Monte Idol: Audition for UM’s New Mascot

By Beacon Staff

Ah, you have to love the top story on the Missoulian’s Web site today. Not only is it about an audition for a dancing bear with a bandanna, it features a man who calls himself “Hefty Snowflake.” You see, Hefty Snowflake wants to be the next Monte, the University of Montana’s sports mascot and perhaps the most famous athletic figure at the school. But the competition appears to be stiff.

Hefty Snowflake, who is called Justin Schmitt by his parents, was one of six hopefuls who showed up to audition in front of judges to become the next Monte at the Adams Center’s East Auxiliary Gym on Thursday. The winner will be privately notified today. It’s kept secret because, as the story states: “In keeping with tradition, the new Monte’s true identity will not be revealed publicly.”

One competitor lamented: “I have to dance to Kelly Clarkson, which is hard for a guy.”

It is the price you pay to dance in front of thousands in a sweaty bear suit.

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