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Rosemont Students celebrate Eagles Super Bowl victory at party and parade

More than a hundred students, faculty, and staff members poured into an event at Cardinal Hall on Sunday, February 4 to watch the Philadelphia Eagles take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. The event, which was hosted by Leadership and Engagement, featured an extensive dinner menu prepared by the Cardinal Hall dinning staff. The menu included a wing bar, six-foot hoagies, and themed cake, among other things. Throughout the event, several prizes were given away to students.

Erica Williams, the Assistant Coordinator of Leadership and Engagement, led the way in terms of coordinating and planning the event. “I was surprised at the turn out,” she said. “I’d guess there were at least a hundred students, faculty, and staff in attendance, and they all seemed to be having a great time.”

The Eagles came out red-hot in the first half of the game and managed to take an early lead. To say the least, the students were excited. With each drive, with each touchdown and field goal, they grew louder and more spirted.

After halftime, however, the mood in Cardinal Hall changed. The Patriots mounted a comeback, scoring two quick touchdowns, and Eagles fans were on the edge of their seats. While the clock wound down in the third quarter, one student held her face in her hands, too nervous to look up at the TV screen. Another student paced the room, his sneakers squeaking across the linoleum floor.  

“You could cut the tension in the air with a knife,” Williams said. “The room went quiet and stayed quiet all the way up until the fourth quarter. The last few minutes of the game felt like hours."

When the Eagles deflected Tom Brady’s Hail Mary pass to Rob Gronkowski in the final seconds of the fourth quarter, cementing the team’s 41-33 victory over the Patriots, several students rushed the stage and started cheering. Their voices reverberated off of the brick walls of Cardinal Hall as they belted out their team’s fight song: “Fly, Eagles, Fly! On the road to victory!”

“All in all, it was a great night,” Williams said. “The dining staff did a great job, as did everyone involved in the planning and coordinating of the event.”

The excitement carried into the next week. Then, two days after the big win, Dr. Sharon Hirsh, President of Rosemont College, released a statement via email announcing that the College would close on Thursday, February 8, so that faculty, staff, and students could attend the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl victory parade.

“There is no doubt that this week has been an exciting one for the Philadelphia region,” Hirsh said, “and It’s been remarkable to see how people have truly come together to celebrate the Eagles Super Bowl victory.”

She added, “So that our community can participate in the celebration and safely enjoy the Eagles Parade, I am happy to share the news that all classes of the Undergraduate College and the Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies will be canceled on Thursday, February 8th.”

Of course, all students, faculty, and staff welcomed the news of the College’s plan to close. But one student was particularly excited. Roma Narkhede is a graduate student in Rosemont’s creative writing and publishing double degree program. Narkhede started following the Eagles last year, shortly after she immigrated to the US from Mumbai, India, and this was her first time watching the Super Bowl.

“For me, being able to attend the parade was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Narkhede said. “It was an honor to be immersed in the American culture and witness so many people brought together by their love of football and the city of Philadelphia. This is truly a beautiful city and I feel as though I was part of something special.”