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Morningside students prepare for 13-hour bus ride to watch the NAIA Championship

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - For the second straight season, the Morningside Mustangs are in the NAIA Football Championship.

And just like last year, they won't find a lack of support from their fanbase.

Students from the pep band and mass communications department will travel to Louisiana for the game this weekend for several reasons of their own.

"I'm going because of the online newspaper here on campus. I'm going to cover photography and also I have a couple of stories lined up that I'm going to be working on both on the bus, and a little bit before, so a little bit of multitasking," said Abby Coch, a mass communications student at Morningside.

"The marching band goes to every single home game and we go and support the boys every game so they decided that us being a really big support system, that the band should be able to go too," said Joanna Widjaja, a saxophone player on the Morningside pep band.

While some of the expenses are being taken care of for these students, one of the main motives they had to make the trip was their passion for the activity.

Steven Cutler, a senior majoring in Mass Communications, plans to co-host a broadcast of the game on the student radio station.

He got the chance to go to the championship game in Florida last year and says he's looking forward to another big experience.

"It's our version of hands-on experience so we are getting real time experience in the field doing this in a live situation, on a national championship stage for the NAIA which is incredible in my opinion," said Cutler."It puts the pressure on us as students just to have a good broadcast and I hope they can just get the sound of what, maybe, they'll be hearing on the radio sometime in the future. We'd love to just give the community a good broadcast, those who decide to tune in."

Cutler and many of the other students said they took the bus ride to Florida last year which was about 22 hours, so they aren't too worried about the ride to Louisiana.

Libbie Randall

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