One example of a university that uses the Spartan mascot is Michigan State University. The nickname the "Spartans" was first given to the school in 1926 by a reporter from Lansing. The mascot, "Sparty," became the first Big Ten mascot to win the Universal Cheer Association's mascot competition, in 2004.
Michigan State's Spartan mascot costume, as of 2015, weighs 40 pounds and is 7 feet tall. It is made from fiberglass molds and has a vinyl chest plate. The mascot is green and white, the official school colors of Michigan State. Students take turns wearing the costume and their identity is kept secret.