On Saturday, Oct. 21, West Chester University’s beloved mascot “Rammy” debuted his new look at WCU’s annual homecoming football game.
Rammy took to the field during the incomparable West Chester University Golden Rams Marching Band’s pregame performance and hid behind three signs that were carried by WCU colorguard members.
The signs spelled out WCU and were a fitting cover before Rammy’s big reveal. After the announcement was made, Rammy appeared from behind the signs debuting his new look.
Rammy’s new look features purple and gold sneakers, fuzzier and fluffier fur and a rounder physique. The tips of Rammy’s horns are also gold to show WCU pride.
According to the school’s website, Rammy’s new look was inspired by students. WCU students were asked last spring on their thoughts for a new Rammy costume. The new costume is a part of an ongoing campus-wide spirit campaign.
Senior Skylar Vinson said, “Apparently they collaborated with the Phillie Phanatic on Rammy’s new costume. I think it’s cool that they were able to do that. He looks like a more professional mascot.” Rammy’s new dancing hips are similar to that of the Phillie Phanatic. Now, Rammy can bust out even more dance moves as he leads the crowd in cheering on WCU’s sports teams.
Rammy has been an important part of the WCU community from the start. In 1946, Rammy became the mascot for West Chester University. He has since undergone a number of transformations. According to the school website, “Rammy’s story is one that reflects the overwhelming pride that WCU students feel when they finally become Golden Rams.”
Before Rammy took the field there was another ram who was celebrated by WCU. A real live ram named “Rameses” used to be the beloved mascot of the University. Rammy certainly had large shoes to fill after Rameses retired, but he has since accepted the role with great pride and joy.
Rammy recently competed in Mascot Madness against 14 other college mascots in the PA state system. He was crowned the champion of Mascot Madness, pulling in over 32,704 votes.
Rammy is an integral part of West Chester University. To see his brand new look in action, join Rammy at the last home football game against Clarion University on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 12 p.m.
Abby Goss is a fourth-year student majoring in English with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at AG826189@wcupa.edu.