"Sexually entitled" could be a soft-core description of a hockey team out of control and drunk on victory and its trappings, according to a report obtained by the Boston Globe. The newspaper describes a debauched Boston University hockey team to which victories -- and academic and criminal troubles -- came easily.
A task force commissioned by BU President Robert A. Brown reviewed the culture, academic quality and disciplinary history of the hockey team after two players were accused of separate instances of sexual assault within the 2011-12 academic year. Brown released its findings on the university's website but didn't release interviews and evidence. University officials said it was to protect the privacy of students interviewed in confidence.
Instead, the Globe filed a Freedom of Information Act for the report and received it on Thursday. The documents described a late-night party at the hockey arena after the Terriers won the 2009 national championship. Guests boozed from kegs and took slapshots naked from the ice and had sex in the penalty box.
"It was insane," says a student quoted within the report.
Brown blames a cocktail of beer and success.
"[E]xcessive alcohol consumption has played a role in the majority of the instances of alleged sexual assault or other inappropriate behavior that have been identified through the work of the Task Force,” Brown said in a statement to the community.
The report adds that "a culture of sexual entitlement exists among some players on the men's ice hockey team, stemming in part from their elevated social status on campus."
Students interviewed gave more graphic descriptions of one player shoving his hands down a female's pants even as she punched him. Players called sexual encounters "kills." In one interview, a player stopped just short of saying players didn't ask for consent when drunk and didn't grasp the seriousness of his teammates formal sexual assault charges.
Coach Jack Parker, a college hockey legend who has coached the five-time national championship winning Terriers for four decades, suggested there is little for which he is responsible. He told interviewers he knew little of the late-night party and, as a hockey coach, had no responsibility to advocate chastity.
Boston University officials ultimately decided to demote Parker, who holds two positions at the university. He'll stay on as head coach but will lose his title as executive athletic director, according to The Boston Herald. The report found the two titles conflicted and said there was not sufficient oversight of the hockey program.
Parker issued a statement, saying the report's recommendations and corroborating recommendations from a probe by the NCAA were "accurate."
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Louisiana State University
Students at <a href="http://www.unigo.com/Louisiana_State_University/ " target="_hplink">LSU</a> are serious about sports, and so is the school's hometown. "Baton Rouge is definitely a college town. Life in this city centers around sports, drinking, and tradition. No matter where you look, whether it is on stores' signs, banners, t-shirts, advertisements, etc. there is a huge <a href="http://www.unigo.com/Louisiana_State_University/Reviews/21139/ " target="_hplink">display of school pride</a>," says Serena, a communications major. LSU's football team is by far the most popular, and Saturdays in Baton Rouge tend to revolve around games. One sophomore English student explains, "There is nothing better than spending the day tailgating with 100,000 of your closest friends, followed by a Saturday night in Death Valley for a <a href="http://www.unigo.com/Louisiana_State_University/Reviews/21143/ " target="_hplink">Tiger football game</a>."
Ohio State University
"How can you come to <a href="http://www.unigo.com/ohio_state_university-main_campus/ " target="_hplink">Ohio State</a> and not be a <a href="http://www.unigo.com/ohio_state_university-main_campus/Reviews/7480/ " target="_hplink">fan of the Buckeyes?</a>" asks Leslie, a sophomore education major. "People come here because they want to be known as Buckeye, as part of the biggest school in the land with the best damn band in the land and one of the best football teams." Sports are indeed a big deal at Ohio State University, and few among the school's 39,000 students would lack Leslie's passion. Malerie, a psychology student, has a different point of view: "A lot of people have superiority complexes, and if you don't like football, <a href="http://www.unigo.com/ohio_state_university-main_campus/reviews/9255/ " target="_hplink">prepare to be ridiculed</a>." Or, just stay in your dorm room until the game is over.
<a href="http://www.unigo.com/syracuse_university/ " target="_hplink">Syracuse</a> is a huge university, comprised of a number of different schools and communities that all come together to support the school's many sports teams. One sophomore student offers this quick rundown of Syracuse sports: "Basketball is the biggest sport on campus, with lax following. Football games are fun even though we can't win a game. Club sports are a big thing, especially hockey, skiing, rugby, and soccer. Athletic events are huge and <a href="http://www.unigo.com/syracuse_university/reviews/9195/ " target="_hplink">absolutely should be attended</a>." Lisa, a linguistics major, expands on Syracuse's clubs sports: "Syracuse has a fabulous club sports program. The club sports are run through recreation services. It is a well-run department of the university that is eager to involve students in activities and works <a href="http://www.unigo.com/syracuse_university/reviews/3043/ " target="_hplink">for the students' benefit</a>."
University of Alabama
"The absolute best thing about <a href="http://www.unigo.com/the_university_of_alabama/ " target="_hplink">Alabama</a> is Alabama football! The energy of the campus is phenomenal and being in the stadium with 96,000 other Crimson Tide fans is <a href="http://www.unigo.com/the_university_of_alabama/reviews/21784/ " target="_hplink">life changing</a>!" claims a journalism sophomore. While the academics are nothing to scoff at, students don't flock to Alabama to study Shakespeare. Lucy, a junior, offers this potential warning for prospective students: "If you absolutely abhor football, you might want to hide between the months of September and December on weekends when there are home games. That is because Tuscaloosa becomes overrun with tailgaters, and shouts of "roll tide" fill the air. School spirit goes into overdrive. It is hard to resist joining in with the other 92,000 people singing the fight song when the team <a href="http://www.unigo.com/the_university_of_alabama/reviews/22992/ " target="_hplink">scores a touchdown</a>."
"Athletic events here are really popular especially since we have such a g<a href="http://www.unigo.com/university_of_california-los_angeles/reviews/21936/ " target="_hplink">reat athletic program</a>," says one sophomore. With an undergraduate population of close to 39,000 students, <a href="http://www.unigo.com/university_of_california-los_angeles/ " target="_hplink">UCLA</a> has one of the largest and best athletic programs in the country. "UCLA has an amazing athletic program, and students are more than proud to be able to say that they are a Bruin. Support at football and games are amazing, and students show their pride by wearing school colors and sporting "BEAT SC" tattoos, <a href="http://www.unigo.com/university_of_california-los_angeles/reviews/21949/ " target="_hplink">among other things</a>," explains Rebecca, a junior English student.
University of Connecticut
<a href="http://www.unigo.com/university_of_connecticut/ " target="_hplink">UConn</a> consistently has one of the best basketball programs in the country. In the past decade, the women's basketball team has won the NCAA Tournament five times and the men's team has won it twice. The football team is also a big contender in the Big East conference. Melissa, an environmental studies major, says simply, "The UConn basketball and football teams are <a href="http://www.unigo.com/university_of_connecticut/reviews/8578/ " target="_hplink">life on campus</a>." Another student has this to say about sports at UConn: "We are all crazed Husky basketball fans!!!! who love to party and don't mind flipping a car over every once in a while after <a href="http://www.unigo.com/university_of_connecticut/reviews/3343/ " target="_hplink">winning a big game</a>." Somebody take away her red bull.
University of Florida
Students at the <a href="http://www.unigo.com/university_of_florida/ " target="_hplink">University of Florida</a> in Gainesville may have more pride for their school (and their football team) than any others in the nation. "Pretty much where ever you go, people have heard of UF and you can get a 'Go Gators!' There is so much school pride that it is crazy. People are always wearing school colors, especially during football season. Everyone on campus and everyone who is or was a gator at one point is always really <a href="http://www.unigo.com/university_of_florida/reviews/3970/ " target="_hplink">friendly and nice</a>," explains Shannon, a freshman mathematics student. Another student has this to say: "93,000 people fill the stadium for football every home game in the fall and make enough noise to hear it from across campus. Basketball isn't too different, even in bad years the arena is still one of the loudest buildings you could <a href="http://www.unigo.com/university_of_florida/reviews/5912/ " target="_hplink">ever set foot in</a>."
University of Georgia
"Football is HUGE at <a href="http://www.unigo.com/university_of_georgia/ " target="_hplink">Georgia</a>. There is nothing like a fall Saturday where there is a football game. Even if you are not a football fan, you will <a href="http://www.unigo.com/university_of_georgia/reviews/8357/ " target="_hplink">enjoy these Saturdays</a>," says one sophomore. During the fall semester at UGA, life seems to revolve around Saturday games. Students are either filing into Sanford Stadium clad in red and black face paint, or glued to a television somewhere, probably clad in red and black face paint. "In reality, the school is obsessed with its football - over 92,000 people flock to Athens every <a href="http://www.unigo.com/university_of_georgia/reviews/21619/ " target="_hplink">Saturday in the fall</a>," claims Melissa, a sophomore business student.
University of Michigan
"Football games are the focal point and probably something like 2/3 to 3/4 of the student body attends every Saturday home game," explains Colin, a <a href="http://www.unigo.com/university_of_michigan-ann_arbor/ " target="_hplink">Michigan</a> English major. "I will never tire of going to the Big House. If there's anything that represents the communal atmosphere of the university, it's going to a football game in the fall with <a href="http://www.unigo.com/university_of_michigan-ann_arbor/reviews/630/ " target="_hplink">107,501 of your best friends</a>." Wow, that's a lot of friends! The Wolverines are consistently one of the most competitive football teams in the nation, and nothing brings a diverse student body together like a big win.
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
If you looked at every rankings list ever assembled of the nation's biggest sports schools, we're pretty confident that <a href="http://www.unigo.com/university_of_north_carolina_at_chapel_hill/ " target="_hplink">UNC Chapel Hill</a> would be on all of them. Students at UNC love sports - basketball in particular - and many internationally known professional players once wore a Tar Heels jersey. "UNC is quite the basketball school. Tickets can be hard to get. The entire town is consumed with basketball during games, with peaceful riots on Franklin Street commonplace after big victories. The UNC-Duke rivalry is arguably the most intense rivalry in the nation, and watching the game anywhere in Chapel Hill is an <a href="http://www.unigo.com/university_of_north_carolina_at_chapel_hill/reviews/3309/ " target="_hplink">incredible experience</a>," explains Kennan, an international relations student. "<a href="http://www.unigo.com/university_of_north_carolina_at_chapel_hill/reviews/8081/ " target="_hplink">Intramural sports are also very popular</a>," claims another student. So if big crowds aren't your thing, there's always the broom ball team.