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"Mavs? Unicorns? Roadrunners?"
From the UNO Alumni Association
Mavs? Unicorns? Roadrunners?
That’s all it took for the Indians to become the Mavericks — and to avoid becoming the Unicorns.
What’s this, you ask?
In the fall of 1971, the University of Nebraska at Omaha decided to ditch its Indians moniker and try on a new mascot. In conjunction with homecoming festivities that year, a student election was held to determine the new nickname.
The final tally:
- Mavericks 566
- Unicorns 515
- Roadrunners 397
- Demons 346
- Indians 0
The change was announced prior to the newly named Mavs’ game against Northern Colorado.
UNO had been known as the Indians from 1939 to 1971.
Maverick Monument 2014
UNO welcomed a 1,500-pound addition to the UNO campus in the form of an eight-foot-high, bronze bull statue known as the “Maverick Monument" in August 2014.
The Maverick Monument was "unleashed" following the New Student Convocation.