Even though Northwestern University has a great journalism program, not too many of its graduates imagine being honored at halftime of a Wildcats football game. Well, one of its graduates has made good in a big way, and not as a journalist — sorry, Darren Rovell — but as a sci-fi and fantasy author. Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, patron saint of thousands of nerds worldwide, will be celebrated at the premier jock event on a college campus, at Ryan Field on Saturday. What a time to be alive.
Before he walks onto Ryan Field in the middle of the Northwestern-Penn State game, Martin’s scheduled to receive the Medill Hall of Achievement alumni award on Wednesday, which is probably an award they give to alumni when they get famous enough. To round out the pageantry — and this is the part to really get excited about — Northwestern’s pep band is scheduled to perform a medley of music from the Game of Thrones TV show, which will presumably be accompanied by a formation of some sort. In a perfect world, it would include all the violence and sexual content we’ve come to expect from properties associated with Martin, but more realistically the band will probably make shapes of castles and swords and such. It still should be pretty cool.
(Via Chicago Tribune)