Seahawks After Dark: The Evolution of Midnite Madness

A new exhibit about Midnite Madness at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is now on display in the library during operating hours. Check out "Seahawks After Dark" in an exhibit case adjacent to University Archives, Randall Library Room 2008, in between Honors College and University Archives.

   

Midnite Madness honors the start of the UNCW basketball season, and is typically held on a Friday in mid-October. Historically, basketball players could not legally take the court to train until the Friday closest to the 15th of October. This led many schools to start practice soon after midnight on the appointed day to get as much practice time as possible. UNCW held its first Midnight Madness event in 1990. Over the years, and with a couple of rule changes, a name change from "Midnight" to "Midnite," and the addition of other campus wide events, Midnite Madness has evolved to become a week-long celebration for both men's and women's basketball.

 

This exhibit showcases historic photographs of former basketball players and the student body, as well as tangible items portraying Seahawk Spirit. Images of the first flyer advertising the event from the student-run newspaper The Seahawk can be seen along-side flyers from more recent years. The exhibit also displays Midnite Madness t-shirts, one dating to 1998 and others that current students will recognize from past years. The exhibit even shows historic images of the UNCW mascot in its early form, visible on a Student Telephone Directory from the 1989-1990 school year and the "new" logo unvieled in The Seahawk newspaper in 1986.

  

 

Midnite Madness 2015 is on Friday, October 23 with festivities all week. For more information on Midnite Madness, see http://www.uncwsports.com/index.aspx?path=mbball

To view a digital exhibit, see

http://library.uncw.edu/archives_special/exhibits/seahawks-after-dark-evolution-midnite-madness.

 

 

Seahawks After Dark

Sammy C. Hawk stopped by the Midnite Madness exhibit to say hi and take a few photos!

  

 

The new exhibit at Randall Library by University Archives now has a new component.  Take a short 7 question quiz about the information in the exhibit, enter your name at the end (optional) and be entered to win a UNCW themed prize.  This quiz can be answered multiple different ways, depending on the amount of time you have.

 

Find the quiz here!

http://library.uncw.edu/archives_special/forms/midnight-madness-quiz

 

By visiting the exhibit in person, you will be able to find all the information on the quiz in text boxes and captions.

 

You can also view the online exhibit here and find the answers: http://library.uncw.edu/archives_special/exhibits/seahawks-after-dark-evolution-midnite-madness

 

You can also watch a short video, roughly 2.5 minutes long, that will also give you all the information you need to answer the quiz.