Posted by: Fredda Sacharow | April 26, 2014

Celebrating Rutgers’ Entrance into the Big Ten

SONY DSC“Big Time Academics, Big Ten Athletics” heralds the banner holding pride of place on the Voorhees Mall.

By early afternoon, the big white tent was a hub of activity as students, alums and their families came to learn what Rutgers’ July 1 debut in the Big Ten conference means to the university at which football made its own debut 145 years ago.
Count Rutgers senior David Sisto of Clinton among the most excited.

“I can see Rutgers getting much more recognition nationwide,” says Sisto, a finance major, adding that his university’s admission into the conference gives him enormous satisfaction and the desire to take in as many upcoming games as possible.

Visitors to the tent are competing in a quiz/scavenger hunt based on Big Ten trivia: How many schools will be in the Big Ten on July 1, 2014? Which is the oldest school in the conference? Which three Big Ten schools use scarlet as an official team color? (We’re not going to give away any answers here, but we’ll be mighty disappointed if anyone misses the “scarlet” question!)

Winners walk away with Rutgers gear … and infinite bragging rights.

Islay Leefe-Griffiths, a native of Manchester, England, who’s spending the semester at Rutgers as a political science student, managed to nail all the answers on the quiz. Surprising? Maybe, but like her fellow UK citizens, she did it with a little help from her (Rutgers) friends.


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