There are hardly ever times when a student section can cause so much controversy, but every time the University of Kansas comes to visit Kansas State for a basketball game, there will always be questions concerning the students. You know what it is: the chant.
If you don’t know what the chant is, it’s very simple to learn.
“Whenever you go to Manhattan, you’re going to expect a bar fight,” Niang once said to the Des Moines Register. “If there’s a prison ball league, it’d be in the Octagon of Doom. It’s always tough down there.”
The Octagon of Doom has been called the angriest place in all of college basketball, and that’s not when arch-rival KU comes to town. There’s Bramlage during a basketball game, and then there’s Bramlage against KU: two entirely different levels of intensity.
Many, if not all, of the student section takes part in the chant when “Sandstorm” comes on. Even times when “Sandstorm” doesn’t play, the students usually find a way to get those three syllables in almost anything else.
“I think it makes us look kind of bad, but everyone here loves it, so I think it’s fine,” Kasey Robinson, freshman in chemical engineering, said.
“I am torn on the usage of the chant,” Christian Stromgren, senior in finance, said. “I believe it has a time and a place, and I don’t believe either of those are on national television. A better setting is a house party or in Aggieville after we win.”
While many students love it, there are some that don’t think too highly of the chant.
“I do not appreciate the chant,” Allie Deiter, sophomore in journalism and mass communications, said. “Regardless of how much you dislike KU or any other team, I think it’s more respectful to cheer for your own team.”
The chant became a big deal after K-State upset KU in 2015 and the students rushed the court, causing a national outcry to ban court storming and put the title of “classless” on the student section.
“I don’t think it’s a very good chant because it doesn’t promote good sportsmanship or a friendly atmosphere,” Julia Jorns, freshman in journalism and mass communications, said. “Promoting these qualities does not represent our school in a positive way in how we want to be seen.”
The matter even has drawn views from faculty at K-State.
Regardless of a person’s view on the controversy, one thing will always remain the same: an entire student body cannot be changed. A select few might not shout the words, but as long as one person chants it, more will follow. No matter what a person thinks, nobody needs to go out and chicken-wing anyone over three little syllables.