MONTCLAIR, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Montclair State University is spending $210,000 for a 12-foot bronze statue depicting the school’s red-tailed hawk mascot.
About half the cost will be paid by mandatory student fees from the Student Government Association and the rest from university funds, university spokeswoman Suzanne Bronski told The Record newspaper. About $4,000 in private donations have been raised.READ MORE: Mayor De Blasio Accuses Gov. Cuomo And MTA Of 'Fear Mongering,' Insists Subways Are Safe
Bronski said the statue will help generate enthusiasm for the school’s Division III athletic program and reinforce a sense of community.
“For the University community, the Red Hawk has come to stand for the determination of our students to make something important of their lives and for the courage it takes to challenge oneself to truly fulfill one’s potential,” Montclair University said in a statement.
“The Red Hawk statue is a student-initiated project that will go a long way toward helping the University to develop an even greater sense of pride and identity.”