Mascot for Metro State?

Mascot for Metro State?
Image courtesy of Minnesota State University Mankato and SouthWest Minnesota State University
Kathryn Ganfield

Kathryn Ganfield

Kathryn Ganfield is the current Editor of the Metropolitan Student Newspaper.

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It’s some­thing you assume your col­lege has. And I feel slighted that we don’t,” said Jes­sica Maistro­vich, Stu­dent Sen­ate Trea­surer, in explain­ing her drive to cre­ate a mascot

for Met­ro­pol­i­tan State Uni­ver­sity. “Mas­cots cre­ate a sense of com­mu­nity and belong­ing. Hav­ing one can add that sense of fun that some­times we’re miss­ing as a more adult col­lege,” she said.

Maistrovich’s motion to cre­ate a mas­cot task force was passed unan­i­mously at the Sept. 8 Stu­dent Sen­ate meeting.

I wel­come this, and I want you to have all the infor­ma­tion you need,” said Met­ro­pol­i­tan State Uni­ver­sity Pres­i­dent Ginny Arthur at the meet­ing. She offered to con­nect the task force with the Vice Pres­i­dent of Mar­ket­ing and staff mem­bers con­duct­ing a brand­ing study of the university.

Alysia Lajune, Coor­di­na­tor for Stu­dent Life and Lead­er­ship Devel­op­ment, advised the new task force to review past years’ Stu­dent Sen­ate min­utes for dis­cus­sions of a mas­cot. “It’s come up before, there have been ebbs and flows,” she said. “You’ll want to see if there’s an appetite for [a mas­cot] on campus.”

All uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity mem­bers are wel­come to par­tic­i­pate in meet­ings. Maistro­vich will chair the task force. “I need input from stu­dents. We will be ask­ing for sug­ges­tions and then maybe do an all-​school sur­vey of the top five ideas,” she said.

Meet­ings will be held in Stu­dent Cen­ter room 201, from 5 to 6 p.m. on the third Tues­day of the month. The first meet­ing is Oct. 17. The task force will con­tinue to meet until they cre­ate a mas­cot — or opt not to.

Maistro­vich acknowl­edged the breadth of opin­ion on cam­pus about a mas­cot. “We don’t have sports teams so there­fore we don’t need one? I don’t think that’s nec­es­sar­ily a valid argu­ment,” she said. “I would still like a day where we wear school col­ors and have that feel­ing of com­mu­nity that that cre­ates. It’s espe­cially impor­tant at our school where we don’t always have that sense of unity.”

The task force will take into con­sid­er­a­tion the pros and cons of hav­ing a Metro State mas­cot, and why two major pushes for a mas­cot in the past “fiz­zled out,” said Maistrovich.

A mas­cot is some­thing you can rally behind. The same way you would rally behind a sports team. Just hav­ing it gives you that lit­tle com­mu­nity boost,” said Maistro­vich. She hopes the task force will be suc­cess­ful in pulling Metro State together around a sin­gle emblem. “What a last­ing accom­plish­ment that would be, to do that for the school,” she said.

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