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Here is my opinion on the new UConn Mascot.
If you look at the changes that have been made from the 1970s on they have been very subtle, this change should have followed suit, I don’t think I would hate it as much if they had kept it a side profile? Or maybe changed the profile but left off the blue? It’s not the same breed as our real dog… 
This is the new “athletics logo” but it is being forced on the entire institution and will not JUST be appearing on uniforms and in sports venues. It’s going to be all over campus, in all the residents halls, in the Student Union, on the lamp posts, EVERYWHERE. So it’s not just the “athletics logo” it’s the logo for the whole University. 
That being said, athletics was the only department truly consulted on the creation of the new logo. There are 700 student athletes and 17,000 undergraduate students. Apparently it is not important if the rest of us identify with the traits of the new husky as long as the athletes want to wear it onto the court/field. 
The University of Connecticut is an academic institution first and foremost. We are not a professional sports team. They are acting like UConn is ONLY athletics. I am heavily involved on campus and have been recognized as a student leader on several occasions. Are my contributions considered lesser because they are under the department of Student Activities and not under athletics? I consider myself an asset to campus just as any of the registered student athletes are assets to campus. So why doesn’t it matter if I identify with the logo? 
The new logo, as quoted by Geno Auriemma in the official press conference, ”is everything that a Husky is supposed to be – powerful, aggressive, determined…It is looking right through you and saying ‘Do not mess with me.’ This is a streamlined, fighting dog…” This is the same University that has been working so hard in the last few years to end aggression and destructive behavior in their students. Now you’re telling us that in order to be respected by institutions we have to be aggressive and fighters? I for one do not feel like you need to be feared and be aggressive in order to be a respected and powerful individual. But apparently my opinions don’t matter because students (other than athletes) were not consulted until AFTER the logo was released. 

Here is my opinion on the new UConn Mascot.

  1. If you look at the changes that have been made from the 1970s on they have been very subtle, this change should have followed suit, I don’t think I would hate it as much if they had kept it a side profile? Or maybe changed the profile but left off the blue? It’s not the same breed as our real dog…
     
  2. This is the new “athletics logo” but it is being forced on the entire institution and will not JUST be appearing on uniforms and in sports venues. It’s going to be all over campus, in all the residents halls, in the Student Union, on the lamp posts, EVERYWHERE. So it’s not just the “athletics logo” it’s the logo for the whole University.
     
  3. That being said, athletics was the only department truly consulted on the creation of the new logo. There are 700 student athletes and 17,000 undergraduate students. Apparently it is not important if the rest of us identify with the traits of the new husky as long as the athletes want to wear it onto the court/field.
     
  4. The University of Connecticut is an academic institution first and foremost. We are not a professional sports team. They are acting like UConn is ONLY athletics. I am heavily involved on campus and have been recognized as a student leader on several occasions. Are my contributions considered lesser because they are under the department of Student Activities and not under athletics? I consider myself an asset to campus just as any of the registered student athletes are assets to campus. So why doesn’t it matter if I identify with the logo?
     
  5. The new logo, as quoted by Geno Auriemma in the official press conference, ”is everything that a Husky is supposed to be – powerful, aggressive, determined…It is looking right through you and saying ‘Do not mess with me.’ This is a streamlined, fighting dog…” This is the same University that has been working so hard in the last few years to end aggression and destructive behavior in their students. Now you’re telling us that in order to be respected by institutions we have to be aggressive and fighters? I for one do not feel like you need to be feared and be aggressive in order to be a respected and powerful individual. But apparently my opinions don’t matter because students (other than athletes) were not consulted until AFTER the logo was released. 
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