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Iowa band alleges abuse by ISU fans during game

AMES, Iowa (WHO) – Iowa State University administrators held a news conference on Tuesday to address concerns about an incident at the Iowa – Iowa State game on September 14.

Members of the Iowa marching band said they were subjected to racial slurs as well as physical and sexual harassment from Iowa State University Fans.

In all there are five allegations including beer being thrown at the band and something thrown at the football team’s bus, cracking a windshield.

Members of the band said they were also assaulted while marching towards Jack Trice Stadium.

At least one member of the band suffered a broken rib.

University of Iowa administrators are re-opening the investigation.

But ISU officials say they’ve run into some issues while trying to investigate.

“What I do know is there’s been no people who have come forward as of this morning to report anything to us,” said Chief Michael Newton, Iowa State University Officer. “We deeply care. We want somebody to come forward. Please tell us, if you tell us we will investigate to the fullest and we will make sure that we try to find those responsible for any incident that did happen.”

The news conference comes a day after University Iowa President, Bruce Harreld questioned the future of the Cy-Hawk rivalry.

“This football series. Is incredibly important for the state of Iowa for all the young men that have grown up playing in this game wanting to play in this game and all the young men and women that are members of the marching band,” said Jamie Pollard, Iowa State University’s Director of Athletics. “They get an opportunity to perform on a grand stage both past present and future. That it’s critical that we do everything possible to continue to maintain this series.”

On September 18 Gary Barta, the athletic director at the University of Iowa, and Jamie Pollard, ISU’s athletic director, released the following joint statement:

“Both the University of Iowa and Iowa State University are committed to providing a safe environment for everyone attending events on their respective campuses. This includes members of the school’s marching bands. Unfortunately, both the Hawkeye and Cyclone marching bands have been the target of unacceptable behavior at football games in Iowa City and Ames in recent years. Some of the conduct directed at the students in our respective marching bands recently has been rude, vulgar, and in some cases, violent. We should all feel embarrassed when students in the bands don’t feel safe when performing at an away game. Each of our athletics departments is committed to doing whatever is necessary to improve the environment for visiting school marching bands in the future. A significant part of the solution is insisting our fans help address this issue by showing more respect to our visitors. We owe it to these hardworking performers to have a safe stage on which they can showcase their spirit and talent.”

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