As a veteran of an old-school marching band, I have fond memories of Hell Week and welcoming new band geeks with various rituals and traditions. Times have changed a lot since then. Younger generations of college kids are far more sensitive than we were, and apparently the rituals have gotten far more twisted than we ever dared to attempt. I blame reality TV...
At UW-L, we played hard and partied harder - but it was all in the name of having fun. We never forced anyone to do anything they really didn't want to do. Here's yet another opportunity to throw the "we're better than you" card at 'the' UW (Madison):
UW Marching Band On Probation
I know I'm old when the quote "those darn kids" comes to mind!