Long Beach State’s new mascot was finally named after the removal of controversial mascot, Prospector Pete.
CSULB’s ASI is hosting a dance challenge for enrolled students to participate in on social media, honoring the new campus mascot, “Elbee” the shark, from Aug. 20 through Sept. 6.
Long Beach State introduced its new shark mascot, “Elbee,” via social media Monday after students voted over a year ago to replace the former mascot, Prospector Pete.
Current and former Long Beach State students took to social media after news broke that the university’s statue of the once-esteemed mascot had been removed from its post in the middle of campus.
CSULB’s Prospector Pete statue was removed from the LA5 plaza earlier than originally planned “in light of the renewed national conversation about anti-racism” according to President Jane Close Conoley.
After over a year of planning and development, Long Beach State is getting a new mascot.
With the announcement of a new shark mascot, the 49er Shops will be unveiling a collection of new shark merchandise within the next year, according to school officials.
On Wednesday night President Conoley tweeted, “Actually we are not the Sharks…”
After a student referendum and over 10,000 votes from the campus and Long Beach community, the 49ers and Prospector Pete have officially been replaced.
The final round of votes in early May will determine the university’s new identity.