A Pennsylvania College Thought This 'Crusader' Mascot Was Too Offensive
A Pennsylvania university is dropping "Crusaders" from its nickname and changing its mascot in order to be more "welcoming and inclusive."
After 90 years as the Crusaders, Susquehanna University athletic teams will now be known as the Squirrels following a student poll.
The school's president cited "growing concern and sensitivity" in a video explaining the decision.
According to Gateway Pundit, the professor-president said that the former mascot was associated with the "historical reality" of violence against Muslims during the Crusades of the Middle Ages.
She added that when discussing the Crusades in her history classes, the reaction among students had been “increasingly uncomfortable" in thoughts on “Crusader” being the school mascot.
Students and alumni have been deriding the move.
— The Dude (@KevinStudlley) October 27, 2015
if Susquehanna changes the school mascot to a squirrel or something equivalent I'm mailing my diploma back..
— TB (@TaraAnn717) October 27, 2015
Susquehanna changing our mascot is giving me a real case of identity crisis.
— Tyler Menz (@TyMenz33) October 27, 2015
My two questions about Susquehanna's mascot change: 1.) Will Crusader-themed apparel be significantly discounted at the bookstore?
— C. Conrad (@CConrad78710) October 27, 2015
It remains to be seen if the school newspaper will change its name to "The Squirrel."