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Dozens Sign Online Pledge Against Racist Cheers At UMD

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(credit: University of Minnesota-Duluth)

(credit: University of Minnesota-Duluth)

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DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Dozens of people have signed an online pledge against abusive or racial chants during University of Minnesota Duluth sporting events.

The pledge was created, in part, by a student following an admonishment by university officials over racist chants at a recent hockey game against the Fighting Sioux of the University of North Dakota. About 85 people had signed the pledge by noon Friday.

The Duluth News Tribune says UMD Athletic Director Bob Nielson, in an open letter, admonished students for the chants at Amsoil Arena.

In addition to the online pledge, hockey fan Eric Fastner help craft a letter of apology to the student body and administration, saying the student fans involved “want to portray a better image, both for UMD and for Duluth.

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