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Hilltopnews

Nov. 30, 2010

Vol. 7, No. 3

Salem, Ore.

Corban University

“The greater good of fellow Christians and God’s work is more important than your rights to food, drink or other lifestyle issues.” President Reno Hoff

Uncorking the contract By Kate Schell Editor in Chief A beer on the 4th of July? Not allowed. Going to a bar to celebrate a friend’s birthday? Better drink water. That glass of wine with your family on New Years? Don’t even think about it. If you’ve signed the contract as a student at Corban, you’re not allowed to drink alcohol. Not if you’re 21. Not if you’re at home. Not if you’re on break. It’s a straightforward policy, right? Yet students wonder who wrote the policy and debate how long the contract lasts. And although there are no statistics, there’s no doubt that some students disregard the policy completely. It’s a quietly disputed policy among students. “I can see why if you’re on campus, you have to sign the contract,” said sophomore Rian Miller. “But I don’t see why if someone’s over 21 and they’re off campus, they can’t have a drink.” It’s a commonly asked question, and student misconceptions abound. “I’ve heard the policy is in place be-

Inside this issue: 2: Champions of the pen and bench press

3: A weeklong break? 4: How to relieve stress

5: The coupon lady 6-7: Corban Experience

8: Track & field plans 9: Fighting poverty with coffee and fashion

10: No prob for Rob 11: I’m (not) with the band

12: Apartment living

cause the people who fund the school say we can’t drink,” said Anthony Darling. “And people think the leadership of the school thinks drinking is a sin.” So why is the policy so conservative? The answer depends on whom you ask. The powers that be The policy originated with the board of trustees “many years ago,” said President Reno Hoff. Administrators bolster the policy with nine principles, each with an accompanying verse from Romans 14 and 15. “We do not live in a vacuum and our behavior affects other believers,” Hoff said, citing the first principle. The rest of the principles follow similar themes, focusing on not causing fellow believers to stumble, not undermining the work of God, and not focusing on one’s own good. “Our overall philosophy is based upon a passage in I Corinthians 10:23-24, where it states ‘Everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial-not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others,’” Hoff said. The seventh principle answers stu-

dent complaints best: “The greater good of fellow Christians and God’s work is more important than your rights to food, drink or other life style issues.” The powers that see For Student Life, the issue is not so much philosophical as physiological and psychological. “I deal with student alcohol issues and … it’s much more about the developing brain and the impact that alcohol has on that,” said Brenda Roth, dean of students. “Until [someone turns 24 or 25], alcohol has a much more significant impact on the brain than someone over that age. Conservative Christian background or not, that’s what drives me.” Besides impaired brain development, Roth mentioned the increased potential for group-think when young people – without the influence of the inhibition or the faith that would usually inform their decisions – start drinking and making stupid decisions. “Our students have the desire to grow in the Lord, but they still do dumb things,” Roth said. “Our goal is to help them become healthy adults. If they leave here and say, ‘Okay, that rule’s gone [so I can

do what I want now],’ then we haven’t given them any framework to make decisions in the world. That’s why we’ve got to talk to them about brain development and the group-think.” Roth sympathizes with students’ desire for a say in the policy’s specifics, but encourages them to pursue conversation with administrators through ASB rather than merely grumble among themselves. “Let ASB represent them to the administration and … it will start a discussion,” she said. “Sometimes that creates big institutional changes, sometimes it creates clarity.” “We do periodically evaluate all policies and make recommendations to the board of trustees,” Hoff said. “I don’t see any changes in this policy since it is part of our culture as a Christian university. Also, many universities are struggling with the serious drinking problem at their institutions.” So for now, the contract remains sober – and thus, so should the student body. “Whether I agree with [the contract] or not, I signed it,” said Darling. “For the short four years of your life you are here, you can survive on root beer.”

It’s a hilltop holiday for basketball players By Hali Anderson Staff Writer Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays? Not for the basketball teams. As the rest of the Corban student body departed Tuesday night for Thanksgiving festivities, athletes from both the men’s and women’s teams stayed on campus, preparing for their respective games for the Friday after turkey day. What was a six-day break for most Corbanites was less than two days for athletes. Coach Justin Sherwood led the men’s team in an early morning Wednesday practice, after which athletes were free to enjoy their holiday. Because of the short break, some athletes could not make it to their hometown. Teammates invited fellow players to their own celebrations, and Sherwood’s door was open to those who were “homeless” for the holidays. On a much grander scale, Christmas break will be a bit of a “de ja vu” for the basketball teams. While the rest of the student population is enjoying their three-week vacation, athletes will squeeze much needed R and R into five days. Although it seems like an extreme-

Photo by Nash Keene

The men’s basketball team, here with coach Justin Sherwood’s daughter Reese, spent Thanksgiving week delivering holiday meal supplies to four Salem families.

ly short break, it is much longer than the average college team is allowed. “Most teams won’t give any [time off] for a Thanksgiving break,” said Terry Williams, women’s basketball coach. And for Christmas break? “Three to four days,” Williams said. Williams explained that many schools

fear giving the players a longer break will sabotage their continuity and coordination with one another. “Most teams are much more intense and don’t want to lose timing,” he said. Williams, however, views the five___________________________ See ATHLETES, page 2


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NEWS BRIEFS Intramural firsts

Corban intramurals hosted its first 7-on-7 flag football tournament Oct. 30. More than 65 participants allowed for six teams, making up both competitive and recreational brackets. Competitive bracket champion was team X+X+Y. Rec champ was Team Jacob. The first wiffleball league finished Nov. 19 with a blowout victory against Team Benedict Grub from the undefeated Bambinos. Photos of the events, winners and more chances to participate can be found at www.corban.edu/intramurals.

Dining hall adds TV screen This month, Corban Dining installed a new television screen in the cafeteria. It displays menues and nutritional facts for students, staff and faculty. Director of Food Service Tamra Taylor says the screen is mostly successful but has generated some negative responses. “This is 90 percent of what I wanted to happen, but that 10 percent has caused me to lose patience and I’ve been trying to fix it,” says Tamra. She says the screen will distribute information more effectively than e-mail. She would like to see one in the coffee shop as well.

Arson at mosque follows arrest The mosque that 50 Corban students visited in October was the target of an arson fire Sunday. Authorities believe the Corvallis mosque was set ablaze because accused terrorist Mohamed Osman Mohamud occasionally worshipped there. Mohamud, 19, an Oregon State University dropout, was arrested last Friday for plotting to carry out a terror attack in Portland. He’d planned to detonate a bomb in a Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The FBI had been tracking him for months. The Corvallis community held a vigil today to support members of the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center, where the fire was contained to one room. Corban students had visited the mosque duringWorld Outreach Week, as they were also studying how to share the gospel with Muslims.

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Writing student a ‘Rising Star’ By Kate Schell Editor in Chief

There’s a rising literary star among us. Senior Desiree Perry, a creative writing major, read her short story “Transparent” at the Rising Star Creative Writing Ceremony in Bend, Ore., Nov. 3, after winning first place in the Fiction Contest for her age division. “I definitely didn’t go in thinking I would take first place,” Perry said. “It took a while for the shock to wear off when I got the e-mail telling me that I’d won. After that, though, I felt really gratified that the judges enjoyed my story and, of course, excited that my story was going to be published in their anthology.” Perry’s writing teachers, Dr. Colette Tennant and Gina Oschner, accompanied her to the ceremony. “I’m thrilled that Desiree, one of our two first creative writing majors, won this award.,” Tennant said. “She is a quiet, unassuming person, so it was especially nice to see her awarded in

Photo courtesy of Tennant

Gina Oschner, Desiree Perry and Colette Tennant pose at the Rising Star Creative Writing Cer-

emony in Bend, Ore., Nov. 3, where Perry read and won first place for her short story. such a classy way.” Perry wrote “Transparent” for Oschner’s Short Story Writing class. She described it as a story about a girl’s “process of griev-

ing and overcoming her guilt about her friend’s death.” The Rising Star competition is sponsored by The Nature of Words Creative Writing Con-

ference and University of Oregon. Perry’s award included a plaque, a tuition waiver for a Nature of Words Writing Conference workshop, and $100.

Banquet garners Weightlifter sets record scholarship funds and wins championship By Kate Tracy Staff Writer More than $14,000 was raised and/or pledged at the annual Corban Scholarship Fundraising Luncheon held at the Kroc Center Tuesday, Oct. 26. Each guest associated with Corban invited seven acquaintances to attend the luncheon and learn more about Corban, with 128 present at the event. The money raised will be added to the general scholarship fund for Corban students. Deleen Wills, director of Alumni Services, was in charge of organizing the event. “The purpose of the luncheon was to reacquaint or introduce new people to Corban,” she said. She spoke about how important it was for people in the community attending the event to hear from current Corban students and listen to their stories. This year, Wills and the administration selected local Corban students to speak. Alumnus Kacie Woosley, senior Ian Logan, and juniors Josh Brumfield and Chris

Spivey all shared stories about how they are making differences in the local Salem community. For example, Spivey organizes and runs the new program, Salem United, where students from Willamette, Chemeketa, and other schools gather at Corban to worship together. Hearing from these students helped guests understand how Corban’s mission is being fulfilled in various ways in the community. “You never know how a student talking for six minutes will have an impact on people,” said Wills. And from the resulting amount of donation, these student speakers clearly did have an impact. The luncheon guests enjoyed music performed by Corban musicians Rachelle Schafer, Mikayla Mueller, Jesse Belleque, Peter Ellis and Dr. Colette Tennant. Along with the speakers, Dr. Reno Hoff, president; Dr. Matt Lucas, provost; and Dick Withnell, community leader and owner of Withnell Motors, also spoke at the event.

By Kate Schell Editor in Chief

Strong things come in small packages. At 110 pounds, Aagard resident Jessica Okimura may not look like much, but don’t go picking a fight with her. Okimura can lift between 154-245 pounds and is the reigning world champion weightlifter in her weight and age division. Okimura won the individual title Nov. 21 at the World Association of Benchers and Dead Lifters World Championships in Las Vegas. She also set an individual world record and won first place as part of Team Hawaii. “It was quite nerve-racking as it is one of the largest competitions in the world,” said Okimura. “For bench press, one person lifts at a time, so you are basically the center of attention on stage with huge screens that show the lifter in more detail… There are a lot of people all around you, which also adds to the pressure. It is something you have to prepare for both physically

and mentally.” Over her career as a weightlifter, Okimura has raked in the medals, setting two state records, two national records, a collegiate record and two world records. Her road to this month’s championship has been surprisingly short. She was a wrestler in high school, merely taking a weightlifting class to stay in shape offseason. But she competed as a weightlifter within her high school and “progressed so well I got invited to do the 2009 Hawaii State High School Bench Competition,” she said. Okimura trained with Team Mana Athletics in Hawaii this summer and with Team Oregon Powerlifting in Gresham for about two months. And then came the World Championships in Nevada, where Okimura beat 18 other lifters. “I didn’t do my personal best so I was a little disappointed,” Okimura said, “but it was still a great feeling and a great experience.” Humble words from the strongest 110-pound woman in the world.

Athletes stay at the university for the holidays

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day break as a positive move. “There is a lot of pressure to win,” Williams said. “Often the students’ needs are put second to the athletes’ needs. I think there is a balance, and family ranks very, very high . . .It always comes back as a positive; the players come back refreshed.” Some players enjoy the opportunity to spend the typical “Christmas break” time

on campus and traveling with the team. “It’s the best part of the year,” said Melissa Jones. “In a way it’s sort of fun because we’re the only ones here. It gives us a sense of freedom. It sucks not seeing your family, but we have to make the best of what we have . . . each other.” “It’s just the thing about being an athlete,” said Tess Bennet. “You have to give [up] things. Its like our job . . . you just

have to do it.” Williams summed it up: “The players make the most of it since they realize we have games to play. They make it a fun time. There are no pressures of classes and homework; they can really focus on basketball and are able to do a lot of fun stuff they normally wouldn’t be able to do.” “There is more time to bond and focus on the team,” Sherwood concluded.


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Turkey Trot ‘torture’ becomes tradition By Callie Doremus Staff Writer

The words of Honest Abe have been echoed by many a parent and professor: “Never leave that ‘til tomorrow which you can do today.” Yet 1970’s Corban students Terry Williams and Randy Rebold typically substituted “never” with “always,” convinced that the sooner they fell behind, the more time they would have to catch up. This season, Corban can be thankful for these boys’ procrastination. It resulted in creation of the Turkey Trot, a campus Thanksgiving tradition that would run for years down the road. Williams, now the women’s basketball coach, was a junior in ’72 and a player on the men’s team. Apparently, 2010 coaches aren’t the first to come up with idea of early morning workouts. But instead of just sticking to the usual shooting and weight-lifting, this team’s routine was a tad more unique. Coach Jack Theissen rousted the players out of their comfy beds and sent them onto nearby roads well before the sun showed up. Their assignment: run to the turkey farm and back. If there was a way to create a lumberjack, farmy, hicklike stereotype for a school, this was it. As for what the players thought about the coach’s idea, Williams doesn’t sugar-coat it. “We hated it, absolutely hated it,” he said. “We always found excuses for not running: ‘Oh look, it’s rain-

Students wait in the rain for the Turkey Trot to begin.

ing…’.” The coach didn’t buy that one. So down Deer Park Drive and up Gath Road they went, a pitch-black 3-mile round trip (“felt like 5”) past a hog farm and finally to the turkey farm. “It was still dark when we got there, but you could definitely hear them,” he said, attempting to mimic the gobbling. The team cleverly began referring to the dreaded workout as “the turkey trot.” Aside from basketball, Williams was on the newspaper staff along with his teammate and fellow procrastinator, Rebold. As usual, they delayed putting

Photo by Jesse Belleque

Photo by Elizabeth Cheney

a story together until the last nanosecond. Suddenly, Williams was struck with a win-win idea: the pair could host an event, have the students run the same painful “turkey trot,” and end up with an easy story. Perfect. The boys planned, advertised, and even bought frozen turkeys from Roth’s as prizes for the fastest runners. As it turned out, more than 30 people participated. “People who knew us thought, ‘This isn’t for real,’” Williams said, and many showed up with goofy costumes and giddy faces – the “giddy” part prob-

ably changed during their run up Gath Road. Though intended to be a one-time event, the Turkey Trot idea was restored to campus a few years later and would be carried on for decades to come. “I came back in ’93, completely surprised that it was still going,” Williams said. But since ’72, the event has had some creative additions. Dr. Marty Trammell explained that for a number of years, live turkeys were the trophies for the winning runners. Afterwards, the caged birds were taken to the slaughterhouse, but often, “those turkey heads appeared in some beds of men’s dorms,” he added. “I think it’s a hoot, just a hoot!” Cathy Downs of Student Life said. She participated in the walk two years ago and especially loved seeing the costumes and the idea of the race itself. “It incorporates the elite runners to the waddlers,” she added. Junior Craig Johnson sees it as “a good pre-workout before Thanksgiving,” a good excuse to gobble down those extra few servings on Turkey Day. In the creation of this timeless event, two boys didn’t exactly learn their lesson, because their procrastinated “race” to complete a story actually paid off. On top of creating a campus event that would run on for decades, “We got a great article out of it,” Williams said. “But I did most of the work,” he added, “Randy was the real slacker!”

Photo by Elizabeth Cheney

Photo by Jesse Belleque

(Left) Kate Schell and Sarah Seibert in the award winning Skyler the Skybridge costume. (Middle) Heidi Stowman shows off Thanksgiving Food Drive Raffle winner Brandon Riggle. (Right) Dedicated runners get ready to begin the Turkey Trot race.

A weeklong break? It’d be a Thanksgiving miracle! By Rob Saffeels and Meredith Smith Staff Writers Thanksgiving break brought snowfall to the Salem community and an avalanche of conversation to the Corban community. With students disappearing from campus before Thanksgiving, the question arose: Should the break be extended to a full week? Most of Salem’s public and private schools have the whole week off due to parentteacher conferences strategically placed on the first two days of Thanksgiving week. Rumors trickled around campus about a call for faculty to take strict class attendance before the break. Some professors even brought this discussion into their classrooms. “I think it’s an interesting discussion and one that needs to be held,” said English professor Tamara McGinnis, whose hope is no classroom will ever be completely empty despite the magnetic pull toward home. “That would never hap-

pen,” she said. “Not everyone goes home, and some people actually like to be in class.” As a college student living more than 1,400 miles away, McGinnis never went home, even for Christmas break. She said that an extended Thanksgiving break would make even less sense because students who don’t go home would have nothing to do on campus. Ultimately, the decision should be left up to each student, McGinnis said, adding, “It’s your responsibility. You are adults.” Missing class comes with penalties already built into syllabi, and students can weigh the consequences. Faculty opinions range from adding a day of classes on Wednesday to cancelling classes for the whole week. Professor Scot Bruce is of the opinion that the current system is fine. “We run into the problem of students taking off Thursday and Friday too and turning it into a 10-day affair,” he said. He understands the tendency of students to take off more time, having done the same thing when he was a student.

However, some students feel the need for a longer break due to the distance they must travel to make it home. Freshman Blair Carter did not go home for Thanksgiving. She went to classes Monday and Tuesday and went to McMinnville for Thanksgiving dinner with her boyfriend’s grandparents. “For me – to go to Colorado – it would have been nice,” Carter said. “Just three days is expensive, and I would have been really tired.” Sophomore international student William Wanané was by no means going to travel home to Indonesia. Wanané drove with roommate and fellow sophomore Sam Coleman to his home near San Francisco. Having to wait until 4 p.m. when their last World Thought class ended, they didn’t arrive “home” until 3 a.m. Wednesday morning. Wanané doesn’t see how a whole week off would be beneficial with finals two weeks away. “We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving back home, but we have ‘Silent Week’ in Indonesia, allowing us to stay

home and study the whole week before finals. Maybe not everyone studied, but most took advantage of the week.” So is change on its way? Professor Gary Derickson said, “Eventually we will have the whole week off, meaning that the semester would have to start earlier or end later. “ Derickson does not see a problem with the system that is already in place, despite the drop in attendance the few days before. “Some staff members are offended by it, but I see the cuts almost like a quota,” he said. He believes that students have the freedom to use their unexcused absences however they want. This freedom can be abused and makes class time hard on professors. Senior Ayouba Moussa knows this: “Students don’t attend class, it’s better to give one full week.” In one of Moussa’s business classes, only five or six students made it to class on Tuesday, so the professor was unable to deliver a necessary lecture, which made it necessary to postpone an exam.

The most gallant advocate of a weeklong break and the newest professor to join the argument, “Ryan Von Stark,” as he likes to call himself, knows how to successfully keep students from starting the break early: build a “Hadrian’s Wall” around campus. This symbol of one of the greatest monuments of the Roman Empire stands even to this day. Emperor Hadrian mandated it be built to separate the Romans from the Barbarians. Stark stated, “A Hadrian’s wall must be built so that students don’t leave ridiculously early. People are more sensible in decision-making with travels if they know they don’t have to catch the redeye, or travel the pass in snow at all hours of the night.” More than just a time to see family and be thankful, the weeklong break would be a time for students to recover from fatigue: “Students need to be refreshed to finish off the final weeks of the semester, and this is the first real break since the beginning of the year.”


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November 30, 2010 - Corban University

Upperclassmen offer stress relievers

Photo by DeAnna Thomas

Taking a homework break, Sarah Seibert, Emily Grahlfs, Hannah Whithead, Cori Lydric, and Jenae Dawson break out into a dance party to the song “YEAH 3X” by artist Chris Brown.

By Sara Swenson Staff Writer Stress! The word attached to the name of almost every college student. Reading for ATC, giving a speech, finishing a lab, writing a paper, studying for midterms, getting CCS credits, and maybe even working, all while trying to have a social life. To say it’s possible to be a stress-free college student would be like saying it’s possible to walk up the hill

to the gym without getting winded…it’s possible, but highly unlikely. So what makes us stress so much, and what makes it worse than it should be? Experienced upperclassmen, who have been through the ups and downs of college life, are willing to share their stress-busting secrets, with the rest of us. Sarah Seibert, a junior elementary education major, admits that homework isn’t always top on her priority list. “I am a people person, and I tend to put people be-

fore my homework, which can be good, but sometimes causes me a lot of stress,” Seibert said. For senior Beau St. Peter, dwelling on the situation and how much he has to get done and how little time he has to do it always makes it worse. “Something that makes the stress worse is if I keep thinking about the situation and how much it stinks,” St. Peter said. “Something that helps me is to stop, take a good deep breath, pray, and then start dealing with it the best way I can.” It’s pretty safe to say that stress comes with the territory of being a college student. So instead of trying to eliminate it, why not think of ways to relieve it? Seibert relieves her stress by taking a “DP break.” “One way I like to relieve stress is by doing homework for a set amount of time, and then I take a DP (dance party) break to give my brain a rest and keep my body energized,” Seibert said. “It’s really fun, and Josh Trammel will probably join your dance party if you do it in the library. He works Tuesday and Thursday nights.” Although dance parties can be fun and entertaining, they don’t do the trick for everyone. Senior communications major Whitney Harris has found that laughter is the best cure for her stressful days. “I had this huge project due for Organizational Communication. I had worked on it for more than 20 hours,and was completely overwhelmed,” said Harris. “So I went to Wal-Mart with my fiancé. I just needed to take a break from my homework, get out and laugh a little. Laughter is the best medicine for a stressful day.” It’s clear that the stress of school doesn’t necessarily get easier as time goes on. For Seibert, St. Peter, and Harris, the stress seems to continue with each school year, but learning to deal with it may become easier with each passing semester. So what are their words of wisdom for freshmen fighting to stay afloat? “Don’t blow situations out of proportion,” St. Peter said. “Stressing out about something never helps, and there are more important things in life to spend your time on. Just take a deep breath and remember that it isn’t the end of the world ... I promise.”

Beyond the restaurant: A student guide to tipping Nov. 30

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By Megan Russell Freelance Writer Every time you go to a restaurant or to get your hair cut, I bet the last thing you think of is the tip. In fact, you probably try to avoid that little part of commercial America. Well it’s not exactly “little” for America’s employees who serve you. The other day my friends and I went out to eat at a nice restaurant. As the meal came to an end, and we had to face the harsh reality of college food, everyone began pulling out their cell phones. At first I scoffed at them. But then I realized that I, like all of them, needed my phone to calculate that little tip. We didn’t really want to tip our waiter. I mean, the service was excellent. Yet, we wanted to save every last penny we could. However, the obligations of tipping overcame the small amount our wallets tightly grasped. In order to tip, you must first decide how much you want to tip. Nonetheless, tipping is an obligatory tradition. In some other countries where minimum wage is higher, tipping is necessary only on the occasion of extraordinarily, fantastic service. Yet, most people don’t realize the power that comes with tipping. Many people forget that more than just food is included in the obligatory tipping list. Technically proper etiquette for tipping includes haircuts, entertainers, deliveries, airport service, casinos, cruise ships (as if they aren’t expensive enough!), gas stations, hotels, golf clubs, parking garages, and the list goes on. Basically for anyone who has a job that services you, tipping is

essential. Ironically, it’s considered proper to tip gas station attendants. Since we live in Oregon where gas station attendants are prominent, this fact may be alarming or old news for some. Yet, while it is “ye old tradition” to tip gas station attendants, more and more people don’t. It’s not necessary because the service at gas stations isn’t fabulous and gas stations aren’t five star restaurants. Traditionalists, keep on tipping. For those of us who want to save every dime, tipping is unnecessary at gas stations. While it seems rather ridiculous that the most luxurious services should include a tip, don’t forget about what the employees are getting paid. Usually personal services get less of a tip, like around 5 percent or 7 percent. Personal services include cabin stewards, bus boys, shoe shiners, lobby attendants, concierges, and ... you get the point. If your meal, pizza, or even haircut includes any coupons your mom printed off and sent to you in your care package, then calculate the total meal price without the use of the coupon. Think

about it this way: you don’t want to punish the server for the management’s schemes to get you to their business. It’s not like the service is also discounted. Although in some situations the service is questionable. If you’re dining or getting a massage in a state with sales tax, calculating the tip without the tax is the correct form. Obviously, the sales tax in the state has nothing to do with the server’s ability to serve you. Some servers are even paid below minimum wage because the government counts tips as part of their salary. Once you’ve evaluated the service, you must decide how much you want to tip. The rhyme goes like this: Excellent deserves 20 percent, good intentions receive 15 percent, and discontent gets only 10 percent. Most people typically tip around 18 percent. Tipping merely reflects the quality of service. Don’t forget to check if the restaurant, salon, or cruise ship already adds the tip to your bill. Some restaurants just decide the tip for you! Check with your server to see if the gratuity is added in the bill. Remember, tipping is a part of our culture whether your wallet welcomes it or not!

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Corban University - November 30, 2010

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Novel concept comes together in Latvia “So these are the stories I wanted to record, preserve, and use as a In the middle of October, while students quiet hum behind the were deciding on costumes for Hallow- fictional lives I’m creeen, studying for finals and writing pa- ating in a novel set in pers, Gina Ochsner, Corban University’s Latvia,” Ochsner said. The Romany, or gypWriter in Residence, was visiting Valdarsies, met much of the marpils, a small town in Latvia. Ochsner is working on a novel set in same fate. Because in Latvia and advocates “research on foot the Romany tradition rather than research on the net.” The stories are told and plot deals with Jews and gypsies living not written, Ochsner among ethnic Latvians and Russians. said it was necessary It also follows the history of the under- to speak directly to the people. She would ground Latvian Baptist church. Ochsner explained some of the history never have been able of Latvia during which her novel will to do this had it not take place. In just six years, from 1938 to been for the help of 1945, Latvia was occupied three times, a Latvian interpreter by the Russians, Germans, and Russians who was married to a again. Latvians experienced great suffer- gypsy. One woman Ochsner ing and turmoil and were exiled to Siberia or sent to hard labor or concentration met told the story of when her father was camps. Photo courtesy of Gina Ochsner Part of the history that Ochsner went captured in 1940. He Ochsner visits with a Romany family while taking supplies to a small Latvian village. to uncover was something the Latvians ran to the forest to hide have tried to keep to themselves. Dur- from the Germans, what it is. It’s life and we’re glad to be from native Latvians is the Baptists. Oching the German occupation, the people Nazis specifically, but was found and alive.” sner asked one woman why Baptists are captured. He was sent looked to the Germans During her stay, she found the Romany not accepted and was told that the Roto a hard labor camp, to be generous, sharing tea and sugar many believe in many gods, not just one. as their benefactors he had to dig while she visited. “It was all they had, They also do not believe in a sin nature, as they were liberated “These are the sto- where trenches for the war and they gave it to us,” she said. from the Russians. having no concept whatsoever of sin. effort and was forced Because of this, when ries I wanted to reThe Romany still face rejection and “A typical comment from a Latvian to eat nettles and discrimination from Latvians. asked to help in the would be, ‘Well, I don’t have anything cord, preserve, and weeds to survive. rounding up of Jews, “Culturally they live very differently against Jesus, but I don’t see the need for He finally ran away than native Latvians,” Ochsner said. The Jesus,’” Ochsner said. There is a chalLatvians acquiesced. use as a quiet hum and was one of the Romany are “very much treated like lenge to bringing the gospel where it has “I learned all about few who made it back. third class citizens.” They believe work been “quietly rejected,” she added. the fate of the Jews in behind the fictional When he returned, has value and will help them survive, so one town in which one Latvia, however, is beginning to see a morning in 1940 there lives I’m creating in a he was able to tell it is hard to convince them to send their change. Ochsner explained that “though his family the story. children to school. They see no immedi- times are as bad now as they’ve ever was a thriving communovel set in Latvia.” He knew that not all ate value in books and learning inside the been, by and large, people had hope. nity of Jews and by that gypsies were just sent classroom. Their work is in the fields or They are turning to each other for help evening there was only to hard labor camps; in nature. one left,” she said. The and turning toward the church.” - Gina Ochsner some were put on the population had been 85 Ochsner explained that although gypThey can see compassion and love actsame buses as Jews, sies are often perceived as being lazy, ed out, which helps them to see Baptists percent Jewish. While carrying them to conthere is speculation it is not that they are lazy, but that they as “ordinary people who have a heart that Latvians helped willingly or were centration camps. Despite this horrible history and tragic enjoy life, believing that “life is in the for God and do practical things to show coerced, Ochsner said this is a “piece of this,” she said. “This is why ideology history people aren’t writing because it story, Ochsner said the Romany “held blood.” Another group that has faced rejection doesn’t work, but action does.” no malice.” They would have said: “It is is ugly.” By Meredith Smith Staff Writer

Ministering through coupons By Hali Anderson Staff Writer Spot her in Starbucks on a Sunday, and she’ll be enthusiastically commandeering the advertisement inserts from a stack of coffee-stained newspapers. Cross paths with her in the grocery store, and she’ll be scouring the clearance racks with a five-pound binder tucked in the crook of her arm. Stop by the Union Gospel Mission, and you just might see her dropping off bag after bag of much need personal-care items for the homeless. Sarah Gaspar is a senior at Corban University with a unique hobby: clipping coupons with the purpose of serving others. In March, she was intrigued when she saw a Facebook post from a friend showing $40 of merchandise she had received for $2 by using coupons and promotional

sales. Her friend cited hip2save.com as “the ultimate source for coupons and deals” and Gaspar had to check it out for herself. She soon went from impressed onlooker to full-blown coupon-clipper aficionado. “I started just getting shampoo and other personal items for myself ... but soon my house was filled with a surplus,” Gaspar said. “I take the coupons and pair them with store deals. I won’t ever pay for personal care products again.” Gaspar realized that she was getting more free merchandise than she could ever use for herself; it was then that she started bringing bags full of personal care items to the Union Gospel Mission, Salem’s homeless shelter for men, and its women’s and children’s counterpart, Simonka Place. “As a reasonable estimate, I’ve gotten $1,000 worth of merchandise for $50 ... I’ve been able to donate free tampons, pads, diapers and wipes ... I’ve been able to donate over a 1,000 disposable razors.” Amassing this wealth of free products is no simple task. Gaspar spends anywhere between five and10 hours a week finding coupons, clipping and organizing, scouring stores for deals and donating her finds to the local shelter. For Gaspar, couponing is much more than a fun hobby: it is a ministry. “People stop me in the store and ask me about my binder, and I’m constantly giving people coupons for things I see in their cart ... I can make cute little old guys in the store smile when I give them coupons for their breath mints ... and share what I’m

Photos by DeAnna Thomas

(Above) Senior Sarah Gaspar smiles as she riffles through her coupon book (shown left).

doing with cashiers in line.” People’s awed response to her generosity continues to warm her heart. One day at the Mission, a few homeless men were helping her carry in the bags of merchandise she was donating. The men peered into the bags and seeing “Schick Quattro” razors, said in awe, “Oh my gosh. She brought us the nice ones.” Gaspar was touched and somewhat saddened that these men were surprised to be considered “worthy” of a $10 razor. “I’m not going to stop couponing anytime soon,” she said. “It’s my way of doing something. I get so excited to donate great items to the Mission. I can’t donate time and I can’t donate money, but couponing is something I can do.”


6 - Corban University

November 30, 2010 - 7

Is there a freshman letdown?

marketing captures potential students

Each semester, a couple hundred prospective students rumble onto campus for Corban experience -- an overnight adventure filled with information, entertainment, student antics and late-night snacks. But do students feel lured in by a false picture of Corban as a place of non-stop fun? Staff writer Rob Saffeels investigates.

By Hali Anderson Staff Writer

Rock bands, pumpkins, pancakes and prizes. Movies until 3 in the morning and the freedom to any classes you want. What more could you want from college every single day? What if you found out life is only this perfect twice a year? Is it still worth it? And if you don’t like the experience in the first place, how are you supposed to know what Corban life is all about? Last year’s fall Corban Experience had the usual annual Pumpkin Smash, but included a talent show put on by the students instead of the Battle of Bands. As freshman Kyle Anthony remembers it, he didn’t really like the event at all. He had already been accepted to both PSU and OSU, and felt as though the experience was a fake. “Everything was too showy, and I could tell this was not what life was going to be like every day. The talent show was cool, but the smash took forever, and a big pile of dirty guys wrestling in pumpkin guts is not my idea of entertainment,” said Anthony. Anthony ended up deciding to come to Corban because it had a small campus. Even more appealing to him was the community. “It’s laid-back and a tight-knit fellowship, Corban doesn’t have to pretend that its is

this crazy school or something that it’s not,” stated Anthony. However, some upperclassmen confess they were convinced to come to here only after attending the experience, most during the fall, some during the spring. What do they think now? The Corban they experienced then is the same Corban they know today. Senior elementary education major Josh Davis stayed in Van Gilder Hall as a senior in high school and witnessed the spring Corban Experience. He had already been accepted to Westmont College and had been looking at other schools in California and Oregon. However, once he had “experienced” Corban and what it was like to see an authentic community of students, he “felt a peace from God, as if He had spoken” and told him it was where God wanted him. The entertainment in the spring that year was a performance by comedian Bob Smiley, whom Davis remembered as the highlight of the night, along with the crazy antics of students at the midnight breakfast. “People just seemed to have no stress and, for the most part, be on their best behavior. After attending school here now, it was a pretty realis-

tic example of how life in college really is. I know that I wouldn’t have come here if it wasn’t for that weekend,” says Davis. Corban experience isn’t just for the incoming students though, as Josh Trammell was able to fulfill a lifelong dream during Battle of the Bands this month. “I never thought the day would come when I would be able to crowd surf in front of my dad,” he said. ASB member Annie McKay was excited about how students responded to the event “It was definitely a Corban-version of Battle of the Bands, but that’s why I loved it. Violins, country, lip-syncing, worship, and heavy rock -- only at Corban,” she said. About 170 students graced our campus at Corban Experience this year. Special events coordinator Sandy Van Dyke knows how important it is to have students willing to house a potential student for the university. “A visit can make a huge impact on a student’s decision to attend Corban,” she said. “Spending the night in the dorm can be a deal maker or deal breaker. We really appreciate our hosts that extend sincere hospitality. If they can envision themselves here, then I think we have been successful in the first step of the journey.

Katelyn Larson’s blue eyes scanned the beautiful campus. It was even more gorgeous in person than it had been on the brochure. The crisp spring breeze tousled her cropped, blonde hair as she roved around campus. Her eyes swept across the Psalm Center, the clock tower and then the Emitte Center. It was there that something caught her gaze: a large banner with the words “Dedicating Hearts and Minds to God.” During her visit, Katelyn was impressed by the way Corban presented itself, as a college “dedicated to God.” Now a freshman at Corban, she reminisces: “It looked like it had a great environment ... I could see Corban as a place I could go to school.” Haley Johnson had already been looking for a university in the Pacific Northwest when she received a postcard from Corban. Informative and eye-catching, the material piqued her interest. “I had never heard about [Corban] until I got the postcard in the mail,” she said. Dexter Larson discovered Corban when he attended a Christian youth rally in Seattle. Corban had a booth at the rally, and the admissions counselors gave a presentation on the main

“HItting random

“I like to lick pumpkins.”

things is always fun, it

was definitely a really cool experience that would do again.”

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“I loved the crowd and if you thought about doing it and didn’t... you missed out.”

stage. Larson signed up for more information and went to the school’s website. “The website was very helpful,” he said. Larson encountered Corban yet again when admissions counselors visited his local high school in Washington. When asked how he heard about Corban, sophomore Casey Journagan said, “They sent me about a billion letters. I could have built a house out of all the trees they killed.” All across campus, students were attracted to Corban through different means: parents who were alumni, friends who were students, or the masterful tactics of the Marketing Department. From the information and imageladen Corban website, to those glossy brochures with smiling students plastered on the cover, to the little blurbs about Corban University airing on the radio, the Marketing Department reaches potential students all across America. Behind the scenes, the Marketing Department plays a huge role in attracting students to the school, as well as forging beneficial financial relationships within the community. Steve Hunt, vice president for Marketing, explained that marketing entails more than just attracting students to Corban’s campus. It is about

forging healthy relationship with the while simultaneously raising stuentire community. dents’ awareness of Corban as a po“Business is business,” Hunt said. tential university choice. “Marketing entails money. It takes While Corban builds strong ties with money to operate this place. We de- the business community, it is also pend on money from tuition, from building recognition of the school. alumni and donors and from business Like “brand identity,” Hunt said with interactions. People are competing a laugh. for our business ... We all depend on Advertising media such as the web, each other.” radio, television Members of Corand literature are ban’s board also Behind the scenes, the another way the belong to clubs Marketing DepartDepart- Marketing such as the Chamment targets future ber of Commerce ment plays a huge role college students. and SEDCORE, in attracting students Five employees the Strategic Ecocompose the marnomic Develop- to the school, as well keting department. ment Corporation as forging beneficial Three are Jessica of Oregon. Marple, graphic “Whenever we financial relationships designer and phobuild a building within the community. tographer; Nick or buy bark chips Saemenes, graphic or buy food, it afand web designer; fects the economy. In those groups and Sheldon Traver, staff writer. we try to build relationships,” Hunt Under Wells, who oversees deadlines explained. and projects, and with the administra“People think, ‘I’m a poor little non- tive genius of Kathy Clarke, the team profit; please give to me.’ But we try produces the brochures, website and to give back, and it’s mutually benefi- advertisements that have attracted so cial. If we present ourselves as ‘Give many students to Corban. me, give me,’ it’s unattractive.” “It’s nice to work for a university For instance, Corban buys advertise- that makes its material in-house. It’s ments in many high school yearbooks a team effort,” Wells said. and supports local high schools. This The Marketing Department producprovides them with funds they need, es all the design of the print and web

“It was a trip... I never thought the day would come when I would be able to crowd surf in front of my dad.”

for Corban. Relatively little work is outsourced, which is unusual for a university. “Ninety-eight percent comes out of this office,” said Wells. He works closely with Heidi Stowman, director of Admissions, and Rachel Lee, visit coordinator, to produce brochures and a web design appealing and relevant to potential students. From the growing number of Corban applicants and the positive feedback current students give about Corban’s marketing materials, it seems clear that the department is reaching its goals. Not only is marketing a way Corban reaches potential students and the community, but it is a way of keeping the current student body and faculty united under one image. “In marketing, we always think of outsiders, but we have 178 employees and also students, and we have to keep the lines of communication open ... we have to think about what message we are putting out,” said Hunt. Marketing is more than a ploy for money, more than a connection to the community; it is the way Corban presents itself to both the outside world and those within: as a school dedicating hearts and minds to God -to educate Christians who will make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ.

“I can’t sing a lick, so it was a blast pretending to be

Alicia Keys. Props to the bands who

can actually sing!”

Photo #1 by Kenneth Mabry; #9 by DeAnna Thomas; #2-8 & 10 by Jacob Bowdoin. Left to right: Ben Daniels, Alyssa Teterud, Amber Meeker, Jeffrey Morse, John Trimble , Joshua Walker, Josh Trammell, Kate Tracy, Thomas Brempong, Annie McKay. All pictures taken during Corban Experience Nov. 14.; #1 & 6 at the Pumpkin Smash; #2-5, 7-8, & 10 at Battle of the Bands; and #9 at the Midnight Breakfast .

w h at a n e x p e r i e n c e !


8 - Sports

Game Briefs Women’s basketball The scoreboard showed Corban, 73, Academy of Art, 93, when the Lady Warriors walked away from the court at Willamette University on Friday, Nov. 26. Although led by junior Katie Steigleman and sophomore Tess Bennett, who stacked up 19 points each, the Academy pulled out of the first half with a 45-31 lead. Corban’s efforts to come back in the second half were concluded by a 20point loss. The game put the Warriors at 1-4, but the season is still young and the Warriors will next take the court inside Morse Event Center in Eugene on Friday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m.

Men’s basketball The Warriors snatched third place at the Capital City Classic after Saturday’s 112-93 victory over Pacifica. Corban’s triple-digit score was reached under leadership of double-digit scorers, including senior Ian Logan, junior Jonathan Ramirez, and junior Erik Cronrath. Aside from putting 15 points on the board, Cronrath snagged a game-high eight rebounds, earning him all-tournament honors. Pacifica and Corban both held 36 points with 7:23 remaining in the first half, but the Warriors took advantage of the 7 1/2 minutes, entering the second half with an 11point lead. With 11:49 left in the game, 11 turned into a 20point lead (81-61) after junior Jake Mauermann’s 3-pointer. Corban’s men move to 7-1 for the season, and begin the Cascade Collegiate Conference on Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m., also in Eugene’s Morse Event Center.

Women’s soccer The Warriors battled their way to the finals of the Cascade Collegiate Conference at Delta Park on Saturday, Nov. 13 but lost the victory due to a penalty kick. Freshman Audrey Sullivan made her ninth season goal and put Corban at a 1-0 lead in the first half. Yet Concordia’s Cavaliers stormed in with two goals in the second half. Tying the game up in the 53rd minute, Concordia was not quite finished with its war against the Warriors’ offense. Although Corban outshot its opponent 16-15, players were called for fouling within the box. Handing the ball over to Concordia for a penalty kick solidified the 2-1 loss for the Warriors and a 16-4-0 season. Corban next plays on Dec. 1 in Florida for the NCAA tourney.

November 30, 2010 - Corban University

Athletes’ ACL injuries rise By Kate Tracy Staff Writer Corban volleyball player Mckenzie Purnell was in the middle of a pre-game warm-up at Eastern Oregon University on Sept. 4. When she landed after a normal jump at the net, something in her knee felt wrong; she took a step and her knee gave out. Purnell was not in pain immediately, but later she found out that her ACL was torn and her season was over. After surgery and months of rehab, she still does not have the full function of her knee. Purnell is one of two female Warriors who have suffered ACL injuries this semester. Male soccer player Gustavo Machuca is is also recovering. And that total -- three ACL injuries -- is double the average number for an entire year, said athletic trainers Jenny Garrard and Tony Walther. The anterior cruciate ligament connects the tibia bone to the patella and limits the rotation and forward movement of the tibia. Although any of the knee ligament tears are serious, the Photo by DeAnna Thomas ACL is the worst, because Freshman soccer player Gustavo Machuca has a good attitude as it is at the very center of the he rides the stationary bike while icing a problematic ACL. knee structure. In addition, an ACL injury requires surgery than men for ACL injuries. joints because of this. These and a nine-month rehabilitation The high levels of estrogen in anatomical differences may afand healing period; even then, women may weaken ligaments fect the risk in women. The some patients’ knees never re- and tendons, while also soften- way women jump and use their cover fully. ing and stretching them. The knees is different as well. Men Studies show that female wider female pelvis also makes tend to use their knees like a athletes are two to eight times women more susceptible to in- hinge joint, whereas women’s more likely to tear an ACL than jury because it points the femur knee joints are more similar males, and Corban’s ratio attests and tibia inward, thus putting to a ball-and-socket. Men land to this study, as another female more strain on the knee liga- straighter, using more hamathlete, Whitney Minamishin, ments. The socket in the femur string strength; women tend to tore her ACL and miniscus this where the ACL attaches is also land knock-kneed, thus adding year when she pivoted incor- larger in women than in men, to the strain on their knee ligarectly while playing soccer. and women have more flexibil- ments. There are many theories ity and hyperextension in their Studies have shown that fewhy women are more at risk

males who have completed neuromuscular and strength training decreased injury by 72 percent. Last year Corban women’s soccer, volleyball and basketball teams completed a program called Sportsmetrics, which been scientifically proven to decrease ligament damage in females. This program’s aim was to strengthen the quadriceps and hamstrings, improve balance, and teach athletes how to land correctly after jumping. There were no ACL tears last year. This year, scheduling conflicts with Hope Orthopedics Physical Therapy and the sports teams prevented the teams from doing Sportsmetrics. “We decided to take the fall off and possibly reinstate the Sportsmetrics program in the spring,” said Walther, head athletic trainer. “We are hoping to continue the use of the Sportsmetrics program, as we believe it provides a valuable benefit to our athletes.” As Minimishan and Purnell head to the training room day after day to do their knee rehab, they wish Sportsmetrics had been an option for them this year. “When my team did the Sportsmetrics program last season, I complained a lot,” said Purnell. “After tearing my ACL, though, six weeks of these exercises definitely beat surgery and six months of rehab.” Having any injury of this significance has not been pleasant, especially because of the intense surgery. “This campus was definitely not built for crutches,” said Purnell. “But climbing all those stairs makes rehab a piece of cake.”

If you build it, they will come By Meredith Smith Staff Writer For now it is just a plan. A dream whispered in anticipation of its reality. A pursuit for a track and field to become one of the new additions to Corban life. Because the new track is currently in preliminary planning stages, no timetable has been set for its completion. “It isn’t as simple as just throwing the track out on that field,” said Dave Bale, dean of athletic activities and professor of human performance. “It is a multi-dimensional domino effect.” This domino effect would result from the addition of an Olympic-style track and an upgrade of synthetic turf to the existing soccer field, which would lead to problems for another sports field: the softball field would have to be moved. When the adjacent property recently purchased by Corban becomes finalized, there will be room to move this field, but until then “We’re just looking at options,” said Bale. One of the main goals in providing a track for the team is to bring Corban track athletes back on campus. “We currently have to bus students off campus to have home meets,” said Provost Matt Lucas. There is also a question of safety for the athletes. Bale said the Athletic Department recommends that students do not run on

Deer Park Drive or on surrounding streets, but runners can often be seen doing just that. As the college grows in all areas, including athletics, intramurals, and regular campus recreation, the need increases for an all-purpose field. Organizations like the Ultimate Frisbee Club or Powderpuff Football need a place to play; thrill-seeking students who want to go star-tripping on a Friday night or those who want to go jumping in puddles of mud that fill the field in the rain need a place to engage in these activities. However, the fields also have to be protected for games and visiting guests because they sometimes suffer damage from student activities, which players must face in the spring. “Our goal is to provide space for physical activity for every student on campus,” said Bale. “This takes time and effort.” The financial needs for this project will not come out of the general fund, according to Lucas. “Dave Johnson is putting together a plan to fund-raise for the new track complex,” he said. Johnson, a former Olympic bronze medalist in the decathlon in the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games, currently serves as Corban’s Director of Athletics. “It is a very exciting thought to have new venues at Corban,” Johnson said. “I needed very focused environments to win an

Olympic medal. I feel Corban provides this type of environment for students to grow in their confidence to serve the Lord.” According to Johnson, the track itself is a small part of a $2-3 million project for a Sports Plex area. “Corban is growing in numbers each year,” he explained. “We need places to park and a venue that provides more room for graduation. We need areas out of the mud, for varsity sports, intramurals, and large music-based events.” Planned for the nearer future is the addition of lights to the existing fields. With practices beginning at 3 p.m., the sun continuing to set earlier and earlier, and 200 athletes having to fit onto the fields on any given day, a dilemma is created. “These all affect classroom time,” Bale pointed out. The addition of lights would contribute not only to athletics, but to academics. Athletes would not have to miss as many classes, because practices and home games could be pushed to a later time under the lights. “This is in everybody’s interest,” said Bale. His dream would be to provide an all-purpose field, available to every student without causing any damage for game time. “Growth is great and getting people to want to participate in physical activity is great,” he said. “God’s got a plan to keep moving the school ahead. We just have to be active in our pursuit.”


Corban University - November 30, 2010

Entertainment - 9

Student fights poverty with T-shirts

Sweet treat By Sarah Curcio Staff Writer By Rachel Jeffers Staff Writer “We are inspired by freedom, encouraged by hope, and compelled by love.” On Dec. 10, MyFight, a nonprofit social business, will be making a stop in Salem because of one Corban student. Cate Stumberg, a senior communications major, got involved with MyFight after a visit with her brother in Billings, Mont., where the business is currently located. After talking with Jesse Murphy, founder of MyFight, she realized these were people she could work with. “I just love the whole idea of ending poverty, not just giving another handout,” Stumberg said. “Women (most of the time it’s women) have to come to them with a business idea and then they get a loan. “MyFight doesn’t just arbitrarily hand out money or food or anything. They give it to people who already know exactly what they are going to do with it. A simple thing like a tortilla maker can cut a workday in half and bring in twice her current income. It’s changes like that that end poverty.” Education and money for equipment help these business ideas succeed, making changes for their lifestyle and future. On MyFight’s website, their “What we are” section reads, “We are a movement, a gathering force, aimed at ending poverty. We are leveraging the

compassion of a generation to one-time handout. highlight of the whole tour.” create wealth in developing naIn the video on their webThe night here in Salem will tions by teaching financial liter- site, Murphy says, “I have no be at Broadway Coffeehouse. It acy, empowering entrepreneurs, interest in just feeding another will include local music, art, increating jobs, and renewing the hungry person. I want to end formation about MyFight, and value of family.” hunger.” Instead of providing a uniquely designed T-shirts. Murphy was overwhelmed at temporary full stomach or pair “From this Coffee Shop Tour, a young age by the reality of of clothes, people in need can we’d like to connect with a modern-day slavery. Instead of have a changed lifestyle. whole new swatch of insanely ignoring the problem, he began To build momentum and raise passionate people,” said Murpreparing himself for the fight awareness, MyFight is current- phy. “We don’t do this out of with an education and further ly on their “MyFight Coffee guilt or shame or sorrow, and exposure to injustices around the Shop Tour 2010.” Each evening we don’t want to either. We just world. includes their want to be about doing someNow MyFight Coffeehouse Tour story, music, thing that matters with others Murshirts, and, of who get excited about it, too.” Where: Broadway phy and course, coffee. Local musician David SteCoffeehouse his busiA volunteer fanik said, “Despite my limited When: Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m. n e s s who contacts knowledge of the non-profit, I Price: Free – partner, MyFight and inadvertently knew that I wantbut donations accepted Abram decides to set ed and needed to be involved in Why: Come for a warm cup up the event such a cause. Social justice and H a g of coffee, local music and strom, puts on each pertinent issues such as povpoetry, and a cause that ben- event. manage erty, inequality, disparity – all a social efits those in poverty around The tour was these things, I wholeheartedly the world. Buy a shirt and b u s i the event that believe, are incredibly near to help change a life. ness that attracted Stum- God’s heart.” microberg the most. Stefanik’s heart to make a finances loans for those in ex- “It was so easy to get involved, change coincides with all those treme poverty. and I was able to use what I of the volunteer team Their website states this sim- had learned in my college for the evening. ple concept: “You buy T-shirts. major for something Salem’s dreamers We make loans, and together practical: planning are joining forces we empower families to escape a fundraising event with MyFight the prison of poverty.” here in Salem,” she for one incredMyFight sells T-shirts, de- said. ible evening. signed by the public, to make “Cate is one of For more details, money to microfinance loans the finest,” Murphy visit myfight. to help families who would not said. “She’s worked org. otherwise be approved. Instead so diligently for of giving another handout, My- a couple months Fight provides education and now to pull opportunities for the poor to this off, and I have a way out of poverty. Mur- think the Saphy strongly believes in chang- lem event may ing a lifestyle, not just giving a likely be the Cate Stumberg. Photo courtesy of Stumberg.

Holiday time to kill? Check out these local events! Don’t have anything to do between finals, projects and papers? Check out these ideas for fun-filled events and concerts or make a day of it with your friends and loved ones during this holiday season.

What: Portland Zoo Zoolights Where: Portland Zoo When: Throughout the month of December Details: Different local groups will be performing with brightly lit animal displays throughout the park. Tickets are anywhere from $3.50 to $11. What: 11th Annual Magic at the Mill

Where: Mission Mill When: Dec. 19 and 20 Details: “Thousands of twinkling lights and entertainment for all”. Tickets are $5 and $3. What: Annual Holiday Sale Where: Willamette University When: Dec. 4, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Details: Students have worked hard all year and it’s time to sell, sell, sell.

ater, 170 High St. NE, Salem When: Dec. 16 & 17, 7 p.m. Price: Free

What: “Ring the Bells – A Community Christmas Concert” Who: Sponsored by Grace Baptist Church and Salem First Baptist Church Where: Historic Elsinore The-

What: Willamette Master Chorus Holiday Concert Who: The Willamette Master Chorus and North Salem High School’s Nordic Choir Where: Willamette University, 900 State St., Salem

What: Christmas in Hudson Hall Who: Willamette University’s choirs Where: Willamette University, 900 State St., Salem When: Dec. 9 & 10, 8 p.m. Price: $8

When: Saturday, December 18, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Price: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $5 for students, 12 and younger free

If you’re looking for variety, the Oregon State Capitol Rotunda hosts choir performances from Dec. 1 to Dec. 23. These performances are free to the public. Corban’s musicians perform there from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 6. Holiday events can never fit in a small section! You can also check out your local churches for holiday services, dinners and other events.

Ever have a craving for something cold and sweet, with as few as 200 calories? Ever have the soft serve machine in Aramark disappoint you? Ever desire more than just a cup or bowl or ice cream? If so, frozen yogurt is your new best friend. Conveniently located on Lancaster Drive, you can patronize a new selfserve frozen yogurt place called Sweet Papaya. Sweet Papaya offers an Alice-in-Wonderland array of flavors, toppings, sauces and delights to fill your 12-ounce bowl. You can choose from 24 flavors of frozen yogurt and toppings, including fruits, candies, nuts and even dry cereal. The sauces range from favorites such as caramel and chocolate to many others. A personal favorite creation of student Karen Kilgore is white chocolate chip macadamia nut. Yum! At Sweet Papaya, you pay by the ounce, meaning you pay for what you put in your bowl. The current price is 38 cents per ounce. That’s a pretty sweet deal! Every day of the week, Sweet Papaya closes at 11 p.m., making it one of the few places in Salem that does not close at 8 p.m. It’s the perfect place to have a study break or to recharge after a long, sweaty workout. The customers are treated fairly by the friendly employees, and Corban students I’ve talked to love this little sweet spot. Frozen yogurt lovers often have a hard time finding places to satisfy their sweet tooth. But, surprisingly, in this case, little Salem has one-upped Portland, which has a collection of frozen yogurt places that do not compare to Sweet Papaya.

Sweet Papaya 1134 Lancaster Drive NE., Salem


10 - Opinion

November 30, 2010 - Corban University

no prob for rob Rob Saffeels - Advice Columnist

What qualified you for this position, and do you actually think you’re funny? You probably didn’t read my initial article. I offered to do this column knowing people like you would ask questions like this, and, yes, I think I’m funny only because other people tell me I am. I know when I’m being stupid or facetious, which is most of the time. So ... once again, if you don’t laugh, that’s okay; I want this to be informative, but still light hearted. Read and laugh at your own volition. Why do I feel like I can’t be myself around friends? There are many reasons why we change how we act around certain people. Trying to be someone we usually aren’t comes from the desire to be accepted or funny or “cool.” Motives for acting a certain way may change the way you conduct yourself, as in you craving to be accepted may turn you into a case of Jekyll and Hyde. Overlook your desires of trying to impress people, even if they are your friends, and express yourself the way you feel comfortable. If they don’t like you for who you are, then that’s their problem, not yours. Why do people feel it’s okay to lead other people on? People don’t look at their actions and consider them to be flirtatious a lot of the time. Those who actually know they are doing it, usually do it simply for selfish reasons. Attention, jealousy or a need to fill emptiness with-

out wanting commitment cause people to feel like they have the relationship in their control. Other, you can see someone merely “testing the waters” or trying to figure out whether or not a person is “worth” pursuit. In this case, it’s easier said than done not to hurt someone and let him or her down softly, so flirt just keeps acting as if nothing has changed. If you think you’re getting played like a game of Old Maid, then attempt confronting the person and try getting a face-to-face understanding of how strong your bond genuinely is. Ring by spring ... is it true? Check it up on Urban Dictionary if you don’t know the reference, but graduating from Corban University in no way guarantees the success of a “yes” from an opposite of your species, while seeking marriage before finishing your senior year. However, many have found victory in this realm due to the fact God intended it to happen, by you offering your umbrella to her that fateful stormy night, or helping him pass after tedious hours of studying together all year long. You will not be reimbursed if you fail to acquire some “ice” or “bling,” but keep your chin up; it’s only $30,000 a year anyway... What are healthy boundaries between my parents and me while I’m away at college to make sure I can grow as an adult? Once you get to college, you

editorial

New ARAMARK screen is an ineffective waste

to remedy the situation. But students have to physically be in the dining hall, having already scanned their cards, to check the screen. So if a guy decides he doesn’t want to use a meal swipe on the food being served that day, it’s too late. And if he needs to know if the dining hall is open – well, he already knows that if he is inside looking at the screen. Sure, Corban Dining could increase its communication with students. But this is not much of an improvement. Besides being unsuccessful at accomplishing its stated goals, the screen is also a waste of money. Although the screen was paid for by program funds, not student fees, we still think those funds could be used better. Spend the money on food – Lord knows we pay enough for it. Spend the money on theme dinners. Spend the money on more specialized items for people with restricted diets. But please don’t spend it on ineffective, unnecessary technology.

have the freedom to choose when Even if you don’t think you you want to take a trip home, give have a chance, at least give her your parents a call, send a quick the option of saying “no thanks,” e-mail, etc. Since I live a whop- instead of assuming she will say ping 12 minutes from campus, I it. attend church with my folks on Honestly, some people don’t a weekly basis and return phone get married and live happily ever calls whenever they aren’t at 6 after, but many of those fairy tale a.m. characters gave up. PerseverI have learned how to stay in ance as defined by “Hitch” is a contact while learning how to be “continuing in a course of action, my own person. Family is im- without regard to discourageportant, but you ment, opposition won’t be seeing or previous failthem every wak- You choose who ure.” ing moment. Try The “more fish you want to be, not to ask them in the sea” cliché for money all is terrible, but it’s but make your the time; find kind of true. parents proud friends who enBetter than buyjoy doing things ing a new rod, of all the hard you like; and, or using a new work they did most importantmethod, wait until raising you. ly, develop your you find a fish that own relationship wants your bait. with Christ. What should Relational values taught from you do if your roommate is your parents can help shape you, breaking contract? and I know I have adapted princiTo tell or not to tell ... that is the ples based on theirs. You choose question. Without solid proof, it’s who you want to be, but make hard for the authorities here to do them proud of all the hard work anything. But straight out of the they did raising you. handbook paraphrased from the How do I get girls to like me? Bible: Um ... lots of ways. But the real “Any community that ignores question for you is “Do you want problem behavior, in effect congirls to ‘like you,’ or do you want dones it. Ignoring problem beto find ‘a girl’ to like you?” havior not only gives implied Fame and fortune, skill and approval to the behavior but, bibprowess; all of these will get girls lically speaking, is withholding to like you. It’s easy to get a fan love from that individual.” club, but you should instead focus Go to the person and confront on trying to capture the attention him or her about the problem. If of someone by being yourself, the student does not take the ininot pretending to be someone tiative to seek help, the best reyou aren’t. sponse is to let him or her know

you yourself have a responsibility to contact someone. This can be difficult to deal with because you have to sleep in the same room, but “Faithful are the wounds of a friend...” (Psalm 27:6) is what Christian accountability is all about. We are supposed to go to those in sin with a gentle spirit and hope they have the heart to change. If you don’t feel comfortable confronting the person, it is your responsibility to show love by at least telling your RA, RD, or someone in Student Life. It’s better in the long run for everyone. What do you do if you feel as though you love someone you can never obtain (i.e. Josh Trammell)? No one is unobtainable. You just need the right broom to sweep them off their feet. That’s what Hitch has to say, and I concur. Not to say once you get them you’ll be satisfied, because most of the time, Mr. Perfect isn’t as perfect as you think. Judge the quality of a man not by the width of his shoulders or the abundance of his beard, but instead of the character of the heart. This Josh Trammel character is probably, just as a premonition, a staggeringly passionate manlyladies man who is waiting to be swept off his feet. His broom of choice? Music, art, poetry, long walks on the hills of Corban, and someone who appreciates the Cougars as much as he does. The best way to a man’s heart is his favorite sports team. Or food. Or both. Or neither. But it works for Josh.

What do you think of the new screen in the dining hall? Match the students to their answers.

C. Hannah Nord

B. Ashley Cowan

A. Jenae Dawson

1. “I hate it.”

2. “It’s a good idea, but not executed very well.”

3. “I think it’s a waste of money. I’d rather our money be spent on better food than a TV screen.”

what’s that you say?

Answers: A-2; B-3; C-1

Recently, an unexplained computer screen appeared in the Travis Memorial Dining Hall, next to the digitalized clock. So far, the screen has listed menu items, dining hall hours, and occasional Bible verses. All nice stuff. But students could already walk 10 feet into the food area to see the menu or preview it on the whiteboard in the scrape room; access the dining hall hours online and on bulletin boards across campus; and read verses in their Bibles, in chapel, in class, and at church. All for free. At other times, pretty pictures of food have scrolled across the screen. In case you forget why you are at the dining hall, apparently. It’s true that information about ARAMARK has been ineffectively distributed in the past; the bulletin boards often have outdated dining hours and browsing the website can be inconvenient. Kudos to Tamra Taylor, director of campus dining, for trying

With an overwhelming response to last month’s column, I have started a Web-based edition which will update on Friday nights, both on the Hilltop News Online and on a Facebook group named “No Prob for Rob.” If you don’t see your question here in the paper, I’m trying to answer every somewhat reasonable question I receive, so check online. See them all at hilltop.corban.edu.


Opinion - 11

Corban University - November 30, 2010

Maria Robertson - Columnist

Note Worthy

Jake Zufelt - Columnist

Functioning on no sleep I’m (not) with the band

G ot

something to say ? Hilltop News welcomes your comments and opinions. Letters to the editor can be sent to hilltopnews@corban.edu and should not exceed 350 words.

The best kinds of bands are the ones you are not actually in. Limited responsibly, financial independence, and the ability to quit whenever you want without causing drama. I was not in a band once. The band I was not in consisted of a bearded fellow and his wife. My audition was a dorm room jam session at which the bearded fellow explained that I was “in” the band, but that he wrote all the songs, and he and his wife “were” the band. I was officially not in the band. The band sang a lot of deep, inquiring songs with titles like “Where Do We Go?” “Can You find Me an Answer?” and “Is it Really Gonna Save You?” Even the songs without interrogative titles asked questions, with lyrics like “Could I be more?” Legitimate questions, but answerless nonetheless. A mutual friend said the questions made the bearded fellow feel like he was being philosophical. I was also told that the couple didn’t want the band to sound overtly Christian. I noticed a disconnect. I did some studio work for them (not having to pay for studio time is a perk of not being in the band), and a couple months later they released the album. Shortly after, we got an invite to play at a church in Portland. When we arrived, we were greeted by a stocky, bald businessman and a pair of 20somethings in plaid tucked-in collared shirts and pleated

slacks. I thought I had interrupted a home-school field trip until I realized they were the opening band. “I do the vocals and guitar,” the taller one said. “I also sell microphones made out of Campbell’s soup cans.” Like I said, home-school field trip. The population in the sanctuary grew slowly, settling on about 30 dedicated church goers. The openers took the stage, and one of the members emptied the spit valve on his trumpet. They proceeded to release a sound that emulated a 1950s version of Weezer, but nonetheless, they managed. The trio plunked their way through a couple songs, and the sparse audience clapped every once in a while. “The last song was about how women go to the bathroom in groups,” the taller one explained, “but the only time men go to the bathroom in groups is when the pastor starts talking about pornography.” “Did that just happen?” I asked the bearded fellow. “Yep, that just happened.” It also happened to be the last show I played with the couple. It was nothing personal. I liked them very much. But all we did was ask questions and make things confusing. The opening band offered statements. And regardless of how awkward the statements were, they were true. And for a moment I wished I was telling people things, and I wished I was not in their band.

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12 - Feature

November 30, 2010 - Corban University

“I love having more independence as far as how I spend my time is concerned, but I really miss being able to run down the hall and talk to one of my friends * The fact that there are a ton of Corban students living at the complex is a super plus too * I love that two of my closest friends live right across the complex and that it is close to school * I’m saving a ton of money” By Meredith Smith Staff Writer Staying up all night, walking barefoot to the coffee shop at 11:30 p.m., gaining a new family of 10 or so people of your same gender, and sharing every best and worst experience of life: that is what the first two years of a college experience may entail. But what happens after that? Could the college experience get any better? What is life like off the Corban hill? Off campus life can be a great experience. Coby Bidwell, senior health science major, explains: “I feel like it is a good stepping stone between living in the dorms and moving out on your own after graduation.” Bidwell is a resident at Santiam Village Apartments, which he said, “according to Google maps,” is about 3.5 miles from school. It has a number of amenities, such as a basketball court, pool, and weight room. Bidwell said his favorite part about the complex is its cleanliness, and “a ton of Corban students living at the complex is a super plus too!” Some students may be concerned that a change in geography will result in a lack of community. The transition from on-campus student to commuter is actually an opportunity to create a sense of community among friends and new neighbors. Karli Havens, senior prelaw major, said that while she hasn’t met many new neighbors, she has big plans. “Some really cute boys moved in next door,” she said. “Maybe we’ll bake them cookies.” She lives in Madras Apartments off South Commercial and said, “It has a warm, homey feel to it.” There is a Corban community even within the offcampus contingency. Heather Anderson, senior youth and family psychology major, said there are “tons of Corban stickers when you drive through the parking lot” of Saddle Club Apartments. Alison Lippincott, junior English major, agrees that life off campus has its own share of excitement. “My roommate and I put regular dishwashing soap in the dishwasher, thinking there was no difference, only to discover about 20 minutes later that there’s actually a huge difference,” she said. “We had bubbles everywhere and didn’t know how to fix it!” They did eventually fix the washer at their Gateway Village Apartment after following step-by-step instructions they found on Google.

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