One of the docents was kind enough to print me a history of the mascot's origin, which relates to a WWI French Allied military unit.
The most interesting memorabilia were WWI items, such as Liberty Bond advertisements. From the Federal Reserve website: "World War I began in Europe in 1914, the same year the Federal Reserve System was established." Yet, the Federal Reserve at that time disfavored money printing to fund wars. The Secretary of the Treasury "opposed printing money because it would hide the costs of war rather than keeping the public engaged and committed. 'Any great war must necessarily be a popular movement.'"
I love UC Davis and going back made me wonder if I should have found some way to stay after graduation. Unfortunately, the law school put me on its wait list, and I never heard from them after that. If you have a chance to attend UC Davis, go for it. It was a wonderful school when I attended, and it is still a wonderful place.
Bonus: more from Duke University HERE on the Blue Devils.