Fear the fabric

Despite the Scottie dog that may be stitched on your school sweatshirt and the furry, larger-than-life version of the canine that makes appearances at sporting events, Carnegie Mellon has no official mascot. Students and staff taking issue with our lack of a unifying symbol formed the Mascot Task Force and have been trying to create an official mascot for our university. In developing potential candidates, the task force is taking into consideration factors such as the characteristics that the mascot should embody and whether or not it should embrace our Scottish tradition.

Instead, we would like to advocate maintaining our strong Carnegie Mellon tradition of being non-traditional. Since when has attending Carnegie Mellon ever been akin to the typical college experience? Our classes are calibrated in “units” instead of the more typical “credits.” Our computer science majors take a class in which they are supposed to learn to socialize. Our most widely attended sporting event is not the Homecoming game, but crack-of-dawn buggy races in which we all gather to watch really small people get shoved into strange vehicles and pushed up and down hills. And we are represented by tartan plaid instead of having an official mascot.

Most students embrace our uniqueness. We have a strange pride in the things that make our university different and, at times, ridiculous. We brag about it to our friends at other schools: Your university’s stadium may have a seating capacity upwards of 50,000, but we have a roboceptionist and get to whirl around on carnival rides every spring. Loving the things that make us nerdy is a part of Carnegie Mellon culture.

Being without a mascot is just another way that Carnegie Mellon retains its pleasant distinctiveness. We certainly don’t want to end up with a boring, generic mascot like an eagle or a bear, nor do we want to be a mascot tragedy like the Wichita State University Shockers, represented by an anthropomorphic shock of wheat affectionately called WuShock. We prefer being the Carnegie Mellon Tartans. We are epitomized by our choice to be represented by a Scottish plaid. Fear the fabric.

Editorial Dissent:

We should be the Loch Ness Monsters.