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Political Issues Arise on Campus

While a general belief may be that I should NOT write this blog on the general issue that has arose at Wabash within the last 24 hours, I’m going to mention a few brief points as my job as a blogger is to talk about my experiences on campus. Thus, I encourage all readers to take time to look at both sides of this issue, and to become informed on how college politics are seeming to work. No one or their preferences will be attacked in this blog, it is to be a leveled headed post meant to make one think.

One of the greatest liberties we as Americans cherish is that of general freedom and the freedom of speech. We pride ourselves on being able to speak our minds, beliefs, values, and morals for other to see and to weigh for themselves. As a nation based in democratic and republican ideals of government we commonly disdain when individual leaders or bodies speak for the general populous in a way that neither reflects the belief of a number of the people nor has any sizable info of the public’s opinion to begin with. We as a society write letters to our Congressman, elect officials we believe represent our beliefs, and march on Washington almost every week it seems to make our voices heard to our leaders. We do not want President Obama, Congress, or any elected official to speak for ALL of America without first hearing the people, taking everyone’s opinions into account, and then making a decision. What American would not agree with that statement?

Now here is a separate question: What makes a college? Colleges and universities are considered institutions of higher learning and teaching. That is what a college is by definition, but not what makes it. Is a college the bricks that make its walls? Is a college the ground it was built on? Or is a college no more than the entire student body of that institution, with some thoughts of the faculty and staff who do put lots of time and effort into the place. By this point a college is never the thoughts of only faculty leaders, but while faculty’s thoughts should be included, the faculty are not truly a faculty without students to speak. Thus, a leader of a school should not be able to speak for a student body on controversial topics that were never prior disclosed or mentioned to the student body. As a college’s beliefs and stance (if it has to have one, which it does not) are not that of the administration but the student body. Finally, a school’s administration should not be able to make public statements on behalf of the school, out of state, without at least a prior notice to the student body on such controversial topics that implement people’s freedom of religion and expression. Because when a statement is made as “Wabash’s” stance on a topic, it does not go out to the rest of the world as the administration of Wabash, but as the student body.

“Well colleges take stances on political issues all the time. Why can’t Wabash now?” In my personal opinion colleges should never have official stances on political issues. Nonofficial stances to be made should be the direct result of students voicing their opinions publically, not statements by the administration unless they are private schools of a specific religious denomination with student backing. If a political issue was made by a college it should not be on controversial topics that clash with possible students’ religions at the very least. For example, if the school were to take a stance on if the U.S. should abolish the penny or keep it (for whatever reason), that topic does not infringe on any student’s religious or moral rights. It is a topic that obviously has two sides and a difference in opinion that could come from different individuals. Now if a school was to come out and say that it stood either FOR OR AGAINST ABORTION, then a public questioning would explode at the college for taking either side on the debate. Since it does not affect the college as a whole, nor should the institution have any reason to provide an official, public stance. SO why does Wabash, DePauw and IU similarly feel the need to release recent statements on HJR6? While not as controversial as abortion, the college taking a stance on the issue, whether or not the college had stated is was against or for gay marriage and civil unions infringes at every point a large number of students attending the scarlet halls of Wabash. The apparent reasoning from the official statements by President Hess also seems to state this as nothing more than what is a way to entice faculty and students who support HJR6 marriage to come to Wabash. That is not a reason anyone of a certain sexual preference should attend our beloved college. People should be seeking out Wabash due to its high academic standards, opportunities, and standards. Not because we support or deny HJR6. Understandable, but Purdue University when asked stated that it would have no official stance on the topic. Because Purdue knows it should have no publically official statement on a controversial topic that from either stance infringes on a certain set of student rights.

Finally, this is a liberal arts college for men of all denominations, orientations, beliefs, values, and morals. Every student has the right to express their thoughts so long as they do not endanger or harm another human being, property, or break the law. We are a college that should respect every side’s view, left wing and right wing, and never take a political/moral stance on a topic that offends and contradicts a large number of students no matter which side the “school” is officially on.

tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito 

HALLOWEEN

OH MY GOSH IT IS HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (And tomorrow Christmas shows will be on TV already) A common theme among a number of the fraternities on campus is to have their pledges dress up and attend classes in their respective costumes on this holiday. Now while I do not know the traditions of other houses on this day, I can tell you of some of the events of today here at Phi Gamma Delta.

Your pledge father tends to be the one who will choose your outfit for Halloween. As I am a runner it probably isn’t too hard to figure out what my costume was… the Flash.  With the task of having to run to all of my classes till 4, which is cross country time so I’ll still have to continue to run. All well:) My class’s outfits ranged from Marvel heroes, Power Rangers, Troll dolls, to Disney princesses. Yep, Disney princesses… Go Wabash! A nicely decorated dinning hall for the Halloween spirit coupled with costumes galore has made this into one interesting day of festivities  and fun.

The weekend approaches, Saturday will be parents weekend, the Redpack is traveling to Pennsylvania to compete for the NCAC title, and studying is always present. ALWAYS PRESENT. COUNTDOWN TO THANKSGIVING IS STARTING.

WAF

Cross Country Munchies

So it’s been a busy couple of weeks and I’ve been letting this busy week unfold before I did a blog. This hasn’t been quite that stressful of a week, but it has been one that has slowly but surely grinded at me and tired me out some. Of course I figured out part of the reason for that after I logged all of my weekly miles this evening.

 

Colin Rinne of Westfield H.S. leads a section of the 2013 Carmel Semistate

This week, in particular Saturday and Sunday I would have to say have been the best two days I’ve had all semester while at Wabash. But the story must start from Friday. Friday was suppose to be a 5 mile day that turned into a little more than 12 miles do to the intense hill workout we did off campus. On that cool down back to campus a Mr. Jared Burris’15 gave me the 411 on heading to Carmel this Saturday to watch Semistate, and stop by his family’s home with a Dalton Boyer ’14. A weekend of fun for cross country geeks! In all honesty I am so tired at the moment I don’t remember anything that happened between the time practice ended and 9am Saturday when we left for the NAP (IndiaNAPolis). It was a hard day!

Upon arriving in the bustling town of Carmel, a place that “Jimmy” Boyer would love greatly to live in one day, we found ourselves out in the cold wind of the Carmel Semistate. We cheered on some people we knew, prospective student-athletes, and just any runner as we runners do. Now Colleen Weatherford (a girl’s name on a Wabash blog say whaaaaaat?!) one of my best of friends I’ve known for three years is currently a freshman runner for Butler University, and she stopped by to see her old Semistate and me (let’s face it she came more to see me than the race).

After the race we all took a little trip to Runner’s Forum in Carmel so I could exchange a pair of Newton Energy running shoes for the Kinvara 4 as my trainer of choice for this coming indoor track season. Models and brands of shoes not too many people have any clue I’m talking about because “cross country is a silly sport.” Following that side stop we drove to Butler so Colleen could grab some running attire, then to Jared’s home five minutes away. After an easy run to recover from the day before, and some showers to get rid of that runner smell, the next several hours would make if not the week or month then the semester. Saturday was the first day I had met Jared’s family, the first day Colleen have even met Boyer or Jared, and not only was Jared’s family home, but so were his relatives that live in Ohio!

That afternoon would involve live entertainment from Jared’s nephew Colton, who is three, enjoys redish-yellow apples, Monster Inc., and The Iron Giant! A lasagna made by Mr. Burris for all of us, a fresh grown salad, and later that night a chocolate cake with molten pudding inside! MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM. The afternoon was filled with laughter, a viewing of The Iron Giant, and delicious, delicious food. As it neared later in the day it was time to call the party to an end and mount up for Wabash again. We said our goodbyes and thanks, parted ways with Colleen, and headed back to the ‘Bash. You see that’s one of the cooler things about Wabash, not everything that makes this place great happens on campus. I had a great Saturday with my two teammates and friends, experienced homegrown hospitality, and then went on to do my long run at Purdue again with a few other teammates on a cool morning.

Wabash is small, but boy does it allow you to reach far!

WAF

 

Fall Break, Hey I’m Late

I haven’t had a blog up recently, sorry about that. But now here I am writing a blog on our recent Fall Break! For break I ended up going home to Logansport were Fall had seemed to hit. I spent my time running, meeting with my high school team, and sitting back and relaxing!

Instead of schoolwork (minus some reading) I was able to almost finish the last season of Battlestar Galatica, sit and watch World War Z and Oblivion with my family, and finish the weekend with 42. Relax and kick back when you get the chance! TV isn’t something you really have time for at Wabash, and I won’t say I’m much of a TV connoisseur, but I caught up this past week. When you get a break here use it!

 

Fall Break Update

I wasn’t really able to get a blog out last week because of midterms approaching and the Phi Gamma Delta Alumni Pig Dinner this weekend. That all meant I had to get as much homework and studying done as possible before Saturday if I didn’t want to be behind in my studies. SO here is my blog for those faithful followers (i.e. mom and grandparents).

Fall break is coming up here soon, and it will be a much needed break and trip back home for a few days. Fall is definitely coming as well if it wasn’t already here. The temperature continues to drop, it is dark by 8, and cross country season is nearing its end. Many of my pledge brothers are heading home for break, or going home with another pledge brother since they live so far away from Indiana. I plan on going home to see my family in Logansport, visit my alma mater’s cross country team, and get ahead on homework for when I come back next Monday.

Much of the cross country team is heading to Wisconsin over break for the biggest race of the year outside of regionals/nationals. Good luck to the Redpack in the coming days!