The University of Minnesota has dropped its homecoming king and queen in order to “promote a spirit of inclusion”.
The Student Activities Office says the school will now be using the term 'royals'.
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Allyson Taubenheim, the marketing manager of the university's student union and activities told The College Fix she was excited for the change. “The student body is made up of very diverse population that shouldn’t be limited by gender identity. Other colleges, universities and even high schools have made similar changes,” she said.
“We look forward to crowning two students who respectfully represent the university’s values, connect with the diverse members of the university community, and have excellent school pride,” she added.
How will 'royals' be selected? According to Pioneer Press, the university “will name 10 students to Homecoming court, only this year the mix won’t necessarily be five men and five women. Those 10 will be paired at random to compete in pre-Homecoming events, and their performance, along with a university-wide vote, will determine the two royals.”
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