There are days when we wish we'd pursued a career in stand-up comedy. Usually those days coincide with the days when we read stuff like the story in this morning's issue of The Eagle, AU's student paper, accusing the AU men's hoops program of being sexist after recruiting fliers were discovered that tout American as a great place to meet chicks.
According to the story:
Organizations around campus were outraged last week after discovering a recruiting flier from the AU men's basketball team that referred to Washington, D.C., as "the number one place to find babes," and reminded prospective recruits that "AU has twice as many female students as male students."
Apparently the whistleblower was not some feminist group, but a dude by the name of Peter Brusoe, chairman of the Graduate Leadership Council, who complained that the university was using women to recruit players.
We will resist the urge to have fun at Brusoe's expense, instead just sharing this quote from the story:
"I was offended as a male that someone would try to recruit people for AU in such a sexist manner," Brusoe said. "Women's issues are all of our issues. We think it is important that we be proactive and be a voice for everyone."
Brusoe's response was to pull his organization's funding from an event called "Phil Bender", which we are guessing is some promotion aimed at getting a crowd bigger than the reported 1,550 that showed up for the win over Colgate. Brusoe instead donated those funds to the AU Women's Initiative.
If we were not playing this one straight, we'd probably write something that would conjure up images of Paulius Joneliunas and Lina Lekavicius as Dan Aykroyd and Steve Martin in plaid slacks and shirts unbuttoned to the navel, two wild and crazy guys from Lithuania, cruising for American foxes.
But this is the sort of thing that folks in academia love to get righteously indignant about, and we sure don't want AU's feminist community to start boycotting the site, or to picket us when we show up at Bender on Saturday to cover the Holy Cross-American doubleheader.
Let them save those protests for when we publish a Girls of the Patriot League calendar.