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Issue 88.3

Union College

SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 Photo credit: Kimberly McNeilus.

The selfish side of volunteering

Sometimes “self-centered” service isn’t a bad thing. Project Impact: A time for Unionites to offer time and labor for the benefit of the community. This doesn’t quite sound like an appeal to BRIANNA the selfish. However, SCHENKELBERG researchers found that many volunteers are effectively motivated by self-centered goals. “People have an agenda when they volunteer—and that’s in the best sense of the word,” says psychologist E. Gil Clary, PhD. There are five main reasons people volunteer according to Psychology Today:

Values. Satisfying personal values (including religion) or humanitarian concerns. Community concern. Helping a community/neighborhood you feel attached to. Esteem enhancement. Feeling better about yourself. Understanding. Gaining better understanding of people, cultures, or places. Personal development. Challenging yourself, meeting new people, or furthering your career. If you Project-Impacted for the warm, fuzzy feeling or to stretch your comfort zone, you may have a more private agenda

than you realized. However, those driven by the selfish motives—esteem enhancement, personal development, or understanding—usually remain volunteering with an organization longer. Sometimes staying loyal to one company better satisfies personal goals, where simply helping people can be achieved with numerous different organizations. What reasons do you volunteer for? Dan Toporeck always had the yearning to contribute to global improvement. Being the vice president of corporate communications for Travelocity, he figured he’d put (continued on page 5)






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How to fight the chill of fall the inside out. So if you’re feeling the chill, fill your stomach with cozy cuisine. The long-awaited pumpkin spice lattes are back at Starbucks, Panera has a new squash soup, and you can find cinnamon oatmeal in our very own cafeteria. Keep working out. When your alarm goes off in the morning, it’s easy to convince yourself that it’s a better idea to snuggle deeper into the covers. Fight the urge to curl up in the cocoon of heat inside your blankets and go produce your own. If your summer routine has lost its luster, try something new that takes advantage of the cool weather. If you’re a runner, rejoice, because fall weather means you can run at any time of the day, not just when the sun is down. Try a new fitness class and discover something that will motivate you to get up and get moving. Or stick with what you’ve been doing—

just wear longer sleeves. Get your D. As the sun shies away sooner and sooner each day, you won’t be getting the necessary amount of vitamin D underneath your fashionable fall layers. To combat fatigue and ward off sickness, take a daily vitamin D supplement. Embrace the season. Soon, fall will fade into winter, so enjoy the crisp mornings and the earthy smell of turning leaves. Go shopping for fall clothes with rich colors. Don your cardigan with glee. After all, fall only comes once a year.

Illustration credit: Aphelandra Messer.

This past weekend, I dug in the back of my closet to find my hibernating sweaters. The slight drop in temperature caused me to EMILY reflexively layer up. I SYVERTSON contemplated how tank tops would be turning into cardigans, and a part of me shriveled up inside. I’m going to miss the sun on my skin. I’m going to miss using the heat as an excuse for froyo at any time of the day. I’m going to miss the freedom of not bringing a coat with me everywhere I go. But whether or not I’m ready, it’s getting colder. So here are a few ways that you and I can hold onto the warmth of summer as the leaves begin to fall: Feast on fall flavors. Pumpkin lattes, cinnamon oatmeal, and squash bisque all have something in common: delicious autumn aromas. Plus, they warm you up from

GOODUPCOMING MONEY. Should we put our money where our faith is? EVENTS Sun 15

Mon 16



23 Preview Days


Wed 18




Campus Store Sale

Campus Store Sale

Leadership Symposium: with Herman Boone 7:00 p.m.

Chapel with Herman Boone 10:30 a.m.

Thu 20

Sat 21

Preview Days

Preview Days

Preview Days

Campus Store Sale

Campus Store Sale

V2 7:00 p.m.

Library Fair 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Vespers: Harvey’s Hoedown 7:30 p.m.

26 Campus Store Sale


27 Campus Store Sale

ASB World Cup and Taste of Lincoln 28

Campus Store Sale

Fall Equinox

Parents Weekend V2 7:00 p.m.

Parents Weekend Student Vespers 7:30 p.m.

Volleyball: Warriors vs. York College 8:15 p.m. in the Thunderdome



UNION COLLEGE TIME MACHINE Imagine that you had a schedule listing classes such as hydrotherapy, penmanship, horticulture, tailoring, and domestic science (home economics). Those could have been your classes if you had attended Union in the early 1900s. Since its groundbreaking in 1890, Union ANNA has undergone quite a transformation. The PONGO original administration building, one of the first buildings built, held up for many years, containing all the knowledge bursting from students. But it began to show its age. Though classes were still held inside, students weren’t allowed to walk near the outside of the building because falling bricks might injure an unsuspecting passerby. Opposite sex interaction rules have changed drastically. According to the first catalog, “Gentlemen must not escort ladies on the street or to or from public gatherings.” The only time the two were allowed together was during a Sabbath afternoon sing or a monitored half hour meeting once a week. Before 1916, food was served to the students family style. The students were assigned to specific tables in rotation, and, when the



Megan: to riot drills with Lincoln Police Department! Spencer: to learning more than you could ever use! Brianna: to Miley’s fail at construction work. Chelsea: to major projects all being due in the same week. Aphelandra:

to puns.

Anna: to Pizza Ranch in Lincoln! Emily: to learning new tricks on the silks. Taylor:

to colds...

dinner bell rang, they would gather around the table to be served their meal. In later years, once the cafeteria line style had been established, students were segregated into male and female lines and a matron would assign which side of the cafeteria they sat on. Think about how easy it is for you to phone your significant other in their respective dorm, and be thankful. In the 1970s, if a guy wanted to call a girl in her dorm, he would have to dial the front desk, and she would be alerted over the intercom that she had a call. Sometimes the phone in her hall was in use, so she would have to run down the steps, hoping the guy wouldn’t get impatient and hang up. When the school first opened, tuition was $15 per month. Don’t we all wish we could simply shell out $15 and be done! However, with inflation rates and scholarships available, tuition is comparably cheaper now. Shocking, right? For more information about the history of Union, read Union College Light Upon the Hill, or Union College 1891-1941 by Everett Dick or ask some of the alumnus faculty. They love telling their stories.


As I sit staring blankly at the computer screen, my eyelids begin to droop, though the clock reads only 2 p.m. I read and reread my assignments five times before CHELSEA I finally realize: It’s time for ZUMWALT me to take a break. If you are new to Union, or simply getting tired of your old routine, here are some ideas for activities to jazz up your study break. A favorite of Union students and employees of all ages, The Mill coffeehouse can function as a study spot or cheap getaway for coffee and tea lovers alike. The Mill provides smoothies, cool Italian sodas with your choice of flavored syrup (both regular and light options), and any coffee or tea offered hot, iced, or blended. On the other side of the street, Conroy’s Bakery is also a local jewel. With pastries to make any student salivate, Conroy’s offers a wide selection of donuts, muffins, cinnamon rolls, twists, and cupcakes. For special occasions, they can even design a unique cake in your choice of flavors and colors. My personal favorite feature about the store, however, is the right-hand display case filled wall-to-wall with cookies. Varying in flavors depending on the

week, cookies range in price from 65 cents to $1.50, guaranteeing that your change will always be put to good use. If you are wanting to stay on campus, look no further than Cooper’s Corner. Located in the Student Center, Cooper’s offers a wide variety of drinks and snacks to wake up or cool off. Lemonade always hits the spot on those hot days when nothing else will do. Have a sweet tooth? Ben & Jerry’s ice cream bars will fix that for you. When the weather cools down, transforming Lincoln into a frigid wonderland, tea, hot cocoa, and coffee should put heat back in your bones. Outside of Cooper’s, you can enjoy a game of pool, foosball, or ping-pong. And if you don’t have much time now, the library offers movies to borrow and watch in your room. The Ortner Center also has several titles students can sign out to enjoy with friends. Sometimes, when none of these options seem right, it may be best just to take a small walk around campus. Stepping away from your studies can help refresh your mind to get assignments done more quickly. So when it’s time to tell your books, “It’s not you, it’s me,” consider these suggestions and get creative with taking that break.



“WE CAN’T STOP” TALKING Quick! “Party in the U.S.A.” comes on the radio and you… Belt it out like a prepubescent teen. There really is no CASSIE other option. JOHNSON Miley Cyrus is my home girl. I’ve seen basically every epi-

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sode of Hannah Montana. Disclaimer: I spent my high school summers as a nanny for a nine-year-old girl. But if I told you I hated every over-acted moment of the show, I’d be lying. So when I got wind of Miley’s controversial performance, I was already forming a defense for my main squeeze. After watching the video, however, and subsequently pulling my chin off the floor, I can offer no defense. Like you, I am appalled, confused, and generally scarred for life. But I’m going to bring good of her performance by offering you my takeaway messages, starting with an extensive “don’t” list, and finishing with one grand “do.” Foam fingers were meant for the confines of a sports game. Enough said. Flesh tones are difficult to pull off. Choose a color too close to your skin tone, and you run the risk of washing yourself out. Or looking naked. (That chance is a lot higher when you actually are essentially naked.)

We miss the old Miley.

Your tongue looks better inside your mouth. Repeated offense to this rule may result in dryness of mouth. Have some self-respect. In the end, your reputation dictates your opportunities, your career, and the relationships you form. I’ve heard the adage, “Don’t care what other people think” far too many times, and I must respectfully disagree. The higher your goals, the more responsibility you must take for your reputation. One day, you may want to be CEO. That simply won’t happen if half-nude videos of you are floating around YouTube. Immediately following some snarky remarks, I must offer one tiny thumbs up to my old friend. In the days following her performance, Miley didn’t go into hiding or offer feverish apologies to the critics. Instead, she retorted that she knew what she was doing: going into the show to create buzz. She was successful. Here’s the grand takeaway. Take risks (preferably of the non-reputation-damaging variety). Wear a color you normally wouldn’t, dance across campus—just because—and own it. Whatever you’re going to do, whatever you’re going to wear, own it.


We’re just cool kids living like the good times never end. –“Vacation Vacation” by U.S. Royalty Just yesterday, a friend and I were driving to the park for an afternoon of sun, slack lines, and hammocks. She slid a mix CD into her player, and an unfamiliar song rang through the speakers. Although I don’t remember what had been STEVEN playing, the sound was old yet familiar. I asked FOSTER her about the song, and she said that it was a song that she listened to with her father before she even knew what music was. As soon as those words fell off of her tongue, I began to reminisce about the music that my dad and I would listen to when I was younger. There’s something special about that music. That very essence of nostalgia is what makes U.S. Royalty special. I’m going to cut to the chase. The rock band U.S. Royalty from Washington D.C. isn’t unique. They don’t possess a sound completely their own; rather they borrow their sound from many different influences. MIRRORS (2011) is their only album thus

far, and the songs on it will remind you of Coldplay, Passion Pit, Young the Giant, and many other great bands. But where others have bashed on the band for only borrowing their sound, I praise them. One song in particular grabbed my attention on MIRRORS: “Monte Carlo.” One of my dad’s favorite bands is Fleetwood Mac, and with good reason—they’re a legend. We would listen to them all the time when I was growing up, and, in turn, they became one of my favorite bands. U.S. Royalty’s song “Monte Carlo” sounds like it should’ve been included on a Fleetwood Mac record, and I love it. Listening to U.S. Royalty is like a blast from the past. MIRRORS takes me back to the good times. I simply love that they’ve managed to authentically sound like so many other great bands, but with their own lyrics. I’d call them the ultimate cover band. If you like a great deal of variety in your music, you must check out U.S. Royalty.

Recommended Songs: Vacation Vacation, Equestrian, Monte Carlo.





Dear Amber,

Dear Stuck in the Middle,

I’m a freshman here at Union College and I am still trying to adjust to the big change from high school. I’ve never been so busy until I got to college. I’m starting to realize that I have some trouble balancing things out. How do I balance having a boyfriend, friends, family, church, work, and school activities all at the same time? I feel like no matter what I do, I’m always being unfair to one of them.

This is a complex question because there are many different strategies to try to balance these aspects of your life. Again, I say try. You can probably try to cater to every important part of your life, but in reality you probably won’t be 100 percent satisfied. You might always feel like there’s “something more” you should be doing. Sometimes we just have to realize that we can’t do everything exactly how we envision it. There are only seven days in the week, and school takes up most of them. Going to classes, studying, meeting for group projects. . . it’s a lot! And it should be one of your top priorities. Where do your friends come in? Your friends and boyfriend are most likely in the same position you are: trying to keep everyone happy while keeping up with school. For the days you can’t spend time with them, keep in touch by texting and social media. Plan other days that specifically involve hanging out. Having a significant other can be great but, at times, distracting. You probably would rather spend time with him than study, but saving a date night at least once a week should keep your relationship connected. Work is a mandatory part of your schedule that you just can’t get rid of. Try to not to overload on hours when you are struggling with your school load. After a while, I think you’ll get the hang of everything. At the end of the day, God is the one who is in control. Turn to Him when you feel overwhelmed and unbalanced with life. He will be more than happy to help lead you to the right path. Trust in Him and listen to His voice for His advice.

Sincerely, Stuck in the Middle

Photo credit: Emily Syvertson.

Sincerely, Amber

So many things, so little time.

Have a question or situation that you think could benefit from someone else’s perspective?

Ask Amber at All inquiries are anonymous, so you get the insight without being in sight.

(continued from page 1) the company to good use. He and several coworkers launched Travel For Good. The program promotes green travel and helps users find places to volunteer while at their favorite vacation spots. Dan’s strong values helped him make a lasting impact on the world. Whenever

you volunteer, make this verse one of your mantras: “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help

the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’ ” (Acts 20:35).

Keep Volunteering!

A list of places to volunteer in Lincoln and a calendar of times is available in the business division. Stop by and get one today!


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Hear the roar at the new Pinnacle Bank Arena. I don’t know how many people have tried to go to a Nebraska Huskers game, but inevitably, it costs more than a professional game. FiTYLER nally, Lincoln has come ELLIS up with a solution to the crazy costs of Husker tickets, at least for a little while. With the opening of the new Pinnacle Bank Arena, the games will now be streamed to the facility’s jumbo screen, and the best part is that it’s free! The Pinnacle Bank Arena has agreed to stream some of the bigger Nebraska games gratis to the community. The arena has been drawing an average of 3,000 fans during each big game, and organizers



only expect the crowd to grow as word gets around. The doors open three hours before kick-off, and meals, snacks, and drinks are available throughout the whole event. “There isn’t a bad seat in the house,” said the arena’s Derek Andersen. “I know it sounds cliché, but when you’re watching on those 22-foot wide video boards, it’s true.” Premium parking is available right beside the arena for $20, which might be worth the price, because finding parking during a husker’s game is borderline impossible. Until now, the Watch Parties have occurred before the official opening of the arena, which happened during the Michael Bublé concert on September 13. Pinnacle Bank Arena will announce more dates for

Huskers Watch Parties within the coming weeks. Another free sports-related event at the arena will occur on September 27 at 7:00 p.m. “The Nebraska athletic department invites fans to get their first look at the 2013-2014 Huskers on Friday, September 27, as the men’s basketball program holds an open scrimmage for the public inside Pinnacle Bank Arena,” read the arena’s website. September 27 also marks the first day that teams around the country can start practice for the upcoming season. Once the season starts, all of UNL’s basketball games will be held in the new facilities. November is when most of the live sports will heat up in the new arena.

A free “catch all” for the things that catch your eye, Pocket allows you to stash articles, videos, web pages, and more. When you stumble upon an intriguing artifact, simply put it in your pocket and save it for a less-busy day. It syncs across your devices, so you can dig into your Pocket from your phone, laptop, or tablet. For those hours when the campus Internet is under maintenance, you can still view your pocketed files without an Internet connection—yet another reason why we picked Pocket for our app of the week.





MINISTRIES 9/20: Vespers: Harvey’s Hoedown @ 7:30 p.m. (address below) 9/21: V2 @ 7:00 p.m. 9/24: Chapel with Herman Boone @ 10:30 a.m. 9:27: Student Vespers 9/28: V2 @ 7:00 p.m.

Union for Christ Presents

Harvey’s Hoedown! Outdoor Vespers at 13600 Sunshine Circle Bennet, NE 68317

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Emily Syvertson Taylor Roberts Joellyn Sheehy Aphelandra Messer Spencer Way Anna Pongo Chelsea Zumwalt Steven Foster Cassandra Johnson Brianna Schenkelberg Amber Alas Tyler Ellis Cody Blake Michael D. Steingas


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ASB Update Experience the spirit


Hello Union College! I’m Inonge Kasaji, a junior social work major and, this year, your ASB international liaison. As international liaison, it’s my job to help showcase the vast diversity that we already have here at Union as well as to connect the international students with the rest of the school. I’m really excited to have this position because it means that I get the opportunity to work closely with International Club to help bring diversity and culture to Union. I have a lot of exciting ideas planned this year for our trademark events, such as the International Mr./Mrs. World Pageant in March and our World Cup soccer tournament coming up this weekend. World Cup is our largest international event this semester. The event begins with a meal. We are trying something different this year: not only will we have foods from several local ethnic restaurants, but we will also offer cultural dishes cooked by some of your friends here on campus. With food on our plates, we’ll get into watching the four teams compete for the World Cup! So sign up, come out, and enjoy some food and fun with your friends while you watch your country play. Inonge Kasaji ASB International Liaison


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