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Wednesday, May 14, 2003 Nihil Obstat didn't go to UMass
A trustworthy source indicates that UMass-Amherst Chancellor John Lombardi, recently arrived from Gator-happy U of Florida, is the driving force behind the bid to change the Minuteman mascot.
The spelling of the headline on this alumni magazine account of his installation suggests UMass' education dollars might be better spent.
The chancellor, in any event, is more than welcome to don the ears below.
An article at FrontPage Magazine today lambastes the "leftist" assault on the Minuteman, while a state senator has filed legislation that would make the Minuteman the official UMass mascot.
Phoenix Design Works, the firm brought in to consult on the UMass logo, has been doing a booming business redesigning college athletic symbols. Their work looks largely the same at school after school, and is trotted out with much the same corporate blather.
"New Saluki logos offer modern identity," is the headline on this spiel from Southern Illinois. And here's the new fast-action Saint Bernard at Siena.
Kudos to the UMass Crew, which continues to row under the venerable nickname of "Aggies." (Radcliffe likewise lives on in the name of its crew, which continues to race in black, not Harvard crimson. Tradition is a wonderful thing.)