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Boxer

Pacific University's mascot, "Boxer," was a bronze Chinese statue that had been donated to the University in the 1890s.  The Boxer spirit had been alive and well for several decades by the time Edith Hansen McGill arrived at Pacific University in 1926.  Many older students at the time worried that the underclassmen had lost their excitement for Boxer.  As documented in the Index, the Pacific University newspaper, the senior class brought Boxer out of hiding for a Senior Breakfast held at the faculty cabin.  They invited a select few underclassmen with the hopes of igniting the Boxer spirit once more.  There was a brief scuffle over Boxer when some underclassmen decided to try and steal him, but the seniors were able to once again walk away with him.  Thus, making the Senior Breakfast with Boxer a success, by inciting the desire to possess the Boxer.

Other photographs in her album depict another attempt a couple years later to drum up the Boxer spirit once again.  Several students participated in a photoshoot with Boxer, including Edith.  The group posed in a series of funny photographs with Boxer mascot.