New York Daily News Sept. 24 2002
Columbia sacked for priest sex joke Hundreds of angry Fordham students signed petitions yesterday demanding Columbia University apologize for alleged anti-Catholic taunts made at Saturday's Columbia-Fordham football game. "They're outraged," said Elizabeth Schmalz, a Fordham spokeswoman. During halftime at Columbia's Wein Stadium, the crowd heard an off-color crack about the priest sex scandals over the public-address system. Then, according to the Catholic League, Columbia's irreverent band and the crowd began making anti-Catholic jokes. [That didn't actually happen... -ed.] "The comment that was made at the Fordham-Columbia football game was disturbing, but the crowd's reaction was more so," declared Catholic League President William Donohue, who said he got his information from Fordham fans. "What this shows is that all the campus talk about multiculturalism, diversity, inclusion and tolerance means very little when applied to Catholics," Donohue added. "It is politically correct to bash Catholics." Schmalz said Fordham students who attended the game, which the Columbia Lions won, 13-11, were "very offended." "It was contemptible, and I really would have expected from the people at Columbia more of a sense of decency and restraint," she said. Columbia spokeswoman Lauren Marshall said the alleged remarks were not made by anyone in an official capacity. "It doesn't reflect the school," she said.