Today in NC State History: Club loses pep in its step

January 16, 2014
By Chris Saunders

historyIconIf you’re a member of one of NC State’s many campus student groups, you want that group to stay out of Student Government‘s crosshairs.

And it would seem that the pep club might have the easiest time doing just that since it welcomes the charge “to boost the spirit of the campus.”

But on this day in 1951, The Technician‘s headline placed the club directly in Campus Government’s “frying pan” due to a perceived power grab for A-1 athletics tickets.

According to the article, Student Government’s treasurer submitted a motion to cease financial support to the pep club, adding that “the campus as a whole has not profited from the activities of the Pep Club. No dividends have been seen except for the members themselves.”

The treasurer cited the allotment of 50 50-yard line seats for home football games the previous fall. And, he added, that the pep club was trying to make a similar play for men’s basketball tickets without the approval of Student Government.

He went on to make the point that if the club had that many members to fill that many seats, then the pep club had enough to sustain itself without the aid of Student Government.

The NC State Pep Club in 1951. Photo from 1951 Agromeck.

The NC State Pep Club in 1951. Photo from 1951 Agromeck.

The motion was tabled until the pep club’s president could appear before student government.


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