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Exclusive Interview with Carson the Cougar

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Chatham chapter.

Her Campus: How long have you been at Chatham?

Carson: Well I officially became the mascot here in 1995! Before me, the mascot was a seal named Pennsy, who started in 1946.


Where does your name come from?

I’m named after our famous alumna: Rachel Carson. What an honor! In 2011 there was a “Name the Cougar Challenge” where students, faculty, and staff around campus nominated over 150 possible names for me. In the end, Carson got the most votes!


What’s your favorite thing about Chatham?

My favorite thing about Chatham is how hard everyone works and how involved everyone is! Chatham folk always do their best.


Who are your best friends at Chatham?

Chatham Kitty of course! And I was also friends with Puma–the campus kitty at Eden Hall–who unfortunately passed away this year.


Anything else you’d like to share?

To students: make sure you’re going out, getting involved, and supporting your fellow Cougars! Make an effort to get out to a few sports events and Chatham traditions this semester. I’m always excited to take pictures with you all!



Indigo Baloch is the HC Chatham Campus Correspondent. She is a junior at Chatham University double majoring in Creative Writing and Journalism and double minoring Graphic Design and an Asian Studies Certificate. Indigo is a writer and Editorial Assistant at Maniac Magazine and occasionally does book reviews for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She is also the Public Relations Director for The Mr. Roboto Project (a music venue in Pittsburgh) and creates their monthly newsletter. During her freshman and sophomore year, Indigo was the Editor-in-Chief of Chatham's student driven newsprint: Communique. Currently, on campus, Indigo is the Communications Coordinator for Minor Bird (Chatham's literary magazine), the Public Relations Director for Chatham's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, and a Staff Writer and Columnist for Communique. She has worked as a Fashion Editorial Intern for WHIRL Magazine, and has been a featured reader at Chatham's Undergraduate Reading Series and a featured writer in Minor Bird. She loves art, music, film, theater, writing, and traveling.