The Utah fight song, which has been a staple at school events for more than 100 years, could officially be changed.
Student legislators at Utah voted Tuesday to change the song because of a couple phrases opponents said were antiquated and offensive. The phrases, "I am a Utah man" and "our coeds are the fairest" could be changed to "I am a Utah fan" and "our students are the brightest."
"I think this fight song is setting a standard. It's allowing hurtful speech to be perpetrated," Associated Students of the University of Utah member Alison Boyer said. "Even if it was not intended to offend people, it's offensive to people now."
The vote, which passed with 21 in favor and 15 against, will now go to Utah president David Pershing, who will decide whether to make the change permanent.
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