`Hey' song again Maryland target

College Basketball

September 22, 2004|By Jeff Zrebiec

The Maryland student sportsmanship committee has asked that the school band no longer play Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll, Part 2" song at basketball games this season, less than a month after it requested that the song be eliminated from the school band's play list for football games.

Lauren Spates, the chairwoman of the sportsmanship committee and the liaison between the athletic department and the Student Government Association, said that while the song created an intimidating atmosphere for the opposition, it also offended a large part of the Terrapins' fan base.

"We just want students to understand that they can be intense without being offensive," said Spates, who was part of a meeting with Terps basketball coach Gary Williams yesterday.

"Coach Williams regrets that we have to take something that created such intensity away, but if we can find something to replace it, he's all for it."

Williams was at a fund-raiser last night and could not be reached for comment.

Glitter's song, also known as the "Hey" song, is played at sporting events across the country. However, in College Park, students and Terps fans have traditionally added chants that include vulgarities.

Terps football coach Ralph Friedgen supported doing away with the song.

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