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Bad game day behavior a disgrace to football tradition

Letter to the Editor | Monday, September 15, 2008

A rare visit to a Notre Dame football game a week ago with a fellow alum revealed to both of us the degeneration of what was once a festival we could celebrate without endangering our souls. Standing outside the Stadium, we witnessed a student clad only in shorts with this lewd message on his back: “Suck this.” and a golden arrow pointing downward. He was in a frenzied state accompanied by more than a half dozen Notre Dame girls scantily clad, their bodies painted green and gold. The student was dancing around and engaging older alumni with their families, lifting his arms up saying: “Come on, let’s get it up.” As the alumni fans walked by they nervously greeted him and joined him in his revelry.Unfortunately this behavior was not an isolated incident that day. It grieved me to see the Notre Dame football tradition being prostituted by a spirit of lewdness and revelry. My thought is: Enjoy Notre Dame football, celebrate but do not become frenzied, drink but do not get drunk, clown if you like but do not be lewd. Let’s not lose Heaven over earthly festivals.

Gus ZuehlkealumClass of 1980Sept. 13