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Caturday: Will D. Cat Appreciation on Mascot Day


It’s Caturday AND Mascot Day! There’s no better mascot than our beloved Will D. Cat, so remember to bring a bit of his infectious energy to everything you do this weekend! (He even makes schoolwork seem fun…)


Mascot Mayhem

By Ethan Shea

With the beginning of April comes not only warmer weather but the end of March Madness. Although the tournament is over, I was left with a lingering interest in all the different mascots I’d been watching. We already know Will D. Cat is the best one out there, but what about mascots of the stranger sort?

To my surprise, with a little research I found a number of odd school mascots, not necessarily from universities that were in the tournament but just in general.

Here are some of the best ones I came across:

"Artie the Artichoke"

Image: Scottsdale Community College

Artie the Artichoke is the mascot of Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Arizona. Artie’s vegetative identity is a refreshing break from the animal mascots we’re used to.

Blockie is an unofficial mascot of the University of Houston –  Clear Lake with a complicated history. The official mascot of this school is Hunter the Hawk, but Blockie is still trademarked by the school. Having been created as a logo in 1999, Blockie is a lively rendering of an adorable inanimate object.

"Speedy the Geoduck"

Image: Evergreen State College

The Evergreen State College of Olympia, Washington is supported by Speedy the Geoduck. Speedy is certainly one of, if not the most obscure animal mascots in the country. A geoduck (pronounced gooey-duck) is a burrowing clam that can live well over 100 years. Evergreen State boasts that “Speedy is one of just two non-insect invertebrate college mascots.” The other is Sammy the Slug of UC Santa Cruz.

"Blockie Mascot"

Image: “The Signal” Reporter, Cassidy Smith

There are some pretty interesting, to say the least, mascots out there, and I encourage you to scour the internet for more. Wikipedia has put together an exhaustive list of college mascots in the United States, so if you have some time on your hands, it’s a fun internet rabbit hole to explore.

That being said, my main takeaway from this mascot search is that Will D. Cat remains superior. If you don’t believe me, check out this blog recounting his recent visit to Falvey. Any cat in the stacks is a friend of mine!

Headshot of Ethan SheaEthan Shea is a second-year graduate student in the English Department and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Library.


Foto Friday: The [Will D.] Cat’s Meow

Will D. Cat. Photo courtesy of Shawn Proctor, Communication & Marketing Program Manager.

Will D. Cat. Photo courtesy of Shawn Proctor, Communication & Marketing Program Manager.

Will D. Cat stopped by Falvey Library to check out the new Digital Scholarship Lab!

Located in Room 218A (second floor of Falvey), the Digital Scholarship Lab is designed to support Villanova faculty, students, and staff who are working on creating digital projects and/or are interested in learning more about digital media, digital humanities, or data-intensive research and teaching. The Lab offers an expanded range of software covering a variety of digital methods and tasks, including GIS mapping, data visualization, text analysis, multimodal publishing, and more.

The Digital Scholarship Lab also offers a digital media technology loan program, where the Villanova community can check out DSLR cameras, 360-degree cameras, and podcasting equipment from the Lab for up to 1 week, with no renewals. The Lab is open by reservation-only during the following days and times: Mondays–Tuesdays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Wednesday–Fridays, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

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Last Modified: February 17, 2023

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