A Brief History of Boxer
Pacific's Boxer has a rich history at the school. Arriving in 1896, courtesy of Reverend J.E. Walker, a missionary to China and Pacific Alum, and Walker's mother, Pacific University received Boxer as a gift. Boxer was put on display at the front of the chapel, a place of great honor. In 1900, Richard Faulkner, class of 1902, swiped Boxer, claiming it was the mascot of his class. Boxer was returned, but the tradition of stealing Boxer had started.
In 1908 Boxer disappeared again, prompting the Weekly Index to print items about their beloved "College Spirit" icon, which they called "Boxer" - the first documented time the term was used. The name of "Boxer" stuck, as did the traditions of the Boxer "flash" and "toss."
When a sports team, sorority, fraternity, club or other group got a hold of Boxer, the tradition was to wait a few weeks and then "flash" him at a public setting. This showed everyone who had possession of Boxer and prompted a surge of spirit. After a few months, the organization would "toss" out Boxer to the students who would wrestle and fight over the statue until a new holder of Boxer emerged. Check out Boxer History (PDF) for more information.
The Boxer Toss
The Boxer Toss is the traditional way in which one group of students would pass on the Boxer to the next group. It consisted of up to 300 students struggling for physical possession of the Boxer. These could last for up to nine hours, which happened in 1929.
Boxer tosses could be dangerous sessions. Sometimes students got injured, but the point was to have fun and show school spirit. Boxer tosses ended in 1969 when, during a toss, Boxer was stolen by members of the Black Student Union who felt alienated from the majority of the student population. The original Boxer has not been seen on campus since.