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

August 15, 2014
Tribune Chronicle

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.



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