Whassup, pussycat? Columbia U. said to back down in dispute with hockey team

October 4, 2006

Columbia University has reinstated its men’s hockey team, reversing an earlier decision to suspend the club sport in response to its members’ use of a vulgar word in recruitment fliers, the Columbia Spectator reported today. Citing an anonymous source, the newspaper said the university would punish the team in some other way for using the expression “Don’t be a pussy” as a come-on to Columbia Lions whom the team sought to entice. As a result, the reversal of the decision to suspend, if true, is not quite the unconditional surrender demanded of Columbia by such paladins of free speech as the New York Civil Rights Coalition and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

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