If you prefer to spend weekends decked out in your school colors, cheering on the University football team to a landslide victory, Truman just isn't the place. The smaller student body here makes the pickings a little slimmer when it comes to varsity superstars. Truman athletes are undoubtedly dedicated and talented, but school spirit is not as infectious as at the Big 10 or Big 12 schools. And from the looks of the Pershing Arena, school spirit hasn't managed to take hold of University administrators either—some of the facilities are in sad disrepair. This is even more frustrating for those in the athletic department, considering Truman has ranked in the top 10 for the Division II Director's Cup in recent years. Education budget cuts are making it difficult for facilities and recruiting efforts to improve.
The women's volleyball and swim teams have ranked in the top 3 nationally for the last several years, and the natatorium sees a bigger crowd during swim meets than Stokes Stadium ever will. Intramural sports garner the most spectators, and during soccer matches between frats, cheers and shouts can be heard from across campus. Intramurals provide a competitive outlet for beginners as well as recent varsity high schoolers, and with everything from basketball to badminton, nearly everyone on campus participates in IMs by graduation.