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Bringing Beloit to the South Pole

January 24, 2011 at 5:00 pm

True, even we hardy Beloiters had reason to complain about the weather in Wisconsin last week, as subzero winds whipped across campus. A few days below freezing is nothing, however, compared to the frigid temps Beloit College Geology Technician Stephen Ballou has been facing since November as he works at the South Pole in Antarctica, where January’s average high temperature is -14 degrees Fahrenheit.

Ballou brought a little bit of Beloit with him to the Antarctic, as evidenced below; he is holding a Beloit pennant over the geographic South Pole. He was on the continent to work on a National Science Foundation program aimed at discovering meteorites. The program is administered by an alumnus, Ralph Harvey’83.

ballou at south pole 

“I thought you might enjoy the attached photo documenting the range of influence exerted by Beloit College,” wrote Ballou in an email to the Beloit College Geology Department. Ballou is expected to return to campus in March.