That old adage about not succeeding the first time and trying again certainly applies to Saint Louis University's mascot.
On Wednesday night, the university unveiled its new Billiken mascot, which is a re-do of a re-do.
The school first revamped its mythical symbol last September, but it was quickly met with disgust and jeers.
The Billiken has been the SLU mascot for decades. But older versions were softer and more welcoming. The version released in the fall had sharper lines and a more menacing look. It spurred hundreds of comments on social media from alumni and current students.
"It’s kind of creepy looking," Quin Brudney told St. Louis Public Radio at the time. Matthew Graham described it as "something you’d see in a child’s nightmare."
The negative feedback prompted SLU President Fred Pestello to order a do-over, saying he was listening to the college community.
The university says it received feedback from 17,000 people in a November poll to inform its new design. Traits the school sought included being lovable, popular, entertaining, competitive and unique.
The latest version still has a grimace and a sharper face than the one most alumni recall. This time, though, both of its eyes are open and its mouth isn’t. Additionally, it's no longer half grey, but completely white, like many previous iterations.
Your Saint Louis University Billiken! pic.twitter.com/k3ujZtHujV
— Billiken Athletics (@SLU_Billikens) January 26, 2017
Dale Singer contributed reporting.
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