Nancy Brown, research office manager for the National Children's Study, UC Irvine Child Development Center in Pediatrics, asks:
Zot! - the Anteater athletics war cry
Johnny Hart's “B.C.” comic strip anteater made the “zot” sound when his long sticky tongue zeroed in on prey. UCI students adopted the “Zot!” cheer in October 1965 - even before the anteater became the official school mascot.
The spirited tradition is very much alive with the CIA (Completely Insane Anteaters) - a zany student group whose members wear bright gold T-shirts and passionately cheer Anteater sports teams to victory. Campus activities and services, from the Career Center’s job listing portal (Zotlink) to the campus newswire (Zot!Wire), have incorporated the rallying cry. Even the recycling crew participates by painting on the sides of trucks: “Recycling: Give it your best Zot!”