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William & Mary fans will get feathers to protest logo switch

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  • Robert Schmidt
    http://content.hamptonroads.com/story.cfm?story=135622&ran=142245 William & Mary fans will get feathers to protest logo switch By CHRISTOPHER A. VITO, The
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 30, 2007
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      William & Mary fans will get feathers to protest logo switch

      By CHRISTOPHER A. VITO, The Virginian-Pilot
      © October 27, 2007

      Staff members at William and Mary's student-run newspaper will distribute
      green and gold feathers to fans attending today's homecoming game against
      Massachusetts at Zable Stadium.

      Nick Fitzgerald, executive editor of the Virginia Informer, said the
      feathers are meant to foster team pride while protesting the NCAA's
      decision to have them removed from the Tribe's athletics logo.

      An NCAA ruling last year found the imagery used in the athletics logos of
      several colleges and universities - including William and Mary's - to be
      "hostile and abusive" to Native Americans.

      In response, W&M removed the two feathers from its logo last fall.
      Fitzgerald said the move angered alumni and students.

      "I'd say most of the student body agrees that the decision was flawed," he
      said. "We know alumni were bothered by it, too."

      That's why the feathers were produced with funds from the editorially
      independent newspaper and from alumni interested in the cause.

      W&M spokesman Brian Whitson said other student groups have made similar
      gestures.

      "The newspaper's staff members, like other students, are free to express
      themselves how they wish," Whitson said.

      When reached Friday, an NCAA spokesman said the organization would not
      comment on homecoming activities at individual schools.

      "The issue with us is whether or not the institutions will continue to have
      any Native American imagery as part of their athletics programs," NCAA
      spokesman Bob Williams said. "We don't see fit to get involved with a
      student newspaper's intentions or any homecoming matters."

      Whitson said W&M had planned to unveil a redesigned athletics logo to
      coincide with homecoming weekend. That date has been bumped to aid the
      "resolution of legal and trademark issues," he said.

      Christopher A. Vito, (757) 446-2630, christopher.vito@...
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