Last year, students at the Colorado School of Mines voted to name their athletic facility “the Mine Shaft”.
Unfortunately for the overwhelming majority of students, some SJW got triggered from the name, and appealed to have the name removed.
The student wrote an email to administrators claiming the name “supports rape culture”.
Administrators were quick to appease the student.
“The idea behind the name, at least from the students perspective, was that the students could tell the opposing team they had been ‘shafted,’” the student wrote. In making her complaint, the student used another racially loaded term (and some misspellings) in an email to administrators: “The most common definition of the word means to get jipped out of a deal, which doesn’t make since [sic] for us to be telling another team. But the other and most disturbing definition is to be raped. Bottom line, I think the name supports rape culture. If Mines is truly trying to diversify the campus maybe they should not have the student section have such aphalic [sic] name.”
Administrators sprung into action after receiving the student’s complaint.
Katie Schmalzel, assistant director of housing operations, took the complaint so seriously that she forwarded it to the university’s Title IX coordinator. “I agree with [pronoun redacted] about the name being inappropriate, and goes against everything our work stands for,” she wrote.
Debra Lasich, the associate vice president for diversity and inclusion, linked to an urban dictionary page for “shafted,” adding, “most of the urban definitions don’t support their rationale.”
Nonetheless, Lasich wrote to the Title IX coordinator, “I agree with you that this needs to be addressed, and I’m concerned that that [sic] student life and the athletic department didn’t put parameters around naming the student section.”
Eventually, the Title IX coordinator lined up a meeting with the vice president of student life, who agreed to nix the name altogether to avoid giving offense.