Where In The World Is Prospector Pete Going?

By: Jarrod Castillo

As Long Beach State University prepares to embark on a new chapter in the school’s history, one of the most iconic pieces of the school will not be following suit.

“Prospector Pete” was once the beacon of Long Beach State, but as the Forty-Niners evolved into the Beach, “Pete” was left with nowhere to go and the campus was left to figure out how to replace him.

With “Prospector Pete” scheduled to be retired and relocated to an area-to-be-determined, here is who or what students think should replace him.


 Film student Ronan Jensen  Photo by: Jarrod Castillo

Film student Ronan Jensen

Photo by: Jarrod Castillo

“Well I was thinking it should be something like a hawk or an exciting animal of some kind because I think that, among other reasons, Prospector Pete [was] boring and you don’t want an inanimate object or a really goofy mascot because people would make fun of that. So I was thinking you probably want to choose an animal of some kind, something that is exciting and that probably has a word, because people are going to say the mascots’ name a lot, you probably want a word that people like saying.”

 Hasham Nusrat, Journalism/ Minoring in International Studies  Photo by: Jarrod Castillo

Hasham Nusrat, Journalism/ Minoring in International Studies

Photo by: Jarrod Castillo

“Personally, any of the founding fathers of America. One can pretty much choose anyone … because I think our school is one of the most diverse schools here in Southern California and keeping that in mind, I think we should be okay with any of mascots being the founding fathers of America.”

 Kristi Alarcon, Journalism Public Relations/Communication Studies  Photo by: Jarrod Castillo

Kristi Alarcon, Journalism Public Relations/Communication Studies

Photo by: Jarrod Castillo

“Who or what I think should be the next mascot for CSULB would probably be whales. I chose this answer because, you know, whales are big and strong animals so I think it would accurately represent CSULB.”

 Kenny Le, Chemistry  Photo by: Jarrod Castillo

Kenny Le, Chemistry

Photo by: Jarrod Castillo

“I believe the new mascot is gonna be a nugget, like the gold nugget. Since people think that Prospector Pete is racist for some reason, even though we’re the Forty-Niners, I kind of feel like the next step would be to be similar to the Forty-Niners so I would think it’d be a gold nugget because it’s not racist or anything.”


Although the story of “Pete” is now over, there is no shortage of options on its replacement. Whatever it may be, be rest assured that it will soon become the new symbol of The Beach in the modern age. It’s just something we will have to wait and see!

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