SFU logo a no-go

Simon Fraser University is erasing the two crosses from its coat of arms. University officials suggest that international students might be confused by the symbols and have the impression that the university is a privately-run religious institution.

It sounds a little fishy. First of all, international students are not idiots. Before they go and spend tens of thousands of dollars on tuition, they’re going to find out if SFU is an accredited university. The coat of arms is probably the last thing they would bother checking.

I suspect that this move may have more to do with the faculty’s discomfort with Christian symbols in general. Hopefully, that is not the case. Removing the cross symbols to avoid association with Christianity’s bloody medieval history makes about as much sense as taking physics off the curriculum because it was used to develop the atom bomb.

The funny thing is, if the university had simply suggested they were updating their coat of arms to give it a more stylish design, ’nuff said, nobody would have even noticed it. The coat of arms they have right now isn’t even that old (It was approved in 1965), so it was only just on the cusp of having heritage value.

5 Comments so far

  1. Ryan Cousineau (unregistered) on December 29th, 2006 @ 10:29 am

    “Hopefully, that is not the case.”

    Jon, me boy, if you actually believe that, you’re living in a dream world!

    As for the crest’s age, note that 1965 was when the university opened.


  2. Jonathon Narvey (unregistered) on December 29th, 2006 @ 11:04 am

    Call me a dreamer…


  3. james (unregistered) on December 29th, 2006 @ 11:19 pm

    I am not sure about the PC angle of this issue but I am very sure about my concerns for the intelligence of any potential student who makes key university education decisions based on a school’s coat of arms. Let’s see……Harvard or the University of Low Standards….which one has the prettiest and most secular coat of arms?

    If this really has anything to do with “confusion” by potential students then maybe SFU or any other university if better off without these dimwits.

    As a SFU alumnus I can only hang my head. What next!


  4. Bill Lee (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2007 @ 6:38 pm

    Overseas students don’t check into the validity of a school. See the recent kerfuffle over Lansbridge University in Burnaby.

    SFU has always been anti-christian. First club was NDP, only religious group with rooms on campus is the Hillel society in the, nominally, off campus brothel private building called Cornerstone.

    And they recently cancelled an extenstion course downtown “Who wrote the Bible or, why I am an atheist / Douglas Cousineau / October 21” because it was skeptical of the bible passages. See SFU Week, and other sources for that.

    And few foreign students (read East Asians) are going to SFU because it has lowered its standards and joined with the notorious Australian ETS for a n affilliated shur-pass “college”


  5. Ryan Cousineau (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2007 @ 6:51 pm

    Bill: when I was at SFU (ca. 1998) there was a Chaplaincy which had a permanent staffer and was shared space used by Catholics, Protestants, Jews, and I believe Muslims as well.

    The Chaplaincy, at that time, was in the Maggie Benston Centre, which is the “new” student society building just south of the Main Mall.

    Ah, here’s the site for the interfaith centre.



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