Monday, June 12, 2006

MUN crest symbolism

Mark mentioned in comments on my earlier post about the new MUN brand, that he didn't see how the crest represented the war dead. I see his point but I still think we should stay true to what the idea of Memorial University was created as, even if it is symbolic as the crest is . I don't expect to see pictures of dead soldiers in the logo or anything literal, just some kind of remembrance of the Memorial in Memorial University of Newfoundland, no matter how minor.


At 8:00 PM, Blogger John Mutford said...

Maybe they could decide not to honour the veterans too. Simply become "University" and join Prince, Madonna and Sting in the one-namers club. That would be hip wouldn't it?

At 12:00 AM, Anonymous Jackie said...

Some people have been slamming MUN for the "irony" that they have dropped Newfoundland, yet they are honouring the 90th anniversary, etc. Doesn't anyone else (who is not too cynical) see that MUN hasn't (I don't think) turned its back on its heritage by changing its logo, that this is not irony; but in fact, the honour is homage? I've been quiet on the whole debate, but it seems 'hyper-cynical' (borderline paranoid) to think that MUN is suddenly not paying respect to the province and fallen war heroes just because of a silly logo. My two cents. J.

At 12:45 AM, Blogger Sure b'y said...

Uh, okay, Jackie. How about the fact that the memorial is supposed to be for the Newfoundlanders killed in the war yet the word Newfoundland is not anywhere there? Just saying.

I think the point of people being upset has been more than just "a silly logo". At least it is for me. It's the whole silly brand and the silly word "become" with the silly period after it underneath the silly logo. It's the absence of any sign of where this mysterious "Memorial University" exists in the logo or the branding.

I respect your opinion, I really do and I'm actually glad to hear some counter points to what has been a pretty much negative response in the blog world, I just don't agree.

If your problem with the word "ironic" comes from my comment in RJ's blog (about Beaumont Hamel), my point was the fact that this honouring of soldiers is happening at a time when people are questioning the new logo and whether or not it is forgetting the soldiers the university was set up to memorialize. Thanks for your comments.


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