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30

Athletics to Coaches: Athletes Drink

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Not one of the photos sent to M. Dianne Murphy

Not one of the photos sent to M. Dianne Murphy

Bwog has obtained a memo sent from M. Dianne Murphy, the director of Athletics, to the head coaches of Columbia’s sports teams. In the memo, Murphy explains that someone sent her an anonymous email (and we thought we were the only ones getting anonymous tips) with photos of Columbia athletes “engaging in inappropriate activities” (i.e. underage drinking) “in a local restaurant/bar” (begging the question: EC, Heights, or Campo?) while wearing Columbia athletics apparel.

Wherever the pictures were taken, Murphy was not happy to receive them. She let the coaches know that, telling them: “You should be disappointed…regardless of whether or not your team is involved.”

For shame, athletes, for shame.

Here’s the full memo:

Date: March 13, 2013

To: Head Coaches

From: M. Dianne Murphy, Director, Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education

Re: URGENT – Student-athlete Behavior

Earlier today, I received an anonymous email containing several images of Columbia student-athletes engaging in inappropriate activities, including public underage drinking, while wearing our official team-issued apparel in a local restaurant/bar.

This is totally unacceptable and extremely disappointing.

Our athletics program is one of the most public facets of the University. When our student-athletes behave in such a manner, it can have repercussions not for our athletics program and our individual varsity teams, but the entire University. As a head coach at Columbia, you should be disappointed that any of our student-athletes would decide to conduct themselves in this way – regardless of whether or not your team is involved.

This is a very teachable moment for all of our student-athletes. We can all appreciate the fact that our student-athletes work very hard throughout the school year, on both academic and athletic pursuits. However, we would be remiss if we didn’t take the time to remind our student-athletes about how visible they are within the community, and how their actions in public and even online (on facebook or other social media) have the ability to tarnish the reputation of the entire athletics program, if they are not careful.

It expect that all of our head coaches will address this matter immediately with their teams, especially our captains and other team leaders. Our student-athletes must understand that they are perceived as ambassadors of the University when they are out in public, especially when wearing our official team apparel.

I am sure that the email that I received is part of a unique situation – and I will not receive another similar email any time soon.

I know that I can count on you to help our student-athletes understand our expectations. Thanks so much.

CC: Sports Program Administrators

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18 Comments

  1. Chief Keef  

    That shit I don't like.

  2. DW

    This looks like something outta Hogwarts (Umbridge).

  3. pedantic asshole  

    that is not what begging the question means

  4. Arsene Wenger  

    I don't have this problem at the Emirates, all my players are 100% committed with mental strength and quality

  5. RA  

    God, and I thought ResLife was oblivious to reality.

    This takes the cake.

    • Anonymous  

      @RA: I don't know, there's a difference between asking students not to drink and asking students not to drink in team apparel. Greek organizations are careful about not drinking in letters, what's the difference?

      • um  

        that's not really what I'm referring to. ResLife is pretty much looking the other way when it comes to alcohol, especially with the changes in frosh dorms to focus on student health rather than punishment.

        I was focusing more on the silly requirements we have for programming and supposed "community building" measures that are just out of touch with reality.

        Basically, I spend half of our weekly meetings with this thought running through my head: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFZrzg62Zj0

  6. The Phantom Shadow  

    Funny I have seen SPECSTERS doing the same thing but I guess that does not matter because they claim they are independent from the university so they can write about this in their artikuls if they do it.

  7. lol  

    "Our athletics program is one of the most public facets of the University."

    "Our student-athletes must understand that they are perceived as ambassadors of the University when they are out in public.."

    lolol

  8. MY EARS HURT

    When our student-athletes behave in such a manner, it can have repercussions not for our athletics program and our individual varsity teams, but the entire University.




    It expect that all of our head coaches will address this matter immediately with their teams, especially our captains and other team leaders.

  9. confused

    I don't really get why people find this so ridiculous. It seems that all she's REALLY saying is that athletes shouldn't be wearing team apparel in these situations.

  10. M. Dianne Murphy  

    Henceforth, all Columbia Athletes who choose to engage in any type of boorish or abhorrent behavior, whether involving alcohol, cannabis cigarettes (I believe these are known as "reefer"), pre-marital sex, or any other aberrant activity will be provided with athletic apparel from Dartmouth, Penn, or Cornell University.

    Student athletes found publicly engaging in the aforementioned types of behavior WITHOUT wearing said apparel will be suspended indefinitely from participation in Columbia Athletics.

  11. alum

    meanwhile, as you were making fun of adults for keeping an eye on the kids, this happened: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/columbia_student_dead_in_dorm_room_kwdpY56DocIjwi1GvkjFLK

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