April 24 marks the second anniversary of the Pep Band's banishment from varsity athletics at U.Va., and we need your voice. The Administration assumes that, after two years, the "Pep Band issue" has faded away. We are asking all Pep Band supporters to join together to show the U.Va.
Administration that we remember what they did to the Pep Band on April 24, 2003, and that we are still waiting for justice. The Administration needs to realize that the exclusion of the Pep Band remains an unhealed wound that is costing the University the respect and support of its alumni today and in the future.
We ask all of our members to mark the second anniversary of the Pep Band's expulsion by writing to U.Va. President John Casteen and copying Athletic Director Craig Littlepage to express your continued support for the Pep Band, your outrage at the continued exclusion of the Pep Band from Olympic sports, and anything else you'd like to add.
We ask you to consider adding a statement that you will provide no financial support to the University until the Pep Band is allowed to perform at Olympic sports. Sadly, money carries more weight with the University than doing the right thing. Mr. Casteen needs to realize that the "Pep Band issue" is not going away and that failing to resolve it will have adverse financial consequences for the University in terms of diminished alumni support. With your help, we can send this message loud and clear.
Here's the current situation: Despite repeated efforts, the Athletic Department continues to resist the idea of the Pep Band performing at Olympic sports. To add insult to injury, starting this semester, the University is *paying* members of the marching band $25 per game to play
at men's lacrosse games. (This is shocking considering that the Pep Band *always* performed at home games for free and continues to offer to play without compensation.) While the Pep Band waits patiently on the outside looking in, the Marching Band ignores other Olympic sports such
as men's and women's soccer, field hockey, baseball, and volleyball.
To our knowledge, the Pep Band's performances at Olympic sports over
30-plus years have *never* been the subject of complaint. (The Pep
Band's performances at Olympic sports were limited to music from the
stands and energetic cheering.) It defies logic (and betrays a streak
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