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Hey World!

So, I just want to start off with something interesting that happened a couple days ago. I was on my way to my first day of labs, Latin 101 Lab at 8:45 to 9:35 and BIO 111 Lab from 1:10 to 4:00. Also, since today is Chapel Talk my fraternity requires the freshman to dress in suit and tie every Thursday for all classes. Naturally, I got up this morning to go to my scheduled Latin Lab (possibly a few minutes late), just to walk into the room greeted by my professor with a funny look on his face. I had misunderstood that the 3:10 quiz I had taken yesterday with the small lecture after it was considered our lab for the week. So I was THAT ONE freshman that showed up to the wrong class I didn’t have to, an hour earlier in the morning, and in a suit.

For cross country the team had its first 8k of the season at Hanover and IU! “The 8k is a whole new beast,” as in the words of a Mr. Ryan Horner ’15. That “new beast” however did help to show me something that Wabash is all about though, and that is teamwork. For the last few weeks in practice Coach Busch has made it clear to us freshman about trying to run as a pack and working together for over the first half of the race. Coach Morgan helped to remind myself, and I’m sure others, to remember it’s just the first race and we need to relax and not stress out. The race itself was defined as a group run. Doug Baker ’15, Nathan Bode ’16, Josh Waterman ’17, Free Kashon ’17, and I all ran as a group for the beginning miles of the race. Being in a group of your teammates for nearly three miles of a race brought so much confidence and confidence to me that I think it really brings home about what Wabash is all about. Working together and being one entity as a Wabash student or athlete. Most people here are not from the same place, most have a difference in opinions at times, and yet, most see this school as a single power. No one is ever really alone, some other freshman may be feeling homesick (I know I do a little), but there seems to always be someone to talk to about the new responsibilities, life, and sports/hobbies. Especially with Greek life and athletic teams.

Wabash seems to have its greatest strength not only in its small size and extensive alumni, but in its teams, Greek life, and campus involvement. I cannot, at this point, see how any average eighteen-year-old can attend a large school where you become lost in the crowd, and only focus all of one’s time on studies and partying on the weekend. While the Wabash student body in all regards knows how to have fun on the weekends, it still knows how to buckle down and use its relationships among students to make it a truly great college.

Wabash Always Fights.

Wabash-Week 1

 Week one of Wabash is over. It’s rather quiet out on campus, but I guess that’s not a bad thing; we all need a chance to rest and get ready for next week, otherwise we’d probably end up overstretching ourselves and collapsing during the middle of Chapel Talk.

And that’s terrible.

No really, it is; Chapel Talk is a very big and important tradition at Wabash. Everyone should go to Chapel Talk. Not only is it a part of the Wabash experience, you also get a chance to learn from other Alums about their experiences at Wabash, and how it shaped them into who they are today. Oh, and you get to practice the fight song. Never forget the fight song.

Have a link in case you forgot the fight song, because you shouldn’t have:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNX083Sy0vg

Listen to that a few dozen times, and then listen to it again until that’s all you can think of.

Chapel Talks and the fight song are part of what makes Wabash… Wabash. They are two very important and beloved traditions that help us keep in touch with the college’s past, and it helps us build connections that will be invaluable in the future (who knows; your first employer might be a Wabash Man).

Oh, and everyone should get involved in something. Sports, glee club, Dork Club (campus gaming club), I don’t care, just get involved. It helps you meet up with others that share your interests, and it helps with the connecting that I mentioned earlier.

Dear Old Wabash

It’s my first complete week of Wabash and I cannot stress the importance of time management. The amount of free time is extensive and as much as I would love to play Cut Throat all day after class, there is always homework and reading to fill the free time. I understand the importance in every reading assignment I am given, including the extremely descriptive Native American Accoma scalp rituals, and I am thankful for the friends that feel the same way. The greatest benefit of small classes and small campus is that the same guys I have a bunch of my classes with are the same guys in my dorm and my Chapel Sing brothers.

Let me take a bit to explain what Chapel Sing is and why I have not been able to sing in falsetto in Glee Club anymore. Chapel Sing is one of the many homecoming

 

Photo Provided by Rudy Altergott

 

traditions/competitions at Wabash between the freshman fraternity pledges and independents. Basically you line up and bellow out “Old Wabash” (the Wabash fight song) and repeat it for about 45 minutes and the Sphinx Club members (The Keepers of Wabash Tradition) will scream in your ears and sing other songs to mess you up. If you mess up you are sent inside the Chapel where you are asked to sing it again, if you mess up then you get a red “W” spray painted on your white shirt and you are sent back outside where everyone will see the scarlet “W.”

In the history of Wabash, independents have never won Chapel Sing, but the current Independent Chapel Sing brothers and I have been practicing ferociously. Never the less as I write this blog I have listened to “Old Wabash” well over 15 times. The amount of time we have put into Chapel Sing practice, Class of 2017 Independents will win Chapel Sing for past, present and future independent freshman.

Thanks for dropping and I hope we can all agree that the “greatest joy will [always] be to shout the chorus” of our beloved Fight Song, “Old Wabash”

Hey Wabash!

Being my first blog ever I want to put forth a few things about myself prior to coming to Wabash. I hail from my Alma Mater of Logansport High School, in Logansport, Indiana. At my high school I ran varsity cross country for four years, and did swimming and track as well for four years. I took French in high school, AP World and European History, as well as AP Literature and Composition English. This past February I finished my Eagle Project and was award the rank of Eagle Scout shortly after.

Kaufman ’17

Now time to talk about Wabash and how I first ended up here. My swim coach in high school is a Wabash alumni, my neighbor and close family friend was also a Wabash alumni, and well, Wabash had been nothing more than a back thought to me early on because of those two men. Originally I wanted to attend Holy Cross, at Notre Dame or Indiana University Bloomington was I was going through high school. Then, the summer leading into my junior year I had two opportunities that shaped my ideas on where I may have wanted to go to college. First, I was elected as a delegate for my school and American Legion post to attend Hoosier Boys State at Trine University.  Second, I was chosen to attend the Coast Guard Academy’s summer AIM Program, which was a total living hell. But, like some other people I know, my first visit to Wabash College came as a result of a call from Kevin Andrews ’10 to come to the campus to accept a scholarship as a result of attending Hoosier Boys State. Honestly, who just ignores free money? That involved a walk around campus, a walk on stage, and a brief history of the campus, buildings, and traditions.

Naturally, once I expressed interest in Wabash, Kevin Andrews, working for Admissions in my area, as a previous president and brother of FIJI began to influence my thoughts towards that fraternity. As well as my second cousin Rick, whom was a year ahead of me and FIJI pledge at the time. So when I came on a visit day in the fall and for Honor Scholar Weekend I was, of course, housed at FIJI. A number of the guys in the house ran cross country, more were very welcoming, and the house seemed to be a great place to fit in. That’s how I decided to go Greek at FIJI.

Now, I have gone through my first four days of college classes, have started my third week of running cross country for the college, and pledgeship has still yet to officially start at FIJI. I plan on becoming a Bio major, and then going on to podiatry school after my four years at Wabash. But don’t confuse me with your common foot doctor, I want to be involved with large shoe companies like New Balance, Saucony, Altra, etc. One thing I can tell you after only two weeks here is that time management is key to success. Classes, cross country, Chapel Sing practice, and general studying all consume more time than any high schooler can ever understand.

Just remember, Wabash from day one is about work ethic, determination, and learning how to be a Wabash Man. So it’s time to get to work.

Hey Little Giants!

My name is Alejandro Reyna and I am entering as a Glee Club member, Jazz band bassist and an independent at Martindale Hall. The weather here is nice and cool compared to Houston’s humid filled heat. It is very different but I am loving every minute of it. I am looking forward to this hectic year and all the enriching traditions that run deep at Wabash.  

 

Reyna ’17

Though I am still feeling the aftermath of last week’s hot dog from a convenience store on I-65 that did not stop me from making new friends during orientation. I guess it is just out of curiosity or the urge to make friends that talking about how different the trees in Indiana are to those back home is so interesting. I am not from around Indiana or around India like my new roommate, but back home the trees don’t grow as green as they do in Crawfordsville.

The most asked questions while meeting new people were by far, “So where are you from” and “How did you hear about Wabash?” Coming from a school in Houston, Texas where everyone I knew was Hispanic, having to say who I am and where I come from over and over was getting under my skin. I did not see why anyone could be interested where I was from while simultaneously I was in awe asking others those same questions. Now that I am sitting in my dorm room (Dirty Dale) writing about it, its clear that Im not the only one who has thought about how close we have gotten in just one week. 

Your typical ‘hipster’ or ‘jock’ cannot be pointed out at Wabash because the culture of the school and of the students is clustering into one. College in its self can’t compare to the frivolity of high school, but as I keep hearing many say, “It’s Wabash and we are Serious.” Wabash traditions are something you have to experience for yourself to fully understand the difference between a liberal arts college and Wabash College.

Cheers

Alejandro