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Beaver Madness packs Rockwell Cage

Fans get an inside look at the 2010-2011 MIT varsity basketball teams.
The first-ever Beaver Madness gave fans an inside look at the 2010-2011 MIT varsity basketball teams.
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The first-ever Beaver Madness gave fans an inside look at the 2010-2011 MIT varsity basketball teams.
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Photo: Stephanie Keeler
Dean for Student Life Chris Colombo and his son, Michael, arrived early to get good seats for the event.
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Dean for Student Life Chris Colombo and his son, Michael, arrived early to get good seats for the event.
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Photo: Stephanie Keeler
The standing-room only event was packed with hundreds of Tech fans, eager to see the teams’ first showing.
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The standing-room only event was packed with hundreds of Tech fans, eager to see the teams’ first showing.
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Photo: Stephanie Keeler
The 2010-2011 women’s basketball team huddles before taking the court to warm-up.
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The 2010-2011 women’s basketball team huddles before taking the court to warm-up.
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Photo: Stephanie Keeler
The MIT cheerleaders helped motivate the crowd. One of their more popular cheers is leading the crowd in spelling out, including the spaces, “Massachusetts Institute of Technology.”
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The MIT cheerleaders helped motivate the crowd. One of their more popular cheers is leading the crowd in spelling out, including the spaces, “Massachusetts Institute of Technology.”
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Photo: Stephanie Keeler
Even mascots need hugs. A friendly student shows Tim the Beaver some love.
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Even mascots need hugs. A friendly student shows Tim the Beaver some love.
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Photo: Stephanie Keeler
The popular MIT a cappella group, the Logarhythms, performed two songs.
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The popular MIT a cappella group, the Logarhythms, performed two songs.
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Photo: Stephanie Keeler
The MIT student-run dance group, Ridonkulous, brought their “Ridonk” style to Rockwell Cage.
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The MIT student-run dance group, Ridonkulous, brought their “Ridonk” style to Rockwell Cage.
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Photo: Stephanie Keeler
Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach Erica Gunn, left, helps one of her players, sophomore basketball and soccer player Stephanie Cook, right, prepare for a different kind of contest. “The dating game” featured three male contestants — all MIT basketball players, with two posing as students from Caltech and Harvard — competing for a date with Cooke.
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Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach Erica Gunn, left, helps one of her players, sophomore basketball and soccer player Stephanie Cook, right, prepare for a different kind of contest. “The dating game” featured three male contestants — all MIT basketball players, with two posing as students from Caltech and Harvard — competing for a date with Cooke.
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Photo: Stephanie Keeler
Faculty, staff and students competed as part of the first-ever skills challenge. 7-foot Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Paul Grant, a former NBA player, was hard to compete with, but sophomore soccer player Emily Kuo was up to the challenge, winning the contest.
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Faculty, staff and students competed as part of the first-ever skills challenge. 7-foot Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Paul Grant, a former NBA player, was hard to compete with, but sophomore soccer player Emily Kuo was up to the challenge, winning the contest.
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Photo: Stephanie Keeler
A slam-dunk contest allowed anyone in the audience to participate.
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A slam-dunk contest allowed anyone in the audience to participate.
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Photo: Dawn Anderson

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.


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