Last year when I learned past president Bobby Fong was leaving Butler, I was definitely sad. After all, how many university presidents will let themselves be hoisted onto the shoulders of their students to crowd surf during Final Four celebrations?
I must say, I have met new president Jim Danko a few times, along with his wife Bethany, mostly through activities with the Butler Catholic Community or with Butler Hillel. I don’t know much about President Danko’s administrative policies, but he is always friendly. And Bethany Danko — who is extremely sweet — bakes a mean cookie.
(She is known as The Cookie Lady or The Cookie Fairy among the BCC.)
This Saturday was President Danko’s inauguration, and while I couldn’t attend the actual installation ceremony (see Studio Dress, preparations for), I went to the student breakfast in the Johnson Room. Open to all Butler students, the event mixed breakfast (bacon and the infamous Atherton cheesy eggs, anyone?) with President Danko and First Lady Bethany Danko with other adminstrative people with Blue II. Guess who was the star of the event?
That’s right, Blue II even has a tux for the inaugural gala tonight…
One of the other advantages of the Butler basketball media machine? Billions of stories about Blue II, Butler’s English bulldog mascot!
Everyone loves Blue.
Since the Final Four and Championship games were in Indianapolis last year (and here I would link to my old blog posts about last year’s championship festivities if the new technology hadn’t eaten my archives…. grrrr…), I saw Blue much more often. Since Blue was in Houston this year, and I was not? No Blue sightings. Well, unless you count the photos someone stuck in the skywalk between Jordan and Gallahue hall:
Houston, we don't have a problem.
Still, I like the real Blue better.
Blue is quite the popular bulldog. If you don’t follow his Twitter, you are missing out on some cute pictures. For a while, my mother changed the desktop picture on the family computer whenever Blue’s owners posted a new picture. The desktop background changed at least once a day.
Blue’s travels to Houston created a whole new host of photo ops. I particularly enjoyed the airport sequence:
(These are not my photos, obviously. Blue has his own Flickr photostream.)
Seriously, though. Talk about celebrity. This dog also has a Facebook page, blog, Youtube channel, and even a live webcam! And more fans than Justin Bieber. [I originally misspelled that as "Beiber" and had to check to see which was correct. Don't worry. I'm still sane.]
Butler’s mascot, English bulldog Blue II, has been getting the star treatment over the last few weeks. (Actually, who are we kidding? He gets the star treatment all the time.) While in Houston, Blue II served as the inspiration for a martini. This isn’t just more attention lavished on the hound, though. Proceeds from the drink sold at the hotel in Houston go to the Houston SPCA and the Butler mascot fund. Woof!
Excerpt from a ballet teacher’s pre-class speech: “You have to be like the basketball team. Ballet, basketball, not so different. Well, it’s a little different, I mean, you are dancers. But you have work hard just like the team. They don’t take days off. They don’t give up.” And it went on like that. By the end, I was ready to shoot some three-pointers, erm, do some triple pirouettes.
How were we supposed to perform a jump in our Modern 3/4 class? Was there a specific position where we hit rétiré, or were we just to move through the air?
“Just move through the position,” said our modern professor. But we were to get some air. She told us about a certain picture of a certain member of a certain basketball team. “He was,” gesturing, “this high off the ground. That’s what you have to do.”
Be Chrishawn Hopkins. Okay, dancing, go!