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Eyewitness Weather from Lafayette, Indiana

All Sleet!

That’s the drift on the walkway behind our house.  I had to use a rubber mallet to get the yardstick down to the cement.  12 inches of…sleet.  Not snow, sleet.  If you look closely just to the right of the yardstick, I was standing there.  On top!

The 2003 Ranger pickup

That’s the now-famous 2003 Ford Ranger pickup featured in the new license plate poster.  (Yes, I am happy to have the truck autograph those for a small fee!)  As you can see, she’s been there for awhile and by the looks of the weather, she will be there a a lot longer.

It's all sleet.

Finally, that’s the 2 gallon gas tank for the snowblower sitting in the driveway.  Before and after.

As we said in my former life: “Havin’ some fun now!”


Coaches Versus Cancer

Coach Mac Petty H'82

That’s Coach Petty at the basketball game last Saturday.  The sneakers look…odd.  Or so I thought.

Well, Coach Carpenter also had them on, the Kenyon coaches had them on…you get the picture.

I didn’t know anything about it so I did what I do in those situations – ask.  Mac explained it’s part of the Coaches vs. Cancer effort.  That’s all I needed to hear.

It’s a valiant effort and we’re fighting a health challenge that I’ll bet has impacted everyone’s family at one point or another.

Lost my father, and Carol’s parents to the big “C”.   Please think about getting on board.


DePauw and Purdue closed but Wabash OPEN for learning!

Prof. Rick Warner begins class as a student gets a cup of hot chocolate

Professor Rick Warner emailed me last night with a bit of a challenge.  “Want to know where young alumni are?  They’re on Facebook!  Over 25 have been writing on my wall about my not canceling class”.

So, in the midst of my daily mail run for the office (we dropped campus mail delivery to save some $$$) I stopped by Rick’s Mexican American History class this morning.  He had a good turnout and, get this, he was serving homemade hot chocolate to the class!

Homemade!

I was going to take a few photos and finish the mail run but I just couldn’t leave.  Everyone was engaged in the conversation.  Rick WASN’T lecturing – it was a true discussion.  And in the truest form of what Wabash does best, the group listened to all the opinions expressed and continually explored every possible discussion topic.

A student makes a point about language differences

Yes, I am a Rick Warner fan!  But this goes beyond Rick and even beyond his class.  It’s all about Wabash guys learning together…with a great cup of hot chocolate on a cold, icy day.