Cal Black ’66 Into Beta Hall Of Fame

Cal Black '66 and Wabash AD Joe Haklin '73

Cal Black ’66 and Wabash AD Joe Haklin ’73

Cal Black ’66 – a legend at Wabash for his professional and personal involvement in the College – has been recognized as the first-ever inductee into the Hall of Fame for the local Chapter (Tau Chapter) of Beta Theta Pi.  Chapter Alumni Chair Nick Sommer noted Cal’s exceptional career in the FBI and his service to Wabash in several important leadership positions.  Nick also recognized Cal’s decades-long service to the Beta house.

Cal Black is a Hall of Famer and Some Little Giant! 

Tailgate at Witt

Scott Olmstead, Tom Bambrey '68, Joe Haklin '73, and Dave Knott '69

Scott Olmstead, Tom Bambrey ’68, Joe Haklin ’73, and Dave Knott ’69

We had a nice crowd at the Witt tailgate.  Not much parking as there was a conference Volleyball tournament ongoing.  The Olmsteads had carved out a small space and were nice enough to let the ranges borrow some of it.  Thanks friends!

During the day, we had some great folks stop by the tailgate.  One was Tom Bambrey ’68 – the former Dean of Students and Athletic Director.  Another was our current AD, Joe Haklin ’73.  Former quarterback Dave Knott ’69, father of Hall of Famer Jake Knott ’03, also made the trip.

Wabash had a great corn at the game, as you can see.

They butchered our hosts!

They out-cheered our hosts!




For A Good Cause!

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This photo came from Rob Reimondo, Wabash Class of 1993.   Rob said:

“This picture was taken downtown (Crawfordsville) on August 16, 2014 at the “Finish Line Fest.”  My son, Jack Reimondo (second from left) was raising money for the American Diabetes Association with his Lemon Shake-Up Booth.  Wally Wabash stopped by to support the cause.  Also pictured with Wally are Austin Manion (son of Mikel Manion, Class of 1996, far left), Patrick Scheidler, and Nathan Jent.”
These young men sure look like Wabash men, don’t they?  And, added to that, it’s a Gentlemanly thing to do!

Please note


The Grunge has picked up some additional administrative support functions recently.  These efforts will naturally take extra time and are more important than maintenance of the blog.  I’ll post when I can but there’s no way I can continue the almost daily posting level of the past.

To you faithful 10 – you know who you are – THANKS for understanding!

Wabash At Witt – Saturday, November 8, 2014

witt-2073It’s almost an annual event.  Wabash vs. Witt to decide who sits atop the NCAC going into the final week of the season and a possible playoff birth.  Both teams with an identical 7-0 record in the Conference.

I hope you’ll be in Springfield to cheer on the Little Giants. But if you can’t make it but can watch on your computer, here’s the link to the Witt broadcast.  If you’d like to get the Wabash announcers’ (radio only) take on the game, here’s the link.

I can’t wait until Saturday – WAF!


Record Year For Soccer


We (Carol, Gary Ross, Sherry Ross, and the Grunge) hadn’t had enough cold, rain, sleet, snow, etc., at Hiram so we jumped in our cars and made our way to Wooster to catch the regular season finale between Wooster and our Little Giants.

You can read the full story here.

Here’s the Grunge’s report – cold, windy, nasty, tough…and that was just the weather.  Wabash won it in the last three minutes…just as you would expect.  They never gave up, never gave in and just kept fighting.

We’re in the NCAC playoffs – that’s no doubt and this outcome didn’t change that.  But the team wanted this one…and it showed.

Wabash Always Fights!


Family Day – Great Day All Around

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Dean of Students Mike Raters and Associate Dean Mark Welch talk with parents

Family Day could not have been better – great football weather and victory plus a great sale at the Bookstore.

We offered several sessions targeted to give parents the information they need.  Above, Mike Raters ’85 and Marc Welch ’99 outlined for a full house what their sons should be considering throughout their four years here.  The Q and A was lively all morning – a great sign.

Parents have to balance the need to “help” their sons along with letting their sons be responsible.  It’s a fine line for sure.

We’re already beginning to think about next year…our goal is continuous improvement!