When I first came to Ithaca, I knew I’d be in a liberal college town. I was fine with that, after all, I was coming from the most liberal college city (New York, NY). Amidst all the “fair trade” (what was unfair about trade in the first place?), tie-dye, and an overrepresentation of Toyota Prius cars (watch out for those in a parking lot!), I have found a gem of typical college liberalness:

World War I fighter pilots were known as “bombers.” But the new Ithaca College mascot, which will be named Bomber, will not have anything to do with war.

Ithaca College is soliciting suggestions for a new mascot. The longtime nickname, Bombers, will remain, but the college is looking for a physical representation — just not an actual bomber, or anything else war-related.

In fact, the mascot can take the form of a vegetable, animal, mineral, human or mythical creature. As long as it can be translated into a costume, is gender-neutral and is not a literal interpretation of “bombers,” it will be considered.”

I actually laughed out loud when I read this. Thankfully, nobody at Cornell has motioned to make a gender-neutral, vegetable-based bear mascot — yet. We’ll be shaking in our boots when we play that vegetable-based bomber, though!


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