It’s that wonderful time of year again. We’re getting deeper into November and approaching the end of college football season. That’s right, everyone – it’s Monon Weekend!
For those of you who don’t know, Monon Weekend is a magical time on the campuses of DePauw University and Wabash College. Each year, as the last game in the regular season, these two teams meet in an epic grudge match to win the Monon Bell. This Bell is probably more well-loved and adored than any bell in the history of the world. People at DPU and Wabash love this bell more than the Liberty Bell, if you know what I’m saying.
In honor of that gorgeous bell making it’s way back to Greencastle, Indiana on Saturday (Because the Dannies will be victorious!), I’ve decided to list my five favorite things about Monon Weekend.
- DPUXC Regionals. Okay, so this is totally unrelated to Monon, except that they always seem to fall on the same weekend! My darling runners will hit the trails, while the rest of DePauw hits the beer pong table. That’s right, for some it could be the last race of their cross-country careers, for others its a chance to get in to the Nationals spotlight. For everyone, it’s a chance to heckle the Wabash runners and threaten to take back the Bell. Well, only some of us heckle. Here’s the only good running photo of me ever taken at the Great Lakes Regional in Holland, Michigan back in 2010.Usually DPU and Wabash are pretty decent to each other on the XC trails, because we have a bond that cannot be broken. And that bond is pure, white-hot hatred.
- Which brings me to my next favorite thing about Monon: the rivalry. The rivalry goes back hundreds of years. The original reasoning is lost to us, but we carry on as best we can. See, us Dannies, as those dirty Cavemen call us, are way smarter and way better at everything. And we have girls at our school. Which Wabash doesn’t, because it’s an all-male school with some pretty rich traditions. I’ve always been a fan of a healthy rivalry between the two schools. Keep the rivalry strong, but respectful, is my attitude. And as always, BEAT THE CAVEMEN AND BRING HOME THAT BELL.
- Marvin’s. If you don’t know Marv’s, then you have not yet lived. Marv’s is this delicious and greasy restaurant on DePauw’s campus famous for their GCB (Garlic Cheeseburger) and Mac Bites (deep-fried, macaroni and cheese, heaven). Come Saturday night, after the Bell is safely returned home from Wabash’s awful display, this joint will be packed full of students and alumni alike seeking out their own little munch of heaven. Marvin for President!
- The Boulder. How could I ever explain my love for the Boulder? I’m not even going to try. I’ll just say this – if you have to ask, then you’ll never know.
- The Ballad of the Monon Bell is this darling little twangy song that someone wrote to help explain the Monon Bell game to those who know nothing about it. It’s catchy and annoying but I will always hold it close to my heart. You can listen to it here and indulge yourself in a bit of my alma mater’s rich history.
So as I spend this weekend, glued to my radio (or if I convince C to come with me to a telecast party, which might be hard because he’s a Caveman), I invite everyone to root for the Tigers in this year’s epic battle against the Wallies.
Go Tigers! Bring home the Bell!