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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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