A Malnourished Fighter

Big hello to my WWE watching friends- here’s some trivia questions you should know the answer to:

What is Mark Calaway’s stage name?
Highlight here for the answer —–> The Undertaker
Where did he go to school?
 —–> Texas Wesleyan University
And what is the mascot for this school?
—–> Willie the Ram
Yup, that buff, scary dude went to a small, private, Methodist school.  That’s surprising.
Texas Wesleyan was founded in 1890 to be a female-only addition to Southern Methodist University, and was named Texas Women’s College.  However, enrollment decreased during the Great Depression due to women having more household responsibilities and less time for academia.  This decline forced Texas Women’s to merge with Texas Wesleyan Academy, becoming today’s Texas Wesleyan University.
Today, the school is home to 3500 students, and is known for their huge endowment of $45 million despite being so small.  Religious connections, man.
Or maybe it is not the religion at all, but that people fear of the mascot’s malnourishment.
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Willie is a scrawny little ram, and most likely fights in the light flyweight class.  But somehow he still gets the ladies.
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Or lady, rather.  Wilamae, while lacking in story, has been around a lot in recent years, suggesting that this long term relationship is going strong. She has yet to be in the logo, though.
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Sports & Medicine

Readers who think they know all of the knowledge about college sports- have you ever heard of NAIA?  Evidently, loitering somewhere unofficially between D2 and D3 is this hidden level, where you like the sport, want to get a scholarship for the sport, but are also serious about academia, and in no way plan on being a professional or semi-professional athlete.  There are 255 schools currently in this association, and here I shall tell you about one- possibly the best one.

The St. Louis College of Pharmacy is filled with 1200 students who plan on spending their next 6 years in Missouri learning all about drugs in the human body.  So when these chemistry & anatomy loving geeks are asked to come up with a mascot, what did anyone expect to happen?  Well, a picture speaks a thousand words, so here, this happened:
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This is Mortimer McPestle, also known as Morty.  What is he, exactly?  Nobody knows the true creature, because they created him to be a eutectic.  In case you are not a science-whiz, eutectic is the process by which two solids combine to form a liquid.  Not exactly a fun mascot sort of concept.  Despite this severe oddity, Morty is still able to put on his labcoat each day and lead students to shout their true school pride, with a similarly odd cheer:

“Be a Eutectic!

Smack it down, reflect it!

Our scary pharmaceutic troll

Will smash you in his mortar bowl!”

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So case you thought that science geeks don’t take sports seriously, think again.  Each year, the Eutectics play a basketball series against the Albany School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for the Apothecary Cup.  Now that’s legit.

Just an FYI- he does have a 6-pack.

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