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Time for round three of our WCC Mascot Extravaganza! In the semifinals for the prestigious tourney, BYU's Cosmo the Cougar faces off with Pepperdine's Willie the Wave to see who will battle Wally for the honor of best mascot in the West Coast Conference. Who will come out on top? Only you can decide!
Wally the Pilot getting his head rubbed.
Educate yourself on each of the mascots in the WCC by reading our descriptions below, then participate in the first round of our mascot bracket! Vote on your favorite of each pairing to advance your favorite mascots further into The Beacon’s mascot madness!
Wally the Pilot is always happy to cheer on the soccer team.
Wally the Pilot waves the Pilot flag with pride.
Wally the Pilot proudly carries the UP flag
The Handshake yellow hand chair holds a Wally the Pilot.
Whether you’re new to The Bluff or have been here a while (cheers to you, super-seniors), you are probably not caught up on the extremely glamorous UP celebrity scene.
Wally the Pilot
Wally doing his thing at a Pilots soccer game.
by Malika Andrews |
When the Pilots basketball team finished up a disappointing season last month, the Chiles Center sat half-empty and cheers were hard to come by.
by Alana Laanui |
The rainy weather of Portland and Wally's friendly face must be working their charm because each year more students are flocking to The Bluff.
by Alana Laanui |
The new Beauchamp Recreation and Wellness Center has brought more additions than just a new building and equipment.
By Molly McSweyn |
“Tomorrow is promised to no one.”
These words were the motto and embodiment of the late Clive Charles, a legendary coach of UP soccer.
By Kathryn Walters |
For Joe Kuffner and Jeff Kennel, a typical day at work in UP’s Marketing department could mean running around Portland dressed in the infamous Wally Pilot suit for an Orientation video, snapping pictures of UP’s fall fashion or shooting video while hiking chest-deep in water in the Columbia River Gorge.
These projects might seem strange for someone employed at a university, but for Kuffner and Kennel, the faces behind UP’s social media, it’s all about building UP’s brand and bringing the UP community together.
“I just like creating something that is awesome for an alum to see that takes them back and say ‘I really miss UP,’ or for current students to say ‘Wow, that’s really awesome, I love seeing my school represented that way.’ Or for prospective students to go ‘Wow, that’s a culture I could really fit into,’” Kennel said.
Kennel is UP’s videographer and photojournalist, and Kuffner, on top of his other duties as assistant director of Media Relations, runs UP’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr accounts.
Hannah Kirtner (The Beacon)By Hannah Kintner, Staff Commentary I think it's time for someone to address the elephant in the room - the unappealing elephant named Wally Pilot. In 2009, Wally Pilot was given to the UP community as a gift from the graduating class.
Villa Maria Mascots (Kathryn Walters | The Beacon)By Kathryn Walters, Staff Writer email@example.com As Pilots, students are united in their school spirit under riverboat pilot and mascot, Wally Pilot. But individual residence halls at UP also take pride in their dorm mascots, which promote hall traditions and can even inspire a bit of friendly rivalry. "There's a certain pride that goes along with having something to represent a dorm besides a symbol or a dorm," junior and Villa Maria Hall resident David Sumada said.
By Kelsey Thomas Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org) Take a picture with Wally Pilot 2) Buy yourself a date at the Villa Man Auction.
(Photo courtesy of UP Marketing)By Thanks to the ASUP Capital Improvement Fund, the iconic but cracked Victory Bell has been replaced.