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Apr. 28, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Do you have what it takes to be Marco? Marshall University is having an open tryout at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Memorial Student Center.

The event is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Students will be asked to answer questions, act out a skit, show their physical abilities and try on the costume.

"We want students who are in good academic standing with an outgoing personality and the ability to perform while wearing the costume," said Matt Hayes, executive director of the Marshall Alumni Association. "We want them to show some strength, agility and coordination. The students will have an opportunity to wear the costume and show how they would excite the crowd. We want a student who is willing to embrace a level of visibility in the community that will honorably represent the University whether it's on the field, at a hospital, or at a fundraising event."

The job of Marco comes with some perks and the selection committee will take the task seriously.

"The committee that will choose the new student is made up of Marshall administrators, Marshall alumni, students and members of the athletic department," said Nancy Pelphrey, assistant director of the Alumni Association. "We tried to get a broad range of people that look at Marco from all different perspectives. Marco isn't just an icon of the athletic department, but the whole University. We want students who love Marshall who are fun, fit and full of energy. There will be a personal trainer, an office and some perks for the person who will play the role of Marco."

Marco has been around in some form for 59 years. Jack and Vause Carlsen, who were editors for the 1954 Chief Justice yearbook, developed and introduced the idea of Marco, according to Marshall archives.

For more information, go online at http://marshall.edu/bemarco.

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