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February 25, 2011




Vol. 70 No. 9

Taking the ‘road to success’

Student 4 Student hosts event to raise awareness of giving 4Eugene Burndam

GlimmerGlass staff brings home 7 awards - News, Page 3

Sophomores relax and play games - Student Life, Page 5

Apartment decorated with pop cans - Student Life, Page 8

Review: Levi Riggs is country gold - Arts, Page 9


udwig Dining Hall was abuzz with activity on Monday, Feb. 21, as Student 4 Student put on an event to raise money for student scholarships. Student 4 Student is an initiative that began in 2009 in which students raise money for other students to attend Olivet. “There are thousands of alumni that give to ONU so that students can be in class every day, and the purpose of Student 4 Student is to make an opportunity for current students to give a small donation and help,” said Amy Duerrwaechter, Annual Giving grad assistant. The event, aptly named “Road to Success,” took place in the cafeteria during dinner hours. The evening was filled with music performed by three Lifesong bands. Students had the opportunity to buy “bricks,” for $1, $5, $10 or $20.11 to raise funds for future scholarships. They could also sign up to play “Minute to Win It” games to win prizes. Students who signed up were entered into a drawing for gift cards to Culver’s or Nancy’s Pizza. Duerrwaechter helped coordinate the event. “The Student 4 Student show was created so that undergraduates would understand the importance of scholarships [as] 98.5 percent of students receive some financial aid,” she explained. “Scholarship dollars have great power, whether they pay for tuition or the dorm room you sleep in.” Director of Donor Stewardship Wayne Deboer oversees the amount of scholarship donations Olivet receives every year. He explained the reasoning behind the program. “So many students couldn’t be here without a scholarship award,” he said. “Student 4 Student is not about accumulating money; it’s to raise awareness about how vital scholarships are to undergraduates.”

photos by aly gibson

Photo above: Freshman Derek Delgado performs with one of three Lifesong bands at the Student 4 Student event on Monday. Photo left: Shine.FM’s station manager Justin Knight hosts the “Minute to Win It” games. The winners received $5 Target gift cards, said Amy Duerrwaechter.

• Continued on Page 3

‘Godspell’ takes place this weekend - The Arts, Page 10

Basketball fans go above and beyond - Sports, Page 12


IT speeds up Net surfing 4autumn keiss

A campus starved for Internet connectivity has been fed. On Feb. 11, Olivet’s bandwidth was doubled, greatly increasing Internet connectivity. Bandwidth is what controls the amount of information accessible from the Internet. “Bandwidth is like a pipe,” Jeffrey Rice, Information Technology (IT) network manager, said. “The larger the pipe, the more things can flow through.” The average home high-speed Internet connection is only three to four megabytes. Olivet’s bandwidth, on the other hand, doubled from 100

News: Pages 2 & 3 Opinion: Page 4

‘Bandwidth is like a pipe. The larger the pipe, the more things can flow through.’

megabytes to 200 megabytes, Rice said. The upgrade will allow for better video streaming and more web-page views. “Anything Internet-based is going to have a bigger portion of the pipe,” said Jacob Garrett, IT network security engineer. Once the upgrade took place, the use of bandwidth immediately increased by 50 percent, he added. Rice said Olivet’s Internet had needed improvement for a while. “The campus was starved for

Student Life: Pages 5 & 8 In-Depth: Pages 6 & 7

bandwidth,” he said. “We had reached a max, and were using 98 percent of our bandwidth.” IT placed an order for the upgrade with Olivet’s Internet service provider, AT&T, in September. “We’ve been ready for five months,” Rice said. “But AT&T had to do some things before we could upgrade.” Olivet has been doubling its bandwidth about every two years. But despite the most recent upgrade, students have not seen

The Arts: Pages 9 & 10 Sports: Pages 11 & 12

any obvious changes with Internet connectivity. “I’m happy that they’ve upgraded it,” sophomore Hannah Schmidt said. “But I haven’t really seen a difference.” Sophomore Geoff Graham also said that he hadn’t noticed a change. Students who have not seen a difference also complained about their Internet connections. “Students complain about speed, and say their Internet is faster at home,” Rice said. “The important thing to realize is that at home, three to four megabytes is dedicated to one or two computers. Here, we now have 200 megabytes for 2,500 to 3,000 computers.”


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Glimmer Glances Feb. 25-March 18

spring Feb. 24-26 musical

Feb. 26 ladies’ lunch

March 2 voting for ASC

Strong competition for ASC positions Shine.FM to 4Cathy Schutt

More students have expressed interest in the ASC Executive positions this year than in past years. Student Body President Evan Karg said more than 35 people attended the informational meetings for the ten highest positions of the Associated Student Council (ASC). There are two types of positions in the Executive Council: elected and appointed. Elected members are chosen by the student body and include the offices of Student Body President, VP of Women’s Residential Life, VP of Men’s Residential Life, VP of Spiritual Life, and VP of Social Life. Appointed members are different in that they are selected by a committee which includes the student who currently holds the appointed position, the Student Body President, a member of Student Development, and a professor from an academic department that relates to the position. Appointed positions include VP of Finance, VP of Publicity, VP of Student Relations, Executive Editor of the Aurora, and Executive Editor of the GlimmerGlass. Candidates for the Executive

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Tiger Championship Wrestling graphics by paul conzen and publicity council

Olivet’s biology department is beginning a new program that will allow students to spend two weeks studying in Alaska. Both biology and zoology students can receive credit for the two-part course. Biology students will receive ecology credit, and zoology students can count the course as field experience. The first part of the program is a theory class, which will begin after spring break. The class will meet once a week for one or two hours, and will end before Easter, said Leo Finkenbinder, visiting biology professor and one of the organizers of the program.

Editorial Staff Jessica Cohea Executive Editor

Krista Skelton In-Depth Editor

Brian Kosek Copy Editor

Cathy Schutt News Editor

Rachel Kearney Sports Editor

Paul Conzen Graphics Editor

Meagan Ramsay Student Life Editor

Aly Gibson Arts & Photo Editor

Cole Jensen Business Manager

ABOUT GLIMMERGLASS The GlimmerGlass is the official newspaper of the Associated Students of Olivet Nazarene University and a member of the Illinois College Press Association. The opinions expressed in the GlimmerGlass are those of each writer and are not necessarily held by the Associated Students Council, faculty, administration or students of Olivet Nazarene University.

run for class council, Karg said. Speeches for elected positions will be made in chapel on Wednesday, March 2. An electronic ballot will then be emailed to the entire student body for students to vote for the candidate of their choice. The ballot will close on Thursday, March 3, at 5 p.m. The seven candidates who applied for appointed positions will be interviewed on Wednesday, March 2. Although those applicants’ names are confidential, the candidates for the elected positions are as follows: Student Body President:

Jameson Forshee Kyle Lowry Kayla Rolling

VP of Spiritual Life:

Jeremy Height Ian Morley Hannah Rowen

VP of Social Life:

Mitch Johnson Ryan Page

VP of MRL:

Alex Ripberger

VP of WRL:

Katlynn Chambless Lauren Keener Karyn Nichols

The new ASC Executive Council will be presented to the student body in chapel on Wednesday, March 23.

Biology students off to check out wildlife in Alaska 4autumn keiss

spring March 4-13 break

Council were required to submit their applications to Student Development by Monday, Feb. 14. Students who chose to run for elected positions appeared before the ASC voting council to be endorsed on Tuesday, Feb. 15. However, if an applicant was not endorsed, he or she may appeal by getting 200 student signatures to have his or her name on the ballot. Karg said a candidate is endorsed because “ASC feels confident in that person to run.” He added it does not mean that the council is voting that person into office. At the meeting last Tuesday, 12 people were endorsed by the ASC voting council, and one was not. There is competition for each elected office except one – VP for Men’s Residential Life, which only has one candidate running. Karg attributes the high number of applicants to the fact that his office will be vacant after he graduates. Because only current members of ASC can apply for the position of Student Body President, other Executive positions are left open if current members choose to apply for that office. If an Executive member applies for another position but does not get it, he or she may

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“We’ll approach it as an ecosystem analysis,” he said. “We’ll look at the different biomes, and ask why they are there.” The hands-on portion of the class will begin June 5 in Anchorage, Alaska. While in Alaska, students will search for walruses, whales and seals, take samples of krill from the Chukchi Sea and travel further north than the Arctic Circle. “Most arctic biology field trips don’t go that far north,” Finkenbinder said, “but we want to get on true tundra. It’s the coldest plant environment in the world.” The program may include visits to the Alaska SeaLife Center, the Cape Krusenstern National Monument and the Noatak National Preserve.

The cost of tuition, travel and meals for the course will not exceed $3,500, Finkenbinder said. As of Feb. 22, six students had signed up for the course, and anticipation for the trip is high. “I’m looking forward to the cultural aspect of Alaska and the marine biology that we will get to experience on the coast,” junior Rachel Fisher said. “This trip is going to amazing and everyone who goes will learn something new and exciting about Alaska, whether it [be] about the unique biology, the unique culture or something else.” • Anyone interested in the course should contact Finkenbinder by email at or by phone at 815-928-5696.

present girls’ conference 4dana peterson

On March 6, Shine.FM will sponsor Secret Keeper Girl Live, a conference that teaches young girls the meaning of true beauty. According to secretkeepergirl. com, the organization consists of a group of mothers who promote a Christian moral basis for their young daughters, transcend the negative images of women in the media, and encourage the values a walk with Christ can bring. They also seek to promote a strong bond between mothers and daughters in order to strengthen moral values and sexual purity in adolescent girls. Through the use of games, music and silly fun, this group will provide information on how parents can not only connect with their adolescent daughters but also promote a moral basis that reflects God’s belief that we are beautifully made. “It is a great opportunity for our audience of young families with daughters to hear about truth and modesty from a biblical perspective in a fun relevant presentation for young girls,” said Justin Knight, station manager at Shine. FM. The conference is geared toward girls ages 8 to 12. Knight said it is not something that parents should just send their daughter to, but rather attend with their daughter because it’s a great connecting event that will engage communication between parent and daughter. Students majoring in children’s ministry or youth ministry may also be interested in this event as an opportunity to learn how to connect with adolescents, Knight added. Secret Keeper Girl Live will take place on March 6 at College Church North Campus. Tickets for this event, available on Shine. FM’s website, are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. The conference will also travel to other cities in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Colorado over the next few months. • For more information on the Secret Keeper Girl organization, go to

Students fast to assist ministry Students had the option to participate in the annual Finkbeiner Fast today. “It’s a fast where the 11 Nazarene schools in North America join together and take a day of prayer and fasting,” said Evan Karg, Student Body President. Students who live on campus can choose to donate up to four Sodexo meals. Though the meals themselves are not donated, the money that would have been used to pay for them is donated to a specific cause. The fast is named in honor of Kurt Finkbeiner, who was the Student Body President at Northwest Nazarene University in 1989.

He drowned the night before he would have graduated. Now, students of Nazarene schools remember him through community fasting and prayer, Karg said. A worship service will be held in Kelley Prayer Chapel from 6 to 7 p.m. tonight. Kelley will also be open all day for students to come and pray, Karg said. The money donated during the fast is typically given to benefit another country. However, this year, the Nazarene schools are donating the money to Nebraska State University’s ministry center, which functions through the Nazarene church. “It’s a neat way for us to give

back to a ministry to college students that isn’t through one of the Nazarene schools,” Karg said. He added that ASC will match the amount that the student body donates to the fast. Meal cards were passed out after chapel on Wednesday. Students filled out the cards to indicate how many meals they would like to donate and returned them to the Ludwig desk. Sodexo employees will count the cards during the week after the fast to calculate how much money is given. – Cathy Schutt,


February 25, 2011


Beyond Olivet 4cathy schutt

International Hundreds missing after earthquake rocks New Zealand

From left: Senior Brian Kosek, junior Cathy Schutt, adviser Thalyta Swanepoel, senior Jessica Cohea, junior Krista Skelton and junior Cole Jensen represent the GlimmerGlass at the Illinois College Press Association conference in Chicago.

‘GG’ staff wins big 4Cathy Schutt

The GlimmerGlass staff took home seven awards at an annual state newspaper competition last weekend. The Illinois College Press Association (ICPA) hosted a conference on Feb. 18 and 19 at the DoubleTree hotel in Chicago. The conference brought together student journalists from all over Illinois, including state and private schools. The GlimmerGlass won seven awards in the competition, including two first-place plaques. Because Olivet has fewer than 4,000 undergraduate students enrolled, the GlimmerGlass was judged against other schools in the “Non-Dailies Under 4,000” category. The most prestigious award the staff took home was an honorable mention in “General Excellence.” Three issues of the paper, whose dates were chosen at random by the judges, were graded for content and appearance. John Plevka, Managing Editor of Peoria’s Journal Star, commented that the GlimmerGlass is “generous to its readers.” GG Executive Editor Jessica Cohea said the award reflects the paper’s hardworking staff.

Eskew to return to court in April A student charged with filing a false police report appeared in court yesterday. After missing her original court date on Jan. 21, sophomore Amanda Eskew was ordered to the courtroom of Chief Judge Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott on Thursday, Feb. 24. Because Eskew does not have an attorney, Judge Elliott said she would assign a public defender to her case. Eskew will return to court on Friday, April 1. She was unavailable for comment at press time. Interim Bourbonnais police Chief Greg Kunce told the GlimmerGlass in November that Eskew was charged with a misdemeanor for giving a false report. – Cathy Schutt,

“To my knowledge, we have never been recognized for ‘General Excellence,’” she said. “Although we didn’t place, this award says a lot about the work that we’ve put in over the past two years.” In addition to this prominent staff award, Cohea and sophomore Meagan Ramsay won third place in “In-Depth Reporting” for their stories on the Kankakee Disaster Drill. Because the ICPA contest is judged by calendar year and not by school year, stories from both the spring and fall semesters of 2010 could be submitted. As a result, alumni Kelly Holcomb and Matthew Cawvey also won awards at this year’s competition. Holcomb took first place in “Sports Page Design,” and Cawvey won third place for best “Sports News Story.” Junior Krista Skelton earned three awards for the paper, including first and third place in “Feature Page Design.” She also won second place in “Headline Writing” for her witty title about the newest addition to Olivet’s science department: “Who knew this ‘cadaver’ happen?” Skelton said she was happy with winning third place in “Feature Page Design” and did not expect a first place award.

“I was really happy with placing, but it was because I have great support from the staff,” she said. GlimmerGlass adviser Thalyta Swanepoel attended the conference for the first time last weekend. In fact, the ICPA Board of Directors voted her in as a member at-large during an advisers meeting. Swanepoel believes many students could benefit from the ICPA conference. “I thought it was extremely informative and literally useful, not just for students involved with college media, but for journalism students in general,” she said.

Current Olivetians are already getting involved with Student 4 Student. Freshman Emily Picklesimer, who worked one of the ticket stands on Monday, said the program is “paving the way for other students to be at Olivet.” Half of Picklesimer’s fees are covered by scholarships. She said she wants to help with Student 4 Student because alumni have assisted her and many others with receiving a college education. Shine.FM’s Jeff Enfield and Justin Knight acted as emcees for the event. Knight announced on Mon-

National High school wrestler forfeits match to girl A high school wrestler in Iowa refused to fight a girl in a state tournament last week, CNN reported on Wednesday, Feb. 23. Sophomore Joel Northrup, 15, said he forfeited the match because he did not want to in-

Local Emanuel becomes next mayor of Chicago Chicagoans have elected Rahm Emanuel as their next mayor, the Chicago Tribune reported on Wednesday, Feb. 23. Tuesday’s election was the first since 1947 that did not include the name of a current Chicago mayor on the ballot. Emanuel, who recently served as President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, gained the majority of the votes, even though he was running against five opponents. Emanuel will be sworn in to office on May 16, succeeding Richard M. Daley as the city’s 46th mayor.

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Junior Krista Skelton took home first, second and third place awards at the ICPA conference.

Students give money so peers can attend classes • Continued from “Success” on Page 1

At least 98 people were killed in a New Zealand earthquake earlier this week, CNN reported on Thursday, Feb. 24. The quake hit the city of Christchurch at lunchtime on Tuesday. Rescuers scrambled for hours to free those trapped under the rubble. Around 900 people took shelter in welfare centers on Wednesday night, the Red Cross told CNN on Thursday. Additionally, an estimated 431 people have been admitted to hospital emergency rooms. But the search continues, as hundreds remain missing.

flict violence on his opponent or put her in a “compromising” position. As a result, freshman Cassy Herkelman advanced in the tournament by default, though both she and Northrup lost their next matches and were eliminated from the tournament. However, Northrup admitted he would do the same thing again. “I would give up the chance,” he told CNN on Wednesday. “I wouldn’t wrestle a girl, whether it’s finals or any other meet or districts.”

day that over 2,600 donors gave money for scholarships last year, 60 of which were Olivet students. “It’s the small consistent gifts that make a difference over a long period of time,” Enfield said. “When we give gifts, we give students opportunities. It’s saying to your roommate, ‘I want to keep you here.’” Duerrwaechter emphasized the importance of giving as well. “If each student gave $5, that would raise over $10,000 for scholarships,” she said. “So we are trying to build an atmosphere for students to be aware of how scholarships are made, and what they can do to support them.”

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Olivet sports are sprinkled with encouraging school spirit stories like the one on Page 12. Those students are so passionate about rooting for the women’s basketball team that they paint their chests before games. A second example comes from our Tiger football players. Did you know that after football games the team sings the ONU fight song to the crowd? Talk about school spirit; they sing even if they lose. However, the problem is that the Athletics Department only gets a “sprinkling” of enthusiastic support from the student body. If our players felt supported by their peers and professors, they might just swing the bat a little harder or kick the ball a little farther. This year, the Ozone initiative has been dedicated to helping boost student attendance at games and athlete morale – giving us even more reason to attend games. Students can win prizes by attending games as well as receiving discounts from various restaurants. You may think Ozone is an initiative from the Athletic Department. Of course they want more people to come watch. On the contrary, there are students that have tried to get their peers to come, too. Sophomore Autumn Lourash started a “spirit club” earlier this year with the hope that more students would come and cheer with her. She said she was disappointed in the school spirit here on campus. “You can’t expect our teams to win if we don’t cheer for them,” Lourash told GlimmerGlass writer Rachel Kearney. “And it’s way more fun than just sitting there anyway.” We have let our players down – despite all of these efforts. When the athletes look into the stands, they should see familiar faces. Not enemies. A tennis player once said that less than 10 students attend the home tennis matches on a regular basis. She said Ozone brought a few freshmen to the team’s first match, but they didn’t stay for very long and she hasn’t seen them much since then, if at all. Ouch. In high school, athletes’ parents had easy access to games. They could attend anytime they wanted because they lived in the same town where at least half the games their sons or daughters played in took place. However, when athletes are in college, parent attendance is more difficult. Some parents are clear across the country and can only attend a game or two. Maybe. What about the rest of the season? Who cheers for the athletes then? Who makes posters for athletes to read from the fields or courts? Their peers should. But again we have let them down. Let’s all stop making excuses. Start attending basketball, football and soccer games. Don’t just show up for a tennis match – let the players know you are there. Make sure the volleyball team sees and hears you. They will more than appreciate a student fan section. Wouldn’t you?

Results are in 4Jessica Cohea

Distribution and content of the GlimmerGlass are the most pressing concerns Olivetians have, according to the results of the reader survey conducted last month. The GlimmerGlass did the survey to find out what the Olivet community thinks of its student newspaper. 597 people completed the survey within the week that it was available. Distribution was a major concern for two reasons. The first issue brought up was that a good number of people do not know what the GlimmerGlass is or where to find it. The staff will work harder to promote visibility of the newspaper. Currently, there are chapel slides with the distribution dates on them and advertisements will be placed in TigerTalk, too. The staff will also begin wearing T-Shirts with “GG” printed on them in purple on days the paper comes out. Currently, newspapers are distributed to all buildings on campus. The wood stands can be found near entrances to any building. The stacks in the dorms may be located in the lobby, however. The second concern voiced was that the paper is not distributed everywhere that it could be. The staff will look into distributing to the apartments and to the Graduate offices in light of requests made in the survey. Other statements covered the newspapers content. Readers want more stories about their peers and campus events. They also want to see more photos. The staff is taking a close look into the newspaper’s website and working with IT to make it more user-friendly and efficient. Articles will continue to be uploaded in the meantime though. The GlimmerGlass thanks its readers for the feedback. The staff is committed to continually improving Olivet’s newspaper.

How often do you read the Glimmerglass? Base 596 Every Issue ... 110 Most Issues ... 139 Occasionally ... 233 Never ... 114

If you do not visit the site regularly, why not? Base 586 Would rather read articles in print ... 60 Stories do not interest me ... 14 I don’t have time ... 39 I don’t follow the news ... 8 I get my ONU news elsewhere ... 11 Did not know there was a website ... 454


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Which best describes how thoroughly you read the Glimmerglass? Base 591 Front page only ... 22 Read one or two sections ... 106 Skim entire paper and headlines ... 232 Don’t read it ... 100 How often do you read each section? News Base 580 Every issue ... 80 Most issues ... 161 Occasionally ... 206 Never ... 133 Opinion Base 576 Every issue ... 59 Most issues ... 130 Occasionally ... 245 Never ... 142 Student Life Base 581 Every issue ... 83 Most issues ... 182 Occasionally ... 199 Never ... 117 In-Depth Base 564 Every issue ... 58 Most issues ... 142 Occasionally ... 209 Never ... 155 Arts Base 584 Every issue ... 50 Most issues ... 132 Occasionally ... 244 Never ... 158 Sports Base 585 Every issue ... 61 Most issues ... 92 Occasionally ... 207 Never ... 225

How often do you visit the GlimmerGlass’s website? Base 592 Several times a week ... 0 Weekly ... 2 Monthly ... 18 Never ... 136 Did not know there was a website ... 454

What are you interested in reading about? Base 548 On-campus events ... 462 Student Features ... 379 Entertainment and culture ... 370 Campus clubs and organizations ... 330 Sports ... 222 Faculty ... 222 Crime ... 200 Administration ... 198 Associated Student Council ... 104

What would you like to see more of in the GlimmerGlass? Base 548 Information about student activities ... 304 Photos ... 302

Entertainment coverage ... 229 Academic news ... 215 Cartoons ... 209 Opinion columns ... 180 Sports coverage ... 117 Associated Student Council news ... 58


sity? Base 593 Freshman ... 138 Sophomore ... 127 Junior ... 108 Senior ... 98 Faculty ... 53 Other ... 3

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Sophomore Mary Bruska is pictured with the 529 cards she collected for the USS Kearsarge.

5 ONU meets Nashville Student Life

Nashville is ground zero for music makers and music lovers of all stripes. This semester, Olivet’s Jason Batkiewicz and Joshua Tracy are in Music City making their own kind of music, and loving it. Both are studying at the Contemporary Music Center (CMC), a 4-month, off-campus study program sponsored by bestsemester. com and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. “The semester at the CMC, is giving me the tools and experience I need in order to market myself into the music industry,” Batkiewicz said. “We have an opportunity to see into the music industry through current professionals and veterans alike.” Batkiewicz is studying in the music business track. He is managing students in the artist track, overseeing rehearsals, serving as Executive Producer at recording sessions, and helping plan a series of concerts. As an artist, Tracy spends his days songwriting, recording and performing. “Homework” in-

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Jason Batkiewicz and Joshua Tracy are in Music City making their own kind of music, and loving it. cludes writing original songs, performing them for live audiences, and then recording them in the CMC’s state-of-the-art studio. “Since coming to the CMC, I have definitely felt my confidence and abilities increase,” he says. “I still have plenty to work on, but the CMC has helped me grow not just as an artist, but also as a person.” The Contemporary Music

Center is one of eleven semesteraway study programs created by the CCCU and Olivet students can also go to China, Russia, Egypt, Latin America, Oxford, England, Washington, D.C., Uganda, Australia and Hollywood to explore the integration of faith and learning. This story was submitted by Jason Batkiewicz who is currently studying in Nashville, Tenn.

Bruska surpasses goal of collecting cards for sailors 4Andrew kriz

Mary Bruska, a sophomore, decided to use her birthday to touch the lives of service members by collecting cards through “Molly’s Adopt A Sailor” program. Instead of receiving gifts, she chose to give back. Imagine being shipped thousands of miles away from home to rough seas or foreign countries, not knowing the dangers ahead, your time table, and having limited contact with your loved ones. “Molly’s Adopt A Sailor” aims to help sailors and soldiers across the globe by sending care packages along with personalized cards to the deployed troops, reminding them that people are still thinking about their sacrifice. Bruska joined “Molly’s Adopt A Sailor” a month ago with the goal of collecting 500 cards. Her goal was met and surpassed one day before her 20th birthday on Feb. 15 with 501 cards in hand while more continued to pour in. Bruska only asked for heartfelt cards as gifts so she may reach out and serve others, something she firmly believes in. She attributes her passion for the military to her father, a former Navy Petty Officer First Class and her stepbrother who also served in the military. “The sacrifices they [the soldiers] made are for our freedom so we can worship God and serve others.”

The Navy ship her cards are being sent to is the USS Kearsarge which currently carries 77 officers, 1,100 sailors, and 2,000 marines according to “I am in awe since I am touching the lives of over 500 people. I truly believe God put this together,” Bruska said A few of the generous acts during the collection included 250 cards sent from her high school, Grayslake High School in Grayslake, Ill. and 30 cards from a 4th grade class at Noel LeVassuer in Bourbonnais. “The cards were really cute from the younger kids.” Bruska also added, “If I could get almost 300 cards from two small schools, what could Olivet accomplish?” Even Bruska’s sister became involved alongside her Sunday school, who added an additional 80 cards. Though for the first few weeks there were hardly any cards coming in, people were offering verbal support, Bruska said. Then she decided to motivate people to donate cards. If she collected 200 cards she would dye part of her hair blue. “I guess that was motivation enough, people really wanted to see my hair blue,” she said. Sporting her now blue hair and a postage box filled with generosity from all walks of life, Bruska reflected on the experience, “This whole experience has put me in a great mood and a great mindset… if I can get 500 cards in a month, what can I do in a year?”

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Chelsea Hays, Ashley VanderSchaaf, Julie Carlson, council members Erinn Proehl and Joe Schindel, and Katie Schultz play Apples to Apples at the game night.

Students show their game faces at sophomore event 4meagan ramsay

As more than 80 attendees entered the Warming House on Feb. 18, they were greeted with sounds of falling Jenga towers and intriguing commentary from Apples to Apples participants, plus the wafting smell of free pizza. Class events like this one, Sophomore Game Night, are important for the morale of the student body. “I played Apple To Apples the entire time. It seemed like we were only there for 15 minutes because we were just talking and catching up,” Ashley VanderSchaaf said. Joy Fosnaugh agreed the night was a time of catching up with old friends. “I got to see some people I hadn’t seen since Ollies Follies

when the weather was nice,” she said. “It was nice to have [an event] in the middle of winter so I could see those people again.” The sophomores were also given the opportunity to provide some comfort and encouragement for two of their classmates. A card station was set up to send notes to Trina and Tamera Dillard who recently lost their father. “We figured cards were simple enough that many students could participate and it also gave us the opportunity to show our love and care for the Dillards,” class president Jameson Forshee said. The sophomore council has had great success with small gatherings such as the game night. “It’s successful because it’s simplistic. Anyone and everyone wants to play games and everyone likes pizza. So combine the two and let’s party,” sophomore

representative Erinn Proehl said. Despite the many students who went home for the weekend and the showing of Despicable Me, Proehl was impressed with the number of sophomores who attended. “We have an outgoing group of students who are always excited and proactive to attend events,” he said. While some focused intensely on their game of Boggle, others shrieked with laughter during a comical game of “signs.” No matter the game, sophomores enjoyed a night of fun and friendship. “Our class has a special bond with each other that I’m not sure any other class has right now and it is our intent to maintain and further the bond,” Forshee said. “I was extremely pleased with the event. We had a great turnout, good food, and a fun time.”

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Waking up at 6 a.m. may not be the ideal Spring Break, but it will make for a fulfilling one. For the mission trip to New York City, leaders Lincoln Butler and Rebekah Kidd have arranged for their team to work with Teen Challenge and help at their various ministry sites. Teen Challenge is a 12-month residential program for all ages struggling with life-controlling addictions, according to the Teen Challenge USA website. Following breakfast and morning devotionals the Olivet students will work at a designated Team Challenge site. The team will be attending training sessions to prepare themselves for street evangelism as well as organizing a service for the students involved in Teen Challenge. The service will include drama, devotionals, testimonies, and possibly a praise dance. The 11-student team will also be working at a Blessingdale store. Blessingdale is a Christian-based warehouse. They will work as cashiers and help the business. The leaders encouraged each student to bring a journal. The team will end each day with a debriefing session. “I think it’s very beneficial that we de-brief because it allows us to process what God has spoken throughout the day. It gives us a chance to highlight what we thought was important” Kidd said. Jennifer McClellan, the Missions In Action coordinator advises the students to avoid communication back home because it prohibit students from fully immersing themselves in the culture and missions at hand. The team will send reports through Facebook though.

In March, twenty-four members of an MIA team made up of students and faculty will travel to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to provide help and restoration. The team led by Nancy Dodd, Professor Lynda Allen, Mark Ekhoff and Kathy Ekhoff, will be stationed at the Nazarene Bible College compound located outside of Port-au-Prince. The team has been assigned to “complete the work Loiseau Church,” according to Dodd, Assistant to the Chaplain. The church is located two hours away from where the group will be stationed. This will require them to pitch tents for three nights and immerse into the foreign culture and community, Dodd said. The church requires a new roof, paint and new pews. They hope to get involved with the Haiti Water Project as well. The trip will push students out of their comfort zones. Dodd hopes to see students rise to a new level of compassion and love for God. “In reality, the Lord always humbles us as we see the situation and the people through His eyes . . . and the mission team will receive spiritually much more than they could ever be capable of giving,” Dodd said. Students are encouraged to see the trip as a life-changing experience. They are expected to follow God with all their heart. “The mission will start the moment we gather in Ludwig to be transferred to Chicago O’Hare airport, and will not conclude until we rest our heads back on campus ten days later,” Dodd said.

Returning to Honduras for the fifth consecutive year, twentythree students will work in the rural mountain community of Santa Barbara. MIA coordinator Jennifer McClellan said the students will help with the opening of a new orphanage by planning after school programs with ESL, science and other VBS activities. They will also work on upgrading the building by painting, roofing and gardening. They will paint a 20-foot mural, which will tie in with the garden theme of the orphanage. In addition, they will be doing some outreach into the Santa Barbara neighborhood. “At this point the ‘orphans’ are mostly economic orphans, meaning that they may have somewhere to sleep at night but no one is capable of feeding them or taking care of their basic needs,” McClellan said. At the orphanage they will receive basic hygiene, food and after school programs. Permanent residents will be introduced to the orphanage as the program is developed in the future. Sophomore Kelsey McNulty is the only student returning to Honduras this spring. “One thing different about this year is we are doing outreach in the community and not just the orphanage,” McNulty said. “I’m excited to see how God is going to use the new orphanage to effect the community.”

The men who signed up for the spring break mission trip to Mexico will now work in Texas for safety reasons. An all male group will travel to Mission, Texas, near the Mexican border. The men will do a children’s sports camp and help a church reopen its doors. “With all the work being done on the border, it is an important priority to get that church started again there,” Kevin Greene, coleader of the mission trip said. The group’s main goal is to accomplish the Lord’s will. “I want to do the good works God lays in front of us,” Greene said. “If there’s something to work on or do, we’re just going to get it done and rejoice while we are doing it.” The workers include two leaders and six other men ranging from college students to alumni. The mission trip was only open to men. “I believe there is something to all guys trips, there’s a sort of bonding brotherhood that happens that is remarkable,” Greene said. “I’m already seeing it happen with the team this year. I like to think of Jesus and the disciples hanging out and the brotherhood they had.”

India Other 2011 MIA trips are: Thailand: May 16 - June 5, lead by Tim and Mary Mercer Zambia: May 31 - June 31, lead by Nick Irvin

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Heart for Missions gave students an opportunity to show love this past Valentine’s Day to their friends who are going on MIA mission trips in March. Although the table did not do as well as anticipated, some missions-bound students were benefited. Heart for Missions partnered with Jennifer McClellan to create “Send-a-friend.” The idea was to give people who are unable to go on mission trips over spring break the opportunity to donate money toward sending their friends who are able to go. When students made a donation, a valentine was sent to the friend they donated to as a notification that they had given money. This gesture was a way of celebrating the famous “love” holiday and

an extra incentive to get the cash flowing. It was mainly up to the students going on the mission trips to ask their friends to make a donation. One student, sophomore Erinn Proehl, passed out individual notes to his friends and received around $200, which equals about half the total donations received by the table that day. The outcome of the event did not yield the results hoped for, according to Heart for Missions leader sophomore Taylor Polatas. This could have been the result of poor advertising on part of the students who were asking for do-

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nations. Polatas also recognized the fact that students do not carry cash on them very often, and the Heart for Missions’ table was at a disadvantage because they did not have a tiger dollar machine. Although year number one did not turn out as well as hoped for, Heart for Missions hopes to build the idea in the future. “Things like this are always more difficult to get rolling the first year,” Polatas said.

Missions In Action (MIA) is planning a trip to India shortly after the spring semester ends. VP for Academic Affairs Gregg Chenoweth and his wife, Tammy, will accompany 11 students to India from May 22 to June 7. Chenoweth said the group will spend two days in first-world Bombay and Mumbai before travelling inland to third-world, rural India for the remaining two weeks. The students who signed up have diverse majors. Chenoweth said the trip is planned so that each group of students has a specialty. “We will work at Child Development Centers, providing hygiene and diet instruction to teens and mothers (Dietetics majors), conducting basic health screenings (Nursing majors), church services (Music majors), and working with children,” he explained. Although this is MIA’s first team to go to India, Chenoweth said he hopes many more will follow.


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Egypt/Rwanda Due to the political uproar in Egypt, the MIA trip to Egypt has been canceled. The leaders of the trip are in the midst of transition at the moment figuring out their next plan of action. “The Egypt MIA team had planned to work with Habitat for Humanity south of Cairo, then a second week with a Christian/ Muslim partnership called Hands Along the Nile in various ministries and encounters with Egyptian young people,” according to William Dean, Chair for the department of History and Political Science. Dean, his wife, and senior Maria Huyser are seriously looking at Rwanda.  According to Dean, “the plans are sketchy though.” The team is likely to be participating in one or more of the following: creating and staffing a children’s camp, outreach mission using the Jesus Film, and/or door-to-door evangelism with national believers, a clean-water supply project, and construction and rehab projects. 




Three students will travel to Vancouver, Canada this summer to work at a homeless shelter called Mission Possible. Along with the students, Brandon Davey, Resident Director of Hills Hall, will also be joining the “Youth In Action” trip. “Each day we have on this trip is an opportunity to impact a family that is in dire need of hope and love,” Davey said. During the day at Mission Possible, the group will work with children whose families cannot provide for them. Then, during the evening the group will shift focus towards the families to build relationships with them. Davey describes what they are planning to do as something similar to Vacation Bible School and relationship evangelism. The ultimate desire of the team is to “build relationships with people that have been told by society that they are not successful and show them that God still cares for them,” Davey said.

Mission trips are about spreading the word of God and serving His people. But the most beneficial ones are those that teach the traveler something along the way, too. Six MIA participants will get a chance to be served while serving is Asia this summer. Joy Fosnaugh, Dana Peterson, Daniel Schindel, Allie Steward, Shara Southerland, Paul Wright and team leader, Kristy Ingram will be venturing to Korea and China for five weeks to teach English as a Second Language (ESL). They will have the unique experience of living with their students’ families, however. “This gives students the chance to really experience the culture and daily life of the students they teach,” Ingram said. The group will most likely serve in Seoul, Korea and various other cities in China, but Ingram said the camps are “still in the works.” Students can still jump on the mission trip bandwagon and travel to Asia with Ingram and the others for about $3,000. Contact Ingram for more details at 815-928-5608.

This summer a group of 14 students and faculty from ONU will be headed to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to aid Nazarene and Witness teams in that area. Led by Dena Reams, assistant professor of education, and her husband, ONU alum and ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene, the 11 students will be a part of “Missions In Action” team which will help in the rebuilding process after the devastating earthquake rocked Haiti over a year ago. The group plans to focus on four key areas: Nazarene church buildings, schools, pastor homes, and the community. The churches play a large part in community, Reams said. “In Haiti, Nazarene churches are often the center of community life.” Although many churches were spared, the Nazarene schools were mostly destroyed, she said. Reams and her volunteers hope to reach out to the entire community during their stay. “The reality is that the people of the community come first,” Reams said. Reams believes God will bring signs and wonders during the service trip that will last a lifetime for the students. Olivet’s assembly will be joined by 20 other volunteers from Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma.



Burkina Faso Burkina Faso, West Africa will host Olivet faculty and students this summer while they assist university and high school students as well as children in area churches. “We are an eclectic group: three English professors, one adjunct professor, one other adult, and nine students, two of whom were on the trip last year,” said English professor Rebecca BelcherRankin. Each morning they will help seniors at the University of Ouagadougou with their senior thesis papers and afternoons and evenings will be spent doing ESL work with high school students and adult workers. Weekends will be filled by working with children’s Sunday school programs in area Nazarene churches. Belcher-Rankin said each year the Tau Theta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society has researched topics for the Anglophone Department at the University of Ouagadougou. Last year for the first time they were able to take their research to Burkina Faso and help the students with their topics. They intend to do the same this year. “Our work with the university is a cooperative effort that we have invested in since I taught there as a Fulbright Scholar during the 2005-2006 school year,” Belcher-Rankin said. The trip will end with a 20-hour bus ride into Ghana where they will stay in Cape Coast, visiting the World Heritage site of the Cape Castle slave fortress and Kakum National Park’s rainforest.

Every year around this time, mission trips come along with different expectations. During last year’s trip to Argentina, the plan was to create a new water purification system for Toba Indians. This year holds a new plan filled with high hopes of helping more natives in the land. The Argentina areas are filled with tribes of Toba Indians, but an ample amount of water supply is not getting to all people in the area. The Church of the Nazarene has been working with Toba Indians in Argentina for over 60 years. The church needs help in their works for a better and cleaner community within the Argentina lands. No known information has been given about the exact time of departure to Argentina, but the Nazarene helpers already have the goals set for helping out the areas in need. The trip is planned for two weeks towards the end of May. Olivet Nazarene University’s own will travel to spread their hearts to the community by maintaining the purification system, Children’s Evangelism, and working in nursing clinics to keep locals safe and disease free. “We will work with nurses and clinics to help the Indigenous population within the Tribal Lands,” said Michael Morgan, Chairman of Olivet’s engineering department. “The goal will be to set up clinics around Argentina areas,” Nursing Professor Susan Day said. “During the second week, in different areas of Argentina, we will focus on construction of buildings and homes and also bible study with the children.” Nursing students will check patient’s vital signs as well as give medical care says Day. Student nurses will also take longitudinal studies on the native children because some have access to clean water and others do not.

8 Student Life February 25, 2011

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It is unusual to think of decorating an apartment as “unhealthy.” Those two concepts just don’t go hand-in-hand. That is of course unless the decoration includes drinking between three and four cans of pop per day for about four months. Junior roommates Cole Jensen and Casey Mast along with their third roommate senior David Michaels did just that. After four months and one day, they were able to complete their wall of pop cans. The wall stands in the dining room of their Olde Oak apartment with 601 cans. The men say they have extra cans, too. “Cole and I were talking about how everyone had something different in their room,” Mast said. “We were just trying to figure out something that would make our apartment kind of homey, but cool at the same time.” Jensen didn’t expect anything to come out of their brainstorming session though. “We always have really big ideas. This was the first one we actually stuck with,” he said. There is more to the pop wall than just decoration, however. It took planning, money to do so and a solid reason, other than boredom of course, for creating it. The guys removed the tabs from every can and will be donating them to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) at the end of the semester. They have continued to collect pop tabs even though their masterpiece is complete. Jensen guesses they have about 800 tabs so far for the chairty. When pop tabs are donated to RMHC, a representative takes them to a recycling center. The tabs are weighed and the center sends RMHC a check for the value of the tabs, according to Collecting tabs is more “hygienic” than entire cans.

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Casey Mast, David Michaels and Cole Jensen drank between three and four cans of pop per day for about four months in order to complete their wall of pop cans. The wall stands in the dining room of their Olde Oak apartment with 601 cans. The tabs from every can will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. According to the website, “collecting pop tabs is a great way to teach kids about philanthropy and the importance of recycling, and raise funds to help children and their families at the same time. Some of our Chapters raise thousands of dollars with their pop tab collections.” Jensen, Mast and Michaels estimated that the wall cost them about $265. That includes both the cost of the cans and also

the approximate $15 spent on the frame. It’s a lot of money for decoration, “but it’s for a good cause,” Jensen said. The “good cause” caused health issues for the men though. “I would be sitting in class and I would get a major headache and it wouldn’t go away until I drank more pop,” Michaels said. Mast also felt the consequences. He be-

came sluggish from the soda consumption. “I would wake up in the morning super drowsy and not prepared to do anything,” he said. “Once we stopped, we had so much more energy.” The guys weren’t too worried about the health risks though. “I think having the wall, for as unique as it is, is definitely worth the minor health setbacks and cost,” Jensen said.

Women’s Residential Life shows passion for women The council celebrates strength and beauty through campus events 4luverta reames

Events such as Sister 2 Sister, Fireside Chats, Self-defense classes, and now, Inner Beauty Week, are evidence of the Women’s Residential Life council’s love and passion for the ministry in which they serve. The WRL council is comprised of 25 women who meet every Wednesday to have “chocolate devotions” and to plan upcoming events. “Chocolate devotions” are a time where the council comes together to relax and be peaceful, according to VP for WRL Kayla Rolling. “We pick out a worship song that has been on our hearts and we each get a piece of Dove chocolate, turn off the lights and snack on the chocolate as we spend five minutes in prayer or worship,” Rolling said. She changed up the leadership style with the WRL council this year. Rolling divided the council into groups of five or six women and each group was given a specific event to host. “This is somewhat macro-management within the team leaders,” Rolling said. One new event exemplifying the council’s devotion to the campus is Inner Beauty Week that was held Feb. 21-25, designed and encouraged for men and women to find their inner beauty through the Lord. Each

day during this week there was a specific theme for women to focus on. Although this is a women’s event, there were events on Monday and Wednesday that males were encouraged to participate in. The Monday, Feb. 21 theme was “to write ‘beautiful’ on your arms.” This day was to encourage all male and females to write “beautiful” on their arm. The council had a table set up in Ludwig with markers for those who wanted to draw it or those

who had not had a chance to write it. Tuesday Feb. 22 there was a fireside chat in the Warming House that focused on Inner Beauty with a counselor from the Center for Student Success. Fireside Chat is a time of prayer, discussion and intimate time with other girls just to be real with each other. The theme Wednesday Feb. 23 was “I’m beautiful because…” Name cards were handed out after chapel that gave students

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Fireside Chat was held in the Warming House on Feb. 22 as part of WRL’s Inner Beauty Week. Events such as Sister 2 Sister, Fireside Chats, Self-defense classes, and now, Inner Beauty Week, are evidence of WRL’s love and passion for the ministry in which they serve.

the opportunity to name their most beautiful trait. Rolling believes that was a step forward for those who have no self-esteem or confidence. It did not have to be just an outer beauty. Examples included, “I’m beautiful because I am a kind and generous friend.” Thursday Feb 24 was “tell her she’s beautiful day.” Girls were given clothespins that the WRL women had already written beautiful on. The pins were given after chapel and each girl could secretly pin it on or give it to one of their friends. They could also attach it to any piece of clothing of their friends. “No makeup day” is the theme for today. Rolling explained the thought behind this event. “One of the main reasons I felt this was necessary was because I struggled with [inner beauty] and overcame it through the Lord. I know women our age that also struggled with it,” Rolling said. Along with Inner Beauty Week, the council of WRL is sponsoring an end of the year party for the Sister 2 Sister program and a potential spa day for the girls in April. Rolling not only sees WRL as an organization to plan events, but also as a ministry. “I see it as a ministry to mentor women who are on the council. We have an opportunity to hold each other accountable.”

February 25, 2011

The Arts


Levi Riggs: ‘Please don’t let my dreams run dry’

The up-and-coming country star may be singing covers of Jason Aldean’s ‘Amarillo Sky,’ but that didn’t push this reviewer away 4Jessica cohea

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Up and coming country singer Levi Riggs, along with his band’s rhythm guitarist Jay Brooks, covered songs from country music greats like George Strait and Johnny Cash. He also sang some of his own compositions, like “F-150” and “Tailgate Time”, on Feb. 11 in Kresge Auditorium.

The pure thought of being in the presence of stars like Brad Paisley, George Strait, Tim McGraw and Johnny Cash is enough to make my heart skip a beat. Country music has been a part of my life since before I can remember. I have developed more than a love for country music. It’s my passion. Thanks to new, up-and-coming country singer, Levi Riggs, I was able to experience a mix of these country legends and more on Friday, Feb. 11 in Kresge Auditorium. I have to admit, though, that I was hesitant to attend the event because I had never heard Riggs’ name before. Lesson learned: don’t judge a book by its cover. It’s not too often that Olivet students get an opportunity like this where the night’s main attraction walks out on stage in a flannel shirt and cowboy boots. That may not appeal to many people on campus, but for those of us that do enjoy the country twang, his clothes felt like home. The crowd was both older and younger than the normal ONU event. The lack of college-aged people in the audience may have

been due to Winter Break that had just started. The lack of Olivet students that attended should not be seen as a disappointment to Riggs and his band, but rather as an effect of bad timing. My boyfriend and I may have been among the only 20-something audience members, but we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves nonetheless. Riggs started the night with “Southern Voice” by Tim McGraw. Right off the bat I was shocked. His southern voice sounded like southern heaven. Riggs was authentic and genuine all the way through the night, just like a good country boy should be. Most of the concert was a medley of cover songs. The group’s best renditions were “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash, “Country Man” by Luke Bryan and “Welcome to the Future” by Brad Paisley. The band also stepped out of the country genre and tackled great hits like “Last Kiss” by Pearl Jam and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours”, by Stevie Wonder. The only cover I was a little turned off by was “Little White Church”, by Little Big Town. It was not a horrible version to listen to, by any means, but I could tell that the lead singer for it, Riggs’

sister, Lauren Riggs, was nervous to do this solo. Her voice was shaky and, at times, out of tune. It seemed like she was trying too hard to impress her audience. She did other solos throughout the night and sang beautifully. This just was not her shining moment. Riggs’ original songs were the most memorable of the night. The song that resonates in my heart and mind is “Headed Home”. Levi and Lauren co-wrote this song for a friend of theirs that passed away a few years ago while test-driving a motorcycle. The song says that God called Josh home that sunny day. My heart broke at that moment. I highly encourage everyone, country music fan or not, to listen to this song. Levi and Lauren did an incredible job with the lyrics. The song is heartfelt and sorrowful, but a hit for sure. The night ended with another original, “Tailgate Time.” Definitely a country song, but good for football fans too. In total, the concert only lasted about an hour and a half. I didn’t want it to end. Riggs was available for signing autographs and taking pictures with fans in Larsen’s lobby when it was all said and done. Of course I got his John Hancock. Riggs is country gold.

One-acts performed in 24 hours 4luverta reames

Senior Tim Phillips can usually be found working in the C-Store while 24-Hour Theatre is taking place. “This is probably why I ran out of 5-Hour Energy Shots,” he said, looking at the empty box on the counter. Though he signed up to be writer, Phillips had to work instead. Each year, a student-led theater production is put together within a 24-hour period and goes right to performance. As the 24 hours began, nine writers met at Denny’s to write six one-act plays. Twelve hours later, they turned the scripts over to actors and directors who then began memorizing and rehearsing. The event was put on by the Green Room, ONU’s theater club, and overseen by senior Kristine Sokarda. Sign-ups took place in Ludwig Dining Hall on Feb. 14 through Feb. 17 and preparation began the next evening at 7 p.m. Sokarda didn’t give any specific directions besides the 3-actor maximum per play. The students were given the opportunity to expand their imaginations. Senior Brad Sytsma directed, wrote, and acted in a one-act entitled “And Twice on Sunday”. “I had three ideas and I didn’t know which one to use,” he said. “I started on the first idea and when I got stuck, I continued to the next one, and the third idea worked.” “Open Upon an Ending” written by freshman Heather Mead describes the difficulties that a therapist would endure with a

patient with multiple personalities. Freshman Jenny Ward’s character, Jo, took several naps and each time woke up as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, or herself. “The Great Amalgamation of Nerdisms” was co-written by Kirstie King and Rebecca Moisio, who directed. The play followed an expendable crewman searching for the answer to the meaning of life. “Magic 8 Ball: the Musical” featured two actors, Sokarda and freshman Cameron Carpenter, who were introduced to a Magic 8 Ball and the fate of their relationship rested in its voices, played by seniors Brad Systma and Zarah Miller. “The Offbeat Relatives” directed by Sokarda, told the story of a girl named Erin, played by senior Jennifer Wilkerson. Erin’s parents wouldn’t allow her to get a cell phone because of her immaturity. In response, she asks her aunts for a job. Her aunts agree as they try to sell their experiences as pirates to a man by the name of Blackbart played by Michael Kirkpatrick. The last show of the night, “The Waitress” written by Carpenter and directed by sophomore Kelsey Nelson, described the complexities of relationships and love. Sokarda also wanted everyone involved to have a good time. “This is a very stressful process and it could be a make or break process,” she said. “Some people choose to never come back again.” While many who participated were seasoned ONU theater students, this was Ward’s first time. “I will definitely be back next year and the year after that,” she said jokingly in a Brooklyn accent.

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Honors program attends ‘Les Miserables’:

Freshman Kelsey Steines received her disounted ticket to the musical performance of “Les Miserables” on Feb. 15. A group of 23 students paid just $25 to view the play. “Les Miserables was an excellent opportunity to appreciate the arts and think critically about governments and people who have been oppressed throughout time,” Sue Williams, director of the program, said. “And it was just eye candy to watch.” Junior Rachel Waltz agreed that the show was not only aesthetically pleasing, but also a bonding experience. “Les Mis was awesome. The scenery was great, and there was a screen in the background that added depth,” junior Rachel Waltz said. “I also really enjoyed spending time with my friends from honors.”

10 The Arts February 25, 2011

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And the Oscar goes to... 4Daniel schindel

Cohagan mentioned there were many failures in testing new ideas but there were just as many successes. The rare failures, however, developed into inside jokes that brought the cast closer together. Although the planning was difficult at times, Cohagan is extremely proud of the cast and crew and their diligence to continue working through hardship. One such example was Hannah Jacobson, a junior, being promoted to co-director due to her dedication with the musical and her immense help with the choreography. This will be the first performance of Stephen Schwartz’s “Godspell” in Olivet history since the play debuted in 1971. Schwartz is best known for his production of the record breaking “Wicked” as well. “Godspell” will be performed in Kresge Auditorium on Feb. 24, 25, and 26 at 7 p.m., with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students.

ald and his bitterness through a challenging police force partnership with Sam Wright. The two men, opposite in faith and home life, struggle to find balance and end up learning more from one another than expected. It wasn’t always a movie, though. The Rev. Lynn Holmes and Dr. David Evans, both apart of the Calvary Church of the Nazarene in Cordova, Tenn. began this

story as a passion play 15 years ago. But as time progressed, both Evans and Holmes created the companies Graceworks Pictures and Calvary Pictures to produce it into a film for national release. “Jesus demonstrated the power of story with his use of the parables, and we recognize how powerful story is,” Holmes said in an interview about the film for, a video website. Evans brought a storyboard

for the next play to Holmes’ office, and it seemed that just a play wouldn’t do. “The worship pastor and myself looked at each other and said, ‘this is an anointed story…we have to do this on film,’” Holmes said. Production took place in Memphis, Tenn., getting famed actors and crew to lend their skills to the making of a story about God, forgiveness, and grace.

After a preview event for local pastors and ONU faculty on Feb. 9, the weeks dwindled until the release, something that was just a dream two years ago in the town of Cordova. “Calvary Church has always been a group of people willing to think outside the box,” Holmes said in the video. “We did this movie as an outreach tool… to make a difference for the kingdom of God.”

The Oscars

Band Concert

Senior Recitals

‘Without You I’m Nothing: Art and Its Audience’

‘Godspell’ debuts at ONU

No script. Seven weeks. Ten actors. Surely, that sounds like a recipe for disaster but the spring musical was designed to push the limits of the performers’ creativity. “Godspell” is the story of Jesus’ passionate last week alive and the retelling of classic parables through impromptu acting. Professor Jerry Cohagan, theater director, oversaw the musical’s development. “I’m really excited, it has been a thrill, people will hear the gospel and be entertained,” he said. He also said that the preparation was deceptively difficult trying to find a rhythm, which he attributed to having no set characters to build off of. The characters in “Godspell” are the actor’s real-life personalities; there are no lines to follow; only the raw energy produced onstage.

It’s well-written and acted, and does a great job of capturing a part of our culture. This was the odds-on Oscar favorite when it was first released, but time and “The King’s Speech” have stolen its thunder. It’s guaranteed the Best Original Screenplay award, but beyond that I’d give the edge to “The King’s Speech” wherever they clash. True Grit, PG-13 “True Grit” is a rollicking good adventure marked by a top-notch production and terrific performances. In particular, Hailee Steinfeld is wonderful as Mattie Ross, the girl who toughs it out through sheer pluck and determination. And it’s her first role. Sadly, though, the chances of this movie taking home any of the ten awards it’s nominated for aren’t good. It’s just up against more favored films. Frequent Coen collaborator Roger Deakins has done great work for years, but has so far gone unacknowledged by the Academy. They may choose this year to make it up to him. Toy Story 3, G This is the most overrated film released last year. Before you begin swelling with rage, overrated does not mean bad. This is the farthest thing from a bad movie; it’s quite good. But it’s not better than the other two films, it doesn’t rank with Pixar’s best, and it doesn’t deserve as many nominations as it’s gotten. “Toy Story 3” is frankly unnecessary, and its message is simply a restatement of the previous films. I’m convinced that the love for this movie comes mainly from nostalgia. I’m not made of stone, I’m simply trying to be objective, and an honest evaluation of this film’s story reveals it as a mess. An entertaining, well-animated mess, but a mess nonetheless. It will unquestionably win the award for best animated feature, but I wouldn’t bank on it getting anything else besides that.

My friends and family all know me as a “movie guy,” so around this time of year they start asking me which movies will win which awards at the Oscars. Every time I have to say that I really don’t care. This surprises some people. Not caring doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the show, though. Every year I’m riveted to the ceremony. Though the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are heavily biased and vulnerable to influence in their favoritism, there are many good films in the running this year. Inception, PG-13 Everything about this movie makes me happy. It’s not just the fact that it’s so great, but also everything that surrounds its production and release. I’m proud that Hollywood made such a smart, exciting, and original film.* “Inception” is up for eight Oscars, which curiously do not include its director, Christopher Nolan, or for its editing. The film involves four different levels of reality, and is able to move from one to another without causing any confusion, should more than qualify it for recognition. It probably isn’t going to win any awards beyond its technical achievements, however. *This year, more sequels, remakes, and adaptations will be released than ever before. It’s a sobering state we’re in. The King’s Speech, R This was probably the most surprisingly good film I saw last year. Considering the subject matter, I expected dry, melodramatic award baiting. And it is very much that, but it’s also a great crowd-pleaser; a very funny and engaging story told well. But I wouldn’t put it up for any Oscars. So, of course it’s nomi-

Professor Jerry Cohagan demonstrates a prop that will be used during the “Godspell” performances.

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nated for twelve, more than any film this year. The individual elements are very good and add up to a great whole, but none of them are near the best at anything. But it’s probably going to walk away the biggest winner come Sunday. The Social Network, PG-13 No one (including me, at first) could figure out how one could make an interesting movie about Facebook. But David Fincher and company did, and it’s one of the best, if not the best, of last year.

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‘The Grace Card’ hits theaters today 4Aly Gibson

It’s not rare that a new film comes to theaters nationwide each week. But it is rare that the film features characters and their struggling faith in God. “The Grace Card” is one of those films, which opens across the country Feb. 25. The film follows Mac McDon-

Chicagoland Art Events ‘Godspell’

When: Feb. 25, 7 p.m. and Feb. 26, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Where: Kresge Auditorium Price: $5 with student I.D. Catch the last few chances to see the spring musical, Godspell. ONU’s own bring this production to life for students, faculty, and staff to enjoy.

When: Feb. 27, 8 p.m. Where: ABC Price: FREE The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences culminates in a lavish award ceremony watched by millions over. Hollywood’s biggest stars and most credited film makers show up in their designer’s best to walk the red carpet and give or receive accolades from their peers. Films such as “The King’s Speech” and “The Social Network” are just a few who have generated major Oscar buzz.

When: Mar. 1, 7 p.m. Where: Kresge Auditorium Price: To Be Announced ONU’s Band will perform earsatisfying pieces for students, faculty, staff and the community. This performance follows the popular, anuual Band Winter Showcase, but will precede the Jazz Concert. The music will feature pieces that include all kinds of band instruments, such as percussion, along with wind and brass instruments. All of the performers are Olivet students who have performed with the band in previous shows.

When: Mar. 3, 7 p.m. Where: Kresge Auditorium Price: FREE Seniors Brianna Robins and Rebeckah Sterns will perform in concerts that bring together their four years of music study in one night. Each semester, music majors are required perform a concert that will showcase the talent, skill, and innate passion they possess for music. Friends, family, faculty, and peers often attend the performances in support of the performers, as well as acknowledgment for years of hard work.

When: Running through May 1 Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL Price: $7 admission with student I.D. This interactive and fascinating gallery show features several artist’s work that focuses on the important relationship between the art they produce and the audience who views it. Themes that involve the senses are created to engage viewers.


February 25, 2011


Tennis looks to ace spring season Two oddball intramurals

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The men’s and women’s tennis teams are looking to be highly successful this spring season under recently appointed head coach Obie Coomer. “We hope to go deep into [National Athletic Intercollegiate Association] nationals and we should be ranked in the top ten because of our depth,” sophomore Seth Perry said. Both teams won their first matches against Wheaton College this past weekend. The men were led by sophomore Julian Kurz, a transfer this year, while the women were led by freshman Aziza Butoyi. Both Kurz and Butoyi are native to different countries, Germany and Burundi respectively. The men’s team was ranked 23 in the first regular season NAIA poll, which came out Feb. 22. Their team features the number two doubles team in the nation, Kurz and freshman Landon Williams. The duo placed second at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Small College National Championships this past fall. On the women’s side, the team received votes in the first regular season NAIA poll. According to article from Jan. 26, Butoyi was ranked 42 out of 840 players in NAIA. She also won the ITA Small College Regional Championship in the fall but did not participate in the national tournament. But Butoyi isn’t the only player making an impact. “We have a lot of good players,” freshman Lindsey Peterson said. “I think the experience of our top players will come through.” Both teams said that they

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Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams won Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regionals last fall. They both hope to have even more successful spring seasons and qualify for the NAIA tournament in May. thought their teams would do better this season. The men qualified for the NAIA tournament last spring, losing in the first round, while the women fell just short of qualifying. Players were eager to explain why they should be successful this year. “Everyone is friends with each other,” senior Billy Ratthahao said. “It’s easy to encourage each other and not be critical.” Sophomore Cassie Brainard agreed for the women’s team. “I think we’re going to push each other to improve as the season goes on,” she said. Brainard and other players also said that Coomer is another reason the teams should have good seasons. They were quick to praise the coach, who coached the teams prior to former head coach

David Vance’s appointment two years ago. “Coomer is excellent,” Rattahahao said. “He is very wellspoken and a down-to-earth man. He’s focused.” Peterson added that his experience helped. “He knows what he’s talking about,” she said. Kurz also agreed, summing up his thoughts on the new coach. “He’s a great guy, great guy,” he said. The teams will travel to Florida over spring break. The men will play five matches in seven days while the women will play six matches. Both teams look forward to having fun and starting the season off right. “We’re going to have a ball causing a racket over spring break in Florida,” Williams said.

Spring Home Matches Men’s • March 18: University of St. Francis 3 p.m. • April 2: Huntington University 10 a.m. Women’s • March 31: Indiana Weslyan University 3 p.m. • April 6: Roosevelt University 3 p.m. • April 9: Purdue-Calumet University 10 a.m. • April 15: Judson University 3:30 p.m.

Varsity sports like basketball and volleyball are not the only intramurals offered at Olivet. Students also have the opportunity to play euchre or ping-pong in a tournament setting. The euchre tournament has had a big turnout this year with 74 teams of two. The games kicked off last Tuesday. The tournament’s structure is very relaxed; after the teams decide who is playing each other, they set up a time and place to play. When the game is completed, the results are emailed to organizers who then form a new bracket. One of the most notable teams is that of Lucas Mellinger and Andrew Strombeck, who took second two years ago. They’ve managed to advance past the first two rounds and they hope to be as successful as possible while enjoying themselves at the same time. “I just like the fact that I have the chance to play euchre,” Strombeck said. As for ping-pong, players compete in a single elimination tournament. The format is one game to 21 points per round then the winners move to the next round. One player, Jeff Poucher, has enjoyed the experience so far. “I like the competition. There are some very good players at this school and this tournament provides the opportunity to play some of the better ones, a good way to test my talents,” Poucher said.

ONU athlete plays to a different beat 4rachel kearney

Maybe you know him as the guy with more hair on his chin than the top of his head. Or perhaps his 6’7, 215-pound frame has at one point intimidated you. But beneath the beard and in that giant body is a man full of athleticism, talent and a personality you just might want to get to know. Redshirt junior Brandon Streets is a two-sport athlete at Olivet. Though he originally came from his hometown of Lombard, Ill. to play basketball, during the fall of his redshirt freshman year he was asked to help out the baseball team’s pitching as well. Streets has excelled at both. Last year in baseball, he led the team with a 1.16 ERA and was named to the National Christian College All-Tournament team. In basketball this year, the power forward has averaged 9.9 points and 5 rebounds in the 16 games he has played in since returning from his third meniscus injury. “He’s a hard worker,” said basketball teammate redshirt junior Antonio Marshall. “He’s one of those guys that bring energy.” According to Marshall and fellow teammate junior Jake Hasselbring, Streets brings energy to the team in more ways than one. “He just likes to have fun,” Hasselbring said.

One of those ways Streets has fun is through music. Though he never had time to pursue music while playing football, basketball and baseball in high school, this past year he decided to make more time by cutting out the hours he spent in front of a computer or TV to teach himself the drums. “I picked up drums really quick,” Streets said. “I don’t see myself stopping.” Although he is focused on the present, Streets says he is constantly praying about his future. While he wants to pursue baseball following his graduation next year, he is open to wherever God puts him and however He wants to use him. Streets believes one way God wants to use him is through teaching. If baseball doesn’t work out, he said he would love to be a high school health teacher and coach. Though he looks for direction from God today, Streets said that it wasn’t until almost a year ago that his faith became his own. He and his roommate at the time, former Olivet basketball player and 2010 alum Josh Bronke, decided to take their faith more seriously. But it took a summer in New York playing baseball on a team sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for Streets’ faith to really grow. “It helped me realize what I’m here for and why I play,” he said.

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Basketball and baseball player Brandon Streets plays the drum set he got this past Christmas in his dorm room. He said that he plays around seven hours per week. “You play with 100 percent of what you have because God gave it to you. I’ve always been a hustle player, but this year I think you can really see it more. At least I hope so.” But then, of course, there’s that beard.

It all began last year when Streets and Bronke decided to grow out their beards for a couple of months. The basketball team liked it so much they told Streets he should grow it out again after he tore his meniscus this past September. He has been growing

it ever since. “I try to keep it clean,” Streets said. “I want to do something with it before I get rid of it, like braids or beads or something.” If he does, maybe he won’t come across quite as intimidating.

12 Sports February 25, 2011

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A group of male students decided to go to the extreme this year to cheer for the women’s basketball team, known as “Tigerball.”

‘Fanatics’ boost Tigerball spirit 4Tyereze taylor

For Homecoming 2010, junior Isaiah Peachey had an idea. The year before, Peachey had been a part of a group of Olivet students (mostly track and cross country guys) who had decided to go cheer for the women’s basketball team, calling themselves “Tigerball Fanatics.” This year, Peachey wanted to step it up a notch. He made sure to get permission from the administration first. Then for the women’s opening game during homecoming weekend, Peachey, and other male students walked into McHie Arena and took off their shirts to reveal letters spelling “TIGERBALL” painted on their chests.

“While we were in the bathroom painting our chests, it was a cool feeling knowing that we were starting something that would become a tradition during the women’s basketball games,” said junior Colton Smith. As many of these fans participate in sports themselves, they know the value of having fans cheering them on during games. “The Tigerball fans consist mainly of Olivet men from cross country, track, and football,” Peachey said. “It’s an opportunity to get guys together to have fun and get more people involved.” Peachey didn’t have a hard time finding male player support, as some of the Tigerball Fanatics have been showing school spirit for a long time. “Even before I came to Olivet,

I’ve always showed support for both women’s and men’s games as a fan,” junior Dusstin Proehl said. Before the Tigerball Fanatics go out to the stands for a big game, they meet in the McHie arena bathroom and prepare by painting their chests. During the games, one can hear the group of fans cheering, particularly their ever popular “line change” yell every time a new rotation of players go in. But the Tigerball Fanatics don’t want to be the only ones supporting the women’s basketball team. They extend their hand to fellow Olivet students in different ways to try and get them involved. “The goal is to create a positive atmosphere for our girls to play in with our fan support,” sophomore

Matt Kearney said. “Our hope as Tigerball Fans is to make this more fun where other people will want to join in as well.” Smith agreed. “We reach out to people around campus by reminding them to come to the games and sending messages on Facebook,” Smith said. “This is our way of showing our womens’ basketball team that we care.” Some of the Tigerball fans come out not only to have fun and cheer for friends, but also to show their support of their family members. “I’ve always supported my twin sister Rachel in her games,” Kearney said. He added that he has been to almost every game this season to support his sister and the rest of the team, includ-

ing some that were away and over breaks, even if it has meant cheering by himself. Members of the women’s team have expressed gratitude to the group’s support, and even some of the coaches have commented on their cheering. “I have heard that (women’s basketball head) Coach Porter even appreciates our attendance,” Smith said.” We should be renamed ‘Porter’s Posse.’” Coach Porter’s team has certainly been successful this year, breaking several of their own national records. And as their road to nationals comes to an end with the ever important Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament, the Tigerball Fanatics are ready to continue to help cheer on the team to victory.

Student offers workout plan and exercise tips 4eugene burndam

Staying fit and healthy is a prominent topic no matter your age. Our modern era demands that we give into advertising. The newest food fads implore us to keep eating while exercise is often seen as a quick fix solution as opposed to daily routine. So what about exercise? The question that remains for all of us is how can we maintain our bodies with exercise on a regular basis? Former varsity soccer player and senior athletic training major Cory Miller has learned to maintain his body through exercise from a young age. He played soccer all four years at Olivet at the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) level. He helped lead his team to win the Chicagoland Collegiate Conference Tournament Championship in 2009. Miller offered to share some of the exercise tips and techniques he has learned to keep his body in shape, not just to be elite athletically, but to be a healthy person every day. “I do many things to stay in shape, from eating healthy foods to practicing yoga regularly. It’s all about maintaining a life style as opposed to finding quick fix to getting in shape,” Miller said. “There are a lot of misconceptions about exercising – it can be enjoyable and not just a way of punishing yourself.” Here are some of Cory Miller’s exercise routines with his own hints of advice.

The treadmill (see photo 1): “Walking is the key to good cardio treadmill workouts. For the first four weeks, you should try for twenty minutes of walking at a pace of about 2-4 mph, depending on your comfort level. Adding ten minutes for the stretching, warm-up and cool-down, you’ll spend a half-hour each time. For the next five weeks of treadmill exercise, add ten minutes to your walking time. Do this until you are spending a total of sixty minutes on the treadmill at a time. To keep it interesting, you can change the incline slightly but adjust your speed accordingly to stay in that target heart rate range.” Weight training (see photo 2): “Lots of people have the wrong idea when it comes to weights. When used correctly they can be an effective way to burn fat as well as tone muscles. “Weights are not just for body builders. Get in the habit of using them regularly and you will see the results. “This resistance exercise concentrates work on your thighs and buttocks. Squats also work your lower leg muscles, abdominals and lower back. This fitness exercise is also a tried-and-true lower-body exercise for anyone without knee problems.” Yoga and stretching (see photo 3): “After a good warm up, stretching is important, make sure you hold all your stretches for at least 5-10 seconds. Yoga is also a form exercise that improves flexibility and balance.” Cory’s yoga stance:

Downward Facing Dog (down dog for short) is a basic yet challenging yoga pose that provides numerous benefits. Miller says it’s a great pose for beginners. “Press back into Downward Facing Dog. Pedal the legs, bending one knee and then the other, reaching each heel towards the floor. Settle into the pose and hold 5 to 10 breaths.” • Cory Miller is a former varsity soccer player who trains on a regular basis. He is currently working towards playing at a professional level and is trying out with various professional teams.


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