Where are you from?
I’m from a few different places. I’m a peregrine falcon, and since “peregrine” means “wanderer,” I call a few different locales home. Poughkeepsie, NY has suited my fancy for the past few decades, though.
- How many teams to you represent?
Seven – Men’s Soccer, Baseball and Basketball; Women’s Softball, Basketball and Volleyball, and co-ed Cross Country.
- How were you chosen to be school mascot?
Some breeds of falcon are indigenous to the east coast. That, and a chickadee wouldn’t really exude the predatory qualities that can instill fear in our opponents.
- Do you have any friends that are mascots?
I hung out with the Carolina Panther for a while, but he tried to eat me, so now we’re just Facebook friends.
- What is your favorite campus event?
There are many that I like, but if I have to pick one, I’d say it’s the Fall Club Fair. I can soar down the main campus walkway and check out all of the activities and clubs available. I also love to see my photo on the signs, too. I tried to sign up for a few clubs one year, but it appears there’s some ridiculous requirement that you have to be a human being to join. Go figure.
- What do you consider to be the ideal fan?
I like heavy attendance at school sporting events. A Falcon tattoo would be ideal, but not necessary.
- What’s it like to be a mascot?
It’s OK, but sometimes it gets a little too familiar being hung around somebody’s neck all the time, in fact, I … Wait … oh … Mascot. I thought you said ascot. Well, being a mascot is cool. I love the attention. It’s the perfect job for me, so much more fitting than actually playing on one of the teams. I tried to play basketball once, but my talons punctured the ball and we had to forfeit.
- What do you like to do for fun?
Flying can get boring after a while, so during my time off I like to drive Formula 1 race cars.
- What is your favorite Broadway play?
I like “Jersey Boys,” even after my unsuccessful audition for the role of Frankie Valli. The producer said my screech wasn’t high enough.
- What is your favorite New York State destination?
I love the Hudson Valley. I like visiting the Walkway Over the Hudson, the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site and the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, among many other sites.