Yesterday was the kickoff to the 106th annual Drake Relays, with the beautiful bulldog contest kicking off festivities. Tank was crowned the 2015 winner. I find his story especially moving, because in just over a year this beautiful bulldog went from being sold on Craigslist to winning the prestigious honor of beautiful bulldog. For those of you unfamiliar with the event, this was where Porterhouse was also crowned beautiful bulldog in 2009 and later became Drake’s oficial live mascot.
For me, festivities began last Thursday when I was able to attend remarks by New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, where he spoke about income inequality in America.
Later that same day, I was lucky enough to attend a panel with former Senator Tom Harkin about the future of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA,) which he helped to craft in the late 1980’s before it was signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. I won’t spoil what was said during the panel, because the Harkin Institute will be turning the discussion into a video that I will post at a later date. That evening Senator Harkin gave a lecture about human rights to kick off the 2015 Herb & Karren Baum Symposium on Ethics and the Professions, which was held on campus on Friday.