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Tufts crew belongs on the water, not sidelined for bad puns

The Tufts University crew team will be on the river this weekend for the New England Rowing Championships, not in some penalty box designed by a coach who can’t differentiate between governing students’ actions for safety purposes and restricting students’ attempts at humor. Wisely, the university administration has overruled the coach’s grounding of the team.

The flap centers on tank tops inscribed with the phrase “check out our cox,’’ a not-so-knee-slapping reference to both male genitalia and the coxswain who directs the rowers. The ribald shirts worn by crew team members offended some people at the college’s recent spring fling.

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