Indiana police and Purdue campus security will be keeping a sharp eye on the student section at Ross Ade Stadium on Saturday. Why? This letter, received by the Purdue student newspaper on Tuesday, should explain things:
I went to Ross Ade Saturday expecting to see a good football game, but instead I saw a disrespectful showing, not by the football team, but by the student section. In the middle of the third quarter, a Boilermaker was injured at the end of a play. Usually when this happens, both home and away fans are silent out of respect for the injured player. But our student section cheered. Why? Because an inflatable penis showed up. And when the injured Boilermaker was helped off the field, we booed because the penis was hit out of the stands. Is this how much class we have left, that we are more entertained by an inflatable penis than we are concerned for an injured Boilermaker? If so, then I am embarrassed to call myself a Boilermaker. — Dustin Meyer, Senior, College of Civil Engineering.
A campus group hopes to strike again on Saturday in Purdue's game with Penn State, with their goal to "bring as many inflatable penises to the remaining home football games as possible."
Brad Sandberg, a junior in the College of Technology and a member of the group, said the penis adds a needed and different level of excitement at football games. "It's great," said Sandberg. "You see it pop up and you're like 'Oh, there it is again.' It adds some excitement because it's just a big (expletive) penis."
Other key quote: "Bennett said there is no University policy that students would be violating by bringing the penises to the games."
By the way, about that letter up above there ... we will confess that yes: We are more entertained by an inflatable penis than we are concerned for an injured Boilermaker. It is our curse, and we will surely someday burn for it, but this is undeniably true.