Just like old times: Grambling State University’s first Pep Rally post-Covid

On Sept. 3, Grambling State University’s Favrot Student Union Board hosted their first pep rally post COVID-19 outbreak and school cancellation. 

All students were in attendance from freshmen to seniors. Even faculty and staff showed up to show support. 

There were also parents in the crowd. 

GSU’s students joined the GSU Cheerleaders, World Famed Band and also FSUB to cheer on all Fall sports teams. 

The Grambling State Orchesis also made a special appearance introducing new members along with the band and cheerleaders. 

The seating was set up to where you would sit with fellow classmates. Students explained how ecstatic this made them to be able to see classmates after a while of being separated.

Shalia Holmes, Junior Nursing Major, stated that she couldn’t believe how fun it was. 

“At the door, the Favrot Student Union Board members strictly enforced mask wearing,” she said. “They also told us what section to sit in. When they asked for my classification, I instantly knew we were being seated by our classification.”

There were many new contributions to the student culture. There is now a G-Squad. G-Squad is Grambling State University’s very own spirit team. We will be able to receive lots of energy and excitement from the G-Squad. They also introduced a new GSU shuffle. 

The steps to the dance can be found on FSUB’s Instagram whatsupwithfsub. 

Skylar Hall, Junior Kinesiology Major, stated she was in complete shock.

“When I finally found a seat, I finally realized how long it’s been since seeing my classmates. We conversed about how COVID-19 separated us right before spring fest,” Hall said. “We also talked about how much we’ve grown since quarantining. Some had great internships and some did some traveling. I was in complete shock as to how much it felt like the old Grambling. Pre-COVID as you will.” 

President of the Favrot Student Union Board, Courtlyn Williams, stated he was proud of what he produced.

“As the President of the Favrot Student Union Board, I would like to give a huge thanks to everyone who cooperated to the pep rally to make it successful,” Williams said. “I would like to thank all FSUB members, G-Squad members, Royal Court members, SGA members, World famed members and directors, GSU Cheerleaders and coaches, Orchesis members and directors, students from freshmen to senior, faculty, staff, and parents. Without you all, the pep rally wouldn’t have had such a great outcome. Everyone cooperated when it came to seating arrangement and mask wearing. I truly didn’t expect such a great outcome. With COVID-19 still having such a huge impact on campus events, we all still managed to enjoy ourselves in a safe manner. I truly appreciate everything all of you have done.

“I would also like to say congratulations to the new class officers for the Freshman class also to the new Miss Freshman Elect, Doriah McGhee. Students are now wondering if we will have a pep rally before every game. In my opinion, I believe if as students we keep up with the safety procedures put into rule by GSU, this semester will be a breeze.”