According to the email,
The name we select must be completely unique and cannot be repeated, even in part, at another location in the city of Irvine.The ballot/survey (see below) includes names suggested “through the College Council” that have been screened by the city: Laser, Transfer, Achievement, Success, Veteran, and Student Success.
The inclusion of “Laser”—the IVC mascot—is odd given that, a few years ago, the college established a committee to find a replacement mascot. (The college sold its actual laser device many years ago.)
As you can see, recipients of the email have an opportunity to suggest another name.
• The Lariat Gaucho - 2 8 06
I showed the Lariat Gaucho to knowledgeable Latino colleagues, who assured me that that "Gaucho" causes OUCHO followed by GROUCHO.
• Gaucho & Laser ridiculosity - 2 15 06
The problem: Gauchos are not angry bandits, they are dignified cowboys. Further, Gauchos are not known for wearing Mexican sombreros (not that there's anything wrong with Mexican sombreros!). Gauchos are Argentinian cowboys that have an identity—and a hat—all their own.
• Wanted: A New Mascot for IVC - 11 16 09
“The Associated Students of Irvine Valley College are asking you to nominate your idea for the next generation’s College Mascot.”
Stupid mascots and the Irvine Company's "black heart" - 12 26 09
According to Bassett, students wanted a silly mascot, like Santa Barbara's "banana slugs," but the Irvine Co. hired professionals to come up with dignified mascots and images, and the pressure was on. The students rejected all that. Must've pissed off those Irvinos.
• Naming Saddleback's "Butt" Library
Saddleback College's "James B. Utt" Library—commonly referred to as the "Butt" Library—was named after a nutty cold warrior with a history of highly unfortunate remarks.