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The Forest grows

November 16, 2015

With Indiana State men’s and women’s basketball seasons underway, The Forest prepares for an exciting student section to cheer on the teams at Hulman Center.

Spearheaded by student leader Tommy Lynch in 2012, The Forest has continued to grow. Since April, membership has increased from 1,100 members to more than 1,500 student members.

For many, The Forest is the heart and soul of Sycamore pride as fans come out week after week to show their support for their fellow students.

The Forest gets involved by planning theme nights, creating giant cut out heads and often making T-shirts to continue their support.

Sebastian Dancler, a senior recreation and sport management major from Indianapolis, has been an active member of The Forest since his freshman year in 2012.

“What I love the most is the sense of community we have. There’s the same “core group” we have that I see at all football and basketball games, and it’s almost as if going to games is going back to a family reunion,” says Dancler.

Although the majority of the organization’s membership stems from the Student Resource Fair at freshman orientation and other major fall welcome events, students can continue to sign up throughout the year.

Registration fees begin at $5 for returning members and $10 for new members; new members also receive a free, blue Forest t-shirt with the school song on the back.

Being a member of The Forest allows students to enter basketball games a half hour before general admission and have first pick at priority seating for all home games. Throughout the football season, The Forest also has a tailgate for each home football game where members can play games and have enjoy a meal with friends.

Throughout the year, there are opportunities for member only fan buses that travel to away games and conferences for all sports.

To sign up to be a member of The Forest, students can turn the registration fees into the Student Government Association Office in room 621 of HMSU.

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Photo: http://photos.indstate.edu/Sports/Mens-Basketball/Season-201314/ISU-vs-4-Wichita-State/i-nstmgLz/1/L/02_05_14_MBB_ISU_vs_wichita_state-889-L.jpg  - Indiana State University’s student section, “The Forest,” cheers the men’s basketball team in during a 2014 game against Wichita State. (ISU Photo Services)

Contact: Rodney Lockman, Student Government Association, director of Sycamore pride and traditions, dlockman@sycamores.indstate.edu

Writer: Mallory Eherenman, media relations assistant, Office of Communications and Marketing, 812-237-3773 or meherenman@sycamores.indstate.edu

Story Highlights

With Indiana State men’s and women’s basketball seasons underway, The Forest prepares for an exciting student section to cheer on the teams at Hulman Center. Since April, membership has increased from 1,100 members to more than 1,500 student members.

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