While Homecoming was a big weekend for me, that certainly hasn’t been
the only thing filling up my work schedule (that’s code for “this is
going to be a long post”). In fact, it all started a week before
Homecoming when I was invited to pay a visit to Clinton Young
Elementary School on the south side of Indianapolis.
You see, Clinton Young Elementary has these little learning communities
where classes at various grade levels get together and learn about
going to college and all of that good stuff. Well, it just so happened
that one of their learning communities picked the bulldog to be their
mascot, and it just so happens that I work for a university and I
happen to be a bulldog. So, I’m pretty sure that’s why they invited me
to be a part of their kickoff convocation.
We all gathered in the gymnasium where the kids got me barking when
they sang “Who let the dogs out?” Then I did my routine of tricks,
posed for pictures and let my dad do a little talking about me to the
students. Good times.
Fast forward past Homecoming and into the week following Homecoming and
I got things going right away with an appearance downtown at the Indianapolis Marriott on Monday. The Office of Admission invited me down there to take part in the annual IACAC Conference. The IACAC is basically a nerd-speak way of just referring to the Indiana delegation of admission counselors and professionals. Sweet.
they had a little competition with other state institutions to see who
displayed the most spirit at their respective admission booths. So it
was set up like a giant college fair, only there were no aspiring
college students, just a bunch of has-beens with name badges and school
gear. I have no idea how Butler faired, but I think we should have won.
Sure, other schools had guy-in-suit mascots on hand like the rat, er
greyhound from UINDY (sorry Mom) and the grizzly from Franklin, but
nobody had the live mascot thing going.
On Tuesday it was a
visit to my favorite professor’s class. That’s right, Dr. Vibbert
invited me to call on one of his PR classes. He lists me on the class
agenda as the “guest speaker.” That just means I get to go run around
the classroom for a few minutes, enjoy some loving from the students
and of course, perform my tricks.
You may remember that Dr.
Vibbert was the one included me in his commencement speech this last
May. That alone earns you honors as being one of Blue II’s favorite
Wednesday it was time for the annual men’s and
women’s basketball tip-off luncheon in Hinkle Fieldhouse. A capacity
lunch time crowd filled the main floor in Hinkle to hear Coach Couture
and Coach Stevens speak about their impending seasons. I had the honor
of welcoming those folks to the event and then my dad stashed me in one
of the admin offices while he enjoyed lunch…hardly fair, but I that
whole reasoning and speech thing puts me behind in these arguments all
the time, so I just have to deal with the consequences.
Although, he awoke me afterwards to another adventure that involved
heading back downtown for an appearance at the new Lucas Oil Stadium,
so I forgave him for leaving me out of lunch pretty quickly. Funny, I
remember not being allowed in that place for a grand opening ceremony
because of some policy about dogs. Just a month or two later and I
guess the sheen and prestige has worn off enough for dogs to enter.
Whatever, I wasn’t going to complain.
It was the gracious NCAA
who happened to make arrangements for me to be there as they were
unveiling the new logo for the 2010 men’s basketball final four which
will be hosted at Lucas Oil. Butler is the host NCAA institution for
that event, thus my/our involvement.
I had a good time greeting guests and media there and posing for
pictures with the Butler cheerleaders and dignitaries. Unfortunately, I
couldn’t get down on the field to “mark my territory,” but I still had
At this point, we were only half way through the week and I was
exhausted. I think my dad could tell as I was asleep in the car before
we even left downtown proper. So he drove me straight home where I
basically slept, or was in some state of sleepiness from 3:30 p.m. on
Wednesday until about 7 p.m. on Thursday. And after some dinner, back
yard business and some play time, I was back to sleep for the night on
Thursday as well.
And for good reason too as I had a big weekend
ahead of me including the made out to be scary, but actually ridiculous
holiday known as Halloween. But before my parents subjected me to the
costumes, parading and pictures, I had real work to do, and early in
the morning too!
After being carried from the bed to the car on
Friday morning, I awoke in the parking lot of the Glendale Mall at 6:15
a.m. where the Smiley Morning Show was set up and doing a remote
broadcast for their annual pumpkin drop. However, my role there had
nothing to do with Halloween, pumpkin destruction, or anything like
that. Instead, I was there to promo Smiley’s presence at the Butler
Bowl on Saturday as a part of his college tailgate tour.
Again, I let me dad do the talking, but I really enjoyed running around
the parking lot, checking out the big crane that was to drop the
pumpkins, barking on-air, and stealing the show.
After that I headed to campus where Brad Ward from the Office of
Admission picked me up and took me over to Atherton Union to visit with
all of the prospective students and families in for the big open-house.
Someone told me that there were 900 visitors on campus for the
open-house, but I don’t really know for sure.
One thing I do know is, I got my picture
taken with a lot of folks and Brad promised all of these people that
their smiling mugs would appear on my blog, so here they are…
work we headed over to Schwitzer Hall where the residents were hosting
trick-or-treaters for the evening. My parents dressed me up in my
lobster suit and took me over to greet the youngsters and families that
came. I also ran into my pals Addison and Wrigley (Bulldog Beauty
Contest winners) who were also dressed up as a bumble bee and a piglet
(respectively). It’s all pictured below…
On Saturday it was back to campus for another round with Dave Smiley of
WZPL-FM, 99.5, who had his camper trailer all set up and ready for the
Butler stop on the Smiley Morning Show College Tailgate Tour.
always knows how to get me fired up and while hanging out with he and
his producer “Weedman,” I located one of Smiley’s footballs in his
camper and made myself at home. And by “made myself at home” I mean
that I destroyed his football. Just check out the video…
parents had to finally pull me off the football so that I wouldn’t
waste all of my energy before kickoff of the game. I did my typical
lead the team to battle routine, but this time my dad let me off of my
leash to see how I would do. I guess I passed the test. I was really
fired up for it…if you watch the video you’ll hear me barking before we
do our 50 yard dash onto the field.
that I left campus and headed to Holliday Park for a family photo
shoot. Instead of posing by myself or with famous people, I finally got
to have a photo session with my parents for once. I enjoyed being out
at the park and I think with the fall colors, we’re going to have some
nice looking photos to choose from for our Christmas Cards. A big
thanks to Butler’s own Christi Isgan of Christina Isgan Photography & Design for taking our photos!
Following the family photos I went home and napped to prepare for the
first men’s basketball contest of the 2008-09 season: an exhibition
matchup with Marian College. I had been looking forward to getting back
in Hinkle Fieldhouse for a basketball game since our final game there
last season. I was so thrilled to be back. Of course, I did my pre-game
routine with the starting five players and the Dawg Pound and even
though we started three freshman, they are all quick learners as all
five starters gave me a little good luck tap when announced. You can
check out the video here…
At halftime of the game, I then headed next door to the HRC
to visit some youngsters who were in the pool and enjoying a Riley Teen
Retreat. They got me a little wet, but I didn’t mind. I was hot by that
point so it felt pretty good actually. I really wanted to join them in
the water, but I’m not exactly a good swimmer so I had to refrain.
Sunday, I tried to relax, but I did my fair share of running around too
as I helped my parents rake leaves in the yard and later went to a
Colts viewing party. And that was my week. Whew. It was even tiring
just to watch my dad type all of that! Hopefully you haven’t been
working as hard as I have. If so, take a break. If not, don’t change.