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Article "Alumnus Turns Thumbs Down On Tag 'Spider'"

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Article "Alumnus Turns Thumbs Down On Tag 'Spider'"

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This article is about a movement started by an Alumnus, W. F. "Tip" Saunders, who wanted to change the Richmond Spider to the Richmond Confederates. He claimed that this would be a suitable change since the buildings in Richmond College were used as hospitals for the Confederate army. He started this movement in the Alumni Bulletin and the Alumni Bulletin offered two football tickets to the person who came up with the best letter in agreement with him, and two tickets to the writer of the letter in opposition to the change. He began to recruit sports writers on campus to begin to call Richmond the Confederates. Mac Pitt, student body president, made a speech stating that the name Spider should remain as other people would simply be confused. He directly opposed the alumni that wanted to change in his speech, and used Spider chants as a way of encouraging other students to oppose the change.

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ʺAlumnus Turns Thumbs Down On Tag 'Spider': Saunders Suggests 'Confederates'; Seeks University Support.ʺ The Richmond Collegian XXVIII, no. 1, (September 19, 1941): 3. http://collegian.richmond.edu/cgi-bin/richmond?a=d&d=COL19410919.2.17&srpos=2&e=--1939---1945--en-20--1--txt-txIN-confederate------#

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1941-09-19

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English

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Richmond (Va.)

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“Article "Alumnus Turns Thumbs Down On Tag 'Spider'",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed March 20, 2019, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/472.