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Being a Billiken: So Much More Than SLU’s Mascot

So, what is a Billiken? The easy answer is that it's Saint Louis University's mascot, the embodiment of a popular good luck charm from the turn of the 20th century. But at SLU, a Billiken is more.

Being a Billiken

"Being a Billiken means to be yourself," said Keilah from O'Fallon, Missouri. "And that you have the freedom to choose what you want to be with the influence of such a great community around you."

Being a Billiken means getting an education to better yourself and help others. It is about going out and changing the world, but also growing your mind, body and soul. Billikens are open, caring and compassionate to all different types of people.

Community Involvement

At SLU, students are always on the lookout for ways to give back and get involved.

"To me, being a Billiken means loving SLU with every part of you — not just loving it and being proud of it, but loving it in a way that you're willing to give back," said Erin, a SLU student from Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Becca from Chicago, Illinois, agreed, saying a Billiken is "someone who's a servant leader. Someone who's engaged in the SLU community."