Hilltop Feb. 25, 2014
vol. 8, no.5
5000 Deer Park Dr. SE, Salem, Ore. 97317
Inside this issue:
The student publication of Corban University
Board considering policy changes [page 3] Can Christians be depressed? [pages 8-9] Student tweets for date [page 7]
February 25, 2014
The Hilltop Coke ad stirs controversy The student publication of Corban University 5000 Deer Park Dr. SE Salem, OR 97317
hilltopnews@ corban.edu hilltop.corban.edu Editor-in-Chief Sarah Moreau Managing Editor Katrina Aman Online Editor Kelsey Leavitt Online Content Editor Tori Cole Photo Editors JP Partridge Kristin Aalto Yearbook Editor Angel Prideaux Asst. Yearbook Editor Kayli Moser Lifestyle Editor Heather Karle World News Editor Armanie Miranda Entertainment Editor Hannah Madsen Reporters: Olivia Heisey, Nick Mattox, Carrie Rasmussen, Travis Sherman Advisors Amy Elker 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.
The Super Bowl premiered many new commercials debuting various products and companies. For the most part, the advertisements were clean and received positive feedback, showing the least amount of sexually appealing advertising in several years. Coca-Cola debuted a particular ad, however, that has created various opinions across the country. With its harmonious performance of ‘America the Beautiful,’ Coke received fire from the country’s citizens. The song was sung throughout the commercial in various languages from around the world, resulting in both negative and positive comments. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube exploded with outrage from people who believe this song should be sung only in English, despite the fact that the U.S. does not have a national “official” language contrary to what many believe. Many people cried outrage at the commercial’s appearance, declaring America to be a country whose primary language is English. To show such a patriotic song being sung in other languages, these people say, is bashing the history of our country. America is a country made of many different cultures and languages. Coke recognized this. While many stand firm in their belief that all who live in America must know English, that is not the reality. America is a country known for freedom and open doors. People from all over the world come to visit or live in our country and, as a country that claims to be open and hospitable, we should be okay with others openly sharing aspects of their culture. Language is a huge part of that. If you think America is all about people who speak only English, you need a heart check. The world does not revolve around our country, and, in this case, the country does not revolve entirely around the English language. The Coke ad against racial prejudices produced a behind-the-scenes video to complement the Super Bowl commercial. and three Indian-American sisters spoke about their involvement in the campaign. “We don’t get to pick and choose whether America should be diverse or not,” one of the sisters said. “It is diverse.” We don’t get to pick and choose whether America is diverse. It is. Well done, Coke, for recognizing the diversity of our country that makes the United States beautiful.
Time for ourselves: essential By Kristin Aalto Photo Editor
As college students, we love to be busy; we thrive on it. I personally love being busy; I thrive on always running around. My biggest struggle right now is that I don’t make time for myself. Between classes, photography, church, REACH and my friends, I am overloaded. This is one of the worst things that we as college students can do. Taking time for ourselves is vital. God has recently shown me the importance of slowing down. On top of my daily responsibilities, I have a lot going on emotionally. One of my psychology classes is draining and brings out all of the painful parts of my life, forcing me to deal with my issues. While all of this is going on in my life, it’s easy to convince myself that I have no time to work through those personal issues or even do homework. I barely have enough time to get a reasonable amount of sleep. All of this also takes away from my relationship with Christ; I struggle to make time to pray or even read my Bible. Strengthening my relationship with God should be my top priority, but, due to the chaos of my busy college life, even time spent reading the Bible and in prayer gets placed on hold. As human beings, we focus on what is most important in our lives. Prioritizing God should be our highest concern. As Christian college students, we should use that priority to balance the rest of our chaotic lives.
Hilltop chats with ASB
Cecilee Russell, ASB Student Organizations Coordinator What has been your favorite part of being on ASB this year? Without a doubt, being mentored by my teammates. Each one of them has unique wisdom and passions that have helped me work toward being a better leader, friend, student, etc. What is something about yourself most people don’t know? I once accidentally started a fire in my high school’s bookkeeper’s office by dropping a receipt into a candle flame... What has God been teaching you this year? He’s been helping me to stop finding my identity in my busyness and performance. That mindset stemmed from living by the law rather than grace. What’s at the top of your bucket list and why? To have an idea worthy of a TED talk... who wouldn’t want to be the next Brené Brown? What’s your favorite way to spend a Saturday afternoon? Spending the day at a track meet in 68 degree weather, with my team, and a bunch of nervous adrenaline right before a 400m hurdles race.
The Hilltop’s staff column is designed for readers to hear from editors of this publication. Clarification for Jan. issue of Hilltop article titled, “Ministry courses to take more ‘liberal’ change:
Cover photo by Kristin Aalto
It was brought to our staff’s attention that the word “liberal” could have a negative connotation in terms of ideals opposing those of the Christian faith. To clarify, the changes that will take place with the ministry courses, though structurally may be similar to those at a liberal arts college, their content will remain rooted in a biblical worldview to reflect the values of Christ and the Corban community. We apologize for any misinterpretation that might have occurred regarding the article’s headline or content within.
February 25, 2014
Board considering policy changes By Heather Karle Lifestyle Editor
As ideas shift, so do policies. Recently, rumors have been circulating around campus about changing classes and student life stipulations. Classes certainly will change next academic year, but what about the alcohol policy or open dorms? The latter have been sensitive discussion topics, but for the time being, they will remain just that. According to Brenda Roth, vice president of Student Life, the alcohol policy may not change, but the rationale behind it may be revised. A sub-committee in Student Life, led by Roth, received the assignment to research and discuss the current policy after a student requested that the administration re-examine their justification for the zero-tolerance rule. Roth described the board’s discussion as “one of the most comprehensive conversations taking place.” At the moment, Roth is gathering information about the history of the policy and educational research on current evangelical universities’ beliefs about alcohol. In addition to
examining faculty and staff opinions on alco- information is needed. From that point, the hol, Roth has organized surveys through ASB Board will address the question of revising to determine students’ sentiments towards the policy, which technically involves two the policy. Among these was ASB’s “Fireside separate conversations, according to Roth. AlChat,” though the w h i c h B o a rd ’s invited goal is to students discuss to discuss the curboth the rent polalcohol icy, they policy and also must open dorm examine hours. why stuAccorddents are ing to currently Roth, “The having difgoal isn’t ficulty upPhoto by Kristin Aalto holding it. to change the poli- Students enjoy open dorms on a Friday night in PVG. The open cy, but to dorms have a really good conversation about it and a schedule is also in the discussion process, strong rationale that makes sense.” though it is more likely to experience reviThe Board of Directors will examine the sion—possibly as soon as this fall. sub-committee’s research between March According to Nathan Geer, dean of students, and May and will determine whether extra the discussion of open dorms is primarily
Campus care shifts hands By Heather Karle Lifestyle Editor
A new year brings new cares — namely, new care for the campus. By March 1, Campus Care will be a thing of the past as its duties transition to the management of Aramark. The shift in leadership stems from an overall philosophical shift. In order to expand its influence, the college must consolidate its resources for greater efficiency. President Sheldon Nord explained the changes in his email to staff and faculty: “We have more exciting opportunities than we can pursue, and we have capacity limitations. This has caused us to carefully evaluate how to best direct our talent and energy.” Since Aramark has expertise in the maintenance of facilities and grounds, Nord hopes that it will add to the quality standard set by Campus Care and, consequently, bring even more improvements to the campus. Steve Hunt, vice president of Marketing and formerly of Campus Care, shared these positive views: “I like the fact that Aramark brings a lot of experience and resources to the campus. While we [Campus Care] have brought a lot to the operation in the last 10 years, we are looking toward the future to see growth in our ability to serve the campus.” Although the transition removes the jobs of those currently employed at Campus Care, all of these employees will have the chance to interview with Aramark, though they will no longer be employed by the college. According to Kevin Brubaker, one of the administrators of the new Campus Care, employees who choose to continue under Aramark will get a 3 percent raise – one of the advantages of a pay system independent from the college budget. Moreover, they will have access to other job opportunities and could move into management
positions. “For Campus Care employees, this is a great opportunity to continue to serve Corban with a great organization in Aramark,” Brubaker said. Though Aramark will not be able to discriminate based on religion, Brubaker believes their policies will mostly attract Christians. “They are always looking for employees who are a good cultural fit at Corban, and it is very likely that those who would seek positions with Aramark at Corban would be believers,” he said. “Aramark will be very careful to instruct all employees that they must comply with a strict code of conduct while working at Corban and will not be retained if they ignore this code.” Naturally, a few employees maintain doubts about the changing policies, but these are a natural part of the transition, according to Hunt. “I think they are no different than any other people when change is introduced,” he said, regarding the Campus Care employees. “Some will embrace it and adapt, and others will not.” However, Hunt said Aramark will make changes only to improve operations. Once Aramark moves into its new management position, Hunt will no longer oversee Campus Care operations and will instead focus his attentions on marketing to better support the college’s expanding interests. In his place, Brubaker and Greg Eide, director of Athletics, will supervise Aramark’s operations. Staff and students will undoubtedly witness a few changes as this transition takes place, such as uniformed Campus Care employees, but not without positive results. As Brubaker said, “For students, this isn’t an earthshaking transition. You will see the same great people you have come to know serving you in Campus Care.” If the hopes of administrators are realized, these changes will merely introduce a new season for the campus in the care of different hands.
centralized in ASB as they develop surveys and compile a petition. In the meantime, Geer is conducting some of his own research on other universities in the Council of Christian Colleges (CCC). Generally, these institutions have a broader range of open dorm hours than Corban. Although Geer is open to changes, he prefers to leave the initiative to the student body. “I don’t want to make policy changes unless it’s a student buy-in,” he said. While he recognizes student concerns about privacy, he pointed out that extended open dorm hours could prove to be more beneficial. “The more space you can provide for healthy interactions, the more prepared students are for everyday life,” he said. At this point, any changes depend on how quickly ASB completes its petition, but Geer would welcome extra student feedback to guide his decision. Personally, he prefers more generous hours, but his choice will depend largely upon his research and what ASB presents to him. “I’m open to more,” he said. “How much more remains to be seen.”
God, love, marriage, sex By Carrie Rasmussen Staff Writer
Philosopher Aristotle once said, “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” On Feb. 19 from 9 to 11 p.m., John Mark Comer spoke in the Emitte Center to the Corban community. Comer is a lead pastor at Bridgetown: A Jesus Church (formally known as Solid Rock) with 6000 members, and he is the author of “Loveology.” Not surprisingly, his lecture and his book were on one topic: love. In his book “Loveology” and in his lecture, Comer explored what the Bible had to say about the state of singleness and of marriage. “In 1 Corinthians 7, it’s basically a Q and A with Paul. I call it Loveology,” he said. Comer encouraged students and congratulated them for being proactive in accomplishing their goals. “You guys are breaking the stereotypes, coming to college, chasing your dreams,” Comer said. “Well done! Don’t stop!” Comer started his discussion by looking in-depth at the state of singleness in the context of the Bible. He discussed how the early church argued for singleness, believing that it freed the individual to better serve and focus on God. “We need to stop and think about if we should even get married,” Comer said. “Singleness is a gift from God, according to Paul’s theology.” Comer transitioned into talking about marriage, stating that the key to a suc-
cessful and happy marriage is a shared calling and a dream to strive towards together. “You need to be thinking: ‘Will marriage to this person help me go towards God’s calling for me?’” Comer said. He then talked about the concept “until death do us part” and how careful people must be when choosing the person they will be spending literally the rest of their lives with. “You want somebody who will be there as your best friend, someone to be with you when you can’t see them very well, or can’t shower on your own,” Comer said. Of all the things Comer mentioned that are key to sustaining a healthy marriage, he emphasized one as the most important: a shared faith in God. He added that “life is found right now and right here,” urging students not to think their lives would begin after they get married or graduate college or get a job, but rather to believe that a life with God is true living. “Things will really get going when you fold your story, which is flat and anemic by itself, into the larger story of Jesus Christ,” he said. At the end of the lecture, Comer went through the four reasons to get married: friendship, gardening, sexuality, and family. He supported these things using Scripture verses and his view of what God believes marriage truly was meant to be. Comer concluded that whether students are called to have the “gift of singleness”or marriage, it is all in God’s hands.
February 25, 2014
Writers Conference to focus on young people Humanities courses to change fall ’14 Armanie Miranda
World News Editor
This year’s Portals Writers Conference will be a little different than previous ones. Gina Oschner, conference director, said this year’s conference will focus more on people aged 13-23, rather than people of any age. She said that in previous years, the ages of participants ranged from 12 to 82, which meant they had to gear the content toward a wide variety of people and ages. “There aren’t a lot of places for younger people to improve their writing for an affordable price, especially in the Willamette Valley,” Oschner said. The conference will focus on writing and art forms of different types, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, spoken word/ slam poetry, visual storytelling, book-making, and song writing. Oschner added that there will be presenters in the evenings. Instead of providing similar instruction seen in middle and high schools, Oschner said the instruction offered will be similar to what’s taught in AP classes and collegiate-level classes, taught by “some of the best people around,” she said. The classes will focus more on what is relevant to young adults, like open mic nights, which she said “are always fun because the students have a chance to share their work.” A haiku-hiking experience will be added this year, where attendees will hike while writing haikus. “Most of the activities will be geared for vibrant imaginations,” she said. Some of the material will be focused on how to write what professors are looking for in an essay and how to write collegiate level compositions. Students will also have opportunities to have oneon-one sessions with mentors like herself, Corban English professorsCollette Tennant and Jim Hills, and Linda Claire, a novelist and
By Hannah Madsen Entertainment Editor
Photo by Sheldon Traver Dan Merchant, director of the film “Lord Save Us From Your Followers,” speaks during a workship at the 2013 Portals Writers Conference.
non-fiction writer. Oschner said there are many benefits for college students, and she encouraged Corban students to attend and let others their age know about the conference. She noted that a conference like this would normally run for about $500 per day, but this conference will only be $350 for the entire weekend, including costs like resident expenses, food and events. Registration opens March 1, and the conference itself will take place June 17-19.
Four-legged member joins safety team By Olivia Heisey Staff Writer
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s Shadow, the new security dog! The latest edition to the Campus safety team is the threemonth-old German Shepherd-Malamute mix. He may be just a puppy, but Shadow will grow up to be a 100-pound addition to the security force. He is not an attack dog, nor is he a drug-sniffing dog; he’s simply an extra set of eyes . . . and nose. Until then, Shadow is being acclimated to life on campus. “Getting him used to the campus and the people is the goal right now,” said Mike Roth, head of security and Shadow’s owner. Even though Shadow is just a puppy, once he is used to the campus, he will become a full-time part of the security team. “There is a limited amount of staff, and having a dog around adds to the capability of the security team to do their job,” Roth said. Shadow is around campus during the day for now, but he will be on-call if a security guard needs him in the future. Roth mentioned that if Shadow worked out during the day, then the campus will be looking into possibly getting another dog for working at night. “Police dogs are great PR tools for law enforcement,” Alan Scharn, criminal justice professor, said. Roth agreed with him. “I encourage people to come up to Shadow and interact with him and the security guards,”
Roth said. “Shadow likes to say hi to people, but if we’re headed outside, it’s probably not a good time. Shadow isn’t quite house-trained yet!” he added with a laugh. Shadow is already working to bring the campus closer to the security team. “Shadow is a bridge between security guards and the general public,” Dustin Cooper, a student security guard, said. Though student security guards aren’t working with Shadow right now, Cooper said that having a security dog will help. “There is only one guard at a time, and
the extra help a dog would bring would be appreciated,” Cooper said. According to Scharn, police dogs are useful in many ways. “They can be trained to do certain tasks that police officers are unable to perform,” he said. “For example, they can track suspects who have fled from the scene.” “Shadow is a great addition to the team,” Cooper said. Shadow the security dog: bridging the gap and protecting the campus, all in a day’s work.
Photo by Olivia Heisey Jenny Brownell spends some special time with Shadow, the new safety team dog.
Whether students love them or them, two classes, American Thought and Culture and World Thought and Culture, will be changing next year. Here’s a breakdown of what next year’s students can expect: The first change is that classes will meet only three days a week, instead of four. The focus will stay on literature, history, and philosophy, but each class will have only one instructor. Students will have six sections of ATC to choose from, and four sections of WTC. ATC sections will be led by Professors Jim Hills, Bob Mathisen and Ryan Stark. WTC sections will be led by Professors Scot Bruce, John Wilson, and John Scott. The Gen. Ed requirements for humanities courses will be adjusted as well. Instead of taking two semesters of ATC followed by two semesters of WTC, students will now be required to take only one semester of each, which yields them six of the 15 required humanities credits. Each student will choose how to fulfill the remaining nine credits.
“We want to attract non-majors to the program and let them enjoy it...Each student wants to do his or her own thing, and that’s what the new curriculum will reflect.” -- Dr. Scot Bruce In addition to this, the number and variety of humanities courses will be increased to give students more choices. These choices include specific interests such as History of Film, the Philosophy of Science Fiction, History of Sports and the American West. “The hope is that students will be funneled into 200 and 300 level courses of history, literature and philosophy,” Bruce said. “We want to attract non-majors to the program and let them enjoy it.” The 2014-15 school year will be a trial run for this new approach. “Each student wants to do his or her own thing, and that’s what the new curriculum will reflect,” Bruce said. “It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.” While the courses will be altered, the focus will still be on understanding history and culture through a Christian worldview. Tennant said she is thankful the courses will remain part of Corban’s program. “They build a foundation of learning that students can add to for the rest of their lives,” she said.
February 25, 2014
Next Steps conference returns By Nick Mattox Staff Writer
Corban will be hosting the Next Steps Seminar on March 7 and 8. The Next Steps Seminar is geared toward those looking to pursue cross-culture ministry. Those attending the seminar will be able to hear from those with experience in cross-cultural ministry. Participants will receive tips for choosing an agency, building church partnerships and overcoming obstacles in the field. The seminar’s main goal is to bring awareness and information about this field for those who feel they have been called by God to serve Him in this way. This is the second time The True North Corps club has hosted the conference. Last year, ten Corban students attended the seminar. Tyler Shockley, Next Steps student coordinator, shared what he took away from the seminar last year: “The best part of the seminar was how straightforward they explained things and expressed how everyone is meant to serve Christ, and the steps they were talking about apply to anyone involved in missions, both here or abroad.” Tools provided to participants included personal coaching on how to make the transition from college into the field of ministry and providing information on what to expect in their journey. “The most impactful part of the seminar was when they were talking about college debt,” Shockley said. “Even though it is difficult, God has a plan to overcome it.” The lesson Allison Adragna took away from last year’s seminar
is one that every Christian should apply to his or her life. “One of the things that stood out to me was a tea bag analogy,” she said. “When you put a tea bag in hot water, you expect tea to come out. Well, when we put a Christian in hot water, Christ should come out, not anger, or negativity or bitterness. The question we should ask ourselves is: Am I being an example for Christ or am I not representing Christ very well?” The seminar will have speakers from Crossworld, a missions agency that has dealt with Corban in the past. Crossworld began in 1931 and currently employs 350 staff members around the globe. “The focus is to help students who sense the Lord tugging at their heart for cross-cultural ministry and would like to know more about what that journey would look like,” Professor Paul Johnson said. “Any who are curious and interested in knowing what cross-cultural life and ministry looks like should sign-up to participate in the Next Steps Seminar.” Shockley said the seminar is beneficial even to those who do not have an interest in the mission field. “This is an opportunity to seek wisdom,” he said. “Their wisdom will apply to whatever direction you may go in life.” The cost is free to Corban students and those interested can sign up by visiting the link http://www.crossworld.org/go/nextsteps.
Arts Initiative to host Bret Lott
The Arts Initiative is hosting Bret Lott, the author of fourteen books, most recently the essay collection “Letters and Life: On Being a Writer, On Being a Christian.” Lott is an engaging and interesting speaker as well as a good writer who is not ashamed of his Christianity. Students are invited to attend any of the following events: Monday, March 3, 6:30-8:00, Emitte Center -- “Writing Complex Characters in Faith Challenging Situations” Tuesday, March 4, 3:00 – 4:30 PV 102 -- “Crafting a Sentence” 6:30-8:00 Panel Discussion: “Being a Christian Professional in the Marketplace” Wednesday, March 5, 10:00 – 11:00 Chapel Talk – be “Why Story Matters: The One True Myth.” Lunch in dining hall – casual conversation with any students that drop by. 7-8:30 Book Signing at the Book Bin downtown Salem.
Corban nominated as Best of Mid-Valley
Corban University has been nominated as one of the best colleges in the mid-Willamette Valley but needs your votes to help it reach the top. The Statesman Journal’s annual Best of the Mid-Valley is now open for voting. Registration is not required and anyone can vote once per day between now and March 10.
February 25, 2014
Museum Without Walls
By Olivia Heisey Staff Writer
“An art book is a museum without walls.”—Andre Malraux This was the quote that inspired Ashton Moore to name her new art club: Museum Without Walls. Moore created the club to give other artists like herself an outlet. She has always been interested in art, and, since Corban doesn’t have many art opportunities, Moore decided to form an art club. “I wanted to get to know other people who were into art,” she said. Moore was tapping into her belief that art doesn’t need a specific place or medium to happen, which is another reason why the club is called Museum Without Walls. “You don’t need to be confined to do art,” she said. The first meeting of the art club took place Feb. 8. The snow-covered ground didn’t stop artists from trekking from all over campus to gather in the Aagard basement, where the smell of dryer sheets, paint, and creativity filled the air. People were drawing, painting, creating
Photo by Olivia Heisey Holly Wiegand paints a tree during Museum Without Walls.
jewelry, and working on graphic design. Moore said the club is open to all—even the people who don’t think they’re “artsy.” In fact, Moore hopes she will be able to hold events that will include everyone on campus. “Museum Without Walls is a place for people to feel welcome,” she said. The events she has in mind include getting coloring pages and having people coloring in the dining hall. “I think it’s fantastic to have an art club! I’ve always wanted an art program,” said Holly Wiegand, who was painting a tree, at the Feb. 8 gathering. Sarah Jack wanted to have a minor in arts, but since Corban doesn’t offer this, she is happy to finally have a club that could let her express her creativity. “It’s cool to see other people who are interested in art and have the same hobbies as you do,” said Jack. Museum Without Walls is a place for all artists or people who are just interested in art—or perhaps not interested at all— to fellowship together and be creative. “The closet artists have come out of the closet,” said Wiegand.
Can I quote you on that? Pets:
Are you a cat or a dog person? Why?
“Dog person- I’ve just had more dogs in my life.”
By Armanie Miranda Staff Writer
How old were you when you got your What’s the meanest thing you’ve first pet? What was it and what was seen one of your pets do? its name?
“I was 6. We had a German shepherd. We called him Sin Zapatos, meaning “without shoes.” She got that name because she was chewing on our shoes, so we thought we weren’t going to have anymore shoes.”
“The only thing was when Sin Zapatos would chew on our shoes…and fight other dogs if they got on her property.”
“Cats all the way, man. They’re sweet, calming, and therapeutic…sensitive and snuggly.”
“Twelve. Does a frog count? I had two frogs, Brad and Sarah.”
“My cat attacked my mom. He bit her finger really hard when she tried taking him away from another cat he was fighting.”
“Dogs- They’re loyal, cute, and they come in all shapes and sizes.”
“I’ve had pets since I was born. We had a dog named Scooter. It was a mutt but he was really friendly.”
“Our current pet, a Jack Russell terrier named Romeo bit my dad’s lip. My dad had to have stitches. He tried to take some chicken away from him, and then he bit off a piece of my dad’s lip. It happened in August.”
“Cats- they’re cute and fluffy and they purr. It’s adorable. I’ve also been bitten too much by dogs.”
“Eight- It was a cat named Billy. It was a woman cat. My mom “One time Billy scratched me after I accidentally pulled her gave Billy her name.” tail.”
By Katie Wilson Columnist
My boss is disrespectful to his employees. He treats us like we’re disposable but I’m afraid I’ll be fired if I say anything to him. That’s a tough situation. First, ask yourself: is respect important enough to you that you’d work somewhere else to be treated well? If you choose to speak up, you could look for another job before talking to your boss, in case you find yourself “disposed of,” as you described. Since you say your coworkers are treated the same way, maybe it would benefit the group if someone (could be you, and then a group of you if he is deaf to your concern) spoke up. Don’t forget that many companies and institutions have human resource departments that work to keep employers in check and ensure that your voice gets heard. If you find yourself in a situation with imbalanced power and with disrespect, this is a department you may need to contact. Above all, pray for your employer and don’t badmouth him behind his back, though it will be tempting (particularly if you approach him as a group). If you’re going to do a just thing, go about it in a blameless way. How can I care less about what guys think of me? (I’m a girl.) I suspect that you prioritize what guys think of you simply because you want to be accepted, regarded, and thought of as beautiful or interesting by them. So it’s possible that the way to think less about guys is to prioritize them less while prioritizing Jesus more. He already thinks you’re beautiful and interesting. He accepts you and regards you and wants a relationship with you, so why not put Him first? It could be a difficult transition, going from catching a guy’s eye to catching Jesus’ infectious love, but I promise, it’s worth it. And when you build a relationship with God, that’s when the right guys notice you—for the right reasons. Build up your relationships with family and friends, and talk to someone whose faith inspires you. See how you can start building your priorities around Jesus and the things He loves (Philippians 4:8 is a good yardstick for such things).
February 25, 2014
Brothers’ video earns prize
By Will Bassham Freelancer
Movies and Legos are two distinct forms of entertainment; it takes a dynamic force to bring them together. Although Hollywood was the first to do this with “The Lego Movie,” an animated film collaboration between Legos and Warner Brothers Pictures, few have attempted this combination with more limited resources. Moreover, few have received a monetary reward for their success. Enter the Riffle brothers and $12,000. Twin brothers Richard and Ryan Riffle are known for the videos they have made for years. They recently combined their talents of art and movie-making to produce a movie trailer, mimicking the original, for “The Lego Movie.” What makes their trailer unique is that the Riffles chose to use cardboard cutouts of the characters and the set for the film,
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Photo submitted by the Riffle brothers Richard and Ryan Riffle sit with a few of their cardboard Lego models in the background.
Other video prizes the Riffle brothers have won included “Salem Oregon Rap,” their first $1,000 winner, followed by “A Game Trick Shot Video,” where they won their first $10,000--their largest winnings until their Lego prize. Their first YouTube video to have 1 million views was a video with Corbanites Chris Mackenzie, Joe Kraft and Tyler Wells, called “Mario and Luigi Halloween Special.” Watch their lego video at http://www.youtube. com/watch?v=jt9W9Cle-6o discover the making of this video at https://www. facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151959664726588&se t=vb.531481587&type=3&theater For other Riffle brother videos, Check out “CoolTwinSkittles “ on YouTube.
sinces they couldn’t use CGI or the exact Lego pieces from the film. Originally, they wanted to create the trailer by drawing each picture on a whiteboard, but they found that making cardboard cutouts for the set, characters, and props was easier. “After going to Walmart and picking up a car full of cardboard, we got started!” Ryan said. They entered The Lego Movie Sweded Trailer Contest, for which the Warner Brothers Studio would award the best film a prize of $12,000. After all their hard work and 200 hours of effort, the Riffle brothers’ film was selected as the winning trailer. They chose to split the prize. “They told us that Warner Brothers liked our video so much that they wanted a ‘behind the scenes’ of how we made it as well, if we could,” Ryan said. In response, Richard and Ryan created a separate video explaining their techniques and uploaded it to YouTube. It has received over 100,000 views. “We spent 200 hours on the video itself, and we are so glad God gave us the patience and the strength to pull off all those late nights!” said Ryan. In this case, late nights and cardboard paid off.
Student ‘tweets’ for date By Hannah Madsen
Andee King stared at her phone at Show Don’t Tell, the talent show. She wrote the words and waited. With the encouragement of three friends, King asked Micah Herring to Spring Formal in one tweet.
Photo by Kristin Aalto Westley Coleman, Kyle Boardman, Timothy Yee, Katie Kampen and Amadi Amaitsa watch, as Andee King is officially asked by Micah Herring to the spring formal.
“I had noticed that Micah is a pretty interesting individual, and I saw an opportunity to get to know him better, and I seized
it,” King said. Here’s how it happened: throughout the night, audience members were encouraged to tweet about the night with the hashtag “#showdonttell2014.” The MCs, Kent Wilson and Maddie Beals, read select tweets to the audience between acts, mentioning that the funniest tweet would get a prize. Near the end of the night, Herring and Joseph Meador performed a song under the name “My Friend’s Band” and prefaced it by speaking of Christ’s ministry of freedom in our lives. While Herring was on stage, King pressed “tweet.” Afterward, Wilson read it aloud: “@_andweeb says ‘I agree, Christ died to set us free. So Micah, are you free on the night of spring formal? #showdonttell2014.’” When it was time to announce the winning tweet, Wilson called King to the stage, re-read the tweet and handed her a Chipotlegift card. “I was pretty nervous because it put a face to the (pseudo) name,” King said, “but I figured ‘it’s my tweet, and I’m going to own it.’” When the winning acts were announced, “My Friend’s Band” earned third place. Herring asked for a microphone and asked King to come back on stage. Then he dropped to one knee. “Andee King, will you go to Spring Formal with me?” he said. The Psalm Center erupted in screams and cheers. She put her hands over her mouth, smiling, and nodded her head. “I felt as though I was living a Disney Channel movie,” King said later that evening. “I look forward to dancing like a crazy person with the coolest guy on Corban’s campus.”
Shadow: The model for half the campus’s Instagrams and Facebook pages. But is his fur really the cuteness we all calmly run our fingers through? What happens when we look into the dark lens of his hazel eyes? We see a dog, plagued with peril and saved by love. Shadow’s father was Cliff Shadow, the only Polar Bear to try and conquer the North Pole. He met his wife Ulgna, a house cat barely getting by, and they fell in love instantly--the next day. Ulgna and Cliff went on to conceive their first and only son: Shadow, whom they shortly abandoned on the side of a mountain (somewhere on the coast of Antarctica). The pup was forced to survive on its own, roughing temperatures well below Absolute Zero. For food, he had to turn to the sea because the penguin population had flown south for the winter. Unfortunate enough to not have thumbs, Shadow could not form a proper spear, so he had to catch all of his food with his mouth. Professional Conspiracy Theorist and student Micah Herring has claimed that Shadow “took on a Humpback Whale in one breath--still having enough time to take on a pack of Great Whites.” He was found by a rugged mountaineer by the name of Harðgerður Verndari (Icelandic for Mike Roth). Upon finding Shadow, Roth began meditating on the ancient art of dog whispering. You’d think this would come in handy, but Shadow couldn’t understand a single whisper emanating from Roth’s mouth. To his surprise, Shadow spoke the only language more dead than his parents’ love for him: Latin. There was a short pause. Then Shadow leaped toward the jugular of Roth. And Roth leaped toward the jugular of Shadow. They met with such force that both of them flew backward onto the unwelcoming ice, and Shadow fell through. The riptide of the ocean began to pull Shadow under to his certain demise, but Roth did the astonishing. He closed his eyes, took a deep breath, and punched a hole into the ice, grabbing Shadow and saving his life. In return, the pooch went home with Roth, who vowed to protect him and even offered to help him protect others if he was taught “dog.” The two made a deal, and Shadow became the cute Warrior of our campus. Welcome to Corban, Shaddykins.
8 February 25, 2014
Be merciful t For I am in
Christians allowed to be depressed?
to me, Lord, n distress
By Sarah Moreau and Katrina Aman Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor
Burnt out. Down. Tired. Worried. In a funk. Worn out. Overwhelmed. But not depressed. Christians can’t be depressed, can they? If we love God, read his Word, and go to church, then something must be wrong if we’re still feeling depressed or anxious. So we cover it up. We put on a face for our friends and family and pretend we’re just stressed with school or work, tired from being so busy, just feeling a bit down. We even try to convince ourselves in our effort to convince others. We are not depressed. But what happens when that down day turns into a down week, month, three months, or a year? In Psalm 31, King David calls out to God in distress: Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief. My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak… I am forgotten as though I were dead; I have become like broken pottery. (v. 9-10, 12) When people fall into deep depression or experience severe anxiety, their feelings are often beyond description. The deep painful feelings they are experiencing become so hard to explain to people, especially fellow believers, that they cut deep to the heart of one’s spiritual life. Sufferers stuff it down, put on a façade, psych themselves into believing their problems don’t matter, and slowly suffer on the inside. They feel alone in their struggles and fear telling others. People who are struggling hear Philippians 4:6 quoted over and over and wonder why when the Bible says to not be anxious, they are stilled filled with so much anxiety. Claire Clubb was officially diagnosed with
depression at age 18, and, while growing up, she witnessed her mother and father dealing with it as well. “For as long as I can remember, I have felt different, that the world was colored by emotions that were often out of my control,” Clubb said. “It took a long while for me to be comfortable sharing that I was struggling. I felt the need to hide my sadness, feeling that I was a downer, or that I should be able to ‘snap out of it.’ “Through my first year of college in particular, I felt the need to disguise my feelings with forced enthusiasm, feeling that if I wasn’t able to cope, I was failing as a Christian, and that with enough prayer and trying to fit in I might overcome the ‘funk’ I was in. I have felt alone, embarrassed, ashamed, and confused, sometimes all in one sitting.” Some try to confide in people in their church, but change their mind because they feel it is a subject full of judgment and criticism. The reality, though, is that those struggling with depression and anxiety are not alone. According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America approximately 40 million people in the U.S. have anxiety disorders, and about 20 million suffer from depression. And these numbers do not include those who never seek professional help. These numbers include members of the church. Jesus made it a point to minister to the sick, blind, heavy-hearted people, so we, as His followers, must do the same, stopping the misconceptioin that since they are a Christian, they can’t be sad. “After my mom passed, I was depressed for about three months, but never called it that because that was almost a ‘dirty word’ to me,” junior Olivia Johnson said. “Now I know exactly what it was, and that it’s okay to go through that sometimes. We are human, we have emotions, and sometimes our bodies/ minds just can’t handle what we have gone
through.” Charles Spurgeon said in a sermon, “Fits of depression come over most of us. Cheerful as we may be, we must at intervals be cast down. The strong are not always vigorous, the wise not always ready, the brave not always courageous, and the joyous not always happy.” Struggling with anxiety and/or depression, which many figures in the Bible and of the Christian faith have experienced, does not make someone a “bad” Christian in any way. “Learning to accept my depression as a disease has been the greatest help in times of struggle,” Clubb said. “I have learned to accept that medication, accountability and counseling are extremely important factors in keeping me healthy and in check. In understanding that depression is sometimes psychological as well as physiological, it is easier to face. It does not make me weak, incapable, or a lesser person, but rather makes me someone who has additional challenges in her life.” Christians often get uncomfortable in the church dealing with the problem of depression, so we throw a few verses out and promise to pray. Although Scripture and prayer have power in the name of Christ, we should recognize that depression sometimes doesn’t have a quick and easy fix and can occur in believers. Instead of viewing people dealing with depression and anxiety as something that needs to be “fixed,” the Church should seek to truly understand these illnesses as they are, not as spiritual disorders or character dysfunctions. “For anyone struggling with depression, I think the most important thing to hear is that, while there is no quick fix, the first step is to be honest with yourself and others, even if it terrifies you,” Clubb said. “It’s the hardest part, but it is what will allow you to take the first steps towards healing, and eventually hope. Don’t be afraid to seek help, and never see honesty as a sign of weakness. Honesty is an invaluable gift, and a trait that will get you through some of the best and worst times.”
Photo by Kristin Aalto
February 25, 2014
Lowery: playing basketball since first grade By Travis Sherman Staff Writer
Jade Lowery fell in love with basketball in first grade. While most girls were doing soccer and cheerleading, Lowery was on the court, going hard in the paint. “In first grade the league was co-ed but I ended up being the only girl,” Lowery said. “But I really didn’t mind.” Starting at a young age has definitely made a positive impact on Lowery. During her freshman year at Corban, she started at guard 25 out of the 35 games. Averaging 6.8 points and 2.8 rebounds a game, Lowery quickly made herself known. “Watching her play, you can definitely tell that she started young” Phil Swistak said. “She dribbles and shoots more like a guy, which is rare to see in women’s basketball.” In high school, Lowery was a three sport athlete competing in basketball, softball, and swimming. In the four years she was at Oregon City High School, she had many achievements including being a three-time team captain, leading Oregon City basketball to the Three Rivers League championship as a senior, helping lead Oregon City to a third place finish at the 6A state tournament as a junior, and earning the 1st team all-region and Offensive Player of the Year awards as a sophomore. Apart from being an amazing athlete, Lowery also graduated in 2012 with honors. “I grew up inspired by women who weren’t afraid to play and get ‘dirty’,” Lowery said. Lowery’s grandfather is an inspiration to her as he taught her that any dream is possible with hard work and to remember that giving up is never an option. “He’d be the first to tell you he will never forget where he came from,” Lowery said. “He constantly is there helping me get better and teaching me lessons I need to succeed on and off the court.” There is little doubt in those around her that Lowery will continue to be successful on and off the court with her strong work ethic. Aside from sports Lowery also enjoys being with family and friends, going to movies,
playing basketball, reading, and collecting newspaper articles. “Basketball is a passion that I could play the rest of my life, every minute of every day. At first it was an outlet,
but I realize that I have God to thank everyday for allowing me the chance to play and the ability to learn from it,” Lowery said. “He works in ways that inspire me.”
Courtesy of Corban Athletics Jade Lowery driving the lane in Corban’s win over Northwest Christian
New excitement comes in spring
Tyler Talks By Tyler Cienfuegos Guest Columnist
With the end of the NFL season already in our rear view mirrors, die-hard football fans find themselves with a lot more time on their hands. After all, what more is there to do besides watch football on your free time in the U.S.? Let’s think back to our traditional American roots. Right around the corner we have a sport that has fallen a long way since its original popularity; a sport that
at one time was the most popular and watched sport in the country. That sport is baseball. America’s pastime, as it is often referred to, seems to be slowly dying in the Northwest as NFL attendance and viewing has spiked. Is baseball on the fallout? Or is this just a slump? Ask your friends to name the organization that runs professional baseball. Many cannot even identify the acronym. MLB (Major League Baseball) has been replaced with knowledge of the LOB (Legion of Boom). Though this is immediately identifiable, statistical graphs indicate that the attendance at baseball games has actually increased. From the beginning of the 1900s, attendance to baseball games has seen a rise of almost 75 million people. So then why is it that the World Series has not even half the popularity that the Super bowl does? Perhaps “Americanization” is seeping into more aspects of our lives than we originally thought. All sports have emotional highs and lows, and they all change at different rates and have different levels of intensity from sport to sport. With football, the changes are fast. One play you could lose ten yards and the next could gain fifty. These quick changes fit well with how our consumer culture works: I want it now.
Football is not bad for this reason, but there are some other aspects to take into account. Though the emotions run quickly, the emotional highs are not as drastic. The game stays on a certain level of intensity throughout, and so the jump of emotion is not as high. In other words, we don’t experience our full potential of excitement. Baseball, on the other hand, operates on a completely different level. Most people are highly aware of baseball’s low points. It’s true, baseball operates more regularly on a lower level of excitement. There can be innings upon innings of uneventful gameplay. Yet what people seem to pass up is how this makes the game the single most exciting game of all. Rather than having a constant chain of gradual ups and downs throughout the game, baseball often always culminates in excitement till the end. In the final play of the game, a batter has the fate of his team resting on his shoulders, when he hits that home run to win the game, the sudden jump in excitement is a rush like no other game can produce. Will you put sports aside after this year’s Super Bowl? Or will you exercise your Christian patience in return for a new excitement many have recently missed out on experiencing? The choice is yours.
Corban athletes hold best GPA By Nick Mattox Staff Writer
Corban University captured the President’s Cup in dominating fashion with a student athlete GPA of 3.28. The President’s Cup is a competition between the schools of the Cascade Collegiate Conference to see which school’s athletes excel most in the classroom. Now in its second year, the President’s Cup is once again being held by Corban at the halfway point of the school year. Student athletes, in the first semester posted a cumulative average of 3.29 and building a commanding lead over second place College of Idaho. Athletic Director, Greg Eide, is enthused about the competition as it gives Corban a great marketing tool for prospective athletes. “At the end of the year, it feels like all my hard work has paid off,” golfer Maile Miyake said. “I may not be the best golfer, but I work hard academically, and that contributes to our team’s overall performance.” Corban looks to retain the President’s Cup at the end of the spring semester and maintain their place on top of the academic Cascade Collegiate Conference standings.
February 25, 2014
Fans support men’s basketball By Jordin Lineback Guest Writer
From recruiting students to sporting team colors, filling the stands with pumped-up basketball fanatics is no easy task. It takes leadership, preparation and dedication, qualities that are all present in one senior who wanted to make a difference. Senior Adam Fields, along with sophomore Nick Mattox, was tired of seeing a meager percentage of the student body showing up for home games. They decided that for the last home basketball games of the season (and Fields’ last games as a student), they would rally together as many friends as possible and completely fill the student section. “When I was young,” Fields said, “I would always watch the great college basketball games, along with their student sections. From that point on, I knew I wanted to someday help my team by being a part of a great student section.” Before basketball season of his freshman year, however, Fields started as part of the audio/video tech team, and he has worked the vast majority of home games since. As a result, he hasn’t been able to be a part of the crowd. “I have always been appalled by the student section at Corban,” he said. “I decided to take the last home game of my college career off, so I could spread the word, recruit students, and make it something to remember.” As a result of his and Mattox’s efforts, students were there to cheer on the Warriors
Note: This article does not reflect the views of the author or newspaper on either side of the issue. Its intent is solely to create discussion about a current topic in today’s world. Issue: Professional athletes praying immediately after games. If you pay close attention to sporting events nowadays, you’ll see what some consider uplifting and what others think is arrogance. Prayer. Essentially every NFL game has players from both teams gathering together immediately following the game at midfield for a postgame prayer. Often caught on camera, are these athletes doing a good deed in the name of Christ or pushing their faith onto others with disregard for others? Yes, public prayer in sports is being a good witness to non-believers… After all, didn’t Christ say in Matthew 5:14-16 that Christians should let their light shine forth unto the entire world at
Baseball team kicks off season By Nick Mattox Staff Writer
As spring rolls around the corner, so does another season of Corban Warrior Baseball. They will play 53 games in under three months. This year’s squad contains 46 players, and Head Coach Jeff McKay believes this is one of the most talented groups ever to play at Corban. Last season was Corban’s most successful one in the school’s history after setting a school record number of 30 wins in one season. After such an incredible season last year, Adam Shumka said the team has been excited to get back on the Photo by Kristin Aalto Fans cheer on the men’s basketball team on at the Senior night game on Feb. 22.
as both teams took on Northwest Christian University for the final games of the season. The men’s team fell from a second-half, 15-point lead into overtime, where Northwest Christian took the win when freshman Caleb Herzberg missed the 3-point shot at the buzzer. The final score was 75-72, leaving the Warriors with an 8-20 record at the conclusion of the season. With all-conference center Tara Vanweerdhuizen injured, Northwest Christian’s women’s team also came out ahead, defeating the Warriors 83-64. However,
Corban finished 8-10 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference and will advance to post-season play. Despite the losses, Fields felt good about the steps he took, and he hopes fanatic students will continue to support athletics in big ways. “It’s really not about the wins or losses this season,” he said. “It’s about the experience, getting fans motivated for future seasons, and encouraging one another. We need to be committed to madness—it’s the Warrior way.”
Where is prayer’s place in sports? By Kellen Luey
all times? Doesn’t John 14:13-14 state that we can ask God for anything? In fact, Corban athletic events all begin with a prayer on the public address system. Sometimes the entire Corban basketball team will pray with opposing players after the game at half court! Surely, there is nothing wrong about that. If people don’t want to hear or see athletes praying, there are other options. Turn off the television. Step outside of the gym. Look at your phone for the latest news on Facebook. The sports world could use more outspoken Christians (i.e. Tim Tebow). He even prays during games! What could possibly be more inspiring than watching athletes acknowledge a greater power and bear witness to their faith in Christ? As the saying goes: “It’s all worth it if even one life is saved.” It’s not their fault that camera crews follow them. They’re being faithful to their religion. What’s wrong with that? No, public prayer in sports is over the top and self-promotional… Whatever happened to keeping your
views on politics and religion to yourself? Athletes publicly praying at midfield, half court, or anywhere else is shoving religion down people’s throats. Athletes are allowed to be Christians. They also have the right to be Jews, Muslims, Atheists, or anything else. Simply put, spout off religion somewhere else on your own time, not at midfield where you know the entire world can see you offering up a prayer. If Christians pray after games in the middle of the field, Muslims should be able to lay down prayer mats and bow towards Mecca at halftime. How about allowing Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses to pass out pamphlets on the sidelines before the game? Still feel the same? If athletes are going to offer up their faith with cameras watching every chance they get, is it acceptable if writers add a paragraph about their faith at the end of every article? Do plumbers get a chance to proselytize their faith after fixing your waterworks? Religious athletes should do less talking and more doing. Maybe that would do something to bring people to Christ.
“I have never seen the depth that this team has. I am very excited for this season because any guy can make a big play at any moment.” --Tony Davidson field and play outside competition once again. This season, the team welcomes 30 new players to the squad, including 18 freshmen. “They have been a good fit and we have picked up where we left off last season,” Shumka said. The Warriors only have four returning seniors this year, but McKay believes the seniors will play a vital part in helping to develop so many freshman players. Tony Davidson believes there are many things to look forward to this season. “I’ve been on several teams, but I have never seen the depth that this team has,” Davidson said. ”I am very excited for this season because any guy can make a big play at any moment.” The Warrior’s season started Feb. 1 with a double header against Whitman College. The games were split, winning one game 4-1 and losing the other 8-10. The team spent one week in Southern California playing San Diego Christian College, Westmont College, Concordia University-Irvine, The Master’s College, and Biola University. “California was good prep for the season facing three teams in the top 25 and getting lots of game experience,” Shumka said. The Warriors are projected to finish sixth place in their conference grouping according to a poll of all of the coaches in the conference. Shumka said the team’s goal is a bit loftier “to win the conference this season and once again make it to the playoffs.”
February 25, 2014
‘Anne’s’ wish fulfilled Rejecting romance By Heather Karle Lifestyle E ditor
By Hannah Joy Madsen Entertainment Editor
Childhood wishes are rarely fulfilled, especially in one’s final semester of college. For Harley Weaver, however, one dream became a reality to wrap up her college experience. From a young age, Weaver accepted academic challenges. She began school early and enrolled in AP courses during her freshman and sophomore years of high school. While completing her junior and senior years, she also enrolled full-time at a community college. After graduating with an associate’s degree, she participated in several summer courses and transferred to Corban as an 18-year-old junior. “I just always liked learning,” Weaver said. “I like challenging myself.” With a heart full of ambition, Photo by Kristin Aalto Weaver always longed to be a part of a theater production, but Harley Weaver plays the lead character in “Anne of Green Ganever had the time to partici- bles,” to be produced next month, March 13-15 and 20-22. pate. She recalls her excitement Weaver had no idea she would get the lead when she auditioned. when a production of “Anne of part. Green Gables” came to her town. “I really think it was God putting it Although she wanted to audition, her friends talked her out of the idea. In- together,” Weaver said. “The more I stead of regretting this, Weaver is prayed about it, the more I realized, grateful for her friends’ intervention, ‘You know what? I can do this.’” The story of Anne had always reswhich prevented her from growing up in the highly secular theater business. onated deeply with Weaver. Once in Nevertheless, she always gazed at the her own childhood, a boy mocked her for her red hair. In retaliation, Weaver play posters with longing. “It always looked like so much fun,” beat him up with her lunchbox. Anne, the character, experienced a similar sitshe said. Transferring to Corban, she found uation. Also, that Anne hated her red hair and a new opfreckles, portunity to and loved participate l a r g e in theater, words. but classes Weaver and college related to activities this and kept her too looked to occupied to Anne as consider aua type of ditioning. role modHowever, el. when “Anne The role of Green provides a Gables” was new chalannounced, her schedule happened to open up a lenge for Weaver as the lead character in the production. According to the little, allowing her more free time. “I thought, ‘You know what? I’ll wan- play’s director, Rachel Ost, she fit the der down there and see who is audi- vision for Anne—and not simply because of her red hair. tioning,’” she said. “The heart-catching thing was her Originally, she had no intention of auditioning, but on her way to the spirit and heart,” Ost said. During the cold-reading of the Psalm Center, she was accosted by a fellow student who insisted that they script, Ost noticed Weaver’s ability to act with vulnerability and her willingwere both going to try out. “So I thought, ‘Okay, I’ll just jump ness to learn, in spite of her lack of in and have fun with it,’’” Weaver said. technical skills. She brought what Ost To her surprise, she enjoyed it. “Every- described as “instinctual Anne-ness” one was so welcoming,” she explained. to the part. “It’s a connection to God and the “I figured that even if I didn’t get in, I was glad I auditioned because it was world beyond the physical,” Ost said. “A sense of wonder.” so fun.” Although Weaver regards this expeShe received a call back and soon realized that she was actually being rience as a “one-time thing,” she still considered for Anne’s role, which was savors the joy of a dream fulfilled. “I’m just so excited,” she said. “It’s much larger and more involved than she intended to take on. After a great going to be so good.” The play is set for next month, March deal of prayer and after discussing it with her parents, Weaver accepted the 13-15 and 20-22.
“ S o I t houg h t, ‘O k ay, I ’ll j u s t j u m p i n an d h av e fu n w i t h i t.’ ’” - - H a rle y W e av e r
This one is primarily for the girls, but ,if you’re a guy, you can read this anyway. Around Valentine’s Day, theaters around the country are contaminated … I mean filled ... with movies of a romantic nature. While there is nothing inherently wrong with a story of two people falling in love, it can create problems. Here are three reasons you should not watch such a movie on Valentine’s weekend. 1. You’re single and lonely. I would fall into this category, and let me tell you, watching a fictional character fall in love with another fictional character will not make you feel better about yourself. I understand that sometimes you want a boyfriend badly that you think watching Zach Efron kissing another girl (who you pretend is you) will give you something to cling to while you wait for your Mr. Right. No. Just no. Instead, dress up and go to Coldstone with a few of your girlfriends. Share what you love about each other. I’m not saying don’t ever watch a romantic movie; I’m just saying check your motives first. 2. You’re in a relationship and unhappy.
Watching a happy couple on-screen may release enough dopamine into your system to let you imagine your worries away, but what happens when the warm fuzzy feelings go away? In high school, I thought if I watched “Tangled” enough times with my boyfriend he would slowly change into Flynn Rider. (I was 16; cut me some slack.) Not literally, of course, but I hoped some of the charm, fashion sense and wit might rub off on him. What I’m saying is your boyfriend is not, and will never be, Eugene Fitzherbert. 3. You want Channing Tatum to be your boyfriend. First, he’s married. Second, no you don’t. I’ve been there, I get it. He’s hot. But if that’s the only reason you watched “The Vow,” I think you may need to look at this another way. I have had numerous conversations with girls who’ve been anywhere from irritated to downright angry because of conversations they’ve heard from their brothers-in-Christ about movies they watched because “that really sexy chick” was in it. If you’re not comfortable hearing someone talk about your gender that way, maybe you shouldn’t talk that way about theirs.
‘Frozen’ -- amazing or not? By Heather Halfman Freelance Writer
For the past two and a half months, my friends have all been raving about the new Disney movie “Frozen.” For weeks, I kept hearing about it, with the song “Do you want to build a snowman?” in the air. People told me it was either the best or worst movie they have ever seen. So, I finally decided to see it for myself. After seeing the movie, I was still on the fence. Was it really that amazing? Well, not really. Was it horrible? Well, no. Although I was still unsure about it, there was Photo one thing I couldn’t help but notice. And that is how Ana, the main character, does not end up with Prince Charming. Many are saying that this movie shows how women are strong, independent and don’t need a man to sweep them off their feet. When Ana shows an act of love to her sister, it saves the kingdom. No Prince Charming involved. Don’t get me wrong. Sisterhood is important. But where is that Disney magic of finding true love? When I was little, I used to wish I was a
Disney princess -- Ariel to be exact. We all had our favorites and wanted our Prince Charming to come, and we would fall in love. “Frozen,” however, exemplifies Ana’s “prince” to be a flake. Hans is a power-hungry, lying jerk. What does this say to all the girls out there who watch this movie? Your Prince Charming is going to end up hurting and using you. I don’t think it is right to give younger girls around the world this message. Although it does seem that in the movie Ana and Christophe end up together, but nothing is confirmed. With this, I am not saying we all need a Prince Charming to save us. from Disney Frozen Facebook page It is true that women can stand on their own. But we shouldn’t break tradition. I grew up with this magic, and I want my little girl to grow up with it too. If they change the magic in these Disney princess movies, girls will grow up scared to love and asking the question, “What if my prince ends up being like Hans?” This is something I think Disney should avoid. Just stick with the classics. So through it all, Disney princess movies should continue being about magic, adventure, and of course, Prince Charming.
February 25, 2014
Raising the Minimum Wage Decreases Employment
By Daniel Frederickson Guest Columnist
By Daniel Fredrickson Columnist
As the U.S. has moved away from the 2008 recession toward economic recovery, many government officials and economists have grown concerned with exactly how the nation’s economy has recovered. Since 2008, many of America’s
top - income earners have recovered completely, while most lower income earners have barely recovered at all. Simply put, the rich have become richer while the poor have not. In hopes of reducing the income inequality, several politicians and economists have suggested raising the minimum wage. In doing so, they believe this will alleviate poverty, closing the richpoor gap, and, in turn, stimulating the economy. The script for an increased minimum wage goes like this: if employers pay their lowest skilled workers higher wages, the lower class will have more money; thus poverty will decrease. Furthermore, if more money is in the hands of the lower class and less in the hands of the money-hoarding rich, consumption will increase, spurring economic growth. While I admit that the idea of poverty being combated appeals to me, the economics of it all does not. Allow me to explain myself. Let’s say hypothetically that the price of textbooks
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increased by 15 percent. Would you be more or less inclined to purchase textbooks next semester? Or what if tuition at Corban rose by 10 percent next fall. Would you be more or less likely to enroll next fall? While these questions may seem silly, they serve to illustrate a simple economic truth: the law of demand. As the price of a good or service rises, the quantity demanded for that good decreases. This shows that humans respond inversely to changes in price. This is especially true for labor. As wages increase, the quantity of workers demanded by employers decreases. This is simply because it has become more costly for employers to hire them. This proves that raising the minimum wage actually decreases the number of jobs available for unskilled workers. To further illustrate, suppose you own a business. If the workers’ wages go up, would you hire more or less workers? Surely no employer mindful of the financial health of his or her business would
continue hiring with complete disregard to increased wages. In fact, many employers would be forced to decrease the number of workers they hire. While all this may seem intuitive, many of the political elite seem to believe that raising the minimum wage will have no effect on employment. Class warfare rhetoric seems to obscure the economics. And while I, too, would like to see all hard working Americans paid the wage they deserve, I cannot support the claim that raising the minimum wage will have no effect on employment. Truthfully, I believe many unskilled workers, like teenagers and young adults, would lose their jobs or have greater difficulty finding one. Whether these lost jobs are necessary and tolerable for the sake of giving some minimum wage earners higher rates is not my decision to make. I’ll leave that to the elected representatives. However, I am confident that a minimum wage increase will decrease employment.
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The 2014 Winter Olympics debuted in Sochi, Russia. Amid the myriad pictures, tweets, and news articles about the apparently terrible conditions in Sochi, 12 new events and several broken records added to the 2014 Olympic highlights. Despite bad hotel conditions and Opening Ceremony snafus, the world race of sport achievment started out hotly contested. The competition for medal counts was tense until the final days, with home country Russia bringing in the most medals at a total of 33 and 13 gold. The United States came in second with a total of 28 medals, nine of them gold, followed by Norway with 26 overall and 11 gold. Sunday Night Football commentators Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, along with Russian journalist Vladimir Pozner, guided world viewers through the Closing Ceremony on Feb. 23. With a humorous shout out to the failing fifth Olympic ring during the Opening Ceremony, dancers during the closing show formed four rings, leaving the fifth closed as a part of their routine. This winter’s games were the most expensive Olympics ever, with 98 events held over more than two weeks of competition. Die-hard fans of the Olympics have already started a count down to the 2016 Rio Games, with 892 days to go.
At the 2014 Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony, one of the rings failed to open and was left as a snowflake. Among other complaints about Olympic conditions, this mistake during the opening ceremony received much attention from world viewers. The Hilltop will be holding a contest to see who can come up with the best caption for this photo. The winner’s caption will be included in a new cartoon created by Katie Wilson for the next issue of the newspaper. Submit captions to email@example.com, and yours has a chance of appearing in the next edition of The Hilltop!
14 World News
February 25, 2014
Alumni plant radios in Thailand World News Briefs
and other churches in the technological aspect of their field, the Josephs also encouraged the refugees and ministered to “Therefore go and make disthem. ciples of all nations, baptizing “Last week I was privileged them in the name of the Father to visit a refugee family from and of the Son and of the Holy Pakistan with a couple of Spirit, and teaching them to obey co-workers,” Brooke said. “The everything I have commanded father had worked at a Chrisyou. And surely I am with you altian television station that was ways, to the very end of the age.” attacked by Muslims, leaving (Matthew 28:19-20) their work equipment in shamCorban alumni Sam and bles.” Brooke Joseph are missionaries Brooke told of another situain Southeast Asia through the tion in which a refugee family program “Reach Beyond.” Speleft their home and fled to Thaicializing in Christian radio plantland with “only a twin bed to ing, they assist in the installation share between the parents and of radios for Christian schools mats on the floor for their three and other establishments. children.” “As an electrical engineer, God However, even in the face of has developed in me certain skills hardship, they have still been that allow me to adapt radio and able to maintain a cheerful attito meet the needs of Christian tude, stating that their partners workers on the very front lines of in the field have given them advancing the gospel,” Sam said. “official Thai nicknames.” In a newsletter to ministry “Our partners were having professor Paul Johnson, Brooke fun and decided on ‘krow-dang’ spoke of her new experiences on for Sam, which means red Photo submitted by Sam and Brooke Joseph the field, of the hardships and beard (self-explanatory), and Sam and Brooke Joseph enjoy smoothies in Thailand. of how it affected her and her ‘Naam-puhng’ for me which husband’s lives. means honey,” Brooke said. “Living here we have continued said. The Josephs are excited to continue to see the sad situations in Thailand,” Working in Southeast Asia, the couple their service in Southeast Asia and are Brooke said. “Please pray for the Thais to came in contact with a host of other mispatiently waiting to see what God will do find the hope of Jesus and be transformed sionaries doing specialized work. These next in through their ministry. by His love.” people all served the Lord through their “Adjusting to life here has had its share Sam spoke of the difficulties of adjustseparate callings, including working with of challenges, but really living and working to the field and of facing challenges. refugees, teaching English, working in a ing within the will of God is the only “We have only been on the field for a clinic ministering and assisting the sick, couple months now, so our perspective is and running an orphanage. place we could be happy,” Sam said. fresh on the challenges associated with As well as assisting these missionaries starting out and getting adjusted,” he
By Carrie Rasmussen Staff Writer
Sex trafficking victims recovered By Armanie Miranda World News Editor
The national FBI website says about 16 minors were recovered from prostitution around Feb. 4. The FBI added that 45 suspected pimps were arrested, along with some associates who “claimed to have traveled to New Jersey from other states specifically for the purpose of prostituting women and children at the Super Bowl.” “The minors recovered during the Super Bowl operations range in ages from 13 to 17 years old and include high school students and children who had been reported missing by their families,” the FBI said. The Los Angeles Times noted that some of the recovered sex trafficking
victims also came from overseas, making a total of 70 people getting assistance from authorities. USA Today said, “The FBI and more than 50 other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies spent six months preparing for the two-week operation that recovered the victims.” “Hospitality workers, airport employees and others were trained to look for signs of sex trafficking, and New Jersey authorities put up billboards near the stadium as part of an anti-trafficking campaign,” USA Today added, citing the Asbury Park Press. The Los Angeles Times gave statistics when reviewing sex trafficking recoveries that occurred around the time of the Super Bowl in previous years. “Last year’s Super Bowl operation in
New Orleans led to 85 arrests. In 2012, nearly 70 arrests were made in Indianapolis,” the Los Angeles Times said. Haley Wangberg, president of the Least of These, said there are reasons why Christians should care about these stories. “As representatives of God on this earth, we have a responsibility to care for His creation: humans, creatures, nature, etc.,” she said. “We love because God loved us.” Wangberg added that hope is found in these situations. “There is a renewed hope for the victims saved from prostitution,” she said. “because people are becoming more and more aware of this injustice and doing something about it!”
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Wanted Drug Lord Busted The world’s most wanted drug lord was captured in Mexico on Feb. 22, according to CNN. com. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the drug lord, was captured when authorities raided his condominium and took him into custody.
Venezuela Protests Lead to More Deaths Venezuela protests have led to 13 deaths directly related to them, according to reuters.com. The site also said 30 more people died, according to the Venezuelan government, because their illnesses weren’t treated “properly” because of the protests. Reuters also noted that the protests are in opposition to the government, and that they call for the resignation of the current president, Nicolas Maduro.
Egyptian Cabinet Resigns According to washingtonpost.com, Egypt’s cabinet resigned Monday, adding that this resignation “could pave the way for the nation’s military chief to announce plans to run for president in the spring.”
Missionary Arrested in North Korea An Australian Christian missionary was arrested in North Korea on Feb. 16, according to newyorktimes.com. The missionary, 75-year-old John Short, was arrested in the capital Pyongyang.
Former Ukraine President on the Run According to USAtoday. com, Ukraine’s recently ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych, has a mass murder arrest warrant placed on him by Ukraine.
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February 25, 2014
Is promoting yourself a sin? By Katrina Aman Managing Editor
One of the most discouraging things about Facebook, Twitter and the crazy world of blogging is the realization that so much about contemporary evangelism is on marketing and self-promotion. One of the most basic principles we learned when we fell in love with Christ – other than “Jesus loves me, this I know – was the consistent life of humility He promoted. We learned concepts such as: Whoever leads must serve. The last will be first, and the first will be last, Do good deeds in private. Pray in private. Take the lowest seat at the table. These are all seemingly unpopular con-
cepts today. It’s a simple concept to see the focus in self-promotion is “self.” That’s the point. It’s about promoting my life, my needs, my writing, my interests, my popularity. From a marketing standpoint, there is not much wrong with this. From a Christian standpoint, there is not much right with it. We should consider Paul’s comments to the Philippians: Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness
of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:3-8 ESV) When an opportunity arises, we should ask ourselves, “Am I doing this only to build a bigger platform for myself?” We must make sure that in our search to be more attractive to the job market and to be liked and to be respected, we don’t do something spectacular just to get attention. But how can you become an effective worship star or pastor or have a successful TV ministry if you do not promote yourself? We all have favorite speakers, authors, Spoken Word poets, bloggers, etc,. and they bless our lives and promote themselves. So then, let’s ask ourselves, “Is all self-promotion bad?” The answer, of course, is no. There are
plenty of people we all follow and subscribe to whose promotion is focused on what they like to give to the public instead of being focused on building themselves up. Generally speaking, this type of self-promotion is done from a place of humility; as such, these folks present themselves, rather than attempt to raise themselves up. It is easy in our society to adopt the marketing mentality and compete for attention. It’s natural to want to see your name in lights. But it isn’t humble. It isn’t praying in private. If we take seriously the humility Jesus asks us to have, we can avoid all of that striving and self-aggrandizing self-promotion. Let’s forget about seeking followers and fans. Let’s just focus on learning how to be followers ourselves.
Who are you, really? Why I don’t believe in spiritual growth
Bard Chords: Notes on God and life
By Steffan Bard Columnist
I don’t believe in spiritual growth. One of the men who has taught me the most about God’s love and grace, Brennan Manning, said, “I’ve decided that if I had my life to live over again… I would devote not one more minute to monitoring my spiritual growth. No, not one.” And it’s not one of those things I get bothered by, most of the time, when people say it or use the phrase. I know what they
mean, or what they’re trying to say maybe. But I disagree with it. Think about it – how can our spirit grow anymore? Ask yourself this – how much of the Holy Spirit do I have right now? Did you get a little bit of the Spirit when you were saved or all? In a similar vein, I think we tend to have pretty distorted thinking and theology on “sanctification.” We think sanctification is the part where I partner with God to complete the work He started in me. It’s where I try hard, with fear and trembling, to pay God back for what I owe Him as I work my salvation out. I’m going to try and explain to you some things which I wish I had understood sooner about God, the gospel, my identity in Christ and grace. We were joined to his Spirit (1 Cor. 6:17), are in the Spirit (Rom. 8:9), have become the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21), have been perfected for all time (Heb. 10:14), were washed and sanctified (1 Cor. 6:11), our sins were taken away and forgotten (Heb. 10:11-12,17), our old self was crucified and died with Christ (Rom. 6:6; Gal. 2:20) and we have become new creations (2 Cor. 5:17). But we just scan over these verses and ultimately don’t believe them – or, if we’re more theological, we’ll just do some gym-
nastics and relegate them to some distant, future, “positional,” or heavenly reality. Why? Because we still “get those thoughts” or commit “that sin.” Our behavior isn’t perfect, and we certainly don’t feel perfect, and to boot, it seems like a mark of pride to us to affirm anything else other than that we are still dirty distant sinners. But did Christ’s death do anything besides give us a ticket to heaven? You are not the sum of your behavior, emotions or thoughts. If you were – how could anyone be saved? Jesus said our righteousness must surpass that of the scribes and Pharisees, and we must be perfect. (Matt. 5:20; 5:48). Your behavior and emotions are only a reflection of how much you are walking by and setting your mind on the Spirit or on the flesh (Gal. 5:16-18). They are not a reflection of who you really are. This is such an important distinction. If we really don’t believe we are new in Christ and have complete victory in Christ, then we will have been effectively cut off from the source of life and the power to live a godly life. We won’t be transformed by the renewing of our minds because there would be no truth to be renewed by. We’re called to renew our minds, not our behavior. Why? Because we’ve already been perfect-
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ed, sanctified and have become the righteous of God. Now, all there is left to do is believe it and be transformed by it in our behavior and emotions by setting our minds on it rather than the seen, temporal, worldly things we can try to define ourselves by – i.e. the flesh (Rom. 12:2; 8:6; 2 Cor.4:18). We have been made holy, have been sanctified, etc. Let’s live focused on that reality and by God’s power, which works mightily within us rather than self-effort (Gal. 3:3) and religious advice, principles and laws which have an appearance of wisdom (thus why we preach them so much instead of Christ) but have no power (Col 2:20-23). Many people fear grace and I know why. The reason why so many people fear grace and think it needs to be balanced or we need to modify it and add some religion and law through the backdoor else it become “cheap grace” is because we do not believe we have actually been made new. Grace only uncovers what’s there because it lets us completely off the hook from consequences and laws – in short, it frees us – just like Christ, the gospel and the Spirit. Like Christianity should. If we believe we’re still dirty distant sinners at our core, grace will never seem like a good idea. Who are you, really?
SHOW DON’T TELL
February 25, 2014
After a two week delay due to snow, Corban students finally got the chance to perform in the “Show Don’t Tell” talent show last Sunday, Feb. 24. Corban Experience visitors saw a medly of talented people.
Top left to right: Joshua Austring, Craig Boekenoogen and Richard Riffle perform. Timothy Yee, Westley Coleman and Kyle Boardman perform as their group called the “Broazes.” Middle left to right: Katie Kampen performs her original song, Anna Robertson performs an oral interpretation piece and Adrian Garrido performs a bass solo.
David Glavnik & Amadi Amaitsa Beat Boxing
Adrian Garrido Bass guitar solo
Joey Meador & Micah Herring Song and Rap
Photos by Kristin Aalto