Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Otto the Orange tryouts

Tryouts are being held for Syracuse University's mascot, Otto the Orange. Otto's coach Julie Walas says she is looking for as many as three new Ottos to replace one graduating Otto and one Otto going abroad.

The audition process starts off with an informational meeting for anyone thinking of trying out.

"So much of what Otto is, is a secret and a lot of students have a lot of questions and a lot of misunderstandings about what it means to be Otto," Walas said.

Walas says all the current Ottos attend the auditions. Before she was the coach, Walas was an Otto herself while she attended Syracuse University and she says the opinions of the other Ottos play a big role in choosing new members for the team.

If students want to try out, Walas says they should be between five foot eight and five foot ten so they all look similar when wearing the suit. Besides height restrictions, Walas says there are two other important Otto qualifications.

"They should be able to do a forward roll, or at least a teachable forward roll and they should be really comfortable being silly," Walas said.

The informational meeting was held at Manley Field House at 7 pm tonight and the tryouts will be at the same location and same time on Friday.

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