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Mascot Review Committee to convene
to study mascot and nickname issue
May 11, 2007 --
March 9 meeting of the Board of Trustees of Arkansas State University, ASU-Jonesboro chancellor Dr. Robert L. Potts announced that
he planned to appoint a broadly based committee of constituent
representatives to study the Indian mascot issue. The newly formed
Mascot Review Committee will hold its first meeting Monday, May 14, at
10 a.m. in the Mockingbird Room of the ASU Student Union.
Mr. Jim Pickens, immediate past chair of the ASU Board of Trustees, has
agreed to chair the committee.
The Mascot Review Committee will consider the university’s continued use
of the Indian nickname and mascot to represent ASU’s athletic teams.
Since the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) ban on the use
of Native American nicknames and mascots in post-season tournaments as
of August 2005, and the developments surrounding that ban, an in-depth
review of the mascot issue was deemed necessary by Dr. Potts.
Cross-sections of campus and community leaders have been invited to
participate, and there will be multiple opportunities for input from the
general public, as well.
According to Dr. Potts, committee members will be charged with reviewing
and studying information provided by the NCAA. Information will also be
evaluated from schools which are keeping their Native American mascot
imagery and those schools which have chosen to adopt new imagery. The
committee will objectively evaluate all arguments on this issue, both
pros and cons, and make a recommendation to Potts based on that
evaluation. The committee will meet throughout the summer and into the
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