Marshall Maniacs presence growing
Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 01:12
The Marshall Maniacs have always been one of the rowdiest Marshall student organizations on campus. They are the official student organization that supports all 16 athletic teams and are known for their passionate and dedicated spirit to the Thundering Herd.
In 1998, the Maniacs were founded by a group of students that wanted to be known as the most spirited fans on campus and in town. Since then, the Maniacs have grown to be one of the largest student organizations on campus with around 1,370 members.
“Two years ago the group was at 480-500 members,” Aaron Goebbel, advisor for the Marshall Maniacs, said. “To see the group double within the past two years is amazing. I’m really hoping that we can get up to 2,000 members within the next year.”
Goebbel said he believes that there is a “high school attitude” on this campus because students feel like they are too cool to cheer for their team.
“College is all about campus involvement and campus community,” he said. “I think the Maniacs are starting to shape that attitude a little bit to where it is a cool thing to come to the games to support the Herd.”
Along with supporting the Herd on the field, the Maniacs also help out in the Herd community. For the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Marshall Maniacs donated around $1,000 to the association and was the official T-shirt sponsor for the annual Muscle Walk. The Maniacs also donated $25,000 to the Vision Campaign, the $30 million fundraising campaign for the new athletic facilities.
“For a student organization that supports athletics to give a $25,000 gift is incredible,” Goebbel said. “My hat goes off to the leaders of the Maniacs for presenting a check to help support this campaign.”
Students who join the organization will receive a “Marshall Maniac” T-shirt, a membership card that gives you a 10% discount at participating stores, season tickets to the football games and other perks throughout the year.
“For only $20 students are receiving the same, and essentially more, perks than a Big Green member would who pays way more,” Goebbel said. “We’re just trying to make students realize that it’s very easy and simple to join. Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of such a great student organization that offers so many perks throughout the whole school year?”
Lexy Repp, 19, a sophomore exercise physiology major, said she loves being part of the Marshall Maniacs.
“It is a lot of fun because it gives me the chance to meet new people and get involved on campus,” Repp said. “I highly recommend everyone joining the Maniacs.” The Marshall Maniacs are also up for the Nay Smith Student Section of the Year Award this year. This award gives the best student section a $10,000 prize for their college or university.
“Our application was just received for this award and we will be one of the top schools that they will look at to possibly win this award,” Goebbel said.
Students can join the Marshall Maniacs anytime throughout the school year at the Stadium Bookstore located on Fifth Avenue.
Sarah Hagerty can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.