Another a cappella concert, another bloody, bone-crunching battle royale. The details are shaky in most reports of this bizarre Ivy news from the West Coast, but it started after the Baker’s Dozen, an all-male a cappella group from Yale, performed at a house party in San Francisco: As the singers were leaving, they were attacked by a group of young locals.
The idea of an a cappella showdown seems funny, until you realize these weren’t sportsmanlike fisticuffs: at least one student had a concussion, and Sharyar Aziz ’10 was rushed to New York for reconstructive surgery on his jaw. According to local ABC news, kids from the area — including one Richard Aicardi, the son of a prominent doctor — had started calling the singers “fags” during the party and saying “You’re not welcome here.” Allegedly, Aicardi then called in his friends, who proved to the world they could beat up a group of a cappella singers. The YDN reports:
Reno Rapagnani, the owner of the house in which the party took place, said the violence seemed to erupt over a dispute between two rival college preparatory schools, St. Ignatius and Sacred Heart. The party was hosted by Rapagnani’s daughter Rose and Stephanie Soderborg ’09, both St. Ignatius alumni. Graduates from Sacred Heart interrupted the event, harassing members of the Baker’s Dozen for their formal dress and for the fact that they are not from San Francisco.
At least now we all know one thing: Dick Aicardi is hard, what with his moneyed pedigree, private school eduation, and ability to break a freshman troubador’s jaw. Way to go, dude. The San Franciso police are supposedly investigating, after coming under fire for letting the assailants off. More on this as it comes in; for now, recoil at some bloody pix after the jump.
(P.S. What is it with Yale a cappella groups and ill-fated West Coast tours?)