Alumnus on “Gold”
This whole fiasco brings to mind Professor Tolkien’s poem which is located somewhere in the MU Archives:
“All that is gold does not glitter; not all those that wander are lost. The old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring; renewed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king.”
- J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring, 1954
My own thoughts on this are mixed. I don’t know whether loathe the name or (even worse) to just be apathetic and stop caring about MU. The amazing thing is, they have managed to alienate not only pre-1993 alumni, but now they have angered those misguided post-1993 alumni and students who may have liked the Golden Eagles.
This action really brings true the words of Chesterton “I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees.” Think of the choice before the Board, switch back to Warrior or remain Golden Eagles. Of course the only logical choice is to do neither and chose a meaningless nickname.
I hope the Trustees have considered long and hard about the political implications of “Gold.” Considering the near slave like conditions at gold mines in sub-Saharan Africa you would think that an institution as sensitive as Marquette would not want to do anything to endorse these practices.
Stephen Kelly (A & S, 1990)