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.