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    Say hi to Willis

    Although we see KSU is favored by 5 and Iowa is favored by only 17 over Northern Illinois. the weather will be great for Cy and Willis:

    ABOUT WILLIE THE WILDCAT

    K-State’s mascot appeared in 1947, and Willie has undergone several makeovers since then. But one thing about Willie has remained the same: his identity is still kept a secret.
    • Andrea Simmons Andersen '55 played K-State's first mascot at the September 1947 football game against Oklahoma A&M. She dressed in a red-brown wildcat costume with black stripes and a tail.
    • Throughout the 1960s Sigma Chi fraternity members played Willie. Some people thought this version of the mascot looked like Mickey Mouse.
    • By the late 1960s K-State wanted a new image. Sculptor Jim Hagan '50, '66, '68 created a new, meaner-looking Willie. He built two Willie heads covered with coyote and wolf hair. The first head lasted from 1967 until 1980; the second lasted until 1993.
    • In 1993 the Kaw Valley Catbacker Club donated the fifth Willie head. The new head was rounder and made out of brown artificial fur.
    • In 1997 Willie received another facelift. This Willie head, still used today, has gray fur with two white stripes to resemble the Powercat logo. The new head weighs five pounds and features an electronic cooling fan.
    Cartoon Willie

    Willie was drawn as a cartoon graphic beginning in the 1960s. Through the years, his expression changed from comical to fierce to friendly. His body went from scrawny to pumped up.
    Earlier mascots

    Beginning as early as 1922, a real wildcat named Touchdown served as team mascot during games.
    And from 1906 to 1909 a black Labrador named Boscoe represented K-State at baseball and football games.
    Powercat logo

    The Powercat logo was introduced in 1989 by football coach Bill Snyder, who wanted a new logo for his team. Illustrator Tom Bookwalter created the logo.
    Many high schools across the country now use the Powercat as their team logo.

    For those people traveling to beautiful manhattan:
    TRADITIONS OF YESTERYEAR

    Freshman beanies

    In the 1940s freshmen were required to wear beanie caps—or get paddled by varsity athletes. The beanie tradition started at K-State around 1912.
    Favorite man on campus

    From 1946 to 1972 K-State women voted for their Favorite Man on Campus. Candidates would campaign for weeks to try to earn the title. John Aiken '49 of Farm House fraternity was crowned the first FMOC at the Snow Ball.
    Flash card sections

    As far back as the 1920s K-Staters organized flash card sections in the stands to cheer on the team. The biggest flash card section, the K-Block, began in 1957 in Memorial Stadium. By 1958 the section had 1,200 participants.
    How it worked: A yell leader would announce a number. Each K-Block member would then hold up a colored, numbered card. The designs created could be seen from the field or the opposite side of the stadium.
    Shepherd's crook

    The shepherd's crook symbolized the importance of seniors, who acted as shepherds caring for a flock of underclassmen. The tradition was introduced in 1892 by George Clothier using a spade instead of a crook.
    How it worked: The crook was passed on each spring from the senior class president to the junior class president. The crook featured the class colors of the retiring owners and of preceding class.

    And for the asundries such as purple is their only color:
    SOAK UP THE SPIRIT

    School color

    K-State’s official color—royal purple—was chosen in 1896 by two representatives from each class, but it wasn't approved by the faculty until 1921. Surprising fact: purple is K-State’s only official color, even though it’s commonly paired with white or gray.
    Nicknames

    K-Staters were originally known as the Aggies. But in 1915 Coach Chief Bender coined the nickname "Wildcats" for his football team because of its fighting spirit.
    Alma mater

    The alma mater, selected in a campus contest in 1903, was written by Humphrey W. Jones, class of 1888. His original song was later altered by changing “KSAC” (for Kansas State Agricultural College) to “KSU.” Here are the lyrics:
    I know a spot that I love full well,
    'Tis not in forest nor yet in dell;
    Ever it holds me with magic spell,
    I think of thee, Alma Mater.
    KSU, we'll carry thy banner high.
    KSU, long, long may thy colors fly.
    Loyal to thee, thy children will swell the cry.
    Hail, hail, hail, Alma Mater.
    Fight song

    "Wildcat Victory" was written in 1927 by Harry E. Erickson '27. Here are the lyrics:
    Fight, you K-State Wildcats
    For Alma Mater fight-fight-fight!
    Glory in the combat
    For the purple and the white.
    Faithful to our colors
    We will ever be,
    Fighting ever fighting for a
    Wildcat victory!
    Go State!


    CFH HMagic bball season next year.
    Let my Fred's Four Horsemen ride: Georges, Hogue, Nader, and McKay.

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    Lordy Lore to inform all since we will beat them again like the numerous squireels they are proud of:
    Lore
    LEARN THE K-STATE LORE

    Wabash Cannonball

    K-State’s rousing anthem was the only band music to survive the 1968 Nichols Hall fire. Band director Phil Hewett had taken the sheet music home, so the tune was played repeatedly at a basketball game three days later. Today this song inspires K-Staters to gyrate back and forth whenever it’s played.
    Download "Wabash Cannonball"
    Open House

    K-State’s biggest annual event, held each spring, traces its origin to several college events—like Home Economics Hospitality Day, Engineers' Open House, and Ag Day—that were going strong for nearly 50 years. Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole spoke at the first all-university Open House in 1969.
    Get details about this year's event
    Tailgating parties

    K-State’s pre-game barbecues are legendary. Fans snarf another 5,000 hot dogs once they get inside the football stadium.
    Read the Collegian guide to tailgating etiquette
    Call Hall ice cream

    Treat yourself to K-State’s tastiest tradition. The dairy bar in Call Hall serves more than 35 fab flavors, including purple pride. You can also buy the student-made ice cream in the K-State Student Union.
    Check out the revamped dairy bar
    Homecoming

    Students compete in various events to generate K-State spirit throughout Homecoming week. Today’s activities include designing banners, performing group chants, painting windows in Aggieville, building parade floats, and more.
    Student ambassadors

    Instead of a Homecoming king and queen, K-Staters elect a pair of ambassadors who represent the student body at Alumni Association events throughout the state and at university activities. The first ambassadors were elected in 1977.
    Aggieville

    It started as a single laundry shop in 1889, but today Aggieville is the place for shopping, dining, dancing, and hanging out. This fun shopping area is just across the street from campus.
    Squirrel news

    Every semester-end newspaper features photos of our abundant wildlife: squirrels. Strange, but true.
    Check out the Campus Squirrel Listings
    Class rings

    Students who buy official K-State rings receive them at a special ceremony each spring. It's like being knighted!


    CFH HMagic bball season next year.
    Let my Fred's Four Horsemen ride: Georges, Hogue, Nader, and McKay.

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    The head is back. Great news so we can bash them.
    After Nearly Two Years, Missing K-State Mascot Head Returned
    10:16 AM Oct 16, 2006


    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) _ The missing head of the Willie the Wildcat mascot has been recovered.
    Two years ago, the head of Kansas State's well-known mascot was reported stolen from a private vehicle. Last week Riley County police confirmed that the head had been recovered, and that the person who tipped them is not a suspect in the theft.
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    Since the theft in December 2004, Willie had been operating with a duplicate head.


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    More wikipedia Willie:
    [edit] History

    At the start of the 20th century, Kansas State's athletic teams first acquired the nickname of "Aggies." This name lives on in the entertainment district that abuts the University, which is named Aggieville.

    [edit] Adoption of the nickname

    • 1906-1909: A black Labrador named Boscoe represented K-State at baseball and football games.
    • 1915: Prior to the football season, new coach John Bender gave his squad the nickname "Wildcats."
    • 1917: Under Coach Z.G. Clevenger the school teams became known as the "Farmers."
    • 1920: Coach Charles Bachman took over the football program, again renaming the team the "Wildcats." This time the nickname stuck.
    • 1922-1978: A real bobcat named Touchdown (I-XI), donated by a family from Smith Center, Kansas, served as team mascot at games (while kept in a cage). The current "Touchdown" can be found at Sunset Zoo in Manhattan.[1]

    [edit] Costumed Mascot

    The first costumed Willie mascot appeared in 1947. Since this time Willie has changed many times, and currently has an appearance that is heavily influenced by the team's Powercat logo.
    • 1947: First appeared at the September football game against Oklahoma A&M. This was by Manhattan High student Andrea Simmons Andersen during halftime performing gymnastics for the crowd in a red-brown wildcat costume with black stripes and a tail. Lack of winning games resulted in fans replacing the young girl with a college student. (First Generation)
    • 1960s: Sigma Chi fraternity members took responsibility of wearing the Willie the Wildcat costume and cheering at games. The original K-State Willie costume was purple in color with large ears that somewhat resembled Mickey Mouse.(Second Generation)[2]
    • 1967-1980: Sculptor Jim Hagan created a new, "meaner-looking" Willie head with coyote and wolf hair. Last worn by Alan Stetson, 1980 alum, who was Willie the Wildcat from 1978 to 1980. (Third Generation)
    • 1980-1993: A second Willie head made in 1967 by Jim Hagan is used.
    • 1985: The "beefed-up" Willie appeared while still using third generation style head. (Fourth Generation)
    • 1994-1996: Last pre-Powercat Willie (Fifth Generation)

    [edit] Powercat Mascot


    • 1989: Powercat logo introduced by football coach Bill Snyder, wanting a new logo for his team. Tom Bookwalter created the logo.
    • 1997: The current Willie was created, it has gray fur with two white stripes to resemble the Powercat logo.(Sixth Generation)

    [edit] Trivia

    • The identity of student inside the mascot costume is kept a secret.[3]
    • The current head includes an internal, electronic cooling fan and weighs five pounds.
    • Several high schools across the country now use the Powercat as their team logo.
    • Willie sometimes interacts with the football team during games, exemplified during the September 9, 2006, game against Florida Atlantic when quarterback Dylan Meiers threw a pass to Willie just outside the end-zone boundaries.


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    Willie, Willie
    He is so fine.
    He looks silly
    Clones will not be kind.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryceman View Post


    Willie, Willie
    He is so fine.
    He looks silly
    Clones will not be kind.
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    Tom and Jerry were an Academy Award-winning animated cat (Tom) and mouse (Jerry) team who formed the basis of a successful series of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) theatrical short subjects created, written and directed by animators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera (later of Hanna-Barbera fame). The series was produced by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio in Hollywood from 1940 until 1957, when the animation unit was closed down.
    In 1960, MGM outsourced the production of Tom and Jerry to Rembrandt Films (led by Gene Deitch) in Eastern Europe. In 1963, production of Tom and Jerry shorts returned to Hollywood with Chuck Jones' Sib-Tower 12 Productions; this series lasted until 1967. Tom and Jerry later resurfaced in TV cartoons produced by Hanna-Barbera (1975 - 1977; 1990 - 1993) and Filmation Studios (1980 - 1982). The original MGM shorts helmed by Hanna and Barbera are notable for having won seven Academy Awards, tying it with Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies as the most-awarded theatrical animated series.
    Many generations of kids have grown up watching this memorable cat-mouse duo throughout the world. Even today, after more than sixty years since the first cartoon came out, Tom and Jerry remain two of the dearest and most recognizable cartoon characters in the world.


    Yeah well, ya know, that's just, like uh, your opinion, man.

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    Hi Willis.



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    Whatchu talkin' 'bout, Willis?

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    Yeah well, ya know, that's just, like uh, your opinion, man.

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    Re: Say hi to Willis

    Bryce, do you get paid to do this?
    Is your company hiring?
    I'm pretty good at wasting time at my job, too.



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    Another nice bit of information. KSU is the only school of the original Big 8 that we have a winning record against. And in the Big XII, It is one of only 2 schools we have a winning record against. Baylor being the other.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Clonefan94 View Post
    Another nice bit of information. KSU is the only school of the original Big 8 that we have a winning record against. And in the Big XII, It is one of only 2 schools we have a winning record against. Baylor being the other.
    Thank you, Captain Sunshine!


    Yeah well, ya know, that's just, like uh, your opinion, man.

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    Re: Say hi to Willis

    Bryceman What kind of medication are you on??? LOL I liked the hiring comment? great detail, but Dude! Do drink to excess at all? Women in your life? My wife is cracking up!!!!



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