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Boxer: A Brief History

Posted on September 6th, 2007 after 2480 miles by Dean Croshere.

So my Alma Mater, Pacific University, has this mascot. A 50 some odd pound metal dragon dog thing. I am bringing it with me and photographing it everywhere I go.

We call it Boxer.

I kind of wish we didn't, as that is rather ignorant. See, the original Boxer was made 500 years ago in China. It was a symbol of good fortune to the family of druggists that owned it, the luck of the dog reflected on the luck of the family.

The family ran low on money and sold it to an alumni of the university who donated it to Pacific. The students of pacific then stole it from the school and began a long tradition.

The students named it Boxer, after then ongoing rebellion in China, occurring centuries after the animal was created. They also began to get into huge brawls over the animal, often ripping off legs or the head. I'm sure that does wonders for the luck of the family who sold him.

The original animal was stolen by the black student union in 1969 during a fight to take him, except contrary to tradition, the union never returned the original animal. The one we have now is a bigger, heavier, recast of the original.

In any case, spirit for the animal has been at an all time low at Pacific and my Fraternity, Gamma Sigma, recently managed to gain possession of him. I'm bringing him along and photographing him where ever I go in the old tradition of Boxer.

Here is one of the most famous Boxer pictures. The Alpha Zeta fraternity, Boxer, and presidential candidate Richard Nixon:


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