CSULB unveils new shark mascot

Published August 17, 2020

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Cal State Long Beach unveiled its new shark mascot via social media today, more than a year after the conclusion of a student-initiated process that first, widely solicited ideas for a new mascot, sent semifinalist concepts to a broad community vote, and finally offered up three finalists for a student referendum. 

CSULB President Jane Close Conoley ratified the student vote for the "shark" on May 10, 2019, and appointed a representative committee to facilitate the mascot's development during the 2019-20 academic year. 

"Elbee," as the shark will be known, was set to debut on campus last spring, but the unveiling was postponed as the university adapted to its primarily remote environment in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Elbee is a phonetic reference to the letters "L" and "B" in "Long Beach." 

The introduction of  Elbee comes after the 2018 retirement of the university's former mascot, Prospector Pete. The new shark mascot does not affect the university's team names nor the name of its intercollegiate athletics program, which continues to be called "Beach Athletics," although many alumni continue to affiliate with the nickname “‘49ers” that was in more active use until a few years ago.

The university released responses to the following frequently asked questions: