Around the industry: Florida State University's student government discourages Native American headdresses at games

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  • Florida: Florida State University's student government has passed a resolution discouraging people from wearing Native American headdresses at games. The Student Government Association said it passed the resolution because many of the headdresses worn at athletic events are representative of tribes other than the Seminoles. University spokesperson Browning Brooks says the resolution is a "very thoughtful and reasonable request" (Reedy, AP/Washington Post, 5/3). 
  • Georgia: Gov. Nathan Deal (R) vetoed legislation (HB 859) on Tuesday that would allow students to carry concealed handguns on public college campuses in the state. Deal ordered the higher education system to submit a report on campus security measures by August (Bluestein, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 5/3).
  • Minnesota: Minnesota State University, Mankato's baseball coach has expressed disappointment over the fact that if that his team were to qualify for the NCAA Division II championship, it would not be able to compete because the tournament is in North Carolina. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities have prohibited sports teams from traveling to tournaments in North Carolina after the state passed a law (HB 2) limiting protections for LGBT people. However, Coach Matt Magers says he understands that the decision to prohibit travel was well-intentioned (AP/New York Times, 5/4).  

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