Alumni support didn't drop after mascot change
Friday, February 20, 2004

Opponents of mascot changes often say alumni support will drop but that didn't happen at Miami University in Ohio.

The Miami Nation opposed the school's "Redskins" mascot. After it was changed to the Redhawks, the school had its best fund-raising year ever.

The Eastern Michigan University was worried about finances too. But few alumni complain now that the "Huron" mascot was dropped for the Eagles.

Alumni support is generally strong to keep Indian-themed symbols and imagery. The University of Illinois' Chief Illiniwek mascot is up for review next month by the school's board of trustees.

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