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Nov.4, 2009

Vol. 110, No. 4

Distressing sounds

It was distressing to watch our team lose disastrously to Columbia Oct. 3, but even more distressing were the sounds coming from the scoreboard. During the pregame period, noise that some might call music was broadcast loudly and incessantly. Periodically during the game, even louder bastardized versions of some musical classics were played. It seemed that this was done as Columbia lined up. The Columbia coach came onto the field, protesting furiously, and the referee stopped the game and announced that the music would stop so the signals could be heard. It continued to be played intermittently, but would stop just before the teams were in position.

Princeton is still The Best Old Place of All, and Princeton Stadium is a beautiful place. It is puzzling that a more or less rational and considerate university should allow it to be desecrated by such ugliness and poor sportsmanship.

Herbert J. Kaufmann ’55
Mount Kisco, N.Y.

David H. Fulmer ’55
Princeton, N.J.

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