Your Take: UConn Says Shoreline School's Husky Mascot Can Stay, But Design Must Change

In a scramble over the UConn and the Morgan School mascot, the Husky, the university calls the shots. What's your take on the issue?

After negotiations with University of Connecticut (UConn) officials, the 59-year mascot for the Morgan School in Clinton will remain, but its look must change.

"We are not changing the mascot from a Husky to something else," confirmed Morgan School Principal Keri Hagness. "But we must make changes to our current design."

The Marketing and Licensing Department at UConn has issued a "cease and desist" on any future production of Morgan School's design of their mascot without it first being radically changed. The ordering of items such as new sports shirts and hats are "on hold" for right now.

"They want to know what our plan is to correct it," added Hagness.

All of this came about when an alleged visitor to the high school took a photo of the large Husky painted on the gymnasium floor and sent the photo to UConn officials.

Hagness noted that school board attorney, Kevin Roy, said there needs to be a new design that UConn will then approve.

"It cannot project the image of UConn's Husky," said Hagness.

Kathryn Averill, a senior art student at Morgan, is currently on the job designing some new Husky logos, said Hagness.

Most of the students at the school see the forced change as an opportunity to come up with a Husky that is truly "Morgan," said Hagness.

"The kids have taken to this argument to come up with their own design," she said.

What's your take: Do you think UConn should have issued the cease and dismiss order demanding the shoreline school alter it's near 59-year-old mascot image because it resembles the Husky's?

donald n. mei October 22, 2012 at 08:10 PM
This is what happens when a state university sees itself becoming "big-time". How utterly absurd! I hope the Eskimos sue the university's a** off! If UCONN had any class, they would charge Morgan $1 per year for the right to use the name and logo. Maybe our intrepid legislators will step in and squash the UCONN licensing and marketing department.
Janet Rasile October 23, 2012 at 10:34 AM
I would guess that the number of apparel items that are printed with the Morgan school logo is so small in comparison to UCONN. I'm sure that there are not orders being taken from far and wide to wear a Morgan t-shirt. You'll have the student body and a few parents. What threat is that to UCONN? What expense is it to Morgan School? Is that just an easily removed appliqué ?and one more question, who took the picture and sent it to UCONN officials?


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