Allow All SPMB Members in Paulson Stadium

Allow All SPMB Members in Paulson Stadium

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Carlin Blalock started this petition to Athletics Department at Georgia Southern University

     At the beginning of this semester, the Southern Pride Marching Band of Georgia Southern University was told by the Athletics Department that they could accommodate the entire band at football games this season, and that the entire band would be able to be at Paulson Stadium while also safely socially distancing in the stands. However, the Athletics Department decided to back track and only allow 100-120 members in the stands at a time. Our band is made up of about 210 people, including winds, guard, and percussion.

For the past 5 months, our staff has been tirelessly working to keep our band program together and playing, but also safe and socially distanced. They have worked through every change that the Athletics Department as well as the University has given them. In the past month, the marching band has worked every other day at 2 hour rehearsals to make up for not having a band camp starting in the summer. We have worked tirelessly to learn pregame, stands cheers, and an entire halftime show to bring the energy to Paulson. We have worked through pouring rain and blistering 102° heat. We have safely socially distanced, we have worn masks; we have done everything that was asked of us. But we were robbed of the opportunity for everyone to give the fans what they wanted. We have been robbed of the opportunity to show everyone of the art we’ve worked so hard to create. Some people have worked for a month on a show that they will never get to perform. It is despicable that we’ve been robbed of this opportunity three days before the first game.

What could possibly be the worst part is that the students are allowed to sit with random groups of people as long as they are 6 feet away from other groups. There is no way to accurately regulate this. What if random students that haven’t been around each other sit together? They are effectively spreading the virus to other people. These students are allowed to be around as many random people as they want, but the the band can’t even have their whole group (when they were told that they definitely would.) 

As a member of the Southern Pride Marching Band, I implore you to use your voice to help us be able to perform at every football game, altogether, for everyone. We’ve worked so hard for so long for this opportunity and we’ve done everything that has been asked of us. We have worked tirelessly to bring the energy to Paulson we all know and love and miss. As a Georgia Southern Eagle, I expect better from the Athletics Department. We have been lied to. They have failed us. Please, help us bring our whole band to the stadium. We are a diverse, talented group of students, but most importantly, we are a family. We ask, PLEASE sign this petition and spread it far and wide. Please help us right what has been wronged.

Thank you so much, and Hail Southern!
 

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