CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton University's green-caped Spartan mascot hasn't been seen in a month and school officials say they want him back.
The costume known as Sparty disappeared from the Student Government Association offices sometime between late September and the middle of October.
Student activities director Matthew Patry says Sparty is usually kept in a storage locker but had been put in a bag under a desk in the offices after the closet shelves collapsed.
He said he expected the costume to show up on Halloween but it didn't.
The Student Government Association bought the mascot for $1,700 last year to replace one that was showing its wear. The school is using the old mascot for now.
The Rutland Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1O8PfWr ) that university officials have said that if the mascot is returned in good condition, they'll consider the matter settled.