Elephant & Blind Men





The Elephant and The Blind Men    (Old Buddhist Allegory)


Once an elephant came to a small town.  People had read about and heard of elephants, but no one in the town had ever seen one.  Thus, a huge crowd gathered around the elephant, and it was an occasion for great fun--especially for the children.  Five blind men also lived in that town, and consequently, also heard about the elephant.  They had never seen an elephant before and were eager to learn more. But, alas! They did not have eyes to see!


Then, someone suggested that they could go and feel the elephant with their hands.  They could then get an idea of what an  elephant looked like. The five blind men went to the center of the town where all the people made room for them to touch  the elephant.


Later on, they sat down and began to discuss their experiences.  One blind man, who had touched the trunk of the elephant, said that the elephant must be like a thick tree branch.  Another who touched the tail said the elephant probably looked like a snake or rope.  The third man, who  touched the leg, said the shape of the elephant must be like a pillar.  The fourth man, who touched the ear, said that the elephant must be like a huge fan; while the fifth, who touched  the side, said it must be like a wall.


They sat for hours and  argued; each one certain his view was correct.  Obviously, they were all correct from their own point of view, but no one was quite willing to listen to the others.  Finally, they decided to go to the wise man of the village and ask him to settle their argument.  The wise man said, “Each one of you is correct; and each one of you is incorrect. Each of you touched only a part of the elephant’s body.  Thus you only have a partial view of the animal.  If you put your partial views together, only then will you truly know what it means to see an elephant.”





The Elephant Award!

...for thorough and varied research on the I-search essay assignment



Spring 2017

Erika Wold for her paper on Cursive Handwriting

Marissa Miller for her paper on Fibromyalgia

Lexi VanBlair for her paper on Therapy Dogs in Schools

Kennedy Keil for her paper on Theatre



Fall 2016

Jadyn Meiers for her paper on Surgical Physician's Assistants

Jasmin Husidic for his paper on Motorcycles

Braden DeLong for his paper on The Madden Curse

Taylor Lujan for his paper on The Sport of Bull Riding


Honorable Mention: Jill Sanders



Spring 2016

Madie Steele for her paper on Elementary Education

Kendyl Sorge for her paper on Student Athletes



Fall 2015

Jordan Evans for his paper "What is Love?"

Jenna Smith for her paper on Bipolar Disorder

Paden Moore for his paper "Wrestling and the Olympics"


Honorable Mentions:

Cole Calonkey, Jackson Ingle, Alan Malone, Sam Meyne, Griffin Miller, Erin Pins, Meredith Wallerich


Spring 2015

Marshall Egerton for his paper "Percussion of India"

Hannah Brummel for her paper "What do I want to be when I grow up?"

Austin Wille for his paper "Fighting in Hockey"


Honorable Mentions:

Alex Torres, Ally Eppens


Fall 2014

Emily Sherwood for her paper on Insomnia

Selma Durdzic for her paper on Feminism

Olivia Terronez for her paper on Autism


Honorable Mentions:

Jacob Nelson, Juliana Herran, Jake Dawiec, Riley VanWey