What Is an Example of a University That Uses the Spartan Mascot?


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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.

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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.

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