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Basketball Legends Honor Father

Richard Paige — A medal earned, some tough love, and a connection through sports brought Indiana basketball legends Tom and Dick Van Arsdale to campus to celebrate the accomplishments of a Wabash Man.

This visit wasn’t about basketball, or even themselves. The twins were on campus to honor their father, Raymond ’23. It turns out that the man Tom and Dick knew as Dad—a math teacher and track and football coach—was also a standout athlete himself.

The elder Van Arsdale was one of this College’s first great track stars, finishing second at the 1923 NCAA Track & Field Championships at Stagg Field in Chicago, where he jumped 23 feet, 6 inches, a mark that easily would have qualified him for the 2015 NCAA DIII Championships. He helped the Little Giants finish in 11th place nationally long before the NCAA meet was separated into divisions.

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Dick (left) and Tom Van Arsdale pose for a photo of their father's Hall of Fame induction plaque in the Allen Center.

Dick (left) and Tom Van Arsdale pose for a photo of their father’s Hall of Fame induction plaque in the Allen Center.

To say he was fast is an understatement. Raymond once posted a time of 10.1 seconds for the 100-yard dash, only a half second off the world record at the time.

“Dad never talked about himself,” said Tom. “We knew he was fast, but he never talked about himself. We hardly knew about his athletic career except that he ran track and played football.”

Raymond was inducted into the Wabash Athletics Hall of Fame in 1984.

“He also ran in the Drake Relays back then,” said Dick. “He was good. He might have made the 1924 Olympics if he hadn’t gotten hurt playing football.”

Sometimes when you meet people, you wonder what made them successful. Suddenly, it all made sense when thinking of Tom and Dick. Not only did they inherit great natural ability from Raymond and their mother, Hilda, but the right kind of push as well. The kind that only another great athlete knows.

These two legends were here to pay homage to their father, their first coach. The guy who was tough on them, always in their ear with a piece of constructive criticism, and pushing them a little further. Their successes have ties to Wabash College. Now they were giving something back.

They delivered to the College Raymond’s runner-up medal from that 1923 NCAA meet, a letterman’s award from 1921, and a photo. After more than 90 years in the Van Arsdales’ possession, it would become a part of our trophy case.

“We had that for so many years, we thought, what are we going to do with it,” said Tom. “Dick has a son and I have a son, so we got them together and said, ‘Guys, we’re not going to give this to you because you’ll fight over it.’ We’re going to give it to Wabash College.”

“That’s good for Wabash, anyway,” said Dick, laughing. “The boys were happy about it, too.”

Runner-Up medal won by Raymond Van Arsdale '23 in the broad jump at the 1923 NCAA Track & Field Championships at Stagg Field in Chicago, IL.

Runner-Up medal won by Raymond Van Arsdale ’23 in the broad jump at the 1923 NCAA Track & Field Championships at Stagg Field in Chicago.

The Van Arsdales are living embodiments of Hoosier Hysteria. The duo led Indianapolis Manual  High School to a second-place finish in the 1961 state tournament, shared both the Trester Award and Mr. Basketball honors as high school seniors, and went on to earn all-Big Ten, All-America, and Academic All-America honors for Indiana University before graduating in 1965.

They enjoyed stellar NBA careers, each playing 12 seasons, each making three All-Star Game appearances, and combining to score more than 29,000 professional points. In fact, Dick was the first-ever draft choice of the Phoenix Suns.

As they wandered through the halls of the Allen Center on a chilly winter morning, you could tell they were happy to be here, basking in the glow of their father’s greatness.

“It does mean a lot to us. We didn’t care too much about it when we were young,” Dick said before Tom picked up the thought.

“We’re very excited to do this now for Dad. He would be very happy about this. As we get older, it means more to us. We appreciate these moments so much more.”

Wabash Facebook No. 1 in Nation?

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We’re No. 1!!!!!!

Wabash College has earned a “mythical national championship” in Facebook reach and engagement. It’s a bit like college football’s national champion prior to the current playoff system.

facebook-logo-2During calendar year 2015 research says that our Facebook reach was higher than any other college in the country. Statistical analysis, with a healthy dose of probability, indicates we led the nation by a substantial margin.

We have an experienced voice engaged in college social media efforts pronouncing us king.

“We have tracked Facebook data in higher education for seven years, and have analyzed over 3,000,000 posts from 1,400 colleges and universities,” said Brad Ward, CEO of BlueFuego. BlueFuego specializes in higher education social media engagement and recruiting practices. “Prior to 2014, we were able to track data on every page in higher education, but we can now only get accurate data on pages that we have administrative access to.

Blue fuego logo“However, we do know that until 2014 no higher education institution had averaged above a 4 percent engagement for a year. Siena College, who has been a top-3 page in the nation since 2011, was the first page to surpass a 4 percent engagement average in 2014. They went on to reach 5.7 percent engagement and 103 percent reach in 2015.

Those are certainly impressive numbers. Well, it was impressive until last year. Wabash’s Facebook engagement measured 7.7 percent in 2015 with a reach per post of 202 percent.

“That is the highest we have seen in our 7 years of data collection and analysis,” Ward said. “Wabash is 40 percent higher on engagement and nearly 75 percent higher on reach per post when compared to what we once considered the best-performing Facebook pages in higher education.

“Wabash has truly set the new standard and we can say with 99 percent certainty that these numbers are the best in the nation for 2015, and absolutely the highest in Indiana and the North Coast Athletic Conference.”

So for those wondering what the statistical hocus-pocus really means? Allow Mr. Ward to explain: “Reach measures the number of people that Facebook has put content in front of, and we look at that as a percentage of the fan base.  The industry average is around 40 percent, with Wabash at 202 percent.  Engagement is the number of people liking, commenting or sharing the content.  We divide interactions by the number of fans to see what percentage of fans interact with the institution’s content.”

ZurekFBstoryDo your own test. Check out the “likes, comments and shares” on Indiana, Purdue or any of the large college’s Facebook pages and then look at Wabash’s Facebook page. For example, the most recent post is about the college’s Martin Luther King Day celebration. That post reached more than 22,000 Facebook users, had 190 likes, and 97 shares.

One of our best posts of 2015 was Mason Zurek’s late game touchdown run in the snow against Albion. That post reached nearly 118,000 Facebook users, had more than 1,700 likes, and 460 shares.

“Wabash alumni, parents, and students engage in our Facebook page more feverishly than typical web stories,” said Howard Hewitt, Wabash’s Director of Digital Media. “The football photo is a good example of our reach. The Wabash community gets a compelling photo in seconds, then express their pride in the institution by sharing the photo or information with other Facebook friends.”

Research Leads Trio to Puerto Rico

Shane Xuan ’17 – This past weekend Andrew Powell ’17, Reno Jamison ’17, and I traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to present papers for the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA).

Andre Powell '17.

Andre Powell ’17.

Powell’s and Jamison’s project is independent research supervised by Dr. Shamira Gelbman, an Assistant Professor of Political Science here at Wabash College. The presentation, “Mobilizing the Electorate: Evidence from the 2014 Senatorial Candidate Twitter Feeds,” analyzed over 8,000 tweets from 76 Senate candidates in the month leading up to the midterm election to examine how the political candidates used social media in 2014. They found that candidates tweeted more in competitive races, and that party affiliation was a strong indicator of the type of tweet that was used. Their research was presented as part of a panel regarding the media, public opinion, and elections.

“It was an extremely rewarding experience to have Andrew’s and my project culminate in attending the SPSA Conference,” said Jamison. “We got excellent feedback on how to improve our paper going forward. We thank Professor Gelbman for advising our research project.”

Shane Xuan '17.

Shane Xuan ’17.

My paper “Why Do Chinese Students Study Abroad: An Empirical Study on Brain Drain in Developing States” was presented in the Nationalism and Identity Politics panel. I study student emigrants from authoritarian states to understand the relationship between social mobility and regime stability, and to suggest how developing states could employ economic and political incentives in order to attract overseas talent.

I presented my paper at a graduate student panel, and was able to receive a lot of critical and insightful feedback on how to improve the paper and to incorporate it into a bigger project in the future. I have been in love with many academic books and articles in the past few years, and being able to talk to the authors at a national conference feels like realizing a dream that I have never thought about. All these experiences can help me tremendously as I move along into graduate school this September to pursue a Ph.D. in political science. Thank you Wabash.

I also would like to thank Professor Rory Truex for kindly sharing his China Policy Attitudes Survey (CPAS) dataset with him, and Professor Gelbman for her helpful comments on previous drafts.

Reno Jamison '17.

Reno Jamison ’17.

These independent projects have allowed us to develop stronger research skills as well as important insights into the professional setting of doing research in political science.

We would like to thank Division III, the Political Science department, and the Undergraduate Research Committee of Wabash College for providing the financial support that enabled us to present research at this year’s SPSA conference. Both papers also will be presented at the 16th Annual Celebration of Student Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work on Jan. 29.

Wabash Students Take In Pacers Game

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Patrick Bryant ‘16 – A group of 50 Wabash students traveled to Bankers Life Fieldhouse at Indianapolis Friday night to attend an Indiana Pacers game.  The group of students represented all classes and almost all living units to witness a 96-83 victory over the Miami Heat, conference finals foes of the Pacers from two and three years ago.

 

New Student Body President Andrew Powell '17 cuts down a piece of the net. Each student was able to clip a souvenir.

New Student Body President Andrew Powell ’17 cuts down a piece of the net. Each student was able to clip a souvenir.

The trip was planned and paid for by the Senior Council Activities Committee and Wabash College Student Senate, including Student Body President Patrick Bryant ’16 and committee chairman Andrew Powell ’17, who was elected Thursday to take Bryant’s role starting in 2016. 

In addition to attending the game, members of the traveling party got to cut a piece of the net down to take with them as a souvenir.

In an impromptu meeting on the court, Chris Denari ’83, television announcer for the Pacers on Fox Sports Indiana, greeted students and explained his job to them.  Despite not expecting a group from Wabash to be present, Denari proudly showed students his ring from the 1982 National Championship basketball team of which he was a part.

Film Has Linebacker Wearing Many Hats

Six months of work boiled down to 23 minutes.

“Reaping Words,” the film that A.J. Clark ’16 wrote, produced, directed and starred in, represents six months of eye-opening work for his THE 498 Senior Seminar. “Over the summer, I knew that I wanted to do a film,” he said. “I spent June and July trying to come up with ideas. It was overwhelming to get this thing off the ground, develop characters, and think about it constantly.”

Clark was a key cog in the Little Giants' defense this season.

Clark was a key cog in the Little Giants’ defense this season.

For the average budding filmmaker, such an undertaking might be all consuming, but for Clark, who is an honorable mention all-conference linebacker on the 12-1 Wabash football team that advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA DIII playoffs, much of “Reaping Words” was produced in between his gridiron obligations.

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The idea to build a screenplay came to him in July. He wrote about 70 percent of the script during football training camp. By the Wittenberg game (Clark references weeks by the opponent faced), the script was completed and following an abbreviated preproduction period – a month of work in a week, Clark says – shooting started in October. The film’s final scene was shot during Monon Bell Week, and he edited in spurts during the Little Giants’ playoff run.

To pull this off, Clark had a dedicated crew of five to assist, but spent much of his time planning shots and editing the script as he went along, essentially leaving only Friday and Saturday nights to rehearse his lines before shooting most Sundays.

He points to the final scene where he and his on-screen mom (played by his real-life mom, Terra McMillian) talk on a bench in the Arboretum. It was shot during Fall Break, so no other students were around. But the schedule had to be kept. Clark lined up the shots, got the cameras and audio rolling, and often ran into position to deliver his lines. Scene ends, reset the cameras, and repeat.

“Wearing so many hats at the same time was pretty difficult,” said the product of Higley, AZ, “especially when trying to act because I was also a director, producer, and writer. If a line doesn’t work, or I have to find this prop, that affected my acting performance.”

While Clark’s original goal for the project was to produce something for his acting portfolio – he’s appeared on the Wabash stage multiple times as well – he never lost sight of the inspiration for the project. The struggle represented in the film mirrors his efforts to get his film made while fulfilling his obligations as a student and teammate.

A.J. and his mom, Terra McMillian, starred in "Reaping Words."

A.J. and his mom, Terra McMillian, starred in “Reaping Words.”

“That struggle was the inspiration,” he said. “The drive comes from your heart, from your passion, and the idea came from the struggle in trying to establish myself. I want to act and would love to direct.”

Clark says that “Reaping Words” has taught him the value of collaboration.

“I feel good about this project,” he said. “I learned how important other people are in the production. I now appreciate all of the roles like cinematographer, lighting director, props, and producers. I have an idea how massive the effort is in films. The list of credits in a regular movie makes so much more sense.

“If you have a vision, you definitely want to foster it, but it’s good to let others share in that.”

Campus Services Wins National Honor

The look around the campus sign changes throughout the year.

The look around the campus sign changes throughout the year.

Howard W. Hewitt – Wabash College’s campus services group, Sodexo, always does a great job making the campus beautiful. Over graduation, Big Bash, and fall football weekends our alumni frequently praise the workers for how nice the campus always looks.

Older landscaping is replaced by a newer look.

Older landscaping is replaced by a newer look.

Campus Services recently won a national honor from the Professional Grounds Management Society for its working keeping the campus looking nice. Wabash won a Green Star Honor Award in the small college and grounds category. Only seven national colleges were honored. The Green Star competition brings national recognition to grounds maintained with a ‘high degree of excellence, and complements other national landscape award programs that recognize outstanding design and construction.’

“Thanks to Tim Riley and his team for their outstanding efforts all year round,” said David Morgan, Director of Campus Services. “This is a significant national recognition of the program Tim has developed and operated for years here at Wabash.”

Riley has taken on the challenge of giving the campus a fresher look. Much of the landscaping around older campus buildings has been updated in recent years.

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Riley

“Each summer we take a building with older, over-grown landscapes and completely start over,” Riley wrote in the submission for the award. “Current trends are low-growing perennials and shrubs that don’t require much pruning, watering, deadheading, or fertilization.  It has been a challenge to develop a plant palate that can be the best of the best.

“Since 2010, new landscape beds and most new turf installations are not irrigated. Expectations have been managed to allow turf to go dormant in certain areas and once landscape plantings are established, they can survive on their own. Indiana usually receives enough rain fall to allow this.”

The 43rd annual awards honored 29 grounds management programs for excellence, presenting six Grand Awards (the highest honor), 21 Honor Awards and two Merit Awards in 10 categories.

 

Campus trees require a lot of attention throughout the year.

Campus trees require a lot of attention throughout the year.

 

The Spirit of Caleb Mills

Richard Paige — His name weaves through our history all the way back to the moment where the original trustees knelt in the snow and founded this institution. The tradition we hold most dear – the bell that rings students in on Freshman Saturday and out on Commencement – had its beginnings with him. He, of course, is Caleb Mills.

For many, Mills simply is the name we attach to the spirit that flows through this place. How are we to know our first professor, a man who last taught in 1876 and passed away in 1879? Who can bring that spirit to life?

Chuck Beemer can. A lawyer, noted Civil War scholar, and the author of two books, Beemer is also Caleb Mills’ great-great grandson.

Beemer was born in Montgomery County and graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1958. He earned his undergraduate degree from Colorado College, has a master’s from Wisconsin, and a law degree from North Carolina.

Chuck Beemer, the great-great grandson of Caleb Mills.

Chuck Beemer, the great-great grandson of Caleb Mills.

While on campus recently to discuss his latest book, “My Greatest Quarrel with Fortune: Major General Lew Wallace in the West, 1861–1862”, I sat down with him to talk about his legacy, his great-great grandfather, and coming home.

Are you more aware of your great-great grandfather when you come back to campus?
To be honest, I feel a sense of that while I’m on campus, but I feel a sense of it quite often. Mom (Julia Beemer) felt a very close kinship to Caleb Mills. She obviously didn’t know him, but I’ve heard the name Caleb Mills since I was yeah-high to a Fig Newton. I remember real early on that I was asked to make a presentation to the local grade school PTA meeting. Dad insisted that I say something about being the great-great grandson of Caleb Mills. It really bothered me to do it. Frankly, it sounded like I was bragging or trying to achieve a special status. The audience responded to it almost like it was an everyday commonplace thing. I think the name Caleb Mills is a very well-known name in Crawfordsville.

How much do you know of Dr. Mills and his accomplishments?
I’m very proud of the fact that he was the first professor here. Dad always used to talk about how they came across the mountains and knelt in the snow. So that image has been with me for a long, long time. I’m proud of the fact that he was superintendent of education, and I read someplace that he did so much to advance the cause of free public education that he became known as the Father of the Free Public School System in Indiana. That’s always meant quite a bit to me.

How much did his influence have on you becoming a Civil War historian or lawyer?
I’m not sure of any per se, more like an atmosphere. It was absolutely expected that my older brother and I would go to college. I desperately wanted to come to Wabash, but dad felt that getting away from home was an integral part of the educational process. He really kiboshed the idea; certainly nothing to do with Wabash, he recognized it as a great school. I’ve always been a fun loving guy and simultaneously somebody who has a strong sense of the need for education both in your personal and professional life. I think it was kind of an unspoken, unidentifiable, pervasive type of influence.

What do you know of him as a person?
I have read a lot of his (Caleb’s) letters to his son when Benjamin Marshall was in command of a company of black U.S. troops during the Occupation of Vicksburg in 1864. (He was a) Terribly, terribly, terribly strict disciplinarian, even with his son…very formal. There is no evidence of pleasantries. Very straight forward. Benjamin Marshall is quite like him in return letters, but you can see a little emotionalism creep in. As much as I revere and respect Caleb Mills, I don’t think I would have liked for him to have been my father. (laughs loudly) It would not have been easy.

Did those letters help to humanize him for you?
Absolutely. I have a great deal of respect and admiration for him as a man, even more so for what he accomplished. I would love to go back in time and sit and talk to him for however long. I don’t know how he’d relate to the PGA Tour or NBA basketball, but he must have been a man of immense character and I could tell he was a man of immense persuasion.

Does the campus still feel like home for you?
Still does. It never changes. Crawfordsville doesn’t change much either. It had been 40 years since I’d left, and I was struck by how much had not changed. The people of Crawfordsville have always been very warm and friendly. My relationship with the college has always been quite, quite solid. I follow the football and basketball teams closely. I did not go to Wabash, but I can assure you that Wabash is and will always be a strong part of me. I’m extremely pleased whenever I read something about Wabash because it’s always good news.

How meaningful is it to you that Caleb Mills, and his bell and mace, are still central to who we are?
When we got the Wabash Magazine a month or so ago, one of the first pictures at commencement had the faculty marshal carrying the cane. I showed it to (his wife) Nancy and said, “Your great-great grandfather-in-law is in that picture.” All she sees are guys in caps and gowns. She asked, “What are you talking about?” I said, “He’s right there in front. There is his cane. The spirit of Caleb Mills is in that picture.” Things like that mean a lot to me.

Immersed in Art and Baseball

Richard Paige — We talk a great deal here about the impact of immersion trips. In the next few days alone, Wabash men will be traipsing across the globe, including destinations like Italy and South Africa.

Rhetoric professor Todd McDorman immersed his Baseball and the American Identity freshman tutorial class in the charming hamlet known as Cooperstown, NY, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in mid-October.

I was curious how such a trip might influence a group of guys — baseball fans — a good number of them baseball players, too. It’s not like the guys headed to Rome can actually define themselves as gladiators. Would it make an impact, or be brushed off like that of a bad-hop ground ball?

Eilshemius’ “Van Courtland Park”

Eilshemius’ “Van Courtland Park”

Bryce Bridgewater ’19 is one of 13 who made the trip. The class impacted him long before the group made it to Cooperstown.

“I’m a baseball player and I love the sport,” he said. “I didn’t think I’d ever be given an opportunity like that to learn and analyze different aspects of the game; how baseball and America have grown up together and shaped history. It wasn’t what I expected. The game and America are best friends.”

Each had a research project on how a particular subject is presented and influenced by its presentation in Hall of Fame.

Bridgewater threw himself a curve. For a guy who had been to one art museum previously, he chose art and baseball simply because it was different. He spent four hours in the exhibit.

Andy Worhol's "Tom Seaver" also was a favorite.

Andy Warhol’s “Tom Seaver” also was a favorite.

“It was hard at times not to be a fan,” said the right-handed pitcher from Indianapolis. “You get caught up in it, but you have to remember that you are being a critic. It took some time to step back and make those connections.”

He noticed that each work of art had its own interpretation of the game. He started to see the game from a different perspective.

“It gave me a chance to see what the game looked like in different eras and how it’s changed,” Bridgewater said. “The game my grandpa knew and the game my dad knew is different than the game I know.”

One piece resonated strongly with Bridgewater. Louis M. Eilshemius’ “Van Courtland Park” shows the game in its infancy. It reminded him of what made him fall in love with the game. “It was like playing a pick-up game in the backyard with friends,” he said.

The experience opened his eyes to the impact that art has on any subject.

"Phil Niekro" by LaVern Brock was constructed completely of baseball cards.

“Phil Niekro” by LaVern Brock was constructed completely of baseball cards.

“I didn’t think that a painting could have told me about the connections or the importance,” he said. “The art, the artifacts, the exhibit, the town itself that all opened my eyes. Art is more than just a painting, there is a story behind it. If I went back to that art museum, I might feel differently now.”

The experience allowed him to draw parallels between pitching and painting. Whether it’s attacking the hitters or the canvas, it’s the approach that is unique.

“Every athlete’s or artist’s approach is different,” Bridgewater concluded. “They might be inspired by something completely different. It’s all interpretation. That’s why I think art and baseball are fascinating. You might get similar results, but the process is so much different.”

Medieval History Made Fun

Richard Paige — If only every idea that crossed your desk could be as whimsical.

Professor of History Stephen Morillo got an out-of-the-blue e-mail from a high school student named Greyson Beights, who asked if Morillo could write a 200-word description of the Battle of Hastings.

That whimsy eventually became Medieval Lego, a book that pairs real historians’ summaries of events like the Battle of Hastings, the chartering of Oxford University, and the signing of the Magna Carta with Lego bricks.

I don’t think there could there be a better way to make any subject appealing to children than to mix in Lego constructions.

Professor Morillo's contributions inside Medieval Lego.

Professor Morillo’s contributions can be found inside Medieval Lego.

“It’s an interesting, almost noble thought to make Medieval history interesting to kids by building Lego set pieces of famous battles or sieges,” Morillo said. “Greyson did it right. He got good builders and made good Lego constructions. He made it reliable and respectable by getting in touch with some big-name Medieval historians like Robert Bartlett and Steven Isaac.”

Two-hundred words on the Battle of Hastings. Would he do it?

“I’m thinking I could do that in my sleep,” said Morillo. “Sure, I’ll take part. So I sent him my stuff.”

Some 15 months later, a copy of Medieval Lego arrived in Morillo’s office. The finished product was impressive. Plus, the Battle of Hastings landed on the cover.

“It was a damn good idea,” Morillo said. “He makes some real connections here.”

I asked Morillo if this particular publication would leap to the top of his C.V. “Yes, I think it will,” he laughed. “It’s the most recent thing, so, of course, it goes right to the top.”

One Play, One Memorable Tackle

Richard Paige — So many things have to come together for any single play in football to work. When they do, it can lead to a very special moment.

Sixty-seven seconds remained in the Little Giants’ 55-7 win at Wooster last weekend when special happened.

“If you would have seen the way the guys on the sideline reacted, you would have thought that we won the national championship,” offensive coordinator Don Morel said. “That’s as much fun as I’ve had in 25 years of coaching.”

Ethan Shultz '19

Ethan Shultz ’19

Ethan Shultz is a freshman outside linebacker. He stands 5-foot-6, weighs 152 pounds, and is diabetic. For him to even be on the team is borderline miraculous.

He’s a member of the scout team defense, which means each week he and 10 other teammates mimic the opponent’s defense to give the starters a chance to simulate what they might face on Saturday.

It’s a thankless job because scout teamers spend more time learning the opposing D than they do their own.

Coaches notice. And they noticed Shultz, who sticks his nose in there every day and plays to the best of his ability on each play. He does everything asked of him.

Shultz grew up in Danville, Ohio, roughly 30 miles from the Wooster campus, and as a reward for his hard work, earned a spot on the Little Giants’ travel team. That’s as much as any freshman could hope for.

Late in the game with the Little Giants cruising, Shultz’s teammates began chanting his name. They wanted him to get a chance to play. The coaches started to talk. Could we get him on the field?

“Something crazy had to happen for us to get him in the game,” said assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Olmy Olmstead. “We’re on defense and we need something to get him in on the kickoff squad.”

A few plays later, A.J. Clark ’16 intercepted a pass and returned it 58 yards for a score. Crazy just happened and Coach Erik Raeburn green lighted the decision to put him in.

Shultz trotted on to the field for the ensuing kick-off. With the ball on its way, he sprinted down the field wearing No. 58, and he made the tackle. The Little Giant sideline erupted.

“It felt great to make that tackle on my first collegiate play,” Shultz explained. “It felt as all the hard work I’ve put in on scout team finally came to fruition.”

This isn’t a Rudy experience, that’s fairytale. Moments like Shultz’s happen far more often in college sports than Hollywood ever lets on. What’s truly memorable about Ethan’s performance is that in the singular moment – seven seconds in total – he got an opportunity and made the most of it. The hard work, the practices, the focus, the dedication. He. Made. The. Tackle.

Coaches love when their guys rise and meet the moment. Ethan Shultz did exactly that.

“I’m not sure how much Ethan Schultz is going to get in there and play in the future, but I can promise you that if he continues to perform like he does on our scout team, you are going to want that guy in your organization.

“He absolutely earned it,” Olmstead said. “He deserved every second of that moment.”

Seven seconds, three frames, one memorable tackle.

Seven seconds, three frames, one memorable tackle.