What do you get when you combine a 20 on 5 basketball game, free food, t-shirt giveaways, and school spirit? Pure madness of course! Wednesday, October 15 at midnight kicked off what is sure to be an exciting season of Goucher College basketball. Both Goucher basketball teams were met with cheers and screams from the crowd as they were introduced for the first time in the Decker Sports and Recreation Center. Both the men’s and women’s teams held a short scrimmage to give the student body a glimpse into what should be a successful season. Lexi Rudolph ‘16 helped facilitate the event and thought it was a great success. “I think there was good energy and the hip-hop team preformed exceptionally well. My favorite part was the hip-hop team performance and also when the teams were announced. I loved seeing how excited all the players were for their seasons to start. There was a sense of pride about playing for their respective programs.” The Goucher dance team and step team entertained the crowd as well. The event was a pleasant surprise for Evelyn Salazar ‘17. “This was my first time attending Midnight Madness and I loved it. I liked the amount of people that attended. It displayed the Goucher team spirit, which is something that is not usually seen here. It was nice to see everyone come out and support the basketball teams.” “The purpose,” according to Goucher Athletic Director, Geoff Miller, “is to generate excitement for the season. I am encouraged that this will result in more folks coming to games early on in the season to check things out.” Midnight Madness always sets things off on the right foot and gets everyone excited about basketball season. Let’s hope that excitement can carry into November and December.