The nominations for the new Converse mascot are in and the voting has begun. Remember, this first round of voting is “American Idol” style, meaning that you can vote as many times as you wish for as many nominations as you wish.
This first round of voting will continue through Sunday, October 14. The final votes will be cast October 15-21.
A Change Will Do You Good
The selection process for choosing the new Converse mascot has captured the imagination of the public and the media. Hundreds have taken up the charge since the opening of online suggestions in late September, and multiple stories have appeared in television sportscasts and in print. You can see some of the media coverage by clicking the following link:
Change often generates mixed emotions from those vested in a college, and this is especially true for an institution steeped in history as heavily as Converse. So what’s the buzz so far? Comments submitted with the mascot nominations range from:
“Great idea to make us a part of the change. I do feel it will bring support to the athletes that may not have been there before!”
“As a former athlete at Converse I never really thought All-Stars was the greatest mascot, but having been there and played as an All-Star I (now) feel like it’s great. Perhaps with a new mascot, there will be more support from the fans, and more importantly, from the faculty and staff.”
“I love the current mascot and don’t want to see it changed.”
“All Stars relates so well to the name Converse I can’t imagine my alma mater being anything else!”
Some mascot nominations are obviously intended to be humorous, but most students, alumnae, faculty and friends were thoughtful in connecting their name suggestions with Converse so they resonate in a meaningful way. For example, “Trailblazers,” or “Blazers” for short, was suggested by an alumna who commented, “Converse has produced many strong women that have blazed the trails for others and today