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The student body at City University – dubbed the Wolfpack – has a new mascot. The debut howl of City Wolf could be heard as the latest addition to the university’s roster bared its teeth for the first time last week, announcing itself in style alongside the...

The student body at City University – dubbed the Wolfpack – has a new mascot. The debut howl of City Wolf could be heard as the latest addition to the university’s roster bared its teeth for the first time last week, announcing itself in style alongside the Central City All Stars cheerleaders.

Suitably dressed in a Team City sports kit, City Wolf becomes the official student mascot; not to be confused with the ever-popular Students’ Union mascot Carrot. The new wolf on the block is the brainchild of a group of students who wanted to create a “new sense of identity” around campus. The movement to create a new mascot began last year and was led by Yusuf Ahmed, who was then vice-president of activities at the Students’ Union.

A number of different options were considered and put to a vote. Head of sport and leisure services at the university, Bill Thompson, said City Wolf’s career as mascot would not be confined to just supporting sports teams. He explained: “City Wolf is a big sports fan and will of course be supporting our students, attending matches and cheering on our teams. But that doesn’t mean our wolf is just a sports mascot, it will be attending non-sporting events too.”

But what does this all mean for Carrot? Bill was quick to set the record straight. “Carrot and the wolf are actually very good friends,” he said.
“But Carrot is the Students’ Union mascot and the wolf is a more fun student mascot. There is no beef between the Carrot and City Wolf.”

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