Syracuse University announced yesterday their teams will no longer be known as the Orangemen and Orangewomen. From now on all of SU's teams, male and female, will be known simply as the Syracuse Orange. Bad idea, I think. Thoughts?
Similarly humorous, one of the local JC's (Scottsdale Community College) mascot is the artichoke .
"Our mascot was born in 1972 as a result of a philosophical difference between students and school administrators. Student government ran an election to name a mascot, and in protest, surprised and shocked the administration by declaring the "artichoke" as the mascot."
When I was attending UMass at Amherst, there was a serious movement to get the Minuteman removed as the school mascot. I believe it was referred to as a 'Gun-toting, white male' by the opposition. I once suggested changing our mascot to the UMass Happy Flowers, but it was thought that it would be too exclusionary (what about all of the unhappy flowers?).