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JR Lopez Gonzales 11:15 AM 0

Sikhai PolSci!

That's the chant, we, Political Science students in MSU-IIT, usually shout most importantly during the battle-grazed CASS Days. This is being shouted together with the right hand touching the left shoulder and afterwards straightly raised slanting above the head to make a hand salute. (Another variation is having a closed fist to the left chest as starting position, before the right hand is raised).

Sikhai PolSci chant backed up by the deafening drums being beaten four times well-timed to the syllabication of the screaming PolSci students. That’s the chant.
But where did the term come from? Why Sikhai?

Where did the term originate? Why is it done with the "Nazi" salute? 

To prevent wild theories from arising, me, as the one responsible for coining the term and the gesture, will try to explain how the Sikhai chant and salute started.
Long before, PolScis would chant, "Biboooo.... ang PolSci", or "'Di madala sa kulam-kulam...", and all sorts, I, as the one in charge of making the chants was looking for a new chant that would signify the Political Science discipline back in the CASS Days of 2008. A few days before the big event, July 29, 2008 to be exact, I was thinking of a new chant that we can use during the parade.

"Seig" means 'victory', and "heil" means 'hail'. The term then meant "Hail Victory!”. While it was the infamous battlecry of the Germans during the World War II Era; this was only one of the inspiration behind the PolSci’s version of Sikhai. The right hand raise as a salute has been done a lot of times in the course of history and not just by the Nazi Germans.

One may look at this as a deconstruction of the stigma that embodies the National Socialist German Workers' Party. But mainly, we like the idea of soaring high and raising our right hands to the air. We seek greatness when we raise our hands.

The author does not think that negativity should always be associated with the raising-the-right-hand salute. History tells us that the anti-war demonstrators back in the University of Wisconsin in the seventies also used the Nazi salute in defiance to police brutality.

The phrase "sikhai" is alternatively signifies, “Seek High”. We seek something of high value; we aim for success. This distinct chant is reminiscent of La Salle's Animo and other university chants in the country.
Sikhai Polsci signage, circa 2008.
This term is just proper as a 'war chant' during the highly-competitive CASS Days celebration. Since 2008, the Sikhai has been used in different various events involving the competitive Political Science students..

The Sikhai chant denotes the strength, pride, and unity of the Political Science students of MSU-IIT.


Author's Note:
This article was originally posted on his old blog last 2 April 2010. This was refurnished in celebration of the incoming CASS Days for this year. 

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