Eagor: The Eagle Soars

In colleges across the nation, students rise to their feet as the college mascot lumbers across the field or court, lifting large limbs and beckoning the crowd to cheer their team to victory.

This tradition dates back to 1889, when students from Yale University adopted a bulldog named Handsome Dan. Faithfully attending every game and running up and down sidelines, he became the first college mascot.

Rather than adopting an animal as Yale did, most colleges rely on a volunteer to don a plush costume embodying the mascot. For PCC, that mascot is the eagle, Eagor. This year, as Eagor celebrates his thirtieth birthday, it is only fitting to remember his humble hatchling origin.

Popping out of an egg at the opening games in 1982 and leading PCC’s fight song, The Eagle became a symbol of PCC’s soaring spirit. A majestic eagle was chosen as PCC’s mascot because it represents a spirit of leadership, both in American heritage and in the Christian community.

For the next several years, The Eagle brought energy and excitement to home games. According to Tim McLaughlin, dean of Student Life, in the beginning “The Eagle’s main job was to provide additional excitement at the men’s intercollegiate basketball games.” As his popularity grew, it was decided that The Eagle should have a name. In the early 1990s, The Eagle officially became Eagor.

Now, according to Tim McLaughlin, Eagor mixes with students who attend the games and takes plenty of photos with the children. “He assists cheerleaders with increasing the spirit and atmosphere at games. He now also goes to most women’s basketball and volleyball home games.”

Numerous Eagors have existed throughout the years, each bringing his own personality and motivation to the suit and captivating both children and adults. Tim McLaughlin believes the person portraying Eagor “seeks to be a crowd motivator and entertainer.” With children posing beside him and college students cheering around him, Eagor symbolizes PCC’s high expectations and soaring spirit.

Published 10/26/2012