Ryan Miosek, a 1997 CCS graduate and president of the Cooperstown Alumni Association, said that his group’s primary concern is not the name change itself, but the process in which the board appeared to be making a decision without consulting the alumni or the greater community.
“I want to make it clear that the alumni association does not take sides on this issue, and is not voicing support or opposition on one side or the other,” he said. “Our problem was with the process. The fact that the alumni association had not been consulted or the board had not taken the time to get us involved and add our voices to the discussion bothered us.”
“It felt like they had mandated that the name was going to change,” he added.
Since the initial news broke, however, Miosek said he has received some outreach from the board.
Miosek said he and association vice president, Chad Welsh, have been moderating the comments on the group’s Facebook page, and wanted to make sure that the community is well represented in the national press.
“You are going to have people react and voice their opinion,” he said. “That is Cooperstown. I think you are going to have a lot of well-thought-out reaction and opinions on both sides of the issue.
“I don’t want people to get a bad idea about Cooperstown,” he continued. “People around the country, and even internationally, should know that we are having a reasonable discussion about this issue. I hope the people in Cooperstown are seen as being leaders on this issue.”
Miosek also had praise for the students on both sides.
“I think it is great that the students brought this up. It is a testament to our students. I commend them for standing up and saying ‘this is wrong,”’ he said.