The Lynx doesn’t link with Auraria
A fur coat on our blue-collar history
Published: Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Updated: Friday, September 7, 2012 13:09
The lynx officially became the CU Denver mascot last month, and it’s as out of place as the Utah Jazz, a team from New Orleans that never changed their name to something more suited for their location.
The same goes for us because we are the University of Colorado Denver, a school deserving of a mascot that should relate with our state, and even more specifically Auraria. Any school in Colorado can choose the lynx, but no one else can pick something related to Auraria.
I’ve never seen a lynx walk onto our campus before, and I’ll eat my boxers if I ever do. Besides the standard bird or squirrel on campus, the only other animal I’ve seen on campus is a fox, and that was once. I’m not talking about foxy ladies either—Auraria Campus is plentiful when it comes to beautiful ladies—I’m talking about the actual animal. The fox walked past me with a casual strut like it was trying to get to his/her next class.
UCD’s new mascot should be the Brewers or the Prospectors because of Auraria’s history. In the late 1850s gold prospectors panned for goldin nearby Cherry Creek, just on the other side of Speer Boulevard. They lived in the houses that are now Ninth Street Park, just behind the West Classroom Building.
According to www.tivoli.org, “In November 1859, German-born entrepreneurs Fred Z. Salomon and Charles Tascher founded the Rocky Mountain Brewery, Colorado's first brewery, on today's 11th and Larimer.” In 1870, under new ownership they began construction of the first historical buildings that comprise the Tivoli Student Union today.
Colleges like UCD make too many safe decisions like choosing the lynx as our mascot, when they should be making better decisions that reflect our Auraria history. Overly safe to the point that anything minutely offensive like a blue collar prospector or brewer doesn’t make the cut. This overly conservative decision-making seriously lacks reality, and seals us in a time capsule until the future releases us.