Hi, friends. My name is Tram, and I’m a senior History-Philosophy major here at CC. A couple of weeks ago, I began the last semester of my undergraduate career. Fifth block here at CC marks several things—mainly, the regular weekend trips to the mountains, the annual campus-wide winter ball, and the constant flux of snowfall and sunshine. This fifth block, I’m thankful that my daily morning trips to the library are always an adventure. A few mornings ago I woke up to the blistering cold, and the day after I was met with sunshine. It’s always a nice surprise before I enter the library to work on my thesis. At CC, we are given entire blocks to work on our thesis, depending on the major. As a History-Philosophy major, I get two blocks to write my thesis, which is due at the end of next block. I’m currently in my second thesis block, the time where I have to begin writing and create an entire draft. If you would have asked me four years ago, I would have been utterly terrified at the thought of writing a thesis. Actually, the thought still terrifies me a little but at least I’m well equipped and supported now. Since my major is combined, I actually get to have two advisors, one from each department, and luckily they are both amazing. Since I have nothing very exciting to report because I’m currently in the middle of writing my thesis, I thought it would be better for you all to read about someone on campus that is doing much more exciting things.
At CC, we are proud of our dynamic approach to education, and I think the other universally well-liked thing here would be sports. Our college mascot is Prowler, the tiger. Before hockey games, you’ll see Prowler hyping up the crowd and being all around school spirited. I recently found out who Prowler was (at least one of them) from a top-secret source, and got in contact with Stephen Gayle, the person inside the suit. If you’ve always wondered what it’s like to be Prowler, now’s your chance:
Okay, well, what made you want to do the job in the first place?
The job fell into my lap really. Someone from club hockey referred my name to Jessica Bennett, I tried out and here I am four years later.
Do you have any good stories/interactions while in the suit?
One time a little girl gave me a framed drawing she made of Prowler before a game.
Are there tryouts in order to be the mascot?
There are try-outs. I tried out four years ago so anyone who is a good skater should give it a go.
What is your go-to move while you’re in costume?
On the ice I moonwalk when I have my skates on.
If you could change one thing about the mascot, what would it be?
I think our mascot is great as is.
Prowler makes an appearance in last year’s Admissions video.
What are your actual duties as our mascot?
As Prowler I go to events within the greater Colorado Springs community. I help market CC athletics and obviously I am part of the game time festivities.
Have you gotten any strange requests while in costume?
I have received so many strange requests. My favorite is when elderly women ask me to kiss them during photo-ops. That’s always entertaining.
How do you feel about the (semi) recent push to change our mascot to a cutthroat trout?
I think a cutthroat trout would be more regionally appropriate but I believe changing the mascot from a tiger would be a poor choice.
What is the biggest misconception you’d like to clear up about being the mascot?
I don’t know of any in particular but I think the job illustrates the behind-the-scenes aspects of making every home hockey game possible. Being able to witness all the moving parts and the massive amount of staffing required for each game is humbling. I am grateful to have had such a dynamic and entertaining on-campus position during my time at CC.