Barker's email to fans about booing


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