'Offensive' Fight Song Should Be Banned

Gina Reggiardo is an UC Berkeley alumna and Golden Bear. Respond to her at [email protected]

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I don't think that we should be the California Golden Bears anymore. I mean, when you think about it, isn't that discrimination against animals? We are reducing and exploiting the status of bears in the animal kingdom. We portray them as playful and cuddly creatures with Oski, and as mean and ruthless creatures on our athletics logo. This just objectifies them and masks the fact that they too deserve respect.

While we're at it, let's get rid of the blue and gold. That right there is discrimination against red. Lets adopt a visible light spectrum as our school color . . . that way we don't force people into wearing school colors that may offend anyone.

And do you know that song "All Hail", even though its our campus alma mater, I think we should scrap it. When you look at the line "for thee we'll die, All Hail, All Hail" doesn't everybody realize that this promotes violence and suicide?

While we are disposing of out songs, I think "Sons of California" needs to go. This discriminates against the women on this campus, and I personally feel that it is just outdated.

If you have read this far, please realize that I am being highly sarcastic. If you still think that I am serious than you must be outraged and asking yourself "Who is this moron that has time to waste worrying over the offensive nature of certain university symbols and songs"?

This moron is a recent alumni of this great institution who is outraged that the traditions of this school are under attack by the ASUC Senate.

My question is who are the morons that have nothing else better to do than debate over the political correctness of an anti-rival song written in 1906? (And this after the fiasco over the fashionability of Oski.)

The Stanford Indian song can be offensive when it is taken out of context and applied to the Native American population. The point of it however is to make fun of the STANFORD Indians (since that used to be their mascot) in a song that calls for an athletic victory.

Any why of all senators is it the one that is so offended the old editor of the Squelch?

Don't get me wrong about the Squelch . . . I admit that some of it is funny. But the word "offensive" is too mild a term to use when describing it. I distinctly remember an article last year about "lowered cars for lowered women" with accompanying pictures of Asian Americans. This type of humor is far more detrimental to the campus population than the distribution of a song.

I realize that not everyone at this university bleeds blue and gold, and I realize that many people could care less about the history and traditions that are an integral part of the campus. But for those of us that want to feel even a small connection to an institution that helps define our individual character, I ask you not to spoil it.

Regardless of how spirited or unspirited a student is, I think it is commonly agreed that this is a great academic institution that has had a great impact on the world. While some traditions die over time, I think we should not kill and bury the others.


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