by Cat Cleary
One of my favorite parts about fall is that along with pumpkin spice lattes and ‘jeans and sweatshirt’ weather comes college football tailgating season. Forget the actual football games—I’m here for the food, friends, and school spirit. I was lucky enough to recently travel to South Bend, Indiana, to watch the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish play the University of Michigan Wolverines (go Irish!).
While I loved the food, friends, and school spirit that filled the weekend at my home away from home, I couldn’t help but be completely appalled by what many Notre Dame fans (and fans from other opposing teams) seem to think is an appropriate way to root against the Wolverines. T-shirts, signs, and cheers endorsed the phrases “Ann Arbor is a Whore” and the ever so clever “Muck Fichigan.” While some may find these phrases benign, I believe these sentiments are telling of a greater football culture that sometimes condones harassment, assault, and shame. As my colleagues on the One Student Editorial Board have pointed out before, jokes and myths surrounding sexual assault and harassment do contribute to a culture of violence.