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Can you give a bee a makeover?

Jenna Johnson

Since at least 1937, the University of Baltimore's mascot has been a bumble bee. Yeah, that's right. They are the UB Bees.

This mascot has taken many forms: A jovial singing bee, a mighty mean killer bee. Some of those transformations have been forced: In the 1970s, an incoming men's basketball coach demanded that the little mascot get a tougher look.

Singingbees.jpgI suppose if there's no way to ditch your less-than-fierce mascot, the best thing to do is embrace it -- and give it a makeover.

On Thursday, students will get to meet their new mascot during a university-sponsored bee-themed spring block party. (And by bee-themed, they really mean bee-themed: "students dressed up in bee wear, food and drink inspired by our hive-minded friends and even music from the Killer Bees and the Honey Bees.")

Anticipation is high. The university has even created a Web page for students to document possible UB Bee sightings.

Will the bee (which has yet to be named) have huge buggy eyes and the voice of Jerry Seinfeld like Barry B. Benson, the main character in "The Bee Movie"? Will the new mascot sing, wear ammo and have a soft heart like the Killer Bees on SNL?

Stay tuned to find out.

WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Chris Hart, manager of public information at the University of Baltimore, said students are still psyched about the arrival of the UB Bee. They are doing "all kinds of nutty things as part of tomorrow's debut - red carpet, a limousine, even a DJ and band called the Killer Bees," Hart said.

And although no one has seen the new bee, the mascot's social calendar is filling up with banquet appearances, intramural activities, meetings with prospective students and so on. And, hints Hart, you may even get to see the UB Bee hanging out with the Oriole Bird or the Raven.

"It's been fun bringing him (her?) back after so many years," Hart said in an e-mail, "and it reminds us that having fun is an important part of the college experience."

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By Jenna Johnson  |  April 20, 2010; 4:31 PM ET
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