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Crimson and gray OK, but Butch barred from zoo
August 15, 2013

Butch T. CougarSEATTLE – Nearly 600 Washington State University Global Campus online students and family members will gather at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. But the most animalistic WSU representative has been told to stay out.
Is it because WSU mascot Butch T. Cougar is too boisterous? Because he’d scarf up all the food? Because other critters would envy his dance moves?

It’s just to keep everything mellow, said Toni Godwin Sells, zoo events manager: “Seeing Butch walking around could trigger the zoo animals’ predator or prey instinct.”

In other … » More …

Book fair supports education, outreach
February 18, 2009

The Student Washington Education Association (SWEA) is holding a Scholastic book fair on the 2nd floor of Cleveland Hall from Feb. 18-27.


The fair runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, for the purpose of giving students in the teacher preparation program the opportunity to build their classroom libraries.


The fair offers a wide selection of childrens books and young adult novels. All books are buy one, get one free.


The book fair is also having a Family Night on Feb. 25th. The book fair will be extended until 7 p.m., … » More …

Cougar Pride Day finale
April 9, 2008



The sun peaked slightly through the clouds on Glenn Terrell Mall, during the Cougar Pride Days awards ceremony on April 9.


Butch T. Cougar proudly greeted award winners with prizes and awards including the Take a Shower award, Golden Shovel, Heavy Duty, Most Improved and more.


Cougar Pride Days is a two and half week event held each year aimed at improving and beautifying the WSU campus and surrounding community.


Though the awards ceremony is over, the abundance of Cougar pride can be … » More …

The revealing of a WSU icon
April 3, 2008


Article by David Arseneault, WSU Today intern;


Photos by Robert Hubner, WSU Photo Services



One of the biggest secrets on campus was revealed recently when Butch T. Cougar lifted his head showing his true identity of the student mascot.  Senior general studies major, Richard King removed his head to hear the crowd go wild during half time at the men’s final home basketball game against the University of Washington. 


Being Butch, King said, “gave me the excuse to be as stupid as I … » More …

Butch fights to top as mascot of the year
January 2, 2007

Clawing his way to the top, WSU’s loveable mascot Butch T. Cougar has earned the coveted national title as the Capital One Mascot of the Year. The contest ran from Sept. 14-Dec. 18, pitting Butch against the mascots from 11 other Division IA and IAA athletic programs with college football teams. In the end, it came down to a head-to-head face off with Testudo (“Fear the Turtle”), the mascot from the University of Maryland. In addition to the title and bragging rights, Butch also brought in a cool $10,000 to Washington State University athletics. The competition included:* Air Force Academy – The … » More …