Tupper’s Top Five Questions – Answered (updated)

20 Oct

This article originally appeared in the September 25, 2014, issue of The Archway, Bryant’s student newspaper.

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Looking pretty majestic at the entrance to Bulldog Stadium, if I do say so myself.

Being Bryant’s mascot is the most pawsome job in the world. I mean, I don’t have anything to compare it to, because this is my first and only job (so far), but I can’t imagine anything better. Well…maybe bacon tester would be better. But…nah, then I wouldn’t get to come to campus! Wait…can I be BOTH?

If we haven’t met yet, GET AT ME! I’m your OFFICIAL mascot. I’m the only real English bulldog mascot on campus who has a regular column in The Archway; a Facebook page; Twitter, Instagram, and Vine accounts; and a blog. Pretty sure I’m the only one, anyway…

At the start of every school year, I like to answer some of the most frequently asked questions. I present to you “Tupper’s Top Five Questions – Answered.”

  1. How’d you get picked to be the mascot? Look at me…one glance, and they were hooked. I was a gift to Bryant from Ron and Kati Machtley in honor of the Class of 2010 for exceeding their fundraising goals. Uncle Ron asked my mom, Tina Senecal ’95, ’08 MBA, if she would be my caretaker since she has French bulldogs and knew bulldogs’ special needs. She’s the lady who takes me to events. Claire Senecal, Associate Registrar (and Tina’s mom) is a certified dog trainer and temperament tester. She takes me to work, and she’s the major reason I’m such a good boy!
  1. Dude – why are you in a stroller? I can feel you judging me WAY over here, Judgy McJudgerton. Fact: I don’t like to walk; I’d rather ride. Other reasons include: I can suffer from heatstroke in minutes, I have a torn ACL, I’m allergic to grass, I’m at a better height for photos with people, and my shedding hair and drool are more contained in my stroller.
  1. Are you fat? No. Get over it, humans, I’m a bulldog. It’s how we’re built. Dogtor says I’m a healthy weight at 53 pounds. My head is giant, and my shoulders are broad. Period. ‘Nuff said.
  1. What’s with the ball? My ball! I love my ball! It’s so round, so perfect, so SQUISHY! It’s like a pacifier. Once I get it, I’m never giving it up!

And the number question you all want to know the answer to is:

  1. When are you on campus? Every home football game. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, I’m in Academic Records. And then every chance I get! I love being on campus and saying hi to you guys. And getting scratchies. And then getting MORE scratchies.

So there you have it. Tupper’s Top Five Questions – Answered. Don’t forget – I’m on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and Vine. Get at me! I’ll see you soon. ’Til next time…WOOF!

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