ADM 102: Introduction to Ateneo-La Salle Games
Thu/Sat/Sunday, 4:00 PM, Araneta Coliseum
Course Description

The course introduces the student-cheerer to the dynamics and principles of the Ateneo-La Salle rivalry. The course employs both theoretical and application dimensions. The theoretical phase exposes the student to the history of the rivalry, the tradition of cheering, the construction of the ideal Atenean 6th Man, and other theoretical concepts.
The application phase on the other hand requires the student to put into practice all the theoretical principles. These practices include, among others: effective skills in lining up for the games, cheering (pre-game, during the game, half-time and post-game), jeering, heckling, creating effective posters and banners for one’s favorite players and posing and smiling for Fabilioh.com.

Course Objectives
By the end of the course, the student should have been able to:
understand what it means to be the Sixth Man
understand the difference between an Atenean and La Sallite
integrated himself with the community of believers
develop his school spirit

Course Outline and Reading List
Chapter 1: What is School Spirit?
Required Readings:
Excerpts from the “History of the Ateneo”
The student’s “OrSem Manual”
“The Ateneo Cheerbook”
“Who and What is the Ateneo Sixth Man?”
Ruel De Vera’s “The Eagles Have Landed”
Selected Speeches of Angelico Sinjian (Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion)

Chapter 2: Knowing the Enemy
Required Readings:
SUSPENDED! The 2005 UAAP Scandal
“We Must Come From/Hit Them From Behind”
“What is Sports Science and Translation Management?”
“How To Spell Correctly During Cheerdance Competition”
Optional/Supplementary Readings
“No Cheering During Time Out”
“Get that Ball! — UE”
“Why are there Two Birds in UAAP?”
“Who let the (Bull)Dogs out?”
“You Cannot Overcheer Us!”
“NABRO: Equality or Social Injustice?”

Chapter 3: Pre-Game Rituals
Required Readings
“The Art of Lining Up”
“Sketching Great and Creative Posters and Banners for Your Favorite Players”
“Scalpers and Where To Find Them”
“Reserving Seats for Friends in Upper A and Upper B”
Optional Readings
“How to Jump From the Gen Ad to Upper B: A Step-By-Step Guide”
“How to Jump From Upper B to Upper A: A Step-By-Step guide”

Chapter 5: Game Time
Required Readings:
“Developing Your Endurance”
“The Psychology Behind Get That Ball”
“Who are the Gang Green?”
“Half-time is Game-Time”
“Fly High” + “The Victory Song”

Chapter 6-A: When the Final Buzzer Beats (In case of Victory)
Required Readings
“The Song for Mary and the Proper Way to Sing It”
“How to sing The Song For Mary and Still Look Cute for Fabilioh.com”
“How To Argue with Sore Losers in PinoyExchange.com and Gameface.ph”

Chapter 6-B: When the Final Buzzer Beats (In case of Defeat)
Required Readings:
“Win or Lose, It’s The School We Choose: Deepening Your Spirituality — The Sesquicentennial Edition”
“Contemplating on the Meaning of Life: An Introduction”
“Surviving the Wrath of Fr. Adolfo Dacanay SJ”
Course Requirements
Written Long Test will assess your memorization of the tradition and history of the Ateneo-La Salle rivalry. The test items consist of Multiple Choice questions and an evaluation of True or False statements.
Oral Exam. The student will randomly draw two cheers from a lot. The student must cheer/sing the cheers he picked. Afterwards, he must be able to explain the significance of the cheer/song. He must also be able to identify when these cheers/songs are used.

Practical Exam:. The student must line up for tickets. This is a pass or fail exam. If the student is able to acquire a ticket, he automatically gets an A. If he doesn’t get any ticket, he must take the Make-Up Test.
Make-up Test: Negotiating with Scalpers. Students who wish to pass the first practical exam for the course but failed to do so must take the Make-Up test. The student must locate a scalper within the vicinity of Araneta Coliseum. This is not a pass or fail test. The student’s grade depends on how he was able to acquire a good ticket with the lowest possible price. The better the ticket with lower ticket price, the higher the grade.

Final Exam: Students are required to cheer during the game. The grade depends on the voice quality and frequency of the cheering. The Ateneo standard grading system will be applied. Therefore the passing score for the Final Exam is 70%. Students who cannot stand up and cheer 70% of the time automatically fail the exam.
Bonus points are given to students who are able to convince others to cheer loudly, either through a well-articulated speech or forceful coercion. Extra points are also awarded to fans who make creative banners for their favorite players.
Written Long Test: 20%
Oral Exam: 20%
Practical Exam: 20%
Final Exam: 40%
Course Policies and Other Reminders
1. Plagiarism. Plagiarism is an extreme offense. Do not copy cheers from other schools.
2. Cellphone Use. Using your cellphone to place in bets is illegal. Do not get yourself into trouble.
3. Cuts. Once you are inside Araneta, you are not allowed to leave. You must watch all four quarters. Win or lose, you are not allowed to leave before the Song for Mary is sung. Doing so merits an automatic W for the course.
Course prepared by Migoy Lizada.

3 Responses to “Basketball, The Ateneo Way”


  1. LOLOLOL Love this! I read this on my friend’s blog, but it never gets old! Win or lose, it’s the school we choose!:D


  2. Thats an interesting read. And funny too… ^^


  3. Hahaha :0 and win we did!

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