UW-Eau Claire student body selects mascot

UW-Eau Claire Student Senate Press Release

EAU CLAIRE — The Student Senate is pleased to announce that the student body has selected their mascot, determined by the results of a survey emailed to all students last week.
A committee of students appointed by Student Senate put out a call to students, faculty, staff and alumni asking for mascot image submissions in April. After a month of submissions, the committee selected four finalists. The committee then sent a survey to all university students via email, asking them to rank the four mascot images in their order of preference.

At the survey closing, 2,698 students had completed the survey. With 57.12 percent of the vote, the image chosen as the student mascot was one created by Ben Stroinski, alumnus of UW-Eau Claire 2004 class. The image may be seen below.

The Student Senate, on behalf of students, will now pursue a physical mascot suit and students to portray it at University functions. This mascot will represent the students of UW-Eau Claire, not the university itself. The hope is that over time the University will also adopt the student mascot as its own representation and as the official mascot of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.


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  • by John Location: EC on May 21, 2011 at 10:56 AM
    Looks like a stoned blue jay.
  • by Willy Location: Elmwood on May 20, 2011 at 04:57 AM
    Should have just used the EC logo and the blue and gold colors and not had a mascot at all.
  • by Anonymous on May 19, 2011 at 11:33 AM
    I'm not offended. In fact, I could really care less.
  • by UWEC alumnist on May 19, 2011 at 10:00 AM
    So that's what a blugold looks like. I always imagined it would look something like a fish.
  • by Anonymous Location: ECW on May 19, 2011 at 09:06 AM
    How about the "floppin bluegills."
  • by Tony Location: EC on May 19, 2011 at 08:23 AM
    Well this political correctness sure brings out many stupid names! By the way, I am offended too!
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      by Anonymous on May 19, 2011 at 11:14 AM in reply to Tony
      what are you talking about?
  • by mark Location: eau claire on May 19, 2011 at 07:14 AM
    F.Y.I. this idea of creating a B.G. mascot was presented to the student body in the mid sixties. We must petition to bring back some of those ideas because students of that era were much more talented then current students (didn't need computer imagery) but our ideas were trashed. I suggest we trash this image and keep the idea of what is a Blu Gold in a cloack of secrecy.
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      by Anonymous on May 19, 2011 at 08:06 AM in reply to mark
      Wow, really? "students of that era were much more talented then current students (didn't need computer imagery) " That statement is both arrogant and ignorant.
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      by g on May 19, 2011 at 11:08 PM in reply to mark
      Some of the students of the sixties were the biggest drain and embarrassment of this country's history.
  • by alum on May 19, 2011 at 06:36 AM
    Think it looks great....
  • by Jim Location: Eau Claire class '75 on May 19, 2011 at 05:48 AM
    Alright, we're now the fighting blue jays! Whoops, can't say "fighting." We are now the blue jays. Hey, aren't they a rather obnoxious thief of a bird? Has anyone poled the bird population to make sure they are ok with all of this?
  • by john k Location: ec on May 19, 2011 at 05:12 AM
    Should have went with the bluegill!
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