Last week the University of Richmond unveiled the design and name for its new spider mascot: a muscular, red-eyed spider named WebstUR.
The new mascot is a result of a year-long design process that allowed students, faculty and alumni to vote on three potential looks for the spider.
According to the UR website: “Meet WebstUR, an eight-legged spider with removable webbing and flashing LED eyes. WebstUR has a custom-designed, high-powered web shooter that can launch t-shirts and toys to the highest seats in Robins Stadium and The Robins Center, as well as uniforms to match the basketball and football teams and a chest plate for street attire.”
Of the almost 6,000 votes that were cast, 51 percent were for WebstUR.
There’s an interesting reason why a new name was a good idea, UR said upon announcing the change.
“During the redesign process, the University also learned that the name ‘Spidey’ — an informal name used in the past — is trademarked by Marvel Comics.”
WebstUR will be revealed incarnate June 4, the school said.