Physics Comes Knocking…Again

Hey guys, I’m back a week later for a quick update blog.

Although Phi Delt did not win the Pan-Hel Week competition, the whole week was a blast. Highlights included hosting Lilly Scholar finalists (which brings back memories of the first time I saw the famous freshmen bed races), listening to Jim Amidon’s phenomenal Chapel Talk, and dressing up with my fellow Rhyne brothers as sexy security guards for the shopping kart races on Friday. I had a great weekend with some out of state friends from high school at the beach-themed FIJI Island party and got to attend the College Democrats of Indiana Convention downtown on Saturday, which was, I promise, much more interesting than it may sound. On Sunday, I got to help out with Alpha Phi Omega’s annual community Easter Egg Hunt, which enjoyed a very good turnout of children from the staff, faculty, and community families. If my week sounds busy, just try living it all on top of Chinese homework and Rhyne duties. Although campus has been fun, I’m excited to head home for Easter this weekend, after Phi Delta Theta hosts its annual Mothers, Brothers, and Others day on Saturday.

Now I’m not one for excuses, but there is a reason that it’s been a week since my last blog. If you think back to right toward the beginning of the semester, my recently-fixed Mac crashed for the third time this school year, recrashing my hard drive after I wrapped up the last 7 weeks of the semester without a laptop. After this last fix, I thought that my computer problems might finally be behind me. I was unfortunately mistaken. Like clockwork, out of the blue, last Wednesday, my Mac failed to run any programs (which included saving the presentation I was working on), and after an innocent attempt at rebooting it, failed to find the hard drive, and I wound up with the gray “question mark folder” of death for the 4th time this year.

“Genius Bar THIS”

This means that any and all computer work must be done on the other side of campus, on a library Mac. Even on a campus Wabash’s size, folks, this is a major pain in the butt. I’ll try to use my mobile Twitter account from my phone as much as possible until I can get the bad Apple fixed. (@BodeWabashBlog).

But even with the bad news about my Mac, I won’t leave you without a funny story based on my personal injury (par usual). On Friday afternoon, with all my classes finished for the day, I decided to lie down on the comfy couch in my and Joe’s room for a quick nap before my friend Jess arrived on campus. The weather was gorgeous, the window was open, and even with loud “Friday afternoon” music blasting from the room next door, the nap seemed like it would be a roaring success.

And then PHYSICS.

Here is why Physics doesn’t even make sense to me. Sound waves are not solid. You can’t touch sound. But apparently, it can touch other things. I hadn’t been lying down for more then two minutes before I heard a tinkling noise above me. A picture frame had fallen off the shelf above me, rattled off by the intensity of a song playing from the speakers in the room next to me. I had just enough time to think “well at least it was just a picture frame that landed on my lap” before a decorative bottle I had picked up in New Orleans twerked right off of the shelf, and crashed onto the very top of my head. I saw stars. There was no serious damage, but needless to say, I still have a nice lump on my head, and I haven’t slept on that couch since.

Have a good week Wallies!



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你好吗? 认识你很高兴! Or in other words, hey ya’ll! I recently got a program that lets me type in Chinese characters, so I figured I’d bust it out. It’s that time of year again, when everyone busts out their favorite fraternity swag and Wal-Mart tends to misplace a couple of shopping carts – Pan-Helenic Week! For anyone that doesn’t know what the “Hel” Pan-Hel means (#SunsOutPunsOut), it’s Greek Week! The inter-fraternal week of competition kicked off Sunday afternoon with the second annual Fraternity Day banquet, where all Greeks were invited to mingle, share ideas, and honor the fraternity achievements across campus. For the rest of the week, each night there will be competitions between the fraternities such as Tug-of-War, Tricycle Races, and the famous Freshmen Bed Race, so that a house can be crowned Pan-Hel Champ at the end of the week. If you read my blogs last year, you might remember that Phi Delta Theta is actually the defending Pan-Hel Champ, and we’re prepared to put up a fight to earn a back-to-back victory. Last year, we placed well in events all across the board, but really won our way to victory by winning spirit points at almost every event. Phi Delt may be small, but if there’s one thing we know how to do, it’s showing up to things and making noise.

Also, this week kicks off the Master’s golf tournament! If you’re thinking “Wow, Nathan, you don’t seem like the type that gives a crap about golf,” then you’re TOTALLY CORRECT. However, I’m a Rhyne. And that means that if there’s an occasion to dress up for something, we’re not going to miss it. So to celebrate the Master’s, the Rhynies will be marching around campus posing as golf caddies all week, complete with golf bags, Arnold Palmers, and green jackets. When I texted my dad asking if he had a spare bag of clubs I could use for the week, and explained why, Poppa Bode pulled through like a champ, and brought me the official attire of a Master’s caddy. This doesn’t mean a polo and sweater vest. No, no, this means a water-resistant zip-up white onesie. It’s SUPER sexy. So if you see the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man waddling across campus…that’s me.

There is literally no difference between the left and right picture

The only other real news is that I got accepted into the Sons of Wabash this weekend! Time to meet some more alumni. Wish us luck in Pan-Hel!

Have a good week, Wallies!



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Staying Busy

Hey ya’ll, I’m back with a blog. I really am trying to up my blog-to-week ratio (which is at a sexy 1:1 right now) but guys, it’s at the time of the year where people don’t really have time to talk to each other as much as shout nouns and verbs at each other in passing because we all have so much STUFF to do. It’s not even all totally challenging stuff to do, but just the immense amount of tasks that have to be completed on a day-to day basis is enough to make you go crazy.

I’ve discovered that I will totally lose my mind and forget to do ANYTHING unless I write EVERYTHING down, which leads to my awesome hand-drawn calendars. Being able to physically scribble things off of the calendar helps put my mind at ease, and it has saved my butt more than because I’ve forgotten about something until I see it on the ‘dar. For example, this week includes such notes as “Meeting with Hoerl,” “Symphony Field Trip,” and “Rhyneship stuff” (which just encompasses a lifestyle).

I don’t mean to sound like the typical college student, but it really is shocking to believe that this morning, I registered for my junior year classes. I’m very excited for next semester, because I’ll be back into my major classes. A semester of easy, 100-level distribution courses has been nice, but I am itching to use my brain again the way it’s supposed to be used – in political science and Spanish. Next semester includes such gems as the Introduction to Political Theory, and the famous Nietzsche course, both taught by my favorite professor Dr. Hoerl, as well as Chinese 201 and Spanish 313.

The next semester will also see the continuation of the independent research project that I have been working on with political science professor, Dr. Gelbman. We hope to have done enough research by next year to present our findings at some political science conventions around the country (I’m extremely excited). More info to come on this exciting project.

Good to hang out with friends from the Mt. Vernon stomping grounds, with my friend Jess, my twin sister Mandy, and my best friend from high school, Taylor.

Finally, it was a fun weekend to be on campus, since it was packed to the seams with friends from other campuses for this year’s National Act, The White Panda and Sammy Adams. It was a whirlwind, but I’m of the firm belief that the more people on campus, the better. Now there’s one week to recuperate before Pan-Hellenic Week starts next week, when Phi Delta Theta will work to defend its title as Pan-Hel Champs.

P.S. CONGRATULATIONS to Coaches Roger and Cassie Busch on the healthy arrival of their baby girl Emmerson!!

Talk to you later, friends,



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Bao Na Sen, Bouts, and Bikes

AH, nimen hao! I know it’s been way too long since I posted a blog, which isn’t good. But that just means I have plenty to tell you about! And boy, do I. This past week was about non-stop from Thursday to Sunday night, spanning multiple time-zones, with a whirlwind of people to meet. So let’s get to it!

On Thursday, students in Chinese language courses (like myself), and Chinese or Mexican-American History courses packed two busses to head to Chicago for a day of foreign art and culture. We visited a few art museums focusing on Mexican-American and Oriental art, and had the opportunity to shop around in Chicago’s Chinatown. For the Chinese 102 students, this included a short but nervous interview with a tea shop owner, in Chinese. Luckily, my group, which included a Sphinx  Club member and my Rhynie bro Ryan Anzalone, interviewed a very cooperative, and very sweet old lady who made sure not to speak too quickly. I am nowhere near as good at speaking Chinese as I am at speaking Spanish (which I have studied for about nine times as long), but even asking short, kindergarten-level questions in Chinese such as “what do you think is the best tea here?,” I felt a twinge of the excitement that I get from speaking and understanding a foreign language. All in all, it was great to get off of campus for a day, and I felt very refreshed coming back to hit the ground running.

And it just happened to be Jess’s birthday. Happy birthday cutie!

My second Honor Scholars’ Weekend as a Wabash student was just as exciting as the first, and I can’t believe it has already been a year since I was writing about my own fight in the Phi Delt bouts. Like last year, I had some of my best friends from high school visit for the weekend, including my twin sister Mandy, and Phi Delt/Rhynie class sweetheart Jess, who stood in as Round Sign girls during the bouts (and thoroughly convinced all the recruits that cute women are at Wabash, like, ALL THE TIME!). Meeting recruits who may be my fellow Wabash men, or even fraternity brothers next year was exciting, as always, and it’s always great to see how passionate current Wabash students get when trying to find a way to explain to prospective students just how incredible Wabash really is. The weekend even saw me make my “Retired Athlete” debut onto the track during the Greek 4×100 relay, in which Phi Delt took a very close, but proud 2nd place. It’s been a while since these legs have had to run!

To wrap up this blog, I’ll make an announcement that I’ve been excited to make for a while. If you’ve kept up with my blogs, then you know that I’ve been going through the application process for an internship with Nantucket Bike Tours for the second time. I’m very excited to say that I was offered the internship position, and will be heading out to Massachusetts this summer, along with Sphinx Club member Tanner Watson, ’15, to learn more about operating a small entrepreneurial business. I’m still a little in shock, and I couldn’t be more excited. Plus it should give me plenty to blog about! Stay out of the snow, and have a good one Wallies!



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New Orleans 2: Back With A Vengeance

Hey guys! Unlike last year, there were no official blogs to be done during my time in New Orleans, so I’ll just catch you all up on my antics now.

Last Sunday, around 5 in the morning, I headed down South for Spring Break to work with Crawfordsville’s First Christian Church in the lower ninth ward of New Orleans, the area hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. I traveled for the same trip last year along with about 12 other Wabash students. This year however, due to a large number of other spring break immersion trips, only two students, myself and Jared Burris, a junior cross country and track runner (and NOLA trip veteran), were able to go. Luckily, after three athletic seasons and a spring break trip together already, me and Burris are good friends. In addition to the two Wabash students, 4 men from First Christian traveled with us, and we met up with a fifth once we were in New Orleans. The project this year was the installment of a new roof for the son of a friendly pastor in the lower ninth ward.

Right off the bat, we spent the first day of roof demolition in 70-degree weather and sun. The weather ended up being all but perfect, with one day of rain on Tuesday. However even this worked in our favor. Because we had such a small group, and Burris and I had been on the trip before, our schedule was very flexible, and we had the opportunity to do some group activities that we couldn’t have done with a bigger group. For example, on the rainy Tuesday, when we had no way to work on the roof, instead of spending the day cooped up inside the mission, our group spent a few hours seeing the National World War II Museum in downtown New Orleans, which ended up being even more fascinating than I expected, and I love WWII stuff. We also got to visit the site of the Battle of New Orleans, won against the British by a young man named Andrew Jackson. An unexpected highlight of the trip however came in the form of some very spontaneous sight-seeing.

I LOVE American Horror Story on FX. I can’t get enough. If you haven’t seen it, and you don’t’ have anything against very dark storylines, you should definitely check it out. As it turns out, the most recent season of American Horror Story: Coven, took place in New Orleans, where a coven of witches takes on a younger generation of women into “Miss Robicheaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies.” I Googled the house people, and it was actually about a 20 minute drive away from our mission…

Between our trip and the rhetoric immersion trip to Washington D.C., I think we know who saw really saw the most important white house.

The trip was excellent, the food was superb, as always, and it was a great experience getting off campus and into some warm weather for a change. Service trips are an excellent example of ways that you can get a lot more out of a week off besides a crippling hangover.

Good luck with the second half of the semester Wallies!



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Rhynies and Root Beer: Craig Brainard

Me and Craig cracking open the very first “Rhynies and Root Beer” after Chapel!

Hey ya’ll, happy Thursday! So for the rest of the semester I’ll be doing a couple installments of my new blog segment, “Rhynies and Root Beer.” Rhynies, like most humans, get thirsty from time to time, so I thought it’d be fun to sit down, crack open a cold one, and have an unplugged chat so you all can get to know my Rhyne brothers a little better! Seeing as all but one of my brothers is underage, we’ll stick to root beer…for now.

Craig, what’s your major and minor?

My major and minor are in Rhetoric and Economics.

You’re a Beta. Compare your house to a fruit, and explain why.

I don’t want to sound terrible. I don’t want to say lemon and sound terrible. But it’s a good analogy! Some people look at the outside and think that it’s going to be sour, but for some people it’s a good fit, and they really like it. I love lemons.

Marry, Kill, or Play Call of Duty with: Ke$ha, Ronald Reagan, and Dean Raters. Go.

That’s a tough one. I guess I’d kill Ronald Reagan, because he’s already dead, the job’s already done. Then I’d marry Dean Raters and play Call of Duty with Ke$ha.

What made you choose Wabash?

The business connections. We obviously don’t have a business program, so I saw the value in the business connections, and heard about the alumni support, and how that’s just a tradition here.

Why did you join Sphinx Club?

I came to Wabash for the business connections, but then started to love all of the traditions that we have here. As a freshman, all of the guys that I looked up to were members in the Sphinx Club, and I didn’t really notice it until I was a Rhyne, but all the guys who you would imagine as leaders across campus are in the club, which really drew me to it.

As someone raised in Crawfordsville, is it true that all townies are born with 12 toes?


Would You Rather: be made of Jello, or constantly have extremely sticky shoes?

So sticky to the point of like…? … [inappropriate simile about stickiness] … Oh. Made of Jello.

Who’s your favorite professor?

*Genuine struggle for about 45 seconds* Can I just tell you my top list? *Final decision* Dr. Herzog and Dr. Hudson have probably been the most influential for me.

What is your favorite mammal?

Red panda.

And that’s it for this week guys! I’ll post a blog or two next weekend from New Orleans, so until then, have a great and safe Spring Break Wallies!



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NBT, HPAs, and NOLA!

Hey ya’ll! I have so many different exciting things all going on at once, that I’m just going to skip the cheesy intro that I’m known for and get straight to the dirty details.

I’m sure we’re all a little “fetta-p” with cheesy intros.

For any of my loyal readers who have been following my Wabash adventures since last year (hi, Mom), you may remember that the “big deal” for me around this time during my freshman year, I was applying for the Nantucket Bike Tours internship. Although I did not make the final cut last year, the experience I gained through the application process was incredibly eye-opening to what a real-world application is like. I’m excited to be pursuing the Small Business Internship with Nantucket Bike Tours again this year, and kicked off the application process Sunday evening with a phone interview with the founder of NBT, Jason Bridges. With another year of career, student, and life experience under my belt, I’m excited and confident about giving the other applicants a run for their money. I’ll keep you all updated as I find out more!

Jack Belford ’16, some guy, Jacob Burnett ’15, Dylan Miller ’16, and Josh Bleisch ’16 at the Oscars

Immediately after my phone interview Sunday night, I ended the weekend on a high note by ordering pizza and watching the Oscars with some friends. Sunday nights are often a bit stressful and gloomy, what with the impending Monday and all, so the tradition this semester has been to get together with friends every Sunday night, and start the new week off on a fun note. This usually means heading to Applebee’s around 10:00 for half-price appetizers (HPA’s). After 5 weeks of seeing the same group of guys each Sunday night, our waitress now knows my drink order. Watching the Oscars was a great substitute for HPA’s, and we even took a selfie in honor of Ellen Degeneres’ A-List selfie that got so many retweets, it literally broke Twitter.

This week is going to be dedicated to preparing for my second Spring Break service trip to New Orleans, Louisiana, which starts around 4AM on Sunday morning. If you read any of the blogs last year, you know that I had an amazing time on the trip, and I’m very excited to head to the gulf again for some 60-degree weather and sun, and hopefully a little building of character while I, along with men from Wabash and Crawfordsville First Christian Church work to repair and restore homes damaged during Hurricane Katrina.

I’ll be starting a new series of blogs called “Rhynies and Root Beers” this week, so keep your eyes peeled for that. It should be pretty fun.

And a little plug of self-promotion, if you, my dear reader, as a prospective student, parent of a future (or current) Little Giant, or some other character that reads Wabash blogs, has a question for me, shoot it at my Twitter (@bodewabashblog) and I’ll make sure to squeeze a response into my blogs!

Have a great Tuesday, everyone.



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I Didn’t Fall Down, SORRY

Hey everyone! Another packed week at the Bash is coming to a close, and I can practically taste the weekend already. It was an eventful week for Little Giants young and old, as we headed down south AGAIN for another basketball game against the Dannies, and welcomed a 95-year-old alum to campus to give us HER wisdom after being involved on campus for so long.

Tuesday night, the familiar scene of a 30-car caravan heading to Depauw University appeared again for the second time within a week. Unfortunately, the Little Giants fell to DePauw, and fell out of the NCAC Conference Championship, but our school definitely won in terms of spirit and general class. Sporting only “pro-Wabash” posters and keeping our cool throughout the game reflected much better upon Wabash than the Dannies, who resorted to obscenities and very personal remarks about our players. The only thing worse than a sore winner is a sore loser. In addition, it has officially been established that the Wabash College Sphinx Club, compared to the DePauw cheerleaders, more than makes up in overall enthusiasm for what it lacks in flippability.

Yesterday put me in a great mood thanks to the Chapel Talk from Jean Williams, Wabash’s oldest living honorary alumnus. I’m not sure if so much character has graced the Chapel since Jean’s last talk. Her wit and seven “pearls of wisdom,” were the perfect start to my Thursday, and really has set the tone for the weekend. My friend Jess is already in town, and my final class of the day was canceled, so the weekend is off to an early start! This blog wasn’t very exciting, and I get that. But sometimes not everything that happens to you all week is worth blogging about so if you didn’t like this blog very much, SORRY I DIDN’T FALL DOWN AND HAVE A FUNNY STORY TO WRITE ABOUT LIKE I NORMALLY DO. In all seriousness though, have a great weekend Wallies!



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Cheers and Ears

Hey Wallies, Happy Sunday!

Just a quick update on some of the exciting things happening to your favorite Wabash sophomore blogger. If you follow Wabash sports at all, then you know that Wabash Basketball suffered a 74-75 loss to the Depauw University Tigers on Wednesday night. It was an extremely exciting game to watch, and extremely fun to be a part of as a Rhyne. As the away team at Depauw, the Rhynies were joined on the court by the Depauw cheerleaders, which led to some fun competition between the two groups. Although their flips were a little more graceful than ours, I can honestly say that I believe the Wabash Rhynes had a little more pep than the cheerleaders. The competitive atmosphere between the Wabash and Depauw student sections was about as intense as the basketball game, but luckily not as physical.

A highlight of Thursday was attending Dr. Lexie Hoerl’s Division III discussion on Venetian republicanism. My freshman tutorial class with Dr. Hoerl still stands as one of, if not the most enjoyable class I’ve taken at Wabash, and was certainly the most intellectually challenging. Hearing Dr. Hoerl speak so passionately on one of her favorite topics (Venice) took me back to my innocent days as a Wabash freshman, and it was nice to dust off some of the old terms and concepts I’d picked up from my tutorial.

My industrial bar!

Finally, the last big move of the weekend was heading home for a bit to hang out with my parents, and also pick up my new car registration. I didn’t realize it until I just typed it, but I totally left that at home. Wow. Good one, Nathan. Anyways I also swung over to Broad Ripple with my friend Dylan and got an industrial bar rammed through the cartilage of my ear. We didn’t tell a single soul about it beforehand and I like to think I was cashing in on all my years of pent-up teenage rebellion. It looks pretty great, but it’s a little tender.

Time to go swab my lobes with anti-septic!



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#RhynieProbs and #RhyniePerks

Hi ya’ll. It’s time to blog again. If you’ve been keeping up to date on my past couple of blogs (I know you have been), then you’re well aware of the fact that I’m knee-deep in Rhyneship. In (one of) my last blogs, I talked about how Rhyneship and the Sphinx Club are a very iconic part of Wabash culture that is well-known and easily identifiable. Because of its large role on the Wabash campus, a lot of opinions get built around the traditions of the Sphinx Club and Rhyneship, and people love to share those opinions; some valid, others not. It’s time to set the record straight. I’ll admit that Rhyneship has its ups and downs, so I’ll set aside some time to address a few of both.

#RhynieProb: Jingle All the Way

Feeling socially ostracized after you sneezed loudly in the library? Try walking through the 3rd floor with jingle bells attached to your feet. You don’t know the meaning of “pariah” until some poor Rhyne has the audacity to interrupt someone’s reading session by pulling Santa’s sleigh through the “silent study” section of the library. Prepare to have all eyes shooting daggers at you.

#RhyniePerk: Dress to Impress

*Rhynies walk by in slow motion*

On my way to steal yo girl.

There’s nothing sexier than the fashion-forward individuals that make up the Rhyne class. Having your outfit picked out every day takes away massive mental pressure each morning. According to US Weekly’s fashion column,* safety orange really makes hazel eyes like mine ‘pop,’ and sandwich boards are very slimming. Everyone who’s anyone knows that gray sweats are the new plaid. Who doesn’t want an excuse to wear sweats to class every day? And if we’re not dressed in the comfiest clothing known to man, we’re sporting full suits. You may have even seen some of the Rhynes’ sexy Valentine’s Day attire last week. If you’re a Rhyne, be ready to be the fashion envy of Crawfordsville.

#BodeProb: However, I should mention that Professor Hollander informed me today that he hadn’t realized the gray sweats were a part of the Rhynie attire. People, this means others readily believe I’m the type of person who would wear matching gray sweats to class every day for no reason at all. How I’ve earned such a reputation, I have no idea.

 #RhyniePerk: Basketball and Burgers

As Rhynies, we get to have cheeseburgers for dinner just about any time we want! Between cookouts, snowball fights, wrestling meets, and basketball games, we truly live the American dream of enjoying delicious, freshly-grilled burgers almost every night of the week! For free! And don’t even get me started about the basketball games. We’re talking courtside seats, baby. Think Bruno Mars was lucky to have the chance to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show? He has nothing on the Rhynie dance.

P.S. If Chet’s mom reads this, it was nice to have you at the game the other night! Always great to hear someone actually reads my blogs!!

All in all, Rhynies stay busy. But we try to have some fun along the way. Take it easy Wabash, and drive safely.



*In no way an actual citation of US Weekly

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