George Washington University officials have yet to comment on a recent student referendum that called for the end of the university’s “Colonials” mascot, despite the vote occuring almost two months ago.
According to a report by The College Fix, officials at George Washington University have not responded to a recent call to kill the university’s “Colonials” mascot. Breitbart News reported in April that students at George Washington University voted to approve a measure to change the university the mascot. After the measure passed, it was handed off to university administrators for approval.
The students circulated a petition that argued that the “Colonials” mascot was offensive. “We, as students of the George Washington University, believe it is of great exigence that the University changes its official mascot,” the student petition read, “The use of ‘Colonials,’ no matter how innocent the intention, is received as extremely offensive by not only students of the University, but the nation and world at large.”
The university gave a “no comment” to Insider Higher Ed following the vote. GWU did note that it respects the student’s perspective on the harmful nature of the mascot.
“GW students are actively engaged in the world and passionate about the issues important to them, as seen in this recent student vote. University administration has been following the conversation about the university’s nickname. We respect the opinions of our students, however we have no specific comment on the referendum at this time,” the university said in a brief comment.
A student government leader at George Washington University said that she will make sure the mascot controversy is addressed over the course of the next year.
“Over the next academic year, I am excited to work with student leaders to facilitate discussions between students, alumni, staff, and administrators as we consider available options to move forward. Should legislation be brought to the full Senate floor in the next academic year, I will encourage students and members in the GW community to reach out to Senators during their office hours to ensure that your concerns are represented by our elected student leaders,” the student leader said.
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