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Southeast Missouri State Taking 'PC' Route for Mascot, Nickname

MARCH 25, 2004 - Posted at 8:41 a.m. CDT

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - Southeast Missouri State may soon be looking for a new nickname and mascot, and is taking suggestions for both. 

The Southeast Missourian Newspaper in Cape Girardeau reports that a campus committee that is studying the issue has created a Web page to solicit suggestions.

The page is on the university's Web site at www.2.semo.edu/urelations/mascot

The school's National Alumni Council, Student Government and the Booster Club board have all recommended the school retire its Indian nicknames and adopt a new nickname and mascot.  A decision is expected this summer.

Supporters of the change say the Indian and Otahkian nicknames are offensive to American Indians.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

 

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