CU Denver mascot countdown: Our top picks (sorry, Golden Elk)

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What does a minter look like? Despite a recent Google search, we at the Latest Word are still unsure how to picture one. But we could find out soon, because minters are among the choices offered by the student government at CU Denver as a new mascot for the school's downtown and Anschutz Medical campuses. Look below to check out the widely varied options and the countdown to our top pick.

The move to give the as-yet mascotless campus a new face began in September of last year, when the student government began conducting surveys asking students how they'd feel about the change. Of the 1,125 surveys filled out, 600 approved of a push to adopt a mascot, while 200 opposed the change. Students were asked to nominate their own options -- and while the minter may be the weirdest choice to make the finals, it's hardly the only unusual one.

"We had some students who approached us about the issue, and there was also a general consensus within the body that CU Denver didn't really have a campus community of its own," says Ronson Fox, president of the university's Student Government Association. "We took that idea and ran with it."

The resulting list, split between animals, topographic features and Deadwood characters, comprises the options that were left after the school's mascot committee weeded out any suggestions that would lose relevance after six months. Under the University of Colorado name, CU Boulder is represented by Ralphie the buffalo, while CU Colorado Springs has selected a mountain lion. Although Fox insists the change would not be a step away from the CU system, he says the hope is that it would head in the direction of increased school pride.

"It's just the idea of belonging. We'll have something we belong to ourselves," he says. "A lot of students do affiliate themselves with Boulder, and we're not trying to break off from the CU system. But we are trying to create something of our own."

In order to whittle down the list of candidates, students have been asked to vote on their favorite option via an online survey that closes February 9. The Student Government Association hopes to reach a final selection by the end of February, at which point members will present the new mascot choice to the school's administration for approval. In the coming months, both sides hope to apply the new mascot to the university's hockey and cycling teams, in addition to other club sports, in order to brand it early.

And while "no mascot" is still an option, Fox is certain the process will end with a new icon. In the meantime, he remains mum on his own vote.

"My vote is wherever the student body votes," Fox says. "This is kind of uncharted territory for the University of Colorado at Denver, so I'm looking forward to seeing where it ends."

Here's our rankings, in order of awesomeness.

13. No mascot

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We're with the student body on this one: Any mascot is better than no mascot at all. But try to keep that in mind when you consider the implications of the next option.

12. Minter

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Google-imaging "minter" is a strange thing. Incorrectly summed up as "miner" by 9News, the spelling mistake would actually be a lot easier to represent. (Picture the seven dwarves, for example.) Instead, we are left wondering what people who work at a money mint look like. If we can't stereotype them, how can we celebrate them?

11. Golden Elk

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According to Wikipedia, a Golden Elk is "a shooter that is made with two parts Jägermeister and one part Goldschläger." This is the closest image we could find.

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Fmedges
Fmedges

I agree that the we should stick with the Buffs and I will continue to consider myself one no matter what. Boulder is not that far away and I go up there quite often. Having a separate mascot is stupid and these suggestions are ridiculous. My degree will say University of Colorado and as far as I am concerned, that means the Buffs.  

ucdstudent
ucdstudent

Can't beat the Buffaloes as a mascot! Why wasn't The Brewers on this list? One of the Colorado universities should represent one of the largest brewing states in the union so why not UCD? Not to mention Denver hosts the Great American Beer Festival next door at the convention center and Coors isn't too far either! Plus who doesn't like beer?

Pal
Pal

I am pretty upset "brewers" didn't make it into this article considering they have the most to do with the campus out of ANY of the choices!

Adam Hart
Adam Hart

The article left out 3 of the choices in the survey: Fox, Bandit, and Brewer.  Brewer makes sense as the Tivoli Student Union was once a brewery, but I personally voted for Fox.

BK
BK

Go Ants!- In a harvester ant society, the workers work for the greater good of their society, like the university.- Harvester ants live in the urban environment, where the CU Denver campus. - People will talk about it.

Embarrassing
Embarrassing

This whole mascot thing is a joke. The suggestions made make me feel like I am in preschool again. Ants, sharks, dinosaurs .. Really? I am proud to be a student on the medical campus and really don't want to be the laughing stock of Colorado- we all have worked to hard to wear a shirt w a picture of an ant on it.

Concerned
Concerned

This is an absolute embarrassment. The University of Colorado has always been affiliated with a buffalo regardless of whether you have a particular affinity for buffalos, stegosaurus, or ants. It is just the way it is and SHOULD be. 

ABC
ABC

I think we should remain as the buff or no mascot at all. The mascot selections are horrible! I really wonder how some of them made it on the list at all! An ant...REALLY????? What were you guys thinking?!

Makes no sense
Makes no sense

This is awful! Seriously, an ant? A Stegosaurus? Serpent or snake? Really? How does this represent the research or university as a whole? How does this represent the name that the Health Science Center has made for itself? No offense, but the University of Colorado Health Science Center has been one of the best medical and research institutes for a long, long, time. Yes, as a whole we have joined forces with the downtown campus, but to adapt a school mascot that does not represent both campuses or the entire mission of both campuses as a whole if absolutely ludicrous. 

Kirsten Anderson
Kirsten Anderson

Why hasn't anyone suggested the Honey Badgers?  Honey badger don't give a shit, he would eat your snakes and ants :D

Not Happy About Mascot Choices
Not Happy About Mascot Choices

I am an Anschutz Medical Campus student and as far as I know from the student body there, none of our suggestions were represented in the survey.  Most students wanted a proud bird like an eagle. I personally voted for a phoenix....seriously Westword....Stegosaursus?

CU alumnus
CU alumnus

Why can't we just be the Buffaloes? It's not like we have any sports teams on the Anschutz Campus, so why group us with whatever cheesy thing CU Denver Downtown picks?

m. greene
m. greene

Go harvester ants!  Not only do they work for the greater good of their society, can lift 50 times their mass, have among the most potent venom, but they they are not extinct.  Forget Jurassic Park, watch Them! 

Urban_Snowshoer
Urban_Snowshoer

Mt. Mckinley is a lot higher than 14,000 feet--"20er" would be a more accurate description.

Blue
Blue

You may think that you are a Buff... but the folks in Boulder consider you no more a Buff than if you attended Metro State.

The whole CU "system" is just a contrivance for separating the state's premier academic instituion from its spin-offs. Giving Denver/AMC its own mascot is just another step along the way.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

May be a tough sell for administrators -- but thanks, Student, for giving it the old college try.

UCD alum & research employee
UCD alum & research employee

The serpent is actually a common symbol in medicine, and Colorado does have snakes. So it isn't completely unreasonable as a mascot, in fact I think it represents AMC quite well with the medical program and the research facilities.

P. Viper
P. Viper

Perhaps you are taking this too seriously.

P. Viper
P. Viper

Not so likely. The honey badger is native to Africa, Southwest Asia, and the Indian subcontinent, so although it may have coevolved to be immune to cobra venom, it is unlikely to be adapted to deal with North American rattlesnake venom to which it (and its ancestors) have never been exposed.

AMC Student
AMC Student

There is no way that the opinions of  AMC students would play a role in this decision. We are far outnumbered by the undergraduates at Denver.  Pretending that the two campuses are the same school is ludicrous. As atated above, the merger is purely a matter of convenience for the administrators.  I doubt that many AMC students or faculty feel a greater connection to the Denver campus than they do to Boulder.

Call it like I see it
Call it like I see it

I agree.  Merging AMC with Denver is just an adminstrative convenience. It has nothing to do with them being a cohesive university. If anything AMC (a research campus) has greater similarity to Boulder, another research campus.  Denver is essentially a liberal arts commuter  college with a handful of masters programs and doctorates in "Leadership".  There's nothing wrong with that.... but if we are to group campuses based on similar missions, UCCS and Denver would be paired, as would Boulder and AMC.

DrMCR
DrMCR

I agree!  Seems like a much better option than an unwieldy,extinct animal with very short forelimbs.  Go Ants!!! 

P. Viper
P. Viper

Serpents or rattlesnakes. Snakes are more amazing, plus they are cute and cuddly and everybody loves them.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Interesting take, Blue -- one we're going to make an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks for weighing in.

Over your head
Over your head

I think you seriously missed the humor and reference of the above statement. 

UCD Student
UCD Student

As a CU Denver Student, I agree that Anschutz Medical Campus and UCD feel pretty separated.  To be fair though, the mascot thing is mostly to serve the hockey and cycling teams, which are based from the Denver campus.  A sports team traditionally kind of needs a mascot.

Not Happy About Mascot Choices
Not Happy About Mascot Choices

I completely agree.  I have spoken to a few Alumni who are not very happy with not being associated as a Buffalo when they always had thought they were.

Call it like I see it
Call it like I see it

I have tried "registering", using same email address as I used when posting.... but it wont let me 'claim' the post.

Blue123567
Blue123567

I would rather that you did not.   I have been trying to figure out how to delete it ever since posting it.  

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