Nicholls State University’s redesigned mascot has angered some alumni who find it has a striking resemblance “to a soldier from Adolf Hitler's Third Reich or a member of Soviet Russia's Red Army.” The Times-Picayune reports that the university spent $30,000 to rebrand the logo of Col. Tillou – the mascot named after Francis Redding Tillou Nicholls, university namesake, former Louisiana governor and Confederate officer. The new logo replaces an older one – with a white-bearded man wearing a gray uniform – that was retired in 2004 after a local chapter of the NAACP found it offensive. One alumnus told The Times-Picayune that “the new image seems evil, faceless and inhuman." The university plans to stick by the new mascot logo, for now. Those skeptical of it are reserving judgment until they see the university's soon-to-be-unveiled costumed mascot. (This corrects an earlier version of this brief.)
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