On Friday, October 19, at 7 p.m., students came together to express their school spirit at a pep rally held in the Pratt Recreational Center. The pep rally kicked off the 2012 Homecoming weekend. Alerie Tirsch, director of the Student Life and Leadership Development, estimates that there were about 1,500 attendees at the pep rally. Students wearing a mixture of the old “C.W. Post” and new “LIU Post” gear united as one to show off their Post Pride.
Upon arrival, students were greeted with complimentary “Post Pride” pom-poms, cheer cones, glow sticks, and with music by the Pep Band. The LIU Post Pep Band is usually found at the football games to get the stadium crowd in the spirit to cheer on our football team. Free food and drinks were also provided to the pep rally attendees and shirts were thrown into the crowd. The master of ceremonies, MC, for this year’s pep rally was Class of 2010 alumna, print and electronic major, Simone Whitney, better known as DJ S.Whit. D.J. Lomo played music at the event to keep the students’ energy up. Senior education major Samantha McNamara enjoyed the music the most. “I love that they were mixing popular songs we grew up listening to with new songs. It was like a huge flashback from childhood,” she said.
The pep rally showcased multiple performances by students from different organizations. The Post Concert Dance Company performed a traditional African dance. The first, second and third place winners of the “Post Got Talent” show also performed. A dance performance by the Student Dance Association and the battle of the residence halls also occurred. Following the performances, the teams of LIU Post Athletic Department were introduced. Rebecca Kennedy, a transfer senior health and public administration major, said it was her first Post pep rally, “It was a great experience. I really liked Riggs Hall’s performance.”
The event was sponsored by The Association for Campus Planning (ACP).