The nickname for Holy Cross is the Crusaders. And, not surprisingly, the school’s newspaper is called The Crusader, a weekly newspaper published by the students of this small Jesuit college in Worchester, Massachusetts. DU athletic fans may recall that this university is the landing spot for former DU head basketball coach Joe Scott.
Now faculty are calling for a name change for the newspaper. Why? Because the Ku Klux Clan also publishes a newspaper called ‘The Crusader’. Four dozen members of the Holy Cross faculty wrote the student newspaper last month to express concerns over its name, and its editors have since agreed to move forward with a potential rebranding.
Holy Cross’ nonprofit, nonpartisan student newspaper was originally called “Tomahawk,” but it was changed after 30 years in 1955 to “The Crusader,” the school’s mascot.
Even though the Holy Cross newspaper has no association with the KKK, the use of the term ‘Crusader’ by an extremist fringe group was enough for the Holy Cross faculty to caution about those values being associated with Holy Cross values, image, and beliefs. Or else, they believe that people may actually confuse the KKK’s The Crusader newspaper with the Holy Cross The Crusader newspaper.
There are other issues identified with the Crusader moniker and current academia as well – not unlike a mascot and team name we are quite familiar with in Denver.
Last year a grade school in Denver, Denver Christian, dropped the Crusader name after using the Crusaders mascot for 65 of the school’s 100-year history. Administrators were concerned about the association with the Crusades, a series of wars between Christians and Muslims would make the Christian schools less welcoming.
Susquehanna University dropped the Crusader name the year before based on its potential offensiveness to non-Christians.