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Golden Eagle given name

The Golden Eagle stands with the student section at the Marquette men’s basketball game Dec. 4. (Photo courtesy of Marquette Athletics.)

On Monday Aug. 3, the Marquette Athletics Department announced they have finally given the Golden Eagle mascot a name of its own: Iggy.

Scott Kuykendall, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Communications, said the idea to name the mascot is not a new one.

“Naming the mascot is something we as a department had discussed previously,” Kuykendall said via email. “Following the redesign of the costume two years ago and the updating of the logo utilized with the Kid’s Club this summer, we thought it was a great time to do it.”

This name is in honor of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus.

“The name Iggy had come up multiple times over the last few years and the department’s leadership felt like it was a great fit, tying in St. Ignatius and the university’s Jesuit tradition,” Kuykendall said.

Marquette Athletics said there will be no major changes to the mascot’s costume, except adding “Iggy” to the jersey that the mascot wears. They have also made an updated graphic of “Iggy” that will be used by the Marquette Spirit Shop and for marketing purposes. The athletic department has also set up a Twitter and Instagram account for Iggy, @MarquetteIggy. The accounts focus on Iggy’s journey around campus and various sporting events.

Kuykendall said he and the rest of the Marquette Athletic department hope naming the mascot will really help to connect fans not only to the athletic programs at Marquette, but to the university as a whole.

This story was written by Kristin Parisi. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @kristinparisimu.

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Kristin Parisi
Kristin Parisi, MUTV Executive Sports Producer
Kristin Parisi is the the MUTV Executive Sports Producer. She is a senior from Ellicott City, Maryland, studying journalism and minoring in digital media. In her free time Kristin loves hanging out with her friends and family. She loves binge-watching TV shows as well as watching all kinds of sports. She also loves going for long drives while blasting music and exploring nature. This year, Kristin is looking forward to making award-winning content while making the most of her last year at Marquette and the Wire.

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