Last night, a number of DePauw students tried to “steal” the Monon Bell from our campus. Rumors of the number of DePauw students trying to get the Bell have ranged from 10 to 25 students. Who knows what the number was, but the attempt must have failed, because the bell is still ringing on campus!
On the topic of Bell heists, an email was sent out this morning about the greatest rivalry pranks of all time. In 1965, “Project Frijoles” was initiated. A Wabash student dressed up as a Mexican Interviewer to ask about scholarships at DePauw with the school President at the time. The President then disclosed the location of the bell, and that night, Wabash students pulled off the heist, leaving behind $1.15 for the damages. The school was furious, and Wabash reached a compromise to return. They buried it in the ground outside the DePauw stadium, and when DePauw went to retrieve it the next morning, the bell was frozen solid. But later in the season, Wabash reclaimed the bell with a win anyways, and the students scrambled onto the field wearing ponchos and sombreros.This story has been posted in Sports Illustrated and CNN news as one of the greatest rivalry pranks in history, and you can read the articles here and here.
With that aside, we will keep the Bell this year! Let’s bring it!