As the Fighting Teachers of Fairmont State Teachers College faded away in 1943 and the new Fairmont State College arose, the students of FSC were left without a key leader, the mascot. Just three years prior, the Fighting Teacher made his first appearance dressed in a long-tailed coat, wire-framed glasses and carrying a pile of books. The 1940s provided a unique campus environment with many men away fighting in World War II. With the end of the war in 1945 and the signing of the G.I. Bill of Rights for veterans, students began returning to campus in large numbers. By 1947 campus was booming again. As athletic schedules were made and events were planned, the brothers of Tau Beta Iota fraternity saw lack of a Fairmont State College mascot as an opportunity to “hatch” a plan.