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Collegian The Award-Winning Grove City College Student Newspaper

Vol. 107, No. 14

Trustees have their say

Anonymous faculty letter continues CRT discussion Ayden Gutierrez News Editor

The Grove City College Board of Trustees said Wednesday that they have formed a committee to investigate “alleged instances of mission-drift” in response to a series of questions about critical race theory at the college raised by parents, students, faculty, staff and others. In addition to establishing the committee, the board acknowledged those questions about the college’s mission,

COVID no longer a worry?

vision and values. “We unqualifiedly reaffirm GCC’s Christ-centered mission and commitment to a free society, traditional values and the common good. That has not changed one iota and will not change on our watch,” the board stated. “In particular, the Board categorically rejects Critical Race Theory and similar ‘critical’ schools of thought as antithetical to GCC’s mission and values.” The promise of the board came days after an anonymous letter – purportedly

written by faculty members – was addressed and delivered to the Board of Trustees. The letter claims that CRT has broken basic institutional processes. The anonymous letter is one of many correspondences in an ongoing controversy regarding the relation of the topic to the college. The letter has been circulating in the college community, both on campus and online, as many notable users on Twitter have shared their thoughts on social media. Joshua Abbotoy, execu-

tive director of The American Reformer, promoted the anonymous faculty letter on Twitter and solicited current and former faculty and staff to sign it. “I have been approached by a group of current and former faculty members who put together and support a letter to the Grove City Board of Trustees regarding the CRT situation at Grove City,” Abbotoy tweeted on February 7. He had no comment when The Collegian contacted him for this story. The letter, which was pur-

portedly written by former and current faculty members claiming that Critical Race Theory is being advocated on campus, suggests that the college is struggling. “Absent immediate attention and prompt reform, we fear that the damage the college has suffered will become permanent,” wrote the anonymous authors. The letter claimed that the CRT 3

51 faculty sign letter in support of college, on page 9

Gearing up for conference tourney

Nick Grasso Staff Writer

While the college experienced a surge of COVID cases during some parts of this spring semester, no masking or social distancing requirements were put in place by the administration. A greater number of students have self-reported symptoms, and the campus community has been able to live out a normal semester. The cumulative number of positive cases since Aug. 16 reached 411 – 300 student cases and 111 employee cases. Additionally, from Dec. 27 to Feb. 13, there were 113 positive student cases and 55 employee cases. With positive cases increasing at a rapid rate, the question of whether the school will institute preventive measures remains. The student body strongly embraced various mentalities on this issue, but the majority seem to be thankful the college remains dedicated to providing a normal semester. Freshman Trent Wick said, “I think the best thing that we can do is to allow people to make their own decisions. If someone is concerned about COVID, they can take any provisions they deem as necessary. Whether that’s a mask or vaccine, that’s up to them.” Junior Kurtis Sekera said, “It’s a good thing that the college isn’t using preventive measures, because it must mean cases aren’t that serious. It’s not an issue for the college right now, so if people start getting seriously sick, then it might become an issue.” During the 2021 fall semester, the campus was struck with an uptick in cases resulting in a mandatory masking period. Soon after, the mandate was lifted, and the normal semester continued. This semester, as the campus recently experienced an uptick, no mask mandate was imposed on the student COVID 3


Junior Joshua McCray drives to the hoop on Wednesday night in a game against Westminster. Read all about it in Sports, page 12.

Nursing program partners with regional powerhouse

Ayden Gutierrez News Editor

Grove City College has signed an agreement with Cleveland Clinic that will allow nursing students to do clinical work in one of the world-class healthcare provider’s hospitals or outpatient centers. “Clinical agreements are needed so that nursing students can have access to clinical experiences in their fourth year of the nursing program,” said Nursing Program Director Janey A. Roach. “Cleveland Clinic is the newest agreement as we also have agreements with University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Allegheny Health Network (AHN),”

Roach said. “Depending on where the student lives, if they choose to leave GCC after the third year once they graduate from Butler County Community College (BC3), they will need access to clinical experiences for the two of the courses in their fourth year.” The agreement marks a new phase for the college’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program, which was launched two years ago and will welcome its third class of students this fall. Members of the first class, now in their sophomore year, will soon be eligible to begin taking higherlevel courses that require 30 hours of clinical experience in professional settings like those in the Cleveland Clinic

system. “The recent agreement with the Cleveland Clinic is a great way to expand more partnerships with the nursing program to provide a wider base for clinical experiences,” said sophomore nursing student Emily Smyth. “Not only is expanding for the clinical experience a great thing, but maybe the potentiality of being hired by one of these great medical facilities is a great opportunity especially for this new program.” Having this and other agreements in place with regional hospitals and health care systems is necessary to deliver on the promise of the college’s innovative BSN program. Offered by Grove City Col-

lege’s Charles Jr. and Betty Johnson School of Nursing in partnership with BC3, the BSN program includes coursework at both campuses, which allows students to get an excellent, Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences education and high-quality clinical and professional training. “I could not be more excited about the partnership between our nursing program and the Cleveland Clinic,” said freshman nursing student Brooke Johncour. “This partnership will provide nursing students like myself with opportunities to gain clinical experience in some of the best hospitals in the country.” In tandem with the agreeNURSING 3


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From the Tower

Living life without distraction

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been finding myself distracted lately. Even more so than usual. In the most technologically advanced age in human history, we have everything vying for our attention – cell phones, social media, movies, TV shows, video games, news broadcasts, ads, you name it. Facing various distractions in a media-saturated culture has been the case for the past 20 to 30 years, but 2021 has especially proven that digital distraction is only going to become worse in the years ahead. Whether the tool for distraction is emotionally attaching yourself to a movie/TV character or escaping into a 3D virtual world like the Metaverse, there is danger in losing yourself in a fictional world that you forget to live your own life. Despite my love for film and television, I’ve been slowly losing interest in watching entertainment for long periods of time. I’d rather go somewhere or hang out with friends rather than watch TV all day. And the idea of immersing yourself in the Metaverse sounds too much like the plot of “The Matrix” or “Ready Player One.” The concept may sound cool at first, but the more you think about it, the more disturbing the idea of escaping into a second reality becomes. What I find the most disturbing, though, is technology’s increasing capability to distract us from reaching our true potential in life. As I grow older, I am less satisfied with catching up on Netflix over weekends (as tempting as it sounds). Before I graduate college and enter my career, I want to go out more and make the most out of my free time while it lasts. This provoking thought became apparent to me while watching the Super Bowl this past Sunday. In previous years, I normally enjoyed watching the big game with family and friends, but I just couldn’t enjoy it this year for whatever reason. Even spending time with close friends, I could have cared less about Super Bowl LVI. This year’s annual football event, complete with the halftime show and commercials, felt inauthentic – like the whole broadcast felt a desperate need to please its audience with over-the-top halftime performers and unfunny commercials. The temptation to focus on other people’s aspirations and successes rather than our own is a real struggle. A limited exposure to vicarious viewing experiences won’t ruin your life, but anything in abundance can be dangerous. It’s important to remember that pursuing your purpose as an individual and Christian is what makes your life yours and not someone else’s. Entertainment may provide temporary pleasure, but it doesn’t create lasting fulfillment. So, limit your exposure to distractions, get out of your comfort zone and maybe you’ll start moving towards the life you truly want.

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Don’t watch for the commercials Caleb West

Managing Editor There are a few times a year where the blatant materialism of our capitalist society explodes with all the power and grace of a nuclear bomb. More and more it seems that every holiday has simply become an opportunity for marketing to be shoved down our throats. Christmas and Easter have turned from being Christfocused celebrations to mere opportunities to buy things. After all, how else will we show love to those around us if not by buying them more stuff? There’s one category of holiday, however, that irks me more than all the rest: the holidays that have been created on the basis of profit and profit alone. Black Friday stands out among the crowd here, even expanding into Cyber Monday, with many sales now lasting months. Recently, though, we’ve seen the emergence of another competitor: Super Bowl Sunday. Like Black Friday, it’s not a federal holiday, but with most people off work for the weekend (and some schools even cancel-

ling classes the next day), the Super Bowl has turned from a sporting event to a marketing spree. Now, I’m not some football purist that thinks there should be no commercial breaks during broadcast events. There are just some steps that go a little too far for my taste. The moment I saw a blockbuster-movie-esque trailer for a Super Bowl commercial I knew that something was horrifically wrong. The idea of ‘watching for the commercials’ continues to baffle me. Sure, with companies spending millions of dollars in production and tens of millions more for the airtime, there are certainly some interesting things to watch, but why would you sit through hours of a game that you don’t enjoy simply to watch advertisements? In my opinion, there’s not even much to see for most commercials. There’s almost no novelty to any of them anymore. The formula is simple: drop tons of money to bring in some celebrity to shill for you, slather the whole thing with gratuitous visual effects and CGI, throw in some cheesy voice-over and there’s your commercial. For most of these companies, it’s a contest to see who can get the most ‘free’ coverage from the news after the


fact, but the massive corporations like Lays or General Motors have already set the precedent, so it’s not surprising when they do something like advertise for their own commercial or hire the cast of a movie or TV show. Every once in a while, there is an actually novel idea. This year, Coinbase hit it out of the park with their QR code ad. The colorful code bouncing around on the screen like the DVD logo of old with no blatant branding piqued people’s curiosity enough that they got millions of new users, enough to crash their app. That’s the type of ad the Super Bowl is known for, and that’s what people remember, but to watch the whole game just for that is just silly. In reality, no one is actually watching for the commercials, they’re watching because everyone else is. All of their friends are at the party, and having a good time, and tomorrow at work everyone will be talking about it, so you better have seen it so you can partake in the conversation. So, next year don’t pull out the excuse of watching for the commercials. Instead be honest with yourself and admit it: you’re going to a party for the social interaction, which is a perfectly good reason to go to a party.

This week in history...

New mediums, new bruises

February 20, 1952 Spill on ice sends professor to hospital Dr. Josephine E. Roberts sustained serious injuries when she fell on the ice in front of Crawford Hall. Roberts was operated on and spent several weeks in the hospital following the procedure. February 15, 2002 College unveils new website

This week’s Green Eyeshade Award goes to Copy Chief Joanna Thorpe for her dedication to the paper and keen attention to detail each Wednesday night. The Green Eyeshade Award honors student contributors that demonstrate consistency and excellence in their work.


The college announced that they would be releasing a new website, The website was designed to be a tool that prospective students, parents and alumni could use. The website’s purpose was to effectively market the school. “The web is becoming more important, and we need to make it a vehicle for the school,” then chief-information officer Mike

Bright said. February 19, 2010 Law society releases new journal The Grove City College Journal of Law and Public Policy provides an opportunity for students, as well as faculty and alumni, to enter into intellectual discussion that will benefit both the campus community and the national community of higher education. Grove City College will become the sixth undergraduate institution to publish a law journal, joining notable institutions such as Columbia University, UCLA and Amherst College. However, The Journal was unique, because the other law reviews or journals do not feature faculty and alumni scholastic submissions.

Ayden Gutierrez

News Editor

News The Collegian,


continued from 1 college’s mission and identity, along with its financial well-being, are at risk. The authors claim that the faculty’s approach to the issue doesn’t align with the historical identity and mission of the college, and as a result, the administration has alienated themselves from the core of the college. The authors say they are “a diverse group that represents multiple academic disciplines, areas of specialty, denominational backgrounds and phases of career,” and that their shared love for the distinctive mission and character of Grove City College is what unites them.

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The authors claim they wrote anonymously because of their displeasure with senior administration’s handling of the CRT crisis and upon the belief that their concerns would not be met with professional honor. “A staggering amount of institutional change has been implemented since summer 2020, and much of it has moved the college away from its historic mission and identity, which we believe will render the college less competitive in today’s higher education marketplace,” wrote the anonymous authors. Another letter was addressed to the Board of Trustees, in which a number of faculty members voiced their support of the current

Page 3 administration’s handling of the controversy. The letter can be found in the Perspectives section on page 9. President Paul J. McNulty ’80 discussed the ongoing debate in an article in Newsweek. “It’s amazing how a school as conservative as we are can be a flashpoint, which reveals how troubled people are about critical race theory,” McNulty said. “I appreciate the concern, but we need to find a way to talk about race without appearing to promote critical race theory. Of course, we don’t promote a Marxist position on these things. That is contrary to what we’re all about.”

Board issues response statement The Board of Trustees is aware of recent commentary questioning whether Grove City College may be changing its mission, vision or values. Our duty of care and loyalty includes stewardship of the college’s mission — an honor and responsibility that we take most seriously. We unqualifiedly reaffirm GCC’s Christ-centered mission and commitment to a free society, traditional values and the common good. That has not changed one iota and will not change on our watch. Fidelity to the college’s founding principles secures GCC’s unique place as an oasis in American higher education. In particular, the Board categorically rejects Critical Race Theory and similar “critical” schools of thought as antithetical to GCC’s mission and values. In his written statement addressing the matter, President McNulty attempted to balance confidential per-

sonnel matters with assurances that remedial steps would be taken and more may be appropriate. To that end, and with the encouragement of President McNulty, the Board has established a special committee to review alleged instances of mission-drift, summarize facts, identify remedial actions already implemented by President McNulty and recommend any additional measures that may be appropriate. David Porter, Secretary of the Board, will chair the special committee. The other committee members are Alice Batchelder; Deborah Holt, Treasurer of the Board; Anne McClelland; David Rathburn, former Board Chair; and John Sparks, former Dean of the Calderwood School of Arts and Letters. We anticipate that the special committee will complete its work by approximately the end of March.

Sports content creators wanted Ayden Gutierrez News Editor

Sophomore Abigail Montgomery discusses her current task with a fellow nursing student.


continued from 1 ment, an anonymous donor has established a need-based scholarship for senior nursing students who want to do their clinical work at a Cleveland Clinic hospital. “I think this partnership is great for the program and opens so many doors,” said Smyth. “To be branching out to one of the best medical facilities in the country and being able to have it close to Grove City as well, you can’t ask for much more.” Two fourth year nursing


classes – Public Health Nursing and Nursing Leadership Seminar – require the clinical component. “For both courses, students will identify an experience that meets the course objectives,” Roach said. “The community experience could require working with clients afflicted by homelessness and/or substance abuse. The leadership course would involve working with a nurse leader in a health care environment.” Cleveland Clinic operates 19 hospitals and more than 200 outpatient centers in

northeast Ohio, southeast Florida, Las Vegas, Canada, London and Abu Dhabi. The college has also reached a placement agreement with AHN and is in the process of finalizing pacts with other regional health systems and hospitals. To accommodate students who may look beyond the western Pennsylvania-northeastern Ohio region to complete their clinical requirements, the college will pursue additional agreements with specific hospitals and health systems as needed, Roach said.

putting them on their list.” Assistant Dean of Student Life and Learning Joseph Cirelli played a role in the college’s COVID outlook and has been tremendously helpful in prioritizing the campus community’s safety along with the college experience. “There has been a sharp decline in cases on campus over the past 10 days, during which time we have had 15 total cases. This decline is consistent with dropping case numbers at local, state, national and international levels,” Cirelli said. “Our numbers are trending significantly below a number of colleges our size around the country. Additionally, our numbers are also semi-

inflated with 28 positives among a small percentage of our student body who were on campus prior to the official start of the semester.” The college and community remain diligent in their efforts to ensure student and faculty safety amidst our continued COVID state, and it is clear that trends seem to be heading in the right direction. Additionally, Cirelli said, “The college remains committed to ensuring students have as close to the desired and distinctive Grove City experience as possible while also maintaining the health of our student body and employees.”


continued from 1 and faculty body. There seems to be a general calmness about the campus amidst our current COVID experience. Senior David Capaldo expanded on this idea: “I personally have not seen many positive cases when compared to other years. I’ve noticed a few people in quarantine over the past week or so, but I haven’t seen a dramatic shift around me.” The college made it clear that safety and health are the priority for students and faculty, and the community considered multiple stances regarding the issue of COVID. “I think the school could definitely be more conscientious with their social distancing, and my views have stayed the same as I think it’s important to think of others first. It’s important to be selfless and follow certain rules, even if they can be uncomfortable at times,” junior Gracie Turnbaugh said. “The list system for exposed students is pretty flawed, and oftentimes students get mad at others for

The athletics department of the college is actively recruiting students who have a talent in videography for several upcoming projects. Director of Athletics Todd Gibson ’02 sent an email to students on Feb. 4, in which he detailed that there is a need for videographers within the department. Gibson noted that they are looking for students who have a passion for and skill in video production and who also can make a lasting impact in the athletics program. The department is looking for: Students interested in producing high quality highlight films, short motivational material and recruiting materials that can be shared with teams, potential athletic recruits and the nation via social media. Students with creative minds, who love Grove City College and are willing to share their gifts with our athletics department. Students who want to tell stories via photography, videography, production and social media. Students who want to become an important part of our athletics program, get to know staff and athletes and seek to help our program get to even higher levels of success. Gibson said, “In the era of digital and social media, we need to constantly be looking to maximize our marketing of our athletics depart-


continued from 11 er to take these unknowns in stride, focusing on controlling what they are able to control. “In order to be successful, we will need to focus on what we can control and work to ensure that we do those things to the best of our ability,” senior defender Tirzah Lloyd said.

ment.” “One thing I know about Grove City students is that they are uber-talented in many different things – writing, music, graphic design, video production, etc. I figured if we brought more folks from our talent-rich campus into our department it could only make us get better.” According to Gibson, the goal for interested students is simple: “to find creative ways to tell our athletics department or individual teams’ stories.” Gibson noted that about a dozen students have shown interest in participating. He said that he’ll be reaching out to all to coordinate a meeting in the very near future, as they already have a few projects in mind. When asked about other needs besides videography, Gibson said that there always are. “Graphic design work, photography, writing, social media prowess,” Gibson said. “Essentially, I need people who can connect to the audiences we target – mainly high school and college-aged students, alumni and fans.” Gibson added that it is not only videos that need to be created but also a multitude of media content. “Sometimes we need exciting highlight films, sometimes photos, sometimes an emotional short film, sometimes a fun social media post,” Gibson said. “So anyone who can help with those types of things, I’d love to hear from them!” The team will be led by seniors Brooke Stoltzfus and Grace Dymski in the attack and Kylie Aiken, Lloyd and Mackenzie Reber on defense. On Tuesday, the women’s lacrosse team hosted their first scrimmage in which they won against Heidelberg University. The Wolverines will officially open their season at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, against Marietta on Don Lyle Field.

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Upcoming Events...

What’s fresh at the Grove?

Broadway Revue 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 Arnold Recital Hall

Austrian Scholar Conference Guest Lectures 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, February 18 and 19 Sticht Lecture Hall

Austrian Scholar Conference Student Presentations 8:30 – 11:45 a.m., 2 – 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 HAL 114 and 116

Vitalant Blood Drive 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21 Ket Rec

Scott Klusendorf Presentation 5:45 – 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23 HAL 108

Faith for Life Lecture Series – The Call of Creativity 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23 Ketler Auditorium


Snow and ice accumulate in the parking lots, causing many student vehicles to get stuck.

Student vehicles iced in An ‘unprecedented amount of snow’ Noel Elvin

Community & Entertainment Editor Snow blanketed campus as the spring semester began mid-January with an “unprecedented amount of snow for this region,” Susan Grimm, Interim Vice President for Operations, said. From the start of the semester to now, snow-free days have been sparse. With the many snow and ice storms the college has faced this semester, parking lots have been compiling snow and ice for weeks. Because of this, students have faced many difficulties getting their cars unstuck. This year, the college has partnered with Landscape Design for snow removal from roads and parking lots, Grimm said, although the removal of snow from sidewalks and the entrances of buildings are taken care of by separate Grove City departments. For Colonial residents, the lack of plowed parking spaces has prevented many cars from being able to pull out of their spots. As cars pulled in and out of parking spaces, the unplowed snow began to pack down forming sheets of ice as temperatures declined. Because of this, cars got

stuck within the unplowed spots, leaving students to resort to dumping salt and cat litter behind their tires. Reflecting on the parking situation, senior Justin Hoshauer said, “Parking in general at Grove City has always been a second or third priority. They almost treat people who drive to campus as secondary thoughts.” Hoshauer lives in the Colonial Apartments and commonly parks in the student parking lot by East Main. Due to his car not having allwheel drive or four-wheel drive, he hasn’t been able to get out of the parking lot until the snow and ice melted. Grimm said that when the first heavy snowstorm hit, they needed to prioritize certain lots above others due to the Landscape Design team not having had a chance to sleep. Therefore the Colonial parking lot behind the field house was left undone for a longer amount of time. “They had been running plows continuously for 20 plus hours,” Grimm said. “The heavily used parking lots and roadways were cleared. After a short rest, they resumed clearing snow after 10 p.m. when there were not as many obstacles – cars, students, employees – to work around.” Landscape Design still

actively comes on campus throughout the night to continue to move snow if the need arises. For students parking on upper campus, though, the difficulties they face have been slightly different. Senior Amanda Mayer lives in MAP South and parks in the women’s parking lot, preferably to the left of the lot towards the chain fence. She noted that snowplows have been plowing the snow into mounds against the fence, blocking in cars parked at the end of the row. With mounds of snow accumulating behind cars and persistent snowfall, “everything becomes impossible to shovel away because it is a block of ice,” Mayer said. “It is not going to melt any time soon and the area of parking and driving is getting smaller where there is little to no space for two lanes of traffic on some dropoff areas,” Mayer continued. “The snow was coming down faster and in amounts that we typically don’t have,” Grimm explained. “The snow was pushed where it made the most sense at that time under those conditions. When the event was over, our team sat down to assess what went right and where we could improve. Our discussion resulted in modify-

ing where some of the snow went and priority of parking lots.” Senior Hannah Shaner lives in MAP West and also parks in the women’s parking lot. She has spent over two hours attempting to clear the snow and ice off her car with her boyfriend. During her second attempt, Campus Safety stopped by and offered advice on how to free her vehicle. “I think the college should do something more to make sure students’ cars do not get stuck,” Shaner said. “This could be putting salt down in the parking lots or shoveling them out. Most of my friends who got their car out were not able to do it alone. It is not ideal for every student to have to get their group of friends to push their car out of the snow and ice.” “We were grateful to have Landscape Design on our team, because they have heavier equipment for moving snow in that quantity and have committed to the same principles of safety for our students and employees that our own GCC team has,” Grimm added. As grass peaks up on the edges of the walkways, icefree and snow-free parking lots may be on the horizon soon.

How to handle jealousy in a relationship How can I deal with feelings of jealousy when my girlfriend hangs out with other guys? Uncertainly, Random Grover

Dear Dr. Love

Dear Random Grover, Jealousy, or as the kids say, being “jelly,” of other guys your girlfriend talks to is viewed by many as a good quality, because it shows that you care. There are a few healthy ways of learning to have a good amount of jealousy. One is to ensure your girlfriend doesn’t talk to anyone of the opposite gender that isn’t directly related to her, and if she must, have her hold a photograph of you close to her face, avoiding eye-contact. But in this technologically advanced country we live in, there is a need to cover accountability in the virtual

realm, as well, with Instachat, Snapgram and TickTack, which is why it’s essential that you have linked accounts in everything, just so it’s clear that you care. Okay, I’m done with the wisecracking. The truth is that jealousy stems from a few possible roots – insecurity, envy or a lack of trust. Some of these issues require both personal work and communication with your girlfriend. If you’re not confident in yourself or the relationship, you’ll fall prey to being constantly insecure of losing what you have or being left for something better. If it’s envy, you may be selfishly,

wanting what someone else has such as good looks, charisma or humor. So, it’s important to understand why you feel jealous and pinpoint what exactly makes you feel that way. A lack of trust requires some very real conversations with your girlfriend. Be open and honest with each other to best understand what is going on if there appears to be mistrust on either side. This does not mean that feeling protective of your significant other is rooted in evil if it’s out of care and NOT insecurity, envy or a lack of trust. In summary, it is good to be protective. Having com-

municated standards about what is OK for you as a couple is important. It is essential to address unhealthy issues of jealousy, as they can lead to greater problems down the road such as control and anger that can result in a toxic cesspool of a relationship if unresolved. On that note, have a wonderful day. Over and out,

Dr. Love Love M.D.

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Student scholars talk economics Noel Elvin

Dr. Susan Dreves ’97

Community & Entertainment Editor Students will bring varying economic ideas and topics to the classrooms of HAL this weekend. Writing in the tradition of the Austrian School intellectuals, students will be presenting their research papers at the Austrian Student Scholars Conference (ASSC) tomorrow in HAL 114 and 116. Students from any university are welcome to submit their research papers for consideration to present at the conference. Chair and professor of economics and sociology Dr. Jeffrey Herbener said that prior to COVID-19 half of the student presenters came from outside universities. The present conference, occurring February 18 and 19, will only have one student competing who is not from the college. Each of the 21 student presenters will be given 20 minutes to present on their paper’s topic. The Thomas E. Woods Prizes will be awarded by the Department of Economics to the best student papers at 6:45 p.m. tomorrow. There will be a total of four sessions covering topics including consumer choice theory, the economics of politics, natural orders, the economics of institutions, economics and the poor, economic history and history of thought and political economy. Senior Wesley Gaines, a history major, will be presenting at ASSC for the third time this year. As a junior last year, Gaines won first place in the Thomas E. Woods Essay Contest, which awards the best paper of the contest to advance Austrian economic theory. His winning paper, “Hugo Grotius and the Dutch Golden Age,” is now published in the Journal of Libertarian Studies vol. 25 no. 1. The concept of the research paper Gaines will be presenting on this year originated from the research paper he presented on sophomore year. Tomorrow, Gaines will be examining the theories of Ludwig Von Mises and Max Weber in an “attempt to syn-

Assistant Professor of Education CONTRIBUTED

Last year’s ASSC winners from left to right: Jack Everett ’21 (second place), senior Wesley Gaines (first place) and Dawson Kiser ’21 (third place). thesize their ideas for how the social sciences should be done,” arguing “that the Austrian School of Economics could benefit from incorporating Weber.” While taking SOCI 471 during his junior year with Dr. David Ayers, a sociology professor, he continued to work on the project he had begun sophomore year of “articulating a method for the social studies.” “Having finally had the opportunity to study Max Weber in that class, I wrote the paper I am now presenting,” Gaines said. Reflecting on the accomplishments he has made through this experience, Gaines said that “the conference has served as a launch pad for my academic publishing career.” Senior Kamryn Brunner is an economics major and will be speaking on how institutions and entrepreneurs interact. Brunner began her research paper for the conference in the Economics Colloquium course she took last semester as her senior capstone. Her research covers “how entrepreneurs act, how we would expect them to act and then how they can work to overcome institutions.” “Economists have different views about how entrepreneurs should act and what role they play in the compa-

ny,” Brunner said, explaining how she chose her topic. “So, I wanted to attach that to my understanding of institutions and how they shape the rules of the game.” Because of Brunner’s interest in how her topic affects current entrepreneurs, her presentation will include a portion on Bill Gates. “He is investing in education and foreign aid and all these things to overcome institutions in the long run rather than just institutions that would benefit him,” she said. Senior economics major Timothy Horswill was also in the Economics Colloquium senior capstone and will be presenting on French labor contracts. “I’m discussing French labor contracts, and specifically the way that the French government structures how contracts are able to be given out and how it incentivizes shirking in the French economy,” Horswill said. Both Horswill and Brunner emphasized how valuable of an opportunity ASSC is for economic students. “There are not many scenarios like this where a part of your major is presenting at an academic conference,” Horswill said. “It gives us a taste of what we do as economists,” Brunner said. While the conference will

certainly showcase numerous economic students, ASSC is open to students of all majors. Sophomore political science major Jacob Feiser will be presenting on the economics of the early church. Having written his research paper for the course History of Economic Thought, Feiser was encouraged by Dr. Shawn Ritenour, an economics professor, to submit it to ASSC. “The church fathers rarely agreed on anything,” Feiser said, elaborating on his topic of choice. “What I attempt to do is present the historical link to the medieval Thomists between the Church Fathers and just a general embrace of laissez-faire market theology.” Students are looking forward to interacting with the keynote speakers – Dr. Tate Fegley, the chair of Business Studies at Montreat College, and Dr. Michael Rectenwald, the chair academic officer of American Scholars. At the beginning of the conference, students will have the privilege to eat dinner with them. The conference will begin with Fegley giving a Hans Sennholz Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. today. As its bookend, the conference will close with Rectenwald giving the Ludwig von Mises Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Counseling aids students in understanding themselves better Emma Whiteford Staff Writer

The current generation, known for a plethora of movements, has been strikingly successful in deconstructing the stigma attached to counseling. In recent decades, leaps and bounds have been made in opening the eyes of society to understanding that counseling is simply a healthy manner of processing difficult situations. While pockets and aspects of stigma still prevail, this progress has extended to the college, where almost half of the students are seen at the Counseling Center for a variety of reasons before they graduate college. The college’s counselors are invested in helping students optimize their wellness and gain a better understanding of themselves. Their philosophy is “come as you are.” After all, as Dr. Suzanne Houk, the director

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of college counseling and an assistant professor of psychology, said, “You, the student, is exactly why we’re here.” The Counseling Center offers to help with any emotional, relational or stressrelated concerns, and they strive to incorporate faith into their work through devotion and prayer, understanding that wellness in totality involves caring for both the body and soul. You might be wondering why students decide to seek out counseling. Houk, a psychiatrist and professor who has worked at the school for the past 16 years, said that insight is often the goal of students who come into counseling. They come simply striving to understand themselves better. When asked what she would say to students who are worried about the stigma attached to counseling, Houk said, “Counseling is just an opportunity to receive an individualized, tailored ap-

proach to helping one understand how to handle stress.” Furthermore, confidentiality is the keystone of the profession. Students, therefore, can rest assured that their attendance to counseling is entirely confidential. In addition to working at the Counseling Center, Houk has coordinated with clubs on campus to offer further assistance to students. Students are encouraged to join the Peer Support Club at the college. This club meets for a student-led group support meeting at 7 p.m. on Mondays in the Grace Room of Rathburn. Seeing a growing desire for counseling on campus, the Counseling Center has continued to expand and flourish over the past several years. When asked what she found to be the most rewarding aspect of her job, Houk reflected on how exciting it is “to see people get well” and witness the “metamorphosis from depression to being excited about living.”

Freshman Christa Minty appreciated her time at the Counseling Center: “There is always something to talk about, and it’s a safe place to go to. The counselors are so easy to talk to and really care about the students.” Sophomore Aurora Good said, “I am so thankful for the counseling center because God has used their wisdom regarding the biology of mental illness as well as its spiritual nature to restore life to many of us on this campus who are walking in valleys.” The Counseling Center of the college is unique, because their value lies in offering individual therapy at the start, not requiring students to go through other models of treatments before receiving a one-on-one appointment. Students are highly encouraged to utilize this free, one-on-one counseling during their four years at school should they ever feel the need for it.

What do you listen to on the ride home? My drive is only about nine minutes, so typically I ride in silence or listen to K-LOVE. What are you currently reading? Someone asked me to review a business improvement book that they wrote. It is outside of my field of expertise, but it has been interesting to read. What’s something you’ve been pondering lately? I have a high school senior, so I’ve been thinking a lot about how God nudges us and reveals His plan for our lives and how that fits together with our own talents, desires and interests. Favorite restaurant? My favorite restaurant is Sesame Inn (located in the North Hills of Pittsburgh), but locally I enjoy the fine cuisine at Pizza Joe’s. Name a movie that makes you emotional. ‘E.T.’ It was one of the first movies I remember watching in a movie theatre. I bawled then, and I’m still terrible at goodbyes to this day. What are you looking forward to today? We are having our kitchen renovated, and they are starting today. I’ll also be attending my oldest son’s high school basketball game. Favorite class you’re teaching right now? I am enjoying the content in the Educational Psychology course the most right now, because it is a newer course for me to teach. It is so foundational for understanding how people develop and learn. However, there is also something really special about getting to know your students more deeply, and I’ve had the majority of the students in my two upperlevel classes (Teaching Social Sciences and Science Methods) in prior courses. So, I would say they are all my favorites, but each one is my favorite for a different reason.

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Love on the fourteenth Students, staff and organizations joyfully celebrate Valentine’s Day together Photos & Text Grace David Photo Chief People across campus enjoy pink and red themed festivities on February 14th to show the love they share for friends, family and those they admire. Whether its sending or recieving a card, selling flowers or sweets for charity or simply spending quality time together, Grove City excitedly shares the holiday spirit. Valentine’s Day might be the day of love, but we can stay in the holiday’s selfless spirit and continue to show love and share joy with one another.

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Christianity and conservatism collide Mallory Jones Contributing Writer

As if the hateful petition in November was not enough, we now have faculty members writing a letter of complaint about CRT on campus. Let’s talk about it. The letter in question— written on Feb. 7 by a group of anonymous faculty members— makes many false claims. One claim is: “A story in… The Collegian made clear that the purpose of (EDUC 290) was not critical engagement of ideas but political indoctrination.” This course, Cultural Diversity and Advocacy, was introduced last spring, and as a member of the inaugural class, I find the comments of people who were never there amusing yet dangerous. Here is a quote from the

referenced article, given by one of the professors. “It’s not a situation where students sit and listen to us tell them they’re wrong or lacking in some way. We try to focus the discussions on the readings and stated topics that will hopefully lead to a greater understanding of one another,” Dr. Cedric Lewis said. Ah yes, the very definition of indoctrination – avoiding lectures and instead fostering a community of honest discussion and the exploration of differing ideas. At some point, I feel forced to ask whether these concerned faculty members have simply decided what they will think about this, and, without looking at the evidence, declare the situation so. They want to be angry about these things being discussed on campus, so they throw cheap accusations around. Of all the things to induce rage in professionals employed by this college,

you would think that a class on how to love our neighbor well would not make the top of the list. Yet, here we are. The false statements did not stop with EDUC 290. One of the primary sections of the letter talks about the chapel series last year, which featured Jemar Tisby and a TED Talk video by Bryan Stevenson. In the letter, Tisby and Stevenson were accused of presenting messages against the values of the school, particularly those of conservatism. Perhaps if your only exposure to these names was from this letter, you have an image of angry, revolutionary men intent on destroying Christian values. I would like to present an alternative. Bryan Stevenson is a devout Christian who studied law at Harvard and has spent his entire career fighting to save innocent lives from death row; it is because of his religious convictions that he is motivated to save lives. He

loves the Lord and believes deeply in the value of human life. He is the epitome of Christian-value advocacy. Jemar Tisby is a Christian whose books are centered on how to interact with issues of race from a Christian worldview. Faith is not a nominal aspect of his identity; it is the center around which his thinking revolves. EDUC 290 and the chapel series were not the only things referenced in the letter, but the rest of the accusations were just as baseless and harmful. Ultimately, most of these complaints come back to “conservative values being threatened on campus.” However, the college is advertised as a conservative, Christian school. This means that the college holds both worldviews, and worldviews sometimes collide. I believe the issue of race is one of the biggest of these divergences. At some point, we need to choose if we are

more attached to our identity as conservatives or our identity as Christians. I am not saying you cannot be a conservative and still care about issues of race. I am simply asking you to consider a situation in which your Christian identity and your conservative identity clash, and you must choose which one to prioritize. Having faculty members publicly choose their conservatism over their faith is infinitely more threatening to the integrity of this campus than a theory could ever be. At the end of the day, what I would ask of you as an independent thinker is this: do not let your opinion of a class you have not taken or the integrity of godly men or anything else that has to do with race on campus be shaped by the angry deceit of those who are intimidated by change. This letter is an embarrassment to our institution, and I sincerely hope for a recantation of its lies.

A defense of the pro-life movement Liliana Zylstra Contributing Writer

What kind of language should Christians use when referring to abortion? How can we present the case against abortion in a way that will be effective towards ending it? A recent piece in The Collegian by Josh Malovasic attempts to answer these questions. As Christians who care about ending abortion, Josh and I share a common goal. However, while I believe he has good intentions, his approach is counterproductive. First, let’s address the question of language. What words should we use to describe abortion and the people who support it? Malovasic criticizes the overall approach of the prolife movement, claiming that we should not shy away from words like “murder.” The assumption that pro-life advocates do not recognize abortion as murder is not necessarily true. In fact, Lila Rose and Ben Shapiro, well known figures in the pro-life movement listed as examples in the article, have both referred to abortion as murder. Malovasic also claims that women who have abortions are “murderers” and should be charged accordingly. He claims that it “doesn’t matter anyway if women who have had abortions truly understand what they are doing,” because we would not defend an American slave owner who truly believed that black people were not human. This analogy fails to consider several relevant factors. Women who have abortions have different reasons for doing so, but many of them experience abuse or are in otherwise desperate situations which alter their state of mind. Still others do not want to have an abortion but are coerced into doing so. A study by the Elliot Institute found that “64 percent of women reported feeling


pressured to abort.” Sadly, in our culture, the truth about abortion is actively being covered up. Abortion facilities that profit each time a child is killed have an enormous incentive to hide the humanity of the unborn from women. They have been known to go so far as to move ultrasound images away from the view of their patients. In a court of law, factors such as the mental state and the intentions of a person accused of crime are considered. Given that many women who have abortions have no intention of killing a human being or even have knowledge that abortion does this, we should

not automatically label these women as “murderers.” As Andrew Kaake of the Equal Rights Institute points out, there are many different degrees of moral culpability. Most importantly, referring to women as “murderers” is a barrier to persuasion. My hope for every post-abortive woman is that she would recognize her sin, repent and receive Christ’s healing and redemptive forgiveness. For that to happen, she must first change her mind. Most people do not change their minds right away after being exposed to the truth. They must be open to it first. Hearing accusations of murder from a pro-life Chris-

tian would make most proabortion people immediately put up their walls and forget any thought of reconsidering their worldview. Malovasic writes that the “ultimate failure” of the prolife movement is arguing from “the unauthoritative, inconsistent ideas of human beings, like science and philosophy” rather than arguing only from the Bible. It is true that we can make a strong case against abortion using the Bible. However, to many prochoice people, this will have no meaning. The only way to persuade anyone of anything is by appealing to a source that they view as authoritative and that they trust.

It is foolish to dismiss science and philosophy as the “ideas of human beings” when they are two of the many ways in which God reveals Himself to us. Science, philosophy and logic are simply ways of discerning truth, and they all happen to support the pro-life worldview. So, why not use them? Persuasion is the most important tool of the pro-life movement. Every person who changes their mind from pro-choice to pro-life is one fewer person who will ever consider having or participating in an abortion. Changing minds is an effective and practical step toward saving lives. To end abortion, we must learn to be persuasive.

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Word on the street...

What do you think about the 2022 class gift?

Rachel Ledford I don’t hate the idea of the sign itself, but I think it will look so out of place beside STEM. I think it should be moved to Thorn Field next to sports games where families can get photos with it. It wouldn’t look out of place. I don’t hate the idea of the sign, but next to STEM it just looks out of place.


A fine idea poorly executed

Clark Mummau Perspectives Editor

A few weeks ago, the anticipated senior gift of the class of 2022 was revealed: a large sign proudly declaring, “GROVE,” with all the glory of early 2000’s WordArt. I must admit, the sign has grown on me in the past few days. It will be a nicer photo opportunity than the college sign on the entrance by Wolf Creek, and admissions will surely find no end to the number of social media posts they can make at this eye-catching installation. It also evokes other large signs that are present at other institutions and some cities.

However, the picture shown leaves much to be desired. First, I don’t think the picture captures the scale of this sign. It’s quite large, so it might be difficult to fit in pictures. The bigger issue, though, is the puzzling choice of location. Because to the side of STEM and Hoyt is quite close to the center of campus, the only people who would see it would be those driving the traffic circle, or students walking to class. Those walking from the academic buildings, however, would see the sign backwards though, and this would mean most of the student body would see the sign backwards, which would not be a pleasurable sight. I think the sign would be better placed on lower cam-

pus, or really just somewhere where the back of the sign could not be easily seen. Setting it away from the academic buildings would also prevent the clash of a modern design with the traditional design of the buildings. Putting it somewhere away from the center of campus would also let it be seen from the road. Is the gift the best use of money? No. But then, what senior gift really is? Is a basketball court necessary? How about a wolverine statue? Do they impact many students’ everyday lives? Not really. However, there aren’t many things that would benefit everyone or that would be attractive senior gifts. Because students are diverse, there’s nothing that will benefit truly

everyone in a real way. Elevators are financially prohibitive and require extensive work, water bottle fillers would break and need fixes, and a canopy would shield people from the sun which we typically enjoy. So, no idea is perfect, and we should be okay with that. And if the funds don’t come in, just make a “G.” That wouldn’t look as out of place as the whole word no matter where it was placed, and it still would be a good photo opportunity. Since we’re stuck with this sign, though, let’s at least put it somewhere where it will be appreciated more than haphazardly being smacked in the middle of campus.

Letters to the Editor: Faculty address letter claims An “Open Letter to the Board of Trustees” was posted on a website and a Twitter feed on February 7, 2022, stating that it was from a group of current and former faculty. Because students and other constituencies of the college may have read this open letter, we would like to address some concerns it has raised among the college community and publicly on social media. First, the open letter does not speak for the faculty at large. Being anonymous we do not know who has signed it; for all we know it may be only a few faculty or a former faculty member. Second, we also contend that the open letter is full of misunderstandings, half-truths and statements made without evidence. Such an anonymous letter with its bold claims based on insinuations and distortions is not the way Christians should address concerns in an organization. We also believe that the open letter published online will harm the college because some might be inclined to accept the open letter at face value. Third, the open letter writers assert that they do not believe their concerns would be handled with “professional honor” by senior administration. This attitude is quite surprising to the rest of us faculty: respect, integrity and more open communication have all been hallmarks of President McNulty’s administration. Fear of “reprisals” from this administration strikes us as irrational. We have full confidence that President McNulty would engage with “professional honor” in any legitimate faculty concern. Fourth, there are hundreds of classes, chapel events and Student Life and Learning programs each year – yet the letter’s writers point to only a few disputed events. If actual mission drift had occurred, there would be more evidence for claims of CRT at the college. This whole matter is providing an occasion for us at GCC to show our love for one another and by doing so — as Christ assures us — the world will know we are Christians. Through reconciliation, we hope to undo any discord this matter might be sowing among the GCC family.

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SEAD members speak up Many factors made transitioning to college challenging, but one of the things that saved me here at GCC was SEAD— Students for Ethnic Awareness and Diversity. As a freshman, it was exactly what I needed to feel welcomed on this campus. As one of the leaders now, I continue to value it deeply as one of the best parts of my college experienvce. Here’s what our members have to say: “Joining SEAD this semester has been one of the most bittersweet actions I have taken on this campus: sweet because I have seen more facets of the image of God through the people I’ve met, but bitter because I have become more aware of how much ground we still have to cover to achieve Revelation 9:7 even in the Church.” – Sophomore Aurora Good “As a minority student, I love that SEAD allows me to connect with others who support and appreciate my culture. I think it provides a safe space for all students to explore and celebrate both their similarities and differences of the human experience.” – Sophomore Julianna Gong “SEAD, to me, combats the echo chamber’s demand to apologize for open discussion. Instead of apologizing, SEAD meets people where they are at as a form of apologetics…We’re not afraid of your thoughts and carve safe spaces at GCC to ensure your discussions will not be shut down.” – Freshman Elijah Duckworth “What I love about SEAD is that it’s changing how I look at the world, and how I understand people. I was looking for a more well rounded, Biblical perspective on the subject of race and when I joined SEAD, that’s what I found.” – Sophomore Beth Hatton We are about to finish our month-long series on Black History Month and would love to welcome any new members in the coming weeks!

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Bryce Lowe I don’t think it matches the academic gothic architecture of the campus, but I think it’s a lot of fuss for something that’s optional. Eve Lee

I’m not a huge fan of the sign. I think the senior gift should be more useful to the school, like better washers and dryers. It should be something that actually benefits the students. Rebekah Gallagher From what I’ve seen so far, most of the reactions I’ve heard have been negative. While I don’t have a super strong opinion myself, I can definitely agree with those reactions and see where they’re coming from. It’s not very aesthetically appealing and the placement seems a bit odd. Senior gifts are usually some sort of installment on campus, so if you are going to go with a sign, I think location and design would be a big thing. At least make it something pretty to look at on campus. Einar Trosdal Why does it have to be firetruck red, and why does it have to be right next to my favorite building? Because when I come back to campus with my children and show them my favorite building, now I will also have to show them the firetruck red “Grove,” and I don’t want that. It should be invisible or on lower campus, or both. Brayden Peppo I don’t think it looks bad I think it looks nice. I don’t think it looks like Grove City though. I wish the money would go towards something that did.

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An anticlimactic bout of nostalgia Superbowl LVI halftime show disappoints

Noel Elvin

Community & Entertainment Editor The Super Bowl halftime stage has donned some of the biggest names of all time in the music industry from Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney to Coldplay and Beyoncé. This past Sunday evening, six of the biggest names in rap and hip-hop took on this iconic stage: Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem. Although the halftime show was filled with many notable performers, the performance was overarchingly too chaotic and anticlimactic. With six separate performers, each performer had very limited time to perform. The constant change of performers, songs and locations created a somewhat chaotic performance. The performance’s finale fell flat on its face. With the highly publicized set of performers, I was anticipating a big collaborative moment at the end of the performance when all six performers would come together for a never-before-seen moment. But instead, Dr. Dre embraced a rather egotistic moment stealing the entire finale to perform “Still D.R.E.” in normal fashion featuring Snoop Dogg with the other performers joining in at the

From left, hip-hop artists Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, and 50 Cent perform in the halftime show of Super Bowl LVI. end, singing, “It’s the D-R-E.” What the show did accomplish, though, was a more appropriate performance than seen in other years. Aside from the scantily dressed dancers in 50 Cent’s performance, all the performers and most back-up dancers were appropriately dressed for the nationally aired event. Designed by Joey Brennan, lead technical design at All Access, the 2022 set was both complex and unique. At first glance, it appeared to be an entirely white house;

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but after taking in its elaborate detail, this set featured representations of Dr. Dre’s studio, Snoop Dogg’s house, a club scene, Tam’s Burgers set, Queen’s Nail Salon set, the MLK memorial and the Compton jail. This entire set resides on top of a bird’s-eye view of the city. Dancers both surrounded and filled the set, while the performers walked throughout the different rooms of the house as they performed. Blige did seem out of place among the rap-heavy set. Ap-

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Following the alternative/indie style of music that was featured last week, I wanted to dive deeper into the genre with Arctic Monkeys’ “AM.” The band, known for their rock-based alternative style, leans into the pop scene with this album, resulting in songs that are equally boisterous and catchy. While the album’s hit single “Do I Wanna Know?” has popularized the band, and certainly the album, there are several songs on the track list that do not get as much recognition, though warrant attention. Compared to the methodical pace and heavy beat of “Do I Wanna Know?”, “R U Mine?” is frantic and explosive, littered with heavy

guitar features. “Fireside” and “Arabella” decrease the intensity while still maintaining a strong bass line and cool demeanor. Meanwhile, “I Want It All” and “Snap Out of It” are more pointed and syncopated tracks, dipping almost into a grunge aesthetic and flexing the variety of alternative music that the band is capable of. “Knee Socks” and “Arabella” come off as love songs with smooth lyrics and lingering guitar progressions, mixed together with the occasional heavier beat. While the album isn’t necessarily new, and you’re likely to have heard one or more of the songs on the track list, it’s worth featuring due to the amount of quality music that hasn’t seen the same level of success as its hit single. Come back next week for more.

political statements – Eminem taking a knee to represent the movement against police brutality, as Dr. Dre begins to play a brief instrumental part of 2Pac’s “I Ain’t Mad at Cha.” While the performance had untapped potential and featured a chaotically large amount of people, this year’s halftime show featured one of the most unique and detailed performance sets the Super Bowl had yet to see, in addition to being non-explicit and generally family-friendly.

The Holocaust told from the perspective of two girls Sarah Soltis

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pearing in a sparkly cheetah print suit, Blige performed two songs, “Family Affair” and “No More Drama.” As she built towards the end of her second song, her breath control was slightly shaky. While she was dancing throughout her entire set, the energy exerted for the dancing didn’t seem to line up with the diminishing of her vocal quality. Though the show was intended to be free of political references, the performers did manage to allude to some


“My Best Friend Anne Frank,” a surprisingly rich Netflix film released on Feb. 1, invites consideration of friendship and self-denial in the face of pain and evil. The plot follows the companionship of Hannah Goslar and Anne Frank, the now famous 13-year-old diarist of Jewish descent. The film jumps between scenes of the Nazi-occupied summer of 1942 in Netherlands, shortly before Anne and her family hide in the annex, and the winter of 1945 in Bergen-Blasen, a concentration camp in Germany, shortly before Anne and her sister die. Affection for family and motivation from faith both play a part in Dutch filmmaker Ben Sombogaart’s movie, but friendship takes center stage. The movie is based on the memoirs of Gosler, who is now 93, and on the book “Memories of Anne Frank: Reflections of a Childhood Friend” by Alison Leslie Gold. After opening with birdsong, the film starts on a scene wistfully recognizable to many viewers: a bedroom tea party with two young girls clinking teacups. Under the blooming colors and rising Nazi-rendered tensions of the Netherlands summer, Hannah acts as the shy counterpart to the daring Anne. Anne begins to pursue boys and relationships, while Hannah remains interested in reading stories of the nurse Florence Nightingale

and playing ball. Their familiar friendship frictions flicker against the backdrop of increasing encroachment by the Nazis on the Jewish quarter where Hannah, Anne and their families attempt to live without being carted off. Under the bleak skies of Bergen-Belsen, however, a smudge-faced and scarred Hannah remains fixated on her survival and that of her four-year-old sister, Gabi, and on the prospect of seeing or helping Anne, who suffers starvation just over the wall from Hannah and her sister. The parallel storylines heighten the film’s emotional effect: from the innocence seen in Hannah and Anne over teacups, golf balls and daydreams of traveling the world, to the suffering sting Hannah feels as she struggles to steal and transmit food to the “weakest” who need it. In “My Best Friend Anne Frank,” the tenderness of adolescent friendship and family affection shines out alongside the total affliction of incarcerated Jews and the pain of tortured children during the Holocaust. This contrast, fittingly, chills the film’s audience. Despite this powerful parallel, the film shies away from presenting the full force of what Hannah, Anne, their families and their neighbors suffered at the hands of the Nazis. The suffering of the Jews is instead implied or shown peripherally, leaving the film’s viewer wondering at this somewhat sanitized portrait of the Holocaust. The movie’s depiction of

violence, however, may be more appropriate for the younger audience that the film seems to be aimed at. Though the film’s title and focus throughout both seem to jilt Hannah of her heroic role, Hannah portrays a humble, self-denying love for her friend, releasing an opportunity to be exchanged from Bergen-Belsen in order to attempt to deliver food to Anne. Hannah gives of herself relentlessly. Just as she does not buckle when Anne jeers at her in the Netherlands for her ignorance and dislike of sexual discussions, so she does not buckle when her father and others try to dissuade her from staying to help Anne. The lighting and soundtrack of the film mirror the film’s chilling contrasts with bright and colorful scenes from the Netherlands and smoky and grim scenes from Bergen-Belsen. “My Best Friend Anne Frank” offers an unusual amount of depth for a Netflix film and does not overtly express a sociopolitical or ideological agenda, which is, again, unusual for a Netflix film. Perhaps this owes to the fact that the film, though now rendered accessible through Netflix, was initially created for Dutch cinemas, where it was released in September 2021. True to its Dutch origin, the characters speak in a mix of Dutch, German and English throughout the film, but Netflix’s subtitles render the film completely comprehensible.

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Sports at a Glance


The women’s swimming and diving team are PAC Champions for the third year in a row. In both men’s women’s indoor track and field, multiple records were broken at last week’s meet at Baldwin Wallace. Junior Emma Vezzosi broke the 55-meter dash record in both the prelims and finals with times of 7.44 and 7.42 respectively. MAGGIE WILLIAMS

Junior midfielder Meredith Basham (left) and freshman midfielder Amber Wartman (right) in Tuesday’s scrimmage against Heidelberg. The Wolverines defeated Heidelberg 14-3.

Women’s lacrosse starts varsity season Aly Mapes

Contributing Writer The women’s lacrosse team will take the field in their first season as an official varsity team this spring. Coach Cassley Jackowski is the head coach of the women’s lacrosse team. Jackowski was a four-year starter at Robert Wesleyan, where she set the program record for goals scored. In her senior year, Jackowski led NCAA Division II in goals, scoring a total of 118 points. Jackowski has been working with the Grove City team since last fall preparing them for their first season in the President’s Athletic Conference. “We utilized the fall to bond, prep and create an atmosphere where we could thrive on and off the field together,” Jackowski said. Overall, the team is focused on cohesion this season. The

Women’s Lacrosse team is prepared to work towards their vision of loving well, serving well and competing well together. These goals will help to create a memorable first season for Grove City Women’s Lacrosse and start a legacy that will endure for years to come. This inaugural team is young. The roster of 22 consists of 13 freshmen. With such a young team, it is the perfect opportunity for the young players to continue this legacy of “Team One” through their four years at Grove City. “I am excited to use our program as a platform to make a mark and to illuminate the places and people we touch with Christ’s light this season,” Jackowski said. “Being able to do that together adds to the excitement and is special. It will create a unique bond between ‘Team One’ that I know will last far

beyond the players’ time here as athletes.” Women’s Lacrosse was recognized as an official sport in the PAC in 2019. Grove City is the newest lacrosse team to enter the conference since the introduction of Women’s Lacrosse three years ago. Of the eight other teams in the conference, Jackowski sees the toughest competitors as Washington & Jefferson and Chatham. Last year, Chatham lost to Thiel in the PAC semi-finals after their best season in program history. Despite the high level of competition, the biggest fear for this season are the unknowns. “The biggest challenge for us has been navigating the inevitable unknowns that come with being a first-year program,” Jackowski said. The team will work togethWLAX 3

Men’s basketball takes two L’s Emma Rossi Staff Writer

The men’s basketball team fell to the Westminster Titans 57-45 on Wednesday night in their last home game of the season. Despite leading at the half 28-21, Westminster came out of the locker room with enough momentum to put up 36 points in 20 minutes. Senior guard Ben Rose led the Wolverines in scoring yet again with 14 points, while contributing an additional seven rebounds and three assists. Grove City kept Westminster off the scoreboard for almost six whole minutes to open the game, while tallying nine of their own points. Several Wolverines showed up across the boards on Wednesday night, with the bench scoring 21 points. Freshman forward Russ Gump had five of the team’s 41 rebounds. The Wolverines scored 12 points off of 16 offensive rebounds. Two Titans, sophomore guard Reese Leone and senior guard Daniel Ritter, led Westminster’s 57-point campaign with 12 points a-piece. Westminster is 15-7 overall this season and accumulated a 12-5 conference record.

They rank third overall in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference. In another home game on Saturday, The Wolverines lost to the Thiel Tomcats 6361 in a heartbreaker. The two-point decision came amidst the Senior Day celebrations of the men’s basketball team’s four seniors: center Josh Brown and guards Rose and Isaac Thrasher. All three started in the home game on Saturday. Student coach Justin Hoshauer was also honored prior to the game. In honor of the seniors, head coach Steve Lamie said, “They have been part of some of the most successful basketball we’ve had here. They won the first playoff game in Grove City college basketball history, and they won the first NCAA game in Grove City basketball history…They just embraced what we’re all about from day one and now; this is where they leave their legacy.” Lamie also spoke to the seniors’ dedication to the team’s mentorship program: “We have eight freshmen on the team…if you don’t invest, then you skip a generation. They’ve done a marvelous job investing in them, just being good role models.”

Thiel led 31-22 after the first 20 minutes, and despite scoring 39 points in the second half, the Wolverines fell short. The game was foul-heavy and chippy, with both teams combining for 39 fouls. Rose had a standout 23-point game, finishing with four assists, three blocks and three steals. The team concluded the match with 36 rebounds and only 13 turnovers. Grove City reached for the lead with 2:16 left thanks to two good free throws from junior forward Elijah White, making the score 60-59. The teams traded the ball backand-forth with no progress on the scoreboard for 78 seconds. With 58 seconds left in the game, sophomore forward Chris Brooks made a lay-up, putting the Wolverines up 61-60 for the first time since tip-off. The game was decided when Thiel sophomore guard Marlon Ellerbee made the final shot of the match, scoring a threepointer with 23 seconds remaining. The Wolverines close out their regular season at 3 p.m. tomorrow in Washington, Pa., against Washington and Jefferson.

Freshman Danika Sudar broke the women’s weight thow record with a toss of 9.82 meters. For the men, senior Drew Longjohn broke the 55 meter record twice, onece in the prelims in 6.83, and in the finals in 6.78. Senior Seth Ray broke the men’s triple jump record and qualified for AARTFC with a 13.42-meter jump. After their wins over Rhodes and Colorado last weekend, the men’s lacrosse has been ranked 20th in the Nike/US Lacrosse Poll.


Men’s Basketball (9-14, 5-11 PAC): L, Westminster (57-45); L, Thiel (63-61)

Women’s Basketball (16-7, 13-4 PAC): W, Westminster (87-50); W, Thiel (86-51)

Men’s Lacrosse (2-0): W, Colorado (22-14); W, Rhodes (17-8)

Women’s Swimming & Diving (5-2-1, 3-0 PAC): W, PAC Championship Tournament Winners


Men’s Swimming & Diving Feb. 17-19, PAC Championships


Feb. 18, 4:00 p.m. at Berea Feb. 19, 3:30 p.m. at Asbury Feb. 25 - Mar. 25, Russmatt Invitational

Men’s Indoor Track & Field: Feb. 19, Mount Union Raider Tune-Up

Feb. 24, PAC Championship Meet at YSU

Women’s Indoor Track & Field: Feb. 19, Mount Union Raider Tune-Up

Feb. 24, PAC Championship Meet at YSU

Women’s Swimming & Diving: Feb. 19, at Kenyon

Women’s Basketball: Feb. 19, 1:00 p.m. at W&J

Men’s Basketball: Feb. 19, 3:00 p.m. at W&J

Women’s Lacrosse

Feb. 23, 5:00 p.m. vs. Marietta

Water Polo

Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m. vs. Wittenberg Feb. 26, 10:30 a.m. vs. Virginia Military

Men’s Tennis

Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m. at Shenandoah


Seth Ray Men’s Track & Field PAC Field Athlete of the Week

Brett Gladstone Men’s Lacrosse USILA DIII Team of the Week

Sports The Collegian, Feb. 18, 2022

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Women’s swim wins PACs Emily Rupczewski Sports Editor


Freshman utility Kamryn Kerr thows the ball in a water polo preseason practice. The Wolverines open their season next Friday at home against Wittenberg.

Polo party Women prep for season

Emma Rossi Staff Writer

Eggbeater, lunge kick, dead time…to most, these are random words strewn together in an odd opening sentence, but to Coach Jocelyn Bernhardt ’15 and her 12-woman water polo roster, they are far from bizarre. Bernhardt, now entering her second season as head coach of Grove City College’s well-established water polo program, said, “A lot of our core team is still here, so I think that’ll be great because we don’t have to backtrack much to get everybody on the same page. We can grow from where we left off from last year and hopefully just improve all around.” Returning to the roster is senior utility Elaine Miller.

Miller received First Team All-CWPA Division III honors, with 34 goals and 23 assists last season. Miller is joined in her fourth year with the program by fellow seniors: utility Sophia Melanson and driver Kyra Johnson. Melanson was also honored with Miller as Second Team All-Tournament. Joining the team this season are four freshmen – utility Kamryn Kerr and drivers Riley McCullough, Sam Logue and Mikayla Zablocki. Zablocki swam for the Women’s Swimming and Diving Team this season as well, making her an asset to the team on defense especially due to her strong swimming. “They all are super hard workers and very coachable, which is great. They take that information and they put it into action in the pool, so I

have no doubt that they’ll do great things.” Regarding her addition to the team this season, McCullough said, “I love the team’s atmosphere and inclusion, where I truly feel that I have a home with a group of women I can rely on and enjoy life with. I visited many other schools, and part of the reason this team stood out to me was because I felt comfortable and included as soon as I toured, regardless of my skill level, personality or commitment status.” Last season, the team finished third in their division with a 4-6 record. They swept every road game and won their last game of the season 17-9 against Carthage College in the Division III Championships. Bernhardt elaborated on their goals as a team: “We re-

ally wanted to improve team culture this year because the past couple years with COVID we had to distance in the pool, we had to be distanced outside of the pool. This fall we had the whole team back together basically back to normal, and it’s just been great. The team has been awesome and having fun and just improving that team culture a lot so that’s great to see.” The water polo program has lived with the same motto, “Strength and Honor,” for several years of play. The simple yet powerful principle is based on the Proverbs 31 woman. The women’s water polo team has their first game at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in the James E. Longnecker Pool against the Wittenberg University Tigers.

Wolverines stun on senior night Emma Rossi Staff Writer

Grove City trounced the Westminster Titans 87-50 on Wednesday night in their penultimate regular season game. The team’s sixteenth win of the season was quite the answer for the last time they played Westminster, when the Wolverines came up short by only six points. The home game on Wednesday night closed out their regular season home games, with Grove City winning all but two of the ten games. The Wolverines held the lead for the entire forty minutes, the largest of which was a whopping 39 points in the fourth quarter. They went into the half up 44-25, riding high of a 24-point quarter. In the third quarter, Grove City continued to control both ends of the court, outdoing their previous quarter by posting 28 points. The game concluded with an evenly paced final quarter, during which the Wolverines held the Titans to only eight points. Junior guard Megan Kallock had an outstanding 26-point performance and freshman guard Mara Polcynski put up 12 points and six assists. The team finished with only 13 turnovers, while forcing 26 off of Westminster’s offense. The Wolverines accumulated 34 rebounds, 26 of which came

from their overpowering defense showing out yet again. Last Saturday, the Wolverines had another pulverizing win over the Thiel Tomcats 86-51. The win made for a triumphant Senior Day for women’s basketball’s solo senior forward Allison Podkul. “Everyone made it a really special day that I will remember forever,” Podkul said. “I can’t express how thankful I am to everyone involved. It was an incredible day, and I am so proud to be a Wolverine.” Reminiscing on her time as a Wolverine, she said, “The support and love we get from the campus is unmatched. It makes us as players extremely proud to put on the uniform and take the court representing Grove City College, knowing we have an entire campus supporting and cheering for us.” Podkul had quite the game, finishing with a double-double, racking up 12 points, 12 rebounds and an additional five assists and five steals. “It is very easy to celebrate Allison,” head coach Chelle Fuss said. “She is a special player and a wonderful leader for this team. She embodies our core principles and has been dynamic in getting all of the young players on board. Saturday’s game was a great day for her and the team to live out getting one percent better each day.” Assisting Podkul in Saturday’s landslide win was Kallock, who put up a 14-point


Senior foreward Allison Podkul drives the ball down the court in Wednesday’s game against Westminster. game. Grove City performed dominantly across the board, recording a season-low six turnovers, while benefitting from Thiel’s 20. Twenty-nine of the Wolverines’ 86 points were scored off of Tomcat turnovers. Grove City held the lead throughout the entire game and ran Thiel up and down the court, shutting them down with air-tight defense

and dynamic offense. They accumulated 51 rebounds, 32 of which were off the defensive glass. With the playoffs right around the corner, there is no doubt the 15-7 Wolverines will continue to impress in tomorrow’s final regular season game against conference leaders Washington and Jefferson at 1 p.m. in Washington, Pa.

The women’s swimming and diving team secured their third consecutive PAC Championship win last weekend with a major 1,048-point victory in the tournament. Across the span of the three-day tournament, Grove City remained in the lead throughout the entire event. Saint Vincent, who placed second in the tournament with 765.5 points was outscored by Grove City by a total of 282.5 points. The Wolverines’ 20212022 success marks the women’s thirteenth win in the last fourteen years. Thursday presented two first-place Grove City finishes. The Wolverines took the 400 with a time of 3:58.62, led by power team of junior Rachel Ledford, senior Jenny Baglia, junior Rachael Wallace and sophomore Liz Hasse. The Wolverines took first, in the 500 free, led by junior Sarah Gann. Freshman Kamryn Kerr took third in the one-meter diving with a score of 379.30. Thursday concluded with the Wolverines on the top of the leaderboard with 329.5 points on the day, 95 points above Saint Vincent. Friday earned Grove City four first-place wins and some strong runner ups as well. Grove City took the 200 medley relay, as led by the dream team of junior Rachel Grubbs, Baglia, Wallace and Hasse in 1:46.74, and ended the night with a big firstplace win in the 800 free relay as well. In the 800, senior Emily VanderWeele, Millar, Kuchma and Gann won in a time of 7:59.50. Wallace took the 100 butterfly in 57.03, with freshman Mikaela Jenkins right behind her in fourth place with a time of 1:00.45. The Wolverines swept the podium in the 400 individual medley with first, second and third place winners Ledford, senior Amanda Jones and Plank respectively. The Wolverines remained in the lead after Friday night with 705.05 points, while Saint Vincent remained a steady second place competitor with 514.5 points. Saturday saw big performances from Wallace and Gann, Wallace with two firstplace wins in both the 400 free relay and in the 200 butterfly. With a time of 3:33.42, Wallace, Gann, Kuchma and Hasse claimed a Wolverine victory. In diving, Kerr took another third-place spot in the three-meter dive for a total score of 376.10. Yesterday marked the opening of the men’s championship tournament. The preliminary rounds begin at 11 a.m. with finals set to begin at 6 p.m. Tomorrow will feature the 1650, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay and one-meter diving. All events begin at 11 a.m. today and tomorrow in Grove City’s own James E. Longnecker Competition Pool, as the men’s team looks win PACs four seasons in a row.

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