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2013 Centennial

Beaver Attributes and History

Pauline "Pud" Roach, c. 1930

Beaver History
We see our campus mascot, the beaver, everywhere we look on campus, but it was not always so. In fact, it was not until 1924, eleven years after the birth of the institution, when the State Normal School at Minot achieved collegiate status and became Minot State Teacher's College, that it was even considered. On February 6, 1925, during a campus assembly, Pauline Marion Roach, nicknamed "Pud," a member of the freshman normal school class, proposed the institution select a mascot, as other regional campuses had done. Her choice was the "Beaver."

In a rather lengthy speech she explained the necessity for the mascot and pointed out the reasons for her choice. Foremost, she noted the beaver as a native of the region along the Mouse River, that he was "a builder and a hard worker, both characteristics of the school." She also noted how "he preservers quietly but with a goal well sighted" and compared the creature to the 1925 basketball squad. The students "broke in with vigorous applause at several instances" during her presentation.

The first beaver image to appear in a campus periodical, Red and Green, 1926.

A vote was taken and the Beaver was "unanimously initiated" into our college tradition. A few lusty Beaver yells at the close of session "clinched" the name and its acceptance. Following soon afterward, the school's basketball and football teams took on the Beaver name and new cheers were developed. Future editions of the Red and Green further highlighted the Beaver. Photographs and sketches of the Beaver began to appear in campus periodicals, catalogs, and even the year book took its name. The campus training school also adopted the Beaver mascot and in 1926 the Beaver Kits basketball squad entered the season with Beavers embroidered on their game jerseys. The Beaver has remained a part of campus life until this day.

Name and Attributes
Over time the school's mission and name changed, but the stalwart beaver continued to serve in his important post. In 2005, thanks to a contest involving more than 700 Minot-area fourth graders, he finally got a name: Buckshot.

Buckshot's looks have changed during his long career but the qualities that make him and his kind great representatives for Minot State University remain the same.

Beavers are intelligent and highly skilled. They're strong. They achieve success through team effort. And when there's a job to do, they get it done.

Beavers are capable of changing their environment. They understand the importance of preserving natural resources. They watch out for their own kind and are good neighbors to others.

Beavers are social animals. They're unfailingly loyal, have strong family ties, and enjoy having fun. They even play practical "jokes" on each other.

Today Buckshot rallies school spirit during athletic events and student gatherings across campus and proudly represents Minot State University throughout the community and beyond.