Although its origin is somewhat clouded, the Lion mascot has been synonymous with Loyola Marymount University for more than 70 years. According to the Oct. 5, 1923 edition of the school newspaper, the Los Angeles Loyolan, the Lion mascot was suggested by an enthusiastic fan after 1919 when St. Vincent's College became Loyola College. Noting the Loyola football player's fierce competitiveness, that unknown fan described the Loyola players as Lions. The name did not generate too much popularity and the Loyola athletic nickname remained "Loyolan's" until 1923.
At that time, the article explains, the college wished to inspire new pride in its athletes and fans. Noting the success of nicknames for other colleges, the college opted to give the Lion's nickname a rebirth. Calling the old Lion mascot "mistreated and forgotten," the article explains that the Lion would officially find its way into all college songs and cheers. The Lion has remained firmly entrenched in Loyola lore to this very day.
An alternative origin story traces the nickname to the abundance of actual mountain lions which roamed Westchester when Loyola College moved here in 1927. The area remained widely unpopulated and teamed with wildlife when the school moved atop the bluffs. School officials reportedly adopted the nickname because mountain lions inhabited the area when ground was broken.
Request Iggy the Lion
Interested in having Iggy at your event? All Iggy appearance requests must be submitted using the Iggy Appearance Request Form. Please submit your requests to Alexis Melnikov, Alexis.Melnikov@lmu.edu, three weeks in advance of the appearance date.
The Iggy suit is also available for rent, permitting availability. Anyone wishing to rent the Iggy suit will be assessed a rental fee plus an additional cleaning fee. Prior to your event there is a security deposit that must be paid to LMU Athletics in order to guarentee any approved rental requests. If you are interested in renting the Iggy suit please submit the Iggy Appearance Request Form to Alexis Melnikov, Alexis.Melnikov@lmu.edu, three weeks in advance of the rental date.
Iggy shall not be permitted to appear at events that may be constructed as advancing a political agenda, religion, or person or commercial interests.
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