A Few Thoughts on School Spirit from the UC-Santa Cruz Banana Slug
Brina Mocsny, a 20-year-old junior, suits up this fall for her second year as the slug.
What's the best part of being a mascot? Little kids love the slug. Whenever there are kids around they want to play with the tail and bat your antenna. Even if the team loses, the kids don't know. So that's awesome.
Have you ever had a mascot-related injury? I was tackled once. But that was one of my friends. He got me pretty hard, but the slug costume has a lot of padding. It's got a big tail.
Why is team spirit important?
We're a division III school, so we get no money to play. We play for the love of the sport, truly.
It's hard to have so much passion and just keep losing. Last year I think our basketball team went 3-31. But when we do well, there's that much more reward. A few times our team played really well against teams of high calibre, and even if they didn't win, they got standing ovations. That's what it's all about.