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updated: 10/18/2013 3:37 PM

Bradley University chooses gargoyle for new mascot

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PEORIA -- Bradley University has a new mascot for the first time in more than 20 years.

The Journal Star reports the school said in a news release Friday that it has chosen the gargoyle as its new mascot. The Peoria school will keep the nickname "Braves." School officials have said Bradley stopped using a mascot at some point before 1990 as pressure to drop American Indian mascots increased.

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The university's statement said choosing the mascot comes after two years of focus groups and surveys. Officials say more than 3,200 respondents overwhelmingly supported the school having a mascot "with the favored choice being the gargoyle."

The statement said the school would later announce an official launch and unveiling of the new mascot.

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