April 27, 2021

The Parkour Club

By Pam Miller Withers’78
and Arooj Hayat

Inspired by a group of parkour athletes in Yemen—who practice their gymnastics-like sport despite their war-torn surroundings—young-adult author Pam Withers joined forces with a mosque youth leader and parkour athlete. The result is the story of a Yemini refugee and parkour star trying to adapt to life in North America.

Also In This Issue

  • The Student Army Training Corps’ unit band poses in front of the World Affairs Center. As many as 1,400 student soldiers were in residence at Beloit when the worst of the pandemic hit campus in 1918.

    We’ve Been Here Before: the 1918 Pandemic

  • The serenity of Beloit’s campus in fall from the Sanger Center for the Sciences rooftop.

    Beloit is “a bright spot in challenging times”

  • The intrepid Mabel Lee (second row, far left) led Beloit’s early physical education program for women with intramural sports such as field hockey, basketball, even rifle shooting. She demanded space for women in athletic facilities, which men were accustomed to dominating, sometimes in the nude. She is shown with the 1923-24 Women’s Athletic Association.

    A Brief History of Women at Beloit


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