20 years and stronger than ever: “Drink Blood, Smoke Crack” creator revitalizes quirky cheers in soccer stands
Simply looking into the stands this Tuesday, one might have assumed that the men’s soccer game versus St. John’s was not a major affair. But with Andrew Virden ’96 leading the student section in cheers seemingly every other minute, Macalester Stadium was hopping.
Last weekend, the Macalester men’s and women’s tennis teams wrapped up their short-lived fall seasons with promising finishes at their respective competitions. Women’s tennis—led by Katelyn Glenna ’15 and Carmen Whitehead ’14—won 8-1 in a non-conference matchup against Mount Mary at Macalester.
With schedules full of classes, work study jobs, volunteering and extracurricular commitments, many Macalester students don’t have joining an athletic team on their radar. The physicality of a sport, even if enjoyable, puts strain on one’s body in ways different than the stresses a tutor or part-time intern must face.
This past weekend, on what was possibly the perfect fall day, I attended a University of Minnesota football game along with some friends. Watching, or at least pretending to watch, football is a favorite autumnal pastime of mine, so perhaps I was driven to attend because Macalester’s lack of home games was leaving a void in my life.
This week The Mac Weekly caught up with sharpshooting midfielder Alan Schembri-Wismayer ’17 (Rochester, Minn.) to talk about soccer, Macalester and Malta. Schembri-Wismayer’s goal against St. Scholastica on Sept. 14 with 11 seconds remaining on the clock won the game for the Scots in a thrilling fashion, evening Macalester’s record to 3-3.