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Quakerman Needs a New Head

WC Engaged in Grass Roots Fundraising Effort for New Mascot

May 2, 2013

Quakerman uses a combination of charm and salesmanship to persuade students to purchase used WC athletics apparel. It worked because $1,800 was raised in two hours on the campus mall Wednesday.

Quakerman uses a combination of charm and salesmanship to persuade students to purchase used WC athletics apparel. It worked because $1,800 was raised in two hours on the campus mall Wednesday.

Wilmington College’s Quaker mascot was on the prowl Wednesday (May 1) encouraging students, faculty and staff to purchase obsolete WC logo apparel, as well as cheeseburgers and flavored ice, so he can get a new suit of clothes — and a new head.

It worked because $1,800 was raised in two hours on the summer-like day abuzz with activity around tables covered with items in Quakers’ green and white.

Quakerman, as the mascot is affectionately known, currently features a head sculpted from foam rubber by former head groundskeeper Andy Piatt. Although no one recalls exactly when it made its debut, it’s safe to say the costume hearkens from the early 1990s and is at least 20 years old.

Two decades! That’s a lot of different students perspiring during the heat of September afternoon football games, not to mention sneezes from pollen-saturated spring days. You get the picture.

“It smells like the boys’ locker room,” said Isaac Garrison, the WC junior that served as the mascot at Wednesday’s gathering on Collett Mall. “Also, it’s very itchy. It feels like I’m hugging a porcupine. We need a new professional-looking mascot.”

(LEFT) Isaac Garrison as Quakerman displays a basketball jersey being sold for $3. Items sold for between $1 and $20.

Junior Leslie Stiffler concurred.

“This head has been around since the 1970s. He’s losing his eyes and the paint is fading,” she said. “The school’s changed a lot since then and it’s time for a change — I think the mascot should represent the new and improved Wilmington College.”

A new mascot costume costs as much as $5,000.

So the Advancement Office staged the yard sale that featured leftover T-shirts from the annual mud volleyball tournament, WC trinkets and memorabilia and a ton of no-longer-used athletics apparel, including football jerseys, soccer warm-ups, basketball jerseys and golf shirts.

Some items went for as low as $1 and as high as $20.

Also, they sold hamburgers and hot dogs fresh off the grill for the lowest prices in town.

The Advancement Office is seeking persons interested in joining the effort by providing tax-deductible gifts toward the new mascot. What wasn’t sold Wednesday will reappear along with additional items at future events.