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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Lyrics to Rutgers University's 140-year-old alma mater have been changed to become gender neutral.

Rutgers was an all-male college when "On the Banks of the Old Raritan" was written by two glee club members in 1873.

But today, half of the 65,000 students are women so the opening verse - "My father sent me to old Rutgers/And resolved that I should be a man" - doesn't make sense.

Choral activities director Patrick Gardner tells The Home News Tribune of East Brunswick  the lyrics have been an issue throughout his 20 years and he felt it was time to make a change.

The result: "From far and near we came to Rutgers/And resolved to learn all that we can."

Gardner believes people will eventually accept the change.

Information from: Home News Tribune (East Brunswick, N.J.) , http://www.mycentraljersey.com

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