in my day - and we made our share of blunders. We just didn't have the infrastructure, or the culture to put out a top-quality product. We tried hard  - well a few of us did. But with no faculty guidance or training on how to do true journalism, the product is what it is.

I went to more than my share of games at Metzgar when I was a student - in part because I worked for the paper and in part because I just loved NCAA athletics - and I was pretty much alone most of the time. I met a LOT of parents and got to know Dr. Oaks that way. Sometimes some boyfriends/girlfriends would be out there - but I never remember much of a crowd. The exception being the 96 soccer team that advanced in the NCAA tournament. 2,000 people at Metzgar fields bEFORE they built the stands! It was a great site.

I guess I'm saying I don't recall a day when the paper was much better or the fan support was large - but I could be wrong.
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Posted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 1:23 am

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Five years ago, the paper had a professional journalist as an advisor. I don't know if that is the case now. They went after stories and the staff was opinionated. I recall an interview when Weiss made the statement that he didn't support scholarships and had reservations about being in a league with them. He wanted to change his remarks and the paper refused.

They covered the administration attacks on the greeks in general and the frats in particular. I heard from one of the student reporters that the school wanted the newspaper to be run by the school communications office.

Many of the students today think the paper is not relevant. I see on the Holy Cross site their school newspaper has virtually collapsed.

Perhaps its the "twitter" generation who get their news from late night comics.

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Posted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 5:42 am

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Lafalum wrote:
Five years ago, the paper had a professional journalist as an advisor. I don't know if that is the case now. They went after stories and the staff was opinionated. I recall an interview when Weiss made the statement that he didn't support scholarships and had reservations about being in a league with them. He wanted to change his remarks and the paper refused.

They covered the administration attacks on the greeks in general and the frats in particular. I heard from one of the student reporters that the school wanted the newspaper to be run by the school communications office.

Many of the students today think the paper is not relevant. I see on the Holy Cross site their school newspaper has virtually collapsed.

Perhaps its the "twitter" generation who get their news from late night comics.


Laf: Great comment about the"twitter" generation.  One of my few criticisms of millennials is it appears they get their news from watching mostly left wing "comedians" on late night tv.  Not that they need to watch the disheartening pharma commercials on the nightly network news, but they might learn something from the the Wall St Journal, Washington Post or NY Times websites. It is shocking to me how ill-informed about the world that so many millennials are - it led to the rise of Bernie Sanders bec. the majority of the kids who supported him did not have a clue as to the meaning of socialism plus Bernie (and HRC) promised them free college tuition.

Back to the topic of student attendance at sporting events: the school ought to do a survey to find out why they don't go.  I have an image of kids huddled over their smart phones on their free time, and listening to rap music!

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Posted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 6:37 am

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Students don''t go for the same reason alums don''t go. It''s not fun anymore. There are better ways to spend our time. It's too frustrating to watch poorly coached, mistake prone teams. In other words, if we won more, we wouldn't have this conversation.

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Posted: Sun Oct 09, 2016 3:25 pm

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I don't think the weekly newspaper has ever fully adapted to modern media. Other colleges have. You'd hope with growth of FAMS as a major / department, our student paper will experience a revival.

Agree that student support is easier when you win for any sport.

For most sports, student turn out is often driven by friends supporting friends. Do student athletes have a lot of friends and campus connections outside of their teams?

I'm not being facetious - I know the demands of D1 athletics are heavy today and honestly don't know if student athletes have much time available outside of academics and athletics during their seasons.

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