Through a open records request under the Government Records Access and Management Act, The Salt Lake Tribune received copies of the about 1,300 comments from students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members regarding possible changes to "Utah Man" school fight song. The U. redacted names of current students under FERPA concerns. Here is a selection of comments the U. received.
"The beloved tradition of gender inequality is all too pervasive in our culture, the University of Utah should consistently strive to depart from that tradition."
— Alumnus Eric Smith
"I think the fight song should be changed. It was written at a time when this university was a totally different place. We need to remember that our fight song reflects the school and all of its students, so if the words resonate poorly with any subset of students, then we need to re-evaluate those words."
— Jenna Mae Goodrum
"Singing the fight song with my peers made me feel even closer to my university community — except every time I had to declare myself a "Utah man."
— Alumna Valery Pozo
"My grandfather was one of the first cheerleaders at the U., and at his funeral we all sang the fight song."
— Stephen Moody
"Ever since I was a fair coed in the 1960s, I have always thought it strange to sing, "I am a Utah man." If the University of Utah had started out as a women’s college whose "fight song" began, "I am a Utah woman and I live across the green," you can be sure that, as soon as men were let in, the words would have changed instantly, because no man, then or now, wants to sing, "I am a Utah woman." It’s just as absurd for a female to proclaim in song or otherwise, "I am a Utah man."
— Almuna Betty Schoeffler
"Please remember that the majority cannot and should not be expected to speak for the minority or even empathize with a minority opinion... A fight song should unite a fan base rather than divide it. Utah Man has failed at that basic mission."
— Current studentNext Page >
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