Make IU's Mascot the "Soy Boy"

Make IU's Mascot the "Soy Boy"

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Colin Dombrowski started this petition to Michael McRobbie

For too long IU hasn't had a mascot. As Hoosiers, we try to take pride in our school, despite constant frat removals, giant belltowers, and a losing basketball team. We wear our candy-stripes with pride, and we refer to ourselves as Hoosiers. But Hoosier is the identity of Indiana residents, it speaks to our shared heritage. It says that IU is home. But it says nothing about where we're going.

This past year, Bloomington and IU has seen struggles. We've contended with Nazi fruitsellers, sexist professors, and a KKK mural. These events have drawn our ire, drawn our tears, and drawn our passions. And in dealing with them, our community grows ever-stronger. But we have to ask ourselves, who are we as Hoosiers because of Rasmussen, because of the inadequate protection in bike lanes, and because Antifa showed up to our farmer's market? That does it mean for the identity of the IU student?

It means that we are Soyboys.

The alt-right may deride for our devotion to social justice and ethically sourced fruit. Rasmussen may think of us as snowflakes. But we're not snowflakes. We're students who care about the community around us. Who represent inclusivity, diversity, and the soy farmers of Indiana. We are progressive. But also 100% Hoosier much like the soy-agricultural-industrial complex.

As IU students we need a mascot that represents our heritage as Hoosiers, but also captures what it means to live and love the city of Bloomington. Nebraska's mascot is a Cornhusker, Purdue's mascot is literally a train. We should follow their lead, illustrate our love for Indiana and the values that we represent.

So we ask, the administration, the university, President McRobbie himself, vindicate our call for a mascot. Give us a figurehead.

We are the IU Soyboys, and we are proud.


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