Paws (Northeastern mascot)
Paws or Paws, the Husky is the live mascot of the Northeastern University.
The original mascot of the Northeastern University was live Siberian Husky named Mr. and Mrs. Husky, who first appeared in the university on March 4. 1927. Northeastern University adopted the nickname Huskies in 1927 with the arrival of Husky. He was presented with an honorary degree by the University president and named forever more King Husky. His real name had been Sapsut and his lineage was sled dog royalty. King Husky I reigned for 14 years and his successors have appeared at countless athletic events, been the subject of television features, and won many honors at the most prestigious kennel club shows. The last Husky King Husky VII died in 1989 and there was no live mascot for 15 years.
In fall 2003, Northeastern students voted to replace their original mascots with Paws, a younger, fiercer canine. King Husky appears at Northeastern Athletics games and is joined by Paws. There are identical statues of King Husky in the foyer of the Ell Building and guarding the entrance to the field house at Parsons Field.
Paws appears at Northeastern University home sporting events as well as other university and community functions. Paws wears traditional Northeastern University red and black clothes.
Paws can be seen at all of the northeastern games including, field hockey, volleyball, track & field, soccer, basketball, and ice hockey. Paws may also be accompanied around campus by the cheer and dance team to raise school spirit and get students excited for upcoming games. Paws is most commonly seen at the men's basketball and men's ice hockey games. In these games you can catch him wearing a multitude of different uniforms.
Paws has many different uniforms when it comes to sporting around campus. When Paws tends to trek around campus he can be seen wearing the uniform for whichever team will be playing next around campus. Additionally if the game intends on having a neon theme or black out theme at it, Paws will be the first one to let everyone on campus know days before the event to get people excited and remind them of the theme. Additionally at hockey games Paws can be seen sporting the number 99. However since Paws is such a tremendous athlete he can also be seen sporting the number 1 when he jumps onto the basketball court. Paws can always be seen in one of these two numbers. Furthermore, Paws is always the first to lead all of the teams into the game.
Role on Team
The first one onto the ice, court, of field paws can be seen running or skating the team to victory. As the teams play, Paws does a great job of being the number one fan in the stands cheering on the steam with the students and fans to get people excited for the rest of the time being. Additionally, during intermissions when there is not much activity, Paws makes sure to do his duty in keeping the crowd entertained whether it be tossing t-shirts into the stands for everyone to enjoy or simply getting everyone up and dancing on the dance cam.
Paws was a great addition to the Northeastern crowd because he is able to add extra life to the crowd and keep them going in any given situation. Paws has been such a great talent that he has also landed himself in the number 2 position of best collegiate mascots according to bleacher report. He was also invited to Wally's (Red Sox Mascot) 16th Birthday along with other Boston area mascots.
Paws also has his own facebook page in which students are able to like his page and see updated pictures of him. He also keeps the students up to date with new reports on games and school spirit events. This makes it easy for students to log on and see where they might be able to spot him next for a photo opportunity or just to figure out when they should be getting there tickets for the next school event.
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