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Hello! I’m Blue2, the official mascot of Butler University. Just thinking back off the top of my furry head, some of the obvious things that come to mind are my appearances at Butler sporting events. Whether it's leading the football team onto the field, greeting the starters on the basketball court, doing my "tricks" during a timeout at center court, or serving as the halftime entertainment at a soccer match where I displayed my own soccer techniques, those are all great instances where I steal the show. Of course, there's more than athletic events, there's also the performing arts. I've been a part of the limelight at several events such as YMCA Geneva Stunts, YMCA Spring Sing and JCFA's REJOICE! where the students sang "Blue Christmas" and I came out on stage riding a sleigh with Santa Claus. I also make appearances at university/campus events for University Advancement, Admissions, Student Affairs, and much more. Basically, I do it all. If you are on campus, be sure to stop by my office and bring me some treats!

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Archive: April 2008

Blue II…. A Giant?

Somebody get my super agent, Ari Gold, on the phone because it’s NFL draft day and it appears that the fans are clammoring for my gridiron services.

Evidently
the World Champion New York Football Giants are in need of some help at
the free safety position and some of their fans think I could fill that
role. It’s true. Check out this blog site, second paragraph which reads:

“Safety
is by far the biggest need for the Giants this year. Neither James
Butler nor Michael Johnson is going to cut it at free safety. I would
feel more comfortable with Don Johnson or the Butler Bulldogs’ mascot
at safety”

That’s right, you would feel more comfortable with me at safety, even if my only previous football experience is running the Butler Bulldogs on the field at each home game.

Clearly my reputation of a tenacious defender preceeds me in New York. Hey Mara and Tisch, I prefer jersey No. 2!

Before I sign off to go watch the draft myself, I did want to send out a couple of belated birthday wishes. My apologies to Rachael Stephens Burt and Arni Sribhen for not mentioning their birthday on April 24th.

Happy Belated Birthday Rachael!

Happy Belated Birthday Arni!

Blue II

Spring has Sprung

My apologies on not posting a blog for a while, but with all of this
nice weather, I’ve been trying to take as many potty breaks as possible
and enjoy the great outdoors. Hopefully you haven’t noticed the lack of
posts because you’ve been doing the same…and by “the same,” I mean
enjoying the great outdoors and not experiencing more potty breaks.

Although,
it’s not just the the nice weather hampering my blog schedule…my dad
was in Japan all last week so that kind of limited my ability to blog.
You don’t really think I type these myself, do you?

Anyway, it’s
been yet another busy week around here. When my dad got home on Monday,
I was so excited. He sets his bags down, greeted me, and off we went in
the car with the windows down to run some errands. We went to the car
wash, gas station, bank and dry cleaners. We rolled the windows up for
the car wash part. I got a couple of treats at the bank as well, but
overall, it was just great to be back in the saddle (read passenger
seat) with my dad.

When my mom came home from work, we all went to Hoghead’s BBQ in
Broadripple. They allow dogs there so I got to chill on the deck with
my water bowl while my parents ate on the picnic table above my head.
After that we went for a short walk on the Monon Trail. It was the
perfect end to a spring day.

On Tuesday it was back to work,
which for consisted of playing outside on the campus mall. I also
stumbled upon some cornhole tournament which was going on as well. It
looked like a good time.

Wednesday was Administrative
Professionals Day, so we got the office administrative professional,
Shelby, some flowers and a Startbuck’s gift card. Then she took me over
to Clowes Hall to visit her daughter’s fourth grad class from St.
Thomas Aquinas. They were there to see some sort of production, but I’m
guessing that I stole the show.

After that I attended an event
on Norris Plaza for the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. I
don’t know what the event was all about, but it involved lots of
students, faculty, various pharmaceutical companies, a lunch buffet and
a country/western theme. So, I wore a bandana, posed for pictures and
begged for food. I will try and post some pictures from the event at a
later date.

I took a quick break after the COPHS event I grabbed
a big gulp of water and headed off to my next appearance on the patio
outside of Starbuck’s and Atherton Union. There I helped the senior
class fundraise for their class gift. Basically, I was the bait and my
friend and senior class representative, Brian B. was the switch. They
come pet me, and Brian would then hit ‘em up for cash. That’s a pretty
good strategy if you ask me!


Today I got to work early, so I just slept and hung out around the
office for most of the morning. Things picked up in the afternoon,
however, so that was good. First I got to attend PAWS on the Mall,
which is basically an excuse to hang out on the campus mall and enjoy
the weather. I’m all for that sort of thing, so Kyle and I went out and
blanket hopped…went from blanket to blanket visiting students. I had
a blast out there today!

After that Registration and Records
held an event for students to turn in some sort of paperwork that I
think related to summer classes. Regardless, the event had a beach
theme which was good for me because I got to destroy the inflatable
beach balls and ring. See picture and video…

[YouTube: whJpGun3M4]

After
that, I headed over to the Reilly Room in Atherton for Dr. Roger Boop’s
book about the history of the College of Education. I was so tired by
that point, I mainly just laid down on the cool floor while the rest of
the guest mingled and got their books signed.

It’s
been a great, but tiring week. I hope you’ve enjoyed the weather as
much as I have. The weather man says it’s going to cool off this
weekend and next week so be sure to soak it up before the cold temps
set in.

Have a great weekend!

Blue II

 

A Week of Activity….

I’ve had quite a bit on the schedule this week so I apologize for not posting sooner.

If
I remember correctly, Monday was just a typical day in the office so
there’s not much to report there, but Tuesday is when things really
started to pick up for me.

On Tuesday mid-morning it was time
for the annual Relay For Life Jailbreak on the lawn just outside of
Starbucks. The goal of the event is for people/passer byers to pay to
release me and other campus celebrities from “jail.” All of the money
raised goes to the American Cancer Society and you participants can set
their own personal goal as to how much money they would like to set as
their “bail.”

Of the six participats I was third behind the
stiff competition of Dr. Levester Johnson, VP of Student Affairs, and
men’s basketball coach, Brad Stevens. Coach Stevens brought in the most
at $584.17, in second was Dr. J. with $215.31, while I had $87.33. My
inability to speak really put me at a disadvantage in this competition.

Overall $961.22 was raised in an hour and a half so it was a successful event. Here are some pictures…


In
the afternoon I made my way over to Irwin Library for their second
annual READ Poster Unveiling. You may remember that I was a part of the
inaugural READ Poster unveiling last year. I have posted the poster
below for visual reference…

I did not have a new poster in this year’s set though. I was just on-hand as READ Poster alumni and for public relations.

Thanks to the wonders of technology, I was able to do my first appearance on Wednesday from the office using Blue2TV.
Brad Ward in the Office of Admission, the guy who had the idea behind
Blue2TV and set it all up, was giving a presentation for IACAC and
wanted to show off the web camera.

Of course, I’m not always
reliable when it comes to staying in view of the camera so my
colleagues in the office put some peanut butter on one of my bones and
laid it right in front of the camera so that I would stay in frame. I
just laid there licking at it the whole time so their plan worked.

Today, things got started with another Early Registration appearance for the Office of Admission.

Then
I got to go to a annual Student Government Association (SGA) reception
for their “Apple for You” program which recognizes those with a strong
dedication to students and the entire Butler Community.

I was
honored to be recognized like that, but at the same time, the reception
kind of bummed me out since it was catered with people food.

Later
in the day a couple students brought in their roommate’s new Golden
Retriever puppy named Payton (9 weeks). She was pretty cute!

Payton
and I got to play together and I had a lot of fun. When she left I
wasn’t ready to settle down so I ran around the office terrrorizing my
colleagues until I finally passed out. Good times.

Well, I think
that’s about it for now. Tomorrow I believe is just another day at the
office and then it’s on to the weekend where I will try and rest up for
another exciting schedule of events next week!

Blue II

One Busy Week to the Next

 

A lot of people have said to me (as if I could talk back) that life
would slow down for me now that basketball season is over. Ha! If only.

Basketball
season may have ended, but I am just as busy as ever. Just check out
some of my most recent posts and you can see that things have yet to
slow, and they probably won’t until graduation ceremonies in early May.

Speaking
of some of my recent posts, I wanted to post some pictures related to
those posts. Here are a couple of pictures of my distant relative,
Pete, and I playing last weekend…

And here’s a shot from the Rotary Club meeting that I attended…

That’s pretty much what I did on Thursday before going to the year-end
party for the Dawg Pound. My friend and Butler student, Hannah
Muehlbauer, picked me up and took me over. I had a good time hanging
out with the crew and begging for food.

On Friday I had yet
another Early Registration appearance for the Office of Admission. This
is a great way to end the week…mingling with future Butler Bulldogs,
begging for a piece of their breakfast muffins, and taking pictures
with families…all of this while my dad hangs out in the back eating
muffings and sipping green tea. Must be nice!

I spent the rest of my Friday sleeping, running around the office, shredding toys and enjoying the nice weather outside.

This
weekend I mainly rested and prepared for the up and coming week which
again is loaded with an appearance or activity each day. I think I’ve
got something at the library, a Relay for Life event, and SGA gig and a
couple of other things. It should be fun, and of course, I’ll update
you along the way.

Finally, one of my HRC
buddies and Butler student, Jessica Kline, is in the running to be an
Indianapolis Colts cheerleader for the 2008-09 season. She initially
auditioned with 400 girls and she’s now made it down to the 90
finalists. The auditions will continue for the next two weeks where
they will continue to make cuts down to 30-40 girls.

To keep moving on to make the squad, she needs your vote! You can vote for Jessica K. here: http://www.colts.com/sub.cfm?page=cheer_profiles

Good luck Jessica!

Blue II

Red Rooster Romp

Yesterday I got things started by destroying one of the favorite toys
that I received for my birthday…the Red Rooster. Perhaps its the
warmer weather, pent-up agression, or the desire to onery, but whatever
it is (maybe some of all three), I just felt the need to get my morning
off on the right paw via a little toy destruction. Perhaps you saw some
of it on Blue2TV: http://go.butler.edu/lifeatbutler/?pg=4731

My
dad decided to get a little footage of the massacre. In the first video
you’ll see me began to tear off the rooster’s appendages. You’ll also
notice how proud I am of my accomplishments.

[YouTube: 5LP-43dE5F8]

In this next video, you’ll see that my dad and Uncle Kyle enjoy mocking me and how I take that out on my kill, or rooster.

[YouTube: gtOZ6HgMoe4]

After pulvarizing the rooster into a soggy slobbery mess, it was time
to head over to the College of Education for a freshman recruiting
event. Of course, I always enjoy being invited to a social activity, so
I was happy to mix and mingle with the guests. Unfortunately, I just
missed out on a piece of Papa John’s pizza and a cookie that fell of
someone’s plate and onto the floor.

Had I been
able to get my mouth around that pizza, the event would have gone from
good to great. Oh well, maybe next time I’ll be so lucky.

We had to
leave that event early to head downtown to the Scottish Rite Cathedral
for a Rotary Club meeting that Bill Ervin invited me to. Rotary has
established a scholarship at Butler for the Student Sociology
Association/Butler University Chapter of the John Weidner Foundation
for Altruism. So the scholarship recipient was presented at the meeting
and I got to be the Butler ambassador on hand for support.

On
the way back to campus, I got to enjoy the spring air blowing on my
face as dad rolled down the windows for me. Once we got back to campus,
I took a long nap to rest back up, then went to work again on my
rooster. As you can see in the picture, I did pretty good for a day’s
work. In fact, I clearly felt satisfied enough to move on to my bone
(in mouth).

Today
things got going with a welcome party for a new staff member in the
alumni office. That was cool because they had bagels from Panera and I
got some.

Once I got settled in at the office , I got started
again on a little rooster activity. I finally got all appendages off
and went to work on the inards and stuffing. By the end of the day
today, the rooster is basically just a wet, floppy shell of a stuffed
animal. Job well done!

Later in the day I got to go outside for a
bit and enjoy the weather and some fun with my best friend Kirby. We
had a great time running around the campus mall and doing our usual
rough-housing. Good times.

I concluded the day with another new staff member party in the Office of Conferences and Special Events and a trip to the HRC for my dad’s workout.

All of that pretty much left me down for the count for the entire evening, both last night and tonight. It’s hard being me!

Tomorrow
should be another typical day in the office. I’ll find another stuff
animal to terrorize, try not to get too wet outside from the rain
that’s supposed to move through, and take a couple of naps. I also get
to go to the Dawg Pound end-of-year celebration to help hand out the
fan of the year award and other fun stuff.

I thought I would be
a good candidate for Dawg Pound Fan of the Year. After all, I did get
on the cover of Sports Illustrated wearing my Dawg Pound shirt! That’s
national Dawg Pound exposure! Unfortunatley, I don’t think I qualify
given my canine status. Oh well, I’ll let you know how it goes.

Blue II

 

My Busy Spring Monday on Campus

 I had quite the busy day today on campus. It all got going just before lunch as I went to the HRC with my dad.

Kirby’s mom was working the front desk at the HRC so I helped her with laundering the towels and other chores. That means I get the run of the HRC and lots of elevator rides!

From
there, I had to head straight over to the Office of Admisson for their
high school junior preview day where I greeted potential Butler
students and drooled again over the fine display of cookies and rice
crispies treats.

Immediately after that, I had a video shoot
with CMC Media. They are putting together a video for the ButlerRising
Campaign and they needed some footage of me.

First we started
with some “green screen” shoots which I really wasn’t all that excited
about. Basically I was either standing, sitting or lying on the “green
screen” while my dad tried to get me to make different facial
expressions, bark, etc.


It
sounds easy, but I was so worn out from the other stuff, that I could
hardly control my breathing to even focus on the task at hand. Plus, I
didn’t really get the point of it all.

After that we decided to
go outside to get more footage of me running around the campus’ main
mall. Spring was definitely in the air today and I took full advantage
of the great weather while I was outside.

While outside I chased
my ball, mingled students studying on the mall and greeted campus tour
groups. For videos of it all, visit www.youtube.com/butlerblue2.

Here’s a shot of me with some of those students that were studying on the mall.


By the time I got back to the office after all of this fun, I was
completly worn out. I went through about three full bowls of water and
then crashed on the floor with my toys.


Tonight I’ve got to get my rest so that I can make an appearance for a
College of Education recruiting event and for the Rotary Club on
Tuesday. It should be fun! I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes.

Jeremy Piven and Blue II Illustrated

orry I was not able to get these pictures posted with my previous post.
I had to have my dad’s help to get them downloaded and posted and he
didn’t get back from the race in St. Petersburg, Fla. until early this
morning.

Again, these pictures are from my meeting with Golden
Globe winner, Jeremy Piven after his visit to Butler’s campus last
Thursday, April 3rd.



Jeremy Piven – The Next Addition to my Wall of Fame

You may remember back on January 30 I
mentioned in my blog that I was so busy and booked with appearances
that I might want to employ the services of a manager, and not just any
manager, but the infamous Ari Gold of HBO’s Entourage.

Well, on Thursday of this past week, I did jus that as Ari Gold made a visit to Butler University.

I suppose that in a fictional world I would have made it happen and I might have even been on the next episode of Entourage; running around with Vince, Eric, Turtle and Drama.

But this is reality, and in the real world, the famed actor who plays Ari Gold, the Golden Globe winning Jeremy Piven, came to campus on Thursday in support of presidential candidate, Barack Obama.


If you are unfamiliar with Piven’s fast-talking and often vulgar mega
agent role as Ari Gold in Entourage, then perhaps you may remember him
from such movies as PCU, Old School, Black Hawk Down and Smokin’ Aces.

Jeremy
spoke in the Reilly Room at Atherton Union and got in and out before I
could catch him, but I was able to track him down out in the parking
lot to “hug it out” and pose for a quick photo. He was very welcoming
and was quite complimentary of me.

Of course, Jeremy’s no
stranger to the English Bulldog, after all, he’s been spotted around
Hollywood with a bulldog pup of his own and he attended Drake
University…also the bulldogs.

A special thanks to Jeremy for
posing for pictures and for being so cordial. I will get some pictures
from the encounter uploaded on the blog very soon.

In case you missed it, Butler Bulldog and
NCAA men’s college basketball all-star, Mike Green, was honored this
past week with two national awards: the Chip Hilton Award and the
Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award.

Not to mention, Mike also played
in the DiGiorno College All-Star Game at the Alamodome in San Antonio
on Friday. In addition, fellow senior guard, A.J. Graves participated
in the 20th Annual State Farm 3-Point Championship; making it to the
semi-finals.

Congratulations to both of those guys…I’m going to
miss you both next year. Hey Mike, now that you are done with Butler
basketball, can I get a play date with your doggie, Miss Hoops Green?!

Sorry
it has been a while since my last post. I have been busy making rounds
with my on-call medical staff. I met with Butler grad, Dr. Kurt
Phillips on Wednesday at Woodland Animal Hospital in
Carmel, Ind. for a check-up on my ear infection. The infection is gone,
but there’s still some bacteria in there so I got some special
antibacterial wipes for that. I also got my nails trimmed while I was
there.

On Thursday morning I got to visit Dr. Deborah Stephan at Indianapolis Veterinarian Specialists in Castleton. She took a look at my eyes and found that they were too dry so I got some ointment and drops for that.

It
was great to go to the vet…I love it! I got lots of treats, love and
great care. A special thanks to Dr. Phillips and Dr. Stephan, as
always, for their great support of me and Butler!

This weekend
has been a lot of fun for me. I got to go to Wabash, Ind. to stay with
my Grandma and Grandpa Richards house for the occasion of my cousin
Andrew’s birthday.

I got to ride the four-wheeler for a while
which is one of my favorite things. It had been since last fall since
I’d been on the four-wheeler and I was ready…so much so that when I
heard it, I ran outside and even jumped up on it myself!

After
my four-wheeler ride and went over to Andrew’s house where his Grandma
and Grandpa Dinkins had their dog, Pete. I had never met Pete before,
but we hit it off really well and played very hard.

Talk about a
perfect weekend…the spoiling of grandparents, four-wheeler rides and
play time with fellow four-legged friends. What’s not to like?!

I
have another busy week ahead of me. Monday I have a H.S. Junior Preview
Day with the Office of Admission and a video shoot for the ButlerRising Campaign.
Tuesday I have a freshman recruitment party for the College of
Education and a Rotary Club meeting down at the Scottish Rite
Cathedral. On Wednesday and Thursday I will do my usual thing and on
Friday, I have another early registration event.

I’ll keep the blog updated with the aforementioned fun this week. It should be a good time!

Blue II