On a chilly morning, late in 1972, a group of SLC students gathered to watch what would ultimately be Sarah Lawrence’s final football game. Happening three times in history, the “Green Machine” entered the field to face Vassar’s opposing team, the “Big Pink.” Although Vassar would eventually go on to win, 33-24, the members of this short lived team would go down in infamy.
Now, almost forty years later, there is little knowledge about this event. There has always been a culture of competition among SLC’s students. Sports teams have been formed and disbanded as they have come in and out vogue. In the vein of permanence, I am pleased to introduce you to the Phoenix’s newest section: sports. It is here you will find athlete profiles, game stats and schedules and articles about happenings at the Campbell Sports center. We want this section to share student athlete’s voice and accomplishments, as well as dispel any misnomers about athletics as a whole. I have been working with the Athletic department to bring the readers of this section the most accurate, unbiased, and up-to-date coverage possible.
Last year, there seemed to be a concern about a lack of community that existed on the Sarah Lawrence campus, a concern that was voiced in this very publication. Athletics are an important part of building community on campus. There is something called Gryphon pride, and it is a feeling that I get every time I step out on to the pool deck. It is a feeling I get when I read a peer’s conference paper. It is tingling in my fingers that I feel when looking at a friend’s photography portfolio, or when I see a roommate’s dance piece. Community is what you make of it, and by supporting your fellow students, whether it be by attending a sporting event, a play or an art show, you are helping to create a tight-knit populace of well-rounded individuals.
But of course, it is okay to not be interested in athletics. As with all things the Phoenix covers, we are open to both sides of the subject. We are looking to create an open forum, filled with respectful, unbiased pieces of work, coming from both student athletes and the greater SLC community. I am looking forward to the coming year, academically as well as athletically.
As always, if you are interested in writing for the Phoenix, whether it be sports or one of our other sections, feel free to email any of our editors. If you have any questions regarding sports, writing sports or athletics in general, feel free to contact me.
Thanks for reading, and go Gryphons!!
by Colette Harley