What are your Christmas traditions?
Get the scoop on Chosenâ€™s latest tour and meet the band!
A look back on this past semester.
Get in the Christmas Spirit with some fun facts.
A farewell to our fond home on Greenfield.
A Season of
Full name: Jonathan Yong Beaum Kim Age:20 Year in college: Junior “On Christmas day my family comes together and has a Korean Potluck. My two favorite dishes are Galbi( delicious short ribs) and Kimchijige( spicy cabbage soup).” Full name: Kyle Neuenschwander Age:19 Year in college: Freshman “My family is of German heritage, so my father bakes these German Cookies called Nuremberg lebkuchen, and we give them to everyone and enjoy them ourselves throughout the Christmas season.”
Full name: Chardonnay Shula Age: 22 Year in college: Senior “I remember, when I was in first grade, my mom got me my first pair of Jordans for Christmas.” Full name: Monique Borrego Age:19 Year in college: Sophomore “Since my parents and I lived in Washington for eight and a half years while the rest of my family lived down in San Diego, the three of us would go to the movie theater every Christmas. My favorite Christmas Day movie was Rocky Balboa.”
A Few Words on Faith
aith is a word we use and hear often, especially in Christian circles. We talk of faith in God and country, faith in ourselves and others, faith in humanity or in select social, political or religious systems. Many Christian apologists speak about a “reasonable faith” whereas the author of Hebrews speaks of faith as “the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.” Nietzsche scoffs at this type of Faith as wishful thinking whereas Kierkegaard sees faith and reason as mutually exclusive and if one must choose between the two he will take faith every time. Ah, and here we come to the crux of the issue and why I agree with both Nietzsche (faith is believing in what is not true) and Kierkegaard (faith is the surest form of truth). The type of
faith or belief Nietzsche is talking about is generated from the self and is akin to wishful or fantastical thinking. The type of faith Kierkegaard is talking about is a gift from God, maintained by God and assured by God. Unfortunately we use the same word for two very different kinds of faith and even more unfortunately many people, including Christians, mistake the first kind for the second. Self generated faith should be lanced like a boil with the sterile red hot blade of reason, but God given Faith should be cherished and held in wonder as the most precious gift one could ever receive. How do you tell the difference between the two types of faith? By the spirit of God that is within you which came with the gift of faith. Without God’s spirit then everyone’s personal beliefs are just that, personal beliefs. By Professor Blackburn
Fall Sports Recap This Semester in Sports
s the semester comes to a close, so do the fall sports. This season, personal records were beat, limits were pushed, and school history was made. The Women’s Volleyball team finished 6-22 overall, while finishing their regular season as the number 6 seed. Captain and senior, Cassidy Mertens, comments on the season saying, “After four years here, I can’t believe it’s all done. This year has been a blast and the girls were so fun to play with. I am so proud and honored to finish my last season with the girls I started with.” The Women’s Soccer team made history this year when they qualified for the GSAC Tournament for the first time in SDCC history. They finished with an overall 9-8-1 while finishing their regular season as the number 5 seed in
GSAC. The team had two GSAC All Conference athletes: Vivian Oray and Jontae Campbell. The Men’s Soccer team finished off their season with an overall 13-4-2. They finished their regular season as the number 3 seed in GSAC with four GSAC All Conference athletes: Frankie Zimmerman, Eder Robles, Andrew Robles, and Cameron Riley. Both the Men and Women’s Cross Country teams finished number 8 in GSAC. Upon reflecting on the season, Cross Country Coach Rufus said, “I’m proud of the entire team and the progress they have made this year. They have pushed themselves and each other to be better, and in the end, everyone finished the season with a new personal record and a season they could be proud of.” By Allison Nava-Holstein
here is a glow that fills both the air and human hearts in December: a warm, fuzzy feeling that does not come from candlelight or fireplaces. For a holiday that is supposed to be centered on the Messiah, Christmas has become saturated with a sentimentality which society revels in and the media pre-packages to the masses. Even the Nativity scene has not been able to escape the idealized image of Jesus lying in a snug wooden box while farm animals watch over Him. But let’s be honest with ourselves: though we may complain, we crave that warm glow and we berate ourselves if we don’t feel anything during Christmas time. For all the romanticism that we associate with the “Christmas spirit,” the circumstances surrounding Jesus’ purpose for His arrival on Earth were anything but. The Savior of the
world came into this world in a manger, grew up poor, endured rejection from His own people, suffered brutal torture, and perished like a common thief. On the surface level, His story definitely does not trigger that inward glow. But He did not humble Himself in this manner to make us feel good; He did it to honor His Father and, by extension, Himself. During Jesus’ prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane, He said, “Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify you” (John 17:2). This should be enough to give Christians a different kind of glow‒‒ the kind that comes with knowing that through His life, death, and resurrection, He glorified His Father and made it possible for us to be glorified too. There is certainly nothing wrong with experiencing those warm fuzzies during Christmas, but if that becomes the sole focus of our celebrations, then we will burn ourselves out. There is a reason, after all, that the name Christ is in Christmas; this is the day for us to think about the greatness of our Lord. Instead of seeking the glow, remember the glory of Jesus. By Sarah Hood
What the heck happened this semester? By Molly Morgen
o we all work so hard all semester and attend college to earn a degree? Well technically yes, but SDCC would not be the same without its fun and sometimes strange and unusual events. Some events that have gone on at SDCC this semester include; Broomball, Broadway Nights, Sky High, K1 Speed, International Outreach Festival, Bingo Night, Bi-weekly Bonfire, Movie Night, Hall Cup, Dig Pink and Hawks Madness. K1 Speed-In October, students were able to participate in a competitive and exciting night filled with indoor go kart racing at K1 speed. Every student who attended was able to race against their friends and schoolmates. At the end, a ceremony was held spotlighting the first, second and third place winners; first place went to Dawson Jones, Derek Dickerson came in second, and Robbie Spicer was close behind in third. International Outreach Festival-In October, the spiritual life team put together the annual International Outreach Festival. This was a time filled with learning more about having a heart for missions both local and global as well as the opportunity to get a glimpse of what the culture and food of another country is like. Broadway Nights- Broadway Nights: Keep Calm and Broadway On was a show composed of lively musical numbers, which were the result of countless hours of student dedication. It definitely had something for everyone, from old favorites like West Side Story and South Pacific to more recent shows such as Wicked, Hairspray and Jersey Boys. Hall Cup- In October a Halloween themed Hall Cup was put on by the RAâ€™s; it included events such as a pumpkin toss, a balloon popping game, and an intense pumpkin carving competition. East took home the gold thanks to a few main competitors who ensured the win. The first event narrowed down to three people, all from East: Annie Boettner, Chris Gonzales and Kim Sawusch. The second event separated the contestants into girls and guys. The final girls left were again Upper East natives Elya Jasper and Annie Boettner. The final event was a pumpkin carving competition. Each hall tried to carve the most creative pumpkin but again East was victorious! East won with their version of a large pumpkin eating a smaller pumpkin carved by our very own ASB president, David Diaso, who was assisted by Deborah Cardenas.
Upper Center Takes the Cake
n Thursday, November 21, the SDCC student body experienced the glitz and glamour of the 1920s at the annual ASB event Lip Sync, led by Director of Activities, Katrina Calvert. Having been inspired by the book and movie, “The Great Gatsby,” the time-period appropriate soundtrack, gold and feather adorned decorations along with suspender and bow ties galore made for an exceptional evening of which Gatsby would be proud. While the ambiance set up the evening, the actual lip sync acts are
what truly made it a success. Jack Woodbury, Sergio Flores, Connor Beatty and Ross Johnson performed “Suavamente” which won them third place overall. Kyle Neuenschwander wowed everyone with his solo performance to, “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody,” winning him second place. In first place were the boys of center who performed to “Unwritten,” by Natasha Bedingfield. They pulled out all the stops- from swinging Brad Thuerbach around the stage to getting Titus Huag to dance- it was a well-deserved win. By Allison Nava-Holstein
Game On: W
Student Athletes Hit the Books
e know them for their talent and how they represent our school in athletics, but this month, a number of our athletes have been recognized for their accomplishments inside the classroom. Miriam Cardenas, Zoar Gonzales, Ashley Jarosin, Elycia Orth, Chelsea Sewell, Alyssa Trianna, and John Leih have all earned the GSAC scholar athlete award. This award recognizes student athletes of junior or senior status who have have at least a 3.5 grade point average. Miriam Cardenas from the Cross Country team emphasizes the “scholar” portion of that title. She says,“We are ‘Student Athletes,’ meaning that our studies and academics come before our athletics. I personally see myself more as a scholar than an athlete. I mainly came here for my studies; I’m a Biology major in hopes of becoming a Physician Assistant.” Soccer player, Elycia Orth shares her keys to success: “I think what’s made
me succeed the most is personally knowing my teachers and the small classroom environment because I am a person who asks a lot of questions. I like being busy because it doesn’t give me an excuse to slack off and keeps me accountable. My best tools are my note cards because that’s what best prepares me for a test. Friends are also a big help because without their motivation and accountability I would procrastinate! And of course there’s God, but that’s the obvious one.” Both girls recognize a connection between the work they put into their sports and their academic achievements. Elycia says, “Honestly I think my athletics has helped me academically because athletics has taught me discipline and perseverance! ” Miriam echoes this, saying, “There is some discipline involved in cross-country that has helped me academically, but if anything I think that the long mileage helped me to de-stress.” By Juliette Holder
Let’s Talk Nerdy:
ot to be cynical, but was it really necessary to make The Hobbit, a lighthearted single volume for children, into a film trilogy that will probably clock in at around eight hours total? Is anyone else hit hard by the realization that the third film is going to consist almost entirely of material taken not from The Hobbit, but from the appendices of The Return of the King (yes, that part at the back of the book that most people don’t read and that your average moviegoer probably never knew existed)? I mean, I’m still praying for a TV miniseries of The Silmarillion as much as any other Tolkien admirer, but this decision from dear ol’ Peter Jackson and company reeks of sellout. Just a little bit. But let’s be honest here. Regardless of how much we may like to complain about the moneyhungry nature of the film industry, we’re still going to dutifully pay for our movie tickets this December and see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug with the unchecked enthusiasm that only a lengthy romp in Middle Earth can bring upon us. And how could we not? These movies are as beautifully immersive as ever. I find myself setting
Happy Holidays with The H bbit…Again By Lexi De Los Santos
aside my list of discrepancies from the book, forgetting to complain about them, and just enjoying all the pretty colors—a somewhat less stressful approach to movie viewing. And for this installment of the series, there is plenty to look forward to. Take the return of Legolas (Orlando Bloom), for one. Yes, he’s not in the book, but… shhh. Another new addition to the cast is the elf Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), randomly thrown in to be the film’s token female—again, so not in the book. Of course, what’s probably gotten the geeky corner of the Internet more excited than anything else is the appearance of fangirl favorite Benedict Cumberbatch (aka SHERLOCK!) as the film’s main villain, the ferocious dragon Smaug. Whether you’re an avid Tolkien enthusiast or a casual viewer, I predict that the latest Hobbit film will appeal to you (or not) in the same way that the last one did: Fanboy/girl: THAT’S NOT IN THE BOOK *cries and pays to watch it again* Anyone else: HOW LONG IS THIS MOVIE GOING TO GO ON *dies of old age*
Christmas Fun Page By Miriam and Deborah Cardenas
-Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies Recipe Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened 1-¾ cups sugar, divided 3 egg yolks 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon honey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2-½ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon cream of tartar 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 8 ounces white baking chocolate chopped Total time: Prep: 1hr. Bake: 10mins Total servings: 30 servings Directions: 1. In bowl, cream butter & 1¼ cups sugar until light & fluffy. Beat egg yolks, 1tbsp honey & vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, salt & cream of tartar; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. 2. Shape a heaping tablespoonful of dough into a 6-in. log. In a shallow bowl, combine cinnamon and remaining sugar; roll log in cinnamon-sugar. Loosely coil log into a spiral shape; place on a greased baking sheet. Repeat, placing cookies 1 in. apart. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar. 3. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. In a small bowl, melt baking chocolate with remaining honey; stir until smooth. Drizzle over cookies. Let stand
-Each year more than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. alone. -In A.D. 350, Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ. -The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty. -Christmas trees have been sold in the U.S. since 1850. -Christmas wasn’t declared an official holiday in the United States until June 26, 1870 -Santa Claus is based on a real person, St. Nikolas of Myra (also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker, Bishop Saint Nicholas of Smyrna, and Nikolaos of Bari), who lived during the fourth century. -Approximately 30-35 million real (living) Christmas trees are sold each year in the U.S. -Christmas purchases account for 1/6 of all retail sales in the U.S -The Candy Cane is one of the most familiar symbols of Christmas. It dates back to 1670 in Europe but didn’t appear in the U.S. until the 1800s. The treat we see today, where the shape is Jesus’ hook to shepherd his lambs and the color and stripes hold significance for purity and Christ’s sacrifice, became common in the mid 1900s. -The most popular Christmas Song ever is We Wish You a Merry Christmas
-Chocolate Snowball Recipe Ingredients: ¾ cups butter, softened ½ cups sugar 1 egg 2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup chopped nuts 1 cup Nestle Semisweet Chocolate chips Total time: Prep: 20mins Bake: 15mins Total servings: 24 servings
Directions: 1. In a bowl, cream butter & sugar. Add egg & vanilla; mix well. Combine flour and salt; stir into creamed mixture. Fold in nuts & chips. Roll into 1-in. balls. 2. Place an ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degree for 15-20 mins. Cool cookies slightly before rolling in confectioners’ sugar. Yield: about 4 dozen http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/chocolate-snowballs http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/mini-cinnamonroll-cookies
for a purpose. . .
ne of the benefits of writing for Pulse Magazine is that I get to interview my peers and understand them in new ways that perhaps I had never taken the time to view them in before. I received the opportunity to sit down with the members of the worship team “Chosen,” Zach Shipley, Dayna Johnson, Karlie Burggraf, Titus Haug, Sam Porges and David Lozoya. In between cracking jokes and affectionately teasing one another (Guess which member is nicknamed Uncle Karl!), they showed me their heart for music and worship, and even more, their passion for their Creator. While Chosen doesn’t specifically choose songs based on the theme of that day’s chapel, they often find that some of the themes of the songs that they are playing somehow can correlate into the speaker’s message. Believing that this is the result of the intervention of the Holy Spirit, they invite the Lord through prayer to guide them in every aspect of their responsibilities as a worship team, from the choosing of the songs for a worship set to the very presentation in the chapel service itself. In preparation for the chapel in the coming week, the team clocks in at least 2-4 hours of rehearsal time during the week. However, Chosen realizes that even as important as the technical aspects of the music are, they are far from the essence of worship. When they come onstage, Chosen’s first and foremost goal is to glorify God and invite the college as a community to join them in their worship of who Christ is and what He has done. The team seeks to constantly remind students of a very important truth: “When you worship something, you ascribe worth to it. So when we worship God, we are saying ‘You are of ultimate worth and importance
By Luke Johnson
to me.’ That’s why idolatry is so bad. We are ascribing worth and giving value to things that aren’t worthy…We have the opportunity to lead people to the Lord and remind them through music and through our example that God is of ultimate worth” (Sam Porges). The team gets to see how worship can help reset this attitude in students’ hearts and hear how God individually speaks to each person; that is one of the greatest rewards of all. When they leave the stage, Chosen hopes that people remember them first and foremost for their love for God, hoping that they might inspire others to do the same. They want to leave a legacy of loving Christ and loving others, not how spine-chilling their riffs were. Leader Zach Shipley says, “I hope it’s more than just good music…Music is an aspect of it but I hope it’s not the first thing that people think of… We worship and we are a band. Worship is the first word for a reason.” Dayna would take that idea and bring it one step further: “In the world, people are few and far between that actually care about who you are and how you are doing, and to communicate that offstage helps people to understand that when they see us onstage they can see us and be like ‘Oh hey, that’s Zach. He talked to me yesterday and he really really cared about how I was doing.’ That promotes a unity of worshiping together. We are a family.” Chosen’s primary goal in leading worship is to provide a demonstration of love for Christ in action. They want to take what they are singing about in the songs and live that out in their own personal walk. Worship doesn’t only happen in a setting filled with notes and rhythms but is expressed in a continuous commitment to Christ every second of the day; Chosen strives to live out that idea and encourages students to do the same.
Meet The Band
Zach Shipley, 24, Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar Junior Major: Music, emphasis in Worship leading Fun Fact: I am a skilled paintball player, playing for 8 years. Sam Porges, 21, Drums Senior Major: Biblical Studies, emphasis in Exposition Fun Fact: Sometimes, I can whistle with my nose.
Dayna Johnson, 20, Vocals/Keyboard Senior Major: Business Administration, Emphasis in Marketing Fun Fact: I am self-proclaimed foodie and LOVE to cook.
Titus Haug, 21, Electric Guitar Junior Major: Interdisciplinary: Bible/Philosophy Fun Fact: I lived in Thailand for 2 Â˝ years.
David Lozoya, 19, Bass Freshman Major: Music, Emphasis in Worship Fun Fact: I am secretly a great athlete.
Karlie Burggraf, 17, Vocals Freshman Major: Music, Emphasis in Musical Theater Fun Fact: I was a competitive dancer for 14 years. pulse
goodbye to D
ecember 2013 will be the last month San Diego Christian College calls the Greenfield campus home. It’s been a sweet 40 years filled with memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. And now we are the student body with the unique distinction of having experienced both the campus of the past and the one of the future. In just a few weeks, we will leave behind the old dorms and classrooms, but the memories from this campus - like our first day of New Student Orientation, long conversations in the Solid Rock, and spiritual growth in chapels on Wednesdays and Fridays - we’ll carry with us long after we’ve settled into our new digs in Santee. Each of us has a place on the Greenfield campus that means something special to us. Miss Hilderman, a
former student and now professor, describes her special place of meaning - the main hall. “I’ve never walked through the hall without a conversation – it’s inevitable. The main hallway represents community.” It’s the channel of a constant flow of students going to and from class. Hilderman went on to say, “The main hall feels like home.” Professor Moulton, Chair of Biblical studies, smiles as he remembers when classrooms were still shared with Shadow Mountain’s Awana and Sunday school program. The rooms would have little kiddie chairs stacked against the side of the room. It was a place where learning occurred for both elementary and college students. Professor Whitten remembers San Diego Christian being on the forefront of the creationist movement. He noted, “It started on this campus and then spread all over the world.” By Audrea Taylor Continued on pg 14.
Abby Ley, a senior studying Liberal Studies, has many wonderful memories of being an RA on campus and working in the admissions office. She talked about the dorm hallways and how she will miss the “community that takes place there” as the transition is made from dorms to apartments. Ley also looked back fondly on the “many memories and friends made in the admissions office.” Raymond Loftis is a senior graduating with a degree in history. One of his favorite memories was the first time he attended chapel. “It was the first time I had been a part of a corporate worship with my own peers,” said Loftis. “Attending a school that centered everything around Jesus Christ was one of the biggest blessings I have ever been given.” Hilderman noted that while we have grown and changed as a college, there are many things that
have remained the same, “The college has remained true to its core since it’s founding,” said Hilderman. The school has not wavered from our mission, but “the culture, world and church are changing.” She says the students come from all different backgrounds and are confronted with issues very different from those in the 70’s when the college was founded. Professor Whitten recalls the changes since he first began teaching at the college in 1987. “We used to not have any stringed instruments, not even a guitar.” The debate used to be whether one should listen to praise music or Christian rock.” He says today the culture is different and the college is “more relaxed and free, while still remaining conservative and evangelical.” Whitten also believes the teaching method has changed. He remembers when students used to come in with
a notebook and write everything down the professor said word for word. Whitten contrasts that to today where students want to get to know their professors and be engaged in the learning process. “They want to go on a journey of discovery. They no longer inherit beliefs, but instead make them their own.” Dr. Tim LaHaye, Dr. Arthur Peters, and Dr. Henry Morris founded the school in 1970 with a desire to create a university that educated within the framework of creationism and equipped students in both the mind and the heart. Whitten said, “all three founders have been both mentors and friends. I know if Dr. Peters and Henery Morris could see what’s happening now on our campus they would be very pleased.” Almost since the time of it’s birth the college has been located on Greenfield. Now it’s time for a new chapter, and we are the student body
who gets to make the move, ensure a smooth transition and create the first new memories on our Santee campus. Professor Whitten is looking forward to seeing the college grow on the new campus and continue to be part of preparing the next generation to proclaim a Christian worldview. Professor Moulton is excited to see SDCC becoming part of the Santee community. He said it’s a chance for San Diego Christian College to “create our own identity.” We are charting new territory on a new campus, with all the new possibilities that come with our own space. The past 40 years have been great, but we’ve outgrown this campus and it’s time to pack up our favorite memories and move on to the next chapter in our school’s history. As the first SDCC student body to call Santee home, it’s time to say a fond goodbye to Greenfield.
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Pulse Magazine Editors: Allison Nava-Holstein- Editor-in-Chief Juliette Holder- Content Editor Drake Senter- Layout and Design Editor Staff: Devin Gallagher, Sarah Hood, Lexi De Los Santos, Rebeca Amaya, Luke Johnson, Molly Morgen, Deborah Cardenas, Miriam Cardenas, Audrea Taylor, Julie Schulze, Paige Denton-Harvie, Rae Zelalem Outside Contributors: Professor Blackburn