First Ever Pep Rally
Swoop, there it is! Houston Community College unveils new mascot, borrowedcheerleaders
Houston Community College held its first pep rally on Wednesday afternoon. The purpose: To introduce the school's new mascot.
Complimentary hot dogs and ice cream, foam fingers and cheap pom poms drew a crowd of students out into the hot parking lot at the Southwest College's West Loop Center.
After music from the University of Houston Cougar Brass Pep Band, whose forceful sound belied its small size, and smiles from a pair of Houston Texans cheerleaders — one with a Sharpie tucked into her red, patent leather boot, presumably for autographs — Dr. Fena Garza, HCC Southwest College president, and Dr. Mary Spangler, HCC chancellor, brought the ceremony to a start.
"I know many of you have been waiting for this moment," Spangler said. "And that includes me!"
HCC students and faculty submitted potential mascot monikers throughout the summer — the person who submitted the winning name was promised a free iPad — and the rest of the student body voted for their favorite during the first weeks of classes.
Thus, Swoop the Eagle came to be.
From now on, Swoop will represent the college at community events, and will stand by the (soon to be selected) cheerleaders at HCC sporting events.
HCC's new athletics department has tripled in size within its first year in operation. Student athletes compete in basketball, golf, volleyball and flag football, among other sports, against club teams from other community college systems and nearby universities.
I hope that it cools down a bit before Swoop hits the streets — it looks pretty hot in that costume.