Why this petition matters
In 2001, History was made when RISD students came together and unveiled what is possibly the greatest artistic endeavor to ever come out of our esteemed institution- Scrotie the Scrotum was born as RISD's unofficial mascot.
Quickly, students at the school embraced our new figurehead. He's become a celebrated icon of our school.
RISD recently has "Launched a new identity". Part of this campaign includes a new color scheme, font, and merchandise. It also includes quietly erasing our beloved Scrotie.
What many of us thought was just a silly rumor of RISD getting rid of our mascot, is all but confirmed in our Course Catalog with the winter session course titled "REDESIGNING OUR IDENTITY" where Its description reads: "Harnessing the irreverent humor of our former mascot this studio class will engage students to develop the "brand" or identity of our new mascot."
RISD Students were not asked for their opinion on desecrating our current mascot.
They say "RISD has never had an official, institution-wide identity before", but many of us feel as if this is not true. RISD's identity exists within the collaboration of its community members. It's found in the way students embrace each other's creations. This is exemplified in no better way than through the decades of love and enthusiasm students have shown through Scrotie, The Balls, The Nads, The Pricks, and every other sports team and club with a playful name.
Scrotie was born, and continues to live, through the love of RISD students.
RISD's rebranding is centered around the idea of "asking Questions".
But the real question that should be asked is, Why is the school trying to take away a part of what makes our university great?