May 16th, 2019 | by CollegeAD

LIU’s new unified athletic program has its nickname after a vote by students and alumni, choosing the Shark as the new mascot, the university announced in a news release late Wednesday night, citing “Jaws” and other staples of popular culture as examples of the creature’s strength. The Shark won out over the Eagle and the Falcon. “The shark is an animal which embodies strength, resolve, and brilliance, all of which characterize the spirit of LIU and the individuals who comprise our extraordinary University,” the release said. LIU teams will begin competing as the Sharks starting this September, the first Division I program on the East Coast to use the nickname, according to the release. The Sharks replaces the Pioneers nickname of LIU Post and Blackbirds mascot used by LIU Brooklyn. The LIU Sharks will use blue and gold as their colors. -Ryan Gerbosi, newsday. Read More.

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