Wabash in Singapore

Wabash Always Fights!

Aaron Warnke ’98 sent this in to us.  It’s a photo taken in a Pub located in the Singapore American Club.

As you can see, there are a lot of pennants from US colleges and universities.  And right on the front door?  A Wabash pennant placed there by Aaron.  As he said, everyone going through the door gets to meet Wally!


Art Project – Commercial Christmas Tree

Coke, Gillette, Keystone

Artist is Paul Liu '12

Several Art 227 art projects are positioned around campus.  I thought this particular one was exceptionally thought provoking in a very simple way.

Paul captured the conflict,I think, with the traditional tree decorated in “ornaments” shaped as corporate logos.  There’s Apple, Dell, Chevy (for my friend Jim Davlin ’85!), GNC, McDonalds, Bud Light, Nike, etc.

It makes you think.  Isn’t that what all art does, anyway?

Nice work, Paul!

Happy Holidays!


Midnight Munch…I know, I know

The Best Line of the Bunch - Line #3

Midnight Munch.  I know, I know, I tell you every year how much fun this is…and this year was no exception.  We had almost 50 faculty and staff working that evening.  In all, we served 376 students.  That’s over 50% of the students left on campus by Tuesday evening.  Chip Timmons and I always try to get there early and sign up for Line #3 – as well as get on the short list for “bacon testers”.  Many reasons for both and all classified!

The first guy in line!

You have to get there early – and he did.

"Pancake Pat" White at the controls

At the end of a long day, Pat White had a lot of valid reasons to skip…but he didn’t.  He was even making Monon Bell pancakes.  I’ll bet his counterpart was not making Monon Bell…

Lines #1 and #2

We served a total of 200 students in the first 20 minutes.  It was wild.

Midnight Munch is the essence of Wabash College in a fighter pilot-it-must-be-simple-to-understand way.  The community – faculty, staff, Bon Appetit – all there to cheer the guys on to do their absolute best.  It’s not about the bacon and pancakes, it’s about the true sense of community.

Advice to Seniors

Lilly Library

I’ll never give a talk to seniors on their last weekend here.  That’s OK.  Much smarter people with better comm skills handle those tasks.  But if I ever did…

I’d tell the guys they MUST walk the campus alone and in the dead of night.

Walk by the library…listen for the decades of Trustees discussing in earnest the future of this good place.

Hays Science Hall

Then turn and look at Hays Hall.  In this place, and Waugh before it,  young men learned the fundamentals that gave them the skills and the drive to save and enrich lives.  If you look real close, you can see Tom Cole, Willis Johnson, and Ed Haenisch  working with students in the labs.  That’s them keeping an eye on Lon Porter, Ann Taylor, Eric Wetzel, Scott Feller, Wally Novak, and the entire crew.

Stop by the senior bench…and just listen.

Swing by Center Hall…and just listen.

Walk the Arboretum…and take it all in.

Stand on the 50 yard line and look at the home stands.  See those guys in striped pants?

Bottle that all up and take it with you – share with your sons and grandsons.  Tell them this is the place that formed you into the man you are.

That’s what I’d tell them.

Breakfast of Champions – Freshmen Champions

Prof. Martin Madsen and his students

Martin Madsen and his students gathered for the final in their Freshman Tutorial an hour early this morning.  They’re starting the day with a hearty breakfast.  After that they’ll go through their presentations.  The class is on “Lord of the Rings”.

Brain food!

The guys were pretty loose, especially for this hour of the morning.  I think this will pay big dividends as they make their presentations.

It occurred to me that this was a mini-midnight Munch.  It’s the entire Wabash community cheering on our guys to do their absolute best.  It wouldn’t happen at a big school.  It’s standard for Wabash!


Russ Harbaugh at Sundance Film Festival

Russ Harbaugh ’06 has graduated from Columbia and is living in New York City.  The film he “debuted” here on campus last semester, Rolling on the Floor Laughing, has been selected for the Sundance Film Festival – quite an accomplishment.

That's our Russ Harbaugh

Russ was an English major, star quarterback, and now his film making is getting attention.  WOW!

Wabash in Italy – A Trip Not To Miss

Bill Cook '66 Leads Wabash Group To Italy

Bill Cook ’66 is leading another trip to Italy next year.  Dates are May 24 to June 7, 2012.

Bill Knows Italy!

Bill is able to get the group into places off limits to normal groups touring the country.

Space is very limited so make your plans today.  You can get more details by sending an email to  We’ll fire off a brochure to you.


Wabash and the Heisman

Look who is on the cover of Sports Illustrated?  That’s Herm Haffner ’77 and his son Jim.  I think they were out in New York picking up the trophy to bring it to C’ville and present it to a Little Giant.

Seriously, Herm and Jim attended the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium last Saturday and, as you can see, someone had a shot set up with the SI cover in the background and the trophy strategically placed.  Cool that Herm and Jim were decked out in Wabash gear.