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Keep "Utah Man" fight song lyrics unchanged

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We, the students, faculty, alumni, administration, community and friends of the University of Utah, hereby call on President Pershing and the ASUU to refrain from altering the University of Utah fight song, "Utah Man".

In doing so, we unequivocally affirm our support for all genders, races, ethnicities, and peaceful systems of belief. Consistent with Oxford Dictionary definition of "Man" #2: "A human being of either sex; a person", we believe each supporter of the University of Utah can consider themselves a "Utah Man" - similar to the whole of mankind being covered under "men" in such documents as the Declaration of Independence. We encourage all to sing this school song in a spirit of unity and pride in support of our great University.

On issues of "inclusion" we also admonish student government to avoid exclusivity in their decision-making and to cast the widest net of student voices. Simply put: put these issues to a student body vote. We also encourage an open dialogue with alumni and the broader University community.

Finally, we believe that anyone voting on potential changes to the U. fight song should be required to prove that they actually know the lyrics by heart and have sung it in at least one U. sporting event.

Please show your support and Go Utes!

Ki Yi!

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