This was a big week at the Daily Triangle as we officially made our way back to Durham/Chapel Hill, along with 30,000 other students that started class at Duke and UNC in the past seven days.
Duke hosted a welcome back event for students and alumni tonight, which afforded me the opportunity to take a picture with probably the most recognizable non-athlete on campus. Not President Brodhead, the provost or any student leader, but Crazy Towel Guy, the man who stands up and waves a towel over his head during basketball games at Cameron (here’s a video).
This always gets the crowd fired up, though I guess you really have to be there for this to make any sense. He even signs towels and sells them for charity, raising tens of thousands of dollars. And his popularity is such that he did not find it the least bit odd to be posing for pictures (in fact, he immediately slung his towel onto his shoulder for this one, leading me to believe he carries a towel at all times for this very purpose).
I’m sure every campus has a celebrity that is known to everyone at the school and absolutely no one else (UNC’s equivalent is the Pit Preacher). Of course at Duke it would be the biggest basketball fan, while at UNC it would be an actual crazy person.