University of Utah changes lyrics to fight song

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By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - University of Utah football fans will be singing different words to their century-old fight song this autumn after the school changed the lyrics to be more inclusive of women and minorities, officials said on Wednesday. Student body officers had expressed concerns over the 'I am a Utah man' song, written in 1904 by a former football coach, saying some of its lyrics could be seen as sexist or racist. 'When printed officially by the university, this 2014 version of the fight song will be used, but historical renditions of the song will always be acceptable,' Pershing said in a statement. 'We encourage you to sing — loudly and with pride — whichever version resonates with you.' The task force of students, faculty, staff and alumni reviewed about 1,300 emails with suggested changes before making the decision, said Barbara Snyder, vice president of student affairs.

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