If it weren't for athletics, RIT would rank miserably in the school spirit department. The hockey team has long had a cult-like following here, and many RIT students leave here with fond memories of either watching or participating in one of the best hockey programs in the nation. The Tigers are consistently ranked as one of the top teams in their division and often win the section title. RIT fans are certainly devoted to their Tigers. Many even travel to away games as far away as New Hampshire to cheer them on. Possibly the most devoted Tiger fans (and certainly the most notorious) are found in the far corner of the Ritter Ice Arena. You can spot them by the bright orange shirts reading "Warning: I'm loud and obnoxious at hockey games"-this is an understatement. The Infamous Corner Crew is an integral part of RIT hockey, and the atmosphere at home games wouldn't be the same without them. Some of the more inventive chants include "strawberry shortcake" and "rip, rip, rip!" If you aren't quite a rabid a fan like these guys, don't worry. You can still cheer vehemently for the Tigers from any of the seats, there's just no guarantee you'll be heard over the crew.
All athletics on campus are highly competitive and well coached, either by professionals or fellow students. Students who are involved in athletics find that their grades actually improve and their social lives become better as well. Teammates often study together and party together, creating a level of friendship often lacking in other areas of the RIT social spectrum. Also, students almost unanimously agree that the athletic facilities at RIT are top-notch, and with the recent additions of the Gordon Field House and the new turf-field, athletics are sure to gain even more respect and prestige in the near future.