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BY TONI ROBINSON Assistant News Editor Luke Gibbs taught for nine years at CBC as an English professor before becoming a full-time Evangel faculty member. In recent years, he taught courses at both CBC and Evangel. Now, Gibbs is the associate professor of English, teaching several different courses. Here are 10 things you may or may not have known about Gibbs:



Gibbs grew up as a missionary kid in Brazil, Portugal and Belgium. “I spent most of my childhood overseas,” he said.


Gibbs is a 1998 Evangel alumnus. He received his


master’s from Missouri State University and recently earned his doctorate in English literature from the University of MissouriColumbia.


When Gibbs was a student at Evangel, he lived in Burgess First North, which was an honors floor for guys at the time. “Students often don’t believe me,” he said.


Gibbs’ first job out of college was sports reporting. As a missionary kid, Gibbs had little knowledge of how American sports were played, so he had to buy a dummies guide for several sports to merely understand the games. “I was only there a year, probably because I didn’t know what I was doing,” Gibbs said. However, he said loves soccer because it is what he grew up around in Brazil. “I’m a big fan of Brazilian

Besides American bread and milk, Gibbs has come to like one particular American restaurant: Chipotle. “I eat at Chipotle more than any other place,” he said. “It’s probably my favorite restaurant.”

soccer,” he said.


Gibbs married his wife, Melanie, in 2009. They have a 2-yearold daughter, Elizabeth. Gibbs said he often tells his students to tell him how cute his daughter is to get in good graces with him. “That’s a guaranteed way to get in good with Professor Gibbs,” he said.


Gibbs said that although it may seem unusual for a professor, he is a gamer. “I spend a lot of time playing video games,” he said, “but usually at night when my wife has gone to bed.” He said he is currently playing “Civilization 5” and “Europa Universalis 4.”


After coming from Brazil, Gibbs said he remembered having some American bread and milk and it being so sweet. “How do people eat this all time?” he asked. “It tastes like dessert!”


Gibbs said that one of the people he admires most is Ravi Zacharias, a Christian apologist. At CBC, Gibbs never taught English majors because English was only offered as a minor. “It’s great to have the opportunity to teach people that are English majors and are excited about it the way I am,” Gibbs said.



Other than video games, Gibbs also enjoys watching classic movies. “There’s a website called ‘They Shoot Pictures’,” Gibbs said, “which lists a thousand of the most critically acclaimed films of all time.” He has been working his way through them over the years. “Last count, I think I got through three to four hundred of them, Gibbs said, “I love the classic films.”

An encounter with Islamic beliefs in Frameworks: Culture BY ANDREW HURST News Editor

Islam is and how I practice it as a Muslim.” Having lived in Morocco, Karim is well aware of both Christian and Islamic beliefs and customs. Karim said that while the majority of the country is Muslim, Morocco has a small population of Christians due to its history of colonization by France and Spain. He said he knew some Christians before coming to the United States in 2008 to teach Arabic and pursue an education. Karim said that he ap-

Eyes were opened and minds enlightened as Moulay Abdelkarim Moukrime, an English and Arabic teacher at Missouri State University, paid a visit to Evangel to speak to students enrolled in the Frameworks Culture class about his beliefs as a Muslim. Robert Berg, professor of New Testament, said student suggestions at the end of last spring semester indicated that the class wished the course included more information about Islam. Berg said that religion is arguably the most important part of culture, and about two-thirds of the students within the Frameworks class had never interacted with a Muslim such as Moukrime before. Moukrime also goes by Karim. “I think Karim was an excellent candidate to shake up the image that many MOULAY ABDELKARIM Americans have about IsMOUKRIME lam,” Berg said.“Students were surprised to find simi- preciated the time and willlarities between Islam and ingness the students had to Christianity.” learn more about Islam and Keawe Aolahiko, senior that he was touched by the psychology major, said, welcoming attitude of Evan“Many people gel. learn about the Berg said Islamic culture that many from the cul- when Karim came students tural-political may have news stories gained a such as Syria, much more but not a lot understandof people are ing perspecable to actualtive of Islam. ly learn about Karim said Islam from a he will defi[Muslim]. I renitely return ally enjoyed if he has the when Karim came to speak opportunity to come to to us about his culture and Evangel again. his lifestyle.” Berg said, “I’ll use him Moukrime said, “My ob- for as many terms as he is jective was to define what available.”

The Scoop

New Majors on Campus


BY AMY LAFFERTY Chief Copy Editor The Communication Department, Kinesiology Department and the School of Theology and Church Ministries are offering some new majors this fall to better equip students for entering the workforce. The Communication Department is now offering a program in communication arts education. This program includes a double certification in journalism and English for students wishing to teach at a secondary school level. “It brings a synergistic approach,” Cameron Pace, Communication Department chairperson, said. “The Humanities and Education Departments both worked with [the Communication Department] to offer this program.” As a comprehensive major, the program includes 70 credit hours of Communication and English classes, plus student teaching experience. Pace said the program is an opportunity for students to develop a wider range of specialization. “Students with dual certification will be much more

employable than people who are only certified in one area,” he said. “They’ll be qualified to teach every-

thing from communication to web design to the normal English composition classes.” New from the Kinesiology Department is a program in recreation and sports management. Though the recreation major had been offered previously, Donovan Nelson, assistant professor of kinesiology, said that the department realized the program was outdated according to current job trends. By adding sports management, Nelson said that students would be more employable in the high-demand field of

sports. “As bad as our recession has been, sport is always popular,” Nelson said. “People’s discretionary dollars will be spent on sports. That was true in the Depression, when boxing was in its heyday, up until now. So we’re capitalizing on that, providing an opportunity for students to get involved in that field.” The new School of Theology and Church Ministries has also added several new or redesigned majors. Don Johns, associate dean of the STCM, said that these new programs include comprehensive bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degrees in church leadership, preaching, children’s ministries and youth ministries in the Church Ministries Department, as well as a revamp of the intercultural studies program. Johns said that these different majors make important distinctions between specific interest areas and their ultimate application in order to make students more effective ministers. “The preaching major doesn’t focus as heavily on the administrative side that church leadership does,” Johns said.

“Students with


First Friday Art Walk

Bellwether Gallery

Annual Artisans Market

Back on my feet 5k run/walk

Art Walk will bring an autumn harvest of art, live music and much more on Oct. 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Park Central Square in downtown Springfield.

The Evangel University Bellwether Gallery presents Evangel student artwork from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday on 600 W. College St.

Artisans from the surrounding states will be displaying their handcrafted arts and crafts for purchase today and Saturday at the Branson Landing.

The first Back On My Feet 5k Run/Walk will support the homeless in Ozarks area. The run will beon Saturday at the Ministry Center on Boonville Avenue.


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Consolidation affects scholarships BY BRANDON WILLIS Staff Reporter With the consolidation in effect, Student Financial Services, Institutional Advancement and academic departments have been working towards consolidating the financial aid programs of Evangel, Central Bible College and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Evangel awards $33 million in financial aid each year. More than 90 percent of students pay a portion of their tuition with loans, grants, scholarships and other financial aid, the 2013-2014 Evangel University Financial Aid Guide states. “All universities have a pot of money they are given to use for their institutional aid to help all students,” Student Financial Services director Valerie Sharp said. “With the CBC transition, there are specific CBC scholarships with specific criteria that were set at CBC that had transitioned over with those students. We will follow donor wishes in regards to all scholarships.”

Little Debbie snacks return BY TONI ROBINSON Asst. News Editor For the last few weeks, Aladdin Food Management has given out thousands of Little Debbie snacks. Students have been walking out of the student union with boxes in hand meal after meal. Todd Lanning, the food service director , said that the free snacks have been coming from Convoy of Hope, a local outreach ministry that called Evangel because Evangel is on its volunteer list. “They wanted to give back,” Lanning said. He said he ordered and received four pallets, and he said he estimates that 50,000 treats have been distributed throughout the Evangel campus. “I have moved hundreds, and I have sent them all over campus,” Lanning said. Lanning said when Hostess went out of business, Little Debbie increased its production. Now that Hostess is back in business, Little Debbie will not be able to sell its entire overstock of products before the sell expiration date; therefore, the company has opted to give them away. As of last Friday, Evangel’s food service was completely out of the Little Debbies, but Todd said this could be temporary. “I believe students would still eat the treats,” Lanning said, “but we need different flavors.” Wednesday, Lanning posted on Facebook that he has ordered three palletes of Little Debbie snacks, and that they will arrive Friday morning. “There will be a pallet of Cherry & Cheese Danish, a pallet of Banana Cakes and another pallet that is Chocolate Chip Muffins,” Lanning said.

Sharp said many of the CBC scholarships indicate that the financial aid should be used for someone going into full time ministry and that the university will preserve those criteria. Currently, the School of Theology and Church Ministries is progressing towards consolidating endowed scholarships from CBC and Evangel and expects to have the scholarships sorted out by spring, William Griffin, professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, said. Having worked with Evangel’s Theology Department scholarships since 1997, Griffin said that the process of scholarship students will remain the same. Griffin said the university is making sure the endowed scholarships are compatible with the consolidated university. “Some scholarships might relate to a major that no longer exists, or it could be that the donor named a specific major, and we have the functional equivalent, but we have a different label on it,” Griffin said. “There are a lot of details that are being worked on. It probably won’t be sorted out till spring semester, but we

don’t need to know these details until then.” With the influx of undergraduate students due to the consolidation, Griffin said that students should not worry about receiving a smaller percent of the department’s general scholarship funds. “Historically, general departmental scholarship funds have gone proportionately towards the number of majors in departments,” Griffin said. “Students shouldn’t be concerned that, because we have consolidated, their money is going to be cut in half.” On the contrary, Griffin said that he hopes that new, qualifying students will claim scholarships that were unclaimed last year and that there will be even more scholarship money available for students now that the scholarships are consolidating. “I am hoping that extremely specific scholarships can be modified so they can be released or combined so that the funds are not sitting in an account, gathering dust, where students can’t make any use of

it,” he said. Doug Jenkins, Evangel’s director of CBC Alumni and Church Relations, said that existing scholarships have already translated over for CBC transfers. “For students who came from CBC, any scholarship that they’ve been receiving from CBC, like a fine arts scholarship that they auditioned for, would be honored by Evangel,” he said. Jenkins, who communicates with scholarship donors and CBC alumni, said that the primary scholarship criteria – mainly that the scholarship goes towards students preparing for vocational ministry – would not change due to the consolidation. However, in the future, Jenkins said that donors or churches who create scholarships could broaden the criteria’s scope and include non-ministry students in their scholarship. “If students are worried about scholarships not being ready for next year, they shouldn’t,” Griffin said. “I have not gotten any indication that they should worry, but I have gotten indication that they shouldn’t worry.”

A student-owned Jeep Wrangler was taken from Lot C, located north of Burgess Hall, around 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday of last week, according to the crime alert sent from Public Safety. The vehicle was broken into and stolen by what Lt. Andrew Englert of Public Safety called “a criminal who specializes in the type of vehicle that was taken.” Englert said soft-roofed vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler are more easily accessible than hard-roofed vehicles because perpetrators can slash the thin canvas to enter. Several days after the vehicle was reported stolen, the car thief was caught by the local police department, Englert said, and the Jeep is being processed before its return to the student. In response to the theft, the crime alert said that department of Public Safety has increased patrols of the parking lots. To ward off theft, Englert said, keep valuables out of cars, activate car alarms and keep car doors locked.


Theater director resigns after 33 years BY ZACH STEWART Asst. Features Editor David Smith, associate professor of the Humanities Department, resigned from his position as the director of Evangel’s theatre, which he had held since 1980. Smith’s original plan was to leave Evangel University after the theatre’s final performance of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” in the spring of 2012, yet continued directing throughout the next year. After the beginning of the semester, many students were met with Smith’s surprising withdrawal from office. Seniors Bethany Thomas and Christina Jeter, student directors of “The Curious Savage” and “Proof,” both remarked on the abrupt notice they received from Smith. “Smith has been known to make split-second decisions,” Thomas said. “He was a big part of this department and leaving it left us confused.” “It was better that he an-

nounced [his resignation] right now than being timely and over the summer,” Jeter said. “It was better so [students in the theatre department] could be here for one another.” Both student directors remarked that Smith’s decision wasn’t simply in the moment. Instead of leaving after his performance as the leading actor in “King Lear,” he decided to stay until after the consolidation to ensure the department would receive a replacement that could take care of the theatre responsibly. “He needed to meet Moore then, and some of other people brought in. He just needed that affirmation that his department was being left in good hands, and once he had that he felt at peace to step down and retire,” Jeter said. “It was completely his own decision – he was not fired – he just felt that his time here was done.” Glenda Mohr is the new teacher coming in after

Smith, taking reign of the theatre department. “He definitely left big shoes to fill, and so we’ll do what we can to make it better than ever” Mohr said, stating the faculty includes new adjunct professors and acting coaches. In the time of this transi-

tion the theatre will continue on practicing, performing and holding auditions for the next year’s production at the end of October. Smith told his students that he would soon be traveling to Hollywood, California to do what he taught and perform once again.


David Smith acts as the lead in the play “King Lear.”

With consolidation, CBC and EU clubs converge BY ALYSSA ROTEN Staff Reporter

some form as long as there were people willing to lead the teams. Christy Rowden, student activities director, said that the consolidation of groups was

With the recent consolidation, many clubs and organizations that were once a part of Central Bible College have now become a part of Evangel. Phil Gocke, administrative assistant in the School of Theology and Church tricky. To prevent Ministries, having two closewas a part of ly related teams, the committee some of the that decided groups from CBC which stuwere merged with dent ministry similar groups at groups from CBC would still KARA WALLA | THE LANCE Evangel. For example, be in existence at Evangel. He said that it CBC’s Campus Mission Felwas the committee’s goal to lowship group merged with make sure all of the student Evangel’s World Changers ministry teams from CBC group to become the World would continue to exist in Changers Mission Fellow-

ship. Rowden also said that there are a few groups from CBC that are not currently active at Evangel simply because there is no one available to lead them at the moment. The Multicultural Action Council, for example, is a group that has officers but does not currently have an adviser. Rowden said they are working towards getting that group running as soon as they can.

As far as musical groups go, there are two main music groups that transferred from CBC. HeartSong and 57.7 are worship groups from CBC that perform at different churches and youth camps across the country. As a part of the consolidation, 57.7 is now combined with Evangel’s traveling worship band, Stained Glass Story. Bonnie Jenkins, director of both HeartSong and 57.7, said that the two groups have combined nicely. “Both of us bring to the table some really good strengths, and we are combining those. I think that’s good,” Jenkins said.

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Dating app dangers


Is campus construction coming? After experiencing the lack of parking places, cracks on the library ceiling, ill-used campus property and questions from fellow students, I have been compelled to investigate Evangel’s future building plans. Carol Taylor, presidentelect and CEO, said, “We must accommodate growth, especially the needs for parking, instructional areas, living areas and food services.” The most urgent and visible building needs are a field house, a stadium and a new library, Taylor noted. The athletic buildings will be the first to be discussed, with the topic of the library – which Taylor said will be

as an educational resource center for current times – to follow. The immediate issue of parking is being discussed primarily toward optimizing currently available spaces, Taylor said. At this time, there are no building projects on the books, said Physical Plant facilities supervisor Randy Wilson, though the situation is recognized by the administration. The consolidation’s transition board is still dealing with the multiplicitous details and logistics involved in merging three separate education systems. Once a continuous storm of meetings, decisions and actions has subsided, a final board of directors, will be

launched, the preparations for which have kept campus staff very busy. The board will include several new members, representative of the various additions to the university. “By the end of September, I will have met with every education department on Evangel’s campus,” said Taylor. All of this busyness is in preparation for an evaluation by the Higher Learning Commission later this semester. Once the pressing matter of consolidation has reached its conclusion, the board of directors will initiate the analysis and planning for the continued growth of the school.

Dating sites and apps like, eHarmony and the newest one, Tinder, are a very tangible reality today when nearly everyone has an Internet-enabled device. The temptation to use such sites and apps is understandable, especially for college students who feel an incredible pressure from the world to be romantically involved with someone. Aside from being downright dangerous – meeting up with a complete stranger who may not have your best intentions in mind? No thanks – dating apps are ridiculously shallow. Especially ones like Tinder, in which your decision of whether or not you want to talk to someone is based entirely on their appearance. You don’t know anything about the person when you receive a request – all you see is a picture. This shallowness is exactly the sort of thing the Insecurely Movement is working against. Founded by Hannah

Beers, sophomore advertising and public relations major, Insecurely is a movement that “impacts lives by redefining society’s view of worth.” And right now, society’s view of worth is that if you don’t look perfect, you’re worthless.

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“We inspire people to face insecurities and discover a path to healing,” Beers wrote on Insecurely’s Facebook page. How can people deal with insecurities about their looks when dating apps are telling them that the most important thing about them is their appearance? Josh Mayo, lead pastor of Cross Church, is quoted on Insecurely’s page: “The word Insecurely is backwards. We are meant to live Securely in Christ.” How do we do that? We can start by deleting those dating apps.

Taking in this information, I understand and am grateful for the work of this school’s staff. However, my fellow students, you probably won’t be around once the buildings arrive – but your future Evangel-attending children can enjoy them.

Daniel Douglas is a senior studying pre-engineering

The Lit Candle - Candle in the Wind


I have to explain myself. Apparently I cannot simply call this humor/opinion column something that sounds pleasing to the ear and leave it at that. Other suggestions I had for my title were “Snicklefritz,” “Hey, Jess, does this work?,” “How about this?,” “Guess what I get to make fun of this week!,” “Humor Column” and “EU Inappropriate.” Finally, because snarkiness can only last so long with the threat of

deadlines, I came up with the name “The Lit Candle.” What I actually had in mind was the term “lamplighter,” but I couldn’t think of the exact words. In retrospect, I’m glad that I didn’t choose that name, because the lamplighter was usually the light-bringer for towns in much older times. As every Evangel student should know, Lucifer means “bringer of light.” Because I did not want any


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such association with Lucy – just to be clear, I do not Beelzebubble-bathe in the blood of the innocent – I stuck with “The Lit Candle.” But what does it mean to be lit? Is my beard on fire? No, obviously. But I digress. Light is information, illuminating the dark and unknown. Light can spread, expand, reveal and bestow onto others; it can also be bent, refracted, dimmed and even snuffed out. Light

and, therefore, information is corruptible. My title is a misnomer, really. I don’t believe I am the only lighted candle. I am only another, simple candle among many. I am not the maker or bringer of light; I only carry a small flame. I believe I can light other candles, and that is what I want to do. In my example, light is also hope, and I hope that others can benefit from the warmth and humor I bring.

Just Sayin’

Zach Stewart is a senior studying social science

What should the dining hall give away next?


“Rock candy!”

-Barrett White, freshman

-Devon Coldgrove, freshman

“Jars of Nutella.”

“Beanie Babies.”

-Junior Ruckdeschell, senior

-Chris Groh, junior

“Andy’s gift cards.” -Kirsten Stricklin, senior

“Money.” -Rachel Lewis, senior

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FEATURE Just what is the secret to happiness? Here are some insights from Evangel faculty, staff, and students:

Leticia Alvarado-Lopez, junior marketing major: “Jesus and food.”

Gina Rentschler, director of community life:


Jessica Dow, senior Biblical studies major:

Rebekah Garcia, junior early childhood education Carol Taylor, presidentmajor: elect and CEO:

“Knowing what God’s calling is on your life and living it out, like if God called you into ministry or to be a teacher, being able to live your life fully for His purpose for your life.”

“Being content with what you have, with what God has given you, and being able to accept the fact that you’re not going to be able to have what other people have. Sometimes you just won’t be able to have everything that you want, and that’s okay. Being able to accept that and being content with what you have will help you be happy because you won’t be jealous.”

“When the things that you want to do in life and want to be in life are congruent with what you are doing and what you are as a person. I think it’s possible for [someone who is not in a relationship with God] to feel happy. I think it’s impossible for them to feel joyful. I think everyone is made to be in relationship. I think that is just part of our DNA.”

“Our decision to choose joy and to cultivate a discipline of gratitude. The one choice we have no matter what life brings us is how we will respond to it. We have one of two choices. We can offer it up to the Lord with a heart of gratitude, even though it may be something very, very painful, or we can choose to be bitter, angry. It’s that paradox of the Christian faith that says, in Habakkuk, ‘Though the crops die, and the cattle die, yet I will choose to praise the Lord.’ It’s that paradox of holding sorrow and joy at the same time.”

Quinton Wyatt, sophomore pre-engineering major

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Ms. Joan: “First, knowing God. Then, being here with all the students that keep me young; that makes me very happy. I love to be around people. It definitely makes you happy. [The secret to happiness is] giving, being kind to people. It’ll make you happy because you get more than you give; that makes you very happy.”

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“I was going to say rock and roll… Doing what you love.”

Todd Lanning, food services director:

Robert Turnbull, professor of French:

“Finding your place in life. I think it’s discovering what it is you do well and being able to channel those talents and skills into a profession or job that uses them to the fullest and that allows you to grow yourself.


Dreyton Wyatt, freshman psychology major: “Making a choice to be happy.”

“Enjoying who you are and what you do. My secret to happiness is I have a love affair with life. I enjoy it. “I wake up 99 out of 100 days or 999 out of 1000 with a good attitude, raring to go.”

Give a pint, save a life Students donate plasma for money BY KAYLEY KOLMAN Staff Reporter Springfield college students who are over 18 have the opportunity to make money and save lives by donating plasma through Biolife Plasma Services. According to its website, Biolife creates life-saving therapeutics from plasma that people come and donate. The company pays $20 for the first donation and $30 for each subsequent visit. Biolife’s website states that its procedures are safe, sterile and follow normal guidelines. However, Susan Bryan,

Evangel’s nurse, said that although she does not attempt to sway students away from donating, she would not recommend anyone to do it. Bryan said she sees no problem with the health and safety of donating plasma, but that the process leaves a scar since companies tend to draw plasma from the same vein 10 to 15 times per visit. Bryan also said it does not look good on a resume if the only thing a student has done to make money is donate plasma. Sophomore Alyssa Maine, whose father works at Biolife in Springfield, said she has only had positive expe-

riences with Biolife. Maine said she has been donating plasma consistently since June. Maine said that donors have to pass a physical, have healthy protein levels and have healthy iron levels to donate. She said she recommends donors stay hydrated so that they do not feel fatigued or pass out. Maine said that Biolife monitors its donors’ reactions, and if they have a severe reaction, they cannot donate again. Maine said the Biolife center is having a special for the month of September: $20 for the first visit and $40 for every visit after that.

Love me Tinder


New Tinder app matches up potential lovers using their social media profiles BY MIRANDA MCCABE Features Editor


Christian Mingle, Match. com, eHarmony and - Tinder? Tinder is a new app that is sweeping across college campuses all around America, including Evangel University. Tinder matches people in one’s surrounding area to measure compatibility based on pictures and information from Facebook. With the touch of a button on a smartphone, one can either deny or accept the individual to be able to connect. The logo the app uses is a burning flame. The word tinder usually refers to material that can be used to start a fire, according to Websters Dictionary. “It is a modification of online dating for a more casual relationship,” Brittany Johnson, senior psychology major, said. “People can go and like your picture that is presented, but if they do not like your picture, then

you will not find out. There is no fear of rejection, so there is some sort of gravitation towards it. “ However, posting information and meeting up with a complete stranger seems dangerous to some. Daylea DuVall, junior accounting major, said, “I think the Tinder app is really risky.It is the equivalence of meeting someone on the Internet, and it could be a sexual predator.” According to Tinder’s website, the company takes its users’ privacy very seriously. will never share anything without permission. Briana Barton, junior business management major, said, “I prefer the oldfashioned way. You meet a guy in person, and if he is interested, he will ask you out. I don’t know much about it, but from hearsay I would assume it’s more of a hook up app.” When a few Evangel students were asked if they used the app, they politely declined to answer the question.

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Pumpkin everything: It’s not just for pies anymore BY IAN RICHARDSON Managing Editor Fall has begun, and so has the pumpkin flavor invasion. In the weeks and months to come, coffee shops, restaurant chains and food manufacturers will be infusing several dishes with the autumnal ingredient. Products will range from pies, muffins and other baked goods to items like pumpkin pie Pop Tarts, pumpkin spice M&Ms and pumpkin spice Pringles. Senior Jesse Rodriguez, whose favorite pumpkin food is roasted pumpkin seeds, said pumpkin is the premiere flavor of the fall season. “Pumpkin is to fall what watermelons are to summer,” he said. Junior Emily Shepherd agrees. “It’s not fall without pumpkin,” she said. Shepherd said her favorite pumpkin-flavored treat

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of the season is pumpkin bread – the homemade kind. The weirdest pumpkin foods she has encountered are Jet-Puffed pumpkin spice marshmallows, which she said “aren’t supposed to happen.” One pumpkin item that has specifically been making a splash in recent years has been the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte. According to “Business Week,”

Starbucks has sold 200 million pumpkin spice lattes since it first came out with them nine years ago. While many chains such as Duncan Donuts, McDonald’s and Einstein Bros. Bagels are also offering pumpkin-themed coffee drinks, some students, like sophomore Bekah Bailes, still claim Starbucks has the best. “It’s warm, so it’s preparing me for the cold weath-

er,” she said. “It smells just like fall.” Freshman Mark Richter also said the Starbucks drink is his favorite pumpkin-flavored food item of the season. “It’s the unique flavor,” he said. “It’s not sugary sweet. It’s more of a natural kind of sweet flavor.” Pumpkin will also be coming to the dining hall throughout the season, said Todd Lanning, director of

food services. Lanning said students can expect a variety of pumpkin-themed desserts this fall, including pumpkin pies, pumpkin bars and the return of pumpkin ice cream. Lanning added that he is open for more ideas on pumpkin-flavored foods and said students who have ideas should fill out and submit “Talk to Todd” cards with their ideas.

strong character and unorthodox leadership style also bring a fresh dimension to the show that will be fun to watch as the series unfolds. All in all, with its thrilling fight scenes, gorgeous gadgetry and oodles of

witty dialogue, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” opens its series with a Hulk smash. When to watch: Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. on ABC Rating: 4 out of 4 stars

Marvel agents assemble on ABC


BY IAN RICHARDSON Managing Editor In last year’s top-grossing film “The Avengers,” Agent Phil Coulson didn’t even survive long enough for Captain America to sign his vintage card collection. But this fall, Coulson is back in action, and he’s leading a fresh team of secret agents in an exciting new ABC series. Set in the same universe as “The Avengers,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is bringing the Marvel Comics universe to the small screen. And instead of relying on super soldiers, iron suits and Norse gods to do the heavy lifting, the series draws its strength from its focus on everyday humans. The show begins with a man rescuing a woman from a building explosion. When it is discovered that the man has super powers, the espionage organization S.H.I.E.L.D. (which stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement

and Logistics Division) sets out to keep him from being exploited by some unknown enemies. Coulson (played by Clark Gregg) assembles a team of top agents, revealing that his death was faked in “The Avengers” movie. His team includes the daring but prickly Grant Ward (played by Brett Dalton), the stoic Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) and the brainy British tech duo of Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons (Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge). The team soon tracks down and captures a girl named Skye, who is also racing to meet the mysterious man for an unknown enemy’s interests. Through the ensuing plot twists and high-octane action sequences, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” shows promise despite its deficit of superheroes. In fact, the show stands apart from the other Marvel films quite well. Someone who’s never seen “The Avengers” could easily en-

joy the show, although several in-jokes and film references do add a deeper level of appreciation for dedicated Marvel fans. Unlike a two-hour film, the series has a lot more room to develop the different agents’ personalities as the weeks go on. The pilot episode seems to promise that the show will focus on how ordinary people fit into a world in which superheroes and super villains are fighting each other, which is a refreshing perspective often lacking in the comic flicks of our age where entire cities are destroyed without a second thought. Yet there is still plenty of action to go around, as well as outstanding special effects and enough cool secret agent tech to make James Bond jealous. The matter-of-fact agent Coulson possesses an uncommonly caring, fatherly value of human life that continuously manifests itself in his ability to weigh the tough decisions. His


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Men’s cross-country optimistic despite injuries With three injured, only three competed in Saturday’s meet BY DEREK LOGAN Staff Reporter Of the seven athletes on the men’s cross country team, only three were healthy enough to run at the MSU cross-country meet last Saturday. “We’ve had a combo of illnesses and injuries that have really hurt us this season,” Lynn Bowen, head cross-country coach, said. Senior team captain Junior Ruckdeschell and athletes Grant Hafner, senior; Tyler Barnes, sophomore; and Andrew Tarka, freshman, all have various situations that have kept them from running this season. This summer, Hafner suffered a serious case of mononucleosis, which made him sick to the point that his spleen had to be removed. Hafner knew going into the season that he would not be competing. He said that he is content with the situation.

Ruckdeschell also had mono and suffered a lacerated spleen due to the sickness. “It’s extremely hard to see myself on the sidelines. Not being able to help out my team is the worst possible feeling any athlete can experience,” Ruckdeschell said. Ruckdeschell’s case was not as severe as Hafner’s, and he expects to be returning to the team in mid-October. Barnes suffered a stress fracture in his left leg and will be out for six to eight weeks. Barnes said he is upset with the injuries to the team. “To see this happen to me is sad,” he said, “but to see our team fall apart so easily has been pretty hard to deal with.” Tarka also had a tough beginning to his collegiate career when he suffered a motorcycle accident shortly after school started. At the beginning of last summer, the cross-country


Caleb Voth, Devon Colegrove and David Donaldson (from left to right) pose with the women’s team. team was optimistic about having a strong season. Bowen said that, before the summer, he felt the team had a realistic chance of taking third in conference as a team. A team needs to have at least five runners to compete in conference, which has caused some stress for the Evangel squad.

Right now Caleb Voth, junior; David Donaldson, sophomore; and Devon Colegrove, freshman, are the only healthy runners the team has. Bowen said both Ruckdeschell and Barnes are eying mid-season returns, so he said the team should have enough runners once

conference rolls around. Ruckdeschell said he is still optimistic about the season. “Devon ran a great time of 27:02, while both Caleb and David ran solid times as well,” he said. “There is still hope this season once Tyler and I get healthy. If we train hard, we can make a splash at conference.”

Grossklag-Fritz, Elliot win NAIA regionals BY STEPHANIE DEAL Staff Reporter COURTESY OF EVANGEL ATHLETICS

Get to know your Evangel coaches BY ALYSSA ROTEN Staff Reporter

Debbie De Almeida

Lynn Bowen

Debbie De Almeida, head coach of women’s tennis, has been coaching at Evangel for nine years. De Almeida became a coach because of her love of sports and her desire to make an impact in students’ lives. She said she enjoys working with the players to improve their game and especially loves getting to celebrate their successes with them. De Almeida said that keeping herself and her team grounded in God is her greatest goal. “To see Biblical principles unfold in a team is a great thing,” she said.

Lynn Bowen is the head coach for cross-country and track at Evangel. He has been coaching at Evangel for 31 years. Bowen grew up playing football, baseball and basketball and has been hooked on sports ever since. Bowen recalled having a high school coach who inspired him. “He always said, ‘Hard work and attention to what you do is important,’” Bowen said. Bowen said his favorite part of coaching is having the opportunity to work with good, solid Christian athletes.

Steve Jenkins Steve Jenkins has been coaching at Evangel for 37 years. Jenkins is the head coach for the men’s basketball and golf teams. When the basketball team plays its ninth game this season, Jenkins will celebrate his 1000th game as head basketball coach. Jenkins said he enjoys working with the players and building relationships. “Not very many people remember the wins and losses,” Jenkins said. “Winning is important, but the effect you have on kids and the effect they have on you is why I’m in coaching.”

Heart of America Athletic Conference football standings TEAM:

CONFERENCE RECORD (OVERALL RECORD): 1-0 (3-0) Benedictine (BEN) 1-0 (3-0) Peru State (PERU) 1-0 (2-1) Central Methodist (CMU) 1-0 (1-1) Missouri Valley (MVC) 1-0 (1-1) Evangel (EVAN) 0-1 (2-1) Avila (AU) 0-1 (2-1) Baker (BAKER) 1-2 (0-1) Graceland (GU) MidAmerica Nazerene(MNU) 0-2 (0-1) 0-3 (0-1) Culver-Stockton (CSC)

LAST GAME: W 42-28 vs. BAKER W 21-7 at GU W 37-36 at CSC W 33-9 vs. MNU W 43-20 at AU L 20-43 vs. EVAN L 28-42 at BEN L 7-21 vs. PERU L 36-37 vs. CMU L 9-33 at MVC

Heart of America Athletic Conference volleyball standings* TEAM: MidAmerica Nazerene(MNU) Baker (BAKER) Culver-Stockton (CSC) Graceland (GU) Central Methodist (CMU) Missouri Valley (MVC) Peru State (PERU) Evangel (EVAN) Benedictine (BEN) Avila (AU)

CONFERENCE RECORD (OVERALL RECORD): 3-0 (14-1) 3-0 (14-6) 1-0 (15-5) 1-1 (14-5) 1-2 (13-6) 0-1 (11-1) 0-1 (11-9) 0-1 (8-10) 0-1 (4-13) 0-2 (5-12)

LAST GAME: W 3-0 vs. BEN W 3-1 at PERU Thurs. at William Woods W 3-0 vs. CMU W 3-0 at AU W 3-0 at AIB L 1-3 vs. BAKER Thurs. vs. BEN Thurs. at EVAN L 0-3 vs. CMU

*Does not include the outcomes of Thursday’s games

Cross-Country competes at Missouri Southern The Evangel women’s team placed eighth out of 19 teams at Missouri Southern on Saturday. Bethany Davis, senior, placed No. 30 in the 5-kilometer race with a time of 19:08.65, the third best time among Evangel runners all-time. Devon Colegrove, freshman, ran the fastest among the men, placing No. 32 in the 8-kilometer. His time of 27:02.19 was the ninth fastest all-time among Evangel runners.

Amy Grossklag-Fritz, junior, won regional champion for singles and regional champion for doubles with teammate Jenna Elliot, sophomore at the National Association for Intercolegiate Athletics Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central East Regional Tournament on Sept. 16. “Coming in as the underdog and knocking out the number one seed was a pretty neat experience,” Elliot said. Making the national level is nothing new for these two. This will mark the Fritz’s third year and Elliot’s second year of advancing to nationals. “Jenna and I both could not be happier to be going back to nationals,” Fritz said. Being represented at the national level is a “huge deal,” said Head Coach Deb-

bie De Almeida. “It is the largest collegiate sport tournament in the United States because every division will be there except for division one,” De Almeida said. “The top eight in every single region for every single division will be represented at nationals.” De Almeida said that over 5,000 people compete across the country in NAIAITA tournaments in the fall. In preparation for nationals, both girls will have increased practice schedules. “Playing matches three to four times a week and practice matches (both singles and doubles) will get me the most prepared,” Fritz said. This will mark the fourth consecutive year Evangel will compete at the NAIA National Intercollegiate Tennis Association Tournament. Nationals will be in Ft. Myers, Fla., on Oct. 10 through 13. Daily results will be posted on ITAtennis. com.

This week in Crusader sports:

Sept. 27

Oct. 1

Softball vs. Mineral Area CC (Scrimmage) Crusader Field 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. Labette Community College Crusader Field 12 p.m.

Sept. 28

Volleyball at Missouri Valley Marshall, Mo. 7 p.m.

Cross-country Stillwater, Okla. Softball EU Fall Festival II (Scrimmage) Crusader Field Volleyball vs. Graceland Ashcroft Center 2 p.m. Football vs. MidAmerica Nazerene JFK Stadium 6 p.m.

Oct. 2 JV Baseball at Drury University Springfield, Mo. 5:30 p.m. Softball at University of Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark. 6:30 p.m.

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Sporty students instruct homeschoolers

Kinesiology Department students teach PE to homeschoolers BY EMILY HENDERSON Staff Reporter Physical education majors have a new option they can add to their course loads: teaching PE to homeschooled children. The Methods of Teaching Team Activity class, facilitated by Callie Traub, professor of kinesiology, hosts approximately 50 homeschoolers each Wednesday and Friday in the Mabee Center. Traub said this program began five years ago to give students hands-on, experiential learning. Each Evangel student takes charge two to three times per semester, leading the children in activities such as flag football, floor hockey and ultimate Frisbee. Junior physical education major Korry Tillery said this course is giving him an experience beyond any practicum. “Some of the kids we work with aren’t as athletic


as those in public schools because they’ve never had to take physical education,” Tillery said. “I’m learning how to manage my teaching style to one that most benefits the kids so no one feels excluded. I’ve learned a lot and would recommend this

course to all physical education majors.” Traub said that, in addition to the experience, the EU students are also creating emotional bonds. “Many of the students are in education because they love kids,” Traub said.

J.J. Williams to release debut mixtape

“The EU students hold a mentoring role with the homeschooled students and create friendships. This program goes beyond physical education.” LaDonna Moore, mother to two of the homeschoolers, said this experience has

Intramurals update Flag football

Photo by Brandon Willis

J.J. Williams, senior guard, will be performing tonight at Boogie Down Basement. BY DARI’ANNE HUDSON Sports Editor J.J. Williams, senior guard for the Crusader’s mens basketball team, along with his partner Xavier (aka X), will be releasing their debut mixtape on Friday. J.J. Williams began rapping three years ago when his love for writing poetry merged with his interest in hip-hop music. “His music is what brought him here [to Evangel],” Steve Jenkins, head coach of men’s basketball, said. “I always loved hip-hop,” Williams said. “My dad was a DJ, so there was always music being played around the house, but I never thought I could ‘make it’ [rapping].” Nevertheless, as Williams began growing in his craft,

he could see the difference in his passion for music compared to those around him. Williams said he recalls being at a friend’s house one night and suggesting that they work all night on music. His friend quickly declined, and as a result, Williams realized the depth of work he was willing to put in for his music. Raised in the hip-hop culture, Williams grew up listening to artists like Tupac Shakur, but when he got saved he began rapping in light of his beliefs. However, J.J. Williams and X are not to be confused with “Christian rappers.” “We don’t want to make music that only Christians will listen to.,” Williams said. “We’re natives to hiphop, but because of our be-



liefs we’re like outsiders.” This vision gave birth to the name of Williams and X’s duo: Indigenous Outsiders. “We talk about what we see wrong with hip-hop from a Christian worldview,” Williams said. “You can see in our music that we have blatantly different views. [Our music] is just about life. Everybody can relate to that. Music is the common ground.” Jonathan Martz, senior, is serving as Indigenous Outsiders’ manager. Martz said he gives full credit to the Holy Spirit for bringing them all together to make music. “It’s more than a band; it’s a revolution,” Martz said. “[We’re] impacting people’s lives in our community. Hopefully it’ll spread.”

been great for her 6- and 8-year-olds. “It’s nice for them to get out of the house and do something with a group,” Moore said. “They get to interact with other kids and make friends. It’s a very worthwhile experience.”






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