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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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The Case of the Missing Mascot…. Continues.

If you live in or around the central Indiana area, then chances are by now you’ve heard the APB put out for the mising Butler University Bulldog
mascot costumes. In addition to the University’s own announcement, the
local media outlets have latched on to the story as well and ever
since, my parent’s phones have been ringing off the hook with calls and
texts asking if I’ve gone missing. Below is a look at some of the media
coverage…

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080909/SPORTS0605/809090408


WTHR: http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=8970750&nav=9Tai
http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=8974236&nav=menu188_2

WISH: http://www.wishtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=8974277&nav=menu35_5

Word on the street is Dave Smiley from the Smiley Morning Show, WZPL 99.5
is going to have my dad on air this Wednesday morning, Sept. 10, to
discuss the matter and to clear up any misconceptions that I have gone
missing.

Obviously, since I’m dictating this blog to my dad
right now, I haven’t gone missing, but the suits worn by my two-legged
counterparts have seemingly walked off campus. So, the search is on for
the specially designed suits.

I lent my support in an effort to
quickly recover the costumes. In addition to offering my voice for the
University announcement, I also threw in a bone as a part of the
whopping $100 reward.

Seriously, $100 is all they could come up
with? What is this, Bozo’s Grand Prize Game? “You get a crisp $100
bill, a year’s supply of Archway Cookies and a brand new 10-speed
Schwinn bicycle.” Seriously? I’m a dog and I realize that $100 and a
bone leaves a little something to be desired.

It appears that AOL Sports agrees with my assesment: http://ncaabasketball.fanhouse.com/2008/09/09/butler-wants-its-bulldogs-back-cheaply/

Perhaps
we really don’t want them back? After all, they were getting a little
rough around the edges and the smell that permeated the air around them
wasn’t exactly that of roses. Still, they are unique and a part of
Butler’s history so it would be nice to have them back.

The
costumes are approx. nine years old, so they’ve lived a full life. My
dad was one of the first to wear them as he was one of the men behind
the mask when the university got them his sophomore year. Prior to
that, my dad tells me they had a very old and crusty mascot costume
that was actually designed by Disney.

Well, it looks like I’m
going to be extra busy for a while since I’m the only mascot that
Butler has at the moment. A new costume will take about 6-8 weeks to
make and will cost well north of $10,000. Hopefully the university will
act now so we can have the new costume by Homecoming on Oct. 25th.

Speaking
of being extra busy, with all of the students back to campus and the
classes in full swing, my social calendar has definitely picked up.
Besides all of the additional love, attention and cat calls that I get
when I go outside to take a walk or relieve myself, I have also been
attending several receptions, social gatherings and athletic events.
Last week I attended the first home volleyball game in a very hot and
steamy Hinkle Fieldhouse and this weekend I will be hitting up the
first home football game of the season as well.

In addition, to
the game itself, Saturday will be a busy day for me. In the morning
I’ll be at Hinkle Fieldhouse to help kick off the Dick Lugar Run and to
do a live TV appearance with WISH-TV. After that I’ll hit up the annual
Ovid Butler Society Gridiron Brunch which
is a pre-game tailgate for OBS members. Then, once all of that is done,
I’ll run the undefeated Butler Bulldogs out to battle in the Butler
Bowl to take on Franklin. By Saturday afternoon I’ll be so exhausted
that I will voluntarily be practicing my “dead dog” trick on the living
room floor.

This past weekend my parents went off to Illinois for the final IndyCar Series race
of the season, so of course I went to Wabash, Ind. to stay with my
Grandma and Grandpa Kaltenmark. Staying at the grandparents is always
fun b/c in addition to the extra attention, I also get to sleep in, go
on walks and typically get plenty of ice cream. While I was there this
time, my grandpa, the old college football player and long-time high
school coach taught me some football fundamentals in preparation for
Saturday and the rest of the season.

Granpa K. set up my teddy
bear so that he was holding my football. Then he would set me up and
taught me how to tackle through teddy to knock the ball loose. After
that, he showed me how to pounce on the football to regain possession.
I loved every second of it and I happen to think that I’m pretty good
at it…like Bob Sanders (pictured below) good. My dad said that he’d
try to get some video of it in the near future so you can see it for
yourselves.

While
my pops works to get my football prowess captured on film, this week we
just have more video of me playing with my best friend, Kirby! That’s
right, Kirby has returned! You may remember that Kirby and his mom,
Jessica Butler, had moved to Minnesota after Jessica graduated from
Butler. Well, Kirby’s mom has since joined the Indiana Pacers’ staff
and thus, Kirby has returned to Naptown!

As soon as he got in
town, he stopped by campus to see me. Although, I think Kirby was more
interested in checking out campus than playing with me, as you’ll see
in the video, but it’s all good. I was just happy to have my friend
back.

video

In
Bulldog Beauty Contest news, we have 13 Bulldogs, one Boston Terrier
and one Shih Tzu signed up so far for a total of 15 dogs. Last year we
had over 60 dogs attend so we are well on our way. Susan Smith of City
Dogs Grocery has been working with us and Eagle Pack Pet Foods to get
some great participant prizes and giveaways all lined up as well. It
shaping up to be a great event. Additional details are available in my
previous blog post below. To sign up your dog, just email me at
blue2@butler.edu.

Well, I think that’s about all that I know for
today. If there are any breaking developments in the case of the
missing mascots, I’ll be sure to post a new blog with additional
details. Until then, keep your ear to the ground and if you stumble
upon them, then notify the authorities!

Blue II

 

Graduation 2008

As I mentioned in my last post, I got to be a part
of this year’s graduation ceremony…and I don’t mean just showing up
because it’s a university event. No, thanks to Dr. Steven Vibbert, this
year’s selected faculty speaker, I was actually an integral part of the
program.

Dr. Vibbert is a professor in the Eugene Pulliam School
of Journalism and specifically teaches undergraduate courses related to
public relations. You may remember his name from my blog as Dr. Vibbert
is the only professor that invites me to pay a visit to each one of his
classes, every semester.

He’s also my dad’s favorite professor
from his undergraduate days and it’s easy to see why, especially after
I had the pleasure of hearing him “profess” to the graduating class of
2008 on Saturday.

Dr. Vibbert started his speech off with a very
valid point. He said to the graduates, “Look around you right now and
soak in the feeling that fills this field house. You know what that
feeling is? It’s accomplishment. And now look at those around you—at
your friends and family and at this proud faculty in their own very
spiffy hats behind me, look at all the people who supported you—and who
share your sense of accomplishment. Here’s the good part about
accomplishment. It is a renewable resource. You’ve earned the good
feeling—I’d say the good vibe—of this accomplishment, but you know that
having done it once, you can do it again and again. You can achieve
this feeling over and over, by doing things as you’ve done here at
Butler—the Butler Way–and by sharing in the accomplishments of others
as parents and friends in future years.”

I found that to be some
great perspective, even from my point-of-view, which is affixed on four
legs and about a foot and a half off the ground. However, the crux of
his message was based on an acronym…an old trick he uses a lot in his
classes.

He told the graduates to use the acronym BLUE to guide
them. B for “be flexible,” because “change is going to happen to you”;
L for “let someone know they made a difference to you; U for “use the
front-page test – if you’re doing something you wouldn’t want everyone
to read about on the front page of your hometown newspaper, then don’t
do it”; and E for “enthusiasm,” which they’ll need to succeed.

He
ended it with, “As I look back on the four points I’ve written: Be
flexible; Let someone know they made a difference; Use the front page
test; Enthusiasm matters…B.L.U.E. I see that they spell BLUE. I want
you to remember BLUE, Butler Blue, to do things the right way—what is
sometimes called the Butler Way.

Are these four points really
part of what it means to be Butler Blue? Can they in some way connect
you all, today and in the future? Are they worth remembering, as I
think they are? How could I prove such a statement? How could I make
your last class at Butler stay with you?

I have an idea—a friend of yours and mine whom I’ve asked to come to commencement just to make this call.”

This
is the part where I made my grand entrance and found my spot on stage
next to Dr. Vibbert and the podium, amid the cheers, laughter and
clapping. It was quite fun.

Really, I was probably on display
for a minute, but like Dr. Vibbert, I think it drove home the point and
maybe made that one of the most memorable speeches in all of Butler’s
152 commencement exercises.

In all, the University conferred
degrees on 877 students – 275 from the College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences, 196 from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, 185
from the College of Business Administration, 120 from the Jordan
College of Fine Arts and 101 from the College of Education.

Dr.
Susan Solomon, a senior scientist with the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration, was the keynote speaker. She was part of
the group that won the 2007 Nobel Prize for their efforts “to build up
and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to
lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such
change.”

I don’t really know anything about that, nor will I
pretend to. When it comes to climates, I just know that I’m the sort of
breed that pretty much has to live in a temperature controlled
environment, thus, I need a very mild climate…i.e. indoors.

Anyway,
Dr. Solomon got an Honorary Degree during the ceremony. I did not,
however get an Honorary Degree. That’s okay, I’m probably only
deserving of an “Ornery Degree.” I know…bad joke.

In other news, fellow Butler Bulldog and IndyCar Series driver, Ed Carpenter, did make the field for the Indianapolis 500 on the first day of qualifying this past Saturday. He will start the 92nd running from the 10th position. Go Ed!


Before I sign off on this post, I want to wish my good friend Kirby the
best of luck in Minnesota. His mom graduated on Saturday so I have to
bid farewell to my good friend. Thanks for leaving me your purple
wading pool too, Kirby! I’ll put it to good use like I did my blue one
last year.


Bye Kirby…I’ll never forget the great times we had together!

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