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

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.

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