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The Maize Rage is the student cheering section for the University of Michigan Men’s Basketball team at the University of Michigan. The Maize Rage emphasizes spirit and sportsmanship in its support of its men’s basketball. The members strive to provide a vocal presence at Crisler Center by leading cheers and chants, as well as promoting the University of Michigan Basketball Wolverine program across campus and beyond. Other than basketball, the Maize Rage also aims to support a myriad of other University of Michigan varsity sports including women’s basketball, volleyball, baseball, and softball.
History[edit | edit source]
The Maize Rage was unofficially founded in the mid to late 1990s and was officially recognized in the year 2000 by University of Michigan students. Since its formation, the Maize Rage has transformed Crisler Center into one of the most distinctive home court advantages in the Big Ten and NCAA.
Traditions[edit | edit source]
Game Day Attire[edit | edit source]
As the name suggests, the game day attire is anything yellow, or more specifically, "maize". However, on certain occasions, there will be specific themed games, including, but not limited to, Star Wars, Social media, and Poole Party (which is a pun on pool parties).
The Beeline[edit | edit source]
The front row of section 130, nicknamed Beeline as a pun on coach John Beilein's name, dresses in bee suits
Chants[edit | edit source]
Here we go Michigan, here we go! (clap clap)
Let's Go Michigan! (clap clap, clap clap clap)
Go Blue, Go! (clap clap clap)
Go Blue! (clap clap)
Let’s Go Blue! (clap)
Free Throws[edit | edit source]
When Michigan is at the free throw line, members raise their arms. If the free throw is good, the arms are lowered followed by yelling "whoosh!".
Membership[edit | edit source]
All student section season ticket holders are official members of the Maize Rage. There are no mandatory requirements, fees, or dues associated with membership of the Maize Rage. Members who wish to have a greater involvement in the Maize Rage are invited to join the Maize Rage Core, a smaller group of students who have a greater hand in the formation, planning, and operations of the Maize Rage.
Maize Rage Core[edit | edit source]
The Maize Rage Core is a smaller group of students who meet weekly to discuss and implement the operations of the Maize Rage. The Core is a student run organization registered with the Michigan Student Assembly (MSA). All members of the Maize Rage are invited to attend meeting of the Maize Rage Core with questions, comments, and concerns about the Maize Rage. Meetings are used to present news ideas, plan road trips, debate the effectiveness of chants, explore new ways to improve the overall basketball experience at Crisler Center, and many more. The Core serve as liaisons between the Maize Rage and several of the other groups instrumental to the game day atmosphere at Crisler Center, including the Athletic Department, Dance Team, Cheer Team, Pep Band, and the team itself.
References[edit | edit source]
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