brings people together: Having
read through several correspondences,
flipped through many yearbooks and
examined numerous scrapbooks I have
learned something: Basketball was BIG!
Each class year had their own team.
These teams aroused much attention
and excitement around the campus. Because
they would only be playing other teams
at Mount Holyoke everyone would attend
games. These games and tournaments
brought the entire campus together.
The separate classes would have written
songs and chants to perform at the
decorations were made by class members;
and festive activities were planned
by and for the victors. Every year
had a mascot (often little
children were used,
as pictured above) to symbolize the
spirit of their team and entire class.
These games brought the whole college
together. First there was the unit
of ten girls or so on the team that
bonded. They in turn bonded with their
classmates that were rooting for them.
The class fans bonded together
with their lively chants and song.
All the people attending the event
in Blanchard or at the outdoor court
had a sense of belonging. The Mount
College campus was united.
their Classbook, the class of 1909 wrote
this introduction to a dedication to their
team: "Nineteen Nine's love for her
team is so big and loyal, and her pride
so evident, that our Basketball girls must
not need any reminder. Moreover, it is
pretty hard to put into words just how
much the does care for her team. We all
know what an indescribably happy feeling
comes over us when we put on our green
armbands [their class color], and how that
feeling grows, until it almost bursts all
bounds as we see our team come running
onto the field to fight for us. It is a
feeling of proud loyalty, for class and
team united, that we cannot express, and
it is brought out most peculiarly when
we are singing Nineteen Nine on to Victory." (41)