News Release

SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB

DATE: October 20, 2000

CONTACT STEVE SCHMIDT AT 619-531-4766 or 619-206-9108

 

BOARD VOTES TO SAVE AZTEC NAME AND MONTY MONTEZUMA MASCOT

San Diego –The San Diego Board of Supervisors today approved Chairwoman Dianne Jacob and Supervisor Pam Slater's proposal to draft a letter of support to keep the SDSU Aztec name and Monty Montezuma mascot and present it to the University Senate and San Diego State University President, Stephen Weber.

"As a proud San Diego State Alumna, the thought of losing the beloved Aztec name and mascot not only saddens me - it angers me. That's why the Board has joined SDSU students, Alumni and the Community to help save the proud tradition of the Aztecs at SDSU," said Jacob. For 75 years, San Diego State University has proudly held the Aztec as its name and Monty Montezuma as its mascot. Recently, this symbol of tradition has come under fire. Last month, the 20 member Native American Student Alliance brought forth a resolution to scrap the mascot. This resolution was later approved by the Associated Students Council.

"For many San Diegans, the Montezuma mascot is a first introduction to the proud culture of the Aztec peoples," said Slater. "I wholeheartedly support this great symbol of pride, determination and strength."

On October 10th the University Senate will hear presentations on this issue. The final decision will be made by President Weber. Jacob and Slater plan on attending today's University Senate meeting to present a letter of support to the chair.