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Winter Concert benefits Salvation Army break in dorms BY SHANNYN WONG Staff Writer

It was close to a full house on Friday as Evangel’s Music Department put on its 29th annual Christmas Concert hosted by KY3’s Steve Grant and Brandon Beck. There was a sneak peak in chapel that morning that gave students a taste of what would be performed that night. Attendees were asked to donate canned goods or cash that would benefit the Salvation Army of Ozark. The cash donations were $2,612.31, and the food donations totaled 1,822 pounds, Michael Kolstad, chairperson for the Music Department, said. Over the years the number of audience members has grown. “It is a gift to the community, not just relationally and musically but by being Christ centered,” Sharon Wilkins, concert choir director, said. “There was so much preparation. We have been working on some of the pieces since the be-


This is the second year Evangel has left its doors open for students to stay on campus during Winter Break. Instead of checking out by Wednesday, students who are staying in their dorms will have to adapt the way they usually celebrate the Christmas season. Some students might benefit from on-campus housing during Winter Break, Pam Smallwood, housing director, said. There are circumstances in which parents live out of the country; other students maintain local employment and would rather stay on campus to save money and pay for school, Smallwood said.

There are circumstances in which parents live out of the country; other students maintain local employment and would rather stay on campus. One of the students staying for break is Steven McAllister, freshman. He chose to stay because his parents live in England, as his mother lieutenant colonel in the Air Force. “I will spend the break working at American Eagle and practicing music,” McAllister said. He was able to see his mom over Fall Break, but he does not expect to see his entire family for a few years. He plans to stay on campus during the summer while continuing to take classes and work. The cost to stay on campus during Winter Break is $250. The cost provides utilities and services. “Public Safety monitors the halls 24/7 for assistance,” Smallwood said. Because of the special conditions, extra steps are taken for the students staying over break, Smallwood said. McAllister said he had to meet with security to discuss expectations after he was accepted to stay on campus over break. Jenea Vanman, sophomore, plans to stay on campus during

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ginning of the semester. I think our biggest hit was ‘The Little Drummer Boy.’ We even got a standing ovation in chapel,” Stephanie Kopf, senior and member of chorale, said. Dissmore said that the orchestra and the choirs performed very well as did the jazz band and the Boys Choir of Springfield, who were special guests. “The Boys Choir has humorous numbers and touched everybody’s heart,” Dissmore said. “The Little Drummer Boy,” that was performed by Erik Hefta, senior, and was accompanied by the marching band’s drum line, and “Sleigh Ride” were both crowd favorites Dissmore said. This was the sixth year Grant and Beck emceed the event. They are important to the concert because they add humor to transitions between pieces, Larry Dissmore, orchestra director, said. “Beck and Grant were given bells and got the audience to interact by rattling their keys along with the bells,” Dissmore said.


Above: Students in the jazz band perform during the Christmas concert. Brandon Beck, emcee, said that the jazz band is always his favorite performance in the concert. He has hosted the concert with Steve Grant for six years. Right: The university chorus, chorale, orchestra, jazz band and marching band drum line perform “Little Drummer Boy.” Erik Hefta, senior, was the tenor soloist for the song.

$14,000 bells donated to Evangel BY MICHAELA SMITH News Editor

The sound of bells filled the air as the members of the bell choir struck out the notes to “Worship the Newborn King.” The bell choir was able to perform in the Christmas Concert because of a donation of four octaves of bronze, malmarc bells to Evangel courtesy of Gene and Mary Ellen Thomas. Thirty-seven members of the Thomas family were in attendance for the performance. The Thomases bought the bells in the mid-1980s in memory of Mary Ellen’s parents. The Thomases bought the bells nearly 30 years ago for $6,500.

Mary Ellen said her family was given some monetary donations, but the bells were mainly purchased with family funds. The family loaned bells to many churches. One church they loaned them to was Glad Tidings Assembly of God in Louisiana for a few years. Mary Ellen said she and her husband diligently polished the bells. After the bells left the church in Louisiana, Mary Ellen said she loaned the bells to her sister and her sister’s husband. They took the bells to Augusta, Kan. to be used in a music school. Mary Ellen said that while the bells were

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Members of the Central Assembly Bell Choir perform with the donated bells at the Christmas Concert on Friday.

‘Second Sight’ premieres today BY MICHAELA SMITH News Editor


L-R: Jonathan May, sophomore and producer; Jonathan Jarosinski, senior and audio producer; and Chloe Lester, junior and editor, work Wednesday night to edit “Second Sight.”

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After nearly 200 hours of production, “Second Sight” shows tonight at 5:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. in the Barnett Fine Arts Recital Hall. Admission is $1 for students. “Second Sight,” a student produced EU film, is based around the character Aaron Hawkins, played by freshman Kyle Dignan, a press release stated. Hawkins is an orderly at a facility for the mentally ill who takes drastic measures in an attempt to remove the dissatisfaction of his ordinary life. He discovers an obscure

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book that changes his life, but the change affects the lives of people around him in dangerous ways, Cameron Pace, executive producer and faculty adviser, said. The story was originally presented by Jonathan Jones, junior, and adapted by Caleb Campbell, assistant director and senior. Pace challenged the students to choose themes that advance filmmaking into an art. Campbell said the movie has a lot of subtle references to scripture. “The theme to our story is brilliant,” Campbell said. “There are loads of irony and symbolism.” Jonathan May, producer and

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sophomore, said working on the film has been stressful but also, “invaluable to my personal growth as an artist.” He said, “Creating a film is hard. Creating a student film is even harder. You have to balance school, friends, and sleep. Every free moment is dedicated to making the film. It is incredibly stressful, but also incredibly rewarding.” Pace said there is a great amount of effort needed to put the film together. “I want them to feel accomplished and gain all the lessons they can.” Pace said the students were constantly evaluated

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Students exempt from wellness program BY CHELSEA KOWALSKI Staff Writer

No student will have to log exercise hours through the student portal, and students who are sophomores and upperclassmen are exempt from the new Student Wellness Program. The Student Wellness Program has changed to a three-week program with nine workouts for freshman and new transfer students only. “Sophomores, juniors and seniors are going to be waved; anything they have done in the past, they don’t have to do anymore,” Mallory Lawson, Wellness director and Student Wellness coordinator, said. “It’s only for freshmen and new transfers. The logging of the hours, there was very few people who completed it. It was a ‘students, take care of yourselves’ kind of thing; this new one is more of a hands on approach.” Lawson said if a transfer student is already transferring in a fitness credit, then that student will be exempt as well. “This is for getting students familiar with the Mabee Center. [Students can] learn some lifting and meet people who they can ask questions about nutrition,” Lawson said. Students will complete the nine workouts in the fall and spring semesters of their freshman year only; there will be no online portion of the program. When students move up from the

From FILM, page 1 and worked to improve. Campbell said the biggest challenge was realizing the amount of work needed. “You don’t appreciate the film until you’ve seen the amount of work poured into the final product.” The crew has put a lot of work into the production, Elijah Austin, junior and director, said. “I love being able to work with the actors and crew,” Austin said. Austin said it has been a learning experience for everyone, and he has enjoyed it for what it is. “When students leave the theater, they will say the story had a great message,” Campbell

freshmen class, they will not be required to participate in the Student Wellness Program the rest of their college career at Evangel. According to the Evangel website, students who are athletes or enrolled in ROTC are exempt from the program because those students already have workouts and training to go through. Students may also sign up for FMX classes offered through the Mabee Center, and the workouts from those classes will count as workouts for the Student Wellness Program. Charles Howington, Sports Information assistant in the Mabee Center, said this new program is a quick workout, and students can go at their own pace. “If there are things a student can’t do, we have modifications so that the workout won’t be something they can’t do,” Howington said. Howington also said there was a student with a lower body injury, but the student’s workout was modified so the student could complete the program through upper body workouts instead. “After students get done with the workout, some feel proud of themselves because they did something they never thought they could do in their lives,” Howington said. “By the end of the three weeks, they feel better about themselves. Someone could now do five pushups where they could only do one before.”


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Rachel Woodruff, freshman, left, and Andrew Crews, freshman,right, had an icing fight while building their ginger bread house during Cozy in the Joust. Activities Board hosted Cozy in the Joust Dec. 6 and provided food and games for students who attended.

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said. “‘Second Sight’ can apply to anyone. It will make you think.” Are you planning on seeing “Second Sight?” @evangellance

WHERE: Barnett Fine Arts Recital Hall WHEN: Friday, 5:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m.

Students weigh in on world coming to end Dec. 21 BY ANDY HENDERSON Social Media Editor


Giving back to community BY ELLIOTT SCOTT Contributing Writer

Throughout the Christmas season, Evangel gives community service a high priority. By partnering with many local organizations, both aimed towards bettering the community as well as regional outreaches, the student body at Evangel seeks to provide for others this season. The tennis team recently volunteered with Friends Against Hunger to pack food for their Meals A Millions pack-a-thon. “The team participated with hundreds of other area volunteers to pack a million bags of food over the course of one short weekend, destined for impoverished nations around the world, hurting people from Hurricane Sandy and people who are struggling with hunger in the Ozarks,” Chad Gehring, coordinator of T.E.A.M. Athletics Ministry, said. The volleyball team helped Lost and Found Grief Center of the Ozarks, a local organization providing grief support to individuals in the Springfield area by baking food for families. The track team volunteered to

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at the school she asked the school to pay the insurance on the bells because they were appraised and matured to be worth $14,000. Mary Ellen said the appraiser told her the bells were a golden treasure. Because the school chose not to pay the insurance on the bells, they were returned to Ponca City, Okla. to the Thomases home. Mary Ellen said she and her husband then decided to find a permanent home for the bells. Mary Ellen said she then told her husband to call Robert Spence, president, to see if the Music Department could use them.

pack food with Convoy of Hope for its upcoming distribution. “One of the great things about being a Christian student athlete,” Gehring said, “is to have opportunities presented to them that are intended to develop care and concern for things equally as important as athletic competition.” Over 200 student athletes volunteered Friday as bell-ringers for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. The athletes covered all of the 16 entrances at Battlefield Mall. The Music Department held its 29th annual Christmas Concert Friday. Admission was free to the public; however, non-perishable food items or cash donations were accepted and passed on to the Salvation Army. Michael Kolstad, chairperson for the Music Department, said that the concert is a great way to start the holiday season each year. “I enjoy seeing the students give to the community,” Kolstad said. Each residence was able to participate with CROSSwalk, partnering with Ambassadors for Children, to provide teens in the foster care system with Christmas

gifts. Each residence hall was accountable for two teens. Brigette Ketron, discipleship administrator for Burgess Hall and senior, said, “It puts the season in perspective and makes Christmas more about giving and less about receiving.” Residence halls had the capability of creating their own system to come up with the gifts. Ketron said that each floor in Burgess was responsible for one $25 gift card. Dodi Lason, DA of Spence Hall and senior, said that Spence was aiming for $100 or five items per teenager. Barbara-Ruth Hickey, DA of Walther Hall and sophomore, said, “This outreach provides us with the opportunity to give back some of the love the Lord brings us everyday with a simple act of selflessness,” Hickey said.

Mary Ellen said the Spences have been lifelong friends of the Thomases. She said their families have known each other since Evangel was in barracks, and Gene and Spence have met multiple occasions at General Council. She said Evangel received the bells this semester when her granddaughter, Haley Thomas, freshman, brought them to campus with her. Mary Ellen and 37 members of her family were in attendance when the bell choir performed with the donated bells Friday at the Christmas Concert. Mary Ellen said the most beautiful sound was the bell choir. “I have heard a lot of bells in my

lifetime, but none were as good as the concert’s performance,” she said. Chris Hammar, bell choir director, said she was blessed

It puts the season in perspective and makes Christmas more about giving and less about receiving. -Brigette Ketron

From the very beginnings of our world, there have been people who have tried to analyze and predict how it all will end. From Biblical eschatology to pop-culture conspiracies, theories and beliefs abound in regards to the end of our world. Currently, the theory predicting the most imminently impending doom is that which claims the world will end on Dec. 21 of this year. The theory states that the Mayan calendar ends on this date, supposedly when the ancients believed the world would end. Some theorists add that Nibiru, a planet purportedly found by the Sumerian civilization, is scheduled to collide with earth on this date. It is now generally acknowledged that scientific evidence does not support this theory. NASA published answers to questions people may have regarding this theory on its website. NASA denies any validity to a December 2012 apocalypse and stated, “Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than four billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.” They also specifically address the idea that the Mayan calendar ends permanently, likening the Dec. 21 date to Dec. 31 in the Gregorian calendar. It is the end of a cycle, certainly, but not the end of the world. Despite this, some are still with the donations of the bells. “I was overwhelmed by their donation. It was a wonderful and generous act they have done for the school,” Hammar said.


The hand bells were donated by the Thomas family. The family also donated the tables, tablecloths and pads for the concert.

worried that the earth will not live out this year. For example, Popular Mechanics magazine published an article describing “12 Ways the World Could (Really) End in 2012.” They dismissed the Mayan prophecy as a reasonable source of concern but pointed out other legitimate threats against the planet. Among the threats were asteroids, pandemics and nuclear warfare. Personal reactions to the apocalyptic theories are varied, but Lindsey Mead, junior, is not letting them bother her. “I think it’s ridiculous that people put so much stock in it,” she said. “No one actually knows when the world is going to end.” However, not everyone has the same point of view. Mead added, “I have two invites on Facebook to Endof-the-World parties.” Another student, Alexx Phillips, freshman, turns 19 on Dec. 21. She said she doesn’t want the world to end because she does not want to die on the day she was born. This sort of worrying may be unfounded. While NASA does not specifically deny that some threats may be real, NASA does say that there is not any immediate need for fear and stated on its website, “The world will not end in 2012.” What do you think about the end of the world theories? @evangellance

From BREAK, page 1 break to continue her work at Arc of the Ozarks. “I work with an assistant living organization and help people with developmental disabilities live more independently,” Vanman said. Vanman is scheduled to work on Christmas Day, and the organization is short handed over break. Vanman said her family lives in Wisconsin, which is a 12-hour drive, making it challenging to see them for the holidays. Gina Rentschler, Community Life director, teamed with Smallwood to find families to provide a Christmas dinner for the students staying over break.


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Marilyn Campbell retires BY SEAN WHITE Features Editor

After 36 years of service to Evangel, Marilyn Campbell, administrative assistant for the Business Department, is retiring. Campbell spent the last 31 years in the Business Department. Before joining the Business Department, Campbell served as the administrative assistant for the Communication and Art Department, which was later split into the Communication Department and Humanities Department, she said. In her time at Evangel, Campbell’s job has been primarily student focused. Campbell said, “My main job during the entire time I’ve been here has been to assist the students.” She said that in her time at Evangel her favorite part has been interaction with students. She said, “I’ve enjoyed talking with them and helping them with whatever issue they

might be dealing with at the time — academic issues or personal issues.” Bernie Dana, chairperson for the Business Department, said that he has worked with Campbell for over 11 years. He said, “She is very warm and gracious and very student focused.” Dana said that Campbell does a complete audit on students’ senior papers in addition to her other responsibilities. He said that this is “over and beyond what you would expect from a normal department administrative assistant.” Shelby Davis, senior, said that she has worked with Campbell for three years. Davis said, “She is always willing to help students in any way she can.” Davis said that Campbell has become like a grandmother away from home to her. She said that Campbell always wants to see students succeed. Campbell said, “I’ve never felt that the students were an interruption to my job — they are

the very best part of my job.” Students have been a big support for her in hard times, Campbell said. She said that when her husband became ill and after he passed away, students were there to support her. She said, “Knowing that so many people care about you and pray for you means so much.” After she retires, Campbell said she wants to spend time getting her house organized, and soon after she would like to start doing volunteer work of some kind. She said, “I won’t be able to just sit and do nothing.” Campbell said that she may move to Arkansas to be closer to her family; however, she is not packing her bags yet. Campbell said those in her department have become her close friends and are her extended family. She said, “I will miss seeing them every day.” She said that she thinks the world of those in her department. “I’ll expect to hear from them now and then.”



Marilyn Campbell, administrative assistant for the Business Department, has worked at Evangel since 1976.

Movie Review

‘Life of Pi’: artful but disappointing BY ANDY HENDERSON Social Media Editor


Evangel students sell books back to the bookstore. If students bring in price quotes from other stores, the bookstore will buy back the book for 10 percent more than the quote.

Guide to reselling textbooks BY CAYEN HOING Staff Writer

Looking for extra cash at the end of the semester? Have extra textbooks you don’t need anymore? There are many options for students to sell textbooks back either to a bookstore or online. Most students like Jonathan Jones, junior, are trying to keep school expenses to a minimum. He said, “I buy my textbooks online and look for the cheapest option, sometimes even buying the previous version of the book to save even more money, and I sell them back too.” Thania Lozano, junior, only buys and sells books back in the school bookstore. There are a couple good options to use when buying and selling books, such as online, independent bookstores and school bookstores. Students can buy and sell online through sites like Ebay, Amazon,

Chegg and Searching online allows students to find the best price while staying in one place. There are also a couple options in Springfield for independent bookstores that allow students to buy and sell books like Text Bucks, the Student Book Exchange, ABC Books and Half Priced Books of The Ozarks. Sometimes students can find

I buy my textbooks online and look for the cheapest option. -Jonathan Jones better prices at these stores. Being located on campus, the Evangel bookstore is a convenient place to buy and resell textbooks. The store calculates book prices once professors from the university adopt the books for their classes.

Marshana Coler, junior and bookstore employee, said, “The bookstore buys back books based on their need for the books; once a professor adopts a textbook for their classes for the next semester, it raises the price that the bookstore will buy the books back for.” But once the store has reached its limit, it will not buy back that specific textbook. Coler said, “It is not the store worker’s nor the manager’s fault when they will not buy back a book.” The Evangel bookstore is also starting a new offer for buying and selling books. If students bring in a legitimate quote for a book from the internet or from another bookstore, the Evangel bookstore will not only match the quote, but it will also deduct or pay an additional 10 percent, depending on if students are buying or selling. This is the first semester they will be offering this deal.

“Life of Pi” is less of an exercise in storytelling than it is an art exhibition in a movie theater. Director Ang Lee has created a piece of cinema that is often stunningly beautiful to look at. As strong as some of the images are, however, Lee’s focus on presentation seems to have come with an odd disregard for the material being presented. While the novel on which this book was based deals heavily with themes of God, religion and identity, this film touches on those issues only in passing. In fact, the thematic elements here seem to be present only to pay service to fans of the book while letting Lee play with his cinematic crayon box. This is most unfortunate because it is only in the brief soul-searching moments found at the beginning and end of the film that the story becomes in any way interesting. We are told that the middle portion of the film serves as an extended, allegorical illustration of some sort of thematic thesis, but when audiences are finally told what it’s all about, the reward is


underwhelming. Many of the symbolic elements of the story are passed over too quickly, while others are spelled out with almost laughable directness. Because of this, the moral quibbling seems beside the point, and all audiences are left with is 127 minutes of a boy sitting in a boat with a tiger. This is perhaps the most disappointing thing of all: this movie is really very boring. The moments of visual beauty are rewarding to be sure, but they are not spectacular enough to compensate for poor pacing and dead writing. That is not to say that the movie is outright terrible; it just leaves one with the impression that it could have been much better. Perhaps a greater focus on the thematic questions posed by the beginning and end of the story and less on the uninspiring middle portion could have yielded better results. Conjecture aside, one thing is certain: for Lee to have taken such a psychologically and theologically rich source material and turned it into such an emotionally bland tale is tragic.

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Students’ giving impacts people all over world Students encouraged to help those less fortunate on campus, at home over break BY RYAN PATTY Staff Writer

With Christmas fast approaching, many students on campus have become involved with various opportunities to give back to others in the community. CROSSwalk placed bins throughout the lobbies of the halls to collect gifts for teens in Springfield foster care. Logan James, residence director of Burgess Hall, said she hopes this drive causes students to remember the real meaning for Christmas. “I want them to remember that

Christmas is always a chance to give and help others during their time of need,” James said. “Through this, I hope they feel blessed by being a blessing.” Keeping with the idea of giving, students in Eveline Lewis’, adjunct professor, philanthropy class learned about being a blessing first hand. “While studying the topic of giving, each student in the class was given $100 by an anonymous donor,” Lewis said. “The hope was that students would learn the reasons to give and also the blessing of it.”

Lewis said that students also learned how to give responsibly and generously and that Springfield as a whole benefited from the contributions. “Students

Through this, I hope they feel blessed by being a blessing. - Logan James donated to people all over the city, including the homeless downtown, victims of human

trafficking and Christian athletes at Glendale high school,” Lewis said. Now that finals have begun, many students will be heading home in the next few days. Javier Rodriguez, ESGA president and junior, hopes that students will use the time at home as an occasion to give back to their local community. “This Christmas, I encourage students to break free from their comfort zone and embody the love of Christ by giving themselves to those in need,” Rodriguez said. “The opportunities to give of ourselves

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and resources are all around us,” Rodriguez said. “We just need to become aware of them.” Rodriguez also said, “Whatever your community involvement may appear to be or look like, it is my hope that students would selflessly give of themselves so that others would come to know the love of Christ. Students should talk to their local church as well as contact local food shelters and nonprofit organizations for information concerning food drives, fundraisers and initiatives happening throughout their hometown.”

No matter how far away they roam, students need to get home somehow. Evangel students travel as far as 2,000 miles by plane or car this Christmas.


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Heart, not words, mark the season


t’s that time of year: mistletoe, menorahs and the seasonal Merry Christmas controversy. It wouldn’t be December if Internet forums and periodical opinion articles were not raging about the dilution of Christmas through an obviously veiled attempt of messianic destruction by offering the subversive greeting “Happy Holidays.” It occurs to us at The Lance that this debate is not only nonsensical, but has the opposite effect of the proverbial wishes of “tidings of joy” and “good will to men.”

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Secularists are not as determined to ruin Christmas as many may think. According to the Pew Research Center, 26 percent of secularists said they actually preferred to be greeted by “Merry Christmas” and 64 percent said it did not matter to them. Only a meager 10 percent of secularists said they would prefer a less religious greeting. December is a time of celebration for millions all over the world. Yet, not everyone celebrates Christmas. It seems more an act of courtesy to wish everyone “Happy Holidays” rather than guess wrong. It’s no question that the vast majority of Americans celebrate Christmas over Hanukah, but the defense of an annual saying is not worth the controversy that is far from notion of peace on earth. In fact, it seems quite un-Christian like to be so concerned with something so trivial. It’s one thing to be quick to anger over sin, but how embarrassing is it to become angry and divisive over a cashier at Wal-Mart using the blanket holiday greeting rather than the holly jolly Christmas greeting we prefer? The good news is that polls indicate most people do not particularly care how you greet them during December. If you prefer “Merry Christmas” then you can say it without fear of offense. If one prefers “Happy Holidays” I hope they can expect the same tolerance. After all, charity and peace are the hopes of Christmas. Aren’t they? Do you prefer to hear a certain greeting this time of year? @evangellance

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Semester closes, time to say goodbye



he end of the semester means different things to different people. For some, it means the culmination of a long-awaited excitement of seeing family and friends after months of separation. For others, it represents a time of much needed recuperation before the beginning of yet another semester of stress. And for others still, it may be just another string of days leading up to an even longer string of days to come. For me, it means something else altogether. In just a few days, one of my

very best friends will graduate from Evangel University at semester. I may see her again when she walks the line in May, but beyond that, the miles of adulthood will separate us for who knows how long. As she begins her new life elsewhere, I will continue mine here, resuming classes in January. The world and all of you will go on without missing a beat, but on the first floor of Burgess Hall and around campus, the distant echo of her laugh will slip from the walls, reminding some of us of her absence.


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She is but one in a long chain of roommates that I’ve managed to accumulate during my two and a half years here. But I have changed with each new roommate as the circumstances in my life shift from day to day. Because of this, she has accompanied me through academic, social and spiritual times that are foreign to my roommates past and will be foreign to my future roomies. She is just as special as the times we’ve encountered together. As sentimental as this story may be, it’s not solitary in its telling. Nearly every one of us has experi-

enced the bittersweet moment of having a friend graduate or move away or pass away. Our lives are not stagnant. While that may be an alternatingly happy or sad fact at different times, it allowed me to meet my friend in the first place, and it will continue to ensure that I will make new friends in the future, just as she will. This Christmas season, think about how blessed we are to attend Evangel and to even have the opportunity to meet these wonderful people that will hopefully stay close to us in our adult years and beyond.


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is your favorite Just Sayin’ What Christmas moment? “When the children think my dad is Santa.”

“When dad takes all the wrapping bows and sticks them on his head”

-Calvin Wickham senior

-Kyrie Miles senior

“Watching ‘Elf ’ at home.” -Jeremy Scrivano senior

“Watching the Christmas Story all day er’ day during Christmas week.” -William Studiso junior

“When you fall asleep on the couch waiting for Santa then wake up and he is there.”

“Making cookies with my mom.”

-Katrina McCutchen senioir

-Lexie Manley junior

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Athletes step out of spotlight, give time

T.E.A.M gives athletes chance to work with the community near and far BY KELLY BUSH Staff Writer

Athletics has developed its own ministry branch, which started in 2008. The Evangel Athletics Ministry, T.E.A.M., provides athletes the opportunity to respond to their calling as Christian athletes in a significant and meaningful way. This branch helps create opportunities for athletes to serve locally as well as experience short-term international ministry trips. “What we are doing is part of the larger mission of Evangel. The purpose of our work with athletic ministry focuses on evangelism and personal growth,” Chad Gehring, coordinator of T.E.A.M., said. According to the T.E.A.M website, “They [T.E.A.M.] want to use the tools around us and resources that are already in place, in order to create opportunities for the student-athletes to minister to others.” Recently, 132 student athletes from nine athletic teams joined the Salvation Army and rang bells at the Battlefield Mall, in an effort to raise money. Students took one-hour shifts at different doors

Friday as a part of the T.E.A.M. ministry outreach. The shifts began at 11 a.m. and ended at 8 p.m. Justin Breedlove, freshman and offensive lineman, was a part of the many students joining the Salvation Army. Breedlove worked the 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. time at the Sears door, and spent his hour greeting everyone he met with a “Merry Christmas” while ringing the bell. “One lady said that the Salvation Army had helped her when she was younger, and she said that she is always happy to donate now,” Breedlove said. “It was good to see how many people are willing to give.” This past summer the women’s basketball team traveled to Guatemala for a ministry opportunity. The team taught several basketball camps and organized a vacation bible school called ministry city. The team also brought clothes to give away to the families in the nearby villages. The team helped El Faro Missions with its service projects in some of the villages, and it also visited the local children’s hospital and gave the children Spanish story Bible books. Amanda Landolt, sophomore guard, said most of the girls loved the opportunity to interact with


Nine Evangel Athletics programs joined the Salvation Army to ring the bells at Battlefield Mall. the children. “I absolutely love jor ministry opportunities since go to Kyrgyzstan and the women’s kids and being able to interact 2008. “There are three interna- softball team will go to Guatewith them, show them love and tional ministry opportunities mala. “Most of these trips are all see them smile is something I will that will add to the six in 2013,” thought up by coaches, and we are Gehring said. The women’s tennis here to make sure these trips benever forget,” Landolt said. T.E.A.M has created six ma- team will go to Italy, football will come a reality,” Gehring said.

Men’s basketball 9-4 overall Akins scores 22 BY CHARLIE WILLIAMS Contributing Writer

An all-around defensive effort from the Crusaders led the team to its second straight HAAC win this season. Evangel (9-4) defeated Baker University 80-39 Dec. 4 to improve its conference record to 2-1 after a home loss to Central Methodist University Nov. 29. “It was a big conference game,” Victor Agbasi, senior guard, said. “We played hard and together.” Baker showed signs of being a tough challenge for the Crusaders in the Ashcroft Center after knocking Evangel out of the HAAC Tournament last season and returning a majority of that this year. However, the Crusaders led 31-20 at halftime before

Evangel falls to 9-4 after loss to College of the Ozarks.

getting hot on the offensive end 2004. knocking down 76 percent of “C of O is always a rivalry and their shots in the second half are hard to beat on their home while holding Baker to a 23 per- floor. We shot the ball very poorly cent in the half. [37 percent] and got out rebound“It was a strange game. I don’t ed for the first time this year think we’ve ever won a conference [41-29],” Jenkins said. “We try game by 41 points,” Steve Jenkins, to downplay the hostile environhead coach, said. “Every team has ment and concentrate on executa bad night, and we shot extreme- ing our offense and defense which ly well. It was our last conference is sometimes more of a test of our game before Christmas, and we mental toughness than our physineeded the win.” cal toughness.” Four players scored in double The Crusaders are idle over figures for Evangel. Jayme Don- Winter Break before they host nelly, senior guard, led the Cru- No. 1 Oklahoma Baptist on Dec. saders in scoring with 15 points; 29, a team that beat the Crusaders Stephen Cotten, senior forward, 79-65 earlier in the season. scored 14 points; Agbasi had “The biggest thing we need to 11 points; and Brodie Wingert, do over the holiday break is to sophomore guard, finished with get our players healthy. We have 10 points in a game in which ev- several guys with nagging injuery player scored for Evangel. The ries, and I think that has certainly Crusaders also out rebounded affected the way we have played,” Baker 36-23. Jenkins said. “We had a good scoring balance, meaning that we got good production from the four players in double figures,” Jenkins said. “Our conference is better as teams at the bottom from previous years are much improved. We’ll see who contends as January unfolds.” The Crusaders beat Livin’ the Dream 79-73 in an exhibition game on Saturday before they traveled to Point Lookout to face College of the Ozarks for the second time this season. Evangel was outscored by the Bobcats 50-33 in the second half after holding a 34-30 halftime lead. The loss was PHOTOS BY WILLIAM GRIFFIN the Crusaders’ ninth straight loss Evangel beat Livin’ the Dream at Point Lookout dating back to 79-73 Saturday.

points in loss at Arkansas

Crusaders fall to UAFS 53-63

lead to six points. With five seconds left, Arkansas added two more free-throws to top off the win for Arkansas. The Crusaders faced off against Evangel shot 30 percent from the University of Arkansas Ft. the field (17 for 56), was sixSmith, Wednesday night, losing for-22 shooting from three-point by a score of 53-63. Arkansas led range and with a score of shot 68 per27-22 at half cent from the time. Arkansas, I’m so proud of us in the free-throw however, ex- beginning of our season. line. Evangel tended its lead committed We haven’t won much, by two points in 18 turnovers the second half. but we have fought hard that lead to 17 and improved as indiWith 9:23 points for Arleft to play, the viduals and as a team kansas. score was 52-36 tremendously. I look for Akins led against Evangel. us to come out strong in Evangel with Evangel man22 points, the second half of our aged to close while senior season. the gap in the forward Si- Sierra McSpadden last six minutes erra McSpadof the game. By den added 12 3:23 Evangel points. Mchad mounted a rally with a score Spadden said, “I’m so proud of us of 59-45 that put a momentary in the beginning of our season. scare into the Lady Lions, accord- We haven’t won much, but we ing to a press release from UAFS. have fought hard and improved as Evangel reeled off eight con- individuals and as a team tremensecutive points and capped off the dously. I look for us to come out spurt with back-to-back three- strong in the second half of our pointers by sophomore guard season.” Emily Akins and senior forward/ Evangel’s next game is Dec. 29 center Jessica Rumfelt with two against Oklahoma Christian in minutes left that cut Arkansas’ Oklahoma City, Okla. BY BRANDON HOFFMAN Managing Editor

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