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Football team awaits NAIA ruling on eligibilty violation By TIM LUISI Editor-In-Chief Following a self-reported violation, the Sterling College Athletic Department is currently awaiting a ruling from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), which could strip the Sterling College football team of 3 of its 4 wins from the current season. The violation came as a result of a transfer student on the team whose paperwork had not cleared the NAIA office by the time he saw action on the field, making him ineligible to play. Under the official handbook of the organization in Article VI, Section B, Rule 8 it is stated that an institution that has played an ineligible player must, “forfeit all contests in which the ineligible student participated”. Whether the player was in for one play or the entire game is irrelevant, as the punishment will in every case be forfeiture of wins. “I was kind of upset about it [the potential violation], you know, but at the same time mistakes do happen,” Senior cornerback and potential All American Mike Talton said. “If the wins are taken away, which I think they are going to be taken away, you know it’s just, it’s still an experience

THISWEEK Today 24 Hour Prayer @ Sputnik, 11 PM

Friday Book of Common Prayer @ Union, 7:30 AM Saturday Cross Country KCAC Championship @ McPherson, 10:30 AM Football vs. Bethany College, 1:30 PM Kahvista @ Upper Wilson, 8 PM Rave @ Campbell Basement, 10 PM Sunday Chapel @ Culbertson Auditorium, 7 PM

NEWSBITES Father of Professor Gordon Kling funeral services this Sunday Gordon King Sr., father of Professor Gordon Kling, passed away over the weekend. Funeral services will be held at the United Presbyterian Church in Sterling on Monday, November 7th, while visitation will be available at the Birzer-Sillin Funeral Home in Sterling Sunday, November 6th, from 7-8 PM. Daylight Savings Time? Be sure to set your clocks back an hour as you go to sleep Sunday night as Daylight Savings Time comes to an end. It will get darker quicker and will definitely start feeling winter once again. On the bright side of things, you should get an extra hour of sleep, so hurray for that!

Guy Fawkes Day November 5th Saturday, November 5th represents Guy Fawkes Day, a holiday immortalized by V for Vendetta. It was on this day in 1605 when Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up Parliament. This event is still celebrated across the world to this day. So, if you see someone on campus in a Guy Fawkes mask on Saturday, don’t be afraid and make sure to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day in whatever way seems best to you.

man. You know, I won’t let it take away anything that I’ve experienced with the team or anything that I’ve learned.” Shortly after Sterling’s defeat to Ottawa University on October 22nd, Sterling’s athletic department noticed a potential issue of eligibility with one of its players. The student, who played mostly on special teams, participated in wins against Southwestern College, University of St. Mary, and Bethel College, which if ruled against could be deemed forfeits, changing SC’s record on the year from 4-5 to 1-8. As this is an ongoing case and due to a matter of confidentiality, the student has not been named and Sterling Athletic Director Gary Kempf declined comment at this time. Everyone who participated in this story felt it was important to mention that although Head Football Coach Andy Lambert has taken most of the blame upon himself for the incident, that it was not intentional and not representative of the kind of program he has established at SC. “Andy Lambert has run a tremendously clean program,” Student offensive line coach Mike Danski said. “He’s a big reason why Sterling is growing. He’s a very good man, a very good foot-

ball coach. It [the potential violation] was simply a mistake. It was a simple oversight that I guarantee that he won’t make again, that he hasn’t made before, and it certainly wasn’t intentional.” For the football team itself, this has been a time to rally around one another. “We have 23 seniors on the team, which is a very big senior class for a football team,” Talton said. “I took it upon myself and the other seniors to try to keep everybody up… As far as the whole team chemistry goes everything is still legit… I mean, we definitely want to be in a different situation, but you know, you got to respond to adversity, so that’s all we can do.” Although both the players and coaches acknowledged the legitimacy and purpose of the rule, they also admitted how frustrating the situation has been over the last week. “You put a lot of time in camp getting these guys ready, you spend a lot of time in the week practicing, all that time watching film with them just to get them to win the games,” Danski said. “So, when it comes down to a situation where all that work is erased based off of a sim-

ple oversight, it’s deflating to me personally, the number one reason being seeing the players realize that all that work, it almost feels like it’s wasted.” Following a similar incident last year that saw the Sterling baseball team forfeit two games due to an ineligible pitcher and that placed the team on probation for the 2011-2012 season, Talton believes that this could be a wakeup call for the college’s athletic department. “It [the incident] opens up the eyes of the other coaches, the other players, just to be focused and to be aware of what’s at stake,” Talton said. Although the season may not turn out as the seniors on the team or coaches would like, they still have learned a lot of valuable lessons and look forward to the remaining two contests this season. “I’m going to encourage everyone to still come out and support us,” Danski said. “This is a real good football team we’ve got here. I mean they’ve got it where it counts. They’ve got a lot of heart, a lot of character, and they’re going to keep fighting. At the end of this incident/scandal, whatever you want to call it, I really strongly believe that Sterling football is going to be better.”

Highland Singers fall breather tour a success By VANCE STEGMAN Staff Writer While many students went home or stayed on campus to compete in athletic events during Fall Breather, a small group of students ventured to Colorado, singing at ten different locations. This group, the Highland Singers, consists of 16 students with Professor Mark Clark directing and Dr. Brad Nix accompanying. The Highland Singers started their tour early Wednesday morning and did not get back to Sterling College until Monday at 1 a.m., not leaving the students much time to catch a breather from class. Professor Clark felt the scheduling for the tour during Fall Breather, however, was the most convenient. “This year it worked out best because where the musical fell and Cara [Spencer]’s play,” Clark said. “It just made more sense having it then because of less conflict.” Although it was not much of a break, Clark and Nix agreed, as well as a majority

Highland Singers, pictured above, toured for the entirety of fall breather, from Wednesday, October 19th and returned Monday, October 24th. Photo Courtesy of Christopher Steen of Highland, that this year went better than other tours in the past in terms of crowd response. Out of the ten locations they stopped, five were of churches and the other five were schools. “This year was definitely better than last year,” commented junior Rachel Gardner. “The schools we sang at were more responsive than last year.” Perhaps more importantly than the responses were the locations themselves, as the group was allowed to perform in completely new territory than in past tours. “Usually we are not able to

perform in publics schools, but this year we had the opportunity to do so,” Nix said. “I was actually surprised as the public school kids were even more responsive than those at private Christian schools.” Members of the Highland Singers consist of: Ryan Ehresman, Kaleb Knighton, Shane Rogers, Ryan Bretches (Bass); Matt Hastings, Ian Sparks, Stuart Parman, Ben Jones (Tenor); Kaedra Dixson, Cara Spencer, Tillie Wilbeck, Rachel Gardner (Alto); Larissa Versaw, Kacie Rogers, Ashley Hasart, Emily Konrade (Soprano).

CAB’s Fuel hosts John Thompson, sees record turnouts By JON FAULKNER Staff Writer If you missed Fuel on Thursday October 27, then you missed great music, a fire, good food and the meaning of life. Yes it’s pretty safe to say that the second fuel of the year, which was held in Upper Wilson was fairly eventful. The Speaker, John Thompson, formerly of the band The Wayside was flown in to speak to us by Compassion International. Thompson, who only played two songs, gave us a detailed account of his testimony. The evening went smoothly as Thompson shared about his work with Compassion International. Compassion who paid to have Thompson come speak to us, is an orga-

nization that sponsors kids in poverty stricken parts of the world. With them they had about twenty five kids that they wanted to pair with students or groups of students for sponsorship. Thompson also sold several CD’s and was handing out free Worship Samplers from artists whose songs his publishing company had published for. The evening started with food provided by CAB and as students found their seats they were quickly drawn in by Thompson’s story of growing up with a Christian mother and a conman father. He talked about how many times he had to move around and how Degarmo and Key had inspired his Christian Faith. When all was said and done Thompson gave us his version

of the meaning of life. “We need community in our lives, people who know you and love you unconditionally and will challenge you when you’re off base…and service,” Thompson said. The event brought a good response from SC students, several of whom were inspired by Thompson to sponsor children overseas. “I feel like it went really well,” CAB President Alex Lawhon-Bush said. “It seemed like one of the highest turnouts for fuels. We (CAB) counted 147 people. John had a really interesting story to tell, and I think a lot of people were moved by the children. I know a few people adopted a brother/sister and I hope that his message sticks and people continue to think about it.”

Essay contest seeks submissions Full time Juniors and Seniors are invited to submit an essay which addresses an urgent ethnical issue to The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest 2012. Samantha Carlin, Essay Content Coordinator writes that “[s]ince 1989, The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics has encouraged students to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and develop rational arguments for ethical action.” A panel of readers evaluates the essay submissions, and the most effective essays are given to a jury, headed by Elie Wiesel, which chooses the winners. The top essay winner receives a $5,000 award. Second prize receives $2,500, third prize $1,500, and two honorable mention winners receive $500 each. According to the PRNEWSWIRE, May 18, 2011, “[t]housands of young people have participated in the Foundation’s Prize in Ethics since its inception in 1989.” The 2011 winning essay, “Rocks in the Sun: Sous le ciel d’Haiti,” written by Jonathan Calloway, a then Senior at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee, described Calloway’s “experiences witnessing suffering and hope as a volunteer in Haiti.” Interested students are required to partner with a faculty member who will oversee their writing and verify the quality and integrity of the submission. Essays should be between 3,000 and 4,000 words. The deadline for submitting your essay is December 5, 2011 by 5:00 p.m. PST. Winners will be announced in Spring 2012. For more information, contact Dr. Squires or go to www. For more information about The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, please go to

November is Novel Writing Month By VANCE STEGMAN Staff Writer In the month of November, thousands of people around the world unite under a single activity that not only affects the participant, but also those around them. No, I am not talking about No Shave November, but National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo! NaNoWriMo is a writing “contest” where participants are challenged to write 50,000 words in the 30 days of November. The prize? Self-satisfaction and an award certificate in a PDF file where you can type in your name, print it out, and frame it for everyone to see. To the untrained eye this doesn’t seem like much of an award for such a daunting tasking, but for those that have the passion to write or tell a story, it is more than enough. One must write at least 1,666 words or about three or four pages every day. Between classes and work finding time to write can prove to be difficult, but with enough determination and concentration it can get done within an hour or two. If things start moving slowly, start talking to your friends about your novel and their interest will spark your creativity back to life. For any more information on NaNoWriMo or you already know you want to sign up for it, go to or I am more than willing to talk about it with you. In the month of November, it’s time to abandon that inner editor and write.

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The last of The Avengers prequels, Captain America is a solid if slightly generic entry in the superhero genre, and while it does enough to get its audience excited for what is to come in next year’s film, as a stand alone effort there is little to applaud. In his first major onscreen incarnation, the title character as portrayed by Chris Evans faces many of the same problems of Superman; mainly that he is without a flaw of any kind and thus is somewhat dull to follow. Before he is granted his powers through a super soldier serum there is something interesting about the character: an underdog looking to find a place for himself in the world. Continually applying for the military and pushed back at every turn Evans does his best w o r k in these early sequences, showing a scrappiness that is unfortunately replaced by an all-too-familiar and stereotypical hero as the plot progresses. Once he has been given super strength the character becomes flat, confident in himself, but not overly so, lending neither brash arrogance nor desperation to the character, but rather a tedious consistency, making it difficult to ever really care about what he’s going through. In typical Marvel fashion (aside from Thor’s Loki), the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) is equally as one-­ dimensional. The filmmakers seemingly have refused to give Weaving any kind of material to work with and despite the masterful effects that make up his face, create a character with no real motivation and who due to his minor presence throughout the film never seems like a genuine threat to the hero. His evil plot is similarly underdeveloped, making it obvious that he has plans for destruction, but showing no real methods as to how he will achieve this annihilation or what his ultimate end game is. It’s not enough to say that he wants to be a god; there simply needed and could have been more here. His cronies are equally forgettable, brandishing weapons that would seem lackluster in a new video game and which are even more unwelcome in a modern day blockbuster like this. Perhaps the film could have been saved from its boring screenplay if only there had been a more inspired choice of director. While Joe Johnston is technically competent and is able to string together some decent action sequences, there never seems to be any real stakes or sense of adventure within his choices. Although obviously trying to emulate Raiders of the Lost

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Captain America Ark, what with the Nazi villains, the pursuit of a sacred object, etc., none of the action comes close to generating the excitement of a Spielberg chase scene, nor is the hero even remotely as thrilling as Indiana Jones. The best way perhaps to describe Johnston and the film he has assembled is entertaining, but bland. Especially compared to Thor, Marvel’s other 2011 blockbuster, nothing here feels special. While much of the film is indistinguishable from a large host of better films, it is deserving of praise in at least a few areas. To begin with, the production design is top-notch, creating a believable version of the 1940’s, one filled with immense detail and more character than the hero who inhabits it. The costumes are gorgeous, the art design immaculate, and the visual effects (especially involving the Captain’s transformation) are stunning. While both the hero and the villain are common to the genre they inhabit, the supporting cast across the board is admirable in their attempt to bring life to this at times lifeless vehicle. Tommy Lee Jones is reliably humorous as the drill sergeant who watches over the Captain. His performance, while not a stretch for him in the slightest way, will remind audiences why he has always been one of the more beloved stars. Stanley Tucci, is likewise dependable, lending believability to a world which might not have deserved it. His scientist, which is thrown away with little screen time, is perhaps the best thing in the film and would feel at home in any of the great war films of the past. Haley Atwell, who plays Captain Roger’s love interest, brings an interesting presence to the screen, and like Tucci is much better than the film she resides in. Her performance is natural, feeling like a classic star turn from the 1940’s and will hopefully give her a chance at better roles in the future. Captain America is not a bad film and its ending lends hope that the film that will follow will truly be something special. It’s fun for what it is and moves along at a fine pace, but there is nothing that will demand future viewings. When all is said and done it will probably be the second weakest in this particular series. It was admirable what the filmmakers were trying to do by setting it in World War II era America, but in this case the end product never matched the project’s ambitions, creating a film that while entertaining in the moment is forgotten as soon as the credits roll.

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The Lady Warrior Volleyball team was on the road for two of three matches last week, taking on three KCAC conference rivals as they tried to secure a spot in the conference tournament. On Monday the Warriors hosted the Bethel College Threshers at the Gleason Center. Sterling came out flat and couldn’t seem to get any offense rolling as Bethel took the match in three sets. The ladies played their first of two road games on Friday when they traveled to the University of St. Mary. The Spires came out and won the first set, which as it turned out was a bad idea. The Lady Warriors lost the first set 23-­25 igniting the spark that led to three straight set wins, good for the match. To wrap up their week, Sterling traveled to Ottawa to take on the Braves of Ottawa University. Against Ottawa, the Warriors were the exact opposite of their previous match against St. Mary’s. Sterling won the first set and continued to drop the next three and the match. After the week was over the Lady Warriors found themselves with an overall record of 18-­13 and 10-­7 in KCAC play (good for a tie for fifth place). In their last regular season game of the season, the Lady Warriors will host the McPherson College Bulldogs on Wednesday evening. Game time is set for 7:00 P.M. The Men’s Soccer team took on the Uni-

versity of St. Mary Wednesday in their second-to-last conference match of the year. At the 42nd minute, Victor Sanchez broke the scoreless silence when he hammered home a free ball out in front of the Spires’ goal. St. Mary’s didn’t go quietly, scoring two minutes later with just over 40 seconds on the clock to tie the game at 1-1 going into the half. The entire second half went scoreless for both sides and the match went to golden-goal overtime. Overtime didn’t last long when Senior Cuyler Prichard, at the 97th minute, connected with Sanchez for his second goal and the match’s winner. Because of the win, the Warriors found themselves in a win and advance situation for their final match against the Bethel College Threshers on Saturday. After a rough first half the Warriors found themselves in a 3-1 hole. The lead that Bethel held on to early proved to be enough as Sterling fell to the Threshers 4-3, ending their hopes for the post-season. The Women’s Soccer team’s hopes for the playoffs also disappeared when they fell to St. Mary’s University 4-2 on Wednesday. The women did, however, finish the season off on a high note, beating Bethel College 2-1 in a very intense and exciting match. Although neither team advanced to the post-season, both teams consider the season a success and a learning experience in preparing themselves for the next few seasons.

The City Harmonic I Have a Dream album review By JON FAULKNER Staff Writer Canada has always had a knack for producing great Christian bands. Groups like Thousand Foot Krutch, Downhere, Hawk Nelson and Code of Ethics have made major contributions to the music Industry over the past decade. Last year a new Canadian piano rock group named The City Harmonic joined these bands by bursting onto the scene with their debut EP Introducing The City Harmonic. They immediately gained a large following because of the success of their song Manifesto and so it was time for the quartet to put out a full length album consisting of entirely new material. Unlike with most new groups it would be hard to put The City Harmonic into one specific category. They seem to be able to do whatever style they feel like doing at the moment. Indeed, the whole album almost feels like a Jack-­of-­all-­trades with no specific mastery with the exception of the Anthem. The opener “Yours” almost sounds like something you’d find on a U2 album. It’s a good rocker and a solid opener. The next two tracks “Spark” and “Mountaintop” are both rock anthems but the former transitions perfectly into the latter by using a part of MLK’s Mountain top. The songs also have similar beats and probably wouldn’t have worked so well had they not been placed one after the other. “Wake Me Up” screams of 80’s rock influence, putting the spotlight on the guitars and Elias Dummer’s raw vocals. The The Stir is produced by Sterling College students and printed weekly in and by the Sterling Bulletin, Sterling, Kansas. We seek to serve the Sterling College community with news and information. We work toward goals of honesty and integrity while always seeking the truth. We also work with an understanding of service to a Christian community. Letters to the editor must be signed and legible. Letters are subject to editing for style and spelling and will be printed at the editors’ discretion. Letters should not be longer than 350 words. Letters must be received by 3 p.m. the Tuesday before the print date (Thursday). Opinions presented on the Opinion page do not necessarily represent the views of Sterling College. Address letters to The Stir, SC Box 8, 125 W. Cooper, Sterling, KS 67579.

band also shows that they can slow down and worship with the well composed “Be Still My Soul.” As was the case with their EP The City Harmonic doesn’t seem to show any fear when it comes to producing deep and meaningful lyrics. The emotional “Yours” starts things off with the need for surrender and sacrifice. “Spark” is a cry out to God for His love to enter and rekindle the fire in


our hearts (“Could a spark of your love, light a fire in me, just a spark warm my cold heart, it’s living, let breathe”). “Falls Apart” deals with our tendency to walk away from God and how we fall apart when we do. This track is contrasted beautifully by “Be Still my Soul” which is a passionate song about the desire to be lost in God. “Love” starts by exploring the role emotions play in our hearts,transitions to 1st Corinthians 13 and finally settles on the idea that God is love. It’s clear that The City Harmonic didn’t fail to pull out all the stops for their first full length studio album I Have a Dream (It feels like home). This debut could mark the beginning of a very promising career within the Christian Music Industry.

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