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8 LEGEND HAS IT... Film students prepare for Zach Anderson’s upcoming feature film.


Students share their past experiences from Conference 2013



The Southeastern Times | Issue 4 | February 2014

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5 Ways to Start Your Semester Right


Baseball Spring Season: Swinging into Action


CMC: A School That Isn’t a School

Struggling getting into the semester? Ashley Watson shares some tips for success.

Our baseball team is on track for a gamechanging season. Danielle Davidson features two students who studied in the CMC program in Nashville, TN.


Resume Tips


Adjusting to a New Semester


Ask Mertle


You Can’t Take It With You: An Interview With Professor Salsbury


Legend has it...

Emily Meade helps readers prepare their resumes and reminds them what important elements to include.

Hear from two students who share how they handle their busy schedules.

AnonymousMertle is back to answer all of your pressing questions.

Take a quick preview of the latest production to come from SEU’s Theatre Department.

Legend has it that this year’s feature film will be Southeastern’s best yet.

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Adrian Garza updates Netlflix fanatics on some must-see movies.

According To With Increase, Death Is Inevitable

This spirit-filled hardcore group explains the message behind their upcoming album and what it’s like to be a nationally touring band.

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Putting your schoolwork off at the beginning of the semester can cause it to quickly pile up and leave you


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Blast From the Past: Student Stories from Conference 2013

Learn the important difference between Mary and Martha’s approaches on life.

Three students share their past Conference experiences.

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Many students probably agree that the first few weeks of the semester fly by very quickly. Being busy in search of textbooks, getting the hang of your class schedule, and settling in at college, you most likely haven’t had much time to keep up with your schoolwork and set up a healthy routine. It’s important to have a good plan from the start of the semester because a bad start can be a major setback and will make your life unnecessarily difficult.

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The beginning of every semester is the perfect time to start looking at organizations you want to be a part of. While the main mall is regularly occupied with organizations looking for new members, there are many new opportunities especially available near the beginning of the semester.


Think About Study Groups:

It’s great to start getting to know the people in your classes now and find a study group that works for you. This way, you won’t feel crazy stressed by the time midterms come along!

FOUR­ Get Social:

Don’t hesitate to talk to someone new. Take the time to introduce yourself to a floor mate, neighbor, classmate, or member of your extracurricular group. Being openminded and outgoing is one of the best parts of college and you never know where it’ll take you.


Be realistic with your commitments:

While you may be tempted to join almost every organization you hear about, it is good to keep in mind that moderation is key. It is better for you to pick a few clubs and have time to dedicate to them than to join many organizations, leaving you unable to do your best at each one.


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aseball at Southeastern University returns to the Ted A. Broer Stadium swinging into full action. The Fire launched the 2014 spring season with an undefeated record so far. The season started Friday, January 24, as the Fire played a double-header game against Calumet College (15-0) and Edwards College (13-0). The Fire continued their early winning streak Saturday, January 25, as they faced Calumet College (11-0) and Edward College (5-2) once again. “Overall, I think it’s going to be pretty good,” Jason Beck, head coach, projects for this year’s season. “I think there are a lot of pressure marks for us. I think offensively we have to improve. I think defensively we’ve improved. Pitching is going to be brand new for us but overall I feel pretty confident. I think we are going to be on the upper side of the conference. We are going to be




very competitive.” The baseball coaches have prepared for the season setting high expectations for the team. “Assigning roles to hold each other accountable and plugging in the right people in the right spots, makes it a lot easier to prepare for a season,” says Beck. Beck has brought in new staff in spots where he felt were lacking. Coach Carls, head of the sports management department, who works with pitchers, and Jeff Moyer, a graduate assistant that played for the University of Florida, were added as assistant coaches. The next home game of the Fire will be February 14 at 3 p.m. against Milligan College.


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A School That Isn’t a School

Merideth Coats


For one semester of their undergraduate career, the Contemporary Music Center (CMC) in Nashville accepts 30 college students who write, record, perform, and tour in the community. Each student has access to a knowledgeable, committed faculty and musical gear valuing to $1 million. CMC is a school that isn’t a school because it is a hands-on approach to learning and students are able to enjoy the learning process.

Hundreds of applications are sent from across the

United States to CMC for each semester but only 30 are accepted. Southeastern students Meredith Coats and Luis Reyes were two of the few chosen to attend for the past fall semester. “I learned a lot about the many different options of careers there are in the music business and where I think I would fit best in the future. There are so many open doors available to me, that now I know what I want to look for. Although I am not exactly sure what will happen after graduation, CMC helped me make a lot of connections with music professionals who could help me later on in my career,” said Coats. CMC offers its students front row tickets to the music industry where you learn all about Nashville’s ins and outs. Between working with songwriters, producers and engineers, students get a taste of what it is like working in the field. “We got exposed to a lot of different people in the music industry. Although I didn’t personally get an open door, I know people that have and I am walking away with a connection in Nashville because of CMC,” mentioned Reyes.

The classes are split up into three different tracks that students choose from: artist track, business track and technical track. Every day all CMC students meet together for class in the mornings. In the afternoon, they break out into their separate tracks where they are free for rehearsals, sound checks, recording, or different responsibilities for that day. The most stressful part of the program is when students have to perform live each week in Nashville. “What I enjoyed the most from this part of the program was the fact that I had specific songwriting assignments and direct feedback from a professional songwriters about my songs before I performed. It was very helpful and provided me with a lot of experience,” said Coats. At the end of the semester, instead of a final exam, business track students such as Reyes focus mainly on planning a 10-day tour of CMC students. Within those 10 days, CMC students visit seven different universities, talk to students at those universities about the program, and then put on a full production concert. The tech track students help each artist record their songs, and are responsible for running the sound equipment for every show. “CMC was very rigorous, fun, eye opening, and crazy all in one,” said Reyes. Coats complimented the great recording facility that CMC has to offer. If it wasn’t for the high quality staff, tech students, and equipment she would not have been able to record four full songs in the time that she did for her first EP, The Ugly Truth, releasing this spring on March 25, 2014.

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Adjusting to a New Semester



With the spring semester well underway, many seniors are preparing for graduation and applying for jobs. One of the important aspects of applying for jobs is making sure your resume is in order. Here are a few tips for those of you putting your resume together for post-graduation or summer jobs.

Adjusting to a new semester can be a difficult process in which students find themselves adapting to the ever-changing environment of new classes, new friends, and new opportunities. There are plenty of ways in which a student can make the most of the semester. Here’s how a few of our own SEU students are transitioning. Harold Page is majoring in Organizational Leadership. He is an RA for Destino residence hall. With classes and responsibilities, most might view his schedule as too busy for his own good. When asked, he insists that his work is his motivation and is what keeps him going. People like this often find comfort in diving head first into their work and obligations. Ashlyn Hart is majoring in Business Management. She is a project leader and the secretary for Enactus, volunteers at her church’s youth group, and works a parttime job. She strives for efficiency and excellence. Others view her as organized and optimistic. She attributes her adjustment to finding a habitual routine. Once she finds a routine she is able to adequately accomplish her goals. People like this are often uncomfortable until they find their “groove.” These are only two examples. There are many different kinds of students and methods of adjustment. Everyone is different and has their own way of doing things.

Include contact information.

It is important that this information is on your resume in the event that an employer needs to contact you regarding whether you received the job or not. Include your full name, local address, phone number and email address.

Relevant information goes first.

Remember to keep most recent accomplishments and jobs at the top of your employment history. From there, it is in condescending order.

Make it visually appealing.

Organization on a resume can relay to the employer that you are a neat, detail-oriented person. Do not use many different fonts and make sure each point is parallel with the category that it is in.

Tailor wording for the desired job.

Knowing about the company and their values before you apply is vital for many reasons. For example, in reference to resume preparation, if you know a company values high customer service, while you are wording your recent job history, choose the correct words that display you have experience delivering great customer service. This will communicate to the potential future employer that you will carry their standard throughout the job.

Paper is important.

Make sure the paper your resume is printed on is a professional heavy weight paper. Bringing a wrinkled, flimsy resume to an interview will make a negative impression to a potential future employer.


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You Can’t Take It With You:

An Interview with Mr. Salsbury BY EVYR MANLEY You Can’t Take It With You is a 1930s comedy featuring the zany Sycamore family, who by the end of the production will have you wondering who the crazy ones are: you or them? The Southeastern Theatre Department is abuzz as the cast rehearses daily. I sat down with Professor Michael Salsbury and inquired about his motives and expectations for the spring production. What made you decide to produce YCTIWY for the spring semester? “Several things. One: it’s just so much fun. It’s beautiful, innocent fun. This family is just so innocent in their pursuit of joy and life. It’s not about living for yourself, but living true to yourself. I think its message is so consistent with Scripture and with a Christian worldview. Another reason is that it’s a large cast show, so it gives a lot of our students a lot of opportunities to be involved. And there’s a wide range of ages in the show, so we actually have faculty involved this time!” What is your biggest expectation for this play? “Right now, I hope we can get a lot of people to come! [laughs] It’s such a fun show, especially with Dr. Miller being in one of the roles. It’s sad when we go through all the work and it’s not just about us going through the work. This semester we’re creating a great gift, to the university and to the community, of an evening of laughter and fun and joy, and it would be a shame to have people miss that gift.”

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Hey Mertle, I am in an academic funk and have found myself not going to my classes. I cannot get myself to sit down and focus on work. Any suggestions? From, I Just Can’t Focus Dear I Just Can’t Focus, This kind of thing happens, but remember you are paying for these classes. After a certain amount of absences your professor will begin dropping your grade. Some ways that could help are listening to music, making a study group, working somewhere where there are no distractions or going to the Academic Center for Enrichment (ACE). Hope this helps, Mertle Mertle, I am becoming overwhelmed. There doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to accomplish school, work, club obligations, chapel, and keep up with my social calendar. Any suggestions on how I can manage time better? From, I Need More Hours in the Day. Dear I Need More Hours in the Day, Time management is very important. Luckily, there are a lot of different options. One option is you can buy a daily planner or calendar and write out any assignments and appointments so you can plan around them. When using this method, you can just write out what you need to do. Some choose to block off the hours they plan to work on items to make sure the tasks are accomplished. Hope this helps, Mertle

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ave you ever heard an urban legend you just cannot seem to shake from your mind? Maybe it is a tale about a family member who once upon a time caught one “big fish” that happened to get away. Or maybe it is a story surrounding a house in your hometown that is said to be haunted. For film student Zach Anderson, this happens to be the case. Anderson admits that growing up he had what could be considered “a morbid fascination with urban legends” and the ultimate lessons behind them. “I believe the reason [urban legends] have significance is because we put significance on them,” Anderson says. This captivation became the inspiration behind his screenplay for our school’s feature film of the year. You may ask, what is a feature film? By definition, feature film is a film with a minimum of 40 minutes of content. At Southeastern University, feature film is a program put on every summer for the past three years with the primary purpose of helping teach students within the field of Communication what it is like to be on a professional film set. Along with the summer program, SEU decided to implement a class that meets once a week to help the

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creative process along. The pre-production team, currently consisting of six or seven students, is involved in every step of this production From re-writing the script, to scouting locations, to tackling the task of sorting through every application for available positions, this team does it all. These students create a “full-length” film within a year’s time. This year the film will be roughly 90 minutes long. Southeastern is currently in pre-production of Anderson’s screenplay, Legend Has It. This film takes place on the night of Halloween in a town with a legend about a curse that unfolds every night at the strike of midnight. Focusing on a young girl named Alice, we discover she is determined to rid her town of the curse for good, however we find out that this is not exactly a fairy tale. Their hope is to begin cast auditions in about a month, but the team is also looking for people who will share their vision and have a passion for this project. Would you like to be involved? A fresh face is always encouraged! Contact Professor Anderson for more information at


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Indie Indie Game Game The The Movie Movie

The concept of a “worlds apart” love story has never been pushed to such extremities until Upside Down came around years ago. This 2012 film is one that slipped the radars of many when it originally premiered. While it looks to rely heavily off of the sheer ridiculousness and onedimensional gimmicks to get any attention, it is really enjoyable for the aesthetic feats accomplished.

There are two types of creative people in the world. First, there is the type who creates because they would like be known and revered for making great things. Then there’s the type who creates because creating is all they’ve known. Indie Game: The Movie offers a one-of-a-kind look at independent video game developers and details the highs and lows of the entire development and promotion process. This could be the most inspirational film you’ve seen all year.

One of the most recent films to be made available on Netflix streaming this month includes one of the most underrated films to come from Adam Sandler’s 90’s heyday, Airheads. Brendan Fraser and Steve Buscemi co-star in this comedy where a local band called Lone Rangers throws logic out the window in the pursuit of radio airtime by deciding to take a rock-focused radio station hostage.

Recommended if you like: Downloaded, Hackers Are People Too

Recommended if you like: Spinal Tap, Wayne’s World, Rock of Ages

Recommended if you like: Inception, In Time

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According To , BY ADRIAN GARZA Tampa’s With Increase has been grinding away for over three years playing Christian hardcore in venues that span the entire east coast of the US. On February 25, the group will reach a new milestone in their career with the release of their debut album, Death is Inevitable, through Blood and Ink Records. I recently sat with the quartet’s frontman, SEU’s own Will Steinbrecher, for insight on the record and what it’s like to be a part of this band. Alright, let’s clear the air, what is Death is Inevitable supposed to mean? It’s about how there can’t be life without death. Mainly what it is about is, the older we get, the more experiences we have. I’ve been thinking about how the things I’ve said and done in the past have not only made me the person who I am, but [have] shaped other people for the better or the worse. When we are young, being young and innocent and not really understanding the actions that we’ve [done], we create consequences that we won’t see until ten or twenty years down the road. Some of those things that I’ve done (whether they were for the better or the worse), particularly the worse, have come to fruition in me. I’m learning what it means to walk through that understanding what I’ve done and how that is going to affect the rest of my life. Tell me about your approach to songwriting. Every song is, for the most part, a self-evaluation. A lot of hardcore bands like to point the finger at other people. I tend to write with more of a self-reflection pointing at myself. “The Intro” starts off with saying, “you’ve planted the seeds, now reap the harvest of my hatred. Refined through these trials of life, now this is certain: I am reborn, I am new.” In order to declare that you’ve been forgiven, there is a process that you have to walk through. You know, washing the filth away. The rest of the album is talking about what it is that I’m stepping away from. Not only that, but how am I going to be able to be a man and be of God in addition to what my fears are and how I stay true to values I’ve instilled.


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The definition of success varies from person to person, especially in the world of music. Although you guys are still pretty far off from selling out venues, you’re still signed to a label and you’ve been able to open up for some bigger national acts when they’ve come to Tampa. What would you define successful as? I think success for this is that we’ve been able to set clear goals and accomplish them with our friends. We’ve been able to record an album, have our friends do the artwork, and pick every single aspect of this record specifically. A lot of touring bands put a lot in and just walk away empty. For us, we’ve always learned so much about ourselves. Every single time we’ve ever gone out with bands, we’ve made it a point to form relationships with those to help change the perspective of what Christian and hardcore looks like, and we’ve always come back. There have been times where we’ve been met with oppression to that, where it just doesn’t click with some people. But more times than none, you can call it favor, but we’re able to relate with someone because we’re both hardcore kids. So I think that’s success in itself. With Increase’s Death is Inevitable will be released on February 25, 2014 through Blood & Ink Records.

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BY ALEXIS GAUTHIER Most people know the story about two sisters, Mary and Martha, in the Bible. In Luke 10:38-42, an account is told of these two women and their interaction with Jesus. In the story, Martha had invited Jesus into their home. While He was there, Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to His stories the whole time. On the other hand, Martha was consumed with the preparations (some translations say ‘hospitality arrangements,’ ‘serve,’ or ‘do work’) that she was distracted from Jesus’ presence in her home. Finally, she was fed up and confronted Jesus in verse 40, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” Jesus’ response corrected Martha’s heart. In verse 41-42 Jesus says, “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed

only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” As Christians, there is a lot to be learned from this passage. Have you ever found yourself getting caught up in what needs to be done that you end up putting tasks before relationships and people? Martha’s acts of servanthood aren’t what held her back. What hindered her relationship with Jesus was that she wasn’t spending time with Him and her heart became corrupted along the way. Martha’s pride crept in, but when Jesus chimed in, He reminded Martha that what Mary had chosen was better. Don’t misunderstand the message though. It is highly admirable to have the drive it takes to accomplish tasks. Somebody has got to get it done, however, it’s not our job to draw others away from Jesus in the process or even forget to honor time with Him first.

Never allow tasks or jobs to consume you so much that you lose sight of what’s truly important. The more task-oriented you are, the easier it is to forget about appreciating the present moments in life. Spend time with Jesus daily. He cherishes that time with you so much, that – like Mary – it will not be taken away from you. Challenge yourself to spend time with Jesus on a daily basis. Commit some one-on-one time with Him that will help you grow in His word. Then, it’ll put you in the appropriate posture to do all things out of love so that even when you’re completing tasks and serving, you’re still spending quality time in His presence.

Never allow tasks or jobs to consume you so much that you lose sight of what’s truly important.

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Blast from the Past: Students Stories from

Conference 2013



outheastern University’s Conference 2013 was an event to remember. As we look back on a few student’s experiences, it is exciting to get an idea of what to expect this year at Conference 2014. This event is not only open to Southeastern students, but also to the city of Lakeland. Students from around campus make it clear that this is an event that should not be missed. Some professors use Conference as an opportunity to incorporate the material into class discussions. Conference 2014 is to be held at the Polk Theatre in downtown Lakeland on February 10-12. Southeastern and the Lakeland community will have the opportunity to hear from speakers Andrew Gard, Robert Madu, Carl Lenz, Chris Hodges, and John Gray.

Sarah Bricker: Junior “The best thing about conference was the incredible speakers. Each speaker was so different from the other and brought their own personality and style to their preaching. I was challenged in a different way by each speaker. Look at Conference as more than just a bunch of extra chapel credits. It’s an opportunity to grow and experience God in such a real way. I got so much more out of Conference when I took notes and brought my Bible to follow along with”.

Elena Manubens: Senior “Taking notes during the event is important because there were so many great speakers. I was able to look back on my notes and remember what I learned. One of the things I wrote in my notes was ‘Your praise in private will empower your praise in public’ said by Carl Lentz. His words have stuck with me from last conference because I took notes”.

Kaitlyn Luce: Senior, Usher/ Greeter for Event “Volunteering was a great experience. I got to meet and get to know a lot of new people I have never met before. We got to see everything that went into the night like the worship and setting up. Just a tip, get there early in order find a good parking spot so you are able to get back to school on time, especially for the morning sessions.”


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