FEBRUARY 12, 2014
CALLING CHAMPIONS ON CAMPUS Do you ever wish you had a clearer sense of your purpose? Union College faculty and staff have noticed your struggle and have CHELSEA addressed this desire by ZUMWALT developing the Quest for Calling program. Michelle Mesnard, Teresa Edgerton, and Tamara Seiler (along with the help of many others) came together to organize a program which is as individual as the people applying it.
In order to reach every area of campus, faculty and staff have been selected as “calling champions” in every nook and cranny of Union. These calling champions serve as a resource for students who desire to explore their unique callings in life. Free to students, the Quest for Calling program offers online resources along with an explanation of the program at www.ucollege.edu/calling. You will also find a recommended reading list along with videos and personality assessments. Some of the books are available in the humanities
division, Career Center, bookstore, or on reserve at the library. Begin your Quest today and answer the call.
I believe there’s a calling for all of us. I know that every human being has value and purpose. The real work of our lives is to become aware. And awakened. To answer the call. -Oprah Winfrey
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CALLING CHAMPIONS Calling champions want to help students become aware of their unique callings.
CHELSEA ZUMWALT is a senior studying nursing and pre-allied health.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE ► TOO MUCH TOLERANCE? OPINION, PAGE 2
CULTURE, PAGE 4
SPECIAL INTEREST, PAGE 5
ROCK WALL PROPOSAL SPORTS, PAGE 6
TOO MUCH TOLERANCE? It is worth noting at the beginning that this opinion is more of an inkling, a whisper of possibility that is, perhaps, blatantly wrong. This kind of SPENCER WAY disagreement with conventional wisdom is usually avoided. I trust that my audience is mature enough to handle and critically evaluate this. My goal is not to offend, but to approach an old issue from a fresh angle. Ravi Zacharias articulates my trajectory best in his book Jesus Among Other Gods: “The garbled beliefs that plague our existence, each justified by the voice of culture . . . may be the tragedy of the beguiling sentiment we call tolerance, which has become a euphemism for contradiction. The result is treacherous.” Simply put, tolerance often morphs into an overzealous rationalization for the behavior of others. The resulting contradiction between the faith of those who rationalize and the behavior being rationalized produces either disastrous results or reams of unexplored opportunity. Tolerance of unchangeable differences is one of the highest standards of ethics, even morality. Race, age,
gender, and more rightfully demand tolerance every day. Such tolerance relates to characteristics that do not have a logical cause-and-effect relationship with other behaviors. Connections between these characteristics and behaviors exist culturally. For example, little girls are often dressed in pink instead of blue but girls do not prefer pink because they are girls. Race, gender, and all the rest do not drive choice. Faith does. Your religion, or lack thereof, defines your choices—not all of them, but arguably some of the biggest ones. Faith does not stand above criticism. Motives can be traced back to faith in so many cases that an example would be superfluous. Faith is different from race, for example, because it has a tangible result. “What is the result of being Asian/male/tall?” is a fruitless question, since we cannot, for the most part, change certain characteristics about ourselves. “What is the result of your faith?” is a question we should all be asking. The cultural justification that Zacharias refers to in the quote above is dangerous in faith. I can justify men’s affinity for blue with an explanation of my
culture. But I am on treacherous ground when I justify the results of my faith or anyone else’s with a cultural explanation. Result: My faith motivated me to ostracize others who did not believe the same way. Cultural justification: The JudeoChristian tradition, combined with the American celebration of individualization, created my inclination to surround myself with like-minded people. Result: John Doe’s faith incentivizes ritual killing. Cultural Justification: John Doe came from a culture that values manliness. Have we become so tolerant that we cannot entertain the possibility that others are wrong? If so, haven’t we also created a safeguard for our own beliefs that says, “Since no one else is wrong, neither am I”? If we do not consider the possibility (and voice it with respect and reason) that others are wrong, that the results of their choices stand as convicting evidence, then might we be guilty of similar crimes?
SPENCER WAY is a senior studying business administration.
Argus wants to be your health and fitness app, helping you navigateBRIANNA winter’s woes with SCHENKELBERG is a senior a technology boost. It tracks your daily steps studying communication. (continued on page 6) (goodbye hip-hugging pedometer), maps your running and cycling, keeps track of your coffee and fluid intake, and lets you snap pictures of your food to remember what you’ve eaten ARGUS that day. It displays all this info in a scrolling honeycomb display. What could be sweeter?
OF THE WEEK
HARVEY MEIER INSPIRES Many students may not be familiar with Harvey Meier, but he is an important member of the Union College family and has been for KATIE the last 36 years. Harvey MORRISON graduated from Campion Academy and attended college here, earning a degree in business administration with an accounting emphasis. I have heard him tell stories of his time here, his job in a shop where he helped repair brooms, his hourly pay (minimum wage was $1.60), and the long car trips home to Colorado for breaks. He started working at Union in 1977 and has been here ever since. Harvey Meier’s official title is the “controller.” As controller, Harvey is the highest accounting executive on campus. He ensures that all our accounting records are in agreement not only with generally accepted accounting principles, but also with Seventh-day Adventist ethical standards. When the auditors come around each year, Harvey is their guy. He also
works in tandem with the vice president of finances, Jeff Leeper, to determine budgets for each department on campus, which is no small feat. Harvey is dedicated to his work. A week after his quadruple bypass surgery, his fellow office mates returned early from a meeting and found him at his desk. He had “gone for a walk,” per his doctor’s suggestion, and popped into the office when he knew everyone would be out and no one could give him any trouble. He is frequently the first one to the office in the morning and rarely takes a sick day. He bikes the nine miles to work whenever the weather allows, and even hosted the Harvey’s Hoedown Vespers out on his farm last semester. Harvey’s actions speak for themselves; his outstanding work ethic, dedication, and willingness to help those in need serve as an inspiration to all of us.
KATIE MORRISON is a junior studying business administration.
POTENTIAL STUDENT PODCAST BY SLADE LANE David Kabanje and J-Fiah Reeves are hard at work on creating a special podcast just for Union College students that includes comedy sketches, devotionals, interviews, and special music. Several students joined Kabanje and Reeves for the afterglow they led following the Maria Long Concert. The program included a special talk and musical performance by Dr. Fitts from the humanities division, a small devotional, and Kabanje and Reeves’ bantering back and forth. “We want to get new people involved,” says Reeves. “We sent out a survey to see what people want, and they want to see new faces. People want to hear more about Union and the students who go here.” Kabanje and Reeves are looking to take their podcast and create a new student-led radio program that involves the students at Union college, both new and old. Keep your ears open for more details. “It will be me and J-Fiah doing what we do,” laughs Kabanje.
Harvey Meier, the Accounting Office controller.
Calling Champions Kenna Lee Carlson Advancement Verna Blankenship Business Div. Tina Booton Business Office Victoria Tobing Campus Ministries Terri Lair Campus Bookstore Teresa Edgerton Career Center Lori Brasuell Custodial Peter Blankenship Dining Daniel Cress Enrollment/Financial James McClelland Fine Arts Div. Sandy Tallman HHP Div. Lynn Davis Honors Shawna Herwick Human Dev. Div. Tamara Seiler Humanities Div. Tyler Anderson IRR Div. Cheri Blue I.S. Gillian Connors Library Mary Jean Horst LLC Ben Barber Marketing Comm. Nicole Orian Nursing Div. Michelle Buller P.A. Program Patty Moyle Plant Services Brittany Wren Records Ben Holdsworth Religion Div. Frankie Rose Science and Math Div. Claudia Pech TLC
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If you were given wads of cash and hundreds of lauded designers at your disposal, what would you wear? Many musical CASSANDRA artists pondered just JOHNSON that as they recently prepared for the Grammy awards, a place where artists are rewarded for the creative statements they make. Just because celebrities have the aforementioned resources to create a perfect style identity does not mean they take advantage of them. In fact, following celebrity style could lead you towards looking more peculiar. Here I bring the most ridiculous celebrity fashions of the 2014 Grammy’s into one comprehensive list. 1. Bolo ties a la Macklemore. You heard it here first—bolo ties are poised to have a major moment. People are critiquing it now, but soon, you too may have a nooselike cord wrapped around your neck. 2. The Arby’s-modeled hat on Pharrell’s head. I’d add commentary, but
The Grammys featured peculiar fashion.
the photo speaks for itself. 3. Robotic costumes. Pharrell was joined on stage with Stevie Wonder for a performance of “Get Lucky,” but the real shocker came when Daft Punk themselves appeared in the recording studio set behind the other performers mid-song. If you could see beyond Pharrell’s hat, you might have noticed Daft Punk’s white robotic costumes. These styles may make a statement onstage, but that doesn’t guarantee a standing ovation from your peers if you wear them to class. However, my job is to encourage taking risks. Start small by perhaps replacing your conventional tie with a bolo for next week’s church service. Or go all out with a robot costume. Good luck serving yourself calzones in the café. Millions of dollars and a plethora of awards could buy you a pretty outrageous wardrobe, but perhaps you’re better off with your Target steals.
CASSANDRA JOHNSON is a senior pursuing a business pre-med degree.
JON BELLION PACKS RAW EMOTION
Rarely does an album grab my attention so much that I play it on repeat for an entire month—in fact, not since Macklemore’s The Heist (2012). Then, Brooklynbased Jon Bellion came
along. You may think you haven’t heard Jon Bellion before, but chances are you have. Alongside his solo music production
career, Bellion writes verses, choruses and hooks for famous artists. He wrote the chorus for “The Monster” by Eminem feat. Rhianna—and that’s what first grabbed my attention. In November, Jon Bellion released his second full-length studio album, The Separation. The man wrote, mixed, supplied singing and rap vocals, and produced the entire album by himself. Practically the only thing he didn’t create was the album cover.
The moment The Separation flowed into my ears, I was hooked. Foot-tapping, finger-snapping hooked. The first thing I noticed was Bellion’s soft and soothing vocals. His calming voice pairs nicely with simplistic electronic, ambient, and hip-hop beats. In his album opener, “Eyes to the Sky,” leads right into mellow rap vocals over a synth with a happy melody. This catchy rhythm style carries throughout the album. (continued on page 5)
WINTERTIME SADNESS There is something draining about winter in Lincoln. Perhaps it is our primordial inclination to find a warm cave and slumber until May. MICHAEL Perhaps it is the angst of ROHM securing a ring by spring. Perhaps it is the absence of Breaking Bad or the fact that Justin Bieber is turning into the law-breaking soprano we always knew him to be. Whatever the cause, the effects are daily apparent: red-rimmed eyes, shuffling gaits, and the sort of attire that makes many of us look like before-pictures of a makeover show. Yes, I’m including myself. Walking from class last week, I found a lint-laden handful of M&Ms in the pocket of my sweats. Not only did I devour the handful in less time than it takes the Broncos to snap a safety, I scrounged in all my other pockets for more.
What I want to say is this: No sun doesn’t have to mean no fun. Five months until summer doesn’t have to be a bummer. If you suffer winter sadness, please don’t binge on Breaking Badness. Instead, take up a hobby, like collecting stray cats or muttering to yourself. Make a new friend, or get rid of an old one. Plan your future, unless it involves you dying alone. Let’s try an exercise: Imagine finding wealth, happiness, or fame. Now dash that dream against the rocks of reality and imagine a moderately paid desk job with a contentious spouse and whining kids. Now learn to love that, and spend the rest of your life doing so. The future starts now, when our virility fizzles from unconquerable youths to cat-collecting adults. Ok, perhaps I am suffering from seasonal affective disorder. I don’t mean to take it out on you. That was mean, and I apologize. In contrition, allow me to indulge in self-help that may appeal to
those of you similarly afflicted. Happiness is not defined by the sun but by how we find meaning without it. It is less about reliving our past and more about really living our present. It is friends and books and tea and summoning just barely enough motivation to work out. It is dedication, discipline, and getting through the semester until the summer arrives and you realize the one thing you really want is that snowy day in February when you went sledding at Holmes Lake with your best friends. Or love is dead, happiness is a myth, and aspirations are a government scheme to keep our rat-wheels whirring. I’ll let you decide, I’ve got Breaking Bad to watch.
(continued from page 4) Jon Bellion’s signature sound is only half of the reason I can’t put The Separation down. His lyricism is the other half. Bellion throws pop-culture references around like burritos on BCS Chipotle night. This is most notable in “Jim Morrison,” a song named after the famous front man of The Doors. References to artists, movies and songs by Jim Morrison, Kanye West, The Beatles, Jay-Z, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Christopher Wallace, and Will Smith are mentioned in the first verse and chorus alone. They ways he incorporates the references are very clever.
Jon Bellion packs raw emotion into his songs, making his lyricism powerful. “When the Lions Come” is an anthem about staying strong when the going gets tough. Rappers Logic, Castro, and Blaque Keyz accompany Bellion on the track, adding more power and emotion to the ballad. The clash between harsh rapping and calm singing brings out even deeper emotion. In “NewYorkSoul,” the struggle of the loneliness that accompanies constant touring becomes reality. Finally, as a resolution to the struggles Jon Bellion shares throughout the entire album, he sings of the demons he has fought for years
in his nightmares, and conquering them in his dreams in “Kingdom Come.” Incredible vocals, clashing emotion, powerful lyricism, and clever popular culture references make The Separation a major success. It really is one of the catchiest albums I’ve ever heard. Put Jon Bellion on your artist-to-watch list this year, as this won’t be the last we hear of him. He’s just getting started: Rumor has it he has another album in store for us this coming year.
MICHAEL ROHM is a senior pursuing a personalized degree in international relief and communication.
STEVEN FOSTER is a junior studying communication.
The Separation is free to download. Just search “Jon Bellion” on SoundCloud and enjoy.
UNION STUDENTS PUSH FOR CLIMBING WALL At Union College, we have many blessings to count daily. The faculty and staff are incredible because they care about the students. Our student TYLER body’s attitude can’t be ELLIS experienced at any other college. When you walk across campus, you are hard-pressed to find someone who will not wave or say hello to you. The buildings are well kept, as are the grounds, and the number of buildings on our campus is growing by one this year. Union College wants to hear what we have to say. Because of that, the student body feels pressed to come up with good ideas because we know that those dreams
may actually come true. The on-campus recycling program was started and pushed by Joe Hoffmann. The new study landing at Coopers Corner was a student-generated idea that came to fruition in less than a year. The newest dream is that of McKenzy Jean and Kyle Ilio. That dream aims to bring the rock wall back, but on a much larger scale. There is a basement under the Student Center that is currently used as a garage for the maintenance department. Jean and Ilio would like to turn that area into a rock wall and workout area. Jean and Ilio imagine the potential rock wall space to include an extensive addition to the weight room. This layout would be similar to Southern Adventist University’s Hulsey Wellness Center, where a rock wall is at the entrance
of their fitness facility. As an Adventist college, one of Union’s main messages revolves around health. Having a facility to support that message is necessary. The immediate roadblocks involve a lack of funding, but with time and proper support, the funds can become available. Talk to Jean and Ilio to see how you can help support their dream of bringing Union’s fitness facilities to new heights.
TYLER ELLIS is a senior business major.
UPCOMING EVENTS SUN 9
18 President’s Day Campus Store/ Mailroom open 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
19 ASB Convocation and elections
14 Winter Break (through Feb. 14)
20 Basketball Tournament (through Feb. 23) Business and Computer Science Field Day LEAD Committee
FRI 15 Valentine’s Day
21 Third PA Quarterly Meeting Division Meetings
Vespers, UFC Concert in CVC @ 7:30 p.m.
22 Washington’s Birthday V2 in CVC @ 6 p.m.
THUMBS UP/ THUMBS DOWN FROM UNION COLLEGE STUDENTS Reagan Dieter: to bros night out on Valentineâ€™s Day. Naomi Prasad: to Lady Warriors winning their last home game. Stephanie Wilson: to insurance.
to crashing my car,
Cassie Smith: to friendly smiles around campus. Tyler Morrison: the Warriors.
to those who hate on
Katie Morrison: Super Bowl.
to an anticlimactic
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Student Spotlight EXPERIENCE THE SPIRIT
MEET MADISON Sitting in a turquoise orbit chair, listening to the sounds of her voice and the guitar filling the dorm room, I realized just why singing and AMANDA songwriting should be ASHBURN at the top of Madison Wagnaar’s “Things I Love” list. Her notebooks are filled with song lyrics. Snippets of poetry waiting to be put to music, phrases to be finished if she could just find the right word. I asked if she would sing something for me. “Of course,” she smiled. Wagnaar shared with me one of the approximately seventy songs she’s completed. “Handle the Show” is about being in love with a friend, knowing those feelings could ruin the friendship, and then being forced to put on a show because of
it. The lyrics were beautiful, relatable. When asked if it was written from personal experience, Wagnaar nodded. “But technically you should be in love with a friend,” she adds. Wise words. In the span of half an hour, Wagnaar taught me more about herself and life than I expected. I learned that her second love is theater/theatre, and the difference is that –er is the actual building and –re is the process (stage direction, lighting, vocal cues). I bet you didn’t know that either! I learned that, while Union doesn’t have all niceties a student with a drama minor might desire, Wagnaar chooses to see this as an opportunity instead of a disadvantage. “At another school I might get drowned out, but here I can grow. I’ve gotten to work one-on-one with Dr. Robison and get involved in any way that I can.”
I also learned that Wagnaar had a rough time last year and was willing to open up about it. “I’m a pretty open person,” she states. “My parents went through a divorce last year. It felt like all the walls fell down.” I waited. “Everyone has a ‘house’ that is them. There are walls for family, friends, church, and school. If one wall collapses you rush to the others. But what happens when all your walls fall?” I didn’t have an answer. Wagnaar went on to explain, “When the walls fall down people fall down too, but if God is your foundation then falling isn’t such a bad thing anymore. You’re closer to Him.” I smiled. So what are you waiting for? Find Madison Wagnaar in the cafeteria, walking to class, in the hallway. She’s got a lot to share, and if you ask nicely, I bet she’ll sing you a song.
Photo courtesy of Madison Wagnaar
Madison Wagnaar demonstrates her greatest passion–music.
AMANDA ASHBURN is a junior studying language arts education.