The search is on for a few students who take pride in Richland and want to work as the mascot, Mobius T. Thunderduck, a huge duck with brown feathers, big eyes, an orange beak and huge feet.
The students, based on their schedules, would take turns representing Mobius at on and off-campus events. What’s required is someone who can fit in the costume and be coordinated enough to walk in the huge feet.
Kelly Sonnanstine, coordinator of New Student Orientation at the Office of Student Life, said they’re looking for either male or female students who have “a little bit of personality” and can be available for events.
“They have to be in good academic standing and disciplinary standing with the school,” Sonnanstine said. She considers the position of representing Richland as the mascot an “honorable position.”
“We’re trying to kind of treat it like Disney-esque,” Sonnanstine said. “At Disney World, if you play one of the head characters, you’re not allowed to tell people who you are.” The person who plays Mobius T. Thunderduck will remain anonymous, not speak at events or disclose his/her identity on social media.
Sonnanstine said what Mobius can do is nod his/her head yes or no, wave and dance around a little.
The costume gets hot so the student mascot needs to take breaks. “They don’t have to stay in it for four hours. They can take the suit off and cool off,” Sonnenstine said. “Somebody stays with them.”
While playing Mobius is a “pretty exciting position,” Sonnanstine said. It can be exhausting, especially at a parade or if meeting dignitaries on campus. It is, however, a rewarding position.
“I did it one time,” Sonnanstine said. “In my experience, people were excited to see the duck and they wanted to get pictures with the duck. It’s to make people happy. It’s just spreading joy to people.”
Students who play Mobius can track their service learning hours because they are volunteering at a school event. It’s based on the president of the United States’ Volunteer Service Award. For young adults, if college students can earn from 100 to 174 hours, they can get a bronze medal; from 175 to 249, a silver medal and from 250 and above, a gold medal.
“This is not a paid position,” Sonnanstine said. On Sept. 19, at the Richland Service Fair in the El Paso Lounge, she said there will be Mobius’ huge feet on display to attract students for the position.
The next scheduled event for Mobius is from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 at UNT-Dallas at the “Class of 2019 Dallas County Promise Kickoff” where there will be food, information sessions for students and parents, as well as prizes. Mascots from the seven Dallas County Community College District will attend. Mobius will also appear at the State Fair Parade.
Those who are interested in auditioning to be Mobius can go to the Office of Student Life in El Paso Hall, Room E040, or contact Sonnanstine at 972-238-6133 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org