Sailfish Mascots by dEGCSJ

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									         There’s a lot more to being a mascot than wearing a huge costume and
dancing around in front of a crowd. It takes hard work, enthusiasm and the ability to keep
your identity a secret.
         PBA’s Jack and Jill Sailfish       mascots are well known around the university.
But how does their job actually work?
         According to Michael Meshaw, assistant director of Campus Recreation, the
sailfish mascot is always a volunteer position. The       mascots participate in special
events like Welcome Week, open house and, of course, all the big games.
         This year, the school has two new mascots, and Meshaw hopes they will bring
Jack and Jill a little more recognition.
         “We want our mascots to be more involved than they have been in the past,”
Meshaw said. “Our goal is to promote school spirit and to help build a little tradition.”
         One way the mascots are getting more involved this year is by creating Facebook
profiles. You can now be Facebook friends with Jack or Jill.
         The profiles answer another long-running question about the duo. What exactly is
their relationship? Are they brother and sister? Boyfriend and girlfriend? Husband and
wife? Jack and Jill confirm the pair is in fact dating.
         When asked to take on the role of school mascot, Jack jumped at the chance.
         “When I was a freshman, I’d always wanted to do it. I’m weird; I thought it would
be a fun role to play,” Jack said.
         “Dancing around and no one knowing who you are - that’s awesome,” Jill said.
         But it’s not all fun. The costumes are hot, heavy and awkward. Jack’s costume
has an extra jacket to       emphasize the sailfish’s massive muscles, making it more
bulky for the wearer.
         “I helped Jack put the costume on last time,” Jill said. “Before I even got the head
on, he was drenched in sweat.”
         “Sweat gets in your eyes, but you can’t wipe it away because the hands can’t
reach into the head section,” Jack added.
         After every wearing, the costumes must be aired out and doused in Febreeze “so
they don't reek.”
         Jack and Jill also have to work at keeping their identities a secret. Only a handful
of people know who the          mascots really are; some of their roommates don’t even
know the truth.
         Jill’s secret to staying incognito is color-coding her planner. For an event she’ll be
participating in, she writes the time in a special color sometimes switching the color to
avoid suspicion.
         “If someone asks what that event is, I say ‘Oh, that’s just a meeting,’” Jill said.
         But the main job of mascots is to help the crowd have fun.
         “I want them to think of me as the fish version of Mickey Mouse,” Jack said.
“When people think of Disney World, they think of Mickey Mouse.”
         She wants the Sailfish mascot to represent PBA in the same way.
         “Get crazy with us, but not too crazy,” Jill added. “I always want them to be fun
and someone you can just be goofy with.”

								
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