Written by Nataly Cifuentes ‘16
On the night of October 9th, many students gathered at the GoValiants.com Field for Red Madness, Manhattanville’s largest pep rally of the year. The tradition began over 13 years ago to encourage school spirit and to support the College’s hard working student athletes. With a total of seventeen acts, a variety of sports teams and dance groups prepared choreographed routines to entertain their fellow students and compete for the best performance of the night.
“The purpose of the event encompasses a pep rally for our fall sports as they head into season play and playoffs. The event highlights our winter teams as they begin their seasons at the end of October, and it also brings all of the student athletes together for a fun night of team bonding and bonding with other teams,” says Samantha Pulley, Assistant Women’s Field Hockey Coach.
Red Madness is organized by the SAAC, Student-Athlete Advisory Council. President Alexis Lanzillotti ‘15, Vice-President Erika Deetjen ‘15, Secretary Sydney Asselstine ‘16, and Treasurer Debbie Rivera ‘16 worked very hard to make sure that Red Madness went off without a hitch. The event planning began last spring to ensure proper timing with fall sports schedules and other campus events.
Other departments work along with the SAAC to make this event a success. In addition to the hype provided by the Athletic Department and student athletes, Shirley Baker, Director of Academic Advising, and First Year Experience encouraged freshmen to attend and experience one of Manhattanville’s largest community events. LaToya Blount, Programming Coordinator for Student Activities, made sure other clubs around campus participated and spread the word to their classmates. Campus Safety was also a big help in controlling the crowd, managing the traffic on the back road of campus, and helping to get all attendees to and from the event safely. This year, the Duchesne Center added a new component to the event by encouraging attendees to bring one item to donate to a local shelter. The collection effort will continue to be a part of this annual fall gathering.
Red Madness was emceed by the Sports Information Department Assistants, Tim Gallagher and Mike Wenning. MVL Radio also participated by serving as DJ for the event. The judges this year were Lawson Bowling (History Professor), Craig Donnelly (Community Service Coordinator), and Javon Joslyn (Resident Director of Spellman Hall).
At the conclusion of this lively event, the judges announced the night’s winners, declaring a tie between the Men’s Rugby and Men’s Ice Hockey teams for first place. Go Valiants!