Needless to say Colorado College needs to investigate this matter immediately.
"I’d like to start off by saying that I have been a CC fan all my life. I graduated from CC in 1974 and I absolutely love, scratch that, loved going to CC hockey games.Colorado College's Athletic Director Ken Ralph responded to some of the complaints leveled by fans in Chamber's Blog.
I am a black male and I have a son who started at DU this past fall. I am more a fan of my son than I am of any hockey team, so I fully supported him in his decision to go to DU. At the CC game [Fri. @ DU, Sat. @ CC], I was wearing a CC sweatshirt to represent my alma mater, and a DU hat that my son had given me. I didn’t think this was going to be too much of a problem, but I was gravely mistaken. I went to [DU's] Magness Arena (Wearing a CC sweatshirt and DU hat) on Friday night and noticed the occasional R-rated chant, but nothing too inappropriate in unison, and nothing that I felt was something you wouldn’t hear on the television these days. I enjoyed watching CC win, and on the way out, two students walked passed me and told me “Congrats on the win, but get ready for tomorrow!” Nothing better than a little friendly competition. I had a great time at Magness on Friday night and looked forward to watching the game in the WA [CC's World Arena] on Saturday.
I live in C Springs, so I try to go to a couple games every season. I have always noticed that the student section was out of line, but I never really thought much of it. They’re rowdy college kids, so what are you going to do. Saturday night was especially bad this year. I grew up in Washington DC during the 50s and 60s and so I have experienced my share of racism, being that I was black in a mostly white school. I have never felt as threatened as I did on Saturday night. Because I was wearing both DU and CC colors, someone (most likely a student) yelled at me, “MAKE UP YOUR MIND YOU F*****G N****R!” when I was walking into the WA. My wife and I were shocked, but we did not want to get involved because we knew this would further escalate the situation. My wife is white, and I was holding her hand as we were walking to the concessions both during one of the period breaks. Another person (college student again probably) yelled “RAPE, HE’S GOING TO RAPE HER!!” At this point I was absolutely furious and my wife and I decided we were going to leave because neither of us wanted to be subjected to that anymore. I was seriously considering filing a police report, but instead I’ve decided to never go to a CC game ever again. It doesn’t matter if these were isolated incidents or not. I was offended by what I heard from the CC student section, and I have to say that today I am ASHAMED to be a CC alum. I have written a letter to the AD, and I look forward to what his response seems to be.
CC Fans should be ashamed of themselves. I never thought I’d say this, but I hope CC loses in the playoffs. I also remember reading about the CC black face incident where CC hockey players painted their faces black at some fund raiser golf tournament. I know the CC players have worked hard this year, but from all of the disciplinary suspensions they’ve had this year, I refuse to believe they’re a great group of guys. I hope CC loses in the playoffs, because nothing would make me angrier than to see those CC fans who insulted me at the game happy.
Comment by Upset CC Fan — March 11, 2008 @ 2:37 pm
I was directed to your blog by one of our fans. We have not met but I am the new Director of Athletics at Colorado College. I wish you had contacted me or someone in our department for comment before posting what seems to be a very one sided piece.
For the past four months we have been working hard to clean up our act in the student section. This has been a concerted effort on behalf of our President, administration, faculty, staff, and students. It started as a mission to banish one chant in particular (goalie…goalie…you suck d***!). I am happy to say that we have made some headway on eliminating that cheer from our arena. It now dies out quickly due to the intervention of several students. It proves that when we put our collecive efforts into change, it can happen.
I am not at all pleased with the conduct of our student section this past Saturday. While I want a boisterous student section I do not want anything said or done that would drive off fans. Use of profanity is not acceptable and we have started to move toward evicting patrons from the facility that cross that line. We have actually reviewed the CET broadcast of the tape to identify students who were misbehaving and will address that with them once they are identified. The student in the Tiger suit comes immediately to mind. Many of the students in the building that evening only go to the game when DU is in town and they are not yet up to speed with the changes we are making in that section. As this is my first year here it is obvious that the CC/DU series brings out the best in players and the worst in fans. It is clear we have some special issues that will need to be addressed for this game in the future.
Please know that we will continue to address this issue. I wanted a spirited but respectful crowd at all CC athletic events.
In the future please feel free to contact me directly about these issues. As a journalist I am sure you are interested in both sides of the story and I am readily accessible if needed. Thank you for your coverage of college hockey..
Ken Ralph, Director of Athletics - Colorado College
Comment by Ken Ralph — March 12, 2008 @ 9:51 am