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What’s Inside Evangel musicians included in the 2012 Missouri All-Collegiate Band.

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Smaller EU Launch held for spring semester

Launch leaders welcome new students with ‘intimate’ atmosphere and events

Joseph Brueckmann, senior tuba player; Wes Gore, senior horn player; Dorothy Lason, junior flutist; and Jimmy Benecasa, senior tuba player were selected for 2012 Missouri All-Collegiate Band. They will perform at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference from Jan. 25 to Jan. 28. Page 3.

Evangel represented at Miss America pagent On Jan. 13, Sydney Friar, 2011 alumna, competed as Miss Missouri in the 2012 Miss America Pageant. Friar competed alongside 53 contestants representing U.S. states and districts. Before the pageant, Friar posted on her Facebook account that she was not worried and was trusting God with the outcome of the pageant. Page 2.

Track team trains over break for indoor season Over break, the Evangel track team began training to prepare for their indoor season, which started at the beginning of the spring semester. They are preparing for their first meet this Friday. Page 7.

Music major’s amazing recovery after years of dealing with deafness. Jimmy Benecasa, senior music industry major, underwent a procedure to recover hearing in his left ear after developing his talent as a gifted musician while living with partial hearing for 10 years. Page 5.

Action movie Sherlock Holmes critiqued “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” the action-packed sequel to the 2009 blockbuster hit, “Sherlock Holmes,” is in theaters now. Reviewed this week on page. Page 5.

Cheer team competes at Nationals in Orlando On Jan. 14 the Evangel cheer team competed in the UCA/UDA College Cheerleading & Dance Team National Championship in Orlando, Fla. The championship took place at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex in Disney World. Page 7.

Abnormal weather hits Springfield over break Due to a strange shift in winter weather patterns over Christmas break, the Midwest has yet to experience the brunt of the winter weather. Page 3.


Faculty and staff lay hands on new students in prayer during devotions with President Spence on Monday, Jan 9. BY BRANDON WILLIS Managing News Editor

More than 40 new students arrived on campus Monday, Jan. 9. They were welcomed on campus by launch leaders, events and service opportunities. The spring launch has a more intimate atmosphere for new students because of the smaller scale, compared to fall launches. Nick Longo, senior and six-time launch leader, said fall launch ranges from 400 to 600 new students whereas spring launch ranges from 40 to 70. The smaller size enables students to connect easier with each other. “I felt like they were able to get to know each other outside of their own launch groups,” Christy Rowden, Student Activities Director, said. “It felt like everyone, by the time we were

done, had talked to everyone else. It was a really neat vibe.” Longo said EU Launch prepares new students for university life by giving them a launch leader, a true friend whom new students can go to openly if they ever have a question or a problem. “All of my launch kids have my personal phone number and room [number], so if they ever have a question or are stressing with a roommate, they know they can go to me personally,” Longo said. Several events were scheduled for new students, such as residence hall activities, where students did a unique activity with people from their dorms. Several dorms took their new students to Andy’s while some went downtown. The new students went Glow Bowling at Lighthouse Lanes with their launch leaders


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Before the families returned to their new homes constructed during “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s” 200th build, Convoy of Hope president Hal Donaldson announced a fund of $1 million to rebuild storm-ravaged Joplin. Convoy of Hope was present during the building of the seven houses EMHE gave to the Howard, Whitley, Nguyen, Nevins, Cogdill, Walters and GonzalesEly families. On the fifth day of the build, Donaldson, an Evangel alumnus, announced the Extreme Hope fund, which will go to help residents of Joplin struggling to recover financially after the May 22 tornado, according to the build’s official website. The announcement was broadcast as part of EMHE’s two-hour series

finale on Jan. 13. “Since the tornado, we’ve been able to distribute 70 truckloads of food and supplies. It’s all been made possible because of the generosity of people in this region [and] because we love the city of Joplin,” Donaldson said. “They’ve started a fund for all the residents of Joplin with shortfalls in rebuilding their homes,” said EMHE host Ty Pennington. “The fund is starting in the amount of $1 million.” Donaldson’s daughter Erin, an Evangel sophomore, was with her father and about 15 Convoy faculty members for the announcement. She said the scene was powerful, moving and inspiring. “You look out and see homes demolished, but you see such hope on the other side of the road where restoration is occurring,” she said.

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unteered at the Springfield Boys and Girls Club. “We did the Joplin thing in the fall,” Rowden said. “We like to do a community service thing because it gets them thinking outside of themselves and getting to know the community.” Launch leaders do face challenges during the spring launch. “In the fall, because it is the beginning, it is so easy to get motivated,” Longo said, “[During] spring launch, what we leaders have to check each other on is that even though it is half way for us, it is new for them.” Despite some of the challenges, Longo said that he enjoys EU Launch. “The coolest thing is getting to know these new students, being there for them and seeing them acclimate easier.” Longo said, “That really does it for me.”

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and their RAs. “We give them [students] fun events, but we also have things set up like ‘this is how campus runs,’ such as the student panel, where [current] students answer questions like what is a fish bowl,” Longo said. Students met for success planning with their faculty adviser from their department. Rowden said they want students to have a connection with their department, to get to know their adviser and to know their plan for college. The new student chapel, which was new last semester, returned this semester. Rowden said the new student chapel helps new students understand chapel’s purpose, instead of just telling new students they have to attend each week. As their service opportunity this semester, new students vol-


Natalie Ely (formerly Gonzalez) reacts to seeing her new home during the unveiling of the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” homes on the 2500 block of Connor Avenue in Joplin.


Nate Phillips, freshman, lifts weights in the Mabee center during an afternoon workout session.

New measures taken to ensure compliance with wellness program BY CHRISTINE TEMPLE Editor in Chief

Of the 1,148 students required to participate in the Student Wellness Program, 325 of those students were noncomplaint with the program’s requirements in the fall 2011 semester. Callie Traub, Student Wellness Program Coordinator, was disappointed with the results. “After all the hard work last semester, advertising and trying to communicate, I still had 325 [students] miss the boat.” The Student Wellness Program replaced the two-credit Lifetime Fitness class in fall of 2010, said Traub. However, the program was not a requirement until fall of 2011. The ultimate goal of the program, Traub said, was for students to “become aware of their own fitness level and to remedy any fitness problems they have.”

Traub said that if students were motivated to maintain good health, then this program requires no more than what a student is already doing. “If you are not motivated to be healthy, then this is going to seem like another one of Evangel’s requirements.” Students deemed noncompliant would be required to take the one-credit class Life Strides, an early morning walking class. Due to the number of students who did not participate in the program, the class was not required this semester. “It was impossible to have a class that big,” Traub said. In place of Life Strides, noncompliant students must log the hours of their physical activity in the Mabee Center by scanning their prox on a special scanner,

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Activities Board launches spring semester The Scoop with ‘Captain America Got His Wings’ Websites go black to protest SOPA and PIPA Websites such as Wikipedia and Reddit self-initiated a website blackout Wednesday in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect Information Property Act. If passed by Congress, SOPA and PIPA will crackdown on copyright infringement and online piracy by restricting websites that host infringing content. However, controversy surrounds these bills because opponents claim these acts will infringe on first amendment rights and can be used as a form of censorship. Media companies support SOPA and PIPA because their content is being pirated. However, large internet companies are against SOPA and PIPA becuase these bills will block sites based on individual users’ actions. What are your thoughts on SOPA and PIPA? Tweet about it at #SOPA and #PIPA

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Activities Board kicked off the spring semester with the Movie in the Caf event “Captain America Got His Wings” on Jan. 12. AB invited students to eat chicken wings, have free drinks and watch “Captain America: The First Avenger.” The event had a large turnout. Students gathered early to get in line for the chicken wings and drinks served at 8:30 p.m. Once inside, students were able to choose between buffalo, barbecue and teriyaki chicken wings and drink free beverages before taking their seats for the movie. Students continued to flow into the cafeteria until the beginning of the movie at 9:00 p.m. “They did a good job planning it, and it was a good choice of movie,” Genelle Trowbridge, sophomore, said. “Overall, the movie event seemed to be well received by the students who attended.” The event provided a venue for students to relax and watch a movie. “It was fun,” Matt Myers, junior, said. “I enjoyed hanging out with my friends while watching a movie I’ve seen before and I like.” “Captain America Got His


Students gather in the cafeteria to eat free chicken wings and watch “Captain America: The First Avenger” at “Captain America Got His Wings;” an event sponsored by Activities Board.

semblies of God is a male beauty pageant, Fuentes said. AB will host their traditional DVD Bingo and Spring Fling events. Spring Fling is a themed variety show hosted by AB where students put on skits and bands perform. The event is similar to Harvest Fest, which is

held in the fall. At DVD Bingo students play bingo and have the chance to win prizes such as toilet paper, DVDs and gift cards. Students also have the chance to win big ticket items such as electronics. AB will announce events later this semester.

Scholarship deadline is January 31

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The deadline for submitting an application for departmental scholarships for the 2012 to 2013 school year is Jan. 31. Applications are available online through the student portal. Departmental scholarships are not automatically renewed and must be reapplied for each year.

Traub said. “They’ll have to show proof they were here [the Mabee Center] three hours a week.” Normally, students log their hours through the student portal; Traub said that this new requirement will allow them to make up for missed physical activity from last semester. Mabee Center workers will monitor students to ensure they are exercising. Emily Musy, junior, said, “I think that the requirements are fair. If I were in their shoes I would much prefer logging hours in the Mabee than taking a walking class.” Keith Hardy, chairman of the Kinesiology Department, said that the Student Wellness Program is meant to be a positive opportunity for students. “Research shows that if you work out you are going to feel good and do

better academically; plus it costs less [than Lifetime Fitness].” Hardy attributes the 325 noncompliant students with a lack of promotion and understanding of the program. “Change equals confusion, let’s be flexible,” Hardy said. Traub said she will promote the Student Wellness program again this semester through chapel announcements, flyers and through faculty. “Advisers should know what is mandatory for each student to graduate.” While Traub is disappointed with the results from the fall 2011 semester, she is hopeful that the program will work. “We’re going to give it one more semester and see how it goes. We [Traub and Hardy] hope that this semester will be better,” Traub said. Traub said she hopes that students, through the Student Wellness Program, will realize that their health is important.

Faster Internet speeds on campus Evangel’s Internet was upgraded over break. Jeremy Henson, IT department User Specialist, said the Internet will now be 67 percent faster than last semester.

Wings” was AB’s back-to-school event for the new semester, and it is just the first of many activities that they have planned. Stephanie Fuentes, AB Director, said, “We’ll have some traditional events that go on during the second semester, like Mr. AG in February.” Mr. As-

Last day to change meal plans and drop or add classes JESSICA NUNLEY | THE LANCE

Today is the last day for students to change their meal plans. Students should email Pam Smallwood by 3 p.m. if they would like to make any changes. Any Crusader Bucks used will be charged to a student’s account. Also, today is the last day to drop or add classes for a full refund. Drop/ Add forms are available in the Records and Registration Office.

Dorm life:

How roommates are decided

A behind the scenes look at the roommate matching system BY BRANDON WILLIS Managing News Editor

Every semester new and transfer students come to Evangel and current students switch dorms, suites and roommates. Pam Smallwood, Housing Director, gives insight into matching roommates, and the difficulties that come with it. In 2007 the housing department and information technology worked together to develop a roommate matching system to more accurately match roommates. “I saw all of those dating services and I thought that would be a good thing for roommates,” Smallwood said. According to Smallwood, the current system to match roommates has been used since the fall of 2009. During registration and at the end of each semester, new and returning students complete a housing application and answer questions about their housing, personal, academic and spiritual habits. Cleanliness, bedtime, snoring, sharing, studying and spiritual journey are the most important categories for roommate compatibility, and therefore are weighted more than other categories. Several types of students, such as athletes, nursing majors and music majors, are commonly matched together. “Nursing majors commonly want another nursing major because they take classes at Cox, their schedules are different [than other students], and their breaks are different. ” Smallwood said musicians are a different breed — they are highly artistic and are always doing music — which can cause them to be more difficult to room with other majors. “Athletes usually go better with athletes,” Smallwood said. “If I cannot find someone who is a football player, I will find someone who is athletic and likes foot-

ball.” According to Smallwood, several of the coaches match their players or are very involved in the matching process. Consolidating roommates and finding roommates for new spring semester students can be a challenge. “Our Evangel students are not very cooperative in getting new roommates,” Smallwood said. A single student who occupies a double room yet knows he or she is not paying for a private room, is often unwelcoming to new roommates. Smallwood said plenty of returning students are available for transfer students. However, when it comes to finding returning students who are willing to room with a transfer student, they often end up making the transfer student feel rejected. “I honestly believe we have lost students because of this,” Smallwood said. “[Transfer] students do not want to make anyone uncomfortable by their presence so they would rather go elsewhere than know they will be unwelcome.” On some occasions, students can be left without roommates because none of the people to choose from meet the compatibility requirements to room with those students. Last semester, Danielle Pfiester, junior, was left without a roommate because her old roommate switched rooms right before the start of the semester. Pfiester said she was disappointed that she was left without a roommate. She said she wanted a roommate because the whole college experience is having a roommate. “But I was not going to complain about having my own room,” Pfiester said. Pfiester said she has seen the roommate matching system work for some people but does not think it always works. Smallwood said the roommate matching system cannot evaluate things such as trustworthiness or humility.


Sydney Friar, EU graduate and Miss Missouri, competes for the Miss America title in Las Vegas.

Evangel graduate Sydney Friar represents Missouri in Miss America beauty pageant BY KELSEY REINHARD Contributing Writer

An indescribable buzz filled the air as the audience took their seats half an hour before the show started. The Miss America Pageant’s opening number drew near, and hosts Chris Harrison and Brooke Burke took their places. Sydney Friar, 2011 alumna, competed in the Miss America Pageant, Saturday. The pageant opened with 53 women dancing and proudly declaring which state or district they represented. Moments after the opening number was finished, the hosts called off the names of 15 women who were moving on in the competition. Friar did not advance any further as her name was not on the list. According to her Facebook page for Miss Missouri 2011, she was not worried going in to the pageant about the outcome as she was trusting God for what was to

come. “It excites me to know that whatever happens tonight will be exactly what God has planned for me. I am overwhelmed with peace and gratitude,” Friar wrote. Friar left for the pageant in Las Vegas on Jan. 5. She took part in wardrobe fittings, photo and video shoots, rehearsals, and fashion shows in the days leading up to the pageant. “Wow, this is so surreal,” Friar wrote. All 53 contestants competed in three nights of preliminary competition from Jan. 10 to Jan. 12. Susan Fiedler attended the Miss America pageant and is one of the Pageant coordinators for the Miss Branson Pageant that Friar won prior to becoming Miss Missouri. Fiedler arrived in Las Vegas on Monday Jan. 9 to watch Friar compete in the preliminary competitions throughout the week. “To see her on that stage in front of a sold-out [audience] was pretty special,” Fiedler said. She said

she was shocked that Friar did not advance in the competition. “We were all very surprised. Everybody [we talked to] said, ‘We love her. She’s going to be in the top 15.’ Apparently, the judges had a different idea.” Current students were also shocked when Friar’s name was not called to be part of the top 15. Camille Brand, senior, and several other girls on her floor in Lewis Hall gathered together to cheer on Friar. Brand lived near Friar in Lewis Hall and worked with her in coordinating campus events. “I was surprised that she didn’t make it because of her personality. We were all disappointed but she did well.” Friar wrote she was very appreciative of all the encouragement that she received. “I cannot say thank you enough for all the love and support poured out on me throughout this journey. I feel so loved.”


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Mild winter weather leaves students without snow during break BY RAINI WAY

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As Bing Crosby first sang in 1941, “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.” But for many students, the dream was not fulfilled over the Christmas break. The stable division between the pacific and polar jet streams delivered snow to the southern Rocky Mountains, but left much of the north and Midwest warm and dry. The unseasonal weather was dry enough to allow the spread of grass fires in some parts of the northern plains. Students who looked forward to going home to snow were disappointed when both Christmas and New Year’s Day failed to produce any sign of the white stuff. Instead, areas as far north as Minnesota and Montana saw temperatures in the 50s and 60s. Even areas that normally experience heavy snow due to proximity to the Great Lakes were dry, receiving frost, but no snow. “It was weird. Normally there’s a lot of it [snow],” said Katy Miller, freshman from Binghamton, N.Y. “It was my first not-white Christmas in a long time.” Sophomore Levi Bakerink, from Springfield, Mo., said he never knows what to expect during Missouri’s winters. “I’m surprised we don’t have snow by now,” he said. According to the National Weather Service, this year’s mild winter can be blamed on the shifting of the North Atlantic Oscillation, a climatic cycle similar to El

Niño and La Niña, but with much more potential for variation. When in a positive stage, as it has been so far this winter, the NAO tends to bring warmer, milder weather to the United States. The movement of the NAO directly affects the polar jet stream, a river of air that acts as a boundary between arctic and subtropical air masses. When the jet stream dips south, a trough is formed, bringing cold arctic air south. When the jet stream shifts north, it forms a ridge, bringing warm air north as well. Low pressure systems responsible for bringing precipitation, such as snow, follow the jet streams. This winter the polar jet stream has been stranded far to the north, bringing record snow to Alaska and leaving the lower 48 states high and dry. On Jan. 10, an arctic air mass finally pushed south and brought more seasonal weather to the northwest and northern plains states. But with the exception a single day of snow on Jan. 12, the full force of winter weather has still held back for much of the Midwest. The inch of snow Missouri received on Jan. 12 lasted only a couple days before the resurgence of warm weather quickly melted all of the accumulated snow. The current warm weather pattern is subject to rapid change as the NAO fluctuates. There are several winter storm warnings expected for much of Missouri in the near future. Today’s forecast calls for temperatures in the upper 40s with a slight chance of rain.

Evangel musicians join 2012 All-Collegiate Band BY JONATHAN GRACZA Contributing Writer

Evangel will contribute four musicians to the 2012 Missouri All-Collegiate Band, which performs at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference from Jan. 25 to Jan. 28. “I think this is definitely going to be a great musical experience, maybe even one of the greatest opportunities of my life,” Dorothy Lason, junior, said. Lason will play the flute as one of the students chosen to participate. Evangel will also be represented by a percussionist, Jimmy Benecasa, senior; a tuba player, Joseph Brueckmann, junior; and a horn player, Wesley Gore, senior. “Each of these kids are going to become professional musicians when they graduate,” Michael Kolstad, chairman of the Music Department, said. “The bar [to be selected] is that they’re competitive and at a professional level.” The rehearsal for the concert begins on Jan. 26, the day before the actual concert. Students will learn the music at the rehersal, and should be able to perform it by the end of rehersal. The first order of business once students arrive at the Tan-Tara Resort in Lake of the Ozarks, the venue of the conference, is auditioning for chair placement, meaning that if selected, they would lead their sections. “I’m biased, but I wouldn’t be surprised if all four [Evangel students] ended up being the top chair in their sections,” Kolstad said.



The students involved will not receive scholarships, but according to Kolstad, the performance is considered prestigious and looks good on their resumes. “I was asked to play in the all-



The first snow of the year fell Jan. 12 after several weeks of abnormally warm weather during winter break. However, the weather returned back to unusually warm temperatures during the rest of the week.

HOPE, from page 1 Evangel had representatives in Joplin all week in the form of alumni and current students who volunteered on the build. Justine Kahn, junior, volunteered with Students in Free Enterprise on the second day of the build, then returned with her family to volunteer on the build’s fifth day. “It was a dream come true because

I’ve always wanted to work with EMHE,” Kahn said. Kahn and her family helped where needed, keeping the build site clean, assisting with the installation of piping, and even getting an opportunity to film a segment of the show with Pennington. Kahn said she was glad that despite the fact that she couldn’t build a house there was still a place for her to help. She said the

project would give Joplin a fresh start and that she could see Joplin coming back stronger than before. “It was very powerful,” she said. “It was a great experience. I definitely won’t ever forget it.” “Things such as these can be done all across the world if we’re willing to put in the effort,” Erin Donaldson said. Episodes of EMHE are available for viewing online at


collegiate orchestra my freshman year, so I have already had a taste of playing on that level,” Benecasa said. “Playing in the band will be similar to that experience but the other side of the spectrum musically. I am always looking for ways to expand my musical horizons, so I am very happy to be a part of this.” Brueckman said that he expects it to be a “life changing” opportunity. “Playing with my peers from all over Missouri will be extravagant,” Brueckman said. Lason sees this as an opportunity to make connections with educators and musicians here in Missouri. “Opportunities to perform in excellent groups encourage me to polish my own playing,” Gore said. He said it also helps him gauge how his own abilities stack up to those of other collegiate musicians in Missouri. “There are a bunch of others [music majors] I wish could have made it but because of the number of slots that were open weren’t not selected,” Kolstad said. “I would put up a lot of our students as the best.” According to Kolstad, the concert will be open to the general public.


The crowd chants “move that bus” as show host Ty Pennington (center) looks on from a higher vantage point during the unveiling of the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” homes on the 2500 block of Connor Avenue in Joplin.

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‘Hop on the politico-bandwagon’


Iconic words echo in my head as I sit and watch gallivanting teens squirm across campus with a fresh start. It’s a new semester and grades are at an all-time high for some. It’s a new school for the many transfers that are anxious to continue their education at the most truthfully school in the Springfield-metropolitan area. It’s a new year and resolutions are already falling apart. I vowed to run every day but alas I have failed. However, one discipline has not only been seeded but is slowly growing into a fullbloomed obsession. I told myself that this year I would not only start to become aware of what is going on in the political realm, but I would become involved. Those Iconic words continue to reverberate down my spine causing me to bud. “Ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your

country,” famously spoken January 20th, 1961 by John F. Kennedy at his inauguration speech, breathe life into my roots. With SOPA, NDAA, and other highly controversial bills including how to deal with our ever-growing deficit have struck a social chord. There are plenty of things to get worried about for politics’ sake and as I see social movements like Occupy and Wiki black outs, I can only assume I am not the only one concerned for the future. So, I am proposing for everyone, as the year starts anew, to hop on the politico-bandwagon! Three easy things you can do in the next few months to become a part of an ever-growing trend: Register to vote; learn the issues and the potential candidates involved in the upcoming election; and finally, Vote! You can find each candidate, locally and national, and their views on a wide number of topics at onthe- where you can also take a political assessment for yourself, to see where you stand. So, while those of you that are waiting for Spring Fling as a sure ticket to marriage are holding your breath, the rest of us will be watching the debates on Saturday.

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one school to another. “When you meet someone for the first time, you want to look good. New clothes make a good first impression,” Napoli said. Freshman Natalie Fatato is using her hip attire as an opportunity to “network” on campus. “I wear new clothes to impress boys. It’s worked thus far,” Fatato said. The trendsetters among us see second semester as prime-time to make history, both at EU and in the community at large. Cunningham already has the future fashion of college kids in the works. “I wear a big, bulky sweater, skinny jeans and my new argyle socks,” Cunningham said. “It’s a trend I’m trying to get rolling; nerdy, in a good way.” Such shining aspirations are not uncommon this early in the season. Seeing how they end up is nearly as scandalous. Good thing I’m sporting my fly new sunnys to ward off the glare.

Where’s Waldo? Amanda Holloway, senior “He lives on Kansas Expressway and looks exactly like the book character.”

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She gleamed like the sound of crickets on a summer night. Her radiance was deafening. Jewels dripped down her cheeks, falling on the soft folds holding her together. So bright. So brilliant with originality. But just then, someone passed, looking strikingly similar. Then another, and another. It had begun: show-off week. Journeying down the sidewalk from Burgess to the cafeteria is a free ticket to a fashion show. Left and right, alone or in groups, students stride along exhibiting the latest trends of the season. This isn’t to say that Evangel kids are unusually fashion savvy at the beginning of the new semester as opposed to other months; but it’s hard not to notice the sudden onslaught of shiny, un-scuffed, welltailored apparel traipsing about. “We’re poor college kids,” Mandy Cunningham, freshman, said. “When we get new clothes, we want to show them off. When you look good, you feel good.” Mere hours after the final goodbyes ring in the ears of loved ones, students are back to the daily grind of college, but with an extra pep in their step that only retail therapy can bring. Forget gradually integrating new items into your current wardrobe. Most, if not all of us, see early January as a challenge to quickly expose our fellow classmates to every wearable gift or sale item we purchased in the last month. Quite an accomplishment, but easily a more common and accepted practice than waltzing around in battered, old Snuggies. For students brand new to Evangel, like transfer junior Joe Napoli, revealing a fresh wardrobe aids in the transition from

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Student orchestrates his life despite obstacles

Benecasa surpasses expectations and regains hearing unexpectedly after more than ten years BY BRENA SWANSON Managing Feature Editor

When Jimmy Benecasa, senior music industry major, was 11 years old, his dad realized that his son was losing hearing in the left ear. Benecasa had a disease called cholesteatoma, caused by a bonedeteriorating cyst in his left ear. He had surgery and had a prosthesis put in his ear which gave him back nearly 50 percent of his hearing. During a youth camp trip a year later, Benecasa was horsing around with his friends and was accidentally punched in the left ear. The hit collapsed the prosthesis that was in his ear and as a result caused him to have almost no hearing in his left ear. Adjusting to his new life, Benecasa said he learned to sit on the left side of people and to read lips. “I don’t see it as a problem. I don’t want to use it as an excuse or anything either, so it’s just what happened and I learned to accept it,” Benecasa said. Despite all of his hearing problems, Benecasa’s gift of playing the piano was just starting to blossom. His mom mostly taught him how to play the piano until they moved to Houston, Texas, when Benecasa was 10 years old. “When we moved down to Houston, there was a really good music school in the town we lived in. [My teacher] really stretched me and really pushed me. I practiced

six to eight hours a day at that point. It was just my life.” Benecasa was always above average when it came to playing the piano. His family moved to Springfield, Mo. in October of his senior year which helped him transition into college life. Trying to find a place to practice piano since his family’s piano was still in Texas, Benecasa started coming to Evangel to practice. In doing so, Benecasa met Greg Morris, professor of piano, who then started teaching Benecasa. “He is unusually gifted at playing and especially his physical talent is really amazing,” Morris said. “Unless he told me he had issues with his hearing, I would have never known it. Personality wise it doesn’t change him at all. He carries on. He does what he can and when he is healed up, he goes right back to what he was doing before.” Benecasa said that the three words that describe him are faith, music and opportunities. “I see music as a gift that has been given to me. The ability to play, the ability to understand it, to create it, I find purpose in that. I feel that the way I see music is the way that God sees his creations. I associate music with faith. It is almost inseparable now to me.” Besides playing music, Benecasa loves composing his own pieces. Last semester a man from Benecasa’s church in Texas contacted him

to create music for a Christmas song that he had written lyrics for. Benecasa said the feeling of being commissioned for a piece was surreal, and he is working on the final touches of the song. Along with writing his own music, Benecasa’s dream is to be a film scorer. “I’ve had a couple student films that I have done music for already. Watching the movie with the music I put to it was one of the most satisfying feelings I’ve ever had,” Benecasa said. Last year, Benecasa heard from his doctor about an ear specialist that could help him with his hearing impairment. After he lost his hearing again from being hit, Benecasa said that he thought it would be that way the rest of his life. After visiting with the new specialist, he learned that with new technology his ear could be stabilized, and he could have 90 percent of his hearing back. Benecasa had the surgery done Jan. 3., and he can already hear different frequencies in his ear. “I never ever heard him complain even during his difficulties,” Michael Kolstad, professor of music, said. “He is a phenomenal pianist; he always has been. He is incredibly helpful, even outside of piano. He played in the marching band this year. He plays in the orchestra over at Central Assembly, so he is always doing something. If you ask him to do something, he just jumps at it.”


Jimmy Benecasa, senior music industry major, playing the piano. Benecasa wants to be a film scorer and to also compose music.

It’s just not working out, Mabee this can help Springfield BY CHARLENE COTA Chief Copy Editor

The start of the year brings with it many New Year’s resolutions such as the popular goal to lose weight or get fit. This goal is especially important to returning students, who may feel that the food offered on campus and their busy schedules keeps them from meeting their fitness goal. Setting a goal is exactly what personal training instructor and assistant football coach, Charlie Ghetty stresses. “All of this begins with having a goal,” Ghetty said. “What do you really want to do? Do you want to gain weight, lose weight, fit into that prom dress? Pare down the goal to a point, where it’s understandable and realistic. Then coming up with a plan to reach the goal is not near as difficult.” Once individuals come up with a specific goal, there are several other tips to keep strong in the race. These other tips are crucial to sticking with a fitness goal, Callie Traub, Mabee Fitness Center director said, “The average American does a fitness program for three months only.” Individuals will attempt to reach their goals without the knowledge they need to succeed. One tip Traub said was that “slow and steady wins the race. It’s better to do consistent, light workouts over a long period of time. Light and easy is better.” Nutrition is not to be forgotten though. “Yes, exercise is very important,” Traub said, “but your nutrition and your diet are just as important. If you’re exercising but you’re still eating junk, it’s like ex-

ercising with a grand piano [that you’re] trying to drag behind you. You’re still burning calories, but it makes it so much harder to actually be healthy.” Ryan Tilus, junior and exercise science major, agrees and adds that people really need to make sure they’re eating breakfast. He said that when you miss breakfast, your body goes into starvation mode. “What it does [is] it slows your metabolism and starts conserving energy. So the next time you do eat, your body is going to say, ‘Aww, I’ve been starving. Well, we’ve got to hold onto this as fat ‘cause I’m not going to eat for awhile.’ So then it goes totally against what you’re trying to do.”

As important as daily breakfast is, Bobby Jo, senior and Kinesiology instructor said that staying fit is a daily thing. She also said, “It should be a ‘want to do’ and not a ‘have to do.’” Students have more opportunity than ever to get involved with activities of their liking with a broader range of fitness classes that are coming to the Mabee Center, Traub said. She suggests several programs and activities such as, Boot Camp, spin class or the Outdoor Adventure Club. These activities help to make exercising fun so that students who are trying to stick to their New Year’s resolutions can do so with greater ease.

takes flight with annual Eagle Days BY CHARLENE COTA Chief Copy Editor

Students get fit in the new year.


Yesica Goblirsch, senior, among other motivated students, works out on an elliptical in the Mabee Center.

Movie Review:

Curtain drawn on literary masterpiece BY TAYLER FOSTER Asst. Feature Editor

With high expectations, the newest of Sherlock Holmes’ adventures is sure to astound all who watch. This film engages its audi-

ence with a sequence of events that builds upon a story of wellmannered revenge and discovery. This sequel to the 2009 “Sherlock Holmes” begins with an introduction that carries the audience into a complex battle of intelligence between the great master of disguise and Professor James Moriarty. We see both his attempts to foresee his opponent’s next move and his failure to respond accordingly. As an enhancement of Sherlock’s first adventure, in which he is viewed as a highly intelligent individual, “A Game of Shadows” reveals that even the wittiest detectives will someday meet their match. In this case, our well-mannered detective manages to fall at the hands of the clever, yet cynical, Moriarty. As the plot progresses from unforeseen betrayals to a deadly game of chess between our ri-

vals, Guy Ritchie’s performance as a director can surely be applauded. The daringly unique camera angles and slow motion scenes of Ritchie’s 2009 film are even more notable in this second presentation. These techniques can be paired with how well the director incorporates characters that are both new and old. However, as controversy has it among movie-goers, the author of the original print series would be displeased with the manipulation of his book. While author Sir Conan Doyle presents Sherlock as an intelligent detective, director Guy Ritchie writes him as witty and

sarcastic. Ritchie has proven just how possible it is to take mere print to a higher level; his flawless scene transitions and high-definition quality are only perks. Competing arguments strongly state that because of the evolution of this classic mystery, Ritchie would be praised. I feel that the director didn’t intentionally cheat Doyle’s efforts, but rather, saw an opportunity for improvement and stole the stage with this exemplary achievement. Though expertly created by Sir Conan Doyle himself, Sherlock Holmes has become this director’s play on pulp fiction.

WHERE: Hollywood TheaterCollege Station Stadium 14 WHEN: Friday at 4:05 p.m.,

7:05 p.m., 10:05 p.m. RUN TIME: 2 hours, 9 min RATED: PG-13

‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’

Do you love wildlife? How about up close and personal? The bald eagle, proud national symbol of the United States, is a majestic creature that can be seen this weekend at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Eagle Days is an annual event that celebrates the return of bald eagles to Lake Springfield. According to the Nature Center’s Newsletter, “This special event combines the indoor presence of Phoenix, a live bald eagle from Dickerson Park Zoo, with outdoor viewing opportunities at the Lake Springfield Boathouse and Marina.” Individuals are encouraged to come and watch bald eagles in the wild while wearing winter outdoor clothing. People can also bring cameras and binoculars and of course, family and friends. Linda Chorice, manager of the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, said that Eagle Days were a long standing tradition even before she took her position at the Nature Center in 1985. The event has produced a large turnout in the past, Chorice said, with 1,800 people showing up last year on Saturday and almost 1,000 on Sunday. As part of a special showing on Friday, an additional 500 students came. Chorice said that the event will have eagle presentations including both a bald eagle and a gold eagle to be brought in by the Dickerson Park Zoo, to show the difference between the two. Aside from this indoor up close and personal viewing, individuals will be able to use spy scopes to see the birds out in the wild near Lake Springfield Lake. “We set up the spying scopes at Lake Springfield and we also use the Boathouse and Marina. So there is an indoor place, which is nice,” Chorice said. Mary Murphy, a volunteer at the center, said the weather plays a big part in how the turnout will be. “The weather is supposed to be nice this weekend, so that will be good,” Murphy said. According to The Weather Channel, there is a scheduled high of 49 degrees on Saturday and a beautiful mostly sunny day of 62 degrees on Sunday, with zero percent chance of rain on either day.


WHEN: Sat. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun. 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

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Professor by day, private investigator by night Cirtin teaches criminal justice and sociology courses, he also owns a private investigation firm BY BECKY REYES Staff Writer

Every fall, the American Criminal Justice Association holds regional conferences where members of active chapters or university clubs participate in workshops, meetings and competitions. There is one man in Evangel’s Theta Alpha Delta Criminal Justice Club who conquers the obstacle course and has won in his division every year. That man is the director of the Criminal Justice program, Robert Cirtin. Aside from being the director of Criminal Justice Club, Cirtin also teaches criminal justice and sociology courses, owns a private investigation firm, as well as a church safety consultation business. He is the vice president of the American Criminal Justice Association’s region 3, the adviser for Theta Alpha Delta, works on local community service boards and commissions, and runs weekend firearms courses for Evangel’s criminal justice students. Cirtin began his career as a police officer in Jefferson City, Mo. He later became the chief investigator for the Division of Professional Registration which deals with cases regarding the licensing of nurses, doctors, and accountants. He became a professor at Evangel in August 1991. Although he was no longer working as an investigator, Cirtin said, “I still had clients coming to me for investigations on a

constant basis. I never intended to start my own private investigation firm.” Since he had an increase in business, he had to hire people to help with investigations. With a staff of seven investigators, one secretary, and one accountant, Robert Cirtin Investigations LLC contracts clients from businesses, law firms, and insurance companies for cases on employee theft, insurance fraud and licenses. Most of the investigations are by phone or computer, but sometimes he has to take extra measures. One of the most re-occurring case types are people who lie to insurance companies about having a handicap in order to get money from Social Security. “For one of the cases, I had someone find the person and take video footage of them doing things they are not supposed to do with their supposed handicap,” Cirtin said. Regarding his ability to handle both running his businesses and teaching, Cirtin said, “My involvement in the investigations in the criminal justice system complements and enhances what I teach. It helps keep me updated and provides relevance to my courses.” His students appreciate how his experience in his field has influenced his teaching style. Aaron Winkler, sophomore, said, “He really borders on the boundaries. He says things for shock value, just to get the class to think, but


Robert Cirtin, the assistant professor and director of both the criminal justice program and campus club.

always has a purpose. It’s always very beneficial to the learning experience.” Winkler also said that Cirtin provided the clarity he needed in choosing Evangel and a major. “He was the deciding factor for me to choose Evangel because he is very professional in what he does.” Winkler was a biology and chemistry major when he first started at Evangel, but he felt the

major was not right for him. “At the last minute, two hours before I had to choose my courses for this fall, I went around to the departments and met Cirtin.” The description Cirtin provided of the criminal justice program influenced Winkler to join. “He explained to me that there are shooting competitions, and he had targets in his office. It was right up my alley.”

Lexi Hussey, junior criminal justice and psychology major and chairperson for Theta Alpha Delta, said she appreciates Cirtin’s continual involvement in the field apart from Evangel, and she really enjoys what he brings to the program. “The coolest thing about my major is that all the professors are still working in their field. It makes it more easy to respect them.”

Book Review

Restaurant Review

Bistro Market: light on the ‘Redeeming Love:’ A perfect love story wallet, lighter on the belt BY BRENA SWANSON Managing Feature Editor

At two in the afternoon on a Sunday I found myself opening up the first few pages of “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers. I was captivated by the book and next thing I knew, it was 2 in the morning and I was still reading. I could not put the book down for even a second. Each new chapter, sentence and word I read kept me reading and wondering what would happen next. The story is based on the book of Hosea in the Old Testament. It tells the tale of a young woman, Sarah, who is forced into prostitution. She assumes this is her life until one day when she meets Michael Hosea, who is different than all the other men she has met, and

he rescues her. Michael was called by God to marry Sarah, and he shows Sarah the unconditional love God also has for her. The journey is not easy though and the book portrays the difficulties and struggles that Sarah has to go through to accept love. Although the book is long, it does not have a single dull moment. The story did not bore me for a second or cause me to want to skip ahead. Every time a conflict was resolved, a new problem was created. I was gripping the book with frustration at times and crying during others. It is impossible to set the book down when all you want is to know how the problem is solved. Then, by the end of each chapter a solution is found and a new side of God’s love and for-

giveness is revealed. “Redeeming Love” grabs reader’s attention because it is different. It is not another easily predictable novel where boy meets girl, and they live happily ever after. Sarah is in a situation where she is destined to be a prostitute and a slave to others for the rest of her life. Instead, she goes against all odds and is given a way out not only once but three times. Rivers helps illustrate the book of Hosea and put it into perspective. She is able to show the battles that rage inside a person’s mind and the power the past can have over us. Within the pages of the book lies love, heartache, resentment, anger, jealousy and faith. Readers feel each and every emotion as if they were right there in the middle of the story.

Out with the old, in with the new BY BRENA SWANSON Managing Feature Editor


The Bistro Market in downtown Springfield, serves a variety of soul foods, sweet desserts and fresh salads daily on their endless buffet. BY IAN RICHARDSON Contributing Writer

Seriously, what does this place not have? It is a deli, Starbucks, sweet shop, all-you-can-eat buffet, pizza oven, burger grill and grocery store all in one. Located at the corner of South Avenue and East Walnut Street, Bistro Market cooks up the perfect blend of abundant choices, friendly service and yummy food, making it a place where young and old alike can feel good about what they eat. “We try to buy as much local product as we possibly can,” Laura Elwood, manager, said. She said that her goal is to support local producers by incorporating as many Missouri-grown foods as possible. This farm-meets-city theme also permeates the restaurant’s environment as home-style service jives with an urban pace and eclectic décor. The vast menu ranges from Ozark staples to international favorites. The Bistro boasts what 417 Magazine names Springfield’s Best Burger and what Elwood insists is “the biggest salad bar in Springfield.” Looking for a tasty meal that will not ruin a New Year’s diet? The Bistro offers low-fat, low-

sodium and organic choices, including a “good-for-you” section on its hot food bar. Want a healthier version of Springfield’s best burger? I tried the turkey burger, a savory half-pound patty served on a buttery Hawaiian roll. The bursting flavor made settling for a leaner alternative not feel like settling at all. The Bistro fits the craziest of schedules, staying open from 6 a.m. until midnight Mondays through Thursdays and until 2 a.m. on weekends. “It seems like a place where students from all colleges feel comfortable going to,” Juan Gonzalez, sophomore, said. He also likes the downtown location’s convenience and proximity to other Springfield establishments. Not wanting to drive there? No problem. As late as 10 p.m. their iconic green car will deliver any menu item to your dorm free of charge. If you have a few extra dollars in your pocket and want a break from the cafeteria, try the Bistro. Enjoy the atmosphere, the service and a plethora of choices that are relatively reasonable on the budget and light on the belt. Did I mention that the gelato guy gives free samples?

Bistro Market WHEN: Mon.-Thu., 6 a.m.-midnight, Fri.-Sun., 6 a.m.-2 a.m. WHERE: Corner of South Avenue and East Walnut Street Visit for more info

Save money. Try new things. Read the Bible more. Lose weight. New Year’s resolutions vary from person to person. Whether trying to save money or lose weight, people all have one thing in common: they hope their resolution will last all year. “I feel like people have a desire to be positive, optimistic and want to make progress. But, I think sometimes life just gets in the way, things just happen and it gets really difficult. At the beginning of the year it is just a good mental way to just start over,” Rachel Roy, senior, said. Losing weight is a common

New Year’s resolution. Justin Mattiuzzo, sophomore, said that the Mabee Center is crowded for the first week or two, but around the third week it starts to die down again. Mattiuzzo said the effectiveness of the resolution “depends on what New Year’s resolution you choose to do, what the reason behind it is and the person that has the New Year’s resolution.” Shari Hewes, sophomore, said, “I have never met someone that has kept their New Year’s resolutions all year.” Hewes said her dad makes the same resolution to get on Facebook less every year because he fails to keep it every year. On the other side, Adam Enge-

bretson, senior, said his New Year’s resolution is to save money. He is going to use his debit card instead of cash in order keep better track of his money. “I have kind of done [New Year’s resolutions] in the past, but I have never really stuck to them,” Engebretson said. Although this time, he said he is motivated to keep his resolution because he needs to do it. In the end, the effectiveness of someone’s resolution cannot be measured until the end of the year. Regardless, people continue to make them whether they were effective in the past or not. “It is a good excuse to change something about themselves,” Hewes said. “It is a tradition.”


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Track team seeks personal improvement BY JESSICA NUNLEY Photo Editor

While most students lazed around over break, members of the track team were hard at work, staying in top shape for the indoor season that begun as soon as the new semester did. The team’s first meet is in Joplin today and tomorrow at Missouri Southern State University, according to Lynn Bowen, head coach. It will be the first of three meets leading up to the conference meet in February. Expectations soar for the season ahead as seniors such as Nick Hestand and Kristen Ostrem strive toward nationals and mentor their freshman teammates. “Everyone on the team pushes each other to raise individual performance. Friendly competition


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and encouragement keeps people motivated,” Ostrem said. Hestand said, “I’m expecting that the guys can run fast times this season. I want to see lots of improvement. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my teammates. I know it’s my last season on a team like JESSICA NUNLEY | THE LANCE this.” Bowen foresees positive out- The indoor track team warms up for the start of the Spring season which begins today in Joplin at Missouri comes in the next few months. Southern State University. This is the first of five potential meets for the team. “All indications from our first they say, why fix it if it’s not bro- remains significantly smaller than during the cross country season, practices suggest a good seaother area schools, which may looks forward to qualifying for son to come. We expect some ken?” Hestand and Caleb Voth, fresh- have over 60 men on the team. nationals at the conference meet. personal bests. Our goal is to be “We have to do what we can, for His plan is to finishing a mile in competitive; to be prepared for man, both hope to place well at less than four minutes, 30 seconds. each meet in each event, get bet- conference, which will be a chal- what we can.” Such large squads have a bet- He describes collegiate track as a ter times, and potentially break lenge because of the lack of man power on the team this season. ter chance of “scraping up more “big group of elite runners. People school records.” Hestand’s personal goals are Though the men’s team has been points” at the conclusion of a are running for scholarships and steadily increasing in size over meet, Hestand said. professional careers now. I’m ussimple, but have been effective. Voth, who recently recovered ing track as an avenue to do tri“What I’ve been doing has the past few years, according to worked for me. You know what Hestand, its size of about 20 men from a stress fracture acquired athlons in the future.”

Cheer team competes in national championships BY SIERRA LOUDEN Managing Sports Editor

Going to the UCA/UDA College Cheerleading & Dance Team National Championship is something to be experienced. For some the experience is flawless and for others it can be disappointing, but either way, it is memorable. And being a part of Nationals means a lot of work and sacrifice, as freshman class president Daylea Duvall found out. “We moved in [to campus] January 3 and then we practiced that whole week--we did two-a-days,” said Duvall. “In the mornings, we would go up to the Ozarks--our coach owns a gymnastics gym there--and we would practice there in the mornings, and then in the evenings we would have a practice here at Ashcroft.” To enter the competition, the team had to create a video demonstrating its school spirit and crowd involvement and send it in to the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) for entry. Because the team follows UCA rules and fell under one of its categories for the competition, Small Coed Division II, the Evangel cheer team left for Orlando, Fla. Even with Disney World, the beach and all the opportunities to meet new people, the practice never stopped.

“We registered at Disney--it was held at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports--and we met [people from] lots of different schools: University of Alabama, Kentucky, [and] Ole Miss. We were practic-

ing, practicing, practicing,” said Duvall. “It was really exciting; we all worked really, really hard. We just went and showed our routine which we had been doing all year.” Jan. 14 was the first day of the


The Evangel cheerleading squad revs up the crowd with smiling faces and enthusiastic cheers. The team placed 12 out of 13 other teams in their division (Small Coed Division II) at the UCA/UDA College Cheerleading & Dance Team National Championship in Orlando, Florida.

Shortened break: a plus or a minus on the court? BY SIERRA LOUDEN Managing Sports Editor

While most students were travelling home for the holidays, the men and women’s basketball teams were hitting the road for very different destinations. Junior forward Stephen Cotten led the Crusaders to victory (69-61) in their first game of the Webber International Holiday Classic on Dec. 29 in Babson Park, Fla. The team beat out Faulkner University that first game but couldn’t quite keep up the inertia, falling to Emmanuel University (71-55) the next day. The Crusaders ended their road trip there and headed back home to Missouri to take on Missouri Valley (with a win of 74-60). Meanwhile, the women’s basketball team was in Oklahoma. Senior forward Kara Blankenship contributed 25 points to the ladies’ defeat of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, their first game in the Southern Nazarene Classic. As with the men’s team though, the Crusaders missed the mark on their second game, losing to Southern Nazarene University (ranked

competition for Evangel’s cheer team, the day of semifinals. The team competed against 13 other teams and got 12th place out of all of them. Among the competitors were Northern Kentucky Univer-

15th). From there the team travelled back to Evangel where they snagged a win from Missouri Valley University on Jan. 5. With all of these away games, one might wonder when these hardworking players got a Christmas break. “The women’s basketball team got 10 days off. It was a very much needed rest for their bodies. They had a workout to do a few of those days so they could stay in basketball shape,” said women’s basketball assistant coach, Dawn Neal. Some players were relieved at the idea of even so short a break, while others were a bit more hesitant. “For me, it’s almost too much. You’re going full speed-- it’s like game, game, practice... and all of a sudden, it’s ten days off,” said freshman guard Emily Akins. “It’ll definitely be nice to have time with my family and to let my body recover because it’s exhausting with all that we’re doing--especially the travelling; it just wears you out. It’s really nice to give your body that boost, but part of me doesn’t want to because I don’t want to take that chance of getting out of

shape. So I’ll probably just stay in the gym every day.” Obviously getting out of shape wasn’t an issue, because the women’s team proceeded to win 57-45 against Graceland University, making them 4-1 in the conference. The men’s team also beat out the Yellowjackets (80-73), which made them 5-0 in the HAAC conference. That win marked Evangel’s 15th straight win against a conference opponent. “They came back recharged for the second round of the season,” said Neal. “For athletes who play a two-semester sport, a break at Christmas is needed. They work so hard from September to December that it is imperative that they get a mental and physical break.” And it’s clear that Neal knows what she’s talking about. With two wins and one loss apiece, the basketball teams surely proved that the rest was healing. The question is, is 10 days enough rest? Might those losses have been expelled if more time were taken for rest? Or was the break more than long enough? Tell us what you think. Tweet us your response @Evangel_Lance.

sity, Columbus State University and Wilmington University (the first place winner of their division). “It was so exhilarating walking out of the curtain and there’s all the bright lights. You’re in the ESPN center and there are thousands of people all around. They’re all cheering for you because it’s so nerve-wracking,” said Duvall. “The experience was wonderful, but there were some disappointments,” said freshman Kaitlynn Smith. One disappointment to which Smith was referring was the injury that senior Landon Johnson received while tumbling for their routine. “I was just doing the routine and I was happy because my stunt went off well, but I looked at the screen [where they display replays] after and I saw some of the girls crying, and you could see that Landon had hurt his left leg while tumbling,” said Smith. “It’s really sad because it’s his senior year, but overall it was a wonderful experience. It was cool to meet other teams like the University of Kentucky and the Razorbacks.” Johnson was unable to comment on the state of his injury. All-in-all, the experience gained was something that they will take with them for life.


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Spring into training BY DUSTIN OLIVER Staff Writer

Spring training is a crucial part of many of Evangel’s sports. Football starts their spring training a week after they get back from Christmas break. They will begin in the weight room on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On Tuesday’s and Thursday’s they will start running and agility drills. For Quarterback Andrew Brimhall his individual workouts consist of dialing in his technique and getting the mental part of the game down. The team will get together and have different functions to bring them closer as a team. Evangel’s softball team also started their spring training a week after they returned from Christmas break. Since hitting and throwing are big parts of the game the ladies will need to take a lot of swings and get some

throwing in to get their arms in shape. According to junior outfielder Leslie Kayser, “I will go in to practice my hitting and my throwing; we do a lot of our conditioning on our own time.” As a team they do a lot of team drills and then split up into different groups to do different infield and outfield drills. Evangel’s baseball team started their spring training on Monday, January 16th. As a team they do a lot of weight-lifting and running to get in shape for the season. For sophomore pitcher Nicholas Moore his individual workouts consist of getting his pitching mechanics down and working on being consistent. As a team they are in the field house on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the morning, lifting weights and doing different conditioning drills to get ready for the long season. For the Evangel golf team spring training is a little differ-

ent. They cannot really start until the weather gets nice enough for them to be outside. According to Junior Christian Bechard, “I usually look back on the previous season to see the areas that I need to improve in, like if I need to work on putting or chipping I’ll focus on that more than hitting range balls.” The golf team works together to make each other better. They will play a round of golf together and try to figure out ways to make their game better. All of these teams do their share of spring training. When asked why your training is necessary, the answer was pretty much the same; we train to get better, to make myself and my team better. Without their training there would be no improvement from the season before. “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.”—Vince Lombardi


Top: The softball team training with catching drills. Above: Freshman pitcher Jasmine Godwin prepares her arm for the season to come.

Team sets high goals for coming season BY JESSICA NUNLEY Photo Editor


Freshman guard Ciara Eastwood fights Culver-Stockton’s senior guard Aneshia Starks for the ball. Starks provided a strong defense for the Wildcats, but was unable to grab the win for her team.

The women’s basketball team continues into the spring season, winning against CulverStockton. Center forward Jaimee Shields, junior, described it as “our most intense game of the year.” The Lady Crusaders were down by seven points in the last 40 seconds of the game, when Sierra McSpadden, junior, took the ball down the court, allowing Emily Akins, freshman, to make the vital three-point shot to induce overtime, according to Dawn Neal, assistant coach. The other team missed several free throws, ultimately meaning victory for the ladies in double overtime. Neal said, “It took a lot of energy and commitment to win that game. [Akin’s shot] showed us all that we have the ability to battle when things look bleak, which is something every team needs to see in order to win close games.”

Neal said the team’s goals for the season are “to play more consistently on defense, to improve our [field goal percentage] and three point [field goal percentage], and to improve our rebounding.” She said the “ultimate team goals are to be the HAAC Champion, host the HAAC Tournament games March 1,3,6 and to win the Tournament.” The next step is to get to the NAIA D-1 National Tournament in Frankfort, Ky.” To do this, the team will have to work hard in practice and focus on the drills Neal said. Shields said, “We are in a rut as a team right now and we need to get out of it. We haven’t been playing to the best of our ability.” “After Saturday, Jan. 21, we play every team in our conference for the 2nd time,” Neal said. “We are in 2nd place in the HAAC and striving to get to 1st place. [MidAmerica Nazarene] has sole possession of 1st place in the HAAC. We are tied with Avila for 2nd place right now.”

HAAC’s two top teams face off for first BY CHARLIE WILLIAMS Contributing Writer

A battle between the Heart of America Athletic Conference’s top two teams took place last night as MidAmerica Nazarene University visited the Ashcroft Center to take on the Crusaders. The Pioneers and Crusaders are tied for first place in the conference with 6-1 records in the HAAC. MidAmerica is the scoring leader in the conference averaging 86 points per game, and Evangel is the defensive leader in the HAAC, holding teams to 61 points per game. “We anticipate a great game on Thursday night,” Steve Jenkins, head coach, said. The Crusaders suffered their first loss in HAAC play last Thursday to Avila University 79-67 in Kansas City. Evangel (14-5, 6-1) bounced back from the loss to the

Eagles on Saturday by defeating Culver-Stockton College 78-62 in the Ashcroft Center. “I think our guys were upset with how we defended in the game against Avila,” Jenkins said. He told the team, “Give Avila some credit. They played well, shot the ball well and really did a good job of defending us.” Evangel built early leads at the beginning of both halves only to see the Eagles squander them each time. The Crusaders led by 12 points in the first half only but went into halftime with the scored tied. The team again built an eight point lead in the second half before they were outscored 29-9 in the final nine minutes of the game. “We were too content to shoot from the perimeter, and although we shot it well from the threepoint line, we didn’t attack the basket well enough,” Jenkins said.

“We bounced back against Culver-Stockton with a pretty good defensive effort, holding them to 38 percent shooting accuracy while we shot 55 percent for the game.” The Crusaders won their 17th straight game in the Ashcroft Center dating back to Jan. 20 of last season and are 7-0 at home this season. Evangel led 42-31 at halftime and outscored the Wildcats 36-31 in the second half to win 78-62. Victor Agbasi led the team with 17 points, Stephen Cotton added 16, and Cale Ramsey scored 12 points for the Crusaders. “Our starters provided us with a great scoring balance, and several guys off the bench played really well to contribute KATRINA ACKERMAN | THE LANCE to the winning margin,” Jenkins said. Evangel plays Peru Zack Kleine, sophomore forward, contributes three points to the 78State College Saturday at 4 p.m. 62 win against Culver-Stockton. The Crusaders have recently played against MidAmerica Nazarene and will play Peru State tomorrow.

Evangel Lance  

Student Newspaper of Evangel University since 1955.

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