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.