Rip Van Winkle has had enough rest. Now, it’s time to put Columbia-Greene Community College’s official mascot on top of the heap, as the SUNY Mascot Madness tournament – a competition to crown New York’s favorite college mascot – returns on Tuesday, March 13.
The tournament is back for its sixth edition, and this year invites 36 mascots from various SUNY campuses to compete, bracket-style, for the title of 2018 Mascot of the Year.
Round One begins at noon on Tuesday, March 13, and will continue until Friday, March 16 at 4:00 p.m. C-GCC is matched up against The Colt, mascot for SUNY Orange Community College.
Votes may be cast at the official SUNY Mascot Madness web page, and C-GCC will be posting links to the voting page on its website and social media channels throughout the competition.
Rip Van Winkle leads C-GCC’s athletic teams, the Twins, and serves as a symbol of the twin counties of Columbia and Greene and the Catskill mountain range that connects them. His legend began with a short story written in 1819 by Washington Irving, in which he fell into an enchanted sleep for 20 years, after playing a game of nine-pin with the ghosts of Captain Henry Hudson.
Following a Round one win, advancing mascots will move on to subsequent rounds:
Round 2: Monday, March 19 12:00 p.m. – Wednesday, March 21 4:00 p.m.
Round 3: Thursday, March 22 12:00 p.m. – Monday, March 26 4:00 p.m.
Final Four: Wednesday, March 28 12:00 p.m. – Friday, March 30 4:00 p.m.
Finals: Monday, April 2 12:00 p.m. – Wednesday, April 4 1:00 p.m.
Columbia-Greene Community College, a campus of the State University of New York, is a comprehensive two-year college offering a variety of transfer and career programs leading to Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, and Associate in Occupational Studies degrees, as well as one-year certificate programs and specialized courses geared toward community interest. C-GCC was recently ranked in 27th of 728 community colleges in the U.S. by WalletHub.com, using data collected from the National Center for Education Statistics, Council for Community and Economic Research, and College Measures.