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December 9, 2005

Fight song adds to NOC Enid's spirit

One year after J.J. the Jet Pilot was introduced as the school’s official mascot, Northern Oklahoma College Enid has an official fight song.

Borrowing liberally from “Go U Northwestern,’’ the fight song at Northwestern University in Evansville, Ill., NOC Enid’s fight song has slight variations that make the music all its own.

It’s not a totally original composition, but what fight song is? Remember, Oklahoma swiped its fight song from Yale.

The Jets’ fight song, “Go U NOC,’’ is an adaptation of Theodore C. Van Etten’s original 1913 music and lyrics.

NOC Enid public relations man Boomer Appleman said the Jets’ fight song will be played for the first time today when NOC Enid hosts Eastern Oklahoma State in a women’s and men’s basketball twin bill at the Mabee Center. The school also has a new pep band, led by Joe Bryant. The musicians will perform for the first time today.

If you want to hear “Go U Northwestern’’ or any other major college fight song, there is a great Web site called fightmusic.com.

It’s hard to put into words what the fight song sounds like, but once you hear it, you easily will recognize it.

Having a good fight song and a band to play it adds so much to the college environment. The school gets a pilot’s thumbs up for making it happen.



Rountree is the News & Eagle sports editor.

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