The lack of participation from students at football games has the stands looking like a morgue.
Going to Washburn for four years now I have started notice a trend at the football games. Every year the first football game always starts off with a full student section. There are people with painted chest and full of Washburn spirit. But with every home game after the crowd dwindles until homecoming the stand will be filled once more. The only section that seems to stay consistent is where all the alumni sit. Those old people who never seemed to miss a game since they graduated 20 years ago. The Greek life usually last the longest but in the end they seem to dissipate also.
The hill where all the fraternities and sororities sit usually starts off the year with all of them showing their letters and filling the hill. Though you can see they have tons of school spirit, it tends to die off. After a while it seems that they all stay outside and tailgate or not even show up.
In the years past, the cheerleaders use to rotate and cheer to the student section during a quarter but with lack of participation the cheerleaders don’t go to the other side of the field anymore. This restricts the cheerleaders from also interacting with the band. The band has always been the loudest people in the stands.
With homecoming being this coming week there is hope to have the stands full so the crowd could cheer the team to a victory. The cheerleaders love more than anything to cheer for the students of Washburn University. There also seems to be a correlation to how many people attend the games and if Washburn wins.