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Hilltop March 19, 2013


5000 Deer Park Dr. SE, Salem, Ore. 97317

vol. 8, no.6

The student publication of Corban University

Inside this issue:

Six faculty to leave Corban [page 5] Consequences of pranking [pages 8-9]

Examining athlete stereotypes [page 11]


The Hilltop

The student publication of Corban University 5000 Deer Park Dr. SE Salem, OR 97317

hilltopnews@ 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 photo by Sarah Moreau

March 19, 2013

Shake away, Corban You could view a Harlem Shake video on Youtube in 30 seconds. You could also spend 30 seconds shaking your body in unorganized spasms to rejuvenate your brain cells back to their normal capacity. That 30 seconds could allow you time to shake out your rug, your hair or your shoes. Thirty seconds may even be enough time to decide between a strawberry shake, a chocolate shake or a peanut butter shake. In 30 seconds you could listen to a goat sing along with Taylor Swift, Usher or Justin Bieber, all of which are less painful than watching the Harlem Shake. But it takes only 1.5 seconds to Google “Harlem Shake” and to realize it has nothing to do with the real Harlem Shake from the ‘70s. You could also watch 30 seconds of a dance tutorial and shake better than all the people who upload the videos. You could spend the time to make a Harlem Shake video and join the thousands of groups, organizations and teams who have shaken up the Youtube charts, with five Harlem Shakes in this month’s top 10 most-watched. Just don’t make a video underground in a mine. You could get fired for that, like the 15 miners in Australia. But, if you insist on making a Harlem Shake video, don’t disregard the other 3,000 videos you could also make about paper towel origami, one-legged rollerblading, beet canning or other activities as stupid and aimless as the Harlem Shake. Shake away, if you must. But before you engage in such a heinous activity, watch the Hilltop’s own version on the Hilltop Online.

Staff Editorial

Q &A with ASB

Jesse Belleque, ASB Communications Coordinator

Q: What do you feel you have accomplished this year as Communications Coordinator?

Art is a beautiful thing Photography. Painting. Music. Drawing. Call me petty, but I feel like art has become more of a fad than a genuine means of expression. Art has become so abstract and so broadly defined in recent years that its meaning has lost its original intent. People who use only Instagram and take pictures with their iPhones can’t truly be called photographers. Anyone can take a photograph; only a select few are talented photographers. Creation is a beautiful thing. God created us so we would create things to glorify Him. Different people have different things they create; art is just one example. For some it’s music, others sports, words of encouragement, acts of service. These are all means for people to display their character. However, we must not forget the purpose of our character: to glorify the One who first created us. “Beauty in art is color with color, shapes with shapes and design with design -- design that inspires and stirs a reaction within, shapes that push the limits on reality, and color that encourages the imagination of the mind.” Corban Junior Madison Beals described art in this way one day in class. I was captivated. This is exactly what the core of art should be. This year I have been blessed to be the photo editor of The Hilltop and yearbook. This has been a great experience and taught me a lot about art and its true purpose. I am nowhere near the top of the line when it comes to photography, but I have learned that as long as I express myself through it and use it to glorify God, it will be not only beautiful, but meaningful as well, in His eyes. This lesson has carried on not only to impact photography for me, but also writing, sports, relationships and music, among other things I am passionate about. Art is a beautiful thing, and I am delighted the world is coming to use this blessing God has given us more. However, just because art is beautiful, doesn’t mean it’s meaningful. I encourage you, in whatever way you choose to create, make sure it glorifies the one who created you. Soli Deo Gloria. Psalm 37:4-6 says, “Delight yourselves in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” Jessica Bruggeman, photo editor for the Hilltop, is a junior at Corban University. The Hilltop’s staff column is designed for readers to hear from editors of this publication.

Staff Column

A: As ASB Communications Coordinator, I have endeavored to bring design excellence to ASB publications this year. Design is really what my position is all about, so breaking out of the box of “photo, title, caption” for posters and other publications has been my goal. Q: What's your favorite thing about being on ASB? A: My favorite thing about being on ASB is meeting or getting to know people I would probably not have known otherwise -- at events, in the office, during training. It really keeps me on my toes. Q: Which SNL character do you identify the most with, and why? A: I identify with Fred Armisen the most. I’m afraid that the saying, “No one laughs harder at Jesse’s jokes than Jesse” is all too true, and Fred tends to bust up at his own jokes regularly also. Q: If you could have lunch with any famous person, who would it be and what would you ask him/ her? A: I would have lunch with Freddie Mercury. I would probably ask him if this is the real life. Or if it’s just fantasy, caught in a landslide.

March 19, 2013



Fifteen vie for ASB positions By Will Bassham Staff Writer

Each ASB election at Corban University has its unique points, and the 2013 election has been no different. This year, only ASB Vice President Emily Teterud returned to run again, this time for president. The remaining ASB positions were open to 14 new contenders. Leading up to this week’s election, candidates used new media techniques, such as Facebook and YouTube, as well as the more traditional chapel speeches and campus posters to get their messages out. Teterud and her running-mate, Landon Hatton, were two of four candidates who ran unopposed. The other two were Jessica Bruggeman and Olivia James. “(Running unopposed) is something that has allowed the process to be a lot more stress-free,” said Hattan, who is also Corban’s first freshman vice presidential candidate. At The Hilltop’s press time, ASB was finalizing the vote count. The results, as well as any run-offs, will be published on Hilltop Online at on Wednesday, March 20. Alec Kovac and Ali Lowe vied for the job of ASB treasurer. “If you can trust me with your mail, you can trust me with your money,” was Kovac’s campaign slogan. A junior and mailroom worker familiar to many students, Kovac campaigned with free candy, posters and a Facebook group. “I want the student body to know that I am on their side; I want to give back to them as best as I can

Photo submitted by ASB

One of Emily Teterud and Landon Hatton’s campain posters.

through this position,” he said. Lowe’s slogan was “embrace the Asian,” and she campaigned by putting up posters and handing out chocolate coins. “My campaign strategy is to do the best that I can and hope that it’s enough,” she said. The lone candidate for Media Arts Coordinator, Jess Bruggeman, has worked for The Hilltop as a writer, photographer, assistant photo editor and photo editor. “Photography,” Bruggeman said, “is like keeping a diary.” The Ministries Coordinator position attracted three candidates: Steffan Bard, Stefan Hinkley and Jenna-Marie Harris. Bard is known as a freelance writer for The Hilltop and for his interest in Christian theology. “Probably the most unique (campaign strategy) I’ve done is make a YouTube video with me talking about my

hopes for the Corban community’s spiritual growth,” Bard said. In his campaign, Hinkley, also a Hilltop freelancer, proposed taking worship nights off campus. “My main message is that I believe Corban has a great ministry here and I want to be that catalyst for change for new ideas with our worship events such as off-campus location and spiritual mentors/prayer teams,” said Hinkley. Harris, a sophomore and biology education major as well as student leader of the Utah mission trip, said she wanted to involve more musically talented people in worship nights. A trio of candidates also competed to be Organizations Coordinator. They were Kayli Moser, Tyler Shockley and Cecilee Russell.

Moser is a junior communications major who works off-campus, giving pro-life speeches. “I believe I could help continue to strengthen the current student organizations on campus and encourage new ones to keep growing,” she said. With nicknames such as “the Corban Cowboy” as well as “Mustache Man,” and “Troll Hunter,” junior Tyler Shockley is perhaps best known as president of SALT. Though only a freshman, Cecilee Russell was ambitious in her campaign. She distributed 100 clothespins to students as part of her campaign, encouraging them to be passed along. “The purpose of them was to highlight the character of students in the same way that organizations do,” she said. A popular and contested position in past years, Activities Coordinator only attracted one candidate this year: Olivia James, a junior and exercise science major. A twoyear RA, she campaigned with the slogan “Bringing color to ASB.” Three candidates ran for the Communications Coordinator: Katie Worley, Nathan Messmer and Josh Austring. Worley, a junior interdisciplinary studies major, did face-to-face campaigning but also used her Facebook group. “I love the people here, and I would cherish the opportunity to serve them through clear, punctual, and reliable communication for those living on the hill and off,” she said. Freshman Nathan Messmer focused on “getting my name out there,” he said. And freshman Josh Austring, a former home-schooler, used some of his campaign time to describe the leadership experience he obtained through Boy Scouts.

Girls compete for date with Seth Cory

By Daniel Fredrickson Guest Writer

Seth Andrew Cory: RA, Pumpkin Smash King 2011, and possibly your next date? Of all the amazing attributes Cory possesses, there is still one thing he does not have that all his Farrar brethren long for him to enjoy: a lady. That is why in late February, Cory’s fellow RA and friend Chaz Luchterhand created an application titled “A Seth Story” for one lucky lady to go on a date with Cory. “I didn’t do this because Seth needs help finding a date,” Luchterhand said. “The main reason I did it was because I thought it would be fun for the girl and Seth. It’s a chance for Seth to go on a date and have a good time.” The idea first came to Luchterhand one night while joking with Cory. “At first, I thought [Chaz] was joking, and then he just went for it the next day,”

Cory said. “I was upset about [the application] at first. I just thought it was silly.” Regardless, the next day, the applications were on Facebook and all over campus. Here’s how the application began: “This application is for a no pressure date with Seth Cory….I hope many of you fine ladies apply and remember this is for a good time, this is not an obligation to hang out, date, or marry, but ya never know what will happen!” Within the next few days, completed applications began to come in. “I was expecting a lot of silly applications, but there were more quality applications and hardly any joke applications,” said Luchterhand, who added that many “solid girls” applied. Meanwhile, Cory, who initially opposed the application, eventually acquiesced to Luchterhand’s idea and “saw it as something that would be fun. Plus, I just really appreciate all the girls who decided to apply.” After interviewing several girls, Luchter-

hand, Chris Bartmess, and Logan Graham chose sophomore Nicole Luce to go on the date with Cory. “The interview was so much fun!” Luce said. “Being interviewed by Chaz, Logan and Chris was a crack-up and really relaxing.” Luce said she went into the process with the mindset that she wouldn’t get the date, and if she did it would just to get to know Cory and become friends. “The first thing I did when I opened the email was laugh,” Luce said. “I could not believe I had won. I thought it was weird because I applied for a date; usually you get asked by a guy. So that made it a little weird for me leading up to the day of the date.” Cory and Luce went on their date last Wednesday to Sweet Papaya Frozen Yogurt. “It went a lot better than I expected; it was not awkward for me, at least,” Luce said. “We have quite a few things in common, which was cool to find out.”

So although Chaz’s idea was conceived humorously, Seth’s reluctant approval and many completed applications from Corban girls justified it. And while it may be easy to view an application to date Seth Cory as just another blow to Corban’s dating scene, Chaz maintains the application was just for fun. “I’ve heard that people think it’s silly,” he said. “It’s not a real serious thing. It’s for fun. It’s just a chance for Seth to go on a date and have a good time.” Chaz added that he’d like to see a change in the way Corban students view dating. “I think people should go on more dates than they do. There are solid Christian guys and girls around campus. I think people put too much pressure on going on dates.” While it may be difficult to imagine a Corban student putting too much pressure on dating, maybe Chaz is right. Maybe dates should be more like the one “A Seth Story” facilitated: a no pressure date with the sole purpose of having fun and getting to know someone better.


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YouTube sensation visits Corban chapel By Katrina Aman Lifestyle Co-Editor He hates religion but he loves Jesus. Perhaps you’ve heard of Jefferson Bethke. After creating videos and capturing the attention of millions of Christians across the Web, the YouTube sensation will speak at chapel tomorrow, March 20. His topic will be how readers misinterpret the prodigal son story. This idea came to Bethke after reading “Prodigal Son” by Tim Keller. “Also, I thought it was a take on a subject that was helpful in the secular non-Christian context,” Bethke said. A 23-year-old Christian from Puyallup, Wash., Bethke has made many videos covering topics of marriage, secular music and counterfeit gods. Bethke never expected so much attention from his videos. “I was in Portland, and the whole YouTube part just happened,” Bethke said. “I wrote it for an open mic night at my college and just felt like putting it on YouTube, since my buddy makes videos. Thought nothing of it.” His first video, provocatively titled

Through the eyes of Google

Photo courtesy of Jeff Bethke

Jeff Bethke appears in his first video, which has more than 24 million views.

“Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus,” is a mixture of his personal testimony and a call to action for other Christians. This video and similar videos he has posted under the username “bball1989” have been the source of hundreds of response videos, discussions, debates and articles in national media sources, such as the New York Times and National Public Radio.

The poet describes himself on Facebook as “just a messed up dude trying to make Him famous.” Bethke graduated from Pacific University with a degree in politics and government. He played baseball at Pacific and remembers Corban from pre-season games. “It was the only game I went four for four that year!” Bethke said.

future.” This means that for a couple weeks, student hardware needs will take longer, but will pick back up “smoother than before,” according to Schmidt. Hultberg began his business career in the auto-dealership industry in the 70s and then managed Payless Drugstores (now Rite Aid) on the West Coast for years. When the bookstore transitioned its leadership, he was asked to take on management. “People at Corban are so different than the rest of the business world,” Hultberg said. “They make it fun to work.” “It’ll be different,” said bookstore student worker Sage Neilson. “Changes can be overwhelming all at once, but it just takes adjusting.” Similarly, student worker Lauren Devries said, “Change is hard, but I think the people in charge are handling everything very gracefully and making sure their employees are taken care of.” Holtberg’s goal as manager is to make the store run leaner, to commit to longterm lower prices, and, especially, to meet

students’ needs. “Moving away from home is difficult,” he said, “and even sending a little card can be really nice.” Hultberg is dedicated to meeting the campus’s needs, and he urges students to pop in and give him feedback: “How do you think things look?” he asks. “What do you need? What do you suggest?” He is very open to communication. “[Hultberg] is doing a great job,” Devries said. “I have really enjoyed working with him. He is a very professional and encouraging boss.” “The student workers really run the store,” Hultberg said. “I’m a delegator, planner, coordinator, organizer. If I lay out my vision, they can make it happen. They’re the action people.” The bookstore is putting on some dramatic sales right now, and, according to Hultberg, prices are going to stay low. “Everybody comes through the bookstore,” Hultberg said. “We’re hoping to really make it a hub for students. It’s all about them.”

Bookstore under new management By Katie Wilson Lifestyle Co-Editor

Many staff changes are occurring across campus, and the “basement businesses”— the bookstore and IT—are no exceptions. Larry Hultberg, now manager of the bookstore, started out in Corban’s IT department just this December as an Enterprise Resource Planning Support Specialist. This means he served as a liaison between IT and other Corban departments to make sure they were all “speaking the same language,” he said. He is replacing previous bookstore manager Heather Martin, who was with the university for 11 years. Chief Information Officer Brian Schmidt said that Hultberg’s position has been filled by Katie Heglund, who will work with Micah Krug to support Admissions. “We changed things to pick up the pace,” Schmidt said. IT is expecting to focus less on students’ hardware questions and more on solving software problems. This staff switch will last through the “foreseeable

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Oregon weighs teen tanning ban Oregon House lawmakers have advanced a bill that will outlaw minors from tanning. The House vote was 38-18. The bill now goes to the senate. The rest of the nation may follow suit and consider tan bans to protect minors from the risk of skin cancer.

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Faculty members retiring, resigning By Sarah Moreau Managing Editor

Seven Corban faculty members have announced they will be resigning or retiring at the end of this year. “This is an anomaly,” Corban Provost Dr. Matt Lucas said. “We have had faculty retire in the past, and we have had faculty resign, but not usually all coming at once.” Dr. Rich Meyers, who has served as head of the psychology department since 1975, said he can’t recall a time when so many faculty members left in the same year. Meyers was a student at Western Baptist starting in 1960 and went on to graduate. He recalled the impact Corban has had on his life over the years. “I became a Christian because of Corban students witnessing to me,” Meyers said, adding that he was not a Christian before attending the school. He added that his favorite part of working at Corban is that it is “more than a job.” “If coming here was just a job, it wouldn’t be very fun,” he said. “I’m still working in a way I believe God can use and has used to make a difference in people’s lives. I love being able to nurture, promote and motivate every student and try to identify that twinkle in their eye for a vision.” Dr. Bruce Merritt has worked in the adult degrees program for 21 years. He had planned to work for a few more years, but decided to leave at the end of this year due to some health issues. “[Corban] has been, without a doubt, the best place of employment,” Merritt said. “God gives us the opportunity to invest in other people’s eternity. To be a part of that is very cool and humbling. We are God’s help and assistance.”

Photo by Sarah Moreau

Education professor Claudia Green works with students at last year’s MLK Serve Day.

Dr. Claudia Green has worked in the education department for 23 years, first as an adjunct and now working to “prepare teacher candidates for the world of teaching.” “It will be different next year, but different does not mean bad,” Green said. “If it weren’t different, it would mean that those leaving left no mark on the school and students, and I would like to think we have.” Green said in her time working in the education program she has seen six different deans and directors, and each change has brought both sadness and benefits to the department. “I’m excited to see where our department and the rest of the school heads, next year and farther into the future,”

Green said. Stephanie Husk, director of counseling services, is resigning to take a position at Salem Alliance Church. Husk began working as an adjunct at Corban and started counseling in 2005. “I love the camaraderie and support that I have experienced with the Student Life team and with the other employees,” Husk said. “I will also miss the students. Corban students are uniquely special. We are blessed to have them.” “Like any change, there are both upsides and downsides,” Lucas said. “New faculty tend to bring new ideas and new opportunities.” “I anticipate a time of adjustment for Corban,” Husk said. “That can be hard at first, but it also presents opportunity for

fresh ideas, vision and new ways of doing things. The only people who love change are wet babies, so we should all expect a bit of difficulty in the beginning!” Lucas said Corban is in the process of interviewing and hiring, with the potential to hire seven new faculty for next fall. “What is essential is that we have an excellent induction program for new faculty so they learn about who Corban is,” Lucas said. “Over the last five years, I have invested in this very thing, and I think we have a very strong program to help new faculty acculturate.” Dr. Matt Strauser, who has worked at Corban for 14 years, mainly teaching choir and music education, as well as various outdoor performance classes, will leave his position at the end of this year. “We’re ready for some new blood,” Strauser said. “I’ve done what I can do, but [the department] would benefit from a new person.” Dr. Pat Myers, associate professor of psychology and creator of the MA Counseling program will be leaving Corban at the end of this year after 19 years of service. Myers is leaving to be the Director of Residential Services at Professional Therapeutic Community Network (PTCN). “To all the psych. majors who are anxious about the changes happening with two faculty leaving, I invite you to consider what a great opportunity it will be to get to know two new professors who will move the department forward, bring new perspectives and styles to the classroom, and who will support you and care for you just as much, or even more than I have,” Myers said. “God wants the best for you, so wait to see Him work.”

Oregon reviews death penalty policy By Armanie Miranda Staff Writer Oregonians have often found themselves unsure or dissatisfied with the state’s stance on capital punishment, and 2013 is no different. The discussion about Oregon’s policy on the death penalty by lethal injection was revived this February when lawmakers said they were considering repealing the death penalty. The Statesman Journal said Oregon has conducted four statewide elections on the issue in the last 50 years. Since 1984, when capital punishment was brought back to Oregon, only two people have been executed in the state,

and both were voluntary. Aggravated murder is the only crime that results in the death penalty in Oregon. Gov. John Kitzhaber stayed the execution of Gary Haugen about 16 months ago, telling the Statesman Journal, “I simply stayed the execution of Mr. Haugen ... with the hope of fostering a discussion about the death penalty (a) whether we still want it, and (b) if we do want it, whether the way the death penalty is set up in Oregon is really what people thought they were voting for back in 1984.” This renewed attention to capital punishment has sparked many people’s interest in considering their beliefs in case another statewide election on the issue comes about.

Here at Corban, students and professors have their own views on the topic. Junior Stefan Hinkley opposes the death penalty. “I see God as the ultimate judge,” said Hinkley. “Life is not in our hands to determine.” Hinkley, who has done prison ministry, went on to say that he thinks Exodus 21: 24 (“eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot”) is more of an American ideology than a scriptural mandate. “I think isolation is a much worse punishment,” he said. Regarding the economics of capital punishment, Hinkley said he thinks it’s more important to maintain funding to keep the people on death row alive. On the other hand, Bible professor

Gary Derickson supports Oregon’s death penalty. “I like it. I think it’s God’s will,” he said. Education professor Aaron Imig does not have a strong view on the issue, but he he thinks all Oregonians should consider the economics regarding the costs of repeals and the issue of overcrowding. “The issue comes down, often, to money and politics rather than ethical punishment for crime, and it’s this way with so many other things in the world,” said Imig. In two casual polls, about 73 percent of Corban students were in favor of the Oregon death penalty. (Both polls had fewer than 30 responses). To read more, go to


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New club offers opportunity for improv By Emily Abbey Guest Writer

Where are you when an alien, a paranoiac and a man with multiple personalities are all hanging out in the same room? You’re at “Wing It,” a brand-new improv club on Corban’s campus. Tonight, the three characters are playing the dating game, one many club members use to encourage socialization, quick thinking, and creativity. They are all vying for the attention of one lucky girl in the hot seat. “We want to be an open environment where people have fun and explore and socialize,” said club co-creator Hannah Rose, a freshman from Antioch, Calif. Rose and co- founder Becca Stevens got the idea for the club from watching old episodes of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Both of them saw an opportunity for a new campus club. “It’s a way to communicate between dorms and make friends,” said Rose, noting how rare it was for students from different residence halls to meet each other. A typical day at Wing It begins on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in AC 4422. Members gather to watch a clip from “Whose Line is it Anyway?” After that comes a warm-up, and then the improv games begin. Photo by Sarah Moreau “We try to introduce a new game evHannah Rose and Jason Prewitt perform during Wing It, the new ery week, depending on how many people improv club inspired by the show “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” show up,” said Rose. “Games can include the dating game, in which different charac-

ters must win over a prospective date; Bus Stop, in which one person starts by sitting on a bench as a character, while another person as another character joins him or her, and the first person must find a reason to leave. Then the second person assumes the first seat, another joins, and the game goes on.” Freshman Nathan Messmer said the club helps clear his mind after doing lots of homework. Messmer, who has a theatre background, said the diversity of attendees makes the club more interesting. “Everyone has a different background in improv, so it’s super fun to try out everyone’s different games,” he said. Although improv has its roots in theatre, the club is not just for theatre nerds. When asked about improv for non-acting types, Rose is quick to describe its benefits. “Improv encourages thinking outside the box and off the top of your head,” she said. Junior Joe Kraft agreed. Kraft has been attending Wing It since the first meeting in January and said the club embraces inexperience. “You don’t have to be a professional to have a good time,” he said. According to Rose, this kind of thinking can come in handy during tests and during all college academic activities. She hopes the club will grow further as time goes on. “ It is still small, so we hope it would expand and be a welcoming environment… where we encourage comedy,” she said. In the meantime, despite his extraterrestrial tendencies, the alien has won the girl.

Students embrace ‘Buisiness 101’ selling items online By Katrina Aman Lifestyles co-Editor

In a world where many adolescents seem to lack both patience and common sense, some students at Corban seem to have mastered both. Sophomore Zach Mode started selling items on eBay in 2011 when he decided to help some friends who wanted to sell online, but didn’t have time to do it. He charged commission to do it for them, and, after doing that for about a year, Mode started looking for things to sell for himself at pawnshops and on Craigslist. “The best turnover I have had is when I found a Gibson 1960 Reissue Les Paul guitar for $800 and sold it for $1,500,” Mode said. He even learned how to do international shipments by selling to a man in Australia. Senior Reid Zucati also began making money online when he started selling his girlfriend’s mother’s jewelry for her. “She was going to hire somebody, but I told her I’d be happy to do it for her,” Zucati said. “Even though I had no idea how it might work either!” Zucati began selling small items to build his seller rating on eBay this last fall. “I even sold a ring for 5 cents once,” Zucati said. “I couldn’t just jump on eBay and sell a $1,000 ring without experience because buyers wouldn’t trust me. Often people lose money through a dishonest transaction.” Zucati progressively sold more items increasing his

reliability status online. “Now I can put something on eBay and don’t usually have trouble selling it,” Zucati said, adding that he became “seller crazy.” “I eventually started selling everything I had of value that I didn’t use anymore,” Zucati said. Soon, he started selling on Craigslist, too. “When someone posts a sales ad on Craigslist, they want to get rid of it quickly. They just want cash in their hand,” Zucati said. “Through some searching and just knowing some stuff about some items, I began to find ads on Craigslist that had items priced low. I would then offer them an even lower amount and tell them that I could come pick it up that day and that I would bring cash.” This would influence the sellers to sell the item quickly and for the lower price. Shawn Hussey, assistant professor of Business, describes this as the very “essence of business.” “What this ultimately speaks to is the inefficiencies within the market,” Hussey said. “People are constantly making value judgments and decisions based on their situations, needs and values. At the end of the day, this is Business 101. In fact, the practice really isn’t anything new or unique, per se. It is the very essence of business.” “Every product, good or service has a perceived value, which is subjective to the individual buyer or sellers needs or wants,” he said. “Someone may view buying a used textbook for $100 as too much, but they would buy the same product for $75. Others may have no issue whatsoever with paying $100. This is price sensitivity.” Almost every day, Zucati is on Craigslist searching to

Photo by Stefan Hinkley

Reid Zucati shows off some packaged items he found on Craigslist and then resold on eBay.

buy, then will sell what he buys on eBay. His favorite sale so far was a camera that he bought off of Craigslist, took pictures, and then reposted on Craigslist. Within a week, it sold for $150 more than he paid for it. “I really enjoy trading up, although I never hear the end of it from my mother and girlfriend about how unsafe Craigslist is,” Zucati said. “But it is a lot of fun and a nice way to make a little extra cash while going to school.”

March 19, 2013


Staff away from Corban By Tori Cole Entertainment Editor

Teachers live at school, right? It’s the presupposition of many a small child. Teachers don’t have lives or families or hobbies – they’re vampiric educators with classrooms as coffins, who suck blood with pop quizzes and exams. While most college students have left this metaphor behind, the idea of professors and other staff members outside of school can still be foreign. However, many of Corban’s own staff members do have jobs separate from teaching. Possibly the most well-known example on campus is Jordan Newton. Besides teaching Bible Study Methods and Baptist Heritage, Newton can be found 25 hours a week at Red Robin. This job began when Newton himself was in college. “It got me through my masters and my wife’s medical school,” he explained. Red Robin provides a unique opportunity for interaction that is not available at Corban; that is, for interaction with nonchurched people. This aspect is important for Newton, not only because of his role as a Christian, but for his role as pastor of a small home church. Some of Newton’s co-workers have come to this church, and

a few have even been baptized. Newton said that despite his jobs at Corban and Red Robin, he views his pastoral role as his main one. These three roles are undoubtedly a lot to balance, but it all serves a purpose. The Newton family is saving for a foreign adoption, and this busy schedule is helping Photo by Katrina Aman them reach Jordan Newton grades Bible Study Methods estheir goal. says during his break on his shift at Red Robin. Donny Zavala is the gym facilities man“It’s a constant whirlwind of to-dos. But ager, so he isn’t a professor, but his on- my wife and kids are supportive, which site job includes working with students. makes it easier,” said Zavala, who officiDuring the summer, he’s a photographer, ates weekend basketball games on top of shooting weddings, portraits and more. all this. The extra work helps supplement He even volunteers to take pictures of the family’s income, which is especially Habitat for Humanity events. helpful as their third baby is on the way.

REACH for the leash, Ricky Mendoza By Armanie Miranda Staff Writer

Corban junior Ricky Mendoza will be on local channel CCTV in April to be recognized for his volunteering efforts with the Marion County Dog Shelter, which he started doing for REACH credit. Mendoza said he was asked to be part of the TV program because Marion County Commissioner Patti Milne wanted to focus on volunteers around the county. Milne interviewed Mendoza on March 1. Mendoza said the setting was “low-key,” describing a panel that had four people, “two people on each side with Patti in the middle.” Mendoza added that, in addition to the panel, the only other people in the room were the camera crew and the “welcome ladies.” Mendoza said the interview lasted about an hour and will be broadcast as an eight-minute segment. “I felt a little nervous. I was definitely praying a lot before I got there,” Mendoza said. Mendoza has been volunteering for the dog shelter since Jan. 5, and said he’s been going every day since then, from Monday through Saturday, with the exception of “two or three days.” Sophomore Kelsey Hanson, who’s been volunteering at the shelter since January, said she saw Mendoza “at least every Thursday and some Fridays,” when she vol-

Photo courtesy of Ricky Mendoza

Ricky Mendoza cuddles a canine from the Marion County Dog Shelter.

unteered. “You can tell he really enjoyed it. I saw joy in what he was doing,” Hanson said. Hanson added that Mendoza had the opportunity to work with the dogs the other volunteers weren’t able to work with. Most of these dogs came from an incident that happened in Brooks, Ore.

According to the Oregonian, three women were charged with various counts of animal neglect when police raided their warehouse in Brooks and reported finding more than 140 dogs in neglectful conditions. These dogs were taken to medical care and then were placed with the Oregon Humane Society, Willamette Humane Society and Marion County Dog Control. Mendoza said he “had the privilege of working with the 30-something dogs (placed at the Marion County Dog Shelter),” while everyone else worked with those that were “adoptable.” “It was amazing seeing them change from neglected and socially challenged to adoptable,” added Mendoza. He said at least three of the Brooks dogs have been adopted in the last month. He said that it can be sad seeing any of the dogs he trained leave, but he added that he thinks of it as them “graduating.” “It’s good seeing them go to a good home,” said Mendoza. Mendoza said that what started as a REACH project became something he fell in love with. “I get to find the personality of the dogs and teach them how to sit,” Mendoza said. “I always joke with my friends that it’s like having pets without the vet bill.” Mendoza is also nominated for a Marion County volunteer award and will find out the result April 24.


Ask Katie I’m a sophomore and I’m trying to decide whether to live in the dorms or off campus next year. Let’s look at some pros and cons: • Pros to living on campus Accessibility: to class, facilities, teachers Fellowship: proximity to friends, make new ones, be a leader Money: dining plan, pay for housing later Keep in mind, you won’t have many future opportunities to live with a bunch of students in one place! If you enjoy living on campus, it’s worth considering for another year. • Pros to living off campus Accessibility: live with friends, closer to off-campus work Independence: more alone time, cook for yourself, no open dorms (be wise, you crazy kids) Money: avoid student loans, practice budgeting This can be a good time to learn about the “real world” and grow in your capacity for responsibility. The freedom is nice, depending on your stage in life. Make your own pros and cons list to see what you haven’t thought of — and where you’d do best! People come into my room a lot to talk. I love it, but need homework/quiet time, too. How do I stay in my room without being rude to them? Turning down invitations is a lot easier than turning down simple conversations. The problem with conversing is time adds up, and then you can’t do other things. It may help you to try some of the following: • Put a sticky note on your door that says “busy” or “doing homework;” just something to gently convey the “do not disturb” message. • Don’t engage the conversation by asking questions or giving lengthy responses. • You can always tell your hallmate you’re busy, but would love to pick the conversation up later. • If you have no success, try finding another place, on or off campus, to be alone or get things done. Katie Wilson is not a professional counselor. Her advice is for entertainment.

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R By Kate Tracy Editor-in-Chief

Photo submitted by Mare Suddarth

Mare Suddarth stands amid 1,600 pixie cups filled with water in her room.

“In ‘75 or ‘76 one of the guys put a duck in our dorm and it quacked all the way down the hall.”

Call it boredom, creativity or stupidity, but Corban students spanning the generations engage in pranks. Some pranks, like the fake rapture staged in the men’s dorm that 1971 alumnus Michael Patterson recalls, end in good memories for a lifetime. Others, such as the Christmas tree gone missing in 2011, leave a bad taste with both the perpetrators and receivers of the prank. Regardless of the innocent or not-so-innocent motives of pranksters, Corban Student Life and Campus Security treat pranks seriously. Corban policy states, “To ensure a good time for everyone, hazing and pranks which go beyond good-natured fun or which harm, or have the potential to harm, individuals or personal or university property are not acceptable.” The question of whether a prank is appropriate or inappropriate is often left to the perpetrators’ judgment. And more often than not, Brenda Roth, dean of students, attributes the concept of “group-think” as the cause of inappropriate pranks, and the lack of consideration for the appropriateness of an environment. “We have the responsibility to educate and preserve the community’s needs,” said Roth, who is aware of students accusing Student Life of over-reacting to pranks. Even when pranksters have good intentions, they often go wrong. “Regardless of the pranker’s perspective, the prankee’s perspective has more power,” she said. One example of a prank gone wrong happened in 2008, when student Kelsie Patterson found a deer spine and a hip on a hike and decided to put it in her RA’s bed sheets. “At about midnight, we heard a loud scream and heard [my RA]

A running through the hall,” said Patterson. “[She] came into my room with the hip bone looking disgusted and told me to wash her sheets and to tell her the truth. “ After getting in trouble and paying a fine, Patterson learned her lesson about appropriate pranks. Many pranks that students think are fine sometimes come with legal ramifications, among these being theft and explosives, which Oregon law classifies as criminal mischief. Pranks, if serious enough, can be punishable with up to a five-year prison sentence and/or a $125,000 fine. “If you are thinking about pranking someone, know them well and don’t damage property or cause them substantial inconvenience,” said Mike Roth, chief of security. Despite the negative effects pranks have on Corban’s campus, some students are using them to bolster community life and interactions between dorms. Aagard RA Shelley Dean, along with the rest of Aagard, has encouraged pranks involving Farrar, the notable ones including goldfish in Dean’s sink. Farrar received a preserved lab shark on its doorstep in retaliation. “Farrar and Aagard have created brother/sister dorm unity through pranking this year,” said Dean. “What started out as a few of us pranking each other has turned into dorm-wide involvement. It was fun because the pranks broke the ice and got guys and girls talking to each other. I fully endorse pranking as long as people are smart about it.” Farrar RA Chaz Luchterhand agreed with Dean. “Pranks are great,” he said. “They need to happen more, become more creative, and worthy of chatter, so long as they do not seriously hurt anyone and aren’t intentionally meant to bother someone.” However harmless a prank might seem, Student Life and Campus Security encourage Corban students to have some wisdom before executing something that may be damaging, insensitive, or just plain stupid.

~Jeannie Jones Spradling, Western Baptist Alumna


Photo submitted by Ben Pearson

Photo submitted by Elisabeth Leonard

Alec Kovac and Aaron Wirick wrapped Elisabeth Leonard’s car in plastic. Photo submitted by Daren Milionis

A Western Baptist student from the late ‘70s, affectionately known as “the Advocate,” would dress all in black and cheer at campus events.


Last semester, five Corban students puchased dry ice from Winco and proceeded to set off bombs in 16-oz. containers with the ice. Setting dry ice bombs off on a college campus is considered a serious misdemeanor, and the students received consequences from Student Life and Campus Security. Q: What were the motivating factors behind setting off dry ice bombs at Corban? A: None of us have ever set off a dry ice bomb before, but we all heard the same rumors: “There’s a big boom, and it’s really cool to watch.” So, we simply went to Walmart, bought dry ice, and tried it.

Q: How did the dynamics of being in a group affect your decision-making? A: Whenever anyone is in a group, they are influenced by the friends and people around them. Clearly, we were all influenced by each other. The influence along with Friday-night boredom caused us to make a bad decision as to the environment we were setting the dry-ice bombs off in. Q: What have you learned from this experience? A: I learned to seriously think about my actions, especially before setting off a dry ice bomb on a college campus where there are hundreds of students. I had no idea that dry ice bombs were, and I quote, “considered to be in the same class as hand grenades in most places with the U.S.” Basically, it’s felony and not a good idea. Of course, when you are setting one off on your own private property, it is okay.

Corban alumni Martin Phillips, Eric Clifford, Zach Elander and Ben Pearson prank Dr. Tim Anderson by coming to class late, dressed in his clothes. This prank was pulled several years ago.



Q: What were your reactions to hearing that students at other campuses were getting arrested for this? A: I know there must be some reason that the other students got arrested. Not all dry ice bombs are the same, and the other students must have done something more that makes it dangerous to other people. I would say that ours is really not dangerous. We did make sure that there was no one other than us near the location and it was quite some distance from the dorms themselves.

“...Water balloning people up the main drive at night, using the fire extinguisher on a person showering, placing a perforated bag of smelly cheese near the steam heater, filling a room full of wadded-up newspaper, toilet papering the administration hallway, toilet papering the Dean of Students’ office, cellophaning the bathroom toilet, putting Koolaid or coffee grounds in the shower heads, penny-locking room doors, blocking the back wheels of someone’s car so it couldn’t move, hiding people’s clothes in the laundry area...” ~ Philip James Hanging, Western Baptist alumnus

Photo submitted by Andrew Stenberg

This group of guys stole the Schimmel Christmas tree and put it in Balyo. They are (front) Martin Garcia, Matthew Gibson, Ross Rawlins, (back) Andrew Stenberg, Bobby Taylor, Chris Doxtator, Marcus Nash, Reed Rawlins and Jacob Ybarra.

PVG’s fake rapture of 1971-72: “A particular guy’s alarm was adjusted to get him up very early. He came out to a quiet dorm with little piles of clothes placed strategically in the hallway, electric razors hanging and buzzing in the bathroom, the shower running with no one in there, etc. We watched his reaction through cracked doors.” ~Michael Patterson, Western Baptist alumnus

Photo submitted by Daren Milionis

Western Baptist alumnus Daren Milionis stacked couch cushions to block students in their rooms.

10 Sports

March 19, 2013

Photo by Josh Trammell

Sophomore Bryce Watterud stands waiting for fielding practice between puddles on Warrior field.

Baseball team copes with soggy field By Adam Fields Guest Writer

Despite having a record-setting season last year, the Corban baseball team doesn’t have a home on campus. Due to consistent rain, an underground creek running through the field, and many other conditions, Warrior Field is considered unplayable for most of the year, forcing the team to many of their home games at Volcano Stadium, a local minor league field located on the border of Salem and Keizer.

“It could be better,” freshman catcher Steven Kha explained. “However, I feel that we are lucky to have something to play on. I know schools that are completely underwater.” Players feel that their fan-base dwindles drastically because of off-campus home games, not to mention disappointing recent seasons. “The team is revamping itself. We want people to say ‘Yeah, we know who they are.’ I bet most of campus couldn’t even name the starting lineup,” said Kha. Third-year head coach Jeff McKay is

in agreement that the team is revamping itself, and, after finishing with the second highest winning percentage in school history at .549, the highest being .558 in 2002, as well as the first playoff appearance in over a decade, he believes they are on the road to success. “Last year we made huge strides and turned a corner for the program, but now with our veteran strength and the exciting potential of our rookies, we should be on the verge of even bigger and better things,” McKay said. Although some students are willing to

make the trek to Volcanoes stadium, many are not. “It takes gas money, you have to pay to get in, and it’s just an inconvenience having to drive 15 minutes to our home game,” said David Beeghly, a student and avid baseball fan. “If they are all at Volcanoes stadium, I might make three or four more games, but I would go, schedule willing, to all the games if they were held here on campus.” For now though, the team must continue to try and build a winning tradition, while playing on a home field away from home.

There’s no wrong way to make a bracket



By Josh Trammell Sports Editor My father is a great man; he is an intelligent man; he is a wise man. But never in my life did I think I would call him a man “ahead of his time.” Every year during this

blessed month, as I am studying field goal percentages, current win streaks, strength of schedule and anything I can do to make up for the lack of attention I’ve paid to the college basketball season thus far, he performs a laughably endearing ritual. Every March, without fail, and with unashamed bias, Dad moves Indiana (one of his alma maters), Gonzaga, University of Oregon and the University of Washington straight to the final four before filling out any other match-ups, much less the makeor-break five versus 12 seed games, or the too-close-to-call eight versus nine. Every year I laugh and think, “Silly Dad, when will you ever learn?” This year Gonzaga and Indiana are both No. 1 seeds, and Oregon is riding the wake of their recent Pac-12 tournament title and just now getting healthy…silly Dad? This is madness, right? The truth is, March Madness is a tribute to its title – it takes a little extra madness sometimes to achieve genius. Every year I encounter people who are nervous about filling out a bracket, and

every year I watch countless first-timers exhibit the tell-tale signs of viral infection: profuse sweating, nail biting, increased vocalization, excessive knowledge of obscure universities, such as Virginia Commonwealth and Belmont. If you are one among the remaining uninfected who commonly quarantine themselves during the month of March, don’t be afraid. It takes virtually zero knowledge to participate and zero talent to enjoy. This is widely understood, especially by myself – my mom has won our family tournament the past two years, and my girlfriend slaughtered me on her first ever attempt last year. In a testament to the madness, one of the best brackets registered last year came from the brilliant mind of a basketball-illiterate middle-aged woman who decided the most sensible way to predict the winners was by subjecting teams to a combination of her favorite colors and which animal mascot she liked best. So don’t be intimidated. Every year a few clowns decide to pick

the exact opposite of the predicted seeding (great way to claim you called the upset that no one saw coming). Or you could take the approach of picking teams based on the ferocity of their mascots, like a kindergartner battling his animal crackers during snack time … rawr! Other low pressure strategies include regional bias, favorite colors, advancing teams with religious affiliation, the anti-SEC bracket (due to residual frustration from the football season), or the classic coin flip. Regardless of what you choose, I can guarantee by the round of 32 you’ll start to feel a little itch. So fill out those brackets and wave your biases unabashedly in the face of every human being you encounter this month, for March is truly a maddening time where there are no experts; case in point, my dad. Because before you label him as a vaunt visionary of the hard-court for predicting the meteoric rise of Indiana, Gonzaga, and Oregon, let me remind you…University of Washington did not make the tournament, silly Dad.

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Examining the athletics stereotype By Josh Trammell Sports Editor

Spoken in the halls of higher learning, the word “jock” is about as popular as the word “divorce” at a wedding. Faculty, administrators, and even the general populace take turns decrying “lower academic standards” brought in by athletes. Corban has a unique spin on this common problem. Our perception of “jocks” comes packaged with a notion of lower “spiritual standards” as well. Is there truth behind the idea that a larger percentage of “low character” individuals exist in athletics than in the general student body? For her part, senior softball player Stefanie Nippert says yes – and can explain, in part, why. Athletes choose Corban for much different reasons than other students. Great dorms, the food, and even classes aren’t always the deciding factors. The No.1 motivation? Scholarships and the ability to play their sport. “I’ve known athletes to choose a school that doesn’t even have their major,” explained Nippert. Not all athletes take this stance. “If anything, I think there is a higher degree of character, as athletes as people are well rounded,” said Bryce Petersen, a senior track team captain. Individuals both inside and outside athletics cite sports’ ability to affect an individual’s growth – physically, mentally and spiritually. “I believe sports provide good character,” said senior soccer player Tillerman Kroon. “People dedicated to their sport, I think, will often be a better version of themselves than if they weren’t in sports.” Coming to Corban Admissions counselors’ and coaches’ recruiting practices are generally the first things called into question. At Corban, coaches are faced with the unique job of evaluating both talent and character.

“I’m really not evaluating character, because at the end of the day that’s all taken care of by Admissions,” said Paul Meehan, head coach for men’s soccer. “Every email I send, I ask about (a prospective student’s) faith. We open every practice together in prayer, and we make it intentional so that there is no way an athlete doesn’t know what to expect, unless they are paying absolutely zero attention.” Of the numerous athletes interviewed for this story, all of them explained that faith was a major emphasis in their recruitment, and the nature of Corban as a Christian institution was effectively communicated. “Admissions did a good job, my coach did a good job, the players did a good job. It was made known what Corban is about, and I think responsibility falls on the athlete, not Admissions or the coach, because they have to go by feel and trust,” said Kroon. Point of decision The personal nature of faith and conviction makes it even harder for a coach to fairly and fully judge an athlete before he or she arrives on campus. And so, sometimes, athletes with no concept of the Christian faith arrive on campus. “Two of my teammates freshman year were asked to leave Corban due to their character, and many more have left on their own accord because it’s ‘not the place for them’ or ‘isn’t fun enough’ or ‘has too many rules,’” said Nippert. “It’s like that for most of the sports teams here. And it does reflect on the coaches. These coaches endorse these players when they sign them to their rosters.” For some players, Corban comes as a rude awakening. And their struggle with the university’s expectations can affect everyone on the team. “If they don’t like what Corban stands for, they push the limits, complain and then eventually transfer out or leave on harsher terms,” Nippert says. “We aren’t like other

schools in the country that will overlook ‘discrepancies’ because there is a big game coming up. It’s actually really frustrating when you see athletes who take Corban for granted. They make the rest of us look bad.” This frustration exists both inside and outside of the athletic sphere. “I think that because of the media coverage at the bigger state schools you hear about every athlete that makes a bad choice, but that doesn’t account for all the other non-athletes,” says Lance Foster, baseball player. Many athletes feel they are under the microscope, while other character issues for non-athletes are much less noticeable or are handled more discreetly by Student Life. “Athletes are on the frontline; that’s our society. They are in the public’s eye, and it’s probably not fair,” says Meehan. “I don’t know what kinds of issues with Student Life may come up with regular day students.” A place to grow The issue causes us to question the heart of Corban’s mission statement. Does student development, equipping and growing students to make a difference for Christ include only those headed into missions or the ministry? “Do you want to exclude people based on the fact this is a ‘high character institution’ and say you have to be ‘this good’ to get in?” says Kroon. “Are we recruiting only kids who are going to be pastors and worship leaders, or are we also looking for kids that the school will be beneficial for, who buy into the program and are wanting to benefit the community and also receive benefit?” The controversy is unavoidable. There is no formula to help a university decide how many athletes should have been raised in church and how many should come from different backgrounds. It is not just an issue

of character and what these athletes have to offer; it is also an issue of what Corban has to offer these athletes, just as it is for any other student seeking to grow. Many athletes, such as freshman basketball player Julia Young, emphasize the unique impact the Corban community has. “Nonbelievers come onto campus, and people are so friendly that through the whole experience you can just tell and you can see Jesus. “When I first came here, it just felt different,” says Young. “When I came here I was really seeking God out – I didn’t really have a good relationship with God. I knew nothing, not even the little kids’ Goliath story, but I got to learn so much more and had such great fellowship with other students, my roommate and teammates. From the first day till now, it’s not even the same person. I had the right morals, but I was rough around the edges.” Championing character Such testimonies advocate strongly for Corban’s mission to include athletics. Our sports teams aren’t just seeking to win, but also to glorify God, yet even in this there is a balance. “You can’t recruit on character alone, or you won’t win any games,” says Nippert. “Not everyone has both the talent and character that would be ideal for our teams, but I don’t want to sound like the coaches don’t care about character because they obviously do.” Corban sports teams consistently finish at the top of the conference in team GPA and number of Academic All-Americans and are frequent recipients of the Conference’s “champions of character” awards. Coach Meehan takes pride in the fact that his team was the least penalized in the conference and also had the highest team GPA. “For every bad seed, there are 20 more that God has graced with His compassion,” says Nippert.

Corban alumus named coach after Sherwood resigns

By Armani Miranda Staff Writer A former Corban basketball player will take the head coaching job from Justin Sherwood, who resigned at the end of this season. Corban’s new head coach for the basketball team is Steve Masten, who officially started as head coach on March 4. Masten played basketball for the College of Idaho and for Corban when it was still Western Baptist, under the leadership of Tim Hills. After he played at Western Baptist, he became the assistant coach. He was the head coach of Western Baptist for one year from 1998- 1999, and, after years of coaching high school, is returning to Corban to be head coach again. “I’m excited about returning to the institution that has had an incredible influence on my life and the life of my family,” Masten said. “The people at Western Baptist/

Photo by Jake Bowdoin

Justin Sherwood adresses the team during a time-out.

Corban are among the best I know. I loved working with the players here before and look forward to it now.” Sherwood resigned as Corban’s head coach for the men’s basketball team, but will remain a full-time instructor for the Business Department. Sherwood, who coached for 11 years, helped lead the

team to more than 150 wins, tournament play seven times in his career, and ranks third of all time in total wins and sixth in winning percentage among Corban coaches. Sherwood said some of his most memorable moments include “being ranked number one in the nation, going to the national tournament, upsetting the number one team in the nation twice, and winning a playoff game on the road, to name a few.” He said he’s seen growth in the number of players and diversity on the team each year. He said he’s been most proud of watching basketball players “step on campus as boys and graduate as changed young men.” “Coach Sherwood has made a major contribution and been a huge presence as the head coach of Warrior basketball for more than a decade,” said Tim Seiber, Interim Director of Athletics. “Coaching basketball for Corban University was an outstanding experience that I enjoyed tremendously,” Sherwood said.


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Is Salem boring, or just you? By Tori Cole Entertainment Editor How many times have you heard, or maybe yourself proclaimed, “There is nothing to do in Salem!”? It’s a feeling most of us have had at one time or another. Let’s not be lazy. The truth is Salem has much more to offer than you might realize; it just takes a little looking. Most college students look for activities which don’t require much planning and can accommodate large groups. One of the best places for this is Pietro’s Pizza, a pizza parlor with games and laser tag. Right next door is Wunderland, a nickel arcade which just fits the college budget. Try checking out when downtown coffee shops such as The Governor’s Cup and Ike Box have live music. It’s a good chance to hear local bands and just hang out. It’s important to check if it’s 21 and older, though. Sometimes groups want to plan events farther in the future. A night out at a theater such as The Elsinore is unique and fun. Here is the best place to find a variety of theatrical productions. Some past shows have included “In The Mood: A 1940’s Musical Review,” “The New Shanghai Circus,” and “Gaelic Storm.” Coming up in April is the Beatles tribute band, “American English.” These events can be a little pricier, generally about $25-$45 (with extra special events costing upwards of $75), but it can be worth splurging once in a while. Be on the lookout, though – some events are free, and many smaller events are only $10-$20. The Elsinore also shows old classics, such as “Woman of the Year” and “Red Dust.” Tickets for these showings are only $5 and provide an elegant setting,

Ranty Andy By Andy Tennant Columnist Photo by Tori Cole

Coffee shops like Gov Cup often have lots of fliers posted, advertising unique and special events going on in Salem.

as well as a movie which stands alone among the blockbuster hits of the day. To check out what events are going on, go to their website at, and click on “calendar.” Many Corban students don’t do anything out of the ordinary to have fun. “I enjoy going to Goodwill bins and leaving with a thin, greasy film on my hands and treasures in my bag,” Landon Hattan said. “We went rollerblading in The Hoop,” said Cara Cason. The Hoop is a basketball gym that once a week hosts roller skating. What is the most loved Salem restaurant? Most commonly mentioned is La Perla. The inexpensive menu combined with its unique setting in the Reed Opera House make it a Corban favorite.

“La Perla is a classic,” said Cason. “I’ve also had the chance to go to La Perla once, and, if given the chance, I would go again,” Hattan agreed. Kathryn Cleven sums up the most important part of having fun in Salem. “There doesn’t need to be a cool place. You can make any place fun by doing random things. Just YouTube ‘Lahwf’ and be awkward!” Be willing to step outside your comfort zone. Stop spending your Saturdays at Broadway Coffeehouse along with half of Corban. Go to a park, visit a museum, drive until you are somewhere you don’t recognize and explore it. Attend different church events or shoot some hoops. There is no excuse for labeling Salem as boring - Salem is what we make it.

Meme of the

Month By Katie Wilson

ARAMARK: The ubiquitous, utilitarian empire that planted its flag in the bosom of Corban’s campus and bellowed, “VENI, VIDI, VICI!” In the cultural milieu of Corban’s campus, ARAMARK acts as a catalyst in polarizing this already easy-to-polarize campus. “They don’t have enough organic options,” they might say, or “my colon hates this place!” I could insert a myriad of hyperbolic grievances, but we all know them, and I believe we ought to abolish them. What else would you want me to say? Sure, I’ve had my scuffles with ARAMARK staff. In fact, in response to the (at the time) newly installed vertical LCD screen, I made a little note that read “Propaganda” next to the picturesque game when the screen displayed. All this is to say I’ve been there. I lived on campus for two years and made my long, hyperbolic lists of grievances. I’ve decimated a toilet or two. I was by no means an ideal patron. My hope, however, is that I might find absolution in this article. Consider this: We go to school at a well-maintained university where professors are friendly, where there is minimal cursing, where prisoners are locked up securely down the road, where geese often flock, where Professor Scott observes said geese, where flowers spring, where we can pray, where we can eat, where we play intramural sports, where Big Daddy Weave sings stuff. My point is we’re blessed. Some people in this world would love us if we gave them a slice of bread. We feel entitled to watch “Avatar” in 3D. Perhaps ARAMARK isn’t perfect. Perhaps we’re not either. From my experience, the ARAMARK staff account for some of the friendliest people on campus. What if we gave ARAMARK employees hugs? What if we get really good at saying “please” and “thank you”? What if we received our daily bread and simply responded in thanks?

March 19, 2013



Crime, mystery, and ... humor?

Photo by Katherine Jamerson

After much confusion and misunderstanding, Philip Smith, played by Taylor Husk, is chased and cornered by Adam Fields and Sara Rodenbucher. JP Partridge amd Kaileen Korsten join in to try to stop the fighting.

By Katherine Jamerson Staff Writer Corban’s theatre arts is performing “Exit the Body,” a humorous whodunit mystery written by Fred Carmichael. The story kicks off when mystery writer Crane Hammond and her secretary rent a house for a relaxing vacation, but relaxing is far from what they get. They are quickly involved in the hunt for hidden diamonds left by the previous owner. However, they are certainly not the only ones after the gems. I could tell you “Exit the Body” is a funny play. I could even tell you I laughed, chuckled and giggled my way through it. But it might not mean too much. Instead, I will give you seven reasons why it’s funny. • 7. Childish humor: I still helplessly laugh when

someone trips, stumbles, or runs into a door (intentional or otherwise). The best is when Philip Smith, played by Taylor Husk, trips while sneaking around the dark stage. • 6. Accents: Seeing these actors every day in class, it’s an utter shock to hear them start speaking in totally new and very amusing accents. • 5. Circus clowns: At the circus, some of the funniest scenes aren’t in the spotlight. The cast does a wonderful job of having hilarious side stories happening behind the main event. Kate Bixley, played by Claire Clubb, has the funniest facial reactions to what’s going in front of her. • 4. Word play: All English majors and word lovers will enjoy the sneaky puns, malapropisms and humorously worded lines in this play. • 3. Near run-ins: In Act 2, everyone is sneaking around the house looking for hidden diamonds while trying not

to run into anyone else. This makes for a lot of close misses and humorous escapes. • 2. Storyline: Mysteries are often seen as needing to be intense and dramatic to be worth their time, but this story is anything but serious. “Exit the Body” is so lighthearted and innocently funny, all ages will enjoy watching it. • 1. Expressions: I had the pleasure of also photographing the play. I keep running through the shots of the actors’ faces and cracking up all over again. It is one thing to speak the right funny lines and trip at the right time, but it is a whole new level of talent to put every aspect of your face into character. The play will be showing this weekend, March 22 and 23. Tickets are $10 for students, $12 for adults and can be purchased in the bookstore or at the door.

Oz movie lacks depth, noteworthiness

By Tori Cole Entertainment Editor

The Wizard of Oz has been explored in countless ways. In 1939, the most famous film was released, based on the children’s book written by L. Frank Baum in 1900. This Paramount film starred the unforgettable Judy Garland and remains the most significant rendition of the story to this day. Later, the stage play “Wicked” showed the backstory between the witches. And these are only the two most recognizable. Now comes a new perspective: “Oz: the Great and Powerful” looks into the origins of this fantastical wizard. While the setting was whimsical and rich, the plot left much to be desired. Oscar “Oz” Diggs, played by James Franco, is a small town magician who is swept away unwittingly to the land of Oz. Upon his arrival, he is immediately re-

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

ceived as the prophesied redeemer of the land, the great and powerful one for whom the citizens of Oz have been waiting. He must decide between accepting the role he knows he does not deserve (and therefore accepting the fantastic wealth and recog-

nition that accompanies this) or revealing the truth, but leaving the people of Oz to face certain doom at the hands of the Wicked Witch. Many thought-provoking questions are brought up while watching. Is it better to

pretend to be good or admit to being evil? Are good deeds done for personal gain really good? When is deception acceptable? Do the ends justify the means? How much should we care about those we have never met before? Enough to risk our lives? However, almost none of these questions are explored in any sort of depth, and the movie ends with the simple, clichéd resolution of a children’s movie. Sure, the movie is visually stunning (though much of it is comprised of campy “money” shots specifically for the 3D version). But the plot is too thin and drags on over two hours – far too long for the genre it appears to be attempting to appeal to (though some more intense elements also seem to contradict this). Its lack of confidence in what it is prevents it from being memorable or noteworthy. “Oz: the Great and Powerful” is rated PG, and is 2 hours and 10 minutes long.

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March 19, 2013

South Korea elects female president

Accident or murder? By Vinny Sepe World News Editor

By Vinny Sepe World News Editor Pride and a sense of expectation are mounting in the wake of Park Geun-Hye’s recent election as South Korea’s first female president. Sworn in on Feb. 25, Park won 51.6 percent of the votes, according to the Korea Times. In a country with a history saturated with sexism, this victory represents a significant step in the battle for gender-equality. South Korea currently has the highest income gap between women and men among developed countries, a staggering 40 percent. According to the Huffington Post, “South Korean women are often paid less for doing the same work as men and seldom rise to the top of high-profile industries.” Therefore, Park, as the nation’s most powerful leader, will be up against a society in which gender inequality is the norm. In a recent speech, Park embraced this challenge, saying, "South Korean society accepting a female president could be the start of a big change." But will Park’s presidency really be the beginning of a feminist revolution? Most political scientists and economists say no. This is because, in part, “Park has nominated women for only two of 18 cabinet posts,” said the Huffington Post. The fact that far more men are in power makes the chances of an equal-gender government impossible. On the forefront are the nation’s economic woes. According to the Economist, most South Koreans see their country as “stricken with economic inequality, excessive power in the hands of the chaebol conglomerates, and a lack of decent jobs for young graduates.” Thus future generations will likely evaluate Park’s presidency in terms of how she handles economic issues, rather than based on her gender. But in a country plagued by inequality, economic decline and an increasingly frightening neighbor up north, South Korea’s first female president has a lot of work cut out for her.

Photo by David Ian Roberts

Oscar Pistorius, known for his achievements as a double amputee sprinter, faces murder charges for shooting his girlfriend four times.

Even though it’s been a month since Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, disagreement over whether he is guilty or innocent continues to simmer. Last August, Pistorius, a South African, became the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics. His trademark prosthetic legs earned him the nickname “the blade runner.” On Feb. 14 (ironically, Valentine’s Day) he shot his girlfriend four times through their bathroom door, reported CNN. But did he mean to? In a court statement, Pistorius said he feared she was an intruder. After realizing what he had done, he said he tried to help her. “I tried to render the assistance to Reeva that I could, but she died in my arms,” he said in the court statement. His story has not convinced the prosecution, which alleges he committed premeditated murder. “Prosecutors say they believe Pistorius put on his prosthetic legs, picked up his gun and walked to the bathroom where Steenkamp, 29, had locked herself -apparently after a heated argument -- and shot at her four times,” reported CNN. On Corban’s campus, students remain torn between these two very different stories. “I think it was an accident – he made a stupid decision which led to an unfortunate outcome,” said sophomore Bryce Watterud. Others weren’t so confident of Pistorius’ story. “He’s guilty! How do you not realize it’s her?” said sophomore Ben Maison. “I just don’t understand his thinking—was he like ‘Oh, there’s someone in my house, bang, bang, bang, bang?’ Why is that the first thing you do?” While both sides remain uncertain, it will ultimately be up to the jury to decide whether “the blade runner” is telling the truth. Pistorius is set to appear in court again in June, but the defense could delay this tentative date to a later time.

Amid adversity, conservatives find ray of hope



By Elijah Olson Political Columnist Since the November election, in which President Obama handily defeated Mitt Romney, you could say I have been in a political funk. Many conservative politicos

have felt the same way, many even speculating that conservatism was going by the wayside and must change to have any chance of political clout. I have lamented in my past couple articles, wondering if anyone in D.C. had the ability to get things done that this country desperately needs. But alas, just in the last week, two things have happened that give me hope, not only for conservatism, but also for the future of this country, and make me remember why I love politics. The first amazing thing that happened this week was the sequester. I know before I talked about how the sequester was the only spending cut no one actually wanted, and that really remains true. However, the sequester has transformed from doom into hope, as Republicans in Congress have held their ground on the need for spending cuts. While the cuts in place are not ideal, Republicans await an alternative plan for cutting spending. The House of Represen-

tatives has passed two separate alternatives to the sequester, but have little chance of approval by the Senate or the president. Until an alternative is passed, the cuts remain. Now President Obama has tried to make the spending cuts as painful to everyone as possible: eliminating White House tours, even while keeping his own presidential golf outings. But Republicans in the House are not capitulating to fear and scare tactics. The second thing that happened this week began with one word: filibuster. Senator Rand Paul stood on the Senate floor for 13 hours straight for a classc filibuster. He was joined by Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, among other Republicans, and even Oregon’s Ron Wyden (a Democrat!). Senator Paul filibustered the confirmation of C.I.A. Director John Brennan over one simple issue: the White House would not unequivocally state that it could not use drones to kill U.S. citizens on U.S. soil who do not pose an imminent threat. Paul

was standing in defense of the Constitution, specifically the Fifth Amendment. Paul was not even necessarily opposed to Brennan or trying to block his nomination. But he took the opportunity to bring to light an important issue. If there is one thing to learn from these two examples, it is that if conservatives are willing to stand up on important issues, people will come to support. During Paul’s filibuster, Twitter lit up with #StandWithRand, trending both in the U.S. and worldwide. Conservatives in the House and Senate need to take these victories as examples, being careful not to waste momentum on the wrong battles. In a divided government, we must pick and choose our battles. Polls indicate Americans are ready for the government to cut spending. It is time to take recent victories and harness their energy to defeat big government spending and put our nation on the path to fiscal sanity.


March 19, 2013


Breaking Catholic assumptions

By Katie Wilson Lifestyle Editor

Perhaps it’s because the pope resigned and a new pope was elected, or because Corban is sending groups on mission trips to Catholic countries over spring break, but lately many questions — and assumptions — are arising about Catholicism. These assumptions are worth debunking to more successfully identify gaps in Catholics’ faith, and fill those with the gospel. After all, salvation begins when people have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Here is a small handful of rumors to debunk: Assumption #1: Catholics haven’t heard the gospel. Sola Scriptura is not emphasized in Catholicism the way it is in Protestant faiths, but a part of every celebrated mass is a reading of Scripture. In fact, with few exceptions, attendants of a year’s worth of daily masses will hear the entire Bible. It is still up to each believer to study and internalize God’s Word personally. Assumption #2: Catholics worship Mary and the Saints. Mary is never worshipped equally with God, only revered as the mother of Christ, who is God. In North American Catholicism, prayer “to” Mary and the saints in heaven is only a request they will pray with the believer to God; in a sense to “strengthen” the prayer. In Latin American countries, Catholics

have a tendency to cross a fuzzy line into worshipping Mary and the saints. Generally, most North American Catholics are uncomfortable with this fuzzy line. Assumption #3: Catholics practice indulgences and sacraments. Catholics have not used the corrupt indulgence process (buying pardon for sins) since the days of Luther. They see the sacraments (baptism, confession, confirmation, marriage, anointing of the sick) as necessary outward signs of a committed inward faith. The Catholic Church is, in many ways, more focused on reverence than Protestantism, and sacraments are an example of the Catholic attention to formality in decoration, incense, robes and prayers. Assumption #4: Catholics worship the pope and his authority. Catholics believe the pope has divine authority to lead the Church by Christ through the papal line dating back to Peter. Church history has proven many fallacies in human nature, but the process of selecting a pope remains extremely careful and prayerful. He is seen like a president of a country that God rules over as high king. Protestant churches, too, have authoritative structure, however fairly less formal. Assumption #5: Catholics are a cannibalistic cult. The sacrament of the Eucharist (communion) follows the evidence of transubstantiation found in Luke 22:19 (“this is my body”), yet when Christians believe they are consuming the body of Christ, it

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Corban Ambex students stand in front of Saint Mark’s Basilica.

is in the sense of Him entering their body, soul, mind, heart, and life. Some Catholics view this symbolically; others take it literally with utmost reverence. Protestants tend to view communion as a time to remember Jesus’ sacrifice and fellowship together. Assumptions are raised daily in Protestant circles about Catholicism. It’s worth examining evangelical techniques and their effectiveness toward understanding Catholics if they are ever going to be reached. Without fully understanding one’s mission field, one cannot under-

stand its needs, and therefore cannot be fully equipped with the most effective tools of evangelism to those people. Perhaps the most effective way to evangelize could be to partner with the Catholic Church for the sake of 21st-century reformation. That is, the small-scale parishes need to interact with the people. What is keeping locals from coming in? What kinds of groups could churches form to draw believers back to the faith? Can Protestants and Catholics work to revive a dying European chuch body? What is missing?

Submit: an American swear word



wear it

By Stefan Hinkley Columnist Imagine Nicki Minaj picks up a Bible and reads this verse: “Wives submit to your husbands, husbands love your wives.” She would clash with that verse almost as

much as she clashes with her “American Idol” co-judge, Mariah Carey. It’s not just Nicki, though. Every girl and her mother cringe when pastors preach on this verse. Even men hate the idea of being told what to do or who to follow. It goes against human nature, only heightened in America because of its hyper-individualistic culture. Submission is our biggest profanity. As Americans, we can’t go to the movies without seeing a movie about rebelling against the law, youthful rebellion, and, of course, that annoying acronym that just will not die out: YOLO. Recently this has been something that has been puzzling me: why are we so uncomfortable with the word “submit”? I think it is because Americans have it engraved in their minds that we are our own masters. We can sit in church and listen to the pastor read Romans 12:2, yet completely deny that we are owned by anyone but ourselves. Put simply, this is the human condition. A culture can be understood through its celebrities, and look at our celebrities: Nicki Minaj, Snooki, and Honey Boo Boo. They refuse to submit—and we love them for it. Our hatred against submission leaves us only wanting

selfish gain, not even thinking about the consequences of our actions. We begin to harden our hearts against the will of God. Jonathan Edwards said it best: “Temples have their images; and we see what influence they have always had over a great part of mankind. But, in truth, the ideas and images in men’s minds are the invisible powers that constantly govern them; and to these they all pay universally a ready submission.” Defying God’s commands at the time may feel like they give us power, but eventually rebellion is an empty road toward sin. For instance, when I look back at my addiction to pornography, one of the main things I seem to always remember was I had become a slave to it. My desires were slowly killing me. People’s selfish pride, greed, and lust have that same effect. Theologian Ignatius of Antioch said, “Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly.” If American Christians want to be countercultural, they need to submit. It is that simple.



March 19, 2013 Left: The group of 12 Corban students who hiked Cape Lookout on Saturday, March 9. Below: Savannah Stoner, Hillary Steiner and Kate Tracy admire the steep cliffs with other students.


Exploring the great outdoors,the Westrek hiking club took a group of students out to Cape Lookout near Tillamook, Ore. for an ocean hike.

Photos by Andrea Fountain.

A view of the coast from the hiking trail. The five-mile hike was located at Cape Lookout near Tillamook, Ore. Westrek does monthly hikes that are announced on Facebook.

Top: Students explore a sea cave at low tide. Right: Leading the group of students, Megan Russell, Savannah Stoner, and Kate Tracy hike along the path.