Photo from University of Illinois Department of Athletics

*As we know them.

Pep bands and fight songs are ruining college basketball.

Ok, that’s hyperbole. If anything’s ruining college basketball it’s the NCAA and their insistence on profiting off of athletes (to the tune of billions of dollars — with a “B”) and not paying them a dime, but that’s neither here nor there.

Pep bands and fight songs are doing their part, though, definitely.

I’m sure that statement incites rage in some of you, who likely enjoyed your time at some sort of large university with at least semi-successful sports teams. …

Photo from State Farm Center

As a liberal person in Champaign-Urbana, it’s hard for me to say this, but we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard than what I read on the internet yesterday.

Smile Politely got it wrong yesterday, folks.

You probably read about U of I professor Jay Rosenstein who was just put on leave for taking non-consensual recordings of someone in the State Farm Center bathrooms during Monday night’s Illini basketball game. The professor, who was arrested, was not charged with any crime, though The News-Gazette reports he “allegedly admitted videotaping a person in a public restroom.”

As if that…

Boswell Hutson

everything’s made up :: champaign, il.

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