The Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council hope to expand student attendance at tailgates and ultimately encourage students to attend football games. They want students to take part in tailgates rather than in morning cocktails, referred to as MoCos.
“Basically, we’re trying to start a movement to rekindle the school pride here at Lehigh and give our athletic programs some support,” wrote Kyle Durics, the president of IFC, in an email.
Durics said MoCos tend to interfere with athletic events, and it is important for students to see their peers compete.
Margaret Burnett, ’17, the president of Panhel, said she has only received positive feedback about tailgates.
Raquel De Jesus Castillo, ’18, said MoCos can be unnecessarily extravagant.
“The whole idea of MoCos is excessive, especially drinking so early,” De Jesus Castillo said.
Panhel and IFC are pushing for a policy that would only allow students to participate in MoCos on Saturdays when there are no home games. This has sparked a response from certain members of the student body.
Perri Rubenstein, ’18, created hats with the slogan “Make MoCos Great Again.” Rubenstein posted advertisements for the hats on the Lehigh class of 2018 Facebook page. She said there weren’t as many sales as she had hoped for, but students liked the idea.
Rubenstein supports the movement toward tailgates but recognizes that students enjoy MoCos as well. Students are trying to find a way to attend both tailgates and MoCos, she said.
There has been an increase in student attendance at sporting events as more students participate in tailgates. Rubenstein believes this is because people are more inclined to go to games if they are already in the vicinity for tailgates.
Rubenstein said it doesn’t matter what attire students wear to the games, as long as they’re actually present.
“Crazy dress-up for MoCos is a tradition and I don’t think it’s negative,” Rubenstein said.
Castillo emphasized the importance of students wearing Lehigh’s school colors to games.
“I wear brown and white to look unified and show school spirit,” De Jesus Castillo said. “We lack school spirit when (we’re) dressed in all rainbow colors.”
Shanice Marrow, ’18, noticed students are getting creative with Lehigh apparel to make tailgates more fun. Marrow bought her own pair of customized Lehigh shoes and said students are buying customized Lehigh shirts to wear to the games.
NaVette Smith, ’19, has attended every home game so far and prefers tailgates over MoCos because it gives students the chance to interact with family, alumni and peers.
Others have said MoCos start too early, and they would prefer to attend something later in the afternoon. Morrow said, however, tailgates end at 1 p.m. and security then forces students to go to the sports games.
“Separating MoCos and tailgates will be successful, but no one is going to a tailgate at 8 o’clock in the morning,” Marrow said. “Kicking students out at 1 o’clock is going about it the wrong way.”
Rubenstein does not believe MoCos will come to an end simply because they have been a tradition for so long.
“It’s foolish for the school to eradicate (MoCos) because it’s something students get excited about,” Rubenstein said.
Even if IFC and Panhel do succeed in limiting MoCos to Saturdays when there are no home games, some students, including Coral Garcia, ’16, question if the move will be beneficial.
“Students in Greek life especially will fight for the return of MoCos because it’s a tradition,” Garcia said.
Garcia said some students prioritize MoCos and do not even attend the games.
“It’s possible that MoCos (will) come to a close because Lehigh is pushing hard for more tailgates and increased school spirit,” Smith said.