For Whom the Bell Tolls

Thursday, November 14, 2019
After a two-year absence, the Monon Bell returns to Greencastle Saturday, as DePauw University hosts Wabash College in football for the annual Monon Bell Classic. The Tigers looke to stop a two-game winning streak by the Little Giants, who have also won nine of the last 10 meetings in the classic rivalry. A stroll around town Thursday afternoon revealed few signs of the impending matchup, beyond lots of extra bleachers at Blackstock Stadium and the city’s “The Bell Belongs Here” banner that returns each November over Washington Street.
Banner Graphic/Jared Jernagan

However, some enterprising locals with Wabash ties managed to poke a bit of fun at their hometown team and school by painting “Monon Bell ≠ Liberty Bell” on the front windows of the former Family Support Services office downtown.
Banner Graphic/Jared Jernagan
The joke is based on some T-shirts handed out by DePauw Student Government earlier this week that inexplicably featured the Liberty Bell, famous crack and all.
Banner Graphic/Jared Jernagan
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  • I know, all in fun, but I would hope that a local merchant would support their hometown team. Previous years, a vacant storefront further east on the square put up pro Wabash window decorations that remained in place for months after the game. Greencastle merchants receive much more business from DePauw sources than Wabash. It’s probably unlikely that there are any pro-DePauw window decorations in Crawfordsville. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Just sayin.

    -- Posted by 3m50 on Fri, Nov 15, 2019, at 3:07 PM
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    In response to 3m50.

    We are a proud Wabash family. Son is class of '17.

    The window painting is done with the intent of good fun without the destruction and mischief that happened in years past. I personally cleaned the windows in the past within a week. You are wrong that they were up for months.

    Wouldn't it be great if other local merchants would put up pro-DPU decorations? The more the merrier. Let's get the school spirit going and have a great time tomorrow at the game.

    As a side note, I also encourage the parents on the Wabash parents page to come early to the game and visit our local businesses.

    T. Selvia

    -- Posted by tselvia on Fri, Nov 15, 2019, at 3:51 PM
  • Tselvia,

    You’re right. It’s just frustrating to see the only downtown decoration is anti-DePauw. It would be great to see the other merchants get behind their hometown team, especially because we have several DePauw alums who own businesses downtown. Maybe one of them could offer a financial incentive for a window decorating contest? How about a window decorating contest that celebrates a women’s team at DePauw? There are some really good ones, and tselvia, you could participate because it wouldn’t be in conflict with Wabash.

    Go Tigers!

    -- Posted by 3m50 on Fri, Nov 15, 2019, at 7:01 PM
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    Congratulations to the DePauw Tigers on their win and reclaiming the bell.

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Mon, Nov 18, 2019, at 11:07 AM
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