I am writing concerning an incident that occurred at this year’s Battle of the Birds basketball game. My two friends and I were denied access into the game because we were wearing tight fitting “morph suits” that were “too revealing.” I am upset at the administration’s enforcement of rules which were carried out hypocritically, arbitrarily and capriciously.
While waiting outside of the game for two hours, we saw a countless number of women enter the gymnasium in skin tight leggings or low cut tank tops with push up bras. These women were leaving much less to the imagination and showing much more skin than our full body suits. On top of that, the girls on the Lowell cheer squad, which is in fact a direct representation of Lowell, parade themselves in front of our fans in miniskirts revealing half of their, for lack of a better word, bottoms. So why then, when three guys wear tight fitting suits, are they turned away? The gross hypocrisy displayed there was quite startling to me.
Once we were turned away the first time, we put on jackets and tied our capes around our waists as makeshift skirts. Now I understand at this point we looked ridiculous — three teenage boys in skirts in lady’s jackets — but nontheless we had covered up anything that could possibly be “revealing.” Yet when we went to enter for a second time, we were again turned away.
Another main rule for the game was that no bags were to be allowed in. Yet during the game this rule was blatantly ignored. If we were allowed to bring bags in from the get-go, we would have been able to bring a normal change of clothes with us to change into. Since when was it all right to pick and choose the rules you tend to enforce? It is both arbitrary and inconsistent.
Ultimately what this decision did was deny my friends and I the opportunity to view the last Battle of the Birds game of our high school experience. A tradition built on the same school spirit we brought that night. I encourage the school to reevaluate its implementation of rules at other school sponsored events like this in the future, because kicking positive, enthusiastic, spirited fans out of events like this helps no one.
— Ryan Werth, Reg 1303