Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
News stories alleging "inappropriate behavior" perpetrated on members of the University of Iowa Marching Band at the recent Cy-Hawk football game, in Ames; Iowa's athletic director reaching out to his counterpart at ISU; Iowa band members claiming their own university is part of a cover up — what's going on here? This is Iowa, not New York, Ohio, Texas or California!
That said, maybe it has something to do with the phenomenon known as "Hate Week.” Apparently this is a student initiative, perhaps begun by the host school (and maybe reciprocated year after year by both Iowa and Iowa State). It could be the norm at both schools each year during the days leading up to the "big game.” At any rate, it seems to be a yearly ritual meant to "gin up the base" (probably more literally than figuratively). Throw in a bunch of invectives and war whoops that denigrate the opposition, and a good time is had by all. Except when it isn't.
Celebrate your team's talents and strengths. Encourage fans to be loud and proud. Hate has no place at either school. The coaches know this. Most athletes do, also. So, students and alumni, get with the program and drop the "inappropriate behavior,” whatever form it takes.
— Bill Kersting, Spencer