Oregon State University fans will be blacking out Reser Stadium this football season.
After weeks of controversy, Oregon State University President Edward Ray sent out a letter Thursday telling students to dress in all black to the Oct. 20 game against Utah and the Nov. 17 game against Cal.
"This simple act sends a profound message: That we are united as a community and that those who engage in behavior that is hurtful to others will not deter us from taking this next step in appropriately living our values," Ray said in the letter.
It's been five years since OSU had a blackout game. The university decided to bring back the tradition this year but briefly canceled the plans after concerns that a few insensitive costumes could ruin it for everybody.
After a 2007 blackout game, the Daily Barometer ran a photo showing a white OSU student painted head to toe in black wearing a wig. Offended students protested outside Reser Stadium saying the image evoked vaudeville entertainers who performed in blackface.
Today, students said they're happy the tradition is back.
"It's one of our school colors and it's something we can wear proudly and doesn't have to be associated racially," said freshman Jordon Craine.
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Thursday, July 31 2014 11:57 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:57:19 GMT
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