Falcons, Griffins or Raptors? U of M Rochester to reveal mascot


Heads up, Med City residents.

The University of Minnesota-Rochester may not have a football team or cheerleading squad in its cards for the near future, but it will have a mascot by the end of the week.

The big question looming on students’ minds: Will they be cheering for the Falcons, the Griffins, or the Raptors?

UMR officials will reveal the winner at a free event that starts at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the downtown Rochester Peace Plaza.

There will be music, comedy acts, food and prizes for the first 500 people dressed in maroon and gold.

The timing is just right. About 125 aspiring health care professionals arrived in Rochester this week as the still-infant campus’ second freshman class. Last spring, about 50 students wrapped up their inaugural year as the school’s first undergraduate class.

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