From our readersPosted by admin on 11/16/12 • Categorized as Fall/Winter 2012
First Issues-Oriented Seminar
It was a joy to read the reflections of students on the environmental education seminar to Sweden and Germany some 40 years ago (summer 2012 issue). The effects on awareness of environmental issues, understanding of international issues more generally, and even career choices are a testament to the importance of such cross-cultural experiences.
Tom Tisue’61 and I owe a debt of thanks to the chemistry and government departments and the adventuresome students who made this seminar possible. We owe an even greater debt to our domestic partners, who not only had to deal with life in Stockholm in the dead of winter, but who did so while caring for very young children, leaving us largely free to concentrate on the workings of the seminar.
As the article shows, the students made the most of the learning opportunities the seminar provided. We certainly learned at least as much as they did. We also remain grateful to Paul Frelick, who, as the administrator in charge of overseas study at the time, supported the idea of an issues-oriented overseas seminar, the first of its kind at Beloit College. The article brought back many fond memories of our years at the college.
Former Beloit College professors Chris Wheeler, Englewood, Colo., and Tom Tisue’61, Whitehall, Mich.
The photo on page 17 of the summer issue, taken during the Germany-Sweden seminar in 1972, took me by surprise. I recognized it immediately, as it portrays a familiar restaurant in Lund, Sweden, which has been my hometown since 1976. I received my Ph.D. in archaeology at Lund University in 1983 and have been employed at that university since then. Although I did not participate in the German-Sweden seminar, I have fond memories of the seminar in Costa Rica in 1970. I learned to speak Spanish fluently, but now of course Swedish is my primary second language.
Debbie Seitzer Olausson’73 of Lund, Sweden
Beloiters in the NFL
I was reading the latest issue of Beloit College Magazine and came across the item about Derek Carrier’12 signing with the Oakland Raiders.
I just learned of another Beloiter in the NFL: Our family just returned from a vacation to Wisconsin, which included a visit to the Packer Hall of Fame. One of the plaques showed Bernard Darling’28, Beloit College. More information is at http://www.packershalloffame.com/.
Bill’92 and Heidi Kreisher Richmond’91 of Greenwood, Ind.
Congratulations on another fine Beloit College Magazine made from recycled material. In the article about Derek Carrier’12 heading to the NFL, I missed seeing the name of Bob Starks who played for the Bears in the late ’60s. Perhaps he didn’t graduate from Beloit but nevertheless was another fine athlete with Beloit roots who made it to the NFL.
Keep up the good work to keep us informed and proud of Beloit College.
Michael P. Wolfe’65 of Haymarket, Va.
Editor’s note: A number of calls and letters came in as a result of our story about Derek Carrier’12, mainly to point out Beloiters who also went to the NFL. Randy Breedlove’76 called to let us know that his Buccaneer teammate and Sigma Chi brother Douglas Young’76 played defense for the Green Bay Packers, for instance. According to Pro-Football Reference.com, nine Beloiters have been active on professional football rosters, but they only list players from the 1920s and 1930s. Bernard “Boob” Darling’28 was notable, playing for the Green Bay Packers from 1927-31, after which he joined the team’s management. According to the Packers Hall of Fame website, Darling served on the Packers’ executive board, where he was the first to interview Vince Lombardi for the job of head coach.
While I’m very glad Beloit is poised to enter the world of intercollegiate lacrosse, it’s definitely not the first lacrosse team the college has fielded. J. Michael Smiles’82 and a few like-minded New England Beloiters took a wonderful mix of experienced scorers, off-season football players, and guys off the street like me and press-ganged us into a team in 1980. Obviously I can’t claim it was memorable—we lost more than we won (a lot more), we got in trouble (for informally calling ourselves the Turtles, something the AD wasn’t very fond of) and we got injured a lot. Our team motto was, “I’m not gonna cry … whimper, whimper.” But we were athletic in our way, and by the end of the first season we were surprising ourselves by making a game of it against teams with much longer histories than ours. Still, I seem to recall the coach we hired trying to return our money.
That was 30 years ago, and I can’t remember many details for a lot of reasons, including, but not limited to, advancing age, lacrosse-induced brain trauma, the cheap Leinenkugels of the era, and willful repression of painful memories. I think the team lasted just one more year. But we were definitely “intercollegiate,” playing many of the same colleges and universities Beloit always does, as well as club teams from the Chicago region. For some of us it was as close as we ever got to college athletic glory, losing or not. My stick is proudly nailed to the garage wall and just as useless now as it was then. We may not have earned any great legacy in Beloit athletics, but we earned each other’s respect along the way—nerd and jock and farm boy alike—and that was worth all the letter jackets in the world.
Here’s hoping that the new teams (both women and men) are remembered as the first WINNING Beloit lacrosse teams. And I sure hope they have better team mottos.
Ralph P. Harvey’82 of Cleveland, Ohio
My involvement as a founder of the Beloit lacrosse program began with receiving funding from student government to support the purchase of lacrosse goals, uniforms, and permission from the administration to use the Beloit College property. It was through the Beloit College Lacrosse Club that the administration established a club sports program. One of the goals was to involve more students in intercollegiate sports, particularly one where a team of 30 people could enjoy participation versus sports like baseball in the spring that fielded a much smaller group of actual game participants.
The administration provided permission given our organization had an insurance policy to cover liability. We benefited from Trey Otto, a college athletic trainer, involved with scheduling other teams throughout the Midwest. We competed against the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Windy Cities Lacrosse Club, the Ripon College lacrosse team, and teams from South Dakota and the University of Illinois.
I was later asked to participate in an all-Midwest lacrosse team that flew to compete at a tournament in Vail, Colo.
I was a starting mid-fielder and although the all-Midwest team lost to the Air Force Academy, we did reasonably well, finishing fourth of eight teams.
That being said, we were definitely an intercollegiate sport representing Beloit College. If the college had failed to allow permission to use the fields, we would have become a town club, which the administration did not wish to allow.
As a club sport, women were invited to participate. Ellen McGrath’84 was a player among the men, and we also included an orthopedic surgeon from Beloit Memorial Hospital—a Johns Hopkins grad who played with a wooden stick and horned-rim glasses and loved every minute of being a 40- to 50-year-old playing with others in the community.
We represented the college well in hosting teams, meeting deadlines for scheduling, arriving prepared and uniformed with yellow jerseys and blue lettering, and depicting a turtle on the jersey…. although our name as I recall was simply “Beloit Lacrosse” on the jersey.
We hired a coach when I graduated to try to assure the team continued as an organized club, but I am unsure of when the club could no longer field a team.
J. Michael Smiles’82 of Noank, Conn.