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Oregon State president encourages fans to wear black amid controversy

Updated: October 4, 2012 7:32PM



CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State has reversed field on its “Wear Black” campaign.

University President Ed Ray on Thursday encouraged fans to dress in black to a pair of upcoming football games.

Ray’s announcement comes after school officials had suspended the campaign amid concerns that it encouraged racial insensitivity.

Those worries stemmed from a 2007 incident in which some students wore black face paint and Afro wigs to a game.

Ray says that by wearing black to an upcoming game against Utah, fans can show the progress OSU has made since 2007.

Oregon State’s school colors are black and orange.

The athletic department had printed “wear black” or “wear orange” on tickets, posters and its website to promote school colors at different games in Reser Stadium.



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