Little cup means big issue
BY KATHRYN HAMILL ON OCTOBER 18 2013
A picture is worth a thousand words, and a thousand words can say a lot. The wrong picture can lead to having the wrong idea about any topic. The Rowdie Rampants have done so much for Rose and it's team spirit, morale, and bringing the student body together. The Rowdie Rampants’ Facebook page is the main method of communication about games and other events. On Facebook there is an option to label your event or group with an image, and the image beside Rowdie Rampants is a red Solo cup. I support the Rowdie Rampants and everything they stand for, but there is something about that little red cup that makes it all a little hard to swallow.
When I researched Solo cup, I found this definition on the ever popular cultural reference website, UrbanDictionary.com : “A plastic disposable cup popular for beer pong as well as for making mixed drinks, as the letters SOLO on its side can help you eyeball how much of each liquid to put in. Also known as a keg cup, or simply a Solo.” This is not the image that I would ever want to put next to a group that has such a positive influence on our school.
The Rowdie Rampant definition from the 2012 yearbook was “A Rose student who is loud, proud, and an avid fan of the school, Rampant pride courses through his or her veins. Known to be crazy, in your face, and obnoxious all while maintaining class and good sportsmanship”. If one was playing with word association, one would hopefully not say Rowdie Rampant while looking at a red Solo cup. The definition of a Rowdie Rampant gives a clear picture of how the students act at games, and the image they try to portray, yet when paired with the iconic image of a Solo cup, it lends itself to putting on a different image. I don't want the little tiny image of a red cup to put a mask on the group as a whole.
That red cup sends a message to people that the Rowdie Rampants do more than just cheer at games. I am no prophet, I did not come up with this in a vision, and I by no means intend to slander, but our students should not imply that they drink at, before, or after school events. More than that, they should not imply that they drink underage in the first place. There is a time and place for everything and being intoxicated as a high school student at a school function is not that time.This is just a friendly reminder that we are all underage, and we are all role models. It is more than okay to attend games or other events without the Solo cup. Even though you shouldn’t judge a book by it's cover, lets take the initiative to find a cover that better suits us.