The Nittany Lion Mascot Shrine Sculpture Reproduction Faux Granite as Penn State's mascot originated with Harrison D. Joe Mason. Nittany meaning single mountain and refers to the mountain overlooking what is today the community of State College and Penn State's University Park Campus. The mountain lion also known as a cougar, puma, or panther of Penn State. Plugged at base to allow for easy filling of gravel, stone or rock to provide extra weight. Comes with filling instructions of this hollow cast statue and how to care for your statuary.