Student Life plans to rename #1 Fan

#1 Fan may be renamed by student vote if it is approved by President Don Bachand and Dean of Students Sidney Childs. Student Life hopes to start the process this month. Courtesy Photo | Student Life

Upon approval from university ombudsman Sidney Childs, the Office of Student Life plans to move forward with a renaming process for SVSU’s third mascot, #1 Fan.

Student Life met about the renaming last week.

It plans to send a mass email announcements to students between Feb. 5 and 12. At this time, students will be able to vote for potential names that will then be passed through President Don Bachand and Childs for approval.

Student Life hopes that a list of name finalists will be sent out Feb. 17 through Feb. 22.

The winner will be announced during the men’s and women’s basketball games against Northwood on Feb. 27.

According to The Office of Student Life’s website, #1 Fan was introduced alongside Scarlet in 2015 and is supposed to represent a “young cardinal.”

#1 Fan is commonly seen at SVSU events that attract younger audiences, such as Kids and Sibs weekends.

He is often referred to by his unofficial name, “Swoop.”

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