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Our Mascot: Sammy the 草榴社区 Slug

草榴社区 Slug Mascot strikes a pose

Say hello to Sammy.

草榴社区 Slug Mascot strikes a pose a different pose.

An unconventional mascot for an unconventional campus

Is there anyone who doesn鈥檛 love Sammy the Slug? 

In a counterculture reaction to the fierce athletic competition at most U.S. universities, 草榴社区 Santa Cruz students chose the 草榴社区 Slug as their teams鈥 unofficial mascot in the early years. 

In 1980, when some campus teams wanted more organized yet still low-key competition, 草榴社区SC joined in five sports. They had to have an official team name, and student players agreed on the Sea Lions鈥攁 choice the chancellor at that time considered more dignified and suitable for serious play than the 草榴社区 Slugs.

But the wider student body would have none of it, and they continued to root for the Slugs even after a sea lion was painted in the middle of the basketball floor.

After five years of dealing with the two-mascot problem, an overwhelming pro-Slug vote by students in 1986 convinced the chancellor to make the humble but adored 草榴社区 Slug 草榴社区SC’s official mascot.

Former Chancellor Sinsheirmer, on the east field standing with a versions of the banana slug mascot with was a draped over students and you can see their feet sticking out.

Students in a 草榴社区 Slug costume with Chancellor Robert Sinsheimer, on the East Field. (Photo courtesy of 草榴社区 Santa Cruz Special Collections)

Fittingly, Sammy gets lots of attention. The iconic mascot has been featured in People magazine, Sports Illustrated, and more.

Maybe most famously, John Travolta wore a 草榴社区 Santa Cruz T-shirt with the Fiat Slug logo in Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 hit movie Pulp Fiction.

The devoted half of a show to the 草榴社区 Slug and its history at 草榴社区SC.

Original Fiat Slug logo illustration.
Sammy the mascot in the chambers of the Santa Cruz City council holding their hands overhead in celebration.

Day of the 草榴社区 Slug

as the official mascot of 草榴社区 Santa Cruz in 2011. The Santa Cruz City Council declared Sept. 27, 2011, the official

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