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October 2012

Issue 28



October 2012

Issue 28

THE PULSE is a professional team of journalists providing the community of Spring Arbor with immediate, accurate and relevant information that concerns the University and surrounding community. Editor-in-chief Lead Copy Editor Copy Editors Lead Designer Designer Business Manager Lead Writers

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Megan Filipowski Staff Writers Laura Guikema Bethany Hart Guest Writer Sydney Williams Tyler Thorne


Zachaiah Deitrich Web Editor

Sarah Beardslee Derek Devine JenĂŠe Rochon Summer Locklear Kat Caldwell Kristen Larson Melanie Meister

Matt DeMeritt International

David Shinabarger

Brittany Bellamy Bekka Bossenberger Staff Adviser Alexandra Harper Kerry Wade

Terri Reynolds


contents calendar


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Guat’s up? The tour stops here Halloween party moved to Cougar Den Educate yourself about voting Voting and the college demographic Vitality brings new life to campus Counterpoint: “The Pulse’s” new audio branch Portraits, etchings and graphics - oh my! Invisible children on the move C.A.L.M. brings Catholicism to campus Backward progress Action Jackson The science of Halloween October event pictorial

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In defense of Generation Z

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The aww-fect of cuteness

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What I never knew was on my bucket list Aca-believe it! 48 hours, one film A different kind of “Babel” “Paper Route’s” pop transition

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Rugby on the rise Six years in the making Pink in October Spring Arbor athletic updates

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calendar october— november Thursday, Oct. 25:

Strength training with Morris, 9 p.m. in Physical Education Center (PEC) 216 Networking effectively seminar, 12:25 to 1:20 p.m. in Poling Center 304

Friday, Oct. 26:

Saturday, Nov. 10:

80’s skate night, 10 p.m. at Allskate Fun Center in Jackson

Monday, Nov. 12:

Ecuador night, 7 p.m. in the Cougar Den

Job/internship search workshop, 12:25 to 1:20 p.m. on the first floor of the library

Saturday, Oct. 27:

Tuesday, Nov. 13:

Halloween party, 8:30 p.m. in the Cougar Den

Tuesday, Oct. 30:

Fiesta night, 8 p.m. in the Cougar Den

Wednesday, Oct. 31:

Women’s basketball vs. Madonna University, 5 p.m. Night of Gratitude with Dr. Patton Men’s basketball vs. Siena Heights, 7:30 p.m. String ensemble concert, 7:30 p.m. in White Auditorium Salsa dancing with Katie, 9 p.m. in PEC 216

Working a career/job fair, 12:25 to 1:20 p.m. on the first floor of the library Trunk or treat, 6 p.m. at SAFMC Volleyball vs. Huntington University, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 14:

Thursday, Nov. 1:

Thursday, Nov. 15:

International food festival at the dining commons (DC) Women’s basketball vs. Rochester College, 7 p.m. Strength training with Morris, 9 p.m. in PEC 216

Friday, Nov. 2:

How well do you know your PA (freshmen only event), 8 p.m. in White Auditorium Resume reviews, 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. outside the DC Women’s basketball vs. Siena Heights, 7 p.m. Intramural football Superbowl, 8 p.m. at the soccer field Strength training with Morris, 9 p.m. in PEC 216

International food festival at the DC Men’s basketball tournament, 6 p.m. “TGIF”, 8 p.m. in the Cougar Den

Friday, Nov. 16:

Saturday, Nov. 3:

Cougar dash Men’s basketball tournament, 6 p.m.

Turkey Trot Fall commencement, 10 a.m. at the fieldhouse Board game night, 8 p.m. in the Cougar Den

Monday, Nov. 5:

Sunday, Nov. 18:

Debate, 10:05 a.m. in Whiteman Gibbs Preparing for an interview seminar, 12:25 to 1:20 p.m. on the first floor of the library

Tuesday, Nov. 6:

Election Day - VOTE Women’s basketball vs. Lourdes College, 7 p.m. Election party, 8 p.m. in University Hall Salsa dancing with Katie, 9 p.m. in PEC 216

Thursday, Nov. 8:

International food festival in the DC Proof of your love tour, 8 p.m. at SAFMC Strength training with Morris, 9 p.m. in PEC 216

Friday, Nov. 9:

International food festival in the DC Women’s basketball vs. Cornerstone University, 7 p.m.

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Post Village Night of Awesome, 8 p.m. in the Post Villages

Saturday, Nov. 17:

Thanks and praise choir concert, 6 p.m. at SAFMC

Tuesday, Nov. 20:

Women’s basketball vs. Bethel College, 7 p.m. Thanksgiving break begins after classes

Thursday, Nov. 22: Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, Nov. 26: Classes begin again Intramural dodgeball

Tuesday, Nov. 27:

Intramural dodgeball Men’s basketball vs. University of St. Francis, 7 p.m. Salsa dancing with Katie, 9 p.m. in PEC 216

news Guat’s up

David Shinabarger photos by Cristiana Cavallari written by

SAU students spend a semester in Antigua, Guatemala

Students attend a soccer match in Guatemala City. Left to right: Clarissa Grimes, Gallant Fish, Spencer Carlson, Jeanette Solis, and Ben Bundy

A way Guatemala differs from the United States is sports. On Friday, Oct. 12, many students from the group studying here for the semester from Spring Arbor University (SAU) went to Guatemala City to watch Guatemala play Jamaica in soccer. The game was rowdy to say the least. After the game was tied 1-1 in the second half, Guatemala scored in the last few minutes. The crowd went wild, using drums, horns, vuvuzuelas and jumping up and down in their white and blue jerseys. The good news is that Guatemala won the game 2-1, leaving them in the running for We have been attending various churches in the World Cup. The bad news is that their next Antigua, including Catholic mass either at game is against the United States. San Francisco, which is the oldest functioning church in Guatemala (about 500 years old), the Apart from the soccer game on Oct. 12, the cathedral in downtown Parque Central (Central group of students from SAU has been able to Park) or Escuela de Cristo, a church about a experience other differences in culture. One block away from many of our houses. event was a “blessing of the animals,” when people brought lizards, monkeys, turtles, dogs We also went to the beach on Saturday, Oct. and kittens to one of the many local Catholic 13, where we attempted to swim in the brutal, churches to be blessed. 10 foot waves. Paul Nemecek, director of

Left to Right: Gallant Fish, Spencer Carlson

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the SAU Guatemala program, said the beach at Monterrico in Guatemala has the biggest waves he has ever seen. Of course, we are still learning Spanish. We have started learning local phrases like “echar un cuaje,” which means to take a power nap, and “Que onda, vos?” which means, “What’s up, man?” For more information on studying abroad in Guatemala or other semester abroad programs, visit the Cross Cultural Studies Office behind the library on Ogle Street or the Gilman Scholarship homepage at http://www. You can also check out my blog at

Left to Right: Cristiana Cavallari, Allison Weingarden, Jaimie Killbourn, Becca Kragt


The tour stops here

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Jenée Rochon

Spring Arbor concert features “For King & Country” Remember, remember November…



of In 2010, “For King & Country” was officially established, a title chosen for the message they wished to convey of believing in something Okay, so that’s not the exact line from the bigger than oneself. “For King & Country’s” comic strip or movie “V for Vendetta,” but debut album “Crave” was released this year then again, the character “V” isn’t urging us to on Feb. 28 after being named by “Billboard attend the upcoming concert at Spring Arbor Magazine” as one of the top 20 bands to watch Free Methodist Church (SAFMC). this year. Although very near in date, unlike the fictitious toppling of the English Parliament, the “Proof of Your Love” tour makes its stop in Spring Arbor, Mich., on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. The concert tour, however, does feature characters quite as impressive as those in “V for Vendetta;” the lineup for the night includes headliner “For King & Country,” as well as recently announced Moriah Peters and the “Rhett Walker Band.” “For King & Country” is the musical duo of Australian-born brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone. Growing up, Joel and Luke’s father held a job as an entertainment manager. In 1991 the Smallbone family moved to Nashville to pursue a new career opportunity. Their sister Rebecca St. James became a prominent figure of contemporary Christian music, and the brothers’ exposure to music has never been lacking. They began as back-up vocalists for St. James and eventually created their own sound and feel.

band. He said in his song “Get Up Get Out,” “I won’t be caged to the status quo. I’m not afraid to stand and say what people won’t.”

Rhett has changed a lot from his rebel days, and he believes in giving God the glory for that. He said, “I’m blessed with a beautiful wife and two children who have walked with me every step of the way. My faith, my family According to her website, Peters began writing and my country are the most important things songs at the age of 13. During her senior in my life. ‘Come to the River’ tells all that.” year of high school, Peters auditioned for “American Idol.” The judges approved of her The culmination of the hearts and talent of voice but didn’t send her to the next round due these artists and performers is not something to her lifestyle choice of not kissing until she you want to miss. So, remember, remember was married, telling her to “go out and kiss the eighth of November at 7 p.m. at SAFMC. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $7 for someone who will make you feel sexy.” groups of 10 or more and $5 for Spring Arbor After the audition, Peters was introduced University (SAU) students. to Wendy Foi, who connected her to record labels. Since then, Peters has voiced a character In addition to regular seating, a limited number in a “VeggieTales” movie and toured with of artist circle tickets are available for $20 each. Tickets are available at the SAU Bookstore, at “MercyMe.” SAFMC and through According to his band’s website, Rhett Walker was raised the son of a Southern preacher. He weaves his testimony of being mixed up with drugs, getting kicked out of school, becoming a teen parent and then learning to change his life in the redemptive lyrics of his debut album, “Come to the River.” Walker believes in breaking the mold of the traditional worship

And if anyone asks you, like the character Evey Hammond once asked her masked companion, “Are you like a...crazy person?” You can answer them a definite “no” because the resumes of the artists in the lineup for that Thursday night assure you that you will get your money’s worth.

Halloween party moved to Cougar Den

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Brittany Bellamy

Homemade doughnuts and drinks will also be The Halloween Party is hosted by Catalyst, the provided. event organization in the Student Government Association (SGA). The event will begin at 8:30 Due to the change of location to indoors, p.m. with some scheduled activities starting at several new activities are scheduled for the night. There will be a contest for the best pumpkin 9 p.m. carving and a showing of the television special Heather Warfield, director of Catalyst events, said the move was prompted by a cold and Activities for the night include free apple “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” bobbing, pumpkin carving, music and a rainy weather forecast for Saturday. costume contest. Students can enter the “We’d love to see everyone come out,” said page ( 6) costume contest individually or in pairs. Warfield. “It’s going to be a great time.” The campus Halloween party scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, will now be held in the Cougar Den in the lower level of the Student Life Center instead of its original advertised location at Hearthstone Farms.

news Voting and the college demographic For many students at Spring Arbor University (SAU), ballots, issues, candidates and voting are in a foreign realm. Since most students are under the age of 22, they have never voted in a presidential election. But if you think politics is just a topic your relatives fight over during Thanksgiving dinner, think again. The issues being brought up this election season could greatly impact your future. Don’t you want your voice to be heard?

Often college voters are not living at home and have not fully jumped through the hoops to submit their absentee ballot paperwork. Be proactive to find out your state’s specific absentee ballot deadlines. This year’s election will be held on Nov. 6, so there are less than two weeks left. Due to students expressing their confusion about the voting process, SAU held a Voter Education Night on Oct. 2 as a way to combat the issues students were encountering.

College students are notorious for both not taking the effort to go to the polls and for being misinformed about the registering process. According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, in 2008, 67 percent of eligible voters over the age of 30 voted and only 48.5 percent of eligible voters between the ages of 18 and 24 voted.

One of the speakers at the event, Dr. Mark Edwards, encouraged students to become educated not only about the candidates but also about the proposals and initiatives on the ballot. “One thing voters get surprised at when they go to vote are all the proposals they don’t know anything about,” said Edwards.

At Voter Education Night Spring Arbor University (SAU) faculty answered questions and summarized the different initiatives and proposals Michigan voters will encounter on their ballots on Election Day.

the state government can take away rights, but this could in turn tie hands of legislature and cause unions to have too much power. If Proposal 12-2 is approved, it will invalidate existing laws (state and local) regarding collective bargaining. If denied, the current laws will remain the same. The proposal also includes that “laws may be enacted to prohibit public employees from striking.”

Educate yourself about voting

“Initiatives are a way that the average citizens can, if they get enough signatures, propose Constitutional amendments,” said Dr. Mark Edwards. Proposal 12-1: “Stand up for democracy” deals with emergency managers (EM) who are appointed by the state governor to cities that are in financial crisis. Nine Michigan cities currently have an EM for either the school district or the city itself. “Yes” on this proposal will increase the power of these supervisors, while “no” will limit their power. Official ballot language outlining the responsibilities of an EM may include, “modification or termination of contracts, reorganization of government and determination of expenditures, services and use of assets until the emergency is resolved.” Proposal 12-2 “Protect our jobs” deals with collective bargaining. Associate professor of theology Dr. Thomas Holsinger-Friesen believes the fear is that without protecting union rights

Proposal 12-3 “Michigan energy, Michigan jobs” will make renewable energy a standard by 2025. If passed, the proposal adds the requirement of “legislature to enact additional laws to encourage the use of Michigan made equipment and employment of Michigan residents,” and at least 25 percent of power in the state will be required to be supplied from renewable sources. These sources include wind, solar, biomass and hydropower. Proposal 12-4 “Home health care” will give in-home health care workers the constitutional right to collective bargaining with the Michigan Quality Home Care Council (MQHCC), which would be required to provide training for in-home care workers and place approved workers on a registry.

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Voters Education Night was a student initiative, so students stressed the importance of each vote. SAU student Kyler Rilett said, “Get educated about who you’re voting for. Look at websites and become educated.” SAU student Anna Roesel said that she had previously not been informed on the issues facing the country this election. “I went to the Voter Education Night and listened to what each side of the debate had to say, and I’ve been watching the presidential debates and talking about it with people,” said Roesel. As political analyst Larry Sabato of “The Pendulum Swing” said, “Every election is determined by the people who show up.” Become educated and show up to the polls this year to make a difference. written by Bekka Bossenberger Professor of sociology John Hawthorne explained that Proposal 12-5 could either unnecessarily handcuff legislation or empower minority voice and contribute to deal making for votes. If approved, the proposal will allow the state of Michigan to impose new or additional taxes on residents. The tax increase or expansion will still have to receive either a majority 2/3 vote of the State House and State Senate or a statewide popular vote by the people. Proposal 12-6 “The people should decide,” deals with the Ambassador Bridge, which is privately owned. Both the previous and current governor of Michigan are in favor of building an additional bridge. The proposed bridge will be international, so the argument is that a popular vote should be taken rather than elected officials voting. Holsinger-Friesen reminded students that leaving spaces blank will not invalidate their ballots. He told students that this might be a good option when voters do not recognize the names or do not have a personal knowledge of the candidates or issue.

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Vitality brings new life to campus

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Brittany Bellamy

Vitality, an organization that is in its second year as part of the Student Government Association (SGA), is bringing many new and different ways for Spring Arbor University (SAU) students to learn about health and wellness.

On Oct. 30, Vitality is partnering with the Office of Intercultural Relations (OIR) to put on fiesta night as a part of Hispanic Heritage Month. The event will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Cougar Den and will feature free food and drink, a costume contest and a salsa dancing competition featuring some students “It’s really about taking a holistic approach to the who have been attending Niemetta’s class. Christian life,” said Vitality coordinator Sara Burge. “Our bodies are a temple, and so we need to learn Vitality will also be hosting a food extravaganza event how to take of them.” on Nov. 14. The event is designed around questions from students about eating healthier. There will be Several free classes are currently being offered through booths with free food to learn more about nutrition Vitality. Salsa dancing is on Tuesday nights in Physical and a question and answer session with health and Education Center (PEC) 216 at 9 p.m. It is taught by exercise science professors, Beth Butterfield and Deb Katie Niemetta. Morris Hutchins teaches a strength Varland. training class on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. in PEC 216 and Kat Caldwell will offer a Zumba class at 11 a.m. For more information about Vitality and upcoming in Dunckel Gymnasium on Nov. 3 and Dec. 1. All of events, search for “SAU Vitality” on Facebook or these classes are free for students. email Burge. “Vitality is not about vanity,” said Burge. “It’s about learning to serve the Lord with our bodies.”

Counterpoint: “The Pulse’s” new audio branch “People always call me the NPR girl,” said senior Haley Taylor with a laugh. As the fearless leader and a contributor to “The Pulse’s” new audio offshoot, Counterpoint, Taylor knew that her love of audio would now be even more apparent. However, she said the National Public Radio obsession is a relatively new one.

So what is Counterpoint? As the audio branch of “The Pulse,” Counterpoint is composed of a website ( on which the site’s personalities upload podcasts on topics such as the arts, opinions and news.

communication. “I always loved music, but I was never blessed with composing,” said Taylor, “but I feel like creating audio is a lot like creating music; it’s all about how you use your voice and where you place this or that.”

of people on campus are afraid of offending others, but we can share our opinions and also disagree.”

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Alexandra Harper

don’t believe in that at all,’ and that’s fantastic because then we’re creating a discussion,” she said. In order to encourage that discussion, the Counterpoint personalities are given liberty to pick their own topics. Right now Taylor is starting a project in which each contributor picks a person in his or her life to interview. “I have this aunt who swore she’d never get married and she’s traveled everywhere and I’ve always wondered why,” said Taylor. “I feel like everyone has that person in their life.”

Taylor said the name Counterpoint harks back to her original pianist dream. “I chose it because it’s actually “I always wanted to be a professional pianist.” said a musical term,” she said. The “counterpoint” is the Taylor. But upon entering college as a communication part of a musical piece where melodies are combined. major and facing the department’s “sophomore check,” But the name has the added benefit of meaning an a faculty review of each student’s progress in his or her opposing view in a debate setting. This is what Taylor Taylor has a lot of plans for the program, but most major, she realized that she had to define exactly what hopes Counterpoint will be. of all she wants students to know that Counterpoint her passion was in communications and pursue it. “I really hope students will be challenged and will be a program they can go to if they want to be That was when Taylor realized her love for audio entertained [by Counterpoint],” she said. “I think a lot entertained and informed.

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Taylor said she wants to foster those opposing ideas. “I want people to listen to our podcasts and say, ‘I

“New York’s National Public Radio has this great slogan in which they aim, ‘To make the mind more curious, the heart more open and the spirit more joyful,’” said Taylor. “That’s exactly what I want Counterpoint to do.”


Portraits, etchings and graphics - oh my! Spring Arbor University (SAU) seniors Lauren Prueter, Brianne Witt and Annie Palasinski have senior art shows on display at the Ganton Art Gallery from now until Nov. 4. The show is part of a graduation requirement for all students in the art department.

the people she photographed.

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Kerry Wade

Bekka Bossenberger creation,” said Witt.

“The people I met were not typically ‘beautiful’ people. The lines on their faces and dirt beneath their fingernails told me of years of hard work and years of laughter and pain. Their physical appearance told a story of who they were, and although it was not The seniors’ work spans different forms and types a perfect story or a glamorous one, it was real and of media. The Ganton Art Gallery is open from 9 true and very full of life,” said Palasinski. a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the She walked away from that experience knowing that she wanted to focus her art on portraits as a way of gallery is free. honoring the people she has met in her life who are not typically drawn. ANNIE PALASINSKI

What begins as a single scratch is turned into a work of art through a tedious process involving ink and hard work.

The show is entitled “Communion” because Palasinski likens her art to the sacrament of communion in church which reminds the congregation of who God is and what He has done. Interacting with people and portraying them through portraiture is Palasinski’s way of drawing closer to God.

“It reminds me that when we are faced with trials and hardships, God helps us emerge from those dark times, new and able to see the bigger picture we are a part of,” said Witt.

“For me, knowing people is the way that I ultimately know God better,” said Palasinski. She is drawn to the intricacies of people, both in the lines and shapes of their bodies and in the depths of their personalities. To Palasinski every conversation reveals the beauty God created within that individual.

Lauren Prueter is open to many different approaches when an artistic opportunity arises and loves the combination of new and old styles of art in a project.

Annie Palasinski entitled her show “Communion: connecting the God and neighbor through portraits.” Her body of work is comprised of portraits in several different mediums including ink illustrations, monoprints and woodcuts. Although there are many reasons behind her decision to focus on portraits, Palasinski said a key moment took place on a very cold morning in her junior year.

“Professor Bippes called me around 7 a.m., which is quite early for me especially, and told me to meet him in Concord because he had a job for me to do. I did as I was told, and eventually ended up at the Hillsdale County Fair. He then told me that I would be spending the next two hours taking portraits of “Drawing became a prayer for me, a connection any interesting people that I happened to meet,” between me and God and his beloved creation,” said Palasinski. said Palasinski.

“Only once you have covered the entire piece in thick ink will you be able to finally see what the completed image looks like as you clean the ink off,” said Witt. Witt spoke of the entire etching process as transforming, not only for the piece but herself as well.


“My goal with graphic design is to convey a message or idea in a figurative fashion whenever possible,” said Prueter. She uses the Internet as well as the library to assist her in researching symbols and brainstorming. This involves a lot of sketching and versatility, especially when working with a client.

She said this task seemed terrifying at first. However, BRIANNE WITT as time went by, she began to love getting to know Brianne Witt describes her etchings as “as a doorway through which I am able to develop my artistic skill “Abstraction may be the best solution for one project and for the next project typography is necessary. It and knowledge.” all depends on the circumstances, and that is why Witt favors people and places for the subjects of research is needed to understand the problem and her etchings. This is partially due to the styles of how to solve it,” said Prueter. her most influential role models, including Kathe Kollwitz, Rembrandt and Luigi Kasimir. She aspires Prueter stresses the importance of art history and to capture the life and character of each subject, real life application. “Learning various styles from other artists today and ages ago helps me become whether alive or inanimate. well-rounded and more marketable,” said Prueter. “I choose to etch in a realistic form because it is my way of honoring and respecting God‘s beautiful More of Preuter’s work can be found on her website, Photo courtesy of Lauren Prueter Left to right: Brianne Witt, Annie Palasinski, and Lauren Prueter

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Invisible Children on the Move

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Bekka Bossenberger

In light of the Kony 2012 backlash, Invisible Children “Our website wasn’t built to maintain 35,000 concurrent viewers Followers left in droves. “My mind betrayed me and I was released a reply video on Oct. 7 about many topics, including at one time,” said Noelle Jouglet, director of communication for hospitalized,” said Russell. the very publicized nervous breakdown of creative director Invisible Children. Jason Russell.

He apologized to anyone who was misled or lost trust for

The website crash was simultaneous with the “conversation Invisible Children as a result of his actions. But Russell maintains “[Kony 2012 is] an experiment about what our generation is turn.” People began to question the motives behind the video, the belief that, despite the circumstances surrounding Kony capable of and it’s not over yet,” said Russell.

the factuality of the story and the authenticity of the Invisible 2012, the campaign will continue to boldly move forward. Children organization as a whole.

At the end of the original Kony 2012 film, Russell left viewers

A great success for Invisible Children was when Jacob, a

with a challenge: “The better world we want is coming. It’s “The questions we were getting, not only was it about our native Ugandan, testified in the United States Senate about his organization, but it also was extremely personal—especially for personal experiences with the brutality of the Lord’s Resistance just waiting for us to stop at nothing.” Jason,” said Ben Keesey, CEO of Invisible Children. The film included shots from news reports and other

Army (LRA). This was followed by the capture of leading LRA general Caesar Achellam. But almost half a million people are

electronic sources that stated, “after only six days, the video Russell began to be interviewed on dozens of talk shows across still displaced. had more than 100 million views and is said to be the most the country. He said he lost track of sleep and was becoming viral video of all time.” Kony 2012 exploded on the web overcome with fearful anxiety. His Invisible Children co- In response, “we are calling a global summit of the 10 after its release on March 5. Blogs, YouTube, Facebook and workers, Keesey in particular, became concerned and urged him international leaders who can activate the arrest of Joseph other social networking sites were buzzing with the name of to get rest. Kony,” said Russell. Joseph Kony. On March 15, Russell experienced what was described as a On Nov. 17, supporters will meet in Washington D.C. to march “The world was watching, and the world was doing psychotic breakdown. The sparks of doubt ignited into a media and surround the White House with hope to catch the attention fire burning Invisible Children’s reputation.

something,” said Russell.

of powerful world leaders.

Awareness rose and the organization’s goal of making Joseph “My biggest fear and I think what happened as a result of Jason’s “We are fighting for a world where genocide and crimes against Kony famous appeared to become a reality, but things took breakdown was it gave people an easy excuse to not to have to humanity cannot happen. The experiment is not over. We all deal with the reality of the problem,” said Keesey.

a twist for the worse.

have to make a decision—either we lead or we follow, but eventually everyone will have to move,” said Russell.

C.A.L.M. Brings Catholicism to campus

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Brittany Bellamy

What would it be like to be immersed in a community Roth said the group was started to provide a supportive that practices faith differently, whether through worship, environment and way for Catholic students to learn

the Catholic faith and inform others who are curious.

belief or prayer? This is the dilemma that some students more about their faith. C.A.L.M. is approved by the of the Catholic faith encounter at Spring Arbor University Student Government Association (SGA) and is overseen

On Sept. 16, C.A.L.M. hosted a Catholic mass for

by Nancy Tuckey, an adjunct professor.


students. The group also offers Bible studies with guest appearances by Father Mathias Thelen from Queen of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Jackson.

SAU is a Free Methodist university, which is a Protestant “It can be hard being Catholic on campus due to the denomination, though students do not need to be Free stigma that comes with it,” said Roth.

“We hope to have a mass on campus once a month,”

Methodists to attend SAU. Although Protestantism and

said Gorczyca. “We also offer rides to any students on

Catholicism are both based in Christianity, there are “I have felt disrespected and alone a couple of times,” said junior Jamie Atallah, a member of C.A.L.M. several fundamental differences between the two. “People have a lot of misconceptions about our faith,

campus who are looking to attend Mass.”

However, there is a new ministry being offered for like thinking that we worship the Virgin Mary. Overall, Catholic students on SAU’s campus. Junior Jordan Roth though, I love being a Catholic on a Protestant campus.

of our Catholic faith,” said Roth. “It’s nice meeting

and sophomore Molly Gorczyca have started a group on I like exploring the new perspectives and different ways campus specifically for Catholic students called C.A.L.M., to worship.”

convert who have a passion to learn more about the faith

“C.A.L.M. seeks to look to the biblical basis and history with fellow Catholics, non-Catholics or those looking to and take action.”

which stands for Catholics Aiming to Learn More.

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According to Gorczyca, C.A.L.M.’s purpose is to

C.A.L.M. meets on Tuesday nights in Whiteman-Gibbs

encourage one another through prayer, learn more about

207 at 9:45 p.m.


Backward progress



The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and Victorian ideals On Oct. 24 in Whiteman Gibbs, Spring Arbor University professors Dr. Jack Baker and Dr. Jonathan Rinck came together to present “Rage Against the Machine,” a lecture on William Morris and the vision of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB). Rinck, a professor in the art department, opened the presentation with a history of the origin of the PRB. Created by three students of the British Royal Academy, the Victorian era’s most prestigious art institute, the PRB originated as a rebellion against the Academy’s strict art aesthetics. These three rebellious students were William Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Rossetti. Joshua Reynolds was the president of the Academy at the time of the PRB’s attendance and believed that all students should paint an idealistic beauty. Creating pictures of perfection instead of reality is a concept that harks back to the painters of the Renaissance, most notably Raphael. It was with this in mind that Hunt, Millais and Rossetti decided to call themselves

Action Jackson

According to the Big Brothers Big Sisters website, children with a mentoring experience are 52 percent less likely to skip school, 46 percent less likely to use drugs and more likely to get along with their families and peers. At Spring Arbor University (SAU) the Action Jackson mentoring program is looking to bring this opportunity to SAU students and children from the Jackson community. Action Jackson pairs two same-sex SAU student mentors with two grade school age children from the Jackson community. The pairs spend two hours a week together. “It’s really about taking our light and spreading it into the community,” said junior Elizabeth Lahrman, a student leader of Action Jackson.

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the Pre-Raphaelites, wishing to imitate the including the accomplished artists and designer Mannerists, a period of art preceding Raphael William Morris, found beauty in simplicity. which celebrated a realistic aesthetic. Baker explained how the PRB ideals of Rinck said the PRB believed the best method simplicity, quality, craftsmanship and the in art was “using your eye to almost take appreciation of local talent were brought to a photograph of the world around you.” America. Baker called Morris the “father of Although they still prefered to portray religious the arts and crafts movement” stating that such scenes and beauty, they made the paintings American designers as Frank Lloyd Wright, more realistic by showing Christ in poverty and Tiffany and Gustav Stickley would take their including items such as grass, dust, and even leads from Morris. vermin. They also flaunted the more natureconscious Gothic architecture in their works. Baker brought the message into the modern Rinck explained this element particularly era by showing advertisements from the 1980s infuriated Reynolds who found the style to be that promised the latest inventions, such as “dark and creepy.” “Crystal Pepsi,” a clear version of the popular soft drink. He noted how ridiculous we find Baker continued the presentation with an these ads to be now and how we still fall prey to explanation of the ideals of the PRB and versions promising to improve an older model. their connection to the day’s architecture and He ended the evening by warning students not literature. He said that the Victorian Period to be “struck by the cult of newness” and to could be described with the Latin phrase remember the PRB’s vision of “doing all that “horror vacui” or “fear of empty spaces,” as you can with all that you’re able.” the period celebrated excessive decoration and embellishment. The PRB and their followers, WRITTEN BY

Lahrman said she first became interested in helping the Jackson area during a spring break trip to Jackson her freshman year when she experienced the hurt and need in the city where 14.9 percent of people living in the city are below poverty level.


Weidman. “These kids come from broken families. A lot of them just want someone to spend intentional time with them.”

The program focuses on showing love through quality time instead of evangelizing.“Our passion for Christ can really reflect influence the “A lot of children don’t have anywhere to go or trajectory of the kids’ lives,” said Weidman. anything to do when they get out of school, and a lot of them have never heard about Christ,” Action Jackson is currently seeking mentors, said Lahrman. “Part of the SAU concept calls especially male mentors. Lahrman encouraged us to be critical participants in a contemporary students who do not want to be a mentor world. I think this includes meeting needs in but still want to be involved to pray for the the community around us.” program, both in finding kids and matching mentors with children. Students interested in “A lot of students [at SAU] have potential to Action Jackson can email actionjacksonsau@ do great things, but they think they have to wait or call 1-260-318-7004. until they graduate,” said junior mentor Jocelyn

cover story The science of Halloween Explosions! Ooze! Hovercrafts! Fire! In honor of Halloween, Spring Arbor University’s (SAU) science building transformed into a Halloween extravaganza open to the community on Oct. 24. Children and parents from around the community showed up to watch Dr. Kuntzleman, staff and students experiment in the lab.


The night began with a demonstration to help children and their parents learn about the periodic table and its elements in a creative way. After the opening show, the children made their way to the science building past tables piled with candy for trick-or-treating. A “quick cloud trick,” which combines hot water with nitrogen to form a large vapor cloud, was also performed. After the trick-or-treating was finished, the children moved inside the building to explore the classrooms. Students from chemistry and biology courses decorated the halls and created a Halloween-esque atmosphere. Students also put together small demonstrations in each classroom with hands-on activities. Activities for the night included creating density bottles, making ice cream, learning about germs under blacklights, making beaded glow stick bracelets, crawling through a maze, painting glow-in-the-dark nail polish, riding a hovercraft and getting hands-on with cow eyes and goat hearts and brains. The demonstrations also featured bubbly ooze and staff safely lighting their hands on fire. The event brought the community together and was intriguing for the children, their parents and the students who helped to create the night.

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Opinion In Defence of Generation Z The other day I heard someone refer to our generation as “apathetic.” I immediately became defensive. Who wants to hear that the worldwide peer group they belong to simply doesn’t care about, well, anything? In trying to figure out why we’re labelled this way and exactly which generation we’re talking about, I did what all great writers do...I Googled it. Here’s a brief overview of how the world sees our generation. Generation Z is vaguely defined, so you might be on the tail-end of Generation Y, but we’re also called the iGeneration or the Net Generation. This seemed typical to me, as I can see how a bunch of baby boomer scientists would define us by our modern media usage, a change in cultural dynamics we neither chose nor really brought about. But if our computer usage is our most defining feature, so be it. Aside from being the most technological generation, we’re noted as taking globalization for granted. We expect the whole word to be developed and we travel it much more frequently and easily than any previous generation. Statistically speaking, we’re less racist than our grandparents, more widely read than our parents and more skeptical than Doubting Thomas. We’re said to have little to no manners, but we interact with other cultural backgrounds freely. Curiously, our parents simultaneously ignore and smother us, and we’re the most homeschooled generation since the creation of the one-room schoolhouse. We both hate and could care less about the government, we pop pills at the drop of a hat and we’re chronically terrified of our financial futures.

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about our generation paints a picture of a mess so being recalled. Medicines are leading to diseases. fantastically incompatible that Dali couldn’t have Half of Asia appears to be either having an done it justice. earthquake or underwater. And everyone keeps telling us that the world is ending now! It’s no Are we really more medicated than our Woodstock surprise we’re tempted to believe them. raving ancestors, or do we define drugs differently? Is the Internet really killing us? Aristotle thought We’re not an apathetic generation. We’re the generation after him was going down the Generation Try to Fix it, Fail and Freak Out. tubes because they embraced writing. Writing! We see everything messed up and yet feel the And didn’t the Enlightenment eventually come pressure to be the best, better and perfect. We’re out of that? Do we really have lower standards Generation Perfectionists. We have guys who are while we embrace more ideas? And are we really addicted to working out and girls who believe that apathetic or are we just terribly overwhelmed? it’s better to up your medication dosage than your jean size. It’s not a new idea. I first heard it from Courtney Martin, one of those post-feminist feminist Courtney Martin has another great quote, speakers with strange ideas but really good specifically aimed at women, but it applies to our quotes. Her generation, which is the generation whole freaked out, fix-it culture. before ours, was also described as apathetic, and she said, “It’s much more accurate to say deeply She said, “We are the girls with anxiety disorders, overwhelmed.” filled appointment books and five year plans. We take ourselves very, very seriously. We are Why are we overwhelmed? For the same reason the peacemakers, the do-gooders, the givers, that we’re the most widely read and intercultural the savers. We are on time, overly prepared, generation. We have access to a quantity and well read and witty, intellectually curious and variety of knowledge that all previous generations always moving... We pride ourselves on getting never had. However, with the great power of as little sleep as possible and and thrive on selfthe Internet comes a great responsibility on the deprivation. We drink coffee, a lot of it. We are conscious. Yes, we’re the generation that sparked on birth control, Prozac and multivitamins... We the Arab Spring through Twitter, redefined privacy are relentless, judgmental with ourselves and with Wikileaks, and pasted Kony 2012 messages forgiving to others... We are the daughters of the over every surface, whether virtual or otherwise. feminists who said, ‘You can be anything,’ and we But we’re also scared. heard, ‘You have to be everything.’”

We’re better educated about threats to mankind than any other generation in history, so naturally we’re also more terrified than ever before. Just look at the messages coming at us from the media. The icebergs are melting. The ozone layer is tearing. Everyone needs a bailout. Diseases are rampant. Some children are enslaved, while others have no Based on this research, I realized that talking manners. Our cars are being recalled. Our food is

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So yes, we may be an escapist generation. We may be an over-medicated, untrusting generation. But it’s not because we don’t care. It’s because we care too much and because there’s too much to care about. And frankly, I think we get sick of hearing about three bombings for every miraculous rescue. We’re Generation Sick of Failing. Generation Is there Hope? And most of all we’re Generation Overwhelmed.

feature The Aww-ffect of Cuteness If laughter is the best medicine, could it also improve studies? Hiroshima University recently did a study on “kawaii,” which means “cute” in Japanese, and its powers to improve both concentration and productivity. In their survey of 132 college students, conclusions showed that pictures of cute, cuddly animals improved participants’ performances in the board game Operation and in picking out a specific number from a sequence. Baby animals and even mature animals in cute costumes or poses have always fascinated people. They leave us dripping with “awws” and adoration. Perhaps it appeals to a maternal instinct, but little else other than environmental influences prevents full-grown men from giving way to the same flood of gushy responses.

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mentally, we are able to better concentrate on the task at hand. In the Hiroshima University study, the surveyors also found that participants’ attempts at Operation decreased by 12 percent and had a 44 percent increase in scores following a cute, cuddlyladen break. So if during the avalanche of work and assignments that follows Fall Break you find yourself slogging through dull, mundane schoolwork, reach for a refreshment and a dose of adorable to focus in again. In the Hiroshima University study, the participants only paused for a break long enough to view seven photographs, so let’s call that the equivalent of an adorable five-minute kitten video. Don’t fall to the trap of clicking on related links; keep it short, sweet and “aww.”

According to the Hiroshima University study, laughter not only relaxes the body as it releases endorphins and blocks stress hormones, but the physical act of smiling and exercising the abdomen can raise a mood. It can be a sign of mental health and lighten the environment of a room with its contagiousness. Perhaps that is how the “kawaii” factor aids our performance on tests, work and more. By relaxing and easing the situation physically, emotionally and

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opinion A deconstruction of online learning




A student sits at a desk typing away diligently on her computer, surrounded by other students while a teacher drones on in the background. Take away the students, desks and teacher and put that student in her room, lounging on her couch. Sounds like an enjoyable time, right? The learning of a classroom accessible from the comfort of a dorm room. However, in my experience, online classes aren’t quite the fun and games they appear to be. Most students and professors sing the praises of online classes, citing examples of greater student participation and involvement, personalized instruction and greater convenience. However, the subtle effects of technology on our thought processes can be a far greater cost than these petty bonuses can provide. Marshall McLuhan’s communication theory of technological determinism states that each advent of a new technology forever alters the way human beings think and interact. The invention of the alphabet and the written word, for example, limited our capacity for extended memory and made our thinking more linear. The invention of a clock gave us a greater concept of the moment, but it took away part of our understanding of the eternal. The invention of the Internet is taking away our ability to process large chunks of information. In his book “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains,” Nicholas Carr discusses several studies revealing that the short, rapidburst information presentation of the Internet has slowly taken away our ability to sit, read and comprehend longer chunks of text. Our brains have been trained to process the newest and brightest things. Facebook gives short status updates. Twitter offers a maximum of 140 characters per tweet. We expect our information to be given to us in as short and concise a manner

as possible. News story lengths have shortened considerably. In fact, many of you were probably tempted to simply flip past this article due to its length. Bravo to you for reading this far.

of information is slowly being reduced. We sacrifice our ability to think long and critically on the altar of being technologically hip and having convenience at our fingertips.

When presented with a several page article during an online class, how many of us simply scroll through to find pertinent information, answer the question and move on? This “search and find” method of learning is merely turning us into automated robots who process as little as possible without longer consideration of length and content. This means that while we are adept at finding vast amounts of information, we have trouble retaining it. Can you provide a summary of the last thing you searched on Google? Online learning enforces looking at short bursts of information simply to answer questions. While students may appear to have better initial understanding, their long term capacity to understand, process and retain larger amounts

What then is the solution? I am not decrying the use of online learning as a whole, as I believe that being able to adapt and navigate through the online world is a crucial skill to success. And I know that some students need to take programs that are completely online because of different circumstances. But for classes that matter, I think we should take them face-to-face. Sit down and read a textbook. Write that hard paper. Although it may not seem enjoyable now, cultivate and practice your ability to think critically over long pieces of text. Be aware of how new technologies affect you. We consume the media; the media should not not consume us. | page 15


What I never knew was on my bucket list

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Alexandra Harper Kristen Larson

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A review of “Noises Off ”

When I interviewed Breinne Reeder, director of the recent Spring Arbor University (SAU) farce “Noises Off,” I didn’t believe her when she said, “This is the only time [a play like this] is going to happen and if you miss it, you’re going to hear about it, and you’re going to be upset.”

she said it held a play within a play, I worried about it being too complex. But I was wrong. Wrong, wrong, oh so wrong.

“Noises Off ” was spectacular, and that’s a step above brilliant in my book. Brilliant for me is the gold standard that describes such delights as a canceled class, potato I do a lot of reviews for “The Pulse” and I can under- soup day at Ada’s Kitchen or the latest episode of “The stand that each director thinks their play is “the” play Walking Dead.” It was funny to the point of tears, witty of the season. I have seen an unbelieveable amount of enough to give Oscar Wilde a run for his money and talent from SAU’s drama department. I have yet to see a bursting with the complete range of human emotions. play that I didn’t enjoy in some way, but I’ve never seen one that made me think, “That was ‘it.’ That was the play The cast was amazing. Their commitment was obvious to call home about, to drag friends to so they will fall in as they flung themselves down sets of stairs, through love with drama, to spend the cash to watch multiple windows and simply never stopped moving. The constant movement could have been extremely overwhelmtimes.” That is, I had never seen that play until now. ing, but you could find something hilarious occurring I’ll admit it, and this isn’t something that comes natu- wherever you decided to look. rally, but I was dead wrong about “Noises Off.” When Reeder said the show was a farce, I got skeptical. When Even the British accents (always a gamble to attempt)

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came out with such off-handed energy that they were enjoyable, which is a far cry from the stuffy pompousness found in a stereotypical community Shakespeare production. In fact, when the first actor made a switch between her character in “Nothing On” and her offstage character of “Noises Off,” a move that necessitated a switch in accent, I cringed and thought it was a mistake. But as the plot of the play progressed, it became a hilarity to see each actor move in and out of their “Nothing On” persona, sometimes changing at the last minute from furious lover to grudgingly cheerful housekeeper. “Noises Off ” made me laugh and cry from laughing so much. It filled my entertainment quota for the year and officially became the first time I have checked an item off my bucket list that I didn’t know I would need to have on it in the first place. It was, simply, the best.


Aca-believe it!

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Alexandra Harper

A review of “Pitch Perfect” Let’s be honest, we’ve just about heard it all The Bellas have seen their share of disappointment concerning a cappella groups. in competition against their on-campus rival all-male a capella counterpart the Treble Makers, but they From television’s a cappella drama “Glee” to reality continue to strive for a win, and “Pitch Perfect” is music groups and competitions, you would assume definitely a win. the public is tired of singing shows. But guess again, because “Pitch Perfect” brings a breath of fresh air Remixing the hits of the 1980s, 1990s and today and purely satirical take to the usually strict and no- never sounded so fantastic. Even those with quiet nonsense world of singing groups. personalities will leave “Pitch Perfect” with an urge to sing. The movie will have you using “aca-scuse The story follows angsty college freshman Beca, me?” and “aca-awkward” like you and your friends played by Anna Kendrick, as she deals with her new are part of your own elite a cappella singing group. surroundings and is pressured to join The Bellas, an all-girl a cappella group on her campus. Photo courtesy by Pitch Perfect Movie

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A review of “Pitch Perfect” and I could make a strong case for the first place award. I thought we had a strong story, it was well produced and it had a fun surprise at the end. It was clearly, hands down, the audience favorite based on audience response at the screening,” said Shelby. “This is definitely the highest award we’ve received.”

The weekend of Oct. 5 to 7, students from Spring Arbor University’s (SAU) Department of Communication and Media traveled to East Lansing to compete in the East Lansing Film Festival (ELFF) 48/5 Contest. According to the ELFF website, the 48/5 contest brings filmmakers together to write, shoot, edit and premiere an original five-minute film in 48 hours. Teams are given three specific elements they must incorporate into their finished film, and to add to the challenge they choose a genre out of a hat. The students who participated in the contest were members of professor Dorie Shelby’s new class, short form film production. They also invited a few other video-film students, including two freshmen, to join them for the weekend.

Shelby is looking forward to entering the next ELFF 48/5 Fest in February. Anyone interested in being involved can contact her. Left to right David Blackburn, Corey Rogers, James Stump, Amelia Harris, Joe Faultersack, Charlie Hunt Photo courtesy Jordan Cuatt

“This was the best experience I’ve had in terms of filmmaking collaboration; it really pushed everyone on the team to find their niche and put 110 percent “It was a blast,” said Shelby. “I’ve done a lot of into that one job,” said Jarvi. “For the upperclassmen 48/5 type contests with lots of groups, but I have involved, it was definitely an opportunity to put never worked with such an organized, talented and the skills we’ve learned in our directing classes to efficient group as this one. I gave up my entire work and hone specialized skills in different areas. weekend, but it was positively delightful.” For the underclassmen, they were able to see how we led, but also how we took full advantage of the For the challenge, the SAU team drew the genre of equipment and time given to us.” comedy and, according to senior Evan Jarvi, created “a mix of ‘Arrested Development,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ The group ended up receiving second place for their and ‘30 Rock’ all mashed up together” for their short, “Crystal Clear.” Left to right Corey Rogers, Joe Faultersack, Katie Wheeler, Evan Jarvi story.

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“I am very pleased with the second place award,

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“The Peace of Wild Things”

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Kerry Wade

A Review of “Paper Route’s” New Album

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Three and a half years after their last album “Absence,” “Paper Route” released their new album “The Peace of Wild Things” on Sept. 11. “Paper Route” is an ethereal alternative pop band whose debut album “Absence” brought them into the wider music scene. This album displayed

a range of sounds from the serene ambiance to songs influenced by 1980s-esque electronic rock. “Shred News” placed “Paper Route” in the “Top Ten Artists to Watch” in 2010.

of “One Republic.” Although the album is quickly rising on the charts with hits like the poppy “You and I,” it has lost the uniqueness and diversity of their previous album.

During the two years the band created “The Peace of Wild Things” they dealt with death, cancer, divorce and record label issues. This delayed and strongly affected the content of the new album. Because I knew the hardships the band members went through, I truly wanted to like their new album, but I must admit I was disappointmented.

“Artists Direct” asked the band if they approached the album with a single vision for its tracks. “We actually just recorded as many songs as we possibly could… Lyrically, there was a strong theme on ‘The Peace of Wild Things.’ Love is done. It’s time to evolve or die,” said J.T. Dally, the lead singer of the band.

The album begins with a powerful song entitled “Love Letters” and is followed by “Two Hearts,” which still reflects their 1980s electronic influence. As the songs on the album continue they take a “dive into depressingly ordinary territory,” said Maggie Levin on

However, the ballad “Tamed” and the ending song “Calm my Soul” are perhaps two of “Paper Route’s” most beautiful songs. “The Peace of Wild Things” may have a disappointing pop influence, but “Paper Route” is by no means on the downward spiral.

Indeed “Paper Route” seems to have traded their unique ethereal sound for the more popular style

A Different Kind of“Babel”

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A Review of “Mumford & Sons” New Album

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There could be some things that “Mumford & Sons” may not be stellar at, but that certainly does not include writing or playing music. With the release of their second album on Sept. 24 they have once again demonstrated their musical and lyrical genius. According to “Rolling Stone Music,” “Mumford & Sons’” second album “Babel” has scored the biggest debut of any music album so far in 2012. Billboard. com reported that “Mumford & Sons” sold

600,000 albums within the first week of availability, keep it simple and outline one foolproof method. surpassing Justin Bieber’s album “Believe” (374,000 Please remember when “Mumford & Sons” sells) which had held that highest position. breached the music industry with “Sigh No More.” And it’s very well that “Mumford & Sons’” “Babel” At the time they were essentially creating a brand sits in that seat of glory; it deserves to be there! The new strand of musical sound. Unlike their pop and album is comprised of 11 tracks in addition to the rock relations in the music business, there are still title track; along with these, there are three bonus not many bands who sound similar to “Mumford tracks on the deluxe edition. So, in total, there are & Sons.” 15 incredible tracks of undeniable quality in both If you complain that “Mumford & Sons” “sounds music and lyrical content. the same,” are you saying you’ve never liked their The moving rise and fall of the music and voice sound? But you claim to have enjoyed their first in individual songs paired with the lyrical depth album. Aha! So you’re saying bands should pursue contribute to “Mumford & Sons’” continued giant the art of switching genres in their musical career? presence in the world of music. Still don’t agree For example, advise Lil’ Wayne to do some folkwith me? Well, then go listen to “Call Me Maybe” rock stuff for his next album. Yes. If that’s the case, on repeat and proclaim proudly to the world what then I agree with you. I would love to hear Nicki Minaj’s try at a “Mumford & Sons”-type musical good taste in music you have. genius. One rumored complaint is that “Babel” sounds similar in style to “Mumford & Sons’” first album, If you’re still sneering at “Babel,” well, that’s all I “Sigh No More.” Take a deep breath and have have. I tried; you’ll just have to defend yourself now. patience, dear souls who agree with me about this Go ahead, turn your “music” up so everyone can group’s unrivaled brilliance. There are several ways cringe along. I bet you love sitting second place – by one can approach this minor ignorance; however, I’ll a lot – on the best-selling charts with the Biebs.

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Rugby on the Rise Lloyd Chia, professor of psychology and sociology at Spring Arbor University (SAU), picked up the sport of rugby in high school and also played collegiately and in the military. Although that is now in his past, he has never lost his love for the sport. This love led to him trying to get others involved in the sport. Last spring, after a conversation with former SAU student Mike Kuhl, Chia decided he would try to start a rugby club at Spring Arbor University. Chia filled out an application for creating the club and was later accepted and given permission to get it rolling. He sat outside the dining commons for numerous days with some SAU students trying to create an interest in the club. More than 50 students showed interest, and this semester about 25 of those students have put in the effort to start the team.

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Practicing Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, led by coaches Chia, Kuhl and Stephen Flavin, the team cleats up and starts doing drills. Rugby at Spring Arbor is only a club, but the team is serious about working hard and improving their game.

Sounds like fun, right? Well there is one catch. Rugby is a fast-paced, hard-hitting game, and the players don’t wear helmets or pads. Imagine watching a college football game and both teams run out on the field without helmets and pads. That’s rugby.

To many American viewers, rugby looks extremely odd at first glance. The sport it most closely resembles is football, but at the same time, it is very different.

Still a very new program, the SAU rugby club has only played one match-up against the University of Michigan’s “C” team. They dropped the game 17-5. However, every club and every team needs to start somewhere, and SAU is well on its way thanks to Chia.

Rugby is a sport played between two teams that try to score points by advancing a ball past the opposing team’s goal line or by kicking the ball through a pair of uprights on the opponent’s goal line. The rugby ball is an oversized oval ball made of synthetic material. Players can run with the ball, kick it or pass it backward or sideways to a teammate. Opposing players try to tackle the player who has the ball or gain possession of the ball.

Chia is looking forward to the club’s development throughout the 2012-2013 school year. He said, “It would be nice to get 35 to 40 guys on the roster to be able to run a full scrimmage against each other at practice.” Any students interested in joining the club can email Chia at

sports Six years in the making

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Megan Filipowski

Tigers head to the World Series

On Oct. 18, an 8-1 victory over the New York Yankees in Game Four of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) sealed the sweep and launched the Detroit Tigers into their first World Series appearance since 2006.

Central Champions for the second year in a row.

The Tigers would have to wait a little over a week after they defeated the Yankees before they would head out to California to begin the World Series against the San Francisco Giants, who earned home field advantage during the All-Star Game. The Tigers will be back at Comerica Park on Oct. 27 for the first of what could be three games in Detroit.

This year as the Tigers made their trek through the playoffs to the World Series, things seemed oddly familiar. Their first opponent in the postseason was the Oakland Athletics, the team they defeated in the The road to the World Series has been six years in ALCS in 2006. They would then face the Yankees, the making. They were only able to win one game in who were their AL Division Series opponents in the 2006 Series, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals. 2006. The Tigers would also sweep their ALCS opponent in both years. Verlander, Fielder and 2012 Triple Crown winner In 2008, fans watched as what analysts all over Miguel Cabrera will be leading the Tigers against a Major League Baseball called the best lineup on Even though they faced off against the same strong Giants team, which includes 2012 National paper failed to meet those expectations and as the opponents, the 2012 roster contained only League Batting Champion Buster Posey and starting team found themselves in last place in the American three players from the 2006 team. In 2006 Justin pitcher Matt Cain, who threw a perfect game on League (AL) Central Division. Similar feelings arose Verlander, the ace of the 2012 Tigers’ pitching staff, June 13. in the 2011-2012 offseason when the Tigers signed was a rookie. Utilityman Ramon Santiago started at first baseman Prince Fielder. shortstop in two games in the World Series. Omar As the end October nears, so does the end of Infante would spend one more year with the Tigers baseball season. Maybe six years after their last But with the Tigers surging at the end of this season before being traded and then brought back to the World Series appearance and 28 years after their and the Chicago White Sox falling apart at the seams, Tigers in late July. last World Series victory, the Tigers will be able to the Tigers were able to sneak in and become AL call themselves World Series Champions.

Pink in October NFL Raises Awareness

Every Sunday during the month of October, awareness pompons, shirts and wristbands for National Football League (NFL) games look a little cheerleaders. different. My heart swells knowing that this sport filled Among the normal team colors of blue, red, white, with grown men has found a way to support the black, green, yellow, orange and purple is the color women in their lives, whether that is mothers, wives, pink. Pink may not be a color that is often associated daughters or fans. with a football team, but October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the NFL has chosen to raise According to the NFL’s website, for the entire month the NFL teams up with the American Cancer awareness by adding pink. Society for an initiative called, “A Crucial Catch: I love that the NFL does this. When I tuned into the Annual Screening Saves Lives” to remind women first game of the month, I smiled and thought to ages 40 and older about the importance of having myself, “I love October.” I love October for many an annual mammogram. reasons (playoff baseball, college football filled Saturdays), but I appreciate and enjoy the inclusion “To date, the partnership has raised more than $3 million for the American Cancer Society, with the of pink in the NFL players’ uniforms. majority of the donation coming from the sale of According to an article on the NFL’s website, for pink items at retail and on NFL Auction,” said the Breast Cancer Awareness Month games will feature NFL website. game balls with pink ribbon decals; pink kicking tees; pink cleats, wristbands, gloves, sideline caps, This year, the money raised by the NFL will helmet decals, captains’ patches, chin straps, shoe be supporting the American Cancer Society’s laces, skull caps, sideline towels, eye shield decals Community Health Advocates National Grants and quarterback towels for players; pink coins for for Empowerment (CHANGE) program, which the coin toss; pink sideline caps for coaches and provides outreach and breast cancer screenings for sideline personnel and pink ribbon pins for coaches women who need them. and team executives; pink caps, wristbands, whistles and pins for game officials; on-field pink ribbon It may seem odd that the NFL, whose main viewers stencils; pink goalpost padding and breast cancer are men, is reaching out to women, but based on the statistics from last year, this has been successful.

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Megan Filipowski

According to the NFL website, in 2011 alone, the NFL’s “A Crucial Catch” campaign reached more than 151 million viewers, including 58 million women ages 18 and older. The site also said, “The campaign’s message is making a real impact - 64 percent of NFL female fans and 61 percent of all NFL fans identify the importance of annual screenings, especially for women over 40.” As a female sports fan, this initiative means more to me than what I could say in this piece. A sport dominated by men taking a little bit of time to raise awareness and remind women that their lives matter demonstrates a lot about the character of the NFL and every player who chooses to participate.

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sports Spring Arbor athletic updates


Men’s Soccer

Men’s Golf

Men’s Cross Country

Team Indiana Wesleyan

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Taylor University Fall Invitational Overall team finish: 7 out of 14

Next Game: Crossroads League Quarter-Finals against Bethel College on Oct. 27

Michigan Intercollegiate Championships Overall team finish: 7 out of 21 Individual Times

Men’s Tennis

Place 3 36 44 59 64 65 69

Runner Kyle Anderson Bryan Burk Kameron Mills Peter Ramundo Andrew Guzdial Noah Haverdink Nathan Anderson

Time 24:42 25:59 26:17 26:39 26:44 26:46 26:52

Golfer Jason Dingee Caleb Jones Nick Ward Chris Chaney Dylan Eddy

Round 1 96 91 81 89 84

Round 2 83 75 89 92 95

Total 179 166 170 181 179

Next Meet: Crossroads League Championships on Nov. 3 2012 Crossroad League Champions All-Crossroads League Team: Thomas Calderone David Darling Aaron Mayes

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sports Women’s Soccer

Women’s Tennis Women’s Cross Country

Team Mount Vernon

First Second Total 0 0 0

Spring Arbor




Next Game: Spring Arbor at Indiana Wesleyan University on Oct. 25

Indiana Wesleyan 9 Spring Arbor 0 Great Lakes Invitiational Overall team score: 10 out of 32 Individual Times Place Runner 38 Kate Jones 41 Danae Dracht 46 Elley Hinkel 102 Katrina Bean 106 Alison Kiekover

Women’s Volleyball

Time 19:08 19:10 19:15 20:01 20:02

Next Meet: Crossroads League Championships on Nov. 3

Team Indiana Wesleyan

1 25

2 25

3 25

Spring Arbor




Women’s Golf

Singles 1 Kristin DeBruyn 2 Hope Roelofs 3 Jenna Bart 4 Quincy Banini 5 Kelli Cross 6 Katie Storrer

Rachel Heiniger Katie Wilson Andrea Meyering Lauren Wilson Kristen Futrell Kim Mella

Doubles 1 Kristin DeBruyn & Hope Roelofs

Next Match: Rochester College at Cornerstone Tournament on Oct. 26

2 3

IWU 6-1, 6-1 IWU 6-0, 6-3 IWU 6-0, 6-0 IWU 7-5, 7-6 (9-7) IWU 6-3, 7-5 IWU 6-2, 6-0

Andrea Meyering & Lauren Wilson Quincy Banini Katie Wilson & Paige Fallu & Kim Mella Katie Storrer Rachel & Jenna Bart Heiniger & Kristen Futrell

IWU 8-3

IWU 8-1 IWU 8-1

St. Francis University Cougar Invitational Tournament Golfer Heather Carlson Ashley Stetler

Round 1 Round 2 Total 108 98 206 101 99 200

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October 24 2012  
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