Student leaders at Brigham Young University say they will let stand their decision to ban the traditional homecoming queen pageant at the Mormon Church-owned school.
BYU Student Association President Mark Crockett reaffirmed the decision following a recent review."We don't pretend it's as though everyone wholeheartedly supports the decision," he said. "Student opinion seems to be fairly mixed, but more and more seem to be supporting it."
Student leaders originally decided to cancel the pageant because they said it does not fulfill the desired goals of representing positive values and serving as a role model.
The original decision brought an outcry from students and alumni, and student leaders decided to review their decision and take informal student surveys.
University administrators also reviewed the proposal, but gave approval for students to make the final decision.
Although the pageant will no longer be a university tradition, a new program has been developed under which two male and two female students will be selected each year to represent the university.
The selections will be based on scholarship, leadership, talent and response to impromptu questions.
Students who win that competition will be assigned to speak to youth groups in the area, will serve as hosts for university guests and will help plan campus activities.
The competition is scheduled for Nov. 19.