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Otto's Army

SU's mascot has his own army of students cheering him on.

One of the fuzziest—and friendliest—collegiate mascots, Otto the Orange was almost passed over in favor of a wolf. A 1995 University-wide committee, choosing between a lion, a wolf, and an orange, actually recommended the wolf should be chosen as the University’s official symbol. But a successful student campaign led to the approval of Otto the Orange as the University’s official mascot.

Since then, the beloved fruit has been the immediately recognizable symbol of SU’s Division 1 athletics program, which boasts 20 intercollegiate sports programs and nearly 700 student-athletes. A source of pride across campus, Otto even has his own “army”—all of the students who sit in the student section and cheer on the Orange are part of the officially recognized, student-run organization known as Otto’s Army.