Wittenberg Offers Asylum to Exiled Wooster Alumnus
Nov. 13, 2009
Springfield, Ohio —
Wittenberg University continues to maintain a narrow lead in the Mascot Face-Off challenge, a competition with the College of Wooster that began 18 days ago and will conclude this Saturday at 1 p.m. as the Tigers challenge the Scots on the gridiron.
Thursday afternoon the College of Wooster released a video
of their Dean of Students, Kurt Holmes, exiling one of their own alumni, Bob Dyer of Akron, Ohio. Dyer, whose daughters attend Wittenberg, came out in public support for the Wittenberg Tiger earlier this week in a video released on YouTube
as part of the Mascot Face-Off Challenge.
In the video
released yesterday by the College of Wooster, Holmes cited a codicil in its degree conferring-policy that allows the college to retract degrees from their alumni. Holmes then shredded a copy of Dyer's degree.
"The mission and values of Wittenberg University support a person's right to choose any mascot to support during this competition," said Linda Beals '87, director of alumni relations at Wittenberg, in an early-morning address inside the historic Recitation Hall chapel
. "We've had our fun making jokes about our mascots. Jokes have been made by both sides in this competition and until this point we've been amused."
Beals continued, "Regardless of the outcome of this competition, Wittenberg will be awarding an honorary degree to Bob Dyer. His support for his family and our beloved Tiger demonstrate an unparalleled loyalty to this institution that we must not only recognize, but embrace. Bob - welcome to the Wittenberg family. We will never turn our back on you."
Final results of the Face-Off will be announced during half-time of the Wooster-Wittenberg football game on Saturday. Until then, polls remain open, and fans of the two mascots can vote once a day from any given IP address.
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