A year ago, it was the William & Mary Tribe unveiling a new mascot (the Griffin). Now the Spiders of the University of Richmond take the wraps off their new fuzzy symbol.
“WebstUR” was the choice of the UR community among three spider samples. He’s a muscular kind of spider with an aggressive expression, but not nearly as creepy-looking as some previous spider manifestations. (One featured slit eyes and sharp teeth.)
The new name was born of legal considerations. Previous mascots were commonly known as “Spidey,” but it turns out the folks who publish Spiderman comics have a lock on that moniker. Hence, we have “WebstUR.”
Big things are promised for the actual WebstUR costume, including eight legs, removable webbing and high-powered t-shirt launchers. The live WebstUR debuts June 4, in time for Reunion Weekend.
By Peter Vieth