Sassy's Bio

How goes it, Illini and friends? I’m Sassy, short for Sassafras, and I’m Illinois’ biggest fan!

As a descendant of the original squirrels introduced to campus back in 1901, I’ve called Champaign-Urbana home my whole life. I know every nook and cranny of Campustown, from the top of the Altgeld Bell Tower to the steam tunnels running below the Quad. I'd like to think I'm the most well-known furry face around here, but don't confuse me for a mascot or anything. I'm not lucky; I'm just me!

Most days I prefer climbing trees (the best views of campus don’t come from the ground, you know), but you might spot me scampering about when potential and new students drop by to check out all Illinois has to offer. I love welcoming people to my home, so don’t be afraid to say hi. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t bite—but I do heart pictures!

I also heart Illinois. Why, you ask? Well, there’s the whole something’s always happening here bit. And then there’s the food. Most of my friends are old-fashioned, preferring fallen acorns and stolen Pop-Tarts, but I’m more of a Cracked Food Truck and Cookie Jar kind of girl.

Probably the biggest reason, though, is the way Illinois makes you more you-ier, if you know what I mean. And if you don’t, I think it’s time you find out. How? By reading my blog, of course!

Squirreling out,