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Ben Jay and Rainbow nickname advocate meet

April 3rd, 2013

University of Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay and Stephen Chinen, the man who is trying to save the Rainbow nickname for UH men's sports, met in person for a half hour on Tuesday and came to an agreement.

"We agreed to disagree," Chinen told me. Jay repeated the same thing.

"We had a good meeting," Jay said. "He's very passionate, but I explained our position. We just agree to disagree."

Chinen said he asked Jay what would have him change his mind about calling all UH men's teams Warriors, officially starting July 1.

"His answer was, 'Nothing,'," said Chinen, who spent the rest of his day meeting with other department heads at UH discussing the nickname issue.

Chinen said plans for a Rally 4 Rainbows at UH are still on. He is hoping for a crowd in the thousands on May 3 at Bachman Hall and is looking into renting buses to transport protesters to campus.

Jay announced in February that as of July 1 all UH men's teams would assume the Warriors nickname and drop Rainbows. Some teams, including football, are already officially called Warriors.

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