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Tiger football ends an 18game losing streak at the first home game of the season

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Retention rate shrinks living space Meagan Ramsay


News Editor

s school resumed, a high retention rate for students living on campus generated Olivet’s own version of the housing crisis. Administrators resorted to “flex housing,” to deal with the inflated enrollment, a decision that has only been necessary twice in Olivet’s recent history. “We’ve done that in years past, so it’s not anything new,” said Donna McAllister, Assistant Dean of Residential Life. “I would say probably at least twice in my 10 years. This may be our third time.” It might appear the large freshmen class is to blame for the housing dilemma, but McAllister explained that is not the root of the problem. “Retention is up – that means students are returning. Connect that with a large freshman class, and that’s where you run into complications with housing.” Just under 700 residential freshmen arrived on campus at the start of the semester, which is actually a number less than anticipated, according to Director of Admissions Susan Wolff. “We expect to bring in between 700 and 750 freshmen [annually], and we are at the low end of that number this year,” Wolff said. “So we really do have a cap. Much of the housing tensions came from an increased retention rate.” Numerous adjustments were made to ease those tensions. McClain Hall normally houses female upperclassmen, transfers and a few freshmen. This year, because of the high retention rate, the building was needed entirely for female upperclassmen. So female transfer students are now housed on the first floor of Nesbitt Hall, traditionally a dorm solely for men. Male upperclassmen are living on the second floor and the top two floors are occupied by male freshmen. The females in Nesbitt access their rooms through the first floor entrance, according to Brittany Main, who is a sophomore transfer student living there. The males’ keys do not admit them onto the first floor and the stairwell entrance is alarmed to further deter their entrance. Main is not bothered by her untraditional living assignment. “I [am] closer to food and the library, so no complaints there,” she said. “My mom didn’t particularly care for it, but she trusts me and I trust Olivet. [They] had to do what they had to do.” -Continued on page 2




The senior class cheers their classmates on to victory (above). Jana Pierce and Jack Christiansen swing and shuffle with the Grinch (left).

Seniors jingle all the way to victory Meagan Ramsay News Editor


Ollies Follies was a little merrier this year as the Christmas-themed senior class was the star on top of the competition. The seniors were ahead of the juniors by 1,850 after the wacky games, despite a strong showing by the junior class. They obliterated the other classes in the inner tube

Seniors ......18,000 Juniors ......14,450 Sophomores ...... 9,300 Freshmen ...... 5,600

Popular local coffee spot, Higher Grounds, is closed and ONU is selling the property page 4


Current housing conditions on campus have become confusing for many students page 7


Plans for mission trips change, MIA groups travel to Rwanda and Ghana instead page 12


game, even after forfeiting some of their points to help out the freshmen. Many students were impressed by the senior variety show performance that sent the audience members into a winter wonderland of Christmas cheer. “The senior class Ollies Follies show was clearly the best because they followed their theme and put in a lot of hard work,” junior Cassidy Lancaster said. “It was really creative and original.” Senior participants in the show hold nothing back as they reflect on their final Ollies Follies variety show. “It was quite possibly the best show ever. The dancing was amazing,” said Stephen Miller. “It was just sick.”

Swim team coach is hired to lead the ONU team of 20 men and 20 women next fall page 14


News: Pages 2-5 Opinion: Pages 6-7 Life: Pages 8-12 Sports: Pages 13-16

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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 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 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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Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA Eleven people died in Buenos Aires when two trains and a bus collided Sept. 13. 212 were injured. The first train derailed after ramming into a bus that tried to rush across the tracks. The derailed train was struck by a second locomotive. The automatic warning systems were working at the time of the crash. Emergency officials worked for hours to rescue victims from the wreckage. Nine people died at the scene and two others in the hospital. One survivor blamed the accident on Argentine culture. “We lift the barriers and cross despite flashing warning signals. It’s a cultural problem.” Last year, 165 vehicles were hit by trains, resulting in 269 deaths.

Mbabane, SWAZILAND Hundreds of primary, secondary and high school principals in Swaziland marched Sept. 13, the first day of school term, to protest the impact of the budget crisis on education. Principals complained budget cuts left them unable to pay secretaries and to buy supplies. Some schools are without water because they cannot pay utility bills. After the march, principals submitted to the government a petition to reverse cuts of about 13.5 million U.S. dollars, nearly half the education budget. Also, allowances for college students were cut. Swaziland is in financial crisis after corruption and declining customs revenue. Some Swazis argue the king should curb his lavish lifestyle.

Pattaya, THAILAND Dozens of crocodiles escaped an enclosure Sept. 11, at Million Years Stone Park after flooding enveloped the beach resort of Pattaya. Two days after the escape, 28 crocodiles had been recaptured, but it is unknown how many are still missing. The park houses 2,000 crocodiles, including the dangerous salt water species. Growing as long as 13 feet, they pose a serious threat to humans. “We don’t know how many are still missing, but I’m confident that we can catch them all. These animals aren’t used to finding food for themselves,” said a park spokesperson. Thailand is struggling with flash flooding due to a heavy monsoon season that has killed 87 people.

Illinois state police were led on a dangerous chase Sept. 9, spanning two counties, by a woman wanted in a stabbing case. Malinka Upton of Urbana, Ill. was suspected of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Spotted traveling north on Interstate 57 in Iroquois County, state police attempted to pull over the vehicle. Upton operated the vehicle “at varying speeds and in a dangerous manner.” A roadblock concluded the chase when her vehicle struck a squad car. She was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, obstructing justice and criminal damage to property. The aggravated battery is being handled by the Urbana Police Department. -The Daily Journal

Parramatta, AUSTRALIA A man was arrested Sept. 13, after taking his 12-year-old daughter hostage and claiming to have a bomb in his backpack. A police tactical team forced its way into the law offices in which the man was confined after a 12hour standoff. “Negotiations started to break down and then deteriorate [so police could] break into the premises,” said the assistant commissioner of police. An employee said the suspect approached her and asked to see a man of whom she had not heard. He then told her to call the man and the states attorney general department and “tell them I’ve got a bomb in my backpack.” His daughter was unharmed, released and reunited with family.

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Housing altered to accommodate high retention -Continued from page 1 Without the option of accommodating overflow freshmen in McClain, which is typically where they are placed, the two female freshmen halls experienced some changes as well. The community rooms situated in the center of each floor in Parrott Hall were altered to function as dorm rooms for the surplus of students. Eight girls are temporarily placed in these rooms until standard rooms become available. “They sent out an e-mail and said they were going to put us in temporary housing. We didn’t know what our room was going to look like,” said freshman Danielle Branham. “It used to be an old study hall so they took out all the couches and stuff and gave us desks, dressers and beds.” The displaced girls were told their temporary housing would

‘Retention is up – that means students are returning. Connect that with a large freshman class, and that’s where you run into complications with housing.’ last up to a day, a week, or even the entire semester. But some girls said, if given the choice, they plan to remain in their temporary rooms. “I like it better than a normal room. It’s bigger, more space. I would prefer to stay here,” said Branham’s roommate Lexi Wilke. While Wilke said she was notified of her housing situation a month before arriving at school, Thelma Torres did not receive a room assignment until just a week before move-in day. “I kept calling and they said ‘we’re still doing the process,’” she said. “But I understand there are so many girls and that there isn’t room … I think it’s nice that they still try to find us a room.”

In addition to temporary housing, resident assistants in both Parrott and Williams Halls were required to share rooms to provide more dorms for freshmen. Williams resident assistant (RA) Hannah June was initially worried about living with someone else, because private rooms are a key component of being an RA and being able to talk inconspicuously with individuals living on the floor. But McAllister showed no sign of uneasiness in the decision. “Our hope is that if rooms become available, the RAs will be able to separate … I’m confident that our RAs that are rooming together will navigate this situation very well,” McAllister said.

With two full weeks of school under her belt, June has not run into any problems sharing a room with another RA. “I’m pleased with how things have worked out. Our ministry means the world to both of us so that helps a lot,” she said. Although the housing crisis may seem problematic, Wolff said it is a good problem to have. “We wouldn’t want to have empty dorms [because] that impacts the campus energy and lack of funds to produce incredible opportunities for [students],” Wolff said. “Trust me, other schools are struggling in their recruitment and it hinders the life of the institution.” Students such as Torres just want to be part of the Olivet community and that “campus energy,” with or without a room.“As long as I have somewhere to stay,” Torres said.

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Senior Dan Saffell (right) lends a hand to a friend on the bungee run.


The progress made on the Recreation Center over the summer is right on schedule for the grand opening.

Rec center walls go up Nicole Lafond Assistant News Editor

Above left: Junior Abigail Helmker sits on the ground while enjoying free food and drink. Above right: Students line up to dance along with the popular line dance “The Cupid Shuffle” by artists Cupid, DJ Unk and Fabbo.

Block Party 2011 Free food and drinks, games, a petting zoo, music and mingling have become the essential elements of Olivet’s annual block party. Each year the get-together takes place on the first Friday of the school year, giving students, faculty and staff the opportunity to gather as a community after the three-month summer separation. Although the mingling can be awkward for new students, the block party also gives freshmen and transfer students a chance to make friends and begin to feel comfortable as a member of the ONU community.

Left: Junior Michael Doherty and senior Jacob Naldi link arms for a photo. Above: Freshmen Julia Ross and Chris Boss pause for a photo amid the mingling crowd.

The four outer walls of the new recreation center stand tall amid chaos on the construction site near McHie, showing the significant progress made over the summer. Since construction began last spring, workers dug out and built up the entire work site, relocating several campus plumbing and electrical units along the way. Workers are also developing a geothermal heating and cooling system, said Director of Campus Recreation, Matt Smith. Construction of this heating system has already begun in the grassy field behind Wisner Hall (although the field will eventually be returned to its grassy state). Throughout the summer, the basement of the rec center was dug, walls for the basement were poured and the outer walls were set. Rafters for the roof and ceiling were placed on the second day of classes. “The heat of the summer was tough, but the end result is really going to be incredible,” Smith said. The goal is to have the grand opening on Dec. 12, 2012, at 12:12 a.m. Smith said they are working on the opening being an all-night all-school party with a possibility of canceled classes

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the day after. A lot of progress was made over the summer, but there is still plenty of work to be done. “The setting of the walls was really fast,” Smith said, “but it’s the inner work and construction that is going to take a lot of time.” The walls around the foyer and lobby will soon be placed. Other renovations that need to be done include digging out the pools, pouring the floors, and establishing the heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical units within the building. Smith added that the building should be enclosed by winter. “This will protect our building and the workers from the elements,” he said. “Also, there will be heat to work through the winter.” Although construction of the competitive and recreational pools has yet to begin, the coach for the swim team, Scott Teeters, began recruiting 20 men and 20 women for the swim team this fall, according to the “Student Life” page on The new swim team is one of many activities that will become a part of campus culture after the opening of the center. “It really is our hope that it’ll be a hub for campus life,” Smith said. “The ONU community will grow with more space for that to happen.”

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Higher Grounds falls under Jordan Lewis Staff Writer


Higher Grounds was once a local coffee hot spot for ONU students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Higher Grounds, Olivet’s beloved off-campus coffee shop, is no longer an option for caffeine-crazed students. The renovated home-turnedcoffee shop closed its doors at the beginning of the fall semester. Higher Grounds was one of three coffee shops owned by the university and was located a halfmile from Olivet’s main campus. It was originally known as Moon Monkey until a few years ago when Olivet purchased the building, turning it into a popular hangout spot for ONU students. The shop closed because of the

amount of choices students were given, said Drew Moody, former event coordinator for Higher Grounds. When the University purchased the building, the increase in options was viewed positively, but eventually became its demise. When deciding where to get their java fix, students generally preferred to visit Common Grounds or Jazzman’s, due to their convenient locations. Moody also said the coffee house did not get much local traffic due to the booming business of Starbucks just a few blocks away. He added that with so many Starbucks locations available nationwide, it becomes difficult for local charm to be present within

our cities. Bourbonnais is no exception. The former employee said the majority of the shop’s traffic was students coming off the intramural field, asking for a glass of water or to use the restroom. The closing of Higher Grounds surprised and saddened many students. “I had no idea it closed; I really liked the smoothies there,” senior Danielle McNamara said. “Higher Grounds was where I got engaged,” said Allison McGuire, senior. “Now I’ll never be able to go back to that spot.” No plans for the building have been made, as it remains on the market.

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September 15, 2011

‘My Olivet’ is your portal Nicole Lafond Assistant News Editor

The recently developed My Olivet portal was created to maximize the potential of ONU’s online community. But some students are still not sure what to do with the new portal. Freshman Katie McPhee said the website confused her. “I don’t really understand what I am supposed to use it for,” she said. “It wasn’t explained very well to us. The only reason I have gotten on it is to pay my school bill.” The primary goal of My Olivet is to offer a space for online community between the student body, faculty and staff. “With My Olivet, we are using technology to create a closer community on campus,” said Noel Slaby, User Support Services Manager in IT. Scott Knudson, User Support and Project Coordinator for IT, said My Olivet provides a lot more flexibility for campus clubs and academic departments to manage their pages the way they want to. “Faculty, staff and club advisors have administrative rights with My Olivet, rather than IT being the primary coordinators of pages and space [like on BlackBoard],” Knudson said. Benner Library staff members have worked to establish a space for themselves on the new portal. A link to library homepage is on My Olivet. Additionally, the department is working on a page that will allow the ONU community to access the digital commons for free from the My Olivet page, according to Informatics Librarian Craighton Hippenhammer. Digital commons is a place where professors, master and doctoral students can publish their dissertations, theses and articles online. ONU’s digital commons is also accessible through the Benner Library

ONU named one of the ‘Best Colleges of 2012’ Nicole Lafond Assistant News Editor

website. Through the development of the digital commons page for My Olivet, the library department is “showing their support of the new portal,” Hippenhammer said. The creators of My Olivet wanted to provide students, faculty and staff with a single point of access for the multiple educational systems. Students can access Blackboard, Oasis and Live Mail from My Olivet. The site also links to other helpful pages such as Career Services, Student Employment, Public Safety, Olivet’s Twitter feed and many others. With My Olivet, students can enter one password to access multiple systems. Because of this, Slaby advises students to keep their passwords safe. “Students need to make sure they change their passwords if the information becomes compromised, and they should remember to always log out when finished,” she said. Senior Abby Boardman was initially confused by the website, but after playing around with it for an hour or two, she found several features useful to her. “I usually keep up with my calendar in my ONU e-mail account, and I found that it also synced with my calendar on the My Olivet page. I thought that was really cool,” she said. Boardman also applied for on-campus jobs and has kept up with various school functions through My Olivet. In response to some of the confusion, Knudson said My Olivet is not finished. “It is one of those things that we will never call ‘done,’” he said. “There are so many different areas we have yet to explore and develop.” Slaby agreed that “My Olivet will continue to evolve as technology changes and the needs of faculty, staff and students change. We will continue to address those needs.” Olivet Nazarene University was named one of the Best Colleges of 2012 marking the seventh year in a row that ONU has been included in the Best Colleges guidebook by “U.S. News and World Report.” This Best Colleges guidebook is the most nationally recognized list of its kind. The report has provided students all around the country with a comprehensive tool to help them find the college that is best for them. Olivet is placed under the Regional Universities Midwest section of the ranking system. According to colleges.usnews. a Regional University “offer a full range of undergrad programs and some master’s programs but few doctoral programs.” Out of 110 schools ranked, ONU placed number 58, increasing the their rank by 8 places since last year. Dr. Brian Allen, vice president of institutional advancement at Olivet, believes ONU is a distinctive university. “Our rich traditions, passion for excellence, rigorous academic programs and love for students continue to be


Sophomore Madi Rupert dances alongside her classmates during the Ollies Follies variety show on Sunday, Sept. 11. Dancing is allowed as long as it is choreographed.

Dance at ONU is no quickstep Cathy Schutt Executive Editor

Students itching to be “dancing in the street” at Olivet will have to wait, as the administration has yet to reach a verdict on the dancing proposal that was offered last year. The board of trustees will meet on Nov. 11 to discuss a proposition brought by former Student Body President Evan Karg regarding an all-school dance. Traditionally, dancing has not been allowed at Nazarene colleges and universities, as Article 34.4 of the Nazarene Manual prohibits “all forms of dancing that detract from spiritual growth and break down proper moral inhibitions and reserve.” But in April 2010, Karg addressed a letter to VP for Student Development Woody Webb, requesting approval for the Associated Student Council (ASC) to host a line dance on campus. The dance would be choreographed and would feature preapproved country, urban and R&B hallmarks of the Olivet experience,” he said. According to Allen, ONU’s faculty and staff are intent on preparing a new generation of leaders who will bring about change locally and across the broader culture. “These are our very best days,” he said.


Senior Brandon Nielson signs up for a campus outreach group. It’s ‘a new generation of leaders who will bring about change’ that makes Olivet one of the best

colleges of 2012.

songs designated for line dancing. An instructor would lead the dancing for each song. Though the proposition received little feedback when presented to the board of trustees in May 2011, the subject will be brought up again at the board meeting in November. In fact, Karg’s proposal will be the main topic of discussion. Board members will have the opportunity to offer their opinions to the administrative cabinet, which will decide whether or not plans for the dance will move forward. Current Student Body President Kyle Lowry will also attend the meeting to add to the dialogue and answer questions. Lowry said he appreciates the work the administration has already done on this project. “Evan [Karg]’s proposal would go nowhere without the help of Student Development,” he said. The idea for a campus dance was sparked by a similar proposal made by Matthew A. Taylor, former co-chair of the Nazarene Student Leadership Association. In February 2009, Taylor wrote

a note to a member of the board of general superintendents, urging the board to consider a “broader interpretation” of the dancing policy found in the Nazarene Manual. Taylor requested the board allow planned and supervised forms of dancing that do not promote immoral behavior. A responsive note from board member Jesse C. Middendorf promised to “continue to facilitate dialogue” with representatives from all Nazarene colleges and universities. Some Nazarene schools are already making strides toward the changes Taylor proposed. Northwest Nazarene University and MidAmerica Nazarene University have both hosted themed dances on their campuses, according to VP for Student Development Woody Webb. Olivet’s administrative members have deliberated the topic of dancing for the past four years and will continue the discussion when they meet later this fall. “Decisions like this should not be made quickly or without lots of feedback,” Webb said.

6 Opinion September 15, 2011

No Perry for President ‘Is the governor of an underperforming state qualified to fix the problems of a desperate country?’

by Autumn Keiss Life Editor

A Modest Proposal by Jimmy Phillips When you sign onto the Olivet ship, you agree to abstain – from sex, alcohol, and drugs. You also agree to hold yourself to a certain level of physical modesty, at least until the clocks strikes half past four. There is one difference, however, between these two different clauses of the same contract. One is in effect all year long – every last one of the 365, sometimes 366, days. The other, we are free to neglect like a leaky faucet for at least a fourth of the calendar year. I am here to urge the powers that be to enact a modesty clause that would cover the student body even during the summer. If Student Development were to put the same weight to a violation of the dress code as they did drugs or alcohol, then we would see less skin on this campus and would better maintain our moral North, even when school is not in session. Allow me to explain why I find this to be of the utmost importance. As an ambassador of Christ, you can avoid the bottle and snort nothing but fresh air. But if you dress like you want more than your mother’s love, you will have a difficult time evangelizing. Men, your calf muscles have been known to turn women on. If this happens, they will be more drawn to the strength of your legs than the saving power of the cross. Wear pants. Women, the eyes of men are flesh magnets. Help guard their hearts by wearing a turtleneck and a floor-length skirt. This year, I had reasons for arriving on campus early, before the dress code had to be followed. While I love and appreciate those who serve as student leaders, I saw them wearing garments – if they can be called such – for which they write students up when the dress code is in effect. The hypocrisy is nearly as revolting as the lack of fabric. If you claim to be a leader, then lead. Lead by example, because if you do not, you are failing the students of this campus who look to you for guidance. Here is my proposal: The University should issue habits to all female students and scapula to the boys. We could all be extras for “Sister Act.” If you are caught wearing anything other than this uniform prior to the proper time, you’re busted. This would extend to all areas of your life. As things are, you can be punished for having a picture of you and an amber bottle on Facebook. I say the same consequences ought to apply if your hemline is too short or your tank top insubstantial. It is about time we take our calling seriously and live our entire lives as though Jesus were standing at our door. Abstinence and modesty are two sides of the same coin, and neither should be neglected. Please, clothe yourselves.

Everything is bigger in Texas. Texas is a big state, with a big history, a big economy and big portion sizes. However, bigger is not always better, as is the case with Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry. Perry quickly became a front-runner in the GOP presidential race after announcing his bid for president on Aug. 13, according to the Washington Post. Championed by the tea party, Perry is the man many Republicans are counting on to fix the economy and save jobs. But can he save the country? No. The Texas economy may be growing – 40 percent of the nation’s new jobs

have been created in Texas since June 2009, according to Fox News - but little of that growth can be attributed to Perry’s leadership. Many of those jobs are in the gas industry and the military because of rising gas prices and the two wars America is currently involved in, Representative Wasserman Schultz (D – FL) said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Even if Perry’s leadership created every new job in Texas, he still has not saved his state’s economy. The Texas population is rising, so the number of unemployed Texans is increasing in spite of new jobs, according to, a nonpartisan website created to keep politicians accountable. The Lone Star State, which has been un-

on our wall* Freshman Lauren Hamilton says,

“I think it has made everyone aware that our country is not invincible and it made our country stronger.”

Sophomore Logan Long says,

“If anything it has got the country thinking again, out of an ignorant bliss or a sheltered bubble.”

der Perry’s leadership for over 10 years, is also struggling in other important areas. Texas high school graduation rates are lower than all but seven other states. Texas also has a higher percentage of residents living below the poverty line than 45 other states. Texas is struggling. America is struggling. Is the governor of an underperforming state qualified to fix the problems of a desperate country? Texans don’t think so. In a poll published in June of this year, only nine percent of Republican voters in Texas said they would support Perry in a presidential race. If his own state doubts Perry’s abilities, his chances of winning a general election look slim. If Perry claims the GOP nomination, Obama may see a second term.

What good do you think has come from the terrorist attacks on 9/11? Freshman Aaron Hemgesberg says,

“It’s brought all of America united as one nation. It’s a terrible thing but we have a common hatred towards terrorists and it has resulted in patriotism.”

Sophomore Heather Runyan says,

“The country has really come to respect families and people who have been part of it and we’ve come together as a country.”

*This edition of “on our wall” contains answers received from people on campus. In the future, we’d like your input! Like “The GlimmerGlass” on Facebook and post your responses to the question on our wall. We’ll choose four random responses for every issue.

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September 15, 2011


What to do about...


by David Timm


Finding a place to call ‘home’ ‘Current housing conditions at Olivet are crowded and, in many ways, confusing.’ Martha Harrouff Contributing Writer

It is a truth universally acknowledged that current housing conditions at Olivet are crowded and, in many ways, confusing. In spite of purchasing new apartments for male students, turning study rooms into dorm rooms, and determining that resident assistants will room with each other, Olivet has had to discover yet more locations in which to house students. For example, Olde Oak, traditionally reserved for upperclassmen honors housing, has in part become overflow housing for female sophomores. For the record, these sophomore girls were on the waiting list and could not sign up for housing in McClain, as it is completely full this semester. As a result, they are living in the Oaks apartments that were left open after upperclassmen housing signups. This is a far cry from conditions my sophomore year two years ago. Back in those days, if you wanted to live in McClain, you had no problems getting in. In fact, you could even have a room all to yourself, if you were willing to pay the higher price. Even with the fourth floor being used as freshman housing during the 2009-2010 academic year, in which I lived in McClain, there were still open rooms.

This is not the case any longer, as female transfer students are being housed in first floor Nesbitt due to McClain’s maxed-out status. While other examples of the current housing shortage at Olivet could be elaborated upon, what is more important is determining why this problem is occurring. The most obvious answer is that there are more students now than in previous years, which has been evidenced by the ever-growing size of the entering freshman class for the past three years. “We believe. You belong here,” has become a catchphrase around campus, with admissions staff working increasingly harder each year to attract greater numbers of students to Olivet. While it is not necessarily bad to attract new students to Olivet, I do feel that ambitious recruiting and basically open admissions, at a time in which housing is limited, crosses the line of appropriateness. Another issue within the topic of campus housing is on-campus housing being given to ONU staff. Obviously, resident directors receive oncampus housing, which is only right, given their jobs. But why should staff members who are in no way related to the everyday workings and responsibilities of managing a dorm or apartment building be given campus housing? I have no qualms with these individuals receiving a housing allowance, which

would achieve the same end as providing them with on-campus housing. However, does it not seem odd that these individuals are receiving apartments to live in when accommodations for returning students cannot be found without rearranging the infrastructure of ONU student housing? I am not complaining about the issue of student housing at Olivet. All of us still have somewhere to live, without having to commute or live in a cardboard box on the Weber lawn. Olivet has not made my life inconceivably difficult nor caused me to have anxiety attacks due to current housing conditions (even though I have been irritated that non-honors students are living in the Oaks, but I digress). Nonetheless, I do feel that there are issues present – such as record numbers of incoming freshman and providing on-campus housing for university employees – that require some thought and possibly a change in admissions policies and/or the purchase or building of new housing facilities. And, this should probably happen soon, before we begin signing up for camping spots on campus based upon the size of our tents. For the record, I claim a spot on the McClain lawn by the gazebo. • Martha Harrouff is a senior living in Olde Oak and can be reached at mharrou1@live.

I’m not talking about what the Urban Dictionary defines as a “crowd of friends from the street, ghetto, hood, club [or] block.” I’m talking about something far worse: a roommate who goes home every weekend. So, what’s the big deal? The problem, my friend, is that homies damage the essential college experience. College should be a time to learn about life, how to live in a community and how to survive sleeping four feet away from another human being. But when your roommate is at home mooching off Mom, how are you going to learn to survive being constantly around him or her? It takes about 21 times for a person to develop a habit, according to a study done by Florida International University. If we think along those lines, the question becomes: How are you going to get used to living with one or more roommates if they are never around? As difficult or smelly as living in a community is sometimes, I believe it is vital to our growth as human beings. I believe that we are either progressing or declining at all times, and to be stagnant is to decline. There just is no in-between state where you get sort of good at living with other people. Just like being good at any sport, living with people takes time and practice. When your roommate is gone two out of the seven days of the week, you aren’t going to get much better at living in community with others. The same goes for homies. Maybe you do have a legitimate reason for going home besides having a load of laundry and a hankering for Mom’s lasagna. But at the same time, think about what you are doing to yourself and to your college friends by never being around. The weekend is the time when social things happen. Olivet has all sorts of events – movies, parties, plays and concerts – the majority of which take place on the weekends. You are going to want to get connected to the community and can only achieve this through being around for things that don’t happen during the week. Here’s my recommendation, and it’s fairly simple: Go home for holidays, breaks and special occasions. Other than that, get used to sleeping four feet from another smelly human being. I understand that it is much easier to go home and have Mom make your food and do your laundry, but someday she isn’t going to be willing to do that anymore, and you’re going to just have to deal with it. Get used to living in a community. Unless you want to grow up to be a cat lady or hermit, you need to learn to deal with living with other people soon. Class is in session this weekend.


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RD travels the world before starting job Luverta Reames Assistant Life Editor

Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, India, Nepal, Ukraine and Romania: Samantha Allen has been to them all. Allen, resident director (RD) of McClain Hall, just completed the World Race – an 11-month, 11-country mission trip. Allen began her new position Aug. 1, only 24 hours after she got back to the United States. “Sunday morning, I said goodbye to my closest 33 friends, my fellow participants in the World Race, and Monday morning I was here sitting in a meeting,” she said. The World Race partners with a different ministry or organization each month. The group’s purpose is to help the ministry in each country in whatever way they can. In the Philippines, Allen and her team worked at a dumpsite church, which is a church located in a landfill area, and with a nearby school. “The streets were covered in sewage so that the children weren’t able to get to school,” Allen said. “The team shoveled the sewage into hundreds of trash bags.” In Nepal, Allen met an 11-year old girl name Sara who she said broke her heart. “Sara was an orphan full of life,


During her worldwide travels, Allen visited 11 different countries and served a variety of people. Her team spent three days at an Indian orphanage in Malaysia to help children like Jaygar (above). spunk and energy. She was very mature for her age,” Allen said. “All the other kids looked up to her. She had to be stronger for the 10 younger kids and she didn’t have much of a childhood.” Allen said the World Race taught her how to deal with people and become more flexible and open for change.

“Fundamentally, my relationship with the Lord is stronger [after the race],” she said. “It’s more of a desperate authenticity. No more saying He’s the center of my life. He really is.” Now Allen is working on transitioning to her new life as a firstyear RD at Olivet. “I haven’t had a lot of time to

process the past 11 months,” she said. “I saw a paralyzed woman get up and walk. A lot has happened within me.” Allen went through a unique application process for her new job. She did her interview over Skype while in Uganda, and she was hired in less than a week. Allen credits her previous RDs

and her freshman resident assistant (RA) with her decision to apply for the position. “I know how impactful a Res Life staffer can be. I had three awesome RDs who poured into me and one great RA who encouraged me to apply for the RA position [while I was still a student],” she said. Mary Margaret Reed, former RD of McClain Hall and affectionately known as MMR, was one who encouraged Allen to apply. Allen is excited about her new position and wants to add a new flavor to the building and continue the legacy MMR started. “For me personally, I want to get involved in [students’] lives whether [that means] attending soccer games or orchestra concerts. I’m interested in the girls,” she said. Sophomore Caitie McCormack said she is impressed by Allen. “You can tell she really wants to be in the resident’s life,” she said. “My old RD wasn’t like that.” Allen has already spent hours in prayer for the girls and the RAs in her building. Through her experiences around the world and at home in Bourbonnais, Allen has learned to always put her trust in God. “I know God is good,” she said. “Even in the worst of times, I’ve seen too much to not believe God is good. That’s kind of what I rest upon.”

In Kenya, Allen taught a group of children the Banana Dance to pass time while they waited for their traditonal African dresses to be made.

Allen met her “favorite child,” Alecs, in Romania at a home for disabled children.

Allen’s team prayed over a paralyzed woman in Nepal, and she was healed. “Praise the Lord!” Allen said.

‘Fundamentally, my relationship with the Lord is stronger. No more saying He’s the center of my life. He really is.’

In Uganda, Allen conquered the Nile River.

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September 15, 2011

Hot summer, lukewarm movies 2011 offered a mixture of fantastic, fair and awful films GJ Frye Assistant Opinion Editor

Every movie season has highs and lows. Summer blockbusters are usually action heavy and light on plot. They are never taken seriously by many critics. However, this past summer produced a fair amount of substance in movies such as “Super 8” and “X-Men: First Class.” Both were examples of the way summer movies should be done: storydriven with plenty of action to satisfy the common moviegoer’s appetite. “Super 8” was a beautiful, nostalgic glimpse at the past for many people who grew to love Spielberg’s Amblin era, the era which birthed such movies as “E.T.” “Super 8,” a science fiction piece directed by J.J. Abram, showed strong talent from young actors Elle Fanning and Joel Courtney, whose range of emotions were phenomenally broad. The movie also contained a deeper storyline woven among several of the characters with an expertise not found in the normal blockbusters that grace silver screens.

However, movies with little substance also appeared on the silver screens. One example would be a sequel to a former hit about a bachelor party gone wrong in Vegas. The sequel was far more vulgar with the same basic plot as the first, therefore, much less entertaining than the original. Many R-rated films, especially comedies, follow that same pattern of excessive and unnecesary explicit material, which makes them unentertaining for a moral public. Other films that turned out to be less than satisfying were “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” To clarify, I am a “Potter” fan, but after reading the book series, I felt as if the final movie was almost anticlimactic since the book ended better than the movie. The book helped the reader be comfortable with the endings of the characters’ stories, while the movie failed to do this. More superhero and comic book movies graced theaters than in any other summer so far. “XMen: First Class” was a topnotch movie with a fantastic cast portraying younger versions of the

X-Men viewers have grown to love throughout the other films. Though it wasn’t a true comic book adaptation, since it didn’t stay true to comics, it was still an interesting reinterpretation of the origins of some of the X-Men. “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger” were two more well known superheroes to join in Marvel’s lead up to the highly anticipated “The Avengers.” Both were very enjoyable, with one movie at the beginning of the summer and one at the end. “Thor” was fun, but “Captain America” stood out for the truth, justice and goodness embodied by the title character. DC Comics also tried to join Marvel with its own summer blockbusters but “Green Lantern” was green in more ways than one. Although a valid attempt, it was too heavy with CGI, and the script did not play to the actors’ strengths. Viewing online discussions and reviews about the movie, the general consensus was disappointment. Though some Oscar worthy films such as “The Tree of Life” came out of this summer, the season was no better than average.

“Green Lantern,” “Captain America,” “Thor” and other comic book movies kept superhero fans watching the silver screens this summer.



Students may customize yogurt at FroYo or explore the caves and walking trails at Perry Farm. Both locations are within walking distance of campus.

Off-campus field guide to fun Jordan Lewis Staff Writer

Classes, homework, activities and friends prevent most Olivet students from taking time to plan their weekend activities until Friday afternoon rolls around. The following ideas can give you something to look forward to once classes are over. Visit Brickstone, one of Bourbonnais’ popular restaurants. You can enjoy a meal and some good conversation away from campus. Meal prices range from $10 to $20, and the restaurant is located three miles from campus on Latham Drive. After your meal visit Ice Valley Central Ice Arena. Spend time skating around the rink or consider taking hockey or figure skating lessons. The rink costs just $9, which includes the cost of renting skates. If ice-skating doesn’t sound like

fun visit Jones’ Corn Maze, located 7 miles from campus off Route 17. The establishment has a maze, haunted trail and pumpkin patch. Jones’ is open for the entire month of October and features homemade candy, fudge and popcorn. Once you’ve explored the maze at Jones’ you can visit FroYo Creations, a healthier place to eat dessert. FroYo is located on Route 45 or Main Street next to Walgreens – only a 10-minute walk from campus. This year the restaurant has added salads and wraps to the menu of frozen yogurt flavors that changes weekly. Make sure to show your ONU discount card to receive 10% off your purchase. If you’re not in the mood for food, you can walk the other direction toward Perry Farm, which is located on Kennedy Drive near Big Lots. The park has shaded walking and biking trails. If you

walk deep enough into the park you may also find Indian caves to explore. Perry Farm also features a covered picnic area for a date or lunch with friends. Hidden Cove Sportsplex is a place for students to relax by staying active. The Sportsplex, located behind Northfield Square Mall, features mini golf, paintball courses and go-karts. It also has mini bowling, rock-climbing walls, batting cages, bumper boats and an arcade to entertain for hours. Each item is priced separately, and prices range from $5 to $15. You can even enjoy discounted paintball admission on Thursday nights and grab a pizza, sodas and ice cream afterward. So the next time you’re bored on Friday night, check out some of these options. Bourbonnais may not feel like a college town, but it has plenty of things to do.


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Cheap software for tight budgets Drew Dennis Contributing Writer

With fees, fines and tuition, the last thing students want to do is shell out more money for expensive software to do their homework. Let’s be honest, not every student can afford Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, or other programs which can be a great help in creating presentations and doing homework. While these suites of software are often the best on the market, there are some very useful, free alternatives that can get the same job done without draining your bank account. Perhaps the most necessary, yet expensive software that students need is Office. Microsoft Office includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel and many other useful tools. Students can usually purchase Office for around $100 with a student discount. But $100 can be painful to pay when you just bought a new computer or still need to purchase all your books for the semester. If you are on a tight budget and need applications like those offered in Office, you can install LibreOffice instead. LibreOffice is a free alternative to Microsoft Office. It offers all that you would expect from a productivity suite: Writer (a Word alternative), Calc (an Excel alternative), and Impress (a PowerPoint alternative). The great thing about LibreOffice is that you can always save your documents in Office-compatible formats, so there are no issues if you create a document with LibreOffice and open it on a computer with Microsoft Office. LibreOffice also provides features

that Microsoft Office does not, which include: Draw (allows you to create sketches and diagrams from scratch), Math (an equation editor in which you can lay out and display mathematical, chemical, electrical and scientific equations in standard notation), and a PDF file creator. LibreOffice is available for download at and supports Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Another program that students would love to have is Adobe Photoshop, however, most students are not photography majors and cannot afford to pay such a high price for it. Useful, free alternatives exist for Photoshop as well. Many free photo editors exist, but the program which best matches the power and abilities of Photoshop is GIMP. If you often find yourself wanting to edit photos and play with all the options Photoshop offers, GIMP will provide most of the features you would want with Photoshop. Just like with Photoshop, GIMP allows you to do basic edits, such as cropping, to the more advanced edits, such as using layers and masks. GIMP is supported on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, and you can download it from You don’t have to put down obscene amounts of money to get quality software that will help you with school projects and assignments. In the wonderful world of computer applications, there is almost always a free alternative that provides most, if not all, of the same features as its paid-for counterpart. With LibreOffice and GIMP, you can create documents or edit photos without feeling guilty about the price tag. September 15, 2011

D groups focus on openness Heather Mead Staff Writer

Campus accountability and support group known as Discipleship groups returned for the second year this week. Unlike last year, these “D groups” will no longer be book studies, and resident assistants will not be the only group leaders. The groups will use e-vos, or e-mail devotionals, and a list of questions written by University Chaplain Mark Holcomb. The groups will also focus on prayer, Scripture passages, and asking and answering questions. “The e-vos are driven by the theme of chapel,” Holcomb said. “D groups are a chance to talk about what the chapel leader talked about,” said Holcomb said. The groups are also designed to help students grow in their faith in a smaller setting. “D groups focus on the close

relational aspect in an open environment,” said senior Morgan McPherson, who currently serves as a D group leader. “We can open up and share things more than in a big setting, where you don’t know anybody.” The leaders make the decisions for their own group, such as how to teach the lesson, the order of events, and how their group markets itself. “They get to choose time and the night they meet,” Holcomb said. “They can use part of the e-vo or all of it.” McPherson decided that she did not want her group to be structured. “We can laugh, shed a few tears, grow together, and do whatever we need,” she said. The groups will meet once week and have approximately 10 to 12 people. This year, D groups will be starting with 16 different leaders. The groups may be for males, females or co-ed and may meet on or off campus.

People can join a D group any time throughout the year by talking to their residential assistant or director Besides a booth at the Festival of Ministries, the school will not actively advertise D groups. “The best way for D groups to be spread is by word of mouth. I want students to lead and manage,” Holcomb said. With openness as the goal of the groups, people are encouraged to talk about anything they are struggling with, which is why confidentiality and small group sizes are important. “When groups get to a certain size, the group will split. A group of four is different than a group of 15,” Holcomb said. “Everything we do is big,” McPherson said. “As Holcomb once told me, Sunday schools are big, big worship services. They are great, but sometimes we need to get back to the small. We’re focusing on the small.”

How to: decorating your dorm Autumn Keiss Life Editor

Walls covered in cheap white paint, a plain floor and bad lighting can make dorm rooms and apartments seem more like prison cells than places to live. However, despite rules prohibiting new coats of paints and tack marks on the walls, it is possible to turn a dorm into “home sweet home.” One of the best ways to make a dorm nicer is to add your own furniture to the rooms. Buy the things you need, but be brave enough to think outside the box. Instead of getting plain gray floor lamps, buy one in your favorite color. A miniature disco ball can provide light and cheap

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entertainment, while a multicolored medusa lamp can light up an entire room. Instead of a normal chair, buy a beanbag chair. The $20 solid color beanbag chairs on are cheaper than most other chair choices, however many of them can only be ordered online. You can also buy small rugs to make a room cozier, and invest in creative storage spaces. Buying a $20 ottoman from can provide storage and a place to put your feet up, and is easy on the eyes. Little decorative items can also make Olivet’s housing seem like a home away from home. Fish tanks not only look nice, but fish can also be fun pets. Flowers add a living aspect to a room, and bam-

boo and cacti are especially easy to care for. Once you’ve found festive furniture and decor it’s time to focus on the walls. Don’t be afraid to get creative. If you are obsessed with Batman, use large sheets of poster board to make Batman’s logo and put it above your bed. (Use doublesided tape and adhesive putty to keep posters from falling down.) If you have a lot of postcards and pictures, make a collage. Almost anything can look good on a wall. Old letters, sheet music, drawings and even coloring pages can lighten up a room. So don’t let drab dorm rooms get you down. Instead, get creative and put your mark on your new home.

Upcoming events Exercise Science club meeting at the Treehouse, 1 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 19

Evangels meet in Ludwig to go to Provena Our Lady of Victory nursing home at 3:50 p.m. Monday and Wednesday (repeat weekly) SIFE meeting, Weber tiered room, 9:30 p.m. (repeat weekly)

Wednesday, Sept. 21

Mission Possible, Burke 307, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 22

Olivetians For Life meet in Ludwig to go to Kankakee Pregnancy Resource Center, 3 p.m. (repeat weekly)

Saturday, Sept. 24

Biophilic ‘Welcome Back to School’ party, Warming House, 4-7 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 26

Lifesong instrumental auditions, Larsen choir room, 6-9 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 27

Lifesong vocal auditions, Larsen choir room, 6-9 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 28

Blood drive, Turf Room, 12-6 p.m. Lifesong interviews, Larsen choir room, 6-9 p.m.

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September 15, 2011

What does ‘Nazarene’ mean? Hannah Rowen Staff Writer

I am not a Nazarene, nor are the majority of students on campus. In fact, only 36 percent of last year’s student body was Nazarene. Over 46 religious denominations, including Baptist, Catholic and Evangelical, are currently represented in the student body. When I first came to Olivet, I had never stepped inside a Nazarene church. I was not sure how the Nazarene denomination differed from what I grew up believing as a United Methodist. During my freshman year, I had many discussions with professors to discover what this denomination is about. This past summer I worked as an ambassador for the Office of Church Relations, which allowed me

to attend a handful of Nazarene events. I found that this denomination does not differ much from my own. The Church of the Nazarene, as it exists today, began in 1908, but it has roots dating back to the Holiness Movement of the 1830s. This movement focused on the sermons of John Wesley, who stressed sanctification as a work of grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Sanctification is one of the beliefs which the Nazarene denomination emphasizes that sets it apart from others. I asked Dr. Leon Blanchette, a professor in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry, to describe the idea of entire sanctification simply. “Imagine your life as a house,” he said. “Once you accept Jesus as your Savior you invite him into


your house, but he can only see the living room and the kitchen. He is just a guest, and when you go out of the house, you leave him there. “Then as you trust him more and devote more of your life to him, he can see the bedroom and the dining room. Soon you have given him the key to every room

in the house and trusted him with your whole life. “Essentially, a sanctified believer lives above sin, meaning that when faced with temptation, he chooses not to give in. He succumbs to God instead of giving in to sin.” Dr. Blanchette also mentioned that entire sanctification is a journey that starts at salvation, and is a result of us responding to the work of the Holy Spirit. Each person chooses it for himself, but only after God acts first. Some other basic beliefs of the Church of the Nazarene are similar to most other denominations of the Christian faith: a belief in a triune God, a belief the Bible is inspired by the Father and a belief that Jesus died and was resurrected. As a person outside this denomination looking in, I have noticed

Residential life prepares for new year David Timm Staff Writer

This year residential life leaders want to take on a community-oriented approach at Olivet. Every year, the Men’s Residential Life (MRL) and Women’s Residential Life (WRL) councils put on events to encourage a greater sense of community and fun. “I want the guys to have a good experience here at Olivet. I don’t want it to always be, ‘Well, I’m either going to class or playing Call of Duty,’” said Alex Ripberger, VP of MRL. With the need for social experiences on campus, residential life at Olivet looks to engage the community through events aimed at connecting students with one another. The goal has not changed, but the approach by the residential life leaders has evolved.

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For instance, due to several difficulties with organization last year, the MRL event Tiger Championship Wrestling (TCW) failed to take place. Ripberger, who is in his second year as VP of MRL, thinks planning and organization are going to be the key difference between last year and this year. His publicity ideas range from inner campus pizza runs to the new “Life at Olivet” Facebook page. He wants to emphasize working with resident assistants (RAs), and involving them with MRL leadership council to help spread the word to all of the male students. “[RAs] are the ones who hear a lot from the guys … who are interacting with the guys,” Ripberger said. Some event ideas MRL is working on include a toga party, several card nights and a date auction. Planning for TCW is also starting earlier this year.

WRL is also planning events for the upcoming semesters. Karyn Nichols, VP of WRL, said she wants to go in a completely different direction from last year. “Kayla [Rolling] did a great job focusing on inner beauty,” Nichols said. Nichols wants the emphasis of WRL to be on connecting females socially, regardless of where they are living. “I’m more focused on bringing everyone together,” she said. Tentative WRL events include Homecoming coronation, Zumba parties, Mr. ONU and Leading Ladies Luncheon. WRL also sponsors Sister-to-Sister, a program that recruits upperclass women to mentor freshman women. Both MRL and WRL are striving to make this school year better by connecting men and women across campus to form a stronger community.

Budgeting made easier

by Erinn Proehl

It seems that money is always tight for full-time college students. Most of us are making minimum wage and, with daily expenses added to tuition, we may have more bills than our parents do. If your money seems to disappear before you know it, this article is for you. For over two years I have been tracking my expenses on a website called This free, safe, and easy-to-use website will let you track all of your expenses and keep you updated on how much you are spending. One thing that makes so great is its ability to pull all of your financial information into one place. This lets you see your entire financial picture. The process is easy: First, sign up by making a username and

password, then link your checking and savings accounts. (Don’t be alarmed, Mint uses the same 128-bit encryption and physical security that banks use. Check out their security link online.) Once you have connected your asset accounts, next include your liabilities. You can link all credit cards, loans and other forms of debt. Then, set up your monthly budgets. You can create as many as you like and set the dollar amount at anything over $1. Here is my budget as an example: $70 for monthly groceries, $80 for gas, $50 for weekend activities and $70 for AOE (all other expenses such as tithes, haircuts and gifts). automatically places my Kroger purchases into my grocery budget, my Speedway purchases into my gas budget, and Subway into my AOE budget., like anything else, has an App so you can easily check your accounts on your smart phone and receive notifications if something needs attention. Financial analysts claim you

will save money if you keep a budget so that you are conscious of all your purchases. I can attest that it is easy to spend all of my money if I don’t keep track of what I have spent. There are many budgeting tools available, but not many have the features that has, nor are they free. If you view as too risky, or just can’t find the time to keep it updated, I have some advice: Just like in any part of your life, improvement takes effort. To improve your spiritual walk you must be disciplined in your devotions and prayer. To improve your fitness, you must be disciplined in your training and exercise. To improve your GPA, you must put extra effort into paying attention in class and studying for tests. Your finances are no different. You must put effort into your budget if you hope to live a financially prosperous life. I am not suggesting that Mint. com is foolproof, but it does provide an opportunity for you to improve your financial life.

the Nazarene church seems to emphasize the importance of a person’s lifestyle. Gambling, drugs and alcohol are not allowed. The Manual of the Church of the Nazarene also prohibits “all forms of dancing that detract from spiritual growth and break down proper moral inhibitions and reserve.” The Nazarene church is also organized governmentally. Seven general superintendents oversee the Church of the Nazarene worldwide. Below them are district superintendents who each have influence over a “district,” or group of churches in the same geographical location. In general, the Church of the Nazarene does not dramatically differ from other holiness traditions and holds the same basic doctrinal truths as most Christian denominations.


On the table Autumn Keiss Life Editor

Subs, wraps, pizzas, soups and ice cream all have a place on the menu of Doctor Donuts, a restaurant just outside the main entrance to Olivet. Doctor Donuts’ menu offers gluten-free food items, egg whites, and advertises “a wide variety of healthy lunch menu items” including an “outstanding” tomato basil wrap. However, donuts are what define a donut shop. Doctor Donuts offers two kinds. Customers can order a traditional donut, fried in nontransfat oil for 89 cents – a price worth paying for the warm, flavorful food. The other option is a baked “heart smart” donut, which costs 20 cents more and has less than


Doctor Donuts is located across from the main entrance of campus. The restaurant serves both breakfast and lunch.

one gram of fat and about 100 calories. Though healthy, they are not happy. Although the heart-shaped pumpkin, raisin carrot, and blueberry donuts look like cakes, they taste like uncooked dough and immediately require the eater to take a sip of coffee to banish the taste. But even the coffee at Doctor Donuts is not as good as what is served in Common Grounds and Jazzman’s. While the coffee isn’t great, the fat-free smoothies are. Made with real fruit, the small, sweet drinks can wash away the taste of baked donut and prepare customers for another breakfast item on the menu: a sausage, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich. With strong flavored sausage and soft, flakey bread, these sandwiches have the potential to be a great breakfast. But they fall short of the mark with too little meat and too much cheese, making them an average meal to go with the better-than-average fried donuts. Doctor Donuts is not the greatest place to grab a bite to eat, but it isn’t awful either. Its simple decorations and bright blue and orange walls provided a relaxed atmosphere. By steering away from the healthier items, students can take advantage of the shop’s free wireless internet to get away from the noise of campus and enjoy some decent, not-sohealthy food.

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When traveling to Egypt became too dangerous, one MIA trip worked in Rwanda instead. There they organized church services, played and entertained children. During four-hour long choir practices they learned new songs and taught the people of Rwanda.

Change of scenery, change in viewpoint Heather Mead Staff Writer

Last semester, two groups of students were busy fundraising, praying and excitedly waiting for summer, when they would embark on their trips to Egypt and Burkina Faso (northwest Africa) to do mission work. Then it happened. Hundreds of miles away, in the countries where their groups were supposed to serve, lives were turnd upside down with more than 800 killed in Egypt. Out of necessity, alternate plans were made.

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Riots broke out in Burkina Faso in April 2011 and the college the team was scheduled to travel to, the University of Ouagadougou, closed. “They were having student protests, and military and police protests for higher wages,” English professor and MIA team leader Rebecca Belcher-Rankin said. “There were still gunshots in Burkina Faso when we were in Ghana.” In April, two weeks before the trip was scheduled to take place, MIA director Jennifer McClellan told the group it unsafe for them to go to Burkina Faso. As a result, the team had to find a new location for their mission trip. “Luckily, since our trip was under Missions in Action, Jennifer McClellan was able to contact missionaries in Africa,” team member and junior Margaret O’Neill said. “We had several countries in southern Africa interested in us.” These countries included Swaziland, Ghana and Malawi. A week later, group members found out about their new desti-

nation, Ghana, which was chosen because of its low cost. “Looking back, it was really obvious to see it was in God’s plan all along,” junior Matt Gargiulo said. “God steps in the most when we basically have the least control.” Belcher-Rankin was disappointed with the change at first. “I love Burkina Faso and I know people there. I also felt disappointed because they were having trouble because of the protest, shootings and deaths and it was making university work hard,” she said. Instead of helping students at the University of Ouagadougou with researching their theses, the team instead worked with children in churches and schools in Ghana. Through school programs, the team taught the children English songs distributed books and acted out Bible stories. “The plans kept changing while we were there,” sophomore Katie Mount said. “It really taught us to trust in God and go with the flow. The changing was frustrating, but it all worked out really well.”

‘Looking back, it was really obvious to see it was in God’s plan all along. God steps in the most when we basically have the least control.’


The trip to Egypt was relocated to Rwanda for a similar reason. “We couldn’t go to Egypt because of the riots against the president in January 2011. It wouldn’t have been safe for us,” junior Liz Kuhns said. Jennifer McClellan, MIA Director, called the team and asked its members to meet after chapel on Feb. 1. Dr. Dean, faculty sponsor for the trip, then explained the location of the trip would change, although the new location had not been decided. Jennifer McClellan received an unexpected call the same day from Rwandan missionary Spencer Baggott, who needed college students to introduce children to churches and show them that the Church of the Nazarene is thriving in the United States. “It was neat that the day they decided we couldn’t go, we got a call from Rwanda,” junior Cal Samuelson said. McClellan talked and prayed with the leaders of the trip and Baggott to decide if the group should go to Rwanda.


Preschoolers in Rwanda prais God using English words they learned from the MIA group.

Junior Luz Kuhns works with children while serving in Rwanda. Olivet graduate Cole Griswold plays guitar for preschoolers in Rwanda.

Team members felt disappointed in the beginning, but their outlook quickly changed. “Jennifer McClellan said that even though it wasn’t our plan, it was God’s plan,” Kuhns said. “God used my interest in the pyramids, the history of the country and Islam to spark my interest in Egypt and that took me to Rwanda,” Samuelson said. “It was really in God’s will to lead us to Rwanda.” The team was also thankful to go to Rwanda because the country was safe. “The biggest difference between the two trips was that our Egypt trip entailed lots of physical labor and being exposed to Muslims,” junior Olivia Cheatham said. “[In Rwanda] we visited Christians and did more evangelism.” In Rwanda, the team put on church services and played, did crafts and sang with children. They also interacted with the other members of the church. “We had a four-hour choir practice with the congregation,” Kuhns said. “They taught us their songs in Kenya Rwandan and we taught them our songs in English.” Originally, the plan for the trip to Egypt had been to go to an orphanage and to Garbage City, a town outside of Cairo. In Egypt, Christians are outcasts who go to this town with Cairo’s trash and recycle it. They also use the trash to make items and then sell them in order to make a living. Although the change of plans came as a surprise, those involved know that God had a purpose in it. “While changing the location for mission trips stretched our faith, I rest in the fact that [God] knew all along this was going to happen and He has never failed to provide a new plan,” McClellan said.

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September 15, 2011

Spring brings success for ONU David Parker Staff Writer

Olivet athletes had much success this spring. Here is a brief recap of what happened. Baseball The men of the ONU baseball team finished 33-25 overall for their spring season. The team reached the third round of the CCAC Tournament before being eliminated by Trinity International University. In the NCCAA North Central Regional Tournament, ONU was ousted after being defeated twice by Judson University. The team concluded its spring play by failing to advance beyond the pool play portion of the NCAA Division I World Series. Notable players included right fielder Chris Hammett, who was named NCCAA North Central Region Co-Player of the Year and NCCAA Division I Player of the Year. Catcher David Mitroff also played a big role as he was chosen for the NCCAA All-American Second-Team and NCCAA North Central All-Region Team selection. Softball The ladies of ONU’s softball team finished 50-12 overall for the season. They were the CCAC Regular Season Co-Champions and the winners of the CCAC Tournament. They reached the NAIA National Tournament, but failed to advance the pool play portion. The most notable player was junior Jordan Reynolds, who won the 2011 NFCA Golden Shoe Award for leading the NAIA with the most steals at 55 stolen bases. Reynolds and junior Katie Hannagan were named to the NCCAA All-American First Team, while freshman Hannah Gardner was named to the Second Team. Men’s Tennis Last season, the men’s tennis team finished with a record of 13-6 in the spring season and was ranked No. 18 in the NAIA. The team reached the semifinals of the NCCAA National Championships, but failed to advance past


Senior Nora Duffy directs the softball team last spring. the first round of the NAIA National Championships. Sophomore Julian Kurz had a 13-3 singles record and a 14-6 doubles record with partner Landon Williams. Kurz was also named an NAIA All-America Honorable Mention. Women’s Tennis ONU’s ladies earned a record of 18-3 in their spring season, winning the CCAC regular season championship in the process. The team also won the CCAC Tournament and qualified for NCCAA and NAIA National Championships, reaching the semifinal and second rounds respectively. Players with notable individual success were senior Erica Engelbrecht and freshman Aziza Butoyi, who were named to the 2011 NAIA All-American Honorable Mention squad. Golf The spring season for men’s golf culminated the CCAC Championships, where they placed sixth out of seven teams. Matt Compton had the best performance for an Olivet player, finishing in a tie for sixth. The women’s golf team, which

had its inaugural season last fall, completed its notable run by finishing third place out of four at the Robert Morris Spring Classic. Jordan Grambush had the best performance for an Olivet competitor, finishing ninth. Track Last spring, the men’s track team won the CCAC Outdoor Championship and participated in the NAIA Indoor and Outdoor National Championships. Among the notable members were 4x800 meter relay team Jerad Koch, Brian Willoughby, Kasey Kerrigan and Justin Jones, and Kenny MacDonough, who participated in the 10,000 meter run. The relay team finished ninth, while MacDonough placed 23rd in the Outdoor National Championships. While the ladies of ONU’s track team were not able to match the men’s collective success, they were able to send seven members to the NAIA Outdoor National Championships, including Lauren Versweyveld (who finished ninth in the 10,000-meter run) and sophomore Kourtney Ellingboe (who placed ninth in the 5,000-meter run).

Scores and more

Football 8/27 at #6 Marian University (Ind.) L, 0-47 9/3 at #2 St. Xavier University (Ill.) L, 10-55 9/10 #24 Coe College (Iowa) W,16-10 (OT) 9/17 at #24 University of St. Francis (Ill.) 6:00 p.m. 9/24 at #RV Grand View University (Iowa) 1:00 p.m. Volleyball 8/26 vs. Dordt College (Iowa) W, 3-1 8/26 at Northwestern College (Iowa) W, 3-0 8/27 vs. Briar Cliff University (Iowa) W, 3-2 8/27 vs. Concordia University (Neb.) W, 3-0 9/2 at Taylor University (Ind.) L, 0-3 9/3 vs. Malone University (Ohio) W, 3-0 9/3 at Indiana Wesleyan University L, 2-3 9/6 #25 Saint Xavier University (Ill.) W 3-1 9/9 at Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) L 2-3 9/16 Robert Morris University (Ill.) 2:00 p.m. 9/16 Indiana Tech University 6:00 p.m. 9/17 Trevecca Nazarene University (Tenn.) 11:00 a.m. 9/17 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 3:00 p.m. 9/20 at Purdue University Calumet (Ind.) 7:00 p.m. 9/22 at Judson University (Ill.) 7:00 p.m. 9/27 Roosevelt University (Ill.) 7:00 p.m. Men’s Soccer 8/26 vs. Taylor University (Ind.) L, 1-3 8/27 vs. Spring Arbor University (Mich.) T, 2-2 (2OT) 9/3 #1 Hastings College (Neb.) L, 0-1 9/5 MidAmerica Nazarene University (Kan.) L, 0-1 9/9 vs. Mt. Vernon Nazarene University (Ohio) L, 1-2 9/10 at Cedarville University (Ohio) L, 1-3 9/17 #RV Indiana Insitute of Technology 6:00 p.m. 9/24 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) 7:30 p.m. 9/28 Trinity Christian College (Ill.) 8:15 p.m. Women’s Soccer 8/26 Roberts Wesleyan University (N.Y.) W, 1-0 8/27 Cornerstone University (Mich.) W, 1-0 9/2 at Spring Arbor University (Mich.) L, 0-2 9/5 Hastings College (Neb.) T, 1-1 9/9 vs. Southern Nazarene University (Okla.) W, 3-1 9/10 vs. Trevecca Nazarene University W, 2-0 9/16 at Siena Heights University (Mich.) 4:00p.m. EST 9/17 vs. Houghton University (N.Y.) 6:30p.m. EST 9/24 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) 5:00 p.m. 9/27 Trinity Christian College (Ill.) 7:00 p.m. Men’s Cross Country 9/9 Midwest Classic (Bourbonnais, Ill.) 1st of 9 9/16 Illinois Intercollegiate (Normal, Ill.) 5:45 p.m. 9/23 Brissman-Lundeen Invitational (Rock Island) 5:00 p.m. Women’s Cross Country 9/9 Midwest Classic (Bourbonnais, Ill.) 1st of 7 9/16 Illinois Intercollegiate (Normal, Ill.) 5:00 p.m. 9/23 Brissman-Lundeen Invitational (Rock Island) 5:45 p.m. Men’s Tennis 9/7 at Cornerstone University (Mich.) W, 9-0 9/23 at Davenport University (Mich.) TBA 9/28 Prairie State College (Ill.) (Exhibition) 3:00 p.m. Women’s Tennis 9/7 at Cornerstone University (Mich.) W 9-0 9/23 at Davenport University (Mich.) TBA Men’s Golf 9/7 Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) 6th of 9 9/13 University of St. Francis (Ill.) 8th of 19 9/16-17 Illinois Valley Community College 2 p.m./8 a.m. 9/23-24 Bethel College (Ind.) TBA Women’s Golf 9/2 Robert Morris University (Ill.) 1st of 13 9/9 Knox College (Ill.) 3rd of 11 9/20 Elmhurst (Ill.) TBA 9/23-24 Bethel College (Ind.) TBA

Getting cozy with Comfort Andrew Kriz Assistant Sports Editor

Q. How many years have you been playing volleyball? A. Since 6th grade, so this is my 11th year playing. Q. Did you play any other sports? A. When I was younger I played basketball and soccer, but once I got into junior high I stuck to just volleyball. Q. What was your biggest accomplishment in volleyball? A. I think my biggest accomplishment in high school was being voted onto the AllConference and All-Area teams. My biggest accomplishment at Olivet was coming back from knee surgery in February

2010 to be better and stronger than I ever was before the surgery. Q. Favorite sports memory? A. I think some of my best and favorite memories of playing sports have been simply spending time with my team on and off the court. Those relationships I made are far more important than any game or match. Q. Most embarrassing moment in volleyball?  A. It is definitely embarrassing getting hit in the face with a volleyball. That has happened to me a couple times. Q. Pre-game rituals? A.I have to stretch a lot. Q. What music do you play before a match to get pumped up?

A. It is kind of funny because there is one song I definitely listen to before matches, and it is the Spiderman Theme Song. But it’s not the normal version; it is an intense, hard rock version that gets me so pumped.


In the field, on the court

Q. Favorite cereal? A. Frosted Flakes. Q. If you could have any superhero power what would it be? A. It would be sweet to be able to fly! Q. Favorite cartoon? A. Looney Tunes. Q. If you had 24 hours to do anything you wanted (money not an issue), what would you do? A. I would go to Australia and skydive – both are on my bucket list.

Lauren Comfort, No. 6 Position: Defensive Specialist, Libero Hometown: Joliet, Ill. Class: senior

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Olivet to add swim team next fall David Parker Staff Writer

When Olivet’s new Student Life and Recreation Center was announced, many people had different visions. For Athletic Director Gary Newsome, it was a vision of opportunity and growth. “We wanted to increase the number of athletic opportunities for students,” Newsome said. The building, which is scheduled for completion in December 2012, will be equipped with two new pools, allowing Olivet to have swim teams for the first time. “Our goal is to have 20-person men’s and women’s teams

‘If we have [a pool], let’s use it.’ by 2012,” Newsome said. “If we have [a pool], let’s use it.” The process to finding a coach for this team was a long one, lasting about eight months, according to Newsome. “Last fall, we put out a nationwide search, placing ads on the websites of the NCAA, NAIA and NCCA. We looked from New York to California, and even to Canada,” he said. “We ended up having 30 applicants, who were eventually reduced to three. We

In the


box ‘Olivet sports are legit’ There’s a sign in McHie arena that reads “Winning Championships – Developing Champions.” I’m going to be honest. For a long time I thought it was a joke. It was the “winning championships” part that got me. (I know for some of you both parts might get you, but I figured sports really do grow a person’s character, even if athletes don’t always show it.) I felt badly for thinking it. After all, I am on the women’s basketball team. But for a while, the only perspective I had was that we struggled through most of my freshmen year (we finished 16-17 after falling in the conference title game) and that our football team just was not very good (you can’t really argue with an 0-11 season). But as I immersed myself in the world of Olivet athletics as the GlimmerGlass’ Sports Editor, I became convinced of the sign’s truth. Would it surprise you to learn that Olivet won last year’s Commissioner’s Cup, which is awarded to the top athletic program in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s (CCAC) based on points earned throughout the year? And not only did we win it by 28.5 points, but it was also Olivet’s fourth year in a row winning it. (If you don’t believe me, check out Better yet, look it up on the CCAC’s website.) How did we rack up so many points? Well, last school year, Olivet won four regular season conference championships (volleyball, women’s basketball, softball, and women’s tennis), three conference tournaments (soccer, softball, and women’s tennis), the women’s crosscountry conference title, and both the women’s and men’s outdoor track titles. Our list of achievements doesn’t even end there. Women’s

brought these three to campus.” Finally, the decision was made to hire Scott Teeters, a Detroit middle school teacher who had previously coached at Eastern Michigan University and Oakland University. “I had given up college coaching, but when I saw this job opening, I decided to apply for it,” Teeters said. “I really liked the campus, and I liked the people I saw.” Teeters brings a history of suc-

cess from the other schools he coached at. “At all of the places I have previously coached, I have had nationally ranked athletes, including someone who won a couple Olympic gold medals,” noted Teeters. He hopes to recreate this success at Olivet. “My primary goal is to have a nationally ranked team,” he said. While having a coach with such accomplishments is important, the

spiritual aspect of their life is also desired. “When searching for coaches, we look for Christians who understand our beliefs,” said Newsome. “He’ll lead us to a championship, but he also has a good heart for them and cares for them.” Teeters is more than willing to do so. “It’s awesome to coach at a university where we can freely speak of and act on our faith,” he said. Ultimately, Newsome is optimistic about the potential for the swimming teams. “Swimmers who desire a Christian higher education have few choices. We want ONU to be that swimmer’s choice.”

Hostile territory Packers fan brings ‘foul cheese’ into Bears country Andrew Kriz

by Rachel Kearney

cross-country, women’s tennis, men and women’s basketball, softball and women’s soccer all qualified for the National Athletic Intercollegiate Association (NAIA) tournaments. Additionally, men’s tennis, men’s crosscountry, and men and women’s track and field sent participants to the NAIA tournaments/meets. And – this might come as a shocker – Olivet athletes are also among the top scholars. Last spring, there were 48 Tigers named to the CCAC AllAcademic team, more than any of the other 15 schools in the conference. Over the 2010-2011 year, 41 junior and senior athletes were named to the NAIA All-American Scholar squad, maintaining a 3.5 GPA or higher. Yeah, Olivet sports are kind of legit. Yet when I attend athletic events on campus, I usually see empty stands. And even when students do decide to attend, rarely are they heard. As an athlete here, I know what it’s like to have support from the student body as well as to play in front of just a few dedicated parents. Believe it or not, fans can really make a big impact on a game. There’s nothing like hardly being able to hear your coach yelling at you from the bench because your fans are that loud. Knowing that your student body cares and is cheering for you motivates you to play harder, to play better. And the better you play, the more likely you are to have success, a.k.a. win. So fellow Olivetians, I challenge you. Participate in the Ozone – go to athletic events. You might even find yourself having fun if you cheer. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll find that Olivet athletics are indeed winning championships and developing champions. That’s something to be proud of.

Assistant Sports Editor

They are separated by more than 200 miles of land, the WisconsinIllinois border, and one of the fiercest rivalries in the history of American sports dating back to 1924, when two of their players were the first in NFL history to be ejected for fighting. They are the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. Bourbonnais is in the heart of “Bears country.” When the Bears and their fans come to town for three weeks of Training Camp, one can see blue and orange flags latched onto every street lamp, Bears memorabilia displayed prominently in every store, and fans who proudly sport Bears merchandise to show support for their beloved team. But what happens when a Packers fan shows up in Bears country? That’s what I found out this summer. Before I dive into my day at Bears Training Camp, I must tell you the story behind my devotion to the Packers. I come from a large footballloving family. I have uncles and aunts so distanced by loyalty to their favorite teams that it is nearly impossible to talk about football. But what tipped the scales for me toward the Packers were the stories from my mother and grandfather who lived in Lancaster, Wis., a small town next to Platteville. Platteville was the home for the Chicago Bears from 1984 to 2001, before they moved to Bourbonnais. My grandfather was a huge Packers fan, while my grandmother lived for the Bears. After my grandfather died in the early 2000s, I followed the green and gold intently through Brett Favre’s glory days. I endured the FavreRodgers saga that drew tears, and I rejoiced with family members

who put aside their differences and cheered for the Packers in the team’s Super Bowl victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers last year. But on July 31, Chicago fans had a different attitude as I entered Bears Camp wearing my Packers gear. I set out around 11 a.m. and headed to Olivet’s Weber Center to obtain my media badge (which was denied since I was wearing the gear) and to observe reactions of other fans. At first I only received an occasional glance or two as other people rushed to the practice fields, but as the day turned from morning to afternoon, people began approaching me.

crazy, questioned my sanity or left bewildered as to why I even came. Confused looks continued to bombard me as the day wore on. Everyone seemed to share the same thought: “A Packers fan, here?” As I sat beneath a tree, trying to cool off with a Gatorade in the 90-degree weather, one frustrated fan passed by and yelled, “You should walk by Lovie [Smith]. He needs to see more of that this year!” Twice I was accused of being a spy for the Packers by Bears fans, who threatened to report me to the National Football League, confiscate my notebook and ban me from returning ever again. “A Packer’s fan is in here!” shouted one employee as I was leaving the gift shop, causing everyone in the store to look around to find the anomaly. Another employee heckled me to buy a Bears t-shirt, saying, “We are a mean GRAPHIC COURTESY OF GOOGLE IMAGES bunch around here; you need The first person to approach me this to fit in.” He continued to say was the only other Packers fan I I must be really courageous to would see all day – a middle-aged wear enemy colors into the heart man who asked if he could take of Bears country but to try to not a picture of me with my screen- do it again. printed “G” t-shirt and my old The last person to say somePackers hat. thing was a Kankakee County Afterward he said that he also police officer, whom I passed as I supported Green Bay but had left left the tunnel towards the Centenhis hat in the truck, and he wanted nial Chapel parking lot. to show the picture to his kids, “I am very surprised we did not who are Bears fans. After a few get called in to drag you out of minutes of banter about last sea- there,” he said with a smile. son, he left and said I had a lot of Whether you prefer cheese or courage showing up dressed like love Walter Peyton’s legacy, emthat here – a sentiment that was brace Lambeau or Soldier Field echoed throughout the day. as home, or crave Chicago-style Some Bears fans looked at me pizza or bratwurst on Sundays, I with fiery gazes stoked by the ha- believe there will always be a fan tred of anything green and yellow in every one of us. Whether we in Bear territory. are loyal to the Bears, Packers or “You are in the wrong camp, an entirely different team, there bud,” said one older gentleman will always be one unifying factor who briefly caught my eye, then that brings us together: the love of looked away. Others told me I was football.

Sports 15 Changes made to the Ozone

September 15, 2011

Justine Espersen Staff Writer


Olivet senior Jessica Jones fights for control of the ball against Hasting College’s (Neb.) Esmeralda Lacayho in a 1-1 tie on Sept. 5. The game was a rematch of Olivet’s first round loss at NAIA Nationals last year.

Sophomore Brian Willoughby (left) and senior Justin Jones (right) race fifth-year senior Kenny MacDonough (who was running unattached) during the cross country home meet Sept. 9.

Gearing up for fall sports Jenny White Staff Writer

The fall athletic season is in full swing, as teams show promise on the courts and fields. Women’s soccer The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) ranked the women’s soccer team No. 4 during preseason. The most difficult part of this year was finding replacements for the graduated seniors, according to Head Coach Bill Bahr as he recruited 10 freshman for this year’s team. Noted team members this year include freshmen starting midfielder Katie Smith and forward Karlee Jo Silver. Other key players include returning senior midfielder Janel Schmitt and captains Katrina Holm and Katie Dirkse. The Lady Tigers are ranked No. 19 by the NAIA. Currently they are 4-1-1, with wins against Cornerstone University (Mich.), Roberts Wesleyan University (N.Y.), Southern Nazarene (Okla.) and Travecca Nazarene (Tenn.). Men’s soccer The men’s soccer team is cur-

rently 0-5-1. At the start of the season they played the No. 1 ranked Hastings College, which resulted in a loss of 1-0. The men’s team this year is young, with only one senior and the starting lineup consisting mostly of freshmen and sophomores. However, the coaching staff has high hopes for the team. The noted players are returning midfielder Patrick Hoep, forward Brandon Simoes, and defender John Rosenbaum, head coach Justin Crew said. “Our team is very young, but we are coming together gradually and starting to learn how to play together. I think our whole team is improving. By the time we get to conference we should have a good shot of winning and going to the national tournament,” freshman Todd Bevan said. Cross Country The men’s and women’s cross country teams opened the season with two wins at the Midwest Classic on Sept. 9, held at Aspen Ridge Golf Course in Bourbonnais. The women were ranked No. 7

in the NAIA preseason poll after coming off an appearance at the NAIA national meet and winning the CCAC meet last year. Both the men’s and women’s teams are balanced in terms of age and experience. Volleyball Women’s volleyball is currently at 6-3. Their biggest win came after defeating the No. 1 team and rival St. Xavier University. “We have great team chemistry this year,” said head coach Brenda Williams. “The returning players went on a mission trip over the summer that brought them close together.” Williams mentioned that the team worked well together during spring training, and as a result, believes the players will be prepared for the regular season. In addition to their win against St. Xavier, the volleyball team defeated No. 15 ranked school Northwestern College (Iowa) as well as No. 20 ranked school Dordt College in their first three games. Men’s Golf The men’s golf team opened at

Calumet St. Joseph (Ind.) on Sept. 7, placing sixth out of 13 teams. The team this year is composed mostly of younger players, with six freshmen on the ten-member team. Upperclassmen on the team include senior Matthew Krajec, and juniors Kyle Huber and Aaron Miles. The next meet for the men’s golf team will be held at the University of St. Francis on Sept. 13. Women’ Golf The women’s golf team won its first tournament title on Friday, Sept. 2, at the Robert Morris University Fall Classic against 12 other teams, led by freshman Ashley Miller who finished second individually. Players said the win gave them the extra confidence they needed to start the year. “We’re really excited for our season this year,” said returning sophomore Nora Durkin. “We have some talented new recruits that have brought a lot to the table, and good leadership to get us started off strong.” The golf team finished third at the Knox College Invite in Galesburg on Sept 9.

Gibbs looks to carry on the tennis legacy Andrew Kriz Assistant Sports Editor

The tradition continues. New head coach Andrew Gibbs led both the men and women’s tennis teams to wins in their first matches over Cornerstone University (Mich.) on Sept. 7. Gibbs took over the highly successful tennis programs this year after working four years as an assistant. Gibbs played for ONU from 1996 to 2000 during which time he was a two-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Scholar Athlete for the Tigers. He also taught tennis to younger players and was a part of the Olivet team that won the National Christian College Athletic Association National Championship in 1998. After graduation, Gibbs went to coach at multiple high schools in the Midwest for six years before returning to Olivet in 2006 to teach and eventually help coach. Players said they were supportive upon finding out Gibbs’ ap-


Andrew Gibbs takes the reigns for Olivet tennis. pointment as head coach. “I was excited when I found out Gibbs was going to be my coach,” said junior captain Taylor Stephens “I had him as a professor and I had a lot of respect for him in the classroom.” Now that he is in charge of the program, Gibbs hopes to continue the winning tradition the Tigers have on both the men’s and women’s teams dating back to Gibbs’

playing time and earlier. “If you look at it, we have appeared in the NAIA National Tournament every year since ‘03 for the men and ‘01 for the women. I want to continue that and I believe we can. Our team is ready to go out and compete.” The women’s team has had success since 2001, beginning a decade of appearances in the NAIA National tournament. The men’s team similarly has won three NAIA Regional Championships as well as made three National Tournament appearances since 2003. Over the summer, the men kept five of their six starters from last year and added three freshmen and a junior transfer from University of Illinois Chicago to the team while the women received two new players – a sophomore and a junior from Union College, Ky. Among those returning for the men include junior Julian Kurz and sophomore Landon Williams. Kurz and Williams took second in doubles in the ITA Small Col-

leges National Tournament last fall, and this past spring, Kurz was named as an NAIA All-American Honorable Mention. The women return with several veterans including junior Ashlan Allison, who went 28-4 in singles and 22-9 in doubles last season. Allison also competed in the NAIA National Tournament. In addition to their talent, Gibbs outlined three characteristics that define Tiger players. “Being able to compete, doing well in your studies, and having the ability to respect and trust your teammates while holding them accountable when needed,” Gibbs said. Taylor Stephens, one of the women’s team captains shared her coach’s philosophy. “I would say last year’s performance was good and we accomplished a lot of our goals … This year we hope to go to Nationals again and make it past the first round again. We hope to make it even further in the NAIA Tournament.”

The Ozone is starting the year off with improved Ozone T-shirts as Amanda Jensen hands over the program to Brittany Hengesh. Hengesh was told about the job opening by Athletic Director Gary Newsome. Jensen left to coach softball at St. Francis University. “I’m assistant coaching with the women’s soccer team, so taking this job makes sense since I’m already here and I love Olivet sports,” Hengesh said. The T-shirt color was one of the first changes Hengesh made with the program that Jensen started it last year to give students incentives to participate in Olivet athletic events. T-shirts are now a deep purple this year, compared to last year’s faded Easter egg color. Several students said the new shirts make them all the more excited to be apart of the program. For example, the change in color influenced sophomore Cory Lara’s decision. “I am strongly considering buying one this year. The new shirts, in my opinion, look way better,” Lara said. Sophomore Adrian Calhoun agreed.

‘The new shirts look way better.’ “[The Ozone] gave a lot of incentive for students to attend different sporting events as well get a lot of discounts at restaurants,” Calhoun said, “so it was well worth the 10 bucks you have to pay for it. [The shirts] look a lot better than last year, too.” Ozone T-shirts are for sale for $10 during lunch in Ludwig and will continue to be available for the next few weeks. In addition to the new shirts, Hengesh said there is one more main change with the program. “The major difference will be that there will not be [a rotation of] the same sponsor(s) of the week, where discounts were given at local restaurants who sponsored the Ozone,” Hengesh said. Sponsors will include: Little Caesar’s, Taco Bell, Exposure, Mancino’s, Le Chic Cheveau, Best Buy, Oberweis Dairy, Unlimited Tan, Schoop’s, Pup n Pop, and Beef O’ Brady’s. “However, Ozone will still feature a fan of the game, fan of the year and lots and lots of giveaways,” Hengesh said. Tiger Tallies, which are collected during each sporting event, will again be included this year. Tiger Tallies are points given away at sports events and prizes are awarded at the end of the year to those with the most points. While Tiger Tallies are given to any student at sports events, students can receive more points and even a free prize such as a candy bar for wearing an Ozone T-shirt. To participate, students need to wear their T-shirts to sporting events and sponsored restaurants to receive prizes and discounts.

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18-game losing streak snapped September 15, 2011


Andrew Kriz Assistant Sports Editor

As Charlie Sheen once said, “Winning, duh.” The Tigers did just that Saturday night as they beat Coe College (Iowa) 16-10 in overtime after Olivet’s Ernie Esparza made an interception and ran the ball 92 yards for the winning touchdown. The win provided the Tigers’ first since Oct. 10, 2009, and gave head coach Brian Fish his first win with the Tigers. Olivet began the game running head first into Coe College with five consecutive rushing attempts, gaining only 20 yards and being forced to punt. Coe College had a sustained drive following the punt, marching to Olivet’s six-yard line in 15 plays, only to miss a 29-yard field goal. Afterwards, the first half was a battle for favorable field positioning for both teams. Each had plenty of opportunities to change their standing but could not capitalize on them. With the clock winding down and the crowd growing restless, Olivet manufactured a two-minute offensive drive, starting at Coe College’s 49-yard line, with freshman quarterback Rico Prestia conducting the flow of the game. Prestia made two key passes, moving the Tigers down to Coe’s 25 to attempt a field goal from 42 PHOTO COURTESY OF KYLIE MCGUIRE yards out with eight seconds left. The kick spun over the goal post and the referees Freshman quarterback Rico Prestia makes a pass over sophomore offensive lineman Seth signaled the completed field goal. Barrigear during Sept. 10’s 16-10 overtime win over then-ranked No. 24 (NCAA Division III) With that kick Andrew Muzljakovich made his Coe College (Iowa). It was Brian Fish’s first home game as well as his first win as Olivet’s head longest career field goal. football coach. Heading into half time, the Tigers and their fans had something to cheer about. Olivet carried over the momentum from the second quarter, scoring again in the third after Prestia connected with Joshua Howells for a 23-yard touchdown reception. Coe College then tied the score early in the fourth quarter to force overtime. The Tigers received the ball to open overtime, but “There’s a lot more energy on the Rachel Kearney Prestia was sacked for a loss of 10 yards as the ofsidelines. It’s a lot easier to cheer Sports Editor fense stalled – forcing Fish to send in the kicking unit for someone when you know to try a 53-yard field goal. them.” Football is a team sport. Muzljakovich nearly broke his Fish echoed that idea. That may seem like an obvious career long again but his kick ‘Our defense just kept “The guys [who are off the field] statement, but Coach Brian Fish bounced off the right upright onto playing and made the play through someone [who is on is trying to make Olivet football the endzone. No good. it],” he said. “There’s only 11 on more about teamwork in his first Coe College’s overtime posses- biggest play at a time the field, but the other 90 should year as head coach. sion started with a completed pass be just as invested as the 11.” “In order to be successful you Brian Fish is implementwhen it looked very for 13 yards, halfway to Olivet’s While Fish is focused on team need to know and care for each ing more team activities. endzone.. bleak.’ unity and making football more other,” Fish said. PHOTO COURTESY OF ONU The visitor’s drive ended the fun he still knows success requires While the team just won its first SPORTS INFORMATION way it began. a lot of hard work and strategy. game since 2009 improving to 1-2, With a pass. One change Fish is bringing to Fish, who was a part of the Olivet the team’s 2-20 record over Don Olivet’s Ernie Esparza stepped ahead of a Coe team that was the 1998 NAIA run- Lee’s two seasons as head coach, the offense is using the run to set College wide receiver mid-route, forcing an intercepner up, and his players know suc- but the trouble was not just on the up the pass instead of relying on tion, which he took 92 yards to the end zone as the field. Junior defensive lineman the passing game as the team did cess does not come overnight. crowd leapt to their feet. “We try not to get too caught up Tony Turner said that he knew in the past. “We’ve talked about playing every play regard“We’re trying to control the in anticipating outcomes,” Fish maybe half of the over 120-memless of the situation and without anticipating the outclock more this year,” Turner said. said. “We’re focusing on how we ber team during that time. come,” Fish told after the game, “We were After Fish was hired last win- “Which is good because in the play every play. Right now we’re backed into a corner after the offense failed to score ter, following Lee’s resignation past two years the defense played trying to set a foundation.” in overtime. Our defense just kept playing and made Fish knows that he has a lot of in November, he met with the a lot. Now we’re more rested.” the biggest play at a time when it looked very bleak.” But through all the strategizwork to do, especially considering team right away to make sure they ing, ultimately Fish just wants his knew what he was about. “I like his energy and the way team to play to their potential. “Our goal is to compete regardhe’s trying to build the team,” now-junior offensive lineman less and to give our maximum efErik Otte told the GlimmerGlass fort on every down,” he said. “I’m trying to get [Olivet football] back last February. That energy and focus has car- to the level where I played. I’d ried over the past seven months. love for these guys to have the exFish said, in addition to physical perience [winning and playing for training, he has been implement- an NAIA championship] I had.” So far, both Fish and Turner ing team activities. Last spring the whole team went bowling. During said they are pleased with the team camp in August, Fish con- team’s progression. “They’ve been great,” Fish said. tinued to look for ways to bring the team together, from “goofy” “I’m pleased with how they’ve rerelays to late night snacks, even to ceived the ideas I’ve presented. sending the team to a water park We just need to fully understand them and work everyday.” after practice one day. Turner agreed, and added that “Football needs to be fun and serious,” Fish said. “There needs he is excited about what Fish is trying to do with the team. to be hang out time.” “I know this is cliché, but I honTurner said that through all of the activities he has come to know estly think we’re getting better everyday,” he said. “You can really well more than half the team. “Now I could talk to just about tell [Coach Fish] is trying to do everyone on the team,” he said. things the right way.”


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