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BTN LiveBIG: Inspiring commencements around the conference

Doffing cap and gown, thousands of Big Ten students recently made one of the biggest transitions of their lives. These newly-minted college graduates are poised to face the challenges of an ever-changing world beyond campus. If an education from one of the best universities in the nation wasn’t enough, they also received valued advice from that bastion of the baccalaureate — the commencement speaker — as a parting gift. And this year’s speakers brought both gravitas and levity to graduation days around the Big Ten. From a crusading clinician to the leader of the free world, these addresses are filled

BTN LiveBIG: Best of … Michigan

Including the phrase “the leaders and best” in your school’s fight song is a pretty bold move. But when it comes to Michigan, it’s not just idle boasting. From its winged helmets to “The Big House,” from Fielding Yost’s “Point a Minute” football teams to Tom Brady and Charles Woodson, the university’s athletics have always stood out. And Michigan excels in many other areas, too — auto engineering, alternative energy and adaptive technologies, to name a few. These LiveBIG stories demonstrate how Michigan continues to be among the “leaders and best” in many important respects: For Michigan professor, computer science

BTN LiveBIG: Terp artists tackle 'Turf and Terrain'

In the Foggy Bottom neighborhood in Washington, D.C., politics literally and figuratively dominate the landscape. The headquarters of the U.S. Department of State, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Federal Reserve Board are all located here, as is the infamous Watergate Hotel. But Foggy Bottom is also, somewhat surprisingly, an artistic hub. It’s home to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the historic Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall. And this year, it’s getting a creative infusion from the University of Maryland. The Arts in Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture

BTN LiveBIG: Best of … Nebraska

On the far western edge of Big Ten country, the Great Plains give way to the rolling prairie of the American West. It’s a land that countless pioneers crossed more than a century ago on journeys filled with challenges and opportunities. While you won’t find long lines of covered wagons in Nebraska these days, the pioneers are still around. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is home to a number of brilliant people doing trailblazing work in fields as diverse as e-commerce and lasers. Here’s a look at some of the top LiveBIG stories from the Huskers: The heart of a Husker

BTN LiveBIG: Best of … Wisconsin

“On Wisconsin, On Wisconsin, Fight on for her fame…” The University of Wisconsin has an iconic fight song, one that fits nicely with the state’s single-word motto: Forward. And whether it’s the Badgers’ bulwark offensive line or vast ranks of Peace Corps volunteers, you can be sure that they’re moving things forward in Madison. Here are BTN LiveBIG stories that show how students, faculty and staff, and alumni continue to “fight on for her fame” in a variety of fields: The ‘historic’ life of MLB Commissioner Bud Selig Wisconsin leads the way in the art of glass   Wisconsin’s Biotron

BTN LiveBIG: Purdue professor explores uncharted historical territory

To most people, a small bead and fragment of metal found in Alaska just south of the Arctic Circle wouldn’t qualify as particularly significant. But for H. Kory Cooper, associate professor at Purdue, they reveal a world of historical possibility. Cooper, who’s part of Purdue’s Department of Anthropology and School of Materials Engineering, recently examined the metallurgical characteristics of these objects, with funding from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Polar Programs Arctic Social Sciences. They were originally discovered a few years ago by Owen K. Mason and John F. Hoffecker from the University of Colorado, in an area along

BTN LiveBIG: Husker athletes export service and spirit to global community

Student-athletes can usually look forward to a break from school and sports during the summer months. And while a handful of Huskers recently got a breather from lectures and practices, the work they performed instead was at least as challenging — and rewarding. About 20 student-athletes traveled to the small village of Las Pajas in the Dominican Republic for a few weeks out of last month to take part in the NoFilter program. Operated by Stacey Burling and Jordan Wilson, both Life Skills coordinators at the University of Nebraska’s Athletics Department, NoFilter started last year with a service trip to

BTN LiveBIG: Mandela Washington Fellows experience Big Ten hospitality

Rebel. Prisoner. Leader. Nelson Mandela was all of these things and more. He led the fight against the injustice of the South African apartheid state and was jailed for nearly three decades because of it. Then, shortly after he was freed, he became the father of the “new” South Africa when he was democratically elected as president of the “rainbow nation.” Though he passed on in 2013, Mandela’s name and legacy endure both in his home country and around the world, thanks in part to programs like the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Several Big Ten universities are

BTN LiveBIG: Best of … Penn State

“We are … Penn State!” This simple chant is one of the most recognizable in all of college athletics. But it resonates far beyond sports. It’s a phrase that expresses the pride, resilience and achievement found in Happy Valley. Those qualities are regularly on display at Penn State, whether it’s during the frenzied, #FTK fun of THON every spring or inside of the futuristic home in the shadow of Beaver Stadium that’s seen by thousands of tailgaters each fall. Here’s a collection of recent LiveBIG stories that show the Nittany Lions’ roaring successes: Penn State football star makes sports safer, one

BTN LiveBIG: Best of … Rutgers

Few public universities in the United States have the historic pedigree of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The institution, which traces its lineage back to its original charter in 1766, is celebrating its 250th “birthday” this year, making it slightly older than the U.S. itself. Still, it’s looking good for its age. The university counts many modern trailblazers among its alumni, including novelist Junot Diaz, civil rights leader Paul Robeson, female soccer star Carli Lloyd and economist Milton Friedman. And Rutgers alumni, faculty and students continue to make a mark on this country and the world, as demonstrated