Ahh summer.... Time
for Student Orientation, roller coasters, and the long dark
time between hockey seasons. Well, maybe not so dark. As we
go through another off-season, our efforts move from Reunion
Weekend to gearing up for our fall events. So with that in
mind let's look at what RPI's been up to, and what's next from
your fellow alums!
up for Hockey in '05-'06
The 2005-2006 season
brings big changes for the face of RPI hockey. With an athletic
department that has committed even more resources to putting
a successful product on the ice, the pressure and expectations
have escalated for both the men and the women.
Coming off of a disappointing
season, the stage is set for Jordan Alford to show what he's
made of in net. The highly touted prospect never had a chance
to adapt to the college game, with most of the ice time going
to transfer Andrew Martin. Now he'll have to compete for ice
time with new recruit Mathias Lange. How this competition shakes
out will have a large impact on the Men's hopes in the upcoming
Highlights of this year's
schedule include an exhibition game vs Ottawa before traveling
to Alaska where the Engineers will compete in the Ice Breaker
tournament. November 11th will feature the first ECACHL contest
vs Quinnipiac. In December RPI will host RIT in their first season
at Division 1. And of course the
biggest night of the season will feature Brown in the Big Red
Freakout on February 11th.
Things are equally busy
on the women's side of the ice. The
women's team gave five of its players end of the
Sarah Daniel received the Most Valuable Player and
Scholar-Athlete Award. Seniors Paula Durham and Lane Dielwart shared
the Bill Cahill Memorial Coaches Award. Junior Jennifer Onksen
with the Most Improved Player Award. Senior Allie Cooper earned
Of course the big news
is that the Lady Engineers will kick off their inaugural
Division I season on October 8 against Sacred Heart at the Houston
House. The women,
who will be playing as an independent this season, have 29 games on the
schedule, 15 at home. The ladies will be playing 22 games against D-I
opponents, four games against D-III opponents and three games against
Canadian teams. D-I opponents include two-game home series against Sacred
Heart, Boston University, Union, and Quinnipiac, home-and-home series
against Colgate, and away games against Robert Morris (2), Maine (2),
Connecticut, Northeastern, Wayne State (2), Clarkson, Vermont and Sacred
Unofficially (as of
the time of this writing), the Engineers have four recruits coming
in next year, two goalies, one defenseman,
and one forward. The two goalies are Emily Ford
from Tabor Academy and Ashley Mayr from the BC Breakers. The defenseman is
Melanie Guillemette from the Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres and the forward is
Nicole McDonald from the Ottawa Raiders.
Schedules for both teams
can be found in the files section
of the Yahoo Group. Also check the group calendar in upcoming
weeks for team schedules combined with alumni events and other
Does anyone know what
RPI football will look like in 2005?
The 2003 team exceeded
everyone's expectations, going all the way to the D3 semi-finals.
The 2004 team, while
not expected to reach the same heights as '03, missed the NCAA
and ECAC playoffs entirely.
So was 2004 a rebuilding
year, a correction, or the beginning of the fall? It's hard to
believe that Coach King would allow the team to slip out of the
playoff picture entirely, and with a number of good recruits,
many of which are local to the Capital Region, RPI looks to get
back to their winning ways. The Engineers will retake home field
starting September 10th vs Endicott and the following week vs
Utica. RPI will start it's second season of Liberty League play
with road games against Hobart and Coast Guard. The last and
most important game of the regular season, against Union, will
take place on November 11th.
Getting Ready for Some Good Times
With a new season approaching
it's time to start thinking about the third annual Pep Band Alumni
Night. This year's event will be held either November 12th or
October 29th. We expect the format to be similar to last year,
which included rehearsal, the men's hockey game, and a post game
student-alumni mixer. Expect more details as we get closer. Also,
if there's any new things you'd like to see us do that weekend,
please let us know.
We're still soliciting
your opinions as to which of the two dates to hold this event.
If you haven't already done so, please go to the
Polls section of the Yahoo Group and let us know which date
This quarter's edition
of Pep Band Stories brings us a special tale from Ex-Manager
Mark Matarazzo. So Mark, what really happened with those pep
Some of you more observant alums might have noticed that new band members over the years 2001-2002 (and a bit into 2003) didnęt seem to get new Pep Band shirts. Well, Ięm here with the help of my partner in mangling, Erica Baer, to tell you why. Donęt look at this piece as if weęre covering our asses, because, well, just donęt. AnywayÄ
Erica and I were elected
managers at the end of spring semester 2001 in one of the closest
and Pep Band elections in recent memory. That being said, one
of the first tasks ecstatic-to-be-ex-managers Johnny and Dave
set to us was the procurement of more Pep Band shirts to bolster
the waning supply we had on hand. I mean, sure, we could have
given out the XXXLs, but we only had one Mike Sell, and I expect
him to kill me for that little joke.
It was supposed to be
simple. Dave had the information from the last order, including
of shirts of each size that we needed and
the supplieręs contact info, and he also passed on the experience
he had gained from working with the Union staff. So, Erica and
I, under Daveęs supervision, put in all the paperwork with Martha
at the Union, and all seemed well.
Later in the summer,
Erica and I came back for Student Orientation, of course, and
we checked in with Martha about the shirts. Not much had
gone on since the initial order, though, so we shrugged it
off and decided to give it a little more time. Surely the shirts
would be there by the time we got back to school in late
Or not. During SO4
I walked over there and still nothing had been heard. This was
getting a little suspicious, so we had Martha start
inquiries on our behalf. Wow, did she ever get the runaround.
First he told her that the shirts were nearly done, they
just needed sleeves. Then he told her that they didnęt have the colors
that we wanted. Yes, AFTER he said they just needed sleeves.
Finally, he just stopped returning our calls.
Well, it turned out
that this guy was so slick that he even turned 9/11/2001 to his
advantage, and in the confusion he shut his company down
and ran off with our money! Or, you know, maybe his company
just went bankrupt. Whatever the case, we kept trying to get
back for a while, and then finally in March 2002 we pulled
out the lawyers. Sue, lawyers, sue!
By this time we had
finally procured emergency funds from the E-Board, which really
didnęt get allocated to us until April, just before GM
Week. We left the lawyers in charge of getting the original funds
back, and by the time GM Week was over, it was time to elect
new managers. So, in what we hoped would not become a Pep Band
managerial tradition, we started the entire process of shirt
–Yuri, Ben, hereęs a giant bag of money and a catalog. Have fun.”
So, after that, when
someone asked either Erica or I why we didnęt have shirts,
we simply responded –Ask the managers!” like all ex-managers do, bound by tradition,
of course. They came through wonderfully, and soon they had received plenty of
the new shirts that you see the band wearing today.
If you've got a favorite
story or memory from your time with the Pep Band you'd like to share,
please e-mail us at email@example.com
and we'll include it in the next edition of the Pep Band Alumni
We hope that everyone's
summer is going well. Ours is going pretty well so far. In the
spring we were informed that we had some extra money in our budget
and we had to buy some things. Well all of our packages have
arrived and were happy to report our purchases. First we bought
risers for all or our trumpets, so they no longer have to stand
on those field house chairs. We also noticed that the tri-toms
have seen better days so we upgraded a little bit and bought
brand new red quint-toms. We also wanted to dress up the band
a little bit so we bought some trombone and sousaphone covers
that are very nice. And last but certainly not least, we purchased
a t-shirt cannon, and we will be going out onto the ice at the
beginning and in between the 2nd and 3rd periods of each men's
hockey game to launch t-shirts into the crowd.
Tim is also redoing
out active set to accommodate for the ten new songs we bought.
Some of the new songs include Cleveland Rocks, Stacy's Mom,
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Sweet Home Alabama, and Are You Gonna Be
On July 16th we will
be playing at one of the SO's. Anyone who would like to join
us is more than welcome. We will meet at West Hall
8:30am and play at the footbridge from 9-11. Also Friday
night, July 15th, at 7:30 weęre going to have a get together with pizza. Again all of you are invited.
We also have some of
the things were looking at for the future. The second week in
September is the Uncle Sam Parade in Troy. Were going to try
to get into the parade and ride on the back of a flatbed tractor
trailer. Were still working on some of the details so the parade
is not finalized yet.
We have rambled on long
enough so we look forward to hearing from you and seeing all
AJ and NEIL
Wow, that's a lot of
stuff. Some quick points and a recap:
Next issue: PBAN3, More
Hockey, Football On The Field, and more!
- Planning is underway
for PBAN3! Help us decide what weekend we should have this
- Now that the NHL
is back in action, let us know if you'd like to participate
in the RPI
Pep Band Alumni Fantasy Hockey League.
- The band is playing
at Student Orientation this weekend. Meet them at West Hall
at 8:30am on the 16th if you want to play. Also, they'll be
having a pizza party the night before at 7:30pm.
- Old and new members
alike should check out the Pep Band message board (http://rpipepbandalumni.org/BB/)
and the Pep Band LiveJournal Community (http://www.livejournal.com/community/rpi_pep_band/).
- Did you enjoy reading
this issue's Pep Band Story? Have a story of your own you'd
like to share? If so, be sure to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We're still on the
lookout for old pep band things. Past newsletters, photos, memorabilia,
whatever. If you've got anything like that please share it with
the rest of us! We'd love to see it.
- If you have not already
done so, please add your information to the Member Information
Database. Let us know who you are!