Just for kicks -- or really, as my mind wandered last night as i struggled to fall asleep -- I came up with a sort of "Ivy :eague B" idea. This is not new, as the Little Ivies pool is a known entity. But given how we as humans enjoy putting our own twists on things, I'm posting it. This might be worthwhile: herein students will see a list of high quality schools, some of which might not be known to some students who peruse this site. I'll try to make it mirthful also.
My rules for Ivy League B are this:
1) Private universities only, mirroring the Ivies
2) No (lingering) real religious overtones, mirroring the Ivies
3) Regional participation considerations
4) Eight schools, mirroring the Ivies
Without further ado, I give you...
Ivy League B:
(also considered: Georgetown, Vanderbilt, Rice, Carnegie Mellon, Emory, USC)
Now for the mirthful part: the head-to-head matchups (I messed with the "ranking order" here a bit to yield juicier promo lines...) --
Harvard vs. MIT -- The Battle of Cambridge. Crew teams from *the* Cambridge U paddle across the pond to judge and witness the Boston Brain Feats of Strength.
Yale vs. Stanford -- We find out if the tree moves when a bulldog pees on it.
Princeton vs. Caltech -- "Theoretically, I could kick your *ss."
Columbia vs. UChicago -- "You call that a CORE?!"
Penn vs. Duke -- God vs. Satan in the form of Quakers and Devils...
Dartmouth vs. Northwestern -- Most of the kids would (based on school reputation) be polar opposites: the preppy alcoholic party-freak Dartmouthians and the relatively quiet, nerdy Northwesterners. Opposites attract; cue Marvin Gay.
Cornell vs. Johns Hopkins -- Heard frequently at a party: "Doctor?" "Doctor." "Doctor?" "Doctor."
Brown vs. Washington U -- These schools have (aside from maybe Valparaiso and Tufts) the ugliest school colors: green and red (Wash U) and seal brown and red (Brown). Imagine them getting together on a football field or a basketball court.
That was fun, thanks!