This message was originally sent via email to university President Kim Cline, and Athletic Director Debbie DeJong, and shared with the Pioneer by the writer.
As an alum (of the business school) and a retired LIU employee I am shocked and saddened to see the announcement of the new mascot. Did no one realize that Suffolk Community College in Selden, just a few miles down the road, have been the Sharks for years! Could no one at LIU come up with a mascot that would not duplicate a community college and yet be unique to LIU and the Long Island area? So disappointing.