Drake University’s first annual Bulldog Parade committee and artists unveiled seven 50-pound fiberglass bulldogs decorated in a variety of colorful styles that represent their sponsors. The pups will now stand guard at different locations around campus.
"We want to start a new Drake tradition that really invokes campus pride, community awareness and campus collaboration," said Drake Student Body President Lauren Smith.
The Bulldog Parade is expected to be displayed for up to a year on Drake’s campus. Smith said the goal is to expand the Bulldog Parade to a community-wide effort for the 100th running of the Drake Relays in 2009. Sponsors, locations and artists follow:
• Sponsor: University Bookstore. Location: the Bookstore, 3003 Forest Ave. Artists: Angela Warren, a senior from Bangor, Maine, and Kristen Adamson, a senior from Golden, Colo.
• Sponsor: Lee and Rudy Trebels, a Drake Board of Trustees member and Drake graduate. Location: Meredith Hall, 2805 University Ave. Artist: Emma Akerly, a sophomore from Leawood, Kan.
• Sponsor: Sodexho Dining Services. Location: North side of Olmsted Center, 29th Street and University Avenue. Artist: Randall Noblet, a junior from St. Joseph, Mo.
• Sponsor: Student Senate and Student Activities Board. Location: South side of Olmsted Center, 29th Street and University Avenue. Artists are Emma Akerly, a sophomore from Leawood, Kan., and Mike Pruim, a sophomore from Elk Grove Village, Ill.
• Sponsor: Drake National Alumni Association. Location: Drake Knapp Center, 2525 Forest Ave. Artist: Emily Steiger, a first-year student from Bentonville, Ark.
• Sponsor: Bulldog Parade Committee. Location: Olmsted Center, 29th Street and University Avenue. Artists: Katie Adams, a junior from Des Moines, Willow Bauer, a junior from Des Moines, Collin Davison, a sophomore from Garner, Iowa, Stephanie Foreman, a senior from Des Moines, Kailee Gray, a first-year student from Holstein, Iowa, Tiffany Mitchell, a senior from Des Moines, Lauren Smith, a senior from Kansas City, Mo., Faizan Syed, a first-year student from St. Louis, Mo., and Chris Woods, a junior from Des Moines.
• Sponsor: Office of the President. Location: Old Main, 26th Street and University Avenue. Artist: Drake First Lady Madeleine Maxwell.
To see more photos of the Bulldog Parade, view the photo gallery at http://www.drake.edu/gallery/index.php?gallery=25.