DCFC Is More than a Club, It's A Family

DCFC Is More than a Club, It's A Family

Nothing will ever compare to what you will witness and be a part of at a Detroit City Football Club match.

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Detroit City Football Club. It's not just a club, it's a family.

Detroit City FC broke out of the franchise system that is set up within US to form a grassroots movement that has grown to be a family. The team appointed the term "Supporter Built" after growth of the club resulted in supporters working to help fund renovations of Detroit soccers new home, Keyworth Stadium. Detroit City FC has also had a rally for Amanda, who is a huge supporter that was involved in a horrific accident during their playoff run.

The personal support that was given to her was incredible. Detroit City FC has grown from a little club into a driving force that has coverage and is well known across the United States and a ever-growing presence overseas. DCFC is fighting against the money system, Major League Soccer. More information about DCFC, as well as some visuals for what I talk about later in this article, can be found in this video:

I had the privilege of going to my very first DCFC match on May 25th. This was one week after they had a match against FC St. Pauli. The FC St. Pauli match was historic as it was not only Detroit City FC's first ever televised match but also was St. Pauli's first game and trip to the United States.

Everyone was first gathered in the street for pre-gaming with food, drinks, and overall fun. After hanging out and catching up with friends for a few hours before the match, City fans grabbed large flags and displays and held them proudly, readying to march in the street to Keyworth Stadium. Police blocked the streets so everyone could travel safely to the field. During the march, there was continuous chanting, clapping, and drum-playing. For a few minutes, the group stopped in the middle of the street where a man with a bullhorn spoke to hype everyone up before continuing on to the field.

Both at the end of the national anthem and at kickoff, smoke bombs were set off. Luckily, my friend had given me a scarf to cover my mouth with so I didn't breathe in the smoke. Anyway, it was an amazing sight. I was fortunate enough that my friend is one of the people who set off the smoke bombs, and I got to stand right next to him. I have never seen something like that before. It honestly was so amazing.

During the game, there was never a quiet moment. Drums kept the beat of every single chant, of which there were endless! A lot of chants were based on tunes from songs, so they were easy to keep up with, but all of the chants were original in their own ways. Like I said before, there was never a quiet moment, and I mean it. The chants went on continuously. There was also a super fun Tetris game, which is hard to explain other than for me to tell you to go to a game and experience it for yourself.

DCFC supporters proudly waved flags throughout the whole game. In each section, there was someone with a bullhorn leading the cheers, and their enthusiasm was like nothing I have ever seen. The crowd involvement was of the highest level I have ever experienced. I have been to football, hockey, baseball, basketball, and even other soccer events before, but nothing will ever compare to what you will witness and be a part of at DCFC. Take the crowd from every football game you have ever seen and multiply it by 100. THAT is DCFC. There really is a family love and atmosphere at these games, unlike anything.

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7 Things That Annoy Volleyball Players More Than Anything

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I'm not sure why but volleyball players are a very particular group of people — we like what we like and we HATE what we don't, especially when it is volleyball-related. If you're a volleyball player, I'm sure you can relate to this list and if you're not a volleyball player, now you know exactly how you will be able to get under our skin.

1. Girls who wear spandex in public

Don’t get me wrong, we wear spandex for a living. We understand WHY people wear them to workout. But wearing them to the dining hall, class or anywhere that isn’t the gym… please don’t. Put on some shorts or leggings — PLEASE.

2. The “I’ll beat you in volleyball” line

For some odd reason when someone who likes you finds out that you play volleyball, they say this. I’m not sure why, but its really annoying that people think they’re better than you (a collegiate athlete) at the sport you’ve been playing your whole life.

3. When guys mention that they only come to your games because you wear spandex

You’re right, why would any appreciate our athletic ability when you can simply appreciate our butts.

4. Freshman who don’t think they have to do their Freshman duties

PSA: Every single school has freshman duties; YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY FRESHMAN WHO HAVE TO DO THEM. Everyone has done them when they were a freshman. Stop complaining, do your duties, and play volleyball because after your freshman season you’ll never have to do it again.

5. When people try to tell you that volleyball isn’t hard

Why don’t you jump for three hours straight and throw your body on the ground hundreds of times and tell me how easy it is.

6. The word "spike"

I honestly feel bad about hating this so much but nothing nothing NOTHING annoys us more than when someone uses the work "spike". For some reason this word went out of style a longgggg time ago and nobody got the memo except the people in the volleyball world. Instead of telling your friend that they had a good spike, tell them that they had a great "hit." HIT = SPIKE.

7. Balls that aren't perfectly blown up

Volleyball players are hands down the most high maintenance group of people when it comes to our sport. I will go through an entire ball cart to find the best ball possible... if the ball is flat, no matter what contact you make it is going to be bad. If the ball is too hard, no matter what contact you make it is going to be bad.

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How to Boost Minority Voices on College Campuses

An ideal college campus has a healthy dose of diversity that reflects the real world

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An ideal college campus has a healthy dose of diversity that reflects the real world. Unfortunately, due to cost of attendance and geographical location, most college campuses have a skewed population. Minority students sometimes struggle to feel welcome on campus – which may become detrimental to their mental, academic, and physical well-being. Non-minority students should help boost their voices on campus by understanding the social movements in which minority students follow and the issues these movements endorse. Here are two examples of very successful programs involving college students:

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter formed following the murder of the black, unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin. On February 26th, 2012, George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman, called 911 to report Martin's 'suspicious activity' before fatally shooting him. Uncovered evidence suggested that Zimmerman acted because he was wary of Martin's race – and not the actual threat of criminal activity. The Black Lives Matter movement gained further traction after the distressing murder of Michael Brown in 2014. Brown was shot numerous times by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. Protests erupted in Ferguson and across the United States – with followers that represent all intersections of gender, ability, citizenship and experience. "[They] are working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise."

The echoes of the Black Lives Matter message left an imprint on the University of Missouri football team and other student organizations, who all called for the Mizzou President Tim Wolfe's resignation. This protest followed inaction of school leaders when dealing with racial issues on campus. The football team, with their coaches' support, refused to play or practice until Wolfe stepped down. The refusal to play games could have cost the university $1 million in cancellation fees. The Missouri football team showed immense courage – risking their scholarships, academic standing, and image on a national level for a controversial but necessary cause.


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Cripple Punk

Cripple Punk (or C-Punk for those uncomfortable using the slur) is a movement by the physically disabled, for the physically disabled. It was accidentally created by Tumblr user @Crpl-Pnk, or Tai/Tyler, who posted a grunge-style selfie with a cane and the words 'Cripple Punk' in the caption. The picture went viral, and so did the rejection of stereotypes. Tyler said Cripple Punk is here for the bitter cripple and the un-inspirational cripple –fighting the idea that all cripples must be wonderful people, all the time.

The movement respects all intersections of race, gender, culture, sexual/romantic orientation, size, intersex status, mental illness, neurodivergent, and survivor status. Cripple Punk recognizes that there is no universal disabled experience, and encourages followers to understand unfamiliar experiences. Participating in the activism is not conditional on things like what kind of mobility aids one uses, or how much one can 'function.' One goal of the movement is to fight internalized ableism (feelings of internalized discrimination of disabilities produced by society) They also strive to empower those currently struggling to own their disabled identity through body positivity. This allows the community to choose how they are seen, and to be unapologetically disabled.

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It is not unusual as a disabled person to feel isolated from others who share your experiences. The Internet has created a space to seek out others with similar experiences, learn from each other, and motivate each other. This online community is incredibly important, as it is often difficult for disabled people to participate in typical protests. Many cannot march because of the nature of their conditions, or the unfortunate reality that many protests are still inaccessible.


Simple ways to amplify minority voices

Following these movements is perhaps the easiest way to show support, whether it be by attending events, retweeting hashtags, or signing petitions. Rally for a more diverse faculty, multicultural centers, and more accessible counseling or tutoring services for minority students. Elect to take an ethic studies or diversity course to listen and understand other worldviews— this may be the first time you are faced with perspectives different from your own. Seek to understand the history of your institution and its potential shortcomings and rally for change with your peers whenever possible. Make your college a place that everyone would want to attend; your campus diversity starts with encouragement.

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