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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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Ancient warfare in the Science Center (pics)

February 19, 2013 at 8:24 pm

This semester, Visiting Assistant Professor Matthew Taylor’s class Ancient Warfare has, he explains, spent a significant amount of time exploring the topic of Greek hoplite warfare, a style of fighting that was somewhat unusual and unique to Greek armies of the 7th–4th centuries B.C. (and which was recently made popular by the 2006 film 300). The experiments below were based on similar endeavors designed by Professor John Lee of the University of California-Santa Barbara.

Says Taylor:

“It can be readily established that this mode of warfare was built around the phalanx—a rectangular formation of men each bearing the 3-foot hoplite shield and an 8-foot thrusting spear—but the precise arrangement of this formation and the tactics involved are still a matter of great debate in the scholarly world.


In order to make greater inroads into the question, the students constructed their own replica hoplite shields and for one class we practiced forming up into and moving as a phalanx. The students experimented with different spacings of ranks and files, marching in formation, and the massed pushing of shield against shield.


Throughout the exercise, they brought their curiosity and intuition to bear on the questions we had formed in the previous weeks, offering observations on the relative merits and difficulties of certain organizational choices within the phalanx, and sharing ideas about the practical and emotional realities that seemed like they may have been inherent to the phalanx.phalanx 3

The class culminated with the student phalanx attempting a running charge like that of the Athenians at the Battle of Marathon in 490 B.C.—with their unfortunate professor standing in for the Persian army!”

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Photos courtesy of Assistant Professor of Classics Lisl Walsh.