Let's keep separate issues separate. There's a whole discussion related to subheads or any of the content elements that is related to, but not entirely enmeshed with, visual design.
Content and style must be separate in our thinking as well as in our code. The visual design shouldn't dictate any decisions on removing or retaining a piece of content. Sure, the chosen visual style can be influential in the decisionmaking on whether to remove or retain a content element, but design doesn't drive decisions on content. The design will evolve between the day it is chosen and the time it's deployed in August, and some of that evolution will be a result of what discussions we have on modifications to the Style Guide.
As a matter of design, I think that every content element we currently have in the HTML should be accommodated in the 'redesign' candidates. I'd prefer to see any calls for deprecation of a content element be discussed as issues apart from an 'omnibus' design decision.
Robert J Crisler
Manager, Internet and Interactive Media
321 Canfield Administration Building
University of Nebraska-Lincoln