Share the Alma Mater
Letter to the Editor
Published: Friday, September 3, 2010
Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 12:09
I am from the class of 1975. I love the Notre Dame band. We sit and wait on the north side of the stadium for an hour just to hear and watch the Band march in to the stadium. When I was there, the student body really did not sing the Alma Mater. On the last home game of the season, seniors would sing it for the first time.
I think it is great that all now sing it. For all the years until Weis, the end of the game was the highlight: The band played the Alma Mater for all of the Notre Dame community. What a moving moment.
Then during the Weis years, it was played just in front of the student body (and for a TV moment). A move by him to try to ingratiate himself to the students? Yet, what a travesty to all of us alumni! The rest of the stadium can barely hear the Alma Mater. In a way, it was insulting to us. We are part of the community, we contribute lots of money, we love Notre Dame. Many times, I see young alumni at their first game since graduation, they wait for the Alma Mater, and then they can't even hear it! Why should a TV Moment ruin it for the rest? Let's show the country that Notre Dame is more than the wonderful student body. They should understand that once they graduate and then go to a game, this beautiful part of Notre Dame is lost. I hope the students understand and want all of us to hear and sing this homage (and even a prayer) to Our Lady.
Please bring back the real tradition of playing the Alma Mater for all the Notre Dame community?
Class of 1975