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DU rejects Boone mascot resurrection

November 4, 2008

After a year's worth of study, University of Denver officials have rejected efforts to bring back the bearded little man with the big D shirt who served as the Pioneer mascot from 1968 until he was retired in 1998. Instead, the red-caped Ruckus will remain.

Chancellor Robert D. Coombe said the university will not use the Boone character in any official capacity nor will any DU funds be spent to support its use by others. DU still owns the copyright to Boone.

The decision comes after a task force of students and alumni studied the issue and polled people on what they thought about Boone. An online survey asked people who objected to Boone to choose why.  Some American Indians found Boone to be a divisive figure.

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