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BTN LiveBIG: Monday Morning Download

Since the beginning of November, we’ve been sharing the inspiring stories of Big Ten students, faculty and alumni who are making a difference in the world through innovations in research, education and community service. In an effort to shine a light on even more wonderful Big Ten happenings, we’ll be serving up positive headlines every Monday morning, right here on the BTN LiveB1G blog.

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BTN LiveBIG: Mateen Cleaves helping Michigan families

Led by the enormous smile and clutch play of point guard Mateen Cleaves – a Flint, Mich., native – the Michigan State Spartans won the NCAA championship that 2000. The victory capped the most decorated basketball career in Michigan State history for Cleaves before moving on to the NBA, where he played seven seasons.

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BTN LiveBIG: Penn State hockey raising awareness

At Penn State, the annual dance-a-thon (aka THON) is arguably the biggest campus event of the school year. As is the case at Indiana – who we featured earlier this fall – THON raises an enormous amount of money in support of pediatric cancer patients and the search for a cure. Last year, THON raised $12.37 million.

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BTN LiveBIG: Indiana professors earn Grammy nominations

When the 2014 Grammy nominations were announced this week, predictable pop stars like Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Daft Punk and Macklemore were among those who made headlines for their selections. Who else made the acclaimed list? None other than Indiana University Jacobs School of Music professor Wayne Wallace and IU sound media historian and producer Patrick Feaster.

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BTN LiveBIG: Nebraska students learning by giving

A decade ago, Doris Buffet – Warren Buffet’s older sister – started the Learning by Giving Foundation. Her goal was to teach a new generation about philanthropy though experience, providing young people with the opportunity to learn about charity and make a financial impact on a worthy cause.

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BTN LiveBIG: MSU's "Great Dane" helping military families

These days, the average career of an NFL player is less than four seasons, according to the NFL Players Association. A kicker from Michigan State nicknamed “The Great Dane” spent an unheard of 25 seasons employed by the NFL and remains the all-time leading scorer with 2,544 points.

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BTN LiveBIG: Marlin Jackson helping kids beat the odds

In the United States, 22 percent of children under the age of 17 live in poverty, 36 percent live in single- or no-parent households, and 46 percent live in inadequate housing. Former University of Michigan defensive back Marlin Jackson was once a textbook example of the large number of underserved youth in this country.

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BTN LiveBIG: Buckeyes excite a special fan

Today, the Ohio State Buckeyes will try to finish the regular season undefeated for a second consecutive year when they play “The Game” in Ann Arbor. For one young fan, a few moments of camera time on the scoreboard at Ohio Stadium, earlier this year, made the 2013 season one he’ll never forget.

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BTN LiveBIG: Orange Krush impacting local organizations

In John Groce’s first year at the helm of the Illini men’s basketball program, his team relied on the deep threat. And that mindset — 280 made three-point field goals — helped the Illini reach the second round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for the first time since 2011.

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