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Fall 1997

Mad Max, Matadors, and Kilimanjaro

From climbing the highest summit it Africa to crashing through pelting hail in a speedboat full of chickens, Wabash students stop at nothing to immense themselves in the countries where they study during their time away from campus.


A Pint of Bitter with the Sweet:
Phil Young '65

Mukiwa on Kilimanjaro:
John Seal '98

Viva el Toro Bravo:
Peter Prengaman '98

Mad Max in Guatemala:
Josh Beard '97


Travels with Wallies

Winning the Scottish Basketball Championship

My first quarters [in Aberdeen] were in a boarding house. The meals were plain, but all the other boarders were Scots and we had great conversations around the dinner table. My bedroom was unheated, but there was always a hot water bottle in the bed at night and for a shilling you could buy 20 minutes of heat from a heater that appeared to be an early model laser-in front of it you roasted and on either side you could see your breath.

I played basketball for the University of Aberdeen and got to travel all around Scotland-we actually won the Scottish National Championship that year, defeating the University of Edinburgh in a game noteworthy for the height of the host gym's ceiling. It wasn't the better team that won, but the team with the least arch on their shots!

Dr. Dennis Stokes '69

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

enrolled in the GLCA Scotland Program, University of Aberdeen, 1967-68


Reveling in the Mecca of Mathematics

I arrived in Budapest on the 1100th anniversary of Hungary amidst much celebration. And all that year as the Hungarians celebrated their nationhood, I reveled in new insights into mathematcis and the discovery of a wonderful culture.

Many of the best mathematicians in the world are Hungarian. Erdos, Lovasz, and Rubik, for example, are but three of many.

When classes began my interest in mathematics quickly reached a new level. The classes were rigorous and the teachers were among the best in their fields. For example, both sections of Graph Theory covered the well-known Györi-Lovasz theorem and were taught by none other than professors Lovasz and Györi!

Study groups formed quickly and were an essential part of academics and social life. On Thursdays, about six of us would get together to work on our "Conjecture and Proof" class. It would begin as dinner and generally end as socially as it began, yet the amount of math done in between was mind-boggling.

Matt Mickelson '98

enrolled in the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program, 1997