The dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine wants his staff to celebrate the Baltimore Ravens as they head to the Super Bowl.
E. Albert Reece just doesn't want them to celebrate too much.
Reece sent an email to staff this week asking them to stay professional as they root for the home team.
The email read:
We are very proud of the performance of the Baltimore Ravens' team, and we are clearly "rooting" for their success.
However, many may choose to wear a purple accent on their clothing. I would request that we maintain the professionalism of our choices and deportment.
Thanking you kindly for your cooperation and your tempered enthusiasm.
A medical school spokeswoman said Reece's email did not intend to stifle support of the team. He was just trying to remind people to remain professional.
"The entire campus is awash in purple pride today so clearly we are all showing Ravens spirit--there is no intent to discourage Ravens support," spokeswoman Karen Lancaster said in an email.
Lancaster said many doctors and other staff were wearing purple and Ravens logo scrubs. The cafeteria features a Ravens-inspired menu, including "Ravens winning wing bar," "Ray Rice Pudding," "Flacco Fries," and "Relentless Ravens cupcakes and cookies." The hospital and Davidge Hall are also lit up in purple at night.
Reece also has team spirit. He sported a purple bow tie Friday.