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Comment 26 Sep 2014

Let's just hope the OL has improved enough to give him time.

That's the big issue. JT was great against Kent because 1) he had time 2) they are really bad. I don't think UC's secondary is much better, but we could have problems is JT is under pressure all game and we don't have a  run game.

Comment 26 Sep 2014

Waters legal team leaked this little tidbit: President Drake addressed the band as a whole once during this whole thing on August 21. Current members of the band recorded his statements, and here is one of them

"I believe that the report was overwhelmingly about people I've never met and that you've probably never met in times gone by. The overwhelming volume of this was historical information that was not relevant to you at all. Overwhelmingly."

If the university's own report was overwhelmingly historical information not relevant to the current band, how does that justify firing the man that largely shaped the current band's culture? 

Comment 26 Sep 2014

All the shows were planned out, but much of the drill has yet to be written. Luckily, current Associate Director Chris Hoch was the driving force behind a lot of the drill that's made the band more famous is still on the staff...for now.

Comment 26 Sep 2014

From seeing and talking to him a few times in the past few weeks, the man is anything but egotistical right now. He lost his dream job that he still wants back. He's so sad right now, the only thing keeping him from slipping into depression is the support he gets from others.

Comment 26 Sep 2014

It was quite a sight to see the salutes go up row by row in such an organized fashion. I remember a few of our players getting trapped in the tunnel after warmups as we were coming into the stadium and they couldn't stop laughing and cheering.

Comment 12 Sep 2014

Yes, I read the same report too. I also lived the report for half a decade, including time when Jon was head director. No where in the report did it say that Jon knew all nicknames for female band members. In fact, he barely knew anyone's rookie names. His own estimation that 50% of rookie names are of a sexual nature (page 17 of the report), is grossly overestimated. Most rookie names were pop culture references, like characters in movies or youtube stars.

Changing on the bus is literally (and I'm not using this in today's context, but the word's actual definition) is something every marching band that has ever travelled anywhere by bus has done, including high school bands full of minors. It is not a big deal. If people weren't comfortable with changing in front of others, the bathroom at the back of the bus was made available for them. 

The parts that are unfair are the ones where he was allowed no opportunity to defend himself, was not permitted to have council present during the questioning, and testimony that has been refuted by the very people it came from is still being taken at its word by people, like you, ignorant of the facts in front of their faces. Only one complaint came from a parent, and that was because Jon did not inform her that her daughter (an adult) was allegedly involved in a sexual assault, which he was legally not permitted to do. When she was informed of the assault (by her daughter) in May, she brought the complaint that he mishandled the investigation, and that the band produced rapists (her actual words). It is not Waters calling the students liars, but the students calling the university liars by manipulating what they said.

If you're going to accuse the man please do at least 2 things: 1) spell his name correctly (Jon, J-O-N, Waters, W-A-T-E-R-S) and 2) know the facts before you bring your accusations. 

Comment 12 Sep 2014

If you don't care about what happened before Jon's tenure, then you should disregard the university's own report. That report paints a wholly inaccurate picture of the band's culture and Jon's attempts to change things. There's having a zero tolerance policy for cultivating sexual harassment and then there's firing someone attempting to reform culture in a lasting manner. 

Comment 11 Sep 2014

“This agreement and The Ohio State University’s recent response to the culture within the marching band, set clear and vitally important expectations for a community-wide culture of prevention, support, and safety," said Catherine E. Lhamon, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights. “I applaud Ohio State for taking strong leadership now to eradicate a culture of silence related to sexual harassment. I look forward to working with Ohio State as it implements the resolution agreement.”

Source: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-reaches-agreement-ohio-state-university-address-and-prev

That's pretty much "Good job firing Jon Waters." Additionally about 1/3 of the press release and agreement deals with the Band.

Comment 15 Aug 2014

All the female alumni named in the report that have come out denouncing it have written a joint letter demanding an interview with President Drake and the BoT to discuss everything, especially why the University seems that it and it alone has the right to decide whether or not these young women are victims. The authors are Jocelyn "Donk" Smallwood, Alex "Joobs" Clark, Jeanette "Tiggles" Town, Victoria "Tulsa" Nolte, and Lindsay "ERV" Barrie. Today, they all sent another message to Drake simply stating "We're Waiting."

Here is their joint letter. http://abc6onyourside.com/images/PresidentDrakeLetter.pdf

Comment 14 Aug 2014

He's trying to win the right way, not mud slinging. He also has a professional working relationship with the people at the School of Music that he wants to keep up should he win. He was also a paid SoM employee.