A Birthday Party for a Beloved Mascot

A Birthday Party for a Beloved Mascot

A Birthday Party for a Beloved Mascot

Beloved mascot Buford T. Beaver celebrated his birthday on Nov. 8, with cupcakes and well wishes from BVU students, faculty and staff.  The party was sponsored by BVU's Student Activities Board (SAB).

The origins of the Beaver as Buena Vista's mascot go back to the early 1900s, when the football team was called the "BVers." In 1921, a Buena Vista student combined that nickname with then-popular soft drink Bevo to create the nickname "Beavers." The name seemed appropriate according to a Tack writer at the time, because "if there is one characteristic our teams have had above others, it is that of being workers."

At various times in the 1940s through 1960s, the Beaver mascot was called Mr. Chips, Chipper and Bucky, but by the 1980s he was known as Buford T. Beaver (the T, of course, stands for "the").

The party celebrated the Beaver's 92nd birthday.