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New NIC mascot unveiled

Cecil the Cardinal celebrated his 80th birthday last night with a makeover during the North Idaho College halftime show at the men's basketball game (a 96 - 60 victory over Colorado Northwestern Community College) Thursday, Jan. 17. He electrified the crowd with some high-flying dunks in his new wings after the old mascot was carted off the court in an ambulance. Video of the halftime show can be seen at www.youtube.com/user/NorthIdahoCollege/.

I didn't know the NIC Cardinal was named Cecil. Did you?

Community outcry prompts E. Idaho school district to slow move away from ‘Redskins’ mascot

After a community outcry, an eastern Idaho school district is delaying its transition away from its “Redskins” school mascot, the AP reports. In the wake of a Monday public hearing on the plan, Driggs school Superintendent Monte Woolstenhulme says he needs more time to work with school administrators and patrons on the transition; that means the mascot will remain for the upcoming school year. On Monday, nearly 170 residents attended a three-hour public hearing. Of the 67 people who testified, only three supported the mascot change and two more were neutral, with the majority urging to keep the name in a nod to school tradition and school pride. A “Save the Redskins” Facebook page has attracted 1,279 followers and an online petition to save the mascot on Change.org had collected 628 signatures by Tuesday. Meanwhile, Shoshone-Bannock tribal leaders called the name disrespectful and offensive. Click below for a full report from the AP.

Teton High Fights For Redskins Mascot

Sports teams at eastern Idaho’s Teton High School will still be known as the Redskins — at least for now. District Superintendent Monte Woolstenhulme still believes the school should drop the nickname, but the name and the school logo will remain intact for the time being. “I knew there would be passionate response to this, but not this large, this much or this fast,” Woolstenhulme told the Teton Valley News. Woolstenhulme announced his plan at a school board meeting Monday, according to the News. Opponents quickly began an online petition drive protesting the move. And as of Friday, a “Save the Redskins” Facebook page had attracted more than 1,200 members/Kevin Richert, The EDge. More here.

Question: As far as mascots go, Redskins is a no brainer. It's derogatory. School districts should toss it. Do you agree?

A Dog Named Huck

Meet the official mascot of HucksOnline: “Huck.” Digger provides this intro to the dog that he & Spazz own in Moscow: “This is Huck. He was named Huck because (a) Hucks Online is my favorite blog; (b) Spazz and I both thought it'd be fun in case we got a black lab we could name Jim and (c) he was a rescue dog found in a huckleberry patch. Notice that reason (A) has to do with you.”

Joe Vandal, UM Mascot In Finals

Monte, the University of Montana’s ever-gregarious mascot, is one of eight finalists in the national Capitol One Mascot of the Year contest. The university’s cuddly bear is currently in third place behind Old Dominion’s “Big Blue” and the University of Texas El Paso’s “Pay Dirt Pete.” Monte, of course, is a two-time defending champion, having claimed the title in 2002 and 2004. United Mascots on Tuesday announced the eight finalists who will advance to the playoffs. Rounding out the final eight playoff mascots is Ohio State’s “Brutus,” “Puddles the Duck” from the University of Oregon, defending champion “Bearcat” of the University of Cincinnati, “Joe Vandal” of the University of Idaho, and Western Kentucky’s “Big Red”/Chelsi Moy, Missoulian. More here. (AP file photo of Joe Vandal at basketball game this spring)

Question: Which mascot do you prefer — University of Montana’s Monte or Joe Vandal?

What Is It?

Above, you see the photo taken by Rich Roesler, Eye On Olympia, of a mascot for a Washington college. Roesler explains: “The state’s public colleges are putting on a full-court press in Olympia today, with mascots prowling the capitol, Cougar ice cream being handed out, and bands in the rotunda. The most feared mascot seemed to be (deleted for the sake of the question below), which male lawmakers and lobbyists seemed reluctant to hug. Go figure.

Question: What is the mascot above and which college does it represent? (Answer here)