Winter Break Update: Yale A Cappella Group Attacked in San Francisco; One Student Seriously Injured

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New Year's Eve ended with a brawl for Yale's all-male a cappella group, the Baker's Dozen, whose private San Francisco performance (their last song was "The Star-Spangled Banner") was followed by a beatdown. The attack began when two party crashers started hurling antigay slurs, then continued after midnight when two vans full of young local men attacked the singers on their way out of the party.

One student singer had to be flown to New York for emergency reconstructive surgery on his jaw, which will be wired shut for eight weeks. His father, a Manhattan banker, has fired back at San Fran on his son's behalf, making calls to the local mayor's office and the police chief and hiring a law firm to keep pressure on police to solve the puzzle, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Searching for an explanation, The Yale Daily News argues the singers' formal wear provoked the attack, as did "the fact that they are not from San Francisco." But local reports suggest a simmering rivalry between San Francisco prep schools also played a role.

An IvyGate commenter points out that, though a cappella in general isn't known for rowdiness and trouble causing, the Baker's Dozen is. Between 1998 and 2003, the group sparked 28 complaints to New Haven police for trouble caused in its off-campus house, and in 2003 neighbors got so fed up they banded together to try to get the guys evicted. "Either at home [or] on tour," the commenter writes, "I give them the greatest chance of any student group in the Ivy League of engaging in a brawl."