Col·lege: an institution for vocational, technical, or professional instruction, as in medicine, pharmacy, agriculture, or music, often a part of a university. Posts in this category pertain to post-secondary education.

Haunted Fraternity House

Filed in PersonalTags: College, Indiana, RHIT, Terre Haute

Here's one for my mother-in-law: the fraternity house in which I lived while in college is haunted. The Terre Haute Trib-Star writes about it every so often; here's the latest. Here's a little background from the article:

[The] fraternity house was part of a several-building complex for the former Vigo County Home for Dependent Children, which was also known as the Glenn Home. The orphanage was created in 1903, though the “main building” was constructed in 1896, and still survives, a Web site dedicated to the Glenn Home’s history reports.

Several buildings were replaced through the orphanage’s tenure, which lasted more than 75 years. It finally closed in 1979, and many of the buildings later became part of Pi Kappa Alpha’s property.

And then the legends began.

Here is the Glenn Home History website.

Busy Weekend

Filed in PersonalTags: College, Friends, Indiana, Missouri, Photos, RHIT, Saint Louis, Terre Haute

Steph and I had a busy weekend. We left Friday evening for Rose-Hulman's Homecoming weekend. As in previous years, accomodations were a tent on the grounds of the fraternity house. Activities included the Pep Rally and Bonfire Friday night, followed by the annual Alpha Chi Sigma alumni dinner at Applebee's, and then another bonfire at the Pike house. Saturday, we visited the Chemical Engineering department open house, then joined the Rose Chorus to sing the national anthem before the football game, complete with F-16 flyover from the local air national guard unit. The game included copious amounts of roasted pig. Later that evening was the annual Pi Kappa Alpha actives-vs-alumni softball game at the IM fields, which spawned a pickup game of actives-vs-alumni football - and, of course, more food: grilled burgers and brats. Afterward, we had more bonfire action at the house. Sunday morning we had the annual Pike alumni association meeting on campus. After lunch, Steph and I headed back toward Saint Louis.

RHIT Homecoming 023

Homecoming 2006 Photo Set
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Of course, on the way home, Steph and I took a detour to Hidden Lake Winery in Aviston, IL, for a wedding. Two friends from college were getting married on a gorgeous Fall afternoon.

Colleen's Wedding 002

Colleen's Wedding Photo Set
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Lucky Number 13

Filed in PersonalTags: College, Indiana, RHIT, Terre Haute

Gerald Jakubowski Named 13th President of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology:

Gerald S. Jakubowski, vice president of Arizona State University, provost of the ASU Polytechnic campus and professor of engineering, has been selected to be the 13th president of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Jakubowski will assume the presidency on July 1, according to Robert Bright, chairman of the Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees. He was chosen after a six-month national search.


Rose-Hulman St. Louis Area Alumni Habitat For Humanity Project

Filed in PersonalTags: College, Missouri, RHIT, Saint Louis

Saint Louis area Rose-Hulman alumni and friends participate in St. Louis Habitat for Humanity in North St. Louis, 20 August 2005.
(Originally uploaded by Chip Bennett)

On Saturday, August 20, 2005, several St. Louis area Rose-Hulman alumni participated in a build project for St. Louis Habit For Humanity.

Alumni Ted Jaenke (ME'60), Eric Hopf (CS'02), Chip Bennett (CH'00), and Anna Johnson (non-alum) helped with Phase III construction of the Kennedy Household in North Saint Louis.

With the weekend forecast threatening thunderstorms, the RHIT alumni were blessed with a day of beautiful, sunny weather on a perfect summer day. The group helped with construction of the outdoor shed, back porch and stairs, front porch support columns, preparation of the exterior foundation for stucco work, and painting of the interior and basement walls and ceilings. Bennett volunteered to be the Site Safety Observer for the day.

The event - the first of its kind for the St. Louis area alumni group - was a success, and the group hopes to continue to work with Habitat For Humanity in the future.

Sun Sets On Midgley Saga

Filed in PersonalTags: College, Indiana, RHIT, Terre Haute

In a conclusion to the controversy of the past academic year at Rose-Hulman, embattled President Jack Midgley resigned June 11th. The resignation ends Midgley's tumultuous tenure heading the nation's premier undergraduate engineering institution. Coverage here from the Indy Star. The resignation comes prior to - and perhaps in anticipation of - any action taken by the school's Board of Trustees, which had delayed a decision on Midgley a week prior.

Follow the background story here, here, and here.


Filed in SportsTags: College, Colts, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL, RHIT

The Indy Star is reporting that the Colts will return to Rose-Hulman:

Tony Dungy got his wish: The Indianapolis Colts will spend future summers in Terre Haute, Ind.

The team and officials at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology announced Thursday that the Colts will return to campus for a seventh summer of training camp. Players report July 27.

Apparently, this deal is unlike the previous, single-season extension:

The Colts did not reveal the length or financial terms of the agreement, but it is a multiyear deal.

This is truly great news. The Rose-Hulman campus and facilities really are, as Dungy says, ideal for the Colts' training camp. And the location helps build regional support for the team. That, and it's my alma mater, so I am, of course, biased...

Vote: No Confidence

Filed in PersonalTags: College, Indiana, RHIT, Terre Haute

The Rose-Hulman faculty pass a resolution of no-confidence in President Jack Midgley, 82-47.

By a vote of 87-42, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology faculty passed a resolution saying they have no confidence in President Jack Midgley.

The vote, which occurred by secret ballot, came during a special faculty meeting Tuesday that lasted more than two hours.

By all accounts, not good news:

Right after the meeting, Grigg went to Midgley's office to inform him. He also planned to contact representatives of the board of trustees.

Asked if he believed the vote would carry a lot of weight with trustees, Grigg said, "It would be very hard to imagine otherwise."

However, as the article notes, the faculty are merely advisory, and the vote is not binding on the Board of Trustees. The initial response from the Board may be essentially a non-comment, or it could be indicative of the weight the Board will place on the vote:

Board of trustee chairman Clyde Willian issued a statement through Dave Piker, vice president for public relations.

"President Midgley has assured the board of trustees that he is absolutely committed to working with the faculty to resolve the concerns that are being discussed," Willian said. "The board is fully aware of the issues presented by the faculty and others.

Based on prevailing sentiment, the result of the vote does not surprise; however, the overwhelming outcome is enlightening. A vote of no-confidence is no trivial matter. For nearly two-thirds of the faculty to vote in favor indicates just how deep the rift has been driven.

I hope Dr. Midgley can recover and repair the obvious wounds created on campus. I truly believe the vision he has shared with the alumni with respect to the future ofRose-Hulman is positive. Perhaps it is not yet too late. But a no-confidence vote affirmed by two-thirds of the faculty sends a very loud, very clear signal.

UPDATE: Coverage from the Indy Star. Interesting note at the end of the article:

Votes of no confidence on university leaders are unusual, but some presidents do survive them. In October 2002, the majority of the faculty of Indiana State University voted against President Lloyd Benjamin after a two-year tenure. The board took no action and he remains president.

Critical Crossroads?

Filed in PersonalTags: College, Indiana, RHIT, Terre Haute

The Terre Haute Tribune Star reports on the on-going controversy surrounding Rose-Hulman President Jack Midgley:

Normally, the tight-knit Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology community tries to settle its differences and controversies in-house and out of the public eye.

These aren't normal times, however.

Many faculty, staff, students and alumni are frustrated and angered that the board of trustees is not addressing long-simmering concerns about Rose-Hulman President Jack Midgley, who has held the post since July 1.

I still have yet to hear any real evidence of anything Midgley has done. Several hot-button issues have been brought up, including: Ventures, the Homework Hotline, and the departure of several Vice Presidents since Midgley's arrival. Still, I've yet to see much real, hard evidence, besides "intimidation" and "threats". Several times I've heard or read that Midgley has "lied", or "said one thing to one person, and the opposite thing to another," but I have yet to hear of a specific instance of either allegation.

Take, for instance, the Homework Hotline. A picture caption in the Trib Star article reads as follows:

Hard facts: Mike Lindley a Rose-Human senior from Robinson, Ill., states his case for saving the Homework Hotline during a rally Friday calling for the removal of Rose President Jack Midgley. Some fear the Homework Hotline may be in jeopardy.

"Some fear..."? Taking a look over on sheds some light about these "fears". According to Institute meeting minutes (available on-campus only), the current grant for the Homework Hotline will end June 2005. During this meeting, a report was given that the school was in discussion with to transition the Homework Hotline to, and also that a propasal was to be prepared for a transition grant through a Lilly endowment to cover an additional year for the Homework hotline.

So, without getting into the merits of the plan, it seems that Dr. Midgley is trying to find a way to preserve the Homework Hotline beyond its current grant, and yet his detractors count it against him.

Speaking of the web site: the Trib Star references the site forum (in fact, the article quotes my post on the forum, as well as a follow-up phone interview by the author, Sue Loughlin, who contacted me through my post on the forum). However, this same forum, that positions itself ostensibly as "a conversation about our president" with the following criteria stated:

This site hopes to provide the following:

  • A public forum to allow us to discuss Midgley and his actions (anonymously if desired)
  • News articles relating to Midgley and our campus

The site, however, will not provide the following:

  • A means for simply bashing Midgley (any discussion topics must be of intellectual value)
  • An unfair picture of Midgley (post your positive experiences as well)

Hit The Road, Jack T-ShirtYet this same site, with this stated purpose, both unequivocably supports an online petition to ouster Midgley, and blatantly sponsors anti-Midgley rhetoric, as with this rally in support of a faculty meeting to hold a no-confidence vote - going so far as to sell "Hit The Road, Jack" T-Shirts directly from the web site. While the web site may have been started with objectivity in mind, it no longer maintains any credibility in that regard.

Back to the article: without any apparent evidence of deleterious changes made by Midgley, the focus is instead on the more abstract "way he treats people" and questions of character. However, no specific instances are referenced, and the rhetoric among the "Hit The Road, Jack" crowd has elevated to hysteria:

1993 Rose-Hulman graduate and current Ventures employee Brian C.] Dougherty further says that Midgley "is destroying Rose-Hulman at a pace that I would have never believed attainable ? Rose-Hulman has suffered damage to its reputation that will take 20 years to repair."

Rose-Hulman is "at a critical crossroads," [Assistant Dean of Faculty Dan Moore] said. If Midgley stays on as president, "I don't think the 2015 conversation [about the college's future] will be relevant. We'll be lucky to still be operating."

[Former Board of Trustees member Scott A. Jones] resigned from the board in mid-February "because I could not get other trustees to listen to my concerns or to take any reasonable action to save Rose-Hulman from Midgley before it is too late."

Jones believes "the future of Rose-Hulman is at stake."

Even should the allegations prove to be all true, Rose-Hulman has survived disastrous administrations before, and it will do so again in the future. I certainly understand and appreciate the passionate concern for the Institute; I share that same concern. But so far, I still believe this issue is really a matter of conjecture, rumor, change-resistance/post-Hulbert fear that have all blown out of any reasonable proportion.

Understanding Engineers (Engineers are Geeks: Part II)

Filed in MiscellaneousTags: College, Humor/Satire

Understanding Engineers - Take One

Two engineering students crossing the campus when one said, "Where did you get such a great bike?" The second engineer replied, "Well, I was walking along yesterday minding my own business when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike. She threw the bike to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, "Take what you want."

The first engineer nodded approvingly, "Good choice; the clothes probably wouldn't have fit."

Understanding Engineers - Take Two

To the optimist, the glass is half full.
To the pessimist, the glass is half empty.
To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

Understanding Engineers - Take Three

A pastor, a doctor and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers. The engineer fumed, "What's with these guys? We must have been waiting for 15 minutes!" The doctor chimed in, "I don't know, but I've never seen such ineptitude!" The pastor said, "Hey, here comes the greens keeper. Let's have a word with him." "Hi, George! Say, what's with that group ahead of us? They're rather slow, aren't they?" The greens keeper replied, "Oh, yes, that's a group of blind fire-fighters. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free anytime."

The group was silent for a moment. Then pastor said, "That's so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight."
The doctor said, "Good idea. And I'm going to contact my ophthalmologist buddy and see if there's anything he can do for them."

The engineer said, "Why can't these guys play at night?"

Understanding Engineers - Take Four

What is the difference between Mechanical Engineers and Civil Engineers?
Mechanical Engineers build weapons and Civil Engineers build targets.

Understanding Engineers - Take Five

The graduate with a Science degree asks, "Why does it work?"
The graduate with an Engineering degree asks, "How does it work?"
The graduate with an Accounting degree asks, "How much will it cost?"
The graduate with an Arts degree asks, "Do you want fries with that?"

Understanding Engineers - Take Six

Three engineering students were gathered together discussing the
possible designers of the human body.
One said, "It was a mechanical engineer." Just look at all the joints."
Another said, "No, it was an electrical engineer. The nervous system has many thousands of electrical connections."
The last one said, "Actually it was a civil engineer. Who else would run a toxic waste pipeline through a recreational area?"

Understanding Engineers - Take Seven

"Normal people believe that if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Engineers believe that "if it ain't broke, it doesn't have enough features yet."

Understanding Engineers - Take Eight

An architect, an artist and an engineer were discussing whether it was better to spend time with the wife or a mistress. The architect said he enjoyed time with his wife, building a solid foundation for an enduring relationship.

The artist said he enjoyed time with his mistress, because the passion and mystery he found there.

The engineer said, "I like both."
"Yeah. If you have a wife and a mistress, they will each assume you are spending time with the other woman, and you can go to the lab and get some work done."

Understanding Engineers - Take Nine

An engineer was crossing a road one-day when a frog called out to him and said, "If you kiss me, I'll turn into a beautiful princess." He bent over, picked up the frog and put it in his pocket.

The frog spoke up again and said, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a beautiful princess, I will stay with you for one week." The engineer took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it and returned it to the pocket.

The frog then cried out, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, I'll stay with you and do ANYTHING you want." Again the engineer took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his pocket.

Finally, the frog asked, "What is the matter? I've told you I'm a beautiful princess, and that I'll stay with you for a week and do anything you want. Why won't you kiss me?"

The engineer said, "Look, I'm an engineer. I don't have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog, now that's cool."

This Just In: Engineers are Geeks (Part I)

Filed in MiscellaneousTags: College, Humor/Satire

Apparently ConservativeDialysis just discovered the Rube Goldberg contest:

I can only imagine what would have happened if they had asked the students to change a lightbulb.

In honor of this discovery, I offer the following Engineering tomfoolery:

Q: When does a person decide to become an engineer?
A: When he realizes he doesn't have the charisma to be an undertaker.

Q: What do engineers use for birth control?
A: Their personalities.

Q: How can you tell an extroverted engineer?A: When he talks to you, he looks at your shoes instead of his own.

Q: Why did the engineers cross the road?
A: Because they looked in the file, and that's what they did last year.

Q: How do you drive an engineer completely insane?
A: Tie him to a chair, stand in front of him, and fold up a road map the wrong way.

You might be an engineer if:

  • Choosing between buying flowers for your wife and upgrading your RAM is a problem.
  • You take a cruise so you can go on a personal tour of the engine room.
  • In college, you thought Spring Break was metal fatigue failure.
  • The salespeople at the local computer store can't answer any of your questions.
  • At an air show, you know how fast the skydivers are falling.
  • For your wife's birthday you gave her a new CD-ROM drive or a Palm Pilot.
  • You can quote scenes from any Monte Python movie.
  • You can type 70 words per minute but you can't read your own handwriting.
  • You comment to your wife that her straight hair is nice and parallel.
  • You sit backwards on Disney rides so you can see how they do the special effects.
  • You have saved every power cord from all your broken appliances.
  • You have more friends on the Internet than in real life.
  • You know what "http://" stands for.
  • You look forward to Christmas so you can put together the kids toys.
  • You see a good design, and have to change it.
  • You have spent more on a calculator than you did on your wedding ring.
  • You still own a slide rule and know how to use it.
  • You think that people yawning around you are sleep deprived.
  • You window shop at Radio Shack.
  • Your laptop computer cost more than your car.
  • Your wife hasn't the foggiest idea of what you do at work.
  • You've already calculated how much you make per second.
  • You've tried to repair a $5 radio.

(Temporary: original Haloscan Comments - Comments)