Letters to the Editor

This is your football team

Dear Editor,

I have an issue with people who do not go to the football games because they lose and do go to basketball games because our team wins. What is wrong with you, Kent State students?

As I walked into the Dix Stadium Wednesday night, five minutes before kickoff, I was shocked – the student section was empty! Why? Was Wednesday night a little random for you? Or light rain scared you? Get over your blonde moments and come and support.

Do not consider “our” football team as “they” – this is your team, who fight under the name Golden Flashes (ouch, it happens that you are a Golden Flash, too), who represent the school you go to. I mean, it is really disrespectful of you not to go to the games because you think that football players are not a part of our community because they lose. And to think that basketball players are best friends because they win. I give the guys a huge credit for bringing prestige to our school.

We cannot be best at everything. You have to experience both – ups and downs. But coming to the football games will just show that you care and hope. Care for our players, who get hit 300 times per game, who break their body parts every so often, who have surgeries. Be respectful. Just imagine yourself performing (singing or in-class presentation) and no one shows up because they assume (!) you will fail. How will it make you feel? Come to the games. Show some school pride. Show where you belong to. Show where you spend the best years of your life. Show you are a Golden Flash. Be proud of your second home.

I love basketball, too. I love the game’s style, and I love the feeling of winning. But I do not deny losses. I appreciate all of the effort our players put in to make Kent State Golden Flashes look good. I cheer for them just as much as a cheer for our football team.

You should, too.


&mdash Anastasiya Spytsya, junior Russian translation major

Congrats KSU field hockey

Dear Editor,

It has been refreshing to see extensive Stater coverage of our MAC champion field hockey team. Brock Harrington’s column on Nov. 10 was excellent at informing the community about this successful team and a sport that is a Kent State dynasty.

I wish more people would come out for the games next season. You will find a very physical sport with a fast pace, fine eye-hand skills and power in the shots. These women play two solid 35-minute halves on a 60 by 100 yard field of artificial turf. The clock and the players are in motion almost all of the time. The more you learn (that you only hit the ball with one side of the stick, the ball cannot hit your shoe, etc.), the more interesting the game becomes.

Congratulations to the MAC-champion Kent State field hockey team.

&mdash Thomas Schmidlin, professor of geography