Floridadan,I never thought of that. You're exactly right. Let's
change that saying to "Oh nongender-specific sibling."Good
call on helping us all be politically correct. By the way, I'm a Pine View High
Grad and I think we should change that mascot from Panther to avoid negative
connotations to Malcom X's civil rights movement. Let's go with the 5th option
of "Fighting Apricots."i'm serious though, I really
enjoyed your comment.
So what did the STUDENTS vote for again? Go with that and keep the adults out
of the stupid PC garbage!!!
The sad thing about this issue is, a public entity allowing future voters to
partake in a right we adults exercise as a part of being American citizen, and
then with callus disregard strip it away. Pathetic, the impression left in the
mind of our future leaders given a lesson in the corruption of government before
even turning 18. Hope the school district is proud of it's actions.
First off....Beetdiggers and Miners are well over one hundred years
old....canyons had nothing to do with those. I liked Chargers or Cavaliers, but
Draper Diamonbacks would have been my pick!!
OH BROTHER !! Sorry, I guess that is sexist.
asking kindergartners to vote? I'm surprised they didn't choose to be "The
Purple Monster Eaters"
I like how they had the school kid's input and then clearly trumped them to
change the name without their input. Who in the Canyon School Dist. was
offended by the mascot?
@ Turk TurkelsonI like Coyotes! Since it used to be a cornfield, I
also like the name Cornhuskers, and it would keep up with the fun and creative
names in the valley (Beetdiggers, Miners, Cavemen...)for a tounge twister, I'd
like the Corner Canyon Candy Corns (say that five times fast). I can picture the
football uniforms now. I also wish that it was named after the city rather than
the "elite" area in Draper. It sound like it belongs to that section
rather than for the city as a whole.
Something I forgot to add to my last post. I'm not a follower of any Utah
college team. I'm a dedicated Hurricane's fan.Also, I don't even see
"Cougars" as disrespectful. The PC stuff is out of control, and this
issue just makes Utah the joke in US media AGAIN. I haven't noticed it, correct
me if I'm wrong, but as of yet Women organizations have not came out and decried
"Cougar" as offensive. Unless or until so, it's a non-issue. As far as
I'm concerned, if churches don't protest the name, which are usually the most
women supportive(Usually, but not always)then why should a school district which
are suppose to be faith neutral.
Brave Sir Robin,The point was that it's considered PC incorrect for the HS
to use Cougar's because it supposively victimizes women, yet not incorrect for
BYU. Regardless for how long the mascot has been in place. I have yet to see
anyone representing BYU say the same about their use of the mascot. In my view
that's a double standard.BTW, Monty Python rocks. Love the screen name.
@Johnny Triumph:You're from American Fork, "Caveman"
territory. School mascots are interesting, aren't they? As you note, there is
something wrong with all choices, depending how you view them. Some negative
connotations could also be found to accompany the Caveman mascot if one is
creative. But students tend to rally around their mascot and develop a loyalty
for it. Case in point: Jordan High when it had the opportunity to vote out
"Beet Diggers" and didn't.Canyons District has not handled
the mascot name for its new high school very well. But to equate
this with total ineptness in every aspect of how the district is being run is
quite a jump. The Canyons District regularly has visitors from districts across
the state and the nation visiting its leaders to cull information about the
academic initiatives it has implemented. Canyons is doing some exciting things
to increase academic rigor and college readiness of its students. It would be
better not to make overarching generalizations.
If the district desired a unique mascot...one not used by another Utah high
school...then "Cougars" should never have been on the ballot that was
sent to students.A basic tenet of Love and Logic Parenting is that a
parent never gives a child any choices they can't live with once the child
chooses from the alternatives given. The same wisdom applies to school boards
soliciting public input on HS mascots. Not only did the Board
overlook the top vote getter, it bypassed 2nd, 3rd and 4th place. Why did the
Board go through the charade of a vote if it was going to ignore the top four
recommendations? So they could claim they solicited public input?There are valid concerns with Cougars: 1) Kearns High already has that, and 2)
the BYU/Utah rivalry might be problematic. The secondary meaning of
"Cougars" is a side show that has been blown out of proportion by the
press for an eye-catching story of PC-ness run amok.The real issue
is why the Board put options on the ballot it wasn't willing to live with.
Ignoring the 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th top picks doesn't make for good PR!
Something is wrong with all choices, depending how you view them.
Diamondbacks...great, all the students would be snakes. Falcons and
Raptors...they're just hawks looking to kill something off. There's nothing
wrong with Cougars; I didn't assume anything negative until the School Board
brought it up.And I agree that they should have named the high
school Draper High. When school #2 rolls around in town then get creative but
let the city show its pride by having its own namesake school.The
Canyons was ill-thought from the start and they continually reinforce that
ineptness with nearly every move they make.
The first mistake was not naming the school Draper High School. The Canyons
adminstration deserves all the criticism they are getting because they are
complete bufoons on so many levels. Draper High school starts out with bad
publicity because the Canyons school district is run by incompetent people with
no grasp of reality. How embarrasing they are, and what a shame they've
continued to make poor decision after poor decision. Dr. Doty needs to be
@Dark ReaverI'm as big of a Utah fan as there is, but come on...by
being called the Cougars BYU is victimizing women? Get serious. Newsflash: BYU
was called the Cougars long before it came to mean a middle-aged woman who picks
up younger men in a bar. Should we demand that USC change their name too?Criticize BYU all you want, but their name is fine and should stay.
Chargers? Wow I can't think of a more unique mascot for a school anywhere.That table decoration (large flat dish or platter for those of you that
don't know)! Really?. . talk about ridiculous. I can't believe the bright folks
in Draper who were overly concerned about the negative image the 'Cougar' would
be for their cheerleaders daughters, didn't think how utterly idiotic having a
dish for a mascot would be.Now the students will chargers in the
stands or better yet throwing them like a frisbee! Sure will make for a
frightful sideline mascot - - - can't wait to see the plate all furry with a
smiley face on it!!!
I don't understand why they put it to a vote, and then told the students your
vote doesn't mean anything. We are going to cave to the squeaky wheel. Great
start to a new school.
Chargers is the perfect name for this demographics. I'm always charging things
on my credit card to try and out-do my fellow Draper neighbors. Da da da da da
da...Charge!!!!!!! Can't wait to hear that at all the games.
While, I do agree that it is best not to duplicate mascots in the same area, the
rest of the arguments are idiotic.The Canyons District was started by
misguided intentions and they are just continuing the tradition.
I think the board is being a little too sensitive. Chargers??? Seriously. I
agree with the comment before. Their mascot can dress up like a visa card?
Re: JCS? Just how did you get left wing extremism out of this? More than
likely the concerned parents come from the predominant religion of the
state...highly doubtful they'll be left wing extremists even if they don't
believe with the single party that represents Utah politics.Also,
being a member of that dangerous, extremist left wing, I can assure you that I
read the "doctrine" and didn't find any mention about making education
the "blandest possible level." This is simply a few parents who
probably made up the excuse simply because they didn't want to be associated
with the BYU Cougars...they are from the SLC Valley after all! Sheesh. Now that the ridiculous non-political political story is over, on to
the rest of the day.
so their mascot should be a visa card. chargers name suggests you are not
This decision is proof positive that left wing extremism has infiltrated the
education system to an alarming degree. Indeed, this is political correctness
at its worst.This left wing doctrine teaches that everything dealing
with education must be reduced to the blandest possible level so that no
possible offense could be taken by any possible person. Thus, a mascot name
that merely represents a powerful creature of nature is suddenly transformed
into a symbol of unrestrained sexual deviance. There is something wrong with an
administrator who would react to a students suggestion of this mascot with
thoughts of sexual activity between lustful older women and impressionable young
men.It is time for parents to stand up to this doctrine of political
correctness that turns even the most benign of activities into artificially
controversial subjects. Let this school have this honorable mascot.
And yes I know that technically it is alliteration as they start with the same
letter, but they are not catchy or the same sound. Just lame. Is the fact it
starts with a "C" a reason to disregard the votes of those that live
in the community? At least pick something in the top three choices.
First, Corner Canyon Chargers is NOT alliteration ... as was the claim by the
administrators who chose it. It doesn't even sound catchy. My kids can't stand
that name. Second, I mountain bike in that canyon all the time and I have seen
both Diamondbacks (our favorite) and Cougars. Never seen any War Horses.
Draper High Diamondbacks sounds WAY better. So disappointed in the choice.(And we look really dumb to the national media ... again).
So it's fine that a church backed school can victimize women. That's all I get
from that decision.
Give me a break...will the stupidity never end? I mean, I'm okay with Chargers
but no need to nix Cougars because BYU has that mascot (didn't bother Union HS)
or because "cougars" are older women that love to hook up with younger
men. I mean to most people cougar is a large cat that can be ferocious, or I
guess something that would make sense as a mascot.
Wow, derogatory to women? BYU of all schools should change their name then. What
about the Beaver Beavers? Yes, that is really their name, as well as Oregon
States. Just because some juvenile minds use certain language or terminology to
describe body parts or individuals, doesn't mean everyone should have to change
for them. This story is so stupid, I can't even believe it. I saw it first on
the homepage of Foxsports today, embarrassing to the state that small minds can
be affected this way. On the other side of the coin, the Chicago Cubs will need
a new name as well. Way too much PC stuff going on in the world, it's almost
like people don't have anything else to do with their time but think of ways
that they are, or could possibly, be offended.
Corner Canyon COYOTES sounds better than Chargers.