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Northwest Bearcats


Wings of Glory (Fight Song) Listen!

Come on Bearcats fight, (you Bearcats fight!)
on to victory.
Hail the Green and White,
best in history.

Come on Bearcats fight, (you Bearcats fight!)
Proud, brave and strong we will stand.
Our glorious colors raised up triumphantly,
across Missouri Land.

The Alma Mater Listen!

Let your voices loudly ringing,
Echo far and near;
Songs of praise thy children singing
To the memory dear.

Years may dim our recollections,
Time its change may bring;
Still thy name in fond affection
Evermore we sing.

Bear Down! Green and White Listen!

Bear Down! for Green and White.
Fight! with all your might.
Northwest Sons and Daughters always strive
to be a beacon bright.

In ev'ry battle new,
Vic'try through and through
Bear Down! for the Green and White
of N-W-M-S-U!



The Hickory Stick

The Hickory Stick

Since 1931, the Northwest Missouri State University football team has been playing the Truman State University Bulldogs for possession of a 30-inch piece of hickory. It represents one of the most intense rivalries in college football. The Old Hickory Stick game, played annually between Northwest Missouri State University and Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.), has the distinction of being the oldest traveling trophy game in Division II college football.

In 1930, U. W. Lamkin, president of Northwest Missouri State University, sent President Eugene Fair of Truman State University the stick of wood that would soon receive the fitting name "The Old Hickory Stick." President Lamkin found the stick on the very farm where Fair was born, located within the Northwest Missouri State district. The stick had been turned in the woodworking shop at Northwest, and the lettering on the stick listed the scores of every football game between the two colleges from 1908 to 1930.

The symbolism of the Old Hickory Stick is that both schools can claim ownership of the trophy, since it was found in an area connected to both Northwest and Truman. In 1931, the annual football game between the two schools was inaugurated as a means of determining who would own the trophy for the following year. After the game, the winner dips one end of the stick in paint of their school color.


Bearcat fans keep count for Bobby!

The Bearcat became Northwest's official mascot in 1916 when the basketball coach at Drury College asked the Northwest coach if he had his "fighting Bearcats" ready for the game. The student body quickly adopted "Bearcats" as the team name. The animal is characterized as a beast that is difficult to hold or capture.

The first drawing of Bobby Bearcat was completed in 1927 for Northwest by the Dennison Manufacturing Company of Massachusetts. The rendering was applied to labels used to promote school spirit and soon started appearing on luggage, cars and school bags. Later versions of Bobby were created by the Art Department. Now, all University teams use Bobby as their sole mascot, and he remains a proud symbol of school spirit and Northwest's continuing legacy of athletic excellence.

At football games, Bobby does push-ups each time the team scores. The most Bobby has ever done was on Sept. 29, 2007 when the Northwest defeated Southwest Baptist 86-13. The total number of push-ups was 677!

To request Bobby for an appearance, click here.



What is a Bearcat?

Arctictis Binturong

The binturong, sometimes called the bearcat, is a member of the civet family. It lives in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia, from India to the Malay Peninsula. The binturong is primarily a fruit eater, but also eats insects, fish, small mammals, and birds. The binturong has a long, prehensile tail, which it uses to grasp branches as it forages in the trees. They love bananas and grapes!

They're about six feet long (half body, half tail), weigh about 50 pounds, and have shaggy black fur tipped with gray. And what a face! Small and intense eyes, with dime-sized ears topped by long, furry fringes. Thick, wild whiskers frame a small muzzle, ending in a shiny black nose. They're neither bears nor cats. They're one of two carnivores with a prehensile tail (the other is a kinkajou). One amazing feature of the binturong is a popcorn-like aroma, which comes from a scent gland near its tail.

Fraternity Cannon

At home football games, a cannon located at the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity house across the street from Bearcat Stadium is fired before opening kick-offs and when the Bearcat football team scores at touchdown.