Iowa State leaders talk about UI Marching Band controversy (audio)

first_imgAMES — Iowa State University president Wendy Wintersteen and Athletic Director Jamie Pollard Tuesday addressed the ongoing controversy after members of the University of Iowa band said they were assaulted after the game in Ames September 14th.Wintersteen says Iowa State does not have a crowd control problem. “We have great fans who come to Jack Trice,” Wintersteen says, “I would say that 98 percent of our fans are behaving. They’re doing what we expect them to do — and it’s a few of our fans who have decided to behave inappropriately. And so we are going to work with president Harreld and president Nook to think how we can change that.”Wintersteen says she will work with University of Iowa president Bruce Harreld to make sure the series continues. “At the same time we can’t and we haven’t ignored the actions that were reported after the game. We are saddened and concerned by the reports that some members of the Iowa band were mistreated or harmed during their visit to our campus,” Wintersteen says.Cyclone Athletic Director Pollard says they received a list of five incidents last week from Iowa, including one that a band member who was injured. He says a member of the band who was carrying a ladder suffered broken ribs after being shoved and falling on the ladder as the band member exited the field.Pollard says the problem started when the Iowa band took an exit out of the stadium other than the one recommended. “The Iowa Marching Band marched in formation into the back of that crowd and essentially forced their way through that crowd — there was no place for anybody to move to,” according to Pollard.ISU Police Chief Michael Newton says they have not heard from any of the Iowa Band members who were victims of alleged abuse. “We in law enforce find it very difficult to actually launch an investigation when there are no complainants who come forward. So that does challenge us in this process at this time,” Newton says. ” We can’t investigate from media reports, we can’t investigate from social media reports.”The news conference in Ames comes after U-I president Harreld told the student newspaper he does not want the series to continue until they can work out issues with the security and safety of everyone. Harreld did say he believes they can work it out.Audio: ISU News Conference. 40 minuteslast_img read more

Nimba Defeat Gbarpolu to top Group “A”

first_imgNimba Boys celebrate in their blue and red color jersey.As Sinoe lose to defending champions Montserrado 1 – 0The National County Meet Group “A” host has taken a lead in the ongoing National County Meet, after defeating Gbarpolu 2–0 in their second game since the league started a few days ago.The game started in high spirit for both teams, making all efforts to hit the net in the first half, but the two teams put up strong defenses, leaving the first half to end 0–0.The second half began also with high spirit, with both teams making several attempts to take the lead, but this could not materialize until the 70th minute when Nimba managed to score their first goal from striker Kulah Gonleyor.The goal brought some zeal in Gbarpolu, whose players made several efforts to make a comeback but, unfortunately, with more pressure from the mountainous boys and from the spectators, Kulah Gonleyor was on target again. His 89th minute strike penetrated the Gbarpolu defense to hit the back of the net, putting Nimba ahead with 2-0. By the result, Nimba now has 4 points.In the first match, defending champion Montserrado defeated Sinoe County 1–0 to put them in the second place with 3 points, followed by Gbarpolu with 3 points from the first game against Montserrado, while Sinoe trailed with 1 point obtained from their 2–2 against Nimba in the first game.In kickball, the girls of Nimba defeated Gbarpolu 3–2, while Sinoe defeated Montserrado 4–0.Nimba’s last game brought more vim to their cheering squad as well as the county’s steering committee headed by Adonis Menlor.The remaining two matches have been classified as ‘do or die’ where the teams are expected to put up their best for victory in order to reach the quarter-final stage, which will be held in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more