Posted by John Dojka on April 3, 2009
The "Engineers" moniker for athletic teams goes back to the 1920s. It was a good idea when the name summed up RPI quite well and an "image" of athletics was unnecessary. Marketing athletics can be tricky and fan support fickle, however, when there is no mascot to relate to. An attempt to fix this problem came about in 1953 when the Student Council announced a mascot contest. The five finalists were: Bachelors, Scorpions, Falcons, Red Devils and Cardinals. Students voted for their favorite during the Grand Marshal Week elections. The winner?