COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Student leaders say Ohio State's marching band won't give out nicknames this year, after the sometimes lewd monikers played a role in the firing of a popular band director.
Jonathan Waters has asked university trustees to reinstate him. He was fired July 24 after a two-month probe concluded he knew about, but failed to stop, a "sexualized" band culture. Waters led the band since 2012.
University President Michael Drake has stood by Waters' firing.
Drum Major David Pettit told The Columbus Dispatch during a media availability with students Thursday that band members are willing to give up some traditions "to have a better image and be a better band." They're also receiving training on sexual harassment and rules for student conduct.
Students generally agreed Waters was pursuing cultural reforms.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.