Central’s new mascot, Big Red, debuted at the first home football game Sept. 5. He’s since been popping up around campus and throughout the community to promote the college and show off Central spirit. The idea for a new, professional-caliber mascot originated with the Dutch Brigade, a group of students committed to fostering school spirit. The group, along with student body president Madi Gause ’16, solicited input from students, staff and alumni, and worked with a mascot company to come up with a unique design. Big Red is a one-of-a-kind character created for Central, not intended to represent any specific animal or character. The new mascot was completely funded by private donations through student fundraising.