by Jonathan Geissler

For nearly a year, Mount Saint Mary College has been on the search for an official team mascot. Today, the school’s Athletic Marketing Committee has announced its new mascot, Shepherd Romeo, a giant, fluffy German Shepherd holding a papal cross, the pastoral staff used by the Pope. The panel has also announced its decision to drop “The Knights” as the college athletic nickname to be replaced by “The Shepherds.”

“We’ve discussed it thoroughly and exhaustively,” said Committee President Toby Arnatobi. “We’ve concluded that ‘The Shepherds’ is far more original and indicative of the school’s religious roots, while a German shepherd is the perfect symbol of what this wonderful institution stands for.”

The college has even brought to campus a German Shepherd puppy, appropriately named Francis after the newly elected “shepherd” of the Catholic Church. “It all just makes too much sense!” exclaimed head marketing executive, Constance Noring.

With the display of your Mount ID and a small fee of $25.00, students will be permitted to visit the Kaplan Center office between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to play and cuddle with Francis. “We want our students to fall in love with him,” explained Noring.

Both Noring and Arnatobi believe the inclusion of the mascot will be a popular move with the students and will bring about unity among the athletes. The ceremony introducing Shepherd Romeo is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10 at 8:00 p.m. in the Kaplan Gym. All are welcome to attend.

Oh, and April Fools.