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Summer 2006 • Volume 12, Issue 3

BasketballSweet 16: Braves’ NCAA run

The Cinderella squad’s Big Dance has ended; relive each step the men’s basketball team took from an uncertain beginning to fearlessly facing #1-ranked Memphis.

Big Dance fever

Winters in Peoria always capture a warm spot in my heart. Never mind the biting cold; inside Carver Arena the action heats up when the Bradley Braves charge onto the gleaming hardwood. Some 10,000 fans brave the elements each game night, drawn to their version of paradise: another opportunity to cheer for their team. Full story>

Red with envy

The March sun shining down on the San Francisco Bay Area was a warming sight for a caravan of more than 300 die-hard Bradley basketball fans, as two charter jets touched down at Oakland International Airport. Full story>

All the rage...Stylin in Bradley red

Returning home from the NCAA tournament, Coach Jim Les ’86 had some advice for Bradley fans: “You can give your orange [University of Illinois] shirts to Goodwill because I have a fashion tip for you—red is back in a big way.” Full story>

One shining moment

A few weeks after Bradley’s Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA tournament, senior Marcellus Sommerville considered his most memorable moment. Full story>

An inside look

Play-by-play radio announcer Dave Snell ’76 spent countless hours with the 2005-06 Bradley men’s basketball team—before and after games, at practices, on the road, and at home. He gives his insight about each member of the team. Full story>

With each Cinderella step

When trying out for Bradley cheerleading, Stephanie Bauer ’09 admitted she had no idea what to expect. Full story>

Oscar imageBringing home Oscar

Tami Lane ’96, Academy Award winner for her work as lead makeup artist on the set of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, describes her “incredible ride” and her Hollywood Oscar night. Full story>



Heavy metalHeavy metal hooks female blacksmith

After restoring a historic blacksmith shop, Laure Adams ’85 MBA ’90 offers guests the opportunity to revisit the bygone days of homemade tools, horseshoes, and signature pokers. Full story>




BU licenseIn the spotlight

Take your Braves spirit on the road! 

Purchase a BU license plate and display Bradley pride everywhere you travel.  A portion of the fee lends financial assistance to BU students. Go>




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