Dear Marquette students,
At Marquette, basketball has been a significant part of who we are for 100 years. Anyone who was there for Saturday’s game against Xavier saw how your passionate support helped our student-athletes bring home a big win on National Marquette Day.
But there were some isolated incidents during that game that troubled us, and we’d like to take a moment to address that now. Profane chants don’t reflect our values. They don’t show support for our student-athletes on the court, or respect for our opponents. And they don’t send the right message about who we are to families sitting nearby, visitors from a fellow Jesuit institution or to the rest of the country watching on television.
Few universities can claim the basketball tradition that we can. As fans, we have a choice about how we celebrate that tradition. We must be responsible for how we represent ourselves and how we represent our university. This can be done loudly and passionately while still showing respect to those around you. Our student-athletes need you behind them now. As they strive to achieve their goals, please hold one another accountable to the values that bring us all together as one.
We are Marquette.
Dr. Xavier A. Cole
Vice President for Student Affairs
Vice President and Director of Athletics
Marquette Student Government President