Sept. 20, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - In a powerful show of school spirit, more than 500 incoming students registered to join Ruff Riders during annual Welcome Weekend activities that took place Saturday and Sunday at Santa Clara University.
Ruff Riders is the official student booster club of SCU Athletics and, with nearly 2,100 members, is the largest student organization on campus. For a small registration fee, members are provided admission and premium seating at every regular-season athletic event on campus, a special club t-shirt each year and a variety of social events and activities.
"The response we've had from the incoming students this year has been phenomenal," said the organization's co-president, Ross Nelson. "Nearly half of the incoming freshman class signed-up in just two days, which is a strong indication that they are fired-up to be involved in supporting our athletic teams. We are looking forward to another great year."
Welcome Weekend annually serves as the official commencement of the new academic year at Santa Clara University. Students move into residence halls, obtain information on services and programs provided by the university and its community partners and come together for a welcome by Fr. Paul Locatelli followed by a liturgy.
On Sunday, the students experienced a number of programs designed to create a sense of community, culminated by a SCU kickoff party on the Santa Clara Mall near the Benson Center.
At the SCU Kickoff, athletic department officials, student-athletes, cheerleaders and the Ruff Riders' leadership group introduced the students to the traditions and spirit of Broncoland. Included was a rousing rendition of the school's fight song and speeches from women's soccer player Micaela Esquivel, women's basketball coach Michelle Bento-Jackson and new athletic director Dan Coonan.
"It was great to see such a great display of school spirit during Welcome Weekend," said Ruff Riders co-president Michael Zozos. "With the great fall sports teams already performing well and the men's basketball team getting ready for some big games, including the North Carolina game in the Newell Challenge in Oakland, I think our year has already gotten off to an incredible start."
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