Rite of Passage Time – Class of 2018

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Chapel Sing

It’s Homecoming Week and that means one of the most important rites of passage at Wabash will take place Thursday.

The Freshman class will walk into the sing just hoping their preparation is enough to avoid getting the dreaded red “W” painted on their shirts.  Long distance thinking to them will be Thursday lunch.

On the way back to their living units though, it will begin, just begin, to sink in.  They walked to Chapel Sing a freshman – they walked away a Wabash man.

It’s one of the many changes they’ll go through at “This Good Place.”


30th Annual Bachelor Party

“Without Tradition You Just Don’t Have Tradition”
Famous Fighter Pilot


Wrigley Field Welcomes The Bachelor Party

My good friend Jim Davlin ’85 sent me a couple of photos.  Somehow Jim can always sense when I am running lower than normal on creativity. This is the executive summary…

Thirty years ago a bunch of Wabash guys got together for a bachelor party.  They had such a good time that they decided to do it again the following year..and so it went. Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs welcomed the crew back this year for the 30th.


The 30th Anniversary Crew

By all accounts, a great time was had by all.  You can bet there’s a 31st in the planning stages.

For the record, the young lady in the front row is not a graduate and was not identified.

Meet The Class Of 2036!!!


Maxwell David Nicholson ’36

Meet Max Nicholson…Wabash Class of 2036!!!

Max was born yesterday at 7:00 PM to Josh ’04 and Hollie Nicholson.  Josh reports Hollie and Max are both doing fine.  Josh isn’t doing as well – his calculator blew up as he was calculating Wabash tuition for young Max.

2036…think about that for a second.  The Class of 1986 will be back on campus…celebrating their 50th reunion!  The Class of 2011…who just left a few years ago, will be back for their 25th.  The Grunge will be…daisy fertilizer!

And so it is…but this much I hope will be the same…the life-changing education Max will get here…at This Good Place.

Footnote: Max has to be a fighter pilot…if they still have such a thing.  Max is the perfect fighter pilot name.


You’ll Love This!


Don Reed ’70 sent me this photo.  Don’s nephew (a Witt graduate he laments) teaches Computer Science at Capital University in Ohio.

Evidently, this is the second time a Capital University student has shown up in his nephew’s class wearing a “Wabash Men Lead” t-shirt.  Of course, we’re scratching our heads wondering why they aren’t here attending Computer Science class – but that’s a topic for another day!!!

I’m Back…and Alive!


Grunge at North Kaibab Trailhead

Made it!  Left Phantom Ranch at 5:44 AM and showed up here 10 hours and 25 minutes later.  Up 1 mile and walked 14.

It was long!  Drank a little over 10 pounds of water…

Hit a little rain on the way down…but the overcast made the photos better!

Raining at the North Rim!

Raining at the North Rim!



Feels like…


That’s my brother in law – Steve Servies – at Bright Angel Campground.  We were out for a day hike…read crazy!

Going through 600 emails.  If you don’t hear from me in the next couple of days – hit me again!


Just a guess…

bench-0860It’s just a guess…but an educated one.  (I know, with the Grunge using the term “educated” is risky!)

I’ll bet you that the Senior Bench on Saturday morning is red.  Somehow, magically, each year the press box announcer states: “The Phil Delts are pleased to report that the bench is red.”

Now, having said that, I hope there’s a meteorologist as a Phi Delt pledge as the weather forecast for tomorrow and Saturday includes more than a chance of a bench washing!

Would the world be different, or would the outcome of the game change, if they didn’t get it done?  I don’ know…how could it matter?

But, Phi Delt pledges, let’s not mess with Mother Nature!


Only At Wabash

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Professor Wally Novak

I ran into Wally Novak early last Thursday morning.  He was on his way to a 8:00 AM class on the first day of the new school year.

I threw out the usual banter about an 8:00 AM class.  He said “yes” in his usual good-natured way.  I asked what the course was.  He responded “Advanced Bio-Chemistry.”

I stopped in my tracks.  Advanced Bio-Chemistry.  Wally’s excited and the Grunge is just trying to wrap his arms around exactly how tough that would be…let alone at 8:00 AM on a student’s body clock.  I wished Wally good luck and headed for the inbox.

Caught Wally at lunch – same day.  “How was class?” I asked.  He said with a broad smile: “Great!  This is going to be a great year – these guys are all super to work with.”  I said: “How many students?” “7″

Seven students.  8:00 AM.  CHEM 462.  Advanced Bio-Chemistry. A recipe for …GREATNESS!

You see, Wally is a teacher / mentor / role model / cheerleader rolled into one.  He’ll push the guys to give it their best shot and he’ll make every step of the journey – the highs and the lows – with them.  Because he cares.  And they will give it their best because, at the end foot he day, they do not want to disappoint Wally.

Wally Novak helps make Wabash “this good place”.  Even at 8:00 AM!




And The First Paint Job Is…

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The Men of Sigma Chi got it rolling…

Nicely done last evening.  Even some motivational undertones…from Da Bear himself, Mike Ditka.


Sig Chi-3148You’ll also note some fine detail work…but the question of the day is really simple…will it be the same tomorrow?













The Lew Is Coming Down

The Lew Is Coming Down

All the prep work has been completed…and today they started in earnest.  The Lew Wallace Inn is coming down.  I noticed someone had already procured what was left of the sign…


Talked to a local resident: “Happy to see it go and sad to see it go”

The space will become a parking lot for now.


All of that furniture done in "Early Motel"

All of that furniture done in “Early Motel”

The new parking lot will be a block from campus….the question will be is that close enough?