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February 14, 2013

‘Redskins’ still in the running?

Timetable, options not set on CCS nickname

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Borgstrom said the list of potential replacement names presented to the board from the CCS students was increased from three to five to make sure that enough options were considered.

“It was done to leave us some room, in case some of the options were not appropriate,” he said. “If we change the name, we certainly don’t want to have to ever change it again.”

CCS students took a survey on Feb. 4, selecting their top three choices from a list of 10 names. The name Redskins was not on the ballot despite a previous announcement that it would be there. There was a space for a write-in name, and Redskins did get a number of write-in votes, according to school officials.

Borgstrom also said that the list was not a final list of names the board may consider.

“I don’t know if that was the end of the process,” he said. “We are meeting with the alumni association. If they have a name they want us to consider, we are open to it,” he said.

Hebert said additional suggestions for consideration have been made by people in the community since the meeting. For example, he said more than one individual brought up using the nickname Husky, which was the former Hartwick school mascot.

Borgstrom did not say that the Redskins name is certainly going to change. However, he said he had noticed that the issue was also being discussed on a national level, in regard to the National Football League team, the Washington Redskins, and other sports teams.

“The thing I want to highlight is that the name Redskins came up the other day at the symposium for Native American museum studies,” he said. “They are pretty clear about their position. The (professional) football team is under attack more than ever.”

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