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Rah! for Old B.U.

Citation: "Hail Baldwin," in Baldwin University Alumni Songs, n.d.

Tune -"Jolly Students"
You may talk about your colleges, fair Harvard and old Yale,
And all the universities whose banners brave the gale;
Of the azure flag of Cambridge and old Oxford's noble blue
That fly in far off England over hearts both staunch and true,
From the sunny shores of 'Frisco up to distant Portland, Maine,
Away off to the Philippines and way bark home again,
There's no college, university or school can ever show
So brave, so true, so great a crew as students of B. U.

We are scholars of no city, have no south, north, east or west,
But you'll find our students everywhere fair Freedom's star may rest
On the thirteenth of October, fifty-six, this school began,
Its Founder was no other than our own John Baldwin.
And so every seat of learning now wherever it may be,
Must bow before the greatness of our University;
And their many gallant colors must be dipped without ado,
To that peerless, fearless banner of our own, the old B. U.

For we are jolly students of our old B. U., our old B. U.,
And our colors are the Brown and Gold;
For we're the jolly students of our old B. U.,
Rah! Rah! Rah! We're the girls of old B. U.

Rocky Mountain Field Studies

Citation: Ruth L. Thomas and William E. Waters, eds., Grindstone (Berea, OH: Baldwin-Wallace College, 1980), pp. 14-15.

The Rocky Mountain Field Studies is a program co-sponsored by Baldwin- Wallace and Northwest Community College in Wyoming. The program takes place at NCC, a small college located in Powell, Wyoming. The town is situated in the Big Horn Basin, a large river basin surrounded by the Absaroka, Bighorn and Beartooth Mountains. B-W students are offered 12 credits for five weeks of concentrated introductory courses in Geology and Botany. To some (or most), this may seem like a relatively easy way to complete some core requirements, see the West, and have fun doing it. However, the program is much more than just this. As it lasts for approximately the equivalent of one half of a quarter at B-W, the academic work is very demanding, keeping the student in class either on or off campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Botany course requires digging up, keying out, pressing and memorizing anywhere from 75 to 100 plants native to the west, as well as many hours of intensive note taking. The Geology course also includes much note taking and memorization, and everyone gets a shot at fossil hunting (i.e. - oolites and fishscales) and mapping in the desert.

When not in the classroom, students are "out in the field," a term loosely describing the several hundred miles of territory covered in both courses. Wyoming is very scenic, and it takes some time for one to become accustomed to looking at even the most breathtaking sight from the eye of a geologist or botanist. These field trips require a working pen, a strong liking for "melted" cheese sandwiches, an extra roll of film, patience, and stamina in case the accelerator pedal should cease to function on an exceedingly warm day. (We won't mention the possibility of losing the water cooler, will we?). Highlights of the Field Studies program include several trips to Montana, and a four day trip to Yellowstone Park and the Grand Tetons is taken during the third week.

All of the work and traveling around leaves little time or reason to do anything but study on weeknights, but during the weekend, all one has to do is hop in the back of the nearest available pick 'em up truck and head for Horseshoe Bend, a small lake located about forty miles from Powell, offering the latest in ( or only) cliff diving and sun bathing physilities. Cody has much to offer as well, one can visit the Buffalo Bill Museum and learn about the West as it used to be, or go shopping in the many "cowboy" stores in the town. As for entertainment, Wyoming offers everything from "soft music on the jukebox" to jitterbugging at "The Bronze Boot" after a live rodeo.

All in all, the Rocky Mountain Field Studies has much to give the student who is prepared to embark on a trip taking him or her as far back as Pre-Cambrian times, and as far ahead as their minds will want to go.