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the pulse issue 22

november 2011

a spring arbor university publication

issue 22 november 2011

editor in chief

brianna fairhurst

lead copy editor lead designer

kimmee poole crystal wood


jon aren becca clement ashley marshall

lead writers

kerry wade alexandra harper bekka bossenberger

staff writers

mat demerritt haley taylor megan filipowski tyler prough alexander harper joceyln weidman

copy editors

laura guikema


kevin smart katheryn caldwell May you all enjoy your Turkey Festivities and the awkward conversations with uncle ned


emily thornton

The Pulse is Spring Arbor University’s student run newspaper. We bring the news to keep you informed, with a little bit of spice. Because life is dull witout it.

whom you’ve probably met, never.

* Come see what we’re about Mondays, 5pm in the Comm. Suite. in the Music building.

web editor

zach deitrich melanie meister

staff advisor

kelly skaritt

foreign correspondent

david shinabarger banjor musa

guest writers

morgan marshall charlene johnson

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editorials | opinion

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A Letter From Your SGA President and Vice President: As your representatives on SGA, we would like

Also, SGA is choosing a non-profit to partner with this year,

to make you aware of an opportunity for your voice to be heard

and we would like your input.

regarding federal STUDENT AID. The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and the leadership of Spring

Please vote at the website below.

Arbor University are encouraging us to sign a petition for federal

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student aid (like the Pell Grant) to be protected during budget cuts. In 2010, 50 percent of our freshmen were Pell Grant recipi-

Thanks for your consideration, and God bless!

ents - a high percentage of our student body! We highly encour-

Hannah Adams and Bethany Albert

age you to check out some of the details given in a CCCU email and visit this website to sign a petition to support protection of federal student aid:

- Students, for links to these websites, go to

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1. 2. 12:15 p.m. - Preparing 10 p.m. - Deeper for an Interview 8 p.m. - How Well Do You Know Your PA?


7. 8. 12:25 p.m. - Working ELECTION DAY a Career/Job Fair 7 p.m. - Native American Celebration 7 p.m. - Men’s Basketball vs. Concordia University




21. 23. 22. 4 p.m. - Turkey Trot 7:00 p.m. - Men’s Basketball vs. Bethel College 10 p.m. Thanksgiving Break Begins


28. 7:45 a.m. - Classes Begin Again...


3. 7 p.m. - Wellness Event in POL 304

9. 10. 6 p.m. - Cross Cultural 7 p.m. - Wellness Immunizations Event in POL 304 9:30 p.m. - Musical 9 p.m. - RADICAL: Chairs The Bible Study 10 p.m. - Deeper

16. 15. 11:15 a.m. - Resuma- 10 p.m. - Deeper nia - 5 Minute Reviews 9:30 p.m. - Night of Gratitude with Paul Patton




4. 5. 7-11 p.m. - AWAKEN 9 a.m. - Service in SMC 110 Saturday


12. 6:30 p.m. - Bigger or Better (Gainey Residents Only)

17. 18. 8 p.m. - IM Superbowl 9 a.m. - Michigan (Flag Football) Collegiate Job Fair for 8 p.m. - Immune System Seniors Seminar in POL 304 7 p.m. - Post Village 9 p.m. - RADICAL: The Night of Awesome Bible Study 7-11 p.m. - AWAKEN in SMC 110

19. 7:30 p.m. - Men’s Basketball vs. Hope College



30. 7 p.m. - Women’s Basketball vs. St. Francis 10 p.m. - Deeper


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Occupy Wall Street: A synchronized whine written by alexandra harper

illustration by emily thornton

It’s generally acknowledged that no

I mean, I get it. As a college student, I understand being poor is

one likes being a statistic. Take this one for

not fun. As a Christian college student with liberal tendencies,

example: “More than 10 people a year are killed by vending

I even understand the urge to paint signs and march around

machines.” It’s funny, but not if you’re the victim of a vicious

yelling. But come on, America, what are you doing?

vending machine attack. However, something worse than being a statistic is being part of the large majority in a negative

Occupy Wall Street is an act of whining. There’s no game plan,


no concrete demands, no detailed way to fix the problem. Think about it. When MLK Jr. fought his cause he didn’t stand in

It’s this exact issue that caused an uproar when America suddenly

front of a podium and whine about how whites were messing

woke up and realized that 99 percent of its citizens aren’t the

up the world and how terrible life was for blacks. Instead he

rich guys. That’s right, we’re talking about Occupy Wall Street...

preached about cooperation, how to work together for a better

or Occupy Atlanta, Anchorage, Richmond, Philadelphia or

future and specific ways how to make that future happen.

any of the other imitators with just as much passion but not enough money to attend the main New York City event.

I am not against Occupy Wall Street; I think the passion and

energy is fantastic. But that’s like saying, “good hustle” to a

In preparation for this article I did what all good writers do:

bunch of guys running in a circle. The energy needs to be

I researched. However, the more I researched the blurrier the

channeled and directed in order to go somewhere.

concept of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) became. Eventually I had enough and decided I would find out what OWS’s demands

I don’t condone the shady and shameful deals that Wall Street

were straight from the website (

deals in either. In no way should a few men in Armani suits be able to make mistakes that can ruin life for the entire American

The website was foggy at best. It included no clear goals,

public and then award themselves bonuses. We really need a

ambiguous claims and one creepy fist graphic vaguely

better system. We need to look at Congress and why Congress

reminiscent of racial supremacy. I was just about to click to

is facilitating Wall Street in its decisions.

another site when I noticed one day-changing word: “chat.” I decided to try a bit of undercover reporting by way of the best

But what we really need is a plan. So, America, stop writing

disguise ever, the Internet. Signing in under an anti-Wall Street

your protest signs and use that marker to draft a plan. We need

alias I entered the arena of OWS debate, and I was completely

thinkers, not screamers. Bombard Congress and Wall Street


and President Obama’s personal mailbox with your plans, your hopes and your witty ideas on how to fix this problem.

There were political comments, religious disputes and rants about bankers needing to wear purple ties. As amusing as this barrage of opinion was, it took me a long time to create a serious discussion about OWS. Eventually, I found the OWS supporter “Headzone.” Headzone and I had a fantastically objective conversation about American economics that greatly enlightened me but still left me with a cynical view of OWS.

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Otherwise you’re just another hater with a sign.


written by charlene johnson


Currently, I am enrolled in an internship

the poor.”

program called the Chicago Semester through Spring

As disciples of Christ, this is what we are called to do: reach

Arbor University. I intern four days a week at New Community

He defined poor as those suffering physically from material

out to the lost. The lost are among not just the economically

Warming Center, a safe haven for the homeless and marginalized

lack and were being denied their basic human rights. I asked

poor, but also the middle class and wealthy.

in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.

him why it was the cry of the poor and not the cry of humanity.

I also read about how when the poor are labele

He said the material need was a more pressing issue and also

d poor, it automatically makes them inferior because of their

that Jesus spent his time with the materially poor.

economic status. The poor view those in the upper classes as

At the center, guests receive two meals a day, a change of clothes, toiletries, access to a phone and computer and also

superior. I think it is important to break these barriers when

have help obtaining important documents such as a state ID.

I couldn’t deny his reasons but it still left my heart feeling

loving others. Economic status does not matter in God’s

I am also taking two classes, “Personal Calling and Social

restless. I thought about it for a couple hours; then it finally hit

eyes, so why should it matter in ours? We need to put the

Conscience” and “Community Development” once a week.

me. Jesus did not hang out with the destitute because of their

money business behind us and work on building relationships.

Since the beginning of the semester, I have developed several

physical lack. He spent time with them because they were the

Building relationships is something that my supervisor at my

opinions regarding the poor.

forgotten, the shunned and the unloved.

internship has stressed. I have been learning names, exchanging stories, sharing jokes,

First off, there are two types of poor: materially and spiritually.

Also consider the story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19. Zacchaeus

playing games, working on crossword puzzles and even getting

Everyone understands the former, who suffer from a lack

was a chief tax collector, which made him rich. Being despised

brushing up on my Spanish. Because it is a relationship, it has

of substantial housing and clothing and face hunger pains.

by those surrounding him, he was labeled a “notorious sinner.”

not been just me helping them; they have helped me too.

However, many have not considered the other kind of poor,

Jesus told this man, “I must be a guest in your home today.”

spiritual deprivation.

Jesus’ focus was on spiritual starvation rather than physical

It doesn’t matter how well off we are or are not. We all need

starvation. He says in John 6:35, “I am the bread of life.

help. We all need someone to reach out to us. We all need

In my Personal Calling and Social Conscience class, the author

Whoever comes to me, will never be hungry again. Whoever


of one my textbooks gave a lecture. In his book, he said that

believes in me, will never be thirsty.” Jesus reached out to the

when considering our calling, we should listen to the “cry of


Nickelback playing halftime show? What comes to mind when you hear “Nickelback”? Maybe a few jokes and maybe even a few songs from their albums. Now they are going to be associated with Detroit when they play at halftime during the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers football game on Thanksgiving. Residents of Detroit do not want this to happen. A petition was even started to get “Nickelback” to not perform. Residents said that they would rather have “Kid Rock,” “Eminem,” Ted Nugent and Bob Segar perform at halftime. According to an article online for the “Hollywood Reporter,” 50,000 residents signed the petition. Some of them even said things like, “This game is nationally televised, do we really want the rest of the U.S. to associate Detroit with Nickelback?” and “I’d rather see Rebecca Black unleash her newest song “Thursday” at halftime than have to listen to “Nickelback.” I find these comments somewhat harsh. “Nickelback” has held concerts in Detroit and people have supported them. They have had four sold-out shows in Detroit. And according to

an article on, 92,000 tickets were bought by fans for “Nickelback’s” last two tour cycles with stops in Detroit. The hatred that residents of Detroit are showing “Nickelback” doesn’t make sense. One fan started the petition. That guy is a brave soul. I wouldn’t try to tackle a band like “Nickelback” and an organization like the Detroit Lions. Sure, the Lions are having a successful season, but the selection of the halftime show performer doesn’t necessarily reflect the season. This fan just wants the band gone because he doesn’t like them. He doesn’t think they are good performers. To me, halftime shows haven’t been all that great. I wasn’t fond of the “Black Eyed Peas” performance at the Super Bowl. It may have had something to do with the sound quality, but I didn’t care for it. At first, I wasn’t okay with the choice. Sure, “Nickelback” is popular, but they aren’t as popular as they used to be. I wouldn’t mind seeing one of the other options Detroit residents thought of. Now, after researching this and understanding the issue bet-

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ter, I think that the reason for them to not play is dumb. I own some of the “Nickelback” albums. I listen to their music. I’ve never seen them perform live, but now I can’t wait to see them perform at the halftime show. They could come out and surprise everyone with a rocking halftime show. I am hoping that is exactly what they do. They need to go out there and prove to the 50,000 Detroit residents who signed the petition that they were wrong. On Thanksgiving, I’ll be sitting around the TV watching the Lions. That is what the day is about for me. I would rather enjoy family, food and football than worry about something minute like who is performing during the halftime show. We should be thankful they still want to perform after a petition as dumb as this one. I am going to take it with stride and enjoy the day. There is more to the Thanksgiving game than who is performing at the halftime show. Remember that.

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Penn State Head Coach Fired joe paterno outed by board of trustees

Joe Paterno fired. This sentence is one that I, among with many others, never thought I would hear. But amidst a sex scandal at Penn State University, head football coach Joe Paterno has been fired. After the information about a sex scandal at Penn State reached national news, Paterno announced his retirement. At season’s end, Paterno would no longer be coach of a team he has been with since 1950. The same day Paterno announced his retirement, the Penn State Board of Trustees met to discuss the issue. According to, Paterno received an envelope 15 minutes before the Board made their announcement with a phone number for him to call. After calling the number he was told he had been relieved of his duties. Paterno created a legacy at Penn State. The legacy he created as head coach for over 46 years was ruined in one moment. In his tenure at Penn State, Paterno has accumulated the most Division I-A/FBS wins with 409, the most bowl wins with 24, two national championships and three Big Ten championships. With achievements like this, Paterno was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007. For most people thinking about coaches in college football, Paterno is at the top of the list. Now, he has found one of the worst ways out of a job. It can be compared to Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal. No one wants to leave their job because of something as drastic as a situation like this one. And he wasn’t even the person to cause the problem. He just knew about it but didn’t call the police.

written by megan filipowski

This scandal was such a huge issue to the Penn State Board of Trustees that the president of the university found himself without a job. The students of the university were very upset about Paterno’s firing. About 2,000 students took to the streets, overturned a television news van and kicked out windows. According to, the students were out for about three hours. I would be upset, too. Paterno is a proven legend. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. I wouldn’t charge the streets though. I know there could have been a better way to handle the anger. Taking to the streets only makes the situation worse. Penn State is already in the news for a scandal; riots don’t need to be added to the mix. As a college student who enjoys football, I hate to see Paterno go. But how much longer was he really going to be coaching? He’s spent 61 years with Penn State. He’s 84 years old. His time was coming to an end anyway. Would students have rioted when he announced his retirement without the scandal? I don’t think so. Yes, the board played a significant role in his termination, and I think they possibly should have let him have his dignity and should have allowed him to retire at the end of the season. But, on the other hand, he knew important information and didn’t do anything about it. It’s hard to see the positive in all of this. Paterno may have been a great coach when we saw him on television almost every Saturday during college football season, but when it came to issues like this sex scandal, Paterno didn’t do enough. Paterno’s out and Penn State has lost a legend.

And the “it” was kind of big. So big that it affects at least eight victims. These eight victims have come forward to say that they were sexually abused by former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky was at Penn State for 23 years before he retired from coaching.

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A look into Thailand’s human trafficking and slavery issues written by

MARK VANVALIN, THE SENIOR PASTOR OF THE FREE METHODIST CHURCH across the street from Spring Arbor University (SAU), as well as Jeremy Norwood, a professor of sociology and Global Studies at SAU, recently returned from a two-week visit to Thailand and some of the other countries surrounding the Asian region sponsored by Not for Sale, an organization that seeks to end human trafficking and slavery in the modern world. They attended the Not for Sale Asia Pacific forum on human trafficking, a two-day conference in Thailand filled with great detail from other non-government organizations working to end human trafficking and slavery. VanValin spoke of poor men searching for any means of employment. Often men searching for jobs find themselves in situations where they are forced and enslaved for years in foreign countries. This often occurs in the fishing industry.

VanValin said his time there was, “informative and educational.” Thailand has a long history of trafficking within the country. The atmosphere sometimes leaves the displaced people with a perception of not having any rights, making them vulnerable to exploitation. War is usually an ingredient for poverty and displacement. The civil war in Sudan and Rwanda is a recent illustration of war. However, Thailand has a different story; the country has not experienced any major wars within its recent past. However, it still continues to harbor human trafficking victims. Nicholas D. Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, authors of the book “Half the Sky,” wrote about the lack of education in the United States regarding human trafficking. They said, “One of the great failings of the American education system is the lack of students graduating from universities with an

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understanding of poverty at home or abroad… Too many students take trips to visit Oxford, Florence or Paris”. They believe if more Americans worked at summer organizations like HEAL Africa in the Congo then “our entire society would have a richer understanding of the world around us.” The Not for Sale campaign is growing, especially at SAU. More people are being educated on the issues facing the world. Norwood hopes to offer a class on human trafficking in the upcoming years based on his involvement in the conference. Norwood said, “this is a movement I want to be involved in and encourage other students to also get involved”. VanValin also said it is “very tragic” when life is taken away and it is not looked at the same way as in America. It is miserable to think the human life is worth less than the demand of plain lust.


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BETTY OVERTON-ADKINS, THE CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICER at Spring Arbor University, spoke about her experiences with the Native American cultures. Betty worked with Native American colleges around the United States for ten years and keeps in contact with Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College in Mount Pleasant, Mich. Overton-Adkins also shared how Native American communities are often thought of as places of poverty and hardship. In many cases this is true, but these communities are rich in culture and traditions. Overton-Adkins discussed the cultural aspect of giving within these communities. For example, in Western culture, the guest at a birthday party would be expected to bring gifts. In

Native American culture, the one having the party would be expected to give gifts. Betty displayed many of the works of craftsmanship she has received over the years. Native American cultures also have a strong sense of family and respect for the aged. Overton-Adkins also pointed out that Native American culture is very tribal. The tribal aspects are generalizations common to most Native American tribes, but each individual tribe also has its own unique culture. Samples of Native American food were also provided by the OIR. The menu included a bean soup called Iroquois Soup, baked apples, berries and Native American fry bread. These foods represented various tribes and were samples of what Native American communities eat today.


Participants also had the opportunity to use bead looms to create strings of beads in traditional patterns. This beadwork is a 200-year-old practice known as “lazy stitch beadwork.” This type of beadwork is often used on ceremonial pow wow clothing and objects. It is recognizable by its bright color and traditional patterns. The OIR is dedicated to spreading cultural awareness and acceptance. Overton-Adkins encouraged the participants to broaden their cultural views and respect the Native American culture.

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Occupy Wall Street written by

Megan Filipowski

SIX DAYS AFTER CROWDS GATHERED in downtown New York City to see the opening of the new 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero, another crowd gathered on Wall Street and began the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration. Since that day two months ago, more than 200 movements like this one have spread across the United States, including Michigan. Cities like Ann Arbor, Brighton, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Marquette, Muskegon, Saginaw, Saline and Traverse City all have occupy demonstrations. Occupy Wall Street was started by an activist group named Adbusters. Adbusters is a not-for-profit, reader-supported magazine based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Adbusters’ mission statement on their website says, “We are a global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs who want to advance the new social activist movement of the information age. Our aim is to topple existing power structures and forge a major shift in the way we live in the twenty-first century.” According the Occupy Wall Street website, the purpose is to fight back against the “corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process and the

Hoodies for the Homeless written by



Bekka Bossenberger Katheryn Caldwell

DURING THE LAST WEEK OF OCTOBER, the Spring Arbor University (SAU) Tree of Life bookstore began a clothing drive asking for gently used hoodies. A student could bring in an old hoodie in exchange for 25 percent off a new hoodie. The bookstore collected 15 hoodies that will be delivered to the Jackson Interfaith homeless shelter. The leader of this project was Randal Storm, more commonly known as “Mr. Books,” the general manager of SAU’s campus bookstore. Brooks has been in the campus store industry for over thirty years, and he has received the National Association of College Stores (NACS) Aspen Award. Storm assists with a student’s textbook needs while wearing a friendly smile. The bookstore has changed this year. SAU began a partnership with Tree of Life bookstores, a Christian corporation that tithes a portion of their profits to feeding the hungry around the globe. Since the union, the bookstore is still campus-run but now includes textbook rentals, online reserving and ordering. Keep a look out for upcoming clothing drives involving the bookstore and community throughout the holiday season.

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role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations.” This movement was inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. The Occupy Wall Street website described the protest as aiming to expose how the richest one percent of people are writing the rules of an unfair global economy. There is no leader, but the protest includes people of all races and political affiliations. The only common factor is that the protesters will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the one percent of people with the wealth. The creators of the Occupy Wall Street website wrote, “We want to see a general assembly in every backyard, on every street corner because we don’t need Wall Street and we don’t need politicians to build a better society.” On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the police raided Liberty Square, also known as Zuccotti Park, the place Occupy Wall Street protesters have called home for the past two months. The raid included tear gas, pepper spray, bulldozers and police in riot gear. The Occupy Wall Street website had live updates so anyone not in the area could know what was going on. The protesters were evicted from the park because a city judge ruled the park needed to be cleared and cleaned. The

ruling allowed the protesters to return, but banned them from bringing tents, tarps and sleeping bags to stay overnight. Nov. 17 is the movement’s International Day of Action. In New York City, protesters will be shutting down Wall Street at breakfast, occupying the subways at lunch and taking the square at dinner. For more information about the Occupy Wall Street movement or to view a live steam of the activities and speeches going on in New York City, visit Anyone interested can also visit the locations of the occupy movements in the area to find out more from some of the participants.


Valerie Brda Kevin Smart

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LOU ENGLE, FOUNDER OF “THE CALL” held said event at Ford Field in Detroit from Nov. 11-12, 2011. The Call is 24 hour gathering including prayer and fasting. Participants came from all over the United States. The first events of the evening were prayers for ethnic groups and discussions about racism. The evening included an emphasis on people’s views of Native Americans. When a Native American spoke at The Call he referred to Christ as his chief and welcomed the participants to join him. On Saturday the focus was on healing. This portion included prayer ranging from cancer to simple colds. The speaker asked the crowd to raise their hands if they had an injury to their right knee. When someone would raise an arm, others in the crowd would rally around the person and pray with them. Saturday also included worship and communion. The overarching focus of Saturday was “innocent blood being shed.” The main topic was abortion, especially in the African American community. Speakers from Bound4Life and CareNet spoke out against abortions. They informed the crowd that about 458,000 African American babies are aborted

each year. Two-thirds of all planned parenthood centers are in African American neighborhoods. Two people spoke about the effect abortion had on them. A woman told a story of a baby’s bone being left in her body after the abortion, causing her to have massive cramps. A man got down on his knees and asked for forgiveness because he paid for an abortion while he was in college. The man and woman explained how they each found God through their experiences. Throughout the event there was constant worship. Members of the crowd danced, spoke in tongues and waved flags. One flag had flames on it and said, “Detroit. Burning for God.” The mission of The Call was to start a revival in Detroit. “We’re going to pray for revival and a great spiritual awakening,” said Engles. More upcoming events related to The Call include The Esther Call, which is specifically aimed at women. Another event is Cry Hollywood, a massive prayer rally aimed at bringing Christ to Hollywood. For more information on these events, visit and TheCryHollywood. com.

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Budget cuts, who’s affected? S A U

pring rbor niversity makes budget cuts to compensate for the short fall of attendents. Spring Arbor University recently made budget cuts of

before,” said Dr. Betty Overton-Adkins, Chief Academic

approximately $2.9 million out of a budgeted $65 million for

Officer and currently standing in for President Charles Webb

the 2011-2012 school year. Among cuts in certain areas, the

as he recovers from open-heart surgery.

payroll of each full-time staff member was cut by two percent,

written by brianna fairhurst kimmee poole photos by crystal wood illustration by michael strubler

renovations to the Kresge Student Center. “What we’re hoping for with the soccer field is that it would pay for itself in seven to eight years. Even before the field

a minor decrease to some staff members and a major decrease

Jerry White, Vice President for Finance and Administration said,

was completed, we were getting contracts from people to use

to others. Because faculty members are under contract, which

“On-campus students were down by a little over one hundred.

our field. And then anything after [the seven to eight years] is

cannot be changed, their payroll will be affected next year.

And there’s many reasons that we could point at, but there’s

absolute revenue,” said Overton-Adkins.

no solid reason why. We implemented several new projects After a shortfall of just over 100 students for the current

and some of them did not come into fruition. So we have a

There is already fundraising for the student center in progress.

school year, the university realized there was not enough money

shortfall of students; we implemented a new online proposal

Apart from a $500,000 donation from the Weatherwax

within the 2011-2012 budget. Therefore, cuts had to be made

where we funded some expenses online. Some of our GPS

Foundation and an approximately $2.5 million check from

to balance out the difference.

[Graduate and Professional Studies], our adult undergraduate

Chartwells Catering Services, Vice President for Advancement

and graduate [students], did not come in at the level that we had

and President of the Spring Arbor University Foundation

“I’ve described this in some ways as a perfect storm. With a 4.9

anticipated. We do have record enrollment, but unfortunately

Brent Ellis and his team are working to raise the remaining

percent increase in tuition, and implementing the cost of the

we predicted more.”

amount needed to complete the building project.

the multiple reasons. There was a shortfall in enrollment. The

Questions have come up pertaining to the funding of the

Overton-Adkins added that the university borrowed money to

magnitude of the shortfall has been more significant than

recently finished soccer complex as well as the current

fund the completion of several projects; however, the money

CCS [Cross Cultural Studies] trips, we don’t know the reasons,

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to say, ‘Well, we could have done this, done that.’ Now looking back in any decision most people say ‘Oh, well I would have done that differently.’” Though there are pay cuts, Overton-Adkins said the executive team did their best to equal the percentages of cuts across the board of staff and faculty payrolls. Those who receive higher salaries received higher percentage cuts and those with lower salaries received lower percentage cuts in order to equal two percent as a whole. “What we agreed to this year, unless the faculty would agree to have their salaries cut [immediately], [is to make] immediate cuts to the staff, but we will make revisions to the faculty contracts for next year that will equal two percent. What we could do is say the faculty on the lowest end would take a lower percentage and those on the higher end could take a higher percentage so it averages out to two percent,” Overton-Adkins said. However, Overton-Adkins said there will be some positions hired for next year. “I don’t see it as stopping new positions. cannot be used for other things such as salaries for faculty and

remember any pay cuts,” said Dr. Roger Varland, interim Dean

We’ve adjusted the salary scale down. Is it going to be harder

staff. It can only be used for things that could bring in revenue.

of the School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Art.

to attract people to Spring Arbor because our salary is lower? I think salary will be a concern. Our salaries have been lower

The donations made by various foundations and donors are given with specific purposes and cannot be used outside of the

Both White and Varland said there wasn’t much that could have

than some universities already; however, we find that people

donors’ specifications. Therefore, the university cannot borrow

been done differently to prevent the cuts from happening.

come here missionally.”

“I wish I could have seen it coming. What we’re doing is, we’ve

Custodian Matt Cousino said, “We have to make adjustments

Though the cuts are mainly made within the payroll of full-time

implemented two things, one is a budget committee made up

just like the university had to make adjustments. It hurt us [my

staff, the cost of using credit cards to make school payments is

of four members of the executive team, two faculty members,

wife, Mandy and I] more than most, since we both work here

a direct result of these cuts as well.


so it was a four percent cut rather than just two percent. But

or raise money to pay staff and faculty.





representative and a business office representative. That team

part of the blessing is just being here.”

“One example that we just received in an email is that we

is looking at the budget as a whole preparing for the [2012-

will be accepting credit cards, but there will be a convenience

2013] school year. Then the board of trustees, just this week,

“The university is generous with time off. They’ve given us

charge. A lot of people don’t understand that when you charge

commissioned a task force called the Operational Efficiency

benefits that other places haven’t seen in a long time. Vacation

$100 with your credit card, the vendor has to pay around three

Task Force, and we’re going to be looking at ways to do things

time, they’re very generous with their health insurance; a lot of

dollars. And so for us to accept credit cards costs significant

[pertaining to the budget] in a more efficient manner,” said

places don’t have it all. They have a benevolent fund if people

dollars. So that would be one change that the students will see,”


fall into hard times. This place is special that way. Even though all these things [budget cuts, retirement funding cuts] are a

said White. “Hopefully there won’t be any [other] major items “Hopefully with the changes we’ve made, we’ll be able to go

disappointment, it’s still much better than a lot of people have

forward and not make any other adjustments of this nature.

it. I would much rather my salary and retirement weren’t cut,

These changes are still small in comparison to salary cuts

When we went into this process we looked at fixing it for the

but I think things will be just fine,” he said.

for both staff and faculty, though faculty won’t expect these

long-term as opposed to just getting through this year,” he

changes until the following school year. But many faculty


that the students will see.”

“I think if the economy improves our [financial] packages will improve as well. We’re all hoping for everything to turn around.

members are still upset. Varland said, “Admissions tracks all kinds of [indicators]; they

I fully expect it to happen that way,” said Cousino.

“With any budget you categorize, there’s an attempt to try to

know when people blink. They’ve got apps, deposits, visits;

equalize some of that. I think the salaries and benefits are a hot

all those numbers looked great until about sometime in May.

Despite the setback, Cousino said he still maintains a positive

button. Compensation is the big term for all of it. And so, sure,

Then all of a sudden, things weren’t tracking right. In about

outlook on the situation. “I think we have to be careful about

it’s miserable to go backwards. In one sense, I think, it’s not

the beginning of June, numbers started to fall. So, it was over

getting discouraged about things. That’s the thief that comes to

completely crazy because across the country people are getting

the summer. Students had come to register. Students had put

steal and kill and destroy. I don’t think we as employees should

reductions in their pay; people are losing jobs because the

down some deposits. And then all of a sudden, ‘oh, we’re

go around moping and whining and complaining all the time,

companies are shrinking. So there is a broader economy context

not coming.’ So it wasn’t like early on we saw it. It had never

do you? No, we should make the best of it, we don’t have to

for it. But we still kind of cringe here because it’s something we

happened at that stage before. If we had low enrollments you

like it. It’s an opportunity, an opportunity to grow.”

haven’t experienced before. I’ve been here 30 years and I don’t

could see it coming earlier on. All of those factors make it hard

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Spring Break Missions Trips written by

SPRING BREAK MISSIONS TRIPS HAVE BEEN A TRADITION here at Spring Arbor University (SAU). The idea is simple: instead of doing whatever they wish, students are given the opportunity to experience a mission trip. This year Spring Arbor is offering mission trips to Atlanta, Ga.; Hamtramck, Mich.; Jackson, Mich.; Ecuador and Puerto Rico. SAU students Alex Rahill and Amber Lange are leading the trip to Hamtramck. Rahill has been on the trip before but has not led it. He said, “I am most excited to see who comes with us. We have 22 spots open, so I am just excited to see who the Lord fills them with. Hamtramck is a city that needs Jesus, and I am excited to help bring Him there.” Rahill hopes the team develops a heart for the poor and commitment. He said, “mission trips are great, but unless there is some kind of follow-through, they can become a selfish experience. My goal is to give more than we get. I want to be as little of a hindrance as possible and as much of a blessing as we can.” SAU student Matt Fry is leading a group to Florida for the Panama City “BeachReach” mission trip. This will be Fry’s fourth time on the trip, but it will be his third time in some sort of leadership role. Fry said, “I love this trip because we don’t go to tell people about the love of Christ. We go to show it to them in a tangible way. We could tell people that there is a God who loves them until we’re blue in the face, but until we show it through how we live we have no credibility.” The trip will include free pancake breakfasts, van rides and relationship-building. The amount of people who go each year varies. Bobby Pratt, Assistant Dean of Students at SAU, will be leading the Ecuador trip. This is Pratt’s first year leading this specific trip, but he has been leading mission trips to Latin America for the past 15 years. Pratt said, “I love serving in Latin America. I love the culture and the people and their love for God and one another. I am always excited to provide students with a way to impact our world for Christ.” The team will be helping with a church plant in the capital city, Quito. They will do some construction along with outreach to the surrounding neighborhoods. Twenty students will accompany Pratt on the trip. “I hope our team is able to see the world and the Ecuadorian people through the eyes of God. I hope that each member will be changed in some way that brings them closer to who God wants them to be through the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives,” said Pratt. The deadline has passed to apply for these trips, but you can support the teams through your prayer or financial support as they venture outside of their comfort zones.

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Haley Taylor

PUMPKIN PIE 1 ½ cups canned pumpkin ¾ cups sugar ½ teaspoon salt 1/4-1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cloves 1-11/4 teaspoon cinnamon 3 slightly beaten eggs 6 ounces can evaporated milk (3/4 cup) 1 cup milk Pie crust Line nine-inch pan with pie crust. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Combine pumpkin, sugar, salt and spices. Blend. Add eggs and milk. Mix thoroughly. Pour into pie crust. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce oven to 325 degrees and bake for about 50 minutes or until mixture doesn’t adhere to a knife.

BANANA CAKE WITH NUTELLA BUTTERCREAM FILLING AND CREAM CHEESE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING For the cake: 1 cup + 1 tablespoon softened butter 1 ½ cups sugar 1 rounded cup mashed banana ½ teaspoon vanilla 2 eggs 1/3 cup +1 tablespoon buttermilk 1 ½ cups flour ½ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt

For Nutella Buttercream Filling: 1 cup butter softened 1 cup Nutella 3 cups powdered sugar 2 tablespoons milk

Assembly: Cut the two cake rounds in half, creating four layers. Use Nutella buttercream as filling. Put all ingredients in food Frost outside with cream cheese processor and pulse until smooth. buttercream frosting. Chill for 20 minutes and serve. For Cream Cheese Buttercream *recipe originally from Frosting: 8 ounces cream cheese, softened Preheat oven to 320 degrees. Butter and flour two eight-inch cake ½ cup softened butter pans. Mix butter, sugar, banana, 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste vanilla and eggs. Add buttermilk, 2-3 cups powdered sugar then sift in flour, soda and salt. Bake for 50-60 minutes. Cool completely. Put all ingredients in food processor and pulse until smooth.



1 16 ounce can creamed corn 1 16 ounce can whole kernel corn, drained 1 cup sour cream 1 8 ounce package corn muffin mix 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted 1 egg

First layer 1/2 cup cold butter cut into little pieces 1/4 cup of granulated sugar 1 1/4 cups of all purpose flour

Mix together and pour into a greased 9x13 casserole dish. Cook uncovered at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.

Combine sugar and flour. Cut butter into sugar/flour mixture with a fork or pastry blender and press into a 9x9 buttered baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Second layer 1/2 cup softened butter 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoon corn syrup 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk Combine ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil on medium heat for five minutes without stirring. Be careful not to burn. Remove from heat and pour over first layer. Third layer 1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips Melt in microwave. Pour over second layer and chill

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Preview: Oak Tree Review written by

Matthew DeMeritt

THE OAK TREE REVIEW IS A STUDENT PROGRAM that gathers poetry and prose for publication in a yearly edition. It offers students, staff and faculty an easy and free outlet to publish their writing. In fact, most of the entries are publications of Spring Arbor University (SAU) students. Editor-in-Chief Maggie Tibus, along with fellow editors Brianna Fairhurst, Adam Graff and Mike Cox, accept entries and review the material. Brent Cline, the faculty advisor for the Oak Tree Review, said the process is a “double blind review.” All entries are virtually anonymous until a decision about publication is reached. Any entries deemed acceptable are published in the yearly issue released at the end of the spring semester. At this point, copies are distributed at an Oak Tree Review event. Students can also attain copies around campus, similar to the distribution method of the SAU Pulse. The Oak Tree Review will host a poetry reading in the Prop Shop on Nov. 17. The event begins at 8:30 p.m., and it will show what the Review may sound like when it is finalized this year. The event will give poets young and old an opportunity for peer review and feedback. The Review is waiting for writers to submit their work. Tibus said, “This journal is a way for students to see what it is like to have their work published in a university literary journal. It’s both a challenge and an opportunity, a way to go to the next level with your writing.” Posters will soon be posted advertising the Review and submission criteria. To submit work to The Oak Tree Review simply place it in a Word document and email it to Also, join their Facebook group to receive updates and event notifications.

Guat’s Up? written by

THE LAST TWO WEEKS HAVE BEEN EXCITING FOR OUR GROUP here in the land of eternal spring. We have thoroughly delighted in hearing of pre-Thanksgiving snow in Michigan as we enjoy every beautiful spring day in Guatemala. The weekend before Halloween we visited Lake Atitlan, what Aldous Huxley called “the most beautiful lake in the world.” We also took an exhilarating day trip to the Mayan ruins of Tikal. I have started volunteering at an organization called Common Hope, or Familias De Esperanza. This Minnesota-based non-government organization focuses on education to bring people out of poverty by ultimately improving life quality through a variety of projects. School ended for most Guatemalan schools which has left us volunteers with some odd jobs. Senior Heide Snoek has been volunteering with the accounting office at Common Hope, experiencing the inner workings of such a unique organization. Personally, I’ve been working in construction. That means building houses on people’s property where previously there was only a home constructed of a dirt floor, bamboo walls and an aluminum roof. The houses aren’t fancy, but a simple concrete and wood house is better than nothing. Literally. According to the World Bank the purchasing power parity (PPP) for a Guatemalan is $4,740. The PPP for a person from the United States? $47,184. Prensa Libre, the local newspaper in Guatemala, reports that in Guatemala 53.7 percent live in poverty with 41 percent living in extreme poverty. This 41 percent lives on only one to three dollars each day. This difference is strikingly apparent when I return from a construction site covered in black muck and concrete dust to my comfortable room with a laptop, hard floors and a change of clothes. I have become grateful for running water, food and the opportunity of education now more than ever before. I don’t bring this up as a guilt trip, but poverty here demands acknowledgement. The hardest things about this real-life education is the imperative need for change. It is impossible to know about both the materialism in the United States and the poverty here without a desire for change.

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David Shinabarger

This Thanksgiving, we have a lot to be thankful for. We’ve survived earthquakes, mudslides, volcanic eruptions and Guatemala city traffic. We are thankful for the opportunity to be studying in Guatemala. We are also looking forward to a Thanksgiving meal the Sunday after Thanksgiving with United States-style turkey, stuffing and pumpkin and pecan pie. On Thanksgiving we plan to use up Antigua, Guatemala’s WI-FI while Skyping our families back in the states. This Thanksgiving, be thankful. Really. Our blessing of education and access to resources should not be taken for granted. Maybe we’re the 99 percent back in America, but for the rest of the world we are the one percent. For more information on Common Hope, visit My blog is at

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The Goat Rodeo Sessions: A refreshing album from the world’s top string instrumentalist. written by brianna fairhurst

Take a cello, a stand-up bass, a violin, a

prominent on this album as in his other works. But there are a

lack of a better term). But don’t skip the track! Though the

mandolin and a variety of sounds within each melody

couple tracks where he sings with vocalist Aoife O’Donovan,

whole track is not dissonant, there’s beauty within those “off ”

and behold, “The Goat Rodeo Sessions” emerges. “The Goat

“Here and Heaven,” featured on iTunes several weeks ago, and

sounding notes being pounded on each instrument. Give it a

Rodeo Sessions” is a new collaboration of world-class cellist

“No One But You.”

chance; you might find that it adds to the album as a whole.

The tracks range from featuring each instrument and each

There are various ways to listen to “The Goat Rodeo Sessions.”

style of the musicians, which altogether makes the album quite

It is available for free on Spotify and Grooveshark and if you

Their 11-track album is a wonderful mixture of classic styles so

refreshing from most music produced in popular culture these

really like it, you can purchase it for $10.99 on

characteristic of Ma and the Southern bluegrass styles known

days, not that other albums come even near the talent of these

and iTunes. Not a bluegrass or classical music fan? Give this

best of Thile. I can’t say the quality of the album is a surprise.

four artists.

group a chance. It’s different, providing a breath of fresh air,

Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Stuart Duncan, bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolin player Chris Thile (pronounced “tee” “lee”).

Put Ma on anything and failure becomes doubtful.

cathartic even, allowing you to feel the emotions conveyed There are a few tracks to look out for, or maybe “prepare”

through each note, a great album to listen to while walking in

Some of you may know Thile from his work with “Nickel

would be the operative word. “Where’s My Bow,” track four

the last bits of autumn weather. Enjoy it while it lasts. As for

Creek.” I’ll admit, I haven’t listened to much of his work other

on the album, takes an interesting turn after hearing tracks one

me, I’m going to be praying for “The Goat Rodeo Sessions

than the Tiny Desk Concert podcast hosted by NPR. What

through three. There’s dissonance, or for those of you who

Tour” 2012, whether it happens or not.

I have heard, I’ve loved. Unfortunately, his voice is not as

haven’t taken the required basic music class, “ugly notes” (for

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............................................................................. Biophilia: A New Creature Icelandic singer, Björk, releases new album.


written by kerry wade

“Welcome to Biophilia,” begins the introduction

The entire creation of “Biophilia” took Björk four years.

to Björk’s newest album, “Biophilia.”

Seeking to create an album that centered on theme of the intricacies of nature, the universe and human response to

On Oct. 10, 2011, the Icelandic singer Björk released her

both, Bjork spent months researching. The song lyrics and

eighth album, “Biophilia.” When Björk released her last origi-

the music videos are created around the topics of the cosmos,

nal album, “Volta,” in 2007 people thought her music career

string theory and biology. Björk originally wanted to create

was finally coming to an end. On the contrary, “Biophilia” is

a house in which each room was an interactive song. When

not only another truly original album, but also a landmark in

this fell through, Björk collaborated with Apple to create her

music history.

apps that allow a large range of people to experience this new three-dimensional song experience.

“Biophilia” is the first “multi-format” album to be released. The ten-song album was released as a series of iPad apps.

With all the technology surrounding this music, the music

Björk’s goal was to create a new era of music that allowed the

itself still holds its own. Björk created custom made instru-

listener to interact with the song itself. According to diction-

ments to achieve her haunting expanse of sound. These, the noun Biophilia means “a love of life and the liv-

instruments included musical Tesla coils and four gravity

ing world.” The apps strive to incorporate zeal of life through

harps, which can be seen in Björk’s dress on the album cover.

using more senses In his introduction to the album, David

Although her lyrics are relatively simple, Björk’s unique voice

Attenborough, the scientific voice of BBC, continues, “In

and use of English are on par with her other hit albums.

‘Biophillia,’ you will experience how the three come together: nature, music and technology. Listen, learn and create.”

The ten songs flow in order from “Moon,” which is slower and focuses on the use of the harp, through the more upbeat

The app for the song “Crystalline” works much like a game.

“Crystalline” back to the more serene “Solstice.” Critics,

The user rotates the iPad to travel down tunnels while avoid-

including the New York Times, say the catchy sound of

ing crystals. In the app for the song “Virus” the user must

“Crystalline” will be Björk’s newest hit. Whether you get the

protect a cell in order to continue to listen to the song. Other

opportunity to experience the apps or simply listen to the

apps allow the user to interact with the music by remixing the

songs on YouTube, the album is worth a listen.

songs and even sharing and saving their new creations.

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In Time: A MOVIE REVIEW written by

Morgan Marshall

Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried star in the new film “In Time.” In the film, time is currency, and the characters have to earn time to live through working, stealing or trading. Beginning at age 25 the population stops aging physically and begins earning their time. From his or her 25th birthday, each citizen has a year to earn more time. Minute by minute the citizens of the poor sectors and the ghetto fight to survive while the rich play poker and smoke cigars. The rich sectors have years, decades and centuries stored for their families. Seyfried’s character, Sylvia, is the daughter of

Thanks & Praise

written by

Kimberlee Poole

Sunday, Nov. 20, the Spring Arbor University (SAU) Chamber Singers and Concert Choir will come together with the Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church (SAFMC) Sanctuary Concert Choir and orchestra for the annual Thanks and Praise concert. The concert will be held in the sanctuary of the SAFMC beginning at 6:00 p.m. According to Dr. Charles Livesay, choir director of the SAU chamber singers and concert choir, the university and church choirs have been coming together for this concert for at least the past twenty-five years.

a rich tycoon and draws from her unconventional trust fund, while Timberlake’s character, Will, has just enough time to sleep through the night. An escaped rich man, played by Matt Bomer, takes Will under his wing and starts the adventure that brings Will and Sylvia together. A timekeeper, Raymond, played by Cillian Murphy, pursues Will, convinced the time was stolen. Will takes Sylvia as ransom and escapes to the ghetto. She sees how the other half lives, and he sees his chance to change the world for better.

Livesay said the reason the two choirs participate in this annual event together was because “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. When the two choirs get together it brings out something special in both of them.” Each year, the Thanks and Praise concert highlights the SAU chamber singers, SAU concert choir and the SAFMC choir as well as one large choir comprised of all three groups. This year the combined choirs will be performing a total of four pieces together. Livesay said this will be the most pieces the choirs have ever performed together.

“In Time” has a Gatsby-like feel to it with a Bonnie and Clyde twist. There is suspense, action and romance. After seeing this movie, the phrase “time is money” has a different connotation. The film is a commentary on the value of life and the idea of having enough time. Today it is common to hear about bucket lists and carefree living, but this move is refreshingly devoid of those luxuries. Will and Sylvia face death many times, but they never pursue their own wants or pity themselves. The realism adds a dash of perspective to our needy generation. “In Time” emphasizes survival to be paramount and luxuries to be only for those who have time to waste. The movie is rated PG-13 and includes elements that live up to the rating like violence, language and sexual content, but these components were used tactfully. This movie would be a good choice for those who enjoy “The Adjustment Bureau,” the “Bourne” trilogy, and “James Bond”

Senior Kyle Rehnlund, a four year member of both concert choir and chamber singers and section leader for the tenor section of concert choir, said in an e-mail, “I am looking forward to the Spring Arbor community coming to see the work that our choirs have done. It’s a great event where everyone can come together and praise God and thank Him for the gifts He’s given us.” Members of the concert choir and chamber singers have been rehearsing pieces for this concert since the beginning of the school year. “Early on, we had songs that we had to memorize,” said Taylor Hawkins, a freshman member of the concert choir and chamber sings. “To memorize them, we’d have tests on them to do them by memory. After that we’d do them as a choir by memory. We have songs we don’t have to memorize too, but we try to get them down pat. We do this by a lot of repetition, but we have a lot of fun, too. We have a lot of awesome songs to do.

movies. “Rehearsals are usually pretty fun,” Rehnlund said. “It can be stressful at times, but it’s work. You can’t get a beautiful finished product without a bit of work.”

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Despite all the practice it takes to get ready for a concert like Thanks and Praise, Hawkins said he still thinks it is worth it. “I guess the reason it’s worth it to me goes all the way back to the eighth grade,” Hawkins said. “Right when I started choir I fell in love with it. I don’t have too much athletic ability so this is my sport. The rehearsal makes it worth it because you know you’re going to make a great show.” Hawkins said he is also looking forward to this concert because it will be his first choir performance at SAU. “I’m really excited actually, and this is how I felt in high school too, because the first concert you put on is the one you remember the most” Hawkins said. “I’m excited to make new memories with the concerts here, too.” Livesay, Hawkins and Rehnlund all encouraged SAU students, faculty and community members to come to this concert. “I think there is something that will touch the ears and heart of every listener,” Livesay said. “You’re not only listening to a great concert, but you’re getting to praise God too,” Hawkins said. “The main thing I’d see as a community member is you’re getting to see college members up there doing what they love to do. It sends a good message to the community.” “I would encourage people to come because it is a great way to not only support the Spring Arbor University Music Department, but a great way to give thanks to God for everything He’s done in our lives,” Rehnlund said.

....................................................... Men’s basketball beat Concordia

Basketball on the campus of Spring Arbor University (SAU) has officially begun.


Howe led the team in scoring with 15 points and once again

The Cougars also found success at the free-throw line. They

barely missed a double-double, needing just one more rebound.

went 17 for 19, which adds to their season totals of 53 for 66.

The Cougars came within three points during the second half after stopping the Grey Wolves from scoring for almost four

In just three games, the men’s basketball team has scored 235

minutes, but they were unable to get any closer as the Grey

points and given up 182.

Wolves continued to score. Over the weekend, the Cougars defeated Aquinas College and On Tuesday, Nov. 8, those games acted as the stepping stones

Megan Filipowski that helped the team defeat Concordia University. photo by M ark A dkins

written by

THE SAU COUGARS IN THEIR GAME AGAINST GREAT LAKES CHRISTIAN COLLEGE SCORED THE MOST POINts by an SAU team since Feb. 3, 2007. They defeated the Crusaders 110-60. Five of the players scored double digits with junior Chris Bellamy leading the way with 23 points. Juniors Matt Van Pelt and Matt Howe both barely missed a double-double (having double digits in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots). They both needed one more assist and one more rebound. The next game for the Cougars was not as easy. Their opponent was Lourdes College. At one point in the first half the Cougars were down by 16 points. The final score was 53-59 and Lourdes College came out on the winning side of the game.

upset sixth-ranked Cornerstone University at the Mid-Central College Conference (MCC) and Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Challenge.

Concordia came to Spring Arbor in search for a win. Spring Arbor was looking to better their record.

The men’s basketball team will play at home again on Saturday, Nov. 19. They face Hope College at 7:30 p.m. in the

The Cougars struggled at first. The men of Concordia came


out of the locker room ready to score. They had a seven point lead early in the game, but it didn’t last long. The team finally got into the groove, especially Bellamy, who scored 19 points in the first half alone. Howe also played a role in the Cougar victory. He achieved his

Men’s squad finds leadership in juniors Tyler Prough by M ark A dkins

written by

first double-double of the season by scoring 18 points and 10


rebounds. THE SPRING ARBOR UNIVERSITY (SAU) MEN’S Bellamy was the leading scorer for the Cougars with 25 points.

BASKETBALL TEAM is experiencing a void by not having

Howe and sophomore Rob Hogans also scored more than 10

an undisputed captain in the locker room this season. For-


tunately, four juniors have stepped up to fill that role for the Cougars. Chris Bellamy, Matt Van Pelt, Matt Howe and Matt Carden have used their experience and friendship to lead the Cougars to a quick 5-1 start this season. The chemistry these four shares on the court is no coincidence; all four players live in the same dorm suite and have developed strong bonds over their time at SAU. “They’re my best friends,” said Carden. “These guys are like my brothers; there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for them. It’s really nice to have best friends you can rely on.” His teammates share in that sentiment and strongly believe it translates to both the team and players becoming better. “The chemistry is definitely strong between us four, just because we’ve been playing with each other a little bit longer than everybody else. We aren’t afraid to be honest with

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[Mo.], and anything can happen once we get there,” said Van

Most people don’t realize how powerful athletes


really are. We see them play on the field almost every Branson, Mo., is the location of the national championship

day, depending on which sport you favor. If you’re a

tournament, a place these four want to lead their team. SAU

Michigan State fan, then you see Cousins perform every

has only made it to this tournament twice, most recently

Saturday during football season.

when this group of juniors was freshmen. To take this team back as upperclassmen would mean a lot to each of them,

At SAU, we attend chapel and worship side by side with

especially Howe.

other Christians, some of whom are athletes. It’s not like that at MSU. They don’t have a required chapel and

“We are definitely proud to play for this school, but even

don’t know who else on campus is a Christian unless

more so in playing for each other, with everything we’ve been

they are part of clubs like Cru.

through together; it means a lot knowing how much team

I don’t know all of what Cousins said in front of his

each of us has invested for the team,” said Howe.

audience and I wish I could have been there. Deep “We’re excited about this year,” said Bellamy, “there is defi-

down in my heart, I know I agree with Kirk. And most

nitely a sense of togetherness.”

of you do, too.

If that sense of togetherness these four juniors share is

He is more than just some quarterback who plays

reflected in the rest of the team, it may be an exciting year to

football for a Big Ten school on Saturdays. He is a

watch Cougar basketball.

Christian like you and me. We can all find faith in Jesus Christ together. He chose to use his power as an athlete, one that is

each other,” Bellamy said.

recognized on campus, as a way to spread the Word of However, make no mistake in thinking this is a four man team. The four juniors recognize the importance of their roles to the team and have worked hard to create and maintain a sense of unity among the players. When asked what was most important to them, the four responded in unison their coach’s favorite words: “the team, the team, the team!”

I Agree With Kirk Kirk Cousins, quarterback for Michigan State University, shares faith written by

“We have a family atmosphere on this team,” Howe said. “We don’t have any guys that are out to get their [own]; everyone is a team player...on a college team I feel like that is pretty rare.” So far, that atmosphere has translated into wins for the Cougars, something these four are confident will keep happening. After losing two of the team’s leading scorers last year, Van Pelt wants to prove that this team has brought their game to a whole new level and even has the potential to win in bigger





closest to me because I don’t want to be vulnerable.

students, we are surrounded by other Christians. Most

chose Christianity. He said, “I’ve built my life on Jesus,

of the athletes on campus are Christians who live out

and it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made.”

their faith for the rest of campus to see. Building your life on Jesus was the best decision you On the campus of Michigan State University (MSU),

ever made. Now I’m going to take a page out of

it’s different. But Kirk Cousins, the quarterback for the

Cousins’ book and share my story, no matter how

Spartan football team, spoke in front of an auditorium

personal it is. And you can, too.

full of students about his faith, wondering if the students

The event was given by Cru, a shortened version of the

It’s difficult enough to share that story with the people

Cousins made himself vulnerable and shared why he

“Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) and Grace College are

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of the crowd that Cousins did and share my faith story.


agreed with him.

at the top of the MCC; our goal is to make it to Branson,

I don’t think I would have the guts to get up in front

Megan Filipowski


really good, but I feel like we can be right up there with them

God. I think that’s the best way to use that power.

name Campus Crusade for Christ. They partnered with Cousins for this event. Cru has about 500 members on a campus that is home to 47,800 students.

....................................................... Women’s Soccer Conference Championships written by

Megan Filipowski


senior Alyssa Curtis scored a header goal with an assist from junior Megan Wegener. Wegener scored Spring Arbor’s last goal, bringing the final score to 3-0. The Lady Cougars will be facing Siena Heights University for the first time this season on Saturday, Nov. 19. This will be the first round of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Championships.

Under the lights of Spring Arbor University’s (SAU) new soccer complex on Saturday, Nov. 12, there was

The game will begin at 6 p.m. at the Spring Arbor soc-


cer complex. SAU students, faculty and staff can enter the game for free with a valid ID. Tickets will be priced

Not because of an intramural victory or a regular season

at $7.00 for general admission, $5.00 for senior citizens

soccer win, but because the Lady Cougars defeated

and $3.00 for students.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) in the Mid-Central College (MCC) Conference championship game. This is the second consecutive year that the women’s soccer team has accomplished this feat. Last year, fans from Spring Arbor had to travel to Indiana Wesleyan University to watch the championship game, but this year a crowd of about 550 fans showed up on a chilly 35 degree November night to cheer for both teams. The Lady Cougars came out ready to score. They had two shots hit the crossbar in the first 10 minutes of play. Freshman Courtney Harrison scored the first goal for the Cougars after getting a pass from junior Maegan Smith. At the end of the first half, Spring Arbor was up by one, outshooting MVNU 19-3. By the end of the game, the Lady Cougars had a total of 30 shots on goal, while MVNU had only nine. Sophomore goal keeper Brooklyn Morgan had four saves. The second half brought a more aggressive MVNU team to the field. They stepped up in the physical game trying to find a way to get down to the Spring Arbor goal and score. MVNU was unsuccessful in their attempts and SAU

But in 2002, they changed the way they used their money. The movie takes you through the ups and downs of that season as general manager Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt, tries to implement a team created through computer analysis.

“Moneyball” The story of the 2002 Oakland Athletics written by

Beane’s attempt at creating a team using computers was almost extremely successful in its first year. He was offered the general manager position in Boston to try the same process there, but he turned it down. Two years later, in 2004, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series with a team that was put together using the same system. As I sat in the theater and watched Pitt portray a man who tried to change the way teams went about using their payroll, I was impressed. Pitt did a great job in his characterization. I would pay money to go see the movie again. I found the movie to be very insightful into the Oakland Athletics’ 2002 season and how the team grew together to make a run for the postseason.

Megan Filipowski

There have been many baseball centered movies. Examples include “For the Love of the Game,” “The Natural,” “Field of Dreams,” and “Major League.” Now “Moneyball,” released Sept. 23 and directed by Bennett Miller, can be added to the list. There are 30 teams in Major League Baseball. “Moneyball” focuses on just one team, the Oakland Athletics.

I’m not into numbers and crunching stats, but this baseball story is inspiring. Players who were undervalued by every other team came together to form what could have been a championship team. If you have a baseball fan in your life, I suggest you take them to see it. If you don’t have a baseball fan in your life, take someone anyway. It is a Brad Pitt movie after all.

In 2001, the Athletics lost to the New York Yankees in the division series. Not only did they lose in the postseason, but they lost their three major players. Losing the three best players at the end of the year is a struggle for any team, but it was worse for the Athletics. They were on the lower end in terms of their payroll and had to compete with teams like the Yankees, who had the highest payroll in all of baseball.

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