Wednesday , Jun , 29 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Marquette to remain known as “Golden Eagles”

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – After several weeks of trying to come up
with a new nickname through various surveys among students, faculty, and
friends, Marquette University has decisively opted to stick with the name of
“Golden Eagles” on Wednesday.

Marquette went by the nickname Golden Eagles after using the nickname of
“Warriors” from 1954 through 1993, but the university’s Board of Trustees
decided to change the nickname to Gold in May. The change was poorly received
by the public and sparked the recent surveys.

“I am gratified and pleased that so many members of our Marquette community
chose to get involved in this process,” Marquette President Robert A. Wild,
S.J. said.

The Board of Trustees took up the issue of the university’s athletics nickname
in September 2004. At that time they held a serious discussion of whether or
not to return to the “Warriors” nickname.

However, after several meetings in early May, the Board unanimously decided
that it could not return to the “Warriors” nickname in order to hold itself to
the utmost highest standards of its Catholic, Jesuit mission.

“We made some hard choices in the past year but today we celebrate a final
decision that will bring new life to our intercollegiate athletics’ identity
as the Marquette Golden Eagles,” added Wild.

Marquette will officially join the Big East Conference on Friday, July 1.