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Irish Whips And German Suplexes: Professional Wrestling And The American Immigrant And Minority Experience, Colin Rush Walker Dec 2018

Irish Whips And German Suplexes: Professional Wrestling And The American Immigrant And Minority Experience, Colin Rush Walker

Theses and Dissertations

Trends within sports and popular entertainment have long been regarded as great indicators of larger transitions in the social, political, and economic landscape of the United States. Repeatedly mined and often used for context, sports have become intrinsically linked to the broader discussions of people, their beliefs, ideals, and actions occurring in the historiography of American culture. However, one sport has regularly been passed over in these examinations. I argue that the modern day entertainment monolith of professional wrestling serves as one of the most important indicators of socioeconomic change in the history of the U.S., and that it ...


Guest Editors' Introduction To The Special Issue, Diversity In Aquatics, Angela K. Beale-Tawfeeq, Steven N. Waller Ph.D., Austin Anderson Aug 2018

Guest Editors' Introduction To The Special Issue, Diversity In Aquatics, Angela K. Beale-Tawfeeq, Steven N. Waller Ph.D., Austin Anderson

International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education

This is the introductory editorial leading off the special issue, "Diversity in Aquatics."


Baseball In Japanese American Internment Camps, Sarah Hayden Apr 2018

Baseball In Japanese American Internment Camps, Sarah Hayden

Carroll College Student Undergraduate Research Festival

My research examines the lasting effect of baseball played by Japanese internees in the internment camps during World War II. During their internment, many Japanese men, women, and children played baseball not only to pass the time, but also to send an important message to free Americans: they were just as American as anyone else. In this paper, I argue that although it does not appear that this effort immediately affected American perception of the Japanese, it did have a lasting effect. Despite the racism that Asian-Americans still feel today, the effect is present in the scholarship as well as ...


Female Cyclists: Two Essays From The 1869 Hancock Jeffersonian, Paige Zenovic Jan 2018

Female Cyclists: Two Essays From The 1869 Hancock Jeffersonian, Paige Zenovic

Nineteenth-Century Ohio Literature

Paige Zenovic introduces and explains two nineteenth-century essays from the Findley, Ohio Hancock Jeffersonian on the subject of women riding bicycles from the time when they were first being introduced to Ohio.


Creating A Female Athlete: The Power Of Societal Reimaging And Advertising In The All American Girls Professional Baseball League, Kaitlyn M. Haines Jan 2017

Creating A Female Athlete: The Power Of Societal Reimaging And Advertising In The All American Girls Professional Baseball League, Kaitlyn M. Haines

Theses, Dissertations and Capstones

The All American Girls Professional Baseball League introduced an acceptable form of female sport to the United States during World War II. The All American Girls Professional Baseball League’s feminine image and high standards of the league provided a new quality team sport that the ever popular softball diamonds of industrial recreation had failed to reach. One of the reasons for their success was the attention to detail in the visual representation of the baseball league. Appearing in a time of heightened advertising and branding, a visual representation of the League was created to fit within the societal norms ...


Men Who Coach Women, Shannel Blackshear May 2016

Men Who Coach Women, Shannel Blackshear

Theses and Dissertations

Although Title IX helped to shape athletics in educational settings, the legislation also transformed the world of coaching. Due to the growing demand for competitive female athletics at the collegiate level, the need for qualified individuals to coach women’s sports continues to grow. As colleges and universities continue to create women’s athletic opportunities, coaching collegiate female teams has become equally competitive to coaching male athletes in terms of pay, benefits, compensation packages, and national attention (Welch & Sigelman, 2007). Despite the fact that 57% (Pilon, 2015), of female collegiate athletic teams are coached by male coaches, there is a ...


How The University Of Arkansas’ Change In Conference Affiliation Set Off Realignment In Intercollegiate Athletics, Matthew Jones May 2016

How The University Of Arkansas’ Change In Conference Affiliation Set Off Realignment In Intercollegiate Athletics, Matthew Jones

Theses and Dissertations

The era of realignment within the conferences that make up the largest football-playing division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association can be traced to one event.

In the 1984 Supreme Court case NCAA v. Board of Regents, the court ruled the NCAA had violated antitrust laws by not allowing individual colleges to negotiate their own TV contracts for football games. The decision nulled and voided existing TV contracts with the NCAA, allowing a free market for colleges. Many programs partnered with the College Football Association to negotiate TV contracts in the 1980s and early ‘90s.

Five years after the Supreme ...


Playing For The People: Labor Sport Union Athletic Clubs In The Lake Superior/Iron Range 1927-1936, Gabe Logan Jan 2016

Playing For The People: Labor Sport Union Athletic Clubs In The Lake Superior/Iron Range 1927-1936, Gabe Logan

Upper Country: A Journal of the Lake Superior Region

From 1927-1935 the United States Communist Party developed and implemented the Labor Sport Union (LSU). This athletic experiment encouraged workers to abandon paternalistic company teams, theologically inspired gyms such as the YMCA and YWCA, and withdraw their support from school sponsored athletics. Instead, workers would join the LSU, a worker controlled sporting fraternity. The LSU enjoyed support in the metropolitan centers of the Northeast and Midwest. However, it was also enthusiastically received in the rural mining and farming regions of Lake Superior. This work recounts the history of the LSU in general and its specific development in upper Michigan, northern ...


The Power Of The Tower: Contesting History At Bear Lodge/Devils Tower National Monument, Anna Marie Kramer Jan 2016

The Power Of The Tower: Contesting History At Bear Lodge/Devils Tower National Monument, Anna Marie Kramer

Pomona Senior Theses

Bear Lodge/Devils Tower National Monument, a spectacular rock formation in northeastern Wyoming, has a multiplicity of meanings, not all of which were fully acknowledged until the 1990s. It is widely known as a geologic wonder, the first national monument, a marker of local and pioneer heritage, and a premier rock climbing area. In the 1980s and ‘90s, however, the National Park Service began to acknowledge that the Tower also holds cultural and historical meaning for the Northern Plains tribes, dating back long before the colonization of the American West. Some of the tribes expressed to the Park Service that ...


Lgbtq Sport And Leisure, Katherine Schweighofer Jan 2016

Lgbtq Sport And Leisure, Katherine Schweighofer

Faculty and Staff Publications By Year

The history and ongoing engagement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Americans in sport and leisure cultures is varied and diverse, and often reflects the ebbs and flows of openness to gender and sexual diversity in mainstream culture. Though interrelated and shaped by similar cultural forces, institutional sports (professional and semiprofessional leagues, school-based athletics, and community sports programs) and leisure have very different places in LGBTQ life. LGBTQ athletes and sport participants frequently sought a place in mainstream athletic cultures, and occasionally created their own. Particularly in professional and top-level sports, LGBTQ athletes have struggled with being publicly ...


More Than A Game: The Legacy Of Black Baseball, Tara Moriarty Sep 2015

More Than A Game: The Legacy Of Black Baseball, Tara Moriarty

Kaleidoscope

Out of a segregated and persecuted black society, the Negro Leagues arose to provide a form of business, entertainment, and charity. The leagues served as a form of uplift within the race and as a tool to bring blacks together within their communities. In 1945, with the signing of Jackie Robinson to Montreal, baseball became a vehicle for integration. While Robinson broke the color line in professional baseball, he simultaneously broke the Negro Leagues. Black fans abandoned black baseball and turned to the Major Leagues to watch Robinson. Although the integration of baseball was the first major victory for integration ...


Outside The Lines Of Gilded Age Baseball: Profits, Beer, And The Origins Of The Brotherhood War, Robert Allan Bauer Jul 2015

Outside The Lines Of Gilded Age Baseball: Profits, Beer, And The Origins Of The Brotherhood War, Robert Allan Bauer

Theses and Dissertations

In 1890, members of the Brotherhood of Professional Base Ball Players elected to secede from the National League and form their own organization, which they called the Players League. The players objected to several business practices of the National League, including aspects of the reserve clause in player contracts, the Brush Classification Plan to control their salaries, the buying and selling of players, and fines for various infractions. This dissertation explains how these events combined to produce the revolt by the players at the conclusion of the 1889 season. It also examines various other important aspects of 1880s baseball, including ...


You Throw Like A Girl, Alison Dees Apr 2015

You Throw Like A Girl, Alison Dees

Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference

No abstract provided.


An Ernie Banks Season, Steven Gimbel Mar 2014

An Ernie Banks Season, Steven Gimbel

Philosophy Faculty Publications

The dawn of the baseball season is an existential moment. For big market teams with owners willing to pay for marquee players, and general managers who build playoff-bound teams, it is a time of great anticipation.

It's also a time of hope, albeit dim, for those die-hard fans of teams who are off the playoff pace by double digits year in and year out. Their cautious optimism is one that illuminates the human condition. [excerpt]


Cycling Historiography, Evidence, And Methods, Lorenz J. Finison Jan 2014

Cycling Historiography, Evidence, And Methods, Lorenz J. Finison

Boston’s Cycling Craze, 1880-1900: A Story of Race, Sport, and Society

My purpose in Boston’s Cycling Craze, 1880-1900, was to unearth a largely hidden social cycling history from the point of view of the ordinary, not the famous. While there were many Boston connections to racing champions like Major Taylor, Eddie McDuffee, and Nat Butler, and there are abundant sources of evidence about them, the research was not just about them, nor just about bicycle racing, nor just about unique or fast bikes. I wanted to write about what bicycling meant to ordinary citizens of Boston and its surrounding towns— and to write about the worsening social climate of the ...


Culture And The Sweet 16 Boys Basketball Tournament, James Corey Sayre Jan 2014

Culture And The Sweet 16 Boys Basketball Tournament, James Corey Sayre

Online Theses and Dissertations

This is a cultural look at the importance of the Kentucky Boys Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament.


"The Struggle For The Supremacy Of The Coast": Baseball And Identity In Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Christopher G.F. Hoffman Jan 2014

"The Struggle For The Supremacy Of The Coast": Baseball And Identity In Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Christopher G.F. Hoffman

All Theses & Dissertations

During the summer months of the first decade of the twentieth century, the Boothbay Harbor region was invigorated with baseball fever. By 1900, Americans had come to understand baseball as its national game, and Boothbay Harbor discovered and nourished the game in the final decades of the nineteenth century. But as the twentieth century began, baseball became more than a game: it was a business, a spectacle, and an opportunity for inhabitants of the region to define themselves based upon the team they supported.


Ua12/2/2 2014 Talisman, Part I, Western Kentucky University Jan 2014

Ua12/2/2 2014 Talisman, Part I, Western Kentucky University

WKU Archives Records

2014 Talisman yearbook.


Moxley, Frank Otha, 1908-2004 (Sc 950), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2013

Moxley, Frank Otha, 1908-2004 (Sc 950), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

MSS Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 950. Letter written by Bowling Green High Street basketball coach Frank Otha Moxley to his basketball players as they prepared for their participation in the state basketball tournament where they could become the first black team to win the state championship.


Interview Of Helen Gidjunis, Helen Gidjunis, Paula Gidjunis Apr 2013

Interview Of Helen Gidjunis, Helen Gidjunis, Paula Gidjunis

All Oral Histories

Interview topic: Mrs. Helen Gidjunis is a life-long resident of Philadelphia. The majority of her life she spent growing up in the shadow of La Salle College – now University. She moved to Uber Street in 1934, while La Salle’s groundbreaking occurred on February 29, 1928 at its fourth and current location at 20th Street and Olney Avenue. She has observed the neighborhood change for seventy-nine years. When she married in 1949, she moved one street west to 20th Street. She has been her block captain for many years and still retains that position and as such has ...


Interview Of Peter J. Finley, Ph.D., Peter J. Finley Ph.D., Meghan Bassett Apr 2013

Interview Of Peter J. Finley, Ph.D., Peter J. Finley Ph.D., Meghan Bassett

All Oral Histories

Peter J. Finley Sr. was born an only child to parents John J. Finley and Margaret Francis Dunn in 1931, in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He grew up in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. Peter attended St. Francis Xavier School for grade school, La Salle Prep School afterwards—located at 1240 North Broad Street at the time—and La Salle College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 1953. Peter’s connection to La Salle began early in his childhood; his father, John J. Finley, was in the College’s graduating class of 1924. Peter earned a master ...


Bolick, Molly (Fa 579), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Aug 2012

Bolick, Molly (Fa 579), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 579. Illustrated paper by Molly Bolick titled “Embodied Art: Identity, Adornment, and Style in Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby.” Analysis of the artistic process of choosing a derby name and the assemblage of dress elements and adornment in the context of the body as a canvas. This project was submitted for the 2011Folklife Archives Award competition at Western Kentucky University.


Lacrosse: A Rich History Hindered By Racist Attitudes In The United States, Matthew Livingston Jun 2012

Lacrosse: A Rich History Hindered By Racist Attitudes In The United States, Matthew Livingston

Honors Theses

This thesis examines how Lacrosse’s history and popularity has demonstrated a direct correlation with the ethnicity of the people who compose the majority constituency of the game. While Lacrosse began as a sport played almost exclusively by Native Americans, it now is mostly associated with middle to upper class white Americans. Furthermore, Lacrosse was not played by many people until the past twenty years when participates have consisted of mostly white Americans. This study relies on a multitude of sources ranging from scholarly books, to an interview with a National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Inductee, to articles located on ...


Wku Library Special Collections & Kentucky Museum Research Strategies, Suellyn Lathrop Jan 2011

Wku Library Special Collections & Kentucky Museum Research Strategies, Suellyn Lathrop

Suellyn Lathrop

Research strategies developed for use in the WKU Library Special Collections and Kentucky Museum. Revised June 2016.


Lamar Hunt, John A. Drobnicki Jan 2010

Lamar Hunt, John A. Drobnicki

Publications and Research

Lamar Hunt was a founder of the American Football League, the owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, and a sports promoter who was inducted into three professional sports halls of fame.


Interview Of Robert S. Lyons, Jr., Robert S. Lyons Jr., Christina Becker Jul 2009

Interview Of Robert S. Lyons, Jr., Robert S. Lyons Jr., Christina Becker

All Oral Histories

Robert S. Lyons, Jr. (1939-2013) graduated from La Salle College in 1961. The following is his obituary from McGhee Funeral Home:

"Robert S. Lyons, Jr., of Upper Southampton, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013. He was 73. Born June 29, 1939, in Philadelphia, PA, Bob was the son of the late Robert and Catharine Lyons. Bob is survived by his; beloved wife Joan M. Lyons (nee Lang); children, Joanne Jenkins (Ken), Robert P., M.D. (Renee), Richard (Leanne), David (Julie), and Gregory. He will also be missed by his 11 grandchildren. Bob Lyons, the author of Palestra Pandemonium: A History of ...


The Rise Of Sportsmanship: The Legal Incorporation Of The Hunting Ethic Into Montana Hunting Regulations Between 1889 And 1941, Leonard Thurmond Apr 2009

The Rise Of Sportsmanship: The Legal Incorporation Of The Hunting Ethic Into Montana Hunting Regulations Between 1889 And 1941, Leonard Thurmond

History Undergraduate Theses

This thesis seeks to explore the history of hunting within the state of Montana. This thesis will recount the massive destruction of game that occurred within the nation during the 19th century and the rise of a sportsman’s ethic that sought to counteract such devastation. The thesis further examines how a sportsman’s ethic emphasizing self- restraint and fair chase has been incorporated into Montana’s Legal Code and how that process has demonstrated a correlation with the broader reforms of the Progressive Movement of the early twentieth century. I chose to use Montana as a case study for ...


Russellville Gun Club - Russellville, Kentucky (Sc 1788), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Oct 2008

Russellville Gun Club - Russellville, Kentucky (Sc 1788), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

MSS Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 1788. Ledger for the Russellville Gun Club containing the constitution and bylaws; membership list and list of honorary members; lists of scores, April-May 1886, April 27, 1887; and accounts Feb. 1886-June 1887. Also includes typescript of constitution and membership list.


Ua12/2/1 College Heights Herald, Vol. 84, No. 16, Wku Student Affairs Oct 2008

Ua12/2/1 College Heights Herald, Vol. 84, No. 16, Wku Student Affairs

WKU Archives Records

WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Articles in this issue:

  • Paul, Corey. Fights & Frenzy
  • Day, Michelle. Gunfire Unconfirmed, Investigation Continues
  • Hale, Marianne. Campus, Community Voice Concerns
  • Timeline of Events
  • Slitz, Alex. A Thousand Words – Charus Changchit
  • Howerton, Christina. Enrollment Increases 2.6 Percent
  • Howerton, Christina. Task Force Explores Ways to Make College Cost Less
  • Gadbois, Chris. Rudeness Isn’t an Issue with Shuttle Drivers
  • Bonneau-Kaya, Chrystal. Objectification of Women is Dehumanizing, Wrong
  • Schwab, Edmond. Learn the Background of the Financial Troubles
  • Bybee, Sarah. Please Slow Down and Watch Out for Pedestrians
  • Cawthorn, Shawna. Poor Football ...


Ua12/2/1 College Heights Herald, Vol. 83, No. 50, Wku Student Affairs Apr 2008

Ua12/2/1 College Heights Herald, Vol. 83, No. 50, Wku Student Affairs

WKU Archives Records

WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include:

  • A Thousand Words
  • Annie’s Outlook comic strip
  • Beyond the Hill
  • Classifieds
  • Crime Reports
  • Diversions
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Opinion
  • Sports

Articles in this issue:

  • Brown, Holly Packing Silent Heat
  • Day, Michelle. Regents to Finalize Cuts, Raise Tuition
  • Hale, Marianne. Parking Loses Three Bus Drivers, Updates Shuttle Schedule
  • Greer, Lindsey. A Thousand Words – Mazna Al-Marzooqi
  • Siders, Neil. Ruckus Bill Shelved Because of IT Concerns
  • Wilson, Laurel. City to Auction Surplus
  • Diehm, Jan & Susie Laun. New Editors Bring Fresh Ideas
  • Abston, Jason. Extra Money Going into Tank ...