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1976 - The Face Behind the Mask
Who is the face behind the mask, you may ask? We got a chance to meet up with Marcia Semerau, who 40 years ago was Champ the Bulldog!
Marcia was the pep band mascot from 1975–77 when she and two other women rotated as Champ. Marcia was working in the Student Association travel office with close friends who helped her get the daring position of being the mascot on skates, “My biggest challenge was to stand up and not fall down!”
One of her favorite memories was every time UMD scored a goal, Champ (Marcia) would ring the bell. She enjoyed sharing the head of the outfit with young kids and would let them try it on for fun. What a PAW-fect fit! Marcia is still an active cheerleader for UMD Athletics; you may even find her at a volleyball, football, or basketball game.