VALPARAISO, Ind. — Valparaiso College introduced Thursday that it’s dropping the crew title Crusaders, the varsity mascot and all logos related to the time period that it stated has been embraced by hate teams.
The choice comes after a decadeslong debate that had intensified just lately as a result of teams such because the Ku Klux Klan started utilizing the symbols and phrases. The varsity’s college and scholar senates every handed resolutions calling for the change and the college’s alumni board of administrators supported reassessing the appropriateness of the crew title.
The Crusades had been a collection of bloody spiritual wars beginning within the eleventh century between Christians and Muslims. For years, Valpo’s mascot has been a helmeted determine in fake armor.
“The damaging connotation and violence related to the Crusader imagery should not reflective of Valpo’s mission and values, which promote a welcoming and inclusive neighborhood,” interim president Colette Irwin-Knott stated. “That is the choice that finest displays our values and neighborhood.”
President-elect Jose D. Padilla will oversee a committee that may take into account adopting a brand new crew title and mascot for the three,100-student, Lutheran college situated in northwest Indiana. Padilla is scheduled to take over as president March 1.
Scholar president Kaitlyn Steinhiser stated the scholar senate believed the varsity mascot ought to signify the college’s values and assist create college spirit.
“The Crusader doesn’t do this successfully,” she stated.
Irwin-Knott stated Valparaiso is following the lead of different universities, which even have dropped Crusaders.
“Valpo is and all the time has been a faith-based establishment, and we need to be certain that our symbolism is in alignment with our beliefs and speaks to the core values of the Lutheran ethos,” she stated. “At Valpo, we try to hunt fact, serve generously and domesticate hope. We don’t imagine having the Crusader as our mascot portrays these values.”