speaks of high
values and character
Mary T. Meagher not only made it to the top of US swimming, but
By ANDY RUSSELL
she did so the right way: with class, dignity and a perfect stroke.
On Nov. 10 in the John L. Hill Chapel, the Billy Reed speaker series will take center stage again with its third installment of the “Conversations with Champions” speaker series.
The goal of this series is to bring distinguished guests that have been to the top of their respective sport and to talk with them about the lack of character and morals in sports today. The third speaker in the series is Mary T. Meagher, an Olympic champion swimmer and a former World Record holder for the United States.
She set two records in 1981 which stood for almost 20 years: one in the 100m butterfly (57.93) and one in the 200m butterfly (2:05.96). These performances are considered to be two of the greatest sporting performances ever. That isn’t all that Meagher has done, however.
She began swimming at an early age and set her first world record at 14 in the 1979 Pan American Games. She completed her education at Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville and the only way to go was up for Meagher.
She, along with many other athletes, was expected to compete in the 1980 Olympics, but the American-led boycott ensued and she never got a chance. However the next year, 1981, was when Meagher took center stage. At the U.S. National Swimming Championships in Brown Deer, Wis., Meagher took over the competition and set the two world records mentioned above. From then on, she was a star. These two times earned her the title of Female World Swimmer of the Year by “Swimming World” magazine, a title she took again four years later in 1985.
Before she could win the title again in ‘85, she had business to take care of at the 1984 Summer Olympics in L.A. She won the gold medal in both the 100m and 200m butterfly and she swam the butterfly leg of the women’s medley relay, in which they also won gold.
She had many great performances in her day and she made her country proud. These two performances earned her the nickname that still stands today: Madame Butterfly.
She returned to compete at the 1988 summer games in Seoul, South
Korea, where she wasn’t able to defend her gold medal, but she did win a bronze in the 200m butterfly. When Meagher was done swimming competitively, she held 24 U.S. national swimming titles, a truly amazing feat.
She is one of the most accomplished U.S. swimmers of all time and always stood for high ethical character and values. In a quote from the press release on the Georgetown College website, Meagher said, “I’ve always been happier trying to live a life beyond reproach.”
She is the first female in the speaker series and will bring a new perspective about character decline in sports. Reed, the Executive Scholarin- Residence leading the series, covered Meagher when he worked for the Louisville Courier-Journal.
In a quote from the same press release, Reed said, “I was very touched when Mary T. stepped onto the awards platform in Los Angeles. She’s always carried herself with a lot of dignity and grace. Her whole life is a good example.”
Meagher is certainly someone that has carried herself to a high standard throughout her career and is a living example of what having high character, ethics and morals in sports means.
Meagher is set to come on Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Come out and learn about the decline of charcter in sports with the many distinguished guests the Reed has worked so hard on bringing to campus. If you are a sports lover, swimmer or simply a fan of a good fireside conversation, you are sure to enjoy Conversations with Champions.
Mrs. Joe is tech savvy
Whoever said people over 50 can’t drive, shouldn’t get out and don’t need to work have never met our wonderful sandwich/stir-fry artist, Mrs. Joe.By JESSICA FLORES
Joe Anna Boykin, or Mrs. Joe as most of us know her, is a woman with a heart for people. Her smile and positive attitude in the Caf has been known to lift the spirits of many a student on a gloomy day. What you may not know is that Mrs. Joe looks forward to talking to us more than we know.
As some of you may remember, she was very upset when the Caf first underwent its transformation this semester because she was unable to hear what the students were saying. It wasn’t that she couldn’t hear their order (she knows what most of us like by now), but she couldn’t hear what we said when she asked how our day was.
In fact, she says that her favorite part about her job is seeing Georgetown students everyday and talking to them because they are funny and like to tell her things about their lives. But how much do Georgetown students know about her?
Joe Anna Boykin has worked for Georgetown College for 11 years and has lived in Kentucky for almost her whole life. She is one of eight children in her family, of which there was only one boy. “My dad always said my brother was the rose and us girls were the thorns,” she says.
On Dec. 1 of 1952, she married Andrew Boykin (who she met through her father) and the two have been together ever since. They have three daughters, two sons, and eleven grandchildren. Her youngest granddaughter is 16-years-old and a cheerleader at her high school. “I’m trying to find her a boyfriend here, I’ve got all kinds of boys picked out for her,” she says.
But Mrs. Joe is so much more than a wife, mother, grandmother and Georgetown employee. In her spare time she reads constantly, and says her favorites are books about history, especially the Holocaust. She also enjoys cleaning and keeps a very tidy house.
To go along with her love of history, she also enjoys traveling. She and Andrew have spent a lot of time recently researching her husband’s family and have traced it all the way back to Fort Boykin in Virginia, where she says one of Andrew’s great-grandfathers fought with General George Washington!
And while she sees herself as a traveler in the future, she says she is happy to be at Georgetown right now, where her favorite Caf food is the cookies.
For those of you who don’t know, you can now follow Mrs. Joe on twitter at MrsJoe01.
There, she keeps the students up to date with the menu items and gives them encouraging messages. One of her most recent posts says, “Wednesday we are having Flatbread Chicken Bruschetta. Come say hi and don’t tell me you are tired… this is the time of your life!” In other posts, she encourages students to smile. When asked if a Facebook account is in the near future, she simply giggles and says no.
Most importantly, Mrs. Joe is a strong Christian and lives her life for Christ. Her advice to Georgetown students is to “dedicate their lives to the Lord and let the Lord lead them.” She is truly a delight to talk to and I think that no student should go through their four (or more for some of us) years at Georgetown without getting to know her and her contagious smile! As much as we love Mrs. Joe, sadly she isn’t in the top 10 on Twitter. Here are the top 10 people to follow on Twitter and the amount of people following them:
1. Lady Gaga: 6,967,294
2. Brittney Spears: 6,230,229
3. Ashton Kutcher: 5,996,105
4. Justin Bieber: 5,925,057
5. Barack Obama: 5,775,949
6. Ellen DeGeneres: 5,407,381
7. Kim Kardashian: 5,243,499
8. Taylor Swift: 4,542,126
9. Oprah Winfrey: 4,495,493
10. Katy Perry: 4,471,078