The march toward madness - not to be confused with NCAA basketball’s March Madness - continues.
As reported in the Daily Mail, the University of Minnesota has decided to drop the tradition of crowning a Homecoming King and Queen in favor of gender-neutral “Royals,” in a spirit of what school officials refer to as “gender inclusivity.”
According to the university’s website, “This change allows the University to select the best student representatives for the U of M based on campus and community involvement — regardless of gender.”
The Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) says that there will be 10 students selected for Homecoming Court, but “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.”
The 2017 Minnesota Homecoming will be held October 15-21.
As it happens, the University of Minnesota is not the first school to drop the awarding of traditional Homecoming King and Queen titles in favor of something more “inclusive.” According to the Daily Mail, San Diego State University made this same change back in 2015.
“The reality is we don't live in a gender-binary system and so really recognizing that in a public way is really important and exciting,” said Jessica Nare, San Diego State’s Women's Resource Center Coordinator Jessica Nare.
Apparently, the University of Minnesota agrees with you, Jessica.
As for those of us living here on Planet Earth, however…
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large