The UB Mascot
The first unofficial mascot at UB was given to the students by two alumni in honor of the first Homecoming game in 1934. Affectionately dubbed "Boscoe" by the students, the 175-pound bison head hung for many years over the Norton Union (now Harriman Hall) candy counter. Today Boscoe's whereabouts are sadly unknown.
In 1957, the University acquired a live mascot when producer Mike Todd and his wife, actress Elizabeth Taylor presented the school with a black angus bull named "Buster." The presentation was one part of Taylor and Todd's four day visit with mayor, Steven Pankow to help celebrate Buffalo's 125th anniversary.
In 1997, the UB Athletics department adopted a new mascot, Victor E. Bull. Victoria S. Bull ("Vicki"), UB's first female mascot, was introduced a few years later in 2001. Victor and Victoria have become very prominent around the campus - as stuffed animals, on t-shirts, mugs, etc... In 2002 Victor was chosen as a member of the Capital One's All America Mascot Team. See also the write up in the 2002 Reporter.
Student decorating Boscoe for a 1950s Silver Ball dance
Elizabeth Taylor and Mike Todd swarmed by fans
1957 Homecoming Queen, June Arhardt with Buster the Bull
© Nancy J. Parisi
Victor and Victoria Bull from the cover of the
September 6, 2001 Reporter