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  • America Votes

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    Thursday, September 30, 2004

    A nonpartisan penguin 

    Pete the Penguin is not playing political games. He's not allowed to. He's the mascot for Youngstown State University in Ohio, which, as a state-funded school, cannot endorse any political party.

    So a photo of Pete - or a mystery person masquerading as the mascot - is off the Bush-Cheney Web site.

    The photo showed someone dressed as Pete holding a Bush-Cheney '04 sign, said Debbie Lowe, the school's licensing coordinator. The caption read, "The YSU Penguin shows the student body's strong support for Bush/Cheney."

    No one asked the marketing office for permission to use the photo, and a university attorney could not determine who took or sent the photo, Lowe said Thursday.

    posted by Ellen Dunkel at 12:14 PM



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