Friday, July 19, 2002

'Big Bearcat Gig' to raise money for UC scholarships

By Kristina Goetz,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        University of Cincinnati will soon be crawling with 4-foot-3-inch statuettes in the likeness of its beloved bearcat mascot.

        Mimicking the city's Big Pig Gig, UC's Alumni Association on Thursday announced a project called Mascot Mania that will feature bearcat statues clad by college depar tments, student groups and supporters outside the university.

        “The UC alumni association developed this idea for fun,” said David Macejko, alumni association director. “In addition to increasing the Cincinnatus President's Scholarship funds, creative ideas like Mascot Mania provide another reason for alumni to join us for homecoming and the president's ball.”

        Interest in the little animals is already booming. Twenty statues, out of the initial order of 25, already have been claimed, though at least 40 will ultimately be up for grabs.

        The models, covered in gray primer and weighing 50 pounds, will be available for those on campus for $300. Organizations outside the university will pay $650.

        The decorated statues will be sold at a silent auction during the president's ball Oct. 19 to raise money for scholarships. But they'll stay on campus at the university's homecoming tent Oct. 26.

        Those interested in buying a bearcat to decorate may call Molly Flynn at 556-4344 or log onto the alumni association Web site at


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