Up at Yale, there's a tradition at football games where the Yale Precision (yeah, right) Marching Band would play The Stripper and Saybrook College (Saybrook College isn't some other school... you see, in Yalish, a "college" is kinda like a dorm) co-eds would get up and strip. As of this year, the Yale Band's academic director decided to end a long tradition and told the Band that they were forbidden to play for them. So someone from Saybrook contacted us on the Wednesday before the Yale game and asked us to take the YPMB's place. We were able to find the song, but not until after Thursday band practice. We passed it out on the bus up there, people looked at it, and we had some time to practice it before the game. With a minute to go in the first quarter, we snuck out of the Yale Bowl and ran around to the entrance closest to where Saybrook was sitting. I'm sure at this point, the YPMB was saying, "Hey, where's Columbia? They're supposed to play between the first and second quarters." So, anyway, we "march" into the stands, whisper-chanting, "They don't suspect a thing .. They don't suspect a thing.." Saybrook starts cheering, we start playing, they start stripping. When you think about it, we stole a tradition from the Yale Band. Saybrook, you're all right. We'll have to get naked together again sometime.

Later, during the third quarter, some guys from Saybrook ran around in their boxers. It made the following Monday's Yale Daily News:
Strippers ejected from football game

   This Saturday, Saybrook College students 
escalated the war over the Yale Precision 
Marching Band's refusal to play "The 
Stripper" after the third quarter of 
football games. 
   Three students, Kevin Irwin '99, Eric 
Peterson '99, and Dan Fingerman '00, 
stripped to boxer shorts at the end of the 
third quarter of Yale-Columbia game and ran 
almost completely around the football field 
before police officers ejected them from the 
Yale Bowl. 
   Witnesses reported that as police led 
the trio off the field, the crowd's 
encouragement for them turned into boos 
against the police and University Band 
Director Thomas Duffy. 
   "The Strip's not going to die because 
just one man wants it to," Fingerman said. 
   The police brought the three to the 
administrative trailer and questioned them 
before threatening them with arrest if they 
tried to return to the stadium that day. 
   "They weren't terribly bright people," 
Irwin said of the policemen. "After spending 
15 minutes staring at our ID's, confiscating 
our Saybrook flag, and looking at our 
Saybrook boxer shorts, they asked us what 
college we were in." 
   Members of the trio questioned the 
justice of their ejection. 
   "It was completely positive and 
pro-Saybrook," Fingerman said. "There was no 
anti-anything." 
   Peterson said the group decided 
beforehand not to interfere with the 
on-field activities. 
   "Everything we did, we did consciously 
trying not to disrupt the game, the band, or 
incite the crowd," Peterson said. "I 
thoroughly believe we did none of those 
things." 
   Duffy disagreed. 
   "I was surprised and disappointed, 
especially because so many people put so 
much work into [the band's performance]," 
he said. "They disrupted our show. It's 
hard enough to hear over the P.A. system." 
   During the first quarter, the Columbia 
band acceded to Saybrugians' requests and 
played "The Stripper," riling YPMB members. 
   "The Saybrook Strip has gotten too much 
publicity already," YPMB member Rod Mobley 
'99 said. "It was our decision not to play 
it. Saybrook found somebody to play it. Both 
sides should be happy." 
   The streakers attributed their actions to 
a desire to increase college loyalty. 
   "Yale makes their colleges into a big 
draw, but Duffy's trying to undermine 
college spirit," Irwin said. 
   Duffy denied the charge and said the YPMB 
refused to play "The Stripper" for its own 
reasons. 
   "The band needs to create traditions that 
bring members into the band," Duffy said. 
"The Saybrook Strip doesn't have anything to 
do with [that]."
   There was no shortage of spirit in the 
Saybrook section of the Yale Bowl, as 
students howled and jeered at the band. 
   Mike Buckstein '99, who came up with the 
idea for the streak, evoked one of Yale's 
more illustrious alumni to illustrate the 
strength of his allegiance. 
   "In the immortal words of Nathan Hale, 'I 
regret that I have but one life to give for 
Saybrook,'" he said. "We have just begun to 
fight."

[ed. note: Mr. Buckstein is correct in attributing the first misquote to Nathan Hale, but his second misquote is that of John Paul Jones, Naval hero and, later, wicked Zep bass player.]



I have no idea what Yale Band director Thomas Duffy is talking about. His first quote, "They disrupted our show. It's hard enough to hear over the P.A. system," makes no sense. He's referring to the Saybrook kids running around the track. They didn't do it when anything was being said over the PA, it was just the Yale Band playing in the stands between the third and fourth quarters. Using the word "show" implies that this happened while the Band was on the field for pregame or halftime. Duffy's second quote, "The band needs to create traditions that bring members into the band. The Saybrook Strip doesn't have anything to do with [that]," illustrates how out of touch he is.