Are You Man Enough to be a Big Ten Mascot? Part 5

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SCHOOL: Northwestern University
MANCOT: Willie the Wildcat
Big Ten Mancots cherish the young ones…

Raising kids isn’t child’s play. In truth, being a lousy parent is hard work and being a great parent can feel like …

Illini Homecoming is Half-Full

Alma Mater Statue is normally decorated for Homecoming (this year, however, she was away for repairs). Photo courtesy of University of Illinois.

Die hard Illini football fans may have departed Memorial Stadium in low spirits after their favorite team lost …

A Nightcap in Champaign-Urbana: SomaUltralounge

photo courtesy of ‘Student Life in Downtown Champaign’

If Murphy’s Pub wins the award for the quaintest bar in Urbana-Champaign, and Station 211 wins the award for the most energetic venue in Urbana-Champaign, SomaUltralounge is going to be added to …

Are You Man Enough to be a Big Ten Mascot? Part 4

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Big Ten Mancots are beaming with school spirit…
SCHOOL: University of Iowa
MANCOT: Herky the Hawk

While on holiday in Egypt I tripped over a stone that was marked with hieroglyphics. My tour guide translated the …

A Nightcap in Champaign-Urbana: Station 211

photo courtesy of Station 211

Station 211 is located in the epicenter of The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s nightlife scene, and it may own the tittle of the most energetic nightlife venue on campus. Station 211 is not the …

Are You Man Enough to be a Big Ten Mascot? Part III

Purdue Pete rallies the fans Friday evening before the Homecoming game.

SCHOOL: Purdue University
MANCOTS: Boilermaker Special and Purdue Pete
Big Ten Mancots are mentally strong…

Purdue Pete and Boilermaker Special have faced intense times of adversity. There are days …

A Nightcap in Champaign-Urbana: Murphy’s Pub

photo courtesy of dailyillini.com

Over thirteen percent of Illinois is of Irish decent, but if you’re not a member of that proud demographic that doesn’t mean you can’t make your way to Murphy’s Pub (ironically located on East Green Street). …

Are You Man Enough to be a Big Ten Mascot? Part II

Photo courtesy of Jeff Miller, UW-Madison University Communications

SCHOOL:The University of Wisconsin – Madison
MANCOT: Bucky Badger
Big Ten Mancots live in the limelight…

My mailman, Cid, told me , “If you modestly enjoy your fame you are not unworthy …

Are You Man Enough to be a Big Ten Mascot? Part I

The United States has a colossal deficit of Men. It’s unquestionable. America has plenty of men (note the lowercase m), i.e., “boys”, “lads”, “dudes” and, of course,”bros”; but actual, tried-and-true Men are not easy to come by in modern, Western …

A Nightcap in Champaign-Urbana: Kam’s

photo courtesy of Kam’s

Bars and sports suit one another like chocolate and peanut butter. Who wants to watch a sitcom when you’re sharing a round with your buddies? Kam’s is an absolute staple of the Fighting Illini nightlife, specifically …