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Tupper’s Top Five Reasons to Love October

2 Nov
Reunion means running into old friends like Jess Kline '14. FUN!

OMD! It’s Jess Kline ’14. And she’s so happy to see me!

This article originally appeared in the October 29, 2015, issue of The Archway, Bryant’s student newspaper.

Good old October. The leaves begin to turn vivid reds, oranges, and yellows. Or so they say. I mean, dogs aren’t really colorblind in the way you’ve heard we are. We don’t see as many colors as humans, but we can see them. So I see browns and yellows instead of red, orange, and yellow. Learn something new every day, don’t you, humans? #TheMoreYouKnow

Besides the fact that it’s pretty, there are a few really pawsome things about October. Well, this list refers to THIS October.

I present to you “Tupper’s Top Five Favorite Reasons to Love October”:

  1. LEAVES. They get really pretty. Then, the best part, they fall down. It’s so fun to sniff under each one of them, attack the rake when Ma’s trying to put them in a pile, and then run through the pile until it’s all spread out again.
  1. HALLOWEENIE. In October, all the little boys and girls dress up like their favorite superheroes and go door to door, collecting hot dogs. I don’t enjoy wearing costumes, but if I got a bag full of hot dogs, I’d consider it. As long as I didn’t have to walk around the neighborhood. Oh…..Ma says it’s just “Halloween,” and they get chocolate….which I can’t have on account of it being poisonous to dogs. I miss all the good stuff!
  1. REUNION @ HOMECOMING. WOOHOOO! A lot of my old friends come back for Alumni Weekend. And they scratch my bum and hug me and tell me how much they miss seeing me. Sigh. It’s tough when the kids grow up and leave the nest.
  1. PARENTS & FAMILY WEEKEND. Every year, the parents seem more excited to see me. Apparently, they follow me on Facebook and Twitter and they already know ALL about me. They kiss me and take my picture and tell me how handsome I am….who doesn’t love all that for 4-5 hours straight?

And my number one reason to love October is:

  1. TAILGATING. Food on the grill. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, sausages…oh my! And everyone wants to feed me. Now if I could just get Ma to let me have some of that food. Quick, someone distract her!

So there you have it. Tupper’s Top Five Favorite Reasons to Love October. Don’t forget – I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine. Get at me! I’ll see you soon. ’Til next time…WOOF!

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It takes a village: Raising a University mascot

21 Apr

You may have seen my recent post that I received the 2015 Bryant University Spirit Award. Or, rather, my moms did.

“The Spirit Award is presented to a team that enhances the quality of life at Bryant by preserving, promoting, and carrying out positive and quantifiable values and traits. They go above and beyond what’s expected in serving Bryant University.”

They got the award for taking care of me because I am an integral part of the Bryant community now! And they do it as volunteers – they don’t get paid to do so…they just love me because I’m family. I remember May 2010 like it was yesterday…I was a little, 20-lb nugget being introduced during Commencement and carried across the stage to receive my degree in “Character and Obedience,” honoris causa (that means “honorary degree!”)

It took a couple of years before people knew about me. But thank Dog for social media!

I couldn’t have received this Spirit Award without my Uncle Ron and Auntie Kati Machtley, who had the vision to understand that a college needs a proper, live mascot. They searched until they found my moms – Claire and Tina Senecal, mother and daughter and long-time Bryant employees – who agreed to give me a home (or two).

Thank you to those who work in Academic Records for helping to watch me, entertain me, scratch me, and fetch me when students come in the office to get pet therapy before class or after tough exams. And thanks to those in University Relations who scratch my bum when I come in for a visit.

Auntie Kristin helping the tailor with my fitting

Auntie Kristin helping the tailor with my fitting

Special thanks go out to my Auntie Kristin and Uncle “DP” Penta. When she first started working here, Auntie Kristin fell in love with my squishy face. Over the years, the Pentas have supported me in many ways. They donated my stroller to me, they watch me when Ma has to do something “real quick,” they asked their tailor to make my official jersey, and Uncle DP built a “throne” for me to use in the basketball stands so I don’t have to sit on Ma’s lap. She’s not super comfortable. I know Ma appreciates all they’ve done, too!

And, of course, thank you to the students, alumni, parents, staff, and faculty who find me “irresistabull.” The ones who invite me to their events and appreciate my representing this fabulous university. I’m thankful that you appreciate me and that you understand when I can’t attend absolutely everything I’m invited to (even though I’d love to be able to go to everything). Gratitude to all my friends on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Vine who have no connection to Bryant but who continue to support me and share my posts. It means the world to me!

With so many wonderful people here, I’m honored to call Bryant University my home. Woof!

Hanging out on my throne in the stands at the half, waiting for some scratchies.

Hanging out on my throne in the stands at the half, waiting for some scratchies.

Tupper’s Tidbits: Top Five Barks of Advice to New Grads

25 May

I can’t believe the year’s over! Where did the time go? Seems like only yesterday I was writing my first Tidbits column, and telling new students, faculty, and staff all about me. I’m getting a little choked up thinking about all my friends who just walked under the Bryant Archway…I wonder, “Will they remember me? Will they keep in touch through Twitter and Facebook? Will they remember how to scratch me next time they see me?” Important ponderings, to be sure.

The school year’s over? NOW what do I do??

So, I thought the best graduation gift I can give to my seniors are some pearls of wisdom, some nuggets of insight from their favorite bulldog mascot (to be clear, I am referring to ME). Thus, “Tupper’s Top Five Barks of Advice to Graduating Seniors” was born.

5. Say “yes” to every work opportunity. You can’t even imagine what new skill or person you may meet who will change your life. Heck, I’m your mascot because my Mommas said, “yes,” when President Machtley asked them if they would be caretakers to an English bulldog.

4. Be true to yourself. If it feels wrong, it IS wrong. Or, if it feels right, go with it. Embody the Character of Success, and don’t lose focus. For instance, I gotta be me, so I chill in my Bulldog Buggy!

3. Keep in touch with Bryant. At least make sure your e-mail and work information are current in Bryant’s Alumni Relations Office. You could be the next featured alum in the magazine or enewsletter!

2. Someday, you’re gonna be rich. Remember that a lot of the resources you used at Bryant were made possible through alumni donations…think about what might have made your time at Bryant better, and make it happen on campus. I, myself, am considering donating a tree or fire hydrant…

1. You are not going to be an alumni. Don’t worry, I’m not saying you’re not going to graduate, but you need to learn the proper lingo. They don’t teach Latin anymore, so here’s a lesson from Professor Tupper: An ALUMNA is one female graduate. An ALUMNUS is one male graduate. ALUMNI refers to two or more graduates – could be all male or a mix of male and female. ALUMNAE (a-lum-NEE) refers to two or more female graduates. Alum is slang (not alumn)…use it (or alums) when in doubt!

There you have it. What are you gonna do without me? Keep up with my life on Facebook or Twitter. I don’t just disappear in the summer; I’ll still be around! ’Til next time…Woof!