All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Drew Onken’

Thank you for visiting Daybook Davidson. The Daybook Davidson site has been archived and no new stories are being added to the site. Please consider visiting the online version of the Davidson Journal to find similar stories about Davidson College, alumni, and members of the campus community.

Davidson Gentlemen Unite (No Introductions Needed): The Honorable Bow Tie Gets Its Propers


(l-r) Class of 2013 mates Tim Keating, Drew Onken and Wills Cooper’s senior portrait in the Rare Book Room of E.H. Little Library made the gentlemanly cover page of the Web site (Not pictured, Marcus Carson.)

Davidson shout-outs abound on Carolina Cotton Bow Ties, a business site devoted to fashion aficionados fond of affixing bow ties below stylish chins. “The Davidson Gentleman” bow tie is so named—or re-named, as it turns out—because of a recent order by a Davidson parent for several of the red-and-black houndstooth-checked confections.

“The Davidson Gentleman”: Click to visit page.

Martha Keating, mom of Tim Keating ’13, ordered four of the natty knottables, then named “Portland,” to help celebrate the graduation of her son and three of his swimming and diving teammates. In conversation online with Carolina Bow Ties, Martha Keating shared her knowledge of Davidson gentlemanliness (“A Davidson gentleman needs no introduction,” among other truisms), as evidenced by her son Tim, Drew Onken ’13, Wills Cooper ’13 and Marcus Carson ’13. The next thing you know, three of these four sons of dear old Davidson are pictured on the Carolina Bow Tie Web site in the traditional pose of senior portraits taken in the Smith Rare Book Room!

There’s even a follow-up blog entry on the site about the tie’s name change, “What’s in a name?”

Bowties have a proud history at Davidson, as the good folks in Archives and Special Collections (the minders of the Rare Book Room itself) attest photographically, below. (For more fun historical trivia, subscribe to their “Around the D” blog!)

President Emeritus John W. Kuykendall ’59 in the 1956 yearbook.


President John Rood “Slick John the Divine” Cunningham, 1941-1957.


From the college scrapbook of Robert Marston Clifton ’29

Prospective “Davidson Gentleman” bowtie customers Thomas Hazel ’92, Harrison Marshall ’79, Jamie Kiser ’86 and John Kuykendall ’59 (photo Bill Giduz) (click to enlarge)

Kuykendall e-mail excerpt on the bow-tied 2013 seniors, now his fellow alumni: “I didn’t know these guys, but I like them already. The movement is gaining momentum! Like the fact that they used the Rare Book Room for the signature snap.”

Dr. D: Quintessential Davidson Gentleman, Chalmers Davidson ’28, longtime director of the library and college archivist

“Sweet Caroline!” Your Monday Morning Dose of Wildcat Spirit


I’m not even going to make fun of the Internet brand “Twitvid.” Really. See?

This Twitvid clip of men’s basketball coach Bob McKillop & Cie speaks for itself.

And lest anyone in the midst of Madness forget that hoops is not the only sport at which Davidson excels nationally—it is one of 21 Division I sports at Davidson—consider “Drew Onken Wins Spot in NCAA Swimming Championships“: “Onken is the first Davidson swimmer to be invited to the men’s championship meet and the second Wildcat swimmer to participate in the NCAA Championships, joining Lindsey Martin ’11…. ‘It is a remarkable testament to Drew’s commitment and ability, and to the culture that he and his teammates – past and present – have established here at Davidson,’ said Coach John Young.” Onken will travel to Washington state next week to compete.

It’s a great day—and a great couple of weeks—to be a Wildcat! Check it out on Twitvid. Heh, heh.