On October 22, 2009 the following article was published in the Agassiz-Harrison Observer in British Columbia.
To summarize, the University of Frasier Valley needed a new mascot and they adopted the most obvious candidate, the sasquatch.
Their choice makes perfect sense for many reasons. There have been numerous sighting reports from the Fraser Valley for decades. Everybody loves the ‘squatch. The nearby town of Harrison Hot Springs is the home of John Green, long-time investigator and bigfooting pioneer. Just to top off the list, many years ago this sasquatch luminary was even the mayor of the town.
So, the university made the right decision and adopted a ‘squatch as a mascot. Now they need our assistance to help name it. The obvious choice would be “Cliff Barackman”, but that’s been done (my parents beat you to it).
Perhaps something more vanilla and common like “Squatchy” would be a good choice?
The 2010 Olympics, which will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia already have “Quatchi“, so adding an “S” would make sense.
It would be kind of funny too because the “S” would imply the word “it’s”. Therefore, as an inside joke between you and me, every time the name was said the speaker would inadvertently be saying “It’s squatchy.” British Columbia is very squatchy, after all.
So if you feel as strongly about the squatch as I do, feel free to suggest that name. All you have to do is email this address with your suggestion by next Friday, October 30th, 2009:
I already emailed my choice in. The following is my email to whoever receives it:
To Whom It May Concern:
I suggest the obvious:
It is similar to the 2010 Vancouver Olympic’s mascot, “Quatchi”. This could be good marketing, an important thought for any smallish community.
Also, the “S” implies the word “it’s”. Therefore the mascot’s name would be suggestive of “It’s Squatchy”. You live there. You have to agree that the Fraser Valley is a very “squatchy” place.
Once again, I’ll urge you to vote (but this time not necessarily for me).
Give them your idea for a name for this critter. If you like my idea (“Squatchy”), then rally behind it and suggest the same. I’d be pretty pleased if our suggestion was selected.
Ooh, I do love democracy.
Speaking of which, you can still vote for me, once per day, until November 13th.
Now on to the article…
UFV sasquatch needs a new name
It came out of nowhere and startled revellers at UFV’s recent ‘party on the green’. The brand-new UFV Cascade Athletics mascot — a giant hairy sasquatch — appeared on campus last month and sightings have since been reported all over the Fraser Valley. It seems that the creature has taken up residence in the university’s athletics facilities and is quite comfortable there. As such, the administration and student body feel obliged to give it a name.
That’s where you come in. Help name the UFV Cascades Athletics sasquatch mascot and, if your suggestion is chosen, you could win a night at the Ramada Plaza hotel, dinner for two at an Abbotsford restaurant, and an all-sport family pass to Cascades games during the 2009-2010 season.
To enter, send your proposed mascot name and the rationale for the name via email to email@example.com by Friday, Oct. 30. 2009.
Why a sasquatch? The origin of the word ‘sasquatch’ comes from a Chehalis word meaning ‘wild man’.
They are quasi-human, hair-covered, tall (up to 15’), and powerfully built. Clearly, sasquatch are not social creatures and are known to frighten humans away with displays of territorial assertion…much like our mighty Cascades student-athletes on the courts, fields, courses, and waterways of the Fraser Valley. BC has been a fertile location for sightings of sasquatch over the years.
Within the Fraser Valley alone, sightings have been reported since the 1800s at Pitt Lake, the Upper Pitt River Valley, Stave Lake, Harrison Lake, Chehalis, Port Douglas, the Hemlock Valley, Chilliwack, Chilliwack Lake, Yale, Deroche, Ruby Creek, and Hope.
A specimen was even reportedly captured alive in Yale about 150 years ago. Including the ancient Aboriginal sasquatch legends, the creature has a local history that dates back thousands of years. About the UFV Cascades UFV Athletics teams wear the name Cascades in honour of an ancient legend of power, strategy, and triumph.
The Cascade Range is a mountainous region noted for its chain of tall volcanoes that run along the west coast of North America and form part of the Pacific Ring of Fire.
Local myths speak of the mountains as chiefs, who waged war by heaving fire and stone at one another. The name conveys strength, longevity, and fierce raw power.