Fri., 11:24am: Ohio State marching band to alter some traditions

COLUMBUS – Student leaders say Ohio State’s marching band won’t give out nicknames this year, after the sometimes lewd monikers played a role in the firing of a popular band director.

Jonathan Waters has asked university trustees to reinstate him. He was fired July 24 after a two-month probe concluded he knew about, but failed to stop, a “sexualized” band culture. Waters led the band since 2012.

University President Michael Drake has stood by Waters’ firing.

Drum Major David Pettit told The Columbus Dispatch during a media availability with students Thursday that band members are willing to give up some traditions “to have a better image and be a better band.” They’re also receiving training on sexual harassment and rules for student conduct.

Students generally agreed Waters was pursuing cultural reforms.