By: Sam Shelton, News Editor
Over 2,700 freshmen flooded SECU Arena Saturday night, August 22, according to an SGA press release, for a “Welcome to Towson” pep rally. The event, which ran from 9 to 11 p.m., introduced the incoming students to aspects of Towson culture like the fight song and Doc the Tiger.
According to the August 25 press release, the SGA worked in conjunction with Student Activities to organize the event. Attendees could also participate in a raffle, giveaways and contribute toward breaking a world record.
According to Matt Teitelbaum, SGA assistant director of communications, the world record that the crowd attempted to break was Most People to Simultaneously Perform the Whip/Nae Nae. Teitelbaum said that a video of the attempt was recorded and will be sent to Guinness World Records.
The rally included appearances from TU Football Head Coach Rob Ambrose and guest speaker Odell Bizzell.
A recognized blogger, entrepreneur, author and keynote speaker, Bizzell encouraged students to keep striving for their goals no matter what gets in their way.
“[Obstacles] should change your direction, not your destination,” Bizzell said, as reported by the SGA Twitter account. The SGA account live-tweeted throughout the event.
Head Football Coach Rob Ambrose “kicked off the football season by firing up the new TU students” for the Tigers’ Sept. 12 home game against the Saint Francis Red Flash, according to the press release. The game will start at 6 p.m. in Johnny Unitas Stadium.