Re­cent mass killings re­sult in new name for mas­cot

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE -

TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE,

N.Y. » Mass shoot­ings across the na­tion have prompted Marist Col­lege to drop “Shooter” as the nick­name for its sports mas­cot.

Marist de­cided to come 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 mur­der at a coun­try mu­sic con­cert in Las Ve­gas.

That at­tack was fol­lowed not too long af­ter by a mass killing of wor­ship­pers at a Texas church.

Marist’s ath­let­ics depart­ment set­tled on a new nick­name of Frankie, a nod to Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt, who was born in Hyde Park, just north of the town of Poughkeepsie school.

Marist de­buted the new nick­name dur­ing last week­end’s sea­son-open­ing games for both bas­ket­ball teams.

The mas­cot’s “Shooter” nick­name was used for years and re­ferred to shoot­ing bas­kets, not guns.

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