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NEW YORK (AP) — The Columbia University Marching Band, which had run-ins with school administration over the years over situations like mocking its own team, has decided to voluntarily shut itself down over what it called a history “grounded in prejudiced culture and traditions.”

In a statement issued earlier this week, the band said a town hall had been held over the weekend in the wake of recent anonymous postings that made accusations “of sexual misconduct, assault, theft, racism, and injury to individuals and the Columbia community as a whole” over the years.

The band’s statement did not detail specifics of any allegations, but said there were more than 20 current members at the meeting, and the band “unanimously and enthusiastically decided to dissolve.”

“The band has maintained a club structure founded on the basis of racism, cultural oppression, misogyny, and sexual harassment,” the statement said. “While substantial efforts have been made in recent years toward undoing decades of wrongdoing, we as a band feel ultimately that it is impossible to reform an organization so grounded in prejudiced culture and traditions.”

It was unclear how the band’s shutdown would proceed. Emails to band leadership were not answered.

In a statement, Columbia University said, “We respect efforts of the band’s student leadership to address in a serious manner recent reports of offensive and unacceptable conduct entirely at odds with the values of our university.”

The band, which called itself the “Cleverest Band in the World,” has had a contentious relationship with the administration. It got in trouble over some of its antics like a tradition of playing in a campus building the night before a particular class exam despite the university prohibiting it.

In 2011, it was temporarily banned from playing at a Columbia football season finale because the band made fun of the team’s poor performance with alternate words to the school fight song. Musicians were allowed back after an apology.

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History was made Sunday during the Cleveland Browns and Washington Football Team’s game.

It was the first game in NFL history that female coaches would be on both sidelines, and a female NFL official would be calling the game.


Callie Brownson is the chief of staff for Browns first-year coach Kevin Stefanski. Brownson played eight seasons for the D.C. Divas of the Women’s Football Alliance and is a two-time gold medalist for USA Women’s Football.

“Callie is uniquely situated where she can go interact with football ops or PR or the locker room or the equipment room,” Stefanski said before the season started. “She’s really the liaison to the rest of the building for me. I’m going to lean on her heavily and already have.”

Jennifer King is a coaching intern for Washington. She is working with the offense and is specifically working with running backs coach Randy Jordan. She’s coached in the Alliance of American Football and for Dartmouth College.


“Jennifer is a bright young coach and will be a great addition to our staff,” Washington coach Ron Rivera said. “Her familiarity with my expectations as a coach and my firsthand knowledge of her work ethic and preparation were big factors in bringing her to [Washington].”

Sarah Thomas became the first female NFL official in 2015. She has worked dozens of games, including in the postseason.


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