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Gentlemen,

Thank you for reading and supporting The Wabash Commentary. This issue is the product of a great deal of work on the part of our staff. No acknowledgement would be complete without reference to our alumni, professors, and friends who continue to provide us with a great deal of support, even when we are at our feckless worst.

While The Wabash Commentary does not print articles about affairs beyond our campus, we still consider their influences as they concern Wabash College. Several of the pieces in this issue relate to how Wabash has been affected by the events of this past November. You will be encouraged that our students and staff continue to think critically about the events of their times, starting right here on campus. 

John Newton ’18 reminds us to respect others and their opposing views in these divisive times. Nathan Hubert ’20 reflects on the controversy surrounding the Bell Game this past Fall. While these two articles in this issue directly relate to our current social-political environment, our Lexicon Liberandum and Flowchart like a Gentleman reflect our staff’s commitment to satirically push against popular ideologies, here on campus and at-large. Our article on Enduring Questions takes a humorous stab at this “perennial” faculty favorite. Last, an article from Jared Cottingham ’18 providesvaluable insight on the pleasures of a gentleman: cigar smoking. 

It has, and will continue, to be the policy of this magazine to serve as a forum for ideas that dissent from the mainstream, so rarely found on campuses today. The job of The Wabash Commentary isn’t just to send a magazine to the printer, but to promote a culture on campus that isn’t afraid to ask tough questions to those who do not want to hear them, and especially to those who do. At other institutions, students holding unpopular opinions are accused of “creating a hostile environment” and “politicizing debate.” However, TWC is encouraged more than ever by the debates among Wabash students that have been invigorated by the events of our times. Disagreement is a powerful tool for intellectual development, one that most seem to disregard. If any member of the Wabash community reads The Wabash Commentary and comes away thinking about our institution more profoundly than before, TWC has done its job.

Be indignant, with us or about us. Challenge us. Challenge yourself. Challenge The College. Write us a letter or email.Debate. Learn. Speak up.

Yours for a Healthy Wabash,

Jacob Roehm ’18

Letter from the Editor

Permanent Things

Hello All,

My name is Jacob Roehm, a Philosophy and Political Science double major from southern Indiana. I take over the reins of The Wabash Commentary after a couple of tumultuous years in our leadership, and one of my first goals has been to get us going the right way forward.  2016 marks the 22nd year that the Wabash Commentary has been on campus. As we reflect on the work that has been done by our predecessors, we look forward to our own place in the history of this magazine. It is our hope that the Commentary will serve to enliven campus debate and provide an outlet for those students who want their voices to be heard. As we have been told over and over again, ideas have consequences, and the end result of an absence of reasoned debate on campus is pernicious orthodoxy. As editor I hope to continue the best traditions of my predecessors and help the Commentary make whatever positive impact it can on the life of the College. 

Since our last issue, we have been hard at work putting our house in order, making sure that the Commentary will be around for another decade or more. This semester has been filled with email wars, tasteless mens-wear, and scolding chapel talks. The events of this semester have revealed a willingness amongst some to demonize our fellow Wabash Men. The Wabash Commentary seeks to defend not only the students, but the cherished history and traditions of the College. Any institution, but especially a college, exists to fulfill certain purposes. When it no longer meets them, or seeks to adopt new ones, those who are loyal to the original mission are obligated to speak up. I regard the efforts of this magazine as being in that spirit. To quote Wabash’s third president, the Rev. Joseph Tuttle, “The old faith is good enough for me, and I am sure that I speak to the profoundest convictions of the founders and patrons of this college in saying it is good enough for you.

 

Yours for a Healthy Wabash,

Jacob Roehm ’18