|(above) Boone & Students do the Harlem Shake|
Last night the University of Denver Undergradate Student Goverment discussed the Boone mascot issue at the University of Denver. In 60 days the DU Student Senate would like to "pass a motion officially condemning Boone and stop all funding that supports anything with the Boone image." The student committee would prefer no mascot but left open the possibility of one day finding a new mascot
The current Boone mascot was 100% funded and built by alumni, fan & student donations. The mascot was presented as a gift to the DU student body to promote school spirit on campus and make DU sporting events more fun.
In the past five years through private donations, Boone has traveled to DU sporting events in Boston, Madison, Minneapolis, Baltimore [twice] and Washington DC. Two DU students have been sent to Mascot Boot Camp in Delaware & Pennsylvania. Over $50,000 has been spent through alumni donations to fund the program.
The money spent by the alumni on Boone meant that no student activity or DU Athletic Department dollars were ever spent on Boone. The money was all raised privately.
The USG wants to take away the students unofficial mascot and replace it with --- nothing. Doesn't seem like much of a plan.