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Thursday, October 20, 2011

FCU Tug of War - Already Lost?

By Victor Peng & Victor Chen
Every student in FCU knows the tug of war is an FCU traditional sport, but most of us don’t really know why. The tug of war has been a special tradition in FCU since 1970. If you don’t know how crazy and how popular the tug of war is at FCU; let me tell you, some people have even gambled on it! Now, tug of war has become the most popular annual activity in FCU. However, there is a bad condition slowly threatening it. Participation of the tug of war is decreasing.  We must stop this decline or our worries will come true and we will lose the tug of war.

The first reason why participation in tug of war keeps decreasing is hard to avoid – technology keeps making online games popular, so freshmen only like to sit in front of their computer screen. Second, social needs have been replaced by Facebook and the Internet; students don’t need to be in a club to make friends. Finally, most new students have a misunderstanding about the tug of war. The tug of war isn’t a sport only for “heroes.” However, it requires tough training, and it can be boring in the beginning. Also, tug-of-war contests are rare (only in October). Because freshmen are busy playing online games and they don’t need to be in a group to make friends, and because they think it’s too hard, interest in tug-of-war is decreasing.

We want everyone to notice and to maintain FCU’s tradition and encourage freshman to not just play computer game, but to do more exercise for their health. Playing the tug of war can train your body and your mind to be a real man, and you will make friendships and even have fun. Finally, we would like to invite you to join the upcoming campus tug of war tournament!

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