Some great points, mooner. I'd use Milly or MKE in place of Mil U as a kind of nickname, but I liked Waukee. Love Fighting Hops as a unique mascot! I'd use cream as a replacement for the home whites. We currently use gold frequently, and another example is Georgetown grey.
Post by Black PantherU on Feb 9, 2011 14:14:57 GMT -6
When we tried to push University of Milwaukee onto the ballot back in my freshman year, Fan came up with the idea of pushing "UMil" kinda like UMass or UConn. People liked it, and the university would need no permission from anybody.
I know exactly what you mean about the Panthers nickname, and in fact some of us on this board have discussed the idea of going back to Gulls (my idea would be as the Gold Gulls). However, we have 50 years of tradition as the Panthers.
I use the name Dirt Cats when I refer to the baseball team.
parkerj: I like the idea of "Hops" as a concept (one of the first sports designs I ever did was for a fantasy hoops team called the Brew City Hops), but there's no way that proposal would ever be adopted. Unfortunately, UWM is surrounded by a lot of wealthy older folks who think their economic and political influence absolves them from taking responsibility for moving near a large college campus and all that entails. The university would never subject itself to the PR nightmare of adopting a mascot that could be construed as encouraging intoxicated rowdiness and underage drinking.
That said, "Hops" may have an outside chance if the mascot were changed to, say a rabbit or kangaroo and the connections to alcohol were only implied. It would still give us a unique mascot (only two kangaroos and one rabbit in Division 1), but it could have as much appeal to alumni as current students and parents wouldn't have a problem with dressing their kids in a Hops sweatshirt. I may have to take a couple days sometime to play around with this one.
@k-Raw: MKE wouldn't work because it's already used as a nickname for the city. We'd need something that would only refer to the university such as Mizzou. It may be short for Missouri, but no one would say "I'm going to Mizzou" if they're taking a trip to St. Louis. I do like your idea of Milly though. I'm surprised that never caught on as a nickname for the city the way Phily did with Philadelphia.
black Panther MKE: When were you a freshman? Because I pitched the idea of UMil back in 2006, but I wasn't aware that it had really caught on the way you say. IIRC, the Student Association had Wisconsin State shirts printed out before they even mentioned putting it on the ballot, so us U of Milwaukee supporters couldn't use school funds to make our own shirts and we only had a week to put something together. But I did just find the makeshift identity package I created back then floating around on one of my old photobuckets:
Dirt Cats is a cool name, btw.
Anyway, since it seems like the idea of adding cream is pretty popular, I'll probably see what I can do with that (and a few other suggestions) in the next few days. Keep the feedback coming!
I never like the perception that we ride the coattails of other schools. Umil is just too much like Uconn, just like Klotsche Krazies is too much like Cameron Crazies. And I know we got that nickname first, it's just that Duke has a ton of national championships.
It wouldn't surprise me if someone else had that idea too... UMil is a perfectly easy and logical way to shorten the mouthful that is our school's name.
Anyway, here's some quick mock-ups of t-shirts with some the various nicknames that have been discussed here. They're relatively plain since if any of them were actually printed up, they'd have to be kept simple enough for anyone with a silkscreen press to do and couldn't use anything that's actually trademarked by the university.
Post by pantherdon on Feb 13, 2011 14:12:04 GMT -6
Who cares about Oshkosh or Superior? This is D1. Black & Gold (yellow) is not really a very common color combination. At least were not red & white, or blue & red.
The Panthers name was chosen by the students Changing it again would make us as bad as the Marquette Hilltoppe.. uh, I mean, Warriors..., Golden Eag... Gold.. Golden Eagles? What ever they are this week.
The Fighting Hops idea is really lame.
Last Edit: Feb 13, 2011 14:16:52 GMT -6 by pantherdon
Yikes. All that thing needs is a couple different Panther logos on it. Maybe a Gull, too.
"She would constantly try to throw [Coach Jeter] off and create distractions," said another source who worked in the athletic department and no longer is at UWM. "All the time. It was bad. I felt bad for him all the time. I told him, 'You're a bigger man than I am.' It was brutal. Sabotage was in the cards." -- From the JS story, March 17, 2016