Community College of Philadelphia unveils new mascot

Mike DeNardo
September 17, 2019 - 5:21 pm
CCP President Dr. Donald "Guy" Generals and the college's new mascot, Roary.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A year and a half after retiring a mascot that many students found offensive, Community College of Philadelphia has unveiled its new mascot. 

Community College of Philadelphia students greeted their new lion mascot named Roary with a roar of approval at a noontime ceremony. Roary replaces Colonial Phil, who was ditched last year over concerns he represented a time of slave owners and oppression.

"Colonial Phil was like, intimidating to some of the students and some people. And it wasn't what the diversity and the vision of the school had in mind," said CCP grad Troy Bundy, who gathered signatures against the old mascot two years ago. 

"When I first started the petition, honestly I never thought this day would happen," he said.

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Students chose a lion as their new mascot last fall, but it wasn't until now that they saw what Roary would look like. 

Roary has a dark orange mane, a semi-smiling face and teeth that aren't too threatening.

"He shows diversity. He shows pride. He shows everything that Community College is about," Bundy added.