Before MSU was the Mavericks with a logo of a purple and yellow bull they were the Indians with a caricature of an Indian as a logo. The school developed the Indian nickname in 1935. In July of 1977, after around 10 years of debate, the name was changed to the Mavericks.
Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.