First he lost his job. Now he’s losing his home.
J.J., the bulldog mascot for Georgetown University, was “retired” last month, part of a settlement agreement with two parents whose child was bitten by the dog. Then on Thursday, Rev. Christopher Steck, one of J.J.s’ handlers on the campus, announced he was looking for a local family to adopt the bulldog.
With J.J. going into exile, students want to make sure they won’t be losing out on having a live mascot for too long.
Since the 1960s, Georgetown University has had a live mascot, each making his own mark in campus life.
On March 30, 2012, Georgetown announced the donation of a new bulldog puppy “Jack Junior” from San Diego breeders Janice and Marcus Hochstetler, whose children were attending the university. Things didn’t work out for J.J., but there is still a desire among students to have a canine represent the school.
Photo Courtesy of Georgetown University.
Since the July announcement of J.J.’s retirement a Change.org petition has been created to ensure another live mascot will be chosen. It is supported by Georgetown University Student Association and Hoya Blue.
The petition was posted by the head of the Jack Crew, Nevada Schadler, and already has 342 supporters. The petition asks the university to consider students’ perspectives and ensure that a live mascot will continue to live on campus. The petition has worldwide reach and has gotten signatures from Hoya alumini in Switzerland, Peru, Turkey and the United States.
Hoya Blue, the official student spirit organization, stated on its Facebook page that “Hoya Blue played an integral part in bringing Jack back to campus in the late 90s and we will continue to fight to ensure that this tradition continues for Generations to Come.”