Say hello to Brit, the official name given to Albion College's first-ever Briton mascot.
The College introduced the medieval knight, the first mascot in its 176-year history, on Aug. 31 at Briton Bash on the campus quadrangle. As part of the rollout, students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the Albion community were then asked to grant the mascot a name. After a two-stage voting process that included a Facebook poll and a poll on the College Web site, Brit emerged as the winner of a close race with 28.8 percent of the vote. Albie was second with 27 percent and Arthur was third with 25.6 percent; Io and Triumphe split the remainder. Overall, more than 2,500 votes were cast between the two polls.
"Our Briton and his name are catchy; Brit will quickly resonate with the entire College community," said Trajan Dubiel, director of annual leadership giving. "I'd like to say thank you to the students, alumni, and college faculty and staff for giving Brit his name—we can't wait to see him in action at our events!"
Those events start with a full slate of appearances during Homecoming weekend, beginning Friday, Sept. 23.
"Alumni will be excited to see Brit as part of Homecoming festivities," said Elinor Marsh, executive director of alumni engagement. "The mascot will add a fresh, new element this year and quickly become a beloved part of the weekend every year. It's yet another way for our alumni—and our future alumni—to see what it means to be a Briton."