Blugold gets a new name

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- UW Eau Claire students are deciding on the name for their student mascot-the Blugold.

"I was thinking maybe Blue or Goldi, just because our school is built around the term “blugold”, and we are very school-spirited,” said UW Eau Claire student Allie Trainor.

"We should be the Eau Claire cassias,” said student Cassie Gonnering.

"We could be the Blue Gold Spirits or something," said student Larissa Casknaster.

Those are some of the creative names UW Eau Claire students have come up with for their student mascot. The university hasn't had an official mascot since its inception. But, Student Senate Vice President Patrick Martrin says it is time to change that.

"Students are behind that idea, we've decided to make it an official student mascot, and now we are onto the naming process and it's here to stay, at least for the students,” said Martin.

The school’s official log has been in place for a while, but students say without an actually mascot it’s hard to tell what a Bluegold really is.

"I mean I'm a blue gold, but I don't know what it is,” said Casknaster.

"There are times when people ask what our mascot is, and I can't reply because … we don't really have one,” said Trainor.

Some students say having a student mascot for the school will tie the University and student community together.

"I think it could boost morale, especially if we see the mascot at a game," said student James Halverson.

"I think it will improve student involvement,” said Gonnering.

"It will really be a way to project UW Eau Claire's vision into the community,” said Martin.

Five names have been chosen for the mascot, and students get to vote on the new name for the Blugold all this week.

"For the first time you will be able to point and say there is the blue gold is,” said Martin.

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