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THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF EVANGEL UNIVERSITY SINCE 1955
FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012
VOLUME LVII | ISSUE XXII
Senators outline campaign process
ESGA uses social media to connect to students Activities Board and senate are utilizing social media to make students aware of and involved in campus events. Page 3
BY BRANDON WILLIS
Employers utilize social media when hiring
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Employers are beginning to consider potential employees’ social media behavior when hiring. Page 3
O’Reilly Hospital’s journey into Evangel A documentary recently aired on Ozarks Public Television about O’Reilly General Hospital. The documentary covers the history of the hospital and how it transformed into what is now Evangel University. Page 2
Ten teams travel abroad and for service ministry Over Spring Break 10 service trips traveled across borders. See photos from service trips. Page 2
Students prepare for flea market on campus Students will have an inventive way to make money or find used goods when Evangel’s first ever flea market comes to campus. Page 3
Croatia team performs plays and makes impact The Croatia trip was among the CROSSwalk sponsored service trips that took place during Spring Break. The team was able to do ministry by performing a musical at local schools and a gypsy camp. Page 5
Comparison of using DVDs versus Netflix Watching movies is a popular pastime for college students, and students have options on how they choose to watch movies. There are certain advantages and disadvantages between buying DVDs and subscribing to Netflix. Page 5
New semester brings in new residents assistants The resident assistants for next year were announced before Spring Break. Being an RA requires passing the competitive application process and completing an array of duties. Page 5
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Melissa Leach, Missouri state District 137 representative, speaks on the role of Christians and the government during Dale Garrett’s social science class.
Representative speaks about Christian values
Congresswoman Leach holds presentation on Christianity and government in social science classes BY GRACE BAYER Asst. News Editor
A Missouri state representative spoke in social science classes about the role of government and Christian values in government on Tuesday. Melissa Leach, District 137 representative, gave lectures that were open to the public during two different Introduction to American Government classes. She spoke during Dale Garrett’s, associate professor of government, class at 8:30 a.m. and during Robert Bartels’, associate professor of international studies, class at 11 a.m. Students also had the opportunity to hear from Leach during a meet and greet at 2 p.m. in the Social Science Department. Leach focused on freedom during her presentation in Garrett’s class. Leach shared about herself and her background before she became a state representative. She then moved on to the topic of whether or not America is a Christian nation, allowing those in attendance to voice opinions. She discussed the emphasis the Founding Fathers placed on religious freedom and the role subsequent generations have to play to ensure that those rights are maintained. Leach said that Americans have freedoms and opportunities that not many other nations have and encouraged students, as Christians, to exercise and value those rights. “I’ve done a lot of thinking and a lot of read-
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EU Zombified, a tradition started by Evangel alumnus James Kerr, starts March 26 but with some changes — including the name. Kerr, former resident of Krause Second South, created Zombified as a 24-hour game of tag centered around zombies because they were big at the time, Joshua Gill, junior, said. Due to the growth of the game, administration had to step in this year and look into the
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“I want them [attendees] to be familiar with their representative and understand that they have a voice no matter where they’re at.” - Dale Garrett Leach continued by discussing the way America was set up by the Founding Fathers and how it was intended to function in order to protect the rights and freedoms of the people. Leach also talked about the duties and responsibilities that she has as a state representative and how the Missouri House of Representatives works. In closing, Leach encouraged students to consider what their representatives stand for and if representatives are willing to uphold
the Constitution. Leach opened the floor up for questions when her lecture concluded. Jose Socorro, junior, helped organize Leach’s visit to campus. Socorro works on Leach’s campaign team as her Evangel campus coordinator and her campaign social media director. Leach is currently up for reelection. Missouri is in the process of redistricting, and if the new district lines go through and Leach is reelected, a large portion of Springfield and Evangel will become part of Leach’s district. Socorro said Leach wanted to make a connection with Evangel’s students, faculty and staff because she may be representing them. He also said Leach has a connection to Evangel because she lived on Evangel’s campus as a teenager while her mother was enrolled. Garrett said he hopes his students and those who attended Leach’s lecture will gain a better understanding of how the state government works and will learn about representatives. Garrett said many people are not aware of the services that representatives provide for those they represent and that when people have access to representatives, they have power to affect the government. “I want them [attendees] to be familiar with their representative and understand that they have a voice no matter where they’re at,” Garrett said. “They have access to a representative. They also have a voice in their own government.”
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ing about my responsibility as a Christian in American, as opposed to being an American who’s a Christian,” Leach said. “The Bible says that God brings each one of us to be born in a certain time and place, fundamentally to serve his purpose in that time frame. What does that mean to you to know that you were born in this time, in this country?”
There will several open positions in senate next semester. Martin Campbell, senior and senate president, said. “A lot of senators are graduating, becoming resident assistants or becoming senate executives. There will be plenty of empty seats to fill.” Paul Bayer, junior and Lewis Hall senator, and Campbell said a senate position takes communication, tenacity and creativity. The ESGA senate application states that students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher can run for class, departmental or residence hall senator. Senate or Activities Board members running for ESGA president or senators pursuing a senate executive position must have at least a 2.7 GPA. Election documents are due March 20 at 5 p.m. in the mandatory candidate meeting in the Joust West Conference Room. Election documents are available around campus and in the ESGA office in the Student Union. A complete list of prerequisites is listed on each application. Campbell said, “Anyone who feels they could represent their constituency well and self-starting people are always the ones who do the best in senate.” Campbell said that it is important for students to be involved. “It is one thing to state opinions to peers, but it is another thing to take action on those opinions.” Bayer said that potential senators should be willing to put the needs and wants of the constituency before senators’ own wants, while still respecting the administration and the rules. “I think good communication skills are necessary as well as [being] willing to listen to students,” Bayer said. “I believe [candidates] need to make the students believe that they [students] are needed to solve any problems or address a platform.” During the campaigning phase, which starts March 23, “[candidates] have to be innovative but not annoying. Something that is classy and cool [and something done] one year will not always work [the next year].” Campbell said that campaign ideas do not need to be elaborate. Campbell said, “Put out as much [campaign] material as you can. Be one of the first people out and you’ll clench it [the senate position].”
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game more than before. Christy Rowden, student activities director, said that she decided with administration to recommend a name change so EU Zombified would maintain longevity across multiple audiences. Because of this, the name was changed to The Plague, and those formerly identified as zombies are now called infected. The rules of the game have stayed the same since last year. All players begin as humans, with the exception of one randomly selected player who is designated as the original infected. The game continues as the infected tags human players, spreading the infection. To stay in the game, the infected must tag someone every 48 hours. In turn, the goal of the humans is to stay alive by either eluding or stunning the infected players using socks or Nerf guns. The game is over when either all humans are infected or all of the infected are out of the game. “The first day is quiet, but you know that everyone is there,” Aaron Crews, senior, said. “By the second and third days it is getting pretty crazy. We usually have somewhere between 50 to 100 people, and there are 60 people signed up right now.” In addition to the name change,
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Humans battle against the infected with socks and nerf guns during The Plague.
there have been changes to the leadership behind the game. Since its origin, students living on K2S have been in charge of running the game, but last year Activities Board took charge because Kerr was on AB at the time. But it was not without problems. “Communication was very poor,” Gill said. “They [students playing] would have questions or disputes, and no one would get back to them. We’re now trying to make very clear how the game should be played,” Crews added. This year the game is back in the hands of K2S residents Gill and Crews. “It will be better because I’m not going to play, so my main focus is to keep the game going and exciting,” Crews said.
“I’ll also keep the Facebook page updated, and anyone can call or text me with questions.” Students interested in joining “The Plague” can attend an informational meeting on March 21 at 8:30 p.m. in Trask 101. Players must sign up on the Facebook page by March 25 at 6:00 p.m., as the game begins the next day at noon. “You basically just need a black bandanna and socks to do well,” Desirae Mays, sophomore, said. Crews said that they did not have to go through the administration but decided to do so anyway. Crews said. “We’re doing this [following the new guidelines] to ensure that future students will be able to play.”
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The Scoop Ozarks Public Television documents military hospital’s transition into Evangel Documentary on O’Reilly General Hospital airs
24 Hour Worship and Prayer chapel tonight
24 Hours of Worship and Prayer starts tonight at 7 p.m. in the Chapel and will continue until 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Housing Registration for the fall now open Fall Housing Registration is now open. If students do not plan to attend Evangel next year, they must indicate so on the housing form in order to receive an enrollment deposit refund. If students are planning to live off-campus, they must select that option on the online housing form and complete an offcampus housing questionnaire.
Scholar to discuss C.S. Lewis’ novels at MSU Michael Ward, author of “The Narnia Code,” will give a public lecture on April 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Missouri State University in room 101, Glass Hall. The title of his lecture is “The Heavens Are Telling the Glory of God: C. S. Lewis, Narnia, and the Planets.”
International missions chapel held at AGTS An Assemblies of God Theologial Seminary missions event will take place today at AGTS at 5 p.m. There will be a chapel service centered around international missions. There will also be a free Qdoba dinner and an Easter egg hunt for prizes that will include Starbucks gift cards.
Tickets for Freshman/ Sophomore Banquet The Freshman/Sophomore Banquet, with the theme FAME: Your Red Carpet Premiere, will be held Saturday at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available in the bookstore for $15.
Academic registration to begin next week Academic registration opens tomorrow. Registration for seniors will be begin on March 17, March 24 for juniors, March 31 for sophomores and April 7 for freshmen.
Tickets available for Junior/Senior Banquet The Junior/Senior Banquet will take place on April 13 on the showboat Branson Belle, with boarding beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are available in the bookstore for $30. Ticket sales will end March 30.
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The “O’Reilly General Hospital: The Hospital with a Soul” program first aired on Ozarks Public Television March 1. O’Reilly General Hospital is a large part of Evangel’s history, as the school took over the once prominent army hospital in 1955. Shirley Shedd, archivist, played a large role in the documentary that launched three weeks of fundraising for OPT. Shedd gathered information from a number of sources in the Betty A. Chase Evangel University Archives to provide information for the documentary. “O’Reilly was so significant to Springfield in the 1940s to early 1950s because it brought a variety of medical professionals to the area, many of whom stayed in the area to become the core for Springfield’s regional medical community,” Shedd said. “The facility provided a great economic boom to the Springfield area during wartime. In fact, an early report on O’Reilly claimed that O’Reilly was pumping a million dollars a month into the economy.” Opening Nov. 8, 1941, the hospital served more than 100,000 patients during its five years of operation, and performed over 25,000 surgeries. The hospital ceased operations on Sept. 30, 1946. “There was a lot of wrangling over who should occupy the O’Reilly facility,” Shedd said. “It was finally designated a tubercular facility for veterans under the Veterans Administration. O’Reilly acted as a VA facility from early 1947 to late 1952.” By Dec. 10, 1954, the Assemblies of God organization received much of the O’Reilly property and building through deeds for the liberal arts college — Evangel University, Shedd said. The name Evangel College was announced on Dec. 15, 1954. Evangel received approximently 58 acres, and Evangel gained 69 buildings for free. However, the college was asked to and did purchase one building — part of the Physical Plant Department complex — from the government at market value. The building and equipment cost $9,412. Over the years, Evangel purchased more acres and buildings, Shedd said. Evangel officially opened for classes on Sept. 6, 1955, and has operated continuously since then. The inauguration of the first president, Dr. Klaude Kendrick, and the official dedication of the college took place on Sept. 8, 1955. “Although an army hospital might seem to be an unusual location for a college, it was actually a blessing because Evangel was able to begin without any major construction — or reconstruction — of facilities,” Shedd said. Robert Spence, president, considered it a
Above: O’Reilly General Hopsital served as training grounds for troops as well as a hospital. Left and Below: Doctors operate and give treatments to veterans of war and prisoners of war at the hospital.
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Evangel stands on what was once O’Reilly General Hospital, the last of the original barracks removed just a few years ago.
tremendous advantage. The facility had ready-made dormitories, areas suitable for science labs, a cafeteria, administrative offices, a gymnasium, classrooms — which were initially operating rooms — and even a chapel. “With a little reorganization, buildings were moved together to form the first library,” Shedd said. New buildings began to replace the old barracks, and for Shedd, the memories from those old buildings will always be fond ones. “We [Evangel alumni] are actually sad that they didn’t keep one of the buildings. It was part
of our heritage. People come out, and they haven’t been back since the ‘60s. They’re amazed — they’re happy for all the new buildings, but you know, our heart and soul was in those barracks.” Paul Logsdon, director of Public Relations and Publications, said, “When it [Evangel] first started, everything was connected.” From the library, to the cafeteria, to the dorms and the classrooms, everything was covered Logsdon said. This made for fun times in the dorms, as students took advantage of the unique layout of the school, Logsdon said. “In the late ‘80s laser tag
guns were just coming out, and guys would play laser tag at night, hiding under the dorms and over the dorms. They would divide up, and they would be racing across the roof until security would catch them,” Logsdon said. The final new building that replaced the barracks was dedicated in 2008. The documentary ran 90 minutes long and aired two additional times following the March 1 debut. It covered the history of the hospital and showed its change from an army hospital into a liberal arts university.
Students serve abroad
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Yesica Goblirsch, senior, with Roma children painting masks for a craft project in Greece.
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Steve Smallwood, professor of theology, playing keep away with Roma children in Greece.
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Kayla Jordan, senior, with other student and non-students team members, climbing up the steps of the Orthodox Monastery in Bactchiserai, Ukraine.
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ESGA reaches out to student body through use of social media BY JESSICA NUNLEY Photo Editor
College students use social media every day to communicate with friends, teachers and the world at large. To stay connected with Evangel students and to keep up with the ever-growing demand for information, Activities Board and senate use social media. Junior Ruckdeschell, sophomore and AB public relations director, said that AB has over 1,000 Facebook friends. He said that the job of his PR department is to “create hype and sustain the interest of the student body for events.” Ruckdeschell said he does this by sending out virtual invitations via Facebook, reaching a sizeable portion of the student body. AB also uses Twitter to promote upcoming events and to give away prizes. These online outlets are an effective addition to the event flyers and announcement videos AB creates, Ruckdeschell said. Not all online communication between students and AB is successful, though. Despite the number of students who are on Facebook, many disregard the invitations and reminders AB sends because students often receive invitations for other events they may not be interested in and the AB invites get mixed in, Ruckdeschell said. “I get invites from AB, and that keeps me informed about what is coming up on campus,” Abbey Goldberg, sophomore, said. “I usually say I’m going, but sometimes I don’t actually go. I refer to [the invites] if I forget something.” Even with constant reminders, only about 200 of AB’s Facebook
friends respond to the invitations. Because of this, Ruckdeschell said it is difficult to gauge how many students plan to attend each event. Senate maintains a Facebook page and Twitter account as well. Martin Campbell, senior and president of senate, said that because senate is a more exclusive club than AB with fewer members and fewer events, the club has less exposure to the student body. This makes it more difficult to communicate ideas between senators and constituents, Campbell said, so senate sets up booths outside the cafeteria to talk with students face-to-face. Senate recently sponsored Meet Your Senator Day to give students the opportunity to relate to senators one-on-one in the cafeteria. Prizes were offered during the event, but Campbell said that 75 percent of the prizes were unclaimed because students failed to “like” the senate Facebook page and claim the rewards. Miscommunications like this back up Campbell’s assertion that for senate, social media is not as effective as personal contact. “I hear things as a student; I don’t always go out looking for suggestions. If I’m going to go fishing for ideas, it won’t be in a suit or with a senate badge,” Campbell said. Is social media an effective way to communicate? Join the discussion: @evangel_lance
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For the first time, Joel Bradley, junior, donates a pint of his life-saving blood at the blood drive Tuesday.
Student’s creative idea leads to Evangel’s first flea market BY MIRANDA McCABE Staff Writer
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Potential employers access social media to determine whether an applicant for the job is suitable to be hired.
Employers consider social media behavior before hiring BY HALLIE KILAVOS Staff Writer
In a society that increasingly connects through social media, businesses are beginning to use these outlets to reach consumers and even to consider potential employees. “We can present whatever image we want in an interview, and the employers assume they’re getting the real you,” Sheri Phillips, director of Career Development, said. Career Development trains students for interviews and teaches them to put strengths and weaknesses in the best possible light. Phillips said that although those skills are appreciated, employers want to know more about the candidate than a limited interview offers. Social media can give employers insight into the actual character of candidates. Social media serves as a window for businesses to reach clientele and evaluate potential employees. PepsiCo Inc. uses Facebook for advertising. “It’s a plus for a business to have social media; it’s a way of gaining more knowledge of the individual and business,” Billy Thompson, retired vice president and general manager of Chilled Direct Store Delivery of PepsiCo Inc., said. Kim Castagno, area leader of the Buckle clothing retailer, said social media is a way to sell an image and represent it in a positive manner. Castagno said Buckle interviewers cannot take applicants’ social media profiles into account when hiring. Castagno said they prefer to base opinion on what is learned directly from the individual in the interview.
Springfield City Utilities’ Marketing Department uses Facebook and Twitter. Amanda James, employment specialist, said people need to be careful of the information they offer on Facebook. Social media is where a person’s true personality is visible. James said she viewed applicants’ social media when considering a candidate; however, she said the office does not look for anything specific in the profile. Phillips said everything on the Internet is open knowledge, but people have the illusion that someone’s social network is for his or her eyes only. Anyone has access. “Ask yourself, ‘If I didn’t know me, is this what I would want?’” Phillips said. Facebook is not meant to be professional; it is meant to show personality and character. Regardless, students should learn what image they want to present. If the content is embarrassing, students need to take the initiative and edit it. Sapphire Fitzgerald, senior, said social media can be a good tool and that social media can help an employer know the lifestyle and hobbies of a candidate. “I think about what I post on Facebook. I’m careful and cautious of what I put out there,” Fitzgerald said. Thompson said it is important to manage social media. People need to be in charge of conversations on Facebook because a person’s attitude is contagious and that attitude needs to be one worth catching. Jonathan Sites, senior, said he does not see anything wrong with businesses inspecting applicants’ social media pages. “You can read someone’s character and how they spend their off time.”
A unique opportunity for students to make fast cash and find hidden treasures is set to take place in Evangel’s own backyard. On March 21 a flea market of student vendors will be lined up across the lawn between Krause Hall and the Student Union between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. “It is something that sounded like a fun and cool way to make money and or trade,” Daniel Tipton, freshman, who initiated the event, said. “It would be easier to get rid of stuff with a bunch of people instead of me just vending outside by myself.” Tipton said he plans to sell a lava lamp and a chair. He said that the event will not be too structured. “I just made it an informal thing,” Tipton said. “If you want to participate, bring your own blanket and set your stuff out on the lawn.” Multiple students were asked to participate in the flea market. Zack Green, junior, said, “I would look
to buy, but I would probably sell old clothes, books and photographs of myself.” Ben Koch, senior, said, “I would sell random stuff in my room. I would definitely go to shop; I love flea markets.” Tipton said that students do not have to buy-or-sell mentality about the event either. “Bartering is still a good way to do things, so if you don’t want to sell, just trade.” Tipton said that though he came up with the idea for the flea market, no one is officially in charge, so anyone can participate.
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Challenge yourself to deal with inner prejudice
lthough society is progressing towards gender equality, we still face gender discrimination in the workforce. March is Women’s History Month. This year focuses on women’s education and empowerment. “The fight to learn was a valiant struggle waged by many tenacious women — across years and across cultures — in our country,” Women’s History Month stated. Only in recent years has the number of women surpassed the number of men with college educations. Approximately 58 percent of women have some level of college education compared to 56 percent of men with some level of college education, the 2011 Educational Attainment in the United States tables from the Census Bureau stated. Although women have gained equality in education, at least by numbers, they still face stigmas, prejudice and stereotypes in the workplace, financially and in society. Women as the majority of the population are receiving more education than men but are still paid far less than men. The Census Bureau’s Men’s and Women’s Earnings for States and Metropolitan Statistical Areas reported that nationally, on average, women are paid 78 percent of what men are paid. While still students, we need to address our prejudices in order to promote a gender-equal environment in our workplaces. “For the most part, Evangel and the Assemblies of God have fostered an understanding that women have a role in the workplace, leadership and pastoral ministry,” Nancy Pace-Miller, assistant professor of communication, said. As students
at Evangel we should address the root of inequality for women — our own prejudices. Our prejudices cause us to become calloused to our surroundings and out of touch with our coworkers, therefore making us poor leaders. Our prejudices handicap our ability to become influential Christian leaders, to effectively change society and to be successful in the workplace. Holding gender role stereotypes about careers, personality traits or leadership styles will harm one’s ability to lead effectively.
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We need to rid ourselves of stereotypes, such as women can only be elementary school teachers, nurses, administrative assistants and homemakers. We should not judge people’s ability to lead or ability to do a job based on gender but rather on their track records, character and abilities. Men and women need to team together to end these stereotypes. Men should support women in achieving gender equality in work and society. However, we also need to check our perception of statements or actions to avoid misinterpreting comments. “Just because someone may hold a seemingly stereotypical job does not mean that they were given that position because of the stereotype,” PaceMiller said. So if a woman is an administrative assistant, that does not mean that she is a victim of male chauvinism. Just because a woman is denied a job does not mean it is because of her gender. We should not categorize people based on unfounded beliefs.
The Scooter Chronicles: Daylight Spankings, the sun’s springtime robbery
elcome back from break! I would ask how your’s went, but let’s be honest, you know that I know that you know I don’t want to know, savvy? Speaking of happy returns, remember that one time the clock shifted ahead one whole hour, leaving you sleep deprived and cranky just in time for church? Yeah, last Sunday. Did the demon spirit of sleepy cantankerousness grip your soul, rendering you incapable of attending service that morning? Did your pagan alarm clock cause you to stumble? “I nearly missed my Jesus time Sunday morning because of the change,” Curtis Miller, junior, said.
I’ll pray for all of you next week. Of course we’re all hyped for gaining the hour back in the fall, but don’t be fooled. That’s just nature’s way of rubbing our metaphorical bellies before spanking us with the wrath of winter a few weeks later. And to add insult to our broken behinds, just when the weather starts looking up again, the sun’s little shimmy-dance of tyranny steals the hour back! Joel Pingleton, freshman, expressed his outrage saying, “Every spring I feel like I’m getting robbed and there’s nothing I can do to stop it.” This is blasphemy my friends. The treachery is personal and the results despicable. CJ Farmer, sophomore, said,
“That’s one less hour I [get] to be black.” This thievery of our divinely ordained rights must come to an end. I’m convinced Evangel
“I nearly missed my Jesus time Sunday morning because of the change.” - Curtis Miller scheduled our Spring Break to occur directly before the daylight savings change so that we’ll be too relaxed and refreshed from the break to retaliate against this
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violation. I deduce that by the transitive property, the higher-ups are in cahoots with the big gas himself: the sun. What do they seek to gain? Who knows. Maybe power. Maybe a surplus of vitamin D. Or maybe that extra hour is added on to their lives, minute by minute. Perhaps the pure confusion of the change fuels a more dastardly scheme, of which even I am unaware. “I was out late and I wasn’t sure if daylight saving would happen before or after curfew,” Thomas Miller, freshman, said. “It freaked me out and gave me nightmares.” Whatever the case, keep your guard up. This isn’t the beginning, but it’s certainly not the end.
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Students gain ministry experience in Croatia
Katelyn Flowers goes to Croatia after recieving last minute financial donations BY RACHEL DELANEY Asst. Copy Editor
After last minute donations helped to send her to Croatia for Spring Break with CROSSwalk’s Children’s Ministries team, Katelyn Flowers, freshman, returned to the U.S. with some interesting experiences. “It was so much more than I thought it would be. It was definitely a learning experience,” Flowers said. One highlight was giving her testimony at a service, where afterwards, she prayed over an elderly woman. Flowers said that through someone’s translation, the elderly woman said she shared almost the exact same testimony as Flowers. The woman encouraged and affirmed Flowers, reminding her of God’s constant presence in Flowers’ life. Flowers said one thing she learned over this trip was that, “We serve a God that has no barrier of language. God hears our prayers – God hears everyone’s prayers.” Even when Flowers was praying over the elderly woman in English and the woman was speaking Croatian, Flowers said they both felt God’s presence. Katie Kempski, senior and Croatia trip member, said, “God transcends cultures and language, and God is very good about dolling out confidence and peace.” Kempski said even without knowing Croatian, she felt empowered and blessed, despite her discomfort with public prayer.
“God transcends cultures and language, and God is very good about dolling out confidence and peace.” -Katie Kempski History and language played a particularly interesting role in the
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Flowers and other EU students perform “The Puzzle” for local children – a musical featuring animated items from a puzzle box. trip. The past war between Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia is still a sensitive subject, Flowers said, so although all three nations speak the same base language, the different accents still spark some dissension. Flowers said several places cancelled performances of “The Puzzle,” a musical featuring animated items from a puzzle box, because of the musical’s Serbian accent. Flowers said one of the schools had been closed to outside influences for 15 years, and another one that they
performed at never had a group come into their school before. But, the two schools asked the team to perform at the last minute. Michelle Grubaugh, senior and the team leader said the team performed “The Puzzle” 15 times in four public schools. Grubaugh stated one of the things she learned was trusting in God’s perfect timing. “We put together services and honestly had no idea what to do. God came through and touched the lives of all individuals we spoke to each
evening. Sometimes we don’t understand why we go through things, but God becomes our strength when we are weak.” Flowers said the team also performed in the Gypsy village Darda and cleaned service contacts’ homes. As much as she enjoyed the trip, Flowers said it was a lot more tiring than she was expecting. Flowers said she would definitely go again, and she has even connected with a service contact for a possible internship in Bosnia next summer.
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Cinema showdown: Netflix versus DVDs
Some students prefer the freedom and ease of watching any movie, at any time, from Netflix, for a small monthly fee. BY LUKE SPAIN Staff Writer
Movies can often be a relaxing getaway from the stressful college life, but there are many different ways to watch movies. Some students prefer to buy and own DVDs, whereas others prefer to subscribe to Netflix. DVD ownership is something that each person can tailor to his or her own tastes and interests.
Lindsay Paur, senior, said that she usually buys her DVDs on sale, and she has over 140 DVDs with her on campus and even more at home. Other students prefer to subscribe to Netflix for movies. According to Netflix’s website, for about $8 a month, anyone can subscribe to and choose from a large collection of movies and television shows to watch on a computer, PlayStation, Xbox or even hundreds of mobile devices
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Some students prefer the feeling of owning of DVDs compared to temporarily borrowing movies from the movie store. at any time. Though $8 a month seems like a lot, it can be cheaper than constantly buying new movies. “I do like Netflix,” Matt Sparling, junior, said. “There are so many movie choices that you can see new things without having to commit to buying them.” One down side to Netflix is that, unlike DVD ownership, the selection of movies Netflix has to offer is not always up-to-date with the latest movies. According to
Netflix’s customer services, Netflix has a set price that the company is willing to pay for new movies in order for prices to remain low. Because of this, sometimes Netflix has to wait several months before they can make new movies available. Sean White, sophomore, said, “I prefer Netflix for general movie watching, but when I am looking for something specific, a lot of times Netflix doesn’t have it.”
With DVD ownership, some people might feel a sense of material possession that makes people more comfortable with spending money. Sparling said he likes to own DVDs because he can have them with him whenever he wants. Even with Netflix, which can be accessed by many different devices, sometimes people just prefer something material they can have with them wherever they go.
Resident assistants balance many responsibilities
RAs are in charge of enforcing the rules, establishing traditions, providing leadership on a floor BY BRENA SWANSON Managing Feature Editor
Forty one resident assistants live in the six dorms located on campus. This semester, Scott Hall had 22 students apply for the five RA positions open for the upcoming school year. Andrew Goodall, residence director of Scott Hall, has been RD for three years and said he has never had so many applicants before. “The position of RA wears a lot of different hats,” Steve Gause, Lewis Hall RD, said. “They have to be the initial person on the
floor who establishes traditions, establishes a culture and provides leadership to a floor. Within a hall, they also provide management of an entire hall through their duty night, through office hours and through assignments they have to do for us [RDs].” The application process started the beginning of February. Applicants were required to fill out a self-evaluation and receive three references. Then they had to go through a process of passing disciplinary status, GPA requirements, a first interview and a second interview. “Above all else, when [my wife]
Janet and I are thinking RAs, we look for people who have a willingness to serve others,” Gause said. “It is a position that requires you to give of your time, give of your energy and give of your priorities to pour into the floor, to the building and to the hall.” RAs have to balance a variety of tasks. Goodall said the position requires a balance between spiritual leadership and a managerial type of role. “There is just no way that I can connect and really get involved with the lives of 200 guys. But, the RAs do it with at least 25 to 40 people,” Good-
all said. “That is a huge task, and sometimes it can be really thankless because they are juggling so
“It is a position that requires you to give of your time, give of your energy and give of your priorities to pour into the floor, to the building and to the hall.” -Steve Gause many different roles on campus.” RAs also have to be enforcers
of rules. Gause said RAs have to sometimes be the bad guys and make sure people stick to the standards that they have agreed to live by. The RA position requires a range of responsibilities from mentoring students on the floor to enforcing quiet hours. “[RAs] do a lot and they put a lot of work in,” Wendy Buttacy, Walther Hall RD, said. “I think a lot of times people don’t realize how much they do or how much they care behind the scenes. They are people there to mentor and to help, and that is their heart.”
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Spring arrives, students start cleaning
Going home for some students included traditional spring cleaning chores BY LUKE SPAIN Staff Writer
Each March as the weather gets warmer, a stirring of activity begins. Trees begin to bud, grass begins to green, mall walkers begin to take to the streets and something causes people to clean and reorganize residencies. The Chicago Tribune stated that spring cleaning is “the season when many of us begrudgingly wash the windows, mop the floors and scrub away the dirt and grime that accumulated over winter.” Since most Spring Breaks come in March, some students know the break will include traditional spring cleaning chores when they head home for the week. “Spring Break means spring cleaning for my family. It’s all my family has ever done,” Josiah Ramos, junior, said. Matt Sparling, junior, said that his family always cleans out the garage because it has a tendency to collect clutter from the winter. For those who stayed on campus over Spring Break, there were not as many deep cleaning projects. With regular room checks throughout residence halls and summer break quickly approaching, not many students had much planned for spring cleaning. However, Michael Wilhoit, freshman, said he did some spring cleaning in his dorm by rearranging furni-
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ture and getting a new feel for the room. Others used Spring Break as an opportunity to get things done that are not done on a regular basis. Lane Simmons, adjunct photography instructor, said he likes to use Spring Break to clean out his office after midterms. However someone chooses to spend March, spring can be a nice time of year to get those odd chores around the house taken care of.
Periodic room checks throughout the year helps to ensure students maintian a clean room at Evangel throughout the semester. Although, students still can use spring cleaning as a way to rearrange their room or perform a deeper cleaning of their room.
Stereotypes for residence halls stay persistant through the years Students differ in opinions about the stereotypes of dorms BY CALEB FOLEY Staff Writer
‘The Lorax’ speaks too much for trees BY IAN RICHARDSON Contributing Writer
In Thneedville, nature is a thing of the past. Full of inflatable flowers and battery-powered trees, the walled-in city sits under the careful surveillance of Mr. O’Hare, an influential business tycoon whose company sells “bottled air.” The naïve population seems completely content in its situation until a young boy named Ted escapes the walled-in neighborhood to hear the tale of the Once-ler, an old hermit who knows what happened to the trees. The Onceler’s tale transports Ted back to a time when the surrounding land was laden with Truffula trees, when the river was ripe with Humming-Fish and when cuddly Bar-ba-loots frolicked in the forest. The Once-ler tells about the Lorax — the orange, mustached guardian of the forest and how The Once-ler refused to heed the Lorax’s warnings as The Onceler sacrificed the environment to build an entrepreneurial empire. The Once-ler knows how to bring back the trees, but O’Hare has other ideas. “The Lorax” benefits from daz-
zling animation that captures the whimsical atmosphere unique to Dr. Seuss. Told as a musical, “The Lorax” has infectious beats and catchy lyrics, combined with over-the-top action sequences, cute characters and slapstick-style humor to make a film that kids of all ages will enjoy. The film expands upon Seuss’ original storyline and intensifies the environmental “save the trees” message. Unfortunately, both adaptations cause it to suffer. The added backstory of Thneedville and O’Hare seems poorly conceived, and the ending comes across as drawn-out, overly juvenile and quite preachy, as if the filmmakers were beating the audience over the head with a big bag of Truffula seeds. This film does several things well, from showing outstanding graphics to capturing the contagious Seussical energy. I was surprised at how much imagery lies just below the surface, much of it hinting at Christian themes. However, these enjoyable elements fall prey to poor plot decisions and an overbearing message. In the end, this film is good but not as good as it could have been.
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When people think of dorm stereotypes, some stereotypes are pretty easy to connect, but others are a little more difficult to put together. Scott, Spence, Walther, Krause, Lewis and Burgess Hall students all have stereotypes for the dorms. But how do students’ opinions about their own dorms differ from other students’ stereotypes of those same dorms? “Krause is jocks [and] Lewis is where freshmen flock because they like the idea of living in a co-ed dorm. Walther is…Walther, Scott is full of smart gentlemen and Spence has artsy intelligent girls,” Lexi Hussey, senior and RA of Burgess Hall, said. “I think Burgess’ stereotype is that they’re the high maintenance girls who create a lot of drama for themselves and others. I don’t think it’s a fair stereotype, but that’s what people have concocted.” According to Pam Smallwood, housing director, students are placed solely on where they request to be placed, and only if they do not request a certain dorm does she consider where they may fit best.
Bethany Clay, junior, said, “I picked Lewis because I had family here [in Lewis], I didn’t think I could handle an all-girl dorm and I’m used to having guy friends around.” But even though new students arrive each year to campus, the stereotypes seem to stay the same from year to year. “Burgess has the girls you date. They’re Barbies. Lewis students are unique and diverse. Scott has the musicians and bookworms. Spence girls are the girls you marry, and they’re very good
cooks. Walther girls are warm and friendly, down to earth and can breathe under water. Krause guys are athletic and break a lot of rules,” Taylor Sirois, senior and Krause Hall RA, said. Kenny Clark, junior from Krause hall, said, “There will always be stereotypes, and I just think it’s not really important to pay attention to. I know I don’t pay any attention to it, so therefore I don’t let it bother me. As long as the person knows where they are individually, then [dorm stereotypes] are irrelevant.”
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A group of girls in Lewis watching television together.
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Among the specific stereotypes each dorm maintains year to year, Krause residents are stereotyped as being tough jocks.
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Sports Scores - Feb. 25 - March 14 Men’s Basketball
March 2 Feb. 25 Baker University - 73 Evangel - 75 Evangel - 66 Peru State - 59
March 8 March 8 Evangel - 8 Evangel - 6 CalumetCollegeofSt.Joe-0 Cardinal Stritch - 0
March 14 Evangel - 60 Lindsey Wilson - 49
March 8 March 8 March 9 Evangel - 18 Evangel - 7 Aquinas - 5 CalumetCollegeofSt.Joe-7 Cardinal Stritch - 4 Evangel - 4
March 1 Benedictine - 63 Evangel - 54
March 8 Olivet Nazarene - 7 Evangel - 2
Women’s tennis team uses tournament as challenge Playing against tough players serves purpose BY SIERRA LOUDEN Managing Sports Editor
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Above: Phine Mulumba, freshman, reaches for a high ball during practice at Cooper Tennis Complex last week. Below: Aquila Gustave, freshman, backhands the tennis ball just before it hits the ground.
While many students were lounging over Spring Break, the women’s tennis team spent break in Orlando, Fla. challenging themselves with matches against the likes of NCAA-Division 1 level players. “I set up matches that I knew would be tougher than what we see in the HAAC region, and we went 2-3 even with our top player being gone most of the week because she was sick,” Debbie DeAlmeida, head coach, said. “I wanted to see how our team would handle a strong lineup that would have a level of depth across the board. It was good for the girls to see the depth others schools have because it will help us to grow and also to refine our lineup.” Clearly the team can handle a strong lineup as they are still 4-3 in the season after the competition. “The outcomes were not that bad,” Aquila Gustave, freshman,
Schedule for March 16-23 Baseball Date School/Event March 17 Mid-America Nazarene March 21 Peru State College
Location Evangel Peru, Neb.
Time 1 and 3 p.m. 1 and 3 p.m.
Softball School/Event Date March 16 Greenville College
Location Springﬁeld, Mo.
March 16 Williams Baptist College March 17 Wartburg College March 17 Rogers State University March 17 University of Science and Arts, Okla.
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March 21 Avila University
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Time 2:30 p.m. 4:15 p.m. 11 a.m. 12:45 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 2 and 4 p.m.
Date School/Event March 20 Lincoln (Mo.) University
Location Jefferson City, Mo.
March 21 William Jewell College
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said. The women played against Missouri Baptist at the Cooper Tennis Complex yesterday and will play against Lincoln University on March 20.
“I set up matches that I knew would be tougher than what we see in the HAAC region, and we went 2-3 even with our top player being gone most of the week because she was sick.” -Debbie DeAlmeida
Indoor track championship: a weekend of broken records Three students compete in NAIA championship and place BY SIERRA LOUDEN Managing Sports Editor
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said. “We all did the best we did in our matches and to keep each other happy and gave the support we all needed to each other.” In addition to the wins, the team also returned to Evangel with fun memories. “The highlights of the trip were being able hang out and build more of a connection as a team. Some players went to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure while others went to the beach or Sea World, so it was a great way for the girls to recharge by doing something they enjoyed,” DeAlmeida said. “We also had a great time together on Sunday night watching a video from Louie Giglio, and it was a great reminder and encouragement to know that we serve a big God.” “I believe that this team is a loving and supportive team and that we do not really have much to focus on except keeping our game play up to the level we can play at all times and to continue supporting each other,” Gustave
Three of Evangel’s runners finished the Indoor Track season at the NAIA National Indoor Track Championship in Geneva, Ohio on March 3. All three placed high within the rankings of their events. The runners came up against some fierce competition as the meet was comprised of the best college-age runners in the nation. “Everyone there was just so fast; it’s a whole new level,” Grant Hafner, sophomore, said. “Just watching all the competitors and seeing the speeds that are achievable is crazy.” “There was a range of competition, within both the semifinal and final races,” Kristen Ostrem, senior, said. “The semifinals were more about strategy, pacing and trying to be in qualifying contention for Saturday’s final, so certain
“[It was] the first time an Evangel athlete has qualified for Nationals in that event and our first All-American award in the past two years.” -Kristen Ostrem
runners did not run all-out that race. During the finals, however, there was definitely good competition, including the national champion’s time being less than 17 minutes.” Despite the competition, the team continued its record smashing streak, Hafner finished eighth in the 3,000 meter race/walk and was named an NAIA Indoor Track All-American. “[It was] the first time an Evangel athlete has qualified for Nationals in that event, and our first All-American award in the past two years,” Ostrem said. Ostrem also completed one of her personal goals when she qualified for the finals for the 5,000 meter run, ultimately finishing tenth place within the event. “There is or are often minor things that an athlete wishes he/ she could have changed, but overall, I am very happy with how everything turned out,” Ostrem said. Nicholas Hestand, senior, also qualified for the 5,000 meter run finals on the men’s side and took tenth place in the event. His time of 15:07.02 set his personal record and broke the school record by a significant amount. The next step for the runners is the Outdoor Track season which starts on March 24 with a meet in Baldwin City, Kan.
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Baseball team overcomes offensive struggles for wins BY DANIEL SHEDD Staff Writer
The baseball team wasted no time in proving themselves in Orlando, Fla. during Spring Break. On the offensive side, the Crusaders look to improve on a season that has been short on scoring runs. Through the first 12 games, opponents have outscored the Crusaders 49-40. Evangel struggles to get on the board early, having scored only 10 runs through the first four innings of 12 games. The Crusaders, now 11-9 in the season, overcame some major challenges while in the sunshine state against some major opponents. Among the top of these teams was Madonna University (Mich.). Evangel swept the 23rd ranked team in the nation by a score of 2-1 and 4-2. Winning pitchers
of those games were Blake McKnight, junior pitcher, and Josh Engler, sophomore pitcher. The Crusaders managed to hold Madonna to only 11 hits through two games. After the sweep of Madonna, Evangel scored 13 runs against Lourdes University (Ohio). Nick Moore, freshman pitcher, received his first collegiate win against Lourdes. “I was initially off to a rough beginning at the collegiate level. I finally got enough confidence and poise on the mound to throw a good game. This is hopefully a start to a good rest of the season,” Moore said. The first loss of the tournament was against Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.). Matt Myers, junior pitcher, threw a complete game, and he only gave up one earned run. “That’s baseball. Sometimes
you are going to pull off those wins, and sometimes you aren’t,” Myers said. The Crusaders continued to lose two more games with a score of 1-3 and 1-5 against Bluefield College (Va). The team ended the trip with two strong wins and a sweep against Calumet College of St. Joe. (Ind.) with a score of 8-0 and 18-7. “Overall, it was a great experience for us as a team. We got to travel down to Florida while we bonded on and off the field,” Wes Clay, sophomore infielder, said. While off the field, the Crusaders enjoyed a week of Downtown Disney and the beach. Evangel finished the tournament with a record of 5-3, and now has an overall record of 11-9. Conference play started yesterday against Park University in a 9-inning game at home.
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Storm Bailey, junior outfielder, after making an overhead catch at a practice this week. Bailey has fielded 85 games during his career.
Basketball team moves ahead in national tourney BY CHARLIE WILLIAMS Contributing Writer
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Cale Ramsey, senior guard, breaks through the defense to slam the ball into the basket. Stephen Cotten, junior forward, helps Ramsey by playing defense against the Baker University Wildcats. The Wildcats won the game 73-66.
The Crusaders took an early 12 point lead and held on to defeat the eighth seeded Lindsey Wilson College 60-49 in the NAIA-I National Tournament Wednesday at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City. After the Blue Raiders fought back to tie the game Mitch McHenry, senior guard, knocked down a momentum swinging three-pointer right before halftime to give the Crusaders a 27-24 lead heading into the half. “Defensively we played very well. We got some good shots in the first half, but missed several of them,” Steve Jenkins, head coach, said. “I don’t think we ever trailed in the game. Mitch’s three gave us the lead going into the half.” Evangel quickly built their lead to ten points in the second half only to see Lindsey Wilson chip away at it again before Jayme Donnelly, junior guard, hit two three-pointers to help seal the win. The Crusaders shot 45 percent in the game and hit 8 of 17 threepointers and held the Blue Raiders to 37 percent and held the nation’s fifth beast long range shooting team to 5 of 20 from behind the threepoint line. The Blue Raiders held a lopsided advantage on the boards midway through the first half before the Crusaders were able to dwindle in down to being
Jayme Donnelly, junior guard, lifts the ball to the net. Donnelly contributed seven points to the Crusaders final score.
outrebounded by three in the half. Evangel then controlled the boards in the second half outrebounding Lindsey Wilson 32-26 in the game. “We got the ball inside in the second half and were able to make a much better percentage,” Jenkins said. “Defensively the key was we did not let them run their set plays. I thought we had them scouted well it kind of rattled them that they could not run their stuff.” Zach Kleine, sophomore forward, scored 12 points in
the first half for the Crusaders and finished the game with 15 points and Stephen Cotton, junior forward, also finished the game with 15 points with 11 points coming in the second half. Brodie Wingert, freshman guard, led the Crusaders with seven rebounds. The Crusaders advance to the round of 16 in the national tournament on Friday. The team faces off against ninth seeded Rogers State out of Okla. At 9 a.m. in the first game on the second round of the tournament in Kansas City.
Lady Crusaders raise overall standing while away BY JAKE WEINREICH Staff Writer
The softball team, back from Pensacola, Florida, can walk with heads held high. Previously holding a 4-1 record, over Spring Break, the softball team increased to 11-4 overall. The girls went 7-3 in five days of playing doubleheaders each weekday of Spring Break. Friday, the last day of games, was cancelled due to rain.
“We haven’t played bad by any means, but we know as a team we can play better.” -Katelyn Tolle This long stretch was not a tournament but a series of games scheduled by Jerry Breaux, head coach. He scheduled the games in such a way that would increase the girls’ national ranking. The girls started the week off playing in Tennessee on Saturday, winning both games against Christian Brothers University by run rule. Then they traveled to
Florida where they kept the streak run ruling for the next two games on Monday. The team returned the next day to face the ninth ranked team in the nation. They lost these two games and the next day lost the first of the doubleheader. After this three-game losing streak, the girls ended the week strong before the rain on Friday by winning the last three games. Before Spring Break, the girls said that they needed to work on little things to tweak them to perfection. “These are not terrible; it’s just where we struggle the most.” Katelyn Tolle, sophomore pitcher, said, “We haven’t played bad by any means, but we know as a team we can play better.” Although the week did not seem to improve these aspects, the team figured out ways around those weaknesses. They played small ball to get runners on base, but defense still needed a little work. Even with some flaws, Danelle Billings, sophomore center/infielder, had a great tournament. She was named conference player of the week for the second week in a row.
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Katelyn Tolle, junior pitcher, prepares for a wind up during practice. Tolle is currently 1-1 for pitching, a record set March 7 during the Lady Crusader’s first game against Shawnee State that day. The team lost that game 1-0 but won the next game 6-1 when Danelle Billings, sophomore center/infielder, went 2-4.