Collegiate Competitors (aka. When Football meets Zoology. Part 1 of... )

Q: College (American) football season is in full swing! The two species below are going head to head this Saturday, but let’s see who can Name That Species from the photos below.
Bonus: Give the name of each mascot for fricking fantastic football points! 



That’s right, both of these skulls belong to the Old English Bulldog! 
Originally selected for the sport of bull-baiting, this once athletic powerhouse pooch underwent a huge transformation when the gruesome sport was outlawed! (x)


The modern day Bulldog faces a variety of genetic health concerns like cleft palate, brachycephalic syndrome (and a host of associated respiratory problems), hip dysplasia, birth complications, and more.



Duke V and the Duke Dog, mascots of James Madison University. (x, x)



The Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) is not only the mascot for the University of Maryland (College Park), but also the Maryland State Reptile!
Once considered a popular delicacy, these terrapins were almost driven to extinction in the early 1900’s. The population was so over hunted by 1920, that terps from the Chesapeake Bay would sell for $125 / dozen! (x
Strangely enough, the population struck a lucky break with Prohibition and the Great Depression. Sherry was a main ingredient in terrapin soup (/stew), and the economic downturn meant that people weren’t able to afford terrapin meat. (x)

Nowadays, the biggest threat to terrapin conservation is habitat loss and bycatch deaths. Fishermen are encouraged to install Bycatch Reduction Devices into their crab pots to help conserve these fantastic creatures. 


UMD’s mascot, Testudo, with one of his many bronze statues around the College Park campus.

Half Points go out to sassy-brain, pistol-pony-showdown, alliieennss, hobboxcorner, gootsncats, and tr1angl3!

Full Points go out to carriemp, ktsaurusr3x, cacajao, arrowsforpens, gradmom, mongrelmutt, and @tjwock!

Bonus Points go out to sassy-brain and arrowsforpens for the (respective) Testudo and Duke Dog love!


(Throwback picture of me and Duke Dog’s statue back in 2010!) 


James Madison University, a well-known public university in my hometown of Harrisonburg, is handling the ‘worst case of sexual assault’ in their history by allowing the perpetrators to graduate and banning them afterward.

Meanwhile, the student who was assaulted lost her financial aid when her grades slipped while trying to deal with bringing her rapists to justice and had to leave school.

The links in question:

So even when there is absolute definitive proof on tape of an assault, the victim is paying the biggest price and the perpetrators are allowed to stay at school.

This is not right.

Hey fellow JMU students! In case you didn’t already know, the University Health Center has a safer sex center. There are small brown paper bags for you to use to take whatever you need. Everything they have to offer is free, they even have pamphlets and how-to guides. No one will bother you or ask any questions (but they are glad to help if you ask them). :) Please use this awesome resource (or let your friends know it’s available)! 

Just so you know this is a thing. 

Not only is this disgustingly degenerate, it is also an embarrassment to our school. 

I’m just saying. 

It’s bad enough that rape affects a woman’s personal life-it shouldn’t affect her education too. Help a JMU student finish her education, and realize her dream.

this especially hits close to home for a few reasons: i was raped about five months prior to this attack at my alma mater to my friend’s roommate. unfortunately, that fall semester was a taxing one for the campus as a whole, as this incident was only one of a cluster of other rapes and other sex crimes committed against jmu women. it’s awful to hear that not only is she still facing major psychological repercussions from the incident, but that jmu is refusing to allow her financial aid, knowing her situation. i’ve experienced first-hand how ill-prepared jmu is, as an institution, to aid survivors of sexual violence and it’s disappointing that they still haven’t changed their tune.

please help her out in continuing her graduate studies. any amount — big or little — helps a duke achieve her dream of teaching and escaping the nightmare that still haunts her.