Ivy Leaguers Disrupt College Football Classic

Ivy Leaguers Disrupt College Football Classic

Ivy Leaguers Disrupt College Football Classic

Move over, Colin Kaepernick. Your kneeling stunts have nothing on privileged Ivy Leaguers who disrupted a college football classic. Students from both competing schools stormed the field before halftime at the annual Harvard-Yale matchup in New Haven, CT. Why? Because of the new cause célèbre among Millennials: the dreaded climate change.  I guess Black Lives Matter is sooo last year.

Here’s what happened just prior to halftime.

The Stupid went on for nearly an hour while some students unfurled banners that read, “Nobody wins. Yale & Harvard are complicit in climate injustice,” “This is an emergency,” and even something about Puerto Rican debt relief. Of course there was chanting, too: Hey, hey, ho, ho, fossil fuels have got to go.

Someone should tell them the Sixties called — they want their “hey, hey, ho, ho” chant back.

The police responded by doing. . . not much. After about 15 minutes of these shenanigans, Yale Police Chief Ronnell Higgins addressed the intransigent Ivy Leaguers by telling them they made their point. The public address announcer asked them to leave, repeating “As a courtesy to both teams, the game must resume.”

To which the protestors snarked back their current favorite retort: Okay, Boomer.

Meantime the students sat or milled around the field, vaping, drinking beer, and taking selfies. Selfies on smart phones first introduced by Boomer Steve Jobs, mind you. Those students might abound in privilege, but they certainly lack self-awareness.

After about an hour, police managed to escort most of the students off the field, and arrested about 20-30 diehards who remained. But the biggest impact was the delay of the game. That’s because Yale Bowl in Connecticut doesn’t have stadium lights, and the game itself went into double overtime. Sunset in New Haven was set for 4:26 ET, and the game didn’t end until 4:38 ET. By the way, in case you’re wondering, Yale pulled off a win, 50-43.

Ivy Leaguers

Credit: CircaSassy@flickr/Public Domain.

Now if you think that this was a spontaneous flash mob action, bury that thought. Caleb Schwartz, a Harvard student and leader of the group “Divest Harvard,” bragged to ESPN that the action was in the works for months. “This is a very deliberate choice of targeting this specific [game] to get our action out there,” he said.

Not only that, but the captain of Harvard’s football team supported the protests, too. Defensive back Wesley Ogsbury posted a prepared statement on Twitter (in other words, he read from a script — monotonously I might add) in which he boasted of wearing orange wristbands after the game — “the color of the Divest movement.” He continued:

“We’re coming together to call on Presidents [Lawrence] Bacow and [Peter] Salovey, to divest from the fossil fuel industry now, for the sake of our generation.”


“But at this moment, both our institutions continue to invest in the industries destroying our futures. And when it comes to the climate crises, no one wins.”

Naturally, the Twitter mob squeed with delight and watched the video over 140K times within an hour of Ogsbury posting it.

Plus, the usual suspects showed up on social media to back the protestors of privilege. People like Elizabeth Warren, who tweeted:

“I support the students, organizers, and activists demanding accountability on climate action and more at #HarvardYale. Climate change is an existential threat, and we must take bold action to fight this crisis.”

In addition, Bernie Sanders enjoined the old socialist blather about “justice:”

“When people come together to stand up for justice, we win. Congratulations to the young people demanding a sustainable future for our planet. We are with you in this fight.”

Finally, the Queen Bee of the Green New Deal, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, simply tweeted:

“Activism disrupts the present to change the future.”

Of course she did.

I wonder what parents think about their pampered spawn throwing this tantrum at the Yale Bowl. After all, the 2017 median family income for Harvard undergrads clocked in at triple the national average, at $168,000. At Yale, the median family income ranked over $192,000. I would think that Mummy and Daddy probably have some funds invested in fossil fuel stocks, don’t you? And maybe some of those investments are helping pay for Bradford’s and Bunny’s ginormous tuition.

But fear not, those of you who yearn for a classic college game between rivals. A game that won’t be interrupted by stupid student tricks. The Army-Navy game is coming up on December 14th. Having been a regular viewer of that classic for many years now, I can guarantee you that tomfoolery like that at the Harvard-Yale game will not be happening at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.


Featured image: Daniel Hartwig@flickr/cropped/CC BY 2.0.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

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  • Scott says:

    Kick every last protester out of school… not that it’ll change their minds, but it’s the right thing to do..

  • George V says:

    It’s too bad we can’t force these punks to start living up to their convictions. How many gigawatts are sucked down by serving data to their smartphones? How much power is used by servers in social media server farms? OK, turn ’em off children, – like, right now. Don’t worry, eventually we’ll have 100% renewable power with battery backup that’ll run the whole country. All the smart people say we will, anyway.

    Oh, and stop with the Uber & Lyft thing. You have two feet – use ’em. If you truly believe in the cause, that 2 hours to walk 6 or 8 miles is not time that is wasted.

    And stop with the online ordering stuff. Amazon is another great sucker of gigawatts to keep all those geegaws flowing to your doorstep. Plus, the efficiency of shipping a single item to each of your precious individual selves uses up a whole lot more gasoline and diesel than shipping a truckload to Walmart or Target. So, fire up those two feet, once again, walk yourself to the store, and load up on whatever you can carry. Can’t find your specific brand of body wash? Well, suck it up.

    If you really and truly believe that fossil fuel usage must cease in 10 or 12 years, then you MUST start behaving like it if you expect anyone else to believe you. If you don’t change your ways, then it is you are hypocrites, and you should be ashamed!

  • Andrew X says:

    George is on it, but here’s what a competent and educationally focused (as opposed to indoctrinationally) administrator would do (also known as a golden unicorn)….

    “Henceforth, this university will accept no deliveries whatsoever that are not delivered by non-fossil fuel using vehicles. Any combustion engine vehicles will be turned away and not allowed to enter the campus. This directive will only be reversed if the student council votes for it to be so reversed.”

    That means… food. For starters.

    Then just sit back and let the “education” begin. And the fun!

  • Joe in PNG says:

    Remember, this is the American Nomenklatura.

    The rules they propose aren’t supposed to apply to them- just you, you flyover deplorable hick.

    They naturally should be allowed all the special benefits of the privileged Party members, while denying the same to you, because you have bloodguilt because of your privilege.

    Four legs good, two legs better!

  • GWB says:

    The Stupid went on for nearly an hour
    At which point, the home team should have forfeited. If you can’t control the field, you deserve the L.
    Though this is Yale and Hahvud, I bet if you told most football teams they would forfeit if they didn’t clear the field in 15 minutes, it would be done in 10.
    And it would have been much more entertaining that way.

    Okay, Boomer.
    And this is the problem. The generation before “Boomers” would have said “Fine, you want to insult your elders and those who have built so much? Fine, we’ll beat you, then ban you, then shove you out the airlock.”
    The “Boomers” say “Ooh, you’re so mean!”
    (And, of course, this isn’t really wholly a generational issue. Plenty of decent Baby Boomers, plenty of decent Gen X,Y,Zers, some largish number of decent Millennials. But the ones the media chooses to represent each of those… oy vey. *eyeroll* )

    After about an hour, police … arrested about 20-30 diehards who remained.
    See, that should read “Police cited every last one of them as they left the field and dragged off 20-30 unconscious diehards who remained by their feet.”

    the captain of Harvard’s football team supported the protests
    Defensive back Wesley Ogsbury posted a prepared statement
    Oh, so the team supported the disruption? Then DEFINITE forfeit. And forfeit of all home games for the rest of the season.

    I support the students, organizers, and activists mob of rioters
    Congratulations to the young people mob of rioters demanding
    Activism Riots and mobs disrupts the present

    A game that won’t be interrupted by stupid student tricks.
    Oh, there’s likely to be plenty of stupid cadet tricks. They just won’t disrupt the game. 🙂
    (And, hopefully no goats or mules will be harmed – unlike one unfortunate falcon.)

  • Bill Dumanch says:

    If LEO’s had “KENT STATE 70” on their uniforms, would the game re-started earlier?

    Just askin..

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