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Published: Tuesday, April 15 2014 8:40 p.m. MDT

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Christopher B
Ogden, UT

So for years and years we hear about how offensive the name is, but I guess it becomes less and less offensive the more money they get to say they aren't offended?

Interesting.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Chris B,

May I suggest switching allegiances to a school with a fictitious mascot? I doubt too many Ute or BYU fans would be bothered by such a decision.

Ken
Sandy, UT

This is one of the articles that laughable they even asked him. If he doesn't support the deal what's he going to say "No, I don't think the American Indians should be given money or other handouts?" He doesn't really have that option even if he were to feel that way.

I don't think its wrong the University gave the accommodations, other than every spot given to an American Indian at the university takes away from someone else who may be more deserving.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Ken

"...every spot given to an American Indian at the university takes away from someone else who may be more deserving."

Who says the University would be giving these same scholarships or tuition waivers to anyone else? In fact it appears quite the opposite from the information that's been released. These opportunities were created for the sole purpose of supporting and working with the Ute tribe and the cost will be handled in part by donations from people interested in contributing for this exact cause.
In other words, there's nothing that would guarantee these opportunities would exist for others simply by taking away this agreement with the Ute tribe.

Ken
Sandy, UT

motorbike

"Who says the University would be giving these same scholarships or tuition waivers to anyone else?" Who indeed? I didn't.

I said every "spot." You do realize there university has to put a cap on the total number of students they can have, whether they be scholarhship or not right? A "spot" is different than a scholarship motorbike. It looks like you confused those two.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Ken

"I said every "spot." You do realize there university has to put a cap on the total number of students they can have, whether they be scholarship or not right? A "spot" is different than a scholarship motorbike. It looks like you confused those two."

Rather than throw out random statements with absolutely nothing backing them up ... please provide documentation showing the last time the University of Utah told someone, "sorry, we have no more 'spots' available."

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Ken,

The Ute's who get the scholarships still have to qualify academically and the money to pay for them will come from merchandise sales. That funding isn't available to anyone else. In my view there is nothing to dislike about this agreement. It helps and underpriviledged segment of our population have better access to college education and it keeps the tradition of the Ute name and drum and feather logo alive and well at the U. I'm all for it.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

I wonder if KWhitt has to suppress eye-rolls every time he has to answer one of these crazy questions from a hack job reporter? Seriously, it must be hard to be in the media spotlight and have to deal with what passes for journalism these days.

Girlse State
Midvale, UT

@motorbike - It seems you're getting a little defensive sine Ken pointed out your mistake. Did you really not know there are caps on the total number of students a university can admit? All universities use a variety of tools to determine which schools to accept and which not to because there are limited resources and can't accept unlimited students. I'm just surprised you didn't know Utah can't accept unlimited students.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Girlse State

Ever heard the comment "enrollment is up" and "enrollment is down"?

I most certainly didn't make the "mistake" you think I made. "Caps" are far more pertinent to graduate programs than undergrads.

So I'll ask you the same question ... When was the last time the University of Utah told someone, "sorry, we have no more 'spots' available."

Uteanymous
Salt Lake City, Utah

motorbike

"When was the last time the University of Utah told someone, "sorry, we have no more 'spots' available."

Unfortunately, it happens hundreds of times every year.

Quoting directly from Utah's official website:

"Each year we have many more students who apply than we can admit."

Despite your denials, the U doesn't have unlimited space and financial resources, so by necessity, both facilities-wise and budget-wise, the U is forced to restrict the total number of undergraduate and graduate students who are allowed to enroll each semester.

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It's great that the Universtiy of Utah and Ute Tribe were able to hammer out a memorandum of understanding, but anybody who believes this isn't strictly quid pro quo is only fooling themselves.

Utah gets something of value, the use of the Ute name and branding, and the Ute Tribe gets something of value, relaxed entrance requirements for members of the Ute Tribe for admission to the U.

UtahUte91
Sandy, UT

It's nice the KW publicly supports the memo of understanding, but the reality is, he had no choice regardless of his own personal opinion about the agreement.

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

Utah should pay a royalty to the Ute tribe for every t-shirt, hat, poster, etc that depicts the Ute name or symbols.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Ed Grady,

That's exactly where the money is coming from to fund the scholarships.

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