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Nov182011

Columbia’s Marching Band Allowed Back on the Field

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Columbia University’s marching band, booted from the field after it mocked its own team, will now be allowed to play during the team’s last game of the season against Brown University.

The decision to allow the band to play was a reversal of the school’s policy after the band played, “We always lose, lose, lose, by a lot, and sometimes by a little,” during halftime of last weekend’s loss to Cornell. The loss put the Columbia Lions' record at 0-9.

The band, known on campus for its sometimes politically incorrect sense of humor, altered the lyrics to the school’s fight song, offending some of the Columbia rooters in the stands. Nevertheless, the sarcastic lyrics were ultimately in line with the college’s principles of free speech, Dr. M. Dianne Murphy, director of intercollegiate athletics and physical education, told the Columbia Spectator.

The prank, and the punitive measures that followed, had provoked passionate reactions on both sides. Some were pleased to see the band finally taking some flak for its “sophomoric antics,” the school newspaper reported, while others said the ban was an assault on free speech.

The Athletics Department reversed its decision late Thursday night.

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