Jason Loviglio, Media and Communication Studies, in the Baltimore Sun

When the Maryland Jockey Club revealed its Preakness mascot this week—Kegasus, a half man, half horse party “manimal”—reactions were mixed, with many people saying that the mascot promoted a side of the Preakness that should be downplayed rather than celebrated.

“If the goal is to let them know they will be able to drink to excess, it does communicate that,” said Jason Loviglio, director of the media and communication studies program.

The story, “Putting a New, Strange Face on Preakness” appeared in the Baltimore Sun on March 30.

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