|Cy the Cardinal|
Cy the Cardinal 2018 Big 12 Media Days
|University||Iowa State University|
|First seen||1954 |
Since a cyclone was difficult to depict in costume, a cardinal was selected from the cardinal and gold of the official school colors. A cardinal-like bird was introduced at the 1954 homecoming pep rally. A contest was conducted to select a name for the mascot, and the winning entry of Cy was submitted by 17 people. The first to submit the name, Mrs. Wilma  Ohlsen, won a cardinal and gold stadium blanket.
- "Origin of Cy". Cyclones.com. 11 August 2006. Archived from the original on 14 March 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
- "About Cyclone athletics". Iowa State University Relations. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
- "Cy Wins National Mascot Challenge". Cyclones.com. 1 January 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
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