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‘A Brand New Beat’ ushers in Homecoming BY KELSEY REINHARD

in the annual pep rally, silent auction, 5K fun run and the football game. According to Cox there are Students, alumni, family and over 40 individual events that ocfriends are here once again to join cur. in the festivities of the HomecomThe football game is Saturday ing weekend. at 1:30 p.m. at Kennedy Stadium. This year’s Homecoming theme Tailgating is before the game at 12 is “A Brand New Beat.” Chuck p.m. in the parking lot of the stadium. The Crusaders will play the Graceland Yellow Jackets. The Homecoming king and queen will be crowned during the game, and the marching band will perform at halftime, making their Homecoming debut. “We are always looking for something new and fresh and how things can be done better,” Cox said. For the second year, students can compete in EU’s Got Talent for a grand prize of $500. Semifinals were Thursday, and the winner will be announced at the finals tonight at 8. The Homecoming JESSICA NUNLEY | THE LANCE celebration and alumni Greg Mundis and Amadi Swartz Walker, alumni, spoke during Thursday’s awards banquet is Saturchapel on how their experience at Evangel prepared them for their lives. Chief Copy Editor

Cox, director of alumni relations, said the addition of the marching band this year was the driving force behind the chosen theme. Cox said the theme reflects what resonates with the students. Homecoming events are taking place today and tomorrow. Students and visitors can participate

day at 6:30 p.m. Daniel Johnson, 1961 graduate, is the banquet speaker. The Pioneer Reception is immediately after the banquet. The alumni art exhibit and Epiphany late night afterglow is Saturday evening at 9:30. The exhibit is in the Bellwether Gallery downtown. The coffee house provides a venue for students to perform poetry, short stories, music and other talents. Nathan Nelson, faculty advisor, said several alumni are expected to attend and participate this year. “The coffee houses are a wonderful thing. They’re just exhilarating.” Cox said he has been in charge of planning Homecoming for 27 years, and it keeps getting bigger and better every year. He said the variety of the events that are going on this weekend makes them incomparable to past Homecomings. Ted Papit, president of the alumni association, said he is volunteering at several of the events this weekend, but his favorite event is the alumni association annual breakfast. Unlike Papit, Cox is unable to choose a favorite event. “I love them all. They all

have a different role to meet certain elements of expectations and needs of our alums,” Cox said. According to Cox, Homecoming is not only geared for the alumni that come. He said he enjoys working with current students as well to provide a fun weekend for everyone involved. Cox said, “We feel like it’s probably the biggest thing that happens in the fall semester on campus. There’s an excitement about campus at Homecoming time that there is not like at any other time throughout the year.”


Don Zimmerman spoke during the alumni panel in chapel.

Alumni awarded for ‘significant accomplishments’ Senate proposes semester projects Greg Mundis, Don Zimmerman and Ron Hohendale will receive alumni awards at the Homecoming banquet Saturday for outstanding work in their fields. Mundis was named the 2011 Outstanding Young Alumnus. According to the description of the award on Evangel’s website, the award honors those who “have enjoyed significant achievements in the few years since their

Greg Mundis

graduation, although they may not yet have reached the height of their accomplishments.” Those nominated must have may not be over 36. Mundis flew in from his home in San Diego, Calif. to receive the award. Mundis is a 1999 graduate and an orthopedic surgeon specializing in spinal surgery. He received his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Colombia.

He now works at the San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders in La Jolla, Calif. His accomplishments include the publication of books and papers on research for the treatment of scoliosis. Mundis has maintained a connection to Evangel since his graduation by reaching out to them for prayer and support in preparation for his mission work in Africa. He treated children with spinal disorders during the trip in February. Mundis loves performing surgeries that better his patients’ lives. While at Evangel, Mundis was a part of Activities Board. He said his time on AB helped him learn to discipline himself and balance his academic life with his social life. As a surgeon and father of four, he now applies what he learned at Evangel to balance work and family. “The one thing that drove me from beginning to end was the calling that God put on my life,” Mundis said of his academic pursuit. “Find out what the Lord has for you and never look back.” Zimmerman will receive the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award. This award is given for making “significant contributions to their chosen field, church, community, state, nation or to Evangel University,” Evangel’s website stated. Zimmerman graduated from Evangel in 1982 and later became the chief information officer for the Wendy’s Company. He is re-

sponsible for all the technology the corporation uses and acts as an adviser for technical decisions. Previously, Zimmerman worked

Don Zimmerman

in technical development at Frito-Lay and PepsiCo Inc. He also served at Sears, Roebuck & Co. as the vice president of information technology, according to an Evangel press release. Zimmerman has served on Evangel’s Alumni Board of Directors. He is actively involved in his home church and community. Zimmerman said he was a bit shocked to learn he had been chosen to receive this award. He was “very proud to accept this award from my alma matter. I consider the experience I gained at Evangel an excellent foundation for life.” He gave God the glory for the achievements that led him to be the recipient of this award. Hohenadel, a graduate of ‘71, will receive the Alumni Association President’s Award. This

award is given for making “significant accomplishments not related to a traditional career, which could include major community accomplishments, major Christian service contributions or specific contributions to Evangel University,” according to Evangel’s website. According to a xpress release, Hohenandel and his wife, Pat regularly support Evangel financially. He served two terms as the president of the Alumni Board of Directors. During that time, he helped make Homecoming silent auctions successful with his donations, and he continues to donate to the auction every year. All three of Hohenandel’s children attended Evangel as well. Hohenandel lives with his wife



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Ron Hohendale

in Perryville, Mo. where he works as a dentist in a private practice. He is active in his home church where he serves as a Sunday school teacher and a member of the choir. He also serves in his community.


Disc Golf. Hydration Stations. Reflooring the Mabee Center. Martin Campbell, senate president, announced these semester project goals for senate Monday night. The ESGA senate later passed three bills pertaining to election schedules, special project funds and funds for chapel drum equipment. They introduced two bills, the Gender Neutrality and Bylaws Consistency bill and the Consistent Committee Reporting bill, which will be voted on in the next senate session. Senate plans to vote on several projects this semester. They are attempting to create a disc golf course on campus. The preliminary estimate for the disc golf course was less than $4,000. However, the new estimate tripled to nearly $12,000. Campbell proposed that senators on the Campus Projects Committee contact Callie Traub, Mabee Center director, to request financial assistance from Mabee Center budget.

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Former faculty and staff recognized for service Staff Writer

Four individuals will receive the Trees of Honor Awards today. Twila Edwards, Bill Gunn, Jesse Peterson and Ward Williams are the recipients. The Trees of Honor award is presented to individuals who have provided exemplary service to the university. A group of graduates from the 1960s envisioned the idea for the awards and brought it to the administration in 2007. For each of the recipients, a new tree will be planted on campus in commemoration of their endeavors, with a granite block and bronze plaque placed at the foot of each tree. The four trees will be placed on the north side of the campus. Twila Edwards worked at Evangel for 36 years. She began as the

secretary to Ward Williams, dean of Evangel from 1960 to 1966, and Robert Ashcroft, Evangel’s president from 1955 to 1958. She taught English, theology and philosophy courses. She later went on to become the Theology Department chair. “Twila was a friend in need and a friend indeed. We have shed tears together freely through personal and family upsand-downs, tears of laughter at each other’s puns, jokes and silliness,” Gary Liddle, associate professor of theology, said. According to Evangel’s website, Twila was a leading expert on the role of women in the Bible in the Pentecostal world. Bill Gunn was the director of food services at Evangel from 1962 to 1983. Many students regarded Gunn as a father figure and admired him for his dedication to his work and love for

the students. Gunn and his wife, Georgia, were strong supporters of the Music Department, and he helped establish the musician’s banquet. Jesse Peterson worked in the Music Department for 14 years. As a full-time faculty member and later as a department head, Peterson developed a firm foundation that has allowed the Music Department to grow to

what it is today. “He [Peterson] worked for perfection but never minimized the spiritual aspect,” Sharon Wilkins, professor of music and former student of Peterson, said. “He has always been a dear friend and strong supporter of all we [his students] did.” Peterson later went on to Tempo Music Publications, Inc. in Leawood, Kan., and he is currently the CEO. Ward Williams began in 1960

as the academic dean. During this time, Evangel received regional accreditation. According to Evangel’s website, “He later was a professor of biblical studies, philosophy and education.” Williams served at Evangel for 22 years. Honorees are chosen annually. The ceremony for recognition is at 11 a.m. on the west entrance of the Riggs building. All students are welcome to attend. COURTESY OF THE PR OFFICE


Left to right: Twila Edwards, Bill Gunn, Jesse Peterson and Ward Williams.

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Contestants perform talents for chance to win cash prize BY BRANDON WILLIS Asst. News Editor

Contestants impressed audience members and at least one judge with their skills and variety of talent at the EU’s Got Talent preliminaries Monday night. “I think [the performances] were much more varied than I anticipated, which is good,” Stephanie Fuentes, judge and senior, said. Fuentes said she was impressed. Twenty-six different acts preformed in the Barnett Recital Hall Monday night in hopes of having a chance to win cash prizes. Student acts varied from a capella groups to a Bible story dramatization. Only 10 of the 26 acts made the cut to the semi-finals to perform

Thursday night. Friday the top five acts will compete for first place and the cash prize. Jonathan May, freshman, said his favorite performances were The Barbershoppe, Ewok with Jesus and The BAC Trio. “I think they were very musically talented, and they sang beautifully,” May said. Heather Manske, freshman, preformed a sign language interpretation of “No Matter What” by Kerrie Roberts. “I liked it [EU’s Got Talent] because [usually] the only people who are able to show their talents are those in worship band, marching band and the choir,” Manske said. Although she did not make it to the semi-finals, she encourages students to perform at next year’s EU’s Got Talent.

“I think [EU’s Got Talent] is a great way for people to showcase their talent. [There are] not very many venues where it can just be pure competition,” Fuentes said. “It is just a fun way where people can easily win money. You never know if you’ll win, and it’s also very entertaining”



Left: Aaron Crews, senior, plays the timpani at the preliminaries on Monday. Top: Chris Orr, senior, performs dramatic interpretation a Bible story. Top Right: Judges from left to right: assistant professor of philosophy Brandon Schmidly, Student Activities Director Christy Rowden, and Activities Board director Stephanie Fuentes. Right: : Emily Antonen, freshman, dances ballet. JESSICA NUNLEY | THE LANCE


Alumnus from ‘61 speaks at Homecoming Evangel graduate Daniel Johnson speaks at this year’s Homecoming banquet BY CALEB SMITH

the late 1950s along with his wife Elaine Johnson in ’61. Elaine was the first official HomecomDaniel Johnson will be speak- ing queen. She also started the ing at this year’s homecoming Clark Award, an award offered to banquet Saturday, Oct. 8. “[John- a member of faculty every year son is] a natural leader and just since 1991. “They wanted to do the kind of person whom you something to honor her parents feel comfortable with, humble for their contribution to Assemand approachable,” Shirley Shedd, bly of God Higher Education, Evangel’s archivist and professor particularly for their contribution emeritus of communication, said. here at Evangel,” Glenn Bernet, Johnson attended Evangel in vice president of FOR academic affairs, said. Johnson’s entire career is in higher education. He served more than 20 years in the classroom before moving to administration. “He chose early on to get involved in college administration and started at small colleges. As time went along, he moved to different colleges and universities,” Robert Spence, president, said. “He was president of the University of Toledo for a period of time as well.” From 1991 to 1997, Johnson served as dean of the School of Community Service at the University of North Texas and oversaw the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. From 1997 to 2001, Johnson PHOTOS COURTESY OF EVANGEL ARCHIVES Johnson and Patti Littlefield served served as provost at the University of Alaskaas the initiation king and queen Staff Writer

Daniel Johnson

Anchorage. It was in 2001 when he accepted the position as president of the University of Toledo. In 2008, he took a leave of absence to serve as provost, chief operating officer and chief academic officer at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. In 2011, he returned to be the director of global initiatives, president emeritus and distinguished university professor of public policy and economic development at University of Toledo. In 2002 Johnson was presented with the Regius Award by the Social Sciences Department for his outstanding professional accomplishments. “During his early years as a student at Evanzgel University, Dr. Johnson was the vice president of the student body in 1959 through 1960, [and he was] a member of the Circle K Club and Alpha Kai Omega, a club for religion majors and minors. He was very well liked,” Shedd said.

SENATE, from page 1 According to the senate, the floor of the Mabee Center basketball court is in disrepair. Senate plans to redo the floor. According to Campbell, the floor’s lack of traction has caused four torn ACLs in the past year. Campbell requested that senators from the Campus Projects Committee contact Traub to request financial assistance to pay for the floor repair. A plan to purchase and install hydration stations was introduced. Hydration stations are special attachments to water fountains that filter water to refill reusable water bottles. The senate plans to order between three and 13 hydration stations and install them in the highest populated areas and possibly residence halls. “It is kind of good for environmental concerns,” Campbell said. Senate passed the Repeal of the Chapel Drum Set Enhancement bill, a bill that Jesse Tucker, education department senator, proposed last spring. The bill proved funds to pay for acoustic drum

equipment. Due to a change of plans, the funds are no longer needed. “Basically the money is just sitting there, and we can’t do anything with it. This is just to bring it [the money] back to senate, so we can use it,” Tucker said. The Chapel Drum Set Enhancement bill allotted $2343.50 for equipment. Senate also passed the Fall and Spring Election Schedule bill to clarify student government election schedules. The update to RS10.05 was passed. The approved bill allows money directed to the former activities director to be used by the current and future activities directors. Senate introduced two new bills. The first, the Gender Neutrality and Bylaws Consistency bill confronts the issue of the gender neutrality of senate positions throughout the ESGA bylaws. The Consistent Committee Reporting bill proposes that all senate committees, including the Senate Executive Committee, should give activity reports at each session.


Jesse Tucker, education department senator, takes notes prior to presenting a bill on the senate floor

Pioneer graduates return to Evangel for 50 year reunion BY CHRISTINE TEMPLE Editor in Chief

Students from the third graduating class of Evangel will gather this evening for their 50 year reunion. Between 75 and 100 alumni and their spouses are expected to attend the reunion dinner held at the University Plaza Hotel, according to Chuck Cox, director of alumni relations. Peggy Spong, business education graduate and 1961 senior class secretary, contacted her former classmates through mailed letters, phone calls, emails and Facebook messages. “Who can believe it has been 50 years?,” Spong said. “It has been a whirlwind of life.” In addition to the alumni attending, 25 faculty members and their spouses plan to attend the reunion. “In those days you don’t think to express your apprecia-

Peggy Catlett-Spong

tion, and you don’t realize how much they have invested in you,” Spong said. Alumni from the pioneer classes, the first five years of graduates, will also be in attendance. Spong said that she is looking forward to sitting down and reminiscing with her classmates. There are certain events, according to Spong, that are always brought up when the classmates get together. One of those events was the day that Spong and her husband,

Charles Spong, became engaged. Some of her then fiance’s dorm mates put his furniture where the administration building sits now. Spong said, “They had gone into my lingerie drawer and put my lingerie all over his furniture. Then, they put his pajamas and briefs in my room.” Spong said that she fondly remembers her time at Evangel. “I am going to enjoy every single minute of the reunion because I never know if it will happen again.” Ted Papit, president of the alumni association, said that Homecoming is a time The to reunite with friends who alumni have not seen in a long time. “Reunions are a lot of fun. It is a great way to catch up on lost time,” Papit said. Cox said that he hopes all alumni have a memorable Home-


Junior and Senior Banquet at Cove Hollow, 1961-62. coming experience. “We [alumni relations] are all about nurturing relationships,” Cox said. “Evangel is more than brick and mortar. What really makes Evangel are the people.”

Spong said she thinks the reunion will be wonderful. “Helping with this reunion has been one of the most enjoyable things I have done in a long time. I am really looking forward to it.”


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Homecoming royalty progress through the years BY BRENA SWANSON Managing Feature Editor

Evangel celebrated its first Homecoming in February 1960. The first Homecoming king and queen were crowned that year. Since then, the process and honor of being named Homecoming royalty has kept making new additions An issue of The Lance in October 1968 said, “What is Homecoming?” The answer was “weeks of hard work by committeemen, a victory march, a bonfire, an Indian massacred in effigy, pep and enthusiasm, a romantic coronation, ‘Cherish’ sung to the melt of the heart, candlelight runway and tension.” When Evangel held their first homecoming, Elaine Clark and Jerry Duran were crowned king and queen. Since there was not homecoming previously, the past queens and kings were known as campus royalty. Clark and Jerry were crowned at a basketball game as Evangel did not have a football team yet. Instead, the king and queen of the Homecoming court were crowned at Homecoming basketball games. For the first three years, kings and queens were crowned at

Homecoming, but from 1963 to 1985, only queens were crowned. The year 1977 brought about the first Homecoming football game. Susan Hastie was crowned queen that year. The Oct. 3, 1986 issue of The Lance said when the student body was asked in a poll if they would like to have a king again, 73 percent of the students answered yes. Kirk Hardwick and Tracey Johnson were crowned king and queen at the revival of the tradition. Not as much has changed since 1986. Many new names have since been added to the list of royalty. Jonathan Sites and Elizabeth Carlson are the most recent Homecoming king and queen to be crowned. “It was such a big honor because everyone else on court was just awesome,” Sites said. “It will always be a Tracey Johnson and Kirk Hardwick, king and queen for homecoming 1986, at the crowning ceremony. little bit surreal.”

Spirit week: students embrace homecoming


Elaine Clark,first homecoming queen from 1960.

Royalty King and Queen 1999 : Erik Ramsey and Debra Lee Daco, homecoming king and queen.

It’s all in the family

Students and faculty follow family tradition


Marshana Coler, sophomore, participates in Moustache Monday for the first day of spirit week dress up.



Nik Johnson, sophomore, rocks a snowflake sweater for Christmas in October.

The Buesking family left to right: Samuel Buesking, sophomore, Michael Buesking, associate professor of art, Deborah Buesking, technical service librarian, and Molly Buesking, junior. BY CAITLIN GEORGE Staff Writer



A student wears 80s Emileigh Morton, sophoclothes for the decade day. more, wears a 20s outfit.



S3N and S1S compete in an extreme volleyball game. A student celebrates Moustache Monday.


Guys of S1S use all their strength to win a battle of tug of war during the spirit week game activity.

two children, Molly and Sam, are a family that is very involved on campus. Michael Buesking is an associate professor of art while Debbie Buesking is a technical service librarian. Molly is a junior and Sam is a sophomore. “My dad got a call from Evangel asking him to come and work here the day they brought me home from the hospital. Ever since then, I have been blessed to have the opportunity to go to college for free. I don’t know where I would be today if it weren’t for that,” Molly Buesking said. “It’s neat having Molly and Sam here because now they are a part of the Evangel world. Before, when I was coming home from work and they were there, Evangel was a separate place. They are in my world now,” Michael Buesking said. “Evangel was the only place they looked at for college, but by the time they needed to choose, they were already excited about coming here.”

Evangel consists of teachers, students and faculty, but many of these people are also connected through family, siblings and marriages. Evangel’s family connections range from students having parents employed at Evangel to their siblings and other family members attending Evangel. Robert Berg, director of Lifeworks, and his wife Jane Berg, assistant professor of voice, are two of the married professors on campus. Robert Berg said, “I had been teaching at Valley Forge Christian College in Pennsylvania. [I] got a job offer at Evangel, and brought the whole family here.” Robert and Jane Berg both agree that the students are the highlight of teaching at Evangel. “I feel energized during and after I teach a class. It’s the most wonderful feeling,” Robert Berg said. Brothers Dusty and Dody Harmon, seniors, are the 13th and 14th members of their family to attend Evangel. Their parents started the legacy when they met each other here. Dody Harmon said this was the only college he considered after high school. “I didn’t really care to look at other colleges. I was familiar with school. I had been taking lessons from Dr. Honea since I was a freshman in high school.” Dody Harmon said. Michael Buesking, his wife Debbie Buesking and their Pictured are husband and wife, Robert Berg and Jane Munson-Berg, at Evangel.

CORRECTIONS: In the Sept. 16 article “Tennis team opens season at Missouri Valley Tournament,” Maria Martinez was incorrectly identified as the winner of the one singles draw. The article should have read, “Amy Grossklag won the line one singles draw. Maria Martinez won the number two singles flight.” In the Sept. 23 article “Tennis team competes in fall tournaments,” Claire Hoover’s score against Bethany was incorrect. The article should have read, “’Claire Hoover was behind in her first set against Bethany 4-1 and came back and won the set but lost the match,’ DeAlmeida said.” The Lance corrects all confirmed errors. Please contact Christine Temple, Editor in Chief, at 417.865.2815 ext. 8634 or email to report a correction. The Lance is committed to fair, accurate and objective journalism.

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The Scooter Chronicles: Don’t bash the ‘stache Maintaining a long-distance relationship in college is no easier than jump-starting a car using a rechargeable toothbrush. Trust me; I’ve tried both. According to the Journal of College Student Development, only 25 percent of college kids engage in long-distance relationships, and even fewer remain in them for their entire undergraduate career. But, some young lads on Evangel’s campus have found a way to defy these overwhelming odds using a little known phenomenon called “the moustache.” Moustaches, dating back to early 300 BC, have alternatingly attracted and repulsed women for centuries. Modern women are deterred by the facial growth, according to freshman Brian Lloyd, who is in a long-distance relationship. His own motivation in growing a ‘stache is spurred on by his loyalty to his girlfriend, while actively repelling unwanted female attention on campus.

“It makes my girlfriend comfortable knowing I have a ‘stache,” Lloyd said. “If you look back in history, all the manliest men have moustaches. Cap’n Crunch has one. Count Dracula and Professor Maynard both have one.” According to Lloyd, all of these men had a moustache for a particular reason. “It’s their sign of dedication to the one thing they love. For Cap’n Crunch, it’s cereal. Count Dracula loves blood, and Maynard, business. In my case, it’s all about making the long distance relationship work,” Lloyd said. “[My girlfriend] knows that I’m growing it for her, not caring what other people think.” Unfortunately, for another fellow at EU, submitting to peer pressure cost him his long-distance relationship. After receiving negative feedback regarding a Facebook poll asking “if the ‘stache should prevail,” Caleb Hawkins, freshman, lost his confidence in the facial feature. He

figured he “was not yet manly enough to wield the ‘stache.”


“I shaved my moustache the week before my girlfriend and I broke up. I may have doomed our relationship with that move,” Hawkins said. He wishes for others to learn from his mistake. “Brian [Lloyd]’s ‘stache is vital to his relationship. If he didn’t have it, the women here would swarm his face. Women are in-

timidated by a man of such ’stacher,’” Hawkins said. On the opposite end of the spectrum, some young EU men would grow a moustache in spite of their girlfriend’s preferences. Daniel Tipton, freshman, has never had a moustache, but he said that he would consider growing one, even though his longdistance girlfriend does not like them. “She won’t see me for a while, so what I look like doesn’t really matter. I can shave when I know I’m going to see her. If I didn’t shave, she would still love me even though I had a moustache,” Tipton said. “I am not actively trying to attract or repel women in any way, with or without a ‘stache.” Long-distance relationships are noble opportunities for love, despite the hardships they cause. But just like a moustache, such love will surely thrive with a little patience and plenty of attention.

The role of print journalism has evolved from reporting breaking news stories to in-depth coverage. The emphasis has also shifted from national newspapers to local newspapers. This week is National Newspaper Week. An article in The New York Times stated that a report from the Pew Research Center and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation surveyed news consumers and concluded that 50 percent of people read newspapers and their Web sites for their local news at least once per week. There was once a golden age of print journalism. Over time, print journalism had to learn to share the spotlight with the birth of audio and moving pictures. Some may argue that print journalism is headed for the grave. In any case, people will never lose their need to know and understand the news. Journalists will always be needed. True, we might need to trade in our ink-smudged fingers, but we will never trade in what we value. No matter what platform the message is presented, true journalists will always strive for accuracy and truth. Journalists are committed to telling the stories that have impact, proximity, timeliness, prominence, novelty and conflict. This will never change. True journalists also know that the best story in the world will never make an impact unless that journalist is credible. As David Shaw said, “Credibility—more than news itself—is our stock in trade. An informative story is important. A dramatic story is desirable. An honest story is imperative.”


Now say, “The very moment I saw you did my heart fly to your service.”


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When English majors and computer nerds team up.

Just Sayin’ What are your feelings about facial hair on men? Crystal Rose, sophomore “I like some scruff. There’s mystery behind it.” Brenden Gardener, freshman “I love it. I can’t wait for the day I can grow a respectable beard.”

Anna McWoods, freshman “I hate it. It reminds me of a porcupine.”

Thania Lozano, sophomore “I don’t like it. It makes it seem like they are lazy, not wanting to shave.” Nate Phillips, freshman “I hate it. If I were rich, I would have laser hair removal.”

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Students gather at the County Fair “Courageous” is a ‘must see’ film BY CHLOE LESTER Contributing Writer


Jon Tharp, junior, participates in a pumpkin carving contest.


A player throws a shot during The Equalizer inflatable game.


Competitors jousting each other at a inflatable jousting arena.


Abby Michalowski and Zach Paine, freshmen, eat cotton candy at the county fair.

Let’s face it. Most Christian movies are bad. Not only are the movies technically horrible, but the stories are very predictable. Just about every one of them ends with someone being saved, coming back to life or having a sudden change of heart. Sherwood Pictures, however, has been the saving grace of Christian films. They’re showing Hollywood that not only can Christian movies be good technically, but they can also have great messages. “Courageous” starts off introducing us to the five main characters, four cops and an unemployed construction worker. The five of them are living out their lives, making ends meet, when a horrible tragedy strikes the family of one of the cops. The event spurs the cop to examine his life as a father, and the band of friends begin to take their jobs as fathers seriously. As with “Facing the Giants” and “Fireproof,” “Courageous” does an excellent job of combining humor and action with a good message. It’s very touching and has great twists. While the movie is amazing, it fails to live up to its predecessors. I heard that since this movie was geared toward men and had gang-related elements that there would be a lot more action than in previous films. If anything, though, there is less. That being said, “Courageous” is a good picture to add to the Sherwood Pictures collection. While it may be the weaker of the bunch, it shows that Christian films can be entertaining and moving. A definite must see!


Caleb Campbell leads the fair’s festivities.

Oyola: author, teacher, patriot BY KELLEY CHELF

first book titled “Poemas Frente al Mar” was published in 2010 in both Spanish and English. When American’s attitudes “[Poetry] is one of my loves. I’ve changed after Sept. 11th, Profes- been writing [poetry] all my life,” sor Eliezar Oyola was inspired to Oyola said. He was inspired to write his second book of poetry, begin writing poetry for his book “The Land of the Free and Other when the direction of the country Poems.” changed following the attacks on Eliezer Oyola began teach- Sept. 11, 2001. Oyola was at Evaning at Evangel 35 years ago. His gel when the twin towers were hit and said that was the moment these poems came to him. The poem “Nine One One” was written two days later. Oyola has been working on his book sporadically the past ten years. The book is a collection of about 40 poems that are focused on patriotism and nature. The poems are KATRINA ACKERMAN | THE LANCE written in free verse. Most of his Dr. Eliezar Oyola, during a Spanish class. Staff Writer

poems do not rhyme, but all have a great deal of rhythm and symbolism. His new book offers a variety of metaphors, illusions, historical symbolism and biblical symbolism. Oyola also used forms of figurative speech and figurative language. All of the poems are original, and a number of them are illustrated with graphics provided by the editors. Oyola chose the cover image of the eagle and the United States flag because the eagle is a symbol of our nation and the flag symbolizes our history. Oyola has seen a definite change in attitude toward our country from students over the years. “There has been a change in young people. [More] are committing themselves to the service. There is sense of urgency, of guarding [Christian] values in our country,” Oyola said. “There is [also] a great deal of patriotism in young people that wasn’t apparent when I served in the 60s. But, I’m proud to say I served my

country,” Oyola said. In 1968, Oyola was drafted as an infantry soldier in the Army. One poem he wrote titled “Ode to Infantry” is about his time as a soldier in the Vietnam War. During that time, foot soldiers were known as the ultimate weapon and witnessed the brunt of the action. AMAZON.COM “I didn’t have a choice of what I wanted to do. I was needed as a foot soldier because we were losing young men daily,” Oyola said. Oyola is an immigrant from Hollywood HollywoodTheaters Theaters-Puerto Rico, and was lucky to come to America as a teenager. College CollegeStation StationStadium Stadium14 14 After seeing what communism 7 p.m andp.m 10 p.m. Fridayp.m. 7 7:00 and 10:00 can do to a country, Oyola can see Oct. similarities in the effects of terrorRun Runtime: time:22hours hours,19 10min min ism on America. After publishing his first book Rated RatedPG-13 PG-13 in Spanish, Oyola wanted to Also playing at make his second book available in English, so those who can’t read Wehrenberg Campbell 16 Cine Spanish still have the opportunity to read it. Oyola will continue to work on poetry in addition to working on a novel.

“Feel at home” at Tea Bar & Bites BY CHELSEA LUNG Asst. Feature Editor

Tea Bar and Bites is a quaint café located off Cherry Street on Pickwick Avenue, and just a few minute’s drive from campus. This Springfield hole-in-the-wall bistro has a laid-back, cozy atmosphere that makes customers feel right at home. The café has a Spanish-style roof and is located at the end of a small shopping center. Separating the café from the other shops is a charming patio with small tables and a courtyard fountain. The vintage feel of the outside area makes it a nice place to sit and enjoy the weather with a refreshing cup of tea. There are several inside dining areas that each have a distinct

feel. With mismatched table sets, various tablecloth patterns and an assortment of antique wall hangings, each room gives off an oldstyle feel in its own unique way. “The atmosphere is laid back, just casual dining,” Jaymee Bohannon, manager, said. Tea Bar and Bites opened its doors to Springfield in January 2004. They have been serving organic ingredients, vegan alternatives and vegetarian cuisine to the area ever since. Along with a variety of healthy meal options, the tea bar serves quality loose-leaf teas and organic coffees. The lacto-vegetarian lifestyle seems to be a rising trend and a lot of people like to come because of their vegan-friendly menu, according to Bohannon. Their menu boasts a variety of

soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps. Although veggies are a staple to their menu, they also serve foods with meat such as chicken or turkey wraps, sandwiches and

salads. “We’re really well known for our quiche,” Bohannon said. They don’t skimp on their meal portions either. Just because you want to be healthy doesn’t mean

Tomato soup with a grilled ham sandwich are one of the many light lunch options available throughout the day.

you have to stay hungry. If you like to eat your greens, you’ll love to eat them at Tea Bar and Bites.


This quaint bakery and cafe serves delicious entrees in a vintage environment.


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Evangel Softball pitchers finish out fall season loses NAIA ranking after fall to Ravens BY SHANA RAMSEY Staff Writer

BY SIERRA LOUDEN Asst. Sports Editor

The Crusaders ended their 2-0 winning streak against the Benedictine College Ravens Saturday, dropping Evangel from the NAIA rankings. Evangel has a 2-2 record and is looking to make the post season for the first time in six years. In order to make the post season a team must win at least six games in the regular season. According Brenton Illum, head coach, postseason is not the main focus for the Crusaders. “Making it to the postseason is not a goal of ours,” Illum said. “We have not discussed it once. We are trying to get closer to our potential.That’s all we can act on at this point.” The Ravens are ranked number 12 in the NAIA. They scored 26 points in the first quarter of the game due in part to four turnovers and a fumble on a punt return. Throughout the game, two more fumble recoveries, a 32yard field goal, five interceptions and 12 more points combined for a final score of 38-0. According to Illum, Benedictine is known for their consistency and experience. By the end of the game, Evangel had 11 starters off the field because of injury. Another large factor for their loss was the five interceptions of sophomore quarterback Andrew Brimhall’s throws. Up until this game, he had thrown 84 passes without interception. “He played against a much better defense [than in previous games],” Illum said. “Andrew threw more accurately than he had in other games, but Benedictine made great plays.” The next game that the Crusaders play is the Homecoming game Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at JFK Stadium. They are playing Graceland University. Illum plans on a more aggressive strategy for this game. “Graceland has great athletes, and they always come up with a creative plan,” Illum said. “It will be a huge challenge for us to be at our best in the homecoming game.” After playing the Graceland Ravens, the Crusaders will go on to play Peru State College in Peru, Neb. This is the first season that the Bobcats have been members of the HAAC conference.

The Crusader’s pitching staff continues their outstanding performances by holding down their opponent’s offense. “We do not measure our pitcher’s performance this fall in terms of wins and losses. We measure in terms of ball-strike ratio. Our pitchers have graded out very high this fall season,” Jerry Breaux, head coach, said. Pitchers Kaitlyn Hasty, senior, and Katelyn Tolle, sophomore, are returning from last year. “Even though I am the only sophomore on the team, I feel like I do have to set an example to the new players. I feel like everyone plays a certain leadership role when we step on the field,” Tolle said. Lenzie Boring, junior, is a new transfer student and pitcher. “Lenzie was an outstanding AllAmerican junior college pitcher, and we look for her to continue that performance for us. She will definitely be a force for us in the circle,” Breaux said. Breaux is also impressed with the offense on the team this year. “This offense has shown us they can be very productive.

They can hit and score. They will be as good an offense as we’ve had in the past few seasons,” Breaux said. “They will be a fun bunch to coach.” New stand-out offensive players for the Crusaders are Courtney Orange, junior outfielder, Lauren Bunch, junior outfielder/ catcher and Shelby Hoffman, sophomore infielder/ pitcher. The defense had to fill some positions that were left vacant by graduating seniors. This fall season provides the opportunity for the coaching staff to evaluate how to best fill the void and who is the right person for the position. “We have definitely seen where players will fit into the defensive scheme of things for us this fall. We had to answer some defensive position questions, and we have certainly done that. Our defense will be as solid as our offense,” Breaux said. This is the final week in the team’s fall season before they begin their indoor workouts for the remainder of the semester. They will finish with games against Neosho College yesterday at Crusader field at 3 p.m. and Coffeyville College today at Crusader field at 3 p.m.


Pitcher Kaitlyn Hasty, senior, throws a pitch against Allen County Community College in a scrimmage Friday. The Crusaders finish out their fall season today at Crusader Field at 3 p.m.

Cross country team runs at OSU Ostrem and Hestand finish in the top 20 in both of their races


The men’s cross country team runs through campus during a practice held last week. The Crusaders competed in the Cowboy Jamboree Saturday at Oklahoma State University. BY JESSICA NUNLEY Photo Editor

The cross country team finished in the top 20 at the 75th annual Cowboy Jamboree Friday and Saturday. They competed against

25 men’s teams and 26 women’s teams in an 8k at the Oklahoma State cross country course. Many members of the team achieved their personal bests, according to Lynn Bowen, head coach. “We are very pleased overall at

the individual and team efforts this past Saturday,” Bowen said. Kristen Ostrem and Nick Hestand, seniors, were the top runners from Evangel in their divisions. An Evangel news release says that Ostrem finished 17th

in a race with 207 runners, and Hestand came in 16th among 163 competitors. Ostrem said, “The team keeps getting stronger and closer together in finishing times. We all finished in less than 21 minutes and nine seconds.” Kate Haymes, junior, broke 20 minutes. Acording to Ostrem, this time “is really competitive in our division.” Ostrem also said that Lindsey Mead, freshman, was out due to an ankle injury until two weeks before the Cowboy Jamboree but trained hard to compete with the rest of the team. Ostrem said Brandon Hoffman, junior, felt a sharp pain in his foot during the race only to discover afterward that he had stepped on a woodchip that stayed in his foot the whole time. Despite this, he completed the course in less than 21 minutes as well. Jessica Bear, sophomore, said that she ran the 5k in high school for regular meets, but the college level is more difficult. “The track is not flat like in high school. Now, you run up a hill, catch your breath going down, run up another hill and keep going,” Bear said. Junior Ruckdeschell, sophomore, thought that spending the weekend together was a valuable bonding experience. “It was a good time to get to know each other as a team, especially with the new members,” Ruckdeschell said. “Cross country is not just a sport; it’s a lifestyle. We’re a family.”

Volleyball breaks winning streak


Kaley Lyons, junior middle blocker, goes to block a shot at the net against College of the Ozarks last month. Evangel’s nine game win streak was snapped after a loss to MidAmerica Tuesday.

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Homecoming games of the past From basketball to soccer, wins of 52-0 and losses by 43 points, EU has seen it all BY SIERRA LOUDEN Asst. Sports Editor

“Football ‘Plasters’ Graceland 38-23” read the headline of the Oct. 10, 2003 issue of The Lance. The Crusaders have a chance to repeat history tomorrow as they take on the Yellowjackets a second time for a Homecoming game. The first time that Evangel faced Graceland in a Homecoming game Evangel was down 10-3 in the second quarter. Running back Demetric Phillips rushed for a three-yard touchdown and tied the game. Two touchdown passes, an 18-yard pass and a 38-yard pass combined for a score of 24-10 as the team went into the second half. A touchdown from Graceland at the beginning of the third quarter gave the Yellowjackets a glimmer of hope. Their hope was quickly crushed by quarterback Brett Mitchell who scrambled 10-yards for a touchdown. Phillips scored the last touchdown for EU, sealing the win 38-23. “Graceland is a fine football team,” Scott Metcalf, then head coach, said. “I’m proud of the defense for holding them under 100 yards rushing.” Our predecessors set even higher standards for the football team at the Oct. 4, 1986 Homecoming game. Contending against the Langston University Lions, EU quarterback Don Decker passed for 131 yards and two touchdowns to pace the offense. Even the wet, muddy field didn’t hold the team back.


The Crusaders tackle a Benedictine College player in 1995’s Homecoming game. Evangel was ranked 25 in the NAIA heading into the game against the Ravens Saturday but fell from the poll as they lost 38-0 and recorded eight turnovers in the game. It was the biggest win in a Homecoming game. The Crusaders held the Lions to 213 total yards for a 52-0 win. “We needed to win, and I’m glad we won so big,” Decker said in a 1986 Lance. “I think it boosted a lot of players’ con-

fidence, and there’s been a lot of good talk in the dorm.” Of the 34 football Homecoming games played, Evangel has won 15 and tied one. On a rainy Saturday in 1987, the Crusaders tied 3-3 with Southeastern Oklahoma State University.


Evangel comes up against Graceland University for a first time in a Homecoming game in 2003. The rivals meet again tomorrow, where the Crusaders hope that history will repeat itself as they won the previous meeting 38-23. The Crusaders play Graceland tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.

During the game, fullback and punter Darin Poe racked up 379 punting yards, including a 53-yard punt. Defense has frequently been a strength for the Crusaders, as they held back SEO quarterback Greg Neece, sixth in NAIA Division I in total offense, to just 36-yards rushing and 125-yards passing. The Crusaders will prove if their defense can keep up with tradition during tomorrow’s game. Though football and Homecoming are frequently synonymous, this was not always the case for the Crusaders. In the early years, basketball was the sport of choice for Homecoming. “Homecoming 1960 revolved around basketball” the Oct. 11, 1985 issue of The Lance said. Until 1969, this was the case for then Evangel College. On Oct. 18 of that year, they shook things up a bit. That Homecoming game was the first of many years where the Crusader soccer team played instead of the basketball team. With a final score of 3-2, Evangel’s soccer team made a name for itself. Beginning in 1977, the Crusaders switched to what we now view as the traditional sport of Homecoming. Football. On Oct. 8, an eager football team took on Arkansas Tech University only to lose 58-15. With a difference of 43 points, this first football game was also the worst loss that the football team has ever encountered. 1982 brought about another notable football game. On Saturday, Oct. 9, despite the 35-19 loss, that game saw the largest attendance record of all games past or present. A total of 5,200 people attended. The story of the 1988 game

against Tarkio College is one of triumnph. A 43-17 win for the Crusaders, it moved Evangel to the number four position in the NAIA polls. This game caused the team to be 6-0 for the season and 4-0 for the Heart of America Conference. The Crusaders continued their climb to the top throughout the season, securing a berth in the NAIA Division II playoffs and finishing the regular season undefeated 9-0. Then senior quarterback Don Decker, noted as being among the key offensive players of the season, finished the regular season with 2,218 yards passing and 26 passing touchdowns. Decker turned out to be an even more critical part of the season than he knew. Evangel won their first playoff game with great plays from Decker and many excellent field goals from then senior placekicker Kirk Spain. Undefeated for the season, the Crusaders went on to the semifinals and played the number two team, Westminster College. Westminster defeated the Crusaders in the semifinals. Within three months, the top story of The Lance spoke of the forfeit of Evangel’s 1988 season and the resignation of their head coach, Dave Schroeder. “While reviewing eligibility early last week for the upcoming football season,” said the article, “it was discovered that Evangel College used two ineligible players during the 1988 football season.” The two players that the article refers to were Decker and Spain. Two of the most critical players for the season. As the Crusaders face Graceland, they have an opportunity to continue a legacy, to make history.

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