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article imageUSC, UCLA rivalry taken up a colorful notch

By Sandy Sand     Nov 28, 2009 in Sports
Oh, those kids! Crosstown, uptown, downtown, neighboring city sports rivalry has been a tradition since the beginning of sports competitions, and this year USC students took it up a notch.
Some call them “pranksters,” but police are considering the unknown persons who splashed red and gold paint on UCLA’s bear, felony vandals for defacing the coveted UCLA statue.
Perhaps going to a private university, such as USC and paying huge tuitions makes students smarter, because while UCLA protected its bear with plastic and duct tape that any five-year-old could cut through with a dull, blunt-end plastic scissors, at USC they stood vigil over Tommy Trojan to keep him safe during rivalry week.
One USC student probably said it the best:
"Part of me is pleased, it's their comeuppance," said Madison Ainley, a 22-year-old junior and philanthropy director of the Trojan Knights. "Last year, they got us. But the tradition is about sportsmanship and athletics, and pranks don't fall under that. Wink! Wink!"
Wink, wink is right. But one unidentified maintenance worker at UCLA said he hasn’t seen this much damage to the bear in 10 years. He said that this year is the worst, because the “pranksters” used oil-based paint, which took three times as long to remove as water-based paint.
After tonight’s game the traditional rivalry week -- known to UCLA as Beat ‘SC Week and to UCLA as Troy Week will be over for another year, and the winner will go home with the Victory Bell, which as sat for the past year in front of the life-size Tommy Trojan statue on the USC campus.
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