While our sister school is home of the mislabeled racist stereotype (Go Gaucho!) and UC Irvine long ago embraced an anteater named Peter, IVC chose the Laser to promote the college as a cutting edge technological campus.
But the mascot choice has been a challenge. Unlike more traditional mascots, the Laser defies cuddly representations or fierce warrior-like depictions.
After all, it's difficult to get excited about a utilitarian mascot mostly associated with hair removal or eye surgery or failed first strike missile tests.
Rebel Girl remembers one sad Laser mascot foray into public life: a student, clad in a bright blue unitard emblazoned with a silver thunderbolt, walked quickly across campus, maybe ten years ago, during one of those student club days. The Laser waved. No one waved back.
Now the Laser's unlikely tenure is coming to an end.
from the college webpage:
Irvine Valley College, as part of our 25th anniversary and in the spirit of a vibrant and growing college, is inviting students, faculty, staff and alumni to review the college mascot – The Lasers.
The Associated Students of Irvine Valley College are asking you to nominate your idea for the next generation’s College Mascot. Nominations may be made by anyone involved with our campus by submitting the required information via e-mail. Nominations are currently being accepted and close on December 11th. All nominations will be reviewed by the ASVIC Executive Board and IVC Marketing and Outreach Committee, and student voting will be conducted in early February to determine the mascot.
Nominations are encouraged to include the following information:
● Nominator and/or organization (name and e-mail)
● Affiliation with the College (student, alumni, donor, etc.)
● Mascot & a suggested name
● Supporting rationale (uniqueness, history, utility, etc.)
● Use of official school colors (blue, silver and white)
● Examples (pictures, drawings, attachments are permitted)
● Suggested uses (athletics, marketing/recruiting, letterhead, costume, apparel, bookstore, etc.
Nominations must be submitted no later than December 11th.Let's go.
All submissions must be made by e-mail (attachments are permitted) to email@example.com