January 23, 2009
A 'Hail' of a Note
Having your official college song banned is a little like "having your baby shot in front of you," says Carl Olson, a Pomona College alumnus.
Pomona's president, David W. Oxtoby, struck "Hail, Pomona, Hail!" from the college's commencement last spring based on accusations that it may have been written for a blackface minstrel show produced by students in 1910. The resurfacing of that oft-ignored assertion caused a campuswide brouhaha that fed local journalists for days. When the ban