Students will not hear “Jump Around” at Badger football games
for at least the next two years, according to University of
Fans who sit on the west side of the stadium have “expressed
uneasiness” about students jumping after third quarter every year,
but the new Camp Randall renovations gave Athletic Department staff
an extra incentive to sack the song, Athletic Department spokesman
Steve Malchow said.
Malchow said the decision stemmed from the large number of calls
and letters received annually from adult fans complaining about
“Jump Around,” but new construction surrounding the stadium this
year pushed the Athletic Department to temporarily suspend the song
during this “season of caution.”
“This whole season, we’ve taken a cautionary approach,” Malchow
said. “This seemed to be the appropriate year [to suspend the
Construction on Camp Randall will be completed by the 2005
season, when Malchow said “Jump Around” would return. He said the
stadium’s renovation might give the stadium a completely different
feel for fans, although no reinforcements are planned for the
structure beneath fan seating.
Malchow said Athletic Department staff conducts weekly meetings
to review football game days and would discuss “Jump Around” and
any third-quarter backlash by students, but he did not suggest the
department would reconsider playing the song to appease angry
Malchow said the football stands shake during the song and the
press box sways, giving a number of individuals working in the
press box an uneasy feeling.
UW senior Kelsey Mandl, who works in the press box for UW
Athletic Communications, said she can feel the press box vibrating
during the song and see coffee in the workers’ cups sifting around.
However, she said she has never felt unsafe due to the
Malchow said Camp Randall is architecturally sound and no
renovations are planned for the floorboards underneath the
Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, said UW police knew in advance
that the song would not be played, leaving the song’s absence a
surprise to no one other than UW students.
When the fourth quarter began and students realized they would
not be given a chance to jump around, they chanted “F-ck the sound
guy,” generously flashed their middle fingers and booed the sound
booth at a volume comparable to a Wisconsin touchdown.
The chanting and gesturing did not fade until the Badgers’
99-yard play leading to a touchdown by Lee Evans, but booing still
Editors note: On Wednesday, at 10:30am in the Mendota Gridiron
Room at Camp Randall (enter through Gate 15) the Athletic
Department will have its weekly game management meeting. This is an
open meeting that students can attend.