Congratulations, Ramblers! You did it! You’ve made it to summer ‘16, and if you’re like me, you’re out here looking for revenge… or a least a cold beer on the beach.
However, being that this issue will be on the stands all summer long, the majority of the people who will be reading it will be new students and parents. And to them I say, “Hello new Ramblers and Rambler parents. Welcome to campus, and I hope you’re enjoying your visit.”
To parents: Don’t worry, no one here drinks beer.
To new Ramblers: I hope you’re ready for a great four years.
Although you might not have heard of the Ramblers much on ESPN or in March Madness, and we don’t have a Division I football team, but there is plenty to be excited about when it comes to Rambler athletics.
Although I’ve made a meager, college-student living criticizing Rambler sports, I’m still sad to be leaving them. As I leave Loyola as a graduating senior, I leave you with a few things to look forward to for the 2016-17 school year.
Men’s volleyball is what Loyola has pushed and promoted for the past two years. The team is graduating a successful senior class, but there are returners who have a national championship mentality. Also, come spring, the games will offer plenty of freebies.
Speaking of free stuff, no one does giveaways like the men’s basketball team. If I were you, don’t buy any Loyola t-shirts, but instead just go to the basketball games that give away spirit gear. The team is on the rise, too. Last season, the Ramblers went 2-0 against the University of Northern Iowa, a team that made a splash in March Madness later in the year. They also were close to beating Wichita State in Arch Madness, which is sort of an achievement and definitely a good sign of things to come.
In the fall, Hoyne Field provides the only opportunity Loyola students have for a decent tailgate. If you can get your hands on some cornhole boards and some friends, men’s and women’s soccer games are a great way to spend a Saturday evening. As always, keep your eye out for giveaways.
Take it from someone who bought books for four years, the bookstore does not need any of your money spent on t-shirts or gear.
Future Ramblers, in your time here, you’re going to hear some negative feedback about Loyola. Everyone here knows it has flaws, but at the end of the day it’s a good place to be. Remember to give everything a chance before you let college cynicism wash you out, and never stop Rambling on.