By Paul Jones
It is Friday and everyone knows what that means. Even as people look outside and see the drizzling rain, their plans on Friday night remain the same.
To combat the weather, all they do is change the theme to “Rain Gear” and they come out with the same amount of people as they always have.
“I sit in it because it’s fun and I enjoy the themes and cheering on all my friends,” senior Gillian Orwig said. “It’s also fun because around York county there’s a little competition about who’s the better student section.”
Many students, like Gillian, will sit in the student section for many sporting events at Red Lion. It gives them a chance to cheer on their classmates and promote school spirit.
Other counties within Franklin, Adams, and York have student sections with similar goals, but some questions have been raised about how inclusive the student sections are.
Student council’s RSVP brought these questions to Red Lion.
“In no way was student council trying to show that we were trying to make negative changes to the rowdies,” Mrs. Jane Dennish, student council adviser, said. “The purpose in doing this was first to see if there was an issue.”
According to RSVP’s first batch of results, 773 students went to Red Lion sporting events with 42% of those kids sitting in the student section at some point. Those people who did not sit in the student section said that they did not sit in the there for many reasons, some being that it was only for certain people or that it was more for upperclassmen.
These questions were done earlier in the year so these reactions were based off of last year. “I don’t want to bag on past seniors or anything like that,” head of the Rowdies, Tristan Fuentes said. “But they were a close group of friends and I could see people seeing them and saying it was an exclusive group.”
In response to the RSVP questions and The Leonid’s previous article, Fuentes and student council members went on RLA-TV to try and clear some air.
“I think the announcement helped,” Fuentes said. “I got to clear things up like why we sit by class. But I just think it was mostly reassuring to kids that everyone’s welcome.”
Students also said that there could be more seating available for the student section. “That whole right side is vertically fine,” Fuentes said. “I think people just try to squeeze in closer so it gets a little tight.”
Now that there have been some home football games, RSVP will come out with some more questions to see if there is any change. The Rowdies have have talked with student council about any improvements that have been made and will continue to do so.
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