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How the Big Ten spends its summer vacation: BTN LiveBIG

When it comes to the Big Ten, summer is less about kicking back on the beach and more about giving back. Athletes, coaches and alums from schools like Minnesota, Ohio State, Purdue and Rutgers often spend the summer teaching youth campers how to replicate the skills they’ve learned over the years. In other cases, Big Ten schools let their work off the field make the difference as they teach kids to hone their conflict resolution skills or go to work in communities wracked by crime and income inequality. For these men and women, living BIG expands on the concept of teamwork and creates an

Best of ... Northwestern: BTN LiveBIG

Were it not for a sportswriter in the Chicago Daily Tribune, Northwestern’s athletic teams might still be known as “The Purple.” Writing in 1924, Wallace Abbey said of Northwestern’s football team: “Football players had not come down from Evanston; wildcats would be a name better suited to [Coach Glenn] Thistletwaite’s boys.” Since then the Wildcats have taken that same expansive enthusiasm and applied it to endeavors both on and off the field. A founding member of the Big 10 conference, Northwestern’s reach extends as far away as Qatar, where it runs a journalism and communications school. It has put an emphasis

Best of ... Maryland: BTN LiveBIG

Sitting in the shadow of our nation’s capital, the University of Maryland shines as a beacon of scholarship and innovation inside the beltway and out. Since its earliest years as the first agricultural research university in the U.S., the Terps have long been forerunners in the fields of entrepreneurship and sustainability. Today, the school is home to one of the largest public university research parks (M Square) and a groundbreaking Office of Sustainability that has become a pacesetter for eco-consciousness at the university level. Home to six Nobel laureates (four faculty and two alumni), the school has a diverse pool of alums

Learning to LiveBIG on the 4th of July: BTN LiveBIG

“I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear …” – Walt Whitman The “varied carols” described by Whitman in his immortal poem remind us of an important truth about our country, one that’s inscribed on the Great Seal of the United States: E Pluribus Unum. From the many, one. Whitman’s writing was in praise of the great multitude of people who worked in many different ways to build the strong nation that endures to this day. This Fourth of July, LiveBIG celebrates a song of America not unlike Whitman’s, but with a focus on how the universities of the