The Thunder Cat speaks out about fans, humor

The Thunder Cat poses with president Dr. Loren Gresham during a football game. (Photo by Brad Crofford)

By Brad Crofford, Editor-in-chief

What exactly is a thunder cat?

Despite appearances throughout the year, this festive feline is still something of a mystery. To help our readers learn more about our school’s mascot, we sat down for an interview with the person beneath the mask.

When asked what a thunder cat is, the mascot focused on the interaction with fans.

“I like to think of myself as ‘I bring the thunder of the fans,’” the Thunder Cat said. “I like to bring the roar of the crowds.”

The Thunder Cat attends a variety of events throughout the year, including both sporting events and regular appearances.

“I wish I could attend more,” the Thunder Cat said. “This semester I attended about 20 events.”

People respond in a variety of ways, from excitement to fear.

“Some people are scared. My favorite is when they get giddy,” the Thunder Cat said. “I will do anything to put a smile on someone’s face. I love taking pictures.”

Like Zorro and Batman, the person inside the suit changes from time to time. Part of the magic is lost though when fans greet the person inside by name, according to the current Thunder Cat.

During the interview, the Thunder Cat had a lively sense of humor, often smiling and cracking jokes.

“I’ve always had the thunder inside me, but I really wanted to help summon the storm, so when the opportunity presented itself, I pounced,” the Thunder Cat said.

This humor is also present while in costume.

“I love to grab my tail, tickle the inside of someone’s ear, and then pretend it’s not me. I point to the person next to me,” the Thunder Cat said.

However, the Thunder Cat did want to tell everyone, “PS: the tail is sacred. Don’t touch the tail.”

For information about events that the Thunder Cat will attend, you can check out its facebook page.