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College of Western Idaho is looking for a mascot

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Posted at 4:56 AM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 06:56:03-05

NAMPA, Idaho — What is a school without a mascot? The College of Western Idaho's (CWI) Board of Trustees thinks it means a lot.

For more than ten years, CWI has had an unofficial mascot, a sparkly, mythical, galloping unicorn. But the trustees says it's time to entertain a real mascot that somwhere down the road will mean so much more.

"Central Oregon Community College in Bend has a mascot. they don't do intercollegiate athletics. they do club and they do intramural stuff. Seattle Central, part of the Seattle Community College district, they have a mascot, they don't have intercollegiate athletics," said Mark Browning, college relations at CWI. "So there are example around the country where it just gives a sense of belonging, a sense of this is something that is ours. I am X, when I commit to go to school here I am now whatever it might be."

Even though the unicorn is still popular at many colleges, the bighorn sheep, great horned owl and the otter are the three choices the school will choose from.