While NYU athletes still wear violet and white as their team colors, the personified Violet is no longer their mascot. The Violet mascot, clad in a skintight, green body suit with arms in the shape of green violet leaves, a necklace of large purple petals and a purple face with yellow hair was instituted in 1983, only to be replaced in 1984. After the University rejected suggestions including Vikings, Vanguards, and Victors, it adopted the BobCat from the character that symbolized the new computer catalog in Bobst Library. It represents the strong link between academic and athletic excellence at NYU.
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