But students at the University of Virginia are fed up with their classmates turning the school’s fight song into an opportunity for an anti-LGBT slur: The University’s student council voted unanimously to ban students from inserting the word “not” before the word “gay” (meaning “happy”) in the school’s anthem, according to Outsports.com.
“Using the proposed resolution, Council seeks to take a stand against the chanting of the unscripted phrase—a phrase that members see as contrary to the safe and welcoming environment the university seeks to provide to all its students.”
It’s not clear how you’d enforce something like that, or what the punishment would be for offenders. Washing their mouths out with soap?
In case you were wondering, here are the lyrics to “The Good Old Song,” which allegedly dates back to the 1890s.
The Good Old Song (to the tune of “Auld Lang Syne”)
That good old song of Wah-hoo-wah–we’ll sing it o’er and o’er
It cheers our hearts and warms our blood to hear them shout and roar
We come from old Virginia, where all is bright and gay
Let’s all join hands and give a yell for the dear old U-VA.
CHANT: Wah-hoo-wah, wah-hoo-wah! Uni-v, Virginia!
Hoo-rah-ray, hoo-rah-ray, ray, ray—U-Va!
What though the tide of years may roll, and drift us far apart
For alma mater still there’ll be a place in every heart.
In college days we sing her praise, and so, when far away,
In memory we still shall be at the dear old U-VA.
Hmm, sounds pretty gay to us.