Ohio State Fires Their Band Director As Band Hazing Controversy Tears The Campus Apart






Dispatch - Ohio State University has fired the director of its marching band and is expanding an internal investigation that uncovered a deep culture of sexual harassment among students that reportedly has existed for years. The two-month investigation , triggered by the complaint of a parent, revealed a cascade of evidence that students routinely harassed one another –– often directed at new band members by older students –– and that director Jonathan Waters knew about it or should have known.

Examples of abuse include an annual midnight band practice at Ohio Stadium in which men and women were expected to march wearing only their underwear. Some other traditions: All new band members, or “rookies,” were given nicknames, many of which were sexually explicit. Rookies were forced to perform “tricks” on command. In one case, a female student was told to imitate a sexual act on the laps of other band members, including her brother.

Several witnesses said that students performed a “flying 69” on tour buses, in which band members hung from the luggage racks and posed in a sexual position. An “unofficial” songbook was part of the evidence that investigators provided to university leaders, with raunchy lyrics set to school songs at other colleges.


I wish I could say I’m surprised by this but I’m not.  I mean it seems like we can’t go 2 days without a story of institutional chaos at Ohio State. If it’s not the football team it’s the band. If it’s not the band it’s the dean. The entire school is a joke and it starts at the top with Urban Meyer.  Seriously nothing at Ohio State surprises me anymore.  Even the band has no rules or laws or sense of decorum.  Per usual it’s great to be a Michigan Wolverine. A place where class and leadership still matter. A place where future presidents, MVP Quarterbacks and titans of blogging get their start.  Bottomline is if you want to be a leader you go to UM. If you want to be a Twinkle Dick and give your brother or sister  lap dances you go to Ohio State.