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Southern Miss takes disciplinary action against students for derogatory chant
Southern Miss. pep band members yelled the chant at Angel Rodriguez, right, during a game in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
March 20th, 2012
12:57 PM ET

Southern Miss takes disciplinary action against students for derogatory chant

By Gustavo Valdes, CNN

(CNN) - Five members of the University of Southern Mississippi pep band have had their scholarships revoked and have been removed from the band after they yelled a derogatory chant at a Puerto Rican player during an NCAA basketball tournament game last week.

The school announced the disciplinary action in a statement Tuesday, saying the five "have been forthcoming, cooperative, contrite and sincerely remorseful."

"They acted rashly and inappropriately, and now see the gravity of their words and actions," Vice President for Student Affairs Joe Paul said. "This is a teachable moment, not only for these students but for our entire student body and those who work with them."

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. This is what they chanted. The punishment was a bit severe.

    "Where's your green card?"

    March 21, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jorge

    Oh, he went to KSU, better choice, sorry.

    March 21, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jorge

    Not a surprising show of intellectual, social and academic turpitude from people who are supposed to be smart enough for higher education, accounting for the fact that Mississippi held the dubious honor of winning (?) the Quitno Press' Dumbest State award several years in a row, only recently wrested from them by (drumroll) ARIZONA!! (Why this Boricua kid chose USM when he could have gotten a better education for less money at UPR Metro or the Mayaguez campus, only God knows...).

    March 21, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. AMERICA 1st

    Im sure the faculty hasnt stuck their heads up their asses before! If the truth be known, the school dictator likes that tator!

    March 20, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. AMERICA 1st

    A school takes away their scholarships just because the students was getting into the excitement of a basketball game? Thats totally unbelievable and ignorant! So they said a couple of words. BIG DEAL!

    March 20, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve

    Im wondering were any of these students African-American? Would the media let us know if they were.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |