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Second Annual Giving Day a Great Success

The Beloit College community is generous and showed its heart and soul during its second annual Giving Day on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. In just 24 hours, the college raised over $65,000 from more than 450 supporters.

Not only did the gifts far surpass the original goal of $25,000, the event also raised $25,000 more than last year. Beloit is touched by the fantastic response received from supporters and is grateful to be backed by such a strong foundation of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends. These gifts help make ‪#‎BeloitPossible for the next generation of Turtles, Bucs, and Beloiters.

The unconditional support, enthusiastically offered by our alumni, parents, and friends is a tribute to the character of our community, and the value that we all collectively recognize in the mission we seek to advance. We at Beloit are privileged to have a community so willing to invest in the future of our great institution, and our students. For this, we are grateful,” said Mark Wold’95, Senior Director of Alumni & Parent Relations and Annual Support.

Thank you to all who supported Beloit College’s second annual Giving Day. As College President Scott Bierman often says, it’s “turtles all the way down.”


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MUSEUM MONDAYS: Lacrosse documentarian speaks tonight

November 7, 2010 at 4:43 pm

 

In connection with tonight's presentation by Patty Loew, "Sacred Stick: The Indigenous Origins of Lacrosse" (7 p.m., Richardson Auditorium) Logan Museum of Anthropology director Bill Green offered the following about the game of lacrosse and its representation in the Logan.

The game of lacrosse originated among Native Americans and was picked up by non-Indians in the mid-19th century. Across eastern and central North America, lacrosse and related games were--and are--played outdoors and indoors, by small teams as well as huge groups. It's a sport, but more than that, too. As former Smithsonian anthropologist Thomas Vennum has written: 

"Apart from its recreational function, lacrosse traditionally played a more serious role in Indian culture. Its origins are rooted in legend, and the game continues to be used for curative purposes and surrounded with ceremony. Game equipment and players are still ritually prepared by conjurers, and team selection and victory are often considered supernaturally controlled. In the past, lacrosse also served to vent aggression, and territorial disputes between tribes were sometimes settled with a game, although not always amicably.

A Creek versus Choctaw game around 1790 to determine rights over a beaver pond broke out into a violent battle when the Creeks were declared winners. Still, while the majority of the games ended peaceably, much of the ceremonialism surrounding their preparations and the rituals required of the players were identical to those practiced before departing on the warpath."  (T. Vennum, American Indian Lacrosse: The Little Brother of War, Smithsonian, 1994; see also http://www.uslacrosse.org/TopNav/MuseumHallofFame/History.aspx)

See and hear Mr. Vennum discuss the game and its traditions at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBgmriMS7v8.

The Logan Museum of Anthropology has three Native American lacrosse sticks in its collection. The museum acquired the two shown here (catalogue numbers 50.1 and 50.2) in 1928 from Oliver LaMere in Madison, Wisconsin. Mr. LaMere (1879-1930) was a well known Ho-chunk leader, educator, and writer. Note the mesh used to carry and throw the ball, which was usually made of wood.

For a preview of Patty Loew's new documentary on lacrosse, see the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQim9MSBF_U

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