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Conflicted Emotions: Records and revivals on the court

UNK volleyball sets attendance records, following Huskers. Photo by Traeton Harimon / Antelope Staff

As most of us know, Nebraska’s volleyball team set a new world record in fan attendance. It was seen all over social media; Nebraska pride radiated through the posts and articles. Even as someone who cares very little about sports, I was excited to see the support the fans have for Nebraska teams.

The following week, I walked into work and saw that the UNK volleyball team was giving away free tickets to break the fan attendance for Division II, just like the Huskers did. Their efforts paid off, and the Lopers did get back that attendance record when they played against Peru State. It was an achievement for sure. 

When thinking about those events and records being set and broken, I have conflicting feelings.

On one hand, I wanted to see the Lopers do the same. I want to see records broken and to celebrate those who work hard at what they pursue, but there is just something about making it a point after someone did it first. 

A question I’ve been asking is, does it downplay the original achievement?

When there was a spiritual revival at Asbury University earlier this year, it was spontaneous and something that most people had not seen before. The news and stories from the university were authentic. After social media got a hold on the ongoings of the revival, there was word of other universities with similar meetings happening, but Asbury had done it first. 

Don’t get me wrong, I think it is powerful and inspiring to see people gathering for a common passion. I believe we need more revivals. I believe we need more individuals who strive to go beyond and rise above what they thought was a limit. 

Then why do I still feel conflicted? 

In my mind, there is a thin line between authenticity with original ideas and trends. It seems that right now we are living in an era where there is potential for almost anything becoming a trend. It may be different for others, but once something becomes too popular or trendy, the idea almost becomes cheap to me. All because it took the rarity away from the true product. But who knows, I may just value authenticity and firsts a little too much. 

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