So last week, after an emergency meeting of the Board, Marquette abandoned Marquette Gold, which joined New Coke in the Mausoleum of Bad Ideas. Gold became the George O'Leary of nicknames, lasting six days on campus. Marquette will poll students, faculty and alumni and have a new nickname in place when its teams join the Big East on July 1, at which time we will have our third mascot in eight weeks. Fourth if you count the Warriors T-shirts still worn at basketball games. Indeed, given all the soul-searching and the hand-wringing of the past 11 years, I think we should become the Marquette Worriers.
"I'll always be a Golden Eagle," Dwyane Wade said last Thursday. And so, inescapably, will Kyle Murphy, whose parents still didn't know about his tattoo. "I figure this is how I'll tell 'em," he says of Tim and Myrna Murphy of Eau Claire, Wis. "I'll just hand 'em the magazine."
Though he had just emerged from his microeconomics final, Murphy was sounding philosophical. "A girl came up to me the other day and gave me a hug," he says. "And she was good-looking, too. So it hasn't been all bad." ?
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