PULLMAN, Wash. --- Washington State University has been in the news recently and not for good reasons, but students say they will rise above it.
Back in July, a fight erupted at a house party which lead to two Washington State football players being booked and eventually being released.
Two more players were charged with assault in separate incidences including one outside a Dominoes near campus.
But the players have not been the only students on campus in trouble this semester.
A fraternity, Delta Upsilon, has been recently suspended after allegations of date rape.
But even with all the press, students at the football game against the University of Idaho say the community will always rise above it.
One fan said there are two sides to every story.
“We love WSU through and through. I mean you hope for the best. And you hope that when Leach recruits these guys, and Coach Joe recruits these guys, that they're bringing in the best. Not only the best athlete or the best student, but the best person. I think the media should focus not just on WSU football players but who else was in the fight. These WSU players aren’t fighting each other," Joe said.
Max and Auston are students at Washington State.
“This is definitely the best school in the PAC 12," Max said.
We are here for academics. We are not here to fight or do miscellaneous things," Auston said.
Max say he admits the school has seen better days.
“We obviously want safety for the student body. I think everybody wants to make sure campus is safe. Everybody wants to make sure campus is a good place to be," Max said.
But for the both them, they say being a Coug goes deeper than the negativity.
Auston says that as a community, the Cougs will always break through the trying times.
“When something happens, instead of kind of separating, we kind of pull together and become part of something bigger. Because, it’s all about being a family being a Coug. You know? Wave the Flag," Auston said.
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