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UI Prez Condemns Fans’ Behavior

The raucous, hostile behavior of some University of Idaho fans at Thursday night’s men’s basketball game against Boise State University prompted UI Interim President Steven Daley-Laursen to send an e-mail letter to the campus community on Sunday condemning those fans’ actions. The urgency of Daley-Laursen’s letter — he did not wait until Monday to send it — emphasizes the serious consequences of what happened. His description of the behavior as “ugly, outrageous and utterly unacceptable” is entirely accurate. We are living in a time when cameras are ubiquitous. Flagrant and embarrassing behavior in public is an invitation to be filmed and made a spectacle of on the Internet. It happened in the fall at a football tailgating event. Several UI students who openly attacked BSU had their exploits filmed and posted on the Web site of BSU’s student newspaper/Holly Bowen, UI Argonaut. More here.

Question: Do you support the interim president’s reaction to fan support for the University of Idaho? Or will his reaction squelch fan reaction that has been missing for years?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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