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Friday, July 7, 2000



Mascot decision ‘correct’

University of Hawaii student body president Chris Garnier said he agrees with the athletic department's decision yesterday to oust the UH Warrior mascot.

The mascot spurred a removal campaign by some Hawaiians last fall, including erstwhile student body president Piilani Smith, because it was perceived as an ethnic stereotype.

"If a certain group of people feel it's demeaning, it's good that it was addressed and changed," said Garnier, who is also an outside linebacker on the football team. "I just hope we don't repeat history with the mascot we had for awhile."

Garnier was referring to the Rainbow Man mascot of 1989, which was known by other less complimentary names such as "Pillsbury Doughboy." Rainbow Man was replaced by the Warrior in 1990.

"I love the Warrior," said K. Mark Takai, the then-UH student body president and current state representative who wore the Rainbow Man costume.

Takai pointed out that Hawaiian groups were consulted at the time on the choice of the Warrior.

Volleyball tickets on sale

Season ticket sales for UH women's volleyball begins Monday

Tickets can be purchased at the Stan Sheriff Center box office, or by phone at 944-BOWS. Box office hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday

Ticket prices range from $70 to $175 for the regular-season home match packages.

Individual match tickets go on sale Aug. 28.

By Dave Reardon, Star-Bulletin

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