In 1994 St. John’s was pressured to change its nickname because American Indian groups felt Redmen was a slur on their heritage. A University committee, headed by Lou Caresecca, was established in November of ’93 to review nickname changes, and in June of ’94, after finishing the worst basketball season in 31 years, Carnesecca held a news conference announcing the school’s new nickname and logo. After faculty, alumini and students were polled, Redstorm was agreed upon as the new nickname. The University says the nickname is here to stay, saying it represents an uprising.
The Redmen was said to have originated from the red uniforms the football team used to wear, but its logo definately suggested otherwise.