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Vol. 103, No. 10

Tri-Rho & AEX tradition changes

McNulty Memo

Christmas memories

This week, the editors of the Collegian presented a series of questions to College President Paul J. McNulty ’80 about the Christmas season.

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News Editor Grove City College asked two men’s housing groups to change their traditional football game from tackle to flag football, after a high number of recent injuries in the game. The men of Alpha Epsilon Chi (AEX) and Rho Rho Rho (Tri-Rhos) have played a tackle football game against one another for over 30 years. The groups often played on Thorn Field, the official stadium for Grove City College athletics. The game is a favorite event of alumni, according to senior Daniel Smith, president of the Tri-Rhos. This year, the school asked the groups to play flag football instead. “We’re looking at the risk involved and we now understand the long-term consequences from the types of injuries sustained in the football game,” John Coyne, associate dean of student life, said. He cited head, neck and spine injuries as a leading cause of concern for the College. “Going back the last five years, we know of at least one student each year who had to adjust their finals schedule due to an injury they sustained in the game. The past two years, someone was taken to the emergency room because of an injury they sustained directly in the game,” Coyne said. The news disappointed the groups, who were instructed not to take the tackle football game off-campus by Coyne. RHO/AEX 2


Sophomore wide receiver Cody Gustafson snags a pass out of the air in the Wolverines 56-48 win over Morrisville State in the James Lynah Bowl last month.

Brick-by-brick builds legacy

Wolverines cap turnaround with bowl win Aly Kruger Sports Editor

At this time two years ago, the Grove City College football team closed the book on a winless season, their third in as many years. The program seemed to be falling

‘Bridgadoon’ delights and thrills

apart: 0-30, with a new head coach who had never held a high school head coaching job, much less a college one, and a lackluster timbre among players. And yet, two years later, the Wolverines won their first bowl game in program

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Graham makes history Rio Arias

Sophomore Spencer Simpson (right), who plays Charlie Dalrymple, dances with his soon-to-be bride, Jean MacLaren, played by junior Delaney Martin (left) in “Bridgadoon,” the Theater Deparment’s musical. Read more about the musical on page 8.

history, defeating Morrisville State 56-48 in the James Lynah Bowl last month. The win capped a remarkable year for Grove City: an 8-3 record and a third-place finish in the Presidents’ Athletic

Dr. Mark Graham, professor of history Grove City College, published an article titled “Charles Rollin and Universal History in America” in the Journal of Modern Intellectual History. The Journal is published by Cambridge University Press, and is the leading modern history journal. Continuing his previous research, Graham decided to take a historical look at the way we study history and how it has changed over time. “My past book, ‘Ancient Empires’, discussed the way people present the ancient world to modern audiences.” said Graham. He then explored the ways

in which interpretations of the past and emphasis on Western civilizations were strong in Graham current historical approaches. “I started looking at why the ancient world is limited to Greece and Rome,” Graham explained, “and it turns out very little exists on the topic.” He described how the recent emphasis on Western civilizations only arose after World War II. There was a desire to unify Europe after the World Wars, Graham said, and learn what our modern world was built on. The modern formula for GRAHAM 2

What is the most important thing about this Christmas season? Christmas is the best opportunity of the year to think deeply about the significance of the incarnation. The connection between God’s transcendent glory and the most ordinary things of this world such as a stable and a manger should transform the way we think about everything in our lives. In relation to our academic callings, we should ask what the incarnation, the everlasting Word becoming flesh, means for what we learn and how we learn. The implications are profound. Of course, at the heart of it all is the proclamation of the angel: fear not, I bring you good news of great joy for all the people.      How do nature’s seasons relate to seasons of life? This one feels like a question on a Civ Lit final.  It’s really interesting to see how God built the redemptive narrative into so much of life. Our house in Maine sits on the waterfront of a large harbor, and there are days when the fog is so heavy you can barely see a thing. It can be a little depressing, especially when the fog lasts for a few days.  But then with the dawn of a new morning, the fog clears, and the sky and sea are brilliant shades of blue. I almost always think at these times about death and resurrection, discouragement and hope, and “the already but not yet” of this present age. The same can be said about the bleakest days of Western PA weather. Forget Hawaii; lousy weather is good for the soul. I pray that everyone reading these words knows what it means to have hope in the darkest of times. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve ever given? I truly love buying gifts for my family. One of my favorite gifts ever given was a set of new golf clubs for my son when he was a senior in college. Immediately after his graduation, we traveled to Scotland and played five courses in five days, including the Old MCNULTY 2

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teaching of Western civilizations- a full European curriculum with occasional appearances from China or Africa- is not one Graham is fond of. “Classrooms can’t just ‘add China and stir’” Graham joked. “The journal is very rigorous, and it’s a big deal to be published,” said Dr. Gillis Harp, chair of the history department. He described the editing process of the journal as a long, drawn out peer review process among other historians. Harp spoke highly of his colleague, saying that it was especially impressive for Graham to be recognized in the field of modern history, when his expertise is formally in ancient history. His article outlines recent changes in approaches to the historiography, or study of history itself, of Western civilizations. It emphasizes the dangers of isolating certain aspects of world history above others. “[Greek and Roman] cultures can get put on a pedestal, as if they’re the only ones that matter,” said Graham, “and people look to draw models and examples from them, rather than looking to them to see their influence on our modern world.” Graham also hopes that his research will affect the classroom, and positively impact the historiography course he already teaches, as a senior capstone class for history majors, where interpretation of history is key. Graham’s article will also be featured as a chapter in his upcoming book, “Antiquty in the American Imagination”, signed to Routledge publishing in 2017. His writing is also available online, and will print in the April edition of the Journal of Modern Intellectual History.

“We asked to reserve Thorn Field and we received an email saying [Coyne] needed to meet with us,” Smith said of how the group found out. “When we got there, they told us we weren’t allowed to play tackle football anymore. We had been practicing for a month and a half before we heard the news.” The Tri-Rhos voted to not play flag football in a meeting, sitting the game out. “Now it’s not the same, it just takes the heart out of the game,” said Smith. Many Tri-Rhos, even those sustaining injuries, still support the game. “I tore my right ACL and meniscus in my second year and also broke my nose the second year,” Ben Watkins ’17, a Tri-Rho alumnus, said. “I regret nothing. We are adults, we understand the risk; no members are forced to play and many opt out.” “I think adults should be able to make decisions for themselves about the risks associated with playing tackle football,” Cody Work ’16, another Tri-Rho alumnus, said. “GCC has always been about personal freedom and personal responsibility, and the best way to cultivate those ideals is to let people make up their own minds.” AEX had a different response to the College’s decision, deciding to play flag football instead. “Everyone was obviously disappointed the game was changed,” senior Drew Hayward, president of AEX, said, “but I do think the tradition itself is more important than the form of football.” The group received the news from Hayward via email, and proceeded to play a game of seniors versus underclassmen November 30th. Outside of grouporganized games, the rules are different for


What is your favorite thing about Christmas time on campus and why? Can anything top the candlelight service in the Chapel? That spectacle of light is amazing, and if it doesn’t get you into the Christmas spirit you may need to be visited by a few ghosts. I also love the way Grove City cares about all of our Christmas traditions and is faithful in celebrating the birth of our Savior. I’m all for cultural and religious sensitivity, but it’s wonderful to be in a community that shares a passion for the Advent season.

tion in your family? We open gifts super slowly, one at a time. When our kids were young, it used to take us forever. I always make a big breakfast (sausage gravy is one of my specialties), and we don’t even start exchanging gifts until mid-morning on Christmas day. Family members would call around lunchtime and we had to apologize for not yet opening the gifts that they sent. I guess I insisted on this tradition in part because I grew up doing it this way. But Brenda and I also find it the best way to connect the gift with the gift-giver. My other favorite thing about Christmas is the evening meal. We go all out with tons of the best food. And with a daughter and son-in-law who are professional chefs, the food is achieving new heights of excellence.

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Senior Nate Curry, an AEX member, runs the ball upfield last Friday night. The housing group held an internal flag football game, after their traditional game against the Tri-Rho housing group was cancelled due to disagreements about whether tackling should be allowed in the game. affiliated men’s sports. “Fraternities and independents can play pick-up games as tackle, two hand or anything whenever they want,” senior Nathaniel Ocot, president of the InterFraternity council, said. He explained how pickup games are informal ways for fraternities to stay competitive and form close friendships, and groups have a long history of doing so. “You don’t need approval to be a group of students and go out and use the campus for activities,” Coyne said in regard to tackle football in pick-up games. “But the college is liable when organizations use college facilities, and that’s the difference.” Fraternities, in addition to men’s housing groups, are evaluated by the College for potential risks in their activities. This fall, the Beta Sigma and Omicron Xi fraternities were informed that their events had similar safety concerns. “We had the idea for an all-campus Slip’n Slide on Lincoln Lawn,” senior Matthew Schallus, president of the Beta Sigma fraternity, said. The group contacted T. Scott Gordon, director of student activities and programs, but Gordon informed embrace and share the meaning of Christmas? I mentioned at Lightup Night last week that we ought to be the opposite of Narnia under the spell of the White Witch. There it was always winter and never Christmas. Here at GCC it ought to be lots of winter but always Christmas. By this I mean that we should think purposefully every day of the year about the reconciling work of Christ that began with his taking on flesh. He came to this world to redeem us from our sins and liberate all of creation from the curse of the Fall. By caring about the celebration of Christmas, we encourage our community to get the significance of our Savior’s birth. We need to dig deeper beyond the lights and garland and understand the full extent of the peace announced to those awestruck shepherds by a heavenly choir.

the group it was too risky of an event. As the advisor for the Omicron Xi fraternity, Coyne communicated to the group that their Okiepalooza, an annual campus event, would also see changes. “Recently he told us that Grove City College’s risk and insurance specialist no longer approved of a Slip’n Slide for our Okiepalooza,” senior Daniel Gibson, president of Omicron Xi, said. The Slip’n Slide was a part of Okiepalooza for over 10 years, where participants would slide down a tarp towards a pool where they could bob for apples. Many were hesitant to see the event change, inside and outside the group. “We were surprised that this year saw so

much change within the roles of different events like the Okie’s Slip’n Slide,” Schallus said, explaining that it was one of the highlights of Okiepalooza. These limitations will also reach the rest of the college community. Fraternities and their new actives who play tackle football during Greek Unity Week will be asked to play flag instead. Slip’n Slides will likely be banned for all campus events, as Michael Duda, the college’s risk and insurance specialist, describes them as unsafe for adults. “This type of activity is not recommended for adults, because they weigh more and can build up a faster speed,” Duda said. Coyne said that the

College has consulted Duda more often in recent years, bringing to light a number of issues, such as the injuries associated with tackle football. Coyne said that he, Athletic Director, Todd Gibson, Vice President of Student Life & Learning, Larry Hardesty and President Paul McNulty ’80 all contributed to the discussion on tackle football, agreeing unusual amounts of risk were associated with the game. “We can’t let something happen that we know is likely going to result in an injury,” Coyne said, “and we have a responsibility to consider the risk and act accordingly, since students are using college facilities.”




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The Candlelight Service remains a campus Christmas staple

Anna DiStefano Contributing writer

Christmas lights, snow and cold temperatures help students get into the Christmas spirit, but this weekend, the College is offering another essential Christmas tradition: the Christmas Candlelight Service. A long-standing tradition of the College, the service is a time for students, faculty and members of the community to worship together and celebrate Christ’s birth. Various student groups contribute to portions of the night. Like any major service, “Much more goes into it behind the scenes than one can imagine,” Donna Cales ’79, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the Chapel, said. Retired Dean of the Chapel, Dr. Stanley Keehlwetter, fondly remembers the Christmas Candlelight Service. He specifically loved how the service brought together the College’s community and how that community united during the candlelit singing of “Silent Night.” “Though I loved all of the parts of the service


The annual Christmas Candlelight Service is a campus favorite. The service features “Thou Wilt Light My Candle,” a poem written by Grace Noll Crowell. Retired Dean of the Chapel Dr. Richard Morledge ’54 began reading the poem in 1984, and his successors, first Dr. Stanley Keehlwetter and now-interm chaplain Dr. D. Dean Weaver ’86, have continued the tradition. the best part has to be the lighting of candles and singing of ‘Silent Night,’” Keehlwetter said. “Standing in the chancel and looking out at over 1,000 candles raised in Harbison Chapel is a sight that I will never forget. It will always be one of my most precious memories of my years at Grove City.” In addition to the singing, the service also includes the reading of Grace Noll Crowell’s poem, “Thou Wilt Light My Candle.” The

Dean of the Chapel has recited this poem at the Candlelight Service around the singing of “Silent Night” for the past 36 years. Crowell’s poem, whose title comes from Psalm 18:28, likens faith to a candle lit by God. With her lit candle in hand, the speaker need not fear what lies ahead, for God is with her. Retired Dean of the Chapel Dr. Richard Morledge ’54 began reading the poem in

1984, after his father used it in his church’s Christmas Eve services. Morledge read the poem during his fifteen-year tenure as Dean of the Chapel and gave Keehlwetter his blessing to continue the tradition during Keehlwetter’s nineteen-year stay. Dr. Dean Weaver ’86, the interim Dean of the Chapel, will read the poem at this year’s service. Weaver first heard the poem when serving as a chapel aide to

‘Let’s improve this space’

Alyssa Jackson Managing Editor

Sophomore Emilia England had an idea. And now that idea is coming to fruition. The track in the Intramural gym is a dull space and England envisions a change. The Athletic department is joining with AIGA, American Institution for Graphic Arts, to revamp the indoor track to promote energy and unity of different campus activities. “We want to make it a space that celebrates the Grove City community that uses the track—so, everyone,” England said. Junior Leah Day, President of AIGA said “It’s incredibly meaningful to give students the opportunity to design for their college – it gives them a chance to leave something behind, and it makes them more invested in their alma mater.” The plan is to add mural-sized posters to the indoor track. The wall around the track and the columns supporting it are purple, England noted. If painting is an option, then a more GCC related color would be much more fitting. An interest meeting took place on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. in Pew Fine Arts center. The meeting was open to the entire campus. “The goal is to brainstorm the general flow for the whole room,” England said.

Morledge during the Christmas of 1984. Just as the College uses the poem in its services, Weaver himself included the poem in the Christmas Eve services at Memorial Park, the church he pastors in Pittsburgh, for the past 12 years. “I certainly will miss the services this year, but I know that Dr. Dean Weaver will carry on the traditions and that Christmas Candlelight will continue to be one of the highlights

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Juniors Erin Frohlich and Leah Day and sophomore Emilia England brainstorm design ideas for the indoor track in the Physical Learning Center. They have joined with the Athletic department to revamp the space. A Stakeholder map, doorway to redoing the far, and I’m so excited to move into the design created by AIGA secre- IM rooms as well.” tary senior Nicole MinJunior Erin Frohlich, process,” Day said. Frohlich’s task in gle, helped to organize Director of Communithe parties affected by cation for AIGA, met the project is commuthe indoor track. At- England through her nication with Athletic tendees then received exercise psychology Director Todd Gibson. worksheets with five class, but Day reintro- She began by meeting blank panels to brain- duced the two concern- with him about plans, pricing and timeframe. storm their creative ing the track project. ideas for the space. “It will be a great op- “My role in the project Panels on the walls portunity to brighten will be to continue to around the track is the the indoor track and follow up with Coach current plan. hopefully allow for a Gibson in regards to England hopes to in- more enjoyable and vi- project details, budget clude all of campus on sually pleasing workout and overall design proposal. I will additionally this project, not just space,” Frohlich said. athletes and artists. AIGA is currently aid in logistics of design “We need ideas as much working with a local for the indoor track,” as we need people who ministry to build their she said. “I think the indoor can put those ideas on brand. They also work paper,” she said. with clubs and min- track project is a great “The project will istries to design their way to get the GCC hopefully incorporate logos, advertisements, community involved in making the PLC a more lesser known athletic banners and more. “I think that the in- inviting and inclusive and non-athletic clubs on campus,” England door track project is place for non-varsity said. “I see this as a our biggest project so athletes,” Frohlich said.

of the college Chapel Program,” Keehlwetter said. Weaver is eager to continue the traditions of the Christmas Candlelight Service. “During a time of transition there are things you want to change, things you want to tweak and things you want to continue. This is one of those things that you want to endure,” Weaver said. “The service is a meaningful time for the campus to come together in worship. We all benefit when we’re there together.” Starting off the Christmas season, and the season of final exams, by worshipping together reminds students that they are not alone. This year’s message will put the message of Christmas in a personal light. Weaver hopes the message will encourage students to end the semester on a high note and enter the Christmas season with their hearts prepared. The Christmas Candlelight Service, which is the last chapel credit opportunity of the semester, is at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Sunday in Harbison Chapel.

Grove City students with a love for being outdoors will now have a place to practice their passion close by the college. Recently, Grove City Memorial Park opened multi-use trails that cover about six and a half miles for the community to enjoy. The trails are not paved but are good for mountain bikers, hikers and dog-walkers. Memorial Park is located on West Main Street in Grove City. It also has a nine-hole disc golf course, a duck pond, a playground, pavilions, softball/ baseball fields and basketball courts. The trail project was spear-headed by John Ayers of Grove City, owner of Gear Bicycle Sales on Liberty Street in Grove City. Ayers started the business in June of this year to give him an avenue to pursue his passion of bicycling. He actually started in the motorcycle industry but broke his collarbone in a motorcycle accident and decided to switch to bicycles. He is pleased with his decision since it’s encouraged him to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Ayers worked with Trail Pittsburgh on the project. They are a non-profit

organization dedicated to multi-use trails for trail running, biking and hiking. He will maintain the trails himself. “It’s nice to see everybody outdoors. I just thought it was something Grove City could use,” Ayers said. The beginner trails are marked with green arrows while the advanced trails are marked with blue and black arrows. “New biking trails would undoubtedly improve my quality of life,” said Grove City sophomore Naomi Shrom-Kuc. She loves the outdoors and is excited for biking trails near the College. “Biking trails are an underappreciated aspect of enjoying God’s creation,” Shrom-Kuc said. “Biking allows time for reflection, taking in the outdoors and improving physical and mental health. I am a fanatic advocate of biking for these reasons and more.” The multi-use trails will give college students, as well as community members, the opportunity to start a new hobby or pursue their passions of hiking and biking close to home. This is a new way to get outside and enjoy nature, de-stress and improve overall health.

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Star light, star bright

Amelia Gray

Contributing writer It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around campus. Colorful posters around the SAC beg students to attend various holiday celebrations and Michael Bublé’s holiday album can be heard around every corner. Outside, the dark nights fall quickly, but one cannot help but notice the Rockwell Star at the center of campus. The iconic star makes an appearance each year since the early 1990s. Shining bright above the Rockwell Hall of Science, the Christmas star stands as a reminder of the season. Some may see it simply as another Christmas decoration, but it has made a unique impression on many students this year. Freshman Morgan Hordinski said, “It gets dark so early these days, but the bright star gets me in the Christmas spirit, especially after a long night of studying.” Other students mentioned the way the star made a common place on campus feel new. “I love the significance, but it looks a little lonely. Can we get more lights, please?” freshman Catherine Stanley said. The Rockwell Star has not only been a longstanding tradition on campus, but also for those who live nearby. It can be seen for miles on a clear night. It is the college’s hope that those in the community can look to the school every year, not only for a Christmas decoration, but also for light in a

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The Rockwell Star shining over campus. The College lit the star Nov. 27, kicking off campus’ Christmas celebrations. hurting world. The star was created under the administration of Jerry Combee, who was president of the college from 1991 to 1995. The initial idea came from his wife, Danielle. It meant to symbolize the star that the wise men followed to find Jesus at his birth. Additionally, it was also meant to give hope in the midst of a season that is stressful for many people. Sophomore Rachel Puls, who attended the Light Up Night, said, “When the star was so bright in the dark night sky, I was personally reminded of what I need to focus on this time of year.” Since 1992, Grove City holds an annual “Light Up Night,” open to both those at the college and those in the community. On Nov. 27 at 5:30 p.m., students, faculty and members of the community came together with the Wolverine Marching Band and the Koinonia Gospel Team to sing Christmas carols and witness


The marching band playing at the lighting ceremony. The star was first lit in the early 1990s, and has been a tradition at the College ever since. the lighting of the star. President McNulty, Student Government Association Chaplain Susannah Barnes and Interim Chaplain Rev. Dr. D. Dean Weaver spoke at the ceremony. As people gathered with hot chocolate in hand to watch the lighting of the Rockwell Star, the Grove City community officially kicked off the

Christmas season. Although Christmas will come and go this year, this tradition is about more than a decoration. Soon students will head home to celebrate with their families, but until then, they look to the bright star to remember that the same joy found in the Christmas season can be found here at Grove City College.

Going home for the holidays Abigail kamp


Contributing writer Campus is decorated in Christmas splendor, Christmas music plays and the upcoming break offers much needed respite from the hustle and bustle of college. But for some students, this break produces anxiety about returning home. Whether you’re a student who can’t wait to see their relatives and hometown, or you are a little more apprehensive, this list of tricks and tips can help you make the most of your Christmas break. Before leaving campus: Make a list of things to get done and when to do them during break. Whether shopping at home, applying for jobs, reorganizing notes or meeting up with close friends, having those tasks planned out for certain days over break ensures that they happen. Try a session at the counseling center. If you have apprehension about going home for break, the Campus Counseling Center might be a good choice for you. They can give students tools to in-

‘Tis a season for prayer


Many students will be traveling home for Christmas. teract with family in a healthy way, manage stress and offer an outside perspective on tough situations. The Christmas season is one of the most challenging for mental health, so any student who seeks help is not alone. At Home: If you miss quality time with your family during the year, be proactive about interacting with them during break. Record conversations you have with grandparents, take photos with family and talk one-on-one with relatives who may seem distant now. These experiences can create memories you will treasure forever. After feeling burned out by finals, use Christmas break to practice self-care. Self-care can

look different for each person, but good examples include: taking a nap or bath, spending time in nature, giving yourself some downtime to play videogames or read or catching up with friends. It is easy to fill a break with work and events, so make sure these important activities don’t get lost in the shuffle. Between trying to manage school work, finances, campus activities and other responsibilities, most students don’t have time to fully pursue their hobbies during the school year. Pickup your stamp-collection, ukulele, golfclubs or paintbrushes again and give your creative side time to grow this break. Use break as a time to reset and establish

healthy habits. With the extra time break affords, incorporate brief exercise routines, healthy eating habits and ordered sleep patterns. Even making small efforts in these areas can make a big difference in your longterm health. Add each positive habit slowly rather than tackling all habits at once. Lasting change in one area is more important than a few days of success in every area. Christmas comes only once a year, but for some people even this feels like too much. Christmas music becomes grating, turkey dinner is arguably overrated and Christmas presents aren’t as fun when you mainly get clothes and socks. But every individual, even those annoyed by the flash of the season, can take some time to reach out and help others. You can write a letter to an ailing relative, volunteer to a local foodbank, donate blood or give gifts through charities to those who have less. While this point may seem cliché, it may be the best way to use your break to fully embody the Christmas season.

From 7 p.m. Nov. 29 to 7 p.m. Dec. 1, students from all over the Grove City College campus gathered together in the Great Room of the Student Union to do one thing: pray. Student Mission Fellowship partnered with International Justice Mission and Project Okello to organize a 48hour prayer vigil where students prayed about many subjects affecting this campus, America and the world. There was always at least one student praying over the entire 48 hours. Students on campus could come and pray as they pleased during this time and learn about needs and issues and how best to pray for and respond to them. There were also three times of group worship, allowing time for response in a different way in addition to prayer. There were nine prayer booths at the event, each representing a topic for prayer. The first booth was a welcome booth. Prayers focused on helping prepare the prayers’ hearts and minds to think of prayer in terms of aligning our wills with God’s. The second focused on the religions of the world. The third was about other nations. These prayers focused on unreached peoples, translating the Bible, current events concerning refugees and internationals in America. The fourth booth, the Christian church booth focused on churches that are persecuted both

in the U.S. and globally. Peoples’ prayers also emphasized church unity. The fifth highlighted spiritual awakening. Prayers focused on mobilization and making disciples on our campus, in our country and on Inner City Outreaches from the campus itself. The sixth booth was about family. These prayers talked of the issues of human trafficking, poverty, orphans and widows. The next was about missionaries. These prayers were focused on specific missionaries and their families. The eighth booth focused on our response to God which gave people resources to continue thinking about missions and mission trips and helped people discover where they fit in God’s plan. The final and center booth focused on thanksgiving and praising the Lord for what he has done. The event coordinators are excited for the spiritual growth opportunity that this event offered for the campus and are happy to see the students gather together in prayer in celebration of the work the Lord has done. This event started because of Student Mission Fellowship’s desire to see a praying campus for the glory of Christ and the advancement of His kingdom. The hope is that people will use it to become more focused on God, gain knowledge about our brothers and sisters in Christ all over the world and learn how we can better support the spread of His kingdom through prayer.

Bringing Christmas cheer to college Emily Geiger

Contributing writer As the nights grow colder and encroaching exams threaten our sanity, sometimes it’s difficult to get into the holiday spirit. The dorms remain barren, the snow outside melts and so many of us are under tremendous pressure that we forget we are approaching Christmas. Luckily, the maintenance staff, RDs and RAs do the work of hanging up lights, wreaths, and bring a sense of wonder to our campus. Although their efforts are appreciated, we can always take an extra effort to spice up our crazy college lives with some holiday cheer. Junior Alyssa Kowalick took strides to make her hall welcoming and festive. The moment you walk up to the Gamma Chi hall, you are warmly welcomed by a picture of a smiling Santa, snowflakes and directions to your favorite holiday loca-

tions: Whoville, Christmas town, North Pole and more. As you walk down the hall, you see more beautiful handcrafted decorations wherever you look. The highlight of the happy environment is a short, wonderfully decorated tree fashioned with ornaments and a tree topper. Surprisingly, it is a real tree that Kowalick waters every day. If anyone was going to ask how to get into the Christmas spirt, Kowalick certainly has the answer. “Decorating is something I always did with my family, as a service to my family,” Kowalick said. “I decorated the hall with my sisters because it’s a great bonding experience. The Gamma Chi’s are practically my second family, and this is a way to show how much I care about them.” When asked how she gets into the holiday spirit, she responded with a wide smile and said, “I always listen to the Michael Bublé Christmas album!”

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The ‘Bright Mirror’ of poetry Grace Tarr

Entertainment Editor


Seniors Caroline Coulter and Katharine Lonergan and their fellow dancers move along to a piece based on the musical “Mama Mia.” The performance featured both upbeat songs and dances from “Schindler’s List,” “Selma,” and “The Theory of Everything.”

Orchesis premiere night

Dancing from Greece to Cali and everywhere in between Kayla Sarin

Contributing Writer Orchesis has always been a favorite time of the semester for the Grove City Campus community. Starting in the spring of 1976, this year’s performance marks 42 years of Orchesis. Throughout the years, the show has been revamped— becoming increasingly more technical and advanced each year. Arguably, this was the best show yet. The theme of this year’s performance was “Premiere Night.” This particular theme was chosen to give choreographers freedom in being able to choose their own music. Senior choreographer Abigail Thompson said, “I think this theme is really pleasing for the audience as it has a lot of high energy and recognizable songs

while still having a good dose of variety in styles of dance.” There were many wellknown movies featured in this production. Legally Blonde, Pirates of the Caribbean and Singing in the Rain added some fun and lightheartedness that left the audience smiling and enthused. Other dances were more serious and showed scenes from “Schindler’s List,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Selma.” Krista Heckman said, “I thought the dance from the movie Schindler’s List was outstanding – the dancers did a phenomenal job portraying the hardship of the Holocaust and the ending left the audience in a very somber mood.” Choreographers have been working hard on the dances all semester. Thompson said, “The piece I choreographed with Gabriel Cirio is very modern which our dancers were


Senior David Cheung and freshman Lily Novak tango to a “Pirates of the Caribbean”-themed dance in Orchesis. not as familiar with, but they proved to be so teachable and eager to learn and perfect the vision we had.” The growth and progress exhibited by the dancers was extremely evident when watching the final performance. Along with the dances, the audience was entertained by the hilarious emcees, Zach Berry and Ian Edwards. Both students engaged the audience by asking questions to the crowd, along with having their own goal of “being on the big screen” which was finally

accomplished in the dance “Step Up.” Junior Alyce Miller said, “I think they worked well together, they were cheesy but got the job done and overall kept the show rolling well!” For many of the seniors who are finishing up their dancing career at Grove City, the end of Orchesis brings about much sadness and nostalgia. Thompson says, “Orchesis to me is an opportunity to be able to share my passion for dance and the artistic beauty DANCE 8

Oldie but Goodie David Smith

One fish, two fish, red fish, Big Fish

Contributing Writer It isn’t often that a film has medicinal aspects. Sometimes a movie may evoke nostalgic feelings and memories that makes the viewer feel happy and warm, or perhaps remember a better time. However, that is not the case with every film that makes us feel good. It was about two years ago when I first saw “Big Fish.” I had been chronically ill for several months, and the enigma of my health problems had me down in the dumps. Oddly enough, “Big Fish” is not necessarily

a happy-go-lucky film, yet somehow it cheered me. “Big Fish” tells the story of a tainted father and son relationship in a southern Gothic fantasy setting. Will Bloom, played by Billy Crudup, is frustrated by his father telling tall tales and never stating the true facts of his life’s story. Edward, the father, played by both Albert Finney and Ewan McGregor, lived a fantastic life. He encountered witches, mystical towns, mermaids, war, love and other surreal moments; incredibly, Edward seemed to overcome any adversity

in life. His only struggle was with his family. He would spend long business trips on the road, and this hindered his relationship with his son. For three years, Will and Edward do not speak until Will is told that his father has cancer and does not have long to live. When Will returns home, he wants to know the truth of his father’s life, and that is when we are introduced, via flashback, to Edward’s fantastical youth. The film, directed by Tim Burton, has an all-star cast of Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Albert Finney, Ewan

McGregor, Steve Buscemi, Helena Bonham Carter and Danny Devito. Danny Elfman’s musical score enhances the fantasy elements of “Big Fish,” providing music that is appropriate and sometimes zany. It is quite blatant that Tim Burton’s heart was truly in his 2003 masterpiece. Not long before “Big Fish” was made, Burton’s parents passed away. Because of his grief, Burton was able to thoroughly explore the dynamics of the father and son relationship. There is beauty, pain, mystery, fantasy and love throughout the film. It delves into just about every human

emotion, and because it does, it appeals to its audience. Although the film was not a huge box office hit, it is one of Burton’s most loved films. David Ansen of Newsweek wrote, “When it catches fire, this greatlooking movie offers hilarious diversions. And as father and son struggle toward a hardwon reconciliation, ‘Big Fish’ reveals its beating heart.” Coming from a fan who isn’t too enthralled by fantasy, I must say that “Big Fish” is a film that will make you fall in love with the genre.

We are surrounded by poetry – in our liturgy, Psalms and for the more creative, perhaps it is found organically in the trickle of a stream or a ray of sunlight. Grove City College recently hosted Christine Perrin, director of the writing program at Messiah College and a gifted poet, for a reading of selected poems from her book, “Bright Mirror.” Christianity and the arts are bound together, as any good Grover knows. In search of the relationship between the Christian and poetry, the Collegian sat down with Ms. Perrin to delve into the treasure trove of poetic heritage and the role of poetry in the life of the Christian. For Ms. Perrin, poetry is a heritage passed down from her father. “He would recite [passages] and then say, ‘where does that come from?’ In this way, language became a form of gift giving from my father,” Perrin said. As a Christian, poetry is also part of shared Canon. “I took a lot of joy in its beauty and its humanity,” Perrin said of the Psalm. Poetry uses concise forms and structures to order thoughts and emotions. “Poetry gives us an encounter of the world that brings us nearer to ourselves and the world. As Christians, the reason that we pray is to come near [to God]. We are searching for God hidden inside of the text.” Poetry is a way to bring order to our experiences whether that be birth or death, joy or sorrow. Ultimately, Perrin says, “Poems are carved out of our experiences. We are language creatures. It really helps us to live in the world to give us language for things that are happening to us.” In this way, poetry for the poet and reader alike provides a framework for understanding ourselves and our world – to bring order out of chaos. Christine Perrin’s most recent book, “Bright Mirror,” is a collection of poems that touches on themes of nature, birth and death, Rome and Jerusalem and the spiritual. Perrin said, “The title ‘Bright Mirror’ is pulling front the idea that we all hold up mirrors for each other. Poetry is deeply relational. We can read a poem [when we are] hundreds of years old and feel that it is as close as our beloved.” That is the art of poetry – to know and be known.

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Through the Lens

November 9, 2018


CREATIVITY This week, we wanted to explore what students did over Thanksgiving break. Students often spend most of the time resting and hanging out with the family, but what about the students that are able to travel and get out into the world God has created around us? From trips to Canada to carving turkey on Thanksgiving day. Every student has a unique experience. Here are a couple of photos that capture what other students experienced during break. Enjoy!

Artist: Samuel Mendheim

Artist: Samuel Mendheim

Artist: Samuel Mendheim

November 9, 2018

Through the Lens

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Artist: Wes Kinney

Artist: Sara Roberts

Artist: Sara Roberts

Artist: Kira Wazelle

Artist: Courtney Mattey Artist: Kira Wazelle

December 7, 2018


Sharing hope on ‘Ellen’

Noel Elvin

Contributing Writer Christian industry’s highest-charting album in two years and the highest-charting Christian album by a woman on the Billboard 200 since 1997 is Lauren Daigle’s newest album, “Look Up Child.” “You Say,” which is the lead single on “Look Up Child,” remains No. 8 on iTunes top songs. On Oct. 24, 2018, Daigle took the title of being the first Christian artist to appear on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” She performed the song “Still Rolling Stones” from her new album. The song begins by expressing both the death and resurrection of Christ and the death and resurrection of sinners. The verses correlate with us as sinners: “An answer to prayer, the voice of a Savior.” The anthem of this song follows proclaiming, “You’re still rolling stones,” because God

Who said there’s NOTHING to do in Grove City? Today Jazz Ensemble

7:30 p.m., PEW Auditorium


Lauren Daigle appeared on “Ellen,” making history as the first Christian singer-songer writer to perform on the show. did not just roll away the stone that covered Christ’s grave, but He has also rolled away the stones that are covering our graves. Therefore, we are all declaring together with the choir, “Rise up, rise up.” Daigle does a phenomenal job calling us to life. Her lyrics tell us exactly what she means, yet she still requires us to think, as she is telling the

Gospel story in a unique way. When Daigle appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” there was a lot of controversy amongst the Christian community due to Ellen DeGeneres identifying as gay. As “The Christian Post” reported, “[Daigle] is not afraid to appeal to the world with her message of hope.” Daigle went and stood amongst sin-

Awed in Scotland: ‘Brigadoon’ enchants Grove City Katheryn Frazier Contributing Writer

Love at first sight, bagpipes and a mysterious curse are only some of the defining qualities in the musical “Brigadoon,” performed from November 7th to the 10th at the Pew Fine Arts building. “Brigadoon” opens as two New Yorkers, Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas, get lost in the woods of Scotland while on a hunting trip. The two stumble on a nearby village called Brigadoon. While there, Tommy and Jeff find the town in the middle of wedding preparations and Tommy is introduced to Fiona, the sister of the bride to be. Fiona invites Tommy to pick heather from the hill and the two find themselves falling in love immediately. Strange instances keep Tommy and Jeff perplexed throughout the day and it is revealed that Brigadoon is cursed. The curse equates one hundred years to go by for every nightfall in Brigadoon. Tommy is conflicted with the idea of staying in Brigadoon with Fiona or returning home to New York. Brian Ferris portrays a very convincing and convicting character in the role of Tommy Albright. The believability of his character, stage presence and singing were indicators of his amazing talent. The role of Fiona, played by Callie Roberts, was charming and witty. Her only struggle was starting the beginning of some lines without an accent and gradually reestablishing it. Her singing voice on the other hand was strikingly beautiful and warm. Benj Eicher had great comic timing to break up the seriousness of scenes in his portrayal of Jeff Doug-

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Charlie Dalrymple cannot wait to see his bride, Jean MacLaren, so he embraces her blindfolded before their wedding in the mysterious town of Brigadoon. las. Accents throughout the cast were consistent and believable. Occasionally the articulation was lost, but it was not distracting. Lights, scenery, sound effects and costumes combined to create the atmosphere of the musical. The stage crew moved the scenery, a bridge, a cart and furniture, quickly with little dead space. Torches used in the chase scene created a sense of authenticity and urgency and various light fixtures were lowered from above, adding a finishing touch to many indoor scenes. The hanging piece during the wedding was mildly confusing, but it took only a minute to register what the object was. The sound effects and lighting for the storm scene were especially excellent. Every costume seemed to fit the

time period, so it was easy to differentiate between those who lived in Brigadoon and those who did not. The dancing added much character to the performance. The movements were large and conveyed the spirit of the culture being portrayed. On the other hand, the balance between the vocals and orchestration was sometimes uneven. Some of this was due to the shear volume of the orchestra or by the audio department’s underestimation of volume level, but the music was beautiful nonetheless. All in all, the performance was splendid. Miniscule fractures did not distract from the elegance of each scene that transported the audience to a mystical town full of intrigue, accompanied by dramatic highs and lows.

ners just like you and I, having been given the opportunity to proclaim the gospel to the secular world. Each person in the audience was sent home with a copy of Daigle’s new album, filled with songs proclaiming new life in Christ, His rescuing of us from this sin filled world and finding light in Christ.

Eat rich for less Sarah Kula

Contributing Writer Poor. Hungry. Desperate. These words describe the average Grove City College student, eager to find restaurants that are affordable and still have delicious food. After hours of online research and countless trips to disappointing options, three restaurants reign supreme as the best options for dining in the city of Pittsburgh, only one hour away from the hungry campus of Grove City. Burgatory - This restaurant is renowned for its customizable burger options and unique milkshake recipes – all with ingredients from local farms. With a fivepage menu full of choices – including gluten free and vegetarian options – Burgatory is the place for any student. This is the place to be whether you are ready to pig out on a juicy piece of bison burger or want to tackle the Impossible Burger, which is made entirely from vegetables. Grove City College student Gabby Yonkers speaks to how great it is to have options when eating out, as she is the only vegan in her friend group. “I looked at the menu beforehand, so I saw their options. It made me excited because not a lot of places cater to vegans, but they had all the things that I could want,” Yonkers said. Since her first trip to Burgatory, Yonkers confirms that she has gone back multiple times. Burgatory has a moderate price range, allowing Yelp to give it $$ on a scale of $-$$$$ to indicate how affordable a restaurant is. El Burro Comedor - Pittsburgh natives flock to El Burro for the authentic flavors that burst from their larger-than-life burritos and tacos. With both vegetarian and vegan

options, this small but popular restaurant will satisfy the early morning and late-night cravings of a student. And, with its reasonablypriced menu, students’ wallets will be satisfied, too. This restaurant has two locations, one in Northside and the other in Regent Square. The Northside location is within walking distance to popular art galleries and museums such as Randyland and the Mattress Factory, popular among college students who seek an artistic weekend activity. Smallman Galley The Smallman Galley is essentially a launchpad for new restaurant concepts from the Pittsburgh area. This restaurant has rotating menu options ranging from Asian fusion to old school Italian, along with serving custom cocktails. Located in the Strip District area of Pittsburgh, this restaurant is in a great place for shopping and dining. With a modern building, significant social media presence and a $$ money rating on Yelp, the Smallman Galley achieves the hipster vibe that any budgeting college student is eager to try. Hunter Smucker, a junior at Grove City College, speaks to the uniqueness of the Smallman Galley, as he was enticed by the restaurant’s concept. “I love how they provide a space for new restaurants to enter the market without the risk of opening an entirely new restaurant,” Smucker says. An empty stomach is no longer acceptable with restaurant options like these. Burgatory, El Burro Comedor and the Smallman Galley showcase unique flavors and atmospheres, which students at Grove City College desperately crave. So try them out— your stomach and your wallet will thank you.

Fall Student Art Exhibit

Pew Fine Arts Center, 12 to 4 p.m.

Festivus Christmas Party 8 to 11 p.m., KetRec

The Jazz Dance 7:30 to 11 p.m., Old Map

Sunday Christmas Candlelight Service 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Harbison Chapel

Monday Monday Night Dancing 9 to 11 p.m., PLC 283

Wednesday De-Stress Fair 12 to 6 p.m., STU Great Room

Small ensemble recital

Arnold Recital Hall, 4 to 5 p.m.

Men’s Basketball vs. Allegheny 5 p.m., College Arena

Line Dance

6:30 to 10 p.m., Old Map

Women’s Basketball vs. Allegheny 7 p.m., College Arena

Thursday Advent Reflection and Prayer

7 to 9 p.m., Harbison Chapel


continued from 5 of the body’s movement. Although [I am] sentimental about my dance career at Grove City coming to a close, I will always cherish the memories of all the work and shared laughter.” To the Underclassmen participating in Orchesis and future dancers, Senior Caroline Coulter says, “Take advantage of all opportunities this group has to offer and push yourself outside your comfort zone because this is a great place to grow and develop new skills!”

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So long, Grove City

Managing editor reflects on work at the Collegian Alyssa Jackson Managing Editor I heard it said that the end of a thing realizes the merit of the thing itself. So as I reflect on my time at the Collegian, I realize the imprint it presses upon me as I graduate. As a freshman, I needed to write for the Collegian to get credit for a class. I remember the blood sweat and tears I shed as I sat in the STU editing and re-editing my first article. At 11:59 p.m., I sent it in, just in time for the midnight deadline. The first time I saw my name in print, I felt pride in my accomplishment and told everyone I knew about it of course. I found myself satisfied in my work (Well, mostly. Is a writer ever truly satisfied with her work?) Little did I know that I would be writing two to three articles a week and editing anywhere from 10-20. As I acquired more responsibility at the paper, I also found myself more invested and loving what I did. Not always, of course. I can only take so much of editing the two spaces a writer entered after every sentence in article before I go insane. Truly though, I have learned much of teamwork and the importance of communication, working under pressure and finding a sense of purpose. My favorite news moment which combined all of these categories was the covering of the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh. By no means do I belittle what happened, it was indeed a tragedy. But the content aside,


this article brought our team together so well. We tried out mob reporting—a technique where multiple reporters cover one story and a write pulls it all together. I had the opportunity to be that writer and head up the story. I could not have done it without the help of my co-workers and teammates. We had three days to write a story… and we did it. We pounded out interviews from multiple sources and all sides of the story. Not only did the interviewing and writing process take nearly our whole team, but the design of the front page was a leap of faith into a new realm. Karen and James and our designers created a design totally out of the box from our normal style and conveyed the heaviness of the story itself. Overall, I am so proud of my team and realizing what we can do. My favorite fun mem-

ory had to be skipping downtown in Louisville, Kentucky. After our wonderful meal at a local Italian restaurant with maybe one too many stars on the wall, Grace, Karen, Paige and I skipped hand in hand down the street. There for the National College Media convention, I realized how excited I am at the prospect of working in journalism for a career. After a good but exhausting day filled with educational sessions, letting loose and enjoying the common bond between us girls mad me giddy. As I leave and move on to an internship with WORLD Magazine, I write this with water seeping at the edge of my eyes. I cannot thank you all enough for your work, enthusiasm and friendship. I will miss all of you dearly. Thank You James, though I’ll admit I’ve had my doubts—you are a phenomenal Editor-inChief. You lead this pa-

per so well and though it may not be your ultimate passion in life, you put your all into it. Thank you. It’s been a pleasure. Karen, you are a divinely inspired designer wizard. Thank you for your commitment, never ceasing hard work and your dear friendship. Grace, you go girl. You know how to take charge and bring something to completion. Your eye for design amazes me. I know you will take my job and do it so well. Paige, your desire to do your best all the time and your patience and perseverance I highly admire. Though I do love seeing your feisty side come out sometimes. And I will always remember your rapping in the car ride back from Kentucky. Rio, thanks for your perspective on things. You have made me see the world differently and you never cease to surprise me in a good

way. I love the grace you carry about you, and your willingness to learn new things and work hard. Aly, your headlines are the bomb dot com. Also I will always back you up when James picks on you. Thanks for your consistent, often up to the last minute work for the section. Michelle, I think only you and I and Jess will ever share the extent of love for puns that we have. Thanks for taking on the task as section editor this year, and thanks for your work copyediting in the past. Wes, oh Wes. You’re the best. I’ll say it in rhyme, because you’d expect nothing less. For taking bomb photos, you pass the test. Your hair, your vibe, your laugh, your love to jest. To the paper, you bring the zest. Nick, thank you for the effort you put into us each week. Thank you for helping us to put out an up to par paper. And thank you Nick, for your personal interest in helping me to improve as a writer and an editor. Thank you for your reminders to build a tough skin, how to make my writing better and when to just go for it. Thanks for believing in me. Thanks to everyone who writes, edits and designs the paper on a volunteer basis. Please realize the necessity of the newspaper and continue to invest in it. Democracy cannot run without a free press, and knowing how to be a journalist as a Christian could save the state of the press today. This work matters, never let it stop.

100 Campus Drive Grove City, Pa. 16127 gcc.collegian@gmail. com Editor-in-Chief James Sutherland Managing Editor Alyssa Jackson Section Editors News Rio Arias Life Paige Fay Entertainment Grace Tarr Perspectives Michelle Jeffries Sports Aly Kruger Photo Chief Wesley Kinney Design Chief Karen Postupac Copy Chief Jessica Cameron Copy Editors Gabrielle Capaldo Natalie Dell Anna DiStefano Britney Lukasiewicz Lauren Ness Elizabeth Stevenson Honora Sweeney Section Designers Kathryn Frazier Shaun Jorstad Rachel Kurak Sionna Spear Hannah Stiller

Standing in Black Friday’s shadow Mackenzie Mendenhall

Contributing Writer You know the feeling all too well – you’re sitting on your couch watching TV with your family on Thanksgiving Day. It’s just after dinnertime, your stomach is stuffed from a feast of turkey and mashed potatoes, and you are about to enjoy the rest of the holiday with your loved ones. Suddenly, commercial after commercial flashes across your TV screen, interrupting your peaceful evening with sales and doorbusters for literally every brand in America. You realize it is almost that day of the year again: Black Friday. Or has Black Friday seemingly already begun on Thanksgiving Thursday? Every year, stores and businesses all over the country push their groundbreaking Black Friday deals to increasingly earlier


times. Malls overflow with bargain-hunting customers before the holiday of being thankful for what we already have is even over. While the early sales may be necessary for businesses to stay on top of the competition, many Americans feel Thanksgiving Day should be spared from the shopping madness. “What bothers me about Black Friday deals starting earlier is it takes away the signifi-

cance of Thanksgiving,” junior Edward Doyle said. “All the attention shifts to the newest and earliest sales. I think it would be fine to start Black Friday sales on Friday and then continue them for the days following, but it is a bit ridiculous to see the shopping take over the holiday.” Laura Nelms, a sophomore at Grove City, disapproved of the strain placed on workers by the early sales.

“I don’t think sales should begin on Thanksgiving Day. Businesses keep moving the times of their deals earlier to compete with one another, but this requires employees to work on a federal holiday. It’s called ‘Black Friday’, and I think they should stick with that day,” Nelms said. Other students felt the excessive crowds on Friday’s main shopping day were too over-

whelming to go through the hassle of navigating stores in person. Cyber Monday, on which brands feature additional deals online, allows consumers to accomplish the bulk of their Christmas shopping from the comfort of their homes. Sophomore Larisa Steiner much preferred this cozier option. “My personal goal is to get the majority of my shopping done on Cyber Monday, thus avoiding the crowds and mayhem,” Steiner said. “The only time I would go out on Black Friday is if there were a crazy good doorbuster I couldn’t find online.” Whether relaxing in front of the computer or braving the mobs of determined customers, Americans will try any method of shopping in order to get the biggest bang for their buck. However, the thrill of low prices should never overshadow Thanksgiving’s traditions of eating delicious food, spending quality family time and appreciating another year of blessings.

Business Manager Nathanael Curry Staff Adviser Nick Hildebrand The Collegian is the student newspaper of Grove City College, located in Grove City, Pa. Opinions appearing on these pages, unless expressly stated otherwise, represent the views of individual writers. They are not the collective views of The Collegian, its staff or Grove City College.

Green Eyeshade Award the

This week’s Green Eyeshade Award goes to Alyssa Jackson, for her wonderful work as first Life Editor and then Managing Editor. Alyssa, you will be sorely missed! The Green Eyeshade Award honors student contributors that demonstrate consistency and excellence in their work.

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A most unfortunate pose

Connor Schlosser Contributing Writer

It was going to be an enjoyable day at prom for students at Baraboo High School in Wisconsin last spring. All dressed up in their suits and dresses, students were ready for preprom pictures to be taken together as a class. H i g h school juniors gathered outside of the local courthouse for photos. First with formal pictures, then a goofy picture at the end to show off a humorous side. But the boys of Baraboo went beyond humor for their final picture. The boys extended their right arms out resembling the Nazi salute made infamous by the Third Reich. The picture, taken in May earlier this year, has only recently surfaced on social media and has since expanded onto the international stage. Baraboo School District respond quickly with stern disagreement and disappointment towards the students’ actions. The school superintendent, Lori Mueller, said, “Regardless of the details of the photo or the intentions in the hearts of those involved, the truth is this is an image that has rightly been described as hateful, frightening, and disappointing.” Locals of the Baraboo


area have been interviewed by several news sources. Many are disturbed by the actions of the students and strongly believe it is a false representation of the town. In response to the social media uproar, locals gathered at the exact location the photo was taken for a picture of their own. Everyone makes a heart with their hands to disprove the misrepresentation. The photographer of the infamous picture, Pete Gust, was interviewed following the recent attention. When asked about how he had the boys pose, he responded, “I said, ok boys you’re going to say goodbye to your parents, so wave. (The picture shows) all different stages of waving goodbye.” He believes that the country is wrong for interpreting the photo as it has. He says, “None of the kids that were in the picture that I am aware of ever had that as an intent.”

A musical life Perspectives Editor

The sound of an orchestra warming up. A choir singing in perfect harmony. The melodious timbre of a concert B-flat that will forever be ingrained in my mind. These are a few of my favorite sounds. The words “I can’t, I have rehearsal” have become all too often heard coming out of my mouth. At times, it may seem like a halfhearted excuse, but to anyone who is in a music ensemble—or multiple ensembles—they know the reality that exists behind these words. I constantly find myself wondering what people who aren’t in ensembles do. So much of my time and so much of my day is scheduled around the times that I have rehearsals. It would be so much easier to handle my schoolwork if I didn’t have so many rehearsals to go to. To anyone not in music, it may seem ridiculous to dedicate so much time perfecting that one piece for that one concert. But to a musician, it is much

making an “O.K.” symbol with your hand, your goal is simply to make gullible victims to glance at the hand. I asked some of my fellow classmates for their first impression of the student’s gesture, and all recognized the gesture as the popular high school game. I am not defending this student’s actions because we can only assume their intent. Yet, so have countless news sources who have already accused this student of white nationalism. From the picture, their actions are worthy of rebuke. As for most of the students within the picture it does appear that they are in fact saluting and not waving. Some have even stiffened their arms to display an even more frightening scene. Although the photographer defended the students, stating they meant no harm by their pose, many have been rightfully offended. It is possible the stu-

dents thought it would be comical to extend their arms, not to wave, but to resemble the dark salute to Nazism. If this is the case, it is indeed a great disappointment and an extremely offensive act. Whether it was sheer ignorance or utter disrespect and foolishness, the students must understand the magnitude of what their actions speak for—a totalitarian regime responsible for the death of millions. These junior high school students are not even considered adults. The human brain is not fully developed until the age of 25. Maturity plays a significant role in this story. What if the students in the photo had no real motive to salute? The students ultimately have the freewill decision, but popularity or a good laugh may be a more attractive choice. In this case, nobody was laughing, and students gained the wrong kind of popu-

The image of God genetically modified


Michelle Jeffries

Not everyone had their hands raised. Some had their hands at their sides. Yet, one student, who did not have his hand raised interestingly made an “O.K.” symbol with his right hand in the front row at his side. Many news sources have pointed at this student, boldly accusing the student of making a white power symbol for the picture. Although it is impossible to know the intent of the student, I believe this is a significant misunderstanding. Firstly, the white power symbol, although shares the gesture of the “O.K.” symbol, is used in the upright position with the arm raised- the student’s symbol is upside down and his arm is at his side. Secondly, the symbol shares more resemblance to a popular game among middle and high school students. The “circle game” as it is simply called, is a creative game of “made-you-look.” By

larity—condemnation from the school and the rest of the world. The students must take responsibility for their actions. The final say of this inappropriate act was placed in the hands of the school. Although schools are legally allowed to restrict student speech in schoolsponsored events, the prom was not schoolsponsored. Baraboo School District decided not to punish the students as a result of free speech. This is a clear instance where free speech does not seem just. Yet if we look at it at a different way, we can see the value behind it. Those who persecute the Christian are unable to proceed with legal action against what is said. In this case, the Christian is protected by the first amendment; the same amendment that has protected these students. The students have made a mistake that may forever haunt them. A lesson like this is truly a bitter one, yet the students must learn from this experience. I believe in these circumstances, the greatest action to take is education. Students must be made aware of the darkness behind their actions and the offense and pain they have caused and hopefully come to understand their wrongdoing and experience a change of heart.

more than that. It is the way you feel after performing that piece that you worked so hard on and played as well as you could that makes it all worth it. There are so many times that I ask why I keep doing this to myself. Why do I dedicate the time that I don’t have to all of these rehearsals? And the answer is simple. I love it. And I can’t imagine life without it. All of my life, I have been surrounded by music. I grew up listening to Chicago on long road trips with my family, my dad was always playing the trumpet and music is a holiday tradition for my family. Most of my friends I met through music ensembles. And music made me into the person that I am today. It taught me that mistakes are a part of life, that sometimes things can’t be perfect and often things work better when you work as a team. So although it is one of the most frustrating and time consuming things to do, it is also the best decision I have ever made. And I will always smile when I have to say the words, “I can’t, I have rehearsal.”

Emily Geiger

Contributing Writer Over the last hundred years, genetic modifications have changed the way we live. Crops are now more “human friendly” with modified orange peels for peeling, pest-resistant DNA and visually appealing colors. Cows, chickens and other livestock are changed to produce more m e a t , eggs, and milk than ever before. With advancements in technology, humans can fix the code of whatever is inconvenient. However, these DNA alternations tend to come with a cost. Most GMO products end up spreading beyond the fields they are intended, cows suffer under the tremendous weight from increased muscle mass and some ecosystems become endangered from a new invasive sub species of genetic advantage. Many unintentional consequences result from genetic modification. This is important to note when dealing with human DNA remodeling. Many parents are now considering the possibility of “designer babies.” These are children who have scientif-


ic manipulation at the time of conception in attempt of the parents to control what their child will be like. Some reasons are more noble than others. Several parents wish to prevent inheritable disease, increase intelligence, and remove family history of aggression and violence. Others want to have more control in the aesthetics of the child. They want to change the child’s gender, make them have blue eyes, seek to make them a certain height… the list goes on. Luckily, this kind of science is only seen in fiction. However, this could soon change. He Jiankui of Shenzhen, China claimed he delivered twin girls who have had their DNA altered to help them resist infections such as AIDS. Although it could be considered noble to prevent the spread of disease through genetic modification, it is a slippery slope requir-

ing much caution. It is difficult to figure out where to draw the line when it comes to these “improvements.” One may want to prevent their child from illness, but parents may want to use DNA recoding as a way to sculpt their perfect vision for their child. Parents might assume that they need to take measures to make the child smarter and more attractive. When that becomes a reality, doctors and parents take the role of God, believing that their view of perfection is better than what is natural. You might alter how a child will turn out, but you cannot change the destiny that God has for him. In the 1997 film GATTACA, the future is displayed as a genetic hierarchical system, where those with the purest genes are the only ones who are able to thrive in society. However, these people feel more

dissatisfied than ever before because they are all streamlined to be perfect. They have no quirks, faults or blips in their code that makes them human. Although it is a fictitious film, it carries an important lesson that we need to consider. Our faults, no matter how much we hate them, were placed there on purpose. God designed the world and crafted the stars. I do not believe he made the mistake of placing a mole on your chin or making your voice “too high.” If we start changing these characteristics of ourselves, we eliminate God’s gift of uniqueness. In my opinion, I believe that genetic modification should be strictly used for disease prevention. Every past instance of GMOs carry consequences, and I believe that a human should be who they are meant to be.

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Wolverines off to a strong start

Mackenzie Stine

Men’s Basketball Beat Writer The Grove City men’s basketball team opened up their President’s Athletic Conference games last week. They came into the opener with two wins and two losses prior to battling Bethany on Wednesday night. The Wolverines took on 1-4 Waynesburg last Wednesday. The game ended in an 8171 loss for the Wolverines. Sophomore guard Justice Rice put up 20 points while junior forward James Wells had an impressive showing with 24 points. Wells is the team’s leading scorer with 120 points in only 6 games. The Wolverines tied the game in the second quarter with a scoring drive led by sophomore center Garrett Clark. Senior guard Isaac Williams contributed to the Wolverine’s scoring drive with a three-pointer.


Junior guard Nate Peters dropped 10 points in the GCC men’s basketball loss against Saint Vincent on Saturday. Williams is the team’s leading three-point scorer with thirteen so far this season. He also led the team in threepointers last year with thirty-two giving him the third highest threepoint percentage in the President’s Athletic Conference. The team than faced Saint Vincent at home

Saturday. Saint Vincent outscored the Wolverines 78-62. Points were distributed across the board with ten points each scored by team-leading scorers junior guard Nate Peters, Wells and Williams. Rice and sophomore forward Joe Meola also contributed 9 points apiece to the

Wolverine’s total. Peters, Wells, Williams, Rice and Meola top the scoring for Grove City with an impressive 324 points of the Wolverine’s total 415 points. Rice also had 4 assists bringing his season total to twenty-one. He leads the team in assists by almost double as Peters follows with 12 as-

sists on the season. The team is young this year and a lot of young players are getting more playing time. Sophomore Justice Rice averages 23 minutes per game, has played in all six games and has started five. Freshman Josh Brown has also played in all six games. He has started

three of the games and averages 19 minutes per game. Freshman Ben Rose and Sophomores Chris McKrell and Garrett Clark have each played in all six games and average about 13.5 minutes per game. Wednesday night, the team came out fighting to Grove City College Arena against visiting Bethany and put up 34 points in the first half while limiting Bethany to 26. With two minutes left in time, Grove City led Bethany 74-58. Nate Peters scored 25 points total followed by Justice Rice with 13 points, Chris McKrell and Isaac Williams scored 12 and 11 points, respectably. Grove City held Bethany to 67 points and closed the game victorious with 84 points. Trey Shifflett was Bethany’s high scorer with 15 points. Grove City will travel to Pittsburgh to face Chatham tomorrow at 2 p.m.

FOOTBALL continued from 1 Conference. How did Grove City turn itself around so fast? It begins and ends with head coach Andrew DiDonato ’10 and the new mentality he instilled in the players since day one. In order for such a dramatic change to take place, there must be a change in attitude. “To make the change this year required a huge shift in mental attitude and how we approached every single day of practice,” said senior Connor Lowe. A lot of that attitude shift comes from Coach DiDonato, this year’s PAC Coach of the Year. “There’s definitely no other coach that deserves that award,” junior kicker Kelsey Tischler said. “Everything he does is to glorify God.” This opinion is shared by many people on the team and those who know DiDonato personally. “It’s such a rare thing to see a guy come into work every day with the same amount of passion and fire that Coach brings,” Lowe said. “It’s honestly unparalleled from anything I’ve ever seen in a football coach, he’ll pull all-nighters studying film. Just an incredible man.” DiDonato’s attitude has changed the way the game is played and impacted how the players see the game. “He [has an] overwhelming sense of joy,” Jackson said. “We lost every single game our sophomore year, his first year as head coach, and there wasn’t a day when he came in visibly upset.” The team has learned through DiDonato’s example and the outcome speaks for itself. The most important lesson these players take from DiDonato is the importance of joy, always. “Having joy in you and bringing joy


Head coach Andrew DiDonato ’10 celebrates with his team after defeating St. Vincent College 24-14 in last year’s night game. The win snapped a 33-game losing streak for the Wolverines, stretching across three seasons. with you to work regardless of whatever circumstances you’re facing [is the most important lesson],” Lowe said. “In life things are going to go wrong, but if you can find joy independent of the circumstances that are bearing down on you, then that’s a tremendous way to be fulfilled in life.” That message is clearly seen in the players, and in the positivity, they bring to the field every day. “The seniors have taught all of us that it is how you respond to circumstances when things aren’t going well that allow you to see the turnaround we’ve experienced,” DiDonato said. “A few years ago, when things weren’t going so well, they took ownership, remained positive, and brought joy to practice every day. Their attitude during that time is a key reason why we got to enjoy these special moments this season.” “Culture always wins,” team chaplain Jim Thrasher ’80 said. That attitude and culture has come through in the younger players as well, who have been focused on their vision for some time. “We belong in every game, and we belong winning each game,” junior running back Wesley Schools said. “My freshman year we were just itching to win a game, and now we’re expected to win.” Many of those wins came as a shock

to Grove City’s opponents, but it simply fueled their fire. The Wolverines also dealt with a number of setbacks, including some key injuries, through this run. But those setbacks only made the team stronger and more resilient. “Coach had another coach text him after a game and say, ‘you guys eat adversity like its lunch,’” Lowe said. The ‘brick by brick’ mentality of the team has driven everything the team does, on and off the field. DiDonato said, “We break up practice into 5-minute periods to keep everyone moving and to practice at a fast pace. Secondly, on the field we’ve focused on three things including mastering our art, effort every rep, and discipline. Finally, as far as scheme we’ve found what we could be best at and focused just on mastering that.” Of the coaches, Jackson said, “They really play to our strengths. [DiDonato’s] going to look at the talent he has around him and play to that advantage.” Shifting the focus to the talent of the players rather than relying on old plays brought changes to both offensive and defensive sides. Jackson said, “We were able to win these games by just running the ball, keeping it in bounds, making sure we weren’t running out the clock.” This season revealed the passing of records

“We’re hunters. We hunt teams and we take them down.” Wesley Schools and player recognition almost every week. Jackson added, “In terms of just blocking scheme, all we had to do was give the ball to Wesley Schools.” Schools, a junior running back who has started all three years, had a huge season, breaking school records almost every game and securing PAC Player of the Week honors on multiple occasions. “We’re hunters. We hunt teams and we take them down,” Schools said. Defensively, the challenge became not only stopping the other team’s game, but also making big plays when the time came. “We were able to figure out where our strengths were in terms of like past coverages and blitzes,” Jackson said. “We had certain schemes for certain teams and we realized that this was going to work better against [certain teams], but I think they do a really good job making sure not so much that we’re going to always do this exact thing, but who do we have around us that makes us better, how can we use that to our advantage.” So how exactly is this team the team to


Junior running back Wesley Schools charges the ball up the field aginst Morrsiville State in the James Lynah Bowl last month. Schools racked up over 350 rushing yards and five touchdowns, capping off a remarkable individual season. see all that work come to fruition? “We’re not overwhelmingly more talented than the 0-10 teams that came before us,” Lowe said. “It’s changed mentally.” Players leave this football team with bittersweet lessons learned; overcoming adversity fiercely, possessing an attitude of confidence and togetherness, and embodying the knowledge that all the glory goes to God is a lesson that the players will undoubtedly take with them. The seniors are now leaving a legacy of overcoming adversity to the younger players on the team, and the team will move forward with lessons from the veterans and consistent phrases and focus. DiDonato said, “We have certain four second phrases that we use as a program and talk about throughout the year.” Some of those phrases have been added to the vernacular of the players. “Life can get overwhelming,” Lowe said. “So, I have a phrase: See a little, see a lot, see a lot, see nothing.” This season, the team has reminded Grove City College and its students of the importance

of hard work and overcoming adversity, but also the importance of doing everything for the glory of God. “I hope people realize what a special group of people this is,” Tischler said. “I would not want to play for any other football team in the country. This is where I want to be.” Lowe echoed Tischler, concluding, “Just being a part of this team has been one of the greatest honors of my life.” No doubt the pursuit of PACs will continue in the future, but for now, the seniors and the team remain sure of the turnaround and the dedication of the coach and players to succeed. Remaining focused on the vision allows the team to be reflective and appreciative of all they have accomplished, while on the hunt. “I will never forget that we came from 0-30,” Schools said. “I will never forget where we came from and where we’re going.” Additional reporting from

James Sutherland,

Editor-in-Chief, and Grace Tarr, Entertainment Editor


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Grove City’s five All-PAC honorees, clockwise from bottom left: Junior tackle Sal Spinosa, sophomore punter Caleb Brake, sophomore wide receiver Cody Gustafson, junior running back Wesley School and head coach Andrew DiDonato ’10

Football earns honors

Aly Kruger Sports Editor


Senior forward Krista Heckman earned United States Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III All-American honors last week. She is the first All-American in Grove City College Women’s history.

Heckman first All-American

Price Styer

Men’s Soccer Beat Writer Grove City College senior soccer player Krista Heckman earned All-American honors last week following her outstanding season. Heckman made the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Third Team AllAmerica as a forward. She is the first All-American in the 27-year history of the Grove City women’s soccer program. Heckman also made the First Team of the All-Great Lakes Region, and was named Presidents’ Athletic

Conference Player of the Year. She led Grove City this season with eight assists and 10 goals, six of which won games for the Wolverines. She tallied 28 total points this season. Heckman started all 22 matches this season and each of the last three seasons to earn four total varsity letters. She shares the Grove City career record with 90 appearances. Heckman concluded her career with 25 career goals and 15 career assists, helping the women’s team to a 63-23-5 record during her career. She earned First

Women rebound from loss Malloy Trumball

Women’s Basketball Beat Writer The Grove City College women’s basketball team moved to 5-3 overall and 1-1 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference after splitting a pair of conference games last week. Grove City visited Waynesburg Nov. 28 and won 93-52, the most points ever scored by Grove City in a road conference game. The victory came easily with four Grove City players scoring in the double digits. Junior Kate Balcom led Grove City by scoring 23 points for the game. Sophomore Sedona Campbell was able to add 16 points and was 7-of-11 shooting. Sophomore Jess Bowen poured in 15 points while senior Laura Buchanan posted 14 points while going 7-of-8 from the field. The Wolverines made a season-high seven three-pointers in which Bowen made a career high of three. Sophomore Lauren Frederick also contributed two three-pointers and ended the game with a total of nine points. The Wolverines dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Yellow Jackets 4622. Balcom, Buchanan and Campbell had a three-way tie in rebounding with eight rebounds each. Balcom helped her team out and posted four assists for the game. Campbell and sophomore Gretchen Elsey helped with two assists each. Balcom led Grove City in steals with three for

the game while Bowen, Senior McKenzie Black, and Sophomore Jordan McConnell added two steals each. The women then lost at home Saturday in a 63-44 decision against PAC opponent Saint Vincent. Sophomore Jessica Kimbrell led the Wolverines with a career high of 10 points. Balcom had nine points and led the team with a high of seven rebounds. Campbell added six points and Frederick made two three-pointers to acquire six points as well. Bowen added three assists and Balcom added three steals. The Wolverines only shot 37 percent from the field on Saturday while the Bearcats were 43 percent from the field. Saint Vincent edged out Grove City on the glass, getting out-rebounded 34-33. Wednesday night, the women defeated Bethany 7649 at the Grove City College Arena in PAC action. After a first quarter of equal scoring from wither team of sixteen points, Grove City dominated the second and third quarters, scoring 21 and 27 points respectively, while holding Bethany to a 16-point second quarter and a 12-point third quarter. Leading 64-44 going into the fourth, the Wolverines held a comfortable lead, securing the victory after 12 points, holding Bethany to a concluding five points and ending the game 76-49. Tomorrow the women travel to Pittsburgh to face Chatham in conference action at 12 p.m.

Team All-PAC this season as well as having earned Second Team All-PAC honors in 2017. Grove City won its first conference title in 17 years and made its fourth all-time NCAA Championship Tournament appearance this fall. The Wolverines toppled defending national runner-up Chicago in the opening round before falling to undefeated Centre in the second round. Grove City’s 17 wins this year matched the program’s single-season record, set in 2016 and tied in 2017. Grove City’s 17-4-1 overall record is the best in program’s history.

The Presidents’ Athletic Conference announced its All-Conference football honors Tuesday afternoon and the Grove City College football squad is well-represented on this year’s teams. Head coach Andrew DiDonato earned the conference’s Coach of the Year award. DiDonato guided Grove City to an 8-3 overall record this season, including a 6-3 mark in conference play. The Wolverines defeated Morrisville State last Saturday in the Eastern College Athletic Conference James Lynah Bowl, 56-48, their first ever post-season victory. Four players earned First Team All-PAC. Sophomore punter Caleb Brake, who led the conference in punting this year, averaged 38.8 yards per kick this season. Sophomore wide receiver Cody Gustafson is the second player, setting Grove City single-season records this season for receptions (76), receiving yards (1,201) and touchdown catches (15). He

ranked second in the conference in receiving yards and yards per catch. Junior running back Wesley Schools won the conference rushing title this season by amassing 1,741 yards. Schools led the conference with 20 rushing touchdowns and ranked second overall in the league with 120 points. Finally, junior offensive tackle Sal Spinosa secured the title. Spinosa started all 11 games on the offensive line for Grove City, including nine starts at left tackle. Senior offensive tackle Dalton Callihan captured Second Team All-PAC recognition. A team co-captain, Callihan led a veteran offensive line that featured four juniors in the starting lineup this year. Honorable Mention AllPAC went to senior linebacker Ethan Conto, sophomore wide receiver Cameron Drake, senior safety Dan Jackson, freshman linebacker Parker Kilgore, senior nose tackle Connor Lowe, sophomore safety Patrick Mark, freshman kicker Nick Morrow, and junior guard Matt Villers.

The Collegian – December 7, 2018  

The Collegian is the student newspaper of Grove City College, located in Grove City, Pa.

The Collegian – December 7, 2018  

The Collegian is the student newspaper of Grove City College, located in Grove City, Pa.