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Last November Ithaca College initiated a search for an official mascot to accompany our Bombers nickname. Our hope was to select a mascot that would reflect our institutional pride and personify the school spirit that connects us all. As this initiative began, I envisioned it concluding with a mascot that would bring additional life to student events around campus as well as leading the charge on the sidelines and in the stands at athletic contests. 

Throughout this process, we sought your input and made it a priority to listen.  Back in November we asked IC students, alumni, faculty, and staff to submit suggestions for a mascot. The Mascot Selection Task Force received over 250 ideas, which they narrowed down to three finalists presented for your feedback in April.

The survey to gather that feedback was completed by approximately 10,000 of the 50,000 faculty, staff, alumni, current and admitted students to whom it was mailed. The results of that survey showed that our community was split. There were three primary groups: those who expressed enthusiasm for one or more of the mascot finalists, those who did not care for any of the three and advocated for a continued mascot search, and those who did not think Ithaca College needed a mascot at all.

A substantial majority of people in every category of relationship with IC – student, alumni, faculty and staff – would like to have a mascot, and most people in every category were supportive of one of the three finalist options.  However, the minority opposed to having a mascot is large enough and impassioned enough that what began as an initiative to personify Bomber pride instead served as a wedge issue to divide us. Consequently, I have decided that we will discontinue the search for a mascot. We will remain the Bombers as always intended, though without a physical and visual representation. You can find additional information on the “Mascot Conclusion Points of Interest” page by visiting our Ithaca College Mascot page.  

I greatly value the interest so many people showed in the search for a mascot. Regardless of where one stands on whether we should have a mascot, this process showed how much our students, alumni, faculty and staff care about the symbols connected with Ithaca College. We remain deeply connected by pride in our past achievements and commitment to our future aspirations. 

A message from President Rochon concluding the Ithaca College mascot search | 3 Comments |
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A message from President Rochon concluding the Ithaca College mascot search Comment from dturkon on 06/22/11
The squirrel would have been terrific, but I would have accepted any of the three and suspect most people feel the same. We really do have to give people credit. If they don't get their way most will accept that a decision was made based on feedback that's representative of a large contingent and get past it quickly. Ithaca College seems never to get anything done because so few at the top are willing to make decisions that they think might alienate some faction or contingent. How much time, money, energy and good will went into this project and nothing came of it.... Nothing. Will this affect how people respond to future surveys, contests and so on.
A message from President Rochon concluding the Ithaca College mascot search Comment from pfeeney1 on 06/22/11
I disagree. Although it is unfortunate that after all this effort, we have not
decided a mascot, it makes me content to know that our administration would
not go ahead with a decision that is not agreed upon by most of the student
body. If a large minority didn't want a mascot at all, and say we divided the
number of students who wanted a mascot by thirds, it's pretty evident that
most of the student body would be very disappointed. Those who didn't want
a mascot got a mascot, and those who wanted a certain mascot got a
different one. I believe President Rochon's decision is an extremely smart one,
because as far as I saw it, and as he saw it, the mascot search only divided the
campus. I believe he deserves credit, especially because it takes a certain
amount of fortitude to turn down all the work that has been accomplished for
the betterment of the school.
A message from President Rochon concluding the Ithaca College mascot search Comment from ntucker1 on 06/24/11
Why did whoever runs this page delete the 100+ comments on
this release in the past 2 days (most of them being messages
from alumnus that were highly critical of the President and
the current college staff)

Hm, guess I answered my own question actually..