The search for the College's new mascot has finally reached the home stretch.
At approximately 9 a.m. on December 8, William and Mary Athletic Director and chair of the Mascot Committee Terry Driscoll appeared live on Tribe Radio to discuss the search, while simultaneously, the sketches for the five finalists were posted online at the Mascot Search website.
The five finalists, in the order listed on the website, are a griffin, a king and a queen, a phoenix, a pug and a wren.
The Mascot Committee, which consisted of a blend of faculty, alumni and students, has been deliberating since February as they sought to find an emblem to replace the Tribe's feathers. The feathers were stripped by the NCAA after being ruled politically incorrect. The College will still retain the "Tribe" moniker, however.
The five finalists were, after being agreed upon by the committee, were then sent to Torch Creative, a company that specializes in team branding and has developed logos for the NHL Playoffs, George Washington University and Vanderbilt University.
Now, with only five potential replacements for the feathers remaining, students can fill out a survey online by January 7 to rank their preferences. The questions about each mascot choice range from ranking how well each option coincides with College tradition to how the mascot would look on a t-shirt to how the mascot would look doing a hand-stand at a sporting event.