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Hilltop Nov. 27, 2012

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vol. 9, no. 3

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

Inside this issue:

The student publication of Corban University

The breakdown of the ASB budget [page 3] Coffee culture in the Northwest [page 8-9] Corban basketball season previews [page 10-11]


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November 27, 2012

Weekend hours too limited The Hilltop

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

hilltopnews@ corban.edu hilltop.corban.edu Editor-in-Chief Kate Tracy Managing Editor Sarah Moreau Online Editor Lacy Ramirez Online Content Editor Kelsey Leavitt Photo Editor Jessica Bruggeman Asst. Photo Editor Jake Bowdoin Yearbook Editor Eleanor Fazzari Asst. Yearbook Editor Jenna Harbeck Lifestyle Editor Angel Prideaux Entertainment Editor Jeffrey Morse Sports Editor Josh Trammell Reporters: Katrina Aman, William Bassham, Tori Cole, Jenna Kost, Vinny Sepe, Nick Mattax, Kayli Moser, and Mare Suddarth Advisors Christena Brooks Ellen Kersey

Staff Editorial

There were once two Corban students named Joe and Sally. Joe and Sally were good kids. They did not drink or participate in inappropriate behavior. One Saturday night, they were looking forward to a great night of relaxation and fun before going to church the next morning. Seeking to release their pent-up energy from a week of studying, they hiked to the C. E. Jeffers Sports Center to play basketball with their friends. But the lights were off, and the doors were locked. Disappointed, they remembered the gym closed at 4 p.m. Joe and Sally walked back down, hoping to console their crushed hoop dreams with a warm latte in the coffee shop. It started to rain, and they started running, only to be met, alas, by the looming locked black gates in the coffee shop. They also noticed the movie room next door was taken. Joe and Sally, being active Corban students, did not want to watch a movie, but their creativity to find something else to do was waning. They wandered the dorms, but all the movie rooms were already occupied by other students satisfying themselves with the only entertainment available. They had no other choice. In desperation, they dragged their heavy burdens of books up the library steps to do homework. You guessed it--that door was locked too! If they had a car, Joe and Sally would have gone off campus. Instead, they went on a walk in the pouring rain, got to the edge of campus and turned back because there was nowhere else to go. They sat in the baseball dugout to keep themselves dry and talk, but Campus Security told them to leave because their behavior was suspicious. By this time it was late in the evening, and they were no longer allowed to be in the same dorm lobby together. Joe and Sally were so exasperated that they finally just said goodbye, both their eyes misting into frustrated tears as they turned to depart from each other. Corban has grown in so many ways: class offerings, sports offerings, student body, acticvities, etc. It’s time now that the recreational opportunities meet up with the rest of the growing school, and more facilities were opened on the weekend hours.

Thanks for the memories, Corban By Lacy Ramirez Online Editor

Corban University’s Hilltop publications – newspaper, yearbook and website – serve as a student-led forum for the student body. Their mission is to tell true stories that contribute to authentic Christian community at Corban. Their staff seeks to practice journalism that is true, substantiated, fair and dedicated to Jesus Christ. Hilltop publications do not represent Corban’s faculty, administration or trustees; rather, they provide a significant student perspective on matters of importance to the ongoing life of the community.

The worst day of loving something is the day that you lose it. Corban has been my home for the past two and a half years and it breaks my heart to leave. Before coming to Corban, I was a lost soul. I was suffocating in the mistakes I had made, dealing with the consequences I provoked, trying to mend my errors – but it was too much. So I ran away, and I ended up here. It was the greatest decision I ever made. I came running away from my past and am leaving now ready to face the future. I don’t know what to expect, but I’m no longer that scared little girl who couldn’t deal with her problems. Now, I’m stronger, more mature and, this time, I know I have the Lord by my side. I always did, but I wasn’t always aware. Corban changed my life. My life before Corban was an absolute disaster; I was a complete mess. I was trapped in an abusive relationship with a guy who hated the Lord; my relationship with my parents was non-existent; my so-called friends were alcoholics and partiers; I felt the Lord hated me. I was too ashamed to even pray, to ask for a way out. Why would He listen to a sinner like me? But no matter what wrong turn I took, no matter how far I fell, God was always there. No matter where I went, His hand was holding mine, guiding me, until I ended up here, at Corban. The emotional and spiritual support that greeted me was overwhelming. I made friends such as alumni Sarah Seibert and Cori Lydic who helped me overcome my fears and finally end things with my ex. I turned my life over completely to God and began a real relationship with Him. Because of that, my relationship with my family was saved and we are closer than ever. When I returned home that first summer, I shared my love and passion for serving the Lord with my “friends,” but they turned on me and rejected me. It hurt, but I knew it meant I was on the right track. At Corban, I discovered my true calling in life: serving the Lord in everything I do, whether that be writing for a newspaper or a television show, or serving in ministry. I wish I could continue my journey at Corban and my time as your Hilltop Online Editor, but I know I’m ready to face the challenges that await me out there; and they will be many, especially at SOU where I will be transferring to next fall. So thank you, “Hilltop News,” for helping cultivate my strengths. Thank you Corban, for bringing me back to life. And thank you Lord, for my time here, the lessons I have learned and the memories I will never forget.

Cover photos by Jessica Bruggeman

The Hilltop’s staff column is designed for readers to hear from editors of this publication.

Staff Column

Q &A with ASB

Jeffrey Morse, ASB Activities Coordinator

Q: What are you hoping to accomplish this year as Activities Coordinator? A: My goal at the beginning of the year was to maintain the traditional ASB events, as well as introduce new events. I was glad everybody enjoyed the revamped barn party at the state fair with the “Space Cowboy” theme. We definitely have a lot of fun new events coming up soon, like another concert and a Blazer game. You should all be excited. Q: What's your favorite thing about being on ASB? A: Having the ability to pull off huge events. Being on ASB, I am wellequipped to do a lot of cool events for students. And it is very refreshing when, after countless hours and e-mails of planning, people have a blast at the event. Plus, it just felt great to buy 85 pies at once (for the barn party). Q: Which SNL character do you identify the most with, and why? A: Chris Farley. Even though physically I am the complete opposite of Chris, I like being in front of people and doing anything to get people to laugh. Plus -- let’s be honest: is there a better SNL skit than “The Chippendale Audition?” Q: If you could have lunch with any famous person, who would it be and what would you ask him/ her? A: Peter Parker. I would ask if great power really does come with great responsibility.


November 27, 2012

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Where does the money go?

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Breakdown of ASB budget

By Sarah Moreau Managing Editor Free T-shirts, elaborate events, and concerts: where exactly does the money for these things come from? Remember that $450 student activity fee you paid with your tuition? Though it may seem a small addition in comparison to the staggering tuition fee, each student’s payment of this fee adds up to a huge amount. ASB puts on many activities free of charge (at least out-of-pocket) to Corban students, but the money spent on events makes some students wonder how much of their tuition bill goes toward the ASB budget, rather than to their schooling. Senior Ally Brudevold said, “I think the money goes to pay for all the amazing activities ASB puts on and also for all those ‘free’ shirts we get.” Freshman Hunter Hoover believes the fee also goes toward intramurals, “so we don’t have to pay for sports games or pay for parking on campus.” According to ASB treasurer Liane Dehart, $85 of the $215 paid each semester goes toward the ASB budget. The largest percentage of the fee (38 percent) goes to-

ward student activities put on by ASB. “On ASB we have the opportunity and privilege to do activities for students that no one else on campus can do,” Dehart said. “Being a part of activities is why I decided to join ASB, and the past two years I have increased this budget so we can do bigger things for the students – more concerts, fancier formals, and added-in activities, such as renting out Sky High for students.” In addition to the 38 percent that goes toward the activities ASB puts on, 16 percent goes toward ASB contingencies, which include any unexpected expenses. Fanatics, blood drives, Caulkins lecture donations, and other expenses are produced from this fund. “We will also help dorms out for special needs, and those funds come out of this account,” Dehart said. Many RAs use this money to buy books for their Bible studies. “It’s pretty much for anything that doesn’t have an account.” The remainder of the $450 fee is split between scholarships (25 percent), student organizations (8 percent), student ministries (7 percent), and leadership development (6 percent), helping to make Corban’s community experience even better.

Leadership Development: 6% Student Ministries: 7%

Student Activities: 38%

Organizations: 8%

ASB Contingency: 16% Scholarships: 25% This graph shows a breakdown of how the $450 student activity fee is dispersed each year.

Graphic by Sarah Moreau

Corban becomes headquarters for Billy Graham crusade By Kate Tracy Editor-in-Chief Corban University has become the headquarters for the mobilization of the Northwest to participate in Billy Graham’s last crusade. Come November 2013, the 94-year-old will be launching a crusade called “My Hope,” in which churches across the country will work together to evangelize their communities. From counseling the nation’s presidents in their darkest hours to holding a child’s hand in Malawi, Billy Graham has impacted thousands around the globe. The son of a farmer from the Midwest, Graham became a Christian in his teens, and since then he has led evangelistic crusades across the nation and the world. His wisdom has led him to the White House and to homes of other world leaders; every president since World War II has requested his counsel and friendship. Corban University is the headquarters for the Northwest section of “My Hope.” David Sanford, director of institutional marketing, is leading 12 student interns in heading up this project. The project is based on Matthew 9:9-13, where Matthew invites his friends to come hear Jesus talk. “My Hope” summons Christians to invite friends into their homes to hear Billy Graham’s gospel messages through various multimedia productions. By combining the powerful message with personal relationships, “My Hope” plans to make a huge impact on the U.S. next November. “‘My Hope’ is an opportunity for churches to reach their communities for Jesus Christ,” said Jim Wood, the mobilization director of “My Hope.” “My Hope” plans on succeeding in America, as it has in 57 countries over the past decade. In countries around the world, the “Matthew” strategy has worked to produce on

Photo courtesy of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Corban is the Northwest headquarters for Billy Graham’s 2013 “My Hope” campaign, which has seen significant success around the world for evangelism.

average two decisions for Christ per home. Now, in a country where, according to “My Hope,” the number of non-religious people has doubled since 1990,and atheists and agnostics have tripled, the campaign hopes to make a difference in the lives of Americans. “Our country really needs hope right now,” said Liane

Dehart, a Corban senior working on the project. “There are so many broken people…it’s going to be awesome to see how God uses this project.” Corban University is involved in this project by preparing churches and pastors for training. Corban interns are calling pastors and churches to prepare for the campaign next year.


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November 27, 2012

Black Friday: dangers and payoffs By Kayli Moser Staff Writer

A woman clutches her purse tightly outside Macy’s. A blonde 19-year-old man grinds his heel into the ground somewhere in a mass of people gathered outside Best Buy’s sliding doors. The clock is ticking. Three. Two. One. Shop. Welcome to Black Friday 2013. Senior Bethany Stevens has been participating in the Black Friday shuffle for the past six years. She started taking part in the shopping bonanza as soon as she began working during high school. Her mom and cousins make it a girls’ night out every year. The family method is, “Push Push! Shove Shove!” Stevens said with a laugh. It’s a joke her grandma started several years ago. Stevens recommends shopping in pairs of two for safety, holding on to precious items. Some people will nab them right out of the cart. Senior Josh Trammell had a near-death experience on Black Friday during high school. Trammell said he and three friends had camped out at Best Buy from 3 a.m. When the doors finally opened and shoppers, including Trammell, poured into the store, he said he “just kind of watched in horror.” The boys, having obtained the prized video game they had waited so long for, left the madness of Best Buy and headed home.

Trammell said they were all tired from being up so long. “I was almost too tired to think about it,” he said in reference to staying awake. Minutes later, the four boys woke up with their car crashed into the side of a fence. “We all just sat there for two minutes, wide-eyed, looking at each other,” he said. The boys left the scene shaken up, but unharmed. Trammell has not been Black Friday shopping since the incident. This year, however, he might venture out into the craziness, but this time with his “stable, responsible parents.” Lindsey Kaufman took her Black Friday shopping south to Kansas last year. “We shopped from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m.,” she said. Kaufman believes it is important to find fun things to do while waiting in line. “I planked a shopping cart,” she said. Shopping in Kansas was fun, and Kaufman said Southern people are really sweet about everything. The one thing she would caution Black Friday shoppers about is false advertising. Kaufman and her mom went to a Walmart to purchase a trampoline, only to find the store had sold out because they only had a couple in stock. She warns shoppers to be aware that stores will try gigs like that just to get you in their doors. Photo by Kayli Moser Black Friday shopping can be a fun, exhilarating experience Shoppers take advantage of Black Friday so long as it’s done safely. Stevens said, “[When you go shopdeals and brave the crowds at Lancaster ping on Black Friday], you just take on the world.” Mall in Salem, Ore.

Decorate the Christmas tree with...pickles? When is it appropriate to listen to Christmas music?

Samuel Pearson

“After Thanksgiving. Because…that’s just the way it should be! Otherwise, it loses its meaning in some way.”

Amelia Kaspari

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

What happened on your quirkiest holiday?

Artifiial or real Christmas tree?

“We have this pickle ornament we hide in our Christmas tree, and my dad is supposed to find it. We’ve done it as long as I can remember.”

“One Thanksgiving my grandma was cooking a turkey in the oven and it exploded. The glass pan and turkey were splattered all over the oven. We call it ‘The Day Grandma Blew Up the Turkey.’”

“Fresh! We have a Christmas tree farm, so that helps. But they also smell better, they’re more natural looking—and you can get them a lot bigger! Last year our tree was 18 feet tall.”

“We always go driving to look at Christmas lights and see the best displays.”

“Both! My mom uses an artificial “My aunt always has a few tree to display all her “12 Days of too many glasses of wine and won’t stop talking … she tries Christmas” ornaments, and we get a real tree for the rest. I like the to compliment us, but mostly real trees because they sort of give she just says embarrassing you a timeline—eventually you things.” have to take them down and face the fact that Christmas is over.”

Minji Cho

Adam Shumka

“One time my church had this potluck, and apparently you were supposed to dress up for it. I didn’t know so I showed up in jeans. It was embarrassing.”

“The week before Christmas. A month beforehand is too soon—then it’s all just marketing.”

“When I see egg nog in the fridges at the grocery store, I know that Christmas is just around the corner. I also can’t complain about all the different holiday baking going around.”

“My brother, mom, and I all got food poisoning at Grandma’s house on Christmas Eve, and we were all sick for Christmas. I just remember lying on the floor of the TV room, saying I would never eat at Grandma’s house again.”

“Artificial, because real trees have bugs and bring in dirt. Plus, you have to take care of them.”

“Artificial all the way! Though the smell of the real tree is great, I know I would be the one vacuuming the needles up, so I love the fake tree.”

By Jenna Kost Staff Writer


November 27, 2012

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Experiencing possibilities

Photo by Jessica Bruggeman

Aagard girls cheer on their brothers at the Pumpkin Smash.

By William Bassham Staff Writer Have you ever seen the line into Aramark backed up all the way to the clock tower? That’s the way it was on Sunday, Nov. 11, when 185 potential Corban students visited for Corban Experience. They waited for dinner in the rain for up to 20 minutes as Ar-

amark employees counted of every visitor. Corban’s campus was overflowing everywhere, not just in the dining hall, as high school students from different places sampled college life from Sunday afternoon to Monday afternoon. About 180 hosts volunteered to take these visitors in. The visitors went to orientation in the Psalm Center, and then watched Battle of

the Bands, hosted by Jeffrey Morse and Kent Wilson. One visitor, Bryan Roza, was even involved as a judge, alongside English English instructor Ellen Kersey, education professor Jesse Payne, and former ASB president Carrie Bernard. Eight bands performed, with Guns and Bullets winning first place. Visitors and students headed to Farrar next to watch the Pumpkin Smash, hosted by Ben Pearson, Van Gilder RD and former resident of Farrar. The visitors watched in the rain as Farrar students wrestled each other among the remains of smashed pumpkins. In the end, Daniel Frederickson came out on top. On Monday, Nov. 12, the visitors were given a tour of the campus with Corban admission counselors, keeping the admissions office busy all day. “Most of those students brought parents so we had a huge number of people on campus,” said Jared Hernandez, visit coordinator.

Litany of ballot measures put to the test By Elijah Olson Guest Writer When it comes around to election time, most of the focus is on top-tier political races: the president, senator, congress, and governor. The one part of the election process that often gets overlooked is the part that has the potential for most impact. The state ballot measure is a tried and true method of garnering political success without ever putting a candidate’s name on the ballot. Rather than running candidates for a government office, the state ballot measure puts democracy in practice in its purest form, asking voters to decide on issues facing the state. Issues can range from insignificant technicalities to drastic changes. On one hand, some ballot measures ask for changes to laws, such as rewording sections, updating language, or making a grammatical change. These are the measures where everyone asks “Why exactly do we need to vote on this?” But alas, we do. On the other hand are ballot measures that can have major impact and propose drastic changes. These range from increasing or repealing taxes, to making changes to government structure, to social issues such as abortion. The 2012 election was full of major ballot measures all along the west coast. In Oregon, State Ballot Measure 80 asked to make marijuana legal in the state. It failed to pass, but had 46 percent voting yes, with 54 percent voting no. A similar measure in Washington had the opposite result. Initiative 502, which advocates the legalization and taxation of marijuana, passed with 63 percent voting yes and

Photo by Jess Baughman

Corban students Hannah Yocum, Elijah Olson and Jeffrey Morse follow the polls closely on election night.

37 percent voting no. Oregon also saw two ballot measures (82 and 83) attempt to legalize and build more privately owned casinos in the state. Both were handily defeated, with Measure 82 getting only 28 percent yes votes, and Measure 83 slightly outperforming with 29 percent yes. Finally, Measure 84 attempted to phase out inheritance taxes for citizens of Oregon, but failed with 46 percent voting yes. While Oregon saw little change as its major ballot measures, all saw defeat. Washington state made some drastic changes. On top of legalizing marijuana, Washington also passed initiative 1185, which reaffirms the requirement for two- thirds of legislative support before the legislature can raise taxes. It passed handily, with 64 percent voting yes. One of the closest measures in Washington was Initiative 1240, which calls for the implementation of public charter schools. It passed by the narrowest of margins, with

approximately 51 percent voting yes and 49 percent voting no. Another hotly contested ballot measure in Washington was Referendum 74. Earlier this year the State Legislature legalized same-sex marriage. This referendum, proposing a repeal of the law legalizing samesex marriage, was narrowly defeated with 47 percent voting to repeal the law and 53 percent voting in favor of same-sex marriage. California also saw some changes through their ballot measures. Most notably, Proposition 30 proposed a tax increase on high income earners to fund education and passed with 54 percent voting in favor. Proposition 32 attempted to ban political contributions to state and local candidates from corporations and unions and was defeated with only 44 percent voting in favor. Finally, Proposition 34 worked to repeal the death penalty in California, but failed with 47 percent voting in favor of eliminating the death penalty.

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News Briefs On the Rocks performs University of Oregon men’s a capella group, On the Rocks, performed at Corban on Sunday, Nov. 25. The group sang everything from Christmas classics to a few classic oldies, offering an opportunity for Corban students to relax during the final hours of Thanksgiving break. Kicking the night off was the winner of Battle of the Bands, Guns and Bullets.

Christmas comes in a shoebox True North Corps, Corban’s mission organization, collected 64 shoeboxes packed with Christmas presents for children across the world on Nov. 19. Working through the organization Operation Christmas Child, Corban students came together to buy presents and pack shoeboxes, which will be sure to bring Christmas joy to eager children.

“Gangnam Style” breaking records Bieber believers suffered a major loss when the hearthrob’s mostviewed Youtube video “Baby” fell to second place. South Korean rapper Psy snatched the title with his hit video, “Gangnam Style,” which broke all records with over 827 million views in just four months.

ASB to present snazzy formal Save the date, Corban students: ASB’s Winter Formal will be on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Salem Armory. The theme this year is “Hollywood Snazz,” so show up dressed as your favorite 1940s movie star. This will be the last ASB event of the semester, so come out for a night of fun, dancing, and fellowship before finals and Christmas break.


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November 27, 2012

Prayer: Corban’s shared language By Tori Cole Staff Writer Across a quiet campus, in dorm rooms, halls, classrooms and the prayer chapel, Corban’s student body is joining together in prayer. There are groups for specific dorms, as part of CLT, for those interested in missions, and even for faculty members. The variety of groups allows any students to meet and interact with other people who share their interests and passions. Many students are familiar with True North Corps, but not everyone knows that you can find them every Tuesday night in the prayer chapel. Jacob Bowdoin and Karen Ramos lead this missions-focused prayer time. They spend time praying for specific missionaries, needs in different countries, and sometimes for individuals who are considering short term missions, said Bowdoin. He also explained how praying for missions helps you move the focus to others. “It’s good to not always be praying about ourselves,” he said. He even related the discipline of prayer and the intentional focus on God to the Israelites, and how God gave them constant reminders to help them focus on Him. Balyo’s prayer group, led by Karen Ramos, is new this year. Ramos felt God calling her to this for some time and has finally acted on it. She worked with RD Katy Drake, as well as the RAs, to find a time and place that would work. Now they meet Wednesday nights, spending an hour in prayer. focusing on requests that have been written over the week. Prayer containers have been placed in each hall for girls to submit their prayer requests. “I see changes in their attitudes for prayer and a growing sense of community within our group,” Ramos said. Prewitt Prayer is another dorm-based prayer group. It is led by Savannah Stoner and Megan Turner, who also collect prayer requests throughout the week, but each week also includes a different exercise. “We’ve done a prayer walk, prayed over current events in the newspaper, done a rewriting of the Psalms, done daily examimation prayer, and written letters to God,” said Turner.

They also have plans for the future, including praying over each hall in PVG and doing a 24-hour prayer, Stoner explained. Turner added that their desire for the group is to allow girls to meet new people and overcome any fears they may have about praying aloud. Maintaining a prayer group takes effort, as those in the halls of Van Guilder are aware. According to Will Bassham, last year the men of VG participated in “Praise the Lordy at Ten Forty,” in which the guys would meet in the hall for 10 minutes of prayer every night. This year, however, the group stopped meeting when Marshall Ardnt stepped down because he felt that being an RA would make the guys feel that the meeting was mandatory. Bassham hasn’t given up hope, though, as he saw the effectiveness of the group in the past and intends to resurrect it. “It was bringing prayer and praise to God, and I would hate to see it go away,” he said. For many, making the time during weeknights to pray can be difficult. However, the few dedicated enough to lead these groups, those who have responded to God’s calling, have seen how prayer can change the campus. Participants “learn what others are going through and know that we are not alone, and are able to care for and encourage one another,” Ramos explained. Prayer groups aren’t just for students. Daren Milionis in involved with a group of faculty members who gather weekly to pray over the faculty and staff by department, as well as other concerns for Corban. This prayer group has been meeting for almost 10 years, and Milionis has seen many answered prayers, related to finances, illnesses, and leadership. But this isn’t always the case. “Sometimes we are not able to know the outcome of our prayers,” said Milionis. “However, we are called to pray and we are privileged to do so!” Prayer is not exclusive or reserved for special occasions. It is something that has been embraced by groups from every part of campus. Bowdoin also brought up the simple truth of prayer: “It helps us reorient our focus, helping us realize what’s beyond.”

Photo by Jake Bowdoin

Campus care director Tom Samek is in his ninth year working at Corban.

Duty in the details By Sarah Moreau Managing Editor Need your beds bunked? Need a light bulb changed? Having car trouble? Campus Care will be there. Tom Samek, director of Campus Care, said, “We’re here to serve the students.” Starting as the maintenance supervisor, Samek is in his ninth year at Corban. He wants students to be aware of all that Campus Care does to serve the campus. “We’re the servant’s arm of the campus,” Samek said. “We’re always available to help – whether it’s furniture needs, classroom needs, or vehicle needs,” he added. Campus Care is in charge of maintenance, landscaping, electrical and other needs on campus. Samek said he likes the challenging work his job entails, and he loves the people he works with. Jeo Picard, who began working for Campus Care at the beginning of the year, agrees with Samek. “Just the other day, when one of my coworkers covered a shift for me, she left me an encouraging note, saying that I was doing a good job. It made me happy, because I have been working with Campus Care for only a relatively short time” Picard said. Outside of Samek’s job, he enjoys hobbies such as restoring old cars, hunting,

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and fishing. Though he is on call 24/7, he still finds time to do what he loves most – travel. He just returned from a trip to Africa with his wife Linda, who works at George Fox University and used to be the Corban’s provost. The team Samek went with was working with the Friends Church and their organization in Kenya. He visited the Friends Theological College and worked with them on some of their farming enterprises. The organization uses the funds from their project to help support their college and provide scholarships. Since Samek has a long background in farming, he was able to help the organization improve its efforts. “I was able to observe and give encouragement on their enterprise,” he said. “I was also asked to work with the Friends national organizations farm ... which helps fund their 225 high schools,” he added. Of all the places he has traveled, Samek said the most humbling place was Rwanda, because of the genocide that occurred there in the 90s. He also enjoyed Greece, because he was able to walk where the apostle Paul walked. Samek encourages students to get to know the Campus Care workers. “All the people we have are great,” he said. “They have a heart to serve the Lord and the people here.”

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November 27, 2012

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Top ten places to kiss at Corban By Katrina Aman Staff Writer College students: resilient, energetic and impassioned. With raging hormones and growing psychological discoveries, it’s a wonder students don’t show their fondness for their significant other in public more often. From this concern, I have compiled a list of the top 10 places to make out on campus. This should provide further insight for all students to create the most comfortable environment possible for their peers. 1. Front row in chapel: It’s obviously the best place to display one’s affection for his or her significant other. There’s no better place to be spiritually unified. 2. At the gym: On average, a person can burn 1.8 calories a minute kissing, and up to 100 calories while running for that long. Why not accomplish two things at once? As far as others being bothered by your open display, don’t be concerned. Just think of it as promoting a healthy lifestyle. 3. The Push Bush: Romeo and Juliet, Elizabeth and Darcy, and Bella and Edward were all reckless under emotions. You and your crush probably have some personal memory with the plant when you

let them push you playfully and played it off as if you weren’t upset. The Push Bush is nearly impossible for anyone to miss, considering its position in the middle of the campus. Another great place to display affection. 4. Bible Survey with Dr. Allen Jones: “Behold, you are beautiful, my love! Behold, you are beautiful!” A divine experience for you and your boyfriend or girlfriend could be during a lecture on the Song of Solomon. 5. Mailroom after chapel: One of the most crowded areas on campus is the mailroom, right around 11:03 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday or Friday. If you and your better half are able to get there in time, it’s a wonderful way to withdraw from the world and express yourself through PDA. 6. On the skybridge: The skybridge is viewable from almost everywhere on campus. It’s pretty obvious that if you want others to experience the joy of the love that God has given you, it’s an excellent spot. 7. Playing World of Warcraft: Cuddling on campus while playing video games only makes sense. It’s a mixture of kissing and elements from fantasy and science fiction: dragons, elves, zombies, space-

ships and aliens. Talk about dreamy. 8. Leftover pumpkin guts: It was a romantic, touching night of sweat, tears, adrenaline, and way too much testosterone. Leftover pumpkin guts can really set an ideal scene for snogging with your own “pumpkin.” 9. Computer labs: This one is tricky. Sometimes the labs are quiet, but at other times, many students are rushing in and out trying to print their essays in time for class. Make sure to find the perfect time mid-afternoon and stand within the walking radius near the printer for maximum exposure.

Macbeth: power-hungry, Machiavellian and controlled by a mysterious prophecy. Many are familiar with the namesake and quest of the Shakespeare play. Fewer take the time to look past the clashing of swords and spilling of blood to see the transformation of a young man from juvenile son to solemn king. In Corban’s presentation of the play, freshman Jonathan Partridge played the part of Malcolm, the son of King Duncan, who was ripped from adolescence in a grave turn of events. Partridge was introduced to the stage in first grade, performing twice a year for six years. After a hiatus in middle school, Partridge started up again in high school. His involvement was limited, however, due to several other commitments. “I’m the strange exception to most drama students,” explained Partridge. “I also did lots of sports and other activities, and only one play a year. I was on the newspaper staff, a news anchor, and on ASB.” Eventually, he sacrificed a few sports to allow for further involvement in drama. Starting at Corban, Partridge wasn’t sure which direction to take. “I wasn’t sure where I’d fit in,” he admitted. An appreciation for Shakespearean drama stemming from his lead role as Romeo drew Partridge to “Macbeth.”

Photo by Jessica Bruggeman

Adam Fields and Jonathan Partridge play Macduff and Malcolm in Macbeth.

“As soon as I saw the poster for ‘Macbeth,’ I was sold. That play made my decision for me,” he said. Partridge auditioned with his RA, Ralph Emerson. “When we were auditioning, we were like ‘hypothetically, wouldn’t it be hilarious if you were Duncan and I were Malcolm, and I were your son?’” said Partridge. This is exactly what would happen. Emerson spoke of the relationship they had on stage and in the dorms, saying, “It really helped us develop chemistry onstage and get to know each other better in both aspects.” Partridge’s stage-sister Donalbain was played by Emily Abbey. “It was like working with myself. It was really fun because the dynamic came so naturally,” Abbey said. “People asked if we knew each other beforehand.”

Ask Katie

Most of my friends are graduating this year, and I’m staying to 10. Aramark’s dish room: Girls, there be a super senior. How do I make is no better place than Aramark: you can friends with the underclassmen make your man a sandwich. Guys, the when I’m not in their classes or smell is much more enticing than your core groups? cologne. Since the dish room doesn’t get crowded enough, make sure to stand in a noticeable spot. I hope these tips provide assistance toward enhancing the PDA of Corban University as we strive to display the affection in our relationships. Disclaimer: Whether at a secular university or Christian school, young adults experience affection and even worse – PDA. Please don’t take these fake tips to heart.

King Duncan is my father By Tori Cole Staff Writer

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Abbey, who is relatively new to theater, benefitted from Partridge’s experience on stage. “There were little things I didn’t remember about theater, and he’d remind me,” she said. Emerson was equally impressed with Partridge’s ability. “Whenever he gets instruction on a new way to take a character, he gets it right away. He does whatever [director Tamara McGinnis] asks. I’m blown away by how quickly he picks up,” Emerson said. “For his character, he has to have the most growth,” Emerson added. “The change in his eyes and body language is remarkable.” Malcolm is a naïve boy who doesn’t think he’ll have to worry about kingship for a long time. Then, in a sudden turn of events, he finds himself next in line to take the crown. “In the beginning he’s a completely different character from the end.” Partridge said of his character. His involvement in Macbeth helped Partridge find his niche at Corban. “Unlike high school, I’m going to focus on drama [at Corban],” Partridge revealed. He cites relationships with cast members as what he will remember most. “I was able to connect so strongly with so many people, which was magnificent, and it was really encouraging for me that I found a place where I could be comfortable in college.”

In college, you’re not a super senior; you’re a super intellectual. If you want to connect with the underclassmen, you have options. You could apply for a leadership position (RA, ASB, CLT, student organizations, core group, admissions) to help students transition into college by channeling your Corban wisdom. If any of your friends are in those positions, they can help you as well. Additionally, if you have any room in your schedule for extra credits, you could take a fun gen ed class like PE that underclassmen would take. Any campus event draws in underclassmen, and, once you know some, you can begin to branch out.

Not sure if a girl likes me, or is friendly with everybody. That girl is probably nice to everybody, but nice girls are worth getting to know. Don’t lose all hope; a girl likes a guy who is genuine, outgoing and friendly in response to her kindness. Also, there is a difference between nice girls and flirty girls. As the quotable Mary Boyd said, “Nice girls genuinely want to know how your test went. Flirty girls want to ‘study.’” That is to say, self-seeking girls get attention because they need it; worthwhile girls get attention because they deserve it. Know the difference and keep up the kindness.

I have a question. If you are in a pool and you see a tiger, what do you do? If by pool you mean the watering hole at the Portland zoo, remain calm and let the tourists rescue you. If by pool you mean keg, please get yourself into rehab. If by tiger you mean a woman in a tiger-print bikini, hide under an innertube until she leaves the premises. If by see you mean dream, stop sleeping in pools. And if you mean exactly what you said, God help you.


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“I’m not in there,” Jesus says from the seat next to me, pointing at my half-empty coffee cup on the ground. We are both looking at it as I swallow the urge to disagree with such an obvious claim. We’re sitting in church, and the lights have gotten dimmer with the steady beats of the worship band. Other men and women come to their seats, backs hunched as they pardon themselves and people adjust to make way. Jesus can tell that I’m not listening to him. He kicks the cup, and it goes tumbling down the steps in the aisle like a clumsy Slinky. If he were anybody else, he’d get a “Hey buddy, what’s the big idea?” Instead, he’s Jesus. I’m not in there, I think, tears welling in my eyes. Why do I assume that I’ll hear God better when I pay $3.80 and warm my hands with a white mocha? Who decided that a comfortable state was the only one in which we can hear the words of God when they make a much bigger impact coming from the seat next to us, or from the lion’s den, or from the great flood? God told me something that day: He isn’t found in a paper cup. He is not a genie in a bottle that we can sip when we feel like it and set down when we’re busy, and in a pinch we can’t warm our chilled hands on it to make the magic come out. God cannot be ordered, let alone with custom modifications. “I’ll take a triple venti toffee nut breve no whip extra foam God.” It’s not in the stars for God to fit into our lives the way we want Him to. There should be no parallel between coffee and the creator of the universe, and only one should be America’s No. 1 legal addiction.


10 Sports

November 27, 2012

Season preview: men’s basketball

Jordan Carter: superstar By Josh Trammell Sports Editor

He takes a seat in his dorm-room swivel chair. This is all routine, like shooting free throws at practice. His demeanor is relaxed, nonchalant; he has done this many times before. Every answer comes through a quick chuckle, without hesitation, as if crafted earlier by LeBron James’ post-Cleveland public relations team. And you can’t blame him. Coming out of high school, Jordan Carter was one of the most highly touted hoopers in Oregon. Behind his friendly humility is a list of accolades calling his journey to NAIA school Corban University into immediate question. Second Team All-State his junior season, and First Team All-State as a senior. A two-time CVC player of the year and OSAA scoring leader, he still holds the record for most points scored in OSAA tournament play (91) as well as most points scored in a single game (42). This is, of course, an abbreviated list, one that Carter would likely never bring up. As a kid, Carter’s dream was like many others on the cul-de-sac, kids lacing up Nike Jordan’s, packing a street-torn ball Photo by Jake Bowdoin under one arm. “I wanted to play Division I basket- Jordan Carter runs through a drill at daily practice while Jacob ball,” he says. This dream led a scrawny Kopra guards. and disgruntled freshman, not without talent by any means, to approach the their minds, success was only Division his first two seasons as a Warrior. “Every McKay High School coaching staff in I.” Carter’s coaching staff advised him game, Jordan is in attack mode,” sayspursuit of answers. to wait out the recruiting process to see teammate Josiah Sebens. “He’s constant“I was frustrated that another kid was what offers came from highly touted ly looking for his shot as well as making getting all the attention from the coach- schools, but for Carter, waiting on a frag- things happen for others.” ing staff,” says Carter. “I was confused ile four year dream was not an option. “I When considering his career at Corban, and frustrated because I didn’t feel like didn’t wait for any offers,” says Carter. Carter points to the school’s unique enerhe deserved it and that I had been out- “It was all about my future. Basketball is gy, the whiteouts, painted fanatics from working him, so I was upfront with my four years, Lauren was the girl I wanted Davidson, genuinely interested profescoach.” to be my next 50.” sors, and the unique bond he shares with The coach offered A future intertwined his teammates. “It’s great being able to the frustrated freshman with his girlfriend, Lau- have teammates I can hang out with after ‘He’s constantly two words: “He asked.” ren Devries was what a game, because in high school I often looking for the shot led the OSAA scoring couldn’t do that,” says Carter. “In basket“I responded by saying, ‘Coach, I’m champion to pursue ball, reputation is everything if you want as well as making asking,’” says Carter. basketball at an NAIA to be able to work in the community and things happen for “And from that point school. use your gifts for God’s glory.” others.’ on, I was in the gym ev“Corban gave Lauren Far removed from his childhood dream, ery chance I got and do- -- Josiah Sebens, teammate the best deal, and they and far removed from a coach’s measure ing everything I could gave me the best deal, of success that placed elitism at the foreto realize my dream.” and that was initially front, Carter now has a different outlook: Simply “asking” was the reasoning” he says. “If I look back at my career and can say the first step toward a prep career that “After I got here I experienced the big- I impacted those I was around, the comturned the heads of coaches statewide, gest spiritual growth of my life. Through munity, my team, for His kingdom, then including Corban men’s basketball coach my RA, Bryce Petersen, and hall Bible I will look back and say ‘well done.’ If Justin Sherwood. studies, and the ministry department and there is any other reason, then I will have “It was easy to see that he was a great faculty at Corban, the reasoning became regrets.” all-around player; shooting threes, driv- so much more than just finances.” It is easy to understand why all of his ing to the basket, and knocking down After the financial benefits made it easy responses felt so practiced. He even adpull-up jump shots,” says Sherwood. to come, the spiritual benefits made it mits that they are, “I’ve been asked this “My coaches were really angry when easy for Carter to stay. At Corban, Carter so many times before,” he says. But no I signed with Corban,” says Carter. “In has led the team in scoring and assists in one can blame him.

Players to watch Jordan Carter (jr.), Jacob Kopra (sr.) The Warriors return two of last year’s top scorers for the 2012-13 season. Corban will rely heavily on Jordan Carter for most of its scoring output. Carter, the Warriors’ leading scorer in the past two years, will look to provide offensive skills: create his own shots, penetrating the lane, and hitting the outside jumper. Senior forward Jacob Kopra will need to help fill major holes as the Warriors will struggle with size matchups this season. Although undersized at the forward position, Kopra’s deceptive athleticism and ability to knock down the three should help the Warriors spread out opposing defenses. “We will look to him for three point shooting and great all around effort and hustle,” said head coach Justin Sherwood.

Key newcomers Kent Foster (fr.), Andrew Evans (fr.), Cyrus Ward (fr.) The Warriors will count on a trio of newcomers to help fill voids left by key departures as well as add different dynamics needed for their overall success within this year’s scheme. “Three newcomers we are looking for to be difference makers are Kent Foster, with slashing to the basket and athleticism, Andrew Evans with his quickness and shooting, and Cyrus Ward’s inside presence, scoring and rebounding,” said Sherwood. As the year progresses, look to Cyrus Ward to potentially get increased minutes as he adapts to the college game. His size, at 6 feet, 6 inches and and 225 pounds, could be critical in helping the Warriors.

Notable games Oregon Institute of Technology and Eastern Oregon University Defending National Champion, OIT, looks to be the heavy favorite to claim the CCC crown once again this year. However, the Warriors handed them one of only four losses last year, a 90-79 defeat, in arguably one of the biggest upset wins for Corban in program history. “Every conference game will be a battle,” said Sherwood. If the Warriors can figure to steal some key games from the Hustlin’ Owls and the second ranked Eagles of Eastern Oregon, they could be in position for a top five finish in a very solid conference.

From the coach Head Coach Justin Sherwood “This year’s team will struggle with a lack of size inside which could lead to rebounding issues. New this year will be a pressure and full-court pressing defense, and a fast-breaking offense. Keys for success will be defensive rebounding, limiting turnovers, and consistent three-point shooting.”


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Season preview: women’s basketball Exhibition games sharpen Warriors for CCC By Hannah Lobban Staff Writer

Portland State, Gonzaga and Oregon. Idaho, OSU and Portland State. Even Stanford. All of these are Division 1 schools in the NCAA. But who has played these teams? Sure, plenty of other D1 schools, but also NCCAA Corban University. In the last five years, Corban has played all of these teams. Why do these women put themselves up against these teams? “We know that D1 opponents are at another level,” said Coach Rosey Ball, “and if we can go out and play with them, we are in good shape when we get to conference.” Before they start playing games that count in their divisions, NCAA schools look for exhibition opponents to play in early November. Corban takes advantage of that fact and begins making calls to play in those exhibition games. Winning three league championships in the past and their current success have helped them obtain these opportunities. “It can be a little intimidating,” said sophomore center Tara VanWeerdhuizen. “We’re going out there to have fun, so there is really no pressure.” While Corban has yet to win a game

against their D1 counterparts, they’ve been close, losing to Idaho by three points. “We approach our exhibition games with the intention of playing well enough to put ourselves in an opportunity to to win,” said Ball. “When it comes down to it, no Division 1 game matters,” said senior Emily Tsugawa. “It gives us confidence knowing that we can be successful in different areas against Division 1 schools. It’s cool to say that we have played here or there, and did this and that against some of the top teams in the nation.” The team plays the regular starters and uses the same subbing rotation as in a regular season game. The pre-season and exhibition schedule set them up to be successful once conference starts. “We don’t always win the games, but our players are constantly getting better, and that’s why we do it,” said Ball. What’s to come? Well, in the next two years, look forward to hearing how the Lady Warriors have held up against teams from Baylor University and University of Connecticut. “It’s cool to say that we have played here or there, and did this and that against some of the top teams in the nation,” said Tsugawa.

Photo by Richard C. Ersted/Stanford Photo

Megan Benedict looks to pass at the Stanford game.

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By Josh Trammell Sports Editor Ten years ago, everyone was a “legitimate” USC fan. Of course it was not due to factors such as their widespread dominance of the college football landscape, electrifying studs like Reggie Bush, or the desire to play with a team rated “99 overall” on NCAA 2004. Instead, adolescent flip-floppers sporting the number “5” on their unimpassioned chests cited reasons such as “My uncle lives in L.A.,” “My dad was born in South-

Emily Tsugawa (sr.), Tara VanWeerdhuizen (so.), Tess Bennett (sr.) A trio of All-Conference returners seeks to lead the Warriors this year. Tsugawa, a senior point guard, led the nation in assists and will provide needed offensive output from the guard position. On the defensive side, VanWeerdhuizen, last year’s conference freshman of the year, seeks to build off a season in which she led the nation in blocked shots. Bennett provides the stability and consistent scoring needed for the Warriors, who will likely look to run a majority of the offense through her. Despite their talents on offense, “These three players are going to be looked to for leadership on the defensive end,” said Ball.

Key newcomers

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Julia Young shoots for 3 at the UO’s Matthew Knight Arena.

True fans bleed green and yellow, always ern California,” or “I appreciate the allusion to classical mythology.” Times have changed. Apparently everyone’s uncles have since moved, secrets about fathers’ birth origins have been uncovered, and mythology, like the ancient city of Troy, has been buried under the debris of passing time. Six has become the new five. I am not the first opinionated and annoyed columnist to label the University of Oregon as a “bandwagon” fan base; regardless, I will refrain from doing so. Because, as aggravatingly annoying and illogically adamant as many Duck fans can be, this is the unfortunate outcome of sudden and popular success. Call it bandwagon-ing, call it Trojan fever, call it Justin Beiber Syndrome, but the fault should not be transposed to the faithful. At the mention of the word “faithful,” we find the heart of the issue. Many of you readily attribute this word to your own fandom, but it is something that can only be tested by time. Quick! Who was the Ducks’ starting quarterback and running back in 2005? For those of you still thinking, instead of taking this time to rack your brain or check your smart phone, use it to adopt some humility. Not because you are less worthy as fans, but because you have a lot to learn, and years to fashion the devotion of a true follower of the Oregon Ducks.

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Ducks fans have remained patient through an existence mainly marked by irrelevance and exclusion, and those newcomers quick to show elitism and arrogant opinions are not appreciated. This is not simply because Oregon has not yet earned the right to call themselves a powerhouse, (Starting from 2008 doesn’t count; sorry, guys.) but because the fan base is being diluted by widespread ignorance. If you have yet to suffer through seasons like those of the early 90s, or more recently 2004, and remain true, then remain quiet until you’ve learned what it means to bleed green and yellow. These are the colors true Duck fans would much rather sport over black, grey and volt green, the colors that coursed through their veins long before liquid metal was even a twinkle in Nike’s eye. I am not advocating a lack of enthusiasm. The lightning quick success and play style of the Oregon Ducks is something worth cheering for, but just as lightning is a symbol of power and speed, it is also one of transience, staying only as long as the realization of its arrival. If there is any lesson to be learned from the men of Troy, it is this: even the mightiest cities fall in time. Yes, a day will come again, perhaps sooner than we think, when Oregon will finish a season outside the top 10, the top 25 even. So the question remains: will you still be there? Or will your fanaticism disappear in a flash?

Megan Benedict (fr.) A freshman transfer from NCAA Division I school Gonzaga University, Benedict figures nicely into the Warriors’ arsenal of scorers. “We are looking for Megan to bring a consistent outside scoring threat,” said Ball. Benedict is originally from Lebanon, playing four years at Lebanon High School and garnering first team All-League recognition her senior season, as well as second-team All-League her junior season. She also played AAU basketball under Corban coach Terry Williams. “Megan and the others we have added this year make this one of the deepest teams we have ever had at Corban,” said Ball.

Notable games Entire CCC conference “On any given day anyone can win,” said Ball. The CCC is one of the more rounded conferences in the nation. While only Eastern Oregon (10) joins Corban (17) in the pre-season top 25, College of Idaho, Warner Pacific, and OIT all boast formidable squads. “Our focus is on coming out and playing basketball our way,” said Ball, “setting the tone on defense and making people have to guard us in every position. If we can do that, we will be very successful this year and make a run at a third straight Cascade Collegiate Conference Championship.”

From the coach Co-head Coach Rosey Ball: “This year’s team is relatively young and has the potential to be more balanced than we have been in the past. Every person on this team has tremendous scoring capabilities. We are a transition first team and need to run offenses that play to strengths, which are post play and shooting. I think this is the best defensive team we have had in quite a while. Every year a new team struggles with finding their identity and that is what we are focusing on right now: who are we and how do all the pieces fit?”


12Entertainment

WubWubWub: a dubstep critique

Ranty Andy By Andy Tennant Columnist I work at Guitar Center. This means that I will inherently absorb more music than the average person. Furthermore, this means I get to hear music that other people like at loud volumes. (Thanks, random 50-year-old man). At any rate, I can’t help but notice a large increase in the amount of Dubstep played in the speaker section of the store. At this juncture, you may ask yourself, “What is Dubstep?” Dubstep can be described thusly: Dubstep is the conglomeration of turgid, flatulent-like noises made in succession in order to satisfy the crying pleas of an ADHD generation who need the constant stimulus of electric artillery so as to give them sustenance until they can drink Dutch Bros. coffee and tweet about it until they get type 2 diabetes from all the Dutch Bros. This is what Dubstep is. I digress. My primary concern for the increase in Dubstep is that it kills creativity. It isn’t hard to make Dubstep. If I were given the right software and a Mac Book Pro, I could make the next Skrillex album in two shakes of a rabbit’s tail. If you have a sense of rhythm and a nice computer, it’s completely attainable. I teach drums, bass, voice, and guitar. I understand the amount of practice and musical theory it takes to become a proficient musician -- Dubstep artists skip this pedagogy and act more like 5-year-olds on Microsoft Paint than real artists. This is exemplified at shows -- talented bands work hard during live performances, sweating and trudging along in order to give a solid performance. This takes stamina and practicing -- anyone who drums for two hours knows this is true. Conversely, Dubstep artists have the liberty of hitting “play” on their laptops and crowd-surfing. To summarize: Don’t listen to or advocate Dubstep. If you do, please do so ironically -- as if listening to Nickelback or Train.

November 27, 2012

Skyfall: true action-thriller By Will Bassham Staff Writer Bond. James Bond. He is a man who needs no introduction. Celebrating 50 years of “James Bond” movies since the first one, with Sean Connery as James Bond in “Dr. No” in 1962, is “Skyfall,” the latest James Bond/007 movie, starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, also known by his codename “007.” Bond is a special agent for the British government’s intelligence agency, MI6. In Skyfall, James Bond is tasked with stopping terrorists who have hacked MI6’s computer information and obtained the secret identities of MI6 informants working around the globe and recovering the hard drive with that information. Bond follows the terrorists and ends up in hand-to-hand combat before accidentally being shot off the train when it goes over a bridge by MI6 agent Eve Moneypenny. Bond is declared “missing, presumed dead” by M, his boss and head of MI6, Bond uses his presumed death to retire to an island until he hears of an attack on the MI6 building and returns to London. Bond is back on the case and goes to China to find the terrorist responsible. “Skyfall” is a well-made movie that starts out with a big action sequences. The opening credits are played alongside a charming Adele song. There are smaller action sequences in between the film. The ending is as action-packed as the very beginning.

Photo provided by Sony Pictures Entertainment

Daniel Craig stars in his third Bond film and will star in two more.

The movie is so action-packed it will leave you on the edge of your seat. One of the few drawbacks is the lack of a strong female Bond character. However, my personal favorite scene is where Bond is attacked by assailants inside a casino in Macau. Bond and a large assailant fall in a pit in the casino where a large Komodo Dragon lizard is kept. The assailant manages to get Bond’s handgun, but is unable to fire it as it has sophisticated grips that can only be fired with Bond’s palm prints. The assailant is attacked and overpowered from behind by a Komodo Dragon, which drags away the screaming assailant for a

quick meal. “Skyfall” is unique from other James Bond movies in that two characters who were not present in the last two films, “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solice,” are revealed again. They are agent Eve Moneypenny and Q, Bond’s armorer and gadget supplier. What is also unique is that elements of older James Bond movies are brought back due to the 50th anniversary of Bond films: the old Aston Martin DB5 car originally used by Sean Connery as James Bond in “Goldfinger” and Bond’s original sidearm, the Walther PPK. “Skyfall” is rated PG-13, and does not disappoint.

Lincoln: an accurate portrayal By Kate Tracy Ediitor Following a harrowing election year, American moviegoers may gain more than a sense of nostalgia in Steven Spielberg’s new hit “Lincoln.” Spielberg timed the release of this movie perfectly, as Americans rediscover the important political actions that have improved the dignity and human worth of the United States. In a time of division and uncertainty, with rumors of secession, this movie may bring hope to the American people through its visionary look into Abraham Lincoln’s last four months as president of the United States. The film focuses on Lincoln’s efforts to ratify the 13th Amendment, which would formally abolish slavery. The movie developed an in-depth portrayal of the House or Representatives and how hard it was for Lincoln’s cabinet to procure enough votes to pass the amendment. Although the focus of the movie is not always on Lincoln as president, it tracks his most significant accomplishment as president. Daniel Day-Lewis brings Lincoln to life through the details: his iconic top-hat, his dislike for gloves, his grand story-telling and his undeterred humor. No one scene was especially powerful or glorious in any way; rather, through the ordinary, authentic screenplay and script, “Lincoln” por-

trays the president with original dignity: tireless, compassionate and honest. The film intertwined Lincoln’s political life with his family life in a very interesting way. His youngest son Tad (played by Gulliver McGrath) frequently interrupts Lincoln’s cabinet meetings, and he has a fascination with slavery. He holds up gruesome slave pictures and asks his father about them. Because of this, the movie does a good job of not labeling Lincoln as the “slave-lover” people like to believe he was, but rather showing the abolition of slavery as a political move. And Tad’s reaction to his father’s death also provides a heart-breaking scene that no one would find in the history books. In another moving scene, Lincoln is discussing the 13th Amendment with radical Republican Thaddeus Stevens (played by Tommy Lee Jones). Stevens criticizes Lincoln for not leading the country “true north” by going through all of his political schemes.Yet Lincoln carries his compass analogy even further, saying that going true north can lead one into swamps and bogs. And why, he asks, would Stevens want America to end up in a “swamp”? Among the many things this movie does right is that it shows us that we can learn from Abraham Lincoln. He worked tirelessly to get the 13th Amendment passed, just as he worked tirelessly in all his years serving America. He navigated the country through its messiest years, through the

swamps and battles, to achieve a higher form of human dignity. The last words spoken by Abraham Lincoln as he walks out of the White House to Ford Theater are significant because they show him as a reluctant, tired hero, who still chose to act in America’s darkest hour: “I suppose I should go, although I don’t want to.”

Photo provided by: Touchstone Pictures

Daniel Day-Lewis underwent a remakable physical transfomation for the film.


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November 27, 2012

Entertainment

New Nintendo console arrives

What’s wrong with pop?

By Jeffrey Morse Entertainment Editor

The next generation of video games officially arrived this month, as Nintendo released the Wii U on Nov. 18. It is the successor to the original “Wii” console from 2006 and is the first fully HD Nintendo console. It touts an impressive tablet controller, that can be used in a multitude of ways, including the ability to play games solely on the gamepad. More than 30 games are already available to play on Wii U, which can support up to five players using multiplayer. This is a first for home consoles. In addition to gaming, the Wii U gamepad can be used to browse the Internet, watch movies and TV shows from online providers (Hulu+, Netflix and Amazon Instant) and even as a TV remote to change a TV’s volume and channel. For those who consider themselves social networkers, the Wii U has an online

What students say about Wii U

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The Wii U Gamepad has a 6.2-inch touch-screen that can display streaming games, movies and more in real time.

community titled “Miiverse,” where one can interact with friends, as well as other users around the world. A gamer can send messages, draw pictures, and even video chat with others completely free from a

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TV on the free online service. The system is now available for purchase, with a basic set for $299.99 and a deluxe set for $349.99, a price well worth it for most gamers.

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“The gamepad is like nothing I have ever seen before.” -Junior Adam Fields “SO IMPRESSED with the new Wii U! Local/split-screen multiplayer games have been completely redefined.” -Senior Nate Smith “The Wii U is intuitive, fluid, responsive, ingenious, and unique. It's a community console that is the biggest advancement to the gaming industry in many, many years.” -Junior Bryan White “The Wii U is a really fun experience to enjoy with friends, and it is REALLY addicting. In other words, the Wii U gave my life purpose.” -Senior Lacy Ramirez

Coming Coming Soon Soon Boxart provided by Nintendo, EA, Activsion, and Rocksteady

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Electric Playground By Jeffrey Morse Entertainment Editor Music has been described as the essence of the soul that brings people together. Since ancient times, all generations of people have come together to enjoy music. That is, until now. The quality of music the industry has been producing has slowly been declining since the 1990s. No longer are songs such as “When the Saints go Marching in” or “Swing on a Star” topping the charts. Instead we are bombarded with dozens of heart-throbs, or so the tween girls call them. N-Sync and Hanson and the Backstreet Boys were the first in this trend, and more recently came Justin Bieber and One Direction. These groups rarely stick around for more than a few years; just look at the Jonas Brothers. Even college-aged girls get all googly-eyed at the mention of Bieber, and they proudly wear their shirts displaying his boyish face. Perhaps they just think he is cute, or it makes them cute, or maybe they are just trying to attract a male “Belieber.” Why does the teenage girl decide what songs are popular in our culture? Are all music consumers really from that one demographic? Even the music videos of today lack creative inspiration. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is still incredible to watch after 30 years. But now, we watch Beiber’s “Baby” video (recently the most-watched Youtube video of all-time), which is nothing more than a 14-year-old singing about “true love” to another middle-schooler. The pop genre that Michael Jackson, the most successful artist of the ‘80s, nearly single-handedly created and made popular, is now so gross, repetitive and inappropriate that many have dubbed it “Trashy Pop.” As a result, our culture is not brought together by music, but usually divided over it. Everyone has his or her own iPod (Or Zune if you’re THAT guy), and prefers to listen to music individually instead. So I challenge you to try to scan the radio today and not find a song that is auto-tuned or lacking talent. Follow Jeffrey Morse on Twitter @TheJeffreyMorse


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November 27, 2012

Obama wins four more, world reacts By Vinny Sepe Staff Writer

Love him or hate him, but Barack Obama is America’s president for the next four years. In the wake of the Nov. 6 election, the American political scene remains divided, and pointed opinions are being fired from both the left and the right. Meanwhile, around the globe, many foreign leaders and citizens are chiming in about the news of Obama retaining the most powerful presidency in the world. European polls showed President Obama was favored over Romney by nearly 80 percent, reported USA Today. The continent’s strongly liberal ideology and Romney’s lack of global recognition may help explain such widespread support in Europe. Obama’s support was not just limited to Europe, however. In a survey published by BBC last summer, Obama won high levels of support in 20 out of 21 of the most populated countries. The exception was Pakistan, which was pulling for Romney, perhaps because of the President’s unappreciated use of drone strikes. The same poll showed Obama scoring very high in Australia, Africa, Western Europe and Canada. Despite Obama’s low levels of support in Pakistan, much of the Middle East supported him. Army officers and government officials in Iraq and Afghanistan applauded him for pulling American troops out of the area, reported USA Today. Obama fever also swept over many leaders with strong negative opinions about America, such as Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, said Fox News.

Photo courtesy of The White House

After seven months of hard campaigning, President Obama earns victory not only in the United States, but also around the world, as other political leaders and countries celebrate his win.

Russian President Vladimir Putin allegedly supported Obama’s second term, but also was quoted as open to working with Romney. Perhaps the most intense election night ecstasy was felt in Kenya, Obama’s father’s homeland. The sensation of pride and gratification after the president’s victory was electrifying, reported NPR. Many people there view Obama as a nearly messianic figure and a superstar in the global political scene. Neither Obama nor Romney scored impressively in China, reported the Wash-

ington Post. This is likely due to the growing American mistrust of Chinese policy and political rhetoric that labels China as a currency manipulator. However, the globe was not entirely sold by Obama’s charismatic message. Eastern Europe showed strong Romney support. The former Massachusetts governor won one of his only international endorsements from Polish president Lech Walesa. This is largely due to the fact that Republicans are historically seen as more helpful with this region’s woes with Russia, said the Washington Post.

president in 2016? Should we examine what went well and what went badly in each of the candidate’s campaigns? Instead of doing this wild speculation, I want to take time to examine what happened on election night and pave the way to what’s next. Suffice it to say, election night was a disappointment to me. Of the 31 separate votes I placed on my Washington State ballot, only 13 went my way, and that is including five races that were unopposed. I was not counting on Mitt Romney winning Washington, but I had hoped he would win overall. I think he would have made a great president. One race I had thought would go my way was the Washington governor’s race. Republican Rob McKenna seemed poised to be the first GOP governor of Washington in 27 years, but was narrowly defeated by ex-congressman Jay Inslee.

At the conclusion of election night, I briefly considered taking a respite from political madness with a few weeks off of politics, despite following the presidential election closely for about a year and a half. However, my curiosity got the best of me, and I could not resist. As I started to research the results, it interested me to see the blame get thrown around, the results examined and the polls scrutinized. Enough of my ramblings. As I’ve had a chance to think through the election, what is happening in this country and in the world, I’ve only begun to realize the need for prayer. A few weeks ago, when Corban’s chapel discussed the topic of politics, I was trying to convey this point as I led worship. Jesus Christ is our hope and always will be, and He reigns as King over everything. Whoever is in elected office, whether by our choice or despite our choice, has been appointed by God and

CNN reported that Romney also had sizeable support in a few Middle Eastern nations, including Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, and Tunisia. Yet this November, majorities in America and the world supported Obama. So the next time you hear people threatening to move to a different country as a result of this election, be sure to remind them that Obama was supported on a wider margin gobally than by American voters.

It’s all over: how to move on after election night

By Elijah Olson Columnist

Political

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The 2012 elections are over. Most people are relieved to return to their lives as usual and not have to endure the endless political Facebook posts and campaign commercials between segments of their favorite sit-coms. But for the average political buff, the question arises: what now? Is it time to speculate who will run for

deserves our respect and prayers. So this is my challenge to you and to me. What now? Pray for your leaders; pray for this country; pray for those in need. Pray for those who don’t have the incredible freedoms we enjoy in America. Thank God for the incredible gift that is ours by having a voice in electing our leaders. I plan on praying for each of our elected officials, by name. I plan on writing some to let them know I am praying for them and the decisions they face. These simple acts may have more impact than filling in any oval. Communication with political leaders will help bridge the gap within in American democracy. Follow Elijah Olson on Twitter @OlsonElijah.


November 27, 2012

Theology

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Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door

By Vinny Sepe Staff Writer

In modern America, if someone comes knocking on your door, there is a very short list of people it could be. Perhaps it is a solicitor, a Girl Scout selling cookies, a long-lost relative, or, the most likely of all, a Jehovah’s Witness. Chances are, this situation has happened to all of us. Yet for some reason, the core beliefs of these door-to-door missionaries remain elusive. What exactly do they believe? The name “Jehovah’s Witness” refers to the idea that followers of this faith are witnesses of Jehovah. The word Jehovah is a dichotomy of two Hebrew words, explained theology professor Tim Anderson. Jehovah’s Witnesses claim to be Christian because they view Christ as the key to salvation. Yet both Christ and salvation have taken on non-biblical meanings within the religion. “Jesus is an archangel, only partially divine. To them he has supernatural powers, kind of like Thor,” said Anderson. “We don’t worship a God like Thor,” he continued. Salvation is also viewed differently by Jehovah’s Witnesses than by Christians. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe 144,000 of

the most righteous souls in history will go to heaven. This is part of why they go door to door; they want to be the best witnesses in hopes of going to heaven. The rest of the people will go into a state of temporary unconsciousness until the end of the world, when they will be awakened by Jesus to spend eternity on the new perfect Earth that Jehovah is going to recreate, explained Anderson. Jehovah’s Witnesses also completely deny the existence of hell or the Trinity, according to Bible professor Paul Johnson. Additionally, they have an organization called The Watchtower that is criticized for surpassing the authority of the Bible, Anderson said. This organization publicizes the official beliefs and teachings of the cult. While understanding their beliefs is one thing, knowing what to say when they come to the door is another. Even though it may seem like a wonderful opportunity to bust out spiritual truth, “It’s not a great time to try to out-Bible them,” said campus pastor Dan Huber. “They’ve been trained for that.” “I had a guy come to my door three times, three Saturdays in a row,” said Anderson. “He had three different people with him every time…finally I realized

Photo by Jake Bowdoin

Jehovah’s Witness missionaries go door-to-door to be the best witness.

he was using me as a training model of someone who knew the Bible… to train the converts.” He went on to say that after confronting the man about it, this particular missionary never came to his house again. While the doctrinal knowledge of Je-

hovah’s Witnesses may be discouraging, there is no need to be unwilling to talk to Jehovah’s Witnesses. Huber said, “There should be a measure of love that is present and clear, and a willingness to say that I am a Christian. Even though they’ve been trained, the Holy Spirit can work in that.”

Alcoholics synonymous: Christians, drinking and the Bible

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By Steffan Bard Columnist Alcohol, in the Christian culture, often seems synonymous with sin. But what advice, rules, wisdom or moral commands does the Bible have regarding the consumption of alcohol? 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (NIV). This passage is often cited as evidence to prohibit believers from drinking. However, in context, it is talking about sexual immorality (thank you, Bible Study Methods). Paul says that our bodies are temples as a

way to exhort believers to use their bodies for God’s glory, not for sexual immorality. Paul is warning us about the dangers and spiritual implications of sexual immorality. He’s not necessarily giving us a ���biblical” license to make prohibitory statements about anything. If you’re going to apply this passage to say why believers shouldn’t drink, then I think you would have to become fully Mormon and say we shouldn’t drink coffee or tea either. Using this verse to prohibit alcohol would be akin to saying someone shouldn’t eat Cheetos or drink pop because it isn’t healthy and they would thus be defiling “their temple.” 1 Corinthians 10:31: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (NIV). My question is this: Who determines whether what someone eats or drinks is for the glory of God or not? As Paul says in the verse before, “If I can thank God for the food and enjoy it, why should I be condemned for eating it?” 1 Corinthians 8:9: “Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak” (NIV). One factor that shouldn’t be downplayed is the weaker conscience. Drinking around certain people is sinful inasmuch as it may disturb a believer with a weaker conscience who considers drinking wrong, according to his conscience. For the sake of loving our brother with a weaker con-

science, we should avoid doing things around him (e.g. swearing, drinking,etc.) that he considers wrong, even if the Bible does not directly prohibit such things. Our love for them should lead us to be sensitive toward their beliefs to avoid discord with fellow believers. Proverbs 20:1: “Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise” (NIV). Unlike many of the verses often used to make statements about alcohol, this verse actually applies. It must first be noted, however, that Proverbs, as a genre, is concerned with wise living – not morality. This proverb states that the person led astray by the influence of alcohol is not wise. This immediately appeals to common sense and what we know about alcohol. There are many deaths annually from drunk driving. There is domestic abuse related to alcohol. Don’t be led astray by the influence of alcohol – yes and amen, but let’s also be careful not to “go beyond what is written.” It speaks only of being led astray. It does not speak of prohibition or morality. Alcohol lowers our defenses against the desires of the flesh and can also lead us to make unwise decisions. This is why Ephesians 5:17-18 says, “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” Some

versions actually say, “And be not drunk with wine, in which is excess.” Drinking, in itself, is not immoral or wrong; however, what it can lead one to do under its influence is often unwise and sinful. This is not a reason to prohibit alcohol, much like we do not prohibit the possession of firearms. It is a reason to be wise in our use of such things. Just as the temptation might be to ban firearms, we are tempted to avoid drinking completely. Does strict avoidance really foster responsibility, or is it just a way to evade learning responsibility? Maybe we don’t really believe that if we attempt to learn responsibility and the consequences of failure, God’s grace will be enough for us and He’ll grow us through it all. Maybe our avoidance speaks less of our faith and more of our faithlessness sometimes. I wonder. Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine. We see in Luke 7:34 how the religious leaders accused Jesus of being a glutton, drunkard and a friend of tax collectors and sinners. Jesus didn’t have a good reputation with the religious leaders of his time. As Jesus was criticized for hanging out with tax collectors, if he walked the earth today, I suspect our modern day Pharisees would think him too loose about alcohol. Based on Jesus’ distribution of wine and his reputation as a drunkard, I wonder whether He would be accepted at certain Christian universities and churches today.


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November 27, 2012

A Theatre Boy By John Bennett

William Shakespeare’s

Macbeth

Top Left: Martin Fogarty (Macbeth) and Claire Clubb (Lady Macbeth). Top Middle: Ralph Emerson (King Duncan). Top Right: Jonathan Partridge (Malcom) and Adam Fields (McDuff). Middle Top: Martin Fogarty, Claire Clubb, and Crystal Kuehn. Middle Bottom: (Left) Crystal Kuehn, Claire Clubb, Joseph Craft (Ross), Sami Grief (Lennox), Natalie Grove (Caithness), Sarah Rodenbucher (Menteith), and Jason Prewitt (Angus/Porter). (Right) Bottom Melanie Rice, (Middle), Kaileen Korsten, and Hailey Dawson (Time Travelers). Bottom: Jonathan Partridge, Emily Abbey (Donalbain), Jason Prewitt, Joseph Craft, and Ken Johnson (Seward).

Our culture is sick Brutal honesty is wanted, needed But where are all the men? Did they leave their loves to play video games? I have to tell you, real love just isn’t the same. I’m getting feelings deep down in my soul Because I’m learning what God has in store. You see it’s as if time and space have now converged. William Shakespeare said of love, “If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor man ever loved.” I think that time has come. You’ve come to watch but not relate. I hope at least you’ve come to listen. I’m not your boy. I’m not your girl. I’m his son. HIS son. And you can’t take that away from me.


The Hilltop- November 2012