Colleges update mascots, mottos, amid pressure from students

Union recently announced change to motto
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Colleges update mascots, mottos, amid pressure from students


The College recently announced it will modify its centuries-old motto to add the French word for “sisters.”

Under the change, which was recently approved by the Board of Trustees, Union’s motto now reads Sous les lois de Minerve nous devenons tous frères et sœurs (“Under the laws of Minerva, we all become brothers and sisters”).

This replaces the original French motto, Sous les lois de Minerve nous devenons tous frères (“Under the laws of Minerva we all become brothers"), which was adopted shortly after Union’s founding in 1795.

The Associated Press, the world's largest newsgathering service, included the College in a roundup of other changes on campuses across the country.

The AP story was picked up by dozens of media outlets around the world, including ABC News, San Francisco Chronicle and the Atlanta Journal-Constituition.

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View the ABC News clip

Read the College's original story