Sexist Lyrics Force Change In Utah Fight Song

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The University of Utah is tweaking its official fight song amid concerns the former version was sexist.

University President David Pershing announced the changes Wednesday.

The new song replaces "our coeds are the fairest" with "our students are the finest."

The phrase "no other gang of college men" becomes "no rival band of college fans."

But the new version doesn't officially change the lyrics from "I'm a Utah man" to "I'm a Utah fan." Both are listed as options, allowing singers to choose which phrase they sing.

Officials say fans may still choose to sing the former version.

A panel of students, school officials, employees, and alumni were tasked with reworking the anthem.

Pershing says the new version keeps tradition while including more members of the school community.

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