Friday, December 2, 2022

University Student Closes the Petition for Mascot Change

Photo by Callie Daniels Bryant (2014)
Photo by Callie Daniels Bryant (2014)

Yesterday, the petition to change the current mascot to the Landsharks have collected 3,616 signatures with 1,384 signatures needed to reach 5,000.

However, its founder, Sam Fowlkes, has closed the petition yesterday. He provided the following statement to the Clarion-Ledger which he also sent to

He said, “I love this University and the future of the athletic department. I, personally, took the petition down because I care about the Landshark and working with the athletic department to potentially make changes on this campus. This process should be a collaborative effort. Out of respect for Ross Bjork and this University, I removed my petition and hope that we can have another conversation at the end of the season, when the timing is better. Thank you for your time and support.”

Read the original story here.

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