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Issue 3, Vol. 119
Wednesday Sep. 25th, 2013
Syria’s Civil War: The conflict rages on
Joshua Mulvaney Assistant Editor
As is the case with any political ssue in the Middle East, Syria s currently experiencing the remors of tensions that run deep n its cultural fibers and that of he Arab world at large. The Middle East is currently ndergoing a growing battle etween Islamic traditionalism nd Western modernization. yria is caught in the center of his action. The Syrian action started in March of 2011 when Syrians eld a “Day of Dignity” replete with protests aimed at President Bashar al-Assad for the release of he political prisoners. The day nded with numerous deaths by ecurity forces. This was the spark hat initiated yet another blazing re in the Middle East. In short, the past couple of ears have been a tennis match f violent protests and military rackdowns, resulting in a rising eath toll of thousands. Assad’s brutal suppressive actics have not boded well in the yes of Western governments. After Obama asked Assad to
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step down as President of Syria, the U.S. closed its embassy in Damascus. Next, the U.N. suspended all missions due to escalating violence. Assad has continued to present a united front to the world while his country crumbles in conflict. His attempts to claim legitimacy have simply incited rebels with rage. Now he can no longer hide the flickering flame of his fragmenting regime. It’s a civil war, and it seems as though the fight has drawn a number of armed contenders for Assad’s position, which adds numerous complications to an already muddled issue. Among the rebel armies fighting the Assad regime are the Syrian National Coalition, the Free Syrian Army, Al-Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and AlNusra, among others. While the armies generally fight against Assad together, certain rebel groups like AlQaeda and Al-Nusra are heavily enforcing Sharia law in conquered areas. This is important to remember, considering that Assad’s regime has been a part of the Ba’ath
(renaissance) Party, a very secular political party, for years. This is an insult to many Muslim traditionalists. While the main objective of the rebels is to overthrow Assad, each group wants to take power for itself, which ensures prolonged violence. Tony Beam, NGU’s Vice President for Student Services, is well aware of the disorder present in Syria. “You have a group of Syrian rebels made up of various different factions,” Beam explained. “Unfortunately the other rebels that are involved are Al-Qaeda and are being sponsored primarily by Al-Qaeda outside of Syria. So, we have bad guys and bad guys in Syria and very few good guys, and that’s what makes getting involved in Syria very complicated.” In April 2013, the UN was informed that Assad used chemical weapons on rebel soldiers during fighting. In an attempt to discourage the possibility of a chemical attack, Israel sent an airstrike into Syria to target facilities hiding the weapons. Israel’s involvement
prompted Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah to send thousands of troops in to fight against Assad. This is where the U.S. comes in. Several months ago, President Obama made a comment in a White House press conference that chemical weapons use in Syria would be crossing a “red line.” On August 21, 2013, the Syrian National Coalition accused the Assad regime of using chemical weapons in the Damascus suburbs, killing hundreds. UN inspectors arrived five days later to begin an investigation into the attacks. While it wasn’t until Sept. 9 that the UN discovered evidence of sarin gas in the Damascus suburbs, Obama decided to make a heartfelt plea to the American people to allow him to send a missile strike against the Assad regime as a firm warning against chemical weapons use. Most Americans do not approve of the action, and both the House and the Senate were just as hesitant. One problem is, Syria never signed the international treaty
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at the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1997. This means that Assad is technically not breaking international law by using them. Also, this is a civil war. Unlike Saddam Hussein in Iraq, Assad has kept to his own affairs. He has not invaded any other nation as Saddam invaded Kuwait, which gives little cause for international intervention. Attacking Syria could launch the U.S. into a very tough spot with Russia, which has been nearly allied with Syria for years, and Obama’s threats against Assad have already riled up the Eastern European world power. Russian president Vladimir Putin asked Assad to give up his chemical weapons, asserting power in the Middle East. This issue began in turmoil and continues in turmoil. Syria seems hopelessly caught in a perpetual civil war. The Russians have asserted a frightening amount of dominance over the Middle East. Consequently, our commanderin-chief finds himself backed into a corner of the sand box.
Let us not become weary in doing good,
September 25th, 2013
News Briefs Annual Truth conference prepares a new generation to boldly defend the Christian faith Campus
The Mountain Laurel, NGU’s award-winning literary magazine will have a Moe’s Night on September 25. The event will be from 4-9 p.m. on 6005 Wade Hampton Blvd. Moe’s will offer college specials and prizes will be distributed by The Mountain Laurel staff.
NASA announced that it will pay $18,000 for willing participants to stay in bed for no less than 70 days. No getting up is allowed whatsoever. Test subjects can eat, sleep, read, use their computer, work from home and practically do anything else that doesn’t require leaving their beds. This study is exploring the effects of microgravity on the human body for prolonged space travel. The catch? You have to be very healthy and you must go through a process of psychological tests to determine if you can handle the experiment.
iNterNatioNal shooter iN Mall spares muslims Kenya’s Westgate Mall in Nairobi was attacked by a large group of gunmen associated with the international terrorist movement Al-Shabab. For two days the gunmen held the Kenyan armed forces at bay as they terrorized shoppers trapped in the mall. All Muslims were allowed to leave unharmed before the group advanced. To date over 69 people were killed with over 175 wounded. The Kenyan forces have since gained control of the mall. Reports have claimed that Al-Shabab’s motive is to discourage Kenyan troop involvement in Somalia.
Dante Wilcox Associate Writer
On September 27 and 28, North Greenville students, along with the general public, will be able to hear about a broad range of topics regarding Christian apologetics at the upcoming TNG Conference. More than 35 different speakers, including known apologists Lee Strobel, Josh McDowell and Eric Metaxas along with NGU’s Tony Beam and Lisa Van Riper, will be presenting their various areas of expertise and how their knowledge can help Christians be more prepared to answer the tough questions
that the world is constantly getting bogged down by. One common question is whether the four gospels contradict one another. Michael Licona, one of the breakout speakers for the event hopes to answer that question, for those who want to know. He has delved into the genre of ancient biography, contemporary to the gospels and has yielded some insights. With this new insight he hopes to show attendees how the differences among the Gospels resulted and have a greater confidence in their historical reliability. Of course, this is just one of many topics that will be broached at the
conference which also includes “Is the Bible Reliable?,” “How to Impact Your School and Culture,” and “Defending God Behaving Badly in the O.T.” The goal of this event is to allow people to expand their understanding of these tough issues to allow the gospel to become more natural in their everyday lives and give
people the answers needed for today’s spiritual questions. Hosted by Alex McFarland, the two-day event costs $69 for the general public and $45 for students. The event is only occupying two days. For those who are interested in learning more about apologetics, visit the website at http://www. truthforanewgeneration.com.
Immigration: More complicated than you may think
Allie Outhouse Managing Editor Roy Germano spent two and a half years surveying 700 families from 12 to 14 rural Mexican towns on film for his Ph.D. dissertation, resulting in a 55 minute documentary, The Other Side of Immigration. Germano wrote, “I hope the insights expressed by men and women in this film inspire a more sophisticated and creative debate about how to manage Mexican immigration - a controversy that takes us beyond the simplistic notion of fortifying the border and cutting off jobs to foreigners.” The NGU Faith, Race and Culture Committee hosted a viewing of this documentary in the Christian Worldview Center on September 17. After the viewing, the committee enabled attendees to interview Germano via Skype. Paul Thompson, chair of the history department and the Faith, Race and Culture Committee at North Greenville University, said one of the reasons it selected Mexican immigration as a discussion topic because Hispanic Heritage month lasts from September 15 to October 15. Thompson added, “[Germano] showed that the human experience is messy and as a historical teacher I appreciated that. If students left with nothing more than a greater appreciation of the complexity of the human experience I would be very happy as a historian.”
The documentary showed a lack of job opportunities for the Mexican people. If they have jobs, they earn about $12 to $13 a day, compared to Americans, who make $70 to $80 on minimum wage. Many Mexicans viewed illegal immigration as a necessary evil for survival and enhancement to their families lifestyle. Germano said the way immigration divides Mexican families was the most significant piece of information he learned during his research. Families struggle to survive, separated by a country that disrespects the services they provide – jobs that most people don’t even want. Attendee Seth Bereza, senior, explained that the documentary reinforced his idea that many illegal immigrants’ desire to come and make money is solely for the purpose of providing for their families and returning to their homeland. “Our forefathers came for various political, religious and economic reasons just as many Mexicans are,” said Bereza. “If I was in their shoes, I would probably do the same thing.” Germano gave two reasons why the Mexican government does not try to reduce its poverty levels on its own: it is embarrassed by the existence of such high poverty levels, thus it ignores them, and it benefits from the money brought into its economy from the U.S. Reginald Ecarma, professor
of mass communication at, was a legal immigrant and is now a naturalized citizen. Ecarma said, “It’s sad that they are experiencing these things, but as United States citizens, it’s not our responsibility. It is the Mexican government’s responsibility first and foremost, not the American taxpayers’.” Germano said, “I don’t think it’s possible for the U.S. to help. We’re more interested in giving weapons and training the police force. It’s not the same policy of cooperation with poverty.” Another attendee asked, “Why don’t the Mexicans come together to fight for change like the Americans did?” Germano said in the mind of the people, the hope and funds provided by illegal immigration are far more tangible, successful and efficient than a revolt or new regime would be, given their history. Ecarma advocates for deporting illegal immigrants and only allowing legal migration, citing Romans 13, saying that all must submit to the government, as there is no government that God has not ordained. He reasons that if one migrates illegally, that is his first act in this country, then his future acts will necessarily be illegal as well. “For a civilized nation under the Constitution, the rule of law should be first,” said Ecarma. He explained that each legal immigrant must have a
sponsor who will guarantee the immigrant’s good conduct and a steady job. It takes 19 years to legally immigrate and become a citizen. He said immigrants should do the time and wait. Thompson concurred, “We have weak laws or weak enforcement and that’s our fault.” He pointed out that illegal immigration is a misdemeanor. Germano reported that 87 percent of Americans support a pathway to citizenship so long as it’s not overnight, while 85 percent want to strengthen the borders. Thompson agreed, advocating a shorter immigration process that allows long-term illegal immigrants with clean records a path for naturalization. He explained that while many U.S. citizens desire to deport illegal immigrants, they lack the willpower to demand increased taxes to cover the cost of such an action,” Immigration policy needs to be simplified and better resourced”. Find out more about the award-winning film by clicking on the QR code below.
Should college athletes get paid?
Paying athletes is not only unrealistic, but also violates mission statement Jeremy Wetherton Sports Editor The top debate in the sporting world today emerges after a year’s worth of J o h n n y Fo o t b a l l , a l l e g at i o n s of Alabama players taking money under the table and various other programs getting caught for illegal benefits to student athletes. Every sports outlet seems to be asking the same question, ‘Should the National Collegiate Athletic Associatioin pay players?’ This simple question has sparked debate across the nation, calling into question the very definition of a student-athlete and a professional. While many people believe that the NCAA should, indeed, pay players, most cannot give a feasible solution to how to pay students. Before answering the question of how to pay players, however, it must be determined whether or not the student-athletes deserve the pay. Most sports have a professional league beyond the collegiate level of competition. The difference
between the athletes playing in college and at the professional level is that professional athletes are paid for what they do. Paying college athletes no longer makes them student-athletes, it makes them professionals. If the NCAA decides to go through with the payfor-play idea, what is the purpose in making t h e s e athletes go to class or do anything school related? Once they are paid, the students are no longer students; they become employees. This simple realization defeats the entire purpose of the NCAA. According to the NCAA’s
official website, the mission statement of the organization is “to govern competition in a fair, safe, equitable and sportsmanlike manner, and to integrate intercollegiate athletics into higher education so that the educational experience of the student-athlete is paramount.” Looking only at the last half of the statement, the idea of paying players would be a complete contradiction to the mission statement and beliefs of the organization. Paying players ruins the integrity of the organization. Another issue with paying players is the fairness to other students at the school. In many cases, students are not paying for school completely out of pocket and have to use financial aid and academic scholarships to attend school. Some people would argue that
the students going to school on financial aid have to work harder to keep their grades up. In some cases, if an athlete slips he or she simply loses playing time, but if an average student slips up, they can no longer afford school at all. Paying athletes is simply unfair to the average student. Let’s say that the NCAA decides to bypass all of these issues and finally decides to pay student athletes. How is it possible? The NCAA reports that there are 18,561 Division I athletes. If the NCAA pays them $50 a week, average for minimum wage workers working seven hours, it equals $200 per month. In an average month, the NCAA would be spending $3.71 million dollars per month on students. For an average year, $44.5 million dollars would go to paying ONLY Division I players, excluding D2 and D3. The pure mathematic logistics behind paying these students simply does not add up. The problems with paying student athletes are numerous and complicated. The moral issues alone keep the NCAA from moving on with this project, and the monetary problems simply solidify this opinion. In the eyes of the NCAA, the system isn’t broken or in need of change. Why try and fix it?
College athletes don’t get enough scholarships, virtually unable to earn money Paddy O’Conor News & Opinions Editor In English 1310, we all sat through numerous speeches on why college a t h l e t e s should be paid. Some scoff and say, “Hey, you’re getting a full ride anyway. Don’t be greedy,” while others nodded their agreement. The answer, however, is clear: NCAA basketball players should be paid; at least, Division 1 players should. According to ESPN, for each year’s March Madness, the NCAA brings in $10.8 billion.
And how much of that do the players see? None. These people are the faces of the universities. People choose schools because of the sports teams sometimes, and is that thanks to the coach with the several-million-dollar paycheck? No. It’s thanks to the people who are out training daily. Some critics ask, “why can’t they do speaking engagements? Why can’t they endorse a product?” The answer: it’s against the rules. That’s right, the face of the University of Alabama cannot be paid for public speaking.
Also, that thing about full rides? It isn’t true. As Andrew Zimbalist, professor of economics at Smith College, wrote in the New York Times, “It is one thing to say that a player can’t be paid, but quite another to limit a player’s scholarship to a level that falls an average of $2,000 short of covering his or her basic college cost.” Athletes
are also not allowed to enter a professional draft or hire an agent. It would be completely unfeasible to pay them directly, or work out a payment plan for every single player. But why can’t they be paid in other ways? Why not let college athletes use his or her positions of power to make a little bit of money as a public speaker? With the amount of money these athletes bring in, they deserve some compensation. Technically, they may be amateurs, but it is foolish to treat them as such. And if that’s too much trouble, just give them a paycheck each year. But I find it hard to believe that allowing them to charge for an autograph is that revolutionary of a thought.
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Features 4 Drama is coming to a theater near you September 25th, 2013
Billingsley Theatre at NGU: “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” October 3-5 at 7 p.m.
Electric City Playhouse “August Flight”
“The 1940’s Radio Hour”
October 25-26 at 8 p.m. October 27 at 3 p.m. October 31-November 2 at 8 p.m. November 3 at 3 p.m. Tickets: Adults $18 Seniors $16 Students $10
Spartanburg Little Theatre
The Warehouse Theatre
November 13-16 at 6 p.m. November 20-23 at 6 p.m.
“Dial ‘M’ for Murder”
November 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. November 10 and 17 at 3 p.m.
October 18-19 at 8 p.m. October 24-27 at 8 p.m. October 31-November 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $30
Josh Putnam and Career Services aim to help students importance of internships. Getting an internship while still in college will significantly get students ahead in any professional field. Putnam’s consulting history has provided him with tremendous networking skills, which students can use to their advantage by making connections with many potential employers. The Career Services department
Curt Painter Staff Writer Josh Putnam graduated from North Greenville University two years ago with a degree in marketing. Since then, he has built an impressive life-experience list in a short amount of time. He has screened resumes for South Carolina Representative Jeff Duncan, provided consultation for businesses and is currently the youngest elected official in South Carolina. All of Putnam’s attributes create a perfect storm for a Career Service’s employee. “Ca reer Se rvic es equips students with the skills needed to be competitive within the work force,” Putnam said. His time spent screening resumes has taught him what to look for in future employees. Putnam and the Career Services Department provide students
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with information about internships, job openings, resumes, cover letters and interviews. The department helps students start their careers before graduation. One thing that Putnam stresses is the
helps students through career fairs and etiquette dinners. Career fairs, located in the cafeteria, play an important role in Career Services. Many local businesses come and talk to students about internships and future job openings. Etiquette dinners teach students how to properly conduct themselves in a business savvy manner during dinner. Putnam is very fluent in the “do’s” and “don’ts” of professional dining and believes it is one of the keys to a successful business life. If students are undecided about their majors or unsure of what to do with their lives, Career Services is very welcoming to students, and the door is always open. It provides job counseling for many students. Putnam’s friendly and welcoming demeanor fits right in with his job, and his past experience gives him a unique take Photo by Curt Painter on applicable life lessons.
Josh Putnam gives career advice to Drew Upton, junior.
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Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. -Revelation 1:3
September 25th, 2013
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Justin Forrester works behind the screens as the help desk manager in North Greenville University’s Information Technology department. He works not only throughout the week at school, but also on the weekends from home. Forrester said that he enjoys working for the I.T. department. “You never know what you’re going to walk into in the morning,” he said. “It is always a challenge, and it keeps us all sharp and on our toes.” Many students seek help with their school accounts or computers. Forrester, with the help of his student workers make sure that all computer issues for both students and teachers are fixed as soon as possible. Forrester attributes the success of the department not only to the hard labor of his students but also to department chair Paul Garret and other staff members, such as Tim Patterson, Daniel Howell, Adam Sawyer and Chris Sloan. Forrester goes into work looking for the challenge of the day with his morning coffee in hand. He mentors his students and maintains NGU’s I.T. network when problems arise on campus. Whenever you need technological help, use the free service provided by the I.T. department, located upstairs in the Donnan Administration building.
Asian Shakespeare Association honors NGU professor Faith Auslund Staff Writer Professor of English Studies Hiewon Shin has something to say about Shakespeare, and the men and women of the Asian Shakespeare Association want to hear. Shin, who earned a Ph.D. in Shakespearean studies from Penn State University, has recently been invited to present an essay at the prestigious Asian Shakespeare A s s o c i at i o n’s u p c o m i n g conference. In July, the ASA sent Shin an invitation, asking her to present her essay The Violence, Resistance in Shakespeare and Beyond at the Shakespeare in Global/Local Contexts conference, which will take place Nov. 1 to 3. “[The Asian Shakespeare Association] is one of the very famous emerging international Shakespeare conferences,” Shin said. The conference will take place in the South Korean city of Seoul
at Seoul National University. Despite what the name implies, the Asian Shakespeare Association is not strictly for Asians. It focuses on the Asian interpretation of Shakespeare’s plays, but the conference is international. “The purpose of the association is to recognize the impact of the study and performance of Shakespeare in Asia,” Shin said. Many scholars around the world will gather in November to experience this event. The ASA has 260 members. “It’s a huge organization,” Shin said, “and it’s really growing in leaps and bounds.” Present members represent Japan, Korea, China, Canada, the United States, New Zealand, India, Ireland, Israel and 16 other countries. In addition, several famous U.S. Shakespearean scholars will be speaking at the conference. They will represent institutions
like George Washington University and Harvard. What will take place at the conference, and what will Shin be doing? “I’m going to have a small session,” Shin said. “Any scholars or any graduate students interested in my essay can come and I will be presenting my paper for about 20 minutes. Then there’s going to be a Q and A session.” Those attending the conference will watch several Shakespearean plays performed in Asian contexts, then join a discussion. Special Asian-themed Shakespearean foods will be offered for attendees to enjoy. “It’s not just about the play, but about the country’s experience,” Shin said. “It will be the same [Shakespeare] but from different perspectives.” Shin explained what she is most looking forward to at the conference. “I just want to meet other scholars from all over
the world and hear from them what they’re doing, what kind of mission they try to carry out
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on a daily basis,” she said. “I am really excited because it is a very good opportunity for me as a professional scholar. It means [the ASA] admires my work. It will be a very good career boost for me. I am very excited about the opportunity to be able to
represent NGU. It is going to be an honor for me as well as the school.” Shin’s Ph.D. in Shakespearean studies proves that she loves Shakespeare, but what are her favorite aspects of the literature? “For me, [Shakespeare] is very approachable. He has a very different kind of storytelling,” she said. “There is so much of the human struggle [in Shakespeare]. Universal humanity. That is something I am constantly drawn to in the Shakespearean literary world. It’s very crazy, like us. There is so much drama, ups and downs. I can see myself in his place.” Shin summed up her opinion of all things Shakespearean with the statement, “It was love at first sight. I just love him.” To learn more about the Asian Shakespeare Association, visit http://asianshakespeare.org/ site/index.
September 25th, 2013
Confidence leads North Greenville women’s soccer into new season Joshua Mulvaney Assistant Editor
The North Greenville women’s soccer team has set a high standard of success for itself this season. Last year’s lessthan-desirable record, 0-9 in conference, and 1-12-2 overall, may have left a normal team in shambles, but as junior Erin McLure is quick to point out, this is not that kind of team. “We’re a new team this year,” McLure stated confidently. “Everything is coming together really well [and] we’re playing strong.” The Crusaders’ head coach Rachel Baer is even more optimistic about the team’s chances. This is only Baer’s second year as head coach at North Greenville, but she is excited about what opportunities will arise this fall. “I have very high hopes for this season,” Baer said. “I have a majority of my core that got a lot of minutes last year all returning, so it’s a completely new team dynamic. We have the biggest roster in North Greenville history for women’s soccer; largest squad we’ve ever had, which is great because we have a lot of depth coming off the bench. I’ve also got some really talented older girls who have transferred in.” With a strong depth chart and experience on the field, Baer anticipates promising results to come from a tough, rigorous preseason.
work ethic in the off-season has prepared it for a new day. “I think that coach has pushed us to the point where we are at the level that we need to be at,” McLure said. “We will be one of the fittest teams in the conference.” The team has decided to use last season’s struggle as a driving force behind its work ethic. Last year’s defeat has fed hunger pains for victory. “I think that we’ve definitely got a lot of motivation,” Baer said, adding, “All the girls that are returning know how frustrating last year was because we came so close so many games. We knew that the majority of teams that we played we could have beaten, Photo by AnnaLeis Dibert and then we barely lost. We know Sophomore Kathryn Allen makes that we’re a talented team and a play on the ball in an away we’re ready for the scoreboard to game for the Crusaders. show that,” she said. First and foremost, Baer wants to make a priority of helping “The preseason has probably been the hardest preseason that develop godly women on the anyone in North Greenville team. Being a mentor for these women’s soccer has ever seen.,” girls is one of her inspirations for said Baer. “I’ve definitely pushed being a coach and she recognizes them harder than they’ve ever the importance of her role. “I just love the fact that being a been pushed before being here in coach allows me to be a role model this program, and I think it’s been for the girls,” Baer said. “To just a really good thing. The team has mentor them and disciple them responded really well. They’ve and love them and encourage actually bonded really well as a them, but also to push them to team because I’ve been pushing make them really strong women them so hard.” of character. I also get to be After a lackluster season last someone who, hopefully, displays year, this new Crusaders soccer Christ in the way that I run the team is determined to reinvent team, so it’s really important to its image in the conference. Their me to be a coach of integrity.” team’s hard work and vigorous
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Experience crucial to Crusader’s success
Savanna Smith Staff Writer
Maturity is often the key to success and the Crusaders have plenty of it this season. Coming into 2013-2014, the men’s varsity soccer team carries a lot of experienced players into conference play. “We need to execute and keep our confidence level high,” said head coach Chad Gfeller. After attending the conference tournament for the past two years, their goal this year is to finish top six in the region and advance past the first round of the NCAA tournament. “The higher level that you play, the harder it is. Many of our players were successful in high school.,” said Gfeller. “We just have to adjust to the style of play,” said Gfeller. To carry out a successful season, the Crusaders will need
their captain and leader Todd Johnston to be a key attacker. The team will also need four-year starting defender Ian Murray to lead the defense in conference play, as the team lost a veteran goalie to graduation. During pre-season workouts, the men’s soccer teams, both varsity and junior varsity, focused a lot on speed and strength. “We included a lot of agility and speed training as well as core and upper body in the off season,” said Gfeller. “During the spring, we train together and try to play the best competition so we can grow as a team.” The Crusaders have opened the season playing well, scoring 16 goals in the first two games of the season. The team hit a dry spell, dropping three games; however it reversed the trend, winning the conference opener on saturday over Mount Olive College 2-1.
Athletes gain recognition for success
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Junior golfer Tucker MacDonald, right, led the way for the North Greenville Men’s Golf team in the Anderson University Invitational hosted at Cobb’s Glen Country Club in Anderson, S.C. MacDonald shot a 69 on day one and followed with a 73 on day two to individually win the tournament by one stroke. The win led the team to a fourth-place finish in the first tournament of the fall season. Senior soccer player Todd Johnston, left, was recently named the conference Player of the Week for the first week of the season. Johnston recorded three goals in the first game of the season, a 9-2 win over Toccoa Falls College. He followed up the hat trick with two more goals in the second game of the season, a 7-0 win over Chowan University. Johnston leads the team with his five goals scored this season and also leads the team in shots. The Crusaders were picked by the Conference Carolinas coaches to place fifth in the conference, behind Mount Olive, Barton, Erskine and preseason favorite Limestone.
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