So the golf team posts a picture of themselves posing nude covering their um, shafts, with their uh, “shafts”. Okay, what’s the big deal, dumbass college kids do dumbass things?
Well, the team captain’s name? Jack Hiscock.
As far as the “Big deal”, well, they’re an officially college-sanctioned organization, so the school (a Lutheran college) feels it reflects poorly upon them that people representing them acted in a way that they wouldn’t approve of. Call it a case of “The Cobbler’s children have no shoes.” Except that the cobler is a priest. And his children are golfers.
Yeah, i can’t get too worked up about this. They attend a private, religious institution that is very clear about the sort of values that it wants to encourage.
The Student Conduct section of the Student Handbook (PDF) specifically prohibits “disorderly, lewd or indecent conduct” (p. 128), as well as “lewd exposure of the body done with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desire of any person” (p. 129). The fact that the guys specifically identified themselves as a Bethany College sports team means that it was quite reasonable of the college to interpret their actions as being in violation of the college rules.
While i’m not at all offended by what they did, and think it’s sort of amusing (if not very original), it’s actually sort of refreshing to see that the college really does put its values before the success of its sports programs. The team, according to this article, is “nationally ranked” and “has won 11 of the last 15 KCAC championships,” so it’s not like this suspension is a hollow gesture.