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Heavy Snow Blankets Campus

Howard Hewitt – Although it wasn’t the season’s first snow fall, it was the first serious one!

Nearly 8 inches of snow covered the Wabash College campus late Thursday night making for a Christmas postcard like appearance Friday morning. Campus services had sidewalks cleared and all classes were held as normal.

The heavy snow provided for plenty of fun. The Frisbee club played midnight Frisbee on the snowy mall overnight.

See Friday morning campus photos in the attached photo album.


Raise a Glass for Dear Old Wabash!

Howard Hewitt – Many a young man dreaming of becoming a doctor, lawyer, or business man finds his way to Wabash College. But not too many young men dream of running a winery find themselves in Crawfordsville.

Mark Easley ’90 grew up in the family wine business and now runs the Easley Winery in Indianapolis. The Wabash history major has really turned his critical thinking skills toward his business and the quality of his wine and watched his winery take off over the past five years.

We’ll be featuring Mark in an alumni profile soon on our web page. Mark and his wife, Meredith, run the 205 N. College Avenue winery. They give tours, conduct tastings, seminars, and even home wine-making education events. Visit the Easley Winery website for more details.

But if you are bit of an oenophile and just can’t wait, Kelli Miller of the winery will be in Crawfordsville Saturday, Dec. 10, conducting a seminar on Easley wines at the IGA Supermarket on Market St. It will not be a tasting, but she will be on hand to talk about the different style wines from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Easley wines have come a long way. A personal recommendation includes their Reisling and the oak-aged Cabernet Sauvignon.

In photo: Mark Easley ’90


Santa Keeps Win Streak Alive

Howard Hewitt – It’s hard to keep a good man down – even after 12 years of trying!

Santa Claus survived another spirited Wabash College debate Dec. 7 by members of the Parlimentary Union. The sometimes-annual debate resolves: "This House believes Santa Claus is detrimental to American Society."

Members of the government position, Ian Bisbee ’07 and Matt Plachta ’07, centered their argument around economics, lying to children, and staking out a position that Santa is a bad example of healthy living with his rotund figure.

Opposition leaders Grant Gussman ’09 and Rob Bloss ’09 countered with a bah humbug to the government argument. The two suggested Santa bolsters the economy each year, and that Santa fosters a child’s imagination. Additionally, the opposition spokesmen said the idea a little milk and cookies one night a year contributes to childhood obesity was absurd.

The debate was carried out in traditional parlimentary fashion with good natured ribbing from the house and pointed questions to each side prior to final rebuttal statements.

But in the end, the House voted overwhelmingly to reject the proposal that Santa is detrimental to American society.

Rhetoric professor David Timmerman guesses this was the 12th year, not all consecutive, for the Santa debate. And as David noted, Santa remains unbeaten.

Who says education can’t be fun?

In photo: Grant Gussman, at right, answers an audience question, while government spokesmen Plachta and Bisbee listen in.


A great example of blogging!

Howard Hewitt – One of the goals we have had since starting up Wabash blogs is to use them on immersion learning trips. Toby Herzog’s "English 497: Seminar in English Literatures: Place, Space, and Community in the Novels of Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy" is a great example. If you haven’t taken a look at it, published on the faculty/staff and current students page – click here.

The students took lots of photos and blogged each day on their visit to England over the Thanksgiving holiday. Jenna Rogers provided some technical assistance but the guys did a really great job talking about their incredible journey.

This is a great example of what we hope to do with immersion learning in the spring. It creates a real-time documentation of the experience, a journal for future classes, and a piece future students and alumni can read to learn more about immersion learning.

We will also be adding a blog from Wabash swim coach Peter Cesares this week. Look for Peter’s "Lanelines" on the sports and swim pages later this week.


Sharon Stone, dance classes, football

Howard Hewitt – MEADVILLE, Pa. – Odd thoughts while wandering Interstates 74, 70, 270, 71, 76, 77 and 80: (with apologies to former Indy Star sports editor Bob Collins!)

– The 7.5 hours of driving time makes the number of Wabash fans at the game here Saturday even more amazing than usual. More than 100 were louder than the entire, but noticably small, local Gator supporters.

– Northwest Pennsylvania is beautiful this time of year. Allegheny College is surrounded by lots of large trees in full fall colors. I hope you noticed that in the background of some of the photos on the sports story.

– The campus itself is also beautiful. Allegheny was founded in the early 1800s and has lots of older, interesting buildings. While wandering about with Bachelor editor Allen Chatt, I came across the more than 100-year-old gymnasium. Allegheny’s Director of  Dance was there and told us a little about the building. She was very welcoming, a nice touch!

– Meadville is not a large city – 13,000 in the town and about 30,000 in the area. It’s best known former resident, according to a town website, is actress Sharon Stone.

– More than 30 Wabash men boarded a very nice bus for the ride to Meadville. History professor Rick Warner and his son accompanied the group. Many coming off the bus were Sphinx Club members. It’s too bad the other 20 seats were left empty. I would have to hope the lower than capacity turnout won’t dissuade future such efforts.

– And finally those crazy Wabash guys are fun. The students really gave the Gators a hard time during warm-ups. It was never mean, exactly, but creative and probably a bit irritating to our hosts. Good fun!


A Special Treat

Howard Hewitt – Football is often described as the world of machismo. It filters down from the NFL and the college level to high school and even pee wee ball.

That’s why it was such fun Friday morning to see members of the Wabash College football team react much like little boys in the candy shop at the Union Federal Football Center – practice facility for the Indianapolis Colts.

Pete Metzelaars ’82 arranged to have the Little Giants visit on their way to Saturday’s football game at Wooster, Ohio. The Wabash men, who were unaware of the planned visit, were led into the indoor practice field where they watched All-Pro Dwight Freeney and his defensive line mates work out near the end of practice.

When the few remaining Colts cleared the field, Metzelaars gave the go-ahead for the Wabash guys to check it out. They felt the artificial turf, tossed the football around, and took lots of photos with camera phones.

And, there was more than a few "wows" and other superlatives to describe the experience.

While waiting to load the bus to head on to Ohio, the players saw the large SUVs, Mercedes, and even a Bentley belonging to Colts players.

For a short while the machismo and posturing went out the window – they were boys. And boy, did they love the experience. The only thing better was watching them enjoy it!


Howard Hewitt – Greg Mahoney ’06 sees responsibility as a triangle. The triangle’s three sides are self, friends and family. 

Mahoney weaved his love of racing into his Thursday Chapel Talk about responsibility. The Granger, Ind., native, and religion major and Student Senate president, told a good-sized chapel turnout that responsibility is all about decisions.

“It’s about doing what you like when you like,” he said. “We can choose to do nothing at Wabash and just study. Or, like me and my buddies, we can work real hard so we can play hard.”

Responsibility for one’s self is much like a race car, Mahoney offered. “In order to go fast you have to start slow. If you don’t know what you’re going to do in life slow down and look at yourself. What are your strengths, interests?”

Responsibility to friends is dropping whatever you’re doing to help a buddy out. Mahoney described responsibility to family as the most important because family will give up even more than friends to support you.

Mahoney’s mixture of humor and advice seemed to be a big hit with Wabash men.


Wabash Football & Fun

Howard Hewitt — For anyone who has never gone on the road with the Little Giant football team, you’ve missed out. Add it to your fall list of things to do!

Approximately 400 Wabash College fans filed into Ohio Wesleyan University’s Selby Stadium Saturday afternoon. Even two pledge classes joined the fun. The crowd looked a little lost in the huge, old stadium but they were quite vocal in supporting the Little Giants.

OWU is located at Delaware, Ohio, – perhaps best known as birthplace of Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th president – or about a half hour north of Columbus. The OWU campus has an elongated layout in the beautiful small town. A mall runs down the middle of campus giving it a feeling of community even though it sits right downtown.

A big part of any Wabash road trip experience is the tailgate parties before the game. Just look for the red Wabash flags in a nearby parking lot for good food and friends.

We got to Delaware a bit later than planned Saturday so I wasn’t able to explore campus as I would have liked. We’ll be going to Wooster and Allegheny yet this fall on overnight trips. That will allow me to include a few photos of campus to give fans a feel for these schools we often talk about but few will ever see.

When you travel with the Little Giants you eat well, enjoy great company and meet new people. As Brent Harris and I found out on our way to the Wabash tailgate area we found a group of Ohio-based Wabash fans. Bill Catus ’77†and friends had set up grills and fun near the stadium. Catus leads the Columbus Association of Wabash men.

Topping†off the day was Wabash’s dominating performance and a big 29-7 win.†The football team travels to Wooster Oct. 15 and the longest trip of the year, Oct. 29, to Allegheny, Pa. Oh, then there is that short trip down the road Nov. 12 to reclaim the Bell!


Robinson to Visit Campus, talk about Teach For America

Jeremy Robinson ’04 is working at an inner-city high school in Chicago with Teach For America. Jeremy, who is from Indianapolis, was a Lilly Scholar while at Wabash and a Summa Cum Laude graduate.

His experiences at Harper High School will be detailed in the winter edition of Wabash Magazine. Jeremy is teaching at one of the city’s most under-performing high schools. He is in his second year and has faced many unique challenges during his experience.

Jeremy is going to be on campus Monday, October 10, to talk to any senior interested in the Teach for America program. He would like to pre-arrange interviews. Any senior interested can contact Scott Crawford at the Career Center or send an e-mail directly to Jeremy at: jeremy.robinson@corps2004.tfanet.org

– Howard Hewitt, 9-22-05



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