Ad Building turns into toboggan run

Sometime during the weekend of Jan. 20-21, 2007, following a six-inch snowfall, Herman Bubbert reappeared on campus after a long absence. With the help of some students, he built a toboggan run on the Ad Building steps in time to welcome prospective students for an Admissions Visit Day Jan. 22. A photo of then-Bethel President Barry Bartel and now-retired Vice President for Academic Affairs John Sheriff sliding down the run (garbed in their dress shirts and ties) made the rounds of Mennonite publications and The Newton Kansan. Cardboard signposts nearby directed travelers to “Barry Bartel Bungalow,” “Patty Shelly Point,” “Convocation Cabins,” “Dale Schrag Slalom” and “Mt. Menno Simons.”


Herman Bubbert needs help!

From: Herman Bubbert
Sent: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 2:06 PM
To: Schrag, Dale

Dale—Please forward the following message to student and faculty/staff announce (and don’t worry, I have faith that students will volunteer to help out and the whole thing will be completely cleaned up)

Dearest Friends at Bethel College,

I am in need of your help. I’m sure most of you noticed my little addition to the campus these last few days. I hope you all got a chance to sled down Mount Menno Simons. It was a creation that I am very proud of. Barry and John, I’m sorry I couldn’t be there to watch you race—it sounded like quite a good time. I wish the sledding could go on all winter. However, the sun is shining and the snow is beginning to melt, so it’s time for the mountain to come down. That’s were you come in.

You see, I was planning on cleaning the whole thing up by myself today, but my dear wife Wilcia has fallen ill, so I won’t be able to make it. I’m asking for your help. I know how great Bethel students and staff are. So I’m asking that anyone who can come out and help clean up at 4 pm today. If you help me out, I promise to keep you entertained in the future—I’ve got lots of ideas for “campus improvement projects”

Also, if you have any shovels you could bring, that would help the effort greatly. Les, does maintenance have some extras that the students could use?

Thanks so much.

Herman Bubbert

Herman Bubbert Lodge

From: Herman Bubbert
Sent: Monday, January 22, 2007 3:22 AM
To: Schrag, Dale
Subject: Herman Bubbert Lodge

Hello Dale,

My it’s been a long time. How’s life? Are you as ready for second semester as I am? This “no convocation” thing is just killing me. The reason I’m writing is to thank you for accepting the position as Events Coordinator and Communications Liaison for Herman Bubbert Lodge. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. We had a grand opening last night, with students sledding well into the night. Have you hit the slopes yet? You’ll have to try it out some time–You and Barry could race. Anyway, to the point. I have contacted maintenance regarding the clean up of Mount Menno Simons. I assured them that the lodge employees will help clean up the mountain on Wednesday afternoon. This should give the students, faculty, staff and community plenty of time to enjoy the sledding. However, I know that sometimes the folks over there aren’t always as supportive of my endeavors as you are. Could you please let them know that everything will be taken care of? If they still would like the slopes cleared sooner, please e-mail me back at this address and I will contact the lodge employees and they’ll clear the mountain as soon as they can. Thanks, and Happy Sledding.