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December 1, 2010
NGU’s construction plans will encourage growth, expand horizons Staff Writer North Greenville University is expanding its horizons with current and future construction projects to provide students with a structured environment in which to build their futures. Since NGU relies solely on donations for construction projects, tuition is not affected. As students rush through the detour gravel path in front of Avery-Wood Learning Center, construction continues on the Todd Prayer Chapel and Craft-Hemphill Center, which are both positioned between AveryWood and Todd Dining Hall. According to the blueprints for the project, with featured exposed beams and stonework, the Todd Prayer Chapel will be a place for students to spend time in quiet with the Lord in prayer. Encircled with pews, a hewn cross mounted on a symbolic stained glass window will hang over a waterfall flowing down into a large baptismal pool. Surrounding the Todd Prayer Chapel will be a lushly landscaped plaza and a wall signifying an intimate place
of prayer and creating an inner courtyard. Todd Prayer Chapel will be open 24/7 for prayer. The Craft-Hemphill Center for world missions, evangelism and Christian worldview will be a place for future missionaries to gather. They will be immersed in ways to prevent culture shock in different countries’ cultures, such as consuming cuisine specific to the country, Skyping with current missionaries and being trained in the area’s language, according to the Rev. Joe Hayes, executive director for development. The two-story building will look like a lighthouse in the front and be half brick and half stone, to complement the Todd Prayer Chapel. Inside will be classrooms, offices and a communications room. The second floor will feature a glass floor over the communications room, which can be used for seminars and other varying purposes. A summer project will be adding a balcony to Turner Chapel. The acoustic ceiling currently in place will be removed to make room for the balcony, which will seat 531 people, said Hayes. Instead of
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teams as well as NGU home games, an expansion on Younts Fitness and Wellness Center, an aquatic center and more seats and lights at the baseball field. Expanding the scholarly pursuits, NGU plans to double the Donnan Administration Building and add more academic buildings behind Todd Dining Hall. Plans also call for the old building off North Tigerville Road down from the Thai and I to be renovated for a gas station and general store.
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interpretation and is about as thick as a grown man’s four fingers. Training emphasizes that officers must At North Greenville University, campus be ready to put themselves in harm’s way security makes protecting students its to protect students. At North Greenville priority. Every day, any of the eight security University, officers are on duty 365 days officers are prepared to tackle jobs that put out of the year for 24 hours a day. “It takes a certain type of individual to their lives in jeopardy. The officers have extensive do this job,” said Morris. “No one is here qualifications to pass before they are given for the money. And, contrary to popular belief, we don’t thrive on writing tickets. the responsibility of student safety. There isn’t a ticket quota. There isn’t It is preferred that officers have any added revenue. Our budget is security or law enforcement experience, already pre-set.” l i v l but it is not necessary. Good people e n Univ ree er hG si rt Along with being skills are 90 percent of what involved in church security is looked for. teams, the officers attend There is a 40-hour middle and high school career training course that is set days to build rapport with the to South Carolina Law Cam community. y Enforcement Division (SLED) t pus Securi Working with outside agencies guidelines. has developed a close relationship Three years ago, campus security initiated a more intense training outside of campus. Local police will assist that went beyond what was required. with any tactical help needed. During Christmas break, Laurens Less than a year ago, SLED changed its guidelines as well, intensifying County will come in and help conduct requirements to a level similar to NGU’s training. Making sure that NGU officers have the campus security. Now both programs mirror each other cutting edge training builds confidence with with more in-depth training. The training outside departments when they know that manual that officers are expected to NGU officers know what they’re doing. It know covers topics like case law and law also helps to build camaraderie. James Chip Moore
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entering through the main lobby area, students will access the balcony by two outside entrances that lead to circular staircases, Hayes said. The projected finishing date for the Todd Prayer Chapel, Craft-Hemphill Center and Turner Chapel balcony is before the 2011 fall semester. Future projects include a retirement center, waste-water treatment plant, more dorms in Foster Circle and Bitter End and a tennis complex. The existing tennis courts will be removed for a 4,000-seat arena for indoor sports that can also be used for graduation ceremonies, chapel and other events. Also, NGU plans to further grow the sports section with more fields, a softball complex that will be used for community
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December 1, 2010
NGU student overcomes challenges to graduate in December Currie Dickerson
Wheeling across the hilly campus of North Greenville University, Kimberly Wooten is faced with adversity nearly every day of her life. In a body stricken with cerebral palsy, her physical disabilities have never proven victorious over her dreams. Wooten will be graduating with a degree in business administration. She has proven, despite her handicap, that her source of strength is only found in the Lord’s power. Her captivating story demonstrates perseverance and dedication to the life that God has called her to, a life perfectly set in place by His loving purpose. Despite the restrictions of a wheelchair, Wooten is determined to walk across the stage in the upcoming graduation on Dec. 9. “I just recently learned how to walk on a walker, and since God has given me that new ability, I want to use it to walk across stage with my classmates,” Wooten said. This inspiring action exemplifies the hardships she has overcome throughout her life up to this point, showing that no
matter the circumstance, she will never cower behind her disability. Finishing her studies during her time at NGU, Wooten hopes to work alongside a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to serve and minister to others. Her legacy, however, will not be left in her academic standing, but in the perseverance she exhibits even through her disability of cerebral palsy. “NGU has given me the tools, both educationally and spiritually, and the confidence for the ‘real world.’ My professors have challenged me through Photo courtesy of Kinmberly Wooten my college career to become what God Kimberly Wooten and her husband David Wooten on created me to be, including living with their wedding day. my disability. I will be able to defend my faith in Christ because I know the truth same assistance was a challenge at NGU. and I know He created me perfectly,” said However, this problem was fixed by the Wooten. efforts of a team from NGU’s Baptist Along with her accomplishments as a Student Union. student at NGU, Wooten has also gotten “When I first started NGU, BSU created married during this time. a team of girls to assist me from class to One hardship that Wooten has faced while class and to lunch. I have the greatest being a student at NGU is her transportation group of girls, whom I love dearly, and around the campus. Throughout her prior they’ve enabled me to follow my dreams,” education from kindergarten to 12th grade, she shared. an aid accompanied her to each class. This For a majority of NGU students, the
end of the fall semester marks a muchneeded break in preparation for a new set of spring classes; however, for those who are graduating early in December along with Wooten, the time has come to embark on a new chapter in their lives. This new chapter will begin on Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. in Turner Chapel with around 60 students graduating. A special moment in the ceremony will be led by Wooten, as she takes her first steps toward the degree she has worked for her entire life. “I’m ready to graduate; although, I am nervous and very excited to see what God has planned in His perfect will for me. I’ll certainly miss my wonderful friends, professors and the beautiful campus. It’s such a bittersweet time.” said Wooten. Though her body is disabled and her speech impaired, nothing will ever stop this young lady from fulfilling the Lord’s will in her life. Wooten is not afraid of her disability, and with each determined step she plants on the stage at graduation, she will continue to show the world just how powerful her God truly is.
Creative ways to survive the hardest week of the school year Anthony Reese
Final exams are right around the corner, and like always, stress levels are beginning to rise, and sleep is slowly disappearing. Every college student has been there at some point: unprepared and unmotivated the night before an exam. In an ideal world, college students would all study weeks before their exams. Realistically, though, most of us have not and will not do so. In an attempt to avoid the “study and sleep” advice typically given, here are five tips for making those last-minute all-nighters a little more productive. Don’t make yourself at home. That’s right. Avoid studying in comfortable Samantha Mayo editor in chief
clothes or in a warm, cozy place. Instead, try sitting upright in a chair that has little or no padding. Also, turn the temperature down in your dorm room (if it’s okay with your roommate, of course). Staying away from your typical comfortable atmosphere will help you stay focused and make you less likely to doze off. Whatever you do, keep away from your bed at all costs. Stock up on caffeinated drinks. Caffeine makes you more focused and aware at least for a while. Too much, however, can leave you sluggish and with a headache. So invest in some quality coffee or a 12-pack of Coca-Cola, but don’t overdo it. Stream some classical music. It sounds crazy, but studies have shown that listening to classical music improves Jordan Ecarma news/features editor
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the productivity of many mental functions. So, hop on over to Pandora, create a “Mozart” playlist, plug in those earbuds and you’re good to go. Upbeat, eccentric music with loud and obnoxious lyrics is distracting and will make your all-nighter that much longer. Instead, choose something soothing and turn down the volume a bit. Snack on healthy, “brain” food. Avoid the temptation to gorge yourself on potato chips and ice cream. Like too much caffeine, these snacks cause tiredness and a lack of concentration. Most fruits, including berries, apples and bananas, are useful for long-lasting energy and increased memory. Also, nuts and seeds are just as helpful. Whatever you choose, make sure it is something healthy
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and energizing. Take breaks. For those long hours of studying, make sure you take a five minute break every hour or so. This will give your mind time to relax and organize the things you have reviewed. Pacing yourself while studying will keep you from becoming overwhelmed or stressed. Take a walk outside or do some jumping jacks, but make sure you stay away from the television or video games (it is easy to get distracted). Though there are no foolproof ways for making it through exams, practicing these five things will make you much more likely to succeed. Try to get some sleep and not overstudy, but remember, exams will be over in a week. Good luck.
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Top: (left to right) Captains Willy Korn, James Thurn and Mark Smith head onto the field to meet with Campbellsville University’s captains for the coin toss to see which team will kick off and which team will receive the ball. Above Left: Freshman Idris Anderson breaks through Campbellsville’s defense at Saturday’s Victory Bowl game. Above Center: Graduate assistant Newland Isaac goes over gameplans with Idris Anderson and Lawrence Chastang. Above Right: (left to right) James Thurn, Willy Korn and Lawrence Chastang celebrate over one of touchdowns which helped the North Greenville Crusaders win the Victory Bowl. photos courtesy of Cory Guinn
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December 1, 2010
Rachel McAdams lights up the screen in new film Morning Glory Jordan Ecarma
News & Features Editor Morning Glory isn’t an easy film to categorize. It’s mostly comedy but contains touches of drama and romance, making it difficult to fit into any one genre. But that’s not a bad thing, and fortunately Morning Glory pulls enough weight to rise above being a mere fluffy chick flick. It not only sparkles as a Rachel McAdams vehicle, showcasing her well, but its fresh, quirky charm is also substantial enough to be fine entertainment. The main character, Becky Fuller (McAdams), is 28 and has just lost her job. She’s a would-be television producer desperate to be successful, with a tendency to babble when nervous. When Becky is offered the position of producer on Daybreak, a morning show that always
comes in last in the ratings, she jumps at the chance. Becky goes above and beyond for her job. Her sacrifices to make Daybreak better include staying constantly on the lookout for good stories, chasing down a cohost in the middle of the night and nearly losing her personal life in the process. McAdams, as protagonist Becky, comes across like the human form of a permanent caffeine fix. Becky’s high energy carries the film, and she is just kooky enough to be interesting. The effervescent McAdams gets to use her big, winning smile more frequently than usual, since Morning Glory is substantially more upbeat a film than most of her other work, teary romances like The Notebook and The Time-Travelers Wife or intense drama like State of Play. Daybreak’s co-hosts, played by Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton, work with McAdams admirably. Mike Pomeroy (Ford) was a Pulitzerwinning, Emmy-garnering great in broadcast journalism until he was fired. He considers working on breakfast television to be far beneath him, but he joins Daybreak for the money. Ford is brilliant, infusing a sardonic, dry humor into his character. Keaton plays the whiny, demanding
Colleen Peck but is still impossible to dislike. Colleen has trouble sharing screen time with Mike, and their competition inspires many witty moments. The rapport of the three mains keeps the momentum going, since the likable cast lends the film most of the credibility it needs. McAdams, Ford and Keaton wear their quirky characters well. Possibly the weakest point in Morning Glory is the requisite romance that barely develops between Becky and a writer named Adam (Patrick Wilson). Wilson’s character is too minutely defined to be appealing or memorable. But at least Morning Glory sidesteps the usual chick flick cliché of the relationship’s being a storyline catalyst; instead, much of the conflict comes from Becky’s interactions with Mike. And that’s fortunate, since McAdams’ chemistry with Ford is infinitely more interesting than her love scenes with Wilson. The best thing about Morning Glory is its star, McAdams. She is equally enchanting babbling like crazy or taking charge of the next situation. Between McAdams’ magic and the charisma of co-stars Ford and Keaton, Morning Glory wins.
Lights’ intergalactic sound and style shine in the world of music Taylor Edwards
We all have a simple, fun-loving kid deep down inside of us. Sadly, this part of us is often buried underneath all of the stress and work of everyday life, or we have just chosen to ignore it altogether. But in the last few years, one has emerged into the music scene who never forgot or pushed away the kid in her—Lights. She was born Valerie Poxleitner on April 11, 1987, but later legally changed her name to Lights. She said she changed it because it was a simpler version of her last name, adding that, “Every note I write is aimed to make the world a little brighter, and my name reflects everything my music is about.” Lights possesses an “electro-pop” type musical style, using such instruments as drums, synthesizers and her special keytar. Despite the fact that this style is becoming dominant in pop culture, Lights knows music well enough to make the style her own and to be completely unique. She describes her sound as “intergalactic,” explaining, “What do I mean by intergalactic? I try to find sounds that seem like they could have been plucked from Saturn’s rings or
a meteor belt.” She has a sweet, almost childlike voice which adds to the “inner kid” aura she gives off, but she can make her small voice soar like no other. Lights’ music is unique, and so is her personal style. To start, she is a tiny girl, standing at about 5’5” and very skinny. She loves to spend her time playing games and other hobbies that others usually leave behind years before age 23. According to her, she “makes pop music in her bedroom, has an intense geek side, smiles a lot, wears a headband like a halo and doesn’t quite look her age.” Altogether, Lights is an original and talented individual. But more than that, she has faith in Christ. Instead of choosing to go the way of many Christian artists today who directly label their music “Christian” and only play with and for other Christians, Lights incorporates her faith into her music and her life in subtle but no less effective ways. She grew up traveling with her missionary parents to places such as Canada, where she was born, the Philippines and Jamaica, something that has undoubtedly been an influence on her life and in her music. The first song that she wrote at age 11
was from one of the Psalms. All of her music is written with the intent to have a positive message and influence to those who listen. She feels that she is able to radiate this positive influence because she writes most of her songs when she feels down and is longing for escape from those feelings. The perfect example of this from her lyrics comes out of the song Savior: “I just want to run to you/And break off the chains and throw them away/I just want to be so much/And shake off the dust that turned me to rust/Sooner than later I’ll need a savior/I’ll need a savior.” She recognizes that the sadness and pain she experiences can never be helped by anecdotes that the world offers, but only by her Savior. Two more testaments to her faith in God are the German tattoos on her forearms. They say “The blessing from the Father now and forever” and “remain innocent until He comes.” It is an extremely rare gift to the music scene when someone like Lights appears. She is rapidly making a huge mark upon the
world of music. Lights’ beautiful, creative, “intergalactic” sound will hopefully charm and bring positive Christian influence to her fans for many more years.
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Why the question of predestination is important for Christians
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The question of predestination is a thought-provoking one that is too frequently set aside by Christians as unimportant. “People who pass it off without thought are doing themselves a disservice,” said Lisa Van Riper, political science instructor. Van Riper is Presbyterian, but she views the Calvinism versus Arminianism discussion as one between brothers and sisters in Christ. “I think we really debate about free will,” Van Riper clarified. “And I think it should be done with an eye towards truth, in a spirit of love, knowing that we stand together.” Drew Brogden, sophomore Christian studies, recently came to accept the reformed, Calvinist view of predestination and shared his experience. “I was raised Arminian and was taught to stay as far away from predestination as possible,” he said. “In my sophomore year at NGU, I finally had to face the issue. After many sleepless nights and a ton of research, I had no choice. The Arminian view leaves gaping holes in its explanation of theology. Calvinism and predestination, while still fuzzy at points, provide Scripture with more unity and coherence.” Brogden used Ephesians 2:1 for support: “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” “Dead men don’t choose anything,” he added. Both supporters and deniers of reformed
theology should know that it has roots in the very foundation of the modern church. According to Walter Johnson, Christian studies dean, its doctrines go back to the reforms in the Catholic Church during the 1500s. The heart of the Protestant Reformation was the reformed movement. Reformed theology, specifically, predestination, is best explained by the five points of Calvinism. John Calvin was a great reformer in the 16th century, but it was actually his followers who later put together the five points in 1618 at the Synod of Dordt. The five points were put together in response to the uprising of Arminianism, a doctrine that taught a salvation based on foreseen faith, universal atonement, partial depravity, resistible grace and the possibility of a lapse from grace. Arminianism differed from Calvinism’s five points, which are total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace and the perseverance of the saints, spelling the acronym “TULIP.” The doctrine of Calvinism is something Christians should take time to understand properly. Hoping to encourage exactly that, Johnson teaches a class on systematic theology, describing it as “trying to lead [students] to go to the Scriptures.” While Arminianism states that people are saved by choosing God, the main emphasis of Calvinism is the sovereignty of God and the complete depravity of man. Charlie Moore, freshman Christian studies, boiled it down.
“In theological terms, we are totally depraved, and [God] is sovereign,” he said. “In regular terms, we’re really screwed up, and He’s the answer. He does it all. That’s what I love about it, that it leaves no room for man’s bragging rights.” Predestination can also be supported by Scripture. Romans 8:30 says, “Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” Romans chapter nine is also one cited by defenders of reformed belief. Verses 1820 say, “Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens. You will say to me then, ‘Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?’ But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God?” How can Arminianism and free will explain these verses? What the reformed view does is emphasize the contrast between God’s sovereignty and man’s depravity. “It puts you in your place and helps you realize you’re completely worthless, you’re totally depraved, [and] you’re radically corrupt. You’re nothing without Jesus,” said Joseph Stogner, sophomore psychology. The beauty of reformed thinking is its absolute faith in God and His control. According to Ephesians 1:4-5, “[God] chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the
good pleasure of His will.” As completely depraved sinners, we would never choose God. He had to have chosen us to be saved for His glory. Linzy Laird, sophomore psychology, grew up Arminian but was recently won over. “I don’t think I’ll ever fully understand how depraved I am,” Laird said. “But once I got a glimpse, I realized there is nothing good in me. I would never choose God; he would have to call me first. How can you resist a call like that, from this sovereign God?” Moore gave an answer to the people who claim not to care about the issue. “They’ll leave when you start talking about it,” he said. “[They say], ‘Why can’t we just view life together?’ And my question would be how can we do that apart from a proper view of God? He’s the author of life.” How, indeed? Moore’s comment rings true with the Christian worldview. God has called us to desire a greater understanding of His character and His will for us. A correct perception of reformed theology is a step in that direction.
Editor’s Note: These opinions do not address every facet of the debate. Letters expressing different views or expanding the views presented can be sent to email@example.com for publication in a future issue.
Free will and salvation: how they work together in God’s plan Julie Cobb
Opinions Editor Humans have been given a unique ability to think and to reason. This extraordinary phenomenon allows humans to make logical choices freely throughout life. No one forces us to eat cereal in the morning or say our prayers before we go to bed. But just how far does this free will extend? Do we choose to love God and obey Him or have those choices already been predestined for us? The nation of Israel has been God’s chosen people from the time He established His covenant with Abraham; however, we see throughout the Bible the rocky relationship Israel has with God. Time after time, they abandon His statutes and disregard His promises. Isaiah 45:3-4 says, “I will give you the treasures of darkness, and hidden wealth
of secret places, so that you may know that it is I, The LORD, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name. For the sake of Jacob My servant, and Israel My chosen one, I have also called you by your name; I have given you a title of honor, though you have not known Me.” Israel was the elect, but not everyone who belonged to the nation of Israel obeyed God and died in His favor. In 1 Samuel 16:14 it says, “Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him.” Saul repeatedly disobeyed the commands of God and as a result, the Spirit of the Lord was taken from him. In the New Testament, the nation of Israel is still rejecting God. As Jesus was looking out over the city of Jerusalem he says in Matthew 27:37, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often
I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.” Israel and her people willfully chose to reject God. God is everywhere and nothing is kept secret from His knowledge, but He does not force His creation to choose Him. “I believe God is a just God, and that He desires to see all come to Him. The Bible can be seen by all people, therefore, all people have a choice whether or not to follow Him,” said Stephanie Patton, junior linguistics. It is God’s desire that all come to Him and inherit eternal life, which is why He sent his only begotten Son into the world to die a horrific and painful death on the cross to make a way for anyone who believes in Him. God could have found another way to bring salvation to all; He could have continued to require animal sacrifices in order to roll back the sins of the people. Instead, He shows just how deep his love for
mankind is by sacrificing His only child. If someone does not choose to love you but is coerced, would you give something as precious as your own flesh and blood for them? Not likely. How much more likely are you to sacrifice something of such great importance for one who chooses to love you? “I believe that Jesus died on the cross for everyone. Not just a set amount of people. Why would he have died for all the sins of the world if only a few were going to heaven?” said Elizabeth Wood, senior print media. “So predestination seems to contradict the cross to me.” God knows all things, including all the choices you will ever make in your lifetime; however, He has given us the freedom to make those choices of our own volition. This is why the Creator of the universe gave us a brilliant mind with the ability to think rationally and make choices.
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Crusader basketball wins three of four Cory Guinn
Sports Editor After dropping their first contest of the season, the North Greenville men’s basketball team has been on a roll of late, winning three of its last four games. The hot streak started on Nov. 16 when the Crusaders defeated Johnson Bible College 97-36 in Knoxville, Tenn. The Crusader defense was in top form, holding Johnson Bible College to just 28 percent shooting from the floor and turning their defensive stops into points on the offensive end. Center Paul Harrison, junior sport management, was the team’s leading scorer, finishing the game with 18 points, while Kyler Booher, senior broadcast media, followed close behind with 17 points in the game. Chris Dean, freshman elementary education, chipped in 10 points off the bench. The Crusaders were unable to put together two wins in a row as they dropped a close contest to Lees-McRae College on Nov. 18 in Tigerville. Lees-McRae shot 77.7 percent from the floor in the first half, including 75 percent from behind the three-point arc, en
route to the 89-85 victory. “There is no question that we played hard and fought hard to come back,” said head coach Chad Lister. “We had plenty of opportunities at the end, but we just couldn’t capitalize on them.” Harrison had his second strong game of the young season as he recorded his first double-double of 2010 with 29 points and 11 rebounds on 13-20 shooting from the floor. Luke Lattimer, junior sport management, came to life from beyond the arc, as he connected on four three-pointers en route to scoring 20 points in the game. Jonathan Bozymowski, sophomore sport management, asserted himself on the offensive end of the floor, scoring 17 points and handing out four assists. Tyrell Platt, sophomore sport management, filled up the stat sheet as he finished the game with five points, four rebounds and seven assists. North Greenville got back to its winning way on Nov. 20 as the Crusaders dominated the Chargers of Atlanta Christian 95-54 in Hayes Gymnasium. “Our guys bounced back from a tough loss [against LeesMcRae],” said Lister. “Atlanta Christian is a good basketball team. We just came out
motivated and our execution was much improved.” The Crusaders dominated both sides of the ball as the team shot 48.6 percent from the floor while limiting Atlanta Christian to just 33.3 percent shooting. Harrison and Lattimer each recorded 17 points in the game to lead the offense. Harrison also pulled down nine rebounds, while Dean and Jimmy Ellis, sophomore undecided, led the reserves with nine points each. The Crusaders set the school record for fewest points allowed in a game on Nov. 23 as they defeated Toccoa Falls College 78-32 in Tigerville. “Toccoa Falls is a wellcoached team that plays very hard,” said Lister. “They were just outmanned tonight and we executed well most of the night.” Lattimer, Harrison and Booher led all starters with 10 points a piece, while Phillip Brown. Freshman sport management came off the bench to score 10 points and record four blocks. Platt continued to show his playmaking ability as he scored seven points and dished out seven assists. The Crusaders, now 3-2 on the season, will host Montreat College tonight at 7 p.m. in Hayes Gymnasium.
Volleyball falls in second round of regionals Billy Cannada
After putting together a record-breaking regular season, the North Greenville volleyball team (19-17) had its regional championship hopes shattered by a feisty Palm Beach Atlantic squad. The Lady Crusaders took advantage of a less talented Pensacola Christian College team in the first round of the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association regional tournament, beating them in three straight sets with scores of 25-15, 25-13 and 25-16 on Nov. 19. The win gave North Greenville its first playoff
victory since the early 1990s. Kaitlyn Peirce, junior health and wellness, took advantage of her first playoff game, gathering 18 kills and leading the Lady Crusaders on offense for most of the match. “We played one of our best matches of the year in all facets of the game,” head coach Greg Mosely said. “The whole team just played very well.” Despite the opening round win, the Lady Crusaders could not find their rhythm in the second match of the day against Palm Beach Atlantic University, and their successful season came to an abrupt end with a 3-0 loss. The Sailfish dominated North Greenville from the
beginning, sweeping all three sets with scores of 25-15, 25-13 and 25-16. Although the outcome was not one that the Lady Crusaders were looking for, Mosely says he believes his Lady Crusader squad overachieved this season. “They beat us soundly, but I feel like we played well in spurts against Palm Beach,” Mosely said. “All in all, I am proud of the season the girls had. We set a bunch of milestones and it was a good year for us.” Rebekah Mayes, freshman undecided, led the offense, totalling 426 kills while Abigail Frame, freshman early childhood education, was the focal point of the offense as she finished the season with 1, 205 assists.
December 1, 2010
Lady Crusaders struggle Billy Cannada
Staff Writer They may be the reigning NCCAA South Regional Champions, but some early season mistakes have gotten the North Greenville women’s basketball team off to a rocky 1-4 start. The Lady Crusaders began their struggles with an opening night 64-48 loss to Limestone College on Nov. 16. The score, however, did not indicate how close the game actually was. North Greenville battled for a one-point advantage late in the first half, and was only down by one at the half. The Lady Crusaders could not maintain their intensity in the second half, as Limestone jumped out to a 10-point advantage with nine minutes to go. Karly Stache, junior mathematics, led the offense with 10 points, as her team shot a disappointing 27 percent from the felid in the loss. Bouncing back from their season-opening loss, the Lady Crusaders were able to edge out Belmont Abbey in a 61-57 win on Nov. 18. The Lady Crusaders received some clutch baskets late in the game that propelled them to a much-needed home-opening win. Krisceda Cotton, sophomore sport management, led the team in scoring with a game high 18 points. Stache contributed 16 points to the winning effort. Despite gaining some momentum from their first win of the year, the Lady Crusaders were unable to mount another comeback in a 60-51 loss to Queens University on Nov. 20. Stache was on fire in the first
half, scoring 17 points off five three pointers before intermission. Hot shooting from the junior would not be enough to provide a win for the Lady Crusaders, as Queens went on a game-sealing run in the final four minutes. North Greenville would be unable to avoid extending its losing streak to three games, as Southern Wesleyan sent the struggling Lady Crusader squad packing with a 74-65 loss in the first round of the NCCAA Classic on Nov. 23. The Lady Crusaders held a convincing 11-point lead over Southern Wesleyan at the break, but a poor second half buried their hopes for win. Stache again led the Crusaders in scoring with 14 points, but North Greenville was unable to hold on, shooting a horrific 20 percent from the field in the second half. “We played well [in the] first half, but didn’t show up the second half,” said head coach Jayne Arledge after the loss. The coach’s woes would continue, as Emmanuel College put a 60-39 beating on the Lady Crusaders in their fourth straight loss. A poor shooting night spoiled any chances for a comeback. Stache was the only Crusader in double digits with 16 points. The next two leading scorers for North Greenville only had four points apiece. Although they are not off to the start they had hoped for, the Lady Crusaders will be hoping to turn things around in the near future. They took on Newberry College yesterday and will play again tomorrow against Wingate University in Hayes Gymnasium. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.
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December 1, 2010
Crusaders crowned 2010-11 NCCAA National Champions Cory Guinn
Sports Editor The 2010 North Greenville football team was crowned NCCAA Victory Bowl Champions on Nov. 20 after defeating Campbellsville University 42-16. The win was the eighth in a row for the Crusaders and brought their final season record to 9-3, just a year after finishing 2-9. Although North Greenville piled up 453 yards of total offense, big plays were what led the Crusaders to victory. Of the Crusaders’ six touchdowns in the game, five were on plays of over 10 yards long. The Crusaders got on the board early with a 46-yard touchdown pass from Isaiah Johnson, sophomore sport management, to wide receiver Freddie Martino, freshman undecided, only two minutes into the game. Running backs Idris Anderson, freshman undecided, and Teryan Rucker, freshman elementary education, scored on runs of one and 15 yards before the Tigers
kicked a field goal to get on the the ball and make people stop us. game was once again the leader, as board. Willy Korn, junior broadcast Sooner or later, we’re going to hit nine players rushed for a combined media, scored on a 12-yard run and one, like that 80 yarder that got 254 yards and four touchdowns. Anderson scored from 45-yards called back. They gave us some Anderson, the Victory Bowl’s out in the third quarter before early chances, but we couldn’t Offensive Player of the Game, led Ja m a r i u s the attack Robinson, rushing 14 junior times for a business, season-high capped off 174 yards the scoring and two with a touchdowns. 39-yard M a rc u s kickoff Wilson, return in freshman the fourth health and quarter. wellness, “It took carried the us a little ball eight while to times for 51 get into a yards, while rhythm in Ru c k e r Cory Guinn / The Skyliner the game, Senior Antwan Glenn shows off the National Championship banner as Idris Anderson had 27 but Isaiah holds his Offensive Player of the Game plaque. yards and a Johnson’s touchdown. touchdown pass got the crowd into complete some deep balls early. In Korn did his job of managing it and there was a lot of emotion the second half, our running game the game and avoiding turnovers, early,” head coach Jamey Chadwell was going, and we just stayed on completing 5-11 passes for 60 said. “Every game, I go in thinking the ground.” yards, while Johnson was 1-1 for 46 we’re going to find a way to run For the offense, the running yards and a touchdown. Martino
Victory Bowl is more than just a game “They were funny, outgoing guys,” said Clark of the Staff Writer Campbellsville football team. “They were great influences Getting to the on the kids.” national championship Even though Clark picked game is the primary up the biggest win of his goal for any football football career in the Victory team, but for the two Bowl, he says serving in a local teams in the NCCAA elementary school was just as Victory Bowl, the memorable. game takes a back seat “It was a great experience, to something more and I would love to do it important. again,” he said. “It feels good Each year, teams to be able to give back to the in the Victory Bowl community.” Cory Guinn / The Skyliner participate in a service The service project was project in the local Defensive end Jarius Mack helps move wooden crates just one of the highlights community of the host as part of the NCCAA Victory Bowl service project. from the weekend, however. site. On the Friday got to read to the kids and spend After all, the Crusaders did before the game, North Greenville time with them. We got to talk bring home another Victory Bowl and Campbellsville University about life and football.” championship. reached out to the community The two teams, who would “I am proud to be a part of surrounding Tigerville, S.C. battle one another the next day, this football team,” said Clark. “We got together with the split up into groups and simply “Winning the Victory Bowl is an opposing team and just went to hung out with kids for a day. amazing feeling, especially coming some local elementary schools,” Clark says spending time with the from a high school that didn’t win said defensive lineman John opposing team turned out to be a that much. We’re hoping to do it Clark, freshman business. “We pleasant surprise. again next year.” Billy Cannada
led all receivers with three catches for 73 yards and a touchdown. The Crusader defense played strong once again, this time led by the Victory Bowl’s Defensive Player of the Game Damien Wright, graduate business. Wright, playing in his final collegiate game, led the defense with nine tackles, one tackle for a loss and four passes broken up. Quay McQueen, freshman sport management, followed close behind with eight tackles and four passes broken up. Tyran Melvin, sophomore sport management, and Mark Smith, junior secondary education, each finished the game with eight tackles of their own. Melvin also intercepted a pass while Smith blocked a Campbellsville field goal attempt in the third quarter. After setting the school record for consecutive wins and recording the second most wins in a single season, the Crusader football team hopes to continue to perform at a high level and bring a winning attitude to Tigerville.
Football Final Season Statistics Passing Willy Korn: 61.8%, 1, 533 yards, 18 TD, 3 INT Rushing Idris Anderson: 94 carries, 875 yards, 11 TD Teryan Rucker: 79 carries, 495 yards, 7 TD Marcus Wilson: 84 carries, 459 yards, 5 TD Receiving Freddie Martino: 35 receptions, 569 yards, 4 TD Sean Wright: 33 receptions, 521 yards, 8 TD Kamrie Connel: 13 receptions, 175 yards, 3 TD Defense Damien Wright: 58 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks Jamarius Robinson: 56 tackles, 2 INT Nathan Batchelor: 54 tackles, 6 TFL, 1 sack, 2 INT For complete statistics, visit www.ngcrusaders.com.