February 15, 2013 at 4:35 PM
Carissa Murray stood in the front and waited for 4 p.m., which is when all the organizations rushed into the Bryce Jordan Center to grab the “their spot” in the arena.
Murray (sophomore-economics) couldn’t keep still.
“It’s crazy,” she said. “I’m so nervous right now I’m shaking.”
Thousands of people lined up at the bus stop across the street from the BJC and wrapped around the field next to Beaver Stadium.
Murray, a member of Sigma Kappa and Sigma Phi Epsilon, said the earliest students from her organization were there at 7 a.m. The section they vied for was 104.
“Us and one other spot can literally touch the dancers, all the time,” Murray said, adding that section is “the best.”
She said this is important to their organization because they want to be able support their dancers.
“People are trying to take it and we want to keep it, but it’s ours,” Murray said. “That’s why I’m here so early.”
A bit further down the line stood Lexi Bryan (senior- supply chain management). Her organization, Alpha Kappa Psi, came around 11:30 a.m. to get section 123.
“We want to make sure we get a good spot to represent our organization,” Bryan said. “That way when the dancers look up into the stand, they can see our section for support.”
Both organizations expressed that there was better organization this year compared to last year. Murray said last year she was “overwhelmed.” She said this year was organized.
Kiersten Ferno (senior –print journalism), a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, said this year there’s a system for the process.
“Last year was aggressive because everyone wants to get their spot that they had, but this year I think it’s going to be a lot smoother,” Ferno said. “We want to be in a good spot to cheer on our dancers and get to see our families with them. It’s all with a good cause in mind, but sometimes it can get pushy.”