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RECENTLY AS I WORKED OUT on the elliptical machine in the Allen Center, I looked through the glass partition into the lobby that faces out onto the football field. There I saw Coach Busch talking in animated fashion to a group of intently listening runners. The quiet 18-yearold I remember from class is now a man—a husband, a

father, an award-winning teacher-coach skillfully and passionately leading young men toward championships and adulthood. Our interview had been illuminating, but as I watched Roger at work, I realized that I couldn’t have discovered better evidence for the success of a Wabash education.

A Lesson in Hardware —photos by Kim Johnson and Steve Charles

Professor McKinney shows students the computer’s award-winning ASUS Sabertooth x79 motherboard.

Never content to let his students labor cluelessly in the virtual and theoretical, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Colin McKinney wanted to show them how the machines they take for granted are made. So when he designed and built his new personal computer, he invited them—and the campus—to watch. “I thought I’d teach the guys how to do it while I was doing it,” McKinney says. He has built every computer he’s owned since he was 14 (except for the Macs), and this particular one was built to military specs with game development—one of McKinney’s many interests—in mind. Here are some scenes from the making of Professor McKinney’s new PC. See more at WM Online. S p r i n g 20 1 2

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