From Lansing came the word, which the regents timidly backed,
that Eastern Michigan University - their old nickname be sacked.
In their wise and wondrous ways, the Regents have now declared,
that the Indian name of Hurons, shall never more be shared.
Will we now have to change Lake Huron or Huron River,
all because a commission in Lansing, did an ultimatum deliver?
Surely knowledge and wisdom did abound, within their conference room,
that the new name of Eagles will now give Eastern a great boom.
The Board of Regents - with their thumb-word creeds,
their large professions and their little deeds -
have finally decided E.M.U.'s new nickname.
But to many Alumni and grads, support will never be the same.
President Shelton, lately on the scene, did state his position sincerely.
But did the Alumni and students have a chance, to state their own position clearly?
Why then should this change even take place?
Has prejudice again reared its ugly head?
Is this really about a certain race?
Or has politics replaced common sense instead?
According to a collegiate dictionary, Huron's name is a proper noun,
not an adjective, nor a verb. Not a description that causes a frown,
Now can we all feel proud and happy, that "progress" has taken place?
But don't ever sit back and wonder, if this is really about a race.
In closing let me say, a time like this demands,
strong minds, great hearts, true faith, and ready hands.
Where have such people gone? Where are they now today?
Who can say what would have happened, had they been here to say:
Hurons! Hurons! Hats off to thee.
Fight! Fight! Fight! On to victory.
||Maynard H. Harris