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College to drop mascot's name following mass shootings

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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) -- The growing number of mass shootings across the nation has prompted a New York college to drop Shooter as the nickname for its sports mascot.

The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that Marist College in Poughkeepsie came up with a new name for the costumed mascot for its Red Foxes men's and women's basketball teams after last month's mass shooting at a country music concert in Las Vegas left 58 people dead and hundreds wounded.

The school's athletics department settled on Frankie, a nod to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was born in nearby Hyde Park.

The private college on the Hudson River 70 miles north of New York City debuted the new nickname during last weekend's season openers for both teams.

The original Shooter nickname was used for years and referred to shooting baskets, not guns.

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