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Lions, Tigers, and…Bulldogs?

Lions, Tigers, and…Bulldogs?

You may know that Harvard was the first college in the United States or that Penn is the oldest university. You may even know that the Yale mascot is named Handsome Dan or that Brown's first bear was named Helen. Perhaps you are aware that Princeton h as a battleship and an asteroid named for it or that Cornell's colors inspired the design for Campbell's soup. And who can forget that “Animal House” was written by a Dartmouth grad and that the atom bomb was developed at Columbia?


But did you know that one of these schools once had a burro for a mascot and another an orange man? Or that students at two of them throw food at sporting events? Do you know where students can request songs to be played on the campus bell tower, which school uses Pantone 290 for its official color, and which has the oldest continuously-published daily student newspaper?


All this and more can be learned in Matt Robinson’s new book, Lions, Tigers, and…Bulldogs? An unofficial guide to the legends and lore of the Ivy League.

  • Author Bio

    A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania who is married to a Dartmouth alumnus and the son of a Brown graduate, Matt has been steeped in Ivy League culture for most of his life. In this book, he explains how the League came to be and discusses some of the important events, people, and places that have made these schools so special and sought after.


    An experienced educator who has taught at all levels from pre-K to college for nearly 30 years, Matt is currently working on a new book series that supports students with academic and emotional growth through the proven power of music.


    More of Matt's writing can be found at and his food-related work is at

    Title: Lions, Tigers, and…Bulldogs? An unofficial guide to the legends and lore of the Ivy League

  • Reviews

    Thank you for...sharing...your book. Your kind much appreciated. I wish you all the best!

          - Dr. Claudine Gray, President of Harvard University

    5 out of 5 stars! Fun to read and informative.... I learned a lot about the Ivy League.
         - Marcia Riman-Selz, Ph.D. - Award-winning author of At Vittoria

    I felt this book was extremely entertaining and informative. I liked the interesting facts about our country's earliest and most famous universities.... Each of the Ivy League schools has an interesting history that is revealed through these pages. I highly recommend it!!
         - Sam Pasco - KXSF San Francisco

    A clever collection of well-researched facts that provides a rich, amusing, and accessible history of the Ivy League.  
         - Julia Taus - Operations Manager, Penn Medicine Development, University of Pennsylvania

    Lions, Tigers, and…Bulldogs? is a fun and fact-filled introduction to the rich heritage [of] our nation’s most prestigious universities. Readers...will delight in the inviting text, vivid illustrations, interesting anecdotes, and fascinating history. This book is a necessary addition to the libraries of alumni and a great gift to pass on along to the next generation of Ivy Leaguers! 
         - Scott Hubeny - Author, educator, and creator of "180 Dayz"

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