Generations unite in spirit video

Nikita Lewis and Nikita Lewis

When you are a Falcon, you are a Falcon for life. That was the theme for this year’s spirit video for the University, titled “Falcons Fly Forever.”

The video celebrates Falcon traditions that both current students and alumni have enjoyed such as Freddie and Frieda, SIC SIC and bowling in the Union.

It also features the newly inaugurated “Golden Falcons,” a term for alumni that have been graduates for 50 or more years.

When these University alumni arrived on campus for a reunion in spring 2015, the University decided to create a video that showcased Falcon spirit, according to the University website.

Throughout this video, many Golden Falcons are displayed as three students (senior Darius Byrd, senior Danny Carder and alumnus Wesley Strieter) sing about University traditions.

Byrd was asked to be an actor in “Falcons Fly Forever.”

“I got a call to be casted since I was known for being in the Christian student organization Cru and being an artist,“ said Byrd.

Byrd also preferred this spirit video compared to the previous one, called the “Stroh Center Rap,” because there was a comical feel to it.

“In this year’s spirit video I think (there) was more so of a funny feel to it, and also it raised … unity between graduates and students,” said Byrd.

In order for this video to come to fruition, the University sought out help from Madhouse, a design studio in Toledo that is comprised of several graduates from the University.

Madhouse wrote and produced the entire video. Rob Seiffert, a partner at Madhouse, hoped it would be a video alumni would be excited about.

“We have done a lot of work with BG; we did the Stroh Center video a couple of years ago and that was very well received, but this year wanted a video that would generate enthusiasm and excitement,” said Seiffert.

Since the release of the spirit video on Vimeo, it has been played over 55,000 times.

“Watching Falcons Fly Together just made me realize how much I’m going to miss BG when I graduate,” said senior Avery Turner.