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Department changes give communication students more career options Jordan Lewis


Staff Writer

oon Olivet will be graduating communication majors who are prepared to tackle all aspects of the evolving world of media. This means videographers will not only be able to shoot and edit video, they will also have the skills to report and write stories. And journalists will not just be bred for newspapers, they will learn to write for all media platforms as well as produce their own video. Concentrations within the mass communication major will be altered, and journalism will move from a major to a concentration. These changes will create a more all-encompassing “multimedia studies” major, which will include TV/video production, film studies, radio broadcasting, broadcast journalism, and print and online journalism. Each of these changes will be in effect starting fall 2012 for sophomores, freshmen and incoming freshmen. Juniors have been given the choice of either following the new program or sticking with the old one, and seniors will not be affected. This idea was first brought up by professors Carl Fletcher and Mark Bishop several years ago as a way to make communication students more marketable in the changing world of multimedia. “We discovered through research and working in media business that graduating a person with just one expertise was not serving the student as well as we thought it could,” Bishop said. “Multimedia studies” will train students in other areas of communication. “These new changes will give students an enriched amount of skills as they enter into the work force as well as their desired skillset,” said Dr. Jay Martinson, chair of the communications department. When restructuring journalism, changes within the major were made specifically to “be able to expand the major to have more of a multimedia [component], still keeping all the journalism courses but enhancing them with multimedia courses as well,” Martinson said. There is also talk about adding a minor in journalism, professor of journalism Thalyta Swanepoel said. This would be approximately 16 credit hours. Replacing mass communication with multimedia studies will benefit students who do not know which particular type of media they want to study. “I wanted to do journalism but also something with TV news and I haven’t been able to decide which one,” said sophomore Nicole Lafond. “Adding broadcast journalism makes being undecided a lot easier. I can double concentrate instead of double major.”




Seniors Lauren Comfort and Kaitlin Smith participate in Operation Christmas Child by wrapping gifts for children in need at Olde Oak Lounge Nov. 15.

OPERATION: Christmas Child

259 boxes donated

Operation Christmas Child wrapping parties were held in Weber Center and Olde Oak Lounge Nov. 14 and 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. The annual program is a part of the international organization Samaritan’s Purse. Students enjoy the opportunity to reach out and give each year around Christmas time for children around the world who do not have the opportunity to experience the joy of receiving gifts at Christmas. “I love Operation Christmas Child. I’ve done it since junior high,” senior Amy Price said. “I love the idea of seeing smiles on kids’ faces and sharing a little happiness through a simple present.” The gifts were placed on stage during chapel Nov. 16 as Christmas music played. A total of 259 boxes were collected that day.

Freshman Valerie Aguilar wraps her box full of gifts Nov. 14 at the wrapping party in Weber Center. PHOTO BY MORGAN MCCRIRIE

Free pancakes attract flood of students Alumni feed students a late-night breakfast Justine Espersen Staff Writer

Lines of hungry students stretched from the entrance of Ludwig all the way to Benner Library and from the entrance to the street on the opposite side of Ludwig. Hosted by the ONU Alumni Board of Directors, students feasted on pancakes, eggs, sausage and hash browns Thursday, Nov. 10, at 11 p.m. The average wait time was 45 minutes since the alumni were new to serving food to ravenous Olivet students; however, the

Capitol Hill Gang holds biannual debate on education reform in the United States page 3


Penn State fans riot to protest the firing of Joe Paterno, the school’s football coach page 5

‘It was a big turnout and it wasn’t just for the pancakes...’ long wait didn’t stop students from enjoying their late-night meal. “The wait was a bit anti-climatic, because it was just normal Sodexo stuff at an unexpected time of day,” sophomore Staci Bradbury said. “But the food was delicious.” Before their meal, students were greeted by alumni, including University President John Bowling, which excited many.


Manvember targets Olivet’s men with new events such as Juggernaut page 7

“It was a big turnout and it wasn’t just for pancakes, it was for laying off steam from studying and the stress of classes,” junior Sarah Rouse said. “I even got to talk to Dr. Bowling. It was a pleasant surprise.” Crowds of happy and relaxed students conversed throughout the dining hall, willing to wait in the long lines as they had a chance to unwind and enjoy each other’s company. “There was a sense of fellowship and college togetherness,” freshman Nick Allen said. “It’s nice to see how we can all come together for a simple cause, such as pancakes.”


ONU football finishes the 2011 fall season on a positive note with five wins page 10


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2 News November 17, 2011

GG Staff Cathy Schutt Executive Editor Meagan Ramsay News Editor Nicole Lafond Assistant News Editor Autumn Keiss Life Editor Luverta Reames Assistant Life Editor GJ Frye Assistant Opinion Editor GRAPHIC BY STEPHANIE WILLIAMS

Rachel Kearney Sports Editor Andrew Kriz Assistant Sports Editor Jimmy Phillips Copy Editor Ethan Barse Photo Editor Stephanie Williams Graphics Editor Carolyn Goettsch Graphics Assistant Adam Fox Advertising Manager Staff Writers Matt Dahlberg Sarah Doty Justine Espersen Jordan Lewis Heather Mead David Parker Hannah Rowen David Timm Jenny White Staff Photographers Morgan McCririe Dianna Wood Olivia Zimmer 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. LETTER SUBMISSION The GlimmerGlass encourages readers to respond through letters to the editor. For publication, letters must be signed and sent to the GlimmerGlass at campus box 6024 or e-mailed to The editor reserves the right to edit letters for content, style and length. Publication is not guaranteed. Further inquiries may be addressed by calling the GlimmerGlass office at campus extension 5315.

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Chiapas, MEXICO A woman from Honduras was reunited with her son Nov. 14, in Mexico after traveling with other mothers through the country for two weeks in search of their missing children. Olivia Orellana found her son at a prison in the southern state of Chiapas after no contact with him for eight years. He had been arrested on racketeering charges and still has another year and a half to serve. While he was the only one found on the trip, his discovery “filled everyone’s spirits with joy and hope,” according to a spokesperson for the group. The 33 women from Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua traveled to some of the most dangerous states in Mexico on the migration route to the United States.

Khartoum, SUDAN Sudan’s government is ramping up oil production by more than 50 percent to 180,000 barrels per day by 2012, Oil Minister Ali Ahmed Osman said Nov. 15. The country is strapped for cash due to inflation and a sharp devaluation of its currency after losing three-quarters of its total oil production when the south proclaimed independence in July. Osman explained the ministry will raise crude output with an accelerated production program and by reducing the time it takes to apply for field development. While he did not reveal where the extra oil will come from, former minister Lual Deng said earlier this year that new production will mostly come from Block 6, which straddles South Darfur.

Damascus, SYRIA The European Union imposed sanctions on 18 Syrians Nov. 14 in response to the killings of protesters by President Bashar Assad’s regime. The sanctions include visa and travel bans, freezing assets and suspending the disbursement of European Investment loans. The EU said the sanctions are against “individuals responsible or associated with the repression and supporting or benefitting from the regime.” Sanctions have already been placed on 56 Syrians and 19 organizations in an effort to get Assad to halt the eight month uprising. A statement by the EU said, “The EU continues to be concerned by the situation in Syria where according to the United Nations more than 35,000 people have been killed since last March.”

Three incidents have been reported of a suspicious man approaching children at school bus stops. The latest occured in Bradley Nov. 14. The incidents are likely related, police said. The first two occured in Bourbonnais last week. Each time the man tells the students the bus is late and offers them a ride. “There are similarities to what was reported to Bourbonnais,” said Bradley Police Chief Steven Coy. Police are stepping up efforts to find the suspect. They have met with the elementary schools to set up a plan to raise awareness. “The community has really been outstanding,” Bourbonnais District 53 Superintendent Myron Palomba said. “Everybody is working together to try to mitigate this threat.” -The Daily Journal

Yunnan, CHINA Chinese police detained a mine boss of Sizhuang Coal Mine who smeared coal on his face pretending to be among the survivors of a gas leak which killed 34 miners Nov. 14. Nine are still trapped, according to state media. Mine bosses who do not accompany their workers underground face severe punishment under a new rule to improve safety. Qi Guming, deputy head of the coal mine, was taken into custody on suspicion of faking evidence. According to The People’s Daily, Qi “rushed down the shaft and smeared coal on his face to pretend he had escaped from underground.” They confirmed that he made false claims to the resuce command office. The mine’s license was revoked in April and was operating illegally.

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‘Hot spot’ still hot after construction Nicole Lafond Assistant News Editor

Despite student concerns, the “hot spot,” the heated square sidewalk between Nesbitt and Williams, will continue to serve its purpose now that construction is over. A valve in the underground pit below the “hot spot” recently started leaking and the Physical Plant worked to replace that valve. The valves in the “hot spot” pit serve the girls’ dorms, Weber, Wisner and Ludwig, said Matt Whitis, director of the Physical Plant. Steam lines run underneath the sidewalks on campus. These valves of steam supply heat and hot water to each building throughout campus, so there does not have to be a boiler for each building, Whitis said.


The “hot spot” serves as a cozy hang out for students on campus.

Students have utilized the “hot spot” as a place to hang out on warm and cool nights alike for years. The construction had many students worried about the fate of this legendary gathering place. “The ‘hot spot’ [is] the place,” said sophomore Ben Geeding.

“Long winter nights, rainy days … It’s where I went to warm up between classes. I think I speak for a lot of students when I say that I’d be devastated if the landmark was taken away.” When Geeding learned the “hot spot” was not being taken away,

he was excited. “You want to know how I feel? Go stand bare foot on the hot spot. That warm and fuzzy feeling between your toes? I’m feeling a lot of that right about now.” Students claim the “hot spot” is the center of many of their college memories. “My favorite part about the ‘hot spot’ is it warms my feet and legs up as I walk by when it’s cold out,” said junior Lauren Beatty. Not only does the landmark evoke memories for students, but it is also one of the few co-ed places that students can hang out on Olivet’s campus. “I think the lack of co-ed hang out places on campus is what has made the ‘hot spot’ such a hot spot,” junior Bethany Addington said.

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Sophomores Jenny Ward and David Timm perform in “These Shining Lives.”

Fall play showcases shining cast and crew Jordan Lewis


Staff Writer

he fall play, “These Shining Lives,” took center stage in Kresge Auditorium during Homecoming weekend. Written by Melanie Marnich, the play tells the tale of what four women undergo in the 1930s as workingwomen who paint numbers on clocks at a factory. A true story, it chronicles the change that comes about through their pursuit of equality and fairness in the work place. The inspiring script caught the attention of Jerry Cohagan, director and communication professor. “I read [the script] about a year ago and it continued to resonate with me, and that’s usually how I choose a play,” he said. “I’ll read several plays during the course of a year and see which one stays with me.” Before the semester began, Co-

hagan built the set with the help of several students. The set features three clock pieces and a clock face painted on the stage floor around the pieces. Painting and preparing the set took hours. “It probably took me 40 hours to paint,” junior Shelby VanBuren said. “I was in there at least six days a week for three weeks.” Despite the long hours, VanBuren liked her work. “I enjoy it because I got to go in there by myself,” she said. “It was relaxing and therapeutic in many ways.” While crewmembers created the set, the 10 cast members practiced several hours five evenings a week. Some of the cast viewed the play as a challenging learning experience. “It’s been a struggle to be a freshman with this big of a role,” Courtney Weihman, one of the


Freshman Courtney Weiham sings as one of the working women.

lead actresses, said. Sophomore Hannah Williams, another lead actress, had to work to manage her time, and learn to put energy and effort into each practice. Despite the challenges some of the cast faced, their work impressed Cohagan. “It’s a great story, and I’ve got a wonderful cast,” he said. The play debuted Nov. 11 and 12 in Larsen Fine Arts Center.

“I had never been to a play at Olivet before, and after attending ‘These Shining Lives,’ I realized how much I’ve been missing out on the last four years,” senior Allison McGuire said. “The story was touching and I was captivated from the beginning wondering what would happen next.” The play has two more performances 7 p.m. Nov. 18 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 19.

Debaters argue education reform Capitol Hill Gang hosts biannual debate Jenny White Staff Writer

Previous debates have showcased hot topics in politics but this year the Capitol Hill Gang’s (CHG) fall debate focused on an issue that is often overlooked: education reform. Seven questions were presented to the two opposing sides followed by a short question-andanswer session involving the audience. One side advocated the federal government’s moderation and funding of all education, while the other proposed that states, communities, the private sector and parents should be in control of decisions regarding the education of school-age children. Both sides agreed the current education system in the United States is not thriving. Some of the topics included the effectiveness of public schools and charter schools, tracking systems and the legitimacy of parents in choosing a child’s education. The federal side based their

arguments on statistics and one debater claimed the community side was dealing too much in social theory without statistical evidence. A prominent theory presented by the community side was that the federal government cannot understand the individual needs of schools in various states. The community side argued national testing standards are not an effective way to measure individual progress since each state educates differently. The federal side claimed parents and local communities are not as qualified as government officials to make decisions. Dr. Brian Woodworth, professor of criminal justice, debated for the federal side, giving an anecdote about community-driven schools and the problem they present to students who want to pursue professional careers. “In a town I once lived in, the school taught boys to be farmers and girls to have babies. Those kids are going to have trouble if they ever wish to enter the profes-

sional world,” he said. The community side claimed parents and local teachers should be responsible for making choices in a student’s education. “Regardless of whether a parent is qualified, it is still their right to make choices about their own child’s education. This is not the government’s decision,” said debater and CHG President Matt Van Dyke. Audience members supported this statement with approving shouts and clapping.

By the end of the debate neither side proposed a plan for a new educational policy. Although the crowd was smaller compared to previous debate attendance, Van Dyke believed the event was still a success. “I’d say the debate was a great presentation of a political issue that is often swept under the rug,” he said. “For sure, the topic choice meant a smaller crowd, however, since this was the first debate for a new club administration, I would say it went well.” Dr. David Claborn, professor of political science, and CHG President Matthew Van Dyke listen to the opposing side at the debate on education reform.


4 Opinion Editorial November 17, 2011

Light in your loafers Jimmy Phillips Sexism is a bad thing. We all know that, but so is the indiscriminate blurring of the gender lines. In today’s society, women are pressured all the time to be more and more like men. This is not kosher. According to the Bible, we are to live counter-culturally, meaning, rather than women living more as men, men must live more as women. When I arrived at this conclusion, I became very giddy. Now, I will be able to breastfeed my children. I can relax and sit down every time I use the bathroom. I can eat when I am happy and eat when I am sad. I now have an excuse for poor driving. Being more feminine will be so wonderful. Think about it, boys. Forget bringing home the bacon; now we only have to cook and eat it. We can wear dresses and skirts and have a nice little breeze in our nethers. Dancing became a lot more interesting, too. Imagine having the hips of Shakira. I daresay nothing is better. Forget the protein supplement; I am adding estrogen to my water. Does that sound at all silly to you? I hope it does. It disappoints me to say that by now I have lost my faith in the vast majority of you to understand sarcasm. A summer dress code is stupid, Steve Jobs was not the second coming of Christ and chapel is one of the best parts of this school. Suffice it to say, I think this talk about social gender reassignment to be slightly obnoxious. God made man and he made woman. He used two different words for them because, guess what? They are two different things. He made men to lead and women to follow (so long as the man is leading toward God). That does not mean women belong in the kitchen and men must pick up heavy things and play contact sports. It does mean that men and women have unique roles to play in society and in the context of relationships. If you really think men and women are equal, please never reproduce. Men can grow hair on their chests. Women can accessorize with pretty things. We are biologically and psychologically designed to fulfill different roles. Get off your politically correct high horse and embrace that which God has created. Women deserve the best treatment imaginable at the hands of a man. Men deserve a woman who will fulfill her Biblical role in a marriage and love them when they fail to understand her complicated emotional needs. That is just the way it is. End of discussion. Please, do as you’re told.

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Scenes & Stones Life in a Day GJ Frye

Exploring life can mean studying biology, botany or a number of the other sciences but “Life in a Day” aims to explore humanity. The process for the film started months before the day it was filmed through viral advertising by YouTube. They asked users to submit their videos shot on July 24, 2010. After 80,000 submissions from 192 different countries, the movie was edited to be put in a final package. The result was a universal message to future generations and to our current culture. Humanity is not represented in this movie as a box of multigrain Cheerios, where it’s easy to distinguish one Cheerio from the next, but as a collection. No matter the ethnicity or language, each human is just as important as the next, likeminded in more ways than many of the race would like to admit. Though there are obvious signs of the different cultures, those differences are not put on display and showcased. What each

culture has in common is what is showcased. The way we each have a routine in the morning, even with certain variables, is centered around breakfast and the bathroom. One rather interesting collection of shots is of people getting ready in the bathroom, including one specific scenario of a 15-yearold shaving for the first time. Each culture being so similar despite many minor inconsistencies speaks in high volumes about the Body of Christ. The Body is made up of different organs, different members that each play a unique role and an important role on Earth. We are united by more than just our love for Christ and the good news we have the mission to share. We are united by our humanity. It can be argued that we should not focus on the human side of things, but on the divine. I argue the divine is the human in the purest sense. Jesus was fully human, and fully God. But that doesn’t mean He wasn’t all-human. He wasn’t superhuman, he was human, and the rest of us have become subhuman. Through Christ, we can become human again. The image we were created in compels us to be more than our fallen nature: a

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What will you be most thankful for on Thanksgiving this year?

Executive Editor Cathy Schutt says,

“I am most thankful for the GlimmerGlass staff who puts a smile on my face even when I’m stressed out and super busy!” Sports Editor Rachel Kearney says,

hole in our hearts that we try to fill by our own will. A man in “Life in a Day” sought to travel the world by bicycle. He wanted to go around the entire world and feel that sense of accomplishment. Each of us tries to fill the hole in our own way but we must look towards our Father to truly fill us. Since we still have a human heart pumping in our chests, everyone, both believers and otherwise, still want the satisfaction and joy Christ can bring, even if we don’t all necessarily understand what that means. But as Christians we can and do know; our subhuman tendencies can be healed and whole through the love of Christ that cleanses us of all our diminishing flaws. Sin is considered missing the mark. God made us to be human but we cannot be human when we fall short of the mark we’re aiming for because of the choices we make. When we sin, we fail to be human. But through Christ, the life in a day of the average human can be an extraordinary act of worship, of love, of hope. If someone recorded your life for a day, would you be able to submit it to God? Would it be something worthy of the film He is producing through our history?

“I am most thankful for all who God is and what He has done in my life, including all of the awesome people who have blessed me in some way. And for getting Naked during late nights in the GlimmerGlass office.”

Copy Editor Jimmy Phillips says,

“Cardigans. Flowers. Music. Toothpaste and floss. Flannel sheets. Indoor plumbing. Pen and paper. The things I take for granted. A God who loves, a Christ who lives and friends who care. I am not in need.”

News Editor Meagan Ramsay says,

“I’m so thankful for my friends who distract me from the craziness of school. We add our own dose of crazy that turns homework and late nights into a party.”

Staff Photographer Morgan McCririe says, Staff Writer David Parker says,

“I’m thankful for the fact that I’m able to go to college and succeed while I’m there. And for being able to go home every weekend. ”

Assistant Sports Editor Andrew Kriz says,

“Child, please, I’m thankful for the wonderful opportunities and experiences in life I have been blessed with. And knowing there are always more to come.”

“I am thankful for all the people God has placed in my life. I have been blessed with amazing family, friends, coaches and teachers who have encouraaged me and I don’t know where I would be without them.” Assistant Opinion Editor GJ Frye says,

“I am thankful for Christ and the most wonderful time of year that celebrates His day because there have been too many times to count that He’s been my only reason to carry on.”

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Penn State: Unsportmanlike conduct Jimmy Phillips Copy Editor

Two nights ago, I was watching the news. I witnessed awful riots in which young people were acting as feral beasts. There were cars overturned and people hanging on light posts. I was sure it was a scene from the ongoing unrest in the Middle East. Okay, Egypt. Nope. It was University Park, Penn., home of Penn State University. These college students were protesting the dismissal of Joe Paterno, a legendary coach and head of the school’s football program. For the most part, I am not commenting on the scandal itself, one that involves child molestation at the hands of Paterno’s assis-

tant coach. I find the protesting to be nearly as despicable as the crimes committed, and it is this about which I am opining. Since when is it acceptable for our society to blatantly excuse sexual crimes? Sure, the fella knew how to win a football game, but he also failed to stop a child molester. If I were Santa, Joe Paterno would be on the naughty list in perpetuity. The fact students felt the need to flip cars at his firing tells me that perhaps Penn State should spend more time exercising the minds of its pupils than engraving Big Ten trophies. I am appalled that people think Paterno should keep his job. We are civilized members of a democratic society and while these students have a right to protest, they should be doing

nothing of the sort. Not only are they demonstrating support for their coach, they are also demonstrating their woeful ignorance. If my hypothetical son were being fondled by a man and a third party could have done something to stop it but didn’t, I would act in a very unhappy fashion. Not only do I believe Paterno ought to be fired, he, along with everyone else who allowed such foul and unclean conduct to occur, should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. The mere idea of a child rapist is enough to turn my stomach; criminal behavior should take priority over athletic tomfoolery. Maybe Penn State students and those who are incapable of understanding the gravity of the situation should try realigning their moral compasses.

F. Kennedy and John Edwards, to name a couple, have been caught in compromising sexual situations, but did not pay a heavy political price. Another prominent instance of sex scandal prior to Cain involved Bill Clinton in the 1990s. His two-term presidency and high approval rating suggests that sexual misconduct is no longer a negative issue in politics for American voters. Some argue Clinton’s personal life should not have even

seeking attention or have ulterior motives. One of the main concerns among voters is not the accusation itself, which is merely pointing fingers, but rather the way Cain has handled it. If he had not initially refused to discuss the accusations, and had not shifted answers during the course of media coverage, this controversy probably would not have garnered so much media attention. Politico, one of the first papers to run the scandal story, gave Cain 10 days to respond to accusations before the article ran. He was still fumbling to get his story straight after the article was published. At first, Cain denied knowledge of any settlements made as a result of charges against him. He later admitted to knowledge of one of these, involving civil servant Karen Kraushaar. Throughout the scandal, he has also denied recollection of any incident, but later provided vague details of one compromising situation, according to a Nov. 8 CNN article. This behavior no doubt makes for a shady situation. Despite this, Cain denies all sexual harassment accusations, and is planning to continue his campaign with much support from his voters. His political policy has become popular with his proposals of the “9-9-9” tax plan and his success in debates, and he remains a strong candidate, alleged skeletons aside.

Favor for Cain will remain Jenny White Staff Writer

With the cutthroat competition of a new election season, there always comes scandal as candidates race to boost their reputation and competing parties strive to cut them down. Currently, media attention is being paid to the sexual harassment accusations against Tea Party Conservative favorite and presidential candidate Herman Cain, which were uncovered at the end of October. Despite the sexual harassment claims against Cain, polls reveal that he is still leading the GOP pack. Eighteen percent of likely Republican voters supported Cain, while 15 percent supported Mitt Romney and 15 percent supported Newt Gingrich. Additionally, 61 percent of Republican primary voters said the accusations would not affect Cain’s campaign, according to a Nov. 11 article by CBS News. It seems this scandal isn’t taking a huge toll on Cain’s campaign other than the heavy media attention. Many news sources have compared the harsh media coverage to scandals with Democrats in history, arguing Democratic candidates are held to “weaker” ethical standards because justification for their actions appeals to their liberal audience. John

‘It is simply a matter of “he-said,” “she-said.’” been scrutinized as intensely as it was, and the investigation is what forced him to lie. So where does this leave Cain? What happened between Cain and his accuser, Sharon Bialek, during the 90s is impossible to know at this point. It is simply a matter of “he-said,” “she-said.” But there are some oddities regarding the situation, such as the fact that Bialek and Cain’s other accuser failed to come forward sooner – that is, they waited until Cain became a popular campaigner in this election. This leads people to believe the accusers are simply


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David Timm

It’s the first day of class in a new semester. You enter the classroom, filled with hope and expectation and quickly find yourself a seat in the back. Everything seems to be going so well. Just as you start daydreaming about getting all As this semester, the professor passes out the syllabus, and as you look over the assignments, your heart jumps into your throat and your hands get clammy. There’s a group project assignment. As you stifle a horrified scream, you look around, wondering if anyone else has seen it yet. You scan the class and are met with terrified eyes and furtive glances as people desperately search for the students who might be good group members. You start thinking this might be karma from yesterday when you cut that girl in the sandwich line at Sodexo, and there was only one piece of provolone left. But no, this can’t be the punishment from that; surely you don’t deserve to suffer slowly through a group project. You scan a little farther down and die a little more inside. The project will be graded as a whole, and everyone will get the same grade. Just your luck. After trying to figure out a really good excuse to explain to your parents why you are dropping out of college, you shake off the initial despair, and try to figure a way out. I’ve been in many a bad group, and so I know just how terrible a group project can be, however, instead of making this a complete rant, I want to remind you that group projects are preparing you for life in a very positive way. According to a study conducted by the Institute of Education at London University, students who learn in group settings, “learn how to compromise and resolve petty arguments as well as making rapid progress in math, science and reading.” It turns out that students actually became more focused on their work, and discussion was promoted and doubled in many of the classes. Here’s the bottom line: group projects can be painful at times, but the reward in the end far exceeds any difficulties you may encounter with bad group members. (Imagine going to work and never having experienced how to deal with a slacker or a real know-it-all.) The experiences you have in college, whether good or bad, prepare you for the future. Focus on the positives in your group, play to your teammates’ strengths, and do not give up before the project has even begun. Who knows, you might even enjoy it.



Songs, not silence Chantelle Chamberlain Staff Writer

Artist: Ashley Sarver Album: No More Silence Genre: Christian Acoustic Rock First Impressions: This is a good album for studying or taking a walk. It has a variety of styles and progresses well. The lyrics tell interesting stories. The album is not very wild or intrusive, so it makes good background music. It seems to be a part worship, part acoustic story album. Overall, an interesting listen. A Little Deeper: Although the songs are interesting, they lack any real focal point. The lines remain on a plateau, rather than building to a climax. Additionally, much of the chord structure is repetitive and the patterns are simple. There is very little, if any, variation once a pattern is established. That being said, the album is interesting to listen to, if only because of the variety of styles displayed. Sarver covers everything from light acoustic rock to a bit of dark country. Although the lyrics are sometimes awkwardly phrased with the music, they tell interesting stories: from a world at war with itself, to an elderly couple who fell in love at a young age. Especially notable is the final, and title, track of the album, “No More Silence.” Played solely on acoustic guitar, the song has excellent lyrics and a strange but profound ending. Her voice is smooth and controlled, and her harmonies are unique, adding to the music. The instrumentation used, though basic, is appropriate and doesn’t distract from the vocals. Liner Notes: Ashley Sarver is a freshman at Olivet this year. Best Described As: A unique artist of many styles. Favorite Song: “No More Silence” Least Favorite: “Give Him Praise” Notable Lyrics: “Someday my prince will come and he will be my love...” – “Someday” “We need to fight these battles so the world can be at peace from wrong...” – “And the World” Similar Artists: Colbie Caillat, Jason Grey, Chris Tomlin Rating: ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ (4 out of 5) November 17, 2011

Sarver records album Heather Mead Staff Writer

Ashley Sarver is silent no more. iTunes will release the freshman’s CD, “No More Silence,” between Thanksgiving and Christmas of this year. The CD’s title is meant to be a challenge to the audience to stand up for what they believe in Sarver, a political science and journalism major, used her love of Indie music to inspire the songs on her CD. “I love the Beatles, Mumford and Sons and the Vespers,” she said. “Indie music is what I inspire to be [involved with].” Most of Sarver’s songs are about God; however, one of her favorite songs focuses on respecting American troops. “‘And the World’ is about history. [It’s] a historical folk song, [which] goes through different wars Americans have been through.” In another sing titled “Catch Me if You Can,” Sarver sings about enjoying the beautiful moments in life. “[It’s a] laid back song [about] that epiphany moment where youfigure everything out,” she said. “Catch Me if You Can” and “Take a Stand,” which was performed at this year’s Orpheus Variety Show, have played on WPKO Bellefontaine along with the station’s usual oldies and present-day hits. The station originates in Columbus, OH, where Sarver gave an interview and performed live last spring. The radio show took


Freshman Ashley Sarver performs a song from her album while playing the mandolin during this year’s Orpheus Variety Show.

place around the same time she finished recording. “[Recording] took about a year and a half, six to eight hours recording each day.” Sarver began recording in February 2009. The process took about a year and a half. “After writing tons of songs, I picked out my favorites and told my parents I wanted to record,” Sarver said. “As a gift to me, they said they’d look and pay for someone to record me.”

That person was Rick Lee James, the family’s worship pastor at Springfield First Church of the Nazarene in Ohio. Lee had some recording experience, however, he had never produced a CD. He was also the one to first inspire Sarver to write music by his song performances, guitar lessons and CDs. Sarver and her parents chose James because of the close relationship they have with him.

“We [also] knew he was educated and learned in the music industry,” Sarver said. “It was a good way to venture into the recording process.” The CD took over a year to make, due to James’s day job and Sarver’s education. “The CD-making process varies depending on the artist and the situation,” Sarver explained. “For an artist with notoriety, a CD could be finished in a week or in a year.” On Wednesdays and during breaks from school, Sarver got up between 7 and 8 a.m. and went to the studio to discuss a song with James and record. “He’d look at the songs and see if it needed to be changed to be more marketable,” she explained. After revising, the recording began. First, Sarver would play one instrument, like her guitar, all the way through the song. Then she would do the same for another instrument. Next, she would sing, adding her own vocal harmony to certain songs. When this was finished, her role was done, and James’ became more intensive. “[James would] clean it up, mix it and add professional quality,” Sarver said. Sarver has always had a love of music, and she intends to continue pursuing that passion. With the CD release in the fall, Sarver plans to release more singles to iTunes next spring. She might also release other CDs if God leads her in that direction. “It all is what God wants me to do. Music will come when God wants music to come.”

Making the ‘smart’ decision Alex Reiter Contributing Writer

Millions of people use smartphones every day to add productivity to their lives. But which smartphone is the best choice? Here are my recommendations: 1. iPhone 4S The iPhone 4S is a worthy addition to the iPhone lineup. With a faster processor than the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S delivers stunning high quality images on a high-resolution 3.5-inch display. In addition, photo enthusiasts will be able to leave their cameras at home, thanks to the stunning 8-megapixel camera. Apple’s biggest differentiator is the endless selection of apps on the Apple App Store. The iPhone has always been well suited for users who need an easy-touse device, allowing for minimal fuss and more productivity to take place. But Apple’s flagship does not excel at durability. The iPhone 4S is extremely fragile and not recommended for those who are accident-prone. But if you need a fast, easy-to-learn device with a large app selection, the iPhone 4S is the device for you. 2. Samsung Galaxy S II Series Last year, Samsung made a serious push into the market with the Galaxy S lineup of Android smartphones. This year, Samsung is back with a group of stunning de-

vices. The Galaxy S II has a stunning 4.3 (or 4.5 in some variants) Super AMOLED, Super ActiveMatrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode Plus screen that delivers a beautiful, brighter, more detailed image with less energy consumption. The Galaxy S II is the best example of an Android smartphone, with an amazing Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Voice experience for those who need to get a lot done on the go. But the Galaxy S II does come with problems, including developer fragmentation (applications don’t always work on certain Android devices), poor battery life and inconsistent software updates. All in all, if you like a great looking device with many useful features and don’t mind the occasional bump in the road, the Galaxy S II is right for you. 3. HTC Radar The Radar features a fast, easyto-use experience that is different from other smartphones on the market today, thanks to the quality of Microsoft’s new mobile operating system. The device is well built, with a single piece of aluminum and break/scratch proof Gorilla Glass. Microsoft’s new mobile operating system may still be behind Apple and Google in regards to application selection and basic features, but it shows great promise. The software is simple, useful and elegant, allowing for ease of use and surprising good performance. Unfortunately, the

hardware is not keeping pace with the competition as it is based on single-core processor technology and lower amounts of system memory and storage than its competitors. This is compensated for by a well-designed operating system. The HTC Radar is a simple device with lots of power for pro-

ductivity, simplicity and stability. So if you need an easy to use, dependable device, the HTC Radar is right for you. The next time you are looking at smartphones, remember to look at the devices that fit with your needs to help increase your productivity.


Life 7

November 17, 2011

Twenty-two teams of six men each compete in MRL’s Costume Dodgeball Tournament Nov. 5.


November belongs to the men David Timm Staff Writer


Sophomore Robby Mitchell hands out water guns to students participating in Juggernaut.

November is now “Manvember,” otherwise known as the month of the beard. This month Men’s Residential Life is putting on several large events specifically designed for the men of Olivet. Besides unshaven faces, Manvember has already featured a dodgeball tournament and a “guys night,” complete with video games, root beer pong and cards. A meeting for Tiger Championship Wrestling will take place Dec. 1 and a capstone Tournament event is scheduled for Dec. 2. This week’s highlighted even is a game called Juggernaut. Juggernaut brings a whole new level of paranoia to Olivet: Every man participating is assigned a target, and has to eliminate that person by shooting him with a

squirt gun, while trying to avoid being eliminated himself. Alex Ripberger, VP of MRL, said around 60 men are participating in this event, which runs from Nov. 15 to Nov. 19. As with all other events during Manvember, “man points” will be awarded for the game. “Man points” can be earned by completing the tasks written on the “man cards” passed out at the beginning of the month or by doing well in other activities of Manvember. For instance, in Juggernaut, the last man standing, the person with the most eliminations and the top 10 survivors will receive points. During the Tournament at the end of Manvember, MRL will crown the man with the most “man points” king, and award him with an iPad 2 and other prizes. Ripberger encourages those participating in Juggernaut “to be a man about it” and to be on the

honor system when it comes to game play. He also hopes the men will be creative and sneaky about their strategy. MRL’s Facebook page will feature any eliminations that are caught on camera, and points will be awarded for the most ingenious one. Some students are ready to start playing. “I’m excited for it; it’s all about the chase,” sophomore Brandon Klemm said. “ I feel like Jason Bourne.” Sophomore Trent Moberly said, “I’m excited to play Assassin’s Creed in real life.” Ripberger thinks the stress level on campus among guys will be higher during Juggernaut than during finals, because “everyone is going to be on such a high paranoia level.” That paranoia may help Manvember achieve its ultimate goal: unity among the men on campus.

Logan Smith, the king of costumes Luverta Reames Assistant Life Editor

Sophomore chemistry major Logan Smith, a.k.a. Iron Man, won “best overall costume” at the Candy Costume Festival Oct. 30 with his homemade superhero suit. After his victory, Smith sat down with GlimmerGlass reporter Luverta Reames to talk about the inspiration behind his costume:

How long did you work on your costume? On and off since February 2011.

Why Iron Man? The year before that I did a costume from Halo and I had seen other people do Iron Man costumes on the Internet. I figured it was something I could do and I really liked the movie.

What inspired you to recreate a movie character? The website where I originally found this technique of making

costumes is devoted to Halo costumes so it’s very video gamecentered. I like making costumes of someone who wears some sort of armor, which limits it a little bit.

Why does it have to be armor? The material I use (rubber foam floor mats that are like big interlocking squares) are too thick, and therefore not flexible enough to be used for a character that wears an outfit that is mostly cloth. So rigid armor pieces are the easiest to duplicate with my process.

What is another favorite movie or video game? I really like “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” and that series. I also enjoy movies like “Inception” and “The Prestige.”

How did you have time to work on your costume while in school? I would do a couple hours of

homework then work on my costume for another hour or two before I went to bed. Weekends definitely helped; I spent a couple hours on Saturday and Sunday and couple weekends I went home. There was no place on campus to use as much spray paint as I did. I went home the weekend of the contest to finish painting it. It really wasn’t done until the Sunday morning of the contest.

Did you ever want to quit while making your costume? I never wanted to give up entirely, but there were a few times when I got discouraged because I didn’t think the outcome would be as good as I hoped. But it turned out much, much better than I expected.

Do you have any idea which costume you are going to make for next year’s competition? I might do a different video game character. I’m not sure though.


Sophomore Logan Smith transformed into Iron Man during the Candy Costume Fest Oct. 30 to win the grand prize.

8 Life November 17, 2011

Factor God into your financial future It’s time to give. Most college students consider themselves adults. As adults, they expect all the rights and benefits that come with adulthood. But “with great power comes great responsibility,” as Spiderman once said. One responsibility students like to brush under the rug is tithing. Tithing is not just a norm in the church. It is not something we do, “just because.” Tithing is commanded by God in Scripture, specifically Deuteronomy 14:22. If you don’t think this applies to you because you do not have a job, wait just one minute. You can still tithe, and do it in creative ways. Possibly give up that Common Grounds coffee once a week, or your midnight Taco Bell run. Take into account how Jesus

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blessed a widow for giving just two coins, which was all the money she had. Though she did not have much, she gave all she had to God. Just because we are young

time to rise up and give. Tithing benefits many people. The first is the financial benefit of the church. The price of a church is not small. The pastor, the mortgage and operational costs must

‘If you don’t think this applies to you because you do not have a job, wait just one minute.’ adults does not mean we can be non-tithing adults. Not only are we expected to tithe, the church needs our tithe. With the recent economic downturns, church tithing has significantly decreased. As a result, the church has been de-commissioning missionaries in droves, closing churches and going further into debt. Now is our

be paid. If you are in a denominational church, the church needs to pay for church plants, district camps, international evangelism and denominational universities like Olivet. With every dollar you tithe, the church is able to meet its obligations. Another benefit to tithing is that

it shows God is first in your life. Tithing is an act of obedience. We should not give God 10 percent of our disposable income, after bills and expenses are paid. We should give Him 10 percent first and then pay debts and expenses. I am by no means the perfect example when it comes to tithing, but I try to be consistent. Though you might not be sure if God really meant 10 percent or if you can afford to tithe, remember what the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 8:12: “Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have.” Let us be a giving church so more churches can be planted, the hungry can be fed and lives can be changed. And let’s not wait 10 years to do it.


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Proclamation Gospel Choir fills Kankakee First Church of the Nazarene with music Nov. 12.

Gospel music touches hearts Choir and Lupe Carroll perform in Kankakee Hannah Rowen Staff Writer

Lupe Carroll sings at the gospel choir concert.

Proclamation Gospel Choir’s “Lift the Savior Up” concert was held last Saturday, Nov. 12, at Kankakee First Church of the Nazarene and featured local artist Lupe Carroll. The evening started when the choir invited the audience to sing a few worship songs, followed by several solos by Carroll. After Carroll’s performance, Director Jasper Taylor led the gospel choir in singing 10 more songs. Between songs, two seniors gave testimonies of God’s goodness. “He really is a faithful God; that’s never going to change,” said senior Jase Hackman. “God will provide.” Senior Angela Rivas added, “One thing I can be sure of is my God has never, ever forsaken me.” Students who heard the choir perform were encouraged by the music and testimonies. “It was one of the most uplifting and inspiring events we have had so far this year,” freshman Matthew Jones said. Junior Molly Shirosky had similar feelings. “It was wonderful,” she said. “[The choir members] are talented and lively and full of Jesus.” The group tours throughout the school year and will have another concert in April. Proclamation Gospel Choir CDs are being sold for $15 and contain 10 Christian worship songs. They can be purchased at the music office in Larsen Fine Arts Center.

Life 9

November 17, 2011

Students become salesmen by Luverta Reames

Luverta Reames

Assistant Life Editor

Assistant Life Editor


Sophomore Nick Jones displays two cans of Verve he and several others are selling to make money creatively around campus.

Instead of searching for a job at Olivet or waiting for an off-campus employer to show interest, sophomores Nick Jones, Robby Gaines and Grant Tourna and junior Jake Boyce are partnering with Vemma. Vemma, which stands for vitamins, essential, minerals, mangosteen and aloe, is a healthy energy drink that was first sold in 2006. “Vemma contains a blend of 12 full-spectrum vitamins, over 65 plant-sourced minerals, mangosteen superfruit and organic aloe in every serving,” according to When compared to 5-hour energy, Vemma has added benefits such as antioxidants, no preservatives, artificial colors or flavors. And Vemma can be sold by college students. Jones is selling the drink because he wants to be a missionary and plans to support himself with the money; he also hopes to be financially free in the next four years. “Other than the health benefits, Vemma is a chance to make extra money around campus,” Jones said. A shipment of 24 cans of Verve,

Burkey writes chapel song Hannah Rowen Staff Writer

At the beginning of the semester, a new song was introduced in chapel, a song that has become one of the most desired tunes on campus. Chapel Music Coordinator Jonathan Burkey wrote “Make My Life Shine,” the chapel theme for the semester. “Chaplain Holcomb and I began to brainstorm at the beginning of the summer about what we could do with our theme to help make it stick,” Burkey said. “Most of the song is a collection of Scripture verses that were impressed on my heart as I was thinking about the theme.”

Burkey was inspired to write the song at a summer camp, where he experienced a moment where everything fell into place. The chords, melody and rhythm fit in with what he had been praying and reading about. “As a writer, it was just one of those sweet moments that for me don’t come very often,” he said with a laugh. The song is now available for MP3 download through iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD Baby and Sound Cloud. Also, Jonathan is happy to share the chords and words with anyone who wishes to learn the song or play it in their home church. He can be reached at

Olivet students can purchase Verve, a healthy energy drink.

one of Vemma’s products, costs $68, $81.81 after tax. The men sell the drink for $2 a bottle, and keep all proceeds. But sellers receive benefits be-

extra cash,” Touma, who started selling about three weeks ago, said. Not only can Vemma help the men make money, the product is

‘It is a great opportunity to get a good understanding of how a business works.’ yond money. Jones is a Vemma member, which allows him to be part of the Platinum BMW club. This club is for those who are selling at the highest level, for which there is a chance to win a BMW. “It is a great opportunity to get a good understanding of how a business works, and to make some

also tasty. “It is an orange-citrus flavor, and very good,” Touma said. “I would compare it to an orange Red Bull.” Readers can buy Vemma by contacting Jones at njay425@ or Touma at

‘Most of the song is a collection of Scripture verses that were impressed on my heart as I was thinking about the theme.’

‘Heist’ lacks unique plot Justine Espersen Staff Writer

As the ending credits rolled up the screen, I sat in my seat with a blank stare, disappointed. I had just seen “Tower Heist.” Released Nov. 4, “Tower Heist” (PG-13) had a predictable Robin Hood plot in which cheated men tried to rob a wealthy man to regain their money. Nothing special. It opens with a zoom-in view of Benjamin Franklin’s face, slowly panning out to a $100 bill lying on the bottom of a pool as a man jumped in the water. The man is Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda), Tower Penthouse owner and New York City resident. The hotel staff is furious that Shaw does not invest their funds, and wants to get even. John Kovaks (Ben Stiller), hotel manager, and several other staff


“Tower Heist,” released Nov. 4, contains witty humor but lacks originality.

members plan a heist to get their invested money back. Of course every heist team needs an experienced crook to help them out. Kovaks looks no further than street-savvy convict Slide (Eddie Murphy). Slide agrees to help the

employees for $20 million. As expected, little goes right in the heist, except the laughter-inducing jokes Slide uses throughout the movie. Comedian Murphy does well in his usual fast-talking street role. In order to get the heist crew ready for the robbery, Slide puts them through several tests. For one test, the heist crew is locked out on the roof on a snowy day and told to pick the lock of a door with a bobby pin, a situation that made the audience laugh. Aside from Murphy’s quickwitted talent and quirk, the movie felt dry and dismal. Just as the heist was unoriginal, so was the film. No matter how funny the comedian, a predictable movie with a common plot is not worth the watch. I give this movie a C.

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10 Sports November 17, 2011

In the


box Home advantage This past Homecoming weekend Olivet hosted two rather heavily attended sporting events. First were the basketball games. By the time the men’s game rolled around, there were exactly 2,764 people in attendance, according to the box score from Friday’s game. The next day featured the football game, which 2,746 people attended. But there was another game that day, following the football’s fifth win of the season. Our NAIA No. 9-ranked women’s soccer team won the CCAC Conference Tournament for the second year in a row. But a mere 132 people attended that game, according to the box score.

Rachel Kearney

This Saturday, women’s soccer as well as volleyball will have their final home games of the season as the teams host the opening rounds of their respective NAIA national tournaments. Both will continue on only if they come up victorious. So go make home advantage really count. Join the men’s basketball team at the volleyball game and paint your face or wear bras and short shorts to support breast cancer and the team. Or go chant along with men’s soccer “Purple Patch” at the women’s soccer game and yell over and over again, “I believe that we will win!” Our girls deserve the support.


Senior wide receiver Joshua Howells (No. 27) leaps over a McKendree University defender to score a touchdown during the Homecoming game Nov. 12.

Tackling success

Football team ends on a high note David Parker Staff Writer

After suffering a 0-11 season in 2010, the Tigers boosted their record to 5-6 this season, winning their final three games. The team’s five wins began with a memorable overtime win against Coe College on Sept. 11 that snapped the team’s 18-game losing streak. The season culminated with the Homecoming game on Nov. 12, a competitive 17-14 win against McKendree University (Ill.). “I think the program has made tremendous strides in a year, from performance on the field [to the classroom],” said Andy Ankeny,

defensive coordinator. Standout players included senior linebacker Nathan Schott, who was named the Mid-States Football Association Midwest League’s Defensive Player of the Week twice in a row, and freshman running back Michael HoLewis, who scored four touchdowns in the game against Iowa Wesleyan College on Oct. 30 Ho-Lewis said the program’s success this year was a team effort. “We’ve done really well with what we’ve been given,” HoLewis said. “The first couple of weeks were rough, but it’s been pretty fun.” Schott believed the team’s im-

provement was a result of a focus on new priorities. “We are internally driven rather than externally,” he said. “We’re driven to play at our best level and be the player[s] and team we can be. That goal is always obtainable, unlike winning a certain number of games. That’s something Coach [Brian] Fish has instilled into us.” Ultimately, Schott hopes the students of Olivet will have more respect for the team because of their accomplishments. “In general, the perception of the team has not been positive. If people had seen how much we [have] improved, [maybe] they would respect us a little more,” Schott said.

Men’s soccer wraps up season Andrew Kriz & Rachel Kearney Sports Editors

The 2011 campaign has come to an end for men’s soccer. The Tigers defeated Illinois Institute of Technology in the opening round of the CCAC tournament on Nov. 5, before falling to St. Xavier University (Ill.) on Nov. 9, in the semi-final. They finished with a final record of 8-10-1. The first round was not without controversy as the Tigers were originally given a No. 6 seed and set to play at IIT. But it was discovered that IIT had used an ineligible player when they faced Olivet earlier in the season and were forced to forfeit that game, giving Olivet the No. 3 seed and home field advantage. On the road against St. Xavier in the semifinals, Olivet fell 3-0. CCAC freshman of the Year Patrick Hoepp played perhaps the largest role in the men’s playoff


Freshman Yonda Abogunrin fields the ball downfield.

run this season. Hoepp, a midfielder from Frankfurt, Germany, provided plenty of energy and points for the Tigers, scoring two assists in the CCAC Tournament Quarterfinals and recording four shots on goal in the semifinal round. During the regular season, Ho-

epp tallied 10 goals and five assists, leading the team in both categories. He was joined on the CCAC All-Conference Second Team by sophomore defender Yonda Abogunrin. Despite Hoepp and Abogunrin’s performances, the Tigers still found themselves disappointed with how the season turned out. The team started out 0-1-7 before they headed into conference. One of those losses included a 0-1 score against Hastings College (Neb.), who was ranked first in the NAIA at the time. But the team turned their season around as they entered conference play, winning eight of their final 12 games. For Olivet’s lone senior, though his career is over, the season was not a total loss. “We had guys grow up during the season,” forward Joel Kline said. “We showed character as a team in not giving up and playing hard.”

Sports 11

November 17, 2011

Cross-country ready to run

Women look to continue success

Men strive to overcome poor tournament ranking Rachel Kearney Sports Editor

After this fall, the men’s crosscountry knows anything can happen. The team has been plagued by injuries and has seen unexpected performances, both good and bad. And as the NAIA No. 23-ranked team goes into the national meet this Saturday in Vancouver, Wash., they will keep that truth in mind. “[Because of their ranking] no one’s really expecting the team to do anything [at nationals],” said senior captain Justin Jones. “But I think finishing in the top 15 is realistic.” The team qualified for the meet after taking second at the CCAC conference meet on Nov. 5, led by junior Kasey Ferrigan, who finished fourth. He was followed by freshman Dylan Creger, who placed ninth in the race. Olivet’s four-time CCAC runner of the week this year, sophomore Mitchell Dale, unexpectedly placed 10th after leading the team in every other meet. While the team did not have the outcome they expected, Jones and coach Mike McDowell said it was a good learning experience for some of the runners, including Dale. The rest of the season was similar to conference as some members of the team struggled

to perform to their potential due to unforeseen circumstances. One of those circumstances involved Jones, who had the most prominent injury on the team this year. The two-time all-conference runner tore a ligament in his foot at the end of the team’s preseason camp and was unable to run this season. But as a captain, he has been able to coach his teammates and will travel with them to Vancouver this week. “I’m just keeping everyone positive and upbeat,” he said. McDowell said he has a similar role with the team this week. “I’m just letting them know they’re better [than their showing at conference],” he said. “They need to believe in themselves and believe in their training.” Jones also said the team’s training was designed for the runners to peak at the national meet. He added the meet is “by far” the most important race of the year for his teammates. “They need to take full advantage of the opportunities they’ve been given,” Jones said. The men’s race at the national meet is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. (PST) on Saturday, Nov. 19, followed by the women’s race at 11:45 a.m.

Rachel Kearney Sports Editor

‘They need to believe in themselves and believe in their training.’

The women’s cross-country team is set for the NAIA national meet this Saturday after having one of the most successful seasons in the program’s history, according to coach Mike McDowell. The team raced to a No. 6 ranking in the NAIA poll and took first in four of six meets this fall. After winning the CCAC conference meet on Nov. 5, the Lady Tigers will travel to Vancouver, Wash. for their final meet of the season. “So many things can happen [at the national meet],” McDowell said. “If they give their personal best effort, everything will fall into place.” Both senior Lauren Versweyveld and junior Kortney Ellingboe have placed as the top two Olivet finishers at every race the past two seasons. They also led the team to an 11th place finish at last year’s national meet, after Ellingboe and Versweyveld placed 43rd and 44th individually. While she hopes to do better individually, Ellingboe said ultimately the focus is doing well as a team. “We definitely want to show where we’re from,” she said. “We have a lot of team spirit. We push each other.” Ellingboe and McDowell said the team improved as the season wore on. The final five runners who score in meets were not as solid in the beginning. “From the middle to the end of the season we grew as a team,” Ellingboe said. “The distance [in time] between our third and seventh runners has gotten much

In the field, on the court

Running with Lauren Versweyveld David Parker Staff Writer

How many years have you been running competitively? I first started in middle school. Prior to that, I entered local 5Ks with my mom. I ran three years in high school, and then I’ve run since the second semester of my sophomore year until now. So [it’s been] about 3 and a half years in college. Did you play any other sports? I did gymnastics and swimming in elementary school. In junior high, I played cheerleading, basketball and volleyball, and in high school, I played volleyball and softball. What was your biggest accomplishment in cross country or track? During my junior year at an outdoor track meet, I was an AllAmerican in the 10K. Favorite sport memory?

Probably after that race. Just realizing that and how supportive the team was, cheering me on through the race. Most embarrassing moment in cross-country or track? I tripped over my own foot while Janet [McDowell, head coach Mike McDowell’s wife] was taking a picture. Pre-race rituals? I always read Philippians 4:4-7. I do 15 minutes of easy running, as well as stretches and drills. What music do you listen to before a race to get pumped up? I usually don’t listen to music. I like to stay quiet or read that passage. If you had 24 hours to do anything you wanted (money not an issue), what would you do? I would spend time with my family. Probably somewhere on a beach; maybe Hawaii.

Lauren Versweyveld Sport: Cross-country Hometown: Delavan, Wis. Class: Senior

Correction in last week’s “Talking with Taylor”: Tye Taylor’s greatest accomplishment in college was when he had nine tackles against McKendree in 2008. Four of those tackles were tackles for a loss.


closer.” McDowell agreed. “We’ve had good talent before, but the number one difference is smaller between our number one runner to our fifth our sixth.” As the national meet draws nearer, both runner and coach indicated placing in the top four was a very reasonable goal. “I look for motivated athletes so the thing I have to do is keep them positive,” McDowell said.

Lauren Versweyveld runs at Aspen Ridge Golf Course in Bourbonnais during the CCAC Conference Championship.

Scores and more Football 11/5 at Trinity International University (Ill.) 11/12 McKendree University (Ill.)

W, 24-21 W, 17-13

Volleyball 11/8 Trinity International Univeristy (Ill.) 10/25 Robert Morris University (Ill.)

W, 3-0 L, 1-3

Men’s Soccer 11/5 Illinois Institute of Technology 11/9 at St. Xavier University (lll.)

W, 2-0 L, 0-3

Women’s Soccer 11/9 Robert Morris University (Ill.) 10/21 Trinity Christian College (Ill.)

W, 1-1 (4-2) W, 2-0

Men’s Cross Country 11/5 CCAC Conference Meet (Bourbonnais, Ill.) 2nd of 12 Women’s Cross Country 11/5 CCAC Conference Meet (Bourbonnais, Ill.) 1st of 9 Men’s Basketball 11/6 at Eastern Illinois Unversity (Exhibition) 11/7 Judson University (Ill.) 11/11 University of St. Francis (Ind.)

L, 48-78 W, 82-74 L, 69-76

Women’s Basketball 11/5 Ashford University (Iowa) 11/7 Judson University (Ill.) 11/11 Davenport University (Mich.)

W, 91-75 W, 125-87 W, 92-91

12 Sports November 17, 2011

Fighting for home advantage Volleyball staying alive Rachel Kearney Sports Editor

Sometimes, teams get second chances. Last year, that was not the case for the volleyball team after they won the CCAC regular season championship but failed to win the tournament. This year, the team did the same thing, falling to Robert Morris 3-1 on Nov. 10. But unlike last year, the Lady Tigers get to move on as they host Grand View (Iowa) for the opening round of the NAIA national tournament this Saturday. “We’re extremely focused on the opening round this week,” said junior middle and outside hitter Carolyn Goettsch. Olivet goes into the tournament with a 28-12 record. They played several top teams this year, including Columbia University (Mo.), who was ranked No. 4 in the NAIA poll when the Lady Tigers lost in three sets on Oct. 9. The competition proved to benefit the team as their confidence grew. But it was not the only thing that gave the team an edge this year.

“We worked our butts off last spring,” Goettsch said. “We had to get tougher, and this year we’ve definitely improved mentally.” Several players, including senior libero DeeAnn Garvin, led that effort. Garvin was named the CCAC Libero of the Year as well as the co-player of the year. She was joined on the all-conference first team by sophomore setter Rachel Raynor and senior middle hitter Molly Goldbach, who tore her ACL in practice before senior night on Nov. 1. Goettsch and senior outside hitter Teresa Byrne were named to the second team. While Goettsch said it was nice for her teammates and her to be recognized, they are still keeping their focus. “Everybody [we face] is really good at this point,” she said. “It’s a really great privilege to play at such a high level.” And while they know the competition will be tough, players know they can still do well. “We feed off each other’s energy,” Goettsch said. “And when we’re cohesive, we’re unstoppable.”


Freshman Jordan Gunn (No. 11) gains control of the ball during the Lady Tigers’ win over Trinity Christian College (Ill.) on Nov. 12. The win gave Olivet their second CCAC Tournament Championship in a row.

Women’s soccer keeps making history Andrew Kriz & Rachel Kearney Sports Editors


The volleyball team huddles together after a point last Thursday. The Lady Tigers lost to Robert Morris 3-1 in the CCAC semifinals but will continue postseason play having won the regular season conference title.


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The Olivet Nazarene University Tigers have won the Chicago Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Title for the second straight year. The NAIA No. 9 Lady Tigers won 2-0 against No. 18 Trinity Christian College (Ill.) over Homecoming weekend. The pair of goals came from senior forward Jessica Jones during her senior night and junior defender Devin Johnston in the first 10 minutes of the match. The Lady Tigers earned the title after their first postseason game

was decided in a shootout. Both teams braved the 45 mph winds and near-freezing temperatures as the game went into two overtime periods after a 1-1 score in regulation. Johnston’s final penalty kick in the shootout gave the Lady Tigers a 4-2 advantage to clinch the win. The conference tournament followed the program’s first-ever regular season CCAC championship as the team went 15-2-1 overall, 9-1 in conference. They shared the title with Judson University (Ill.), who lost to Trinity Christian in the tournament semifinals. “We’ve really come together this season,” Johnston said. “Our team is just really good all around

and everyone contributes equally.” Several players received recognition from the CCAC for those contributions. Senior midfielder Janel Schmitt, juniors goalkeeper Wendy Espejel and midfielder Meghan Pipal, and sophomore Rachel Kilbry were named to the all-conference first team. Junior defender Katrina Holm and freshman Jessica Higer were named to the second team. The Lady Tigers now look to host Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) Saturday, Nov. 19, after earning a fifth seed in the NAIA national tournament. If they win, they will move on to Decatur, Ala. for the final rounds.

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Nov 17, 2011.  

November 17, 2011 edition of the GlimmerGlass, Olivet Nazarene University's campus newspaper.

Nov 17, 2011.  

November 17, 2011 edition of the GlimmerGlass, Olivet Nazarene University's campus newspaper.