Where does that Monon Bell go to hideaway?


If you were to ask a student on the DePauw campus where the Monon Bell goes after a win, most would have absolutely no clue.

“I think the best place for the bell is somewhere where people will see it often,” sophomore Rachael May said. “It makes sense to put it in Lilly, because that's the athletic center, but I think it would be better somewhere in the Union Building.”

Where the bell goes has changed over the years.

“Historically the Bell has been all over the place—in players' rooms, in public spaces—you name it.” said Ken Owen, executive director of media relations.

Because of the losses in the Bell game over the last several years, most students don’t really know where the bell goes when DePauw wins. This however allowed for the school to fine tune what they will do when DePauw wins the bell.

This year’s bell would begin its journey across campus on the field immediately following the game.

If DePauw wins the Bell will go out into the tailgate area until 6 p.m. After that it will be in the Hub until after the pancake breakfast, from 11 p.m. until 2 a.m. While there it will be by the pillars on the north side of the building. After that the Bell will be placed somewhere safe for the night.

On Sunday the Bell will be at the Lily either inside or outside, depending on the weather.

The times and exact places in Lily have not been decided yet.

“We’re not looking to hide the bell away in any kind of shape or form or fashion, but it is 300 pounds, so it’s a little bit bulky for that kind of stuff, said Stevie Baker-Watson director of athletics and recreational sports.

One of the many differences between DePauw and Wabash is where the bell goes after wins. The students at Wabash are in control of the bell and will usually take it around campus. But at DePauw the bell is in the hands of the school.

“I think culturally the two campuses are different in terms of how they handle a lot of different things,” Baker-Watson said.

Everyone should of course go out to see the bell, but keep in mind to be respectful of everyone.

“I think the big thing will be just respecting when we say it’s sort of time to put the bell away," said Baker-Watson.