Ahh the fall. Once
again football and hockey are here - a pep bander's dream come
true (well, at least the hockey part). Lots to talk about this
quarter as we gear up for the season, the women's team at D1,
PBAN3, and a look ahead to Freakout. Also at the end of the
year RPI Pep Band Alumni (and Friends) will celebrate our 3rd
birthday. With so much to do, let's get right into it.
Hockey Starts - With a Cause
Ladies and gentlemen
the season has begun! The team got off to a great start Friday
night, beating Ottawa 13-3 in an exhibition contest at Houston
FIeldhouse. After a disapointing season last year, Coach Fridgen
and his staff hope to turn things around and build a winner.
Albany seems to be the goal, though only time will tell how realistic
Much of last year's
team has returned, with some new faces ready to step in. Foremost
among these is Mathias Lange,
a Freshman goaltender who will look to take the starting job
away from Jordan Alford.
One player who is not
back yet is Captain Kirk MacDonald. Kirk was diagnosed late last
year with testicular cancer and has been in treatment most of
the summer. Though he hopes to return to the ice soon, he did
not come back to campus this fall as he is still recovering from
To support him and his
cause, his teamates have come togeather with a new charity idea.
Each home game there will be abooth setuo to provide information
on the disease. There will also be donation buckets for two players.
If either player raises more than $100, they will have their
heads shaved at center ice after the game.
Normally, we here at
RPI Pep Band Alumni (and Friends) wouldn't focus on what happens
with players off the ice. I think in this case the exception
is well made. So if you're at a game, be sure to drop in a buck
or two - and maybe we can put together a group donation for
Iron Endeavors - RPI Football Back to Winning Ways
RPI Football has figured
out how to win again. Though much of the conference season lies
ahead, RPI will enter their off week with a 4-1 record. The only
loss came to NCAA contenders Hobart in triple-overtime. The big
surprise of the season has been the standout play of Jay Bernardo.
has had at least 2 TDs in each game. Look for big things from
him and the rest of the squad as they get ready for the second
half of the season. The playoff race is
going to come right down to the wire this year, and will most
likely be decided at Union
on November 12th.
Hockey Begins D1 Play
With 12 returning players, nine new recruits, and a new assistant
coach, the women's hockey team is excited and ready to open it's
inaugural Division I season on Saturday, October 8 at Houston
Field House against the Pioneers of Sacred Heart. The Engineers
will play a grueling 29 game schedule this year as an independent
before joining the extremely tough ECACHL (three teams made the
Women's Frozen Four last year) in the 2006-2007 season.
Third-year Head Coach John Burke will look to his freshmen as
as his upperclassmen to help get RPI off on the right foot in
returns seven of it's top scorers this season, led by junior
Daniel, senior Kari Rabatin, and sophomore Brooke Thompson. Daniel
was the second leading scorer last season, tallying 16 goals
and 15 assists. Rabatin with 13 goals and 15 assists and Thompson
with 11 goals and a team high 16 assists, were third and fourth
Also returning for the Engineers is senior Rosina
Schiff in goal. As
a junior, Schiff sported a 1.63 goals-against-average and a .927
percentage. Despite being the starter, Schiff will have some
competition from two freshman this year. Emily Ford (Plymouth,
Mass.) and Ashley Mayr (Burnaby, British Columbia) were brought
in to be the future for Engineer goaltending and are ready to step
in should Schiff falter.
The biggest loss for the Engineers offensively, was leading
Julie Aho, who is on co-op this year. To fill the void left
by her and three
seniors, Burke brought in four freshman forwards: Jamie-Lynn
(Cambridge, Ontario), Nicole McDonald (Ottawa, Ontario),
Jaime Jacquard-Sowa (North Vancouver, British Columbia),
and Emily Donowick (West Seneca, New York).
On defense RPI lost its two career games played players in
Cooper and Lane Dielwart. Both Dielwart and Cooper played
in 107 of 108 possible games during their careers at RPI.
Three freshman, Melanie Guillemette (North Bay, Ontario), Melissa
Boik (Allen Park, Michigan), and Laura Menken (Meadowbrook, Penn.)
in to try and help replace Dielwart, Cooper, and former captain
To help with the transition to D-I, Coach Burke hired Tim
2004 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, as an
assistant coach. Horst, a defenseman, helped the Wildcats
win two Hockey East Championships, appear in three NCAA tournaments,
Frozen Fours and a national championship appearance.
Joe Juneau Night
Yes, you read that right.
The same night the RPI Pep Band Alumni are at the Fieldhouse,
RPI will be honoring one of the greatest hockey alums with his
induction into the RPI Athletics Hall of Fame.
So here's the details
for this event.
- Rehearsal - 10:30am
- West Hall 326: Get to know the current band and learn some
of the new music.
- HOCKEY - Beat the
Field 6:45pm - Houston Fieldhouse: RPI takes on Princeton in
ECACHL action. Tickets can be purchased through the Fieldhouse
- Student/Alumni Mixer
- 9:45pm - 107 11th St. Fl. 2, Troy, NY 12180: Sarah Toner
has graciously offered to host the mixer again this year. There
is no cover charge but donations (cash, food, or drink) will
Directions to the mixer
are as follows:
Proceed on Peoples Ave to 15th St.
- Take a right onto
- Take the second left
onto Eagle St.
- 107 is on the corner
of Eagle and 11th on the left hand side (before 11th
St). Look for the red brick building with the white trim. The
is on the Eagle St. Side.
- There is street parking
on both sides of the street
St. is one-way.
A quick note regarding
rehearsal.... Because there is a women's home hockey game that
day, the band may not hold rehearsal. If that happens we'll either
have some sort of breakfast, or maybe have a rehearsal of our
own so we're not completely rusty that night. More details on
this to follow.
Also, if you have not
done so already, please let us know if you'll be
going to the
poll. We understand that many of you will be there to hang
out with other alums or have other engagements that day, please
the mixer if at all possible. It's
important for the students to get to know us and for us to get
to know them - and was the reason this event was created to
Ahead To Freakout
Yes, we know... Freakout
is still four months away. However, with tickets starting to
fly already, we wanted to let you know the details for this year's
event so you can plan accordingly.
First off, Freakout
will take place on Saturday February 12th vs Brown and tickets
can be purchased through the Fieldhouse box office.
We'll be starting our
day with breakfast at Latham 76 Diner at 9:00am. As with last
year, expect a surprise or two. From there we'll be heading to
West Hall 326 for Pep Band Rehearsal at 10:30am. Though not an official
event, the Hockey Alumni game will take place at noon at the
Fieldhouse and is a great opportunity to see both recent and
not-so-recent alums in action.
Now comes the big news.
Local alum Brendan Conte '02 and his girlfriend Sarah Bennett
have offered to hold both the alumni lasagna dinner and after-party
at their place at no charge. While there is no cover for either
of these donations and/or help with lasagna will not be turned
away. For those who attended the after-party last year, this
is the same house on Tibbits Ave. Sarah and Brendan are already
impressing us with their ideas, so expect them to pull out all
the stops. The dinner will start at 3:15pm to allow plenty of
time for lasagna and
we'll all head over to the Fieldhouse at 6:15pm. You can leave
your non-game stuffs at the house for afterwards. After the game
(and broomball), we'll head back to the Conte residence for the
I know many of you haven't
really had a chance to think into February yet, but if you have
please RSVP and
let us know if you'll be attending.
Pep Band Stories will
return next issue. If you have a story you'd like to share, please
let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As I'm sure you all remember this is a busy time to be in the Pep
Band. The Men's Hockey and Football scheduals are overlapping. In
addition, this year we have also added home women's hockey games to our
schedual. We may have to miss a few women's games thoughout the year just
to ease the burden on the band, however we are going to make an honest
effort to go to most of the home women's games.
sure that there is any other exiting news in the pep band of
you all got the e-mail from Tim reguarding our new "Award
Winning Pep Band" status. If you missed it, feel free to e-mail Neil at
email@example.com and he'll send you a copy
the poly article.
We'll see many of you
soon if you come out to the alumni game, which we hope you do.
It's fun to hear just how loud we can be when everyone
crowds on that stage.
We'll see you then,
AJ and Neil
So, to recap:
Next issue: Football
season recap, men's and women's hockey, Freakout planning, and
bears (oh my)!
- PBAN3 is Saturday,
November 12th. Please RSVP by
- Freakout details
are nearly finalized! For the first time in RPI Pep Band Alumni
(and Friends) history the only cost will
be that of the tickets. Polls are open, so please RSVP no
later than February 5th.
- We're always looking
for more stories of Pep Band past. If you have a story you'd
like to share, let us know by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Animal needs to beat
drums. If you see Animal, please hand him drumsticks and point
him towards the nearest percussive object.
- Welcome Web Coordinator
Andrea Doherty to the RPI Pep Band Alumni (and Friends) staff.
Any comments/suggestions/ideas for the website can be sent
to her at email@example.com.
- Please send any other
ideas/comments/suggesstions/whatever to Chris and Terry at