Students to Twirl their Tukwut Towels at Homecoming


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Students Display the Tukwut Towel at a recent game

  Fans display their Tukwut Towel at a recent game.

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is hosting its first homecoming and tailgate on Saturday, October 10, 2009.  The stands will be filled with students and alumni cheering as the men's soccer team take on UC Stanta Cruz at Mangrum Field.

Fans at the game will have the chance to purchase a Tukwut Towel to twirl and encourage their team. Based on the popular "Terrible Towel" of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Tukwut Towel will be sold at the CSUSM University Store and at home games for $5.95. Named after the Luiseño name for Cougar, the campus mascot, the towel will be used at home games to provide intimidation and pressure for the opposing team while creating a more exciting and spirited environment.

The Tukwut Towel is a terrific example of students helping students.  Designed by a CSUSM Senior Experience Team, proceeds from sales will go to ACE Scholars Services, a program that supports former foster youth in their efforts to obtain a college education. While other professional football teams and even college teams have similar towels, this is the first time any spirit towel has been used on the CSUSM campus.

About California State University San Marcos
California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is fifteen miles east of the ocean; just thirty miles north of downtown San Diego.