Rough Outline

Civic artifact Speech- Disclosure My thought process is all over the place

  1. Intro/hook
    1.   -avici
    2. -Student section

Begin with “We are” hope for response getting attention before showing video, also ask about being in the student section at football games.

Basically the chant began when the football team was told to leave its two black players at home for the cotton bowl and Penn State’s team voted unanimously to cancel the game while simultaneously coining the phrase that would become the battle cry of the Lions.

Controversy over if PSU originally started this chant or if Marshall University did.

Thesis: Penn State’s cheer began as a cry for social justice and has now grown into the chant of an entire community- Brings people together 

*Brief History and create thesis*

thesis should reflect what civic artifact is trying to relay

    1. Audience and Pathos
      1. Intended audience are PSU students and alumni unintended audience who have no ties to the school but relate to the moral values tied to the chant EX) other schools using We are

It’s a cheer that has become as symbolic of the university – and especially its football team – as the Nittany Lion mascot.

The cheer is so popular among the Penn State cognoscenti that it is often shouted throughout the world by strangers wearing something that ties them to their Penn State background.

Call to action: Duty to preserve team- WE ARE one unit and won’t be separated by race- One team

    1. Ethos
      1. Decision to boycott the game was unanimous- No man gets left behind
        1. It was 1946, a time when many college football teams in America were segregated. But not Penn State. For the Penn State team included two black players — Wally Triplett and Dennie Hoggard.
        2. University of Miami, segregated as were many other American football teams, informed Penn State that it could not play their two black players, Penn State’s team voted unanimously to cancel the game.
        3.  1948, Triplett was the lone black player on a Penn State team that earned the right to play Southern Methodist University in the Cotton Bowl.When Penn State heard that SMU wanted to discuss Penn State’s leaving Triplett at home, Penn State flatly refused. In that context, guard Steve Suhey coined the phrase that would become the battle cry of the Lions
      2. Not just one chants, there are many versions of the “we are chant” however no matter what version, still symbolizes the community feeling and history of the chant
    2. Message/Exigence
      1. To unite the team and the school- Prove a point
      2. Up to the school to preserve the one team mentality and do what they felt was the right thing to (about segregation in football)- CALL TO ACTION 
    3. Logos
      1. In declaration of independence it states that all men are created equal
        1. The message is long lasting and is embedded into our brains that this country shoud be equal to everybody
        2. The Declaration of Independence is a HUGE part of America’s culture and can be seen being demonstrated- in We are chant
        3. “All men are created equal” “we are”
          1. Bring the speech back around to draw parallels between those two quotes. Make sure to go into depth.
    4. Conclusion
      1. Brings sense of community and is now a staple part of aPSU
      2. End with “we are chant and thank you” -Hopefully getting a “Penn State and you’re welcome” back

For more information after the speech watch the below video. It is actually a very inspiring and interesting video!

One response

  1. Barbara,

    The outline that you created does a very good job of clearly giving the route you intend to take in order to prove your thesis to the audience while keeping in mind the three rhetorical proofs. There is not much that I can critique here because you did such a thorough job on the assignment itself as well as the analyzation of the “We are…” chant. I’m not sure if there is much more outside what you have already stated in this outline to know about this chant, but because it is so iconic and well known, the more that you can give about the chant that no one has heard before, the better. The involvement of the audience in the into and the closing serves to bring home your point in a very personal way, which is a great touch. I am also not quite sure how you have time to produce this level of quality on these assignments, so go you! Looking forward to chanting along next next Monday.

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