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Oct 04, 2021 · Marquette Athletics is introducing “Iggy” as the name for the official golden eagle mascot, the department announced Monday afternoon. Named after St. Ignatius of Loyola, Iggy will continue to represent Marquette at competitions and various campus events in alignment with the university’s Catholic, Jesuit tradition. Other institutions with the same mascot name include Loyola Marymount (Lion), University of Scranton (Wolf) and Loyola Maryland (Greyhound).
Marquette University - Golden Eagle Mascot. The Golden Eagle mascot has served as Marquette’s official mascot since 1994. Due to an outdated look and bulky build, Marquette University decided the Golden Eagle mascot needed a makeover just before the 2018 school year.
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Aug 03, 2020 · Marquette Athletics is introducing "Iggy" as the name for the official golden eagle mascot, the department announced Monday morning. Named after St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, Iggy will continue to represent Marquette at competitions and various campus events in a manner in line with the Jesuit traditions and ideals of the university.
The long list of nicknames and mascots started with Marquette athletics. They have played an important role in bringing Marquette students together, giving them a sense of unity ever since the campus started. The only problem was that they had no one to cheer for. They needed a name to shout and a chant to scream their teams to victory. Then in 1892, Marquette started its first football team and along with the football team came Marquettes first nickname, which sparked a flame of fire that would ignite numerous times throughout Marquettes mascot history. Even though the Hilltoppers proved to be a popular nickname amongst the students, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Marquettes football team prided themselves on another nickname that made their team stand out the Golden Avalanche
The Marquette student body started to move away from the Blue and Gold and started to unofficially refer to themselves as The Hilltoppers, due to Marquettes first building, which stood on a hill located between North 10th and State streets. The name became so popular that Marquette trustees and the Marquette Student Government joined together and decided to make it the first official nickname of Marquette University. This eventually led to many versions of the nickname, as students referred to themselves as the Singing Hilltoppers and the Jumping Hilltoppers.
But although the nickname may have been accurate at the time, Marquette eventually moved its campus to its present day location on flatter ground causing the school to once again change its mascot.
As the Hilltopper started to lose steam and the Golden Avalanche came to a crashing end, it was time for Marquette to once again change the schools mascot. Little did they know that the new nickname and mascot would spark years of debate, controversies and outrage between among alumni, students and Marquette faculty. On May 13, 1954, the Marquette Student Senate announced that the new Marquette mascot would be the Warrior.
According to a Student Senate report, they settled on the Warrior for three reasons: First, the Rev. Jacques Marquette hired Native Americans extensively as guides, teachers, counselors and as pupils in his travels. Secondly, there is a Native American on the official seal of the University. Finally, the Warrior name fit in well with other Milwaukee team names. They included the Hawks, the Braves, the Chiefs and now the Warrior.
Although the Student Senate had good intentions with their new school mascot, controversy was right around the corner. Controversy soon broke out and the Rev. James Groppi publicly announced that Willie Wampum was an offensive, degrading and embarrassing representation of Marquette. Native American students rallied behind Groppi and asked that Willie Wampum retire. But students and alumni quickly responded in hopes of saving Willie and keeping their beloved mascot. According to The Marquette Tribune, the Student Senate agreed with a minority of students to have the mascot retire. The debate continued as students felt that the Student Senate should best represent the wishes of the majority of the campus, not the minority. Then in 1971, the student protest failed and James Scott, vice president of student affairs, and Samuel Sauceda, director of athletics at the time, announced that Willie Wampum would have to turn in his tomahawk.
The First Warrior would always perform an Indian dance on the court before the game or during halftime, says Tony Kennedy, Marquette alumnus and past editor of the Marquette Tribune. There was always some awkwardness to it because it tilted toward a somber and serious thing to show respect for the roots of the Warrior name, but clearly out of sync with the party atmosphere at games.
But even after there was no longer a mascot to lead the crowd in cheers and entertainment, the silhouette of the First Warrior lived on in T-shirts, notebooks, pencils and other spirit-shop trinkets until 1993.
In the end, the votes came out in favor of the Bleuteaux. The Yak, Sam Dunk and the MU Cow followed in second, third and fourth place respectively.
Bleuteaux was a muppet-like creature that was covered in blue fur, had a short, stumpy trunk and large, goofy eyes. According to Judy Meyers, the associate director of alumni relations at the time, Bleuteaux was chosen because, we liked the character Bluto in Animal House and because of Father Marquette, we thought we should make him French.
Since the students were never keen on the idea of a French puppet with crazy eyes, in 1991 the silly giant monster retired as Marquettes mascot.
The winner was obvious. On May 2, 1994, it was announced that Marquettes new mascot would be the Golden Eagle.
The Board of Trustees had an emergency meeting and decided to conduct yet another student voting process allowing the students to pick their new mascot. To much surprise, the Golden Eagle came in first place after the votes were tallied. The Hilltoppers came in second and the Warrior was not allowed as an option for the new mascot. This brought about the end of the Marquette Gold making it the shortest-lived mascot in Marquette history. Wild told The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that we will never have any more nickname discussions on my watch.
In my opinion, I love our Golden Eagle, says Kelsey Hau, a junior in the College of Communication. My parents and grandparents both went to Marquette, and while they still seem to have a hard time letting that era go, I think the Golden Eagle fits us well. It may not seem connected to our school or Milwaukee, but I still think it is a great mascot for all ages. I love our Marquette Golden Eagles and would hate to see it change to anything different.