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Pete the Penguin, unique among university mascots, has a long history at YSU, and the University and surrounding community have an emotional attachment to the figure, which has been used for decades to symbolize athletics and school spirit. Over the years, the Pete has been graphically rendered in many ways.

This is the Pete that should be used in all future appearances of the Penguin graphic:


The Penguin mascot is undeniably appealing, and it has considerable cachet with a wide range of audiences.  But it is used appropriately only where its appeal as a mascot does not compromise the identity of the University as an institution of higher learning. The Penguin should be used primarily to symbolize the University’s athletic programs, student activities, and co-curricular activities.

Variations to the Mascot

The appearance of the Penguin mascot is governed solely by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. The Penguin logo is a federally registered trademark, which prohibits any variations. Questions may be directed to Robb Schmidt at rkschmidt01 AT ysu DOT edu.

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