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BEACON Issue No.3

Crandall University

October 6, 2011

With baseball season winding down, the Nationals just around the corner, I believe this article to be timely, and brings an eternal perspective on success, true victory, and what actually matters... What is real “life”. I collected enough material to have another segment on this for the next Beacon issue. Stay tuned for “the stats”, the “awards”, more “quotes”, the “sources”, and the “conclusion.” (Lord willing)

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“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ... for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord... that I may gain Christ and be found in Him” (Philippians 3:7-9)

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level. There is a true and tangible grandness about Disney. Disney Disney is timeless, by Megan McNutt enjoyed by people of all ages, 2nd year/ English over decades! Many of us have ••• a collection of VHS tapes and th DVDs at home which proudly Friday, September 30 display the name Walt Disney. was the Disney Movie We have watched them Marathon, hosted by Cody, thousands of times, Alec, and Stefan. Starting at memorized and belted out noon, with “The Fox and the every song, and yet we never Hound,” movies showed until just after 1:30am. During this tire of them. We smile, we cry, we gasp, and we appreciate time about forty people came every second of it. These and went. Altogether eight movies were shown; which had movies remind us of our childhood and innocence, and been voted on prior to the watching them now we find marathon. It succeeded in bringing students together and ourselves laughing at all those creating an atmosphere of fun things we never understood as a kid (because no matter how and friendship. Now, you may be asking many times you watch a Disney movie, you will always yourself "why is the fine arts find details that you had failed column talking about the Disney movie marathon?" The to notice every other time). Disney continually answer is simple really: proves to do what other whether we are conscious of it motion pictures fail to: invoke or not, Disney movies (for the a response. Underneath all the most part) are art. Disney colorful animation, songs, and movies possess qualities that storybook plot, there is a set them apart from, and deeper and profound meaning: above, other films, taking entertainment to a whole new there is hope. Time and time again we watch as good

The Power of

triumphs over evil and our heroes live happily ever after, despite all the hardships they faced. Just when a situation seems most dire, something changes, and we are left breathless. We are reminded to dream, and to dream big, to reach for the impossible. We are taught to persevere and are reminded of the power of love. We leave a Disney movie excited and ready to take on the world. Superficially Disney could be deemed art: beautiful, entertaining, asthetically pleasing. However, it is this resounding sense of wonder and determination in our hearts that classifies these movies as fine art.

CSA MEETING AGENDA 10/11/2011 1. Opening 2. Devotional ( Sharilyn) 3. Approval of Agenda 4. Approval of Last Meeting Minutes 5. Short Reports a. Executive b. Arts Senators c. Science Senator d. Social Science Senators e. Education Senators f. Athletic Liaison g. On-Campus Liaison h. Off-Campus Liaison

6. Club/Society Requests a. Psychology Society b. History Society c.Sociology Society 7. Budgets/Funding Requests a. Business Society 8. New Business a.Who Cares Forum Feedback b. The “Cupboard” 9. Old Business a.Zumba b.Students’ Complaint 10.Closing Devotion for next meeting Dismissal

Blessings and Blue Schwinn Bikes Elizabeth Elliot once wrote: God withholds blessing only in wisdom, never in spite or aloofness (Shadow of the Almighty) Sometimes, when I buy a really great gift for a loved one, I have a hard time keeping it to myself. Sometimes I burst out and tell the person at the wrong moment and ruin the surprise. Sometimes, it’s not even what the other person wanted or really needed. Not so with God. In his book "Experiencing God", Henry Blackaby shares this illustration about the time he bought a bike for his son’s birthday:

to raise his son’s aspirations for something of better quality. Isn’t it true, that in the same way, God sometimes needs to work on our desires to line them up with His perfect will ... alter, rectify, improve, purify, perfect our desires ... ... or even increase our aspirations? Daddy knows best, doesn’t He? Henry goes on to write: After his mother and I influenced his thinking, Richard eventually decided that what he really wanted for his birthday was a blue Shwinn bike. The bike, of course was already in the garage.

For his sixth birthday, my oldest son Richard was old enough to have a bicycle. (...) I found a blue Schwinn, I bought it and hid it in the garage. Then I had a task - to convince Richard that he needed a blue Schwinn bike.

Much in the same way, God has stores of blessings all ready for us. His goal is to stir up our hearts in prayer to desire the right things, and at the perfect time, He will pull them out of the “garage” and surprise us.

He goes on to write that his son had become “enamoured with some popular toys that would have quickly broken or been discarded”; Henry therefore decided

Brothers and sister, may we always seek His face and wait expectantly and in faith for the blessings our Heavenly Father has in store for us. By Nathalie F. Martin

Isn’t He great?

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Comparing the Greats by Jean Jesus Christ The Beginning: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God (the Father) and the Word was God (the Son). All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:1) “All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things and in Him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:16b-17)

George Herman (Babe) Ruth He was born on February 6th, 1895. As a young boy, the lack of parental guidance (both of them worked long hours at a local bar) allowed Ruth to become a bit unruly, often skipping school and causing trouble in the neighbourhood. At age 7, he was sent to the St. Mary industrial school for boys run by Catholic monks. That is where he honed his baseball skills.

He became a professional baseball player at ate 19, by signing a 1 year, $600 contract with the Baltimore Orioles of the “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His international league in 1914. On July 10th of that year (at glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and which point his salary had shot up to $1900), he was sold to truth.” (John 1:14) the Boston Red Sox for $25,000. He developed into a great pitcher and hitter in the major leagues. In 1919, he demanded “Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to to spend more time hitting and less time pitching. That season, be equal with God (the father) but made Himself of no reputation, taking he hit 29 home runs, a new major league record. After the the form of a bondservant (slave), and coming in the likeness of men. And season, Ruth demanded to be paid $20,000 ($200,000 +/- in being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became current terms) for 1920, double his previous salary, but it was obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians refused by ownership. The star player then responded by 2:5b-8) stating that he wouldn't play until he got his raise.

The becoming:

The Trade: After following his master for over 3 year, witnessing His perfect, sinless, Godly life, Judas still betrays his Creator and sells him to the Jewish leaders of the day. “Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said 'what are you willing to give me if I deliver Him (Jesus) to you?' And they counted out to him 30 pieces of silver.” (Matthew 26:14-15) In Israel, 30 pieces of silver was the price for purchasing a pagan slave. (Exodus 21:32) 50 pieces of silver was the purchase price for a Jewish slave between 20 and 60 years of age. (Leviticus 27:3) Jesus was so despised that He was sold as a foreigner, although being a Jew. This was fulfilment of a prophecy from Zechariah 11:12-13.

Shocking many in the baseball world, Ruth was sold to the New York Yankees during the winter before the 1920 season for $125,000 (1,250,000 +/- in current terms), more than twice the amount ever paid for a player, plus a $300,000 loan. Ruth did get his pay hike, the highest salary in the MLB in 1920. To help you understand how huge a sum of money this was at the time, I'll give a few examples with the adjusted value in brackets:

1. Average ticket price in 1920: $1 ($90) 2. Average salary for MLB player in 1920: $5000 ($50,000) 3. Maximum salary for MLB player in 1920: $20,000 ($20,000) 4. Average MLB franchise value in 1920: $0.8 million ($8.0 30 pieces of silver = 120 denari (120 days wages for an agricultural worker million) at that time) (This means that the $425,000 price tag paid for Ruth's rights In comparison, Babe Ruth was sold for $425,000 = 85 years of wages for was approximately 1/2 of what a whole franchise was worth in an average MLB player in 1920. that day!) The Names: King of Kings and Lord of Lords Immanuel (God with us) The Lion of Judah The Alpha and the Omega (The Beginning and the End) The Son of God The Christ; The Messiah *See all the “I ams” that Jesus declares Himself to be in the Gospel of John. (At least a dozen) Ex. “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

The home run king; the king of crash; the king of swing The sultan of swat (Interestinglym the Webster's encyclopedic dictionary defines the word “Sultan” as: “a Moslem ruler, especially a former emperor of Turkey”; and “swat” as: “to hit with a quick sharp blow.” The great Bambino (The Winston dictionary defines this word as: “A baby; especially a figure of the infant Christ wrapped in swaddling clothes.” Wow.) Babe The colossus of clout

In My Mostly Humble Opinion I don't think I know everything. There are even some days that I'm not sure I know anything. So, the idea of having an advice column is somewhat terrifying. It is, however, an idea that won't go away, so I'm just going to go for it. There are a few things I know for sure: 1)It is sometimes much easier to ask a question to an anonymous person, than to ask friends and family 2)It is definitely easier to be an advice columnist as an anonymous person I've decided to remain anonymous both for you, as the advice seeker, and me, as the opinion offerer (pretty sure that's not actually a word, but let's go with it). There will be times that I offer an opinion that will offend somebody, but sometimes, that's what's needed. A few rules: 1)I can only respond to, and print what Crandall University and the Beacon Editor say I can, so let's keep it as clean as possible 2)Your identity is 100% protected, unless it is clear that you are thinking of hurting yourself or somebody else, in which case, I will have to let somebody in an authoritative position know about it (I will figure out who that is if and when the time comes) A bit about myself: 1)I have lived in three different provinces in Canada 2)When I first moved out of my parents house, during the first year, it was only by the grace of God that I was able to eat and wake up everyday with a bit of hope 3)I am married. I love my husband more than life itself, but there are definitely some days that the only reason we both stick around is because we said vows, not because we like each other. 4)I am currently obsessed with the TV show “Harry's Law� I have set up an email address specifically for this column: I will never respond directly to you, but know every single email will be read. Let's talk!

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she told me a strange thing. The girls in her pod I was talking to a girl from residence the other day, and As an ex-residence man myself, I found this were trying to think of ways to get boys to come see them. easy it is to get a boy to come visit? Being a veteran of thoroughly shocking. Do girls honestly not know how ored halls, I decided that I needed to give back. those uniformly constructed rooms and those video monit a boy to your pod. Here for your benefit, ladies, are the top four ways to get


Can Memorization Work in

Thinking (or at least pretending you are 1. Let it be known that something heavy needs to be lifted. Boys are always anxious to let girls know how thinking) of rearranging your room? Ask a boy to help! muscly they are. that there is a housefly or a spider in your room, act 2. Get them to kill a bug. If you suddenly become aware time. Boys will come to slay it for you (as long as it terrified even if you are not. Bugs are the dragons of our is not too big). a tricky one. You want to break something that you 3. Break something and get a boy to fix it. Now, this is not do it) and something that you could easily yourself could fix if you needed to (in case the boy can ss). I recommend an alarm clock or a lamp. Boys replace (in case something goes wrong in the fixing proce like to feel handy even if in reality they are not. one stone. Along with finding out which guys run 4. Fake a medical emergency. This one kills two birds with will show you which boys have cars. How can they towards problems instead of away from problems, it also st an emergency that sounds serious but is not too drive you to the hospital if they do not have a car? I sugge lly obvious. Nothing kills a medical emergency as gross. It also has to be something that would not be visua ssion is appropriate (as well as topical if he is into much as it being obviously fake. Something like a concu hockey). nce experience. Use these methods at your own So, there you are, ladies. My contribution to your reside Trent Raynard risk. No need to thank me. We all remember the days of rote, repetition learning. From multiplication tables to countries, and capitals–we’ve all been taught to retain knowledge through memorization. But other than lists of static facts, does memorization play a role in cognitive learning? Can memorization assist students enrolled in a Liberal Arts education? In one sense, the dilemma is obvious. Education student Meghan Dickie reflects on using memorization in high school: “Thinking back upon memorybased activities. From high school, I remember memorizing pages and pages of history notes. I would memorize what I needed to know for the test and then it would be gone the next day.”1 She further noted how she applied memorization techniques to long answer assessments:

“I find that I would memorize my notes because of the type of testing that I received from that course. The test didn’t ask for specific questions, it basically had three questions and I would basically write down everything that I memorized.This has shaped my identity, because as I moved to university, many professors didn’t focus on the fact that I could memorize information, but how I could compare and analyze the information or determine the cause, effects and the significance of the situation.”  Memorization is useful for recalling static facts, but does nothing to provide contextual understanding– or so we’re told. Kieran Egan, a member of the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, suggests that contextual understanding is possible through memorization when paired with our imagination:

“If one could code the knowledge to be passed on and embed it in a story form, then it could be made more faithfully memorable than by any other means.”2 More specifically Egan breaks it down this way: “Information with high emotional colouring within a story is much more easily remembered by humans than is a random list.”3 Successful students who have the aptitude for memorization are encouraged, therefore, to connect new ideas to a story model for understanding and future recall, “...and to think of the curriculum as a collection of the great stories of our culture.”4 So grab that cup of steaming coffee, curl up by the fire and open that text book and let the lore unfold.5

Steve Phillips

A celebration of weakness...? So here's the deal. At my home church, we've for the Lord to take away, “But he said to me, been really focusing over the past few years 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power on figuring out how God has built us as is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will individuals. We've come to the conclusion boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, that although humanity has been soiled and so that the power of Christ may rest upon twisted by sin, God still designs us with me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV) abilities and purposes, and so we have How could he boast in his weakness? earnestly sought after God's plan in that As I have wrestled with this statement, one regard. We've had our people discover their SODALES day itVERITATIS just sort of popped in my head. There EGET NASCETUR AENEAN MAURIS LIBERO DISC personality profiles, go through the may be other ways to apply this, but this is Strengthsfinder test, and even sought to the example I got: I am naturally a coward. I figure out how our skills fit with the passions hate conflict, I naturally back down from any that God has put within each of us. And I sort of tense situation, and I am absolutely believe that this has all been well and good. terrible at standing my ground. So, with that I've seen some great fruit from it in the lives being said, any time when I do happen to of our people, but I have to ask the question: show some sort of courage, any time when I Is it all about celebrating my strengths, or at am able to stand up for something, it is thus least our strengths as a community? At times God's grace at work in my life, bringing His we get to the point where we want to deny strength in the midst of my weakness. And weakness in order to affirm strength, and I thus, I can boast in the Lord. think that would sound like a good plan if it I realize that this won't be a huge weren't for the Bible. shocking revelation to some, but it was For as long as I have known them, significant enough to me and I hope it helps a Paul's statements in 2 Corinthians 12 have few of you as well. Be okay with being weak. both puzzled and troubled me. Let's recall Be willing to admit that you are not good that in chapter 11 and into chapter 12, he is enough, strong enough, smart enough, or are defending his apostleship to the church in otherwise unqualified for certain tasks. Seek Corinth that sided with teachers they the Lord in the midst of your struggles. When thought to be more impressive than he. we can come to the point that we truly see Rather than giving a list of the achievements His grace as being sufficient for us, maybe that we would normally think to list, he goes then we will be able to see Him bring His through a checklist of the sufferings he has strength out in the midst of our weakness so gone through for the sake of Christ. His that His glory may be shown. argument culminates in telling of a “thorn in the flesh” that was given to him to keep him Amen. from becoming conceited, which he pleaded By: Chris Zak, 4th year Biblical Studies

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Mogwai Mogwai are a five-piece, Scottish group who play an elusive genre of music called post-rock. The term ‘postrock’ comes from the idea that the musicians within the genre use contemporary rock instruments and sounds (such as distorted guitar, cymbal-heavy drums) but to a very different end. Unlike most rock music, they are a totally instrumental band, with an emphasis on progression and texture. Mogwai usually introduce a song through a simple guitar riff backed by tight drumming. However, their progressive influence soon takes these simple arrangements and slowly adds to them; in most of their songs, the drums slowly increase in fury as new melodies and riffs are added to the mix, often changing the track’s mood from tightly knit, industrial-rock to a more cluttered but lush arrangement of melodies. A few songs that I believe demonstrate Mogwai at their best are: Friend of the Night a beautiful, piano-driven movement which slips frequently between the realms of both peace and chaos. Also, Letters to the Metro, a calming song with a chorus characterized by a memorable, melancholy guitar lick. And lastly, the song Death Rays, which juxtaposes its dark name with a barrage of colourful synth-rock.


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I.T.S Corner I hope to use this forum to communicate tips and tricks to better help you use your computers for university life. If you have any questions about a task you would like to learn or would like some maintenance tips, then email me your request @ If I receive enough of the same request, I will post it here in the Beacon. If it is a singular request, I’ll just email you back a response. This week’s quick tip to get you started. I see a lot of you walking around from class to class, even from home to university with your Laptops/Macs still on. This is a no, no. Most are under the false impression that when you close the lid of your machine and it goes into the “Sleep/Hibernation” state it is safe for transportation. Well it is not actually. Yes it does put the hard drive in a “stop” state in that it is not supposed to be running anymore. But, power is still running thru the machine and the hard drive is sensitive enough as it is when turned off, let alone in a “sleepy” state. So what I am saying is this. If you are moving from your home to the car, to the university, or from class to class... turn off your machine to extend its life. I know you are saving time so when you land in your spot, you just open the lid and there you are ready to go in a few seconds. But, are those few seconds worth the time, money, and data loss when your hard drive crashes from this unnecessary wear and tear? I hope this tip will be helpful in giving you a long relationship with your Mac/Laptop. -Adam Wright (Information Technology Specialist)

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