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A New Cat in Town

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
September 24, 2008

Gnarls the CatMeet Gnarlz, UNH’s newest mascot.

The cool cat made his first appearance during Saturday’s football game against Albany along with the university’s mainstay mascot, Wild E. Cat. Gnarlz has a more athletic physique than Wild E. and will help pump-up UNH students and fans at many Wildcat events this fall.

The idea of adding another team mascot grew from the number of appearance requests that Wild E. Cat receives each year. At first, the intent was to use the same costume design. But further discussions led to creating a more student-friendly look.

Several designs were considered before settling on an athletic, muscular looking character. A grant from the Parents’ Association funded the new costume. The name Gnarlz – pronounced “narlz” -- was selected from the more than 50 suggestions received by the athletic department in a Web poll conducted in August.

“Gnarlz is a great addition to UNH because he brings a more athletic and competitive appearance to our events,” says Amber Radzevich, assistant athletic director for marketing and communication. “He has been very well received across campus.  It’s clear that the students are proud of the new look and think he represents what Wildcat pride is all about.”    

To request an appearance by Gnarlz or Wild E. Cat, email assistant athletic director for marketing and communications Amber Radzevich at amberr@unh.edu.

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