While many students were generally unimpressed with the new husky logo that UConn unveiled earlier this month, one senior was upset for another reason; she thinks it encourages "rape culture". Carolyn Luby, a student majoring in Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies, wrote an open letter to UConn President Susan Herbst via thefeministwire.com, claiming that the school's new mascot is frightening for young women.
"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."
She also criticizes a quote from Geno Auriemma, in which he praised the new logo for showing "fight".
"It is looking right through you and saying, ‘Do not mess with me.’ This is a streamlined, fighting dog, and I cannot wait for it to be on our uniforms and court.~Geno Auriemma stated about the new logo change."
In the letter, Luby takes exception to the school's focus on its new visual identity, saying the administration should instead be focusing on cleaning up its athletics programs. She goes on to list four separate examples, including the school's APR scores and recent domestic violence issues.