SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB
DATE: October 26, 2000
CONTACT STEVE SCHMIDT AT 619-531-4766 or 619-206-9108
JACOB APPLAUDS STUDENT VOTE TO RETAIN AZTEC NAME AND MONTY MASCOT URGES PRESIDENT WEBER TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION
San Diego – After hearing the results of the student vote, Chairwoman Dianne Jacob applauded San Diego State University students for their overwhelming support to keep both the Aztec name and the Monty Montezuma mascot and logo and she urged President Weber to take immediate action to uphold the will of the students and alumni. "Keeping the Aztec name and mascot is the right thing to do! I am elated to hear the overwhelmingly positive results of the student body vote and I urge President Weber to immediately take action to uphold the clear mandate of the students and alumni," said Jacob.
Unofficial results of the poll, released last night, revealed that 95.1 percent of the voting students want to keep the Aztec nickname and 86.7 percent said they want to keep the Monty Montezuma mascot and logo.
"These results show beyond a reasonable doubt that the students of SDSU do care about this issue and overwhelmingly want their icons and mascots to stay the way they are," said SDSU student, JC Cleaver.
"For 75 years, San Diego State University has proudly held the name of the SDSU Aztecs. Monty Montezuma is a symbol of SDSU's heritage and tradition and is a mascot of which to be proud," said Jacob.
Jacob led efforts earlier this month to save the Aztec name and Monty Montezuma mascot by joining forces with SDSU students in the "SaveMonty" campaign. She also led efforts to get support from the Board of Supervisors.