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Joel T. Santisteban ’14 soars above the net in the student dunking contest during the 1st annual Beaver Madness rally on Friday, which marked the official start of the basketball season. The men’s team is ranked 18th in the D-III News preseason poll, after finishing last season with a 22-5 record.
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Hundreds of students packed the bleachers of Rockwell Cage Friday night for Beaver Madness, a pep rally for the men’s and women’s varsity basketball teams, whose seasons kick off this November. The event featured performances from Logarhythms and Ridonkulous, short scrimmages, as well as various skits and performances in between.

These performances included everything from a basketball knockout tournament, to a skit featuring a dating game in which guys dressed up and portrayed students from Cal Tech, Harvard, and MIT. As expected, the Cal Tech student wore large glasses and clearly had no social skills, the Harvard student was a snobby jerk with nothing interesting to say, and the MIT student was intelligent, outgoing, and the manliest of men. Needless to say, the MIT guy was chosen for the date.

The shooting competition between faculty, administrators, athletes, and coaches included appearances by Peter Dourmashkin and assistant professors Narendra Maheshri and Peter Reddien. The evening also included a performance by MIT’s Cheerleading team.

Overall, students were having a great time, while showing their support for the basketball teams, both of which hope to do even better than last season, including the men, who reached the first round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament last season.

Both teams will begin official practice soon, and will both have their first games on November 16, with the men taking on Emmanuel College here at Rockwell Cage, and the women traveling to nearby Wentworth Institute of Technology. Make sure to support both teams as the men look for another spot in the NCAA Division III Tournament, and the women fight to improve on last season’s record.