‘Colonial Phil’ is Out as Community College of Philadelphia’s Longtime Mascot; ‘Roary,’ the Lion, Is In

An African American student in Brian Goedde’s Community College of Philadelphia class put it bluntly: “You know, in the story of American history, I don’t think I’m rooting for the colonials.”

But for a long time, it was “Colonial Phil,” a white man in a tricornered hat, who, as the school mascot, was the chief cheerleader for the college.

That changed Tuesday when the 27,000-student CCP unveiled its new mascot: “Roary,” the lion.

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