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Boxer tail goes back to school

The latest chapter in a decades-old mystery of what happened to the original Pacific University "Boxer" has been written.

More than 45 years after he inconspicuously left Pacific with a piece of the famed bronze figurine, alumnus Don Metzger recently returned it to the Forest Grove Campus.

The Boxer became part of Pacific University lore in 1881, when alumnus Rev. J.E. Walker brought it back to Forest Grove from a missionary trip to China as a gift to his mother. The statue wound up in University hands 15 years later.

Soon after, students - groups or individuals - began a long tradition of taking unauthorized possession of the Boxer, sometimes by force.

Legend has it that The Pacific Index newspaper named the figurine "Boxer" in 1908 in support of the Chinese Boxer Rebellion uprising against the 264 year-old Qing Dynasty.

Boxer's tail will be on display during Homecoming Weekend, Sept. 28-30.

The public will also be able to view the tail at a centennial anniversary celebration of Carnegie Hall set for 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28.

Football fans will have a chance to see the tail during the Boxers' football game against Whitworth on Saturday, Sept. 29. The tail will be on display in the Boxer Club tent on the concourse outside Lincoln Park Stadium. Tent admission is free. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m.