Some Dixie State College Alumni Balk at U of U Union

Some Dixie State College Alumni Balk at U of U Union

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- Not everyone likes the idea of a partnership between Dixie State College and the University of Utah.

A St. George lawyer and DSC alum Ralph Atkin says they feel disenfranchised by the process. He says they haven't been heard and want to keep the Dixie mascot, the Rebel.

But that doesn't fit into the U. of U's list of 10 ironclad conditions for merging the two schools.

Utah's Board of Trustees chairman Randy Dryers says the name must go -- because outside Utah people might confuse Dixie with the Confederacy and slavery.

Other conditions of a merger include DSC administrators handing over local control to bosses in Salt Lake City.

A task force of six comprised of representatives from both schools is working out the details.

Any agreement has to be approved by boards from both schools, the Utah State Board of Regents and funding must be secured from the Utah Legislature.

Information from: Deseret Morning News

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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