We bleed purple and gold, sometimes

by Editorial Board / Beacon Staff • February 7, 2013

At Issue: Poor attendance at Emerson sporting events

Our Take:
Spirit should go beyond our niche


The last time students came together to be decked in purple and gold was over two years ago, for the infamous Lady Gaga lip dub. Cameras captured Emerson students from every organization, team, and clique, who came together to just dance. The video’s 1.1 million views clearly show that a display of unified enthusiasm is something worth celebrating.

But where has our school spirit gone?

Emerson’s basketball players must compete each week with the support of only 61 people, on average, according to the athletic department’s website, leaving the squeak of their soles to echo in a nearly-empty gym. Yet their games are the perfect opportunity to show the same school spirit that rocked together to Paparazzi and Bad Romance.

Many students probably arrived at Emerson happy that they would not be pressured to feign an interest in athletics. Our school is known for its involvement in communication and the arts—no member of the Emerson Mafia ever rose to fame through their athletic abilities. However, plays and film screenings don’t offer the chance to cheer in unison for the Emerson’s triumph.

The ambition of Emerson students can weaken school community, fragmented by the various clubs and organizations that become the sole priority of their respective members. Within an educational culture of demanding classes and time-consuming co-curricular activities, efforts to develop an overarching camaraderie are often overlooked. As a family, we should celebrate all Emerson has to offer. Quidditch may be the wacky uncle we all feel a bit hesitant about—but love anyway, because he’s one of our own.

For those of us not on the cusp of graduation, who have not stood in line to take senior pictures, we cannot quite understand what the outgoing class is experiencing. But this semester should provoke a question for everyone: When you’re in their shoes, what will you miss? Though there is no formula for the right Emerson experience, there is one thing we can do, one impulse we ought to follow—find shared experiences to enjoy, together.

There is a nagging idea that a successful Emerson experience is a cruelly busy one. We may take pride in Facebook statuses lauding our sleep deprivation and countless leadership positions, but we should find equal pleasure in creating a community—beyond collectively tweeting at Lena Dunham. In the busyness of our days and the sleeplessness of our nights, we must remember that even after graduation, there will still be time to sprint to meetings, apply to new internships, and worry about the future.

Seniors should be able to reminisce. For them, the time to create enduring memories at Emerson has mostly passed. But for the rest of us, it’s important to remember that one day, deceptively soon, we are going to ask where the time went. Certain tasks, after all, don’t show up on iCal.