Rowdy the Roadrunner has been the UTSA mascot since 1977 when it was decided in a 2-1 student vote. Originally the two contenders for the mascot were the armadillos and the stars. The Student Representative Assembly (now known as the Student Government Association) declared the vote voided and held a second vote with the two contenders being the roadrunner and the armadillos. If not for the dedication of a group of students, UTSA's mascot may have been the armadillo. Luckily for us, we've been Roadrunners ever since. Some may wonder whether Rowdy is real or simply a performer in a costume. Have no doubt that Rowdy is for Real!