The first-ever "Beaver Madness" — hosted by the MIT men's and women's basketball teams — brought a packed, pep-rally atmosphere to Rockwell Cage on Friday, Oct. 15. Organized by the teams' official student fan group, the event gave spectators an inside look at the 2010-2011 teams, and included a scrimmage by each team, skits and contests.
“We wanted to showcase all the exciting stuff going on in MIT athletics and make everyone a part of it,” said senior Kristen Whaley, captain of the women’s basketball team.
In addition to the athletic offerings, Beaver Madness included performances by the a cappella group, MIT Logarhythms, and the MIT dance group, Ridonkulous.
The first basketball practice of the season is traditionally held in mid-October, the first day the NCAA officially allows basketball practice to start. In an effort to make the night more than just a practice session, Beaver Madness was designed to allow the whole community to participate.
“We wanted to play a small role — in a big way — to help build the kind of community that we all dream of,” said Larry Anderson, men’s basketball head coach and associate professor.
The men’s basketball team will kick-off their season in Rockwell Cage on Nov. 16, against Emmanuel College at 7 p.m. The women’s home opener comes one week later, Nov. 23, against Pine Manor at 6 p.m.