GSU welcomes "Eddie the Tiger" - KNOE 8 News; KNOE-TV; KNOE.com |

GSU welcomes "Eddie the Tiger"

Posted: Updated:

GRAMBLING, La. (KNOE 8 News) - As Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue drives to his office every morning and as students make their way to the café or quad, they can now wave to "Eddie the Fighting Tiger."

After about two months of being in its permanent home, across from Long-Jones Hall and the Eddie G Robinson Museum, the latest campus focal point has its new name. The GSU administration made sure to include the student body in choosing the name of the 17-foot tiger.

"The tiger was meant for the community but we really wanted it to be student-based," said Stacey Duhon, vice president for student affairs and enrollment. "We wanted the students to be attached to the tiger, and what better way of doing that than letting them name the tiger."

The initial nominations for the naming of the fighting tiger began Jan. 23 and ended on Jan. 28, giving students one week to submit names. A committee of eight students, faculty and staff members reviewed 150 names and picked the top ten names. Then, on Jan. 30-31, students voted, choosing their favorite name.

The top ten names were Champ the Tiger, Charles The Great, "Eddie" the Tiger,
Fierce "The Fighting Tiger" Robinson, Nineteen O. One, Patronus (meaning: protector),
RJ (Ralph Jones) the Tiger, Titan, Triumph and
Zeus.

SGA President Marcus Solomon
 and students Akunna Amaefule,
 Joyia Smith and
Sean Moore were on the student-focused committee. They were joined by Professor Gernerique Stewart
 joined Dean of Students David Ponton
and Casey Byrd, associate director of student activities.
 According to Byrd, the committee reviewed the nominations and chose the 10 best.

In the end, the winning name was Eddie, presumably after Eddie G. Robinson, the university's legendary head football coach and the NCAA Division football coach with the most wins. The 3,600-pound sculplture arrived on campus early on Dec. 4, and word spread quickly. Students, faculty, staff and others rushed out to the campus quad, snapping photos. Several students suggested the name Eddie, and each name was put in a pool and nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner pulled the name of the lucky winner during the recent Allstate-Tom Joyner Foundation Quotes for Education event in the T.H. Harris Auditorium -- Tashica L. Grant-Sims. Sims will get books for the semester.

The sculpture was designed by Houston-based artist Bridgette Mongeon. It was about three years in the making after the 2011 Student Government Association president, Channing Gaulden, first suggested the idea. GSU President Frank G. Pogue said a cornerstone marking the special tiger sculpture will be installed at the base of the sculpture and it will include the names of the three SGA presidents responsible for bringing the idea to fruition.

"I can't even imagine a better name for our fighting tiger and our mascot," said GSU President Frank G. Pogue, who said he thought the idea was a winner as soon as he heard it. "The reality is that there is no better name, and it is a name recognized internationally and everywhere….It is so appropriate that the location of this new addition to our campus is directly across the street from the Eddie G. Robinson Museum because you cannot see one without seeing the other."

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Union Sheriff: Man was attempting to hire hit man to kill family members

    Union Sheriff: Man was attempting to hire hit man to kill family members

    Monday, July 28 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-07-28 17:21:58 GMT
    UNION PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News UPSO) - A Ouachita Parish resident was arrested by Union Parish sheriff’s deputies and investigators over the weekend accused of solicitation of murder.
    UNION PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News UPSO) - A Ouachita Parish resident was arrested by Union Parish sheriff’s deputies and investigators over the weekend accused of solicitation of murder.
  • West Monroe man arrested for meth possession

    West Monroe man arrested for meth possession

    Sunday, July 27 2014 9:09 PM EDT2014-07-28 01:09:38 GMT
    WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - West Monroe Police arrested a man early Sunday morning for possession of drugs.
    WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - West Monroe Police arrested a man early Sunday morning for possession of drugs.
  • Retired deputy drowns trying to save terrier

    Retired deputy drowns trying to save terrier

    Sunday, July 27 2014 8:43 PM EDT2014-07-28 00:43:53 GMT
    Ret. Lt. Sam Vitter (Source: APSO)Ret. Lt. Sam Vitter (Source: APSO)
    PRAIRIEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office says a recently retired deputy has drowned trying to rescue his Yorkshire terrier.
    PRAIRIEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office says a recently retired deputy has drowned trying to rescue his Yorkshire terrier.
  • Areas of West Monroe test positive for West Nile

    Areas of West Monroe test positive for West Nile

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:31:42 GMT
    OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News OPMAD) - Three mosquito pools, representing three locations, have tested positive for West Nile virus in Ouachita Parish.
    OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News OPMAD) - Three mosquito pools, representing three locations, have tested positive for West Nile virus in Ouachita Parish.
  • MPD investigate Friday night rape report

    MPD investigate Friday night rape report

    Saturday, July 26 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-07-26 22:05:59 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe Police are investigating a reported rape from Friday night.
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe Police are investigating a reported rape from Friday night.
  • Clerk wrestles gun away from armed robbery suspect

    Clerk wrestles gun away from armed robbery suspect

    Saturday, July 26 2014 4:40 PM EDT2014-07-26 20:40:24 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery where a clerk fought a gun away from a suspect.
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery where a clerk fought a gun away from a suspect.
  • Group protests illegal immigration in Monroe

    Group protests illegal immigration in Monroe

    Saturday, July 26 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-07-26 22:29:54 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - On Saturday, a small group took to the streets of the Twin Cities, to protest illegal immigration. They call themselves, Three Percenters. They say they are dedicated to action, education and reform of government, they believe has gotten too large to effectively operate. 
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - On Saturday, a small group took to the streets of the Twin Cities, to protest illegal immigration. They call themselves, Three Percenters. They say they are dedicated to action, education and reform of government, they believe has gotten too large to effectively operate. 
  • Mom on teen's 9-month absence: She isn't pregnant

    Mom on teen's 9-month absence: She isn't pregnant

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:30 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:30:30 GMT
    NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) - The mother of a 15-year-old New Hampshire girl reunited with her family nine months after she vanished says rumors that she was pregnant aren't true.
    NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) - The mother of a 15-year-old New Hampshire girl reunited with her family nine months after she vanished says rumors that she was pregnant aren't true.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KNOE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.