|(above) Dave Raymond's company doesn't mention any minority staffers on their website|
|(above) Will Guy, Tom Bancroft, Leighton Hubbell and Dave Raymond have been brought aboard to develop the new "Pioneer" mascot after the The University of Denver Mascot Task Force was unable to locate any minority candidates|
DU Mascot Task Force Mission Statement
"We, the University of Denver Mascot Steering Committee, shall uphold our University's tenant values of Excellence, Innovation, Engagement, Integrity and Inclusiveness.
We shall facilitate the selection of an official mascot that empower, inspires and celebrates the many traditions, beliefs and identities of our DU community and what it means to be a Pioneer."
Imagine our surprise when the University of Denver Mascot Task Force announced today via Facebook that they had brought aboard additional artists to develop the Elk, Jackalope or Mountaineer mascot. It was rumored that the original artist, Leighton Hubbell, was struggling, like the rest of us, to envision an Elk, Jackalope or a Mountaineer that looked like a "Pioneer."
It was also a surprise to find out that the student who had originally approached Chancellor Coombe to develop a new mascot, DU junior Will Guy, a co-chair of the Committee, was named as one of the "four artists working on the final concepts." If this is the Committee's concept of "Integrity," we love to see how they define "Conflict of Interest."
But the biggest shock was still to come. The four artists commissioned by the University were all white males [see photo above].
The official response from the Steering Committee on Facebook when queried about the oversight, "We reached out to a variety of designers, but given the time-sensitive nature of this project, we have to move forward to refining the concepts. We selected these artists because they responded to our request that they work with us and they are able to dedicate the time that this project deserves and still meet various deadlines."