The College mascot is a wolf. The significance of the wolf lies in the story of Saint Francis and the wolf. In this well-known legend, Saint Francis goes to the Italian town of Gubbio, where a fierce wolf was terrorizing the village and even killing some of the people, including children. During his visit to Gubbio, Francis goes out to meet the wolf. According to the story, when the wolf sees Saint Francis, he comes charging at the saint with his mouth open, ready to attack. Saint Francis immediately makes the sign of the cross over him and says, “Come here, Brother Wolf. I command you on behalf of Christ that you do no harm to me or to anyone.” As soon as Saint Francis did this, legend indicates that, “the fearsome wolf closed his mouth and stopped running; and once the command was given, came meekly as a lamb, and threw itself at the feet of Saint Francis.” This is a powerful story of courage, respect, strength, forgiveness and peace.