Xavier University students forced to "reflect" on Crosstown Brawl

CINCINNATI OH - DECEMBER 9: Xavier Musketeers fans cheer during the game against the Butler Bulldogs at Cintas Center on December 9 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. Xavier defeated Butler 51-49. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The mis-management and confusion continues at my alma mater following the Crosstown Brawl.

Nearly one month after one of the darkest days on Victory Parkway, the Xavier Musketeers are reeling, free falling into the abyss known as "The NCAA Tournament Bubble."

While on the court it's pretty obvious the Musketeers aren't really a bunch of gangstas, you would have thought that at the very least, all off-court problems spawned from the fight would have been resolved.

Or not...

Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2012 2:26 PM
Subject: Crosstown Shootout Mandatory Reflection Session

This message is being sent on behalf of the Dean of Students

Dear Xavier Student:

As you are aware, violations of what Xavier considers to be appropriate conduct occurred at a variety of levels at the Men’s Basketball Crosstown Shootout between Xavier and the University of Cincinnati on Saturday, December 10, 2011. The student section contributed to the hostile atmosphere that charged the arena with unsportsmanlike conduct through unacceptable chanting, verbal expletives, and objects being thrown onto the arena floor. As a Jesuit, Catholic university, the behaviors demonstrated are not becoming of its students and is in conflict with the mission, values, and standards of Xavier University.

There are consequences associated with inappropriate behaviors by the student section ticket holders; therefore, all Xavier students who attended the Crosstown Shootout and who sat in the student section are expected to participate in one (1) of three (3) reflection sessions during the first week of the spring semester, 2012. All three (3) reflection sessions will be held in Kennedy Auditorium, Conaton Learning Commons from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. The dates from which you may choose are:

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Monday, January 9, 2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Attendance will be taken at these sessions. You will be ineligible to receive men’s basketball home game tickets for the remainder of the 2011-12 season should you dismiss this obligation.

There will be no make-up sessions and no exceptions for non-compliance with this expectation.

There will be a sign out procedure following the session that will require your University ALL Card; please make sure to bring this with you.

Thank you.

Dr. Luther Smith

Dean of Students

Luther G. Smith, PhD
Dean of Students
Division of Student Life and Leadership
Gallagher Student Center, Room 300
T 513-745-3166

Bah! I'm slightly humiliated, but laughing at the same time.

Instead of trying to move on the school is pouring kerosene on a once contained fire; ostensibly blaming and punishing the student body for something they had little influence on.

This might be the quickest way to create mass contention. Not only is it incredibly lame, impractical, pathetic and embarrassing all at once, it's exacerbated by the fact that this forced reflection is announced weeks after the brawl occurred.

If this had to be implemented - it shouldn't have, this is one of the most bizarre acts taken by a university, but for the sake of arguing - why wasn't it done immediately? Students are still on Winter Break, according to the school's website, so it's not as though administrators were waiting for Spring Semester to start before hitting SEND.

Another point to consider, assuming this is policed accordingly and students that attended the Crosstown Shootout are truly prevented from receiving free tickets until going to one of these courses, is the inevitable pointing and laughing amongst peers.

If you went to the Crosstown Shootout and are seen in the student section at some point during the remainder of the season, then you went to that stupid class.

If you went to that stupid class, then you're adhering to the administration's requests.

If you're adhering to the administration's requests, then you're a loser (you're not raging against the machine, man!), and the keg tap will never be passed to you for the rest of your college career.

That's going to suck, and it's all because Xavier University can't shake the fact their squeaky clean image may be tainted for a season or two.

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