Col­lege mas­cot Shooter dis­armed

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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Mass shoot­ings across the na­tion have prompted Marist Col­lege in New York to drop Shooter as the nick­name for its sports mas­cot.

The Poughkeepsie Jour­nal re­ports that Marist Col­lege came up with a new name for the cos­tumed mas­cot for its Red Foxes men’s and women’s bas­ket­ball teams af­ter last month’s mass shoot­ing at a coun­try mu­sic con­cert in Las Ve­gas.

The school’s ath­let­ics depart­ment set­tled on Frankie, a nod to Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt, who was born in nearby Hyde Park.

The orig­i­nal Shooter nick­name was used for years and re­ferred to shoot­ing bas­kets, not guns.

Alex H. WAG­NER/THE Jour­nal via ap

Frankie, the Marist Col­lege mas­cot for­merly known as Shooter, ges­tures on the court dur­ing the col­lege’s men’s and women’s bas­ket­ball team’s home opener in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

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