ST. GEORGE – In response to recent mounting pressure over history and nuances associated by some with the “Dixie” name, Dixie State College of Utah administrators had a confederate statue removed from campus today.
The statue, depicting two rebel soldiers and a rebel flag, had become the target of many students who have been pushing for a new image for Dixie State.
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With minimal notice to even the workers who moved the statue, administrators hoped to keep the removal under the proverbial radar. Many students, faculty, alumni and locals have voiced their opinions over the topic; but the administration has yet to come out with an official decision or statement concerning the future image of the college.
“Administrators are trying to silence our student body president,” Gregory Noel said. “I honestly think Brody is doing what’s right. I’m happy we have a student body president who will address issues like this directly.”
Student Body President Brody Mikesell made his thoughts clear at the student forum concerning the potential name change.
“This is one of the main things I have fought for. It’s a great day.” Roi Wilkinson said. “It’s not like this is promoting anything other than negativity, and when students see it from that perspective they will agree with us.”
The 3,000 pound statue is being moved to a new location in town, possibly to the previous owner’s residence in the Green Valley area.
Next month, Dixie State Administrators will be presented with name change suggestions, and those looking to remove the term “Dixie” from the name of the college are now seeing progress in their efforts.
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