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BTN LiveBIG: Maryland grad strikes chord with marriage of modern and classical

Going to the symphony is generally thought of as a stuffy affair, characterized by formal wear, silences only occasionally interrupted by hushed comments, and mobile devices in “off” mode. But what if you went to a classical music concert and found many in the audience wearing jeans, openly commenting on wine-and-cheese pairings, and taking selfies?

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BTN LiveBIG: How Spartan football greats made history

In the mid-1960s, Michigan State was a college football juggernaut. Coached by the legendary Duffy Daugherty, they won two national championships in a row and put more All-Americans on the field in a single season than many other prominent programs did during the whole decade. And in the 1967 NFL Draft, an astounding four of the first eight players picked were from MSU.

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BTN LiveBIG: Hoosier QB Nate Sudfeld makes big gains in Bloomington — and Uganda


Watch Nate Sudfeld's Kickoff Luncheon speech

If you asked Indiana University senior quarterback Nate Sudfeld which one of his career numbers he’s most proud of, he probably wouldn’t say it’s the 4,306 passing yards, 34 touchdown passes or the 60.5 percent completion rate he got in his previous three seasons at the school.

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BTN LiveBIG: Spartan Selfies showcase service

Michigan State University launched its Spartan Selfies app a few months ago, allowing students, alumni, and faculty and staff to share photos of themselves with the crest of their mascot’s helmet above their heads to demonstrate school pride. But they’ve demonstrated something else with their #SpartanSelfies — the culture of service and innovation at Michigan State.

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BTN LiveBIG: Buckeye Malcolm Jenkins keeps philanthropy in the family

Life as a professional athlete can be transitory, a blur of different uniforms, cities and faces, which makes it difficult to get attached to any particular place. But Philadelphia Eagles free safety and former Buckeyes football star Malcolm Jenkins manages to make real, lasting connections no matter where he goes.

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BTN LiveBIG: A 'B1G' showing in top 50 international engineering schools

Several of the universities of the Big Ten are known for great engineering programs. Whether it’s computer science at Illinois, aerospace at Purdue or auto manufacturing at Ohio State, these and other schools in the conference attract students from around the world with dreams of becoming the next Steve Jobs, Neil Armstrong or Henry Ford.

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BTN LiveBIG: Minnesota grad dreams up designs that make a difference

Design was always a part of Brice Aarrestad’s life. Even as a kid, when he considered a career as a policeman or marine biologist, he would sketch out his dream houses for those professions. But today, this Minnesota alumnus is applying his design skills to a different kind of dream — raising the fortunes of the central African nation of Uganda with artisanal furniture.

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BTN LiveBIG: Big Ten dominates a different kind of 'Top 25' ranking

Around this time of year, students, alumni and fans of Big Ten college football teams are abuzz about the top 25 rankings. On campuses, in online forums and at sports bars across the country, people are talking about how many teams the conference has in the respective preseason polls, who’s underrated and overrated, and their predictions for bowl season and the second-ever college football playoff.

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