“I just want to hear some rhythm
I want a thousand guitars
I want pounding drums
I want a million different voices speaking in tongues”
–Radio Nowhere by Bruce Springsteen
In recent years the National Football League has been renamed by some the “No Fun League” for the league’s reducing allowance of post-touchdown celebrations and other entertainment the players displayed during the game. I have a sickening feeling that Quinnipiac is trying to do the same thing. College sports is supposed to be FUN — hearing the music, the noises, everyone yelling, just like with what Bruce asks for in Radio Nowhere — not attempting to be taken away so that a reputation for being “family friendly” stays intact.
Following complaints from parents and ECAC officials, Quinnipiac Athletics has taken steps to limit the amount of things the student section can say during a game. The problem is: it’s not going to work, and it’s driving students away.
In my opinion there are two separate issues at play. The first is the saying of derogatory chants and chants that include cursing. These I 100% do not condone and I think that most students, when sober, don’t condone them either. However, as I will mention below, when you add drunkenness to the equation, they’re hard to stop. I have a very simple solution to this issue: display a show of force with police officers and security, and throw of the offending parties out. Maybe that will teach them a message and stop those horrible chants from continuing.
My main problem is the next issue they’re trying to stop. Quoting Associate Director of Athletic Ticketing and Promotions Steve Colvin, Athletics is trying to prevent us from saying “the word that rhymes with ducks.” No longer can we say that word during player introductions of the opposing team, and no longer can we say it during “The Hey Song” after a goal. As a matter of fact, they’ve now deleted “The Hey Song” altogether. The energy, the excitement, gone.
There needs to be an understanding that this is COLLEGE. And that college students have FUN. We’re between 18-22 years old. We may cross the edge from time to time. But this isn’t a curse, isn’t a derogatory word. It’s just “the word that rhymes with ducks.”
In addition, due to the noise coming from drunk students (I don’t condone that either, I’m just stating fact), sober students, and excited fans, the players feed off it. The Quinnipiac Hockey players have one have talked about hearing the noise in the locker room before coming out onto the ice. They feed off that — they love that.
Word on the street is that people might not show up to these games because the fun will be taken out of the experience, at expense of making our experience more family friendly.
What a joke. Let us be college students again. No one, and I repeat no one is condoning the use of derogatory or curse words in chants, but please, just let us say “the word that rhymes with ducks.”
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