Freddie, Frieda mascots identity revealed during women’s, men’s basketball game halftime

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Daniel Short and Lauren Phillips were revealed as Freddie and Frieda Falcon on Sunday afternoon during halftime at the women’s basketball game.

Corey Krupa and Corey Krupa

The identities of everyone’s favorite birds were finally revealed.

During halftime of the men’s and somen’s basketball games Sunday, the identities of the two sets of Freddie and Frieda Falcons were revealed.

“It’s been such an amazing experience. It literally feels like a dream come true,” said Jennifer Gonzales after being unmasked as one of the Frieda Falcons.

Sean Kennedy, who was unmasked to be one of the Freddie Falcons said “It’s been a heck of a year and all the effort and hard work paid off,” said Kennedy.

Kennedy is a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. His roommate is Matt Bruening or alternatively known as Herman Munster of the campus spirit group Sic Sic.

“It was a lot of hard work, constantly having fibs in my back pocket,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy is also a cheerleader for BG.

“I had to plan for it every week. The bird family has been so helpful and I’d like to thank the alumni for all their support,” he said.

According to Freddie and Frieda’s official BGSU home page, in order to become Freddie or Frieda Falcon, hopefuls have to complete a written application available in the Office of the Dean of Students, 301 Student Union around the middle or end of February every year.

Then the current mascots and their advisor review applications. Those who pass the initial process are interviewed by the current mascots, the advisor and an alumni Bird. Applicants are again cut down and asked to perform in the suit at a public event, usually an athletic event.

Jennifer Gonzales, who was one of the Freida mascots unmasked, is also a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. She said it was difficult hiding, but managed without anyone finding out.

“I didn’t tell anybody anything,” she said. “None of my sorority sisters knew and it was a huge time commitment.”

According to Freddie and Frieda’s official BGSU home page, Freddie Falcon was first introduced in 1950 with the simple idea of creating more school spirit at athletic events.

Frieda first joined Freddie in 1966 as Mrs. Freddie Falcon.

The mascots can be seen rooting for BG at football, men’s and women’s basketball, hockey and volleyball games. They can also be seen roaming around campus interacting with students, faculty and staff promoting BG spirit.

The other set of Freddie and Frieda were revealed Sunday afternoon during halftime of the women’s basketball game.

The first Freddie Falcon revealed is Daniel Short, who is active participant in Dance Marathon and is a Resident Advisor. He is an Early Childhood Education major and also works as a campus tour guide.

The other Frieda Falcon is Lauren Phillips, who is a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Lauren is a senior who also works in the office of Financial Aid.

“She’s the most BG spirited woman I know and she’s been a huge part of my Falcon spirit,” said Rosanna Baskin, Phillips’ little sister in Kappa Kappa Gamma.

Rosanna never thought her big sister could be a BG mascot.

“The idea of her being Frieda never fazed me before because she’s a very involved person,” Baskin said. “However, one of our sisters was recently revealed to be a member of Sic Sic, so I pretty much connected the dots from there.”