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Posted March 28, 2008

Jennifer Gilderman
Copy Editor
Marilee Lorusso
Sports Editor

The notion of school spirit and cheering at university athletic events has become a hot topic recently.

So much that it has brought on attention from national media outlets.

Athletes receiving threats on their Facebook profiles or having to change their phone numbers after receiving calls from disgruntled fans are not uncommon occurrences. Even worse, family members of some college athletes are harassed, and in extreme cases have had to hire personal security guards.

Fortunately at the University of La Verne, student-athletes and their families have not faced such extreme ridicule or dangers experienced by members of more high-profile college teams.

Yet fans of the Leopards have begun to look over their shoulders. Not for flying concessions, but for administrators waiting to pull them from the stands.

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