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Taking the Pep Out of U-Va. Band's Step; Jefferson's School Exiles Its Irreverent Chowder Society
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The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Washington, D.C.
Author: Jones, Tamara
Date: Oct 2, 1993
Start Page: A.01
Section: A SECTION

After an off-key, off-color, 19-year run in Scott Stadium, the Award-Winning Virginia Fighting Cavalier Indoor/Outdoor Precision (?) Marching Pep Band and Chowder Society Revue, Unlimited!!! is now off- field as well, banned not for the crime of political incorrectness, but for the potential to possibly, just maybe, somehow, somewhere, some day commit it.

"Sensitivities are changing, people are changing, and issues are changing, and they have not changed with the times," explained the assistant director of the Athletic Department, Kim Record, who weathered the complaints when the 90-member Chowder Society got too bawdy or barbed at halftime.

The Chowder Society is the first scramble band to face permanent exile, an irony not lost on the campus where [Thomas Jefferson] once declared: "The rock which I most dread is the discipline of the institution." More than 1,300 students have signed a petition for the band, and the Student Council passed a resolution calling for its return to the field. Both student newspapers and the debate club also have taken up the theme.

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