Lengthy Island College lastly has a brand new nickname, even when some individuals didn’t wish to ditch the previous one.
The varsity, on the verge of merging its Brooklyn and Put up athletic packages, on Wednesday has renamed its staff the Sharks. The nickname beat out Eagles and Falcons in a vote by scholar and alumni.
However there have been many former LIU Brooklyn athletes and alumni that wished to maintain the Blackbirds nickname.
On March 25, a gaggle of 12 former LIU Brooklyn athletes and alumni met with the varsity’s president, Kimberly Cline, to deal with their issues. However she informed them they have been eliminating Blackbirds as a result of they didn’t wish to diminish Put up, and that the college additionally heard from folks that the Blackbird was an offensive racist mascot, a supply, who attended the assembly, informed The Put up’s Zach Braziller.
The group additionally requested Cline why not embrace Blackbirds and Pioneers as a part of the poll, however she stated a advertising and marketing agency the varsity has consulted instructed to wipe the slate clear.
“Lengthy Island College college students and alumni took the chance to set a definite path by selecting the fearsome Shark as our mascot,” LIU athletic director Debbie DeJong stated in a press release. “As we elevate LIU’s campuses right into a single, stronger Division I program, we’ll be part of collectively proudly as Sharks.”