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Barker's email to fans about booing

by TigerNet Staff - Tuesday, October 23, 2012 10:30 AM
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Here is the email that Clemson students got this morning:

Dear Clemson:

Saturday’s football game marked Clemson’s annual observance of Military Appreciation Day, a time when we pay tribute to veterans, men and women currently serving and those who gave their lives to protect us. Clemson has a strong military heritage, and this day is always a special occasion.

Unfortunately, the day was marred by bad behavior from some fans. During the ceremony inducting ROTC cadets into the military, a number of fans booed during the section of the oath they take to obey the President of the United States.

I understand that we are in the home stretch of a heated presidential election and that freedom of speech is a right which makes our country great. Regardless of one’s political leanings, however, this ceremony was a sacred moment to the recruits, their families, and many others in attendance. Many Clemson people have contacted me to express their sadness and disappointment at this public display of disrespect for the office of the President and the young people taking a solemn oath that day. I share those sentiments.

As the election draws closer, negative campaigning is intensifying on both sides. The heated rhetoric and lack of civility we hear every day on TV, radio and in social media can be contagious. But it is possible to hold opposing viewpoints and debate issues without rancor and disrespect – as demonstrated at a recent Strom Thurmond Institute roundtable discussion with political science Professors Bruce Ransom and Dave Woodard.

Political campaigns seek to divide us – to highlight differences in order to drive us into opposing camps. I believe there is far more that unites us, as Americans and members of the Clemson family. These include:
• Our core Clemson values of honesty, integrity and respect for others.
• Our respect for the military and support for our servicemen and women.
• Our respect for the Constitution they are sworn to uphold, which is clear in placing ultimate authority in our civilian Commander-in-Chief, the President.
Passion about issues, commitment to candidates and participation in the democratic process are all vitally important. But when the voting is done, we have one President and he is President of us all.

After November 6, our nation will need to work together to solve the many challenges that lie ahead. Engaging in positive dialogue and choosing the right time and place to voice our opinions will help us do that.

Sincerely,
--Jim Barker

James F. Barker, FAIA
President
Clemson University
201 Sikes Hall
Clemson, South Carolina 29634


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Subject (Replies: 55) Author
General Update: Barker's email to students about booing
B-Meist®
Germans
BuzzPaw
Well said on President Barker's part.
dgwilli911®
Trash is gonna do what trash does.***
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Re: General Update: Barker's email to students about booing
74TIGER
Re: General Update: Barker's email to students about booing
Melclem
How about the guy in UT who screamed in his best
deleted
Very nicely stated
grover173
Re: Very nicely stated
74TIGER
I was hoping he was adressing the woohooing***
1983Grad®
Me too. (N/T)
adam_ncnn®
Booo Hooo. We dont give a crap!***
TigerGrad11
TD? Is that you Jimbo?***
TigerGrad11
^^ Lives in a trailer with a washer & dryer, and rusty car
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Re: General Update: Barker's email to students about booing
ScottieD
100 percent correct!!!!!***
74paws
I was there. It was awful. Clemson has more class then this.
Tigers2388
The point is - wrong venue (if you're going to complain)
74paws
BS. If you use drinking as an excuse for acting uncivilized
joeyb®
It's not an excuse....its an EXAMPLE
74paws
Re: I was there. It was awful. Clemson has more class then this.
allorangeallthetime52®
I have a feeling the next noon home game
jambarino
Don't disagree with
Reckless96
Re: Don't disagree with
fchrisgrimm
Re: Don't disagree with
Reckless96
Re: Don't disagree with
ptong®
Re: Don't disagree with
Reckless96
Re: Don't disagree with
withasigh®
Re: Don't disagree with
fchrisgrimm
You need to brush up on your reading comprehension
Reckless96
I guess we know which party lacks class***
theRoar
I knew that was coming hahaha-----I only boo refs at
ragtop
Can you imagine the Gang of Conservative Circle Jerkers...
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Common sense: let's don't turn off our student athletes and
tigeron
Re: General Update: Barker's email to students about booing
tigergal67
Barker is exactly right. The
GrayBengal®
BOOOOOOOOOOOOO...breath. ..OOOOOOOOOOOO!!!***
TooterTownTiger
Barker is right, but no one respects anything anymore***
Battery505®
Re: General Update: Barker's email to students about booing
TrickyRick86®
Re: General Update: Barker's email to students about booing
tswfdw
Re: General Update: Barker's email to students about booing
Whooptedo
99.9% of these comments are honorable
White_Tiger
Right
74paws
Pres. Barker is 100% correct***
TigerzzRoar®
I was there and on the west end and did not notice the boos
tigerpaw68®
Hey Barker, do you understand that this president received
CUAllTheWay
Re: Hey Barker, do you understand that this president received
TrickyRick86®
As a whole, no. Certain ones, yes.
CUAllTheWay
Re: As a whole, no. Certain ones, yes.
TrickyRick86®
I do realize that when a person enlist they have to carry...
CUAllTheWay
So do you believe the oath taken on Saturday
Toogie
A lot of the above comments reiterate poor judgement
mhuyser
Employees and alumni got it too.
flyingtigerfan®
THEY ASKED FOR IT
navytiger
It's not as though any of the soldiers thought
PenthouseTiger
Well... now it's on DrudgeReport...WTG...
mhuyser


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