some background on two mascots from my part of the world. Stanford is in the city of Palo Alto, Spanish for "Tree Tall" or "Tall Tree." There use to be a lot of coastal Redwoods in the area and why the Spanish explores named Palo Alto. The school's logo features a redwood and the tree mascot is just part of the even stranger Stanford marching band. Of course, the American settlers in the area decided to name a city a few miles away, "Redwood City." And promptly cut down all the redwood trees to build a small harbor. There are few redwoods remaining in either city.
UC Santa Cruz is in the Santa Cruz mountains (surprise name). Santa Cruz can be translated to, "Holy Cross." One local theory on the name is that the Spanish just couldn't think of any more saints on the day they first explored the area. The redwood forests in the area (they've been allowed to regrow after American settlers clear cut these forests in the late 1800's). The humble banana slug is a common sight in the area on foggy, misty summer mornings (they get more fog in summer than winter - even our weather is weird). When the university was established, the faculty had decided not to have a football team or intercollegiate sports so the school could focus solely on academics. They also did away with giving letter grades and gave students written evaluations of their work (yes, it was founded by hippies - people who thought UC Berkeley was too conservative). The university does have an athletic department and there are intramural sports teams. Surfing is a popular sport. Sometime in the late 70's students lamented the lack of a school mascot and starting using the banana slug as their unofficial mascot. At first staff and faculty objected, but the passive-aggressive student revolutionaries eventually won and the university now proudly embraces their slug mascot.
and a popular tee-shirt you can get in Santa Cruz states, "Keep Santa Cruz Weird." So far it's working out that way.
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Post Edited (InTheShop) : 3/4/2019 10:55:03 AM (GMT-7)