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!

E.L.E.

Bode

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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.

E.L.E.

Bode

*In no way an actual citation of US Weekly

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Boom! Boom! Boom!

Wabash Always Writes! And that’s why it’s time for another blog post. For any of you bloodthirsty savages out there who are just waiting for me to tweet a picture of me with Sharpie on my face, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. You’re right, I did not fulfill my side of the bargain, and post a blog yesterday. However, in my defense, my computer hard drive crashed (for the third time, if anyone’s keeping score) on Thursday night, so that’s not fair. I have plenty of exciting things to update you on though since my last blog from Thursday afternoon! Mostly, this blog will be all about how busy the Rhynies have been for the past couple of days! Since Wednesday, we’ve had four cookouts, three half-time shows to prepare for, two basketball games to cheer at, and one busy weekend.

One of the most fun parts of being a Rhyne is acting as the Wabash College cheerleaders at the basketball games. Forget pompoms, glitter and grace…we just look like a bunch of idiots playing ‘Duck, Duck, Goose’ at half court during time-outs. But it’s actually a whole lot of fun. The half-time shows we’ve put on so far at the wrestling meet and Friday night basketball game were a blast, and it was great to see some of my Rhyne brothers step out of their comfort zone a little more. Many members of the Wabash community let us know how much they enjoyed the half-time shows, and it got me to thinking a little bit about the Rhynie appeal. We’re more than cute little red hats.

We DO have cute little red hats, though.

I think that for the parents, professors, and administration that see us dancing at the game, grilling Rhynie burgers, or rolling around in the snow kicking our feet in the air, the Rhynies represent some of the most important aspects of Wabash culture. That’s why you can’t explain Rhyneship to other people…you just can’t get it unless you’re Wabash. The Rhynies and Sphinx Club represent tradition for the sake of tradition. There’s definitely something to be said about the feeling a prospective high school senior gets when he sees his first air raid during a campus tour. It doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it’s unquestionably Wabash. I also think that many find it endearing to see a bunch of young men acting like idiots, in a fun, (relatively) wholesome way. It’s hard not to smile when a bunch of guys wearing little red hats run around pretending to be airplanes in front of a gymnasium full of people. If you’re interested in seeing the next Rhynie dance, we’ll be grilling out and cheering at the next home basketball game, Wednesday night at 7:30 against Ohio Wesleyan University! Until then, take it easy, Wabash.

Bode

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Liberty in the “La-aand of the FREEEEEE”

Buenos dias, Wallies!

For anyone following #SharpieChallenge2014, I’m sorry to let you know that at least for one more day, I will not be writing on my face with Sharpie due to a lack of blogging. Sorry to disappointment you. But on the bright side, I have a new blog! Even the past two days have had plenty of excitement to blog about. Yesterday was packed with things to do and people to see. Sometimes the best thing to relax your mind at college is to get off of campus just for an hour to hang out with friends. Going to Little Mexico with my friends Dylan, Josh, Jeremy, and Jacob ended up being a spontaneous, but hilarious substitute to dinner at the fraternity like normal.

A few members of “Say Yes to Hess” at an earlier Freedom Indiana rally

Immediately after Little Mexico, we headed to a community meeting put on by Freedom Indiana, to work on a short campaign focused on winning over Senator Phil Boots to vote against the marriage amendment bill HJR-3, on which the Senate will vote on Monday. Since Wabash College took an official stance against HJR-3 last November, a group of Wabash students, the self-titled “Say Yes to Hess” group, has been very involved in Freedom Indiana’s campaign. I love getting involved politically for something that I see as the defining fight of my generation. Having such a close group of friends that I can work with on this issue is just another great experience I’ve had coming to a school the size of Wabash.

Me and my Rhyne brother Graham lobbing some snowballs.

Once we were done fighting for liberty inside, we took the fight outside for the annual campus snowball fight, complete with Rhynie burgers and the National Anthem, sung by yours truly. Though I am by no means tone-deaf, I am not a talented singer either, so when I was volunteered by my Rhyne brothers to sing the National Anthem, in front of a massive crowd of about 30 people, I was a little anxious. I climbed up onto a snowbank, held my Rhynie pot over my heart, and decided that if I couldn’t sing well, at least I could sing loudly. Surprisingly enough, it went well, and I even hit the high notes with minimal creakage. All in all, I’d say I did my forefathers proud.

This morning, the Rhynies suited up and waddled outside in the cold encouraging students and staff to “Go to Chapel!” Folks, it’s colder than it looks. Come out to the wrestling meet tonight for some more burgers, and to see the Rhynies perform a WWE Royal Rumble during intermission!

Take it easy, Wabash.

Bode

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Physics, Gravity, and the Little Things

Hey friends!

This is it. This is the start of a new era in blogging. For real this time. I mean it. I promise that if I don’t write a blog on Thursday, and then again on Sunday, and then again next Tuesday, I will write the word “LIAR” with Sharpie on my face. #SharpieChallenge2014

Anyways, as most of you know, yesterday was Monday. Monday is a rough day to start every week with, but it’s a necessary evil. Mondays for me mean an 8:00AM alarm, a Chinese quiz, and Physics class. Being a Div-3 major, I tend to stay as far away from Physics as I possibly can. Numbers and equations tend to give me indigestion, and I like physics the way I like my Crawfordsville townies – like, I know they’re there, but I don’t try to understand them. However, like townies, physics often comes into your life whether you want it to or not.

Enter Monday morning. The ice and freezing rain of the past week, topped with the impending winter storm, has left Crawfordsville a frozen, icy wasteland. As I was walking to class a little before 9:00AM, decked out in full Rhynie attire, (orange construction vest, shoes with jingle bells, sandwich board…aka “fashion forward”), I came across a rather icy patch of brick path. I even stopped and thought to myself, “gee, Nathan. Better be careful, you don’t want to –”

AND THEN, PHYSICS

Accurate portrayal of my dignity.

Newton’s First Law of Motion tells us that without external forces like friction stopping them, objects in motion tend to stay in motion due to this weird thing called inertia. Well folks, let me tell you, my feet were objects in motion, and with no friction on the ice to slow them down, they inertia-ed right out from under me. In a whirling mass of sandwich board, jingling bells, and profanities, the downward pull of gravity kicked in, and I bit it hard (falling at about 9.8 m/s2) in front of students, squirrels, and Wabash’s almighty founders looking down from above.

Greetings from the 2014 Spring Semester Rhynies!

And all I could do was laugh, because there are few things more ridiculous than watching a kid wearing a sandwich board fall down. In all honesty, it was a highlight of my day. If I’d had any dignity to start with, it would have been the only injured part of me, and the slip was a fairly humorous way to start my day. It helps to find enjoyment in the annoyances, Wallies. You’ll be better for it.

Have a good week, fellas.

Bode

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The Rhynie Blog

Hey guys! It’s time to blog again. After a hectic week here at Wabash, it’s time to start blogging more regularly. It’s been a pretty typical first week back to Wabash, although it’s a little different finding myself in my first lab science class, Physics 105. Don’t worry though, any course titled “Adventures in Physics” has to be at least a little fun, right? For someone who is consistently surprised by the way gravity works, this class could truly be an adventure. But I guess could spend my time in worse ways than rolling my classmates on scooters around the field house. It’s like the ultimate throwback to grade school recess. In a similar fashion, my Music 107 class, “Beginning Music Theory,” is bringing me back to my many years of piano back in the day. It has been nice to be reintroduced to a lot of basic theory (sort of like the ‘grammar’ of music) that I’d forgotten about over the years.

I’d have to say that my favorite class this semester however, is my Political Science 122 class with Dr. Hollander, the professor that I had the privilege of traveling to Cuba with last November. Being a PoliSci major, I guess this makes sense. The class is “Intro to Comparative Politics,” and has been a really interesting look into basic political theories about why the world has organized itself the way that it has. Many of my other PoliSci friends had taken this course before the Cuba course, and can attest to it as a very well-taught and intriguing class. I’m pretty stoked.

The other big development this past week, a fast-paced week indeed, was the beginning of Spring Semester Rhyneship. For any readers that don’t know, Rhyneship is the process of earning membership into the Wabash College Sphinx Club. If you’ve seen red and white-striped overalls, you know who the Sphinx Club is. It has been a whirlwind, but after submitting my application last Friday, and interviewing with current members on Sunday morning, I am very excited to join the other 10 Spring semester Rhynes in my Rhyne class. I’m looking forward to getting to know my Rhyne class better, along with all the members of the Sphinx Club.

I’ll talk to you soon, Wabash!

E.L.E.

Bode

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Back in Business

Hey ya’ll! I know it’s been a long…long…long…long time since I posted a blog. And that’s sad. But before you throw your rotten tomatoes and whip out your pitchforks, let me explain myself first. 2013 was like the year of technological terror. Let’s talk about my iPhone being stolen. Let’s talk about my replacement phone getting to the point where I could see a light-up “Verizon” logo, and nothing else. Then my back-up back-up phone eventually stopped caring at all and just sent me a “your keyboard has stopped working” message. And then my hard-drive stalled. AND THEN MY HARD-DRIVE BROKE.

And just when you thought your warranty covered everything.

But people, it’s 2014. I have an iPhone that works, and a brand spanking new hard drive, and I feel like I can do anything. So on that note…I present the official First Blog of the Spring 2014 Semester! With a new semester comes new classes, new events, and new opportunities for me to experience here in Bashtown, USA. Although I am not totally sure yet how to approach my first semester at Wabash as a retired athlete, I am excited to see what the semester holds for me. I picked up my application for membership in Sphinx Club this evening, so if all goes well, hopefully you, my devoted readers, will get to read blogs through the eyes of a spring Rhyne. I’m also returning to the Student Senate, the College Democrats, Alpha Phi Omega, and other campus activities that keep things interesting around here. I’ve been back at Phi Delta Theta for less than a week, and there’s already been plenty of excitement, including a officer meeting with some very caring Phi alumni.

As always, my blogs won’t be too serious, and hopefully my blog game stays optimistic and humorous. I take serious pride in my picture usage. I have a feeling that 2014 is going to be my year, so make sure to keep checking in, and follow my Twitter, @bodewabashblog.

And in closing, thoughts and prayers go out to our D1 friends to the north. Stay safe Purdue.

Hugs not drugs,

Bode

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The Finals Week Blog

Howdy, Wabash!

It’s that time of the year again…soft snow is following, Christmas music is playing, and everyone is full of holiday spirit and joviality!

LOL WAIT IT’S ALMOST FINALS WEEK!

That means that tempers are short, nights are long, and the temperature is single-digit. Not to mention that there’s no snow in sight. However, just like last year, with some hard work and a little perseverance, Finals Week will come and go with few casualties. This week hasn’t been too bad yet, though I’ve got some tests and papers looming over my head. Sometimes the best remedy for an overloaded schedule is some scheduled time off, which is exactly what a group of politically-minded friends did last night.

Josh Bleisch ’16, Jeremy Wentzel ’14, Seton Goddard ’15, Nathan Bode ’16, and Dylan Miller ’16 — “The new Wabash Mafia”

Though not bonded by an official club or organization, when the Great HJR-6 Debate of ’13 hit Wabash, a small group of students became particularly active in supporting President Hess’s decision to oppose the legislation. If you read my blogs, you know that I threw my piece in with this group. Many of these students headed to downtown Indianapolis yesterday to hear Mary Cheney, daughter of former U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney, speak on the issue. Let’s just say it was a pretty swanky event, and it’s a great example of the Wabash lifestyle that because of a personal connection, we were all able to get free admission to an event with tickets ranging from $30-$5000. One man even introduced us to Mary Cheney as “the new Wabash Mafia.” However, even with a wide range of well-known political activists and members of the Indiana State Congress, the real star of the evening was fellow sophomore Adam Alexander’s panda bear-print tie.

After the reception, a small group of us braved the freezing temperatures to walk downtown and eat at Buca di Beppo’s, which was an experience in itself.

Overall, even though I could have spent the time studying and stressing over finals for a few more hours, I think that it was more productive in the long run to get off campus and spend some down time with friends.

Good luck with finals, Wallies! You can do it.

E.L.E.

Bode

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Life Is Busy, Okay?

Hey guys, it’s me again, your friendly neighborhood blogger. I know you haven’t seen me in a while, but that’s because finals are looming and life is crazy. I’ll fill you in on some of the going on’s and then head off to the library…again.

So anyways, being back from Cuba has sucked, but it’s nice to really start grinding down on final projects, tests, etc. The initial shock of coming home involved a Spanish presentation on Buenos Aires dialect on Tuesday, but I actually think I nailed it, which just means one more thing to check of the list. Speaking of Buenos Aires and lists, I finally submitted my application to study abroad in Argentina yesterday! Not only is it great to have out of the way, it’s also very exciting (and a little nerve-wracking) to know that my application is finally under review. Argentina will be a great place for me to really take my Spanish skills to the next level. I should be able to let you know by February if I’ll be headed down south for the spring semester of 2015.

Phi Delt got a special treat this week when the Red Cross bought our house a free Buffalo Wild Wings dinner to celebrate our house winning the Bleed for the Bell Blood Drive. The food was great, and President Hess, Mrs. Hess, and Dean Oprisko all swung by to have some food with the brothers.

The holidays are also among us, so if you pass the Phi Delt house, you should be able to see some Christmas lights slung around our front yard (PDT style), and hopefully hear Christmas tunes blasting from my room. To get in the spirit, my friend Jess (of Halloween weekend fame) is visiting tonight, and we will be watching Christmas movies and making bacon-wrapped water chestnuts, all while studying for finals. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

No Grinches here.

Finally, the last big thing happening in the near future is tonight’s Evening of Discourse. If the second annual dinner of discussion is as good as the first was, it should be a great evening. At the event, speakers will present a short speech on a controversial topic of discussion, such as race, religion, gender/sexuality, and even what it means to be a Wabash man, and then dinner tables made up of seven or eight students, faculty, and trustees, will have about 15 minutes to discuss the topic. It was a very insightful evening last year, and served as a great way to meet some new faces around campus.

Good luck with the last week of classes, Wallies!

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Sad to Be Home

December 1, 2013

Buenos dias, Wallies! No, this is not my typical blog for the class of 2016. I’m coming to you from approximately *looks out plane window* one billion feet in the air, while flying back to Cincinnati, Ohio from Miami, Florida. Before I reflect on the past week, let’s stop and take in that last sentence: Flying FROM Miami (75 degrees, sunny, beach) TO Ohio (30 degrees, cloudy, Ohio). The struggle is real.

Anyways, if you’ve read the blogs of my colleagues, then you’ve got a pretty good idea of what we’ve been up to in the Caribbean. From drinking mojitos and smoking cigars to getting hustled by women in colonial outfits and participating in traditional Santeria dances, our trip to Cuba has been a whirlwind, and a fun one at that. But mojitos, pina

Truly immersed.

coladas, cuba libres, and Ron Collins aside, the trip was also an exceptional insight into what the Cuban situation is really all about. In reflection, it’s hard to believe how empty my view on the Cuban political and economic system really was without actually seeing it firsthand. Reading the books, watching the documentaries, and listening to the guest speakers in class was a great place to start, but without an actual visit to pull it all together, there are massive cracks in our understanding of what is jaded opinion and what is reality. A blessing in disguise is that even on the other side of the embargo blockade, bias also exists. By the end of the trip, our group began to discuss the growing eeriness that our Cuban experience (a government-guided experience) may have been a little too perfect. We ate at the restaurants the Cuban government wanted us to, met the people the government wanted us to meet, and basically saw the things the government wanted us to see. Suddenly it sounds like a journey a la Twilight Zone.

Enter the value of the immersion trip. Because we were able to visit Cuba, we experienced all of the bias, American and Cuban. We were able to talk to the locals and bear witness to all the sides of the story. Without observing the differences between America’s Cuba, Castro’s Cuba, and the people’s Cuba, we would never have been able to form a valuable opinion on the situation for ourselves (aka “Thinking Critically”). Because of this trip, I will be able to tell my family that no, the Cubans didn’t try to kill us when we got there. And I will be able to tell my classmates that the genuine warmth and kindness of the Cuban people is something the American people could afford to emulate. But I will also be able to acknowledge through first-hand experience the ability of a Communist government to shape almost every aspect of life in the way it sees fit.

The bottom line is that cultural studies in the classroom are like chemical equations in a textbook; they are helpful, but the real value comes when you get your hands a little dirty and can see what happens in the real world.

I wish I could say it was good to be back.

E.L.E.

Bode

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