Mascots we'd like to see

One of many incarnations of Pete the Panther. Wonder if he still has the swell sweater?

Did you know that Chapman’s black panther mascot dates back to 1924, when the student body of California Christian College (as Chapman was then known) selected it?  (And that it’s completely a coincidence that the mascot of Orange High School – whose property Chapman purchased in 1954 to build the current campus, and which is now located just down the street – is also a black panther?)

But shouldn’t there be a better way to select mascots than by a (yawn) democratic vote?   

Here are some college team nicknames suggested by the readers of the
Chronicle of Higher Education’s
“Tweed” blog – monickers that flow logically from the name of the college they represent. If these inspire you to conjure more, post ’em!  

The Whitman Chocolates

The King’s College Kongs

The Rice Krispies

The C.W. Post College Toasties

The Ole Miss Americas

The George Washington Carvers

The Occidental Tourists

The Austin Peay Standing Ups

The Gettysburg Addresses

The Coe Dependents

The Smith AndWessons

The Pace Makers

The Oregon Donors

The St. Johns Worts

The Pitt Stops

The Xavier Cugats

The Texas A&M Enems

The Colgate Palmolives

The Columbia Pictures

The Elon Gators

The UC Santa Barbara Streisands

The Marshall Arts

The Brown Nosers

The Penn Ultimates

The Stanford Somethings

The Cal Poly Unsaturates

The Creighton Barrels

The Simpson Homers

The Cornell Wests

The Wash U OuttaMyHairs

The Tulane Highways

The Tufts Loves

 Any more suggestions?  Post ‘em!!

Dawn Bonker