Williams is cited in a sports columnist’s article — “Nicknames get crazy in college athletics” — as having an odd mascot name. Go figure.

The article points to the site College Nicknames, created by a Ph.D. candidate at UNH. For my money, Ephs doesn’t seem as bad as Banana Slugs or Boll Weevils.

Of course, the reason we ended up with purple as the school color is that the sister of a sports player in the 1800s went down to Spring Street to buy lots of cloth for rah-rah banners and streamers. Purple was the only color that the dry goods store had enough of, since it was the most unpopular color….

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