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