University’s Miss Senior says students must rebuild proud tradition of student support
By TIERRA SMITH
Grambling State University Media Bureau
Grambling State University’s student section for football games is increasing. There were more than fifty students dressed in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to support the Tigers against Texas Southern University. In an overtime thriller, Grambling lost 23-17.
One finger pointed up and arms extended in the air, Grambling State students, alumni, cheerleaders, band and football players stayed united, even when an oh-so-close game had ended and they sang the school’s alma mater. Some players fought back tears.
“They played really hard and showed a lot of heart,” said Desmond Stegall, 20, a junior mass communication major from Atlanta. “Even though they lost, they did it the Grambling way, with pride.”
The strength of the new student section should grow and the “Tiger Pride” movement should engage everyone, according to Jalendra Traylor, 23, a senior kinesiology major from Dallas. “It’s okay to have one section, but the players feed off” everyone.
The student section is coordinated by Miss Senior, Alexandra Perry, a former Grambling State cheerleader who has made the support of Grambling athletics a part of her reign responsibilities.
“I think the student section went great,” said Perry, 21, a senior therapeutic reaction major from Alexandria. “When it came down to the end of the game, everyone was cheering on the team and that’s when it really matters.”
Perry said she’ll host another student section meeting this week to prepare for the big homecoming game against Mississippi Valley State University on Nov. 2. She wants students, alums and interested fans to follow @WhatsUpWithFSUB on Twitter and Instagram for more information.
“We plan to get more students involved every time,” said Perry.
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