Princeton Vs. The Citadel: The Culture War Begins

Sending Princeton’s marching band to do a halftime show at The Citadel was probably a bad idea from the start: the Princeton band is known for their irreverent performances (like the Stanford Marching Band, but less organized), and the Citadel’s cadets don’t have a reputation for having the best sense of humor. So should we be shocked from a report by THE DAILY PRINCETONIAN that it turned into a fiasco? Everything from the band getting into the stadium to the halftime show was a mess, leaving the Princeton band feeling bullied and the Citadel cadets feeling disrespected.

Princeton band

The fun started when the band tried to march into campus through a guarded entrance (with, they say, prior approval). Apparently, some of the cadets doing Field Day exercises didn’t get that memo. The Princeton band said that some members were attacked, and another had his instrument broken. And there’s nothing more savage than attacking a defenseless, innocent French horn. It was an ugly Red State vs. Blue State battle come to life:

“The booing was so loud, [and] the cadets who were on the field were yelling at us, ‘Cut your hair, long-haired faggots’ and ‘You go have fun in college, I’ll go fight the war,’ ” he said.

The cadets also stole band members’ hats and spit on female members of the band,  some members said.

The Princeton band’s halftime show didn’t help matters, either. Even though it had been cleared (and censored) by the Citadel’s officials, the cadets didn’t take too kindly to the sight of band members dry humping each other and (apparently) Santa Claus while the band’s PA announcer made comparisons between the two schools:

Columnist Ken Burger of the CHARLESTON POST AND COURIER has an opposing viewpoint on the matter. Yes, it’s probably not a great idea for the student body to harass and beat up opposing team’s bands, but how dare they comes into the Citadel and date to march too close to the Field Day exercises!?! Punish the cadets for acting like thugs? What are you, some sort of Commie?

When asked about the incidents, Citadel spokesman Jeff Perez said of the cadets’ halftime behavior, “We hold them to a higher standard. We will speak to them about the booing.”

Heck, instead of a tongue lashing, the entire Corps of Cadets should be given a medal for standing up for their school.

I’m no military expert, but I don’t think the Marines give out medals in “Advanced Hippie Bashing” - I think they dropped that medal in the early 1970s and replaced it with “Home Economics.” But I would like to gently remind the cadets that maybe it’s not such a great idea to anger the future policy wonks of tomorrow who will be deciding on whether to deploy you to some unknown foreign country in 20 years.