I just left got back from a "meeting" at the Forum at the Union with President Schultz and Provost Mason discussing the K-State 2025 plan.
Believe it or not, EcoKat was mentioned by President Shultz. He said he has been bombarded by emails about this. He asked each of us to tell at least one person tonight when we went home that EcoKat is in no way, shape, or form an athletic mascot.
This is something I was trying to make clear yesterday. EcoKat is not replacing Willie. EcoKat is not becoming the new face of KSU. EcoKat is a mascot specifically for the purposes of sustainability and environmental responsibility.
Why people ever got the impression that EcoKat had anything to do with KSU athletics is beyond me. Unlike the power towel incident, exactly ZERO of the athletic department staff/coaches/student athletes are depicted anywhere in any of the pictures, videos, or press releases involving EcoKat.
That is all.