From Fang to Havoc: Loyola’s mascot

Loyola’s wolf mascot has been around since the early years of the university, but it hasn’t always been smooth sailing. The original mascot was an actual wolf cub, beloved by athletic teams and the student body. But after a disappointing year  in 1928, the wolf cub was ostracized by the football team.

1929-11-22 Maroon

Still, by 1932, the now fully grown wolf continued to be seen at Loyola athletic events.

1932-11-23 Maroon

In 1957, a new mascot was introduced in the form of a ferocious  ”almost Cocker” puppy. Cheerleader Gerry Bodet held a contest to name the new mascot, and Fang was born.

1957 Wolf Yearbook

1957-02-08 Maroon

In 1966 the university once again adopted a real wolf–this time, a Canadian wolf cub.

But drama struck once again. Fang was donated to the Audubon Zoo in 1968, and by 1972 was “missing.”

1974-11-14 Maroon

That seems to have been the end of Loyola’s attempts to keep a live wolf as a mascot, despite rumors to the contrary in 1976 and 1986.

Our present-day mascot was named in 2006 by the ‘Pack Pride Committee as part of a marketing campaign to attract students to athletic events. And Havoc has been with us ever since.

More images like these can be found in Loyola’s digital collections and in Special Collections & Archives.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

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