Wabash Blogs Immersion 2008: Glee Club in California
 

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Glee Club Serenades San Francisco

Ben Harvill '10 - Today, the first day of our 2008 Glee Club Spring Tour, started off at 3:30 a.m. Indiana time. We left Indy at 6:30 a.m. and landed in San Francisco at 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Driving to our hotel in a shuttle van, the sights of mountainous hills, blue ocean and bay, and tons of cars, people, and houses packed in everywhere was a huge shock to this Indiana boy.

We had an extremely tight schedule all day, but we got to our first concert on time. The concert was at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, which was another culture shock for me. The church is 18 stories tall! It is an amazing building! The modern architecture and soaring roofline look like a huge washing machine. When we arrived, we were in time to hear the final moments of a Catholic Mass spoken in Latin for a Hispanic community.

The church posed a problem for us as a singing group; because the church was so big and open, it dispersed the sound, making it impossible to hear ourselves sing. It was extremely difficult to adjust to, but we pulled through and performed very well.

After that, we went to a Mexican restaurant called Chevy’s and had fantastic food! And all we had to do for it was sing a few lines of some songs. All in all, it was a fun day, but extremely tiring! We called it a night at 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time, and we have to get up by 7:30 a.m. to get started for tomorrow!

 

 

 

James Kennelly '11 - Dr. Jekyll and Dr. Bowen?

 

While the 2008 San Francisco progresses in earnest, a strange new development has many of the entourage disturbed. The man who has drilled and driven the hapless members of Glee Club through weeks of preparatory training has suddenly developed an alter ego. The members of the Glee Club were suddenly faced with a real-life man—one who not only loosens his tie, but laughs freely and amiably. Drill Sergeant Dr. Richard Bowen, the same man who recently shortened practice breaks to four minutes and demanded silent attention even at the most inconvenient times has suddenly, and without expectation, unleashed an unprecedented string of amiability and relaxation, leaving the poor unsuspecting members of Glee Glub shocked and confused.

 

But Nevertheless, Let Facts be submitted to a candid world:

 

He has been seen with an Untucked shirt

He has loosened his tie

He has made multiple Jokes and Puns

He has Stolen food and particularly shrimp from such underprivileged individuals

He has traded his polished shoes for brown slippers

He has admitted to traveling in the wrong direction

He has fallen asleep in unusual places

He has burst out in multiple songs not related in any to Glee Glub songs

He has conversed at length concerning his personal preferences in the consumption of food and beverage

He has given at least one observed backrub and two amiable hugs to unsuspecting individuals

He has conversed again at length concerning his preferences in Television, including Scrubs, House, and Dinner: Impossible

 

Conclusion? For my part, I was pleasantly surprised. In our unique environment at Wabash College, too often are teachers and instructors dehumanized by their students. The change in perspective is refreshing; it’s nice to meet interesting, friendly people who you have already seemingly known for six months.