Room and Board

JOSEPH REILLY ’18 | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF • College is expensive. There’s no way around it. With rising costs and fees, the cost of attending an institution of higher education has increased dramatically over the past four decades. Next fall, Wabash College will continue this trend with the implementation of an increased room and board rate for students who live in all Wabash fraternities.

The rate for fraternity room and board will be $9,300 campus-wide beginning fall of 2018. This represents an increase of $500 to $2,900, depending on the fraternity. Chief Financial Officer Kendra Cooks discovered several motivations for the change after reviewing the College’s finances when she took over from former CFO, Larry Griffith, last year.


American journalist Lisa Ling once said, “The best education I have ever received was through travel,” and Wabash echoes her sentiment. Opportunities for travel happen every semester, with various courses taking students around the world. The list for next year’s approved immersion courses ranges from old favorites to new opportunities. France, Germany, and England are on the list, as well as the return of the summer Ecuador course headed by Professor of Spanish Dan Rogers and Associate Professor of Spanish Jane Hardy, as well as a new location for next year, Andrea Bear’s

Czech Republic theater course.

Game On

AUSTIN RUDICEL ’20 | STAFF WRITER • The Wabash curriculum is constantly adapting to study new fields that become prominent in today’s soci- ety. One of these topics, the study of video games, started to rise in popular- ity with multiple professors teaching classes that address different aspects of video games. In these particular classes, students purchase video games instead of textbooks and instead of reading stories, they play through storylines of games. In an attempt to make these classes more accessible for students, Wabash created a video game lab that allows students to play games required for a class, or just for fun.



CHRISTOPHER BARKER ’20 | STAFF WRITER • Wabash College broke new ground in immersion trips this past winter break. Students in Sabrina Thomas, BKT Assistant Professor of History, and Associate Professor of History Rick Warner’s HIS-300 course, “Lessons and Legacies of War: Vietnam”, traveled to Vietnam in Wabash’s first-ever immersion trip to Asia. The class spent their time traveling throughout the entire country, and this past Sunday and Monday, these students told their stories to the Wabash community.


AUSTIN RUDICEL ’20 | STAFF WRITER • When people notice an issue, it is easy to complain and expect others to change. It takes a certain type of person who is willing to attempt to make the change themselves. When it comes to the issue of finding new ways to unify campus, Oliver Page ‘19 decided he would reach beyond simply complaining and would find ways to make significant changes on campus.


ANDREW HARVEY ’21 | STAFF WRITER • If you attend a Glee Club concert, you might see a small group break off from the main ensemble. A quick glance at a pro- gram provides you with an expla- nation: these are the T-Tones. The T-Tones is a small group within the Glee Club that meets out- side of normal rehearsal times. While the main ensemble typi- cally focuses on grand pieces that require more voices, the T-Tones specialize in more intricate songs. Out of the roughly 40 members of the Glee Club, Jacob Anderson ‘21, Daniel Azar ‘18, Patrick Azar ‘19, Yongjin Yi ‘17, Taylor King ‘18, Eric Fritchley ‘19, John Vermeulen ‘21, Isaac Hunter ‘19, Jonathan Murdock ‘19, Samuel Stephenson ‘20, Timothy Riley ‘18, William Harvey ‘21, Viet Anh Tran ‘18, and Alejandro Reyna ‘17 make up the T-Tones group.


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Clift in a Discussion during her week at Wabash (photo by, Levi Garrison ’18)

JADE DOTY ‘18 | CAVELIFE EDITOR• The #MeToo Movement, Trump’s unusual presidential election victory, careers in journalism, and the government shutdown are

the numerous topics that Eleanor Clift covered over the course of
this past week. Eleanor Clift is the former Newsweek White House Correspondent with over 40 years of experience in political journalism, covering presidencies since Jimmy Carter.

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(photo by, Ian Ward ’19)


JAKE CHRISMAN ‘20 | STAFF WRITER • The Little Giant wrestling team struck gold this past weekend at the John Summa Invitational with
3 individual champs, 17 top eight finishes in total, and capturing 1st place as a team. Jared Timberman siad, “As a team we did pretty well this weekend. We wrestled a pretty tough division 2 team in Wheeling Jesuit. They were pretty tough, but we were neck and neck with them most of the day.” Finishing on first was Austin Bethel ‘21 in the 149-lb weight class, Kyle Hatch ’21 in the 157-lb weight class, and Darden Schurg ’19 in the 174-lb weight class.


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(Photo by, Communications and Marketing)

JACKSON BLEVINS ’20 | STAFF WRITER • College is a time period where one can grow in many ways. Life’s challenges lead to personal growth, rigorous courses help students improve academically, and young adults can experience the social life of their desire. However, as seniors’ college experience winds down, the focus begins to shift towards starting a professional career, or what most call “entering the real world”. It is no secret that Wabash is one of the best at job placement for their graduating classes, as the Princeton Review rated our Career Services at eighth best in

the country.


CHARLES FREY ’19 | STAFF WRITER • It’s that time of the four year cycle again, and the countries of the world have assembled for the greatest spectacle in winter sports. The snow is packed and the Winter Olympics
are underway in PyeongChang, South Korea. The globe’s top winter athletes will be competing for the top spot on the podium to bring glory eternal for their homeland.



JACKSON BLEVINS ’20 | STAFF WRITER • The transition from fall to winter brings frigid temperatures, the occasional snowfall, and unfortunately, the flu. October to January is normally the time where some form of influ- enza, better known as the flu, spreads across the country and infects most parts of the United States in some way. Currently, every state except for Hawaii has reported widespread flu activity.


BENJAMIN JOHNSON ’18 | STAFF0 WRITER • JOSEPH REILLY ’18 | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF • The Board of Trustees convenes on campus each quarter to gain perspective from the students and faculty of the College, collaborate on solving campus issues, and reconnecting with their alma mater. You can say what the Board of Trustees does here is fairly similar to most colleges across the country, except for one thing: few schools have trustees who attempt to reach the level of student engagement for which Wabash’s trustees routinely strive.


  1. JACOB ROEHM ’18 | GUEST WRITER • The State of the Union address is typically a chance for the president to pull together the nation by calling upon our shared values and experiences.
  2. ISAIAH MEARS ’20 | GUEST WRITER • As President Donald Trump took us on a journey through this past year, I couldn’t help but think that the American Dream is alive and prospering.



IAN WARD ’19 | ONLINE EDITOR • Over Thanksgiving break, some Wallies skipped the traditional family Thanksgiving Dinner and instead experienced a bus-based immersion trip south of the Mason-Dixon line. This immersion trip included two classes, Political Science 210-Politics of the Civil Rights Movement, and Music 204- African American Music. From the beginning, this trip presented a unique opportunity to learn two types of class material on a trip when only some parts were separate in instruction. What this meant was “at some points the classes split up and did different things, and discussion of experiences followed” Political Science Department Chair Shamira Gelbman said while at other times the classes did the same thing with crossover in topic.


CLAYTON HUBER ’21 | STAFF WRITER • The Trace Bulger Committee met this past Monday night in the Lilly Library to discuss the furthering and promotion of campus involvement and Wabash spirit in honor of Trace Bulger’s ‘18 commitment to the Wabash brotherhood. Bulger is a Sigma Chi brother, Track and Field thrower, and a part of the Newman Center. During his time at Wabash, Trace was highly invested in stimulating campus unity and endorsing the significance of the Wabash Brotherhood. His cooking club, Trace’s Munch, brought students from both independent and fraternal living units under one roof in order to prepare, cook, and most importantly, eat as one Wabash family.


BRAXTON MOORE ’19 | NEWS EDITOR • The city of Crawfordsville is planning substantial changes that will positively impact the face of the community. Along with the proposed addition of several small parks, public gathering spots, and recreational running/biking trails that will break ground this spring, the city also plans to transforming the PNC Bank building on the corner of Washington and Main into a

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The PNC Building before its Fusion 54 Transition (Photo by Jacob Ferguson ’19)

community workspace that will bring together a conglomeration of city offices, creative initiatives, and Wabash resources (including an experimental theater and the CIBE). The project has been named ‘Fusion 54’, and aims to provide a creative and collaborative workspace for professional and creative endeavors. Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton ’00 spoke about the direction that the project hopes to follow, and how Fusion 54 will open new opportunities not only for young entrepreneurs in the Crawfordsville area, but for the greater Wabash community as well.

Mock Interviews Come to Campus

PATRICK MCAULEY ’20 | STAFF WRITER • For college students, the real world is right around the corner. Most (if not all) students have one goal upon graduation: to land a job. These days, however, ambitious, young, and hard-working talent fills the job market, making it hard for upcoming graduates to acquire that dream job. Here at Wabash, career services possess some additional oppositional firepower: mock interviews.

Bleeding for a Cause

JACKSON BLEVINS ’20 | STAFF WRITER • On Tuesday, November 7, Wabash College will be participating in the annual Bleed for the Bell Blood Drive competition. The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Knowling Fieldhouse in the Allen Center. On the seventh, the Wabash community and DePauw University community will hold a one-day event to see which school can donate the most blood. This will be the 17th year of the event, starting back in 2000. This competitive day of donating blood has been a valuable asset to the Red Cross blood banks since 2000. The event is free and open to the public, and it is highly encouraged that anyone who is willing and able to donate blood would do so on this day. The housing unit with the most donors will receive free wings courtesy of the Wabash Athletic Department.

Pham Wins 24th Annual Moot Court

Women Of Wabash Caleb Dickey ’21-Staff Writer- The 24th annual Wabash College Moot Court competition ended on Wednesday night with The Anh Pham ‘18 taking home the prize of Top Advocate. “I just read the case again and again, and after each round I read it again,” Pham said. “It feels great.”