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The life and times of ROC the mascot

Panthers’ mascot ROC dances on Heinz Field during Pitt’s game against Georgia Tech Sept. 15, 2018.
October 3, 2018
ROC, a human-sized bipedal Panther, has been at the center of Pitt athletics for more than a century now, bouncing around the field, waving his arms and entertaining fans with his goofy antics and unassailable school spirit.

Column: New Philly Flyers’ mascot ‘Gritty’ is more fearsome than friendly

(Illustration by Sylvia Freeman | Staff Illustrator)
September 30, 2018
Nobody’s sure what animal or interdimensional being new Flyers' mascot 'Gritty' is supposed to be, but we can all agree he’s ugly.

Editorial: Cleveland mascot’s departure signals good first step

The Cleveland Indians announced they will be retiring their mascot after much controversy over the years. The racial caricature has been replaced on the players’ jerseys and helmets, and vendors associated with the franchise will no longer be selling merchandise with the old mascot on it. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
February 1, 2018

With statues of Confederate generals removed across the South last summer and likenesses of Christopher Columbus vandalized across the North last October, it was only a matter of time before the next symbol...

Roc-Star: the life of a college mascot

Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor
October 9, 2015

We see him everywhere. At football games, in ads, on social media and in front of the Cathedral. His image is synonymous with Pitt Athletics and school pride — we call him Roc the Panther — yet his...

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