Valparaiso U. Drops Crusader as Mascot, Citing Ties to Hate Groups
Valparaiso University, which is known for the biggest ups and downs in the history of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament by a mid-major athletic program, announced Thursday that it was determined to link the Crusaders to their ties to hate groups Leaving as a mascot. And violence.
in Video posted on facebook By private university, which is in Indiana and Affiliated with the Lutheran ChurchThe university’s interim president and student body president said that the Crusader mascot had developed a negative connotation and that it no longer reflected the institution’s values.
The university, whose name is often short for Valpo, adopted the Crusaders as their mascot in 1942, a gesture to the Christian conquest of the Holy Land from the 11th century to the 13th century that piled European invaders with Muslims Had done it. The mascot costume has a suit of armor, a helmet and a shield.
A new mascot has yet to be announced by the university, becoming the latest notable entry in the list of professional sports franchises and collegiate athletic programs – led by Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians and the NFL’s Washington football team – Team names amid nationwide protests over such symbols.
The university’s interim president, Colette Irwin-Knott, said in the video that the Crusader mascot had been under investigation during the past few decades, “because it may be associated with aggressive religious persecution and violence.”
“Unfortunately, the Crusaders and its symbols are related to the Crusades and displayed by hate groups,” Ms. Irwin-Knott said. “In fact, one of KRK’s newspapers bears the name The Crusaders, and that’s not something we want to associate with Valparaso University in any way.”
Deadly siege of white supremacists in US Capitol during last month He was brought with him his version of the Crusader Cross, Which has become popular among racist and anti-Semitic forces. It was not immediately clear whether that element of the attack contributed to the university’s decision to retire the Crusaders as their mascots.
Ms. Irwin-Knott said the change was recommended by a task force of university stakeholders convened during the fall semester, along with the Faculty Senate and Student Senate.
Student body president Katil Stanhiser said in the video that many students were eager to see the Crusaders retire.
“Steinheiser said,” Mascots aim to help show our school spirit and represent Valpo values rather than division. “” There is a growing concern of students on campus about how the current Crusader mascot represents us, as well as how this may affect the views of future students of our university. “
Valparaiso is not the first higher educational institution to grapple with the Crusader mascot.
In 2000, Wheaton College in Illinois Saw the crusader as his mascot. But the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., Decided after a review in 2018 Living with the name crusaders. At the time, the president of the Holy Cross stated that the Crusaders’ definition of the college was based on a “contemporary understanding of the term, which suggests a great effort to support a cause, correct a wrong, or make a difference.” “
Valparaiso’s most victorious playing moment came in the opening round of the 1998 NCAA men’s basketball tournament when the Crusaders, a No. 13 seed, Mississippi, a No. 4 seed, reached the final buzzer. 3-pointer by Bryce Drew. This is known as shot.