Marquette backtracks, drops 'Gold' nickname
Marquette made a dumb move in 1994 when they changed their name from the popular "Warriors" to the lame "Golden Eagles." Instead of fixing that problem asap, they chose to suffer with a name that no one liked and everybody loved to hate for 11 years, until they finally responded to the outcry 2 weeks ago and announced that the University would again be changing its mascot. Better late than never, right? You'd think so, but not if the plan was to change the nickname to something even dumber than the "Golden Eagles."
And in this case it was dumber - way dumber. The University decided to ignore the facts that 92% of alumni identified with the name "Warriors" and that 76% of the alumni found the name "Warriors" to be consistent with the University's mission, and instead chose the name "Marquette Gold."
After widespread public outrage, University officials decided that "Gold" was one name they weren't ready to suffer with for another 11 years, and they announced that they had changed their minds and that they would not be changing their nickname to the "Gold."
Instead, the University has decided to compound their error with yet another STUPID idea - they're holding a "vote" for the new name, over the internet. In a press release to the Marquette community, University officials have declared:
There will also be a write-in option, presented with the parameters that votes for Warriors will not be counted, and that all write-in's must be consistent with both our Jesuit, Catholic mission and the Board resolution on Native American imagery.
That's right - the name that over 90% of the alumni approve of won't be an option. Never mind the fact that this whole mess is afoot only because they changed that name 11 years ago. Never mind the fact that there isn't a damned thing offensive about the name.
University officials made a bad decision 11 years ago, causing them to make yet another bad decision two weeks ago in an attempt to solve that problem. Rather than stick with that bad decision, they backtrack, looking about as decisive as a kitty in a room full of catnip. And for what? To not solve the problem again? It's one thing to come out and say "we made a mistake, we're going to pick the name everyone wants, "Warriors." It's quite another to look spineless and wishy-washy while offering a spineless and wishy-washy solution.
It has to make you wonder, just who is holding the reigns over there?
Marquette alumni need to send a message to the school and its "leadership" by politely responding with "I'm sorry - I only give to the Marquette Warriors" the next time they come calling for a donation.
Posted by jkhat at May 11, 2005 06:22 PM
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|# May 12th, 2005 2:45 AM kris|
|I've come to kind of fancy the Gold. I think it has potential. |
|# May 15th, 2005 9:51 PM danobindy|
|Re: Marquette Warriors
Chicago Tribune—June 14, 1902, page 20
LIFE OF MARQUETTE
Professor Thwaites tells how the young Jesuit, born of a warrior father and a mother descended from a race of religious educators, realized the dreams of his youth by being sent by his society to the utmost confines of the unknown West to labor for the salvation of the heathen.
(The book referred to in the Chicago Tribune article was written by Professor Reuben Gold Thwaites, secretary of the Wisconsin State Historical society)
Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
MARQUETTE, JACQUES, Jesuit, missionary; b. at Laon, France, on 10 June 1637; d. in the territory of the Illinois Indians, near the present day Luddington, Michigan, 18 May 1675.
The son of Nicolas Marquette, seigneur of Tombelles and councillor of Laon, and of his second wife, Rose de La Salle, Jacques Marquette descended from two distinguished families of warriors and officials, his father’s being one of the most ancient and prominent in the Laon district.