UNI Grads in St. Louis Gearing Up for Game
By Claire Kellett, Anchor/Reporter
ST. LOUIS - Even President Obama is cheering for the Cinderella run of the UNI Panthers. Friday night, the Panthers will play Michigan State in the Sweet 16 in St. Louis.
Some Panther fans didn't have to travel far for the game. We tracked down some UNI grads here in St. Louis and visited them at work on Thursday. They say its about time people here know who the Panthers are.
Washington University in st. Louis boasts burgundy and green as its school colors. Understandably visitors to this building wonder why this desk is overwhelming is purple.
Washington U employee Sarah Littlechild is a proud 2007 UNI grad saying she has school spirit is an understatement.
"I have my UNI teddy bear and my purple and gold markers," said Littlechild.
And that's just the beginning, purple sticky notes, purple folders and purple hand sanitizer. Sarah says now it doesn't take so much purple for people to remember her school.
"Sunday I wore my UNI sweatshirt I got a lot of attention from people telling me congratulations, even KU fans," Littlechild said.
In a downtown St. Louis law firm, a 2002 UNI grad is experiencing the same attention.
"Everyone wants to know if I have UNI fans here and if I have tickets," said Josh Lens, UNI Graduate.
Josh bought his tickets online from a disappointed KU fan. He watches panther basketball games in good times and bad.
"I was there for some weak years, but my buddies and I always went," said Lens.
And this time, Josh doesn't have to travel to far, to see his Panther's play in the Sweet 16.
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