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Old 06-08-2013, 12:38 AM   #1
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My alma-mater is going through some similar BS as the Redskins.

Evidently, having "Pioneers" as a mascot is offensive to Native Americans.

Among the names they're considering:
The University of Denver Elk
The University of Denver Jackelope
The University of Denver Mountain Climbers

Might not be so bad if the alternatives weren't so horrid.

http://www.denverpost.com/colleges/c...er-controversy
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Old 06-08-2013, 02:28 AM   #2
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Old 06-08-2013, 04:32 AM   #3
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No kidding. You're telling me 'Pioneers' is an offensive mascot/nickname. What's worse is that I have a hard time believing DU is even considering changing it. Next you will be hearing 'Packers' is offensive to gays.
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A couple of years ago the NCAA, attempted to force my school to change our name from the tribe. It out of control.
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If you read the article, it isn't about changing from the pioneers. It's just about how they are trying to find a new mascot, but don't want to bring back Boone. Not sure why Boone is considered even remotely offensive though.
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If you read the article, it isn't about changing from the pioneers. It's just about how they are trying to find a new mascot, but don't want to bring back Boone. Not sure why Boone is considered even remotely offensive though.
Boone is at the center of the controversy, but they're considering a whole new mascot all together.
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Boone is at the center of the controversy, but they're considering a whole new mascot all together.
Yes. Like their current mascot, a hawk. Though they are still called the pioneers. Nowhere in that article is there any mention of changing the name from Pioneers, just that they want a new mascot because nobody likes the hawk.

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Old 06-08-2013, 07:49 PM   #10
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Yes. Like their current mascot, a hawk. Though they are still called the pioneers. Nowhere in that article is there any mention of changing the name from Pioneers, just that they want a new mascot because nobody likes the hawk.
You may be right, I'm not sure. I re-read the article and saw this line:

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So now I'm confused. As long we're still called the DU Pioneers, I'm fine. If we become the DU Elk, etc, I will be pretty upset. If it's purely a mascot thing, they can trot Dinger out there for all I care. But the name is pretty important to me.
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I was upset when they baned the chant. It was the only thing that made the school stand out from the others.



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What about the DU Fluffy Bunnies and in the NFL the Washington Butterflies? I ****ing hate this.bull**** political correctness in this country. Also who is doing the complaining about these names? Aren't there only like 12 actual indians left? Pretty sure early settlers did a good job taking their land and killing them all.

****ing whiny people and their hurt feelings.
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Also who is doing the complaining about these names? Aren't there only like 12 actual indians left? Pretty sure early settlers did a good job taking their land and killing them all.
there are quite a few actually. a whole bunch have been relegated to living in shanty towns called reservations though so whitey doesn't really co-mingle with a whole lot of them.
between this and the Japan thread, it seems like a couple racists have done a decent job outing themselves.

I think the name/mascot change is dumb, btw.
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there are quite a few actually. a whole bunch have been relegated to living in shanty towns called reservations though so whitey doesn't really co-mingle with a whole lot of them.
between this and the Japan thread, it seems like a couple racists have done a decent job outing themselves.

I think the name/mascot change is dumb, btw.
Pretty sure he was being sarcastic.
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Pretty sure he was being sarcastic.
Didn't seem like it to me

I'm pretty sure he was being a insensitive, racist a-hole.
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I had not heard of this, I'm glad you said something. I too am a proud Pioneer. This sucks.
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What I don't get about this DU controversy is why the name "Pioneers" can't be kept. To be honest, I don't really care about the Boone mascot specifically. When I went there we had Ruckus the eagle.


If they want to retire Boone for good, fine. But the word "Pioneers" isn't racist at all. Why can't we be the Pioneers?
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What I don't get about this DU controversy is why the name "Pioneers" can't be kept. To be honest, I don't really care about the Boone mascot specifically. When I went there we had Ruckus the eagle.
If they want to retire Boone for good, fine. But the word "Pioneers" isn't racist at all. Why can't we be the Pioneers?

I remember Ruckus, not boone.
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I remember Ruckus, not boone.
You probably didn't go to games, then. Otherwise you would have heard the "bring back Boone" chants at every sports match.
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You probably didn't go to games, then. Otherwise you would have heard the "bring back Boone" chants at every sports match.

Had hockey season tickets for 4 years, still don't recall that. There's a good chance I wasn't paying attention, though.
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Had hockey season tickets for 4 years, still don't recall that. There's a good chance I wasn't paying attention, though.
How far were you from the student section?

They got rid of Boone in like 1997. Around 2008, the alumni association bucked the new administration by pooling money to get an unofficial Boone mascot. Just recently, the school decided not to let the mascot come to games.

From 1997 until today there were always "bring back Boone" chants. Around 2010 is when it became a preeminent at games.

I had student-section season tickets (almost exactly behind the south goal - Pios shoot twice) in 2009 and 2011... and attended about a third the games in 2010 (Spent a good chunk of that year in the Netherlands).

I don't recall ever not hearing it.
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There's a lot of money to be made in publicity. I'm sure it's just some equal rights groups taking advantage of these situations.

Why aren't they changing the Army mascot? Black Knights is offensive to White Knights everywhere.
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At NMSU, there is talk of getting rid of Pistol Pete cuz of the whole gun thing.
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At NMSU, there is talk of getting rid of Pistol Pete cuz of the whole gun thing.
There's also talk of banning the state of florida because it resembles a gun....


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