League Celebrates Local College Rivalries

There’s nothing quite like attending a college football game when you’re playing your rivals! Most college rivalries have a long and rich history, and while we don’t claim any favorites as a company, you can bet some of our staff have some strong opinions when it comes to local schools.  Whose side are YOU on?

Lehigh University vs. Lafayette College

Located only seventeen miles apart, Lehigh University and Lafayette College are one of the nation’s oldest rivalries.  Known as “The Rivalry,” the Mountain Hawks and the Leopards have played one another a total of 152 times.  Lafayette leads the series with 78 wins, 69 losses and 5 ties. The game predates trophies, so instead, the winner keeps the game ball.

Shop League looks at the Lafayette College Store and the Lehigh University Bookstore.

University of Pennsylvania vs. Princeton University 

Our local Ivy League rivalry between the Princeton Tigers and the UPenn Quakers dates way back to 1876! One of the most balanced rivalries in college football, Princeton has won 31 and Penn has won 30 of the games played since the formation of the Ivy League in 1956.

Shop League looks at the Penn Bookstore and the Princeton University Store.

Penn State vs. Temple University

The Nittany Lions and the Temple Owls are fierce rivals since 1931. After dominating three of the first four meetings between the two, Penn State went on to hold Temple win-less from 1941 to 2015, when Temple broke their losing streak with a 27-10 win over the Lions.

Shop League looks at Lions Pride & Penn State Book Store, and the Temple Bookstore.

University of Delaware vs. Villanova University

The Wildcats and the Blue Hens have held their rivalry since 1895. They played annually from 1964–1980 with a hiatus 1980–1988. The Villanova Wildcats currently lead the “Battle of the Blue” 28 to 21 with 1 tie over UDel. The Battle of the Blue was the first game played at Talen Energy Stadium  in Chester, PA.

Shop League look at the Villanova University Bookstore and the UD Bookstore.

University of Pittsburgh vs. West Virginia University

Called “The Backyard Brawl,” this rivalry dates back to 1895 — and the 1921 game was the first college football game on the radio, (Pittsburgh won that day). While the West Virginia University Mountaineers currently are ahead in the last ten games, the Pittsburgh Panthers have won the most overall.

Shop League looks at The University Store and West Virginia University Bookstore.

Bloomsburg University vs. West Chester University

This is our most recent rivalry, only dating to 1941 — but it’s fierce! West Chester’s Golden Rams lead in all-time wins at 49 to 27, but this year the Bloomsburg Huskies pulled it out in the last two minutes of the game to win 20-19! What a game.

Shop League looks at the Bloomsburg University Store and WCU Campus Store.

Franklin & Marshall University vs. Dickinson College

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This rivalry dates back to the late 1880s when the two teams would use Conestoga Wagons to travel to visit each other — and still today when these two teams meet, the trophy is in the shape of the wagon! This year it was Franklin & Marshall gave Dickinson College quite the whopping with a shutout of 56  to 0.

Shop League looks at the Franklin & Marshall College Bookstore and the Dickinson College Bookstore.

League’s Picks: Best Movies About College

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We love college movies! From the hilarious to the inspiring, we’ve picked our top ten favorites. From the classically wild frat party, to the studious nerd in search of cool, to the people who fight through tough challenges to get their degree, we love them all!

So grab some popcorn during a study break and load up these favorites.

National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

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The classic college frat movie of the 70s follows the pledges of Delta House as their frat fights Dean Wormer for the right to stay on campus. Directed by John Landis
this film stars John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Peter Reigert, Karen Allen, and a young Kevin Bacon if you watch carefully.

Back to School (1986)

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Worried his son won’t attend college, a self-made millionaire who never had a formal education enrolls in college himself—and learns it’s more work than he thought. This goofy movie includes the famous quote, “And so, to all you graduates, as you go out into the world, my advice to you is … Don’t go! It’s rough out there! Stay in school!”

School Daze (1988)

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Spike Lee’s classic look at social and political life at a historically African-American college using a familiar story: a student lacking in cool seeks to pledge the most popular fraternity. Tackling subjects ranging from student activism to hazing to the tricky relationships people have in college, this is an excellent look at college experience.

Rudy (1993)

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This movie is all heart! It follows the story of Rudy, a determined young man who wants to play college football for Notre Dame. Despite being told he’s too small to play at the college level, Rudy persists. A great movie about perseverance and commitment, it will charm you.

Good Will Hunting (1997)

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Featuring one of Robin Williams’ best performances, this film which brought Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to prominence centers around a brilliant math student and the psychologist who helps him deal with the emotional trauma of his past. 

Legally Blonde (2001)

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After being dumped by her boyfriend as he heads off to law school, a fashion-obsessed sorority queen decides to go to pack up and attend Harvard Law to prove she’s nobody’s fool. Hilarious and insightful, this one’s a modern classic.

Drumline (2002)

A classic fish-out-of-water movie, this movie tells the story of a young Harlem street drummer getting recruited to play in the drum line of a college marching band at a southern university. This movie will get you on your feet cheering.

Old School (2003)

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In this hysterically funny movie, three old college buddies find themselves dissatisfied with adult life, so they attempt to recapture the glory of their college days by opening a fraternity on the campus of their alma mater. Featuring a breakout star turn by Will Ferrel.

The Social Network (2010)

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A fictionalized look at the birth of Facebook on Harvard’s campus in 2003, this riveting movie features an incredible script by Aaron Sorkin. A fascinating look at what has led to an incredible revolution in communication and community. 

Pitch Perfect (2012)

A comedy for music lovers, Pitch Perfect tells the story of the Bellas, an all-girl acapella college singing group, as they face off their male rivals.  Full of quirky characters and pitch perfect one-liners, this movie is a blast (and Pitch Perfect 2 isn’t bad either!).

What’s your favorite college movie?  Let us know!

League’s Starting Line Up, LCA Edition: Meet Romeo Hernandez

Romeo in his chef uniform.

League creates styles that go beyond looking good: they do good, and help make our employees lives better. We are committed to making a difference.

Today we introduce to you Romeo Hernandez, a chef at our League Central America facility. Romeo started with LCA in 2010. “I have been working for League for 7 years. I started after living in the US for 12 years.” 

Romeo hard at work.

When he returned to El Salvador, he was worried about landing a job.  “I started interviewing for different jobs,” he said. “But since I was only educated up to seventh grade, it was very difficult to find work.” Luckily, he reached out to LCA. “I received a call from League saying they wanted to interview me for an open position in the cafeteria. I went in for my interview and I was thrilled to hear about all the opportunities that League employees have, like access to education.”

Romeo in class.

Romeo didn’t hesitate to take advantage of the education. “Fast forward to today, and I am finishing my high school degree and will begin studying in university next year. I am so happy to be in a place that offers so much to their employees, because outside of League, those opportunities are very difficult to find.”

Romeo also had an unexpected benefit of working at League — he met his wife there! “League has changed my life in so many ways. Not only have I furthered my education, I also met my wife who works at League and we now have a son, a safe place to live, and we have a future full of hope and opportunities.”

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Of course we’re thrilled to have Romeo on the LCA team, but he’s grateful to League too. “This is all thanks to League. This is the new El Salvador for me, and anyone who wants to excel.”

Thanks for being part of LCA, Romeo!