By Randy York, The N-Sider
If you’ve never heard of the National Collegiate Student Section Association (NCSSA), you have now, and guess what? Your connection to and action for Nebraska’s student section can help the Huskers win another national voting poll.
The latest opportunity for Big Red fans to prove There Is NO PLACE like Nebraska is at your fingertips right here, right now. Nebraska leads the Final Four collegiate fan bases in a nationwide #LoudAndProud voting competition. The Huskers have 39 percent of the Final Four voting, followed by UNO (34 percent), Buffalo (18 percent) and Florida (10 percent).
Voting continues until midnight Friday night to determine the final two programs that will compete in the third annual #LoudAndProud voting that will begin Saturday, April 1, at 6 p.m. and continue until midnight EST on Tuesday, April 4. The University of Arizona won the inaugural #LoudAndProud competition in 2015, and the University of Florida won last year.
The N-Sider has 10 reasons why Nebraska should be favored to win the 2017 competition. The primary evidence is the creative spirit in the top photograph and in others featured below.
Iron N President Allison Redwine Made Late Sam Foltz a High Priority
Allison Redwine, Nebraska's president of the Iron N Club over the past 12 months, helped make the late Sam Foltz a high priority to feature in home and road games after the premier punter's death in an automobile accident.
"Being able to honor Sam's legacy and show the nation just how much he meant to this state was the greatest honor we've ever had as a student organization," Redwine told me "That's what this organization is all about – bringing together our fans to recognize all the glory that is Nebraska Athletics.”
Redwine's tenure ends on April 1. She also served as a sport director for the Iron N for two years before becoming president. Redwine now works in Nebraska Athletics as a Marketing intern. A sociology major, she will graduate in May of 2017.
New Iron N Club President Says Huskers Have Limitless Opportunities
Jordan Newsome, who spent one year as a Iron N Club sports director, will become president of the Nebraska chapter on April 1. "The best thing about the Iron N is that it is what you make it to be," Newsome said, pointing out the atmosphere the student section creates at Husker basketball games inside Pinnacle Bank Arena.
"The opportunities are limitless," Newsome said. "Over the past year, I have seen us reach new heights and put ourselves out there to enhance the student section experience. I'm excited to have the opportunity to continue innovating and creating with the Iron N, and to lead change to make athletic events a better experience for students, fans, and athletes. The Iron N was built around a passion for Nebraska athletics, and I want to be able to continue to embody and embrace that for all students.”
Newsome is a Management major and is minoring in Marketing and Communications Study.
Beating the Drums for Marketing Excellence and NU Student Engagement
Torrey Ball, a former Syracuse football player who is now Nebraska’s director of Marketing and Student Engagement, told the N-Sider that Big Red fans everywhere can elevate the Huskers’ student section and enable another winning national poll.
Ball works directly with Nebraska’s student section and is confident the Huskers can outvote the other three Final Four candidates in the NCSSA’s annual #LoudAndProud competition – the University of Buffalo, the University of Florida and the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Ball credits the Iron N Club, which has a mission to unite UNL’s student body and support Husker athletics to create the ultimate home advantage for all Nebraska teams.
Here are more photos that dramatize student engagement at Nebraska:
Nebraska Student Engagement Group Creates a Great Soccer Atmosphere
Check Out the Ingenuity That Helped Nebraska Achieve an NCAA Milestone
Sellout Crowd Carries Khaled's Popular Trademark: 'Another One' Done
This past football season Nebraska reached a milestone – the Huskers' 350th consectutive home game sellout at Memorial Stadium, an ongoing NCAA record dating back to 1962. The photo above is not a picture of our strength and conditioning coach. It is a portrait of DJ Khaled, who is an American record producer, radio personality, DJ, record label executive and author. Khaled is famous for producing some of the most successful hip hop hits in the past decade.
One of Khaled's favorite sayings is "Another One" and if you look into the crowd, you'll see how the Husker student section played off that phrase while Nebraska's public address announcer recognized the Huskers' benchmark. Survey the crowd and you'll see one group holding up "Another" and a second group holding up "One".
Gameday Atmosphere Defines Why Huskers Sell Out Pinnacle Bank Arena
With 90,000 Fans, Nebraska Reminds Opponents That Winning Is Not Easy
Husker Fans Eager to Restore the Order So Loyalists Salute the Blackshirts
Remember Fresno Declining a Penalty to Honor Late Sam Foltz? NO PLACE!
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