The men's lacrosse team at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York, uses one of President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" speeches with a musical soundtrack for its field entrance (video below).
Barstool Sports tweeted a video on May 10 of the team running out on the field towards the end of the speech; one of them is carrying an American flag.
In the video, Trump's voice booms over the field: "In all of our cities and all of our towns, I make this promise. We will make America strong again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And we will make America great again."
Adelphi athletic director Danny McCabe issued a statement about the Trump speech entrance, notes Newsday.
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"The men’s lacrosse team’s regular-season pregame warm-up music is selected as a team and approved for use so long as they do not contain vulgarity or inappropriate subject matter," McCabe said. "The songs they proposed and used this season meet those guidelines. As such, we are obliged to follow the policy."
The team's coach Gordon Purdie insisted that Trump's political campaign speech is not a political statement: "It was not intended to provoke or be taken as a political statement."
However, the team will not be allowed to use the speech on May 13 when they play Pace University during a NCAA tournament game, according to school representative Kali Chan.
"The music won’t be played Saturday," Chan told Newsday. "We’re following mandated NCAA policy for playoff games."
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In more college news, the University of Chicago’s Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) fraternity has been accused of holding a "racially insensitive" construction-themed party on Cinco de Mayo, May 5.
The Facebook photo for the party featured four FIJI frat brothers wearing photoshopped construction helmets and the text: "FIJI Presents: Get Hammered," according to The Chicago Maroon.
One frat brother reportedly wrote on the Facebook page: "What’s the mustache policy for tonight? Asking for an amigo."
The party theme was changed, and the date was moved to technically start at midnight on May 6, following Cinco de Mayo, but some partygoers reportedly showed up dressed like construction workers with overalls, hard hats and reflective vests.
Multiple multicultural student organizations released an open letter on May 8 to protest.
One if those signatories, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán, had released a statement on May 4 to "remind students not to perpetuate the racist stereotypes associated with [Cinco de Mayo]."
University spokesperson Marielle Sainvilus said the school administration is looking into the frat party.
In an open letter on May 9, the campus chapter of FIJI said there were no Cinco de Mayo- or Mexican-themed decorations at the party, nor was the term "Cinco de Mayo" used to describe the party.
The fraternity also said the brother who made the mustache remark on Facebook was suspended indefinitely.
Maya Ruíz, co-chair of MEChA, told The Chicago Maroon that people were hurt by the party.
"FIJI’s actions were personally offensive, and I am honestly most upset at seeing how my friends have been hurt," she said. "Beyond this being a racist act, I would like to emphasize that FIJI pretended to understand and care about the offensive implications of the party theme, and then turned around and used the construction theme on Cinco de Mayo anyway."