Penn State fans start petition to restore old logo

Penn State University unveiled a new shield logo earlier this week, and it has been met with mixed results, so mixed that an alum named Doug Albert has started a petition to go back to the old shield logo. First, here are the two logos for a side-by-side comparison.

Penn State unveils new shield logo: http://t.co/pfUBxzlm1b pic.twitter.com/Xyto5GLZsu

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Albert’s petition is almost at its goal of 2,500 signatures on Change.org, and his following statement can also be seen there as well.

LETTER TO
Office of Strategic Communications Penn State University
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</a></div></div>” data-tolerance=”20″ data-ellipsis=”” data-height=”100″ data-_block=”We understand an updated logo is needed to translate better for today’s digital world, but the new logo fails to capture Penn State’s traditional colors, prestigious feel and iconic lion. Our original logo symbolizes a brand that thousands of students and alumni rallied around during trying times–that logo made us feel Penn State Proud. The new logo does not represent our heritage in the same way. We understand not everyone will agree on a new design, however, it is unacceptable that the University spent $128,000 while never asking the public opinions of the two most important groups–the students and alumni. We ask that the logo is redesigned to better represent our traditional logo and the students and alumni are offered the opportunity to cast our vote.<br /><br /><br />Thank You,<br /><br />Doug Albert<br />Class of 95’” data-view-attached=”true”>We understand an updated logo is needed to translate better for today’s digital world, but the new logo fails to capture Penn State’s traditional colors, prestigious feel and iconic lion. Our original logo symbolizes a brand that thousands of students and alumni rallied around during trying times–that logo made us feel Penn State Proud. The new logo does not represent our heritage in the same way. We understand not everyone will agree on a new design, however, it is unacceptable that the University spent $128,000 while never asking the public opinions of the two most important groups–the students and alumni. We ask that the logo is redesigned to better represent our traditional logo and the students and alumni are offered the opportunity to cast our vote.Thank You,

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</a></div></div>” data-tolerance=”20″ data-ellipsis=”” data-height=”100″ data-_block=”We understand an updated logo is needed to translate better for today’s digital world, but the new logo fails to capture Penn State’s traditional colors, prestigious feel and iconic lion. Our original logo symbolizes a brand that thousands of students and alumni rallied around during trying times–that logo made us feel Penn State Proud. The new logo does not represent our heritage in the same way. We understand not everyone will agree on a new design, however, it is unacceptable that the University spent $128,000 while never asking the public opinions of the two most important groups–the students and alumni. We ask that the logo is redesigned to better represent our traditional logo and the students and alumni are offered the opportunity to cast our vote.<br /><br /><br />Thank You,<br /><br />Doug Albert<br />Class of 95’” data-view-attached=”true”>It’s hard to argue with Mr. Albert’s logic, as the new logo doesn’t exactly scream iconic. Instead of a proud Nittany Lion, it just looks like a random big cat or other animal staring blankly off into space. Keep in mind that Penn State won two national championships under Joe Paterno and three Big Ten Conference titles, and its men’s basketball team made the Final Four back in 1954. Though the past few years have been a bit rough, this is a storied program that deserves a logo that is just as such.