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Bowling Green State University

1. Roseland, Margaret J. The BGSU SICSIC Spirit Crew: Masked Performances of Campus Identity and Cultural Anxiety.

Degree: MA, American Culture Studies, 2019, Bowling Green State University

On the night of October 5, 1946, six young male Bowling Green State Universitystudents were recruited to a secret meeting by President Frank Prout in order to found ananonymous booster club, which would soon become known as SICSIC. This masked spirit crewinitiated a school spirit revival that has since become an integral part of BGSU’s campus culture.Despite its importance, however, SICSIC’s origins, practices, and values mostly exist as legendand lore. In this critical historical analysis, I analyze SICSIC as a carnivalesque secret societyand consider its meanings within the context of changing campus and national norms as a resultof World War II. This project puts BGSU’s spirit crew in conversation with other collegiatesecret societies and their influence on the greater American society. I argue that SICSIC wasfounded to assuage anxieties over the changing landscape of higher education, specifically theinflux of GIs and others who were not traditional college-age students. While the customs andrituals of the group have changed over the years, remnants of the group’s past still exist in thecontemporary SICSIC’s masked performances. Applying performance and critical race theory tothe evolving traditions of SICSIC, I show the continuities and disruptions to the University’scampus culture over a period of seventy years. I also consider the racial implications of thegroup’s performances of the past, present, and possible future. Using ethnographic researchmethods, as well as historical research, observations, and interviews with SICSIC alumni, this isthe most complete and comprehensive history of the group. Advisors/Committee Members: Sheffer, Jolie (Advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: American Studies; Whiteness; Americanness; Secret societies; Secret society; BGSU; SICSIC; Campus culture; Cultural anxieties; student identity; SICSIC; Bowling Green State University

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APA (6th Edition):

Roseland, M. J. (2019). The BGSU SICSIC Spirit Crew: Masked Performances of Campus Identity and Cultural Anxiety. (Masters Thesis). Bowling Green State University. Retrieved from http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=bgsu1563376450526318

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Roseland, Margaret J. “The BGSU SICSIC Spirit Crew: Masked Performances of Campus Identity and Cultural Anxiety.” 2019. Masters Thesis, Bowling Green State University. Accessed August 24, 2019. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=bgsu1563376450526318.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Roseland, Margaret J. “The BGSU SICSIC Spirit Crew: Masked Performances of Campus Identity and Cultural Anxiety.” 2019. Web. 24 Aug 2019.

Vancouver:

Roseland MJ. The BGSU SICSIC Spirit Crew: Masked Performances of Campus Identity and Cultural Anxiety. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Bowling Green State University; 2019. [cited 2019 Aug 24]. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=bgsu1563376450526318.

Council of Science Editors:

Roseland MJ. The BGSU SICSIC Spirit Crew: Masked Performances of Campus Identity and Cultural Anxiety. [Masters Thesis]. Bowling Green State University; 2019. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=bgsu1563376450526318

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