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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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Fall Break = No Break

As the afternoon grew long on
Wednesday, it was as if tumbleweed began to blow through campus and the
sound of crickets became deafening. It was even worse today as things
were eerily quiet on campus and Friday may be even more solemn yet.
Why? Fall break, of course. Upon the completion of the last classes on
Wednesday, the students were on the road and heading to their
respective homes to get a little of mom’s cooking, free laundry service
and of course, a little rest and relaxation.

If you see a
student on campus during fall break, then chances are he or she is a
student athlete or holds down a campus job that requires their
presence. Like the aforementioned, there’s no break in the action for
this pooch either. In fact, since I last posted things have continued
to stay quite busy, but I suppose that’s to be expected when your
bulldog costume mascots come up missing and you’re all that’s left to
carry the mascot duties.

More than anything else, it seems like
I’ve been doing quite a few photo shoots lately. I had fall photo shoot
to do for the university that is being used for some Thanksgiving
cards. That one was a lot of fun because I got to run through the
leaves, bite at the leaves and even eat some! Here are some pics from
that shoot…


I also did a shoot this week for some students who are making a
calendar to sell as a part of a “real business” class. I say good luck
to them and hopefully they can use my image to do well.

Speaking
of students, I got to mingle with some College of Education majors on
Monday evening for a Global Opportunities event they were having on
campus. They all got to find out about opportunities abroad and eat
ethnic food while I got to walk around, get some free loving, beg for
food and pose for pictures. Below is a picture of me with some of the
COE majors who are also student athletes.


Oh, about those student athletes, in addition to a great season for our
fall sports, our men’s basketball team is set to begin practice for the
2008-09 season in a matter of hours and they were one of the subjects
in a athletic department fundraising dinner I attended last night at
Hinkle Fieldhouse with keynote speakers Gene Keady and Brad Stevens.

That’s
right, long-time Purdue University men’s basketball coach, Gene Keady,
was in the house last night and gave a great talk about his years of
coaching and how our Butler Bulldogs are fun to watch as well as a team
to get behind because they do things the right way: the Butler Way.

Coach
Keady said that former Michigan State coach, Jud Heathcoat always told
him that he was perfect for Purdue because he looked like a
“Boilermaker.” But, we think there may just be a little “Bulldog” in
Gene as well. You decide…


I’m going to be real honest, after cocktail hour dinner was served,
Coach Stevens and Coach Keady began their remarks and I studied the
back of my eyelids. No disrespect gentlemen, but it was a long day for
this old dog.


Tomorrow I’m filling in for our missing mascot, the costume version,
and heading to the south side for an appearance at Clinton Young
Elementary School. They are having an assembly for some of their
students regarding a program they have to get students interested and
excited about one day attending college. They’ve adopted Butler
University since it is close and I’m going to serve as the special
surprise portion of the event. Imagine how surprised all the kids will
be when I come strolling in. I love that stuff!

The best part
about being me is that more often than not, I put a smile on someone’s
face. Whether it is a student, faculty or staff, a fan, or just
somebody in the car next to me at a stoplight, I can usually evoke a
smile or even a laugh from folks. Imagine having the ability to lift
spirits like that…I think it’s one of the defining characteristics of
the bulldog breed.

So if you want to really smile and laugh,
make plans to come to campus on Saturday, Oct. 25th at 10 a.m. for the
ninth annual Bulldog Beauty Contest. We’ve got 55 dogs signed up so far
with the overwhelming majority of those dogs being bulldogs. So you can
just imagine how much fun this event is going to be! My dad has been
cooking up some good stuff for this year’s Bulldog Beauty Contest so I
think I may do a special post on it next week to fill you in. Good
stuff.

I wish everyone a great fall weekend this weekend and may the Bulldogs take down the Valpo Crusaders in the Hoosier Helmet Game!

Go Dawgs!

Blue II

Friends in High Places

Retired General and former Secretary of State, Colin Powell once said, “Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.”

Sounds like a good plan to me, after all, as the old saying goes, “you are the comapny you keep.”

So,
I did just that, I spent my Monday with some pretty significant and
successful people…the type “who take their work seriously, but not
themselves.”

Maybe you will recognize some of the people I spent my day with yesterday…

That’s right, I got to spend the day with THE Colin Powell; Butler head men’s basketball coach, Brad Stevens; 2003 Butler graduate and IndyCar Series driver for Vision Racing, Ed Carpenter; the entire Butler men’s basketball team; and Indianapolis mayor, Greg Ballard. That’s just how I roll!

It started out as a typical Monday…lots of sleeping in the cage that’s in m dad’s office, a lunch time appearance at the HRC, and more sleeping for the afternoon. Settling into the work week after a busy weekend has never been one of my strengths.

Then,
come late afternoon things started to get interesting. My dad and I
headed to the car and made our way to my favorite building, historic
Hinkle Fieldhouse. Once there, we met up with Ed Carpenter and headed
into the arena to watch the men’s basketball practice.

You see, last May Ed gave A.J. Graves and the coaching staff a tour of the Vision Racing garages at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway when
A.J. waved the green flag to start practice for the Indianapolis 500 .
This time the Bulldogs returned the favor by inviting Ed to come watch
practice, tour the locker room and basketball offices, etc. I was
fortunate to get to tag along.

Here’s a picture of Ed and Coach Stevens discussing the incracies of Butler’s motion offense and which Horizon League member
institution has the best cafeteria food. No, not really, but those
would be things I would like to talk about with the coach.


After that it was over to Clowes Memorial Hall where General Colin L.
Powell, USA (Ret.) was scheduled to enjoy dinner with some VIPs and
speak to a capacity crowd as a part of the Diversity Lecture Series.

That’s
where I ran into General Powell and Mayor Ballard, as well as some
other Butler and community big whigs like university president, Dr. Bobby Fong, and the Butler Board of Trustees.

I
even got to take a picture with General Powell! Unfortunately, I do not
have the picture to post right now, but I will do so in a future blog.
It was sweet. All of these important folks got to meet General Powell
and get a picture with him. I’m pretty important, so yes, I got a
picture with him as well.

When I arrived, he smiled, kneeled
down, clapped his hands once and said, “come here boy!” So I quickly
ran over (when a General calls, you come) and he proceeded to pet me
and love on me a little. He then stayed in a kneeled position and we
took a picture together. It was cool.

Here I am, just an English
Bulldog from Indiana who ended up mascot of Butler University posing
for a picture with the one-time military leader of the free world. Eat
your heart out “Spike,” the Drake University bulldog!

Yeah, we’ve
got a big game against No. 16 Drake on Saturday at Hinkle, so I am
starting to prepared for that. It airs on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. (EST) and has
been billed the best ESPN “Bracketbuster” matchup ever…of course it
is, after all, both teams are represented by the English Bulldog! By
the way, the Bulldogs of Butler are ranked a school-high No. 8 this
week in both polls. That’s pretty impressive! Go Dawgs!

Today,
wasn’t quite as exciting, but that’s not to say I didn’t get to have a
little more fun. Each semester, my dad’s favorite professor while in
school, Dr. Steven Vibbert, invites me to come visit his public
relations classes. He usually asks me to come mid to late semester when
the students are starting to get restless. So today I stopped by class,
did my tricks, and got a little love from the students. Below is a
picture of that…

Note
that class size. That’s a student to teacher ratio of 16:1. Nice. Gotta
love a Butler education! Although, it’s not quite as good as my puppy
class, but still, it’s pretty good.

Okay, my bed time is quickly approaching so I’ve got to get going. Thanks for reading and before you leave, please vote for me again this week for the Bissell MVP contest! You can vote here: http://www.bissell.com/redirect.asp?page_id=47088&Pet=7217.jpg

Blue II

 

In the Spotlight

 

An anonymous reader asked, “Blue, I think you are adorable!! I’m
sure with a job like yours you get invited to do all kinds of things…
What have been some of your most exciting moments in the spotlight??”

Great
question! The first few years on the job haven’t been dull, I can
assure you, but most of my time in the “spotlight” has been of the
local variety. Although, I’m looking to make my big break this March in
San Antionio, Texas for the Men’s NCAA Final Four. Coach Stevens, members of the basketball team, if you’re reading this, see what you can do to help me out. Okay?


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 (pictured),
greeting the starters on the basketball court, doing my “tricks” during
a timeout at center court (pictured), or serving as the halftime
entertainment at a soccer match where I displayed my own soccer
tecniques, 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. (picture below by Claire Corbin Photography)

I
also make appearances at university/campus events for University
Advancment, Admissions, Student Affairs, and much more. I’ve been used
in class presentations, atttended press conferences, and black tie
galas (pictured). At the press conference to announce the hiring of
Butler Athletic Director, Barry Collier,
I let out a loud bark during the middle of that event. I’m not sure
what came over me, I just felt like letting the media and attendees
know that I approved of the hire.

Oh
yeah, and there’s Butler’s Homecoming activities too, where last year I
hosted the “Family Fun Fest,” and the annual “Bulldog Beauty Contest
presented by the Ovid Butler Society,” as well as had my own Corvette in the parade.

I’ve
also been known to be a bit of a media hound too. From TV, to radio, to
newspapers, to magazines, to the internet, I’m blowing up! It’s not
uncommon to see my mug on the local Indy major network affliates when
they cover Butler basketball highlights after a game.

I can remember one time Dave Calabro of WTHR NBC Channel 13 (and
Butler grad) was doing a live shot from Hinkle Fieldhouse before a home
game. He wanted to get me on camera, so going to a break, he rolled a
basketball (one of my favorite things) on the floor for me to attack. I
didn’t disappoint. It was so funny that he featured it on his “Check It
Out” spot in the 11 p.m. broadcast. Guess you had to be there.

This past month I did get some national TV exposure as well as I made a couple of appearances on ESPN’s SportsCenter.

This season and last you can hear me on the radio broadcasts of the men’s home basketball games. Those can be heard at WXNT AM 1430. That’s me barking for the Ovid Butler Society and Bulldog Club commercials.

I’ve also made two or three appearances in Indianapolis Montly, with my most recent coming in the Feb. 2008 issue, page 100. No issues of Dog Fancy yet or Time’s Dog of the Year yet, though.


I’ve been in the newspaper quite a few times including this past Sunday’s edition of the Indianapolis Star. I also make appearances in Butler’s student produced paper, The Butler Collegian.

Okay,
that’s all I can think of right now, but now that I think about it, I
need to renegotiate my contract! That’s a lot of stuff I’ve done in
just under four years. My stock is hot, baby! Get Ari Gold (pictured) on the line, I need some representation!

I’m
sure there’s more that I’ve done, times I’ve been the center of
attention, instances where I stole the show, etc., I just can’t think
of them. If your reading this and something comes to mind that I didn’t
cover, then use the “comments” section to share.