University of Connecticut student Carolyn Luby has some harsh words for the university’s recent decision to replace its logo with a more aggressive dog, a move she feels may be symbolic of deeper issues at the school. She asks whether UConn President Susan Herbst is more interested in fostering the school’s “bro” culture among athletes and students, than creating a safe campus environment for women. According to the Daily Campus, Luby says she now feels unsafe on campus.
In a letter posted online, Luby writes Herbst:
Instead of giving these problematic aspects of male athletic peer culture at UConn a second look or a giving the real face of athletics a true makeover, it appears that the focus of your administration is prioritizing the remodeling of the fictional face of the Husky Logo.
… Well President Herbst, the new Husky logo may not be capable of frightening small children, but the face of real life UConn athletics is certainly capable of frightening college women.
… I know what it feels like to have a real life Husky look straight through you and to feel powerless, and to wonder if even the administration cannot “mess with them.”