On Tues. Jan 30 there was a letter to the editor in the Cornell Daily Sun from an alum explaining his disappointment in Cornell fans at the Colgate-Cornell hockey game this past Saturday. (We were ranked in the past by Sports Illustrated as the toughest place to play for visiting teams.) I cannot disagree as I went to a hockey game right after break thanks to a friend giving me his ticket. The difference from the beginning of the season is shocking. Not only is it the loudness but also the intensity. Both are missing. My reasoning is not that fan spirit has decreased since the time when this alum went to Cornell, but because many of the people who contribute to continuing the reputation of the Lynah Faithful being the best fans in college hockey aren’t there. Why? Because they’ve been kicked out and suspended for the entire season. No doubt there have been over 100 people dismissed and suspended from Cornell hockey this season and it wouldn’t be going out on a limb to say that these people are the ones who wear and yell Cornell pride at the hockey games since they are the loudest and easily targeted. Hockey passion can be correlated to Cornell hockey knowledge, which is why there was no curtain call for Coach Schaeffer after his 201st win to become the all-time winningest coach in Cornell hockey history. The problem is not that Cornell students have lost pride or ingenuity but that we are depleted. Many that consider themselves part of the core, those that lead the cheers, (I am not one) are gone. Those that yell, and know the chants… and curse as that is part of some chants (I am one) are gone. And now fear of getting the boot runs rampant through the Cornellians who are still lucky enough to fill up the student section at each hockey game. We are trying to do what we do best. It is the athletic administration that doesn’t let us do what we do best.