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Beards and Snowflakes

January 13, 2011 at 4:05 pm
By Marlena Hartman-Filson

It's second week and classes are in full swing. The snow is snowing, the cold is colding, but most importantly frisbees are flying all around the Rec center. The 2011 Syzygy team is made, and we're doing as best we can to hone our skills on the tennis courts in preparation for four very exciting tournaments coming up in the next ten weeks. Next weekend we're driving down to Iowa to scrimmage University of Iowa, Iowa State and University of Wisconsin, three very strong teams from our region. Seventh weekend, we're flying out to San Diego and ninth weekend we're making the trek to California again to play in a tournament at Stanford. Spring break marks our yearly week of boot camp and tournament play in Texas (more fun than it sounds, I promise).

But Syzygy, we've decided, simply has to start getting creative with our fundraising techniques. Or, rather, Syzygy needs to start fundraising in general. The college is very supportive of Ultimate Frisbee and does its best to give us the fields and resources we need, but funding simply doesn't exist (as it does in Varsity programs) to send us to the elite tournaments we attend in California and Texas. And so we're more or less left to fend for ourselves financially.

The Annual GoP Beard Auction, which took place last weekend, made us Syzygy girls pause. If GoP can make a good amount of money by selling trimming rights to their hair and beards and CUT has no problem getting alumni to chip in at the Alumni Auction in the Spring, why can't Syzygy think of something we could instate as an annual fundraiser?

We're a little short on ideas at the moment, but we're still in the brainstorming phase. We're in no mood to cut off all our hair, nor do we want to burden our alumni with monetary requests. And so we're still thinking. We are all, we realized after months of delicious team potlucks, very good cooks. I wonder if we could do something around this - a Syzygy catering service around Northfield perhaps?

Anyway, the beard auction was a raging success, as always. Enjoy a few shots of some of the works of art from the evening!

Just the beginning:

GoP Beard Auction

 

Tada! A heart on his head (what a trooper).

GoP Beard Auction

 

Down for styling:

GoP Beard Auction

 

 The "earmuff" style is always a good idea:

GoP Beard Auction

 

Now seniors, these were, long long ago, freshman year roommates. Rumor has it their room number was translated into computer code and shaved into his beard. Sentimental? Touching? I'm not sure.

GoP Beard Auction

 

 

And of course, what's a January post without some wintery scenes. If you're from Florida, the words "negative four degrees" probably don't mean anything good to you. If you're from Minnesota, that number just means "hey, it could be a lot worse!"

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Until next week,

Marlena

Comments

  • January 17 2011 at 9:03 pm
    Hideki Matsui

    Yu mai heero!!

     --MatsuiSon

  • January 24 2011 at 1:26 am
    friend down under!

    so proud of TB! way to rock the beard auction again!

  • January 26 2011 at 11:12 am
    Mark Robinson

    Hi Marlena,

    I enjoy your blog!

    Regarding fundraising: As an ultimate dad, and Syzygy supporter, I would be happy to wear proudly any Syzygy stuff you might sell. Where can I find some?

     

  • January 31 2011 at 10:09 pm
    Marlena

    Hi Mark!

    Ultimate Dad + Syzygy supporter = great combination!

    We are finalizing this year's jersey design this week, so we will be accepting orders very soon. We hope to be selling jerseys (long/short sleeved and possibly also in kids sizes), shorts, and hats. Thanks for the idea - when we have everything finalized, I'll post the designs and prices in a blog!

    Thanks for the comment and suggestion!

    Marlena

  • February 3 2011 at 2:03 pm
    Nora

    Great pictures of the beard auction and the snow. Thanks for the virtual tour of Northfield's winter!

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