University of Illinois as Jean-Ralphio
Both are broke, but they still manage to have a good time anyways. Got off on a technicalllllityyy!
Indiana University as Leslie Knope
Leslie devotes her entire existence to the town of Pawnee. Which is in Indiana. Soooo.
University of Iowa as Ann Perkins
Neither stand out, but both are classically midwestern and always around.
University of Michigan as Ron Swanson
Just as many see Ron Swanson as the face of the Pawnee Parks Department, many consider Michigan to be a staple force in the Big Ten. Both maintain strong traditions, but tend to dwell on past accomplishments while coasting through the present. We can all admit that sometimes we feel a bit emasculated compared to these entities.
Michigan State University as Joan Callamezzo
Both are hot messes that are constantly shitfaced. Having a show on a community television station is a big deal for both of them.
University of Minnesota as April Ludgate
Everyone knows them, but they are still so mysterious. (What goes on over there in Minnesota?)
University of Nebraska as Marcia Langman
Marcia Langman would be a huge proponent of Nebraska’s anti-drinking policies, as she is often a proponent of anti-anything.
Northwestern University as Ben Wyatt
Like Ben, Northwestern thrives on nerd culture (Game of Thrones fans, raise your hands), overachieves and fails to get respect from lesser institutions despite being intelligent.
Ohio State University as Jerry
NOBODY LIKES YOU JERRY.
Penn State University as Andy Dwyer
Both make up for their lack of education with free spirits and rowdy fun.
Purdue University as Mark Brendanawicz
Forgot about him? Like Brendanawicz, Purdue is bland and forgettable.
University of Wisconsin as Tom Haverford
Tom’s boyishness and naivety would make him feel right at home at Wisconsin. However, no one can deny that both know how to throw down.
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