Marietta College (in Marietta, Ohio) is considering changing its mascot, Putnam the Pio, and its accompanying logo, a pioneer, because of concerns over possible "lack of inclusivity." Putnam the Pio was installed as Marietta College’s official mascot only six years ago, in 2014. He is modeled after General Rufus Putnam, the founder of the first permanent settlement in the Northwest Territory, and a combatant in the American Revolutionary War…two seemingly great accomplishments and positive attributes.
Nonetheless, according to a recent email sent to the campus community by Marietta College President Bill Ruud, a 12-month review of the mascot and logo is now underway. Ruud wrote: "In light of recent events around our country and feedback from alumni and other friends of the College, Marietta College will undergo a thorough review of its Pioneer Mascot. This 12-month process makes official the preliminary discussions our leadership team and I have been having with interested alumni constituents throughout this past summer and fall, as well as with the Board of Trustees and Marietta College Alumni Association.”
Here is the Merriam-Webster definition of “pioneer”: 1)