During the fifth century, a group of Germanic people, known as
Vandals, warred and pillaged through north Africa, ancient Gaul and
Spain. In 455, the Vandals' King Gaiseric led his troops to Rome
where the group's reputation preceded it. The Vandals were
unopposed as they plundered Rome and ravaged its people for 14
days, hence the term "vandalize."
In the early 1900s, a sportswriter for The Argonaut, the
Moscow-based University of Idaho's newspaper, used the term
vandalize to describe how the school's sports teams were beating
their opponents. Because the teams had no mascot, the university's
mascot became Joe Vandal, a helmeted barbarian who wears a bearded
But the name became somewhat of a self-fulfilling prophecy. In
1969, the University of Idaho Vandals experienced vandalism when
Neale Stadium, the university's football stadium, was destroyed by
arson and the university was forced to build a new facility. With
the help of former student William Kibbie, the university raised
$12 million for the ASUI- (Associated Students University of
Idaho-) Kibbie Activity Center. The 14-story, 410-foot- (125-m-)
long facility is home to the school's football and men's basketball
teams andprovides training areas fortrack and tennis, as well as
competition areas for intramural activities and volleyball
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