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Dayton Eighth Grade Goes to WSU

In November, Dayton GEAR UP took 29 eighth grade students to Washington State University for a campus visit.  The group was split into two groups and led by two WSU students for the tour.  We heard comments such as: “Interesting campus, great food, I want to go again, and good tour guides.”  The most interesting thing they learned about the college was the previous school colors and mascot.  We were all surprised to hear that the first mascot was a terrier named "Squirt," because someone brought a pet dog to campus; and the first school colors were pink and blue, said to be chosen by the first WSU President because he was so in awe of the pink and blue sunsets of the Palouse. Crimson and Gray are thought to have been the colors by 1916, and the mascot changed to cougars in 1919.  One other thing the students found of interest was the heated sidewalks.  Many students said they had learned more about financing their education and it was worth the bus ride. The students who had been on campus before said they had heard new information and was pleased they attended.

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