Sports | Nov. 17 10:27 pm EST
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BREAKING: Marching band will play on Saturday

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And the band played on.

The Columbia University Marching Band, affectionately known as CUMB, will be allowed to play at Saturday’s football game, after being banned by the athletic department for changing the lyrics of the fight song at last week’s game at Cornell.

After the football team fell 62-41 to the Big Red and brought its record to 0-9 this season, some members of the band parodied the lyrics of “Roar, Lion, Roar,” to a version beginning “We always lose, lose, lose.”

The managing board of the band released a statement on Thursday night:

The band is grateful to have been told this evening that the Athletic Department will allow us to attend the football game this Saturday against Brown. We look forward to honoring the senior class – both on the football team and in the band – and cheering the Columbia Lions on to victory.

Spectator is awaiting confirmation from the athletic department.

The athletic department released the following statement later Thursday night:

“We have reconsidered our decision regarding the he Columbia Band’s performance at this Saturday’s last game at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium at
 the football game between Columbia and Brown University on Saturday,
 November 19,” said M. Dianne Murphy, Director, Intercollegiate
 Athletics
 and Physical Education. “We are proud of our talented and dedicated
 student-athletes—but as we have discussed this issue over the past day, we come to the conclusion that the core free speech values of the
 University are best served by providing a forum both for
 speech that might sometimes offend—as
well as for the kind of open
 discussion that ultimately leads to greater understanding and
 collegiality among all members of our community.”

The last two days witnessed a media firestorm as the story was covered by the New York Times, ESPN, and Deadspin, among others. The decision divided Columbia students and alumni, torn over whether or not the athletic director’s actions were the appropriate response.

Spectator first reported on Wednesday that the athletic department would not allow the band to perform at the last game of the season, vs. Brown, a game at which they perform a ceremonial changing of the guard to introduce next year’s band leadership.

Look for the full story in tomorrow’s paper.

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COMMENTS (28)

  1. Anonymous • November 17, 2011 at 10:42 pm • Reply

    yes, victory! no, not you spec. you guys still suck.

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    • Necessary? • November 17, 2011 at 10:49 pm • Reply

      Nobody likes people like you

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      • uh yeah • November 17, 2011 at 11:01 pm •

        it kinda was necessary. and i’m not even the same guy! (ip check that shit.) and the only division i see is the endless bitching in bwog comments, which, let’s be honest, is absolutely nothing new.

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  2. Name • November 17, 2011 at 10:52 pm • Reply

    Divided? Really? The whole Columbia community? Even the graduate students, the faculty, and the medical campus? Cause that’s what you’re implying. Nobody cares about Columbia football except for the Spec. And the marching band. And Athletics.

    Everybody else is content with the lack of school spirit that Columbia is famous for.

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    • Anonymous • November 17, 2011 at 10:55 pm • Reply

      yeah, what bull.

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    • anon • November 17, 2011 at 11:02 pm • Reply

      it got a pretty significant faction of undergrads riled up. Stop nitpicking. the implication was not that the whole entire community stopped what they were doing.

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      • Name • November 17, 2011 at 11:06 pm •

        “it got a pretty significant faction of undergrads”

        Okay. Which faction? Spec, the Marching band, or Athletics?

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      • anon • November 18, 2011 at 7:57 am •

        I’m going to have to agree. Virtually, apart from all of my friends on Spec….most people didn’t even hear about this.

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    • sooo • November 18, 2011 at 8:19 pm • Reply

      that’s not right. i’m not an athlete, or in spec, or in the marching band, and i care about football

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      • Look • February 27, 2012 at 12:27 am •

        Your post is a tmeliy contribution to the debate

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  3. ugh • November 17, 2011 at 10:53 pm • Reply

    The question is not if the band’s lyrics crossed a line its if the ADMINISTRATION crossed the line. Spec never gets these distinctions.

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    • Anonymous • November 17, 2011 at 11:04 pm • Reply

      yeah, this is actually really important. the band fully acknowledged that a line was crossed, and we dealt with it internally. Nobody’s questioning that.

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      • Spectrum STAFF • November 17, 2011 at 11:14 pm •

        Thanks for pointing this out. We’ve updated the post to better reflect the situation.
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  4. Roary • November 17, 2011 at 11:17 pm • Reply

    Since the band is back on for Saturday I hope they avoid their typical circus of events, like frolicking around the field half naked in capes, disrespecting the American flag, and ranting about subjects that require parents to cover their kids’ ears. Last I checked, real bands stick to playing instruments and marching only. Very little of that is actually ever seen at a game. Before you comment on the “band” situation I highly recommend that you observe the spectacle.

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    • Anonymous • November 17, 2011 at 11:24 pm • Reply

      Although I cannot think of a single instance involving the american flag, capes, or semi-nudity, your creative input is appreciated and I’m sure will be considered when writing the script for this weekend. I’ve always said this band should be naked more often…

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      • Anonymous • November 17, 2011 at 11:30 pm •

        I know! They keep on shouting “Let’s Get Naked”, yet, I’ve never actually seen them naked. This weekend is indeed a good opportunity.

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    • Um, it's Roar-ee • November 17, 2011 at 11:33 pm • Reply

      Unless that’s your real name, in which case, carry on.

      But does this distinction really keep having to be made? The CUMB is a scramble band. As are all Ivy League Bands except Cornell. As are Stanford and Rice. Scramble bands don’t march. They sometimes wear costumes and carry props. And what the band says is nothing compared to the others, since, as mentioned before, Columbia Athletics is the harshest censor of any of the schools in the league.

      So while it’s rarely seen at other games, its almost exclusively what’s seen in Ivy League play.

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  5. waaaaaaaaaa • November 18, 2011 at 5:07 am • Reply

    as a fellow alum over 40,

    i am extremely distraught about what had taken place here. i cried for 17 hours straight, even leaving work to do so because i am obviously an adult with nothing better to do but still give a shit about collegiate athletics.

    - B.A., penn state
    - MS, Columbia
    - phD, penn state

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    • anon • November 18, 2011 at 8:00 am • Reply

      You obviously don’t, if you’re posting on Spectrum at 5 in the morning.

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  6. Boogers911 • November 18, 2011 at 1:44 pm • Reply

    I wouldn’t mind a win once in a while.

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