LIU finally settles on a new nickname


Long Island University finally has a new nickname, even if some people didn’t want to ditch the old one.

The school, on the verge of merging its Brooklyn and Post athletic programs, on Wednesday has renamed its team the Sharks. The nickname beat out Eagles and Falcons in a vote by student and alumni.

But there were many former LIU Brooklyn athletes and alumni that wanted to keep the Blackbirds nickname.

On March 25, a group of 12 former LIU Brooklyn athletes and alumni met with the school’s president, Kimberly Cline, to address their concerns. But she told them they were getting rid of Blackbirds because they didn’t want to diminish Post, and that the university also heard from people that the Blackbird was an offensive racist mascot, a source, who attended the meeting, told The Post’s Zach Braziller.

The group also asked Cline why not include Blackbirds and Pioneers as part of the ballot, but she said a marketing firm the school has consulted suggested to wipe the slate clean.

“Long Island University students and alumni took the opportunity to set a distinct path by choosing the fearsome Shark as our mascot,” LIU athletic director Debbie DeJong said in a statement. “As we elevate LIU’s campuses into a single, stronger Division I program, we will join together proudly as Sharks.”