Owls Fight Song rocks KSU Convocation Center
Kennesaw State fans have a date to remember, Feb. 10, 2012, because that was the night – when…
Georgia (Feb 13, 2012) — Kennesaw State fans have a date to remember, Feb. 10, 2012, because that was the night – when for the first time – the Kennesaw State Owls Fight Song reverberated across a crowded KSU Convocation Center, as a record-setting crowd of 4,991 fans gathered to watch the men’s basketball team take on the Mercer University Bears.
As the KSU Pep Band launched into the new anthem, fans in the stands were singing and clapping their hands. The KSU Spirit Squad performed their newly choreographed routine in rhythm to the brassy tune. This was history in the making and it, along with the game, was broadcast live by Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast network as the CSS/Atlantic Sun Conference Game of the Week. It was also on ESPN3.
“This is the beginning of a new tradition at Kennesaw State,” said Vaughn Williams, KSU’s director of athletics. “I tell our students think about this moment 15, 25 years from now when you come back here as alumni, think about this moment, this time. When you come back to a reunion here and see us doing the cheer at basketball games and football games, remember you were here, you were part of it."
The song was the brainchild of Professor Harry Price, director of KSU’s school of music, who approached Williams shortly after he was hired as athletic director last April. Price enlisted the aid of his former Virginia Tech colleague and composer James Sochinski, who has written songs for other universities.
Drawing on the imagery of Kennesaw Mountain, along with the values and traditions of the South, the song is a punchy, high-impact, in-your-face ditty that resonates long after the music has stopped playing.
To watch a video of the fight song, which features Williams and some of KSU’s student-athletes, please visit: KSU Fight Song
By Robert S. Godlewski
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.