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Volume 116, Issue 1

The official student-run newspaper of Sterling College


Highland Games, Talent Show highlight Orientation weekend By: CODY MARTIN Staff Writer This year over 200 students were welcomed to Sterling College with an action-packed weekend filled with numerous orientation events. Events included a pool party and day at the lake, an outdoor movie, the annual Highland Games, live music, the Campbell Rave, and the variety show. Orientation Co-Leader Tillie Ehresman said, “I felt like orientation went

Blindfolded, one student has to spoon-feed a teammate in a race to see which pair can finish first. Photo by Nathan Ehresman

very smoothly this year and all of the committees did a great job organizing their specific events; although, the flash mob was definitely my favorite.” The flash mob Tillie was referring to occurred at Highland Games. About halfway through the event, the new students were entertained with a surprise flash mob to “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction courtesy of their O-Staff leaders. Some of the events at Highland Games made some students uncomfortable, including freshman Cassidy Woodard who said, “It was awkward spoonfeeding a baseball player at Highland Games.” Orientation was wrapped up with the variety show, which featured acts from all of the dorms, an unforgettable performance by the Svaty’s, another flash mob to “After Today” from The Goofy Movie, and The Men of Sterling Calendar. VP of Student Life Tina Wohler said, “Orienta-

Students participate in tug-of-war during the Highland Games on Monday night. Photo by Nathan Ehresman tion went great this year. We had great orientation leaders who worked very hard planning all of the fun activities. From the family and student evaluations, everyone seemed really pleased with the move in process and the activities through the weekend.”

Two freshmen attempt to pass a Lifesaver using only toothpicks held in their mouth as a part of the Highland Games. Photo by Nathan Ehresman

the field. This will give students a valuable opportunity to practice the skills necessary to succeed in a real-life professional environment. Dr. Felicia Squires, chair of the Language & Literature department, is very enthusiastic about the new Writing & Editing major being added to her department.

The Language & Literature department is also extending the opportunity for this beneficial learning to all students on campus by offering a minor by the same title. Squires feels that by also offering the minor it has the potential of making all the students of Sterling more marketable after graduation. “Students who are

Making some ‘major’ changes By: MORGAN ROBINSON the Writing & Editing major will be challenged Staff Writer in their four years at There is much excite- Sterling. The course of ment going around this study will require proyear at Sterling Col- gressive work into their lege, and it goes be- skills at a level that many yond the start of a new students are not used to. Another way that this year. This year there is new major will help a new Writing & Editstudents achieve their ing major and minor dream career in writbeing made available ing or editing is by reto incoming students. Students who pursue quiring an internship in

strong writers, in any major, should consider supplementing that major with the Writing/Editing minor,” Squires said. “Imagine how marketable you would be with a Business major with a minor in editing/writing. I think such a candidate would be very attractive to a potential employer.”

Professors Leone, Briones join SC faculty By: MEGAN WALKER Staff Writer Sterling College hired several new faculty members this summer. In this issue, The Stir introduces you to two of them. Check back in the coming weeks to meet the rest of the new SC faculty. Frank Leone, Assistant Professor of Education, is a father of five and recently celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary. Leone earned his Bachelor’s Degree at University of Iowa and his Master’s at Pittsburg State University. He has 24 years of experience in public education and ten years in Christian education. Leone wanted to slow down from administration and is excited to get back into teaching. Leone hopes to bring an excitement and fire for teaching elementary math to the education department. He said, “elementary math should be child’s play, but many are fearful of teaching it.” David Briones, Assistant Professor of Theology and Ministry, holds four degrees, two of which he obtained while in England. Briones enjoys spending time with his wife of eight years and his one son, Micah. Briones was a college pastor for two years and has experience leading small groups and mentoring. As part of his vision for teaching at Sterling College, Briones stated, “I long to provide solid biblical teaching that, by the power of the Spirit, transmits spiritual life rather than intellectual death.”

SGA ExCab : A cabinet worth opening By: ASHLEY AULBACH Staff Writer

Behind the three letters of ‘SGA’ (Student Government Association) every year, there are seven outstanding executive

cabinet members who work hard year-round to make events such as Homecoming successful and memorable. This year, seven new officers have taken the reigns. In this issue, you will be introduced to four of

SGA’s executive cabinet members. The rest of the team will be introduced in next week’s issue. Of these, Mike Redondo, President, says his goal for this year is to expand SGA’s budget. Over the summer,

2012 Cabinet poses for a picture. From left to right: Ryan Bretches, VP of the Student Senate; Becky Barnes, Executive Secretary; Spencer Childs, Office Consultant; Mike Redondo, President; Alexa Pelton; Treasurer; Alex Lawhon-Bush, Director of Campus Activities; Brandon Marrow, Chaplain. Photo courtesy of Melissa Wisner

Redondo sent 400 letters out to alumni who served on SGA when they were students. The letter explained the important role that SGA plays in Sterling College today and how donations could provide for greater changes on our campus. “At large, SGA’s mission is to establish personal relationships between student leaders and college administrators that will allow for healthier communication that results in evident progress,” said Redondo. Redondo is a Theatre Arts major, and will be directing The Odd Couple: Female Version this fall as his senior project. Redondo also plans to marry actress Emma Stone, and enjoys the movie Twister. Brandon Morrow serves as SGA’s Executive Chaplain. “I want to

promote a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ to the student body and their SGA representatives” said Morrow. Morrow is a Sports Management major and has played football for two years. He also enjoys watching the Outdoor Channel, and his favorite colors are Christmas colors, but he likes them independently of each other. SGA’s Vice President of the Student Senate is Ryan Bretches. “My goal for the year is to raise awareness about our senators. They have such passion, and I want that to be recognized.” Bretches is a Youth Ministry major and is described by friends as a loyal servant to Jesus Christ. Bretches is also involved in Sterling Chorale and Highland Singers, as well as the social media team and

playing ultimate Frisbee. He also has a car named Betsy; however he was not the one to name it. Becky Barnes is the SGA Executive Secretary. “Homecoming allows for a lot of creativity, so another goal would be to live up to that and throw a week of events that are creative and fun for everybody on campus” said Barnes. She plans to major in psychology, is a peer mentor for the freshman foundation class, was and plans to be active in Love Sterling, and she works at the Mabee Library. Barnes also once swam a half mile out in the ocean to a 300 foot drop off and coincidentally swam with a hammerhead shark in the Bahamas. Next week, Be sure to catch part two of our SGA spotlight featuring cabinet members Alexa Pelton, Spencer Childs, and Alex Lawhon-Bush!


SPORTS Volleyball team faces tough competition in Las Vegas

By: BEN WRIGHT Staff Writer

On the weekend of August 31, the Sterling College volleyball team took the long trip out to Las Vegas to take part in a tournament against some of the best teams in the NAIA. The event was hosted by the University of Great Falls, a school from Montana. Nine teams were invited including some ranked in the top twenty five teams in the NAIA. The Lady Warriors started the weekend Friday night by playing against Rocky Mountain College, a team ranked seventh in the nation. Though they

lost the match in three sets, Coach John Harding said that they put up a good fight against the formidable team. After that, they had a break until the following day which held three more matches in store for them. The first team they played the next day was the host team, the University of Great Falls. They lost this match in three sets also, but again the coach cited a wonderful effort on the part of the team. Following this was another loss in three sets to the twenty-second ranked Carroll College. However, they were able to turn things around in the last game in order to

beat Northern Montana State by a score of three sets to two. “It was really good to end things with a win,” commented Harding. The goal of the trip was to pit the Lady Warriors against some of the best teams in the sport in order to build their confidence. Following their sweeping victory over Bethel at home last Wednesday in three sets, it was clear to see that the team was seeing the results already. “We got to play some good teams and we’re looking to play some more good teams at the Baker tournament this weekend,” said Harding in reference to the team’s tournament last week-

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end. They are looking to cash these early, difficult games into victories later on this season. The team’s next test will come on Wednesday as they face off against Southwestern at home. The team will look to build on its early success and increase their already impressive 6-0 record when playing at home. The Lady Warriors will look to seniors Sara Steria and Adriana Gonzalez for leadership, as they both recently won KCAC Player of the Week honors. The volleyball team gathers for a team huddle during a recent match. Photo by Ben Wright

Men’s and women’s soccer teams off to impressive starts By: SCOTT MCKINNEY Staff Writer

On the weekend of August 31 and September 1, the Sterling College men’s and women’s soccer teams took a very successful trip to Texas. On Friday the 31st, both the men’s and women’s teams cruised through Dallas Christian College as the men won 5-0 and the women won 8-0. However, Southwestern Assemblies of God put up a tougher fight on Saturday. The women’s team won in a narrow victory of 2-1 by scoring goals in the first half. Francisco Hernandez scored the only goal for the men’s team as they lost in overtime 2-1. After the weekend the

women have gotten off to a very hot start of 3-0. Coach Justin Morris said about his team, “The girls have been competing really well, and that’s one of our goals – just to compete through every game. We don’t want to be a team that only plays half a game or 80 minutes. We want to compete 90 minutes, and that is a key for us to have a bounce-back year.” Senior Michelle Malette received the honor of KCAC player of the week for her performances in the first three contests. In the three games, Malette had a total of four goals and an assist. She has developed into a big scoring threat and a tre-

mendous leader on the field. “She puts everything she’s got out on the field, and everyone knows that. She shows girls how hard to work, and how important it is to work hard every day,” said Coach Morris. Freshmen Jerome Joof also received KCAC player of the week honors for his efforts in Texas. Against Dallas Christian, Joof shined by scoring a hat-trick in his first ever game as a Sterling College Warrior. Then against Southwestern, Joof had a quality assist. Both the men’s and women’s team show great promise this year, and it should be exciting to see the season unfold.

Warrior football off to 0-2 start; prepares for Warrior Fest By: BAY BAKER Staff Writer

The Warriors kicked off the season with their first game on Saturday, September 1 against Benedictine College. Despite excitement and support from fans back at Sterling, with a final score of 59-6, “it was a total disaster from start to finish,” said head coach Andy Lambert. Lambert said he as-

sumes responsibility for the poor performance and regards the game as a learning opportunity for the Warriors. “We must coach better during the week,” he said, “and I, as head coach, need to have the entire program better prepared to play. Our mistakes can be corrected.” John Cardona, a sophomore quarterback from

Los Angeles, California, echoed Coach Lambert’s positive outlook. “We really learned a lot about ourselves and what we have to do to get better,” he said. “We’ve been focusing on the little things in practice, such as taking care of the ball and hustling more on the field.” The game was shaping up to be a blow to the team’s overall

morale, but it’s clear that the team is actively working to become better equipped to perform throughout the rest of the season. “The seniors and many of the leaders on the team have taken it upon themselves to push the younger guys,” Cardona said. “We look forward to starting conference this weekend at Tabor and getting back

on track with what we know how to do.” The loss was “a tough start to the season,” according to Kerby Rice, a senior linebacker from Athol, Kansas. “We will have to get back to work on the practice field and make many corrections before we start conference play,” he said. “Our players are very mature and resilient,” Coach Lambert con-

cluded, “so we plan for steady improvement and expect a much better performance this week. The team has responded well.” The team also struggled against Tabor last week, but look forward to the challenge of facing Kansas Wesleyan on Saturday for the first home game of the season. The game starts at 6 p.m. at Smisor Stadium.

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On Tuesday, September 4th, CAB saddled up for Rodeo Night. This event included a mechanical bull, line dancing, country music, and a lot of food. CAB Publicist Lucas Knauss said of the event, “Unfortunately, it got rained out, but for the time it was going, it was worth the time invested in it. The mechanical bull was a success and was something that CAB has been trying to get for years.” Before the rain, many students enjoyed the event including sophomore Chloe Wootton who said, “I went to CAB’s rodeo and YEEEHAW! It’s good to know that after 125 years, Sterling is still horsin’ around. So let’s grab our boots, cinch up the horses and giddy up to next year’s rodeo where the bull will meet his match… again.” Photo by Nathan Ehresman

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