The University of the capital chooses a new mascot to replace the Crusaders
COLUMBUS, Ohio (COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST) – Capital University sports teams will now be known as Capital University Comets.
The name change, from Capital University Crusaders, comes after more than a year of discussions with the campus community.
Last year, the university said it was exploring change.
“We believe that the university‘s nickname and mascot should be a unifying symbol that strengthens the spirit and pride of the school for all who are affiliated with Capital,” the school said at the time.
The Crusaders nickname has been disputed by “students and faculty for its connection to the historic Crusades,” Capital said.
“The decision to change mascot was not taken lightly,” President Dave Kaufman said in a press release. “We believe that the Capital Comets will be the unifying symbol to strengthen the spirit and pride of the school. It reflects the speed, power, energy and strength associated with our students in sports and in the classroom, highlights our contributions to the community, and highlights the possibilities of research championed by our academics.
The name change process included an open call for nominations, a diverse committee review process, and then a public vote from the capital community.
“Committee members were drawn to Capital University Comets for the connections the nominators made with a comet’s ability to trace a trail, shine light in the dark, and travel great distances, with the qualities we desire in our students, alumni, faculty and staff. ”JP Spagnolo, Capital’s vice president for strategic enrollment management and marketing, said in a statement. “We have recognized this connection in the evaluation process and believe that ‘Comets’ has the ability to connect with all who have invested in the past, present and future of Capital University.”
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