With over 150 years of instruction, Northeastern State University has much to be proud of. Year after year, captivating history, professors, students and culture continue defining this unique establishment.

As an alumnus of NSU, I often find myself enlightening potential students to the wonderful experiences I had while attending the university. I built strong friendships, studied with dedicated professors and was exposed to an area rich with admiration.

While acquiring my education, I was always encouraged to be advanced in my thinking. Now as turmoil ripples through our cherished community, I am uneasy with talk to hinder selecting a new mascot. I believe any potential student should be able to have the same sense of honor I had while at NSU. And if to achieve those feelings simply means to evolve the outdated mascot, I wholeheartedly encourage the change.

I support President Williams and his effort to reform the bygone mascot into a new symbol, which will demonstrate NSU as a second-to-none higher education institution. Any alumni or university supporter may be a part of the process by logging on to www.nsuok.edu/mascot, reading the selection criteria and suggesting a new mascot for consideration.

I realize many individuals hold conflicting opinions that are just as sensible as the one I express here. However, now is the time the entire NSU population rally together and declare to the community, state and country that we are still one united, civilized tribe.

Jeff Woodlee, class of 1997

Broken Arrow


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