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WHEN WILL PROCTOR DETERMINE THE NEW MASCOT?
GEORGIA TECH MASCOT (FORMER PROCTOR HORNET)
Now that the Hornet has been officially retired as Proctor Academy’s mascot, what will become the new face of Proctor? As a board member of the Proctor Mascot Committee I have revealing inside information on how and when the new mascot will be determined. There is a long a
grueling process that the committee has to go through. If the time and effort is lacking Proctor may remain the “P’s” for a while.
HONEY BADGER MASCOT
! The process to determine the new mascot is one that is very time consuming, needs to be done thoroughly and carefully as the committee holds Proctor’s
future in our hands. ! The process to determine the new mascot consists of introducing the initiative to Proctor’s constituencies, from there the committee must compile a list of suggestions submitted by the constituencies. Then list will be narrowed down to six and then two. The top two choices will then be submitted to a professional designer to finalize the design for the choices. Then there will be one final vote and at the end of this year the new mascot will be revealed to the Proctor community. Finally, it will be incorporated into the athletic branding and merchandise. ! I was able to speak to Proctor’s Athletic Director Gregor Makechnie about the process. He stated, ”Broad appeal is the biggest factor to determining the new mascot. We want it to be embraced by as broad an audience as possible. This was the problem with the Hornet, the last one was too masculine.” Gregor has been very thorough in his role and will not take the easy way out. He wants to make sure each and every constituency within Proctor’s community is satisfied with the inevitable new mascot. ! I then asked him how long the process would take, he stated,”The mascot will be unveiled at the end of the school year in May, it could be done sooner but we want to include some fun and anticipation;
BRUINS THE BRUIN WAS VOTED FOR BY MANY TO BE A POSSIBLE NEW MASCOT.
T H E P H A N TO M S ANOTHER POSSIBILITY FOR THE NEW MASCOT
T H E G O S H AW K ONE OF THE MORE INTIMIDATING MASCOT POSSIBILITIES.
it will be done carefully.” ! Gregor continued,”If there is enough support for the Hornet it could absolutely be revived as Proctor’s mascot. If it was a Hornet it would be a new version.” ! I asked Gregor if he could choose a mascot what would be his choice, his response: “Given my position I do not believe I can give my opinion. Given the situation, it should be a mascot chosen collectively and not influenced by me.” ! I spoke to Chuck WIll of Proctor’s communications department who gave me a few words on how his department is going to be involved in determining the new mascot. “First of all prep schools did not have mascots until 1968-70, Proctors director of athletics decided to make the hornet in ‘71, which is when leagues coming into existence.” Chuck’s insight to the history of the mascot allows us to take a step back and look at how alumni would react to a change in mascot. Chuck stated, “Alumni run the whole spectrum now, it will mean a lot to alumni depending upon the current students. I don’t think that alumni from the
70’s and 80’s are passionate about the Hornets. We tried very hard to make the Hornet work, it was never easy to make work and the more people understand that the easier it will be to make a change.” ! With inside information about the mascot, the information I am about to unveil has not been seen by anyone other than Gregor and myself. Here are some of the possible choices that have been submitted by the constituencies: The Honey Badger, The Goshawk, The Bruins, The Pine Trees, and The Pillas. There have been over one-hundred and eighty submissions so this is just a fraction of the possibilities. Although this will take a while I will keep you updated on every step the committee takes so stay tuned there is more news to come.