DBD 06-15-2022: Oski

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Oski the Bear first appeared in 1941, but he is named after the “Oski Yell”, a late-19th century cheer.

Oski Wow-Wow!

Whiskey Wee-Wee!

Olee! Muckie-eye!

Olee! Berkeley-eye!

California! Wow!

The origin is uncertain, but the University of Illinois claims it originated in 1899. However, UC Berkeley yearbooks document how the yell was used as an anti-temperance/prohibition protest cheer before then, hence why “whiskey” is mentioned. Oski may be a goofy anachronism of a mascot, but he is our goofy mascot. I don’t like him, but I still love him.