Blood Sucking at Transylvania

Photo: Proposed Pioneer mascots – Boone the wolf and Cassius the horse

A blood-curdling mascot controversy is raging at Transylvania. Not Transylvania, Romania – but Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. And this confusing story includes pioneers, a wolf, a horse and even Boone – but not our Denver Boone.

Lexington’s Transylvania University became the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s first institution for higher education in 1780. It was founded by pioneers of the day. Thus, they logically became the Transylvania University Pioneers.

Suddenly, after over 230 years of thoughtful deliberation,  just like Dracula himself, the University has risen from their long slumber and is doing a little bloodletting of their own:

In honor of that Pioneer spirit, Transylvania Athletics is introducing a new mascot—an animal that has close ties to the pioneer nickname but more importantly exemplifies what being a Transylvania Pioneer really means. As part of our steadfast commitment to diversity and inclusion, we want our mascot to be a symbol of strength and pride that unifies Pioneers from all backgrounds and generations.

Of course, a wolf and horse were carefully selected as the options. A wolf and a horse have close ties to Pioneers? Hmmm? Sounds familiar, no?

Still, non-administrative types are not happy at Count Dracula’s namesake University.

It is no surprise to anyone who studies this stuff, 84% of the students selected for the mascot  phlebotomy selected ‘Neither’ (1,933 out of 2,414 students) when presented with the options of Boone the wolf or Cassius the horse. Ouch – who didn’t see that one coming all the way from Bucharest! The silly students think a Pioneer should actually represent a Pioneer. How dare they!

But don’t expect the controversy to stop here. Not even one student’s suggestion of ‘Dracula’ as a replacement shall stand. They administration wants their full measure of blood – Dracula be damned.