Letter to the editor: The ‘KU chant’ could hurt students socially, financially

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As a long time Kansas State fan and current student, I want to give my opinion on why the “F*** KU” chant needs to stop at sporting events.

First, the chant is a poor representation of who we are as K-State students. It tells the entire nation that we are a group of hillbillies who have no respect for other universities.

I do not want to be immediately grouped with the students who vulgarly yell about a rival team K-State isn’t even playing against. As someone who does not agree with vulgar chanting, I do not want to be punished for the sins of the many. Ask around — a lot more people hold this conviction than you would think.

Second, I am in a Facebook group called “Wildcat Salute,” a K-State football fan page. The members of “Wildcat Salute” were upset by the “F*** KU” chant and the abrupt ending of “The Wabash Cannonball,” and rightfully so.

I think it is incredibly important to note that there were adults sitting in the student section who chanted right along. Neither group of people chanting is appropriate.

I posted my opinions to “Wildcat Salute,” and a K-State alum said a number of alumni are considering pulling scholarship funds because of the actions of the students.

This is greatly concerning to me as a music major, where scholarships are few and far between. I am friends with band members who count on this money to attend K-State.

Finally, to the students: I love K-State and Wildcat football just as much as anyone. I understand the rivalry between us and the University of Kansas, but please represent yourself in a way that shows respect. Respect yourselves, the alumni and the opposing team’s fans who are visiting.

Please do not jeopardize not only your scholarship funds, but my scholarship funds as well. I refuse to have my scholarship money removed for something I do not condone and did not do. For the sake of all involved, please think before you act.

Kolby Van Camp is a freshman in music education and vocal performance. The views and opinions expressed in this letter are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Collegian. Please send comments to [email protected]

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