One Happy D Coordinator

BJ Hammer Congratulates Luke Zinsmaster

BJ Hammer ’01, Wabash’s Defensive Coordinator, had to be one of the happiest guys around on Saturday.  BJ came down to the field before the end of the game congratulating a lot of guys on the victory.  The Defense played with a lot of intensity.

Luke Zinsmaster (54) has had a string of career games…interception, fumble recovery, sacks, tackles for loss…you name it, Luke’s done it.

Same goes for a lot of the “D”…

Guest Post – Art Howe ’82

Here’s one more fact about Wabash and Illinois College that might interest you. Our two colleges share a common founder — John Millot Ellis. Given our shared debt to Rev. Ellis, it seems to me that it might be appropriate to remember him in some way in connection with Saturday’s game.
Rev. Ellis was born in Keene, New Hampshire on July 14, 1793. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1822 and from Andover Seminary in 1825. While in the seminary, he had thought of going to India to become a missionary but wrote his father, “I am persuaded that I have the prospect of contributing to the success of the gospel in India more effectually by laboring in this country than by going there in person.” On September 29, 1825, at his ordination at Old South Church in Boston, he was given the charge, “Build up an institution of learning which shall bless the West for all time.”
He came to Illinois as a home missionary. He first served as a pastor of a church in Kaskaskia, Illinois, where he met Frances Brard, a young woman of French descent who became his wife. Rev. Ellis later moved to Jacksonville, Illinois, where he became one of the founders of Illinois College in 1829. Rev. Ellis and another founder selected the hilltop for the college campus and began construction of the first building before a professor was hired or a student had enrolled.
His wife Frances taught a private school for young ladies, which developed into Jacksonville Female Academy. (In 1903, Illinois College became co-educational when Jacksonville Female Academy merged into it.)
In 1832, Rev. Ellis was one of the nine founders of our College who met on November 21 at the home of John Thompson and who on November 22 knelt in the snow at what became our campus.
In 1833, his wife Frances and two daughters died in a cholera epidemic, reportedly while he was away at Wabash.
Rev. Ellis did a later service that ensured the survival of our College in its youngest days. In the spring of 1834, Rev. Edmond Hovey became the College’s agent and sought to raise moneys in Philadelphia, Boston and New York. Unsuccessful in his efforts, Professor Hovey wrote a letter to the President of Wabash’s Board of Trustees tendering his resignation. On the back of the letter, Professor Hovey wrote the words “Point of desperation.” That letter was never sent because Rev. Ellis persuaded its author to suppress the letter and to make another effort to raise funds, which was successful and which secured Wabash’s future. Thus, we owe Rev. Ellis thanks for both Wabash’s founding and for encouraging the steps that ensured its survival.
In 1840, Rev. Ellis returned to New Hampshire, where he served as pastor of a church in East Hanover. In 1844, he again entered the service of the Society for Promoting Collegiate and Theological Education in the West. He died in Nashua, New Hampshire on August 6, 1855, aged 62 years.
Yours in Wabash,
Arthur J. Howe ’82

They Knew All Along!

The first graders at Okamose School in Lansing

This is a photo, taken last week, of the first graders at the Okemos Public Montessori School in Okemos, Michigan (near Lansing.)  Two things are apparent.  Clearly these fans know about Wabash and the Bell game.  And, it appears that the young ladies are also Wabash fans.

Photo by Jill Hough, who is a teacher at the school.  You might know her brother – Jay Fisher 66.

Now. it all makes sense.

New Hairstyle


Caught this pic at the game Saturday.  I’ve leave it to you to guess what it says above the right ear.  (Math clue-the answer, multiplied by itself AND added to itself, is equal to the answer.)

He’ll need a little different “do” next year…but the idea is about the same!

BTW – in case you missed it…45…to…7! Ding, ding, ding, ding…

Veterans Day

Thanks Jim.  Thanks Bruce.  Thanks Wes.  Thanks Ethan.  Thanks Dominique.  Thanks David.  Thanks Mike.  Thanks David.  Thanks Alex.  Thanks Paul.  Thanks Dan.  Thanks Stan.  Thanks Steve.  Thanks Scott.  Thanks Ben.  Thanks Herb.  Thanks to all the other Wallies my feeble memory couldn’t recall off the top…

Thanks to all my F-111 buddies – you know who you are. I hope your chat with the Glen brothers today and…

A special thanks to all the Moms and Dads who shared their sons and daughters with our entire country.  To borrow a favorite line: “It wasn’t easy but it was worth it.” 

Monon Bell Chapel

Wes Chamblee In Chapel

Monon Bell Chapel was yesterday.  All four captains – Jon Horn, CJ Gum, Kyle Najar, and Wes did a great job.  Coach Raeburn was superb as well.

You see the NCAC Championship Trophy in the picture?  President Pat White presented it at the start of Chapel.  Yes, the place went wild.  It also went wild when Coach calmly took it and put it behind the podium saying:  “That was last week, we have other business to attend to this week.”

Everyone talked that DePauw would be up and ready for this game.  They also clearly communicated that the team is also ready.

Can’t wait ’til Saturday!

Monon Bell This AM

Monon Bell This AM

Photo this morning – wanted a close up of the bell and a chance to talk to the guys guarding it.  (They are a hyped up bunch, for sure!)

Despite the rain and overcast, that beauty just always looks great ON CAMPUS.

Sold out at Greencastle and 64 Monon Bell telecast parties all around the nation – details on the home page.

Wabash Always Fights!

I Can Hear It!

Monon Bell Game 2005

Got out of the red Ranger pick-em-up this morning  and could hear that Bell ringing across campus.  This photo taken at Blackstock…seems like yesterday.

Those seniors have already been back to campus for a 5 year reunion…is that even possible?

See you Saturday!  WAF!


Football Senior Day Special

The Family of Josh Linthicum '12

Saturday was a signature win for the Little Giants.  We beat a good Wittenberg team to win the NCAC and earn a playoff berth.   A beautiful fall day, it was perfect for sending the seniors off with a great celebration and hard-fought victory.

But we also paused to remember another senior – Josh Linthicum.  Josh, from Springfield, Ohio, the home of Wittenberg, passed away during routine surgery before his sophomore year.  It was totally unexpected.

Our guys have kept Josh forefront in their minds and Mike and Debbie Linthicum, together with their other son, were there Saturday.  For Wabash…for Josh…for his teammates.

Big #70, I’m sure, was tracking the entire game from his skybox.