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Senate passes HDTV, proposes new bill BY MICHAELA SMITH News Editor

Senators voted Monday night to approve the HDTV bill. Since this bill was passed all campus televisions will receive high definition signals to their TVs, effective Jan. 31 pending board of dministration approval. Before the senators and the executive committee voted, Jonathan Jarosinski, Communication Department senator and senior, addressed clarifications on the cost of the bill. He said that ESGA will be responsible for $8,400 of the upgrade. Jarosinski said that he thinks this bill will benefit the academic aspect of campus life by allowing the TV Studio to use its equipment more efficiently in classes. Currently, Central Bible College has HDTV that includes only the local channels. Missouri State University also has HDTV channels, and students can pay extra

money to receive more than the regular channels. The bill has been passed, campus television to receive HDTV channels from KOLR, KRBK, KY3 and ECTV. The only way this bill will not go into effect is if the board of administration does not approve it, which would require the bill to be further amended by senate. Paul Bayer, senate president and junior, thanked the senators for their participation at the service dinner night on Nov. 16. He said he received comments from students about the HDTV bill and what they thought senate could improve on. Bayer said he was happy with the event but knows what can be improved. He said he would like to have consistent senator and student activities next semester, which could consist of monthly activities. The next senate meeting is Dec. 3. What are your thoughts on HDTV? @evangellance


Seniors Justin Nyczepir, Scott Hall senator, and Brandon Cadwell, Scott Hall president, present their proposal of the Scott Hall basement renovation to senators and the executive board Monday night.

Scott Hall Basement Renovation Proposal

The second bill of the semester was presented during the senate meeting Monday. Seniors Justin Nyczepir, Scott Hall senator, and Brandon Cadwell, Scott Hall president, presented their plan for the renovation of Scott Hall’s basement. If this bill is passed,

ESGA funds will pay for $3,640 of the renovation, with Scott Hall paying the balance of $750. The bill would allow for new paint, a fire alarm, new lighting and a suspended ceiling. The Physical Plant will paint, as well as install a new fire alarm and new light-

ing. They will hire a company that has done previous renovations to install the suspended ceiling. The old ceiling in Scott Hall was removed without approval from the Physical Plant in April. Nyczepir said. Scott Hall’s base-

ment is not open to residents right now without permission from the residence director. Nyczepir said that he wants this renovation to take place so that the basement can be used again. “The basement will be able to be used as a second floor

lobby. We can also open it up to other residence halls for meetings because it can hold an entire hall,” Nyczepir said. He said the Physical Plant would be able to work on these renovations immediately if senate votes to pass the bill. Senate will vote Dec. 3.

A fight to recovery BY CHRISTINE TEMPLE Editor-in-Chief

People who know Brittany Sylvester describe her as a smart, reserved and caring person. The freshman Founders Scholar is now being called something else: a miracle. On Nov. 18, Brittany suffered from a stroke due to a brain bleed from a blood disorder called disseminated intravascular coagulation, or DIC, which caused her blood to clot abnormally. She was admitted to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kan. The following day, an MRI showed that the hematoma that caused her stroke was more severe than the doctors initially thought, and it caused Brittany’s brain to shift due to swelling. Brittany needed immediate surgery to alleviate the pressure. Because Brittany has DIC, her blood was not clotting correctly and the surgery would be too risky. After several blood tests, it was deemed safe to proceed. The swelling was relieved and a pressure monitor was put into her head. One of the doctors at Wesley is a friend of Brittany’s dad, Brad

Sylvester, and he informed Brad that the fact that Brittany survived the surgery was a miracle. She was not expected to make it. Brad continually updates friends and family of Brittany’s condition through Facebook. He posted on Nov. 20 that Brittany started to respond and partially open her eyes. The next day Brittany moved her left arm, which was paralyzed, along with her entire left side, from the stroke. Her dad saw her move her left foot later in the week. On Friday, Brad said the ventilators and shunts were removed. “She is so filled with determination and drive. She is working every minute to improve.” She continued learning how to swallow yesterday, as she is unable to eat on her own. Although Brad said she is unable to speak fully, she started saying her vowels with a therapist Tuesday and was even able to say “mom.” Her father said, “It was overwhelming for everyone there to hear her start to talk again.” She communicates mostly through spelling. While Brittany has shown some movement on her left side, Brad said that the movements are “too

Freshman survives car wreck, walks away BY MICHAELA SMITH News Editor

As he stood looking back at his destroyed car, Tyler Barnes, freshman, thanked God for his life as he walked away from the accident without a broken bone Sunday. Barnes was driving to the Springfield airport to pick up a friend when he made a wrong turn and began to load his GPS to point him back in the right direction. As he was doing this, he missed a stop sign. As he proceeded through the intersection, another vehicle broadsided him

going 70 mph while Barnes’ car was going 50 mph. His vehicle flipped four times and was totaled. Barnes walked away from the scene without major injuries. Once his car came to a stop, Barnes said he found himself suspended upside-down from the ceiling of his car, so he unfastened his seat belt and fell to the roof of his car, where he climbed out of the window. “The only injuries I have are a glass cut on my knee, a bruised knee and sore back and neck muscles,” Barnes said. When he made it out of his car, he said he saw people running toward

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few to indicate much conscious control.” After word traveled that Brittany had suffered a stroke, it did not take long for a Facebook event dedicated to praying for the Sylvester family to be created. Nearly 5,000 people from across the world, some who know Brittany and some who do not, have rallied together to pray for her recovery. Michael Kolstad, chairperson for the Music Department and Brittany’s adviser, said the family is reading all the posts, and Brittany’s father is reading them to her. Brad posted Tuesday that “[Brittany] asked if I had talked to Evangel about her grades and scholarships. I told her I had and how good they were being to her. She cried. They were tears of appreciation. She asked if the students at school were praying for her, and I told her yes and that there was even a chapel service showing it. She cried again.” Brittany came to Evangel as a worship leadership major and was awarded a half-tuition Founders Scholarship. She recently changed her major to social work. Brittany’s professor Martin Mittelstadt, associate professor of biblical him trying to help. Barnes said the worst part of the accident was when he saw his parents. His mom was Tyler Barnes running toward him in tears. David Krstevski, junior, was the student Barnes was going to pick up at the airport. “I knew he was taking longer than usual, so I texted him to see if everything was all right,” Krstevski said. “As soon as I heard about the accident I asked if he was hurt. His dad told me he crawled out in one piece.” Krstevski said he is thank-

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After a stroke, Brittany Sylvester, freshman, is recovering from surgery.

studies, said he noticed Brittany start to physically look sick about a month ago. “I got the impression that she never wanted her illness to be deemed as an excuse. She was never behind.” Kolstad said that he sees Brittany as a fighter. Brittany’s resident assistant from Spence First North is Jocelyn Green, senior. After her floor found out what had happened, they gathered together to pray. Green said this has been an especially hard time for Brittany’s roommate, Sheila Grammo,

freshman. In a post on Facebook, Grammo said, “You [Brittany] have no idea how much you have impacted me just the couple months I spent with you.” Green said, “It is really encouraging how people have rallied around her [Brittany]. It says a lot about our campus.” Professors in nearly all of Brittany’s classes have prayed for her since her stroke. Mittelstadt said, “We are unanimously behind her and cannot wait for her to get back.”

CBC, Evangel join for Unite Night BY CAYEN HOING Staff Writer

Evangel held the first collaborated student event of the semester Tuesday night called Unite Night. Unite Night is about two schools, Central Bible College and Evangel, coming together for worship and prayer. Javier Rodriguez, ESGA president, said, “The purpose of Unite Night is to help in creating micro-connections before we form a macro-connection as schools.” Joy Qualls, assistant professor for the Humanities and the Communication Depart-

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ments, spoke at the event and said that students will be the ones who make the changes happen. Qualls was chosen by the student body through a survey sent out to the campus on Oct. 15 by ESGA. She said, “It is nice to be recognized by peers and by bosses, but it is more important to be recognized by the people you serve.” She said she was humbled and blessed by the response of the students. Qualls based the chapel on Joshua 3-4:10, a piece of scripture

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fees.” Jarosinski was the first senator to propose and get a bill passed this semester. Cameron Pace, chairperson for the Communication Department, also said this is a positive improvement. He said

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With the new senate bill passed, allowing for highdefinition television to be broadcasted across campus, students may wonder how this will affect their TV sets. Jonathan Jarosinski, Communication Department senator and senior, said this bill will positively impact students’ lives. “It will allow ECTV to use their high definition technology to its full capability,” Jarosinski said. “This will also get rid of the bars, and there will be better signal.” He said there is also room for improvement that could take place in the coming years. “We can add channels that would be broadcast in HD for additional cost, so we would have to look at that with student

It will allow ECTV to use their high definition technology to its full capability. This will also get rid of the static and there will be better signal. - Jonathan Jarosinski

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Jingle Bell Jog The first Jingle Bell Jog will take place tomorrow on Evangel’s track. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. and the jog will start at 8 a.m. The cost is $15 and the first 20 people receive a free t-shirt.

is KY3, KOLR 10, KRBK and ECTV. He said that the upgrade will not improve the signal quality of channels that will not be broadcasted in HD. This includes the “cropping” issue where certain channels not included in the upgrade have black bars on the sides of the programming. Pace said the goal for these HD channels will take place before the Super Bowl. This bill will go into effect pending approval from the board of administration.

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there are many possibilities that go wrong with analog, and he compared the TV quality students have now to VHS quality. Pace said that ECTV will benefit from this as well, and ECTV along with the rest of the campus will have something to call its own. He said Newswatch Today and Sports Update are currently filmed in HD, so with the campus’ HD technologies, the rest of the students can see the quality of ECTV productions. Pace said that students will receive the HD signal if they have an HD compatible TV or a QAM receiver. A QAM receiver is a quadrature amplitude modulation, which allows TVs to receive digital cable through a physical cable. He said that the only better quality television channels students will receive



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All Class Chapel Students are invited to attend the all class chapel tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Barnett Fine Arts Recital Hall. The speaker will be senior Richard Salgado.

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Drive The Social Sciences Department is holding a food drive to benefit the Victory Mission. The department is collecting non-perishable food. Students can drop off their donations until 2 p.m. today.


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that she said she keeps coming back to and learning more from this past year. When she was contacted and asked to speak, she immediately knew that this passage is what God wanted her to share for the students that night. The first point of her message

ful for his friendship with Barnes. “We relate in a lot of ways. He is a mature and wellrounded individual,” he said. Barnes’ roommate, Collin McClendon, freshman, said he is thankful for Barnes’ life. “My first reaction was that I thought I had lost my best friend,” McClendon said. “Then I heard that he was okay, so I was just thankful God had kept his hand on him.” He said he views Barnes as one of his brothers, and he couldn’t imagine losing one of his brothers. McClendon said if he learned anything from Barnes’ accident it is to not use technology while driving. He said sometimes he finds himself talking on the phone, and now he realizes the dangers of that. Barnes said the crash brought him back to reality. He said he is thankful that no one else was in the car and that Barnes was wearing his seatbelt. “I thank God for his protection and everyone for their prayers,” Barnes said. To recover, Barnes said he is taking pain medication prescribed by the ER. Barnes returned to campus Monday afternoon.

Unite Night is the beginning of the process of coming together. - Amanda Buschman

was that the past is a reminder of where we have been. The next point was that the present circumstance does not remove the promise of God. Her third point was that the promise requires our obedience. Her last point was that we must build an altar of remembrance. Amanda Buschman, CBC student, said, “Unite Night is


Jairus Beckett, freshman, and Alyssa Moore, freshman worship during Unite Night. Unite Night was a joint chapel with Central Bible College and Evangel students.

the beginning of the process of coming together and bringing unity to our [future]

community.” Tanya Kanarskaya, sophomore, said, “I liked how we got to all get together and

played a game to break the ice, and then we continued in worship together.”

ESGA holds this year’s first all-class chapel Salgado to speak about ‘what are we doing here’ tonight in Recital Hall BY ERIN-RAE DONALDSON Staff Writer

Every semester, students are given the opportunity to come together for a time of worship and fellowship through the Evangel Student Government Association’s class chapels. Through these chapels, ESGA hopes to “show students that their class councils are active and that they care not just about their social and academic needs, but also their spiritual needs,” Dodi Lason, senior class president, said. Before individual class chapels take place on Thursday, ESGA will host an alternate joint class

chapel tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Barnett Fine Arts Recital Hall with guest speaker Richard Salgado, senior. Lason said that it is just like any other student-

I hope they will get a chance to connect as a community within their class. - John Plake

led chapel, but ESGA felt that by having a joint chapel, every class would be able to contribute in some way. Joel Bradley, junior class president, said that students should attend because it is a not only a great opportunity to receive alternate chapel credit and free refreshments, but they can also enjoy fellowship with fellow classmates. “I think any chapel or a time where students can get together specifically to worship and exalt God is a good thing. It is a good way to relate and grow together spiritually,” Bradley said. While tonight’s chapel is considered alternate, ESGA’s

upcoming class chapels are a part of the choice chapel week and will take the place of a regular required chapel. On Tuesday, marking the beginning of choice chapel week, CROSSwalk will host four different chapels. John Plake, campus pastor and director of Spiritual Life, said that the chapels will take place in four locations including the chapel auditorium, Barnett Recital Hall, Trask Hall room 101 and Zimmerman Hall room 105. Plake said that ESGA will do the same thing on Thursday, but those chapels will have different focus and different speakers, as

chosen by the class councils. “I hope they will get a chance to connect as a community within their class and that it will be an opportunity for the leadership of those classes to talk about what is going on and to have some input into the spiritual subjects that are being talked about within their class,” Plake said. Each of the ESGA class councils are required to report their chosen speaker, topic and worship team. Once their plans are approved, ESGA will have permission to provide the student body with more details and information regarding the upcoming class chapels.


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Hardy competes in Ironman race

Professor inspired by former student to train for Ironman BY BRANDON HOFFMAN Managing Editor

Keith Hardy, chairperson for the Kinesiology Department, epitomizes his subject. Hardy recently completed an Ironman competition. A full Ironman competition includes 2.4 miles

Hardy incorporates his Ironman training into his lessons. He goes into detail of his experiences so we have examples of how the stuff we’re learning actually affects the body. - Jessica Bear

of swimming, 112 miles of biking and 26.2 miles of running. Lynn Bowen, head cross-country and track coach and long time friend of Hardy’s, said that Hardy is “a go getter. He’s always been focused and driven.” According to an Evangel press release, Hardy competed with Jason Parr and Krista Edwards, two alumni. Bowen said, “Hardy is a guy that wants to see people succeed. That’s part of being a

good leader. Despite his own personal success, his priority is always to help students accomplish everything before them.” Although Hardy has a desire to push people to greatness, it was actually a former student that got him involved in Ironman competitions. Hardy said, “Krista [Edwards] got into shorter triathlons back in 2004 and talked me into doing one. Later, we decided to train for a year to do a full Ironman together. After we completed Ironman Arizona, Jason became interested in competing, too.” Hardy said, “The science behind the Ironman training, and what happens in the body in rehabilitation, is applicable to all of the majors in the Kinesiology Department — athletic training, pre-physical therapy, physical education, recreation and personal training.” Jessica Bear, junior and kinesiology major, said, “He incorporates his Ironman training into his lessons. He goes into detail of his experiences so we have examples of how the stuff we’re learning actually affects the body.” In a press release, Hardy said, “The feeling you get is overwhelming. All the time spent training, typically two to four hours a day for a year has its reward when you finish the distance.” Hardy took second place in the race.


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The annual Christmas tree lighting was Tuesday afternoon in Riggs Administration Building. The mail room employees hosted the event and invited all faculty and students to attend. Homemade baked goods and drinks were provided free of charge to everyone who attended.

Stained Glass Story ready to launch CD BY MOLLY BUESKING Staff Writer


Michael Bremer, senior, rehearses as he records for Stained Glass Story’s new CD.

Evangel’s traveling worship team, Stained Glass Story, will release a new album in early February. “We needed to make another CD because the first group had three girls and four guys in it,” Jason Salazar, director of Stained Glass Story and assistant professor of music, said. “This line-up is all guys, and so we needed to make another CD that reflected the current line-up.” “There are five of us. All of the girls graduated last year. They just kept it an all guys group this year,” Dylan Nieman, junior, said. Since he joined Stained Glass Story this year, Nieman has played the keyboard and sung for the band. “I think the ultimate goal is that even though we’re making great music, that’s not really what it’s about. It’s about people encountering God and people joining with us in our worship,” Nieman said.

Caleb Hawkins, sophomore, is the lead vocalist and acoustic guitar player. Hawkins said, “We chose more contemporary, newer songs that people don’t really do a whole lot in churches because they are so new” but still had the worship aspect the band wanted. Hawkins said that there are times when practice becomes worship. “It becomes your worship, and it’s not just practice anymore. It’s not preparing. It’s experiencing God in that moment, even if it’s just the six of us in some room. Those are my favorite moments because that’s what it’s about,” Hawkins said. “We wanted it to be a little deeper, so there are a couple of old hymns in there. We tried to craft a musical CD, but also something people can listen to and have that spiritual connection,” Salazar said. “I think it’s going to be a really nice sounding recording. I think that the whole campus can be proud of it.” The CD will be available on iTunes and Spotify in early 2013.

Aladdin works toward healthier food options

Todd Lanning says ‘finding a balance’ is the key to creating a menu BY CHELSEA KOWALSKI Staff Writer

Evangel showed its support of the American Heart Association’s National Eating Healthy Day on Nov. 7 by serving healthier foods in the cafeteria. According to the American Heart Association’s website, Eat Healthy Day aimed to raise awareness of the importance of good nutrition. On this day, students were given the option of sweet potato fries, non-fat salad dressings, chipotle bean burgers and more heart-healthy alternatives. Although the Eat Healthy Day only lasted for 24 hours, students are still able to find options like these

I want the bar raised every day. That’s the goal: to take something and raise the bar. -Todd Lanning

in the cafeteria on a regular basis. Todd Lanning, director of Food Services, said positive reactions from students encouraged him to look at incorporating healthier options in the menu. “It’s about finding balance,” Lanning said. When framing the menu, Lanning said he used previous experience. Lanning served as the food service director for 10 years at Missouri State University. Lanning said students were more inclined to eat less healthy then. “Something I ask is how do we do this better?” Lanning said. Melinda Love, previous Food Services, did a great job. “I want the bar raised every day. That’s the goal: to take something and raise the bar,” Lanning said. Comment cards are available in the cafeteria for students to make suggestions about the menu or the cafeteria in general. “Tell me what you’re wanting,” Lanning said. “Comment cards have been a fun tool, and comment cards drive the menu.” Chris Harness, sophomore, works as a grill chef in the cafeteria. Harness said he enjoys what he does, but there are changes he

would make to the menu. “The changes I would make to the food is [adding] whole grains, vegetables, fruit and other healthy sources of protein and low-fat or nonfat dairy products,” Harness said. Harness also said cuts could be made to chocolate chip cookies. “They are my favorite,” he said, “but they could cut back on them.” Harness said he likes the environment of the cafeteria and encourages others to help change happen. Harness said, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”


Daily guidelines for 18-24 year olds

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Grains 6 oz.

Vegetables 2 1/2 cups

Fruits 1 1/2 cups

Dairy 3 cups

Meat & Beans 5 oz.


Daily amount for ages 18-24


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Faith allows for hope in tragedy I n the midst of tragedy, people God let it happen in the sense of can react in many different he wanted it to happen. It just did. ways. Some people turn to Instead of trying to fix blame, we God, and others turn away from should all collectively realize how him. Some people feel peace, and he is intervening in Brittany’s life. others have a difficult time ac- Could he have her wake up, spit cepting reality. The Evangel community is no stranger to tragedy. A few weeks ago, freshman Brittany Sylvester The Lance was hospitalized after suffering a stroke from a brain bleed. The out the ventilator, pull out her next day she was rushed into tubes, get up and go home? Abemergency surgery to relieve solutely. If he doesn’t, does that swelling in her brain. Although equal abandonment? Absolutely Sylvester was a freshman, she managed to make a big impact on campus. She was involved on her floor council and made many friends. After her stroke, thousands of people from Evangel and across the world rallied with her to pray and show their support for her recovery. Although people have different reactions to tragedy, people of faith generally have one thing in PHOTO COURTESY OF LINDA WERHAN common: hope. Brittany Sylvester The hope that people of faith share is directly related to the be- not.” lief that no matter what the outWe cannot expect to avoid tragcome, God is in control. Tragedy edy, but we still have hope as well can cause people to feel helpless, as other people to support us. but God is the ultimate giver of When tragedy strikes, the Evangel peace in a storm. community has come together to But Martin Mittelstadt, associ- lift each other up. When 1st Lt. ate professor of biblical studies, David Johnson died while servpoints out that we cannot expect ing in Afghanistan, the Evangel to avoid suffering altogether be- community rallied together in cause God is on our side. That is prayer and support. When Britoversimplifying theology. Mit- tany Sylvester suffered a stroke, telstadt said he thinks that God we saw the same reaction. Mitis too often blamed for and given telstadt said, “When life is rosy, it credit for things that he should doesn’t necessarily build communot be. It is not uncommon for nity. Community is built by when people to ask why God gave this we need to be dependent on each person that illness or made that other. Suffering breeds this sense other person’s house burn down. that we need each other.” It is not so much that God does these things to people, as much as it is that life is full of pain. We What are your live on Earth and not in heaven, thoughts on tragso suffering is inevitable. edy and faith? In a recent Facebook post, Brit@evangellance tany’s dad, Brad Sylvester, said of Brittany’s situation, “I don’t think

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ith two and a half weeks of school remaining, one week entirely consumed by final exams, some students are succumbing to the sinful temptation to skip class. Regularly. After all, the majority of the point-laden projects and exams are done and over with, right? This leaves room for a little me-time. A little movie-time. A little kettle-corn-and-hot-chocolate-time. Unfortunately, this could not be farther from the truth. As the candy canes and hideous sweaters start making their appearances, professors casually review their syllabi from warmer months before. Some do a double take, abruptly remembering all that they had promised would be accomplished by December. Papers, projects and presentations, thoughtlessly overlooked, suddenly become a priority in this last week and a half before finals. With schedules already packedfull with assignments and responsibilities, students scramble to complete the new onslaught of homework they had hoped their professors would forget about permanently. Professors are then forced to make a decision: either allow the

students to turn in the forgotten assignments during finals week because there is not sufficient time to complete them before that time, or cancel the assignments altogether. They pick the first option, naturally. It’s not their fault. Inevitably, a metaphorical big dog, because there are no actual big dogs in the department offices, is breathing sweet halitosis down their necks, making sure the end of semester class surveys will read, “Difficult but educationally satisfying,” not, “Wooo! Best class everrrrr! We didn’t do anything at all!” As with any strength, we are taught, there is a shadow of weakness not far behind. It is in these frazzled holiday moments when one of Evangel’s top selling points becomes the university’s disadvantage. A smaller faculty means fewer hands in more barrels of responsibility. These barrels are metaphorical. There are no actual barrels in the department offices. Yes, it’s their job. Sure, they’re being paid enough to live in mansions and go on European vacations during every break. We get that. But the way these profs multitask is amazing, juggling their jobs as teachers, event plan-


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Just Sayin’

How did you decorate your room for Christmas?

“Use Christmas lights and put them everywhere.”

“I put stockings on my door.”

- Justin Canavan, junior

- Kelsey Crabtree, sophomore

“Put lights up with a mini tree and Christmas music is playing 24/7.” -Katie Robertson. senior

“Kelly Bowen is going to decorate my door and put up a seven foot artificial tree and decorate it.” -Storm Bailey, senior

“Put up a Christmas tree, wrapped the door in wrapping paper, hung lights everywhere and mistle toe on the ceiling.”

“Covered my door in wrapping paper and put a big bow on it. Put holly everywhere.”

-Luke Greager, sophomore

-Shelby Wilson, senior

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From Washington to Springfield Seasonal Qualls leaves world of politics, takes position on staff at Evangel BY ELLIOTT SCOTT Contributing Writer

After all the places she had been and all she had done everything came together to bring her to Springfield, Joy Qualls, assistant professor for the Humanities and Communication departments, said. Raised in Crosby, N.D., Qualls graduated from Divide County High School in 1995. After graduating, Qualls spent four years earning her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies at Vanguard University of Southern California, known as Southern California College at the time. Qualls participated in the debate and forensics teams during her time at Vanguard. After college, she moved to Virginia Beach, Va. and worked to earn both her Master of Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy in Communication Studies at Regent University. While at graduate school she taught part-time at Regent and Liberty universities. During her years at Regent University, Qualls met, and would later marry, Kevin Qualls, an Evangel alumnus who teaches part-time in the Behavioral Sciences Department. After graduate school, Qualls worked in Washington D.C. from 2002 until December 2003 as the assistant for communication for Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota. She was responsible for being Dorgan’s strategist. She frequently traveled from North Dakota to Washington D.C. forming lists of people, such as mayors and school board members and holding meetings to discuss ways that Dorgan and his team could help them. One year shy of another election year, Qualls felt restlessness within her. She was attending Mark Batterson’s, author of “The Circle Maker,” church at the time. At National Community Church, Qualls was able to confront her discontentment. She said that it was as if God was saying to her, “I have given you everything you

jobs help students BY RYAN PATTY Staff Writer


Joy Qualls, assistant professor of communication, spoke at Unite Night in front of an audience of Evangel and Central Bible College students Tuesday. have asked for, are you willing to Evangel and Central Bible Col- ent, but politics is a game,” Qualls give it up?” Willingly, and without lege, as well as working for Drury said. “Something is lost when we regret, she gave up her position University’s Enrollment Market- don’t engage each other,” she said working with Sen. Dorgan. ing Program. In 2011, she began No matter the circumstance, In 2006, Qualls and her hus- teaching full-time at Evangel. her relationship with God is the band moved to Springfield, Mo. She said her passion for politics top priority of her life, Qualls in order for her husband to at- and debate did not stay subdued said. Second is her family. Qualls tend the Assemblies of God Theo- this past election season. This past and her husband have two kids: a logical Seminary. Shortly after election sparked much insight for 2-year-old daughter Blakeley and moving to Springfield, she began Qualls. She said she believes in a 1-year-old son Soren. “If anyone discovering many opportunities, the value of a closely engaged gov- is the hero in our family, it’s my including teaching part-time at ernment. “Government is differ- husband,” Qualls said.

With the holidays quickly approaching, many students begin to feel the financial stress that often accompanies this time of the year. The good news is that many businesses hire more help during the holidays in order to keep up with the demand. These jobs vary in skill and hours, but all offer students a way to make some extra money. Bernie Dana, chairperson for the Business Department, said that businesses often contact him looking to hire students. “Retail businesses are expecting an upsurge over the holidays and part-time jobs are available,” Dana said. “In the last few months, I have received more inquiries from organizations who want to hire interns, or have fulltime job openings, than in the past few years.” Scott Kirby, associate director for career marketing, oversees the job postings on the website Hire Evangel. On this website, employers are able to post job openings both locally and nationwide, Kirby said. “Currently there are lots and lots of retail positions posted as well as some delivery jobs with UPS and FedEx,” Kirby said. “The retail postings include Kohl’s, Target, Charming Charlie, Gap and Dollar General, and often these seasonal jobs can turn into parttime jobs past the holidays.” Chelsey Hadley, senior, has worked part-time while at school the past two years. “The most important skill set for being in school and working part-time is time-management.” While work-study jobs tend to be short shifts over a couple of days, part-time jobs are just the opposite – a long shift for one or two days, usually over the weekend,” Hadley said. “You often have to make sacrifices, such as doing homework on a Friday night, just to be able to do well in school and also work.”

Local play brings a classic back to life BY CHRISTINE TEMPLE Editor-in-Chief

Few stories from Hollywood have the power to make a lifelong impact, but Frank Capra’s 1946 classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” does just that. True to form, the Springfield Little Theatre has brought the story to life. The play captures the sprit of the film beautifully. George Bailey, played by Joe Kuntz, is an adored citizen of Bedford Falls, an idyllic town where everyone knows your name. George selflessly puts his dreams on hold to take over his father’s business, the Bailey Building and Loan business. After his Uncle Billy, played by Danny Reynolds, misplaces $8,000 on Christmas Eve, George contemplates if he should commit suicide, thinking his life has done no good. His guardian angel Clarence, played by Chip Burns, swoops down from heaven to show George how many lives he has touched and how different the world would be if he had not been not born. George Bailey is one of my favorite fictional characters, and I cannot imagine anyone other than James Stewart playing him. George Bailey is what makes the movie what it is. Kuntz, who played this role before in 2003 at

the Little Theatre, disappointed at first. He did not seem to capture the energy and passion that Stewart had in the movie. I started to warm up to Kuntz after the scene with George and his future wife Mary, played by Rachel Bush. Kuntz was funny and playful, and the audience loved him.

Just as when watching the movie, I was brought to tears when George saw his brother’s grave in the alternate universe where George was not born. By the later scenes, Kuntz’s energy and passion increased significantly. I loved Kuntz’s performance with his family after he realizes the $8,000 is missing. He showed George as a scared, helpless man desperate for answers. I believed all the emotions coming from the family: George yelling needlessly at his children, Mary powerless to stop him and the children sad and afraid, wonder-

ing what was wrong with their kind father. Despite any missing energy, the message of the movie was kept intact. Just as when watching the movie, I was brought to tears when George saw his brother’s grave in the alternate universe where George was not born. As George runs throughout the alternate town, he is shown the harsh reality of what life would have been like if he was never born. The play’s message is like a beautiful gift. It reminds me how valued each person is. The play gave me all of the same emotions and warm feelings as the movie, which I did not expect. Despite one actor’s, an angel played by Rich Bogue, inability to remember his lines and the annoyance of not being able to hear certain actors without mikes, the play was free of any major technical glitches. The costumes were perfect, the set was picturesque and I loved the added sound effects. Overall, I left the performance smiling from ear to ear. And I noticed all my fellow audience members do the same. This timeless classic continues to teach that life is precious and selflessness will not be wasted. This is a lesson we all should hear, and one that the Little Theatre beautifully presents.


The main character, George Bailey, encounters an angel who shows him the true value of his life.

WHERE: Springfield Little Theatre COST: $12 SHOWING THROUGH DEC. 9

Popular card game uses strategy to challenge players BY SHANNYN WONG Staff Writer

A popular card game has made its way on to Evangel’s campus: Magic. The game includes good verse evil, magic and strategy. The card game includes 60 to 70 cards per player, and each card holds a different significance. “The objective is to make your opponent lose all of their life points,” Ryan Geppert, senior, said. The loss or gain of points depends on the cards that are played and what the

power of the card is. Players begin with 20 points of health and gain or lose points based on the value of the type of card that they or their opponents play. The currency of the game is called manna which allows players to put cards in play. Geppert said that there are five different types of cards, all with various abilities and worth. Each card has a color, and each color represents something different. Sam Lewis, junior, said that the game is a

game of strategy where only the strong survive. Magic can be played with two or more people or with teams. The number of people who play changes how long the game lasts, Geppert said. The card game includes cards that deal with sorcery and magic and can hold a dark spiritual side to them said Geppert. Lewis said that he plays the game just for fun but gives the cards no extra value than a piece of paper with writing on it. Gep-

pert said that he understands the aspects that are concerning, but he is still determining for himself if the game should be played. Both students understand the negative connotations that come with the game because of some cards dealing with sorcery but to them, at its core this is just a game. “I have not felt spiritual oppression from the game, but I can see where there could be potential for spiritual oppression,” Geppert said. There is nothing the student

handbook that specifically prohibits the game from being played on campus. Geppert and Lewis said that they both play for fun a couple times a week with their friends and can often be found playing in the Joust. “There is someone I know that does play semicompetitively and has won some competitions,” Lewis said, but for these two students and many others, they play Magic for the social aspect.


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A very Evangel Christmas

Christmas events across campus give students chances for holiday fun, games BY SEAN WHITE Features Editor

Bells ringing, children singing and finals: the Christmas season is here. Despite the impending finals week, there are still activities for students to participate in to alleviate the pain of exams. This week gave students the opportunity to participate in the tree lighting ceremony in Riggs Administration Building as well as a date auction for Krause Second South. The date auction was held to raise funds for the floors annual Christmas party, Higgins. Aaron Crews, senior and K2S resident, said, “Higgins is a campus-wide Christmas party that our floor K2S puts on every year.” He said, “It’s free and a time where people can come, relax and enjoy

friends and food.” Crews said that the party will include a performance by the K2S men’s choir and “a variety of Christmas themed festivities.” Activities Board will also be hosting Cozy in the Joust on Dec. 6 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Han-

The program provides the guys a really good opportunity to think of someone else besides themselves or their family and friends who they would normally buy a gift for. -Andrew Goodall SEAN WHITE | THE LANCE

nah Arnzen, sophomore and event team leader for Cozy in the Joust, said that this event will include snacks and drinks as well as games for the student body to participate in. Included in the games is a gingerbread house making contest. Arnzen said that competitors will have 30 minutes to make a gingerbread house, and the winner of the competition will receive a prize. Arnzen said that the event is supposed to kickoff

A nativity scene is set up outside of the Chapel to celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas season.

the Christmas season. She said, “It’s a fun Christmas event for students to come and hang out.” Arnzen also said that there will be a Christmas present unwrapping game. Cozy in the Joust will also allow students to test their skills in something like a Christmas Olympics but with food and less athletic ability required. The same week of Cozy in the Joust will also be a sock and glove

drive, Arnzen said. Those who donate will have their names entered into a drawing for a prize given out at Cozy in the Joust. The residence halls are also participating in an adopt a teen program. Andrew Goodall, Scott Hall residence director, said the program “provides the guys a really good opportunity to think of someone else besides themselves or their family and friends who

they would normally buy a gift for and say ‘I’m going to make a small contribution and get something for someone that requires a little more effort than just throwing money at something.’” Goodall also encouraged students to go to the Christmas performances put on by campus musical groups. Goodall said that the residence directors will also be serving breakfast at the next DVD Bingo.

Giving good gifts ‘Skyfall’ soars in theaters at great prices Movie Review

Latest Bond movie humanizes a classic character

BY ANDY HENDERSON Social Media Editor

Many actors have portrayed Agent 007 over the years, but none have done it quite like Daniel Craig. During his three-film stretch as James Bond, the franchise has changed, along with the character, from a flat, action spectacle to a true emotional journey. This has never been truer than in the newest installment of the series “Skyfall.” Even less reliant on action sequences than its already toneddown predecessors, this film delves deeply into the emotional

turmoil that Bond and M experience, as well as the many characters whose lives they impact. There has never been a Bond film with this much talking. And that’s not a bad thing. It is impossible not to have a truly emotional reaction to certain moments of this film.

Even less reliant on action sequences than its already toned-down predecessors, this film delves deeply into the emotional turmoil that Bond and M experience.

That’s not to say that the action doesn’t exist. Motorcycle chases and gunfights abound; they just

aren’t the point anymore. James Bond is still running around kissing beautiful women and crashing beautiful cars, but that isn’t what is going to stick with the average audience member. Instead, viewers will be talking about the heartbreaking moments experienced by the characters and the brutallyhonest conversations Bond and M endure regarding their respective pasts. But, really, this is the new face of the action-thriller genre. It isn’t enough to give a scantily clad woman a gun; modern audiences want to know her story. We want to know where she came from, what she wants and why we should care about her. Gone is the over-the-top grandstanding and lighthearted chauvinism of the last generation of Bond films. In its place we have a tale about a sensitive, broken and socially conscious hero for the modern generation to root for. It is a welcome change, and James Bond has never looked so impressive.

WHERE: Hollywood Theater SHOWTIMES FRIDAY: 3:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 10 p.m. METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER


Whether store bought or handmade, frugal gift ideas are endless. As Christmas costs add up, students can still find ways to show appreciation to friends and family. When a student’s budget allows, buying a gift can be a good option. “Buying is convenient,” Chris Kinney, said. It is smarter to buy a gift if the recipient is in need of an item or knows what they want. If the gift is useful and necessary, get it,” Kinney said. Elizabeth Fletcher, associate professor of business and faculty adviser for Evangel’s ENACTUS team, said it is important to know the recipient and their needs. Fletcher said it is best to plan ahead to get the most purchases with a tight budget. Keeping track of sales and coupons through the year helps keep cost low. Signing up for coupons and newsletters online can also save money in the long run. There are apps and websites which provide coupons which can save on expenses. Another tactical preparation Fletcher said she uses is buying gifts and supplies after the holidays for the following year. If buying a gift isn’t a feasible option, making one can be more effective. It is a purposeful use of skills given to the individual. “The best thing someone can do is make something personal,” Fletcher said.

When creating a gift, shopping at thrift stores, garage sales and resale shops is the route to go. “A little bit of glue and work can make a gift into something special,” Fletcher said. Buying items and reinventing them can be inexpensive and easy. Baking is another option for a Christmas gift. “Everyone loves sweets,” Fletcher said. Creative baking recipes can be found online. Platters of someone’s favorite cookies and treats can show the giver’s perception and thoughtfulness. There are websites for recipes that can be made in a dorm as a gift. Pinterest links to several bloggers’ websites for single serving recipes made in a microwave. Traveling home to Argentina wasn’t an option this Christmas for Kinney because of his budget. Even with expenses, he was able to take his mom a painting he created as a Christmas gift the last time he visited. “Making a gift shows you care a lot and put time into it,” Kinney said. Sarah Svenby, senior, has created ceramics, jewelry and paintings as gifts. Svenby enjoys creating things because doing so is personal and time invested. “Even if it’s not perfect, it’s something unique,” Svenby said. “It’s actually what people ask to receive from me rather than store bought presents.” Kinney said he finds it important to keep originality alive by making things for people. “Creativity is endless,” Kinney said. “Look for the means around you.”

Dancing Mule piles on selection, great coffee BY SEAN WHITE

Dancing Mule is a small place. However, there is sufficient seating to accommodate a small When the coffee kicks with the group. There are even two rocksame strength as the mascot, you ing chairs in the front corner to know it is good. add to the homey feel. It felt like Dancing Mule is a small cof- a family get-together with the sigfee shop on Glenstone that offers nificant age gap between me and a huge selection of drinks in- all the other customers. I don’t cluding everything from sugary know that I have seen someone smoothies and coffee drinks to under 30 years old there ever. one of the stronMost of the gest americanos time the sitI have ever had. down area at The coffee here is The iced drinks Dancing Mule is strong, so be are made with relatively empty prepared to feel Dancing Mule’s – perfect for a the caffeine courscold brew coffee, quiet study sesing through your which is made sion. The walls with course are decorated veins by the end. ground beans with photos and and cold filother interesting tered water and pieces. I found then steeped for 18 hours. If that myself letting my eyes wander sounds too adventurous, you can over the walls to take in all of the request your iced drink be made intricacies of the art that hangs with hot espresso. The coffee here there. is strong, so be prepared to feel The staff is very friendly and althe caffeine coursing through ways willing to help pick a drink your veins by the end. from their massive selection. Features Editor

Each time I have been there, a staff member has helped me decide what to get. Dancing Mule’s website also offers pictures and not-so-serious information on each employee. All-in-all, Dancing Mule is a great place to have coffee and a good time. It is quiet, comfortable and close to campus. Its drink selection is varied and offers something for everyone. The only problem is deciding what to get.

WHERE: 1945 S. Glenstone Ave. COST: $1.85 and up


The mule logo was chosen by the owners to represent their value of being stubborn about great coffee and working hard.


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Intramural champions crowned Burgess First North/Burgess Third North defeated by Burgess Third South, Krause First South beaten by Lewis Second South in Intramural Championships BY KELLY BUSH Staff Writer

While many students were thinking of turkey, a few intramural teams were focused on intramural championships. Burgess Third South, Burgess First North/ Burgess Third North, Krause First South and Lewis Second South competed for the intramural championships Nov.15. Russell Brand, intramurals director, said these are the exact same floors that competed against each other last year for the flag football intramural championships. The defending champions from last year were K3N and the defending champions for the women were B1N/B3N. B1N/B3N came into the women’s championship game with a 8-2 record, and B3S came into the championships undefeated. Earning the title o f 2012 women’s intramural champions, B3S defeated the defending champions B1N/B3N with a 24-6 score. As for the men, both L2S and K1S entered the event with an undefeated 8-0 record, but only one of them came out victorious. L2S stepped up and defeated K1S with a score of 13-7, making L2S the 2012 men’s intramural champions.


Above: B1N/B3N defender pulls the flag of B3S ball carrier. Left: A ball is up for grabs in the men’s championship game.

Tennis looks to competitive spring

Track eyes spring season

Girls build off of successful fall season to improve the next months BY JOCELYN COX Staff Writer

BY RYAN PATTY Staff Writer

The Evangel track team has been practicing throughout fall in preparation for the upcoming spring season. The indoor season starts in January and ends at the end of February, right before Spring Break begins. Only three meets have been scheduled for this season. “This year we have a lot of new people on the team, which helps us fill up all the events,” Brittni Woods, senior, said, “so it’s exciting to anticipate how we will do as a team.” The second half of the spring semester is the outdoor season, lasting from the beginning of March up until the conference meet during graduation week. Jessica Bear, junior, is also excited about the upcoming season and is hopeful she can achieve her personal goal of breaking a school record. “I personally am aiming for the school record of 4:56 for the 1500 in outdoor,” Bear said. She is also optimistic about


The track team practices outside in preparation for the 2013 track season. the performance of the team. “Though we do have a lot of new people, we did well in cross country and that gives us momentum going into the indoor and outdoor seasons,” Bear said. Junior Ruckdeschell, junior and co-captain of the men’s team, is also hoping to break the school record in the mile and 1500. He is confident that the new additions to the team will contribute greatly.

“I think the new people will be a great addition because it means we will have people competing in every event,” Ruckdeschell said. “Instead of us [individually] competing in four or five events, it allows us to compete in a few and run harder in those.” The track season begins at Principia College in Elsah, Ill., on Jan. 25. The regular season will conclude Feb. 20.

The spring semester will mark the beginning of a new year for Evangel tennis. In February the team will begin match ups against William Jewell College, which is a NCAA Division II team. “We will be playing them to measure our strength against a strong team and see what we need to work on from there,” Debbie De Almeida, head coach, said. In the fall the team mainly played in tournaments that are geared toward individual rankings. “We did really well in our pre-season tournaments,” Kelly Bush, senior, said. She also said that the team members are able to build off each other. “We all are still continuing to grow and learn more about each other everyday. That is something I believe is a benefit of having a small team,” Bush said. De Almeida said that even though there is no team competition in the fall that the team compared to last fall’s tournament play has improved very nicely. There were some great accomplish-

ments made by Amy Grossklag, sophomore. Grossklag went to the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships where she became the #4 in women’s single play in the NAIA. Evangel also had its best showing at nationals in doubles where Grossklag and her partner Jenna Elliott, freshman, secured the #5 spot in the nation. De Almeida said, “It was a very exciting fall. I am so proud of the girls.” “Team compatibility is great, and Coach does a great job at keeping us drama free,” Kailey Roland, sophomore, said. Bush said that she expects this upcoming spring season to be a very competitive one. “Each year our goal is to build the strongest line up we can, and with that expectation, this year is no exception,” De Almeida said. .

It was a very exciting fall. I am so proud of the girls. - Debbie De Almeida


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Men’s basketball splits in OBU classic

Crusaders beat Rogers State, ranked fifth, lost to Oklahoma Baptist, ranked second BY CHARLIE WILLIAMS Contributing Writer

Evangel split two games over the weekend in the Oklahoma Baptist Classic against two top five ranked teams in the NAIA. The #21 ranked Crusaders defeated #5 Rogers State University 72-59 Friday night before losing to #2 Oklahoma Baptist University 65-79 on Saturday, according to a press release. The games were the last of the Crusaders’ preconference schedule as they began HAAC play last night against Central Methodist Universi ty. “It was a good trip. If you would have told me before we left that we would split our games I would have taken it,” Steve Jenkins, head coach, said. “The non-conference season helps us with recognition as far as rankings are concerned, but the conference season determines our postseason.” Against Rogers State, Evangel went on a 12-2 run to end the first half and a 13-2 run to close out the win, handing Rogers State its first loss of the season. The Crusaders shot 51 percent from the floor and held Rogers State to 39 percent shooting while also out-rebounding their opponents for the eighth straight time this season. “We played really well against Rogers State

really controlling the tempo and made them play our style which helped win us the game,” James Donnelly, senior guard, said. With not a lot of time to prepare for Oklahoma Baptist following the Rogers State win, the Crusaders fell to one of the top teams in the NAIA over the past few seasons. The Crusaders were able to tie the game at the beginning of the second half, but a 12-2 run by Oklahoma Baptist put the game out of reach and snapped Evangel’s seven-game winning streak. “Oklahoma Baptist’s defense made things difficult for us to get into any kind of rhythm. We played hard and battled but didn’t do some of the things from the

I think rebounding has played a huge role in our success this year as a team and helps us control the tempo of games. -James Donnelly

“ Sierra McSpadden, on and off the court JOANNA FORD | THE LANCE

Evangel players go all out in practice. The Crusaders are averaging 9.4 more rebounds a game than their opponents this season.

night before that got us the win,” Jenkins said. “A loss sometimes creates more learning opportunities for us than a win. I feel good about our team this season and believe we are a top 15 team.” Through the non-conference portion of the season the Crusaders have experienced some ups and downs. “We are out-rebounding our opponents by 9.4 boards a game, and that sticks out as our most surprising stat so far this season,” Jenkins said. “Our defense is not quite where we would like it to be. Dribble penetration is our biggest weakness as opponents are getting into the lane far too often.” The Crusaders opened the conference portion of their schedule last night against Central Methodist. Evangel travels to Benedictine College tomorrow night and faces Baker University in a rescheduled game Tuesday in the Ashcroft Center. “I think rebounding has played a huge role in our success this year as a team and helps us control the tempo of games,” Donnelly said. “Our non-conference schedule has prepared us very well for our conference season, and we plan to compete for the top spot and another trip to the national tournament.” The Crusaders’ next game is Dec. 1.

Senior averages 18.2 points per game, leads team in field goals BY JEFF MELTON Sports Editor

scored 91 points this season; she averages 18.2 points per game. Off the court, McSpadden said that one of her favorite activities is visiting her aunt who lives in Springfield. This is McSpadden’s second and final year at Evangel. In regards to the school and the

Behavorial Sciences Department, she said, “I love it. The professors are awesome and the students are great.” After finishing at Evangel, McSpadden plans to study Psychometrics, a branch of psychology, concerned with psychological measurements.



Sierra McSpadden, senior, is one of Evangel’s star forwards for the Crusaders’ basketball team. McSpadden has been an essential part of the team since 2011, when she came to Evangel after playing for Crowder Community College. McSpadden said she has closely bonded with the players on her team. “They’re like my family. We’re all so close.” She also highly respects Leon Neal, head coach. “Coach Neal is a father figure on our team. He really cares about us and pushes us to do our best. Sierra McSpadden went to high school in Chelsea, Okla. She attended Crowder Community College, she became interested in psychology. “I want to help people achieve their highest potential. If I could tell incoming freshmen one thing, it’s always to expect more of yourself. Don’t set limits.” McSpadden said the role athletics can play a role in a healthy psyche, “Person-

ally, I know that basketball has taught me to be a more mature person. There have been times where I’ve wanted to just give up, but to be successful you have to muster the will to keep pushing. That’s an important part of being a capable adult.” Despite the slow start to the season, McSpadden still has high hopes for the team. “As a season goal, I want our team to go to Nationals. I think we have the talent this year.” The Crusaders are currently 1-6, with three of their losses coming from teams ranked in the top 25 nationally. According to the Evangel University website, McSpadden ranks second on the team in minutes played with 165 minutes on the court. She has made 33 field goals, which is good for a .516 percentage, the best on the team. She has made seven of 19 threepoint scores and converted 18 of 19 free throws. McSpadden has 45 rebounds, eight steals, five blocks, seven assists and has


Calendar 12/1

Women’s Basketball Benedictine College Atchison, Kan. 2 p.m.

Men’s Basketball Benedictine College Atchison, Kan. 4 p.m.


Men’s Basketball Baker University Ashcroft Center 7 p.m.


Women’s Basketball JOANNA FORD | THE LANCE

Sierra McSpadden is in her senior year at Evangel University. The Psychology major plans to go to graduate school after graduation.

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Women’s basketball finds first win at home against JBU BY BRANDON HOFFMAN Managing Editor

The Crusaders experienced their first win of the season on Nov. 19 against John Brown University. According to an Evangel press release, Jessica Rumfelt’s, forward/center and senior, threepoint play with 14 seconds left gave Evangel a 59-56 lead for the win. The game was neck and neck with Evangel and John Brown trading leads. Sierra McSpadden, forward and senior, finished with 20 points and eight rebounds. She scored 18 of her points in the second half. More recently, Evangel took a close loss against Missouri Southern State University with a 58-66 finish. McSpadden said, “It was a highly competitive game. Missouri Southern is one of the best teams in the country. If a couple things had gone our way, it could have been a win.” The women’s team was struggling with a 1-6 record, as of Wednesday. McSpadden expressed confidence in her team’s ability, “I think if you saw us now from the beginning of the season, you would see how far we’ve come. We’ve faced some really competitive teams, and we’re more than ready for our upcoming conference games.”

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Sierra McSpadden, senior and forward, shoots against William Woods on Nov. 16 in the Ashcroft center.


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