Valparaiso University is dropping Crusader mascot

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And nickname over its ties to hate groups. Valparaiso University Thursday announced it's dropping the team name Crusaders as well as their logo on mascot. Decision coming after a decades long debate that has intensified recently because groups like the Ku Klux Klan had begun to use these symbols and words. Faculty and student Senate's along with Val Pose Alumni Board approved resolutions to reassess the appropriateness of the Crusaders moniker. Mascots are intended to help us show our school

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