Dixie State College in St. George, Utah, was founded in an area settled by Mormons from the South. The college used to have a Rebel as its mascot. A statue of Confederate soldiers and a Confederate battle flag was removed from the campus earlier this month. The administration stated that they removed the statue to protect it from possible vandalism.
The college is in the midst of transitioning to university status. And since the name will be changed to reflect its new status as a university, critics are lobbying to remove the word “Dixie” from the name. These critics claim that the name may be perceived as offensive by some prospective students. Names that have been suggested include Zion University, St. George University, Red Rock University, and Utah Southwestern University.
Black students make up about 2 percent of the undergraduate student body.
Readers are invited to comment on whether the college should change its name either in the comment section or by responding to this week’s reader poll.