Intercollegiate Athletic

Committee Meeting

February 5, 2004


Special Meeting:  A special meeting of the IAC was held on February 5, 2004, in the Page Conference Room in Gamble Hall (Room 118C).  The purpose was to discuss the issue of sportsmanship and fan behavior at athletic contests with President Charles E. Kupchella.  The meeting ran for approximately one hour, beginning at 3:00 p.m.


Attending:  Brad Berg, Charlie Bridgeford, Jared Bruggeman, Judy DeMers, Ray Diez, Lillian Elsinga, Phil Harmeson, Gina Hendrickson, Charles Kupchella, Susan Nelson, Elizabeth Nichols, Sherry Penner, Mark Rudolph, Lowell Schweigert, John Sirignano, Bruce Smith, Roger Thomas, Paul Todhunter


President Kupchella, in preparation for the meeting, had distributed a compilation of some letters and e-mails he had received in the last couple of months in regard to the issue as well as his response and appeal for help.  Discussion proceeded from this point of departure.  The focus was on how to support better sportsmanship by our fans.  The following suggestions were made:

  • Separate students from the visiting team; opposite side of the field/court (applies to both football and basketball)
  • Encourage cheers without profanity; encourage creativity
  • Penalty by referees
  • Play the fight song of the opposing school
  • Meetings to prepare or certify fans
  • Public relations appeals by current athletes or former Sioux athletes
  • Foster respect for the opposing team??
  • Sioux Crew-raise the level of sportsmanship!!
  • Pride of the Sioux!!
  • Penalizing inappropriate fan behavior, whether student or other, by canceling out their ticket for the next game


IAC members indicated they would be supportive of efforts to increase sportsmanship by all fans.