Aug. 29, 2005
Due to inclement weather, the first annual “Seminole Uprising” pep rally, developed by the Seminole Student Boosters, University Administration and the Florida State Athletics Department has been postponed. Organizers hope to reschedule event for later this fall.
This new program at FSU is an initiative that is being started in order to get students excited for the start of the football season and teach new students about FSU traditions, such as the fight song, the war chant, and how Chief Osceola rides out onto the field with Renegade to throw his flaming spear before the start of each game.
“We wanted to do something that would teach students more about the Florida State traditions at football games, like the fight song,” Seminole Uprising Coordinator Ramsey Krupilis said. “A lot of the students don’t know all the words to the fight song or the words to the other FSU songs.”
Krupilis and others have worked to organize the event, which will include speeches from FSU head football coach Bobby Bowden, FSU President T.K.
Wetherell, appearances from the FSU football team and performances by the FSU Marching Chiefs, Florida State Spirit Drums, Golden Girls and FSU Cheerleaders.
Organizers hope the pep rally will become an annual event. For this year, the pep rally will work to generate pride and excitement for the FSU versus Miami football game, which will take place on Monday, Sept. 5.
“This was developed to pull the student community together at the beginning of the year and set a tone of Seminole pride and Seminole spirit,” Associate Director of the Oglesby Union Kim McMahon said.
According to Krupilis and McMahon, members of the Seminole Tribe will also be present at the Uprising in order to represent the ties that the University maintains with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
“I’m very pleased that the NCAA has ruled in FSU’s favor, but it is appropriate for us to continue to educate all of our student body about that wonderful partnership that we have with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and to give them a forum to share that,” McMahon said.
Freshman, upperclassmen, and community members are all welcome to attend this free event. Gates will open at 7 p.m. and refreshments will be available.
Be there to support the football Seminoles and gear up for the UM game!