Colgate Drops Red From Raiders
Aug. 16, 2001
HAMILTON, N.Y. (AP) _ Just call them the Raiders.
The Colgate University Board of Trustees has ruled that the university will drop the ``Red'' from its sports logo, effective immediately.
Colgate officials said the decision was made to move away from the racial stereotype because it may be ``offensive to the general public in ways that undermine the institution's values and commitments.'' A committee on athletics comprised of students, faculty and staff made the recommendation.
The nickname Red Raiders was originally coined by Dexter Teed, former sports information director at the university, as a reference to the new maroon uniforms of the unbeaten, unscored-upon 1932 football team. But later associations for many years created references to Native American caricatures and mascots.
The university dropped its Indian mascot in the early 1970s.