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Wabash Students Take In Pacers Game

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Patrick Bryant ‘16 – A group of 50 Wabash students traveled to Bankers Life Fieldhouse at Indianapolis Friday night to attend an Indiana Pacers game.  The group of students represented all classes and almost all living units to witness a 96-83 victory over the Miami Heat, conference finals foes of the Pacers from two and three years ago.

 

New Student Body President Andrew Powell '17 cuts down a piece of the net. Each student was able to clip a souvenir.

New Student Body President Andrew Powell ’17 cuts down a piece of the net. Each student was able to clip a souvenir.

The trip was planned and paid for by the Senior Council Activities Committee and Wabash College Student Senate, including Student Body President Patrick Bryant ’16 and committee chairman Andrew Powell ’17, who was elected Thursday to take Bryant’s role starting in 2016. 

In addition to attending the game, members of the traveling party got to cut a piece of the net down to take with them as a souvenir.

In an impromptu meeting on the court, Chris Denari ’83, television announcer for the Pacers on Fox Sports Indiana, greeted students and explained his job to them.  Despite not expecting a group from Wabash to be present, Denari proudly showed students his ring from the 1982 National Championship basketball team of which he was a part.


Film Has Linebacker Wearing Many Hats

Six months of work boiled down to 23 minutes.

“Reaping Words,” the film that A.J. Clark ’16 wrote, produced, directed and starred in, represents six months of eye-opening work for his THE 498 Senior Seminar. “Over the summer, I knew that I wanted to do a film,” he said. “I spent June and July trying to come up with ideas. It was overwhelming to get this thing off the ground, develop characters, and think about it constantly.”

Clark was a key cog in the Little Giants' defense this season.

Clark was a key cog in the Little Giants’ defense this season.

For the average budding filmmaker, such an undertaking might be all consuming, but for Clark, who is an honorable mention all-conference linebacker on the 12-1 Wabash football team that advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA DIII playoffs, much of “Reaping Words” was produced in between his gridiron obligations.

Click Here for a Link to Clark’s Film

The idea to build a screenplay came to him in July. He wrote about 70 percent of the script during football training camp. By the Wittenberg game (Clark references weeks by the opponent faced), the script was completed and following an abbreviated preproduction period – a month of work in a week, Clark says – shooting started in October. The film’s final scene was shot during Monon Bell Week, and he edited in spurts during the Little Giants’ playoff run.

To pull this off, Clark had a dedicated crew of five to assist, but spent much of his time planning shots and editing the script as he went along, essentially leaving only Friday and Saturday nights to rehearse his lines before shooting most Sundays.

He points to the final scene where he and his on-screen mom (played by his real-life mom, Terra McMillian) talk on a bench in the Arboretum. It was shot during Fall Break, so no other students were around. But the schedule had to be kept. Clark lined up the shots, got the cameras and audio rolling, and often ran into position to deliver his lines. Scene ends, reset the cameras, and repeat.

“Wearing so many hats at the same time was pretty difficult,” said the product of Higley, AZ, “especially when trying to act because I was also a director, producer, and writer. If a line doesn’t work, or I have to find this prop, that affected my acting performance.”

While Clark’s original goal for the project was to produce something for his acting portfolio – he’s appeared on the Wabash stage multiple times as well – he never lost sight of the inspiration for the project. The struggle represented in the film mirrors his efforts to get his film made while fulfilling his obligations as a student and teammate.

A.J. and his mom, Terra McMillian, starred in "Reaping Words."

A.J. and his mom, Terra McMillian, starred in “Reaping Words.”

“That struggle was the inspiration,” he said. “The drive comes from your heart, from your passion, and the idea came from the struggle in trying to establish myself. I want to act and would love to direct.”

Clark says that “Reaping Words” has taught him the value of collaboration.

“I feel good about this project,” he said. “I learned how important other people are in the production. I now appreciate all of the roles like cinematographer, lighting director, props, and producers. I have an idea how massive the effort is in films. The list of credits in a regular movie makes so much more sense.

“If you have a vision, you definitely want to foster it, but it’s good to let others share in that.”


Campus Services Wins National Honor

The look around the campus sign changes throughout the year.

The look around the campus sign changes throughout the year.

Howard W. Hewitt – Wabash College’s campus services group, Sodexo, always does a great job making the campus beautiful. Over graduation, Big Bash, and fall football weekends our alumni frequently praise the workers for how nice the campus always looks.

Older landscaping is replaced by a newer look.

Older landscaping is replaced by a newer look.

Campus Services recently won a national honor from the Professional Grounds Management Society for its working keeping the campus looking nice. Wabash won a Green Star Honor Award in the small college and grounds category. Only seven national colleges were honored. The Green Star competition brings national recognition to grounds maintained with a ‘high degree of excellence, and complements other national landscape award programs that recognize outstanding design and construction.’

“Thanks to Tim Riley and his team for their outstanding efforts all year round,” said David Morgan, Director of Campus Services. “This is a significant national recognition of the program Tim has developed and operated for years here at Wabash.”

Riley has taken on the challenge of giving the campus a fresher look. Much of the landscaping around older campus buildings has been updated in recent years.

Riley

Riley

“Each summer we take a building with older, over-grown landscapes and completely start over,” Riley wrote in the submission for the award. “Current trends are low-growing perennials and shrubs that don’t require much pruning, watering, deadheading, or fertilization.  It has been a challenge to develop a plant palate that can be the best of the best.

“Since 2010, new landscape beds and most new turf installations are not irrigated. Expectations have been managed to allow turf to go dormant in certain areas and once landscape plantings are established, they can survive on their own. Indiana usually receives enough rain fall to allow this.”

The 43rd annual awards honored 29 grounds management programs for excellence, presenting six Grand Awards (the highest honor), 21 Honor Awards and two Merit Awards in 10 categories.

 

Campus trees require a lot of attention throughout the year.

Campus trees require a lot of attention throughout the year.