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Hilltop Jan. 29, 2013

vol. 9, no. 4

an inside look at American gun control, international gun laws and school shootings in America before and since the Newtown crisis [pages 8-9]

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Inside this issue:

Student Life changes leadership roles [page 3] Who will be the next Mr. VG? [page 5]

The value of Global Perspectives [page 7]


January 29, 2013

How to protect schools The Hilltop from Bushmaster rifles The student publication of Corban University

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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 Jack

Amid the buzz about Newtown, gun control and gun violence, the question remains: how do American schools keep their students safe from crazy armed murderers? Answers range from the ridiculous to the sensible. One idea, more on the ridiculous side, came from a female teacher who suggested all males on a campus take a “courage seminar.” They would learn to face evil in the form of an intruder and take him down, Sampson-style (to which, after pausing to visualize tackling a gun-man, the confused men reply, “Would you run that by me again?”). Others suggest arming all the teachers. Perhaps pro-gun propaganda from Israel influenced this, where pictures showed Israeli teachers slinging semi-automatic rifles as they herd their students to class. This is not true, however; in Israel, few teachers are armed. Rather, school security is strict, with armed guards, metal detectors and fences to protect students. Arming teachers could work. The school district in Harold, Texas, did just that when it instituted the “Guardian Plan” in 2007, now providing models across the country for school protection. But let’s be real: we’ve all had that one teacher whom we would be scared out of our minds to see with a gun. And don’t forget those punk students who would love more than anything to pull a prank with a gun. That wouldn’t be funny. For those uncomfortable with guns being too easily accessible for teachers as well as students, maybe the best idea is to implement a security system, where a locked box in each classroom contains a gun. Only a few administrators know the electronic code, so in the case of a gunman, an alarm system goes off, prompting an administrator to enter the code and unlock the guns. That way, all the teachers would be armed in a matter of seconds. Of course, some training programs would be necessary for teachers to learn gun handling. This system could work anywhere: malls, schools, movie theaters, stadiums, etc. For those citizens without concealed weapons permits, a security system could do wonders in protecting Americans. A police response means minutes. An electronically accessible gun means seconds. And the result? More saved lives.

Q &A with ASB

Staff Editorial

Forgiveness: nothing is harder Staff Column

Lately, I’ve been thinking about forgiveness and how failing to forgive can eat away at you like a hungry dog with a warm steak. When I was a little girl my mom would adapt 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 for me: “Kelsey is patient, Kelsey is kind. She does not envy, she does not boast, she is not proud. She does not dishonor others, she is not self-seeking, she is not easily angered and she keeps no record of wrongs. Kelsey does not delight in evil but rejoices with truth. She always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.” That’s a pretty tall order for a six-year-old, but it’s something that has always stuck with me. And from time to time it is the verse God places in front of me to check my attitude, and recently He didn’t just place it gently. I’m pretty sure He hurled it. My attitude has not been honoring. I’ve been holding on to bitterness over something ridiculously foolish and I certainly haven’t been loving— no matter how much I try to convince myself that being friendly is all that matters. Sometimes I forget how hard it is to forgive until God points out I’m not doing it right. These last few months I had convinced myself that I had forgiven someone who had hurt me pretty badly. I told myself everything I could think of: I’m over it, I don’t care, it didn’t mean anything anyways, and this is just a learning experience. But I was still angry. I was still hurt. And I was still not letting go. I had fooled myself into believing forgiveness was just an eleven letter word, and not what Christ demonstrated on the cross for my own transgressions. If anyone doesn’t deserve forgiveness, it’s me. I’m the one whose debt has been forgiven and yet turns around demanding my two cents from my neighbor. I’ve been praying for a forgiving heart, and for the reminder that I’m not blameless. While I can see God working, I still get frustrated, but God has carefully been removing the sword in my side. Kelsey Leavitt, The Hilltop’s online editor, is a sophomore at Corban University. The Hilltop’s staff column is designed for readers to hear from editors of this publication. Hilltop Correction from the Nov. 27 issue: In a pie grap depicting the ASB budget breakdown, the pie graph is a breakdown of only the $170 ASB receives from the student activity fee each year. ASB does not receive all $450 of the fee.

Emily Teterud, ASB student organizations coodinator

Q: What are you hoping to accomplish this year as Activities Coordinator? A: I am hoping to continue encouraging the current presidents of clubs on campus, as I brainstorm with them and help out with details of events. I also would love to spread the word about organizations and see the clubs grow! We have such amazing opportunities to serve and have fun as we fellowship with one another, and that’s a big reason why I love the Corban community! Q: What's your favorite thing about being on ASB? A: My favorite part about being on ASB is the people I work with. Not only are they wonderful, hard workers in each of their specific roles, but they are wonderful friends. I have grown close to them and always am excited when we all get to spend time together! We’re a big happy family! Q: Which SNL character do you identify the most with, and why? A: How can I not say Kristin Wigg? I attempted to portray her in our Ocean Rush video at the beginning of the year and I still can’t stop using that voice! Ohhhhh, my goshhhhh! Plus, I think Kristin Wigg is hilarious and it’s fun to try to impersonate her! Q: If you could have lunch with any famous person, who would it be and what would you ask him/ her? A: I would choose to go to lunch with Sara Bareilles. She is one of my favorite musicians and has a very fun, jazzy voice that I love! I’d ask her all about her music career and then ask if I could sing back-up for her or write a song with her or something!

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Student Life to change leadership roles By Kate Tracy Editor-in-chief In an effort to balance the professional attention given to Corban’s student body, leaders in Student Life will implement huge changes for the 2013-14 school year. According to Director of Residence Life Nathan Geer and Dean of Students Brenda Roth, 97 percent of personnel resources in Student Life go primarily to on-campus residents, even though 38 percent of Corban students live off-campus. Because only 3 percent of Student Life provides services for commuters, Geer and Roth felt it was time to evenly disperse resources to all students, including commuters and transfers. Ben Pearson and Eugene Edwards, both current Resident Directors in the residence halls, will fill two new positions in Student Life. Pearson will become Assistant Director of Student Programs and will oversee all student activities and leadership teams. Edwards will fill the new position of Assistant Director of Community Life, where he will oversee the Community Life Team, commuter population and housing for residence halls. Instead of Resident Directors, Area Coordinators will be responsible for residence halls. Casey Van Dyk will become the AC for Balyo and Davidson, Katy Drake for Aagard and Farrar and Nicole Pearson for Prewitt and Van Gilder. (Betsey Jaskilka, Aagard’s current RD, had previously decided not to return, as she and her husband are moving to Eugene, Ore.). Balyo, Farrar and Van Gilder, all without gender-specific adult supervisors, will have an Assistant Area Coordinator, a returning RA with amplified responsibilities. Additionally, the number of RAs will drop from 28 to 24 next year, increasing the student to RA ratio from 19.5 to 22.8. With these changes, student and staff reactions have been mixed. Emilee Lloyd, a senior and former twoyear Prewitt RA, is worried about the loss of community trickling down from the former RD’s position. “I think it worries me because one of the things I’ve loved so much about Corban is the Student Life (department) and how much they value relationships,” said Lloyd. “I wouldn’t have been the same RA if I hadn’t had

The Restructuring of Student Life Leadership Director of Community Life and Student Programs: Nathan Geer Assistant Director of Student Programs: Ben Pearson

Area Coordinator: Aagard/Farrar Katy Drake

Assistant Director of Community Life: Eugene Edwards

Area Coordinator: PVG Nicole Pearson

[my RD] for spiritual and emotional support. I’m worried that it’s turning into every other school, and it’s not as close a ratio of RAs and RDs per person.” Geer and Roth are both aware of these concerns about the loss of attention and leadership development between RAs and RDs. “I am aware of the potential, but we will do what we can to avoid it,” said Geer. “That’s a cost we are suffering for the sake of greater opportunity.” Nation-wide, the average residents per RA ratio is 36.9, and Corban falls within the lower 25 percent range of national schools. Schools of similar size and mission to Corban still have a greater students to RA ratio, such as Biola University with 25:1, Wheaton College with 50:1 and Moody Bible Institute with 30:1. Another concern of students and student leaders is the mixed gender of RAs and ACs. Many think certain issues require an adult of the same gender to handle the problem, and mentoring should happen with the same gender; however, Geer and Roth feel differently. “I think our campus gets a little worried about opposite

Area Coordinator: Balyo/Davidson Casey Van Dyk

gender mentoring,” said Roth. “There’s this fear there, but the people we have in place have modeled healthy relationships this way.” Ben Pearson’s position as Assistant Director of Student Programs will unify the student leadership of RAs, CLTs and ASB, which Geer referred to as a “three-headed monster.” Part of his job will be overseeing a new student activities board, which will assist RAs and student leaders with the logistical details of big events. Edwards’ position deals specifically with commuters, but since they are an under-studied population, Roth and Geer want to wait before they implement too much change concerning commuters. “We want to understand commuters’ needs first,” said Roth. “We do not want to start with an activity-based model.” Student Life leaders are excited for what will change, but regard it with mourning and solemnity. “I see the Lord’s hand saying ‘yes’ over and over again,” said Geer. “We listened, and we responded.”

Salem community benefits from MLK Day service projects By Will Bassham Staff Writer What do most Corban students do on Martin Luther King Jr. Day? They go out and serve the community of Salem. Why? It is a federal holiday, a day of voluntary community service with no school, and a day to honor the memory of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Volunteers even received T-shirts, with Martin Luther King Jr. pictured on the front. “I like having a day for students to make the decision to serve without expecting any benefit from it (Reach credits, scholarship, etc.),” said Jared Hernandez, Admissions Visit Coordinator, who volunteered as a group leader. Hernandez served in North Salem, preparing a garden for spring planting with his group. This is only the second year of Martin Luther King Jr. Serve Day. Before 2012, MLK Day at Corban had classes at normal times. Then it was decided that the day should be given as a day-off for the students, who then had the option of volunteering with service projects in the Salem community with Corban faculty and groups of Photo submitted other students. On MLK Day, Armanie Miranda, Hannah “Turnout has been pretty good over the past two years, Snook, Tess Kyber and Seth Cory shovel but many like to use the day of service as a day off,” said dirt to prepare Redeemer Community Gar- Eli Olson, ASB Ministries Coordinator. “We would like den for planting season.

to see every student, faculty and staff member taking the day to do a service project.” Olson volunteered at the South Salem Community Garden at the South Salem Friends Church, laying wood chips for the garden, as well as cleaning leaves off the church parking lot. Sophomore Tori Cole was part of a group serving at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, where volunteers helped spread the word about the store and organize donations. The Habitat for Humanity store sells furniture, as well as items for home improvement. “I just kept reminding myself that it wasn’t about what task was most important or not,” said Cole. “It was about going and serving and helping the community in whatever way I could, and that is what I did.” Cole canvassed a neighborhood with a group of other Corban girls, spreading flyers for Habitat for Humanity and explaining how the store needs donations. “Our job was basically just to get the word out, and we’ll never really know how what we did impacted the community,” said Cole. This year, MLK Serve Day ended with a special worship night. Music was led by Emily Teterud and Caleb Stultz. Pastor Matt Hennessee of the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church spoke on Martin Luther King’s legacy, and some of his choir members performed during the service.


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Many faceless victims Students raise voices against trafficking By Katherine Jamerson Staff Writer Women being forced into prostitution only happens in foreign countries. Only Asian, Indian or African children are kidnapped and sold. The only role men play in this is acting as seller or buyer. These common assumptions were put to rest by the play “Story of Hope,” presented Jan. 19 by Corban student Kirstie Walrath, Shared Hope International ambassador, and Hillary Roeder president of Corban organization “The Least of These.” The play revealed the harsh realities of life as a modern-day slave, while ending with a God-given hope for all victims. The most common victims are 12-to14-year-old children, who are manipulated away from their homes with dreams of a better life. Once in the trap, they are forced to work every day, sometimes producing a profit of $1,500 per night. With the depth of sin and the greatness of money being passed around, it is easy to assume this sort of thing happens only in large cities. Yet the situation is as close as the I-5 freeway titled the “artery for transporting victims,” said Mark Walrath, Kirstie’s dad and partner of her new ministry. In a lecture following the play, Mark Walrath challenged the audience about the role everyone plays in human trafficking. Consumers perpetuate the problem through their choices in clothing, movies and video games that encourage the demeaning and sexual role of women. As Human Trafficking Awareness month comes to an end, people may be left wondering what steps can be taken to help end human trafficking: 1) READ: Start where Kirstie Walrath did by reading “Renting Lacy” by Linda Smith. 2) PURCHASE: Roeder recommends

News Briefs Coldstone no more Corban students will no longer find respite from dreary days of studying by savoring a “gotta have it” bowl of ice cream. Coldstone Creamery stores in Salem and Albany permanently closed Dec. 26 due to franchise managment decisions. Other options for creamy music? Baskin Robbins, Dairy Queen, and, for those with true dedication, the Salty Spoon in Portland.

Corban funds lunch program (Above) Matt Kohlman, Noelle Dawson, Leanna Fletcher, Elisha Chambers, Kaileen Korsten, Jason Heunisch in “Story of Hope.” (Left) Hillary Roeder and Kirstie Walrath, the organizers of the Human Trafficking aweness event.

Photos by Sheldon Traver

“supporting organizations who are fighting human trafficking by buying their T-shirts and other fund raising products.” 3) GET INVOLVED: Help organizations such as Shared Hope International.Although difficult, many good things come from being involved. 4) PRAY: It is remarkable what prayer can do.

5) LOVE: Children who are tricked into the human trafficking world are seeking love. The best way to save children from a life of prostitution is to help them before they get tricked. 6) WHEN IN DOUBT: Call Oregon’s Human Trafficking Hotline at 503-2512479 or contact Kirstie Walrath (kirstiewalrath@corban.edu).

Obama inauguarated for the second time

By Jenna Harbeck Yearbook Assistant Editor

In 2008, President Obama raised $57 million in private money to pay for his first presidential inauguration. A record-breaking 1.8 million people showed up to witness the first black president being sworn into office in 2009, a number much larger than the 800,000 attendees of the 2013 inauguration. Still, the event held at the National Mall on Jan. 21 was a massive undertaking that required heavy amounts of preparation (reprogramming street lights for the inaugural parade, stocking the Mall’s bathrooms with 6,900 rolls of toilet paper, and 1,000 gallons of chili being prepared for the week by Ben’s Chili Bowl, the landmark diner Obama visited before his inauguration in January 2009, were just a few of the steps that were taken to ensure everything ran smoothly.) The U.S. Presidential Inauguration swearing-in ceremony has evolved over the years, and each new president brings new

touches and traditions to the event. Some steadfast traditions added over the years include holding an inaugural ball and parade, sometimes kissing the Bible, and closing with the words, “so help me God.” The official date for Inauguration is January 20th, but since that date fell on a Sunday this year, the ceremony was held on Monday, Jan. 21.

Performances by Beyonce, James Taylor, and Kelly Clarkson were on the lineup of one of America’s most celebrated events. Louie Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta was originally selected to deliver the benediction at the ceremony, but he withdrew in response to controversy over a sermon in the 90’s in which he urged Christians to battle the gay rights movement. This mishap was quickly fixed by replacing Giglio with Reverend Luis Leon, pastor of Saint John’s Church near the White House. For those who missed President Obama swearing into office a second time, you can watch the full video on YouTube.

Corban funds of more than $800 were sent to the Lentera school in Kupang, Indonesia, where all the teachers are Corban graduates. The funds helped start a lunch program at the school, where many students do not get three square meals a day.

Meatless Mondays Corban University was awarded a certificate of appreciation from the Humane Society of the United States for its participation in Meatless Monday. Meatless Monday is a global program meant to reduce meat consumption to improve health and welfare in animals, improved health of people who eat less meat and improved environmental conditions, according to the Humane Society. Corban implemented Meatless Monday by offering more vegetarian options on Mondays, starting last fall. Karin Olsson, outreach manager of farm animal protection at the Humane Society, said, “The Humane Society of the United States applauds Corban University for doing its part by participating in Meatless Monday.”

Limelight Auditions Do you have a passion and talent for dancing? If so, then Limelight is the perfect opportunity for you to win $500! Limelight is an annual dance competition, offering cash prizes for the top performances. Last year’s first place winners were the “Hip” Replacements, a group consisting of Betsy Jaskilka, Shelley Dean, Alex Pfaff and Sarah Seibert. The group’s theme was “senior citizenry.” Limelight auditions will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30, and Friday, Feb. 1, from 6:30-8 p.m. Signups are on the bulletin board near the Emitte Center.

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Who will be the next Mr. VG? Who is your biggest role model? “I’ve always been inspired by Dan Huber during chapel, and Colette Tennant is the best advisor I’ve ever had. But I can’t leave out Reno Hoff, who’s responsible for instilling in me my innermost dreams. The other judges are great too.” JP Partridge [FR]

If you died today, what would be your biggest regret? “My biggest regret would be either my lack of body piercings or that I have never taken a train ride across America -one of my bigger goals before I get married, let alone die.” Connor Locke [FR]

Jared Wagoner [FR]

Ben Maison [SO]

What would your ideal date consist of? “My ideal date would be one where everyone whom I have thirdwheeled for would third-wheel for me. I am not sure if I can get a table for 13 people at Red Robin, but I guess I’m going to find out. Going on a date with a real girl would be nice as well.”

What is your favorite meal? “A bowl of bricks with battery acid for breakfast with chunks of lava as a side dish.”

Who is your biggest role model?

What would your ideal date consist of? “Probably jumping off buildings, a helicopter ride, a long kiss on camera, or renting out Six Flags for me, my date and two other well deserving people in need. I don’t know…whatever Sean off “The Bachelor” would do.”

“My biggest role model is Jordan Carter, my superstar basketball playing RA. I am so lucky to be one of his residents.” Vinny Sepe [FR]

Andrew Evans [FR]

Who is your biggest role model? “My biggest role model would be my Dad. He has been there for me through anything. He has taught me a lot of things outside of school and, more than a parent, he is my best friend.”

Mark Schearer [FR] What is your favorite meal?

Zach Mode [FR]

“Anything my mother makes because it always consists of love.”

College debt surpasses credit card debt By Sarah Moreau Managing Editor

In the 2010-11 school year, 92 percent of Corban students received financial aid in the form of loans. Amounting to more than $1 trillion, according to one government estimate, college debt has now surpassed credit card debt in America. “I feel like students are asked to take out loans before they fully understand what they are doing,” sophomore Kelsea Banks said. Often students enter college, signing documents for loans without fully realizing the burden the decision will lead to in just a few years. “When I signed the paper at 18 saying that I would pay that money back, I had no idea what I was talking about or how much money it actually was,” Corban graduate Holly Hawes said. “I’m just

blessed to have married a man who did not go to college and get in debt. Many of my friends doubled their debt when they got their ‘ring by spring.’ I got out easy, and I can’t imagine how much it would have impacted our month-tomonth budget if I had incurred even more debt.” Combined with the recognition of how slow the job market currently is, graduates often find themselves in tough spots. Some even end up leaving college after just a year or two when they realize how much debt they have already incurred. “Corban gave me a nice debt, so I’m here with the Marine Corps to help pay it off,” said Jay Kniseley, who attended Corban for just one semester last year. Much of the burden of loan debt ends up falling on the parents, as well as students. Parents may borrow from the government to assist in paying for their students’ education through the Parent

Plus loan program. However, those families frequently end up borrowing more than they can handle in the long run. Many parents co-sign on private loans and end up carrying the burden of debt when their students are unable to come up with the money on their own. This fall, the Obama administration introduced an income-based repayment plan, or “Pay As You Earn,” for those in debt, though only people caught up on their loan repayments qualify. For those already behind on payments, the program will be of no help. The Obama administration also instituted a reform for disabled borrowers to determine if their disability qualifies them for loan forgiveness. With countless students leaving college with tens of thousands of dollars in debt, many wonder if there should be more restrictions on how much assistance one should be able to receive.

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Student composes for film festival By Katrina Aman Lifestyles co-editor

Corban student David Hamilton sits at his large computer in the far side of his family’s dining room in Salem. The desk is filled with CDs, a few films and some combat video games. His full-size Yamaha keyboard sits in front of him, as he plugs a pair of headphones into his ears. A total of six power cords are shoved into the power strip. The computer itself is every gamer’s dream– a 6-core 3.0 Gigahertz with a 3.5 Gigahertz Turbo-core. Hamilton’s four younger siblings run around the room chasing the dog through the house, as the family’s cat tries to catch the headset cords. Eventually, a little congregation forms to watch his project on the computer like it’s an annual football game. Although he seems to be an average Corban student, Hamilton isn’t working on a research paper. He is composing a soundtrack for a film that will end up being a semifinalist in the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival– the Oscars of Christian films. After months of hard work, the final results of the film, “Indescribable,” will be revealed at the 2013 Christian Filmmakers Academy on Feb. 4-6. The feature-length film is based on the historical events surrounding the writing of the hymn, “The Love of God.” It tells the story of Blynn, an adventurous, young boy determined to help his family face the struggles brought by WWI and his jour-

Photo by Katrina Aman

David Hamilton works on composing a music piece.

ney to discover what it means to truly love God. Morning Star Production’s stated goal with this movie is “to teach children the rich history of the Church by portraying the faith and courage of past Christians.” When chosen for the role of primary composer, Hamilton didn’t know what to think. There was an apparent computer glitch that put six months between Hamilton’s email of interest and the filmmakers’ response. “I had totally spaced that I had sent it,” Hamilton said. This isn’t the first film project for Hamilton. He has been interested in film for a few years and has composed for a variety

of projects. Prior projects have included working on a popular web series “In His Steps,” a film called “Holiday Hostage” that premiered in christianfilmmakers. org’s 48-hour holiday film festival, and his current involvement working on a science fiction web series with his younger brother. “Film is something that I’ve always wanted to do,” Hamilton said. “It’s a crazy process. A six-minute piece might take three hours to finish.” After 11 years of piano lessons, his instructor recommended he look into composing for orchestras. Eventually, this progressed into film making. “God has really given me eclectic tal-

ents, and film making allows me to use many of those talents at once,” Hamilton said. For him, composing is magical. “I personally would argue that music is often 60-70 percent of the film,” Hamilton said. “I really believe in letting the film write the music.” Though Hamilton stays busy with many projects, he makes it a personal priority to work on Christian projects. “I’ve looked into working on a few secular projects, but I’ve seen that once you head into that, you can’t get out,” Hamilton said. “I’ve seen other people crash and burn.” Concerning the science fiction web series he and his brother are working on, Hamilton has seen it interesting to hit the secular standards while “still maintaining clean and Christian material.” Hamilton compares his web series to the original Battlestar Galactica. It is “slowly starting to generate excitement and attention,” Hamilton said. “David is a very talented young musician who has had marvelous opportunities to write music for various Christian films,” Professor John Bartsh, teacher of Music Theory and Composition, said. “I am glad to have him in my music theory classes.” “There is a real need in the [filmmaking]industry,” Hamilton said. “Some people say film isn’t right for ministry, but it has a global impact, and the Lord can use whatever media He wants.”

Professor delivers miraculous ‘snowflake’ baby By Katherine Jamerson Staff Writer Scientists and Christians rarely team up on projects. But when God used scientific advances to carry out His plan in the life of a Corban professor, the result was nothing short of a miracle – a tiny miracle who goes by the name Trevor Michael Gassman. Kelli Gassman, a business professor, and her husband, Dan, wanted to start a family. Sadly, they were unable to have a baby, and this seemed to put a “family” out of the realm of possibility. Now, almost two years later, they are thanking God for specializing in the impossible. Only days before receiving an infertility report two years ago, the Gassmans heard about a new scientific advancement known as “embryo adoption.” They had considered adopting a child, but were concerned about the substantial cost, delays and uncertainty of regular adoption. And there is something so joyous about being pregnant that Kelli wanted to experience it for herself. So, despite the uncertainty of a scientific advancement only 12 years old, the embryo adoption seemed like a good idea. Photo courtesy of Kelli Gassman “Embryo adoption” means that lab-cultured embryos Once known as “Snowflake #321,” healthy created by a family’s donated sperm and egg are frozen Trevor was born to business professor and held suspended until adopted. Kelli Gassman with a new scientific adThe Gassmans chose to go through Nightlight Chrisvancement known as “embryo adoption.” tian Adoptions (www.nightlight.org). All embryos in the

company’s Snowflakes Frozen Embryo Adoption Program have been donated by parents who originally created them for in- vitro fertilization treatments. The company also treats the process much like a traditional open adoption. Kelli and Dan got to choose the genetic parents, and the genetic parents got to choose them. Also, they went through all the tests (home study, background check, etc.) that a normal adoption entails. Once the Gassmans chose this path, God laid His hands on the probabilities surrounding this new procedure. Only 50 percent of the embryos survive the thawing processes, and only 30 percent of these manage through the gestation period, Kelli said. The uncertain odds were perhaps daunting, but the Gassmans remained “resolute that God had a plan even though we couldn’t see the whole path, just the immediate next step. We did a lot of praying,” Kelli said. Marvelously, Trevor made it through each stage. But as he grew, now safely inside his new mom’s belly, yet another challenge appeared. A cystic hygroma, a small pocket of water at the back of his neck, threatened to take him to the Lord before he entered the world or to give him permanent birth defects. Rarely does the cystic hygroma simply vanish. But that’s exactly what happened. On Dec. 1, 2012, after much prayer and a faith-building process, Trevor was born, a 6 lbs/ 10 oz, 18 ½ inches long, healthy baby boy. “He truly is a miracle baby,” Kelli Gassman said, smiling down at her child.

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Perspectives on global By Katie Wilson Lifestyles co-editor

If you’ve heard “God loves all people” more than 50 times in a semester, chances are you’ve taken the Corban intercultural studies class, Global Perspectives. Some students find this intro to missions to be life-changing and welcome its presence on their schedules. Others are not sold on the class’s alleged repetition of material — or even the class name. Dr. Paul Johnson, a Global Perspectives professor, finds the class genuinely rewarding to teach. “The focus of the class is to challenge students to re-orient their worldview around God’s purpose in the world that He created,” Johnson said. Despite the noble objective of the curric-

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ulum, many students still grumble about aspects of this class more than those of other required courses. “The repetition takes away from the key message of the class,” said a student who wished to remain anonymous. Similarly, student Kaitlin Shepherd added, “There’s only enough material to fill half a semester. We should spend that other half doing an in-depth study of little known countries, like the class name suggests.” “The class would be called Intro to Missions,” Johnson said, “because that’s what it is. But a name like Global Perspectives is more palatable to secular universities, which makes the credit easier to transfer if a student wishes to switch schools.” Johnson said Comparative Religions was given the name Geocultural Research for the same reason. It has been that way since Dr. Bob Wright began the Global Perspectives class in 1974. Similarly, the class structure is not repetitive by accident. The Great Commission is a vital tenant of the New Testament, a commandment given to all believers, not just a brave, select few. If students are given this truth repetitively, their retention of that truth will be far less likely to deteriorate with time. This approach emphasizes the lifelong nature of ministry.

According to Wright, the class is modeled after 18th-century minister William Carey’s missionary treatise. Carey’s points include a biblical study of the Great Commission, a cultural analysis of the world’s needs and a strategic examination of how to best meet those needs. This method has worked since the 18th century and continues to serve missionaries worldwide. “Missions abroad are good to study,” said Misha Guderian, whose parents are Bible translators in Papua New Guinea, “but it’s even more important to learn to witness wherever you are.” “The class is extremely rewarding for me,” Johnson said. “I get to see students realize that they’re saved not only to be in heaven, but to serve in God’s world.” For this reason, he said the Bible department added a “personal” perspective to Carey’s missional method. “The Great Commission is going to be different for everybody. It is personal. It’s our changing perspectives on God’s world from a biblical point of view,” Johnson said, explaining that, out of his workload, Global is his favorite class to teach. If nothing else, when the class is over, students will never forget that God loves all people.

Fill In the ________ Notes By Armanie Miranda Staff Writer

Some people love them; some people hate them; others simply don’t care about them. Regardless of how students feel, the question remains, do fill-in-the-blank notes help students study? Fill-in-the-blank notes are often pre-packaged with blanks for students to fill out words from the professors. Many courses use them, especially in Bible classes. Professors who use these notes for their classes say they aid in convenience, organization, and studying. However, some students disagree. In an online poll, the Hilltop asked students if they feel fill-in-the-blank notes help them study for class. Although unscientific, the results split 50/50. Everyone agrees there are positive and negative sides to using these notes. “They make students pay attention, but at the same time, they give out the information so they (students) can look online for the words they missed, so then they don’t have to try as hard,” said junior Taylor Tuepker. Sophomore Lacie Wheeler has found the notes helpful, though she said “some people need dynamic notes to pay attention.” Dr. Kent Kersey, Bible professor, listed some of the main pros and cons of fill-inthe-blank notes. “I want them (students) to at least know


Ask Katie How many ways can the relationship status, “it’s complicated,” be interpreted? Well, it’s complicated. It’s complicated that boy wants to move to Nepal and girl is afraid of goats. It’s complicated that girl finds out guy has two kids in California and pays child support. It’s complicated that girl likes guy’s roommate, but doesn’t know how to make the switch. It’s complicated that girl turns out to be a guy, and guy’s like, this is complicated. I want to apply for the Corban Campus safety team. How do I do this? mroth@corban.edu I like a boy, but he doesn’t like me back. What’s the first step to move on? For eating your feelings: Ben & Jerry’s (four-pint minimum, and make sure at least one of them is milk & cookies, then call me and I’ll help you eat it). For crying it out: Listen to “All By Myself,” “On My Own,” or watch “Titanic.” For sweating it out: Make a new running playlist on your iPod, do intramurals, or just add a blanket to anything above. For laughing it out: Take some friends to Capitol City Theater in downtown Salem for a night of improv comedy. I’m sorry that he isn’t showing interest. Remember, girls just want to have fun. You can still keep him as a friend and enjoy his company without the romantic swooning. Every so often I get depressed and cut… is this okay or should I do something about it?

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John Giglio and Steven Dowling fill in blanks during class.

where the class is going, so there’s a starting point and an ending point,” he said. He also noted the convenience factor of such notes, saying that once the notes are completed, they can be used for future semesters, with minimal changes. While Kersey noted the pros of organ-

ization and convenience, he also agreed that some students might not focus with them. “When relied upon too much, they can seem a little Sunday-school-ish,” he said. Despite how students feel about them, fillin-the-blanks do not seem to be going anywhere, and they’ll continue at Corban.

No, that is very serious. Set up an appointment with Stephanie Husk (shusk@ corban.edu), director of Counseling Services, who can help you find someone to talk with about what you’re experiencing. If you live on campus, you should also tell your RA and RD, so they can help you through your feelings as well. No one should have to face depression alone. Katie Wilson is not a professional counselor. Her advice is for entertainment.

8 January 29, 2013 International Gun laws

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1 United Kingdom After a 1996 school shooting in Scotland, the United Kingdom collected public signatures to ban guns. Currently automatic and semi-automatic weapons and handguns are illegal, and only licensed gun owners can own guns, not for self-defense, but for hunting, shooting or collecting.



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Contrary to some U.S. propoganda, few teachers in Israel carry firearms. However, private guards or armed teachers are required at schools, along with fences and metal detectors to ensure the safety of the students. The country limits gun ownership to only those with a certain military clearance or hunters, making it among the strictest countries for gun control in the Western world.

4 China Citizens are allowed to own firearms for hunting, recreation and pest control, but not for any other reason. The regulations are very strict, culminating in severe punishment for the illegal sale of weapons, ranging from three years in prison to death.


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Note: not all school shootings in the history of the United States are represented here. Information courtesy of CBSNews.com 1. Bethel Regional High School - two killed, two wounded 2. Pearl High School - three killed, seven wounded 3. Heath High School - three students, five wounded 4. Westside Middle School - five killed, 10 wounded 5. Parker Middle School - one killed 6. Lincoln County High School - one killed 7. Thurston High School - two killed, 20+ wounded 8. Armstrong High School - two wounded 9. Notus Junior-Senior High School - no injuries 10. Columbine High School - 13 killed, 23 wounded

11. Heritage High Schoool - six wounded 12. Deming Middle School - one killed 13. Fort Gibson Middle School - four wounded 14. Buell Elementary School - one killed 15. Lake Worth Middle School - one killed 16. Santana High School - two killed, 13 wounded 17. Granite Hills High School - five wounded 18. Lew Wallace High School - one killed 19. Red Lion Junior High - one killed 20. Rocori High School - one killed, one wounded 21. Red Lake Senior High School - 10 killed, 14 wounded 22. Campbell County High School - one killed, two wounded 23. Platte Canyon High School - one killed

24. Weston Schools - one killed 25. Amish Schoolhouse - three killed, seven wounded 26. Foss High School - one killed 27. Dow High School - one wounded 28. Virginia Tech. - 32 killed, 26 wounded 29. Deleware State University - two wounded 30. SuccessTech Academy - four wounded 31. Louisiana Technical College - two killed 32. Northern Illinois University - six killed, 15 wounded 33. Central High School - one killed 34. University of Central Arkansas - two killed, one wounded 35. Sandy Hook Elementary School - 27 killed, two wounded 36. Lone Star College - three wounded

Would Jesus buy an automatic rifle? What is the Christian response to the Newtown massacre? America’s lax gun control laws have some Christians questioning the balance between a passive resistance to evil and the protection of lives. Perhaps the most shocking response ever to a school shooting was the immediate forgiveness of the Amish community of Lancaster, Penn., when Charles Carl Roberts IV shot 10 Amish girls, murdering five, back in 2006. Evil like this serves to remind Christians of the importance of forgiveness. But Christians need to remember more than just forgiveness. Shooters like Roberts and Adam Lanza may have had semi-automatic rifles, but commonalities between normal citizens and them far outweigh the differences. These murderers were normal people, and no one anticipated their murderous actions. Christians are not as far removed from evil as they think they are; everyone sins, so what is to stop anyone from being a murderer? If anything, school shootings should remind Christians to get control of the sin in their lives and hold fast to God’s mercy.



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Dec. 14 Newtown school shooting, America is reeling with grief, confusion and, in many cases, a tightened grasp on the Second Amendment. “The right to bear arms,” a tradition upheld since the founding fathers, gives American citizens protection against a tyrannical government in the possibility of despotism. However, the question stands: should America be more responsible with its guns in order to better protect its citizens? the wake of the

“The school is reviewing its weapons policy to determine if improvements need to be made...Changes to policy will ensure a safer, more prepared community and campus.”

~Mike Roth, Corban Chief of Security

“I believe teachers should be encouraged and educated to carry concealed firearms. If this were made possible, teachers who were willing could have the opportunity to protect their students as well as themselves.”

~Marshall Arndt, junior

Mental health experts estimate that mentally ill people cause less than 5 percent of violent crimes. They also say the mentally ill are much more likely to be the victims of violence rather than the perpetrators. Despite these facts, the mental health of murderers like Adam Lanza and James Holmes is called into question, as many think the improvement of mental health will lower the risk of violence in the country. State budgets across the country cut an estimated $1.6 billion for mental health from 2009-12. Money from states no longer goes to the access and care for mental health like it used to. Along with constricting gun policies, President Obama hopes to increase the awareness surrounding mental health to stop gun violence. He wants to place mental health care under Medicaid coverage so that insurance costs or lack of accessibility are no longer barriers for those seeking help for their illnesses.

“I think campus security should carry firearms at all times, because if we are threatened by men with firearms, the best way is to fight them back with firearms.”

~Dani Horne, freshman

In America, it is harder to get a driver’s license, drink a beer or get a hunting license than it is to buy a gun. President Obama and Vice President Biden hope to constrict gun owners by banning military assault rifles, requiring background checks for all owners and limiting ammunition purchase. Adam Lanza used a Bushmaster XM-15 5.56 caliber rifle, a semiautomatic copy of the U.S. M-16 service rifle when he shot 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. James Holmes used a Smith and Wesson M&P15, another copy of the M-16, when he murdered 12 people in Aurora, Colo. on July 20, 2012. He also used a Remington 870 12-gauge pump-action shotgun and a Glock 22 semi-automatic pistol.



10 Sports

January 29, 2013

Oregon’s Chip Kelly is gone By Ralph Emerson Guest Writer

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Senior forward Marcus Butler converses with teammates Kent Foster and Dustin Moore.

Marcus Butler: Dark Horse Dunker By Josh Trammell Sports Editor

As the son of a Corban professor, I’ve been watching Warrior basketball games since I was small enough to run under the second row of the bleachers and pull on spectators’ shoelaces. I am accustomed to Corban’s style of play: a barrage of 3-pointers, breakaway lay-ins, and the occasional, unimpassioned, two-handed flush. He was in the game for no more than five minutes. Now a college freshman, I sat in the second row of C.E. Jeffers Sports Center, my eyes widening as a three-pointer clanged hard off the back iron. From the middle of the key, one player elevated above the throng of potential rebounders, snared the flying ball far behind his head with one hand, and sent it hurtling back toward the rim. The put-back jam missed violently, and the jumpy freshman subbed out shortly after. He played only five minutes, but he showed something I hadn’t seen in 16 years of watching Warrior hoops. I cataloged the name, Marcus Butler, for future reference. Now a senior and perennial starter for the Warriors, the 6 foot, 3 inch forward from Modesto, Calif., consistently flashes his unprecedented ability to just “get up.” This is why his recent nomination for selection as the “Dark Horse Dunker” in this year’s State Farm College Slam Dunk & Three-Point Championships in Atlanta comes as little surprise. Butler’s love affair with dunking came in ninth grade, started with a volleyball, and quickly materialized into the rim racking displays that have punctuated his Corban career. “My first in-game dunk was my junior year of high school,” said Butler. “I stole

a pass perfectly and had a wide open court in front of me. I had actually never tried to dunk in a game before. I just went full speed, jumped and put down a nice one-handed bang-out.” Butler credits his leaping ability largely to his former trainer in Modesto, Pablo Hernandez. “We did a lot of plyometric exercises, and that had my legs feeling right. Once I continued working out with him, by the time my senior year came, I was throwing down dunks with ease,” said Butler. The opportunity to participate as a “Dark Horse Dunker” nominee, however, he credits to Mark Colachico, assistant Athletic Director, who notified him of the chance. “I was informed of the Dark Horse Dunker contest via an email from INTERSPORT in Chicago,” said Colachico. “Sheldon Traver, Marcus, and I spent

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Marcus Butler dunks against Northwest University.

about 45 minutes over Christmas break filming numerous dunks in the gym, and then another few hours editing everything into the 54-second YouTube clip that viewers can see on-line.” The competition, designed to select one small-college senior based on his highlight making ability and off-court personality, is comprised of 16 nominees. The ultimate goal, a trip to Atlanta, Ga., to compete against the nation’s top Division 1 talent, is achieved through a bracket-style elimination based on fan voting. Fans vote by either commenting on their favorite nominee’s YouTube video or by commenting on the competition’s home page (www.facebook.com/collegeslam). “It’s a huge honor to be a part of something like this,” said Butler. “I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to represent the school and just want to have fun with it, and, no matter what the outcome, I just want people to know I’m very grateful for the support.” Far from the jumpy freshman who battled for every minute of playing time, Butler, now third on the team in scoring and the second leading rebounder, offers far more than his stats suggest. He holds in one outstretched hand the ability to ignite the crowd and alter the momentum of a game. “It is a great feeling,” said Butler. “The adrenaline rush after a bang-out is indescribable. I think it’s seeing my teammates getting hyped that gets me even more pumped. Plus it’s a great momentum swing and the crowd loves it.” “This project was something that began in my head and then turned into something pretty amazing thanks to the God-given talent that Marcus has on the court,” said Colachico. “I hope everyone gets a chance to see the YouTube clip and help Marcus get to Atlanta so he can showcase his talents on a global stage.”

When I heard University of Oregon’s head football coach Chip Kelly was leaving the Oregon Ducks to become head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, I felt very… indifferent. Don’t get me wrong, I am an Oregon Ducks fan, but the news of Chip Kelly leaving was neither a surprise nor a betrayal. However, I did notice the amount of depression and anger directed at his sudden departure. Twitter comments had a wide range. One humorous tweet from Matt Hinton (@Mattrhinton) said, “I guess the only person who didn’t fall for those ‘Chip Kelly returning to Oregon’ reports was Chip Kelly.” Some were blood boiling mad, like this tweet from Andrew Sharp (@andrewsharp) “CHIP KELLY IS WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS SOCIETY.” This is not the first coach to leave a team feeling high and dry, and it won’t be the last. The last 10 years alone have had many coaches or players leaving the team who embraced them as if they were their own child. Everyone remembers Lebron James leaving his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, for greener pastures in Miami. (Does Miami have pastures? And if so, what color are they?) In most recent college football memory, most Pac 12 fans will remember Lane Kiffin improving the University of Tennessee football program for one year, then immediately jumping to USC after the season was over, leaving Tennessee fans livid. I doubt the anger directed at Chip Kelly will reach those proportions, but anything is possible. Of course, this one really stings for Oregon fans since Chip kinda sorta maybe-ish said he would be back for the upcoming season so… take that for what it is. However, it’s hard to be mad at a guy for moving on to the next point in his career. There are probably not a lot of college coaches who are hoping they don’t ever get called up to the big leagues. Like any other job, there is room for advancement, and he just went on to the next stage of his career. He leaves behind an excellent program that he helped put on the map as a serious title contender. We should be thanking him for what he did when he was here, not for what he won’t do now that he’s gone. So, Oregon fans, let us mourn only for a little while. There is no reason to suspect that the Ducks won’t still have a stellar season next year, regardless of who the coach is. I mean, at least we’re not Oregon State. #RalphservesOSUfans

January 29, 2013

Evans and Moore roll as the Warriors down rival Beacons By Hannah Lobban Sports Writer

Photo by Jessica Bruggeman

Dustin Moore shoots over a Northwest Christian defender.

When a play-off appearance is on the line, it usually isn’t the best time to have two starters out with injuries. However, that is what Corban’s men’s basketball team faced Friday night against Northwest Christian and beat them 67-60. “With injuries and Josiah [Sebens] not being there, it was a huge win for us,” said senior Dustin Moore. Moore and freshman Andrew Evans put up a combined 43 points of the team’s total 67. Senior Marcus Butler had five offensive rebounds, giving Corban more chances to score. “We needed to keep 10 from the boards,” said Northwest’s coach Corey Anderson. The game started out tight, with the two tied 6-6. It seemed like the disadvantage was going to be insurmountable as Northwest pulled ahead with an 8-0 run eight minutes into the half. But the Warriors

weren’t going to give in. They returned with a nine-point run that put them four points ahead. Corban ended the first half with a three-point lead after Mitch Tugaw sunk a 3-pointer. At the beginning of the second, Moore and Evans began their offensive assault, making basket after basket, and putting the Warriors up by six. Northwest tried to make a comeback, but with poor 3-point shooting (2-15), it wasn’t enough. In the end, Corban won 67-60. “Evans really hurt us tonight; I give that kid a lot of credit,” said Northwest’s Anderson. In the play-off scheme, the Warriors are now in seventh place, but this win gives them a two-game advantage over Northwest since Corban has won both meetings. “The team really came together and ground out the win,” said Moore. “We were just able to make big shots and get stops down the stretch that gave us the win.”

something 99.9 percent of fans have never done in the realm of football. It is better to surprise occasionally than to take center stage. So you don’t need to deck yourself out in face paint and team apparel. This will save you from pre-programmed questions designed to root out bandwagon fans á la, “So you’re a Patriots fan? Who’s the back-up running back?” When asked who you are rooting for, calmly assert, “I just really want a close game, man.” Tip 2: Learn the name of the starting quarterback and running back on both teams. Refer to the running backs by first and last name and the quarterbacks by last name only – “Man, Brady is having a day.” “Frank Gore is a beast.” And always remember, the quarterback is either loved or hated; there is no middle ground; just pick a side. Tip 3: Use flavoring words in your sentences that often have a negative connotation outside of football: bomb, boss, sick, beast. Legit is typically an acceptable standby. Meaningless words such as these somehow add credibility to the male football audience. Tip 4: Learn what a Tight End is. This is a very trendy position in football and also indicates a deeper knowledge of the game. If you are stuck in the mindset that “There are so many positions. What’s the difference? They all just run and hit each other anyway,” may I remind you that a cardigan is not a sweater, is not a pullover, is not a blouse, is not a shirt … they are all very different. So the fact that a tight end is a hybrid lineman and receiver who blocks and catches passes and typically

lines up tight on the end of the offensive line is important - oh, so important. Tip 5: Pick two penalties you can occasionally complain about during the course of the game. Holding and pass interference are probably the best due to their subjectivity and frequency. “That was holding! Did you see that hold?” is almost never looked down on and readily accepted without a second thought. Accusing any player of holding on almost any play is surprisingly safe. Pick a point in the game in which a deep-thrown pass falls incomplete (hits the ground and is not caught), and wave your hand like a disgruntled Brit repeatedly yanking his handkerchief from his pocket and tossing it into the air, yelling at the TV screen, “P.I. (short for pass intereference) -- he was all over him!” Bonus Tip: If you are feeling extra risky or confident, try to work in words such as zone blitz, pick-six, hot read, check-down, and sub “four-four” forty. These are intelligent football buzzwords and, who knows, you may get lucky with one. Also try comparing one of the team’s playing to a team from the past, any team. Just pick a name and a year no later than 1989, and your comment: “This team reminds me of the ‘85 Rams,” will go unchecked, garnering you invisible brownie points, worth their weight in Tostitos-brand cheesy dip. Exercising these tips with generous restraint and a small amount of courage can earn your place in the company of gridiron gurus, or just that coveted seat in front of the chips and dip.

Fooling your way through the Superbowl



By Josh Trammell Sports Editor The Super Bowl: a time of five-layer cheese spreads, spread offenses and widespread ignorance. The truth about football is that no one, at any level, knows as much about the sport as they think they do… ever. Do you think the line of scrimmage is a term from the Revolutionary War? Don’t know the difference between a goal line and a goalpost, but want to pass as someone capable of explaining the subtle nuances of a 3-4 defense compared to a 4-3? The Super Bowl is the perfect time to fool people. Tip 1: You can’t try too hard. Now is the perfect time to exercise the golden mean,

11 Sports briefs Sports

Season Opener Baseball season opens up for the Warriors on Saturday, Feb. 9. The double-header will be held at Warrior Field against nationally ranked Lewis & Clark State of Idaho. Coach Jeff McKay and the Corban Warriors look to build off of last season’s strong finish, opening spring play against the No. 8 team in the nation.

Play 4Kay The Corban women’s basketball team will participate in the fourth annual Play 4Kay weekend to support cancer awareness. The event is scheduled for Feb. 8 and 9 at home against Concordia and Warner Pacific. The event is named in honor of Kay Yow, the former North Carolina State University head women’s basketball coach. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, Yow passed away Jan. 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease. Teams all across the Cascade Collegiate Conference and the entire nation will compete in order to raise cancer awareness and money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Since the event began in 2007, it has raised over $2 million.

Vote for Marcus In order to vote for Corban senior forward Marcus Butler to represent Corban as the 2013 “Dark Horse Dunker” in this year’s State Farm College Slam Dunk & Three-Point Championships in Atlanta, visit the competition’s homepage (www.facebook.com/collegeslam) and leave a comment about why the Corban senior should be selected.

National qualifier Junior Olivia Johnson became the first-ever member of Corban’s Track & Field team to qualify for the NAIA Outdoor National Championships in the half marathon. Johnson posted an A-standard qualification time of 1.28.05 at the annual Cascade Half Marathon in Turner Oregon. Johnson finished first in her age division and fifth overall out of the 219 female competitiors, on her way to clinching an automatic qualification. Johnson’s time beat the NAIA’s A standard of 1.31.00 by almost three minutes and the provisional time of 1.33.00 by nearly five.


January 29, 2013

Movie ratings don’t mean much By Tori Cole Entertainment Editor

“Bizarre violent content.” “Intense depiction of very bad weather.” “Graphic depiction of violent antisocial behavior.” What do these terms mean? Essentially, nothing. The vague nature of these qualifiers, which are supposed to act as clarification for a movie’s rating, tend to leave people more uninformed than they were to begin with. And this is just the beginning of the problems. The Motion Picture Association of America, the organization that rates films, is flawed to the point that it is hardly useful anymore. It is not safe for Christians to trust these ratings alone in making choices about what movies to watch, especially if they operate under the assumption that PG-13 movies are all okay to watch and R-rated films are not. Before 1984, there was no PG-13 rating. Movies were either PG or R. For this reason, some older PG movies such as “Beetlejuice” or “Jaws” would almost certainly garner a PG-13 rating today. Movie politics further corrupt this flawed system. The director of a huge

blockbuster film often strongly covets the PG-13 rating, because it opens the market to a much wider audience and is not restrictive like an R-rating. Members of the MPAA are fully aware of this, and it shows. Even if they do give it an R-rating, the director will often shave only the slightest, more offensive material off and resubmit it to get the desired rating. Does this really distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable to Christians? “Terminator Salvation” and “The Dark Knight” are two major examples of PG-13 movies whose ratings are debated. I highly enjoy both movies, but simply dispute Photo by Tori Cole the rating they were given. If either was Residents watch a movie in the PVG movie room. actually given an R-rating, it would have severely impacted its success as a summer ally, simply being told what is happening ing out the danger of trusting an archaic, blockbuster. In fact, the R-rated director’s has the same effect. In fact, I find the dia- non-religiously-affiliated system with cut of “Terminator Salvation” is a mere logue in PG-13 movies is arguably cruder, putting a label on what should and should three minutes longer, and after I saw both and I also find it much easier to look away not be watched by a Christian audience. In versions, I couldn’t recall a single differ- from a potentially offensive situation than addition, it’s possible some people may be ence between the two. attempt not to listen to it. missing out on great movies which would These “close calls” rely on dialogue, I simply believe that many excellent, offend them no more than some of the quick cuts, and implications to paint a thought-provoking films may be missed PG-13 movies they choose to watch. picture of exactly the same thing as is because of a defunct label. At the end of the day, we must choose shown more blatantly in an R-rated film. This is not to say Christians should watch to do research for ourselves, define our For those who are highly visual, this like- R-rated movies or that no R-rated mov- boundaries personally and take responsily makes a difference, but for me, person- ies should be avoided. I’m simply point- bility for what we watch.

Piracy: conveniency vs. ethics in the media world By Andrew Norman Freelancer “We’re living in a technology world,” said Salem band Find Your Smile. It’s true. Many of us with smart phones are carrying around the entire wealth of human knowledge in our pockets, but all we use them for is Facebook and to look up cat videos. This access to technology has bred ways for people to obtain information without paying for it through the means of piracy. Internet piracy is “the illegal reproduction and distribution of copyrighted material on the Web,” according to PC Magazine. The most commonly pirated information is entertainment, most often music and movies. “I used to pirate a lot,” Corban music faculty member Brian Griffiths said, “because I felt like I needed certain things, but I could not afford them. In our culture, we have a long history of getting in trouble when we try to have things we can’t actually afford.” He stopped pirating late in his college career after recognizing what he called “the ethical and spiritual implications” of his actions. So what are the consequences of Internet piracy? According to Brian Schmidt, Corban’s Chief Information Officer, they are these: In a civil suit, an infringer may be liable for a copyright owner's actual damages plus any profits made from the infringement. Alternatively, the copyright owner

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Media such as movies and music are among the most pirated content, and even Corban students succumb to the temptation.

may avoid proving actual damage by electing a statutory damage recovery of up to $30,000 or, where the court determines that the infringement occurred willfully, up to $150,000. (17 U.S.C. 504) When asked about Corban’s policy regarding piracy, Schmidt referred to the school’s Internet Acceptable Usage Policy,

which states that “no person may use university facilities to knowingly download or distribute pirated software or data.” The policy also states that “use of any university resources for illegal activity is grounds for immediate dismissal, and we will cooperate with any legitimate law enforcement activity.” When asked if IT had something in

place to prevent piracy, he smiled and said, “Yes, we do.” According to some students, this last statement isn’t entirely true. “Corban has so many loopholes in their system that it’s not a challenge to pirate,” one anonymous source revealed. Another said that “Corban’s system is weak and they can’t stop me in any way, shape or form from doing whatever I want to.” Other students claimed that if the campus network were to hamper their efforts, they’d be able to take a brief trip off campus to access another establishment’s free Internet. On the topic of whether piracy is wrong or not, students were divided. Many admitted believing it is theft, but some weren’t so sure. “I don't think it's wrong at all,” one anonymous source explained. “What people don't realize is it's going along the same concept of back in the 80's or 90's when boys made mix tapes for girls. They would tape a song off of the radio. The only difference is that now everything is done on the Internet.” “I’m not taking music from struggling musicians,” another anonymous source said. “These are artists who could sign their boxers and sell them for thousands of dollars.” Many people believe artists don’t make any money from their albums, but earn their living on tour through ticket and merchandise sales.

13 ‘Les Miserables’ pierces audience’s hearts January 29, 2013


By Tori Cole Entertainment Editor

What about “Les Miserables” has captivated audiences so completely? Why did it win three honors at the Golden Globes? It is a story with its roots in 19th-century France, when Victor Hugo first penned the novel. And despite the countless stage performances, films, and more, this 2012 adaptation manages to stand out. The story begins in pre-revolution France, where the audience is introduced to Jean Valjean (played by Hugh Jackman), a Frenchman who has just finished serving his 19-year prison sentence. Though he is released, his reputation has been marred, and he is unable to re-enter society as a normal man. In an attempt to repair his reputation, he takes on a new identity. Throughout the story, we watch a guard, Javert (Russell Crowe), become more and more determined to capture the invisible Valjean. Human emotion and interaction are what make this tale so ageless and powerful. It brings up questions of goodness and mo-

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Valjean meets the destitute and desperate Fantine, played by Anne Hathaway.

tive. Even though Valjean is an ex-criminal who reenters society by stealing from a priest, he then goes on to transform his life and spend it helping people. The film also delves deeply into loss and tragedy.

In one way or another, virtually every character loses someone he or she is close to. It is done in a way that breaks the heart of the viewer, and that is what this particular film does so well.

Video viewers desire to belong

Many of these songs, such as “I Dreamed a Dream” and “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,” are sung by beaten-down people in a completely stripped-down manner, with only a single close-up shot on the actors’ faces. The audience, seeing the pure emotion and brokenness, cannot help but react. This is a film that, in order to be enjoyed, must be believed. Almost every single line is sung, and viewers can’t let this detract from the story or become a distraction. We must buy into this fantastical world and let it transform our lives in the way that only emotional art can. This is not a movie for everyone. It is not for those who dislike musicals or movies about human trials. It is for those who enjoy and appreciate the detail, emotion, sadness, despair, and beauty that this film has to offer. It’s not a perfect movie, but the lagging moments--the little imperfections – are part of what makes “Les Miserables” what it is. It is honest and does not hide anything from those who are willing to take the time to look. “Les Miserables” is rated PG-13 and runs 2 hours and 37 minutes.

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ly similar replies. “The concept of the video catches it in the beginning. After the video gets enough views, people The Internet had ushered in a new age, an era in just want to see what the frenzy is about,” said stuwhich information and ideas are everywhere all the dent Adam Shumka. time. This is the age of the viral video. So it all seems to make sense, except for one In the midst of double rainbows, bitten fingers, issue. Psychologically, the desire to belong and dramatic chipmunks, sneezing pandas, and dentist not be left out motivates people to hop on the vitrips gone sour, one might wonder what it takes for ral bandwagons. Originality and people’s ability to such random videos to snag millions of YouTube share the experiences help as well. views. In the age of information, what does it take Yet what gives a viral video that initial push, to become an instant star? the immediate traction needed to kick-start these In some cases it appears all psychological forces? What’s that’s needed is a camcorder. “Watching videos others stopping your hilarious ideas However, a number of psychohave posted helps us feel from getting millions of Youlogical and sociological forces Tube views? work under the surface, driving like we belong and conIn a recent TED.com speech, videos like “Gangnam Style” to Kevin Allocca, the trends mannect. We don’t want to ager at YouTube, gave some inglobal recognition. Psychology professor Pat My- feel left out, and that’s sight into this phenomenon. ers said, “Watching videos others “There are 48 hours of vidhave posted helps us feel like we powerful.” eo uploaded to YouTube every belong and connect…we don’t minute,” said Allocca. What is want to feel left out, and that’s powerful.” responsible for the initial spike in views is what Viewers also want to share the enjoyment. “Peo- Allocca called “tastemakers,” individuals who “inple share to connect as well as to share feelings — troduce us to new and interesting ideas that bring a parallel form of connection,” said Myers. them to a larger audience.” Because people have the ability to mentally projTherefore, when celebrities such as Jimmy Kimect themselves into other situations, humans tend mel or Daniel Tosh tweet or blog about a new vidto enjoy humorous situations, living vicariously eo, people who have seen the video become part of through the videos. the “in group.” This sets up an array of powerful Another explanation picks up on people’s cre- psychological motivations. ative element -- how they tend to favor originality. So the next time you wonder why some ridicu“The more original something is, the more people lous scenario caught on camera has been viewed want to watch it,” said Myers. This is just human millions of times, remember two things: “tastenature. makers” and wanting to be a member of the “in Students chimed in on this issue with resounding- group.”


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January 29, 2013

Fiscal cliff: why we’ve already jumped off



By Elijah Olson Columnist It’s a classic Looney Tunes scene: Road Runner is being chased by Wile E. Coyote. Road Runner runs off of a sheer cliff,

impervious to the effects of gravity. All too soon, Coyote does the same. He runs right off the cliff as if the road continued, until all of a sudden, he stops and realizes he ran right off the cliff, and immediately he begins to fall. My friends, it behooves me to inform you that the United States is playing the part of Wile E. Coyote in this cartoon. In fact, while President Obama and Congress are trying to avoid the fiscal cliff, I’m afraid we have already gone off that cliff; we just haven’t realized it yet. But what exactly is this so-called fiscal cliff? If I had to summarize, I would say the fiscal cliff is the noxious elixir of outof-control spending, bad laws, and corrupt lawmakers on all sides of the political spectrum that are leading the United States to financial ruin. The first main part of the fiscal cliff is the prospect of raising taxes on every U.S. citizen. The tax rates set during President George W. Bush’s first term were set to

expire at the end of 2012. This would have meant higher taxes for every American. However, congress “avoided” this part of the cliff by passing a law to continue the same tax rates, unless you’re rich. But this only skims the surface. The next part of the fiscal cliff is the looming crisis of unsustainable national debt (currently $16.5 trillion) and annual deficit ($1 trillion). No one can seem to agree on a penny of spending cuts, and, while everyone seems to agree that spending needs to be cut, their definitions of “cut” are severely out-of-whack. When politicians talk of spending “cuts,” they really are talking about spending increases. Let me explain. When congress prepares budgets and votes on government spending, there is a built-in increase in the budget of somewhere around 7percent. So, say someone proposes a 3 percent cut in spending; they usually are taking that “cut” from the built-in increase in spending, meaning that it is really a 4percent increase.

Oh, and it gets better. A third aspect to the fiscal cliff is the looming cut to the Defense Department. This is one cut in spending that actually did happen, but it is the one cut in spending that no one really wants. It came as part of a deal from 2011 in which the infamous “Super Committee on Debt Reduction” was formed. The super committee was charged with coming up with a proposal to cut the deficit by at least $1.5 trillion over 10 years. If they did not agree, automatic spending cuts to defense and other areas would be put in place. You can guess how this ended. I wish I could say there is great hope in this situation, but I cannot. After the 2012 election, we managed to send back to Washington most of the people who got us in this mess, and they show no signs of changing their ways. The madness will continue until Democrats and Republicans look down, and, like Wile E. Coyote, realize we’re already off the fiscal cliff.

Russia approves US adoption ban By Kate Tracy Editor-in-Chief Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a ban effective Jan. 1 preventing American parents from adopting Russian children. Although the Russian reactions to the president’s new law seem mixed, with some in support and thousands others protesting, the American public sees the law as a tragedy. Meanwhile, American couples in the process of adoption wait anxiously for word on whether the law will affect pending cases. The Intercountry Adoption agency warned of the lack of clarity with current cases, even though Russian authorities said all previously approved children will be adopted. According to UNICEF, approximately 740,000 Russian children are essentially orphans, while Americans have adopted about 60,000 Russian orphans during the past 20 years. Russian authorities blame cases of child abuse through U.S. adoptions for the reason behind Putin’s recent ban, but many Americans see the law as a political move in reaction to America’s recent Sergei Magnitsky Act, which passed Dec. 14. “The effects of this legislation are cruel and malicious,” said Arizona Senator John McCain, Rep., in a statement to the New York Times. “To punish innocent babies and children over a political disagreement between our governments is a new low, even for Putin’s Russia.” Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who exposed a $250 million Russian tax fraud, died in prison seven days before his trial. U.S. authorities banned the Russians responsible for his death from America and

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The new ban has inspired protests in Russia and the U.S.

from any involvement in American banks. The new adoption law may be a political move in response to this new act. Tens of thousands of Russian protestors flooded the streets of Moscow, upset with the Kremlin for exploiting children for political gain. Protestors’ signs read “For a Russia without Herod” and “Don’t play politics using children,” according to the Huffington Post. The Russian public compares Putin to King Herod, as he killed Jewish babies during the time of Jesus’ birth. Corban professor Gina Ochsner happened to be visiting Russia the day after

the law was passed. She said the Russian public was divided over the law. Ochsner said adoptions coming through in the U.S. had been shaky for a while and had gotten worse six years ago. “Orphans are unsalvageable,” Ochsner said. “They are considered broken people who can’t be fixed.” Ochsner explained the national feelings toward orphans are not too kind and seem indifferent about the 740,000 orphans in their country. “They want to pretend it isn’t a problem,” she said. Thus, she thinks many Russians approve the law and do not want interna-

tional involvement in their social issues. “Businesses do not want to hire someone known to be an orphan,” she said. However, many people feel more comfortable openly voicing their dissatisfactions with the law. History professor Scot Bruce thinks Russia prides itself on being the “evil step-child” of Europe and says Russians are very resistant to change. When the new law came about, he was not “overly shocked.” “Frequently, animosities under the surface can come boiling back to the top,” Bruce said. Ever since the Cold War, Russia has not been on good terms with the U.S., and this new law may just be a ramification of that. “We’re shocked when other parts of the world don’t like us very much … these animosities go much deeper,” he said. However, he does not see the new law against adoption as tragic as some see it. “I don’t know all is lost,” he said. “Russia needs her own William Wilberforce,” said Corban history professor John Scott, “a 21st century Alexander Solzhenitsyn – a Christian advocate who will speak on behalf of the many thousands of orphan-children, deformed image-bearers of God who need human touch, medical care, God’s love.” Other adoption processes recently on the rocks for hopeful U.S. parents include those in Cambodia as well as Nepal, according to the Intercountry Adoption agency. Developing countries like these make it incredibly difficult for adoptions to come through, as Cambodia, for example, does not have a fully capable convention in place for the adoptions to succeed.

January 29, 2013



Hindus caught in wheel of suffering By Vinny Sepe World News Editor

Hinduism is perhaps the most misunderstood religion on the planet. For many westerners, it appears to be a spiritually freeing and peaceful endeavor, idealized by Gandhi. For others, mental pictures of thousands of devoted followers living in harmony with each other and their gods come to mind. All of these notions are misconceptions. In the meantime, it is important to understand the fundamentals of a Hindu worldview. Hindus believe that “everything is god — every created element is part of the universal one: the universal spirit,” said history professor Scot Bruce. This universal spirit is called the Brahman, and it is believed that every living thing is part of this spiritual force-field. The goal of Hinduism is simply to reunite oneself with the Brahman, thus achieving enlightenment. This is just the tip of the iceberg, though. Hindus believe they are stuck in an endless cycle of rebirths, called reincarnation. Reincarnation is closely intertwined with karma, an idea that Bruce said is synonymous with “a wheel of suffering.” The rule of karma says everything negative that happens in your life is your own fault. Even if you don’t pay the price for your actions in this life, you will in the next life. This cyclical element has strengthened the Indian caste system, a rigid social class system. Those on the bottom of this hierarchy are seen as deserving “untouchable” status as punishment for a deed committed in a past life.

So for those stuck in this harsh system, the Christian gospel has proved to be “good news,” explained history professor John Scott. “The beauty of the Christian message is that the untouchables are worth just as much as the Brahmans [priests],” Scott said. It is not safe to say, however, that merely spitting out Christian theology will automatically draw all Hindus to pursuing Christ. This is due to how strikingly different these worldviews are. Unlike Judaism, Islam or Mormonism, Hinduism has concepts of invisible realms that are not easily understood in the same way as Christianity. Breaking down such fundamental differences is easier said than done. For example, “Christians put supreme importance on individuals because we believe each person is made in the image of God,” said Scott. Hinduism teaches to purge oneself of individuality to attain enlightenment. The best way to witness to a Hindu may be to interact with the person on a personal level, rather than focusing on engaging his or her religion. According to ChristianAnswers.Net, humanitarian efforts are not encouraged within most Hindu factions. Therefore, Christian hospitals and other such institutions in India and elsewhere have shown that displaying Christ-centered mercy is the best tool for evangelism. So if you know a Hindu or are called to go overseas and witness, focus on the unconditional love of the Christian God. “The Christian message is very liberating and powerful,” said Scott, “but no one will listen to you if you don’t have humility.”

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Hinduism is the third most popular religion in the world, attracting followers through its paths of enlightenment.

Our resolution: How does God want to change us?



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By Steffan Hinkley Columnist We see it all over Facebook. After the New Year’s ball drops, statuses and resolutions flood our news feed. Some resolutions are about changes in weight, others in academics, and some in finances, yet 93 per-

cent of those resolutions will never be successful in a person’s life. Albeit a sad taste of reality, a little redirection might be helpful in reacting to New Year’s resolutions. After all, aren’t these resolutions just another example of people trying to fix themselves? Instead of thinking of how we want to change ourselves, maybe we should try asking how God wants to change us. What if our resolutions are for God’s revelation in our lives? Well, the question you might be asking yourself is, “How do we hold onto change?” God wants us to let go of our desire for our own personal change so He can give us the change that He desires for us. Often Christians become obsessed with changing ourselves for our own personal gain, not once letting God change us for His divine mission. God is a father who cares for us deeply and wants us to experience His love because it is the first step to our change. God’s first revelation is His perfect love for us, and we have to hold on to that. We cannot hold onto the past, but we must remain centered on the fu-

ture that the living God has for us (Phil. 3:13). Revelation makes all the difference. It is simply having the understanding that we didn’t have before - an awe-inspiring understanding that causes us to change, and the best part is, there is no condemnation in revelation. God is not beating us up so we will make these changes, but is giving us a desire to pursue holiness. We want to learn from our mistakes, but in order for us to learn, change must occur. The outcome of this is how we pursue holiness. If there is one thing I have seen, it is when we are weak, He is strong, and we cannot hope to change ourselves for the better by ourselves (Phil. 4:13). When we focus on God and ask for a new vision on this world, then we can truly be followers of Christ. Revelations will not just change us, but will change others around us as well. So let us enter a new year of revelation and change. Lets not look on how we need to change but how God is inspiring us to change. Revelation will always change the one who receives it, and in the end, change the people who surround them.

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