Summon your inner ‘Runner spirit

Runner Bookstore staff get in the Blue Crew spirit.
The Runner Bookstore staff get in the Blue Crew spirit. T-shirts are just $6 for the Student Section at home games.

There is a rising tide of ‘Runner spirit on the CSUB campus. Maybe it’s the cold weather that’s encouraging us to bundle up in our CSUB sweatshirts, or the excitement that starts with the first week of the quarter. But one thing’s for sure, our blood is running blue with ‘Runner pride!

Part of the aroused spirit has to do with CSUB’s Student-Athletes Advisory Committee and their resurrection of the Blue Crew. Tonight will be the second Blue Crew athletic event of the 2010-11 school year, with students encouraged to don their blue T-shirts and pack the student section at the women’s basketball game at 7 p.m. against Concordia-Irvine in the Icardo Center. T-shirts are available for just $6 in the Student Bookstore. The rack is under the sign that reads “Put your seat in a BLUE CREW seat.” You can’t miss it.

Remember, CSUB students with ID get in FREE to athletic events.

Also, following the game is “Game Night on Game Night,” from 9 p.m. to midnight at the CSUB Runner Café. You get a free soda with your basketball ticket stub and there will be board games for students to relax and get their games on.

If you can’t make it tonight, the women play again on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. against Seattle University in the Icardo Center. This is the “Faculty and Staff Appreciation Game,” where faculty and staff also get in free to the game. To bridge athletics and academics, SAAC is featuring MVP awards for the Most Valuable Professors. Student-athletes with a 3.0 GPA and higher have been invited to honor professors that have made an impact on their education at CSUB. Come out and support your faculty, staff, and student athletes at this game.

The faculty and staff appreciation continues with free admission to two more sporting events – a wrestling match vs. Cal State Fullerton at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 in the Icardo Center, and a men’s basketball game vs. Idaho at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at Rabobank Arena.

The renewed sense of spirit at CSUB is also due to the support of the Office of Student Affairs, which is pulling together all facets of student life at CSUB to encourage involvement. Some of these groups include athletics, the residence halls, the bookstore, ASI, the Student Union, and more.

It’s all about educating students about what’s available to them at CSUB, says Dr. John Hultsman, interim vice president for Student Affairs.

It’s also about taking CSUB to the next level – especially now that we’re Division I, says SAAC president and CSUB baseball player Mike McCarthy.

“It’s a whole experience,” he said. “You’re not just coming out to watch a game; the fans are part of the game. You’re having fun, you’re meeting new people. There’s a chemistry that’s created … when students are able to feel part of the experience together and rally around our school.”

For the complete schedule of CSUB athletic events, visit Become a fan of the Blue Crew on Facebook to keep up-to-date on their events.

– Jennifer Baldwin, CSUB Public Affairs Coordinator