DECEMBER 1, 2016 Vol. 119 No. 11 Goshen, IN 46526
G F UNNI ES
‘Everyone knows everyone in Goshen’ is a myth Sara Azzuni, 7
From crayons to clay: Irina Galdund reflects on art Irina Gladun, 8 P ER SP E C T IVES
The golden rule for political conversation Rachel Smucker, 6 SP ORTS
Maple Leafs can’t hold off late run Seth Wesman, 5 FEAT U RES
The O’Neal sisters join the Maple Leaf squad Elsa Lantz, 2
GC works to support Latino students JORDAN WAIDELICH
In support of undocumented immigrant students, President Brenneman has signed a statement that calls for the continuation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Along with 424 other college presidents, Brenneman wanted to show his support for students with DACA status. He also wanted to make a public statement on behalf of Goshen College. “We want to be especially alert and advocate for the continuation of the program,” he said. In the next few days, Brenneman plans to share a public letter to the campus community regarding the college’s commitment to all students, especially those that are vulnerable. “We will do everything within our power to continue to establish Goshen College as a welcoming community on behalf of our students,” he said. Janeth Vela, a senior, is a recipient of DACA, and she is grateful for Brenneman’s sign of support. “I was very proud and honored to have a president who stands by Latinx youth in these circumstances,” she said. “It’s not always easy to stand up for what you believe in, but President Brenneman did, and I’m just very thankful for the support he showed through his actions.” Since the presidential election on Nov. 8, the Latino Student Union has been working on finding ways to help Latino
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Leaders of LSU, L to R: Janeth Vela, Marco Fraticelli, Dez Lopez, Alexa Valdez and José Chiquito.
students on campus feel safe and get access to information and resources. Their biggest concern is getting information and providing resources for Latino students on campus so that they know where and who to go to in the event of something happening, like a parent or guardian being deported. They also want to make sure that students know that they have the support of Goshen College. LSU leaders have been meeting with members of CIIE’s Intercultural Team regularly so the needs could be assessed. They then had a follow up meeting with Ken Newbold, provost, and Launa Leftwich, dean of students, to talk about action they would like to see the administration take,
like making resources available for a student if one of their loved ones were to be deported, keeping student records confidential and putting a process in place that will help a student continue their education in the event that they are deported, among other things. Leftwich mentioned that in the next few weeks, there will be multiple gatherings held in order to address these needs. “We understand that in times of uncertainty, it is helpful to know the resources available to us as students and as members of the community,” she said. “By collaborating with on and off-campus partners, we want to provide a ‘safety-net’ so students can be informed of legal, housing,
counseling and financial options available to them.” According to Newbold, this is only the first conversation in a series of discussions with LSU and other students. “Goshen College is committed to support all of our students who are feeling vulnerable and uncertain of the future of existing immigration policy,” Newbold said. “We are working to help connect students to resources not only on campus, but also in our community. In our conversation, we affirmed our commitment to continuing to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all students.”
See DACA/LSU, page 4
Faith and vocation grant Kick Off cancelled for Spring 2017 CHELSEA RISSER projects announced Contributing Writer
JOSH STOLTZFUS Staff Writer
Earlier this year, Goshen College received a grant of $25,000 dollars allowing faculty and students to pursue unique avenues that explore the relationships between faith and vocational interests. The grant was given from the program NetVUE, whose goal is to aid undergraduate students to combine theology and vocation. Campus Ministries took the lead on the grant and has given a group of 10 faculty members the opportunity to develop personal projects to accomplish these goals. The faculty members are in the process of recruiting groups of eight to 10 students to help work on these projects, which range from racial identities to environmental stewardship and evolution. Angelia Forrest, financial aid
assistant director, based her project around students from varying ethnic and religious backgrounds from differing majors. Together, the group will attend several different church services form different denominations. After each service, an open panel discussion will be held with four or five professionals with varying careers to discuss how their faith intersects with their vocation. Davonne Kramer, Coordinator of Retention and Intercultural Student Support, will look at how African American students on campus explore their individual faith. Goshen College, being a predominately white institution, offers a very different faith experience for some, especially students of color entering into the Mennonite community. Students will spend time discussing how their personal faith and experiences impact their studies.
See GRANTS, page 4
The rumors are true: there will not be a spring Kick Off next semester. The decision to eliminate spring Kick Off came about after administration reviewed student activities and organizations. They assessed Goshen College’s programming goals and became concerned that GC was limiting programing opportunities by dedicating resources and energy to Kick Off events. “There is agreement that spring Kick Off is a successful event; however, it is duplicative, showcasing many of the same individuals in multiple acts,” said Launa Leftwich, dean of students. Many considerations were included in the decision such as: level of student participation, venues, overhead costs, collaboration with other campus events (e.g. athletic and theater events), variety and demographic representation at events. While acknowledging that the
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L to R: Jill Steinmetz, Lena Charles, and Lana Smucker, juniors.
diverse talents of students should be celebrated, Leftwich said that GC already provides channels to “showcase individual student talent via coffee houses, recitals, Hour After and departmental activities.” GC administration hopes to continue to engage, support, and participate in current and future
club events while exploring alternative program options that meet programming goals. For those devastated by this news, Campus Activities Council is determined to keep fun at GC. Corie Steinke, CAC advisor, provides students with hope for
See KICKOFF, page 4
DECEMBER 1, 2016
The O’Neal sisters join the Maple Leaf squad
ELSA LANTZ Staff Writer
Twin sisters, Carley and Caitlyn O’Neal are junior transfer students who both play basketball for Goshen College. Carley is an exercise science major, while Caitlyn is an art major with a minor in marketing. Carley and Caitlyn had initially visited Goshen as juniors in high school for softball. While visiting, Stephanie Miller, head coach, heard that they also played basketball and met with them. They’ve kept in touch ever since. “We really hit it off,” said Carley. “She was the very first collegiate coach to be interested in us as a ‘package’ for basketball. And that relationship held a special place in our hearts.” When it came time to choose a college, the twins decided to go to Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia. Over the next two years, Carley and Caitlyn still kept in touch with Miller. The twins are from Indiana, and they found that being so far from home was difficult. “We decided we were not happy at our last school and wanted to transfer closer to home,” Carley said. “Simultaneously, Coach Miller was in need of two guards. It was as if it was in God’s plan to lead us here.” After filling out the paperwork, Carley and Caitlyn transferred to GC. The sisters enjoy playing on the basketball team together; they have been teammates since they began sports as children. “Playing on the same team as my sister is a lot of fun,” Carley said. “It is as easy
as breathing for me. We are so accustomed to how the other plays that it’s just so natural when we are on the court together.” Miller has also enjoyed working with the twins as basketball players. “Carley and Caitlyn are a pleasure to work with both on and off the court,” said Miller. “Both of them are character kids who have a great desire to be successful and make others around them successful as well.” Caitlyn feels that playing basketball with Carley makes the game more meaningful to her. “I honestly do not think I would be as competitive, hardworking, or just as skilled as I am if it wasn’t for playing basketball with my sister,” Caitlyn said. As far as appearances, the twins feel that they look similar but also very different. For instance, while they both have red hair, Caitlyn’s hair is shorter. “We can understand if other people cannot tell us apart, however, people that know us really well should know us, and if they don’t, shame on them,” said Caitlyn. She also noted that their personalities are different. Caitlyn is more extraverted, while Carley is more reserved. Miller also had trouble telling them apart at the beginning but has figured out which twin is which after getting to know them. “Mostly I just recognize them immediately by their different personalities,” said Miller. “They don’t often get recognized for the very different and amazing young women they are as individuals.” Being twins has created a very special bond for the two. Caitlyn called having a twin “a blessing.” However, both women agreed that the hardest part of being twins is
Photo by Chelsea Risser
Caitlyn (L) and Carley (R) O’Neal, identical twins, can be difficult to tell apart for those that don’t know them.
not having separate identities. “I have never known what it is like to be just ‘Carley O’Neal,’ people know me as an ‘O’Neal twin,’” said Carley. “I will never be known as an individual,” Caitlyn said. “I will always be remembered as a twin or as a package. Honestly, being thought of as a package is not that bad because I would rather be a twin than not be one at all.” Carley said she couldn’t
For the RECORD
Listening. It’s something that’s been challenging me lately. I love to talk, I love to write and I love to be heard. I don’t always listen the best. But I’ve come to realize that I can’t expect to be heard if I don’t try to listen to the people around me. I’m working on it. When I make a conscious effort to let other people talk more, I find that I enjoy listening. I enjoy hearing the things that drive people’s passions. I love it when their eyes get wide with excitement because someone took the time to hear what they have to say. We should listen to understand, not listen to respond. It’s the kind of listening that is hard because it takes time and energy. Right now, a lot of people are talking. Sometimes it’s civilized, but too many times it turns into a yelling match. It’s almost like we’re trying to find
out who can yell the loudest, and then we award the loudest person with a win (or a presidency). In the end, people just walk away frustrated. They don’t gain anything for that interaction other than a renewed belief that they’re right and the other side is not listening to them. We can’t afford to go on like that. If we continue to walk away from conversations more convinced that we’re right and the other side just isn’t listening, we’ll make the division even worse. If we don’t allow ourselves to see any holes in our own arguments, we can never admit when we’re wrong. That’s what scares me: a time when we can’t admit that we’re wrong. It doesn’t allow room for growth or learning. But growth and learning are vital to our survival. Without growth, learning and an ability to admit when we’re wrong, we would still think that the earth was flat or that smoking was good for your health. We can’t be afraid to admit when we’re wrong; we can’t be afraid to learn or
grow. Because if we stay afraid of those things, we’ll never actually listen to other people. When we listen, we need to be aware that we can’t tell someone how to feel. There is no right or wrong emotion; some are worse than others if dealt with in an unhealthy way, but no emotion is inherently wrong. Each person is entitled to whatever emotion they feel. We can’t tell them to change it. All we can do is listen. We can validate their experience and their emotion. Listening doesn’t always come easy to me; it’s not my strongest quality. But I’m working on it. I remember to be okay with sitting there, not responding. The truth is, we don’t always have the right answers. And if we allowed ourselves room to admit our mistakes, we wouldn’t feel so pressured to find them, and maybe we’d just sit with our questions. Maybe then we’d have respectful conversations. All because we took the time to listen to someone else.
imagine being who she is without her sister. Automatically having a companion through everything life throws at her has been really special. “I guess you could say the pros outweigh the cons of being a twin,” said Carley. “This sounds cheesy, but it is the truth – she completes me. We have been through literally everything together,” said Caitlyn. “We can look at each other in
certain situations and not say anything out loud but understand what each of us is thinking just by looking at each other.” The twins are also able to finish each other’s sentences and sing a song out loud that the other was thinking of, said Caitlyn. “She is the most influential person in my life,” said Caitlyn. “It is hard to say how amazing being a twin sister is through words.”
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New literary journal: ‘Freaky Squirrels’
Cover Art by Maddie Gerig
The Occasional Press is hosting a release party for “Freaky Squirrels: No Answers, Just Stories” is Dec. 7.
JORDAN WAIDELICH Editor-in-Chief
In one semester, Occasional Press has produced an entire book. The literary journal, “Freaky Squirrels: No Answers, Just Stories,” containing essays,
memoir pieces and photos from various alumni will be released on Dec. 7, and students can pick up their copies in Java Junction. Pieces range from reflections of general life experiences to the various ways that GC has shaped their lives. Over the course of the semester, the six students in the editing and publishing class, led by
Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, visiting professor, have worked on putting this literary journal together. The class functions as the editing team for the Occasional Press. On Wednesday, they would like to share their work with the campus. “This project has become so much more than a class,” Dusti Diener, a senior, said. “It is something that we have
become very passionate about and are eager to share with the rest of [the] campus.” The stories shared in the literary journal come from alumni, who are handpicked by the editorial team. “Aside from the fact that it’s terrifically entertaining,” Joe Kreider, a senior, said, “it will give [students] a chance to familiarize themselves with some really remarkable alumni writers who are not nearly as well-known around campus as they should be.” When the project began, the goal was to publish a book on alumni and their accomplishments/ connections to GC, which didn’t make Helena Neufeld, a senior, very enthused. However, once the details and content started getting worked out, she grew more excited about the literary journal. “It’s not boring, it’s not stuffy and it doesn’t take itself too seriously, which I’m proud of,” she said. Producing a book in the span of one semester was a challenge for most of the students in the class because not all of them had much experience in editing, let alone publishing a book. Overcoming that challenge and gaining experience with the publishing world has proved to
be one of the biggest rewards for many of the students. “Diving headfirst into the work and learning by doing has been a refreshing type of learning experience,” Maddie Birky, a senior, said, “one that’s different than the traditional classroom or lecture setting.” Maggie Weaver, a senior, had never been in a class set up like this. “We were thrown into the editing process without any experience. It has been a challenge to figure out where we fit best in the editorial process and how to make the editorial team run smoothly and efficiently,” she said. But those challenges have made the publication all the more important to Weaver. “Seeing the publication typed up and ready for print was incredible, knowing how much work we all put into the piece,” said Weaver. The members of the Occasional Press would love to have students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members at the release party for their literary journal. From 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, students, faculty and staff can stop by Java Junction to eat snacks or pick up a copy of “Freaky Squirrels: No Answers, Just Stories.”
Thirteen years of race walking leads Emery to GC
ABBY KING Staff Writer
Siana Emery, a first-year, packed up her Saucony A5 shoes and moved just shy of 1,000 miles to Goshen College to compete with other athletes in a track event that isn’t as easy as it sounds: race walking. Emery, with the encouragement of her parents, began race walking at 5 years old for the United States Track and Field program in Yarmouth, Maine. “My parents put me in the U.S. Track and Field track program for kids, and I wanted to do three events a week,” Emery said. “So, my mom taught me to race walk because I needed an event to do.” Emery’s parents were both track and cross country athletes throughout high school and college. Emery’s mother had history in coaching so she was ready when Emery needed to learn how to race walk. “She looked up videos on how to [race walk], and she figured it out herself, I guess,” Emery said. “When she taught me, she definitely rewatched videos.” Now, at 18, Emery has over 13 years of race walking experience. Race walking has two main rules: one foot must be on the ground at all times and, with each step, the front leg needs to be straight when it hits the ground. During the track event, judges watch competitors with paddles. If a participant gets a paddle waved at them three times, they’re disqualified. From the beginning of her high school career at Greely High School, Emery placed at
the Maine Principals’ Association class B state championships each year: sixth place her first year, fourth place her sophomore year, then gold in both her junior and senior years. This year will be Emery’s first year race walking at the collegiate level. Her goals for the upcoming season include qualifying for nationals in both indoor and outdoor track. “It would be really nice to get All-American for one of those meets, at least,” said Emery. “That would be really cool to do as a first-year. Other than that… I want to improve my times. I just want to have a strong first season.” Although training hasn’t officially started, Emery has spent months preparing for the upcoming season through cross country. “[Cross country] helps me stay in shape during the offseason,” said Emery. “It also helps with endurance. My old coach used to say, ‘The faster you run, the faster you can walk.’ It’s like cross-training.” Emery enjoys cross country, but much of her reason to run is to improve her walking skills. “It’s definitely in the back of my mind a lot of the time,” she said. “If I can start doing really well in running, then it will benefit me with my race walking as well.” Emery found Goshen College on her own. She searched specifically for a school within the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) jurisdiction, as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) doesn’t recognize race walking as an official event. “I did a bunch of research on NAIA schools, and [Goshen
College] was one of the only ones I was interested in,” Emery said. Abby Smith, a Goshen College alumna, said the same thing: “I was looking specifically for a race walking school… and that ruled out basically all schools in the East… I came and visited, and I knew people. It was also the closest school to home, so it’s kind of why I ended up choosing [Goshen College].” Smith, a fourth-grade teacher at Waterford Elementary, will be working closely with Emery for the next six months as the new race walking coach.
Smith, who holds three outdoor All-American awards from her final season as a GC athlete in 2016, said she was excited and nervous for the upcoming season. “I’ve done a lot of coaching with kids.” she said. “I ended up coaching for a really long time in the program that I started [race walking] in. This is my first time coaching someone who’s not a high schooler or younger so I’m excited. I think it will be fun, and it will give me a chance to still be connected to the college race walking world.” Although Smith has faith
in Emery, both are aware of the challenges. During her high school years, Emery took home gold for the girl’s one-mile race walk. However, as a college student, she’ll be race walking three kilometers (1.86 miles) during indoor track, and five (3.1 miles) during the outdoor season. “[Emery’s] done 3Ks before,” Smith said, “and she’s been pretty successful in them, which is great because she hasn’t had a lot of consistent training for just race walking… Her best time in the 3K now would qualify her for nationals already. So, I’m excited.”
Siana Emery has been race walking for 13 years, and this spring she’ll take it to the collegiate level.
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DECEMBER 1, 2016
Visiting scholar speaks on sustainable economies ABBY KING Staff Writer
Ellah Wakatama Allfrey helps “authors write books and readers read them.” Young and old filled Reith Hall on Tuesday to listen as Jan Bender Shetler, professor of history, interviewed Allfrey, visiting professor of English and communication. The Yoder Public Affair lecture, titled “The Development of Sustainable Creative Economies: Telling Stories and Making Culture” focused on Allfrey’s work helping nonWestern, specifically African, writers share their stories to wider audiences and get the recognition they deserve. Allfrey has spent much of her career “creating a body of work that challenges our single view of African people as victims worthy of our pity and rather demonstrates deep thriving experiences and narratives of people working through their own futures,” said Shetler. The two professors discussed Allfrey’s time working at larger, well-known publishing houses, such as Penguin and Random House. During her time at Random House Books, Allfrey had the opportunity to help young African authors tell their story – “a story that everyone was ignoring,” she said. When Shetler asked Allfrey whether African writing matters to the community of Goshen College, she replied: “It does matter…. If we’re thinking about
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Jan Bender Shetler, left, interviews Ellah Wakatama Allfrey at Yoder Public Affairs lecture.
what fuels us as cultural beings, as thinking beings, it’s not just the stories from next door, but the stories from abroad.” Much of what Allfrey’s career has been dedicated to is being what she described as an author’s “best reader.” Allfrey has worked closely with many authors, editing their books to perfection with hopes that the book would be read by a large audience. Allfrey has judged numerous
writing prizes, which helps authors fund their writing careers. She noted the need for more literary prizes, as well as literary festivals, which would help authors be able to financially support themselves and make writing their number one priority. Lydia Dyck, a first-year student, attended the lecture and was blown away by Allfrey’s dedication. “I think it’s pretty amazing what she has started
already, and what she’s really passionate about,” she said. “She’s gone through this journey, but she’s still really passionate about the future.” Allfrey said, with confidence, that in “40 years’ time, I want students to read about this movement in African literature, and to be studying it. All of my work is based around making sure that it’s populated with the very best books. That’s my job.”
From GRANTS, page 1 Jennifer Schrock, Director of Merry Lea Communications, will focus on preserving the earth during discussions on climate change, and how these may relate to personal faith and vocation. This group’s project aims to practice having healthy interfaith communication and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses that our own faith traditions may bring to caring for the planet. One of the group’s first activities will be an overnight retreat at Merry Lea, Jan. 13-14. Jonathon Schramm, Associate Professor of Sustainability and Environmental Education, focuses on two distinct areas: discussions around faith, identity and place, as well as field trips to make time with religious leaders in the region from a variety of faith backgrounds. The project seeks to answer the questions on how our physical place on earth affects how we go about our work and faith commitments and how we care for others through those. These will be carried out through Saturday field trips throughout the semester to visit these leaders. Josh Gleason, athletic director, will be seeking to answer the question: can faith and athletic competitiveness co-exist? This is a question that Gleason has often wrestled with alongside student-athletes at GC. The group will conduct an array of surveys, interviews and meetings with team chaplains to hear their answers, as well as form their own. Justin Heinzekehr, Director of
Institutional Research, Assessment and Effectiveness, will look at the phenomenon of multiple religious belonging, that being those who claim membership in more than one religion. Sometimes there are some who may dismiss this idea as they see it as “consumer religion” or even cultural appropriation. Students who take on this project will read short articles and speak with several people who claim this type of religious pluralism. Some of the speakers are Drew Baker, a librarian who claims to be Lutheran and Buddhist; Nazia Islam, a graduate student from Muslim, Hindu and indigenous traditions; and Monica Coleman, a professor at Claremont School of Theology. Kris Schmidt, associate professor of biology, will develop space for students of multireligious or multi-denominational backgrounds to discuss the intersections of science and faith. Students will engage scholars outside of people who specialize in faith, with talking points including evolution, biological complexity, the brain and soul, and more. Long Tran, associate professor of education and political science, will engage the politics of interfaith dialogue. Tran sees this type of dialogue as something essential for building bridges across different faiths. This methodology is based on the theory that multi-cultural conversation can lead personal emancipation and social liberation. Students will participate in
difficult conversations and practice their dialogue skills. Pat Lehman, professor of communication, will have a project that will have students interviewing people of their vocational interest: one of a different faith and another of a different culture. This also grants students the opportunity to begin networking within their vocation of interest. Regina Shands Stoltzfus, assistant professor of peace, justice and conflict studies, will examine religious traditions and commitments alongside racial identities. Students will develop the ability to speak coming from a predominately white denomination to speak into the current area of racial unrest, especially when experienced by people of color at the hands of law enforcement. Initial conversations will be around developed “racial autobiographies” and continue exploring racial identities in the context of changing sociopolitical climates. Projects will take place next semester, spring 2017. Along with their respective projects, students will also engage the book “Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation” by Eboo Patel. Those interested in becoming involved in any of these projects, can contact the group leaders via email. Other questions can be directed to Bob Yoder, campus pastor.
From KICKOFF, page 1 the upcoming semester. “Campus Activities Council has been working hard to think of brand new ideas that are not meant to replace Spring Kick Off,” she said, “but will provide new ways to create fun and engage the campus community.” Steinke and the CAC student council see the elimination of spring Kick Off as an opportunity for CAC to devote more time and energy to exciting new events including a Lip Sync Battle, offcampus trips, new interactive game shows and outdoor events like concerts and tournaments. CAC also sees this as a chance to devote more energy towards events created by on-campus clubs, like the annual International Student Coffeehouse, BSU’s Caribbean Party, and LSU’s dance marathon. CAC also plans to create an end-of-Spring Semester celebration to compliment Fall Kick Off. Steinke encourages students to channel energy towards brainstorming new events (possibly bigger and better than Kick Off) and sharing event ideas with CAC members. CAC meetings are open to all students, and new ideas are always welcome. “We are always open to trying new things,” Steinke said, “especially with the historical perspective that Kick Off took several years to become what it is today.” Even though spring semester will be void of spring Kick Off, students have opportunities to create and participate in the new events to come.
From DACA/LSU, page 1 Some of the requests are still in the planning process, but the administration has ensured LSU that students’ records will be kept confidential. Richard Aguirre, director of corporate and foundation relations, admitted that the administration could probably do more than what they’ve done so far, but right now the focus is making sure that students feels supported. Aguirre has been working other administrators in supporting Latino students as well as trying to ease fears. “I know there is widespread support among faculty, staff, administrators and even alumni to help as much as we can,” he said. “At present, the greatest need Latino students have is to feel supported, respected and loved by the community, which is why I’ve spent time listening to and grieving with students.” One way for the campus community to show support of Latino students on campus is to
attend the pozolada Thursday, Dec. 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Java Junction. Pozolada is an event to bring together students, faculty, staff and Goshen community members. This open space for conversation will feature pozole, a dish from Mexico, which is a soup made from corn kernels with chicken or pork. Gilberto Perez, senior development of intercultural development and educational partnerships, is a part of the Intercultural Team, which is hosting the pozolada as well as working to setup networks between organizations and people who want to offer support to undocumented immigrants. “Our main intention for the pozolada,” Perez said, “is to open a space for people to eat together, move closer to one another with conversation and meet new people from the community that offer support to various groups in Goshen and Elkhart.”
Maple Leafs can’t hold off late run
NUMBERS Women's Basketball @ Indiana University Northwest Wednesday, Nov. 16 @ IU Northwest
Women's Basketball @ Huntington University Tuesday, Nov. 22 @ Huntington
Men's Basketball @ Indiana University Northwest Wednesday, Nov. 16 @ IU Northwest
Men's Basketball @ Huntington University Tuesday, Nov. 22 @ Huntington Kody Chandler goes up for a shot against Indiana Wesleyan on Tuesday.
The Goshen College men’s basketball team hosted Indiana Wesleyan University on Tuesday night, and for the first 25 minutes of play it looked like the Maple Leafs would upset the second-ranked team in the country. A late Wildcat run however was enough to give Indiana Wesleyan a 78-75 win. Kody Chandler, a junior, gave Goshen the lead just 39 seconds into the game, a lead that the Leafs would not relinquish in the first half as they took a 43-34 lead into
the halftime break. The Wildcats came out fast in the second half and quickly closed the gap as the two teams battled throughout a heavily contested second half. Despite leading the majority of the night, Goshen fell behind for good with 3:29 to play as late baskets by Chandler and Kevin Phillips, a senior, weren’t enough for the Maple Leafs to catch the Wildcats. Offensively, the Leafs were led by Chandler, 18 points, and Conner Funkhouser, a junior, who contributed 11 points off the bench. Phillips, Xavier Newson, a senior, and Billy Geschke, a senior, each chipped in with 9 points apiece. Phillips also
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grabbed a team-high 9 rebounds with Newson, Devin HeathGranger, a junior, and Christian Grider, a junior, each collecting 4 rebounds of their own, with Heath-Granger recording a teamhigh 4 assists. Phillips, Grider, and Dominique Cartier, a senior, each had one of Goshen’s 3 blocks. With the loss the Maple Leafs’ record falls to 5-3 (1-1 in conference) on the season. Goshen will be back in action on Saturday when they’ll face another test, this time in the form of the nation’s top-ranked team University of Saint Francis. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. in Goshen’s Gunden Gymnasium.
Men's Basketball vs. Indiana Wesleyan University Tuesday, Nov. 29 @ Goshen
Men's Cross Country @ NAIA National Championship Saturday, Nov. 19 @ Elsah, IL RYAN SMITH
Men's Cross Country @ NAIA National Championship Saturday, Nov. 19 @ Elsah, IL STEVEN CRANSTON
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DECEMBER 1, 2016
The golden rule for political conversation RACHEL SMUCKER Contributing Writer
On this campus, we take pride in our ethnic diversity. As a current GC Admissions Counselor, I am proud to say that our office is dedicated not only to recruiting diverse students, but also to communicating and emphasizing this to all of our prospective students. In communicating this as part of the foundation of our community, we continue to attract students who are as excited about this as we are! What I’d like to discuss today has nothing to do with our ethnic diversity; it has everything to do with our political diversity on this campus --- something that has seemed to be widely ignored until this highly divisive, fear-wrought election. My thoughts below reflect my experience as both a student at GC and as a current staff member: As a student, I remember hearing my Conservative friends say that they are not comfortable speaking out about their beliefs. My experience in the classroom holds true to this reality, too; it was rare to hear a conservative perspective in many of my classes. From hearing their frustrations, I noticed the feeling of being silenced by the Liberal majority. In many cases, these frustrations turned into anger, bitterness, and resentment. A s a student, I also saw s o m e of the horribly mean
ways that our Liberal students responded to the occasional Conservative or minority voices that would speak up. The response usually involved rash, angry words that had every intention of shunning that particular student from our community. Often these conversations happened on various social media platforms, both parties avoiding face-to-face discussions. These encounters failed to practice our Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies traditions that are so fundamental to our community’s values. They lacked the desire to understand the Other. Instigation and/or retaliation occurred from both sides; but often, it was the comments made by Liberal students, no matter how disrespectful or cruel, that went largely uncontested by the student body. For a campus community that advocates for the safety and dignity of all of our members, this is one-sided and unfair. Not only that, but we also miss out on an incredible opportunity to engage and learn from each other. Let me be clear that I am not advocating for anyone to voice hate speech, racism, sexism, misogyny, or xenophobia. There need to be boundaries and clear rules of respect, honor, and dignity. However, this campus has not yet mastered how to embrace different political perspectives and experiences, in and outside of the classroom. When only one side of the story can be told and heard, we do a huge disservice to members
Rachel Smucker discusses GC’s political diversity.
on both sides. The Conservative Right is disserviced by being silenced; the Liberal majority is disserviced by not learning how to engage in differing perspectives and is then surprised, upon graduating, to find that the world outside of the “Goshen College Bubble” is so much different than our unique campus community. Part of my job is to travel to different communities, from Ohio all the way to the East Coast, to recruit and connect with high school students. I, along with many other GC graduates, have experienced this “bubble bursting” reality. To the Liberal majority
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on campus: upon graduating, you may find yourselves in a community where you are no longer in the majority. And you may have to experience a similar “reorientation,” as you navigate how to relate to others where you, your beliefs, and experiences are now the minority. Let that sink in for a moment. This election has given us a special opportunity: a chance to reorient ourselves and find new ways to connect with one another --- despite our differences in beliefs, experiences, skin color, sexual orientation, religion, gender, etc. I’d like to especially acknowledge all of the athletes
on our campus who must do this every day that they step onto the field, court, or track with their teammates. When each team member is dedicated to the goals and success of the team, the focus is no longer about the differences held amongst teammates. It becomes about each of the strengths and gifts that each team member brings to the team as a whole. To all members of this campus that identify in some way as Conservative: your voice, your presence, and your experiences matter, and you have a place here in this community. To all members of this campus that identify in some way as Liberal: your voice, your presence, and your experiences matter, and you have a place here in this community. To all members that find themselves somewhere in between: your voice, your presence, and your experiences matter, and you have a place here in this community No matter where you stand, we are all a part of this community. We don’t all have to agree, but we do owe each other the honor of The Golden Rule. The Golden Rule is not a new concept: in these particularly divisive times that we find ourselves in, we may need to learn or re-learn how to engage each other respectfully and with dignity for all. And when that seems daunting or scary or seemingly impossible, then we must find ways to connect beyond our differences. In those moments, we must remember how much we actually do have in common. We are all a part of the human race.
There is news from the Western Front
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When the United Kingdom voted out of Europe, I was totally shocked. My brain froze, and I could not think. I thought it was some kind of joke, or mistake. Unfortunately it was not. Immediately I thought about the U.S. elections. After Brexit, I knew that Trump was going to win. When I saw the winner on Nov. 8, I was not shocked. I was expecting it. I probably would have been surprised if Clinton won. However, this is not only an American “tragedy”; the western democracies are going through some very intense, nationalistic, turbulent and complicated times. Britain is out; the National Front in France is rising; the AfD is gaining ground in Germany. In the Austrian presidential elections, the main candidates (one of them is a far right nationalist) are neck to neck. So, what is going on? The left capitalistic ideas have been ruling the western countries for the last 70 years, and there are at least two issues here. First of all, these leading powers have failed (to a certain point, not totally) to deliver everything they promised, and people are mad about this. So, we see some figures (Trump, Le Penn) who criticize the system for
being unfair and corrupted, and these people get voted in by the population. Furthermore, the left parties have moved to the right (I call them left capitalistic parties) and have pushed the right parties to other extremes. Therefore, there is a vacuum on the left side. In addition, we have seen how real left politicians (who can fill the vacuum) like Sanders and Corbyn (in the U.K.) have been ridiculed and pushed away by their own parties, but these politicians are the ones who bring hope to the people. In this context, the people get angry with the system and vote for “anti-system” candidates. Now, are people like Trump, Farage, Le Penn, etc, right when they say that the system is rigged? Yes, they are. However, they don’t state the real reasons why the system is rigged. The second issue is that, even though E.U. hasn’t been a perfect union, and the U.S. has not been the perfect country, both these political entities have improved the lives of millions of people. By improving some lives and giving more opportunities to some people, like women, immigrants, poor, people of color, etc., one has to take some control away from the privileged ones, usually the white people, and especially the white males. The latter are the ones rebelling louder, because they see how their control is fading, and they want the system to be changed. Even though
these people are less powerful than yesterday, they are still the most powerful ones. So, they will vote against the E.U., against immigration, against gay rights, against women rights, or against people of color. This angriness and loss of privileges is being used by leaders like Farage, Trump and Le Penn to get the power. Yes, the system is rigged. But, not because of the poor immigrants who come for a better life, work harder, pay taxes, earn less, make the economy grow—even though this oppresses them. It’s the fault of the big corporations and rich people that do not pay taxes, who treat the workers like animals, and then pay the media to lie to the rest of the society by saying that the immigrants are the problem. Yes, the system is rigged. But, it is not the fault of women who want their rights. It is the fault of the men in power, who feel threatened if women get more power; so, they use religion, the media, and the money to make the masses believe that rights like abortion are horrible sins. Yes, the system is rigged, and terrorism is real. But it is not the fault of Muslims and their religion. It is the whole politicalsocial-economic context that one must analyze. 100 people do not represent 1 million; neither do 100,000 Muslims represent 1.6 billion. And furthermore, some of these terrorists were created because of the Western hegemony.
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Rudi Mucaj discusses Brexit and the recent U.S. presidential election.
Now, I am not trying to justify terrorism, I am just trying to explain why it exists. Some people might say that Obama was a black president therefore racism does not exist anymore. I doubt it. I think that a lot of white people felt threatened when seeing a non-white person sitting on a chair where only white males had sat before. To me these are some of the reasons that are making the people angry, not what Le Penn, and Trump say. However, I don’t accuse the people who vote for them; I think that they are misinformed. I accuse the Pharaoh, not the slaves. Despite everything, I think that America is more than the president. I think that Trump will be an awful president, but not the end of the world. Yes, the US
might suffer, and maybe the world too, but there will be no WWIII because of Trump. Maybe, he will not be as bad as most of us think. And what is more important, I think, is that his election will make America, and hopefully other Western countries, think. It will make the media, the political and economic system reflect, and improve. For a long time the Western countries have been sleepwalking. America too, and Trump’s election is going to feel like a slap on the face that will wake the U.S. up. Maybe Le Penn is right when she says, “This is not the end of the world; this is the end of a world.” Let’s hope this is the beginning of the end of a selfish, corrupt system. Sometimes, nightmares wake us up and put us to work.
‘Everyone knows everyone in Goshen’ is a myth
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Sara Azzuni and Annika Detweiler share their loud laughter with Goshen.
SARA AZZUNI Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
I don’t feel like I need to introduce myself. Most of you know me or at least know my name. Last year, I was quite noticeable because of my unique stylish outfit, but this year almost everyone knows my actual name aside from my unique stylish outfit. Good for you, GC students. Anyway, I was saying that I am so involved in the campus this year. I am doing nursing with the pre-med track (I don’t know what I was thinking in deciding to do so). I have two jobs, and I have two leadership positions. Guys, never do that!
Being involved is cool, but believe me, it is not as cool when your A’s start disappearing from your gradebook in Moodle. However, there is one thing that is as cool as being known. I am proud of myself for knowing so many people on campus. During the week, I have classes and meetings in every single building on campus. It is impossible not to know people and interact with them. Sometimes it really stresses me out when I see someone who I don’t recognize or have never seen before. I may put myself in an awkward situation because of it. Well, that’s what happened last Saturday at brunch in the Rott. My friends and I were sitting
at the table next to the fireplace having casual conversations until the guy walked into the Rott. He was tall, wearing a heavy jacket and a cap. I looked at him and couldn’t recognize who he was. FYI, I can’t see far away well without my glasses and if you don’t have a class with me, you probably never saw me wearing them. (No, I don’t wear contact lenses.) He was not a far distance away, but I still thought it was just my myopia, or nearsightedness (didn’t take Anatomy for nothing; gotta use it…sorry). I asked the people at my table, and they couldn’t catch who he was. After 10 to 15 minutes, that person was walking out of the Rott. Again, Annika and I were sitting next to each other and continued staring at the person, trying to figure out his identity. (Picture Annika and me in the Rott, and you will realize how hilarious and loud we are.) Anyway, we were looking at him as he was walking out, and he looked back at us (it was pretty obvious that we both were staring at each other without saying a word)…yeah, you can imagine how awkward it was. Finally, he left, but here’s the funny part. As soon as he got outside, Annika and I turned and looked out of the window at him (still trying to figure out who he was) and he also looked at us from outside. When we realized that he was looking at us and how creepy we were being, we quickly ran away from the table, laughing, to escape his range of vision. To that anonymous person, we deeply apologize for being creepy, weird and awkward. If you do know us, we would love to know you too!
Out-of-Context Professor Quotes It is true, ferns don’t fly. -Ryan Sensenig
I could really take you for a ride. -Bill Minter
I wish I had friends.
The Blackest of Fridays
GALED KRISJAYANTA Contributing Writer
There’s always a first time for everything, and my first Black Friday shopping experience was during my first year of college in 2013. Having just moved to the United States, everything was still very new to me, including a holiday dedicated to deals at department stores. After eating a big, stuffing Thanksgiving meal, I headed back to my room to relax and watch some TV. A friend came to my room all bundled up with a big smile on her face ready for some adventure. “Are you ready for tonight, man?” she asked. I looked at her in confusion. “Umm…what?” She replied, “If you need anything, tonight is the best time of the year! Just come with us, we’ll have some fun!” I wasn’t busy, so I went with them - I needed some snacks anyway. I assumed we were going to the supermarket, but I was not sure why because suddenly we were at the shopping mall. Something is not right. It’s 11:30 pm and the parking lot is
packed. “Okay, what’s going on guys… I just need to buy snacks.” “Don’t worry man. Trust me. You’ll change your mind!” my friend responded. At this point, I still didn’t know what the deal was with all of these people. The first thing I saw as soon as I entered the mall was: “BIG SALE UP TO 90%!!!” “Oh my… that’s a game changer.” I entered almost every store in the mall, including Spencer’s; I mean, come on, why does this place even exist? As an amateur shopper, I admit that shopping is fun and exciting, but also overwhelming. Too many options for one night, and too much pressure to buy something. I decided to make a list on my phone of what is actually “that one item I really need”. I guess “want” is the right word. While I was doing that, I sat down at the food court, eating salted caramel ice cream (thank God Coldstone was open late that night) until I heard someone yelling “That’s my shoes, Ma’am!” I looked over and I saw this 30-something big, tall man arguing with an old lady in front of Finish Line. I know I’m not supposed to laugh, but I felt so bad for this old lady. It looked like she
just wanted to buy a Christmas gift for her grandson. My night just got more exciting. My activity quickly changed from shopping to observing, or you could say judging. Looking around, I found the most common kind of person: the bag-holders, most of them males. I’m pretty sure they are sweethearted husbands or boyfriends, willing to stay up late just to accompany their loved ones shopping for hours. Their main job was to follow their spouse wherever they go, holding bags. That’s it. Then I walked to JCPenney, and the first thing I saw was a naked mannequin. Well, I guess someone really wanted that one dress on display. I call them: the hunters. They’ve done some researching and hunting for a while, and they know exactly what they want. The next person type is the explorer, such as myself. They don’t really know what they want, but Lord knows at the end of the night they will buy things they never dreamed of needing. I call the advanced shoppers: the sales-addicts. Their one and only rule is to buy things with a 75% and up discount. They only live once! Black Friday is their promised day, a time for them to
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Galed Krisjayanta contemplates the true meaning of Black Friday with his snacks.
collect coupons and spend it all in one night. If you are one of them, sorry I judged you, but at least Black
Friday doesn’t last all year long! Happy Buy-All-The-Junk-YouNever-Needed-Day America!
A rts & Cul ture
DECEMBER 1, 2016
Tradition continues with Festival of Carols SADIE GUSTAFSONZOOK Arts & Culture Editor email@example.com
It is tradition at Goshen College that the first weekend of December, when students are just starting to go crazy from postThanksgiving, pre-finals stress, A Festival of Carols comes along, filling the time and hearts of many. A truly collaborative event, Festival of Carols involves almost all of GC’s major music ensembles: Women’s World Music Choir, Men’s Choir, Chamber choir, Symphonic Orchestra, AllCampus Band, a brass ensemble, as well as the community children’s choir, Shout For Joy. An event that spans over 5 days and logs a combined 1000 hours in preparation, production and post-production (not including unpaid ensemble members), Festival of Carols is a major undertaking for much of the GC community. FiveCore Media, Goshen’s educational film production business, films Festival of Carols from 9 different angles and edits the performances into one cohesive show that is then shown on local television programs. FiveCore has won 2 regional Emmys for past Festival of Carols productions. ITS Media manages the livestream and runs sound, and the Performing Venues staff manages the house and stage, runs lights, as well as sets up and tears down the extensive Christmas decorations.
As an annual event, it is easy for memories to run into one another until participants are left with one generic memory of Festival of Carols. But each Festival of Carols has a unique story. A Festival of Carols was the brainchild of former assistant music professor, Jim Heiks, who had developed a similar non-stop flowing Christmas program when he directed a high school choir in Appleton, WI. According to music professor Deb Brubaker, Heiks “envisioned ‘miles of headlights’ coming down the highway to see the show, like in the movie about baseball starring Kevin Costner - ‘If you build it, they will come.’ Jim Heiks wasn’t far off in his estimation.” And thus, in December of 2004, a year after the Music Center was built, the first A Festival of Carols was born. There is no doubt that each year Festival of Carols features beautiful musical moments full of Christmas cheer, but over the years, there have been a few especially memorable moments. Associate professor of music and choir conductor, Scott Hochstetler remembers one particular concert that had a bit more flare than he would have liked. “We hired a trumpet player to play a difficult trumpet part in a mass piece called “A Chanticleer’s Carol” by Conrad Susa. On the very last chord, he decided to interpolate a high C that wasn’t written. Needless to say, all you could hear was massive trumpet sound, obliterating the rest of the orchestra and all the singers behind him. We made sure he played the
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Women’s World Choir, Men’s Choir, Chamber Choir and the community children’s choir, Shout for Joy, perform.
part as is for the rest of the shows!” If there is a cliché story of a Festival of Carols performance going awry, it would be the story of the bat. In 2006, Brian Mast had just been hired as the Performing Venues Manager, and he recalls the story with fond recollection. During the performance “a bat started flying- it was divebombing choir members in the choral terrace and it was flying all over. It was amazing ...we stopped the show, and [Brian Weibe, then director of the Music Center] came out to the microphone and said, ‘You may have noticed our bird friend,’... he totally lied so
that people didn’t freak out about the bat. So we put the doors open, to let it fly out.” After the concert Mast took a lift up to a speaker (about 30 feet in the air) where the bat was sleeping and caught it in a makeshift net. The debacle involved a lot of screaming by Mast and the entire ordeal was caught on tape since the cameras were still rolling. If you have interest in watching this process, there is a extra short on the 2006 Festival of Carols DVD that follows the capturing of the bat. This year’s performances will be on Dec. 2nd, 3rd and 4th (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at
8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. If you aren’t one of the 100 plus students involved in this production, you can get your $3 student tickets for the Friday performance from the Welcome Center. Otherwise tickets are $15 and can be purchased from the Welcome Center. The performance from 2015 will be aired on Christmas day on WTIU, KPTS 8, WNIT, Lakeshore Public Television, and WIPBTV, while this year’s program will be aired next Christmas. Who knows what kind of memories will be made this year!
From crayons to clay: Irina Gladun reflects on art
IRINA GLADUN Contributing Writer
As a child, I hated forced coloring book sessions; I felt patronized. That is my first art memory. During my first year of high school, I reexamined my relationship with art when I began seriously working with clay. I was awful. I never wanted to do it again. However, my counselor signed me up for two more semesters of ceramics and I was too lazy and uncomfortable to go ask her to change it. Eventually, I began to enjoy the pieces I was making and soon fell in love with wheel-throwing. I bought my first pair of work overalls in the spring of 2015. A local potter and GC graduate, Todd Pletcher, saw the work in my senior display and was interested in having me intern for him. That fell through, but he referred me to Mark Goertzen who hired me the day after graduation. Goertzen took over Dick Lehman’s pottery located at The Old Bag Factory in Goshen in 2010. Pottery has an extensive history in the Goshen community, and I’m proud and grateful to be a part of it. I really feel at home working at Goertzen Pottery and am blessed to have his fantastic studio space to use. I work and learn there with Mark and Brittany, my best friend, and we have entirely too much fun.
I’ve been making different pieces in Mark’s product line for over a year now, which has allowed me to grow as a potter. It’s very beneficial to throw the same piece 16-40 times in one sitting. You really begin to familiarize yourself with the various pitfalls you can encounter in any specific piece and form the muscle memory in your fingertips, as far as application and duration of pressure. I often apply these lessons to my own work. This summer, I was appointed head of the yarn bowl department and most recently Mark had given Brittany and me a shelf to sell our personal work in the shop. I adore the familiarity that is inherent in functional art. I find satisfaction in making connections with people as well as the fact that they can enjoy their morning coffee or tea with a little piece of me. Maybe one day I will tire of functional work since it can have its limits as far as gravity and message for an artist like me. I have no doubt that there are talented ceramicists out there who can use a teapot to depict the gravest aspects of the human condition and maybe I will want to slide into this role one day. But for now, I’m satisfied with making my cheery pieces. I enjoy throwing “tight forms,” and my style is somewhat elaborate in that I enjoy embellishments of all sorts. One thing that is common in my work (most notably, in my mugs) are
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Irinia Gladun, sophomore, showcases some of her work that will be available at the Student Art Sale.
what I have called ‘speed bumps’. These are thick speedbump-like strips on the piece which allow the glazes I use to play more on the surface of the pot which allows for more chances to achieve interesting drips and colors. This is also why I enjoy adding carved or slip-trailed embellishments. I find satisfaction
in symmetry, repetition and smooth textures. When I sliptrail, I think about creating delightful surfaces for touching. I am currently working on perfecting my handles. I used to cut them from slabs and Mark told me they were garbage one day and forced me to work on my handlepulling technique. I think I’ve made
some great progress this summer, and I’m excited to see what my work will look like next year. Irina’s work, in addition to the work of other student artists, can be purchased at the Student Art Sale on Reading Day, Monday, Dec. 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Union hallway.