U-Md. hopes to beat Duke -- and then celebrate peacefully
Last year some University of Maryland basketball fans celebrated a win over Duke by clashing with police officers wearing riot gear, setting fires and destroying property. In the process, 23 students were arrested, and six were ultimately kicked out of school. (Meanwhile, Prince George's County police officers face charges of beating an unarmed student.)
Wednesday night, the Terps again face Duke, but university officials hope students will channel their energy and excitement into more positive actions, like a poster competition, pep rally and post-game bonfire organized by student government leaders. There was even a Web site created to promote this spirit, beatdukeweek.com.
"However things unfold on Wednesday night, please be safe yourself and remind your friends about their responsibility to be good citizens," Vice President for Student Affairs Linda M. Clement wrote in an e-mail to students on Sunday.
But it can be difficult to change fan behavior, Liz Clarke of the Post reported Wednesday. U-Md. Athletic Director Kevin Anderson has made game-day sportsmanship a priority and hopes students will stop using profane chants.
Which profane chants? Student Government Association President Steve Glickman told Liz that yelling, "Hey, you suck!" will still be okay: "We're trying to go after bigger words -- stuff I don't think your editor would let in the article.
What will happen tonight? Who knows. Please let me know what you see or hear tonight -- easiest way is on Twitter (@wpjenna).
(Beat Duke Week image courtesy of the University of Maryland, College Park.)
| February 2, 2011; 2:44 PM ET
Categories: News Overload | Tags: Duke, University of Maryland
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