ASU draws backlash for new 'Sparky the Sun Devil'
Web Producer: Mekita Rivas
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona State University administrators are getting backlash from students and alumni who dislike the new version of Sparky the Sun Devil, the school's costumed mascot.
According to The Arizona Republic, the new version has big eyes and bulging muscles - features that focus groups said are more kid-friendly.
However, there's been criticism aplenty on social media and the campus newspaper says the new Sparky looks like a villain who would scare children.
The student government may conduct a referendum on Sparky next month.
University President Michael Crow says a senior university administrator will meet with students to discuss the situation.
The new Sparky was unveiled at a March 1 news conference and is to appear at a spring football game in April.
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