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Re: Since Fee won't fire Monson.
Almost completely ignored in this whole debacle was that Prospector Pete was named for first President P. Victor Peterson who was considered to have "struck gold" when the campus opened. The whole thing was silliness, made worse when California Driver's Licenses changed to have a prospector on them...ridiculous.
I did find out who the professor is. I actually knew him in my college days in the dorms, as he also lived there.
He has admittedly done a lot of research on the Gold Rush era.
Hereís my problem though regarding how they changed the mascot and trued removing the 49er name.
Why werenít people from all points of view gathered to think this out, instead of basically folks with the same point of view?
Whatever happened to coming together in this country?
Elbee obviously is a turn off to lots of people.
There has to be a better solution that satisfies both sides.
Jdm894g, the removal of Prospector Pete was started by just a handful (and I mean a handful as can count with two hands) of students and one professor who made this his crusade over his tenure on campus. They found a President in Jane who went ahead with their complaint to make this happen. Never was the alumni, boosters nor any campus officials allowed to speak up for keeping Pete as trust me that I was kept in the loop by those involved in trying to keep Pete.
The use of 49ers though still seems to be around in some forms (newspaper and whatever the alumni assoc is these days in their programs) as well as some items in the bookstore for sale.
DPitts, the removal of prospect Pete was started by the students in 2017. I asked a colleague of mine who graduated in 2017 about that situation. Iím not sure the president could have stood her ground on that issue based on the climate. I donít remember who pushed for the name change. I will always be a 49er. Class of 97. I donít like Elbee or the shark mascot.
Coach, I too know that she has been very supportive of athletics, and sometimes wonder where athletics would be with out her. I will NEVER support or recognize her changing our name from 49'ers, but do know that she SUPPORTS athletics!!!
I have never met Dr. Conoley, but know that she has pumped a sh*tload of campus money into athletic facilities (Blair, soccer, softball, tennis and the track and maybe even the pool) that she really didn't have to. She has also underwritten multiple millions of dollars in shortcomings in the Athletic Department since she has been at the campus.
She may not demand "win or else" (Maxson didn't either) but to say she somehow hates athletics does seem to be a truly unfounded statement.
How do people here say the President 'hates' athletics? What an ignorant statement.
Let's start the fire Fee!!
I know it won't get anywhere since our president probably hates athletics. RIP LONG BEACH STATE athletics. Please, if anyone donatess, donate to a winning program. Perpetual losing with men's basketball is unacceptable. Program was fun and enjoyable, now it's just God awful.
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