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Honors for alumni’s service, accomplishments BY CHELSEA KOWALSKI Staff Writer

Seven alumni will receive awards for their accomplishments Saturday night during the homecoming banquet. The Evangel University Alumni Association awards for Distinguished Service, Distinguished Alumnus, Outstanding Young Alumnus

and President’s Award will be presented at the University Plaza Convention Center. Recipients of the Distinguished Service Award include Jim Williams, vice president for Institutional Advancement; Gary Liddle, associate professor of theology; and Faye Liddle, administrative assistant for the athletics. According to a press release,

Williams became an associate professor of mathematics at Evangel in 1980 and has served in his current position for 14 years. Williams is credited with the development of Evangel’s campus, especially technologically, enhanced reputation and expanded vision for the university. Gary Liddle began his teaching career at Evangel in 1977, has

taught many classes in the Theology Department and served as its chairperson for six years. A press release stated that in 2001, he was the recipient of the university’s E.M. and Estella Clark Award for Excellence in Teaching, Scholarship and Service. Faye Liddle joined Evangel’s Records and Registration staff in 1982. According to a press

release, she moved to Athletics in 1986 where she manages the athletic office, organizes recognition events and coordinates all aspects of customer service related to football and basketball home competitions. Carol Taylor, president of Vanguard University, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

See ALUMNI, page 3

New events, old traditions

Harvest Fest theme revealed: Face-Off

BY SEAN WHITE Feature Editor

Homecoming has over 30 events, some of which are old traditions and others are brand new, over the course of 72 hours, Chuck Cox, director of alumni relations, said. The homecoming traditions of Evangel go back to the start of the university. The precursors to homecoming began even before there was an alumni base, Cox said. These precursors to homecoming were based around basketball and were primarily held in the winter months, he said. In 1968, there were two homecoming events: one in winter and one in fall which was focused on soccer. When football began it became an important element of the homecoming festivities, Cox said. “There is a rich tradition there of homecoming activities beginning with the very first graduating class.” He said, “There has been an evolution, so to speak, of when and how they [homecoming activities] were conducted and what sports were the primary sports surrounding the activities.” Events this year include EU’s Got Talent, EUfacetime, the homecoming banquet, the homecoming football game and tailgate party and a 5K fun run. Cox said, “I think we have a strong offering of different kinds of things that would really attract a great number of alums.” This year’s football game features both a tailgate party and a childcare option. The tailgate party will be moved inside the stadium grounds itself, Cox said. Crusader Mania, a childcare pro-


Left: Evangel has added new homecoming traditions like Marching Band.

Harvest Fest’s theme, FaceOff, was released via video message during chapel Tuesday. The video featured Javier Rodriguez, ESGA president and junior, and Chris Groh, sophomore, dueling over different products and characters. Harvest Fest is an event where students perform in bands, sketches, and singing groups, and students are encouraged to dress in the theme’s costumes. Junior Ruckdeschell, Activities Board director and junior, said that this year’s Harvest Fest theme

The theme has not been used before, but it has [old elements]. - Junior Ruckdeschell

Left: Spirit Week is a long-standing Evangel tradition.

These are photos from Homecoming events ranging from the 1950s to last year.


gram, will be put in the area of Grant Street, Cox said. Cox said that Crusader Mania could serve as a connecting point for alumni with children. The third annual EU’s Got Talent returns this year. Dane Mohrmann, assistant director of alumni relations, said that EU’s Got Talent is back by popular demand and that it was one of the most applauded events that have been added to homecoming. This year, alumni versus cur-

rent students sport competitions return as well. These sports include a soccer game against students as well as a baseball game and a basketball game against the varsity teams. Mohrmann said, “We don’t want the students to feel like it’s all about the alumni; we are trying to make it fun and interesting for students as well.” The weekend of homecoming includes the pep rally and the homecoming court reveal, which Mohrmann said have been part of

homecoming tradition for years. The EU’s Got Talent finals will be tonight and the bonfire will be Saturday night after the football game. Tell us about your favorite Homecoming tradition on Facebook and Twitter @evangellance

is something different than what AB has done before. “The theme has not been used before, but it has old elements,” Ruckdeschell said. “I don’t think the theme is as broad either, and it’s geared towards couples costumes and not groups.” Ruckdeschell also said Face-Off is more interactive and will encourage attending students to take pictures with the décor. “We chose this theme at retreat this year. We had a lot of ideas including old ones, but once we narrowed it down, Face-Off just felt right.”

See FACE-OFF, page 5

Enrollment numbers, rentention decrease Editor-in-Chief

Figures released last month show a slight decrease in total student enrollment. There were 89 fewer students enrolled last year than this year, with the overall enrollment count at 2,079 students for this year, according to figures from Enrollment Management. The dip comes from smaller numbers in several areas: new students, professional studies, graduate and last year’s freshmen resident students. Becky Spain, director of retention, said that the number of last

year’s sophomores, juniors, seniors and freshmen commuters stayed on par or slightly higher than average going into this year, so the decrease in students came from fewer returning students from last year’s freshmen residents. This was one of the factors that led to a 77.5 percent retention rate this year, compared to 79.1 percent rate last year. Spain said that even with the drop, Evangel’s retention rate is very strong. She said the goal is to consistently reach an 80 percent retention rate. Andy Denton, vice president for Enrollment Management, said

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that when compared to other Assemblies of God schools, Evangel has a high retention rate. Denton said this is partly due to the addition of the Office of Retention in the 2007 to 2008 school year. Within one year of adding the office, figures showed a 4.4 percent increase in overall retention. That was in 2008 when the retention rate was at 80.7 percent. Denton said that this year’s total enrollment was the second largest enrollment year, with the largest enrollment being last year’s. “We have seen a dip, but we anticipate this will head the other way [next year].”

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The Scoop EU’s Got Talent Finals The second annual EU’s Got Talent finals are tonight in the Chapel at 8 p.m. The first place winner receives $500.

Senate works toward HDTV Senator Jarosinki works on proposing a bill that would improve campus television quality BY MICHAELA SMITH

Tailgate Party There will be a tailgate lunch tomorrow at noon at JFK stadium. The tailgate will precede the hcomecoming football game at 1:30 p.m. Homecoming Bonfire AB will host the annual homecoming bonfire tomorrow from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m on Perkin’s lawn. Caramel apples, apple cider and hot chocolate will be served. Epiphany Afterglow Epiphany will be at The Bellwether Art Gallery tomorrow at 9:30 p.m. The alumni art exhibit will also be displayed. France and Belgium Trip Dr. Turnbull is hosting a five-week trip to France and Belgium during summer 2013. An informational meeting will be held Monday at 7 p.m. in Trask Hall in room 211. This trip would fulfill the global connections requirement. She Votes 2012 Pi Gamma Mu will host guest speaker Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women of America, Tuesday at 7 p.m. Pence will speak in Zimmerman Hall in room 105. EOA Camping Trip Evangel’s Outdoor Adventure club invites students to take part in a camping trip in Arkansas Oct. 20 through Oct. 22. The trip costs $35.

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Senate discussed a bill that would improve the quality of student television and asked the senators to urge students to be involved with the activities during Homecoming week in the senate meeting Monday. Jonathan Jarosinki, Communication Department senator and senior, announced a bill he is working on for his department. The bill would switch four channels, two of which include ECTV and KECC, from analog to HDTV. “There are a lot of technological details,” Jarosinki said. “But

There a lot of technological details, but the goal of this change would be to improve the quality. - Jonathan Jarosinki

the goal of this change would be to improve the quality.” Ultimately, Jarosinki would like to see all channels fed through the campus’ cable to be HDTV. Blake Petersen, campus projects chairman and senior, is still working on a bill that would build a beach volleyball court on the north side of campus. Petersen said this bill is close to being proposed, and surveys will be sent out to students soon regarding their thoughts on the court. Senate also hoped students would have been more involved with floor competition events. During Monday’s extreme volleyball competition, no floor showed up to compete. Paul Bayer, senate president and junior, said, “I think floors didn’t show up because of the temperature, it was 50 degrees today and no one wanted to play beach volleyball.” Bayer also said the location of the volleyball court was another reason student chose not to participate.


Jonathan Jarosinki speaks to senate about his plans for moving forward with the HDTV proposal. Details are being finalized.

“Since the volleyball court is on the south side, only a few halls pass by it, I’m hoping that with the location of tomorrow’s event more students will play.” Tuesday’s floor competition event was human foosball, and was be played between Krause Hall and the Student Union. The game took place at 6 p.m. Students attended the event. Homecoming activities conclude for students with

a bonfire hosted by AB. The bonfire will start at 9 p.m on Perkin’s lawn. and end at 11 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Tell us your thoughts on HDTV for campus television @evangellance

Underclassmen representation BY SEAN WHITE Feature Editor

Underclassmen now have new senate representatives. Izu Aginwa is the freshmen class president, and Morgan Tilley is the sophomore class president. Class officer elections took place Friday. During his campaign speech on Oct. 4, Aginwa said he has had numerous opportunities to

Morgan Tilley addresses the crowd about what she hopes to do if elected as president.

help and comfort children in poverty. Samuel Gingerich, freshman, said, “I voted Izu [Aginwa] for president because his commitment to servanthood really impressed me.” After being elected, Aginwa said, “I’m going to do my absolute best, my utmost, to make sure everyone is satisfied but most importantly that God is glorified.” One thing Aginwa said he will begin working on is proposing a volleyball court on the north side of campus. Tilley said, “My goal is to represent the [sophomore] class and get their opinions heard.” She said, “I want to be there to represent sophomores and to benefit them as much as I can.” One of her goals is to make freshman/sophomore banquet fun and memorable. Because of her passion for people, Tilley said, “I want to be there for them.” Paul Bayer, senate president and junior, said freshmen had a 56 percent turnout and sophomores had a 35 percent turnout. He said in the past a typical voter turnout for class elections would be around 30 percent to 40 percent. Bayer said that the freshman


Izu Aginwa talked about his service during his time in Africa during his speech Oct. 4.

turnout was slightly higher than average. The new freshman class officers also include Mark Kubatov, vice president; McKenzie Olsen, secretary; and Rebecca Maycock, treasurer. The newly elected sophomore officers include Taylor Barth, vice president, and Kyle Sowell,

secretary. Tilley will also serve as treasurer for the sophomore class until someone is appointed. The positions of class chaplains and public relations will be filled at a later date. Applications for class chaplains and public relations can be picked up in the ESGA lounge and turned in to the respective class president.

Pioneer alumni bring different perspective BY MICHAELA SMITH News Editor

The Evangel Pioneers, a group of alumni that graduated between 1959 and 1962, will return to Evangel to participate in homecoming activities. Shirley Shedd, Evangel archivist and 1962 alumna, shared her perspective on what the group of pioneers offer to the younger alumni and students and what the first years of Evangel were like. “When I went here, it wasn’t Evangel University yet,” Shedd said. “It was called Evangel College, and it didn’t become a university until 1998.” Shedd also said that the faculty lived on campus with the students and that she and her friends, along with other students, used to spend time with professors watching TV or sharing meals. Even though Evangel College only consisted of a few hundred students in the first years, Shedd said she never felt that she was at a disadvantage when looking for a job. “I was very involved, and I never was turned down for a job because Evangel wasn’t accredited then.” Shedd worked as the Communication Department chairperson until she took the part time job of the university’s archivist. Shedd said, “We [the faculty] all have a common bond that comes from going to school at Evangel, we see teaching as a ministry and not as a job.” Shedd also offered advice to current students. “Choose your friends carefully; this

isn’t a glorified youth camp,” Shedd said. “Also value your friendships. I am still close friends with many of the people I met my freshman year.” Chuck Cox, director of alumni relations, said that the pioneers love coming back to homecoming. “They are enjoying themselves and this gathering so much they are making the annual trek to come back,” Cox said. “They are eager and energetic; they’re the last ones to leave at any event as they are having such a grand time reconnecting.” Cox also said that the pioneer group has also embraced Facebook where group members encourage and pray with one another through their network. Cox said, “They are a very key element of the overall homecoming atmosphere.” The pioneers also started a program called the Trees of Honor where members of the Evangel community are honored each year. The Trees of Honor are planted each year as a living tribute to people who have made an impact on Evangel’s campus. This year’s Trees of Honor include Thurman Vanzant, a former professor and dean of students; Emmett Davis, former head of the Physical Plant; and June Kean, professor of music for 35 years. The Trees of Honor service will be held at 11 a.m. today. To check out the pioneers page search Evangel University Pioneers


Above: Students who attended the first years at Evangel College now return as part of the pioneer group for homecoming. The college became Evangel University in 1998. Left: In the early years of the college, the freshmen class, symbolized by the women, pretended to marry the student body that was already attending Evangel. This tradition is no longer held.


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Students find home away from home BY ELLIOTT SCOTT Contributing Writer

By partnering with local churches, Evangel offers the Adopt-A-Student Program, an initiative that aids students by matching them with local Christian families in the hopes of providing students with a productive support system. Matching is done based on online profiles and coordinated by Melissa Jamison, administrative assistant for Community Life. Jamison heads Adopt-A-Student and ensures that the program adequately matches students to a warm and welcoming home.

The program is more than just a quick fix to a caf meal. - Melissa Jamison

“The program is more than just a quick fix to a caf meal,” Jamison said. The ultimate goal is for students to develop a genuine relationship with their host families and to seek them out as a home-away-from-home when the pressures of college become overwhelming. Interested

students are given the option to sign up with their friends through the Student Portal. Jocelyn Green, senior, said, “It’s such a great way to connect with awesome Christian adults that will be there for you throughout your Evangel experience.” Students are expected to maintain communication with their host families. The Adopt-A-Student committee said students should never just eat and run. Jamison recruits families from many local churches including Central Assembly, Praise Assembly, Evangel Temple, James River Assembly and many others. Host families are to expect small groups of two to four students. They are also asked to initiate contact with their students and to maintain contact. Host families understand that because they are hosting college students, they need to be flexible when scheduling events. Throughout the experience many students have developed a relationship with their host families that have lasted well after graduation. “Some of our students have lived with us during summer school and after graduating from Evangel while finding a place to live,” Sherry Clopine, executive assistant for Institutional Advancement, said.


This Week:

Austin Crews, junior, covered in whipped cream, faced several other competitors in the County Fair pie eating contest. Activities Board sponsored the County Fair, Friday, and encouraged participation with various games, events and prizes. Wrapping up the night, students were able to throw pies at various AB members.

Summer pilgrimage a 450-mile adventure Third, final trip of its kind BY HALLIE KILAVOS Staff Writer


Students gathered in the Social Sciences Department to take notes and critique the candidates during the first presidential debate Oct. 3.

Mixed reviews on debate BY BRANDON HOFFMAN Managing Editor

With elections around the corner, debates are an excellent way for candidates to pitch their best ideas for the country. According to The Washington Post, 67 million people tuned in to the presidential debate on Oct. 3. Some Evangel students and faculty were part of this statistic. President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, former gov. of Mass., debated about the domestic policy with a special emphasis on the economy. Jim Lehrer, host of NewsHour on PBS, moderated the debate. Joy Qualls, assistant professor of communication and humanities, said, “By far, it was one of the best debates I have ever seen. We have two really intelligent, thoughtful candidates, though two very different approaches.” The Social Sciences Department hosted a watch party for the debate. Nathan Elleson, junior, was in attendance and said about Romney, “I think this increased his likeability. It showed his presidential qualities and showed people could find him more trustworthy.”

ALUMNI, from page 1 Taylor is a 1973 Evangel graduate and has accumulated over 30 years of administrative and teaching experience. According to a press RYAN DEBOEF release, Taylor is the first woman to serve as president at Vanguard in its 90-year history. Ryan DeBoef, a 2001 Evangel graduate, will receive the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

Lauren McCreight, junior, said, “Obama was so much on the defense that I’m not sure I got a good picture of what he would do in the next four years.”

Qualls said, “From a style perspective, Gov. Romney walked away with this one. The president’s nonverbals and lack of fight set that up probably. I was surprised to see that Gov. Romney was able to walk away from his own tax plan.” The consensus, it would seem, was that faculty and students felt Romney won the debate. Yet, simply winning a single debate is probably not going to define the election. Qualls said the debate “could play a pivotal role, but in the age that we live in with media the way that it in this debate could be buried easily.” Robert Bartels, associate professor of international multicultural

studies, said, “Traditionally debates are not significant. If both candidates come out and do well, then it really makes no impact to the polls. When you have unplanned consequences, then suddenly [debates] become significant. This was one of those times. This caused a huge swing.” The Obama campaign will rely on Vice President Joe Biden, during the vice presidential debates, to remind voters of ideas and to take a more aggressive stance against U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, running mate of Romney. Bartels said, “The vice presidential debate could have more meaning this time to help with the poll fluctuations. If Biden does well and holds his own against Ryan, it may help give the impression that Obama simply had an off night. If Biden does not do well, then it could stamp an idea of the candidacy being flawed.” While the debates are important, Bartels said, students and faculty shouldn’t rely solely on the debates to make their decisions. Bartels said, “Don’t rest everything on the debate. If your sole source of information is coming from the debate, you’re missing out.”

DeBoef stated in a press release that being selected for this award was “a testament less to the things I’ve done and more to the people who have taken the time to invest in my future.” He currently GARY AND FAYE serves as leLIDDLE gal counsel for Missouri State University in Springfield and has previously served as senior associate attorney for Husch Blackwell LLP and as law clerk for the U.S. Dis-

trict Judge Richard E. Dorr for the Western District of Missouri. Nominees for this award must be under the age of 36 and have made significant contributions within their community, career, CAROL TAYLOR church, state, nation or to Evangel. Ron and Monique Harris will receive the President’s Award for their work benefiting the university and their commitment

We have two really intelligent, thoughtful candidates, though two very different approaches. -Joy Qualls

In May 2013, students will explore 450 miles of southern France and northwestern Spain for six weeks on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella, Spain. “This unique opportunity will literally change your life forever,” Eliezer Oyola, professor of Spanish, said. Along the journey, the group will meet and talk with people from parts of Europe who are also experiencing the journey. “We share our lives and the love of Christ with them and pray with them,” Oyola said. “The trek is very challenging but rewarding.” At the end of the journey, the group will connect with Felix and Ana Gomez, pastors of an Assembly of God church in Santiago. The Gomezes were students of Oyola’s during his time on sabbatical at the Spanish Seminary in 1984. “Students will grow spiritually, mentally and physically along the trip,” Oyola said. “I have a heart for missions, and

I know this will challenge me in every single way,” Brittany Lester, sophomore, said. “I’ve always had a love for the Spanish culture.” Oyola said this is the third and final trip he will take with students. “This is the last chance to take this journey which makes it very special.” Each time he has taken the pilgrimage, Oyola said he has learned something new, touched lives and met new people. “I’m really looking forward to seeing the new culture. It’s my first time traveling to Europe, and I’m excited to meet new people, bond with students and have new experiences,” Rebecca Dickerson, sophomore, said. “It’s an adventure,” Oyola said, “It brings us back to life and fires up the spirit within you.” The estimated cost for the trip is $3,500. The cost includes air and train fare, meals and lodging. Students are able to receive credit through this trip by enrolling in Global Connections. The group plans to meet again before Christmas break to discuss trip necessities. Today, Lyndle DeCamp, 2000 alumnus, will speak about his experiences on the pilgrimage to Santiago in Trask Hall room 308 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.


Eliezer Oyola, leader of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella and professor of Spanish, holds an informational meeting for the trip.

to Christ. A press release stated that both graduated in 1992 and work in the non-profit organization they established called A Level Up. ALU is located in Springdale, Ark. and “provides leaderJIM WILLIAMS ship tools that help facilitate change and motivate youth, as well as adults to impact the world in a positive way.” Ron Harris served two terms with the alumni board, and many students that

have enrolled have been credited to the couple’s influence.


Tickets for the homecoming banquet are available by registering on the official homecoming page on Evangel’s website.



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Alumni: Insight into our future E vangel is a relatively young school. To think where we began and where we are now is an impressive realization. With the arrival of alumni, the drastic metamorphosis is evident on campus. Homecoming is a time for ​ reminiscence and union. This year’s theme — The Original Social Network — is a perfect contrast of the depth of generations we have on campus.

Perhaps one of us will be that distinguished alumnus honored for success or that wide-eyed chapel speaker, enthused to be on the other side of the pulpit.

Initially for students, being relocated to the Joust for dinner, giving directions on a seemingly tiny campus and listening to every alumni’s reminiscence of the barrack days can be obnoxious. But there’s a simple joy in being surrounded by our predecessors. Just think about how much Evangel has changed in the last four years alone. Already, upperclassmen are ​ informing students of the horrors of the previous cafeteria or the days before we had a pingpong table in the Joust or couldn’t tweet in chapel. It won’t be long before we are the alumni

in awe of the clock tower and taking photos in front of Riggs. These years we’re at Evangel will go by in the blink of an eye.

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It’s amazing to think that no matter how long students have been gone, Evangel will always be that home they come back to. This campus has been the home for thousands of graduates. Perhaps one of us will be that distinguished alumnus honored for success or that wide-eyed chapel speaker, enthused to be on the other side of the pulpit. With the pending consoli​ dation of Central Bible College and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, who knows what changes we will come back to one day. Possibly, a statuesque stadium or an enlightened library. The three-lane track around the football field will be nothing more than a hysterical memory for a handful of wandering old folks perplexing the newest batch of Crusaders, assuming our mascot hasn’t changed. Whether this is your last homecoming or first homecoming as a student, appreciate the simple moments because one day, you’ll be the enamored alumnus ogling the clock tower. What do alumni offer to students? @evangellance


Letter to the Editor Regarding the “review” of Obama “2016”: At no point
 during Mr. Henderson’s rambling, incoherent, partisan response to the movie
 were any logical points made. I honestly question whether he actually saw the 
movie or just copied and pasted The Washington Post’s review of it. It is clear he is an Obama supporter and therefore has no business in what is supposed to be a

newspaper to be making partisan statements about a movie that is 
now the second highest grossing documentary of all-time. Not only should Henderson 
be ashamed, but the entire Lance should be as well. Perhaps you (The Lance) 
lack the ability to think abstractly enough to review a movie that delves as
 deep into a person’s psychological development as Obama “2016” does of Barrack
 Obama. I suggest you stick to reviewing movies like “Madagascar 3” from now on

 avoid further embarrassing not only your yourselves but the school in general. 
 May God have mercy on your souls. - Hunter Altic, junior Editor’s Note: Opinions expressed in a staff reporter’s review do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of The Lance. All movie reviewers are required to watch the movie they review.

Empty flattery, compliments are lies



y, this semester has flown. I had so many resolutions pent up over the summer to try and implement this school year. Alas, even as midterms approach this coming week, marking the middle of the semester, I find myself falling into old habits. Amongst the usual self-improvement resolutions I had made, one involved being 100 percent honest with everyone I saw, at any given time. And yet, my daily encounters still ended up looking like this: Inner dialogue: “Snap, I can’t believe she streaked her hair purple over the summer and chopped off 10 inches!” What I should say after making awkward eye contact: “Middle school called: it wants its hair

back.” Outer dialogue: “How’s it hangin’ lady? Love the new hair!” At this point, not only has the whole encounter been a straightup lie, but the poor gal is going to continue thinking her Brittany Spears hairstyle is socially acceptable, touching up the roots with an atrocious plum topcoat. Plus, if you know anything about me, you’ll understand how adamantly opposed I am to girls lopping off their beautiful hair before the age of 45 – super unfortunate in and of itself. The point is that fleeting moments such as these are not a rare occurrence. Back me up; you’ve had them too. Many of them generate from that awkward female feeling of obligation to fill empty


air with high-pitched words, multiplied by the distance it takes to walk passed the individual you met briefly at that one alternate chapel, added to the self-consciousness of forgetting to brush your teeth. All of this equals a sure recipe for dishonesty. Sorry, Pastor Plake. But sowing the seeds of flattery does not apply solely to uncom-

At this point, not only has the whole encounter been a straight-up lie, but the poor gal is going to continue thinking her Brittany Spears hairstyle is socially acceptable.

fortable situations. There are the sympathy compliments that encourage an otherwise downtrodden sweat suit-wearing individual. “You know, I just realized how wrinkle-free your clothes always are. Do you iron often?” Or the blatantly sarcastic compliment. “I really respect the courage you have to wear lip-liner in the 21st century. Bravo, madam.” On some happy occasions, though, I have the honor and privilege of genuinely applauding individuals for their outward appearances, even in the passing JESSICA NUNLEY moments between classes. You’ll note that it is during these times that my eyes are wide, my smile Jessica Nunley is a junior studylarge and my hand extended in ing journalism and photography. gratitude. For but a moment, all is right in the world.

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What is your idea for next year’s spirit week?

“Awkward day.”

“Superhero day.”

Dylan Neiman, junior

Kyle Nelson, junior

“Nerd day.”

“Disney day.”

Justin Cavanin, junior

Kyle Devries, freshman

“Pirate day.”

“Pajama day.”

Parker Rozean, sophomore

Ryan Vandersteen, freshman

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Movie Review

Less than perfect pitch Far from good, mediocre at best BY ANDY HENDERSON Social Media Editor


Steve and Janet Gause, residence directors of Lewis Hall, are trying to plant a remeberance tree in front of Lewis Hall.

Lewis memorial tree for Liam Gause BY ERIN-RAE DONALDSON Staff Writer

Many campus leaders commended Janet and Steve Gause, residence directors of Lewis Hall, for their strength after the loss of their son, Liam, just six hours after his birth, during Liam’s memorial service last semester. Lewis Hall residents, as well numerous other students and faculty, grieved alongside them and showed their support through this difficult time of mourning. “We wanted to help Steve and Janet in any way we could as a hall because they had been there for us so much,” Katie Baker, Lewis resident assistant and senior, said. As a result, Lewis residents came together last semester and decided they would raise money to purchase a remembrance tree, which was planted in the backyard of Steve and Janet’s home in Springfield this fall. Kevin Acevedo, Lewis RA and junior, said that they had an estimated price for the tree and after sharing the price with the hall began the fundraising process. “We had an envelope down at the front desk, and if anybody could, they could just come down and donate money. We kept a running count, and we met our goal within less than a day,” Acevedo said. “We

really respect them as our leaders and as residence directors. This was the smallest thing that we could do to help them during this tragic time.” Baker said that they chose to purchase a dogwood tree because its flowers bloom in April — Liam’s birth month. “When they see this tree we want them to know that they are loved — loved by Lewis as a whole and that Liam is always with them. We want them to remember that we are here and will continue to support them in any way that we can,” Baker said. Because of their generosity, students have enabled the Gauses to consider doing more in memory of Liam than they had originally planned. “With some funds being leftover, we have talked with Physical Plant about helping purchase a tree to be planted outside of Lewis Hall,” Steve Gause said. “We are so thankful for the Evangel family and are privileged to be a part of such a caring community of faith.” Amidst hardship, the Gauses have been transparent with students and have continued to be a blessing to everyone around them. “Their dedication to everything that they do just inspires me,” Elise Warner, Lewis resident and senior, said. “I admire their love for God and their strength through this entire situation.”

Show-choir-style singing has been a stylish cultural phenomenon for several years now, thanks to shows like “Glee” and “The Sing-Off.” Though this fad is waning, director Jason Moore presents us with “Pitch Perfect.” The story revolves around a college’s all-girl singing group and its dreams of beating an all-boy singing group from the same school. “Pitch Perfect” tries desperately to be a light-hearted and enjoyable musical romp. Its message of non-conformity and standing up for oneself may be overdone, but it is still a worthy goal. However, the film falls almost unbelievably flat. The jokes are not only boring and repetitive, but they also border on insulting. The writers seemed to have some sort of special and unexplainable vendetta against heavy-set girls and Asians. One long-running joke about a girl’s tendency to vomit at random times is repeated over and over with escalating disgust. Another scene featuring two

girls singing to each other in the shower is meant to be funny, but it just comes across as really, really creepy. It is impossible to even take solace in the music, as many of the performers here are average at best. This film borrows “Glee’s” problematic depictions of characters improvising intricately arranged and choreographed routines, as well as wild character development plot holes explained away by the mystical powers of music performance. The final straw comes about three-quarters of the way through the film when the main antagonist fan unbearably bad Adam DeVine is dismissed from the story to chase his dreams in Los Angeles, never to be heard from again. This leads to an emotionally unfulfilling end to a wildly unsatisfying story. “Pitch Perfect” could have been a cliché but charming underdog story, but unfortunately, it hits too many flat notes to ever be more than slightly annoying background noise.

Change in seasons brings back favorite activities BY BRANDON CADWELL Contributing Writer

The colors on the trees have started to change, flannel has made its way into fashion, and our favorite pumpkin-flavored foods have started to appear: fall is in full swing. Fall festivities have even made their way to the Evangel campus. The second annual County Fair took place on Friday and was full of fall culture. Joseph Saucedo, Activities Board member and sophomore, said, “The County Fair really embodies the spirit and activities of everything we love about home during this time of year and aims to bring them to the student body on campus.” This year, pumpkin

carving was especially well received by the student body. This time of year includes traditions such as carving pumpkins, corn mazes, haunted houses, hay rack rides, bonfires and much more. Jared Moore, senior, re-

I love being able to go pull my own pumpkin off the vine. - Jared Moore cently went to a local vendor, Jink’s Greenhouse, to pick his own pumpkin. “I really enjoy being able to support smaller business, and I love being able to go pull my own pumpkin off the vine,” Moore said.

Afterglow at Bellwether Art Gallery draws Humanities alumni Staff Writer

The Alumni Art Exhibit and Epiphany Afterglow will take place downtown at the Bellwether Art Gallery tonight at 9:30 p.m. Evangel alumnus Gary Gibson will display his artwork. “We have access to the Bellwether for purposes of showcasing artwork either produced by students, alumni or guest artists,” Chuck Cox, director of alumni relations, said. “This is a fairly recent development. Two or three years ago, our Humanities Department was able to partner with the Randy Bacon studios downtown.” According to Evangel’s website, “Gibson does not consider himself an artist in the traditional sense of the word. He is a photographer, but he incorporates computer graphics into his finished works.” Gibson said, “Art for me grew out of a creative energy that was never able to express itself through traditional art tools. I lived with a great deal of frustration until I came face-to-face with photography. Immediately, the camera became my brush, and film became my canvas.” “We’ve had an Afterglow ever since we’ve had the Bellwether gallery,” Michael Buesking, associate professor of art, said. “It gives the art and humanity people an opportunity to get together to enjoy different kinds of art.” “[Afterglow is] after most of the events of homecoming have occurred,” Cox said. “We strive to provide a variety of different kinds of venues that will connect and resonate with individuals that have different tastes and styles and likes.”

WHERE: Hollywood Theater SHOWTIMES: 3:55 P.M., 6:45 P.M., 9:30 P.M.

The fun of fall returns

Alumni art at Bellwether BY MOLLY BUESKING


The Bellwether Art Gallery is located on Main Avenue, south of College Street. Drinks and refreshments will be provided.

Abby Michalowski, sophomore, said she looks forward to going to the Rutledge-Wilson Farm corn maze with a group of friends. “It is something my family and I do every year back in Pennsylvania.” Possibly the most important facet about fall is food. There are some that might say fall has not arrived until Starbuck’s starts serving its signature Pumpkin Spice Latte. Others might look forward to toasted pumpkin seeds, candy corn, caramel apples, chili, stews and hot chocolate. For Dylan Nieman, junior, it comes back to cider. It is his favorite part of fall because “it makes me fall all warm and fuzzy inside.” So, however people celebrate fall, their time is now.

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Caleb Voth, sophomore, attended chapel Tuesday, he was excited to see the theme announced and liked the theme that was chosen. “I’ve gone to Harvest Fest before so I know what it’s all about,” Voth said. “It sounds fun and seems like a good theme, and something people will want to get involved with.” A costume Voth said he has thought of is Rocky versus Ivan Drago.

It sounds fun and seems like a good theme and something people will want to get involved with. - Caleb Voth

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Right: The Alumni Art Exhibit and Epiphany Afterglow will be downtown in the Bellwether Art Gallery. Below: Gary Gibson is showcasing art displayed this year for homecoming.


Some students think this will be a hard theme to create a costume for. Megan Poe, freshman, is one of these students. Although she said AB was creative in coming up with the theme, she said it doesn’t allow for a lot of costumes. Harvest Fest is Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at Remington’s Entertainment Center. Tickets are available at the bookstore for $5. What do you think of the Harvest Fest theme this year? @evangellance


Students dress up for last year’s theme, Game On.

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Students spend game day reaching out

Boys and Girls children attend football game to spend night with Evangel student volunteers BY SHANNYN WONG Staff Writer

The Boys and Girls Club is no stranger to Evangel students. Over the past year Evangel’s football team worked with kids who are a part of the Boys and Girls Club. On Sept. 29, other Evangel students joined in when they partnered with the Boys and Girls Club kids and watched the Crusaders play. Ashley Rose, senior, said the kids were really fun, and it was fun to see their joy in life for the simple things, like cheering for a football team. Students met with three to four kids and watched the football team defeat Benedictine College. Katie Baker, Lewis resident assistant and senior, said, “It was really cool to see the girls on my floor come together and try to help out the community.” When the game concluded, students and Boys and Girls Club participants rushed the field to meet up with the football team.

Celina Huerta, sophomore, participated with the kids at the football game and works with the Boys and Girls Club on a regular basis. Huerta works in the game room with various age groups. She said that by working with the kids, she knows she is making an impact in the kids’ lives and that she is doing something right. “I fell in love and knew I wanted to work here,” Huerta said when she was first introduced to the program last November. Jessica Howes, sophomore, is a part of a sister program with the Boys and Girls Club called Meal Time Buddies. Both programs are volunteer-based, with some paid workers, and ask volunteers for a one-year commitment. These programs deal with kids who come from low-income neighborhoods and come from broken families, Howes said. Howes works with third and fourth graders twice a week at the Stalnaker unit. She said that the kids wait at the door, excited to see the volunteers. She loves the


The Boys and Girls Club kids make connections with Evangel students at the football game Sept. 29

connections that she makes with them and the impact that she is making in their lives. According to Howes, volunteer applicants go through an intense application process. The process

includes an interview, where applicants are asked about their history of working with kids and undergo background check. The organization wants to make sure that the kids will be in a safe en-

vironment with the volunteers. “The organization is constantly looking for men volunteers,” Howes said. Students can seek volunteer applications by visiting the Boys and Girls Club’s website.

Crusaders fall short against MidAmerica Softball BY KELLY BUSH Staff Writer

Evangel packed the Ashcroft Center to watch the Crusaders battle in the league of unbeaten teams Oct. 2. The volleyball team strove to keep its winning conference record while competing with no. 23 MidAmerica Nazarene University. Both teams had an undefeated conference record entering the matchup. “In order to beat a team like MidAmerica, we need to be more of an offensive threat. Everyone is going to need to be on and do our jobs,” Kiley Finkbiner, defensive specialist and senior, said. The MidAmerica Pioneers started off with winning the first set. The Crusaders regrouped and battled in the second set and came out on top 30-28. “Micah Cribbs [offensive hitter and freshman]

Everyone is going to need to be on and do our jobs. - Kiley Finkbiner

really stepped up in the MidAmerica game. Our freshmen have a lot of pressure on them to be strong players for us, and she got us a lot of momentum and kept us in the game,” Finkbiner said.

The crowd was pumped, but the women could not hold on and come up with a win in the next two sets allowing the Pioneers to come out with a 3-1 win.


Micah Cribbs, freshman, cheers with senior teammates, Brittany Eppright and Shana Ramsey.

Crusaders play well but lose to Graceland, falls 16-10

The Crusaders lost their second conference match 15-10 in the fifth set Tuesday against Graceland University. Leading the team with 15 kills and eight blocks was Kaley Lyons, middle blocker and senior. Morgan Sidwell, setter and junior, had 22 assists and 4 service aces while her sister Mallory Sidwell, defensive specialist, contributed 28 digs in the match up against Graceland. The girls are now 16-10 and 5-2 in the HAAC, falling behind Graceland in conference. Conference play continues Tuesday for the Crusaders against Peru State College in the Ashcroft Center at 7 p.m.

Cross-country meets success at Central Methodist BY RACHEL DELANEY Copy Editor

Cross-country returned from Central Methodist on Saturday with several broken personal records. Five men and six women ran their best times. Austin Jacobs, men’s captain and senior, was within one second of Evangel’s record with his best time of 25 minutes 38 seconds. He ranked fourth among collegiate runners and seventh overall at this meet of 85 runners. Jacobs said that this course was easier than last week’s, so both teams saw definite improvement to build their confidence. Junior Ruckdeschell, junior; Caleb Voth, sophomore; and Brandon Hoffman, senior, broke the 28-minute mark for the first time, and Christopher Groh, sophomore, broke 30 minutes for the first time, Jacobs said. The men’s team placed fourth out of seven teams overall. Out of six collegiate teams and 72 runners, the women’s team placed fourth. Victoria Schmitt, women’s co-captain and senior, lowered her time by 30 seconds

with a time of 20:06. Joanna Cogiel, junior; Amanda Lloyd, freshman; Margaret Dorge, sophomore; Kaylyn Foehring, junior; and Grace Shryack, freshman, also set new PRs. Schmitt said, “I think it’s refreshing to see our hard work pay off in terms of lower times because that is so much of what we strive for.” Although it was a smaller meet, Jacobs said both teams faced good competition from Central Methodist, a conference team, and from University of Missouri and University of Central Missouri, Division II schools. Two meets remain for crosscountry at Graceland University: The Yellowjacket Classic Oct. 20 and the HAAC Championships Nov. 3. Jacobs hopes to use the first one to prepare mentally for conference and focus on attacking the hard parts of the course. Times will become more essential at the conference and last meet of the season. “We have a couple good weeks of really hard training left, and we’ll kind of taper off a little bit to prepare for conference, but it’s not that time

yet.” Lynn Bowen, head coach, said the teams will continue improving by maintaining mileage and increasing speed to prepare for the next meets. Schmitt noted an increase in hill workouts, but her goal is seeing everyone continue

to lower times. For homecoming, cross-country will host the Pearson Creek 5K Fun Run/Walk on campus to fundraise for track season. The event starts at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow and costs $10. Attendees receive a t-shirt for participating.


Lynn Bowen, head coach, addresses the women’s cross-country team before an intense afternoon workout.

Golf swings into spring full force BY CAYEN HOING Staff Writer

The golf team played four tournaments in its offseason this fall. To start off its season the first tournament was Sept. 4-5 at the Missouri Intercollegiate at The Club at Porto Cima in Sunrise Beach, Mo. Hunter Leichner, freshman, tied for third in the tournament and had the best performance of the team. Leichner attributed his accomplishment in this tournament to the amount of hours he was able

to practice prior to the tournament. On Sept. 10-11 Evangel hosted a tournament in Springfield. The Evangel Fall Invitational was held at Rivercut Golf Course. Evangel finished first as a team and Leichner finished first individually. Christian Bechard, senior, tied for 6th out of more than 40 individuals. Baker University hosted the third tournament Sept. 2526 at Firekeeper Golf Course in Mayetta, Kan. William Woods hosted the final tournament Oct. 1-2 at Tanglewood Golf Course in

Fulton, Mo. Bechard was the team leader in these tournaments, but the team also did well as a whole. Leichner said that these tournaments were more challenging to practice for because the players had to catch up on classes and assignments missed from the first two tournaments, and he believed that personally affected his game. Last spring during the main season, the golf team was the highest ranked team in the conference of seven schools. Because they won the conference tournament, last year’s team was able to

take part in the national tournament for the first time as a team. Leichner said that he was just getting his toes wet in college level golf this fall, and he hopes to learn to manage his time and have more time to practice in the spring season. Steve Jenkins, head coach, said the golf team is looking forward to playing in this same conference tournament this May and is hoping for the same outcome. Jenkins said, “The beauty of golf is the challenge personally.”

expects strong season


The softball team has been hard at work during preseason. According to the Evangel athletics website, the softball team has played one game and eight scrimmages. The game was played against the University of Arkansas, a Division I school, Sept. 28. Jerry Breaux, head coach, said the team is only allotted a certain number of games for the year. During the fall preseason, the team tries to play as few games as possible in order to store up the most possible games for the spring season. As part of the NAIA rules, scores and stats are not recorded during scrimmages and slightly fewer innings are played. Breaux said the team instead concentrates on objectives for every position group. “We feel like we’ve accomplished a lot with those objectives,” Breaux said. Specifically, “Danelle Billings [right infielder and junior] continues to swing the bat very well. Our ace pitcher Lenzie Boring [senior] has shown she is ready to lead us.” Breaux also said the freshmen have progressed. “Three freshmen have really shined for us quite a bit. Brittany Arnold [outfielder] from Texas, Katie Tollefson [outfielder] from California and Mikaela Scott [pitcher] from Georgia have shown us they’re ready to play for us.” Individual players expressed a will to improve as well. Kari Tall-Domingos, outfielder and senior, said, “I want to be a good team leader and to go all-out on the field and make this year count.” She also said, “I’ve improved on taking good angles at the ball. Obviously, I want to make the least amount of errors possible. I also have a personal goal of hitting a .375 batting average.” Tall-Domingos batted .355 last season, and her fielding percentage, having only committed one recorded error, was .979. Season expectations are very high. Breaux said he is confident in maintaining the softball team’s impressive past. “Our program has done very well for a long time. We haven’t won the conference since 2009, but there was time when we won six titles in a row.” Breaux said, “It’s time to win conference.” Tall-Domingos said, “If we continue to work together well and get the little things right, there’s no way we won’t win conference.”



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Football ranked 21 after win at Graceland BY JOCEYLN COX Staff Writer

Evangel football is now ranked no. 21 in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll after the Crusaders defeated Graceland, which also secured Evangel’s first win in Lamoni, Iowa since 2001, according to Evangel press release. Football advanced its record to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in conference, while Graceland fell to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in conference. Graceland and Evangel were tied in the conference, but Evangel has taken the lead. Evangel took the lead in the beginning of the game with a touchdown off of a fumble return by Lamar Allen, defensive corner

and senior. The Crusaders put up big numbers in the first quarter, leading 21-7. Allen said, “We felt pretty positive about this game since we came off a great win last weekend.” The second half brought more points to the board. Toward the end of the third quarter, Graceland was only seven points away from the Crusaders, but Evangel answered back with a 72-yard scoring run by Otis Brown, wide receiver and sophomore. Evangel added another touchdown early in the fourth quarter with a 31yard pass from Andrew Brimhail, quarterback and junior, to Mitch McHenry, quarterback and sophomore. Evangel ended the game with a

winning score of 35-14. “We may have won, but there are still things that we need to work on. I think we should perfect technique and fulfill our individual assignments better as well as pay attention to minor details in the game,” Denzel Billy, defensive safety and junior, said. Brenton Illum, head coach, tweeted, “We are very proud of the effort of our people.” The team had short-term goals for winning an away game as well as winning two games in a row. After the Graceland game, they were able to fulfill both of these goals. The Crusaders have five more games in their season, all of which are conference games. PHOTOS BY STEVEN McALLISTER | THE LANCE

Football coaches read emails to the players from various spectators, praising the teams efforts and hard work at the games.

Players looking to leave their mark in anticipation of homecoming game Tomorrow the Crusaders will face Peru State University at JFK Stadium at 1:30 p.m. for the homecoming game. Lamar Allen, defensive corner and senior said, “Coming off a 3-7 season last year, we want to improve our record for this season. We want to leave our print on the Evangel football program for next season.” Last year when Evangel faced Peru, the Crusaders lost 13-20. With the way that the team has been playing, however, Denzel Billy, defensive safety and junior, said, “I am looking forward to stringing three wins in a row and moving up in our conference.” “Progress is being made,” Brenton Illum, head coach, tweeted. Football players train in anticipation for their upcoming game, practicing full-out sprints across the field.


I think our games complement each other,” Grossklag said. “Both of our attitudes on the court are Both Amy Grossklag, sopho- very similar.” Elliott, who was conference more, and Jenna Elliott, freshman, are representing Evangel’s champion her senior year of high tennis team at nationals Thursday school in Ohio, is also excited about the opportunity to play at through Sunday in Mobile, Ala. As doubles partners, Grossklag nationals. “Win or lose, as long as and Elliott won the Intercollegiate I give it my all then I know I will Tennis Association’s Central West be satisfied with the outcome,” Elliott said. Championship Grossklag hopes to tournament Both Amy and three weeks ago Jenna have a great compete just as hard to secure their work ethic on the in the singles bracket of the tournament. spots. Because Grossklag also court and are seri- Though this is her ous competitors. first year qualifying won the singles - Debbie for singles, she still tournament remains confident by defeating De Almeida that she will perform a player from well. “My main goal Bethel College in Bethel, Kan., she qualified to is to focus on playing well, rather than winning,” Grossklag said. play at nationals in singles. The tournament will host the This is Grossklag’s second year qualifying for nationals. Last year, best teams from Divisions II and she also competed in doubles III, as well as the NAIA. This is with her previous partner Ma- the third year in a row that Evanria Martinez, who graduated last gel has advanced players to nayear. The Central West Champi- tionals, and Debbie De Almeida, onship tournament Sept. 21-23 head coach, is proud of both girls. was Grossklag and Elliott’s first “Both Amy and Jenna have a great tournament together, and both work ethic on the court and are girls are optimistic that they will serious competitors,” De Almeida said. “Being this is only their seccompete well at nationals. “Considering we have only ond tournament together, they played one tournament together, have the potential to be great.” Staff Writer


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Grossklag, Elliot represent tennis at nationals this year



Women’s Tennis

ITA National Small College Championships Mobile, Ala.


Independence Junior College Crusader Field 3 p.m.


Women’s Tennis

ITA National Small College Championships Mobile, Ala.

Football Above: Amy Grossklag, sophomore, returns a serve from a fellow teammate at practice. Left: Jenna Elliot, freshman, is representing Evangel at tennis nationals. Grossklag and Elliot are optimistic about the upcoming competition. PHOTOS BY STEVEN McALLISTER | THE LANCE

Peru State College JFK Stadium 1:30 p.m.


Women’s Tennis

ITA National Small College Championships Mobile, Ala.



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