It’s homecoming week at Georgia tech, but most of the buzz is about the words in the fight song for the school.
Kim Cobb, a professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is among several female professors pushing for a change of one word in the school’s fight song.
The original lyrics is the following:
“Oh! If I had a daughter, sir, I’d dress her in
white and gold, And put her on the campus to cheer the brave and bold.”
The professors want to change the word “cheer” to “join.”
They said they don’t see anything wrong with cheerleading because the school needs them, but women can be so much more and they are ‘fully functioning members of the Georgia Tech community.’ “What we are trying to do is shift the focus of the role of the woman in the song (from) a cheerleader to a full participant,” Cobb said in an interview with WSBtv.
The movement to make the change has 1,600 signatures.
The school has conducted a poll and 71% of respondents said they are opposed to a change in the lyrics. Faculty respondents were split 50/50.
representative for Georgia Tech released this statement:
“Georgia Tech’s famous fight song,
‘Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech, ‘ has been a Georgia Tech tradition for more than a century. Based on an old English and Scottish drinking song, it is a reflection of the time in which it was written and is a historical document.
Through the years, various components of the song have been called into question, including the reference to alcohol and use of the word “hell.” This fall, a faculty member who is supporting changing the word “cheer” to “join” initiated a webpage and online petition. There is also another petition that has been started on a public petitioning website, to maintain the current fight song lyrics. Neither of the petitions is an official Institute initiative. There are no plans to change the fight song at this time.”
Channel 2’s Rachel Stockman spoke to students and staff for her full report.