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Hilltop Jan. 31, 2012

vol. 8, no.4


the deal with

Feminism? [PAGE 8]


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

Inside this issue:

The student publication of Corban University

The Republican breakdown [page 4] Eric Conrath: a Corban legend [page 10] 2012: calamity or comedy? [page 15]

Jan. 31, 2012

2 Voices

The Hilltop The student publication of Corban University 5000 Deer Park Dr. Se Salem, OR 97317 hilltopnews@corban. edu Hilltop Editor-in-Chief Megan Russell

Hilltop Online Editor Kate Tracy

Hilltop Asst. Online Editor Natalie Grove

Photo Editor

Jake Bowdoin

Yearbook Editor

Hannah Yocum

Entertainment Editor Eleanor Fazzari

World Editor

Lacy Ramirez

Lead Photographer

Jessica Bruggeman

Copy Editor

Sarah Moreau

Features Editor

Jenna Harbeck

Chart Organizer

Kelsey Leavitt

Sports Editor

Hannah Lobban

Reporters Will Bassham Angel Prideaux


Christena Brooks Ellen Kersey

This publication reflects the views of the writers and editors and does not necessarily reflect the view of Corban University, its administration or trustees. The mission of this paper is to inegrate the Corban community into the community of Salem to be a witness and light to the darkness and to fulfill the Great Commission by creating awareness.

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The war on censorship: The ABCs of ASB the Internet’s enemy Google it. Oh, wait, you won’t be able to. SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) will force you to enter unfamiliar rooms of the library to do research the old fashioned way. Any research papers due this semester? Choose your Internet information now because a cyber war has begun. On Jan. 18, Wikipedia, Reddit and nearly 7,000 other sites in America shut down for 24 hours to protest Congress’ proposal of SOPA and PIPA. The voting for both bills was supposed to take place Jan. 24, but has been delayed until further notice. SOPA and PIPA’s ultimate goal is to protect the owners of pirated or stolen content that’s being spread on the Internet. However, one of the many flaws of SOPA and PIPA is that they attack the website’s owner, instead of whoever supplied the illegal information. The weakness in these major bills is that instead of targeting the individuals responsible for stealing and pirating, the government will begin to shut down sites with any form of piracy or stolen intellectual information, basically policing what content or information the people receive. For example, let’s say you’re working on a French Revolution paper, and you want to incorporate artwork. You stumble upon a French site that has thousands of pictures from that time period. You post your award-winning essay on your online portfolio, and suddenly the entire site is shut down. The pictures you took from the site were illegal artifacts being sold around the world, therefore, publishing them was in violation of the anti-piracy act. Goodbye, website. The government is intervening in the free-market (sound familiar?). The last “free” thing in America is our freedom of speech (and even then it seems rather limited). This act would drastically change the Internet by shutting down and severing ties with foreign websites, websites based on file-sharing and link-sharing (Reddit) and sites that share information (Wikipedia). Our concern stems not from the government’s good intentions to protect its people, but from the line being drawn. If the government starts with piracy, will it continue to expand its control into other areas of American life? Some even say that we’ll have to return to libraries, books and newspapers for our information. (Some of us wouldn’t mind the last part.) Is it so bad to have to return to the basics to start over? Should the government be able to censor and protect America’s next generation for government? Censorship occurs in the hearts of individuals when they decide for themselves what is good and what is bad, not when the government decides what the people can or cannot see. That is not to say efforts to fight evil should be discontinued. But power should not be given to the government to control what information we are allowed to receive. At the end of the day, people do what they want to do. If they want to pirate, steal, upload viruses or anything corrupting, technological mastery will allow them to find another way to do it. The Internet, arguably one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century, in all its evil, produces good in the world too. How can we shut down 20 years of brilliance? Respond on the behalf of freedom of speech; it has no voice.

Staff Editorial

Dear Corban,

Welcome back. I hope everyone had a good and somewhat restful break. On behalf of ASB, I wanted to say thank you for such a great firsst semester. We were encouraged by your participation and the positive attitudes you brought to our different events, and we hope you will continue doing so this next semester. Our next big event is Limelight (dance competition). Tryouts are Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, and signups are on the bulliten board next to the skybridge! On a personal note, I want to thank those who have participated in my ministry events last semester. Whether it was at the worship nights, See You at the Pole, the food drive or the prayer chapel, I really appreciate it and hope they were encouraging. My prayer for Corban is that everyone would continue seeking Christ in their lives, challenging one another to grow in their faith, and allowing the Lord to work through them beyond this campus.

Bryce Phelan ASB Ministries Coordinator

Letters to the Editor ‘Superheroes’ a fraud I found your recent, “Top 5 Superheroes” article on Page 12 of last month’s issue appalling. It is apparent that the author of the article had no idea what they were talking about, as there were many inconsistencies in the Superhero descriptions such as, Wolverine’s Occupation being a Spy, and no mention at all of he being a mutant. I’m sure the only reason Thor made the top 5 was because he was played by an attractive male in last year’s hit film. As far as Batman goes, I doubt he’d be No. 1 if the Christopher Nolan movies hadn’t come along, and don’t even get me started on the whole “Superhero or vigilante” argument. But perhaps the biggest travesty in the article was the neglect of Spider-Man. Peter Parker characterizes a common person; he is the most relatable superhero by far, because he has more real-life problems as a Peter than he does as Spider-man. I hope the Hilltop will apologize for the inaccuracy of the article or publish a new Top 5 written by me and other comic experts on campus. Sincerely, Jeffrey Morse the latest news: all day, every day

Corrections On page 16, Derik Chaney not Derick Chaney. On page 16, Sarah Keeley also put a spin on “Someone Like You” by Adele with Tamara Evans and Derik Chaney. The Hilltop regrets these errors.


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Carter earns Mr. VG title News Briefs


By William Bassham Staff Writer

Two nights of comedy and competition ended Thursday night, when sophomore Jordan Carter was proclaimed this year’s Mr. VG. After receiving the Golden Sledgehammer, Carter thanked the guys in his hall for helping him win over the seven other contestants. “With the help of my hall, I was able to bring it home,” Carter said. Carter’s runner-up was freshman James Murrell, who was presented with the Pink Plunger for his second-place finish. “As a freshman, I am very excited,” Murrell said. Mr. VG is an annual competition of the men of Van Gilder. The men in this co-ed dorm are down in number from last year, having seen half their side turned into women’s halls. The two remaining male halls, West Side and North side, competed for the Golden Sledgehammer. On the first night of competition Jan. 24, eight men vied for the title. They were Carter, Murrell, Joe Kraft, “Young” Benjamin Maison, Ricky Mendoza, Anthony Roberts, Reid Zucati and Steffan Bard. With Corban grad Jordan Lindsey hosting, the brave competitors had to do an improv, explain how a random item described them, participate in a crutch race, and show off a talent. Their talents ranged from Zucati downing a smoothie made of sardines, onions, honey, ice, and a Monster energy drink to Mendoza reciting a poem. Also included in the night was Van Gilder Resident Assistant Brett Johnson’s tribute to the RAs of Davidson.

Phil Wickham concert On Feb. 5, Phil Wickham will host the monthly worship night. The event will only include him and will be located in the Psalm Center. It begins at 9 p.m. and is free to all Corban students.

Dining hall’s grand opening set for March Photo by Jessica Bruggeman

Steffan Bard, Ben Maison, Ricky Mendoza, Reid Zucati, Tony Roberts and Joe Kraft carry Jordan Carter after he was announced the winner of Mr. VG, as James Murrell held his duct tape sword proudly.

By the end of the night, four guys would continue on: Carter, Murrell, Mendoza and Kraft. The four men spent the next two days getting ready for the last night of Mr. VG. They made props for their skits using only cardboard and duct tape and practiced for the upcoming events. The second night on Thursday involved iPod karaoke, poetry reading, cardboard creations contest, a cardboard-duct tape fashion show, angry girlfriend scenario, and save the princess. Save the princess involved contestants dressing up as

knights, surviving hits from spectatorlobbed water balloons and an ogre. Finally, Carter was announced the champion, and another Mr. VG event took its place in Corban history. Organizers agreed the event was a success, with its new winter time slot (past competitions were in October) and costing less than in previous years. “Planning went better than most years because of the timing,” said RA Brett Johnson, who was involved in the planning of Mr. VG.

For more Mr. VG photos, see p. 16

MLK Serve Day benefits community

Submitted photo

Emily Childers, freshman, colors pictures with a girl while serving at the Boys and Girls Club.

By Sarah Moreau Copy Editor The recent Martin Luther King Serve Day will now be an annual tradition, according to Reach Director Lori Schilling. Schilling said the idea has been thrown around for the last few years in Student Life, and was brought up by last year’s

ASB president, Alyssa Teterud, who wrote a letter asking permission for the day off. “We wanted to provide an opportunity for everyone on campus to serve the community together,” Schilling said. The activity was open to students, faculty, and staff, so everyone had an opportunity to do something as a group at

Corban. Schilling said she did not know what to expect, since this was the first year for the Serve Day, but she “hoped that students and employees would be excited.” A total of about 230-250 students volunteered on the day. Schilling has heard from many people that they had a great time and felt they made a difference in the community. “Sometimes the hardest part about service is getting started,” Schilling said. She hopes opportunities like these will open doors and allow students to get involved in the community gradually. Freshman Kelsea Banks volunteered at the Historic Deepwood Estates. “It was really awesome and I would do it every year,” Banks said. “It was a great way to fellowship with other Corbanites. I wouldn’t trade the experience for a day of sleeping in.” ASB Ministries Coordinator Bryce Phelan said, “I have received a lot of positive responses from students, as well as faculty who found it encouraging.” Schilling said she hopes those students’ energy will spread across campus and bring in more volunteers next year. “It’s not just about giving; we also get something out of the service,” Schilling said. “We can change them.”

The dining hall’s renovations began in the fall semester and the completion of the entire building is estimated to be finished on March 1. The old part of the cafeteria was completed over Christmas break. The new addition will include an entrance and a room with plenty of additional chairs and tables. Unfortunately, the booths will not be in there. The new cafeteria is set up with a sound system also. All of the funding for this new addition to Aramark was through the company of Aramark, and not out of any tuition.

Limelight tryouts today Corban Experience will take place on Feb. 12. Limelight tryouts begin Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. The winner will receive $500. Only Corban students are allowed to participate.

Woman to Woman On Feb. 25, author Carolyn Custis James will speak at Corban’s annual Woman to Woman conference. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the event ends at 4 p.m. James’s theme, “Unleashed: Becoming a Catalyst for Change” will address how to live out God’s vision in our lives. The event is located in the Psalm Center and costs $55 to attend. Registration is also available online.

Creative faith During the week of Feb. 6-10, Corban will be holding Arts Week, entitled “Creative Faith: Faith Expressed through the Arts.” Various workshops and speakers will take place throughout the week, allowing interested students to learn more about the arts. Mark McIntire and Andrew Dickson will be speaking at the Wednesday and Friday chapels, respectively. For information on workshops, students can visit, and to register for workshops, e-mail



Jan. 31, 2012

2012 Republican candidates If

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if all people know about the presidential race

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chance to see the candidates and size them up.

Newt Gingrich

Rick Santorum

By Eli Olson Guest Writer Newt Gingrich is a seasoned politician and has an unsurpassed knowledge of the issues. Struggling in the early polls, Gingrich gained momentum and surged to win in South Carolina (by 13 percent). His major proposals include an optional 15 percent flat tax, establishing English as the official language of government, and reforming K-12 education to a Pell Grant type system. As Speaker of the House from 1994 to 1998, Gingrich accomplished major welfare reform, as well as a balanced budget. He resigned in 1998, however, amid a House ethics violation. He has also come under fire for supporting an individual mandate for health insurance and appearing with Nancy Pelosi in a global warming television ad. Campaign website:

As a strong social conservative, Santorum advocates for family values and religious freedom. His major proposals include a reduction of manufacturing taxes to 0 percent and strong sanctions and potential action against Iran to prevent their development of nuclear weapons. As a senator from Pennsylvania, Santorum helped pass the ban on partial-birth abortions, as well as welfare reform. Santorum sported abysmal poll numbers early on; gaining support up to the Iowa caucus, his numbers dramatically increased, and he ended up winning by a mere 34 votes over Romney. He has come under fire over his support for earmarks and has been personified as homophobic for his stance on marriage. Campaign website:

Ron Paul

Mitt Romney

Ron Paul draws some of the most active supporters in American politics and caters toward libertarianleaning voters, taking the slogan “Restore America Now.” His major proposals include ending the Federal Reserve, eliminating five U.S. departments, and ending all U.S. foreign aid. Paul. a Congressman from Texas, is serving his 12th term and has consistently stood against big government and wasteful spending. He has been scrutinized for his foreign policy positions, making the claim he would allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon. He also fights criticism of controversial remarks in newsletters sent under his name and his support for legalizing marijuana. Campaign website: ronpaul2012. com.

Since the outset of this race, Mitt Romney has been considered the front-runner for the Republican nomination. He has received nearly every high-profile endorsement, won in New Hampshire (by 16 percent), and finished second in Iowa and South Carolina. Taking the motto “Believe in America,” he proposes eliminating capital gains taxes for middle class families and supports imposing penalties on China for manipulating their currency. Romney has extensive business experience and served as the governor of Massachusetts. He has come under harsh criticism for his “flip-flops” on issues of abortion, gay marriage, and gun control, and for his healthcare legislation in Massachusetts. Campaign website: mittromney. com.

: The following candidates have been eliminated from the race: Rick Perry, suffering from low poll numbers, dropped out just before the South Carolina primary to endorse Gingrich; Jon Huntsman dropped out after a disappointing third place finish in New Hampshire to endorse Romney; Michelle Bachman,

self-identified Tea Party candidate, dropped out after a poor showing in Iowa; Herman Cain, proponent of the 9-9-9 tax plan, dropped out amid sexual harassment accusations; Mike Huckabee, Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, and Sarah Palin were popular potential candidates, but all declined to run.

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Farewell, dining booths! By Kelsey Leavitt Staff Writer

Eyes are wide and searching as you stumble into the bright new dining hall, but alas! Where are your friends? The new dining room set-up offers many advantages, such as an elongated and closer beverage bar, new floors, more seats, brighter atmosphere and wider aisles for kicking back. However, finding someone to sit with has now been turned into a never-ending game of “Where’s Waldo?” “There’s more pressure with where you sit now,” said Tori Cole. For many students, the booths provided a sense of social safety, especially for the more introverted souls. Others don’t mind. But everyone admits that the booth’s disapperance has changed dining hall dynamics. “They provided privacy so you didn’t feel like everyone in the dining hall could see you when you were eating alone,” said Briana Canfield. “At a booth you only have to know one other person,” said Lacie Fincher. “At a table it feels weird to join because they already have their group and you feel like you’re interrupting.” Rachelle Schafer agreed that not having anyone to sit with is now made more awkward with no booths to hide in. However, she appreciates the new openness: “I think it gives you more of an opportunity to sit with a big group than it does with a smaller more intimate setting,” she said. “It’s different, but not bad.” The intent for the newly renewed and revamped set-up was to accommodate Corban’s vastly growing student body, and



Travelers often feel reverse culture shock By Jessica Bruggeman Assistant Photo Editor

Photo By Jenna Harbeck

Rows of tables take over areas where booths used to be.

tables help do that. Students understand this. “It’s easier to get to things, and it makes sense,” said Cole. Tamra Taylor, director of Campus Dining, expected that students would have a variety of opinions about the changes, but would like to assure students that they were in mind during the renovations. A survey taken last year prompted some of the changes, like the availability of pizza on Wednesdays (Mongolian grill day), allowed by its newly separated station. Students who have an opinion on the changes can always share their thoughts with Campus Dining by stopping by the office or leaving a note in the comment box. “The best way to know when to make changes is when we hear students’ feedback. We will listen and do what we can to make things better,” said Taylor.

Photo by Jenna Harbeck

Freshman Heather Hutchinson reads at one of the few remaining booths.

Library POD offers grab-and-go options By Jenna Harbeck Features Editor A new scent is traveling through the hallways and rows of books in the library. As people enter the main floor, they are greeted by the smell of freshly brewing coffee from Corban’s own POD, which stands for “Provisions on Demand.” The library is a central location on campus that is relatively near all the dorms, which is why the POD was constructed last semester. The dining staff wanted to create a student-friendly meeting place that provided quick access to hot drinks and snacks. The POD differs from Common Grounds Coffee Shop in other aspects besides location. The coffee brand served is called “Java City,” and the prices are cheaper than the Starbucks coffee served at Common Grounds. Plain brewed coffee is the same price, but the “specialty drinks” (cappuccino vs. the mixed drinks from Common Grounds) are about half the price in the POD. The POD also offers a variety of medicines for students who need to suppress an upcoming headache or soothe their chapped lips. It also has a cappuccino machine and will have a microwave and a hot food selection. Director of Food Service Tamra Taylor is pleased with how the POD turned out. “It looks really sharp,” she said. “I like the grab-and-go type options.” Taylor said the dining services built the POD in response to student surveys. Complaints about the long line at Common Grounds and its distance from dorms on campus were both components in the decision to construct a new coffee shop. “As we grow, we are going to see what other options we can add from student surveys,” Taylor said.

Photo by Jacob Bowdoin

Noe Lopez helps Whitney Dahlberg at the register of the POD.

Noe Lopez, a POD employee, enjoys his job at the new campus hot spot. “It’s fun because people come in all the time,” Lopez said. “The managers (April Morrison and Adrienne Goodrich) are really nice. It looks nice and smells like coffee, not Aramark!” Stephanie Zink also appreciates life behind the counter of the POD. “It’s a simple job,” Zink said. “It’s easy and not overwhelming.” Taylor said she has heard nothing but positive feedback regarding the new coffee shop on campus. Tony Roberts is one student who is pleased. “I like that the POD has different items than the coffee shop,” Roberts said. “They seem more dorm-appropriate and are more reasonably priced.” A new grab-and-go option, the POD’s hours are almost identical to the library’s: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, noon – 6 p.m., and Sunday 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

When traveling to a new country, most students think of the exciting and adventurous aspects of immersing themselves in a new culture, meeting new people, and seeing new places. Every year, Corban sends out a handful of students to study abroad – in Germany, Uganda, Costa Rica and elsewhere – while, at the same time, welcoming foreign students who come to study here. This provides a way for American students to immerse themselves overseas, along with an opportunity for foreign exchange students to see what American culture is like. What happens, though, when the adventure is over? When the semester or year ends, and it’s time to go back home. What does that feel like? Junior Anna Robertson studied abroad in Germany last fall. No reverse culture shock here: she thoroughly enjoyed her experience in Germany, but is happy to be home in America. “Honestly, I feel like I just conquered the world, literally, so nothing really seems hard right now,” she said. “Coming back actually felt like I hadn’t left at all. I slipped right back into a routine again.” Corban junior Jake Bowdoin had a diverse cultural experience when he studied abroad in Uganda last year. He stayed with a homestay family during his time there, and he was able to live life alongside them during his time there, living just as they did. After Bowdoin returned to America from Uganda, his response to reverse culture shock wasn’t immediate. “Rather, from time to time, little things would come up that were hard to re-adjust to,” he said. Corban freshman Ning Hsu, from Taiwan, experienced reverse culture shock when she returned home last December for Christmas break. She’d grown accustomed to America’s “more laid-back culture,” and she had forgotten how busy Taiwanese culture is. Hsu said she had trouble adjusting to Taiwanese culture even when going back for Christmas break, after the 2011 fall semester. Hsu said she misses the slow-paced lifestyle of America when she returns to Taiwan. “I live in the capital city, Taipei, in Taiwan, and there’s always something going on there,” Hsu said. “We don’t ever need to worry about finding something to do or being bored. Sometimes, this aspect of Taiwan culture kind of stresses me out a little bit.” Hsu said Taiwanese priorities are very different from Americans. They view academics and a career as the most important things to invest their time and energy in. “On the other hand, American students not only know how to study, but they also know how to play sports and enjoy themselves; they have more of a variety,” Hsu said.




Jan. 31, 2012


from staff members

Ask Katie By Katie Wilson Columnist

Family’s adoptee to arrive in March By Kate Tracy Hil top Online Editor

When Kyle Croft traveled to China in August 2010 to serve on his school’s mission trip, he had no idea how his life was going to change. Sure, he’d heard that mission trips broaden a person’s perspective and bring more awareness to the needs around the world, but no change would ever be that tangible in his life. That was until he met Phillip. Croft was first introduced to Phillip at the Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village near Beijing, where Phillip had lived since he was seven months old. He was a 12-year-old spunky boy with an outgoing personality who had spent his whole life in a wheelchair. From the very beginning of their acquaintance, Croft had a special relationship with Phillip because he stuck out: he was smart, happy, and knew English very well. Besides, the fact that he was paralyzed from the waist down set him apart from the other orphans. Croft jokingly would tell the workers at the orphanage that out of all the kids there, Phillip would be the one he would want to adopt.

I like a staff member. I know it can’t work, but what can I do to end these feelings toward her? Here’s a list of do’s and don’ts. Let’s start with the don’ts: Don’t show up at her door with a bouquet of roses and an engagement ring. Counterintuitive, I know. Don’t murder or kidnap her real boyfriend. Don’t turn to drugs and alcohol for distraction, and the same goes for sappy 80’s music. Don’t write any goodbye letters and drive your vehicle off the nearest cliff. Don’t Google-search Salem, Oregon cliffs. Don’t hunt down an innocent girl to date who will soon find out that you are much more interested in the staff member than her. By now you may have forgotten there were any do’s, but here they are: seek council, prayer and healthy distraction. These sound a lot simpler when compared to the don’ts, right? Atta boy, you can do it.

I work with a guy whose cologne is always way too strong. How do I make the stink stop? If you’ve been watching too much daytime TV, you may be tempted to take a dramatic approach to this problem. You could hold your breath around him until you pass out, for instance. “He brought me to this,” you’ll whisper when you wake up in the emergency room and point a frail finger at him. You could exaggerate your headaches to the point of gripping nearby furniture and gasping “The pain, oh the pain!” Although I enjoy a sappy drama as much as the next girl, I may have to instead suggest you ask him not to wear so much cologne. If he’s not somebody you can easily avoid, it sounds like the time has come to stop smelling the roses… or, you know, the Axe.

A family friend, leaps with Kyle dock that reads the waters of Park.

Submitted photo

Josh Taylor, Croft from a “Phillip” into Idaho State

After returning home to America, Croft began his freshman year at Corban only to find that the desire to adopt Phillip was not going away. His mother, who accompanied him to China, felt it too. The Crofts began praying, and Croft’s father, who was skeptical of adopting a boy he had never met, began having a very clear heart change. “I saw God work in my dad’s heart the most because adoption was never part of the plan,” said Brittany Croft, Kyle’s sister and fellow Corban student, “but God worked in my dad’s heart so much. Now everytime he talks about it, he cries.” Throughout the year, the Croft family prayed for God’s direction, and by March 1, 2011, they decided to adopt Phillip and give him a new place to live at their home in Spokane, Wash. The paperwork has been tedious to complete, but the Crofts are hoping that by March 2012, the adoption will be complete and they can bring Phillip home with them. And since Chinese law states that boys cannot be adopted once they turn 14, the Crofts are getting Phillip just in time. Although the Croft family is excited about making Phillip a part of their family, they still have reservations. Because Phillip lives in a wheelchair, his new family will have to remodel part of their house, adding ramps and other additions to make it accessible to him. Their normal activities will not be the same, but to them, the joy of following God’s will far outweighs the sacrifices they will be making. “There’s just a lot of unknowns,” said Brittany, referring to Phillip’s handicaps. “I don’t really know what it’s going to look like. My family doesn’t see that as an obstacle, but as another way for God to be glorified.” Added to the changes that are coming to their family is Phillip’s adjustment and reaction to his new life. Because of the many flaws in the adoption process, the adoption agency will not tell Phillip until two weeks before the Crofts take him home, in case anything falls through and it cannot work out. Because of this, the Crofts are anxious about Phillip’s reac-

Submitted photo

12-year-old Phillip will soon be named “Croft.”

tion to the sudden news that he will be taken to America. “You don’t know what kids are going to think,” said Kyle. “You don’t know if you resign yourself to orphanage life. But God will equip us -- we’re in it for the long haul.” The Croft family has received many different reactions from people when they explain their decision, but most of their friends fully support what they are doing. On one occasion, after Brittany and Kyle had shared about Phillip during a chapel student seminar, Kyle received $366 from an anonymous donor in his mailbox. “My jaw just dropped,” Kyle said. “How cool is that that some college kid scrounged up all the money they had to give to Phillip?” More than anything, Kyle and the rest of his family see their commitment of adopting Phillip as a way to honor God and reflect his love. Kyle memorized Ephesians 1:4-6, which tells of God adopting us as His sons through Christ. “I memorized this verse because of this adoption,” he said. “My parents love Phillip this much. My dad’s never met him, and my mom only knew him for a few hours, yet they’re willing to bring him halfway across the world to live with us. It reflects God’s love, which is infinitely greater.”

Frisbee builds community

By Hannah Lobban Sports Editor

Say you’re walking around campus because you have nothing else to do, and you end up on Warrior Drive heading up the hill. Continue on your path and take a left at the soccer fields. Don’t stop there, but go past the soccer field, and get off at the intramural field. If it’s between 3 and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays, you’ll stumble across the Ultimate Frisbee Club. Started officially in fall 2010, UFC was an offshoot of a regular student get-together organized by Sam Koch in 2009. After Koch graduated, Richard Riffle, Rob Douglass and Jordan Keck took it one step further. With help from the Athletic Department, they filed for organization status after the first two scheduled games in 2010 drew 20 and 60 people, respectively.

“We simply want[ed] to create an atmosphere and a place where students can take a break from studying a few times a week to play ultimate Frisbee with others to build community,” said Douglass, club president. Chris Barry uses the club to unwind and stay active. “I have an inner monster inside me that enjoys the physical exertion of a game or sport … [and after being] introduced to ultimate Frisbee my first week of freshman year… the monster inside of me has been happy ever since,” he said. Jeff Morse, another sophomore who has also used ultimate Frisbee to get to know new people on campus, said that he uses it to recharge during the week. The club is for both men and women, and, as the weekly email says, no minimum skill level is required. It is a time to spend in fellowship and sport. The officers include Douglass and Ja-

cob Herrington as treasurer and ministries director. This year the club will play in the community, usually at Riverfront Park, as a ministry opportunity set up by Herrington.

Photo by Jeff Morse

Covered in mud, Jacob Herrington catches a successful pass as Adam Field watches.

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Tebow By Jenna Harbeck Features Editor

Photo by Jessica Bruggeman

Mallory Murphy poses next to her Tebow cardboard cut-out.



His faith shines : on and off field

Type the word “Tim” in the Google search bar, and guess what first two suggestions appear on autocomplete. The first is simply “Tim Tebow,” the second is “Tim Tebow Girlfriend.” There are many other famous Tims in the world, such as Tim Allen, Tim Burton and Tim McGraw. Why have these wellknown gentlemen been eclipsed by the growing popularity of young Tim Tebow – not only him, but his relationship status? The nation’s fascination with the Denver Broncos’ starting quarterback has spread to Corban’s campus, where students and professors alike have joined in the Tebow craze. But what makes him so special? Why is he receiving so much publicity and fan adoration? It wasn’t hard to find students who were more than willing to give reasons for their admiration of Tebow. Justin White has been a huge Broncos fan all his life, as his father grew up in Denver. White followed Tebow during the football player’s college career at the University of Florida and was excited to see him drafted by the Broncos. Tebow’s lifestyle outside of his games has made a good impression on White. The young quarterback has endured waves of negative feedback, and his reaction to criticism has impacted those who share his Christian faith. “Honestly, I can say he is making more of an impact off the field than he is on it,” White said. “Not only is he living his Christian faith through his proclamation, but while the nation sits back and criticizes every move he makes, he just blesses them back with love and continues living the Word through his actions.”

Bethany Durre also appreciates Tebow’s ability to handle all the negative attention he’s received from the media: “Even though he is constantly in the spotlight and in the media, he hasn’t let that change who he is or what he believes,” she said. Off the field, Tebow started a ministry called “The Tim Tebow Foundation,” which supports programs called The W15H Program, CURE International, Timmy’s Playrooms and Uncle Dick’s Orphanage. Joining Corban students’ adoration, Professor Sam Baker rained his own praises on Tebow. “He has a positive attitude, both in winning and losing situations, but also toward his teammates and opponents,” Baker said. “He has an ability to stand solid in and for his faith amidst a culture that isn’t too accepting of a Christian biblical worldview.” Like her father, Katie Baker is passionate about what Tebow stands for. “I look up to him for his determination to not only be a great athlete, but to leave people thinking about the God I play for,” she said. “I’m a fan of Tebow, not for his passing game or taking the team to the playoffs. That was a team effort. I’m a fan of Tebow for his faith.” The reoccurring theme among Tebow’s praises: he is not afraid to live out his faith. His integrity to stand firm in what he believes has left an impression on football fanatics everywhere. Admiration takes life-size form for Mallory Murphy, who owns a large cardboard cutout of Tebow that her roommate made her. The cutout stands tall in their dorm room, among the multiple other posters of the football star. “I like Tebow because he’s a good athlete, a great person, and a Christian,” Murphy said, adding, “and he’s really cute!”

Sherlock and suspense in the spring By Angelica Prideaux Staff Writer

“People do die … that’s scary, and I intend to play that up,” Ost said, enthusiastically. She is already planning for features that will add to the mysterious and suspenseful feel of the play, Someone has died in the English counsuch as speakers placed throughout the au“Hound tryside. Could a family legend of a vicious dience and a fog machine. haunting hound be the cause? The stage setup for this play will be drasof the Villagers claim to see the phantom hound tically different than that of the fall play. around town, and everyone is fearful for Baskervilles” The stage will be three-sided, known to actheir lives. Everyone in town seems to have tors as “theater on the thrust,” where the a secret – no one can be trusted! audience nearly surrounds the stage. This Only one person can unravel this mysteMarch 8allows the audience to be closer to the acrious murder: Sherlock Holmes. It is up to tors, and it’s meant to intensify the sus10 a.m. Holmes to hunt for the hound; however, the pense. The audience will literally be on the hunt will be a challenge for him, because he edge of their seats. “You can really pull on March 9, 10, is a realist, and the murder may be due to the heartstrings [and] absorb them into the supernatural causes. “Hound of the Basker15, 16, 17 - story,” Ost said. villes,” Corban’s spring play, is full of susAlthough “Hound of the Baskervilles” is 7:30 p.m. pense, secrets and even romance. a secular play, Ost intends the play to be Rachel Ost, a Corban alumnus, will be diGod-centered entertainment and to serve recting this play. She wanted to choose a play the Corban community. Price: that was quality literature, yet entertaining. “I’m a firm believer that God can be in all $10 for adults, Ost said Sherlock Holmes has the two best forms of art … if we as a group give our time qualities: depth and entertainment. $8 for students freely and serve God doing this – what we Lead actress Hayley Dawson said, “This and seniors love – we will have served our community,” show takes on a much more serious slant, she said. which definitely makes it feel a whole lot John Bennett, who will be playing Shermore authentic and intriguing.” lock Holmes, said he “…can look for the sacred in the secThe play comes at a time when most Corban students ular. This play, for example, has a lot to say about trust.” have watched a pair of recent Sherlock Holmes movies. It “Hound of the Baskervilles” debuts with a discounted is Corban’s first horror show in the last eight years. dress rehearsal on March 7.

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Peter Ellis and Hayley Dawson rehearse their lines.


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where to draw the line? The first National Women’s Rights Convention occurs in Worcester, Mass.; National conventions held yearly (except for 1857) through 1860.

Wyoming passes the first women’s suffrage law; women begin serving on juries there.

1848 1850 1869 Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton form the National Women Suffrage Association in order to achieve voting rights for women. First women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, N.Y. The Declaration of Sentiments (12 resolutions calling for equal treatment) was signed by men and women.

Just By Megan Russell Editor-in-chief

The National Women Suffrage Association and the American Women Suffrage Association collaborate to form the National American Women Suffrage Association (NAWSA) to work toward voting rights for women.

1890 1893

Lucy Stone and Henry Blackwell form American Women Suffrage Assocation.


The National Women’s Trade Union League is formed to help improve women’s work wages and conditions.


On Aug. 26 the 19th Ammendment is passed, granting women the right to vote.

Maragret Sanger opens the first U.S. birth control clinic in New York. She was arrested when the clinic was shut down 10 days later.


1916 1919


The National AsColorado sociation of Colored The federal amis the first Women is formed mendment for state to al- with leaders Josewomen’s voting low women phine St. Pierre Rufrights is written to vote. Fol- fin, Mary Church and passed by the lowed later Terrell and Anna House and Senate. by Oregon, Julia Cooper. Kansas, Oklahoma, Alice Paul and Montana, Lucy Burns form Nevada, the Congressional MichiUnion to push a End of First Wave gan, South federal amendment Feminism and WomDakota, for voting rights for en Rights Movement. Washington, women. California, Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Alaska, Illinois and New York.

By Sarah Moreau Copy Editor

The term “feminism” can hav pending on where and when it is a Mathisen (history) and Colette Tenn hard to define, especially within recent Mathisen and Tennant agree that fem century when Susan. B. Anthony and a gr women, though not in the same way as in la “They would not have thought of themselv Mathisen said. “If one means by ‘feminism’ th san B. Anthony and the Niagara Falls Convent desiring greater opportunities and rights.” The different branches of feminism, according religious/theological. Feminist groups were successful in gaining th lieves all the original goals, such as gaining equa Both Mathisen and Tennant believe that, while way the same as it was in the 1960s and 70s. “Yesterday’s radicals may be today’s moderates Tennant, who said she is known as the campu “I am definitely cheering for women to be vie said. “They should all be able to use their gifts In today’s society, one of the most notable f Women are slowly rising up in this realm, tho evolved faster. “Women have not gained political prom there’s still some measure of uneasines into some leadership positions.” Mathisen believes not just men are male and female voters is nearly eq “At this point, I don’t think I’m in my life,” Mathisen said. “E years, I don’t know. I still th from that. I haven’t se I thought I would

make him a sandwich

Please stop protesting. Women have their rights; they can vote, own property, and even abort unwanted children. The least they can do is make a man a sandwich. Women have stripped America of the domestic role. No wonder children are brats these days; no one is raising them. They brought the idea of killing babies in the womb to the government’s attention. They’ve emasculated men while chasing careers and forcing their husbands to be stay-at-home dads. We’ve allowed people like Hillary Clinton to come into power, only to show that women are incapable of great responsibility. There’s a reason only men have been presidents. Now before anyone’s panties get in a bunch, let me address some things. I fully support women pursuing careers. I’m not advocating either that women become domestic goddesses, learning the arts of sewing, cooking, ironing,

and balancing babies on each hip. Women should be strong and powerful. I’m not saying a woman should be a man’s servant to satisfy his every need or to service him sexually. I do think women should be respected in this society. Not for overpowering men, manipulating men with their sexuality, or for gaining equal pay in the work force, but for taking an irreplaceable part in society. Women weren’t designed to be in the driver’s seat, but to be in the passenger’s seat, helping with the navigation (not controlling it, mind you.) Often in our society, the phrase “anything you can do, I can do better” rings through the minds of women as they scheme ways to take over the men. The question is, why don’t they focus on their strengths, and do what the man does, differently? Men don’t need a woman to tell them what they’re doing wrong. They also don’t need a woman to do their job. Men need a woman to kindly suggest a different route and read the map carefully.

The reason women aren’t respected in this society is because they use every opportunity to empower themselves and override men. What man wants a woman more powerful than he? Women aren’t men, so we should stop acting like men. Empowering women should be the goal, not being an overpowering woman. So maybe we don’t have equal pay (78 cents less an hour than men earn is not a big deal.) And yes, some men are pigs. When it comes down to it, no one likes a whiny, imposing and overpowering woman. A woman’s true femininity is shown through her submission. And sometimes submission includes making him a sandwich. It’s really not a big deal. So submit to the idea that women will never be equal to men. Stop protesting, because when it comes down to it, women don’t want to be equal to men; women just want control. And we all know what happens when women are in control of the steering wheel...

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ve many different meanings, deapplied. Corban professors Robert nant (English) agree that the term is t years. minism started in the mid- to late-19th roup of people fought for equal rights for ater years. ves as feminists in the 20th-century sense,” hat women are to be treated equally, then Sution would fit that. Her form of feminism was to Mathisen, are political, economic, social, and

FDA approves oral birth control birth control pill. Equal Pay Act is passed, establishing equal pay for equal work in most careers.

he right to vote in the 1920s, but Mathisen beal pay and work have not yet been accomplished. e a form of feminism still exists today, it is in no

s,” Mathisen said. us feminist, believes strongly in women’s rights. ewed as an image in the eyes of God,” Tennant as fully as men.” forms of “feminism” in the news is in politics. ough Mathisen says he is surprised it has not

minence,” Mathisen said. “I would say that ss about casting the females in America

e hesitant, though, as the number of qual. m going to see a woman president Even if I were to live 20 more hink we’re some time away een the movement like d.”

1960 1961

Equal Rights Act is ratified, stating that no one can be denied or discriminated against with gender.

End of Second Wave Feminism, beginning of Feminist Sex Wars.

1963 1964 1972 1973 1978 1980 1981 Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on sexuality.

Kennedy introduces key women’s right issues into the New Frontier and appoints women in his administration.


In Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Missouri statute that stated human life began at conception, banned the use of public funds for abortion, prohibited abortions at public health facilities and required doctors to test for fetal viability after 19 weeks of pregnancy. Six women are elected into the Senate, a record that promoted women’s bathroom installations in the Senate.




The largest march for women’s rights in U.S. history happens in Washington, D.C. to support abortion and birth control drew 125,000 people.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act bans employment discrimination against pregnant women. Sandra Day O’Connor becomes In Roe v. Wade, the U.S. the first woman Supreme Court gives a to be appointed woman the right to get an to U.S. Supreme abortion. Court.

Why I’m a feminist and why you should be one too By Krystal Kuehn Guest writer

job merely because of their gender. If a woman does the same job, has the same amount of experience, and performs with Like all social movements, some people the same amount of success, she should who are involved take things too receive the same pay as a man in her pofar. So, before I defend feminism, sition. While feminism affirms that men and I want to clarify what I mean women are of when I reequal worth and fer to the term. I am If you’re a guy who wants to value, it does not say men and not talkgo out and be a hairdresser , a women are the ing about the menhating radicals secretary, or a nurse, then femi- same. Men and women were crerunning around screaming about nists will support you every step ated differently, and certain roles the superiority of are better suited women. No, I actu- of the way. to be filled by a ally like men very specific gender. much. I just don’t However, femithink their gender makes them better nism says these predispositions should than me. not bar someone from holding a specific The feminism I defend is a movement for social, political, and economic equal- job. Feminism believes in the individual, that every person should be allowed the ity between men and women. Feminism believes in principles like attempt to pursue his or her desired ca“equal pay for equal worth”: the idea reer without gender being an issue. In that men should not be paid more for a this way, feminism supports men just as

much as women. If you’re a guy who wants to go out and be a hairdresser, a secretary, or a nurse, then feminists will support you every step of the way. This belief in equal worth is also a biblical principle. (See Gen. 1:26-28.) God created Eve to help Adam rule, not as another being for Adam to have dominion over. Both men and women are created in God’s image with the same authority, dignity, and value. Never ever listen to anyone who says women were not created in the image of God. Send that chauvinist on his way and refrain from giving him the swift kick he is asking for. (Someone else will give it to him eventually anyway.) Feminism wants women to be independent and strong. Men, wouldn’t you rather have your sisters and daughters grow up to be women who know how to take care of themselves rather than rely on a man to guide them through life and provide for them? Of course you would, and that’s why feminism asks for your support.



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The fantastic forward By Colin Allen Freelance Writer

At this pre-season matchup, the Corban Warriors hosted New Hope Christian College. With a series of wins behind them, the Warriors were looking good, leading by 14 points at the half, but that didn’t stop the Deacons from making an attempt to pull back into the game. Just when New Hope seemed ready to catch up, their opportunity disappeared with an emphatic dunk by Warriors cocaptain Erik Cronrath. His dominant move put Corban’s opponents back on their heels, and the Warriors went on to win 85-56. Cronrath, a senior, is the Warriors’ main weapon and threat. Last year he worked his way to the top and was rewarded with recognition as an all-conference player. This year, he is averaging 15.8 points per game and dares anyone to defend him with his .598 field goal percentage. To add to his offensive weapons, he has pulled out of other teams’ clutches 47 offensive rebounds thus far. Another intimidating factor is his uncanny ability to combine speed, agility, and leaping ability with his 6-foot-8-inch frame. Combined speed and size make him so versatile that he has accumulated 28 blocks, 21 steals and 70 rebounds in the first half of the season. No player is safe when driving to the basket. Teammates and coaches alike know that when an opponent thinks he has a clear shot, Cronrath is lurking on the weak side defense, ready to smack it down. “He’s the most dominant player when he’s on the court … in my opinion the best big man in the conference,” said teammate and friend Marcus Butler. Cronrath has been playing basketball so long that he cannot remember when he started. Since his birth in Vancouver, Wash., he remembers always having a ball in his hands. Born to a pair of track and field athletes, both his mother and father tried to instill in him the value of being active. As soon as he was old enough to play organized sports, they signed him up. “I did all sorts of sports,” Cronrath said, “but I found my niche in [basketball].” This is rightly so given the results of his career at Battle Ground High School. Upon graduation, he had accumulated several awards, including, but not limited to, Greater St. Helens League 1st team, MVP, Most Inspirational Player and Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. With the approach of his college career, he opted to become a Corban Warrior and contribute his skill set here, while studying to major in exercise science. “I needed to have school paid for … and at the end [I] felt really safe with Corban,” he said. Although basketball and finances greatly affected his decision, the religious aspect was important, too. The university offered biblical requirements that would push him to learn more than he could by simply attending church. “Corban was a spot that would force me to grow in my faith, though ‘forced’ sounds wrong,” Cronrath said, adding that coming to study here “was a really good thing.”

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Always Picked Last By Ralph Emerson Columnist

Erik Cronrath swoops above the opposing team.

Cronrath has impressed teammates and coaches by being both a dominant player and a devout Christian. How does he balance both worlds? “At times it can be really challenging,” he admitted. Opposing teams and players try everything from jersey grabbing to taunting. In these moments, the cocaptain always reminds himself, “We represent God… [it’s] always in the back of my mind.” Along with the challenge of being a competitive Christian comes the challenge of being a team leader. Cronrath admits he is not naturally a vocal leader. However, leadership is not always presented through words. Butler recognized Cronrath as “a great leader and friend.” While not overwhelmingly vocal, Cronrath lets his work speak for him. “Erik is probably the hardest worker I have ever coached,” said Justin Sher-

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wood, head men’s basketball coach. Cronrath’s hard work has paid off through recognition from the Cascade Collegiate Conference as one of its best players last season. He has also earned the Student of the Week award from the National Christian College Athletic Association. “Erik has greatly improved during his four years here … and has become a very good basketball player,” Sherwood said. Having accomplished so much, Cronrath – and the men’s basketball team – still want to do one thing this season: win the championship. As a leader, he realizes what must be done to achieve this final goal during his final year at Corban. Most players might try to lead by scoring and highlights. But Cronrath doesn’t have that mindset. His plan is to “just go in, contribute the best way I can in order to win games.”

There’s something that everyone has been talking about the last month or so, that I felt needed to be written about. At first I thought to myself, “Ralph, won’t you basically just be repeating everything that’s already been said, and won’t you just bore people?” But then I realized that this is far too important to not talk about.I am of course speaking of WWE’s return to the Rose Garden in Portland. For those few of you who aren’t aware of what the WWE is, it is a multi-million dollar professional wrestling company that tours around the world and puts on two televised events every week. Did I forget to mention that it’s fake? However, whatever you do, do not mention that it’s fake to children because it will break their hearts.(Trust me -- I’m speaking from experience here). I have attended two live WWE events in the past few years, both at the Rose Garden, and I have had an absolute blast each time. Some people believe that the only people who attend these events are loud drunken idiots and, well… for the most part, they’re right. At the last event, the gentleman next to me yelled at one wrestler to, “Bedazzle him, Jericho!” To his credit, the wrestler did proceed to bedazzle his opponent, leading to a victory. If you would like to see what bedazzling looks like, view my blog at I know what my millions of readers are thinking: “Why is our favorite sports articulist writing an article about fake wrestling? That’s not a sport.” And I would agree; it’s not a sport, at least not in the sense that the combatants are honestly competing for any sort of real championship. However, most of these men are incredibly athletic, know how to put on a good show, and, unlike other athletes, they do not get an offseason. Sport? No. Fun to watch? Heck, yes. And if you would ever like my opinion of my favorite matches or want me to pull up a good one on YouTube for you to watch, I live in VG room 157 and am always willing to ignore homework to see two guys bedazzle each other.


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Women’s basketball serves together

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By Hannah Lobban Sports Editor While most of us spent Christmas break sleeping in and spending time with family and friends, the women’s basketball team was working hard both on and off the court. On Jan. 7, the team served dinner at the local Kairos Soup Kitchen. For the last three years, head coach Terry Williams has been taking the team there “As athletes, it seems like we get tunnel vision about our sport sometimes, so it is good for us to find ways to give of ourselves in service in other ways than our sport,” he said. The athletes did everything from setting up the table’s silverware and pouring milk to serving hot dogs and condiments and heating up the soup. “It was fun to be able to share food … with people that wouldn’t otherwise have [it], and I enjoyed being with my teammates and working and laughing with them to bring joy to others,” said guard Rachel Newby who helped with the soup. On the court, the team is stepping out of bounds too. Now ranked No. 15 in the NAIA after moving up six spots from No. 21, they are 14-5 on the season and are in a three-way tie for the top spot in conference standings, as well as being in the NCCAA’s top ten. Pleased with the team’s progress, Williams wants to continue improving as the second half of the conference progresses. “We want to continue tweaking the

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Women’s basketball players Christy Mosier and Tara Vanweerdhuizen chop onions in preparation for a meal at Kairos Soup Kitchen.

defense to make it even better,” he said. He also plans on working on outside shooting on offense. “We have a wonderful group of athletes, and with our combined abilities we should be able to win the rest of our games,” said Newby. Katie Steigleman is back after suffering a knee injury against Portland State University. “Our team is getting better and better as the season has progressed. We are coming together and are having a lot of fun. We are winning big games and are hoping to continue the streak.”

After the 2012 Corban Hall of Fame Class was announced last November, the actual induction ceremony of that class and individual winners was held Jan. 14 this year. Christy Nordstrom and assistant women’s basketball coach Rosey Ball were added for their excellence in women’s basketball. Both were a part of the 1994-95 National Christian College Athletic Association championship team. Both women played for the Western Baptist Warriors all four years of their college careers. Present men’s basketball coach Justin Sherwood was added for his contribution to the 1989-93 men’s basketball team. He helped lead the team to three national tournament appearances. He is also the third alltime scorer in the program. All three players had earned various conference awards, such as NCCAA Player of the Year. Also added was the entire women’s basketball team from 1994-95 for being the first ever national championship squad, and Dr. Reno Hoff, Corban president, was honored for his outstanding service to the school and the advancement of Warrior Athletics.

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For the first time in school history, Corban softball is ranked in the NAIA top 25, placing No. 23. Pre-season practice is now in full swing for the women, with the first game set for Feb. 9. in California. The first home games will follow a February tournament and the Northwest Cup on Feb. 29 against Willamette. Head coach Nathan Ohta has added Jessica Slate, pitcher, to the roster. She comes from Hamline University.

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Baseball is around the corner with a three-day classic starting Feb. 10. Sophomore pitcher Justin White said the team is excited for the upcoming season and feels confident that they will be ready for whatever it brings. “Preparation and execution are key factors,” he said. The new coaching staff, comprised of Jacob Garsez as infielders and base coach, Josh Warner as outfield and base coach, and Kiel Boynton as pitching coach, seems prepared to tackle those two things. “The new staff is working well together in the overhaul of the Warrior baseball program,” said head coach Jeff McKay.



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Best seller captivates and excites readers By Eleanor Fazzari Entertainment Editor

ry plot is to read the books. No quick, or long, plot overview will do this story justice. Warning: these books are filled with inhumane I’ve never really been one to get involved in violence that turns your stomach at parts. Howtoday’s pop culture literature. I prefer reading ever, violence is not completely what the books the classics. When everyone started reading are focused on. Of course, like all good stories, love plays an “The Hunger Games” trilogy, I figured they were important part. I enjoyed these books mainly just ridiculous books that I could easily pass by, because of the relationships and interactions much like the “Twilight” saga. between characters and However, after several friends and the heart-wrenching family members recommended the emotion. series, I finally gave in and started “May the odds be ever in An important theme reading the first one. After completyour favor.” that is crucial to the ing the entire series, I can say I abstory and cannot be solutely loved it. Never before have overlooked is the corI been so engrossed in a story. The -- Suzanne Collins, ruption in government. books are well written and riveting. The politics of the story But what are the Hunger Games The Hunger Games include, but are not limthat are the first book’s namesake? ited to, the desire for This story takes place in a futuristic power, revolution, tyrsociety where the Capitol district controls 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is anny, as well as the need for freedom. Even though I highly recommend these books, cruel to these districts, and for the citizens’ there is something bad about everything. Sorry entertainment, a “fight to the death” game is to rain on the parade. The characters’ hopelessplayed with children from the 12 districts. A boy and a girl from each district are ran- ness can be overwhelming. They had their lives, and past that, nothdomly chosen and placed in an arena controlled by the Capitol. The games go on until there is ing. The sense of dying and fading to oblivion only one child left living, who becomes the next showed no hope for God in this mixed-up society. To put this into a positive perspective, we Hunger Games victor. If you haven’t read the trilogy, the snippets can learn through reading the horrible events you have heard others say about the books may in “The Hunger Games” that putting our trust sound confusing and even undesirable. Really, in Jesus Christ is the only way to truly “win the the only way to completely understand the sto- game.”

‘Skyward Sword’ a masterpiece By Jeffrey Morse Guest Writer

Release Date: November 20, 2011 System: Nintendo Wii Developed By: Nintendo Genre: Action-Adventure

Every few years a game comes along that is so wonderfully made that no matter what console you own, or what genre is your favorite, every gamer needs to play it. “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword” is one of those games. Those familiar with the Legend of Zelda Series will instantly recognize “Link,” The Hero of Time who is once again destined for greatness. The game’s story begins on Skyloft, a huge chunk of land floating above the surface world. Soon enough you are thrust into an adventure to save Zelda, who has been kidnapped and taken to the surface. The main difference this time around is that Link already is in a relationship with Zelda at the start of the game, which, in turn, motivated you even more to find her. There are dozens of dramatic/heart-wrenching cut-scenes filled with clever plot twists, in what is the biggest Zelda story yet. From a technical standpoint, the game makes remarkable use of the Wiimotion+ controls. Essentially, you have 1:1 precision control with the Sword throughout the game. So if you swing left, Link swings his sword left; if you make a forward lunge, Link stabs his sword forward. In turn, this makes for some of the most devilishly clever boss battles in the series. Due to the Wii’s technical capabilities, the game is not rendered in HD, but still shines visually thanks to a realistic, yet colorful, art-style that is similar to an impressionistic painting. Overall, “Skyward Sword” is a masterpiece, from the fully orchestrated soundtrack, to the redefined gameplay, this game is not to be missed. Not only is it the best game for Wii, but it is perhaps the best Zelda game yet.

*Disclaimer: Yes, yes, I know this game isn’t “new.” But if you are reading this review, you probably know that after the huge November release window, hardly any games are released until spring. Cheers!

Red Box Review: ‘Real Steel’ By Will Bassham Staff Writer

In the year 2020, robots replace humans in the sport of boxing. Hugh Jackman stars in the movie “Real Steel” (rated PG-13) as Charlie Kenton, a former boxer who lives out of his truck and trains robots to box at the gym of his former trainer. The film opens with Charlie fleeing from an event promoter after his robot loses a fight with a rodeo bull. On the run, Charlie learns that his ex-girlfriend has died and that he now has custody of his 11-year-old) son Max, whom he has not seen in years. Charlie pays his son’s wealthy aunt and uncle to take parental responsibility, but ends up getting Max for the summer anyway. At first, Charlie doesn’t want Max around, and he leaves him in the gym owned by his girlfriend, Bailey. Eventually, Max convinces Charlie to take him along to robot fights. Charlie buys a fighting robot from Japan, but it is quickly defeated. His luck is about to change. When Charlie and Max go to a junkyard to look for robot parts, Max falls off a cliff and escapes death by catching on a robot arm sticking out of the dirt. The boy finds a whole robot buried beneath the dirt and brings it home with no help from his father, who thinks the robot is a piece of junk. Back at Bailey’s gym, Charlie activates the robot, and names him Atom. Charlie doesn’t believe he can do anything with the new robot, but Max knows better. He convinces his father to train Atom. Soon he learns that the robot has the unique and humanlike ability to observe people and learn from them.

At his first fight, Atom’s ability to absorb massive blows makes him the unexpected winner. Over a few days, Atom makes the professional league and he attracts the attention of Zeus, champion of the robot-boxing world. Zeus’ promoters offer to buy Atom to serve as a sparring bot. Max refuses. Things intensify for Charlie, as he faces the unscrupulous fight promoter from the film’s beginning. After being robbed and beaten, Charlie is ready to abdicate his paternal role. But fate is pitting Atom and Zeus against each other in a fight that will require father and son to work together. “Real Steel” is an excellent boxing movie. But it isn’t just another boxing movie. It’s also about a father who mends his relationship with his son. The take-away: there’s value in being a better parent, and, sometimes, the little guy wins.


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Valentine’s Day:

Celebration ideas for the single and taken

By Jessica Bruggeman Assistant Photo Editor With Valentine’s Day approaching, it’s time to start thinking of how to celebrate. If you’re single, don’t fall into the trap of sitting with your box of chocolates and blanket, while listening to Taylor Swift all day. Get out and have some fun! As you plan a creative date, whether with your roommate, a group of friends, or your boyfriend/girlfriend, consider some of these fun options in our area.

Creatively yours

Want to make something fun to remember this Valentine’s Day? Go to Create-aMemory in downtown Salem, and release your inner artist by making a fun paintyour-own pottery piece. Prices vary, depending on memory you choose to create, but it can be as cheap or as expensive as you want.

Love is in the air

Remember what it feels like to be reunited with someone after a long time away? How good it feels to receive that warm, indescribable hug? Spend some time seeing others experience that over and over by going to the Portland International Airport. Buy lunch at a PDX restaurant or coffee shop. Proceed to find a vacant bench near the arrivals section of the airport. Enjoy your coffee, and watch all the joyous reunions that take place. Don’t forget to count the number of men carrying roses for their loved ones. Cost: Gas-$20 Coffee: $4

Creepy, crawly holiday

Bugs? Yuck! That’s not Valentine’s Day Location: 270 Commercial St NE Salem, appropriate! The bugs at The Pheromone Oregon 97301 Hours: Tuesday- Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 Gallery, however, are an exception. These beetles, butterflies, and other bugs have p.m. been found all over the world and placed in this beautiful art museum. Walk through it, and then meander through beautiful downtown Salem, talking about how amazing the intricacy of God’s creation is. That, my friend, is love! Location: 255 Liberty Street NE, Salem, OR 97301 Cost: Free Hours:Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. For those of you who can’t help but stick to 7 p.m. to tradition, at the Cinebarre downtown you can get your fill of dinner and a movie, all in one romantic spot.

Traditional Date

Location: 501 Marion St NE, Salem, OR 97301 Cost: $10 per ticket

Loving is giving What better way to spend the day of romance than sharing the love of Christ with others? Many places around Salem gladly accept volunteers. You and your date can see if there are any special events at the Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army, or other organization. You might even be able to get some REACH credit from your afternoon of volunteering. You can find a list of Corban approved services on the REACH link on Converge.

Their French toast is the size of a textbook, and their pancakes literally melt in your mouth; better yet, they’re located in Salem. The Sassy Onion Grill, located on State Street downtown, serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week. They open at 6 a.m. on Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The grill closes at 3 p.m. every day. Breakfast is served until 11 a.m. on Monday through Friday, and all day on Saturday and Sunday. The quirky-named cafe boasts worldfamous French toast and scratch buttermilk pancakes, included with friendly service. On a Sunday afternoon, I often

trek down there for brunch after church. Although they’re rather busy on Sundays, the service usually is fairly quick. My last trip, however, the service was rather slow. The one-time slow service should not stop anyone from a nice breakfast with wonderful food. Aside from that, the food is delicious and wellpriced. Most meals are between $7 and $13. Their selection of drinks includes a variety of milkshakes, smoothies, and coffee drinks. During the lunch hours, they serve

Are we caught in lyrics or God’s Word?

You make me want to shout Lighten up what seems to be such a serious holiday by showing off your beautiful vocal skills – cranked up to Level 10. Each time you walk into a room, belt out “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” (personally, I like the “Lion King” version best) or “L.O.V.E.” by Nat King Cole. Cost: Priceless

More options Not everyone is available to celebrate on Valentine’s Day. So, if you’re busy on Feb. 14 but still want to do something fun, check out Salem’s stand-up comedy or karaoke scene. Every Friday and Saturday night the Reed Opera House hosts live improv/ standup comedy starting at 7:30 p.m. in The Salem Capitol Theater, second floor - Suite 215. The student price is only $6 if you show student ID, $10 for general admission without I D . You may want to call ahead and m a k e ticket reservations to guarantee it doesn’t get sold out before you arrive at the door. If you would like to call ahead, call (503) 3914481. On Wednesdays, Applebee’s on Lancaster hosts karaoke night starting at 9 p.m. Location: 747 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem, OR 97301.

Local restaurant is a great breakfast stop By Megan Russell Editor-in-Chief


classic burgers, BLTA, and chef salads, along with a variety of soups. If you are unable to stop by to dine-in, the grill provides a to-go menu online at their website, The environment is pleasant and cheerful. While it’s a little crowded at times, the friendly service often compensates for the claustrophobic feelings. They also cater for a number of occasions, including weddings, rehearsal dinners, business and corporate events, and other functions. The catering menu, along with rentals and fees, is also found on their website. Whether it’s an early-breakfast date with your roommate or a Saturday morning brunch with your girlfriend, this is the place for giant French toast, friendly service, and a pleasant experience.

Entertainment Enthusiast By Eleanor Fazzari Columnist What girl doesn’t like to have a Ke$ha dance party in the dorm with her girlfriends? And what guy doesn’t like to turn up the rap on the radio while driving around town with “the bros”? Let’s face it. We all listen to music. But do we consider what the lyrics are telling us? So many songs are focused around sex, drugs, alcohol, jealousy, violence, disrespect, blah, blah, blah. The list could virtually go on forever. You are most likely thinking, “Oh, great! Just what I need! Another person to remind me about the horrible things I do.” Yes, I did just read your mind. Let’s view a section of Jason Derulo’s popular song “In My Head” as an example. The lines, “In my head, I see you all over me. In my head, you fulfill my fantasy,” perfectly illustrate inappropriate lyrics. Clearly put, these lines speak of a man’s thoughts and desires for sex. As a Christian, I find these lines utterly repulsive. I definitely don’t want a guy to have those thoughts about me. (And just saying, for his own safety, he shouldn’t.) Now, I’m not trying to condemn anyone or tell people what to do; you all have a mother who is fully capable of doing that job. Also, I’m not saying “Kumbaya” is the only song that is appropriate listening material. I’m just trying to call attention to lyrics that permeate and dirty our minds. My hope is for us not to constantly surround and expose ourselves to inappropriate lyrics. I admit that I listen to music that could be deemed “inappropriate.” Basically, if I like the sound, I usually listen to a song without thinking twice about the lyrics. However, I have noticed that when I listen to more and more inappropriate music, I become immune to the sin within it. With a “who cares” attitude, I put in my headphones and soak up the beat. Jesus calls us as Christians to not conform to the world but to renew our minds (Romans 12:2) and to focus on what is pure (Philippians 4:8). Instead of turning our attention to music lyrics that are anything but uplifting, maybe it’s time to turn our focus more on God and follow His influence.

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By Lacy Ramirez World News Editor

Newsflash! The world is talking about war! Oh, wait. It’s basically Iraq all over again, only this time we’re talking about Iran. The threat of a country having “weapons of mass destruction” lingers thickly in the air, like dark smog polluting the lungs of war-hungry politicians and presidential candidates looking for reasons to scare citizens into siding with them. Earlier this month in Iran, a nuclear scientist was killed by a magnetic bomb attached to his car. This hadn’t been the first time a nuclear scientist had been murdered in the past year, and Iran is blaming Israel. And us. The U.S. immediately responded to the accusations. “We were not involved in any way … with regards to the assassination that took place orldly reflections there,” said Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who used to run the CIA. “But I can tell you one thing: The United States was not involved in that kind of effort. That’s not what the United States does.” Panetta then made this statement, “…we know that they’re trying to develop a nuclear capability. And that’s what concerns us.” No reports assure us 100 percent that Iran has nuclear weapons, but the media is assuring us in so many words that we can assume they do. I hope no wars are created upon assumptions. Waging an open war against Iran would result in extraordinarily bad results for all nations. The U.S. has nothing to gain and everything to lose. It would be even worse for Europe, as it’s fully dependent on the Middle East for oil and would probably be the first to be hit hard by a conflict with Iran. The U.S. wouldn’t have anyone to help her up after falling, especially not China, whose economy managed to expand by 9.2 percent last year and remains strong. China doesn’t need us as much as we need it. But even China would lose in a war against Iran – specifically 11 percent of its oil import. From Paris, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd urged China to join the West in its stance against the Islamic republic’s nuclear program and to stop buying oil from Iran. Chinese premier Wen Kiabo defended China’s trading relations by stating,” China’s oil trade with Iran is a normal commercial activity.” As previously stated, the U.S. would gain nothing from this, unless you count years of continued recession, higher numbers of unemployment and home foreclosures, increased healthcare costs, decrease in the worth of the dollar and the rise of poverty levels. If you count that, then – wow – we will definitely come out winners! Is it just me or does anyone else get the feeling that we are continuously anxious for war? A simple statement suddenly becomes a threat, and suspicions quickly turn into paranoia. Perhaps the question I should be asking is this: Will there ever come a time in our lifetime when our world isn’t centered around the fear of war? No one can say that Iran has weapons of mass destruction, but neither can they say they don’t. The issue we face is whether to take precautions or leave the Iran situation to fate and risk it.


Muslims to overpower European population By Kate Tracy Hil top Online Editor You may have seen the video on YouTube describing the decreasing European population and the statistics showing that Germany will be a Muslim state by the year 2050. It’s a scenario playing in other countries too. In short, Islam is taking over western Europe. While many call into question the exact statistics in this video, the purpose of it is to make Christians aware of the rise of Islam in the world, says Corban professor Paul Johnson. “The issues the video shows are accurate and compelling, whether or not the statistics are valid,” he said. According to the video posted by “friendofmuslim” on YouTube, a population must have a birth rate of 2.1 children per family for it to remain stable for 25 years. In 2007, the major European nations were falling quite short of this mark, with England at 1.6 children per family, France 1.8, Greece 1.3, and Germany 1.3. Spain had the lowest fertility rate of 1.1, while the estimated fertility rate of the combined European Union was 1.38. With these low numbers of population growth, why have the European nations not experienced a shrinking culture? Statistics show that immigration from Eastern countries is the primary reason Europe’s population is holding steady. While European families have few children, the Muslim average is in most cases triple that of the European fertility rate, according to the Brookings Institution. With the growing number of Muslims immigrating to these European countries, the culture clash – and threat of religious extremism and violence – that has haunted Europeans for centuries may be at their doorsteps. When the French leader Charles Martel defeated the Islamic forces from Spain at the Battle of Tours in 732, the battle dramatically halted the spread of Muslims in Christendom. However, Islam has been making significant strides since then, not through violence, but through migration and expansion of the family. There was a time when Europe needed immigrants. At the end of World War II, Turkish immigrants in southern Germany greatly aided the recovery of the German economy by providing labor forces. Now, the two cultures are still clashing; Turkish immigrants are, in fact, a major cause of crime in Germany, and Muslims face many bans that suppress their religious practices. For example, schools in Germany have banned female teachers who are Muslim from wearing the burqa in the public sector. And in France, authorities placed a ban on praying in the streets of Paris for Muslims whose mosques were overcrowded.

Despite these conflicts, the irreversible population decline leaves European countries with no choice but to attempt to integrate the ever-expanding Muslim population. France’s 6.5 million Muslims have been making their presence known, as demonstrated by disruptive and controversial prayers in the streets of Paris. France is feeling the political weight of Muslims, too, who now have their own council (French Council of the Islamic Faith) and two cabinet members from North Africa in Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin’s cabinet, according to the Brookings Institution. This Islamic political presence in France may indeed be responsible for the country’s hesitant support of Israel, whereas Israel claims America’s full-fledged support. And what of the rest of Europe? While theorists speculate on the exact timing or danger that Islam poses to the continent and to its people, one cannot forget the current moral state of Europe. Rampant secularism affects not only European youth, but Islamic youth as well. Islamic leaders such as Muammar Gaddafi may have wanted to make European nations into Islamic republics, but this is not likely to happen when Muslims integrate and accept the corrupt and spiritually dry aspects of Western culture. “In Europe, when they begin to speak the popular language, you’ll see the second or third generation immigrants more inclined to adopt the predominant culture and values than their parents,” said Johnson. While Europe’s secular culture and materialism may deter some Muslims from thoughts of jihad and violence, the reverse is also true. Maybe the simple, peaceful and faithful side of Islam will rub off on Europeans, but more than that, Johnson sees the demographic changes in Europe as a part of God’s design. “The Lord may be moving Muslims into non-Muslim areas to be reached by the gospel,” said Johnson, who thinks God is “displacing people all over the world to respond to Christianity.” At least the presence of another religion so prominent in the minds of Europeans may call into question their current complacency, introducing the possibility of effective heart changes, according to Johnson. “I think it could make the mainline population more interested in returning to the Christian faith. They could be driven to try to discover the roots of their Christian heritage,” he said. “I could see a people threatened by an ethnic and religious group returning to a more zealous faith…there could be a Counter-Reformation or a type of similar reaction.” While many Christians regard the situation in Europe as bleak with regards to the gospel, Johnson thinks that it is nothing but hopeful. “There are more opportunities today than ever before to reach people from an Islamic or other background.”


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By Kaitlyn Ragan Guest Columnist It’s okay to be a feminine anti-feminist. We live in a world rampant with identity crises. Some people can’t decide whether cats are people, too, not to mention their own gender affiliation. That’s a bandwagon I’d rather not get on. Along the same lines, it seems that many women have trouble deciding whether they’re willing to sign up for whatever it may mean to be a “Christian woman” (i.e. being a submissive wife, attentive mother and not taking authoritative positions in the church). When I hear people argue that women, especially Christian women, have been forced into a box that underestimates their potential and talents, I feel like it’s a personal conspiracy to rip off my identity – and I don’t like it. Don’t mess with my womanhood. I was made in the image of God, and I take offense for both myself and my Creator. I take His role assignment seriously, and I cherish it. When I read passages like 1Timothy 2:9-15, 1 Corinthians 11:3-10, Proverbs 31 and Ephesians 5:22-23, I feel a sense of divine purpose, rather than unjust oppression. God has given women an identity they can be confident about. Some women, especially those on the feminist side, embark on some sort of gender conquest because they feel they have something to prove to humanity. This causes them to miss out on the purpose God has already pre-destined for them because they’re so busy trying to prove how they can just as easily do something else. For what, though? Our society is too full of people who want to be in control of every outcome in their lives and has too few who graciously and thankfully accept the mission God has given them. If you’re a woman, there’s a mission plainly laid out for you in the Word, and it’s important. If we miss it, it’s only because we were too self-centered and ill-informed to carry it out.


Women behind the pulpit By Lacy Ramirez World News Editor

These days, people are led to think, either by their social groups or the media, that women are capable of doing anything a man can do. Get a Ph. D? Check. Become an Olympic gold medalist? Check. Be the head pastor of a Christian church? Debatable. The controversy over women becoming pastors has become more heated over the last few years within the Christian community. Even within the Corban community, students and faculty hold a wide variety of views. “Unbiblical” is the first word that rolled off the tongue of several students asked about women pastors. Other students refused to comment at all, perhaps not wanting to seem sexist or overly feminist. Some were more open and showed a bit more passion toward the subject. “To deny a woman the spiritual gifts that God has given her just because she is a woman is simply atrocious,” said senior Makenna McElrath. Thashey Yang, a senior psychology major, said, “If anyone genuinely hears a calling or knows that God is calling you to be a pastor or a leader, why let stereotypes or biases stop you?” The staff and faculty who were willing to share their views about the subject were just as passionate, but even more divided in their opinions. Nancy Hedberg, vice president of Student Life, was unafraid to speak out for women serving as leaders in the church. Hedberg published a book in 2010 entitled, “Women, Men and the Trinity: What Does It Mean to Be Equal?” in which she compared the relationship between male and females with that of the Trinity.

“Are members of the Trinity equal in essence and function? How about men and women? Those were the questions I wanted to look at,” Hedberg said. On whether she believes the idea of women in leadership is unbiblical, Hedberg responded, “We [Christians] are selective on what we think is an eternal rule or guideline in the Bible. Women have as much right as men to be heard.” Hedberg firmly believes that God has gifted both men and women with certain spiritual gifts. “Shouldn’t everyone be free to exercise their gifts, whatever they may be, no matter what their gender is? Nothing in the Bible says that all spiritual gifts are only given to men,” she said. Jennifer Ellison, Prewitt resident director, admitted that she has kept her beliefs on women leadership quiet because she did not stir up controversy, but she has provided opportunities for women in her dorm to “connect their passions, gifting and calling to serve.” According to Ellison, the Ministry Department seems to be more complementarian (the view that women and men have different roles in church) rather than egalitarian (the view that men and women function in most/all roles). “I think our professors and staff can help make sure that men understand that, even if they believe God doesn’t want women in certain roles in the church, it does not mean that women are less intelligent or less capable than men,” Ellison said. “I have seen a number of people make the leap from ‘God doesn’t want them in that role’ to ‘They’re not capable of filling that role.’” On whether women leading men is unbiblical, Ellison believes “that it was the Bible authors’ intent to make a prohibition against women teaching or leading

men that was specific to the culture and time that the letters were written, but not to make a universal command for all times and cultures.” While Ellison and Hedberg believe in women serving as pastors in the church, provost and executive vice president Matt Lucas is not convinced that it is a biblical concept. Although Lucas holds “a complementarian view of male and female roles,” he is not opposed to women in leadership. He believes the Bible clearly distinguishes between ‘pastor’ and ‘leader’ and who is fit to fulfill those titles. According to Lucas, pastors are “those who have the responsibility to shepherd and teach the flock. 1 Timothy 3:1-7 is clear that this is a role men fulfill.” But in Lucas’ opinion, it is biblical for women to have roles in leadership “if they are under the authority of a godly man who lives up to the qualifications outlined in Scripture.” Lucas says that because he has four daughters, he thinks often of male versus female roles. “My wife and I are raising strong women who will not confuse submission for weakness nor see the idea of helper (Genesis 2:20) as a pejorative term said Lucas. Lucas does not discourage women in leadership, and both Ellison and Hedberg encourage women to explore it if they feel God’s calling them toward that. “I think that in the culture of Corban, a lot of women are good at serving, but not as many are good at leading,” Ellison said. “If we want to develop servant leaders, then we need to put a little more emphasis on the leadership development piece for women.” Ellison and Hedberg are more than willing to discuss this subject further for those who are interested.

2012: is the end near?

By Will Bassham Staff Writer

Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if I had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice. The poem “Fire and Ice,” written by the famous American poet Robert Frost in 1920, is a reminder that people in 2012 aren’t the first to ponder the end of the world. Some of the more recent apocalyptic theories include asteroids, aliens, nuclear war, disease, Y2K and a new ice age. For nearly every theory, a movie exploring it can be found. Lately 12-21-12 – that is Dec. 21, 2012 – has been the focus of some end-of-theworld discussion. And, yes, there is already a movie, a sci-fi flick starring John Cusack titled “2012.” The 2012 theory claims that the world will end on Dec. 12 because that’s when the Mayan calendar ends. (The Ma-

yan calendar says we are at the very end of a 5125 year cycle that ends in 12-21-12. The calendar was actually used by several other ancient American civilizations. How many people actually believe in 1221-12? Students at Corban don’t seem to be convinced the world will end this year. “It’s just for fun to talk about and joke about,” said student James Murrell. “And it makes for a weird action movie.” The Mayans didn’t say the world would be destroyed or if it would go through a total transformation. The details of what the Mayans thought have been lost to time. Various scholars have dismissed any thought of the world ending. The movie “2012” is just a Hollywood rendition of the world ending through a mixture of earthquakes, floods, and tsunamis. “If anything, the polar magnetism would shift,” said student Joshua Ferreia. Records show it has happened. That would be most likely.” What does the Bible say? The Book of Revelation clearly says the end times will include the rise of the anti-Christ, famine, war, and other disasters wreaking havoc on the Earth. Then Jesus comes and conquers the world, reigns for 1000 years, and then Earth

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replaced with the new heavens and the new Earth. But the Bible doesn’t give a specific date for the end of the world. Professors at Corban teach that the end of the world will be decided by God and has been in the book of Revelations. “It is as meaningless as the predictions of Nostradamus’ predictions,” said Dr. Gary Derickson. “They are not prophets of God, and God will determine when things are to en.” Derickson and other professors don’t believe in the 2012 theory. It is just a conspiracy theory which has been brought into light only in the past 40 years. The professors teach that God will decide the end of the world. “We should either ignore it (because we have better things to worry about), use it to share the gospel with unbelievers who are worried by it, or simply be aware of it and trust God to remain sovereign over history,” Derickson said. “What will happen will happen because He allows it. Our lives are in His hands.”


At Work & Play

Photo by Jacob Bowdoin

Jan. 31, 2011

Giving glory to God through labor and laughter.

Photo by Sheldon Traver

(Above) Nika Payne, Julia Quiring, a neighborhood girl, Stephanie Monroe and the garden manager pull a load of bark for a local community garden. Photo by Sheldon Traver



Photo by Jessica Bruggeman


(Above) Benjamin Funkhouser concentrates on a game of chess with Tucker. Photo by Jessica Bruggeman

(Left) Zoe Thatcher, Katie Stover and Jena Lane spend MLK service day at a retirement center. The trio used their time to play games, bake dog biscuits and listen to the stories of the elderly. Photo by Jessica Bruggeman

Van Gilder men Peter Martin and Stefan Hinkley cheer on their brothers in the competition.




Mr. VG contestants Joe Kraft and Jordan Carter act out a quest as Frodo and Bilbo Baggins. Their mission: carry the precious frog to Candy Mountain.

James Murrell sings a karaoke rendition of Beauty and the Beast’s ‘Gaston’ for round two of Mr. VG. Murrell left the competition with the Pink Plunger of second place. Photo Essay by Jake Bowdoin

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Hilltop News publishes January 2012 issue