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Published August 31, 2012, 10:09 PM

Bison fans get first hand lesson in spirit

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Almost 20,000 people will be at the FargoDome tomorrow fired up and ready to cheer on their Bison. Now, with a little help from the NDSU Cheer and Dance Team, President Bresciani, and the student council, the stands might be a little bit louder.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Almost 20,000 people will be at the FargoDome tomorrow fired up and ready to cheer on their Bison. Now, with a little help from the NDSU Cheer and Dance Team, President Bresciani, and the student council, the stands might be a little bit louder.

It would be an understatement to say the student section won't be able to make the opposing team shake in their cleats at tomorrow's game. They took part in the first ever class called Bison 101 to learn how to yell and cheer on the herd.

Eric Miller – Yell Leader: “Raises the decibel level, and kind of scares the other team.”

Eric Miller is a first year yell leader. This NDSU Junior knows a thing or two about green and gold spirit and now he's ready to pass it on.

Eric Miller: “We're in charge of starting the chants with the student section, keeping positive chants going, and try to keep the whole student section in unison to really have a big impact during the game.”

Hundreds of students showed up to tonight’s first hand cheer class. They got to see their very own cheer and dance teams perform, learn the traditional touch down dance, and get pumped up from the head of the herd, Coach Bohl.

Eric Miller: “We're been told that we're the 12th man on the team. There's 11 guys on the field and the rest of it is everyone in the seats. Every person in every seat is vital to us being loud, trying to confuse the other team, just trying to help our team get out in that winning edge and get ahead of the game.”

Student Body President Luke Brodeur says kicking off the first ever Bison 101 couldn't have come at a better time.

Luke Brodeur – Student Body President: “Really the idea is when freshman or new students come in to NDSU sometimes they fall through the cracks and it's kind of hard for them to feel connected and so we want to create a program that would help them feel part of something big right away when they got on campus.”

If you've gone to any Bison game you may have heard a few inappropriate chats, but this year there's a new tradition.

Luke Brodeur: “When the opposing team comes on, instead of booing we're just going to hold up the horns and be totally silent, we're hoping that catches on, so that will start here and really just help everyone understand how big of a deal it is to be such a good strong student section.”

After the Bison win their way to a victory there will be no negativity, but these students will be able to give the other team a hint...to warm up the bus.

Bison 101 will continue through the year. They will teach and introduce students to other things that are going on around campus at that time to keep them involved.

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