February 15, 2013 at 6:52 PM
When you see certain sections of the Bryce Jordan Center filled by organizations like OHANA, ATLAS, Springfield and Phi Beta Lambda during THON weekend, you would think it is just for those 46 hours.
But, they actually have a long-standing tradition of cheering on their dancers from the same sections.
Springfield has the distinction of the first special-interest group created, founded in 2001. They have occupied section 120 for more than six years, since THON moved into the BJC.
“We always make dancer signs featuring personal inside jokes or inspirational quotes,” senior Joe Giordano said. “Interacting with dancers is a big priority for us.”
“OHANA has been sitting in section 121 for at least the last 3 years I’ve been here,” senior Connor Russo said. “We’re here to support our 10 dancers in many ways including: giant cardboard funny faces, fish cutouts, and a giant tic-tac board.”
OHANA sits right next to another special interest group, ATLAS, every year. ATLAS originated in 2006 and has been in section 121 since 2008.
They have 10 dancers this year.
“We send them mail on the dance floor and really show them our love,” sophomore Clara Etter said.
Phi Beta Lambda has sat in section 123 for the last four years.
“We like having this section because we can support our dancers closer,” senior Meghan Campbell said. “Our members come on a voluntary basis to show our support for our 4 dancers.”