I always got a kick out of the signs in the student body section proclaiming, “The Prophet is a Ute!” After all, so many Mormons proclaim that BYU is the “Lord’s University”, that it was really nice to point out that President Hinckley is an alum of the University of Utah. The cool thing is that the signs can stay up, because President Monson is also an alum of the U, (though he did get an MBA from BYU, so I guess both schools can claim him.) Anyway, I was quite amused to hear on the radio yesterday, that Joseph Smith has officially decided to attend the University of Utah. You can verify the info right here! If BYU is the Lord’s University, it seems that Utah is the School of the Prophets!
In the words of Judge Chamberlain Haller to my Cousin Vinny: “What is a Ute?”
Alright, as a BYU grad I’ll admit, this is pretty funny.
Chicken, I’m not sure if your question is tongue in cheek or not, but I have had people ask me seriously what a “Ute” is. Utah is named after the Ute Indian tribe, so it is an Indian tribe, much like the Seminoles, the Navajo, or the Illini. Unlike Florida State, we don’t have someone dress up as an Indian for our mascot. Instead, we have a hawk, named Swoop. The Ute tribe supports the use of the name and logo, so it appears we won’t have to change it like some other schools have had to (like St John’s Redmen is now the Red Wave.)
Just taking an opportunity to quote from one of my favorite movies.
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