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Legislators, Seminoles gather for FSU Day

"We're proud of the relationship we've established with FSU," a tribal leader says at the Old Capitol.

Published April 3, 2003

TALLAHASSEE - Florida State University's familiar war chant rings out in the Persian Gulf whenever a Tomahawk missile is fired toward Iraq from the USS Shiloh.

FSU president T.K. Wetherell said sailors on the ship also do the tomahawk chop favored by Seminole football fans. It happens because the executive officer aboard the ship, Cmdr. H. Banks Edwards III, is an FSU graduate.

Wetherell told the story Wednesday at the historic Old Capitol where legislative leaders and prominent Seminoles gathered to celebrate FSU Day.

In addition to Edwards, FSU has 48 students and eight staff members serving on active duty in the war against Iraq.

The Seminoles also got a special endorsement from Max Osceola, acting chairman of the Seminole Indian Tribe.

"We're proud of the relationship we've established with FSU," Osceola told the crowd. "We do not consider the use of our name derogatory or insulting. The tribe supports the ongoing use of the Seminoles for FSU. By the grace of God, I was born Seminole, but it is by choice you are Seminoles."

Wetherell used the occasion to announce the creation of a $250,000 endowed scholarship program honoring Senate President Jim King and his wife, Linda. Later this year, when King establishes criteria for awarding the scholarships, FSU will select students to receive them.

Wetherell said the endowment is being funded by donations from Seminole alumni.

King, an alumnus who has frequently helped FSU with legislative appropriations, also was admitted to the FSU Hall of Fame, an institution better known for honoring athletes and head football coach Bobby Bowden.

King credited FSU with making him "all that I ever will be."

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