Most of you know that the Michigan State mascot is Sparty, a muscular male Spartan athlete dressed in a stylized Greek costume.
Of course, this image takes us to the Peloponnesian War (431-404) and their ultimate defeat by the Thebes in 371 B.C. at the battle of Leuctra. The Spartans were battle hardened warriors in a society that valued war and violence. Unfit babies were, according to legend, tossed into a chasm at the foot of Mount Taygetus. Women were expected to bear children & boys age seven started military training and were involved in ritualized hazing. The Helots, although a majority, were a servile class that produced agriculture and food.
LetsGoDU sees Sparty as a polarizing figure and not representative of today's values. We are calling for a two-minute silent sitting protest at the end of the second period of Saturday's Homecoming hockey game.
Anything to shorten the beer line.