FEBRUARY 16, 2017 Vol. 119 No. 17 Goshen, IN 46526
G F UNNI ES
We escaped the food chain but can’t ignore it Phil Longenecker, 7 FEAT U RES
From bread to cheese: the move next door Emily Kauffman, 3 P ER SP E C T IVES
Lora addresses labels in a multicultural world Nahshon Lora, 6 SP ORTS
Leafs lose shot at conference play Seth Wesman, 5
Winter One Acts open this weekend Ellen Conrad, 8
Amid conversations on campus concerning how Goshen College will respond to calls for divestment from Chase Bank, which is helping to finance the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Army Corps of Engineers has granted the easement allowing for the continued construction of that pipeline. Students who are campaigning for the divestment have met with key administrators: Ken Newbold, the provost; Deanna Risser, the interim vice president for finance; and Glenn Gilbert, the utilities manager and sustainability coordinator. These conversations were held on Feb. 2 and 14, with a shifting national narrative as the backdrop. The proposed pipeline, which would carry 470,000 barrels of oil a day, would pass less than a mile from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation in North Dakota. The tribe has said the pipeline would pass through
Goshen community huddle sparks hope ELSA LANTZ
Community members and college students sat together at tables on Sunday, Feb. 12 for a huddle, raising their concerns for the future and thinking of practical solutions. The huddle was organized by Joelle Friesen and Morgan Short, both seniors, and was an action following the Women’s March on Washington D.C. and the sister marches that happened in January. “The huddle was inspired by and based off of the second action proposed by the Women’s March Movement for their ‘10 Actions in 100 Days’ campaign,” said Friesen. “We saw the huddle as a way to build further connections and provide a more cohesive structure for activism in the community.” The huddle had two main goals in mind. “One was to bring about a sense of community and to begin developing a support network,” said Short. “The second was to organize ourselves in a more cohesive manner for future action.” Ideas for future change were brought up at table groups before being shared with the larger group. Five groups were then created to focus on different topics like safer schools, creating inclusive community social events and organizing town hall meetings, among other things. Participants at the huddle were encouraged to commit to at least one group. So far, each group has come up with plans to meet following the huddle. There is an organizing
GC students, faculty and staff collaborated with Goshen community members on Sunday, Feb. 12.
committee that will arrange to put everyone who attended the huddle in contact via email so participants can stay in touch and engage in different actions. “I think that a desire to connect with like-minded people and find ways to be a part of positive change inspired people to participate,” said Friesen, “even though [for some] it meant stepping out of their comfort zone.” Maddie Delp, a senior, first experienced being a part of a large organized movement when she attended the women’s march in Madison. “It was a huge encouragement to see so many people come out
Divestment: an ongoing discussion
sacred ancestral land and put their water supplies at risk. “It’s a group of people who really want to get things done,” Newbold said in a follow-up interview this week. “Our initial conversation [on Feb. 2] was more educational and framing, in a sense.” The students – seniors Naomi Gross, Hannah Yoder, Laura Miller, Sarah Hofkamp and Chelsea Risser – came to the meeting with two demands: divestment from Chase, as well as a statement addressing the situation and the commitment to social justice that President Brenneman had released earlier this month. After the first meeting, the students said they had an understanding that they, along with the administrators, would team up to draft statements as to how the group would move forward in addressing this issue. The administration came away with a different understanding: though they were taking steps in beginning to understand what divest would mean for the institution, they
hadn’t begun the process. “We had good conversation, and talked about how we need to meet again,” Risser said. “We didn’t really have a clear way forward, other than wanting to create a task force to continue to talk about that.” The students want to develop a task force of more individuals in the Goshen College community, consisting of both students and administrators. They talked about having a business course on campus that would be devoted to this issue and divestment more generally. Deanna, who has served as interim vice president for finance since July, said that divesting is not an overnight process. “There is history that we have to figure out here, on how Chase is our bank,” she said. “Leaving this to Ken, Glenn and I made us think we definitely needed to do some history work. I need to talk to Jim Histand, who was previously in the role I’m in.” Another obstacle that stands in the way of divesting from a large bank such as Chase is the college’s ability to work
because they care about lifting up voices,” said Delp. “I went to the huddle because I want to keep putting myself in these settings where healthy, intentional dialogue is happening.” Delp plans on being a part of the “student safety action group” with about 25 other participants who were at the huddle. When they first got together, the group voiced many concerns as well as potential ways to get involved. The group hopes to work with school administrators to emphasize how current immigration legislation affects students. “We hope to raise awareness of students’ rights,” Delp said, “and work to pave a smooth
Photo by Jill Steinmetz
path for the next generation of community leaders.” For Friesen, the huddle was a way to stay hopeful. “I think each person left with a renewed sense of hope in the feasibility of creating a more just community and world,” said Friesen, “and a stronger sense of their role in making these dreams a reality.” Short hopes that the people who attended the huddle will stay in contact through email. “We will see what innovative ideas [groups] come up with!” said Short, “We are hoping this meeting inspired others to lead in whatever way they feel comfortable in the coming months and years.”
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This past Friday, the extended family of Juanita Lark, GC’s first AfricanAmerican graduate, participated in the dedication of the Welcome Center.
internationally. The ability to wire money internationally to other countries for GC’s SST program was one complexity Newbold stated would need to be overcome. “We would need to find who could handle getting money to Peru, Cambodia and Tanzania,” he said. “That’s what we’re trying to figure out [internally] so that we can more actively engage the students in what realistic next steps might be.” Despite the challenges, the administrators affirmed the work
of the students and their concerns. “What can we do on campus to bring voice to this important issue in all aspects, including climate justice, racial justice and the power dynamic of how the federal government is working on this issue without environmental remediation?” asks Newbold. “I would say the Chase conversation is one of many we need to be having.” “Finding the best places of intersection for the college in all areas,” he said, “is an outcome I would propose working towards.”
FEBRUARY 16, 2017
From bread to cheese: the move next door EMILY KAUFFMAN
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After 30 years of serving the loyal customers of Rachel’s Bread, Rachel Shenk is now managing The Wedge, a cheese shop located around the corner in the Goshen Farmers Market. Shenk, who for all those years filled the shelves of her bakery with French baguettes and loaves of sourdough and honey whole wheat, actually had a confession to make. “I started making bread so I would have something to put my cheese on,” she said. The transition from bread to cheese is appealing to Shenk, in part because the work is less physically demanding. She worked from 10 to 12 hours a day, five to six days a week, hefting 50 pound bags of flour and 30 pound bowls of dough, rolling out three or four batches of pastries every day. Now she’ll be handling and cutting 40 pound wheels of cheese. Shenk said that at the cheese shop she’ll also have more time and opportunity to directly connect with customers. On Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., customers can browse The Wedge’s selection of cheeses from the United States, Canada and Europe. “I think that we are very
fortunate to have a cheese shop in Goshen,” said Irene Gross, a Goshen resident who grew up in Switzerland. “The American public is getting acquainted with imported and exotic cheeses, and Rachel has an incredible number of choices to offer.” Shenk’s love of cheese runs deep into her childhood. Shenk was raised in Belgium. When she was in elementary school she remembers her mom sending her to the little shop down the street where they would grate parmesan on the spot. Depending on the day, she might be on an errand for Emmental or Gruyère, both made in Switzerland. She remembers her mom cutting the rinds off of the cheese and, as a child, being stricken at the thought of seeing any part wasted. “There’s still cheese on there,” Shenk would say, and then proceed to eat it like a little mouse. Shenk recalls her dad’s love of cheese. “My dad would come into the kitchen with me when there were cheeses around and he’d be like ‘That piece of cheese is not straight enough -- I need to straighten that out,’ and then he would just chop little pieces off for himself,” Shenk recalled with a laugh. One of her fondest memories comes from her time living in Spain as a college student. “On a Saturday morning, I went to the market in Barcelona,” she said, “and I was walking down
the street on my way to the market and fairly narrow street, and I saw this guy coming down with a cart full of cheese with maybe a donkey pulling it, and he was tall, dark and handsome, like you would imagine a Spaniard, red kerchief around his neck. I saw his cart coming, and I was like, if he would get down off his cart and ask me to marry him I would do it on the spot and go back into his little village with a cart of cheese and be a cheesemaker.” Shenk’s experience and travel in Europe has been a gift as she has built her diverse collection. Lupulus, a cheese made in Spain with organic milk and washed in beer, is one of the popular cheeses at The Wedge. Capriole, another popular cheese at The Wedge, is a goat cheese made by artisan cheese maker Judy Schad in southern Indiana. Shenk also has Raclette, a cheese imported from Switzerland that Gross believes is most excellent along with Tête de Moine (Monk’s head), an unusual cheese that is shaved into delicate flowers and found on cheese plates in restaurants throughout France and Switzerland. Shenk’s European background has given her a foundation to work with as she has built her collection of cheeses. Along with keeping her ears open to what customers suggest and reading about cheese, she also has broadened her cheese
Photo contributed by Rachel Shenk
The Wedge can be found next to Anna’s Bread in the Goshen Farmer’s Market.
selection through her brother, who brings her wheels from Wisconsin. Shenk is looking forward to what the future may hold for The Wedge. She hopes to continue to get the word out about The Wedge and do some travelling to several of the creameries and suppliers of the cheese she sells. Shenk’s love for cheese is hand in hand with her love of stories.
She hopes that by her sharing her love of something it might prompt others to go after what they love. “Rachel is very personable, she takes time with each customer, advising and suggesting the best choices for any occasion,” said Gross. “Visits to the Wedge is part of “la bonne vie (the good life), the name of Rachel’s column in The Goshen News.”
For the RECORD
There’s a sales tax exemption for treating erectile dysfunction in Wisconsin. The same can’t be said for feminine hygiene products. This just doesn’t seem right. Although it may not seem like a problem here in Goshen, low-income and homeless women of all ages do not have the resources to pay for both lunch and feminine products for the week of their periods. No woman should have to choose. According to the Huffington Post, 70 percent of women use tampons. The average cost per package of tampons is $7.62, with the average annual cost being $90. Unlike toilet paper—which is found in almost all public restrooms and required to be there by federal regulations and viewed as essential to everyday health and sanitation—girls and women living in poverty are typically left to access tampons and pads on their own. Infrequent changing of tampons or pads is unhealthy, unsanitary and unsafe. Not using them at all is unthinkable. Without basic hygiene supplies, what is a girl supposed to do? Most states tax all tangible personal property but make exemptions for select “necessities,” or non-luxury items; things that are considered necessities usually include groceries, food stamp purchases
and medical purchases, which varies from state to state. Legislators have done this to shield lower-income consumers from tax on the things they must buy in daily life — like food. We need to raise awareness and acknowledge that feminine products such as tampons and pads are a necessity, not a luxury. In the Oxford Dictionary of Economics, it defines necessities as goods on which poorer people spend a larger proportion of their income than richer people. It also defines a luxury as a good on which richer people spend a higher proportion of their income than do poorer people. To put this in perspective, if the average box of tampons costs around $7.62, a homeless woman who makes $10 a week, will spend a higher percentage of her income on a box of tampons than a woman earning $800 a week. Having a period is not a choice. It’s a biological part of being a woman. So if we start to change the way we look at women’s health products and acknowledge them as a necessity for all women, rather than a luxury, we can help low-income and homeless women and girls keep from going hungry the week of their period. Within the past year, New York City has become a leader in the growing national and global movement for menstrual equality. On June 21, New York City made history by passing the nation’s first legislative package to ensure access to menstrual
products in public schools, shelters and correctional facilities. While many other countries are moving to have the sales tax removed from tampons and pads, for some saving a few cents with no sales tax just isn’t going to cut it. That’s why the New York City agenda emphasizes access for the three most vulnerable populations. If nothing is done, women in poverty won’t be having their human needs met. With personal donations, we could start a program that would allow women of all incomes to know that they could have a clean and healthy menstrual cycle by starting a pink product initiative. A pink product initiative would provide low-income and homeless women with a box of tampons or pads for just $1 at any shelter or clinic. One way to start is by writing to your local representatives to advocate for a change in legislation. Call Jackie Walorski or your state representative and urge them to advocate for the rights of women and petition to have the sales tax removed from tampons and pads. Even though it may seem daunting to try to change something on a national level, you can make a small difference here in Goshen. Often the biggest movements of change start at the local level. You can donate boxes of tampons and pads to a local shelter. With enough supplies, local shelters could begin a dollar pink product initiative of their own. You can help, and it starts with one box.
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Textbook savings project comes to Goshen
Last year, Erin Milanese, head of learning technologies, and Fritz Hartman, director of the Good Library, implemented a program called the textbook savings project. “I did a survey last spring of the student body to see about how much money students are spending on textbooks and found that textbook prices are a problem,” Milanese said. “I think that’s known across higher education, so we just decided it was a project we wanted to pursue.” The project encourages interdisciplinary collaboration between librarians and faculty members, who are voluntary participants. “For those who say yes, they choose one class to work on and they send the facts to the librarians to search for resources and lower textbook costs,” said Hartman. Last year, four professors chose to take advantage of this resource with three success stories. Duane Stoltzfus, professor of communications, Sara Patrick, assistant professor of mathematics, and Beverly Lapp, professor of music, were all able to almost completely switch their textbooks to free resources provided by the library. “With Sara’s, we were able to find the textbook in one of our library databases,” Milanese stated. “Bev’s was sort of similar... she switched to things that were in our databases. Duane’s was pretty interesting because he was
invested in ceasing the use of a pretty expensive textbook and he was the only one of the three who actually quit using the textbook.” One main goal of the project is to create wider awareness of the free resources available online amongst faculty. “There are Open Education Resources (OERs) - a lot of them sponsored by colleges, even though they’re free,” Milanese said. “Some of them have good editing processes and entire courses online.” Years past, it was really difficult to get an eBook, it was just super expensive, the open source stuff wasn’t as good five years ago - there wasn’t anything,” Hartman said. “Now there are things. As soon as we heard about some of the open source things, we were like, ‘Time to go!’” Sara Patrick applied this project to her Applied Algebra course. “That’s my only course that does not require an electronic homework program, and then it turned out the book I was using already was available at the library online for free,” she said. “So it just worked out that that course was the easiest one to do... The nice thing was from day one, everyone had the book.” Collaboration with librarians takes the weight of the project significantly off the shoulders of professors. “I kind of got grouped with Andrew Shields - they paired us up with a librarian, so I gave him my syllabi,” Patrick said. “Basically he did all the research of finding it [the textbook] through the library website and linking that up.” Lapp agreed, saying, “Our
GC students, like Valentin Calvillo, will save money by accessing textbooks online.
librarians are very skilled at helping with curriculum, and so I knew I would have a good resource there when asked to participate in the project.” Hartman also reflected on the role of librarians, saying, “One thing I really want to emphasize is that to do this checking does require a bit of expertise in that you have to understand where the professor is coming from and the context of their class and the context of the material they are trying to teach.” “The text that I was using for Communications Research was expensive and always seemed to be out-of-date,” Stoltzfus said. “It was challenging to replace - it was a book that was filled with terms and studies collected conveniently in one book... Fortunately, I had excellent help from librarians,
and in the end we came up with more engaging and timely information - free of charge.” “There are many solutions and steps people can take to save money, it’s just a matter of taking the time to arrange them,” said one of Stoltzfus’s students, Lydia Kelsey, a sophomore. “But it’s worth it because so much money can be saved in the long run.” Hartman and Milanese are of the same mind - last year the project saved students $6,705. “It’s important to note,” Hartman said, “that...the savings multiply year after year that the student does not have to purchase that textbook.” The project will be offered again this year, with informational sessions occurring on Monday, Feb. 20 and Friday, Mar. 10, both
Photo by Katie McKinnell
from 10-10:50 a.m. in the Good Library room 102. This year, Milanese and Hartman hope to increase participation numbers. “We had four last year but we’re hoping to have six,” said Milanese. “We would like to grow it more, but it’s a lot of work and capacity is the problem.” Despite limited personnel, Milanese is hopeful. “Fritz and I are really excited about this project,” she said. “The price of textbooks is connected to other issues we see in the libraryrising costs of databases and journals - so we’re trying to kind of solve the problem broadly.” Interested faculty members can sign up to attend by contacting Milanese or Hartman. Capacity for each session is eight people.
Cooped up in the city JORDAN WAIDELICH
Every morning before leaving for work, John Nafziger puts on his boots, opens the sliding door to the backyard and tends to the chickens. Often times, it’s still dark when he goes out to open the door to the coop and make sure the chickens have fresh water and feed. At the end of the day, Nafziger again makes sure they have fresh water, checks for eggs and then closes the coop to keep the chickens away from predators like raccoons. That’s all he does. Ten minutes every day is all the time Nafziger spends taking care of the chickens. Every once in a while, he’ll clean out the coop when it’s needed, but even that takes less than an hour. John Nafziger’s wife, Lois, grew up on a farm, which included a barn full of chickens, but her only task was to collect the eggs. However, even without extensive background knowledge of chickens, the Nafzigers have been able to figure it out (with a little help from the Internet). “It isn’t very complicated,” John said. While tending to the chickens isn’t too difficult and doesn’t take
long, they have to be faithful. “You just have to do it every day,” John said. “You can’t really forget.” The Nafzigers have been raising chickens since 2014, when the city of Goshen passed an ordinance allowing chickens within city limits. The ordinance specified that for residents to raise chickens in the city, they must observe the following guidelines: A person can only have six female chickens on their property, with roosters and other fowl prohibited; chickens can only be kept as pets or for non-commercial use, so people cannot sell eggs or fertilizer; breeding or slaughtering chickens on the premises is prohibited; a person cannot get rid of their chickens by turning them loose or taking them to the humane shelter. The local ordinance also provides the regulations for the chicken enclosures that people must have, as well as ways to properly dispose of any unwanted chickens, which is to take them to a local butcher. For the Nafzigers, it’s nice to know where their food comes from. But they’re also gardeners, and the chickens help by keeping grass and insects out while also fertilizing the soil. The chickens benefit the garden and provide a couple
of eggs for the Nafzigers, but it’s more of a hobby for them. “It doesn’t make any sense economically,” John said. “If you ignore initial costs, like the amount of money spent on the coop, it might be close.” The ordinance requires that people wanting to raise chickens pay a $25 registration fee in order to get a permit, which they have to renew every two years. Out of the 50 available permits, nearly 45 of them are actively being used by residents, according to the Goshen Police Department. One of those permits belongs to Liz and Aaron Shenk, both Goshen College graduates. The Shenks got their three chickens, Gladys, Henrietta and Bridgette, from Merry Lea in October. “I just kind of always liked the idea of having animals outside,” Aaron said. “I heard they were easy to take care of. We don’t have any other pets, so they’re kind of like our pets.” Their chickens are laying one to two eggs a day, which is almost more than enough for the two of them. “The eggs look different than typical eggs because the yolk is darker, which has to do with them having more nutrients,” Liz said. “Healthy chickens produce healthier eggs. It’s cool that we
Photo contributed by Liz Shenk
Aaron Shenk watches over his three chickens, Gladys, Henrietta and Bridgette.
have them here in our backyard.” Aaron agreed, saying, “It makes you think about the eggs you get in the grocery store.” The Shenks haven’t run into many challenges, except that snow was new to the chickens. “Early on, they didn’t know what snow was,” Aaron said. “They didn’t want to leave the coop. I had to give them a little encouragement, [and] then they figured it out. They’re fun to watch.” While the Shenks appreciate the health benefits, the chickens have also helped start some conversations. “It’s interesting how you build connections with people,” he said. Liz agreed. “For people who don’t know about chickens, it’s a good conversation starter,” said Liz. The coop sits a little way from the road, so people walking
or biking by don’t really notice it or think twice. But a few family members and friends of the Shenks have brought their children by to see the chickens. “It’s been really positive,” Liz said. Since the Shenks have only had the chickens for a few months, they wonder if the intrigue will wear off soon, but for now, they’re enjoying the excitement and novelty of their chickens. According to the ordinance, people raising chickens within city limits are not allowed to sell the eggs that their chickens produce. For someone who wants to buy fresh, local eggs, the Nafzigers suggest the Farmer’s Market or the Maple City CoOp, but there’s also always the option for people to begin raising chickens on their own (as long as there are still permits available).
FEBRUARY 16, 2017
Barbershop Talk meets for the first time JOSHUA STOLTZFUS
The Barbershop Talk Series (BTS) met for the first time last week on Feb. 8 in the Union Building foyer. The goal of this talk series was to open up a space for safe discussion for minority males of the student body to voice opinions, experiences and concerns. Local men from the community were present, as well as several local barbers who offered haircuts and shape-ups for students. The BTS was concocted by Mitch Mitchell, associate director of community life. “The Barbershop Talk Series was prompted from my numerous observations, conversations and interactions I had with minority male students on campus,” he said. “Many of them expressed disconnections with the campus environment, having limited involvement in campus activities and a lack of cultural affirming programs at GC.” Mitchell has spent extensive time investigating and analyzing the experiences of black men as part of a program called the Black Male Leadership Program, as well as determining the impact the program has had on retention rates at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).
Nearly 30 students were present at the meeting to enjoy the provided food and haircuts. “I expected maybe a quarter to half of the actual amount of people that showed up – which was awesome,” said Jesse Loewen, senior. Many students used this platform to raise some of the concerns they have being a minority male student on campus. Topics of conversation ranged from the willingness of students to come to certain events, comfortability on campus and the role of hip-hop music in the culture we live in. One of the opening points of conversation, led by Mitchell, was, “What does the barbershop mean to you?” The question revealed that many of the people in the room came from very different places. Some people had been going to barbershops for the entirety of their lives. Others had started going to local barbershops in recent years, and still others had never been to a barbershop. Some of the guests shared their experiences growing up in a barbershop environment, remembering them as places where they could be comfortable, expressing their views without judgement. Gilberto Perez, senior director of intercultural development and educational partnerships, also helped in the formation of this unique program.
Photo by Mitch Mitchell
L to R: Lane McDonald, junior, Lindon McDonald, first-year, and Xavier Newson, senior, participate in the Barbershop Talk.
“Mr. Perez challenged me to develop an initiative to support students of color, and he would finance the initial event,” said Mitchell. Many of the students present appreciated the rare platform, citing it as one where they were supported and could more easily connect with those around them.
“I thought it was a great experience, probably the best event I have ever attended on this campus,” said Ari Benjamin, junior. “I expected it to be ‘just another race talk,’ but it blew my expectations away.” “I hope in the future that less and less people of color feel unaccepted here at GC,” said
Loewen. “[It] takes time and effort, and may never be perfect, but it starts with things like this.” Mitchell echoed what the students felt, calling it a “momentous and impactful event.” He expects the talk series to take place at least once per semester in the future.
Interurban Trolley offers GC students free rides JORDAN WAIDELICH
As of last Wednesday, the Interurban Trolley is free for Goshen College faculty, staff and students. Jim Histand, former vp of finance, Launa Leftwich, dean of students, Paul Householder, associate director of ITS, and Ken Newbold, provost, all played key roles in getting this program up and running. It went into
effect on Feb. 8 and is available to anyone with an active GC ID. Over the years, the idea for this program had been talked about, but it wasn’t until about a year ago that GC began to pursue it. In partnership with the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) and the coordinating organization of the Interurban Trolley, GC worked to implement this new program that offers free access to the Trolley for faculty, staff and students. The Trolley has five fixed routes through downtown Elkhart and downtown Goshen.
To see specific routes and times, you can go to the Interurban Trolley’s website. There’s no way to estimate how many GC members will use this new service, but Newbold is hopeful. “We hope this program will provide more convenient access to GC students, faculty and staff to visit downtown Goshen and other local destinations,” he said. To Newbold, this is a promising new opportunity for the college. “I am most excited about the access to reliable mass transportation for members of the college community this
Photo by Jace Longenecker
Students can get on the Interurban Trolley at stops at College Avenue and 9th Street and College Avenue and Main Street.
program provides,” Newbold said. “The Trolley offers routes to local businesses, parks and can assist those in need of a means of getting to campus.” Since not every student has their own car, Newbold is excited about how the Trolley can benefit them, as well as all GC members in general. “This program opens up opportunities,” he said, “to reach Goshen and Elkhart for those without personal vehicles or those that want to use mass transit as an option to get around Goshen.” The Trolley stops closest to campus at the corner of College Avenue and 9th Street, as well as the corner of Main Street and College Avenue. Students, faculty and staff need only swipe their ID, and all rides along any of Trolley’s routes are free. Hitesh Sharma, junior, sees this as the perfect opportunity for commuters. “I used the Trolley a lot last year when I lived downtown, and I continue using it this year as well,” said Sharma. “When the school made it free, I got so excited that I ran to take my first free Trolley ride to downtown and back! I was probably the first student to try the free ride (and I wish to be in history books of Goshen for that).” Sharma noted how easy it makes his commute. “I can go to The Brew to do my homework anytime now,” said Sharma. “I can go to Kroger’s. I don’t have to worry about not having $1 bills on me every time.” While the Trolley is available to all GC members, there is a
certain level of planning that people need to be aware of. “One of the challenges I see,” Newbold said, “is the timing required to use the Trolley for those commuting to campus. The bus stop near campus is convenient but users must plan their travel around class times and the route schedule.” But despite those challenges, Newbold hopes to see a number of people from GC utilizing this program. “I hope to see a growing number of faculty, staff and students using the Trolley as it offers a means of connecting with community members, less reliance on personal cars and reliable transportation,” he said. “This program can open doors to our surrounding community that may have otherwise not been pursued and can provide access to community activities.” Sharma agrees and sees this as an opportunity for students to interact with the broader community. “The administration worked a lot to make this possible for its students,” said Sharma. “Don’t confine yourself only inside the bubble of Goshen College. Get out there and be involved in the community. Goshen is a great place, and you meet so many great people! Also, the free ride is all the way to the South Bend airport, so take advantage of that.” Christi Sessa, sophomore, is excited for the program as well. “It’s here, and it’s awesome, and the trolley is a really great resource,” said Sessa. “Use it!”
Leafs lose shot at conference play
Women's Basketball vs. Mount Vernon Nazarene University Wednesday, Feb. 8 @ Mount Vernon
Women's Basketball vs. Taylor University Saturday, Feb. 11 @ Goshen
Men's Basketball vs. Mount Vernon Nazarene University Tuesday, Feb. 7 @ Mount Vernon
Men’s Basketball vs. Taylor University Saturday, Feb. 11 @ Taylor
Devin Heath-Granger, junior, looks to pass the ball.
Strong performances by seniors Kevin Phillips and Xavier Newson on Senior Day fell just short as a three-pointer by Billy Geschke, a junior, rimmed-out with time expiring in a 66-64 defeat to Taylor University this past Saturday in Gunden Gymnasium. Phillips finished the day with 18 points and eight rebounds on a near perfect 8-of-9 shooting from the floor. His counterpart, Newson, added 15 points and four rebounds. The two seniors combined to score exactly half of Goshen’s 66 team points, and played a large role in the 42-to24 points in the paint advantage for the Leafs. Geschke was the only other Leaf in double figures with 12 points off the bench. Goshen also outshot their opponent 52.8 percent to Taylor’s 46 percent. Despite their hot hand, Goshen was outdone in nearly every other statistical category. The contest saw back and forth action throughout, with Goshen taking a 29-27 lead
heading into the break. The Trojans did not take a lead in the contest until the 15:42 mark in the second half. The lead never reached more than five for either side for the remainder of the game. A late layup by Devin HeathGranger, a junior, gave the Leafs a 61-60 lead before game high scorer, Jake Heggeland, countered with two of his 20 to regain the lead 16 seconds later. The Heggeland bucket forced Goshen to foul and Taylor answered by cashing in on 4-of-4 from the freethrow line to stretch their lead to 6661 with 16 seconds remaining. Conner Funkhouser, a junior, stepped back and drained a threepointer in the face of a Taylor defender to bring the contest back to a one possession game at 6664. On the ensuing possession, Taylor guard Eric Cellier missed the front end of a one and one. With just over six seconds remaining in the game, HeathGranger raced up the court to find a wide open Geschke on the left wing, but the shot wouldn’t fall. This is the second loss by way of a missed game winning shot against the Trojans. Newson’s missed jumper on Jan. 15 symbolized a near
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exact ending to Saturday, with Goshen falling 65-64 that day. Tuesday’s home contest against Spring Arbor University proved to be much of the same for the Leafs as they were unable to break the hot shooting streak of their opponent. Goshen fell to the Cougars by a score of 88-81. Heath-Granger led the offensive attack with 18 points and six assists. Phillips and Newson once again reached double digits with 14 and 11 respectively. However, it was Goshen’s regular bench players Tanner Camp, Ben Cotton, Eli Gingerich, Robert Warrick, first-years, and Carter Boos, a sophomore, who nearly stole the game late for the Leafs. The five saw action with seven minutes remaining in the contest and finished the game outscoring the Cougars 19-8 going 9-for-16 from the floor. Camp set his career high scoring total with nine points. Boos added a season high six on two three-pointers. With the loss against Taylor, the Leafs are now unable to make the Cross League playoffs. Goshen will finish up their season on the road this Saturday against Marian University with tipoff set for 3 p.m.
Track continues to break school records SETH WESMAN Sports Editor
Ryan Smith, a senior, and Lindon McDonald, a first-year, both broke their own school records while Goshen won three events at the Trojan Invitational at Taylor University on Saturday. Smith set the school mark in the 5000 meter with a time of 14:57.27 which was also good enough to take first in the event. McDonald broke his three week-old record in the 60 meter with a time of 7.14. The Goshen men took home top three finishes in two other events; a first in the 800 meter and a third place finish in the 4x800 relay. Luke Graber, a senior, captured first in the 800
with a mark of 1:58.99. The relay team of Abe Medellin, Alex Steiner, sophomores, Max Burkholder and Ryan Haggerty, first-years, recorded a time of 8:55.65 for third place. The Leafs’ other first place result came by way of the women’s 4x800 relay team. Mara Beck, a sophomore, Lena Charles, a junior, Chelsea Foster and Nora Rangel, first-years, turned in a time of 10:24.84 to claim the event’s top spot. Goshen also got top 10 finishes in the 600 meter from Rangel and Beck who finished third and 10th respectively and a ninth place result from Jill Steinmetz, a junior, in the 800 meter. Goshen got top 20 finishes from Foster in the 800 meter, Caitlin Hughey, a junior, in the 60 meter and 200 meter, Charles
in the 400 meter and Siana Emery, a first-year, in the mile. Goshen’s pair of race walkers, Emery and Sawyer Biddle, a junior, competed Friday night in the Goshen College Race Walk, with both claiming the top spot in their category. Emery completed the fastest time among the competing women with a time of 15:35.50 and Biddle finished first among the men with a result of 13:40.99. Biddle’s time was enough to ensure him an automatic bid to the national meet which will take place March 3 in Johnson City, Tennessee. Emery secured her spot earlier this season. The Maple Leafs’ track team will be back in action this weekend when they travel to Taylor University for the Crossroads League Invitational, with events on both Friday and Saturday.
Fast start not enough for Leafs SETH WESMAN
Sophia Sears, a senior, scored 14 points in her return to the lineup, but the Goshen College women’s basketball team stumbled after a strong first quarter, falling to the visiting Trojans of Taylor University 72-55 Saturday afternoon on Senior Day. Gabby Williams, a senior, and Lynnia Noel, a senior, each recorded double digit performances with 12 and 10 points respectively with Williams recording a team-high eight rebounds. Fellow seniors Calla Bartlett, Kelsey Fraley and Angela McLean also recorded points in their final home game. Noel led Goshen (13-15, 7-9 Crossroads League) in assists with five while Haley Archibeque, a sophomore, also dished out a pair. Sears, Bartlett and Noel each recorded one of Goshen’s three blocks, while five players each totaled a steal apiece. The Leafs stormed out to a 25-11 lead after the opening quarter, before Taylor (12-16, 7-9) charged back to cut the deficit to 33-30 at the half. The Trojans would outscore Goshen
42-22 in the second half with the Leafs being held to only eight points in the final quarter. Taylor was led by Kendall Bradbury who poured in a gamehigh 29 points, with Audrey Wright, Josie Cobb and Jamie Netzley adding 13, 11 and 10 points each. Bradbury and Cassidy Wyse grabbed 8 boards apiece with Cobb contributing seven. GC shot 23 for 64 from the field and four for 17 from beyond the arc, to go along with a perfect five for five from the charity stripe. Noel and Sydney Stein, a sophomore, each went two for two from the line with McLean adding the Leafs final successful attempt from the line. Taylor shook off a slow start to shoot 28 for 56 from the field and 8 for 17 from deep. The Trojans outrebounded the Leafs 38-32 and recorded 19 assists to Goshen’s nine. The Leafs forced 13 turnovers and only committed 12, but were outscored 13-10 in points off of turnovers. Goshen hosted conference opponent Spring Arbor University on Wednesday night but the game concluded after print deadline. The Leafs’ regular season will conclude on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Marian University. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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Kelsey Fraley, senior, passes the ball off to Angela McLean, senior.
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FEBRUARY 16, 2017
Lora addresses labels in a multicultural world NAHSHON LORA Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruh! 1. Who needs a label? On a regular basis, I find that I address the question “What are you?” which basically means “What’s your ethnicity?” or “What race do you hail from?” This usually leads to a very long conversation that often confuses quite a few people. “I am Puerto Rican and Dominican.” This response is usually followed up by confused looks and questions along the line of “Sooooo, is that like Latino? ‘Cause you kind of look black.” In my hometown of Brooklyn, New York, the question, “What are you?” rarely seems to be something I encounter. It is just assumed that I am either Puerto Rican, Dominican or, on a good day, both. In Goshen, on the other hand, this seems to be a common enigma for people, and I understand it. My assumption is that several people in Goshen have not encountered people who come from a small island culture, so most people don’t know what it means when I say I’m Puerto Rican and Dominican. For example, in the same way, I wouldn’t know what it means if I were to meet someone from Borneo (a small island south of the Asian continent). The reality is that I’ve learned to live outside the norm and any conventional labels that people may have. I have learned to develop an identity based on who I am, rather than
a tag that society provides for me. Throughout my life, I keep being pushed back and forth. I am too black for many Latinos and too Latino to African American friends. Being multiethnic makes it difficult to fully relate to any one specific group. This can be a blessing and a curse. Sometimes, it becomes really hard to not have a solid social identity. Other times it’s nice to not be labeled and feel like I can relate profoundly with many different groups of people. 2. Just because I speak Spanish doesn’t mean I am Mexican! People in Goshen often assume that I can either speak Spanish or I can’t. I feel like this can be attributed to the fact that I don’t phenotypically look like the typical person they would hear speaking Spanish. But many times, after hearing me speak, they ask something along the lines of “Are you Mexican?” This can be frustrating because it is very well known that not everybody who speaks Spanish is inherently Mexican or even South American. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hating on those cultures at all, but imagine if every time you wore a basketball jersey people would ask you if you are a big fan of badminton. They are both sports, but they too are different. 3. Latino is not a race. Many times, in Latino media, people are usually portrayed in a very homogenous way. The majority of the people in the media have Eurocentric or mestizo (a man of mixed race, especially the offspring of a Spaniard and an American Indian)
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Nashon Lora, sophomore, reflects on his multicultural background.
look to them. But this is not a full representation of all Latin America. Sure, there are Anglo Latino and mestizo, but there is so much more to Latin America. There are very prominent indigenous populations that have influenced some Latin cultures very heavily. In the Caribbean, where my family is from, there is a more prominent African slave impact. There are so many different races within Latin America that make every culture unique. If someone says that they are a Latino from an indigenous tribe or they are mestizo or AfroLatino, it doesn’t make them any less Latino or Hispanic. It just means that they are different racially. I personally consider myself a Mulato Latino
which means that I am a mix between black and Anglo, but I am just as Hispanic as any other Latino of any other race. 4. Being Latino doesn’t mean I am an immigrant. In the current political climate, we see very strong assumptions and conclusions being thrown around about the legal status of many Hispanic people. Many Mexican people are being labeled as immigrants or criminals. For many, this is a very hard issue that has a profound effect. But for me this doesn’t have as much of an impact. I fully support people who go through these struggles, but for me to pretend that I go through the same thing would be a lie. 5. I don’t eat spicy food, love soccer or listen to
mariachi music not because I am a “bougie” American. It’s because that’s not my culture. Even though Latin America is connected in a lot of areas many places are very culturally different. For some places, the only cultural connections that are shared are language based. Latin America basically accounts for territory that was once conquered by the Spanish empire. Many of these places still speak Spanish to this day, but the cultures, histories and traditions of many of these countries are unique. If you ask me if I eat tacos, play soccer or wear sombreros, the answer will be a very firm no. The world: “what are you?” Me: “It’s complicated…”
Taking a leap of faith RILEY MILLS
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As I straddled the white seat of my Minnie Mouse bicycle, I considered the options. Either I could follow my father’s lead and lurch forward into almost certain peril, or I could dismount and walk my bike down the hill, trying to avoid tripping over my training wheels. My father sat at the bottom of the hill on his own Schwinn, motioning for me to join him. I could see his green eyes crinkle and bushy red beard shift as he masked his worry with a nod of encouragement. I was facing my greatest childhood challenge: Cherry Street’s biggest hill. My knees wobbled beneath their safety pads. I launched the Minnie Mouse bike and gained speed fast. “Hit the brakes,” I thought. But instead my legs slumped uselessly off of the pedals, sending my bike into violent motion, tilting left, then right. My bike careened off the road. I could hear my father’s footsteps. I looked up at the blue August sky. I was lying in the yard of a Cherry Street resident
(the one who handed out full-sized candy bars at Halloween). My father lifted me off of the grass and began inspecting my scraped hands and knees. Cheeks tear-stained and pride hurt, I stood there on the hill, certain of one thing: I was going to ride that bike down the Cherry Street hill, and I was going to do it without my training wheels. For weeks I practiced riding my bike underneath the shade the maple tree in our front yard. My mother would ask, “Why don’t you try riding in the alley? I think it might be easier than on the grass.” She was right, of course. However, I knew that the grass would provide some cushion if I should fall, and a gravel alley was much less forgiving. Years later, as a confident cyclist, I would wreck into a barbed wire fence, catch my toe in my bike chain and soar over my handlebars as the front wheel of my bike stuck in an unseen hole in my neighbor’s yard. But I did learn, and I spent countless summer evenings biking around my town of 800. Fourteen years later, I found myself facing a very different challenge. Nearly 4,000 miles from home, I was living in Peru. After six weeks of studying in Lima, I went to San Roque De
Cumbaza, a village in the high Amazon for six weeks of service. The morning of my first day on service, Josh Bustos, Katie Hurst (the two other students in my service location) and I went to Saturday morning English class. The majority of class was spent playing soccer, and after an eternity of being schooled in futbol by a mob of pre-teens, the students wanted to go to the river. After a five-minute walk along a dirt road, the students veered off the path and down a grassy decline. Curious, we followed, watching in horror as the students filed onto a rickety wooden platform that was about to be used as a diving board. Twenty feet below, the water rushed. It had rained the previous week, leaving the water high and difficult to see through. There was no measure for how deep or shallow it was, and while the platform jutted out high above the water, it did not completely clear the rocky cliff below. Wide-eyed, I watched as student after student leapt from the platform. The students teased until finally Josh said he would jump. I was petrified, but for some unexplainable reason, a swell of confidence rose within me. I looked at Katie, and we began to strip.
Riley Mills, junior, discusses courage in the face of fear.
Hands intertwined, we counted: 3, 2, 1. My legs propelled my body forward, leaping with all of my might to clear the platform and the rocks below. I let go of Katie’s hand and felt my body slip into the cold, Amazon river. As I rose to the surface, I felt a fiery sting on the back of my thighs from hitting the water. I snatched my black bandana, then floating in the water next to me, and I thanked God it wasn’t my underwear
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that had come off. It was my first day on service, and I had faced my greatest fears. My fears are a part of who I am. Control comes with practice, and a life worth living is one that forces us into discomfort. I’ll never know if I’ve made the right leaps or pedaled in the right direction, but I have done it. You will do it. We will all spend our lives crashing and sinking and sitting in the dark, but then we find ourselves looking up at a blue August sky.
We escaped the food chain but can’t ignore it
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Phil Longenecker watches in horror as nature is destroyed
PHIL LONGENECKER Funnies Editor
The recent release of “Planet Earth II” confirms that nature documentaries continue to hold a tight grasp on the hearts and minds of western consumers. Using state of the art drone technology, “Planet Earth II” offers jaw-dropping footage of pristine landscapes, incredible close-ups of animals and breathtaking colors of plants and geological formations. I mean, nature is beautiful, right? To use the eloquent
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succinctness of our provocative Mr. President: Wrong! Nature is h#!@. All it takes is some deleted documentary scenes on YouTube to realize your romantic notion of “nature” couldn’t be further from the truth! We wrongly equate ‘living’ on Planet Earth to ‘thriving’ on Planet Earth. Our documentaries perpetuate the notion that life is this beautiful, flourishing and prospering thing. Just search ‘nature is metal’ on Google and you’ll soon realize that life on Planet Earth is really just a never-ending plea for mercy against the cold, cruel hand of
natural selection. With the horrified fascination of a life sciences major, I’m watching videos of animals getting pecked, squeezed and mauled to death. “This is natural,” I try to tell myself, as I watch a zebra getting ripped in half by an alligator. “Good for the seal,” I squeak as I watch a penguin get disemboweled in midair. “And God looked over all She had made and saw that it was very good,” I manage to whisper as I watch a newborn giraffe get shredded by a pack of hyenas. I’ve officially concluded that the wilderness is simply an arms race for bigger claws, teeth, spikes and poisons. Seriously - out in nature, you’re either doomed to a bone crushing, bloody and excruciating death at the hands of another organism - or a slow, sickly and withering one from thirst, hunger or disease. The ironic juxtaposition of this realization and my current situation (lounging lazily on the couch shoving ice cream and frozen pizza in my face) makes me want to both laugh and cry in self pity. During my junk-food-induced
introspection, I am suddenly struck by an epiphany: How on planet Earth did humans escape the food chain? After all, we’re animals too. The gory YouTube videos seemed to suggest that ‘there’s always a bigger fish,’ but I don’t have to worry about a grizzly bear mauling me at the grocery store. So how the heck did humans become the biggest fish? Lets face it: we don’t have any physical assets, and we’re stupid, lazy and clumsy. It’s true! I’ve seen people light fireworks in their butts, get confused by revolving doors, walk their dogs from their car window and attempt to drink three liters of olive oil. The list goes on and on. I’m stunned that our species has made it this far and with so much power over the environment to boot. We’ve systematically separated ourselves from nature. Nowadays, instead of us eating exhausted food, we get exhausted eating our food. (Every Saturday I get slumped after pounding my two Sausage Egg and Cheese McGriddles with syrup-infused pancake buns, probably because my body isn’t adapted to consume 1200 calories and 160 percent of my daily cholesterol in a single
sitting.) The point is that nowadays, we in the West occupy a reality that is as savagely indifferent to the environment as the carnivorous animals on YouTube are to their prey. Our species somehow escaped the food chain and now (literally) controls the fate of every other organism on the globe. In the words of Marshall Davis Jones: From the Garden of Eden To the branches of Macintosh Apple™ picking has always come at a great cost Western society has a big debt to pay nature. Shows like “Planet Earth” - romanticized narratives of the natural world generated for easy consumption - are just more evidence of how far removed our artificial little Human World is from the Real World, bloody, gory and primal as it is. So I encourage you to venture out into the world of crazy violent nature videos because the harsh brutality of omitted nature documentary footage serves as a visceral reminder to appreciate where we are, where we’ve come from and what we ultimately need to care for.
In America, we eat babies. -Dr. John Mischler
You were not meant to be a cow. -Dr. Kristen Entwistle
I just like to finger people’s hair. That’s how I get my jollies
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Three riders of Safety Shuttle past PHIL LONGENECKER Funnies Editor
Since its inception, the Safety Shuttle at Goshen College has occupied a tense space, perceived by some to be integral to campus safety, and by others, integral to the destruction of campus values. For some of us, it’s a heroic student-led initiative to protect our brothers and sisters from hypothermia, assault or getting hit by a train; for some of us it’s a donation-killing, student-led initiative meant to undermine Christian values and drag campus into the murky depths of debauchery and liberal hedonism. As a comical provocateur, this tension makes for excellent Funnies material! ’Twas a dark and stormy night the Saturday I signed up to be a Safety Shuttle driver. My rationale was three-fold: I love my
fellow students unconditionally, Uber has yet to arrive in Goshen and I wanted to be as cool as Zach Zimmerman. Despite being a staunch supporter of the enterprise, I was a bit of a grouch that night and just wanted to go to sleep. “We got a call,” my driving partner Laura said over the phone. Groaning, I rolled out of bed and walked to the car, rain pounding on my umbrella. “Where to, Laura Boo?” I say, trying to improve morale. From the passenger seat, I see her head slowly turn towards me, giving me a look of disapproval that could make a well-watered house plant wither and die. “Ah…yeah sorry… that was stupid,” I mumble, scratching the back of my head. We ended up driving to the Kaizen Hibachi Grill, of all places. It was a first for the both of us so we had to circle around the building a few times till we saw our rider.
Out of the shadowy public phone booth emerged a soaking wet young man in nothing but a football helmet, shoulder pads and whitey tighties cradling what appeared to be a takeout box of sushi. Nothing could hide my puzzled look as I opened the door for him. “Wassup dude, welcome to the Safety Shuttle! You don’t have to tell me why, but I mean… what’s with the sushi, football equipment and no pants?” I ask. “I uh… lost a bet.” He stammered as he climbed in. “It’s called the Kaizen Heisman Challenge… I had to run all the way to the Hibachi Grill in pads and bring back sushi… But then it started raining and I got super cold… It was either that or the South Side Squeezer Challenge,” he shivered. “I don’t even want to know.” I replied. “Can you take me to -,” he began “Yoder 2?” I finish.
“But how did you-,” “Intuition.” I said. Our next call took us to two young women who merrily skipped out to the car, laughing all the way. They were slapping each other on the knees, howling about some inside joke. Their laughter only partially subsided as they clambered in. “Can you take us home? It’s raining and we didn’t want to walk back,” one started. “It’s raining cats and dogs!” the other friend shouted, cracking both of them up. “Sure thing!” I said. “It’ll be tough though, with all these POODLES forming on the road!” The car became silent. I chuckle nervously to myself to make up for the awkwardness of my failed pun. The amount of disapproval in the look Laura gave me made me think her head was going to roll off her shoulders. Still no noise from the back. I glance at the mirror. The two women were leaning
forward, their faces stricken, as if processing what I just said. Slowly, as if crescendoing to a predetermined beat, their two heads turned toward each other and their mouths and eyes widened. In perfect synchronization their faces morphed from shocked confusion, to understanding, to pure glee. “POODLES!” They scream in unison. I had struck a chord; they couldn’t stop laughing all the way home. When I finally settled under my blankets at 3 a.m., I took a deep breath. I was in a better mood now, enjoying the fact that I was warm; I had a giant cookie, a glass of milk and a Seinfeld standup queued on my laptop. I could’ve gone to bed, but you know what? There’s nothing better than being warm and safe, laughing, and a tad indulgent on a Saturday night.
A rts & Cul ture
FEBRUARY 16, 2017
Winter One Acts open this weekend
Claude Lilford, first-year, rehearses for this weekend’s upcoming Winter One Acts.
ELLEN CONRAD Staff Writer
Even though it may not feel like winter, this weekend is the debut of the Winter One Acts. The One Acts start at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 18 in the Umble Center. On Sunday, the performance is an early afternoon show starting at 3 p.m., with additional ASL interpreting. The shorter plays allow a mixture of students from diverse disciplines to have experience
performing on stage, doing technical work and directing. “It’s a great opportunity for people who want to do theater but who don’t want to commit to a semester-long project,” said Doug Liechty Caskey, producer and professor of theater. “People don’t have to be all or nothing to be involved in the process; acting or being on crew in a one act is a good way to get involved.” However, that doesn’t mean that the one acts are less important than the mainstage productions. “Because the one acts aren’t the mainstage production, some students feel that the one acts are not a big deal,” said
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Caskey. “But we shouldn’t treat it as a second-tier thing since not only are they getting reallife performance experience, but they are also performing in front of a paying audience.” Each semester, the one acts are different, whether they are Peace Plays, comedies or other genres, allowing for continuous creativity and a wide range of material to experiment with. This year, the two one acts fall under the modern realism genre, most prominent during the 1880s-1940s era. The two plays to be performed, “Something Unspoken” by Tennessee Williams and “A Marriage Proposal” by
Anton Chekhov, both are different in many respects—American versus Russian, comedic versus dramatic—but embrace the Valentine’s Day vibes by focusing on relationships and love. “Something Unspoken”, directed by 2016 GC graduate Martin Flowers, follows the suppressed romantic relationship between two women in the 1950s American South. Courtney Crapser, a sophomore English major, and Olivia Smucker, a first-year psychology major, are featured as the two main characters, Grace and Cornelia, respectively. “Realism is finding the truth in the situation and keeping the entire experience grounded by focusing on the very real, very raw relationships,” says Flowers. “At first, the relationship between the two characters seems surface level, but it is far more complex. We have collaborated and focused on finding the many layers of tension and subtle dynamics between them.” “A Marriage Proposal”, directed by Tabitha Immanuel, a junior film production and theater major, is a Russian comedic play about a catawampus proposal, involving a man, a woman and her father. Claude Lilford, a first-year film production and writing major, Carter McKay-Epp, a sophomore computer science major, and Olivia Smucker are featured in the play. “As a first-time director, directing the one acts was
an interesting experience,” said Immanuel. “I was very hesitant at first, but it all came together well, and I know it’s only because everyone worked really hard and gave it their best. I’m looking forward to see what the audience thinks.” No theater production would ever be able to get off the ground without a trustworthy group of people behind the scenes. The production team consists of Andrew Moeggenborg, technical director and set designer, Melanie Hertzler, production stage manager, Riley Woods, light designer and master electrician, Ben Reimer, assistant technical director, Brandy Lowe, props manager, Annie Steiner, hair and makeup designer, and Nick Peebles, master carpenter. “I definitely learned the importance of theater being a team effort this time more so than ever before,” said Immanuel. “I was completely dependent on my actors, stage manager and designers to make the play look like the way I envisioned it.” This year is also the last time that the one acts and the opera scenes (to be performed on Mar. 17) will be separate. In future years, the music and theater departments will team up and combine them. Tickets are $5. If you are looking for a free ticket, contact Andrew Moeggenborg at email@example.com to see if there is a need for ushers.
Funk, Love, and Other Delights IRINA GLADUN Contributing Writer
This Friday at Ignition Music Garage, five Goshen College musicians will be telling a story about love and its various stages through the mediums of jazz, funk, R&B, folk and pop. The performers, Maggie Weaver, Sadie Gustafson-Zook, Jacob Penner, Galed Krisjayanta and Andrew Pauls, seniors, fondly named their show ‘Funk, Love, and Other Delights’. Sonny Carreño will be accompanying the students on drums. The story of this show is a love story in and of itself, a union of two love stories: Weaver’s love of music and Steve Martin’s, owner of Ignition Garage, love of music. Weaver had wanted to do a traditional senior show but realized that her love of jazz and musical theater begged for a more conducive environment than Reith Recital Hall. Her vocal teacher, Rebecca Dengler Kaufman, suggested she look for off-campus venues that would “provide the atmosphere that best fit the style of music [Maggie] loves to perform.” Meanwhile, Steve Martin had been looking to get millennials into his record store to show them what music is supposed to sound like. Being a young person during the late ’60s and ’70s, he was exposed to arguably the biggest musical revolution in history.
“There was some amazing music recorded in those days,” he said, “there was something amazing coming out every month.” Martin laments the prevalence of the MP3 as the cause of “a whole generation of people who have never really been moved in a big way by music.” MP3s came into power with the emergence of Napster and the pirating of music. The miniscule size of the file allows it to use less storage, but a song must be stripped down to fit into an MP3 file and
this requires a plethora of nuance to be lost. Martin just wants young people to come hear whole, pure, unexploited music and fall in love. Martin has been trying every which way to get Goshen College musicians to use his space, so when Weaver proposed her show, he didn’t hesitate to say yes. Martin hopes this event will bring more Goshen College students to Ignition concerts and the Ignition stage to help the music scene in Michiana return to its former glory. Weaver is pleased with the
unexpected way this show is playing out; she feels privileged to be able to collaborate with some amazing musicians and hopes that people will come support their friends and share in the excitement and fun. “I think the show is going to be a blast,” said Weaver. “One of my favorite songs I’ll be singing is ‘You Go Down Smooth.’ It’s really upbeat, has a great bass line and will make people want to dance.” Gustafson-Zook is looking forward to singing “Natural
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L to R: Andrew Pauls, Maggie Weaver, Jacob Penner, Sadie Gustafson-Zook and Galed Krisjayanta, seniors.
Woman” because it’s “about how being loved is being able to be entirely myself and not holding any part of myself back.” “I also think [the song] is about the woman being free, not worrying about how she is perceived,” said Gustafson-Zook. Pauls will be portraying a more playful side of love with the song “Back Pocket.” “I like the playful nature of love, being able to goof around with someone,” said Pauls. “Sometimes I feel like a kid around my significant other, and I’ll try to channel that when I sing the song.” Penner is excited to share the chemistry of the group with people. “One of my favorite things about love is the ability to have kinds of intimate conversations that are more easily had in the context of love,” said Penner. “The whole process of playing in a band like this is one big conversation.” Krisjayanta will be performing “Ordinary People” by John Legend and will channel the complexity of love. “I guess my favorite thing about love is creating your own story, even though it’s complicated sometimes,” said Krisjayanta. “If you work hard for it, you’ll get what you need; you never know what to expect.” Student tickets to ‘Funk, Love, and Other Delights’ are $10 for one and $15 for two. Nonstudent tickets are $15 for one. The show starts 7:30 p.m. this Friday at Ignition Music Garage.