Monday Night Flag Football
As homework, tests, and finals begin to pile up, Honors College students rely on one of the same stress-relievers that many other Louisiana students depend on each fall, football. On Monday nights, the silence of the library is replaced with cheers echoing from the UREC practice field and the smell of late night coffee brewing is replaced by the smells of fresh sod and pigskin.
In 2008 the Honors College Student Council (HCSC) entered its first co-ed intramural football team into competition. The team, named Super Fun Time, ended the 2008 season with a 3-1 record and was defeated in the first round of playoffs. In the fall of 2009 the Student Council sought new players from among the Honors student body. "We received an overwhelming response to the call for players," remarked Paige Nicholls, HCSC Vice President and Team Captain. With a deeper roster, the 2009 team ended regular season play 2-0-1 and was able to win two playoff games, advancing to the semifinals.
Apart from enjoying the competition, the students get something more from participating in team sports, they build friendships. Many of these students came to the Honors College as total strangers and by participating on the Student Council Intramural team have formed bonds that would not have occurred otherwise. According to Nicholls, "participating in intramural football allowed me to grow closer to people within the Honors College that I and many others may not have gotten a chance to hang out with.”
Watch This Week in Honors for more opportunities to participate in the Honors College Student Council team during the Spring of 2010. HCSC plans to keep the newest Honors College tradition going by participating in the LSU intramural softball league.