Center Hall Getting Major Landscape Facelift

The maple tree in the center of this group will remain. The other two will be removed.

Howard W. Hewitt – Workers began extensive landscape work around Center Hall this morning. Director of Campus Services David Morgan said his staff had noticed several problems with trees and shrubs around Center Hall. That evolved into a plan to open up Center Hall so it was more attractive from the College Mall.

All of the shrubs up along the building will be removed exposing the foundation.

The building was built in 1857 and houses the College Administration offices along with the departments of Religion, English, and Philosophy.

All of the shrubs which have framed the corners around Center Hall are being removed.

Three spruce trees will be planted at each corner of the building, Morgan said, to frame the historic structure.

Shrubs have already been removed from the side of the building facing Grant. St.

Morgan said the side of the building above will have hosta plants and other greenery similar to what’s in front of the Caleb Mills House.

These two urns are largely obscured from view. They will be relocated.

The urns will be cleaned up and painted black. They will go to the other side of Center Hall to frame the doorway.

The building is taking on a more prominent look after the first row of hedges was removed.

Morgan expects the project to take three weeks to complete.

Morrison ’14 Attends Journalism Seminar

Howard Hewitt – It’s not often unexpected opportunities just pop up during the summer months for our students. But in late May I learned the Indiana Collegiate Press Association was looking for student journalists interested in attending one or two seminars designed for professional journalists.

The extra spots  were available so the sponsoring institution decided to provide full-cost scholarship to college students. Bachelor staffer Scott Morrison jumped at the chance.

Scott Morrison ‘14 – This past weekend I travelled to St. Louis, Missouri to attend the Mid-America Press Institute’s workshop titled, “Sports Journalism: Staying on Top in the Digital Age.”  I learned about this event from Bachelor Advisor Howard Hewitt a few weeks ago and was immediately excited to attend this conference of professional sportswriters and other students from throughout the Midwest.  My time in St. Louis did not disappoint.  The weekend provided instruction that will help me as I continue my work for The Bachelor as well as pursue my future career path.

The event started on Sunday afternoon with a Cardinals game which went 15 innings and the Red Birds unfortunately lost.  The marathon game was followed by a keynote speech by Rick Hummel, MLB Hall of Fame sports writer.  He relayed many great stories about the trials and fun of covering the St. Louis Cardinals for 30 years and provided insight on how much the field of sports writing has changed since he began his career.  Oh yeah, in between the game and the talk I had some great barbeque at Joe Buck’s Restaurant two blocks from Busch Stadium (someday I will have to try Kansas City barbeque to judge which city has the edge).  But anyway, it was great to be surrounded by other students as well as professionals who shared the love of sports that I have.  We talked about everything from the BCS system to concussions in the NFL to how clutch Lebron James is.  By the end of Sunday I was ready to put the sports aside (that was a first!) and get some sleep before a full Monday.

Monday morning we gathered for the day’s sessions which were each about an hour long and focused on handling sources, covering a beat, and writing the big story.  Much of the focus in each session was on balancing Twitter, blogs, real-time updates, and writing a story with video and pictures all for one game.  It was great to learn how professionals learned to handle interviews and develop their own coverage techniques.  This was an opportunity for me to see some concrete instruction on what covering sports is like outside of Wabash and the kinds of skills that I need to develop in order to be successful.  I can take away from this experience that being a sports journalist is a 24/7 job that is far from easy but is also full of awesome experiences and interactions with players and coaches from around the world.  After sitting in a room with professionals and journalism students from Indiana University, Northwestern, Murray State, and Western and Eastern Illinois, I have decided that my liberal arts education from Wabash will serve me well in my career.

The 2012 Transit of Venus

A group of 60 amateur astronomers gathered at Wabash College Tuesday afternoon to view the transit of the planet Venus as it passed between the Earth and the Sun.

Wabash College Professor Wally Novak helps a young astronomer view the transit of Venus on Tuesday. Novak and Professor James Brown set up telescopes on campus for viewers to enjoy the event.

BKT Assistant Professor of Chemistry Wally Novak set up a standard telescope and a homemade pinhole camera to allow the members of the College faculty, staff, students, and their families watch the event as it took place. The next transit of Venus will not occur until 2117.

View photos from the event here.

“Viewing the transits of planets as they passed between the Earth and Sun was one of the earliest ways to understand our solar system,” Novak explained to the group. “Astronomers centuries ago used these transition to measure the size of the planets in addition to studying their orbital paths.”

Associate Professor of Physics James Brown brought a high-powered telescope with a solar filter so those who came could enjoy a clear view of the transit. People lined up and patiently waited for clouds to clear before eventually watching the event.

Songwriter Dan Couch ’89 Hit Soars to No. 1

Dan Couch '89

Howard W. Hewitt – Songwriter Dan Couch, Wabash class of 1989, has had a  successful career as a country song writer.

He now can add a No. 1 hit to his list of accomplishments. Couch and singer Kip Moore co-wrote “Somethin’ About a Truck” which is topping most major country charts today.

Couch also wrote five other songs on Moore’s current album. Couch is also a performer but known best for his writing and collaboration with other writers for country songs.

Couch lives in Murfreesboro, Tn, just south of Nashville. He was Pyschology major and Sigma Chi member while at Wabash.

Below is Kip Moore’s accoustic version of “Somthin’ About a Truck.”