The Syracuse mascot was originally a character named \”The Saltine Warrior\” (Syracuse\’s unofficial nickname is the Salt City) and \”Big Chief Bill Orange\”. The character was born out of a in which it was claimed that a 16th-century Indian chief was unearthed while digging the foundation for the women\’s gymnasium in 1928. In the mid-1950s, the father of a
fraternity brother owned a cheerleading camp. He made a Saltine Warrior costume for his son to wear at SU football games. Thus began a nearly forty-year tradition of Lambda Chi brothers serving as SU\’s mascot. In 1990 however the University opened up the mascot traditions to the entire student body (Daily Orange, February 22, 1990).
In 1978, Native American students successfully petitioned the University to discontinue the Saltine Warrior, citing the mascot\’s stereotypical portrayal of Native Americans. During the 1978 season, the University introduced a Roman dressed in orange armor, but the idea proved largely unpopular among fans, who regularly booed the mascot. In the summer of 1990, the cheerleaders and mascots were at a UCA Cheerleading Camp in Tennessee and the students who were chosen to suit up in the costume narrowed the field down to two potential names — \”Opie\” and \”Otto\”as a new orange costume was made.
It was concluded that the name \”Opie\” would lead to the inevitable rhyme with \’dopey\’, and settled on \”Otto. \” Later that fall, word got out that the cheerleaders were calling the latest mascot costume Otto, and the name stuck. For 17 years the university did not settle on an \”official\” mascot until the chancellor appointed a group of students and faculty to create a mascot and logo. University administration considered introducing a new mascot (a wolf or lion were likely candidates), but the student body supported Otto.
He was recognized as the official mascot of Syracuse University by 1995. secret society founded 1795 in Belfast to promote Protestant power in Northern Ireland, named for William of (who became King William III of England and triumphed in Ireland at the head of a Protestant army at the Battle of the Boyne), of the German House of Nassau. His cousins and their descendants constitute the royal line of Holland. on the Rhone in France, which became part of the Nassau principality in 1530. Its Roman name was, which is said in 19c. sources to be from \”a breeze\” and a reference to the north winds which rush down the valley, but perhaps this is folk etymology of a Celtic word.
The name subsequently was corrupted to, then. The town has no obvious association with the fruit other than being on the road from Marseilles to Paris, along which masses of oranges were transported to northern France and beyond. In this roundabout way the political/religious movement of Northern Irish Protestantism acquired an association with the color orange, the Irish national flag acquired its orange band, and Syracuse University in New York state acquired its \”Otto the Orange\” mascot.