Here come the University of Minnesota-Rochester Admiral Ackbars
Here's hoping no one in Rochester paid attention to University of Mississippi students earlier this year.
The University of Minnesota-Rochester is asking the community to decide the campus mascot. The school won't have collegiate sports and it's still unclear if they are going to change colors. I would assume not, simply because that leaves a lot of space to be repainted in a year.
But like the University's other campuses in Minneapolis/St, Paul, Duluth, Crookston and Morris, Rochester will get it's own mascot. At any rate, it should be much less contentious that recent naming battles at the University of Mississippi (the administration wanted to get rid of Ol' Reb) and the University of North Dakota.
Personally, I'm partial to naming the mascot, "The Scrubs." What else do you see walking around downtown Rochester? Not much. You can't even get away from it on the basketball court -- our city league team played against a team of guys wearing actual scrubs for jerseys. Granted, that name sucks. Really, it does and I'm afraid that most medically themed names do, also. (The Stethoscopes? The X-Rays? The Baseline Preventative Care Check-Ups That Can Limit the Risk of Prostate Cancer? Try fitting that into a rallying cry.)
Either that or "The Tornadoes." If you've been following your Mayo Clinic history, that one might make some sense.
Text your ideas for UMR's Mascot to 82942 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries are due May 31.