All hail Valencia College's (proposed) sentient orange mascot

click to enlarge Black eyes, like a doll's eyes... - Photo via Valencia College/Twitter
Photo via Valencia College/Twitter
Black eyes, like a doll's eyes...

Valencia College is on the hunt for a new mascot. And one of the mascots looks like it's on the hunt for you.

Two of the three options recently pitched to fans and students are standard sports fare: a cardinal and a puma. "Valencia College Cardinals" has a nice ring to it, and the Puma design really pops in the school's red. And then ... then there's the anthropomorphized orange wearing a letterman jacket, Chuck Taylors and a smile that says he knows where the bodies are buried.

The Orange is meant to represent "enterprise and innovation" as well as nod to the history of the area. It bears a passing resemblance to the nearly immediately canned mascot for Florida Technical University (later UCF), the Citronaut.

Like the Orange, the Citronaut was an attempt to combine the area's orange-growing history with markers of the school, which had been started to train employees of the burgeoning space program at Cape Canaveral.  Also like the Orange, it was Something That Should Not Be.

Of course, the Orange has our official endorsement. We don't want to know what goes on inside that presumably juice-filled head when the smile fades.

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