“I understand why they’re doing it, but it’s part of the heritage of Miami and by doing away with it they’re losing history,” said Miami sophomore Taylor Lewis. Ray Mock, executive director of the Miami University Alumni Association, said his office has gotten a handful of e-mails from alumni expressing disappointment.
Stores on and off campus may not sell merchandise with the logo on it once their current stock is gone.
The university also could decide to remove renderings of the Indian head in athletic venue and around campus in the future, Tron said. Athletic Director Brad Bates said he is unaware of discussions, but said the issue is not off the table.
Bobbe Burke, coordinator for off-campus affairs and Miami Tribe relations, said some students felt the use of the heritage mark in athletic venues and some apparel sent mixed messages after the banning of the “Scalp Song” at athletic contests. Burke said she hoped by further restricting the logo’s use, the message will be clearer for students.
“If they’re going to get rid of it, it needs to be completely or it’s being hypocritical to have it on campus but not have it on shirts,” student Lewis said.