November 29, 1965 — Anteaters mascot triumphant ballot winner! December 1, 2015Posted by ucisca in Anteaters, Early UCI Campus, mascots, Student Life, Zot!.
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On Monday, November 29, 1965, the Anteater was elected as the official UCI mascot, gaining more student votes than others on the ballot. The results were: Anteater (559 votes); None of these (121 votes); Sea Hawks (113 votes); Centaurs (47 votes); Roadrunners (42 votes); Toros (37 votes); Bison (31 votes); and there were 49 Write-in votes. The options on the ballot were suggested by students through a petition process, proposed mascots needed a minimum of 100 supporting signatures. Prior to the vote, the UCI administration had suggested possible mascots, and even went so far as to have a local artist produce the designs below for Mariners, Explorers, Toros, Clippers, and Dolphins. The idea of anteaters as a possible mascot was conceived in the summer of 1965 by Pat Glasgow as he sat in the sun, working as a Newport Beach lifeguard. In the fall, Glasgow and three other Camino dorm residents — Schuyler Bassett and the twins Bob and Bill Coleman — promoted the idea through buttons and cheers at water polo and basketball games, such as “Give ’em the tongue, give ’em the tongue, give ’em the tongue, where? Right in the ear, right in the ear, right in the ear, Zot!” and a deafening “Zot” after every score. Happy 50th, Anteaters!