SFU professor launches petition to change Clan team name

September 26, 2017

Recent political events in the US and Canada have provoked a renewed debate about Simon Fraser University’s sports teams’ name—the Clan. Originally adopted to honour the school’s Scottish heritage, the name has led some professors and students to argue that in light of violent Neo-Nazi marches in the US and associations with the Ku Klux Klan, the team name should be changed. Philosophy Professor Holly Andersen has launched a petition to persuade the university to change the name, noting that SFU is the only Canadian school to play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, a league filled with American teams whose players might find the name racist. More than 300 people have reportedly signed the online petition. CBC | Guelph Mercury | The Province