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Simon Fraser University Drops Clan Nickname

August 13, 2020 - 08:57 AM

Facing pressure from students and the local community, Simon Fraser University announced on Wednesday it is retiring its nickname, the Clan, effective immediately. “As a university, our number one duty is to foster a supportive environment for our students,” university president and vice chancellor Andrew Petter said in a statement.

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Scots seems like a reasonable alternative here.

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Not sure where Simon Fraser's ancestry is in Scotland but Highlanders could work too.

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Seems a little silly to me that Clan spelled with a "C" would be confused with the KKK, but if there are actually people who have been confused by it then good call. 

 

The already suggested Scots and Highlanders would be great. Gaels seems to work for a number of colleges. Could take from NFL Europe and go with Claymores (always thought that was an awesome name). Other Scottish related nicknames could be Thistles, Guardians (less overt, but a reference to the Scottish "guardian thistle"), or Tartans.

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1 hour ago, Maroon said:

Seems a little silly to me that Clan spelled with a "C" would be confused with the KKK, but if there are actually people who have been confused by it then good call. 

 

The already suggested Scots and Highlanders would be great. Gaels seems to work for a number of colleges. Could take from NFL Europe and go with Claymores (always thought that was an awesome name). Other Scottish related nicknames could be Thistles, Guardians (less overt, but a reference to the Scottish "guardian thistle"), or Tartans.

 

I'm no English major, but i think they're pronounced the same. 

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29 minutes ago, shaydre1019 said:

 

I'm no English major, but i think they're pronounced the same. 

 

Right. But the word "Clan" is and has always meant something different than the KKK to many other cultures and people. It's not as if actual Scottish clans need to start reconsidering what they refer to themselves as because another group used a similar sounding word. The use of "Klan" by the KKK does not make all actual clans in this world affiliated or associated with the KKK.


But, again, if enough people were getting confused then it was a good call to change the name.

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As a former SFU student I always thought the name was dumb and should have been 'Highlanders'. It keeps the exact same Scottish connection as well as highlights the fact that the school is inconveniently located on top of a mountain.

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46 minutes ago, ManillaToad said:

Lol wtf?

 

Try reading it again.  I suspect you might understand the words at some point.

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Having worked a few Simon Fraser games... the Clan name always felt a little... off.

 

I think the choice makes sense. Thought it makes me think of the Michael Bolton joke from Office Space. 

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Also an SFU alumn. Promise most people at the school were unaware of the team's name. We're in last in nearly every men's sport and our women's teams are not exactly winning championships either 

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2 hours ago, Maroon said:

 

Right. But the word "Clan" is and has always meant something different than the KKK to many other cultures and people. It's not as if actual Scottish clans need to start reconsidering what they refer to themselves as because another group used a similar sounding word. The use of "Klan" by the KKK does not make all actual clans in this world affiliated or associated with the KKK.


But, again, if enough people were getting confused then it was a good call to change the name.

 

You could say the same about swastikas, but I think that any western team using one for a logo would have felt the need to change.

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1 hour ago, -kj said:

 

Try reading it again.  I suspect you might understand the words at some point.

You were right I reread it a bunch and after the 15th try I finally understand that we notched another W against racism by pretending the word "clan" has racist implications.

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37 minutes ago, KJTALBOT said:

MOD EDIT: Not getting into that here.

 

MOD EDIT: Not getting into that here.

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