What The Hell Happened at the Citadel Saturday?

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Apparently, the halftime show at the Citadel-Princeton game was offensive. The Princeton "scramble band" was walking through the Citadel campus on Saturday before the game when approached by cadets. The on-field antics aside, here's what Ken Burger noted in his column Sunday:

Eyewitness reports say the clownish band members, mocking the military school, paraded all too close to the campus's central parade field where cadets were taking part in Field Day exercises.

When they turned and started sashaying down the "Avenue of Remembrance" in front of the school's library, a group of highly irritated cadets surged toward them in a very menacing manner.

"It was awful," one cadet said of the incident. "They're lucky they didn't get killed."

Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed.

Not sashays! Sorry, Ken. It took a little longer for the prevailing, according to the Daily Princetonian.

In the skirmish that followed, several band members were physically attacked and spit on, band members said, adding that at least one member had his instrument broken.

Jordan Bubin ’09 said he was tackled by “three or four cadets” and pushed up against a tree.

“The booing was so loud, [and] the cadets who were on the field were yelling at us, ‘Cut your hair, long-haired faggots’ and ‘You go have fun in college, I’ll go fight the war,’ ” he said.

The cadets also stole band members’ hats and spit on female members of the band,  some members said.

For those Citadel fans bruised by the offensive and demeaning halftime show, here's something to make you laugh.:

PUB president Alex Barnard ’09 said that he found the cadets’ behavior “offensive and demeaning.”

The story says that Citadel officials apologized for the incident. Proving there were at least two adults on campus Saturday.

Lt. Gen. John Rosa, the Citadel president and a very cool-headed guy, released a statement Monday.

"Developing principled leaders is our top priority at The Citadel," Rosa said in his statement. "This weekend has provided our cadets with an object lesson in the responsibility that leaders bear to demonstrate exemplary behavior. On Saturday, a brief but heated exchange between cadets and the Princeton 'scramble band' on our campus prefaced a halftime performance that was drowned out by booing and spirited chants by the Corps.

"As a former cadet I can certainly appreciate the enthusiasm with which the Corps responded to the Princeton band," Rosa said. "And I am proud of the command taken by senior cadets in responding to the situation that morning and in escorting the band to its bus after the game. However, if we are dedicated to the values of The Citadel, we must hold cadets to a higher standard.

"We will use this episode as a learning experience to reinforce with cadets that they are representatives of The Citadel, and that their behavior redounds to the reputation of the college. This lesson is vitally important because, after graduation, their actions will reflect on the military or civilian endeavors with which they will be associated."

I remember college (thought it has been a while). My and my frat brothers, drinking in the parking lot, would often taunt the visiting football players as they walked between the locker room and the football field. Did we deserve to get our asses kicked? Probably. Why didn't we? Because these football players, with lots of testosterone and aggression, knew there would be consequences to their actions and that kept them in check.

While some may applaud the cadets for their behavior and say the Princeton band got what they deserved. To me you don't meet taunts with violence. If anything the cadets' response made the Princeton antics seem the lesser of two evils.

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