Post #9: Rhetorical Analysis of SU Athletics

As seen through the last few posts I’ve made, currently in my writing class we have been focusing on understanding rhetorical analysis and it’s applications in different aspects of society. As practice for an upcoming essay we will be writing, we were assigned to do a rhetorical analysis on a schedule of a Syracuse athletic team’s schedule. For my practice, I chose to analyze the schedule of the football team which I have photographed below.

The first thing I notice about this schedule is its utilization of color. Immediately on the listing of games, the person viewing can take note of the games highlighted in orange. While these games are this way because they are home games, I also believe that it is printed this way to make people viewing the schedule pay more attention to these days and therefore be more likely to attend these games

Next, the middle section of the schedule includes information on how to buy tickets. Here it is clear that they put in very bold lettering how to order and the different types of tickets they offer, however the put the actual pricing of tickets very small so that way people who view the schedule are more likely to overlook this part, especially since the pricing is stated in a not so bold white colored font. This can also be applied to the left side which displays the different types of seating at the carrier dome, but has the pricing of each section very small so patrons are more likely not to notice it or notice it after the initial appeal of buying tickets so that way they are more likely to buy the tickets.

Overall, I noticed that throughout the schedule the printers used a very bold orange colored sans serif font. I believe the reasoning behind this to be that the orange color makes important parts of the schedule catch the patron’s eye immediately. Additionally, it is known that sans serif fonts are easier to read, which would explain why they would use it throughout the schedule so people can get all the information they want to get, faster and easier.

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Memories to come

Over the weekend I had my first visit from my dad! On Saturday he took me out to lunch and I got to meet several of his friends from college when all of us met up to go to the homecoming game.

In the evening, we all went out to dinner as the five of them reminisced over the good old days and I heard some stories that I probably shouldn’t have. Sunday we went to varsity for pizza and my dad took we to a park where I could spin for a little (since I haven’t been able to toss on my rifle and sabre since I’ve been here). I have definitely missed being able to spin and dance out on that field with all my friends.

Overall the weekend was pretty amazing. Hearing about all the fun that my dad and his friends had when they went to school here made me excited for the memories I could make with the friends I’ve already made here. And who knows, maybe one day I’ll be coming back here with my friends for homecoming weekend and we’ll get together to go down memory lane. Here’s to the next four years of memories to come.

I’ll show you a marching band

I’ve discovered that I’m not very into watching college football. Last night, my friend and I attended our first college football game. From spending the past three years watching my high school football games, I was able to tell her the main idea of what football was all about, but our team was still losing from the beginning. By the second quarter, almost the entire student section had left with more leaving by the minute.

Once halftime came, I looked forward to the performance of the marching band. As a member of the color guard at my high school for the past three years, I wanted to see how college marching band compared to high school. Sadly, I was disappointed. The band itself played fine, but I critically examined their drill formations and color guard flag work. For some reason it just wasn’t as complicated and entertaining as high school bands were. I found myself missing my teammates and missing performing. However, watching the band gave me a newfound appreciation for the discipline and technique I and 180 students learned, and my overall time spent with the South Brunswick Viking Marching Band*.

We ended up leaving the game early, and even though we didn’t win it’s good to be able to say that we participated in a college tradition. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to basketball season.

*Want to see what I did? Check out the link below to see my marching band’s show from last fall titled “Momentum”. I’m one of the girls spinning the rifles and sabres. I promise you it’s worth a watch.