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max venable
02-13-2006, 10:34 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=2327578

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Fans of No. 5 Gonzaga have been asked to stop yelling "Brokeback Mountain" at opposing players.


The reference to the recent movie about homosexual cowboys was chanted by some fans during Monday's game against Saint Mary's, and is apparently intended to suggest an opposing player is gay.


The chants were the subject of several classroom discussions over the past week, and the faculty advisers for the Kennel Club booster group urged students this week to avoid "inappropriate chants" during the Bulldogs' Saturday game against Stanford, which was nationally televised on ESPN.


"We implore the students of the Kennel Club to show the nation this weekend what makes Gonzaga different," Kennel Club advisers David Lindsay and Aaron Hill wrote in a letter in the student newspaper, the Bulletin. "We challenge the students of the Kennel Club to exhibit the class, the creativeness and the competitive drive that has become a foundation of this great university."


Mark Alfino, a professor of philosophy at Gonzaga, said the matter had been widely discussed by faculty and students.


"Many faculty members have brought up the discussion in their classes," he said. "They find none of the students have been comfortable with the chant, and that's a good sign."


Ryan Olson, the president of Helping Educate Regarding Orientation, a gay-straight alliance on campus, said the chants are just the latest incident that shows GU is struggling to make gays and lesbians welcome on campus.


In a letter to the Bulletin, the HERO membership wrote, "This is not even remotely the first time that Kennel Club chanters have chanted homophobic phrases at basketball games."


"A lot of people in the Kennel Club say it wasn't them" that chanted "Brokeback Mountain," Olson said. "But there's something to be said about apathy as well. Students didn't stop people from saying it."


In Friday's Bulletin, senior Callie Monroe wrote a column calling the chants a case of "outright discrimination."


"Imagine yourself as a homosexual individual in the midst of your peers, classmates and friends during this 'Brokeback Mountain' cheer," Monroe wrote. "I simply do not understand how a student body claiming to live by Jesuit principles of acceptance and respect for all can allow an incident like this to happen and remain silent."

WMR
02-14-2006, 02:34 AM
They think that's bad they ought to hear the chants directed at JJ when Duke plays at Maryland.

Caveat Emperor
02-14-2006, 05:36 AM
Blame Annie Proulx, author of Brokeback Mountain, for creating a title that conforms to the 2-syllable, 2-word, 5-clap stadium chant norm.

max venable
02-14-2006, 09:24 AM
Blame Annie Proulx, author of Brokeback Mountain, for creating a title that conforms to the 2-syllable, 2-word, 5-clap stadium chant norm.
Great point. How can you blame the students for that? Broke-back Moun-tain [clap, clap, clap-clap-clap]. :laugh:

Hap
02-14-2006, 11:59 AM
Yikes.....

Has anyone ever been to a high school basketball game here in rural West Central Ohio? Has anyone ever heard of Upper Scioto Valley or Hardin Northern? I'll just say that these schools have very loyal fan support and some of the things they scream at opposing players make Andrew Dice Clay sound like Ned Flanders.

guttle11
02-14-2006, 12:03 PM
Yikes.....

Has anyone ever been to a high school basketball game here in rural West Central Ohio? Has anyone ever heard of Upper Scioto Valley or Hardin Northern? I'll just say that these schools have very loyal fan support and some of the things they scream at opposing players make Andrew Dice Clay sound like Ned Flanders.


Yeah, in high school we used the "F" word a lot. Or should I say "F" words.

Yachtzee
02-14-2006, 12:37 PM
Blame Annie Proulx, author of Brokeback Mountain, for creating a title that conforms to the 2-syllable, 2-word, 5-clap stadium chant norm.

I blame her for having an unpronounceable name. :)