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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

P.C. Warriors

Posted By on Tue, Mar 20, 2007 at 1:20 PM

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Hendrix College kept the name Warriors for its athletic teams but did away with Native American imagery in 2001, as most other colleges have done (Arkansas State University is a particularly bull-headed exception; you'd think they had a winning image to protect or something.)

But now Hendrix College has a new mascot, unveiled today. As a news release notes, "The new image draws on a classic, barbaric vision of a warrior, including leather armor and face-painting – in white, black and Hendrix orange." Said President Timothy Cloyd:

“We know that changing a college mascot can be a sensitive matter, especially for students and alumni who have fond memories of their college days. Yet, we also know that it is important that we respect the beliefs and traditions of Native Americans and other ethnic groups,” President Cloyd said. “We believe the new images we’re sharing today will represent Hendrix well. We expect the image to evolve over time, and believe that it is a mascot we can be proud to have associated with Hendrix athletics.”

 

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