Wow! What a year it
has been. To think that after our first year we've broken the
100 members mark, watched the football team make it to the NCAA
semi-finals, and had three successful alumni events! 2004 looks
to be even better, with the hockey team playing well and more
alumni gatherings on the way. Plus we can now welcome this year's
second semester seniors to our merry little band. With all that
in mind, let's get started on the first newsletter of 2004.
a run! - Football Season Recap
Can you say impressive?
Let the rest of D3 be warned, you can't take RPI football lightly
ever again. After an incredible 9-1 regular season, RPI snuck
into a 5th seed in the Springfield Bracket for their third NCAA
post-season appearance. After going 0-2 in the past - RPI caught
a lucky break and hosted #4 Curry. The Engineers won 34-20 for
their first NCAA win ever. The prize was the right to play #1
Springfield at Springfield. RPI rose to the challenge again -
overcoming windy conditions to win 40-34.
Yet another lucky break
came when #6 Ithaca defeated #2 Montclair State, giving RPI home
field advantage for the NCAA Quarterfinals.This game - now locally
referred to as the Snow Bowl - was a hard fought battle against
both the opposing team and the elements. RPI came out victorious,
defeating the Bombers by a score of 21-16. RPI was now 3-2 all
time in NCAA postseason play. Their magical run would come to
an end in Minnesota however. After being tied at the half, the
St, John's Johnnies put up 28 points to win the NCAA Semi-Finals.
The Johnnies would then go on to defeat historic Mt. Union in
the Stagg Bowl.
Even though the RPI
team lost, it was quite a year. The Engineers are .500 all time
in the NCAA playoffs, and lost to the national champions. Certainly
nothing to be disappointed about. Who can say what next year will
bring for Coach of the Year Joe King. All we do know is that it
will be entertaining, and with luck RPI can build off their success
this season. Here's looking forward to next September.
to the Ice - Hockey Season In Full Swing
With all the success
of the football team, it's been easy to forget that the hockey teams
are back in action. Ok, maybe not, as most of us would much rather
watch hockey than football, but still. After a disappointing regular
season last year, and a post-season spanking of Union followed by
getting spanked by Cornell, RPI fans didn't know what to expect
of this year's men's squad. Sure, they showed promise in a few games
at the end of last year, but there were a large number of questions.
The first few games of
the season didn't help to clear up. After going 0-2-1, the Engineers
annihilated Army and put up three straight wins - including another
4-3 OT win against Clarkson. After loosing to SLU the next night,
RPI put together a five game unbeaten streak, including two wins
over nationally ranked St. Cloud State. While the team started their
holiday vacation on a high note by knocking off Princeton 6-4, they
then proceeded to drop the next three.
The RPI men are now 9-8-2
overall and 4-3-1 (9pts) in conference play. Though only 7th in
the standings, they have several games in hand over the teams above
them. Four of the 6 other teams above RPI in the standings have
played three or more additional conference games.
From here on out, every
game counts, as the team will play only one non-conference opponent.
While every team makes the conference playoffs, there's still plenty
to play for in terms of home ice advantage and a first round bye.
The Lady Engineers are
off to another fantastic start, and are riding an eight game unbeaten
streak going into the holiday vacation.RPI started off the season
with a 4-4 tie against D1 Union College, and followed that with
wins over D1 Sacred Heart and D3 Utica. Their only loss of the season
came at the hands of D1 UVM. RPI came back from the loss to defeat
MIT, tie D1 Clarkson, and then win their next 6 games.The women
have a lot to play for in the second half, as their only non-conference
game will be their last game of the regular season. With luck, the
Engineers will follow that with yet another strong conference playoff,
and maybe this year reach the NCAA D3 tournament.
Still sitting in the
background for both teams is proposal 65 and 65-1. Proposal 65 is
the portion of the Division Three Reform Package that would eliminate
RPI's ability to offer scholarships for their D1 teams. 65-1 is
the amendment offered by the affected schools, which would continue
the exemption for those schools grandfathered in, and further define
the exemption to be only those multi-division programs who offer
scholarships in their D1 programs, while allowing additional teams
to offer scholarships only in order to comply with Title IX. As
it has long been rumored that the RPI Women's hockey team will be
moving to D1 in the near future, this is especially important. January
12th is the day that the Division Three membership will meet to
vote on the entire reform package. This meeting is part of the annual
NCAA convention taking place that weekend in Nashville. As soon
as there is news on the vote, we will be sure to let everyone know
Night - Recap
Pep Band Alumni have
started a new tradition with 2003's Pep Band Alumni Night! The event
was well received by both the alums and the current band members,
and plans are already in the works for next year's. Approximately
twenty alums showed up for the event. Though the game was a tie, a
good time was had by all. Here are a couple of photos from the game,
courtesy of Jim Cronen.
These and other pictures
from the event can be found here.
Only a month to go until
the next Big Red Freakout! Have you bought your tickets yet? Better
do that soon, as this game promises to be a sellout. This year's
game is on Saturday, February 7th at 7:00pm. Not only is it Freakout!,
but because it's against Clarkson it is also the annual satellite
broadcast. If you're not going to be able to make it to the
game, take a look at the list of cities and see if you can watch
with other RPI alums.
There's a lot going on
this year, and we're still working on all the events we'll be hosting.
To start off, we'll be doing our second annual Pre-Freakout Breakfast
at Latham 76 Diner at 9:00am that day. If you have not already done
so, please RSVP
by 1/31/04 at the latest. After that, we'll be heading down to West
Hall 326 for Pep Band Rehearsal at 10:30am.
The afternoon is filled
with a variety of events. At noon, the men's hockey team will be
having their annual Hockey Alumni Game at the Fieldhouse. The Pep
Band will be holding their annual Lasagna Dinner at 2:00pm in the
Student Union Rm 3202. At 4:30pm, the Alumni House will be holding
House event, which will run 'till game time. Registration forms
can be found at the Alumni Offices web site, and at the files section
of the Yahoo
We're still working on
some more events for that afternoon, including a campus tour, roller
hockey game, and after-party. If you have any suggestions be sure
to e-mail Chris and Terry
ASAP with your ideas, and be sure to check the calendar
for updated times and locations. For anyone who will be in town
for the Friday night game against SLU, let us know as we might put
together an informal outing for after the game.
This was a slow quarter
in terms of major life events. Fortunately, there's some very recent
Let's start with weddings.
Only three this quarter. In November, Anthony Chuliver married Christina
Berninger. As mentioned in the previous newsletter, ex-manager Jen
Bernfeld was married to Gregory Miller. Most recently, Mike Ben
(a.k.a. Freakboy) married Donica Galek on New Year's Day in Buffalo,
New Year's was also an
important time for Chris and Terry. Though some know about this
already, Chris popped the question at approx 12:00am on 1/1/04,
and the two of us are now officially engaged.
This last quarter saw
the addition of a much smaller member to the pep band alumni family,
as ex-manager Jason Shapiro and his wife Ann gave birth to a son,
Brendan, in late October.
We're always looking
for information about pep band alums who are celebrating weddings
or other important events. Life Updates is the official section
of our newsletter to congratulate and spread the word about weddings,
engagements, births, new jobs, etc... We can only make this work
if we hear from you. So please, if you know of any, or have a special
announcement of your own, please let us know so we can include them
in future newsletters.
Last issue, we updated
people on the wide variety of construction going on around campus.
This past quarter, Troy got into the mix, installing new street
lights and parking meters along 15th street. New lights were also
installed on College Ave, which is actually driveable now that it
has been paved. Also well on its way to completion is the new parking
garage (or as some people like to call it, our brand new multi-game
roller hockey rink). The garage is located on College Ave, next
to the science center and behind the MRC.
Since pictures can say
so much more, we figured we'd provide a few so people could get
an idea as to the extent of the construction on campus. The first
three are of the garage. The fourth shows one of the new street
lights on campus, while the fifth shows more lights and the intersection
of 15th and College.
Welcome to this edition
of From the Managers. The band was quite busy since the last newsletter.
Here is a recap of what we were up to:
- Played at all football
games including home playoff games against Curry in the first
round and the NCAA Quarterfinal between RPI and Ithaca in the
- Played at all home
hockey games including the RPI Holiday Tournament where we were
joined by some members of the Colgate Pep Band.
- Played at the RPI
women's hockey team home games against Sacred Heart and Clarkson,
both of which have D-1 programs
- Played at the NYSCTC
Cross Country Championships hosted by RPI. On tap for next semester
the band will be playing at all home men's hockey games as well
as travel on the road to Union (Jan 10), Harvard (Feb. 13), Brown
(Feb. 14) and Yale (Feb. 28). Any alumni also going to any of
these games please feel free to drop by and say hello.
The band will also follow
the team during the playoffs.
As you all should know Freakout is Saturday February 7th against
Clarkson. Everyone is welcome to come to rehearsal (in West Hall
326) that morning from 10:30-12:30 and the lasagna dinner/face painting
at 2 pm in the student union rm 3202. A more definite schedule will
be announced closer to Freakout.
That's all we have for
this time. If anyone has any comments/suggestions for us or just
wants to drop a hello please feel free to drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
America's Pep Band Managers,
Yuri Koester and Ben Strauss
Wow, that's a lot of
stuff. Some quick points and a recap:
- Congratulations to
the football team on their amazing season.
- Proposal 65-1 vote
1/12/04. Results will be posted as soon as I have them.
- Men's hockey is back
in action. Women's hockey resumes next weekend.
- RSVP for Freakout
by 1/31/04. Get your tickets ASAP.
- Suggestions for things
to do the day of freakout need to be sent to us ASAP.
- Share Your Photos!
We're still looking for photos of our members. If you have a photo
of yourself in pep band regalia, post it! All group pictures can
be found in the Photos section.
- Welcome to this year's
senior class: Tom Reale, Nick (Jeff Bob) DiLiberto, Jason Miller,
Mark Goetz, and Desh Nandedkar.
- The Pep Band LiveJournal
Community is growing. To join, e-mail Chris
with your LiveJournal user name, and be sure to add it to your
friends list. If you don't have a LiveJournal user name, but would
like to read what's on there, go to http://www.livejournal.com/community/rpi_pep_band/.
If you want a LiveJournal user name, membership is now free so
go to www.livejournal.com and sign up. Be sure to look at the
friends' page to see what other alums are up to.
- If you have not already
done so, please add your information to the Member Information
Database. Let us know who you are!
- Still looking for
website suggestions. Please send any our way.
Next issue: Freakout
recap, hockey playoffs, reunion weekend, and more!