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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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Do Rocks Have Rights? McBride explores this idea in the Keefer lecture

April 22, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Upon waking each morning most people check their smartphones before their feet even hit the floor. Thus, smartphones are now defeating gravity as priority, theorizes Tom McBride.

“We are quite possibly in a major revolution,” says the English professor and Keefer Professor of the Humanities. “And this revolution is going to be as big if not bigger than the Industrial Revolution, as big if not bigger than the Darwinian Revolution, and as big if not bigger than the Copernican Revolution. We are really living through a fundamental shift in how we operate things.”

Tomorrow (Wednesday, April 24) McBride will reflect on these matters in his annual Keefer and Keefer lecture titled “Do Rocks Have Rights? In an Age of Information, They Just Might!” Free and open to the public, the lecture will be held at 8 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium, Morse-Ingersoll Hall.

The question McBride will propose to his audience is how a liberal arts college like Beloit is supposed to react to such a stupendous revolution. He will present six ideas to consider when pondering the liberal arts in an information age, including the theory of rocks having rights.

Citing philosopher Lynn Townsend White, who asked whether or not rocks have rights, McBride argues that an age of information may be calling for a new set of ethics.

If rocks do have rights, their rights must be based on their existence, not on their lives, since rocks do not have lives. Rocks exist in the infosphere, a place where McBride says information itself comes to constitute one big ecosystem.

Anything that exists is a carrier of information, he says, and it deserves our respect and attention as well as the right to have its information ferreted out with accuracy.

“Since we all benefit from being in an ecosphere...does that not in fact give us as beneficiaries certain obligations as guardians?” McBride asks. “And we’re all beneficiaries of information, so should that not in fact mean we have certain ethical obligations to be guardians of information?”