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Monday October 18th

The story behind the friendly neighborhood Spider-Men who stormed campus on Tuesday

Two of the "Peter Parkers" involved in Tuesday night's Spider-Men event pose pretending to shoot webs out of their arms, as they did in campus libraries.
Buy Photos Two of the "Peter Parkers" involved in Tuesday night's Spider-Men event pose pretending to shoot webs out of their arms, as they did in campus libraries.

What at first was just another dull Tuesday night of studying quickly brightened up when about 40 to 60 people were spotted on campus and around Chapel Hill dressed as Spider-Man. 

The Spider-Men were seen just after 10 p.m. in campus libraries, where they stood on tables, pretended to type on desktop computers and mimed shooting webs from their wrists. 



“They started at the Carolina Square pool and then we saw videos of them running on Franklin Street,” Hadyn Moss, a junior environmental studies student, said. 

People quickly went to Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat to spread the funny news. The event was coordinated by Henry McDonald, a senior member of Sigma Chi fraternity, and the majority of the people dressed up were friends and members of the fraternity. 

McDonald said he wanted to spread the Halloween cheer, so he told many people they should also dress up as Spider-Man and go around campus. 

“There were easily 40 to 60 of us and my original plan was to go onto campus and squirt people with the webs,” McDonald said.

From Carolina Square, they were seen on Franklin Street before flocking through Polk Place, the Robert B. House Undergraduate Library, the Pit and Davis Library. To avoid exposing their identities, many of the people who dressed up were reluctant to take off their masks and all said their names were Peter Parker. 

“I like 'Spider-Man: Homecoming,' but my unpopular opinion is that I am a fan of the movies with Andrew Garfield,” one of the Parkers said. 



Moss heard a lot of gasping and laughing as they were running around the library shooting fake webs from their wrist. 

Diana Bangera, a sophomore pre-nursing student, thought all the Spider-Men in Davis were hilarious. On the second floor, she and many others quickly went to the railings to look down and see what was going on. 

McDonald constructed a small cloned army that is ready to show off their Spider-Man skills come Thursday. 

“I will tell you that you should probably look out for us at Benny’s on the night of Halloween,” said McDonald. 

@nathankwesley

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