On July 22, The Ohio State University fired
Marching Band director Jon Waters because he was allegedly aware of (or should have known) about an "environment conducive to sexual harassment within the Marching Band".
The University's 23-page report
details a wide range of incidents, including sexualized nicknames and staff supervision of an annual "Midnight Ramp" performed in underwear, and includes as exhibits a "rookie test" and a copy of the band's unofficial songbook. Perhaps most distressingly, during Waters' brief tenure as director, two band members were sexually assaulted.
The Title IX
complaint that prompted Waters' firing was filed by the parent of one of the assaulted band members
. (After reporting the assault, the victim declined to rejoin the band for her senior year out of fear that she would be ostracized by some of the other band members.) Waters was also initially unsympathetic to a victim of a different sexual assault
which occurred during the Athletic Band's trip to the Big Ten basketball tournament in March 2013. Some legal analysts suggest that Title IX law gave the University no choice but to fire Waters, given his knowledge of the culture issues within the Band
claims he was doing his best to fix the Band's culture
, and submitted
his own lengthy document
listing the steps he's taken. [more inside]
College football attracts a lot of rabid fans. Of late, college football (and football in general) has also attracted an increasing number of stats enthusiasts
peddling increasingly obscure metrics
to quantify success and failure. At MGoBlog
, a popular Michigan fan blog, one intrepid poster has turned the statistics tools on the fanbase itself. A Season in Profanity
details the usage of various swear words in open game threads. Among the relationships detailed are the usage of various colorful expressions by game
, mood of the fan base by opponent
, swearing efficiency
, which coach(es) should be fired, and even the individual play outcomes that inspired the greatest amount of swearing
. As it was kind of a rough season for the team, there was a substantial amount of data to comb through. [more inside]
The Ohio State University Marching Band, in its October 6 game against Nebraska, decided to pay tribute to video games
Bo Knew Football.
On the eve of one of the most anticipated college football matchups
in decades, Bo Schembechler
, the storied ex coach of the Michigan Wolverines passes away. The Michigan/OSU game is
one of the longest and most storied rivalries
in the history of sports. His battles
with Woody Hayes
are the stuff of Wolverine and Buckeye legend. Hail to the Victors, Bo.
The Dead Schembechlers
- a college football rivalry goes punk rock crazy. (Background audio on first page & lyrics pages)
Rising up out of Columbus, Ohio's “Wolverine Hatecore” scene, The Dead Schembechlers have earned the dual titles of "The Best Damn Punk Band on the Planet" and "The Band Most Likely to Have Their Eyeballs Gouged Out If They Ever Show Up in Michigan."
Hey Ho... Fuck Bo!
New Calvin and Hobbes book!
"Calvin and Hobbes: Sunday Pages 1985-1995" will reprint the 35 sunday strips that are being featured at the 2001 Festival Of Cartoon Art at the Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library. While not really a 'new' book, it will include "an essay by Mr. Watterson about his work on the strip, plus his comments on each of the strips in the display."
This is a treat for fans because Mr. Watterson is an extremely private individual, and has given no interviews or produced any new work since Calvin and Hobbes left us, December 31, 1995.