Hilltop Feb. 19, 2013
vol. 9, no. 5
Why Christians should read secular literature [pages 8-9]
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Corban lacks language, art classes [page 5] Should Corban heckle at games? [page 11] Music review: Macklemore [page 12]
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hilltopnews@ corban.edu hilltop.corban.edu Editor-in-Chief Kate Tracy Managing Editor Sarah Moreau Online Editor Kelsey Leavitt Online Content Editor Angel Prideaux Photo Editor Jessica Bruggeman Asst. Photo Editor Jake Bowdoin Yearbook Editor Eleanor Fazzari Asst. Yearbook Editor Jenna Harbeck Lifestyle Editor Katrina Aman and Katie Wilson Entertainment Editor Tori Cole Sports Editor Josh Trammell World News Editor Vinny Sepe Reporters: William Bassham, Katherine Jamerson, and Armanie Miranda Advisors Christena Brooks Ellen Kersey Corban University’s Hilltop publications – newspaper, yearbook and website – serve as a student-led forum for the student body. Their mission is to tell true stories that contribute to authentic Christian community at Corban. Their staff seeks to practice journalism that is true, substantiated, fair and dedicated to Jesus Christ. Hilltop publications do not represent Corban’s faculty, administration or trustees; rather, they provide a significant student perspective on matters of importance to the ongoing life of the community. Cover art by Sarah Moreau
February 19, 2013
Don’t feel guilty about Q & A with ASB support letters Staff Editorial
Corban students are preparing to go on spring and summer mission trips. How should they raise the money?
a) Sell cultish, trans-fat food b) Stand on a Lancaster street corner, holding a soggy sign in the rain to induce pity from strangers c) Cut down five-a-week lattes to two d) Send a letter asking for prayer (with dollar signs in the silver lining)
Students involved in missions have likely tried one or more of these fundraising methods with varying results and feelings, and we wonder about the most effective ways to raise money for the mission field. Too often do students feel guilty about sending support letters. That is what we call “false guilt.” Asking the church for money, whether through support letters or other methods, is biblical. III John 6-8 talks about sending missionaries out “in a manner worthy of God,” doing so not through gentile help, but through the fellow workers of truth. Ideally, God desires church members to find just as much joy in supporting missions as the missionaries have in spreading God’s truth. Sending out clear, honest letters asking for money is biblical and expected. That is not to say students going on mission trips should relax, drink their coffee and do nothing while the dollars come in. That is what we call “lazy.” No, the nature of missions requires self-sacrifice and a certain level of pain. So when students going on mission trips are still drinking Dutch Bros. or going skiing every weekend, they might not be making themselves uncomfortable enough to be effective once their trip comes. We admonish those people to live more frugally. Learn from Macklemore; hit the thrift shop. Finally, a word about group fundraisers. They work only if you make money. No one wants to work a fundraiser that is not making any money; that is what we call “a waste of time.” Trip leaders need to be organized and thoughtful in strategically planning the best possible fundraiser. Corban’s sports teams have put on many successful fundraisers, from selling fruit to Coldstone fundraisers, so we know it is possible to succeed. Our prayers and support go out to all of Corban’s mission trip efforts!
Speak up, speak truth People and words. God created people and God enabled people to create and use words. Words stick with us. They impact us, move us and shape us. When we use words in beautiful ways, those are the times when we echo God’s character. I often think about how I’ve used words for good and bad, but also how I’ve failed to use any words at all: those moments when I knew God wanted me to speak truth to uplift someone. It’s silly of me to allow my pride to get in the way of making someone else feel important and loved. It’s silly, but mostly selfish. I’ll never forget the time when I was having a bad day, feeling insecure, and discontented. I looked into a mirror, disappointed with what I saw. I turned away from the upsetting reflection, and there was the comforting face of a 4-year-old girl with big brown eyes gleaming up at me. “Wow, you’re ‘bootiful,’ Angel.” My sister’s words seemed to rush into each of my insecure crevices, washing away the false perception I had had of myself just moments before. God used her words to run much deeper than physical beauty. Her words were used to remind me how God sees me. There is something about innocence calling you beautiful; it is sincere, not superficial. We should learn to use our words as genuinely and fearlessly as children. We should analyze the occasion before speaking. Ephesians 4:29 says, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” “I want you to know that you are intelligent, beautiful, and capable.” A professor once said this to me. His words took me by surprise. No one had ever told me that so directly before. He then looked me in the eyes, and said, “People often forget this about themselves. I’m not going to have to remind you, am I?” I laughed and told him I would try to remember. I needed to hear those words. I feel somehow my professor knew, or maybe he didn’t, but I know God did.
Angel Prideaux, The Hilltop’s assistant online editor, is a sophomore at Corban. The Hilltop’s staff column is designed for readers to hear from editors of this publication.
Liane Dehart, ASB Treasurer
Q: What are you hoping to accomplish this year as treasurer? A: As ASB Treasurer, I want to continue encouraging the team to use our resources in big ways for the students -- fancier formals, bringing in talented speakers, etc. Q: What's your favorite thing about being on ASB? A: I love being a part of the Corban community! My favorite part of ASB is planning and brainstorming ideas for events. I have an awesome opportunity to be part of doing things for students that no one else on campus does. We have resources to do really cool things for students, and I am blessed to be a part of it! Q: Which SNL character do you identify the most with, and why? A: I don’t watch TV much, so have no clue who all the SNL characters are! Jessica Baughman says that I am Bobby Moynihan’s character in the Mars Mission sketch. It’s because I absolutely love cute, cuddly, fluffy animals! My kitty Coco Bean has her own Facebook page; she’s an angel. Q: If you could have lunch with any famous person, who would it be and what would you ask him/ her? A: Jef Holm! I hope he loves Jesus because I want to marry him. What would I ask him? “Do you love Jesus?” At which point he would say yes, and then he would ask me to marry him.
February 19, 2013
Security team offers emergency tips By Katherine Jamerson Staff Writer
Blue and red lights flashing, roads blocked and police on campus are not things the Corban community is used to. The false alarm “suspicious box situation” on campus Feb. 1 reminded Corban that hazardous situations can happen anywhere. Mike Roth, director of Campus Safety, is now getting the word out about how to stay safe. If students or staff were to find themselves in a truly dangerous situation, how they react could save lives. Those who find themselves threatened by an active shooter event need to remember the acronym GLK: Get out, Lock out and Knock out. • Get out: Evacuate the building. “It may seem safer to stay in one location,” Roth said, “but history has shown those are the ones who are more likely to get shot.” Keep in mind; you are more important than your things. Don’t spend your time worrying that the shooter is going to steal your laptop; worry about getting yourself out of harm’s way, Roth said. • Lock out: If you can’t get out of the building, hide. Lock the doors, turn off the lights and hide behind large objects. If you have your cell phone on you, silence it. Even on vibrate, the phone can attract a shooter’s attention. • Knock out: If you are confronted by the shooter, don’t just stand there. Almost anything can be used as a weapon. “If the shooter has chairs, staplers, books, other objects flying in his face, he is less likely to aim a fatal shot,” Roth said. Finally, when the police arrive, do your best to help them out. Keep your hands where they can see them and follow their directions quickly and quietly. Although the Feb. 1 bomb scare ended up being harmless, a bomb scare shouldn’t be taken lightly, Roth said. Bombs can come in any shape or size. Luckily, the box on Corban’s campus contained only washer nuts and outlet covers, not something more dangerous. If you find something suspicious, do not open it, no
Photo by Sarah Moreau
Members of the Salem Police Department arrived at Corban on Friday, Feb. 1, to explore the contents of a suspicious box on campus.
matter how great your curiosity. It is always best to inform Campus Care or Campus Security, instead of risking your own life. Roth advises all students to program the Campus Security phone number, 503-510-6430, into their phones. “However, if danger is imminent and im,mediate intervention is required, call 911,” Roth said.
For further safety information, check out Corban University Office of Campus Security on Facebook or follow them on Twitter at @CarbanCampusSaf. Also, check out the new posters and pocket-sized information booklets around campus, which should be available this month.
Corban students to visit Cameroon in May By Sarah Moreau Managing Editor Ministry professors Dr. Sam Baker, Dr. Greg Trull and Dr. Tim Anderson, along with five students, will take a trip to Cameroon this May to serve youth and train pastors in the area. Rob Douglass, Katie Baker, Steven Dowling, Ann Amoguis and Stefan Hinkley will be arriving with Dr. Baker one week after Trull and Anderson have started their work. Trull, who has been to Cameroon on his own before, has wanted to make this trip with students for some time. Sam Baker said the trip came from “desiring to have student and family ministry majors understand how youth ministry can be done in different contexts.” He and all the students going on the trip have never been to Cameroon, and he is excited for the new culture and experience. Sam Baker and the students will be working with teens from the community in local churches and schools. Their goal is to “encourage young Christian
teens to live the Christian life in their environment and culture,” Sam Baker said. Katie said she has been praying for a while for God to use her. “I had an open and willing heart, and God found a place for me to serve,” Katie said. “I love that it will be in Africa, and I love that I will be working with kids. Those two things were confirmation that I am going on the right trip.” Sam Baker is particularly excited because student and family ministry majors have not been able to make a trip like this before, and he anticipates that it will help them understand how youth ministry works in cultures other than America’s. He hopes the trip will allow them to observe, interpret and apply the experience to their major and future goals. “I want to minister to youth, and this trip is one way of doing that in such a unique and interesting way,” Douglass said. “Cameroon never really crossed my radar until this trip, and now it’s one of the only things I think about. My goal for this trip is to be open to everything God wants to do through me and our team. There are so many things we could do, but it’s really
more about how God is going to use us, not what we prepare and plan to do.” “I am looking forward to being used in any way, shape or form,” Katie said. “I am so excited to be working with kids and seeing how we can be creative with their children’s ministry and maybe learn some cool things from them as well.” Trull and Anderson will be on the trip primarily to train African pastors, who have had no official biblical training. A group of pastors in the area has already been selected to receive the training. “Our goal is to train up a group of pastors in AICs (African Indigenous Churches) and provide support,” Trull said. He and Anderson will be working with a group of mentors who can connect with the pastors through language and culture. “We hope this is a continuing relationship with Cameroon, not just a one-time thing,” Trull said. Both Sam Baker and Trull said they would like to partner with pastors and churches in the Salem area, along with more student and family ministry majors, for future trips.
February 19, 2013
News Briefs OCIS is online Corban University recently contracted with the Oregon Career Information System (OCIS) to provide free access to everyone in the Corban family to a variety of resources geared toward matching interests to careers. Users can access scholarships, training videos for various software programs, study materials for graduate school entrance tests in addition to other career exploration tools. Use the login ID “Corban35” and “Warrior1” as the password. Contact Don Sparks, Director of Student Success, for questions. Photo by Katherine Jamerson
Jake Bowdoin presents his photo and Kaitlin Shepherd’s painting, illustrating Amelia Kaspari’s poem.
Fusion show displays talent By Katherine Jamerson Staff Writer For the past two years in February, the Fusion Art Show has filled Corban with bright paintings, intriguing photographs and ponderous poems. This year, the artwork in the Psalm Center and Emmitte Center won’t disappear at the end of the month. All 59 students’ poems, photographs and paintings have been put into a book. The event’s coordinator, English professor Dr. Colette Tennant, took the project a step further this year, paying a graphic artist to put together the colorful book, called “The Pretty Wild.” The book is available for $15.
Tennant started the Fusion Art Show three years ago. Each fall semester, students in one of her classes produce poems. Each spring, selected poems are interpreted by a painter and a photographer. The collaborations are available for viewing on campus for one month. Tennant said she is amazed every year by the students’ creations, especially the ones with unexpected similarities between the painting and the photograph. “It never fails to amaze me how the paintings and photos go together in either the color choices, themes or details,” she said. This year, the astonishing similarity occurred between Kaitlin Shepherd’s painting and Jake Bowdoin’s photograph. They were
illustrating Amelia Kaspari’s poem “Autumn.” “I was surprised,” said Shepherd, “because Jake and I didn’t even talk to each other about what we were doing.” Both painting and photograph feature a girl with an umbrella dancing near a streetlight, surrounded by oranges, greys and yellows. “It means Amelia did a really good job in creating the image through her poem,” said Bowdoin. Students who want to be a part of next year’s Fusion Art Show should contact Tennant next fall. This year’s books can be purchased at the Corban Bookstore or through Tennant.
Corban partners with Australian school By William Bassham Staff Writer
Corban University has forged a partnership with an Australian college that will allow teachers to teach in the land down under and earn Corban $500,000. Corban sold $500,000 worth of curriculums to Sheridan College in Perth, Australia. The $500,000 is scheduled to be paid in a payment plan over a period of seven years, with the last payment scheduled to be in 2020. Corban staff members are also being given teaching opportunities in one to two years to Perth to help develop the college. This partnership consists of the curriculums for 125 courses to be sold to the school, with more important courses being delivered first. Corban Provost Matt Lucas, Director of As-
sessment Pam Teschner and Dean of Global Initiatives Janine Allen have been involved in cementing this partnership, which began in November. Sheridan College is a Christian college that is starting up and earning its accreditation. It is a college for students from Australian private K-12 schools. Rather than starting from scratch, due to Australian accreditation laws, Sheridan had to buy curriculums from another school. “In Australia, accreditation is a lengthy process where institutions must submit all curriculums for overview,” said Allen. “This is difficult for a new college when faculty are not yet hired.” Sheridan contacted Corban after learning about Corban’s partner school in Indonesia. Darren Smith, a representative from Sheri-
dan, contacted Corban to get materials for the school. “It was random in our sense because we didn’t expect to be contacted from Australia,” said Lucas. Perth is the only city in western Australia. It has doubled in size in the past 30 years and is scheduled to double again in 30 years. Perth is a center for mining of metals like copper and iron and profits from those who work in those mines. “It is like a 21st century gold rush, but with copper and iron,” said Lucas. Only 5 percent of Australians are Christians, with the other 95 percent not having a religion. “The classes we have here will be the same classes taught across the world in Australia,” said Lucas.
Pranks gone wrong How far can a prank go? “It’s all fun and games until you inconvenience someone or damage someone’s property,” said Mike Roth, Director of Campus Safety. Oregon Law calls “pranks” criminal mischief, and there are three degrees of criminal mischief. The third degree occurs when a person has the intent to “cause substantial inconvenience to another…and the person tampers or interferes with property of another.” The second degree of criminal mischief occurs when someone violates the third degree of criminal mischief and damages property in an amount exceeding $500. The third degree of criminal mischief happens when a person badly damages or destroys the property of someone else. “Please be respectful of the property of others,” concludes Roth.
ASB to present Big Daddy Weave One of Christian music’s most popular bands, Big Daddy Weave, will perform this Friday, Feb. 22 at Corban during Chapel and Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at Dayspring Fellowship. ASB needs volunteers to help with hosting the band. This is the second major concert ASB has hosted this school year and the second big-name Christian artist since Phil Wickham in 2012.
February 19, 2013
Corban lacks language, art classes
By Katie Wilson Lifestyles Co-editor
Corban provides many electives, but missing from the course offerings are some classes most universities wouldn’t dream of withholding: art and language. Facing the university are some key issues that could help or hinder the development of art and language classes. First, money. This problem surfaces when hiring a language or art teacher, who can teach only one or two classes on campus. “It would have to start out as an elective and would likely never make it to a degree,” said Professor Tamara McGinnis. “It’s low-priority.” As recently as 2011, Corban offered a Rosetta Stone foreign language program under the direction of the now retired Dr.
Bob Wright. These online courses are no longer offered, leaving the university void of foreign language classes. “We offer Greek,” said registrar Chris Vetter, “but it’s more for biblical interpretation than practical world application.” “Language is really important for missions,” said senior Claire Richter, who plans on going to China this summer on a mission trip. “They could just offer the languages for the countries Corban students go to most for missions. It would be really helpful.” Art also struggles to make it onto the registrar’s radar because of a perceived lack of interest in fine arts. American and World Thought and Culture classes cover a wide variety of historical art, and the Adult Degree Program has an Intro to Art
online class as well. “Art is a form of expression,” said junior Sarah Jack. “We have music to glorify God; why is art any different?” McGinnis helps bring art to campus with the annual Arts Week, this year to be spread out across many days so busy students have more of a chance to participate. “I am convicted,” McGinnis said, “that if we ignore or marginalize art, we cannot fully come to know the character of God.” Christians often debate the balance between art pointing to God and art pointing to sin — dependent, of course, on the artist. Some activities on campus promote interest in art, such as the Fusion Art Show on Feb. 25 and Arts Week, but what
about language? “It’s hard to know where to turn for foreign language at Corban,” Richter said. “I guess there’s always ‘Chinese for Dummies.’” Corban offers an exchange program with Chemeketa Community College and Willamette University, allowing students to take one class at no cost at either college per semester. This can be used for language or art. As for campus, the only way McGinnis foresees Corban acquiring an arts program is for a donor to earmark funds toward one — and she believes it would be worth it. “God is the originator of the arts,” she said, “and He has placed in each of us the capacity for beauty. It communicates something about His character.”
Ombudpersons offer key to confidentiality By Claire Richter Guest Writer During the school year of 2010-2011, Corban created a team of Ombudpersons. Stephanie Husk, director of Counseling Services, and Donny Zavala, gym facility manager, were a part of this first team. “I saw the need for a confidential place where people could weigh their options before making a formal complaint,” Husk said. “Most everyone needs to be able to process before making a big decision like that.” Ombudspersons are people set in place to confidentially help someone through a difficult, threatening or abusive situation. Zavala described his role as an ombudsperson this way: “It’s always rewarding knowing that you can or might help make a difference by lending a few minutes of your time and taking some time to listen.” In addition to Husk and Zavala, the other ombudspersons are Daren Milionis, director of Career and Academic services; Dr. Claudia Green, director of Undergrad Education; and Laurie Smith, psychology professor. Ombudspersons are required to be con-
Although the Corban website explains ombudspersons as helping mostly with sexual harassment issues, that is not true. These people are here to talk with people about any extremely threatening, confusing situation that needs to remain confidential. Milionis confidently asserted, “If [your problem] is not going anywhere. If something bothers you, you can express that.” Obmudspersons are relatively unknown to students, but both Zavala and Husk expressed the importance of making the Corban community aware of Ombudspersons.
Photo By Jessica Bruggeman
Donny Zavala, one of the ombudspersons, talks with Jade Lowrey in his office.
fidential; they help people work through harassing or discriminatory issues. They can and should be used not only by on-campus students, but by faculty and off-campus students who are seeking help with a confusing issue. Husk explained, “In general, I have en-
joyed being able to be an advocate for a good and fair process on campus. We aren’t victims’ advocates, but we are supportive to those who come forward. I love helping people sort through the issues so they can successfully navigate conflict in a way that is biblical and healthy.”
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February 19, 2013
Encouraging One Another HEBREWS 10:25
By Jessica Bruggeman Photo Editor
“We have had encouragement cards at our church, Sa10:25, which says, “…encouraging one another, and all the more as you see that Day draw near.” This system lem Alliance, since the 1970s,” Dr. Nancy Hedburg, V. P. plays a big part in the community aspect of the Univer- of Student life, said. “They were introduced to our church by then senior pastor Don Bubna. I know that he and Tom sity. Overwhelmed with homework? Younger were friends, but I don’t know if there’s a conThe Corban mailroom filters through an average of 160 Not enough sleep this week? nection regarding the encouragement cards.” encouragement cards each week. Shocked that you actually get everything done in your The occasions for encouragement cards are endless. “The kids (and staff) love getting encouragement cards. planner each day? When students get Some are serious, some are funny, but no matter what, Welcome to the life e n c o u r a g e m e n t they always make the recipients’ day better. of every college stu“When encouragement cards are written, not only does cards, I can hear dent ever to exist. it encourage those around you, but I also believe it helps their excitement and I t was from my roommate . S he used “Crazy busy” has foster the c u r i o s i t y, ” now become a cliché all anatomy terms to explain why she community Carol Kruse, among college stuof Corban,” mailroom dents to describe just loved me. Amylee Perrine junior Cara s u p e r v i s o r Scripture covered the back how overcommitted Cason said. said, “espetheir lives have be“Through cially those and there was a Max Lucado come. who are from Corban, however, quote. It was special because it was it, relationships are the Salem-Keizer area who tend not to receive as attempts to not leave busy college students stranded on a reminder of the great support d e e p e n ed much mail as those from out of town or state.” their own. What is our “heavenly solution” to this imposand people The encouragement card practice is something sible battle? Okay, so maybe it isn’t that dramatic. But it that our student body gives. are uplifthas still made an impact on the Corban community. The that may be almost unique to this school. Upon ed.” asking other schools, including George Fox Unianswer? Encouragement cards! Stefan Hinkley Carson beCorban developed an encouragement card system versity and Point Loma University, among others, lieves it’s through the on-campus mail system for students and fac- Corban is the only one that practices this particuvery imlar system of circulating cards. ulty to send to one another. portant to The only thing known for sure about the history Corban prints cards and places them around campus e n c o u r a g e of encouragement cards at Corban is that they for students to give to fellow students and staff. Under those around her. “God calls us to love our neighbors, have to do with former president Tom Younger some the “Encouraging One Another” header on the assorted and I think this is one way I can do that.” colored and printed cards is a Bible reference to Hebrews time during his presidency (1972-83).
Creative ways to write encouragement cards:
Photo by Jessica Bruggeman
Alec Kovac places encouragement cards for students in mailboxes.
1. Fill the card with a list of one- Sometimes Scripture is the best word descriptions of the person. way to brighten someone’s day. Sometimes, less is more. 5. Draw a picture. Who said 2. Cover the outside of the card drawings can only make peowith candy. Encouragment and ple’s day in kindergarden? candy? Trump card right there. Childhood felicity is still permissible in college, people. 3. Make a list of reasons why Crayons are cool. that person makes you smile, or why your friendship is mean- 6.Write the encouragement ingful. card, then cut it into puzzle 4. Fill it with Bible verses. pieces. Place the pieces in a
bag, and put it in the mailbox. Your friend will have to assemble the card to read it! 7. One word per card. Your friend will get like 20 mail notifications and feel super popular. Just make sure it’s one killer sentence. 8.Write the note solely from movie quotes or song lyrics.
February 19, 2013
Hating Valentine’s Day
By Katie Wilson Lifestyles co-editor
another year. With every V-Day comes an endValentine’s Day is over, which less flow of advice questions cirmeans the heart-shaped stomach cling around the subject, so for this ache you get in every store you shop issue, I’ve left Ask Katie to some at is soon to be dead and buried for witty co-writers whom I trust with
your problems. I needed to leave some space to address the masses who wanted to set fire to all things pink and perky on Valentine’s Day. For dramatic effect, I’m going to make them all into love notes.
Dear Katie, how can I avoid dying alone surrounded by cats?
Dear Katie, I ate too much Valentine’s candy and now I’m throwing up. Help me.
Here’s the thing about cats: When you’re a cat lover, you’re never alone. Perk up and get some catnip, you guys are celebrating your single life in style this year.
You thought of me while you were throwing up? Oh you — I don’t know how to respond but with gratitude.
Dear Katie, why won’t Cupid die already? He’s a cherub, and defense spending hasn’t yet produced angel-proof weapon technology, but give it time (also see gun control center spread of January Hilltop issue).
Dear Katie, I hate Valentine’s Day.
Dear Katie, how do I get a man?
You’re in the right place. Although I designed this page, so I guess I put you here, but now you can make friends with the other anonymous entries around you.
Read all my past advice columns. I feel like I’ve touched on the subject before.
Dear Katie, what can single people do on Valentine’s Day? Now we’re talking! Unless you are an avid hiking, shopping, dancing, crafts, ping pong, paint third-wheeler like Ben Maison, you may want to ball, and the list goes on. Even if you’re alone, take organize something fun to do with your untaken a hint from the cat lady above: Single life is still a friends. Valentine’s Day 2014 is full of possibiliparty. Especially if you have friends, and chances ties. Try bowling, roller skating, movies, day trips, are you do.
Is it flu or food poisoning?
By Vinny Sepe World News Editor
The stomach flu can make a believer out of anyone because even atheists pray for relief when it strikes. Nausea, vomiting, body chills, and fever are just a few of the symptoms that spread rampantly on campus this time of year. But what if that three-day bout with the flu was actually a reaction to that mysterious-looking mixed greens salad from 7-Eleven? The truth is even doctors can have a hard time determining the cause of your agony. There is a way to distinguish the two, however. The first step is to understand what causes each ailment. “The flu is always a virus,” said science instructor Dr. Sarah Comstock. “Food poisoning can be a virus, but it is often bacterial.” More specifically, the flu is caused by “the influenza virus,” said Janie Vohland, director of Health Services. This virus is difficult to cure long-term because it is “constantly mutating.”
But many people are surprised that there is technically no such thing as stomach influenza. The term “stomach flu” actually refers to a condition called viral gastroenteritis, which is not caused by influenza. The real flu “is a respiratory illness, characterized by body aches, fever, and cough,” explained Vohland. “Influenza goes to your lungs; food poisoning basically goes to your stomach.” So what causes food poisoning, then? According to WebMD.com, food poisoning is “an illness caused by eating foods that have harmful organisms in them. These harmful germs can include bacteria, parasites and viruses.” Both viral gastroenteritis and food poisoning can be caused by noroviruses, which is why they are so often mistaken for both the “stomach flu” and food poisoning. How can that be? “Noroviruses are sometimes called food poisoning, because they can be transmitted through food that’s been contaminated with the virus. They aren’t always the result of food contamination, though,” said Vohland.
Therefore, food poisoning-like symptoms are not always caused by eating a tainted gas station salad, which leads some people to erroneously assume they must have the flu. Thus, “Noroviruses are also sometimes called the stomach flu, although they aren’t the influenza virus,” said Vohland. So in short, a stomach gone haywire is likely the result of a norovirus transmitted through food. Or perhaps there wasn’t enough chlorine in the community pool. Food poisoning can also be caused by bacteria, including salmonella and E. coli. Both can be fatal, explained Vohland. So how does one tell the difference between the “real flu” and food poisoning? It is done by understanding influenza attacks the lungs, while noroviruses and bacteria from food and environment attack the stomach. Vohland recommends students “get a flu shot every year, cover your cough and sneeze, sleep enough, and have a wonderful attitude.” If you suspect you may have food poisoning or the flu, “stay home and keep it to yourself,” said Vohland.
Ask Katie’s Friends I have zits and I wear glasses. Am I ugly? Having zits and glasses doesn’t make you ugly; it makes you human. Everyone has acne, and if you can’t see it, it’s probably on their backs, or their chests, or strategically hidden behind side-swept bangs and foundation. You also live in the Pacific Northwest now; hundreds of Portlandians would cut off their left arm for your prescription glasses. The most attractive quality any person can have is confidence. None of us is perfect, and those who say differently are lying to themselves. Should I grow my hair out? Claire said it would look weird! You need to ask yourself some questions. Who is Claire? Is she your mom? If yes, remember you are an adult; make your own decisions. If Claire is your significant other, will she be less attracted to you if you grow your hair out? If yes, you have bigger problems. Is Claire your good friend? She just has your best interests at heart. Is Claire your critical imaginary friend? We have an excellent campus psychologist. Will long hair make you feel good about yourself? Do you think it will look good? You have to be an individual. Stop being dependent on Claire to make your decisions. That being said, Ralph and I think it will look weird. I’m afraid of the dark; how do I get over it? For starters, don’t feel bad; this phobia is understandable. To get over this, you need to get to the root of the fear. For most, it’s the unknown the dark brings. The lights go off, and suddenly under the bed is a perfect hiding spot. Especially if your bed is on cinderblocks, think of all the space. What is that crunching in the bushes on the nature trail? Did something just move in the back seat of my car? Why didn’t I check before I started driving? What was that noise? Did you guys see that? Should I run now? Where did all my friends go? Wait, what was the question?
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Why Christians should read secular literature How to find truth and redemption in classical, modern and pop culture books
Grimms’ “Cinderella” “It is better to be feared than loved.” “The ends justify the means.” In a sly world, Christians could do better to be more sly. Christians often take issue with the fact that as a political theorist, Machiavelli advised the murder of political adversaries, a fair issue to object. But Christians would be wise to remember Jesus’ advice was not to be loved, but rather to“be wise as serpents, and as innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16). Christians in the 21st century have the “innocent” part down, but what about the “serpent” part? Do we need to learn from Machiavelli and work a little harder at not letting the world take advantage of our love? Should the world fear us more? Christians should cling to close friends and foster relationships; Machiavelli said as much when he said princes should be loved and feared. However unrealistic he may have thought that to be, Christ called His followers to a similar goal, albeit for different results and for different purposes.
Machiavelli “The Hunger Games” trilogy
Call him a proud, deceitful womanizer, and the description would be completely accurate. Odysseus is hardly a hero on which to base a code of morality. But this “man of many sorrows,” as the epic refers to him, uncannily coincides with the description of Jesus in Isaiah 53:3, and even more striking are the Christian themes of temptation, xenia and nostos found in the story of Odysseus. Temptation in the Odyssey is similar to what Christians experience. Odysseus is not a perfect hero, as he succumbs to the temptation of seductive women and to his pride on multiple occasions. The most striking moment is when his men have to restrain him from joining the sirens (Book 12). In this scene, Odysseus shows how he knows his own weakness and must take great measures to resist the sirens by putting wax in his men’s ears and tying himself to the mast. In much the same way, Christians should take seriously their own “sirens” and take the necessary precautions to resist. Along with temptation, Odysseus experiences hospitality (in Greek, “xenia,” or the guest-friend relationship) on his way home to Ithaca. In some instances, the hosts he encounters are gracious — the Phaeacians, for example — but the majority of the hosts violate the Greek hospitality code. Circe turns his men to pigs, and Cyclops tries to eat him. Likewise, the suitors in Odysseus’ own home violate guest rights, as they eat up his resources and try to marry his wife. Throughout the epic, ideas of the guest and host relationship coincide with biblical ideas of hospitality (1 Peter 4:9) and give a picture of how xenia can make or break a relationship. Nostos, the Greek word for “homecoming,” refers to Odysseus’ return to Ithaca that was 20 years in the making. Disguised as a beggar, he begins to reclaim all that is his, culminating in killing the suitors and the revelation to his faithful wife Penelope. Appearance versus reality becomes a huge part of his nostos, as only a few recognize him for who he truly is, and only a few remain faithful to him after his 20-year absence. More than any other story throughout history, Odysseus’ homecoming parallels Christ’s homecoming in reaching his fullness of glory, rewarding those who were faithful and punishing those who disrespected him. This culminates in his reunion with Penelope, in much the same way as Christ will reunite with His bride, the church.
Churches do not exist in the districts of Panem. In the entire trilogy, God or religion is never mentioned. This world with no religion echoes a Utopia gone wrong or a Roman Empire at the end of its golden age. So what is a Christian supposed to find that is biblical in this violent, hopeless story? “The Hunger Games” trilogy would not be the cultural phenomena it is without some reflection of The Great Story. First and foremost are the main characters and how they represent Christlike attributes. One of the first things readers know about Katniss Everdeen is how self-sacrificing she is, as she is the only one in the entire 12 districts who enters the Hunger Games voluntarily. She is “the girl on fire,” a Christian symbol of refining fire, and making something beautiful out of ashes. She is the underdog; just as Jews used to say “What good can come from Nazareth?” so the Capitol scorns District 12 and the tributes from there. Katniss is a warrior, more capable than many of the other tributes at handling a bow, just as Christ was a warrior who conquered death. At the same time, she becomes a healer and creates beauty when she puts flowers around Ru’s body. Most importantly, she starts a revolution against the worldly powers, using the symbol of the mockingjay, just as Christ mocked, in a sense, the wisdom of the world. Peeta is a Christ-like archetype as well. He saved Katniss when they were younger children and keeps loving her, even when she won’t have him. Perhaps the most telling Christian motif about Peeta is the fact that he is a baker, bringing Christian allusions to Christ as the Bread of Life. He is more peaceful than Katniss and conquers through love, not hate. Above all, he is willing to sacrifice himself time and time again. Besides gaining insights about God’s character from these Christ-like characters, “The Hunger Games” trilogy demonstrates that even in a hopeless world, hope and love still exist, and people can still find beauty if they want to find it. More than anything, Christians can read “The Hunger Games” for its didactic treatment of corrupt societies, American in particular. Suzanne Collins creates comparisons between Rome and Panem through the Roman character names in the Capitol, the flamboyant, corrupt culture and the obsession with gory entertainment. Dickens wrote “A Tale of Two Cities” to warn England of the Revolution that could happen. What if Collins is writing to warn as well? Has American entertainment degraded so much that it is going to take a wake-up call to get out of it? Americans spend a significant amount of money on sports, the modern equivalent of gladiator games. Likewise, Katniss gets thrown into the arena for sport, for entertainment. Secondly, there is the fascination with celebrity. Collins paints a wonderful picture of what Katniss goes through to become a celebrity and how the Capitol goes wild over her appearance and presentation during the pre-Games ceremony. Collins could be warning against this entertainment obsession in America, and Christians should take this warning seriously, as we should be careful about what entertains us.
Almost every culture has a Cinderella myth. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm recorded a well-known version of the story in the 19th century, preceding the plethora of versions western culture has seen in the story’s numerous adaptations on-screen and onstage. Christians need to be reminded of the story of redemption, and this is a fundamental story of redemption. The prince rescues Cinderella from the ashes, and her life is never the same. The themes of the story do not need to be explained, as even young children understand why stories like “Cinderella” are important. Somewhere along the way, however, even Christians forget to have faith like a child and take simple fairy tales as transformative truth, as “Cinderella” reflects the Great Story of Christ’s redemption.
Ernest Hemingway More than anything else, Hemingway valued truth, and he sought to express true people, true themes and true situations in the truest way possible. Christians should read Hemingway because of his quest for truth. In “A Moveable Feast,” Hemingway said, “If I started to write elaborately, or like someone introducing or presenting something, I found that I could cut that scrollwork or ornament out and throw it away and start with the first true simple declarative sentence I had written.” Christians should learn from this kind of dedication to the truth, and they need to take it seriously as consumers and creators of art. Flippancy and careless thoughts have no place in the Christian realm, because they, above all others, should carry the truth with them. Hemingway, however, viewed truth as tragedy. He presented a world that always ended in tragedy, whether that was through relationships, as in “A Farewell to Arms,” death, as in “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber,” or suffering and failure, as in “The Old Man and the Sea.” Although he expressed what he saw as true in the world, he completely missed the redemption found in Christian literature and even secular literature. His truth was bleak, hopeless, tragic: exactly what a life without Jesus’ redemption looks like. Christians should read Hemingway to remember this, and to feel compassion for unbelievers, and gratitude for God’s salvation.
February 19, 2013
Intramurals: risk v. reward By Katrina Aman Lifestyles co-editor
With an athletic scholarship comes more responsibility. With a team comes more accountability. With an athletic position comes more sacrifices. The opportunity to play in intramurals sports is an aspect of college life that many Corban athletes have to sacrifice. However, many athletes believe this is a sensible sacrifice. Nathan Swanson, a Corban sophomore, has wanted to play intramurals many times, but couldn’t because of athletics. “I completely understand why we aren’t allowed to,” he said. “Accidents happen, and we could get hurt. It is our responsibility as scholarship athletes to be able to perform for our teams.” As a runner for both the cross country and track and field teams, Swanson has longed to relax but believes “it’s all worth it,” when he remembers how much he enjoys running. Although most coaches restrict their athletes’ involvement in intramurals, some have not addressed activities outside of this, leaving other students to question how far athletes’ activities should be restricted in their hobbies or classes. “I think it should be up to the athletes to ultimately make the decision whether to participate in [intramurals] or not,” volleyball senior Chandra Teague said. “Like in an actual job, no one is going to tell you that you can’t do something because it could affect your work, but if you can’t do your job, you have to suffer the consequences.” Still, many athletes simply accept the restrictions. “I believe scholarship athletes should
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Freshman basketball forward Cyrus Ward practices with his hallmates for the Mario Smash Brothers Intramurals. Ward is encouraged not to participate in athletic intramurals to avoid injury.
view their sport as a job, and non-scholarship athletes should view their sport as an opportunity to earn a scholarship,” baseketball junior Jordan Carter said. Along with Carter, baseball player Justin White sees the importance of athletes respecting the restriction on athletes. “The events are considered a high risk of injury, and sports are an investment,” White said. “The main reason behind this isn’t to limit fun or excitement, but to help make the athletic program as good as it can be.” Although White misses playing other
sports, he places dedication to his team as a high priority. “It’s a commitment,” White said. “If you do risky things outside and hurt yourself, how does that show your dedication to your teammates?” Despite differing opinions, athletes agree it is ultimately the coaches’ decision as to whether they can participate in intramurals. “We have to listen and respect their decision, no matter whether we disagree with it or not,” soccer player Aaron Kinnes said.
Jordan Carter opts for medical redshirt By Ben Maison Guest Writer He wears his warm-up jacket and khaki shorts and sits with all the other redshirt players while the men’s basketball team battles on the court. That’s how Jordan Carter has looked for much of this season. As Corban’s leading scorer the past two seasons, he hasn’t played since suffering a season-ending torn meniscus in an exhibition game Dec. 5. Even before that, he went down with appendicitis and missed the first two weeks of the 2012-13 season. If there’s any good news for the Warriors, it’s that Carter has been so plagued with injuries this season that he’s qualified to opt for a medical redshirt. This allows him to have another full season of eligibility. Now the two-time NAIA All-American plans to be here for another two years. In Carter’s absence the Warriors have
leaned on other players to step up and fill the void. Freshman Andrew Evans is one such player. Since January, Evans has averaged 13.3 points and 5.4 assists per game. Has Carter’s injury gotten Evans more playing time? “Yes, and a lot of people who wouldn’t have gotten to play before are getting a lot of opportunities, because Jordan was the guy who never came out,” said Evans. “But with his absence, people on the bench have had their time to shine.” Even Carter agrees that his injury has allowed for the team to get better. “If I was not injured, guys like Andrew would be coming off the bench,” said Carter. “Andrew’s game has benefited tremendously from this opportunity.” Carter has already undergone surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee. Torn ligaments in the knee are often considered an athlete’s worst nightmare. However, another Corban student offers
hope to the bleak situation. Brett Johnson, a Corban track athlete, also suffered from a torn meniscus this year. While the injury was a setback to his training, he “is running at full speed” only a month after surgery. Johnson says the surgery had no effects on his abilities and believes that Carter will be playing without any hindrances. Carter also said he is barely noticing the effects of the injury or the surgery. Corban has a lot to look forward to next year as far as men’s basketball is concerned. Both Evans and Carter look forward to playing with each other. “Our game’s complement each other really well, I think I could help out Jordan by creating open shots for him,” said Evans. “Considering that he is a superstar he is going to be able to create shots for me and teammates as well.”
Pick a team, any team
By Jeffrey Morse Guest Columnist There are two minutes left on the clock, and my favorite basketball team is down by 10, and my “friend” rooting for the rival team is jeering at me. I still have a glimmer of hope, though, as I simply respond, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Slowly, we start a comeback, a pair of 3-pointers, then a tipped-in two, and suddenly it’s a two-point game. Then after a missed free throw, we have the ball back! The clock is winding down, a final three is put up at the buzzer ... and it’s good! Pure jubilation and adrenaline pump through my body, as my “friend” feels that same adrenaline-mixed despair and anger. Moments like this, ladies and gentleman, are why I am a sports fan. If you have never watched sports or just have never picked a team to be yours, I would encourage you to do so. For it is no longer a team of star athletes playing against some other team, it becomes “we” and “us” against “them.” Yes, there will be low seasons that might be forgettable or even a bit depressing. But when your team finally has that stellar season, you’ll be glad you stuck around. (49er fans know what I’m talking about). Don’t know where to start? First pick a sport, and then choose either the pro or collegiate level to follow. (I usually prefer the collegiate level due to a shorter and more exciting season, as well as more balanced team rosters.) After landing your sport, you need to pick a team. Methods for picking range from the team your sibling hates, the one that wears your favorite color, or the team that your “significant other” passionately follows. Or, if you’re THAT guy, you pick whoever won last year’s championship. Once you have your team, you don’t have to know every stat, player and past star (although it will add to your credibility), but you do have three obligations: root for them in all instances, defend them to your grave and never forsake them. So get out there, surround yourself with other fans of your team during those big games, and you can feel that pure jubilation and adrenaline that sports fans crave.
February 19, 2013
Should we heckle opposing teams?
As Christians, our conduct should be above reproach By Katrina Aman Staff Writer “You call that a throw? My Bible professor can throw better than that! AIRBALLLLL! We could build a wall with all these bricks! Where’d you get these refs? Foot Locker?” Barking like bizarre canines. Screaming absurdly during free-throws. Classy, guys. Real classy. When we enter the C. E. Jeffers Sports Center, we are Warriors, we are fans, we are devoted friends to the athletes, and we are proud students. Above all, though, we are Christians. Is talking trash just a part of the nature of being a fan, even a Christian one? Unfortunately, the Bible doesn’t specifically address participation in sporting events. While it is true that we are ordered to be separate from the world, it is also true that we have to live in the world. As Christians we have to work (and play) with those who are unsaved.
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Corban fans clap for the Warriors during a home game.
No matter what part (or position) we play in life, we should take every opportunity to show others what Christianity is all about. We should always keep our conduct above reproach. Famous NFL coach Vince Lombardi said, “Winning isn’t the most important thing; it’s the only thing!” Shortly before he died, he looked back at that quote and declared, “I wish I’d never said it. I meant the effort. I sure didn’t mean for people to crush human values and morality.” It is fine to be interested in sports, to be
knowledgeable about sports, to be a fan of a certain team, but there are aspects to be considered as Christians strive to be set apart from the world. Christians have an obligation to compete with an attitude which honors the Lord. Our expression of faith does not only apply outside the lines we play in. Talking smack may seem appropriately enjoyable in the moment, but will have repercussions to the legacy of love we should strive to display. We speak often of bringing our Christian values to the sports
Baptists in past did better than this By Josh Trammell Sports Editor There was a time when C.E. Jeffers Sports Center was more than just a place to sit, socialize, and text that cute guy or girl sitting three rows behind you. The student section never sat, every inch of rear-end space in the upper-deck bleachers was filled, and no one wondered who had reserved the 87 vacant blue cushy seats across the way. The mud-colored metal bleachers rattled and hummed the tune of stomping feet and rowdy chants, chants engineered to elevate the spirits of the home team and humiliate the opposition. An impassioned student would lead the frenzied crowd in a call-and-repeat routine that included pointing at the other team and yelling, “Yes, that is the losing team!” and every “airball” brought the raucous repetition of the word, followed by the crowd’s collective pointing and laughing at the perpetrator of the basketball blunder for at least three possessions.
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The student section, otherwise know as “FANatics,” gets loud and crazy during a Corban men’s basketball game at C.E. Jeffers Sports Center.
This all happened when “Baptist” was still the centerpiece in the school’s name, Western Baptist College. If we can’t be more animated than a bunch of handsin-pockets, tapping-your-foot-is-sin Baptists, then we have a serious problem. Today, displays like these are seldom witnessed and even reprimanded for falling outside of the pharisaic title, “Champions of Character,” to which we so des-
perately cling. We have become content to sit, afraid to emote, and, as a result, left our teams to fight and sweat to the dull hum of “polite” conversation. Is this truly character or simply selfishness? Asking a student athlete to choose between a quiet, polite crowd and an excited and energetic one is like asking a freshman girl to choose between attending winter formal alone, or with a date – it’s
we play, but, instead, it is the values of sports competition that have changed us. Even though I am a freshman female who enjoys sappy romance novels and glitter, I have competed intensely in many sports. I have learned how to insult, to compete for pride not for God, and I’ve allowed that to penetrate into my attitude toward others. I’ve been the initiator of trash talk, and I’ve been the recipient of it too. Once I became a Christian, as the Lord began to beautifully wreck my life, I’ve been able to see that sports -- although a more difficult area to change in my life- -must be completely altered to serve Him. Maybe I’m starting to sound a little preachy, maybe a little too Jesus-y, but we need to know that trash talking does hurt, and we are in no place to make excuses for situations and occasions where we are not showing our best display of love. There should be no such thing as Christian smack-talk. It is not respectful, honorable or loving to our competitors. So, as we remain college students enjoying games and supporting our team, let’s not forget our larger position as Christians who should reject a cultural activity that stands at odds with our faith. Can Christians be passionate fans? I believe they can. Should we talk trash? Should we conform to another pattern of the world? That is an easy and loud answer-- as loud as our disrespectful “Air-ball!” -- No.
hardly a reasonable question. Now to be perfectly clear for those who will undoubtedly attempt to take me slanderously out of context, I am not advocating for profanity or even for players trash talking. What I am attempting to do is shake us, the fan-base, out of apathy and into an embrace of our role – to alter the energy and spirit of the game for our friends and fellow athletes. As fans, we have a sense of duty to be more involved, and we are falling short. The fact is, Corban by-and-large has a problem with passion. (Look for my thusly titled book to hit the bookstore in early 2018.) If we are approaching athletics with the same kind of enthusiasm we bring to chapel, then there is a problem, and I pity our teams. We are a selfish, unimpassioned, and lazy fan base, and it’s time to take a cue from our Baptist predecessors, regardless of your complaints that Baptist Heritage is a required class. Character is not manifested in those who sit silently, clapping for both teams, refraining from yelling anything remotely offensive. Character is unity; it is loyalty; it is sacrifice. We will never truly be “Champions of Character,” much less champions at all without passion and a united cause, so check your aprons and argyles at the door. It’s time to “Get up, get organized, be proud, and get loud!” After all, aren’t we Warriors?
February 19, 2013
Macklemore’s ‘thriftshop’ theology
By Tori Cole Entertainment Editor
when it comes to interpreting lyrics. But it does not necessarily mean no good can come from evaluating his music from a Christian worldview. For example, the song “Make the Money” discusses the American idea that people “I’m in the world, not of it.” must first have a job based on how much they want to make. The chorus repeats “Make It’s a genuine expression, founded on Biblical principles, but one that has been so over- the money, don’t let the money make you / Change the game, don’t let the game change used by Christian culture it has been degraded to mean almost nothing. It brings up ques- you.” Many of the rest of the lyrics delve deeper into motive and passion. This can be tions while answering none, and it a refreshing reminder to college doesn’t solve the eternally unrestudents jaded by the pressure to solved question of a Christian’s role find a career that will pay off the in popular culture. This debate has nearly-inevitable mounds of colgone on since Biblical times (John lege debt. 15:19). While it isn’t likely to be “Gold” is another song with a resolved anytime soon, new artists, deeper meaning. It looks at the movies, books, and TV shows test power wealth and money have Christians to decide for themselves. over people, and how it can subMacklemore is one of these artists consciously alter our perspecwho is pushing these boundaries tives. The biting comment “Ditch and challenging believers to decide Jesus, In Gold I Trust” digs at the how to relate to controversial topics. listener. Macklemore, aka Ben Haggarty, One of Macklemore’s most lyrcovers a plethora of topics which ically powerful songs is Wing$, Christians should not take without a in which Macklemore recalls his grain of salt. In addition, almost evchildhood and the importance ery song includes numerous strong society placed on owning a pair profanities. of Air Jordans. It directly attacks Because of discrepancies such as materialism and heavy-handed this, Macklemore’s view on religion marketing to children. The song can be difficult to pin down by tryends with a sobering realization: ing to decipher lyrics. “What I wore, this is the source of One song simply titled “Church” my youth / This dream that they Photo courtesy of Macklemore berates the church and is strongly sold to you / For a hundred dollars critical, claiming things such as “No Macklemore performs in Melbourne, Australia to celebrate his single “Thrift- and some change / Consumption call, no response shows the opposite shop,” gathering 1 hundred million views. is in the veins / And now I see it’s / We confess to the man who was just another pair of shoes.” faceless,” speaking of God as an invisible man in the sky who is not actually listening to Truth can be found in unexpected places. Much of modern culture contains examples the pleas of His people. of secular media which can yet build up Christians. Perhaps Macklemore is an example At other times, he seems open to spirituality and something greater. He explained his of this. Maybe, behind the profanity and lyrics which are often a direct contradiction to a view in an interview with Interview Magazine: Christian belief, there are elements of truth. Most other rappers wouldn’t come close to “I’ve never been a religious person. I’ve been a spiritual person since I was about 15, Macklemore’s austere approach to serious issues, and that is what differentiates him from 16, when I was first introduced to Psilocybin [mushrooms]. That really opened me up the masses. to thinking about the universe in a different way, and coming to significant realizations Macklemore certainly isn’t a cookie-cutter Christian, but his views on consumerism, about my connection to something greater than me.” spirituality and religion at the very least cause Christians to self-reflect and evaluate their This skewed view of drug-induced spirituality should cause Christians to be cautious own hearts and motives.
The four words of the Apocalypse By Andy Tennant Columnist
The year is now 2013 -- a year of new hopes, desires, and changes. How can we improve ourselves? Perhaps we can do this by making alterations to our vocabulary. I believe it's possible to better our culture by negating some of the tired words of 2012. They can hit the showers -- they can go home to their families and try their best to recover from the concussions they endured in the previous year. Word 1: Awkward. That awkward moment when you gouge out your eyes from overuse of this word. Facebook has made this word into a wretch -- a filth beyond the confines of the English dictionary. Not every situation is awkward, nor is every person. In
fact, the only thing awkward about using the word awkward is how awkward it is that people are so uncreative as to use only the word awkward as their primary adjective -- how awkward. Possible alternatives: uncomfortable, embarrassing, inopportune. Word 2: Honestly. Honestly, this article is a little mean, but I feel it's necessary. I'm not going to lie; I feel like I have to preface every sentence with some statement about how truthful I am. These two have gone on long enough. I sincerely hope our society isn't so depraved as to require declarations of reliability before every sentence we speak. Possible alternatives: justly, uprightly, genuinely. Word 3: Epic. God is epic. Mountain Dew is not epic.
Mt. Everest is epic. “Black Ops II” is not epic. If you disagree with the aforementioned statements, you may be thinking to yourself, "Those are all subjective," to which I would reply, "No. You should buy a dictionary." Possible alternatives: legendary, grandiose, Jordan Carter. Word 4: Swag. Swag is one of those words that needs to part from the vernacular of the modern-day English language. When I think of swag, I think of pirates. Am I wrong? No, Drake is wrong. This is the language of Justin Bieber and Kanye West. We need to hearken back to the days of swag and plunder, and abandon the notion of current swag. Possible alternatives: glitz, ostentation, gaudiness. I hope this article will be a strong catalyst for a well-spoken 2013.
February 19, 2013
Oscars provide incentives for good art By Tori Cole Entertainment Editor Glitz, glamor, and grandiosity – the Academy Awards are known for nothing less. It is an old American custom, full of extravagance, glorification of Hollywood and the elite. It’s also an American tradition with oft-forgotten roots. The namesake of this auspicious night is actually the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, an organization which, by its own definition, “select[s] the Oscar nominees and winners each year... [and] share[s] their skills and experiences with the public in a variety of programs and activities.” Over 6,000 members serve on this board. Some are recognizable, such as Christopher Nolan, Jennifer Husdon, and Bono. Many others are unfamiliar names to most Americans. The first Academy Awards took place in 1929 in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. It was a quiet event without suspense, as the results Photo courtesy of The 2013 Oscars had already been revealed Nominees for the 85th Academy Awards months beforehand. can be found at oscar.go.com/nominees. Over the next few years, the process was perfected. At first, the newspapers were given a list of winners to run the next morning. Slowly, information was leaked faster as anticipation grew. The Academy finally realized the importance of secrecy.
In 1941, the sealed-envelope system was put into use and is still used today. One element which has remained constant is the trophies the winners receive. This iconic golden man has been present at every Oscar Awards since 1929. He is in the shape of a statue, holding a sword, and standing on a reel of film. Though simple, this has become arguably the most recognizable element of the show. (Trivia: when Walt Disney won the award for “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves,” he received one regular sized statue and seven miniature ones as well!) Though on the outside the Oscars are pristine and logical, much of the behind the scenes begs to tell a different story. Several accounts exist of winners such as Marlon Brando who rejected the award, citing various moral causes such as the poor depiction of Native Americans in film and the absurdity of the Academy Awards in general. For an awards show to have lasted so long and been so successful, the Academy must be doing something right. To begin with, they don’t focus on public opinion, but rather the votes of professionals in the industry. While some may argue this is a negative, the majority appreciate the distinction. Professor Ryan Stark is one of these advocates. “I don’t think the Academy Awards show does or should represent public opinion... public opinion should not be the standard,” Stark said. Student Tony Roberts agreed, saying, “The people who put them together are intelligent and understand what it takes to make a good film.” Roberts added how if public opinion had the vote, the winners would consistently be the most popular films, regardless of actual quality. These awards serve a practical purpose, as well. For many actors, directors, and others in the film industry, it offers an incentive to do better. “Competition is always a good thing,” Roberts said. “That’s how we’re going to get further in society.” Occasionally, this system has its downsides. The pressure to create an Oscar-worthy movie can drive filmmakers to be narrow-minded and focused on how award-worthy a film is rather than focus on the heart. “I think the goal for a lot of filmmakers is to put out something that will win an Academy Award. Sometimes it’s just money, and you can tell when,” said Roberts. Awards such as these offer a time for reflection. “I’d say it’s to go back and have a look at last year and where we’ve moved in film and steps we’ve taken as a society and a culture,” said Roberts. Be sure to check out this year’s Oscars on Feb. 24.
Good music is closer than you think
Fresh bands and venues: discovering the Salem music scene By Armanie Miranda Staff Writer Many people know about Portland’s music scene, their local bands, their venues, and their live music in general. “I don’t really know any local bands from Salem, but I know some bands from Portland, like Never Awake,” freshman Rachael Shuermeyer said. Although unknown to most students, Salem also has a lot of local talent and venues. If you want to check out local Salem bands, places like The Triangle, Duffy’s Hangar, the Governor’s Cup, Westside Station and many others are out there to fulfill your live local music cravings. Just be careful; some of these places allow only adults 21 and over. Groove Thief, known as “The Thief” by fans, is a four-piece pop-rock band. The band consists of Blaine Vogt (vocals/ rhythm guitar), Jarred Venti (bass/ vocals), Brandon Logan (lead guitar/ vocals), and
Silas Prince (drums/ percussion). In September 2012, Groove Thief won first place in Oregon Battle of the Bands, and they have released an album and an EP. Phamous Phaces is a classic-rock band that includes members Brian Phyll (lead vocals), Jesse Ruggles (guitar/ vocals), Ron Petty (drums), Todd McPherson (bass/ vocals), and G. Lee Worden (bass/ guitar/ and vocals). They also perform regularly at places like Half Penny. Rock band Monoplane has a more garage band feel to its music. If you’re interested in hardcore and metal, bands like 9th Step, Tetramorphic, and Lights Demise will satisfy your interest. Salem even has options for ska fans like Skatter Bomb, a ska-punk band. (If you don’t know what ska is, ask a few Southern Californians, or look up bands like the Skatalites, Madness, the W’s, and Save Ferris to hear the gist of ska.) Photo courtesy of Grooveology If you’re a jazzy, bluesy, funky kind of (From left to right) Michael C. Rabe, Justin Schepige, Greg Smatperson, then the band Grooveology might lan, Brandon Logan, and Cameron Denning from the Salem band pique your interest. Grooveology play a live show.
February 19, 2013 14 World News Israeli airstrike; war to come? World News
By Vinny Sepe World News Editor
Tension between Israel and Syria mounted on Jan. 31 after the Israeli Air Force attacked a “shipment of weapons” near Damascus, according to the Washington Post. These weapons included “advanced air defense systems, ballistic missiles, sophisticated shore-to-sea missiles, and chemical weapons,” according to Cleveland.com. Israeli fighter jets made the strike after discovering these dangerous weapons were headed for “Hezbollah, Lebanon’s most powerful military force and a sworn enemy of the Jewish state,” reported the Washington Post. The attack made experts fearful the already volatile political conditions in the Middle East could explode into a full-scale war. Yet conflict between these two nations is not rare. Israel and Syria have battled four times since 1948. What makes this time different? This strike was a move made at the Muslim terrorist organization Hezbollah, which receives support from the Syrian government. This adds religious fanaticism to the picture, which, through history, has shown to be a key cause of major wars. It is still not completely clear what all happened the night of the airstrike, however. Initial reports stated the attack had been relatively localized. As more information came in, it became clear that multiple targets had been hit, “indicating that damage may be more extensive than either side is willing to admit,” reported Business Insider. Regardless of how much damage may
Briefs Tragedy in Brazil Two hundred thirty-three people were killed when a Brazilian nightclub went up in flames Jan. 27 due to a “pyrotechnics show,” reported USA Today. The fire released a toxic chemical in the building’s insulation that made exiting the club difficult, as the only exit was “hampered by a pile of bodies.” The club was hosting an event for students from the local college at the time.
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Israeli fighter jets destroyed a convoy of weapons in Syria onJan. 31.
or may not have been done, the attack aggravated Middle Eastern powerhouse (and Syrian ally), Iran. “Israel will regret its latest aggression on Syria,” said Saeed Jalili, the head of Iran’s National Security Council. He also stated that “the entire Muslim world should be ready to defend the Syrian people.” Provocative statements like this contrast with opinions recently voiced by American leaders. “The United States supports whatever steps are taken to make sure these weapons don’t fall into the hands of terrorists,” U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told AFP. Such differences have led some insiders to anticipate American involvement in this
conflict. “The U.S. has vital national interests in the Syrian civil war, such as delivering a strategic set-back to Iran,” reported Human Events. This “attack is a tipping point in the 22-month long civil war, which now requires a more direct U.S. role.” Some students support the opportunity the United States may be given to support Israel. “As a Christian, I think it’s a good thing that we are trying to help and protect this country that involves so much of our heritage,” said freshman Caitlin Cullen. But for now, the extent to which the United States may get involved is unclear, much like the future of the Middle East.
North Korea conducted its third nuclear missile test Feb. 11. The New York Times reported the test was condemned by the United Nations, the United States, and China. “China will almost certainly join the United States in supporting tougher sanctions over Tuesday’s test,” said the New York Times. The test represents the latest in a series of underground experiments by the Koreans. Most international powers are condemning North Korea for this latest test.
Everything’s fine ... trust in me ... thank you
By Elijah Olson Political Columnist On Feb. 12, President Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union Address. This
is the one time a year the President of the United States goes before a joint session of Congress and gives a report on the state of the union. This is also the one time a year people pretend to be interested in politics. But chances are, you did not even watch. I really was not planning to watch either, but being your humble political correspondent for The Hilltop, I felt compelled to watch for your sake. Here’s the Reader’s Digest version of the entire speech. Obama’s five-minute (or so) speech was broken up by a zillion hours of clapping, almost exclusively coming from the President’s own party members. And the gist of his speech was (in my own estimation) “Dear America, Everything’s fine. Trust in me. Thank you, and God Bless America.” In fact, it was quite amazing how optimistic President Obama was about the state of the nation. For one thing, the president was quite
optimistic about the nation’s finances. Seeming to forget the United States’ $16.5 trillion national debt and $1 trillion annual deficit (have I mentioned this before?), Obama proposed a litany of new spending on roads, preschool for 4-year-olds, Internet cables, choo-choo trains (really fast ones), and wind farms. What was not mentioned was any form of spending cuts, except for the ever-present (and ever-elusive) cuts from “waste and fraud,” which might as well be required by law to be mentioned in the SOTU address. Another thing President Obama was optimistic about is the war (is it still allowed to be called a war?) in the Middle East. He asserted that the conflict was winding down and that everything in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and Egypt, would be all right. He failed to mention the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi on Sept.11, in which U. S. Ambassador Chris Stevens
was killed. Beyond not even mentioning or recognizing this tragedy, he failed to explain how after the events on Sept. 11, 2012 his administration misled and/or lied to the American people by saying the attack was spontaneous and caused by a YouTube video, when it was neither spontaneous nor rooted in YouTube rage (after all, that is what the comment section of YouTube is for). Overall, the president said a whole bunch of nothing new. It was the typical, a little more government here, a little less freedom there, with applause in-between for nice effect. The only thing missing was a nice round of “Yes! We! Can!” It is time for the president to wake up to the realities facing our nation and realize that everything is not fine. Otherwise, the people’s trust in the president will continue to decline. What do you think about the SOTU? Tweet me @olsonelijah
February 19, 2013
Experiencing Judaism in the 21st century
By Vinny Sepe World News Editor
After 16 weeks of Old Testament Survey, the word “Judaism” may bring to mind scenes of Israel’s rebellious history. However, mental images of God descending on Mt. Sinai in fire, great fish swallowing men whole and animal sacrifices have little to do with modern Judaism. “The key to Judaism today is that there is a broad spectrum of kinds -- groups or denominations if you will,” said theology professor Dr. Tim Anderson. On one side of this spectrum are the more traditionalistic Jews, “who pay strict attention to the Mosaic Law and Talmud,” said Anderson. On the other side are “the Reconstructionist Jews who have adopted the modern religious liberalism of the early 1900s and are basically secular in their worldview, but see their Jewish cultural heritage as important,” said Anderson. But how can someone who believes in a monotheistic God, along with someone who is an atheist both call themselves Jewish? The short answer is through birth. Photo by M. Nota In Christianity, followers become Christians when Orthodox Jews pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. they declare Jesus is the Son of God. In Islam, followers become Muslims when they state the Islamic Creed. anic believers know that Jesus (or Yeshua) has already Also, be sure to use Scripture. “Most Jewish people In Judaism, “if your mother’s Jewish, you’re Jewish,” come and died for our sins.” have never read the New Testament, and most Jews who said history professor John Scott. “A Jew isn’t necessarSo how can Christians witness to Jews who haven’t have come to faith in Christ came as a result of reading ily someone who believes in the Jewish religion.” accepted Christ? the New Testament. After all, it is a very Jewish book!” Therefore, from an evangelistic perspective, witnessDavid Brickner, a missionary at Jewsforjesus.org, out- stated Brickner. ing to people who calls themselves Jewish can be dif- lines a few methods that have proven successful. Drawing parallels between the Old Testament prophficult. After all, one might be interacting with someone The first way is to make friends with the person. “Af- ecies and their fulfillment in Jesus’ life may also be a who believes in God, but rejects Jesus and the trinity, firm the fact that you know they are Jewish and that you successful strategy. or someone who believes in evolution and rejects any appreciate their Jewishness,” said Brickner. Judaism has come a long way since Moses and 600,000 notion of the supernatural. After that, consider giving a testimony. “Many Jewish Israelites waltzed out of Egypt over 3,000 years ago. As That’s not to say that all Jews reject Jesus, however. people think you were born a Christian in the same way Christians, it is our mission to share with all the difStudent Rachelle Krebs, a Messianic Jew, explained that they were born Jewish,” said Brickner. Learning ferent sects that Jesus came to be our King, as well as “non-messianic Jews do not believe the Messiah has a person’s faith was a life changing decision may be theirs. come, and they’re still waiting for Him, whereas Messi- intriguing to the Jew.
Jesus is my friend
By Steffan Bard Columnist They say in order to have friends you should try being a friend to others. In our individualistic culture, it’s actually pretty easy to be a friend to somebody. Helping other people is a sign of strength and leadership. However, being helped by somebody or being able to receive help from somebody else is more difficult for
us. We wouldn’t want to look weak, vulnerable, broken or human, right? “No, don’t help me. I got this.” And when we help someone else it’s “no problem.” This mentality of strength and autonomy may help us get by in our culture, but it’s not the same way with Jesus. We say, “I’m strong enough. I can do this on my own.” Jesus says, “I have not come to call those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” We say, “Look at all these things I did for you!” Jesus says, “Get away from me; I never knew you.” It’s not about whether we think we know Jesus or do enough things for Him to be considered His homie, but whether He knows us. When you picture Jesus on a day-to-day basis, is his foot tapping and are his arms crossed or are they extended like the father in the parable of the Prodigal’s Son? I think this is a good spiritual litmus test, if such a thing can be done. For a long time I lived with a foot-tapping Jesus. Too often we think the distinguishing mark of spiritual maturity is how much we love Jesus. Really, it’s how much we learn to let Him love us. There’s a very bold statement in Hebrews, “Without faith, it is impossible to please God.” If all we’re striving to do is to please God, we’ll never end up pleasing Him.
Though pleasing God is a worthy desire, if it is our main desire, it will rob our joy and imprison our hearts. What God desires is our trust. “To the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness” (Rom. 4:5). Somewhere in my journey my faith became all about doing the right thing and was often more about avoiding the wrong thing than trusting God and receiving His love and grace. As I try to preach the gospel to myself daily, I often have to ask myself, “Am I trying to be a friend to Jesus or am I recognizing and living out of my faith through the fact that I am already a friend of Jesus?” One leads to moralistic compulsions, guilt-focused fretting and trying to indebt and manipulate God to bless us for our efforts. The other leads to walking in the Spirit, gratitude-focused felicity, and a simple enjoyment of God for who He is. I am usually friends only with people I am friends to. It often works that way. For a long time I tried to be a friend to Jesus. It turns out, what He really wants are people who are willing to trust in His provision instead of always trying to one-up Him by their kindness or “spirituality.” It’s like we’re at dinner with Jesus, saying, “No, really, you eat the last chicken wing,” when we’re starving, homeless and Costco is His pantry.
February 19, 2013
Breakaway Retreat Corban’s fourth-annual Breakaway Retreat was held Feb. 8-10 in Agate Beach, Ore. At the retreat, students listened to testimonies from various missionaries and were encouraged to follow God’s call to missions. Students also spent the weekend relaxing by playing on the beach, visiting the Yaquina Head Lighthouse and tidepools, and visiting around bonfires on the beach.
“May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father...” Colossians 1:11-12a
Top Left: David Diehl, Jacob Herrington, Michael Blankenship and James Moller take a shift on kitchen duty. Center: Angel Prideaux, Kristin Aalto, Katrina Aman and Claire Richter laugh as they enjoy some relaxation time. Top Right: Kylie Hineman, Emily Shute and Rachel Kim play on the beach. Bottom Left: Samantha Campbell, Nika Payne, Micaela Soria, Leisha Anderson and Jenna Marie Harris. Bottom Right: Group participates in sharing communion together on the beach. Photos By Jake Bowdoin Photo essay By Jessica Bruggeman