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The official student-run newspaper of Sterling College, serving since 1889 • For updates and more info, visit Volume 113 Issue 7

ON THE INSIDE Opinion: Page 6 Editorial Weekly Tornado “Cup of Joe” Cartoon SGA Column Campus Pulse

Features: Page 7 Broken laundry facilities Route 66 choir tour Campus visit weekends Entertainment Review

Sports: Page 8 Men’s Basketball Baseball Softball Tennis Track

Junior Jessica Stuart warms up before practice. The track team competes in its first outdoor meet this Saturday at McPherson. Photo by Jon VanVeldhuizen

THISWEEK Today. Raya Grade School Fun @ 3:30 p.m. in the Union Friday. SGA Petitions Due @ 3:00 Sfotball @ McPherson Dorms Close @ 5 p.m. Saturday. Track @ McPherson Softball @ McPherson Baseball @ Sterling, 1 p.m.

NEWSBITES NAIA Tournament Once again, SGA has purchased the rights to broadcast the first round of the NAIA tournament. The Warriors will play at 12 p.m. today and the game will be broadcast live in Culbertson for any student who would like to come and support the women’s basketball team via the internet. In light of this, the CAB movie night has been cancelled.

Spring Break Resident halls will close at 5 p.m. tomorrow. Any student wishing to remain in the dorms during Sprink Break need to sign up in the Student Life office.

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Warriors head to Iowa for national play By AMY WOODS Senior Staffer

The Warriors will travel to Sioux City, IA this week to compete against Huntington College from Indiana at noon today in the first round of NAIA national tournament play. “The tournament signifies a new season,” head coach Lonnie Kruse said. “Any team that plays well can win the tournament, so you have to be ready to go each and every night.” The Lady Warriors not only clinched the regular season conference title but also took the KCAC Tournament with a win over the Southwestern Moundbuilders last Monday night, 89-85. Sophomore Cathryn Wiebe led scoring with 26 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two blocks, followed by fellow sophomore Megan Patrick with 19 points and six rebounds. Multiple players, as well as Kruse, received conference honors following the game. Wiebe, Patrick and sophomore Britany Gasper were all named to the All-KCAC first team, while junior Erica Herman made the honorable

The Warrior basketball team cut down the nets after being named the KCAC Champions for the fourth year in a row. The team traveled to Iowa on Monday to compete in the national tournament. Photo courtesy Candace Ewert

mention list. Gasper was also named to the All-Defensive Team. Wiebe would also receive the honor of being named the KCAC Player of the Year. For the tenth time in his long

career with the Lady Warriors, Kruse was named KCAC Coach of the Year. “Being four-time conference champions is a very special accomplishment,” Kruse said. “It is the first time it has hap-

pened in my 29 years as the coach at Sterling and I believe it is a great testament to the consistency of the program. We’ve been blessed to have good players who are even better people.”

Drug overdose puts four in the hospital, investigation continues by school, police By TAYLOR LIBBY Editor-in-Chief Following events of this weekend, a statement prepared by the Student Life office was read by each resident director at an emergency resident hall meeting on Monday night. Students were informed that over the weekend four students were taken to the hospital after participating in activities that were in violation of SC’s drug policy. Information regarding exactly what drugs the students took has not been provided. Junior Josh Wheeler said he was close to one of the men involved in the incident and that there is little students could do at this point. “It’s very unfortunate and I didn’t expect this to happen,” Wheeler said. “All you can really do is pray for them and be there for them.” Though Vice President of Student Life Tina Wohler said all four students were alive and recovering, no other medical information has been provided due to confidentiality issues. The college and the local police are continuing to investigate the situation. As far as disciplinary action for the students involved, Wohler said the handbook was clear on SC’s drug policy and that these matters were handled on a case-by-case basis. For now, Wohler said that the Student Life office is working to prevent a similar situation in the future. “We don’t want another repeat incident,” Wohler said. Students who are struggling with alcohol or drug consumption are encouraged to speak with their RDs, the school counselor Teri Anderson or Wohler so that professional help can be provided.

Freshman Amanda Xydis and junior Paul Brecht perform a passage of Scripture during a Sunday night Chapel service. Photo by Kelly Johnson

SCABS infect Chapel By ROBIN SMART Staff Writer Contrary to popular belief, new organizations don’t just come about at the beginning of the year, but rather new clubs are springing up all the time. This semester a new organization has been added to the mix: the Sterling College Association of Biblical Storytellers, or SCABS. The organization is modeled after the Network of Biblical Storytellers, which has encouraged people to learn and tell biblical stories for the past 25 years. Over the past couple of months the efforts of junior Paul Brecht have come to produce a Sterling College chapter of Biblical storytellers. “The Network of Biblical Storytellers was the group that really got me started,” Brecht said, “and I never would have warmed up to it without their unique flavor of faith and obvious love for what they do.” According to Brecht, the main

purpose of SCABS is to restore and present the life that is in Scripture. “My fellow Biblical storyteller, Larry Temple, always says that the life is in the words, we just do our best to not kill it,” Brecht said. SCABS perform during Chapel, presenting the Word orally in an engaging manner. Although the process of memorizing and performing the Scripture seems simple, there is much more to it. “It’s taking time with the Word and internalizing it so that the lessons really become a part of you,” Brecht said. SCABS’ current goal is to present all of the Scripture for the season of Lent. So far, the group has set no regular meeting time, but any student wanting more information or to join SCABS can talk to Brecht or check out the Facebook group “Sterling College Association of Biblical Storytellers.” But don’t worry, members are not required to perform at Chapel.

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OPINIONS Weekly Tornado


Finding the cure for Calculating cafeteria costs hurts students the evil that exists By RYAN CORWIN Staff Writer

The Sterling College campus has seen quite a bit of ugly in this past week. Following several incidents of substance abuse issues, we’re left questioning why our idyllic Sterling College bubble was so rudely and abruptly burst. There’s almost a sense of violation in that evil that exists so pervasively in so many other places could touch our little town so suddenly and with such a harsh and heavy hand. Yet what remains is the stark fact: evil is not confined to a zip code. Each and every one of us is occasionally or constantly lulled into a false sense of security, meanwhile “your enemy the devil prowls like a roaring lion, looking for one to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Satan’s ultimate goal is summed up in Jesus’ words: “For the thief [Satan] comes only to steal, to kill and to destroy” (John 10:10). Substance abuse, rape, physical or emotional abuse are all tools of our enemy in order to rob us of “life to the full” and cheapen what we have here on earth until we’re willing to settle for less because we have forgotten what it is that we have been called to: abundant life! Satan, as the father of all lies, is into replacing. He wants to replace abundant life with whatever he can that will make us, God’s created, settle for far short of what God would have wanted for us. The key to this abundant life isn’t found in addiction or harmful habits that act like quick fixes yet leave lasting scars that will have to be dealt with for years to come. It is found in recognizing that we have a loving Creator who wants the best for His creation. He has unique plans for each of us that don’t have to include the pain that we sometimes choose inadvertently, myself included. While our world can be a scary place, full of unthinkable evil, what remains is this: while evil may exist, we are not alone. “The One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

Upon enrollment at Sterling College, assuming you live on campus, you are faced with a choice: buy the meal plan that costs $1,815 per semester and offers you 200 of the finest meals this side of the Reno County border or buy the unlimited meal plan so you may indulge in every salad known to man. While I’m not the biggest fan of math, I think sometimes a breakdown of the numbers is what helps bring things to light. Fellow students, each time you swipe your card in the cafeteria you are essentially spending $9.07. With that in mind,

consider this: Chartwells has walk in dining rates for breakfast ($4.20), continental breakfast ($2.35), lunch ($5.35), dinner ($5.95) and premium night ($7.10). Assuming that we all eat an equal number of breakfasts, lunches and dinners, the college makes roughly $777.14 above what Chartwells asks out of it’s casual diners each semester. After a bit of research, I’ve found that of the 457 students on Sterling’s campus, 312 of us have opted for the 200 meals per semester block. Multiply that number out over the course of a year and over the entire population on campus with the 200 meals plan and you get the following number: $484,935.36.

A Cup of Joe

So the question to ask is one of my favorites: why? After speaking with chief financial officer Scott Rich, it is clear that SC charges a little bit under a forty percent overhead to cover the cost of cafeteria equipment and insurance, as well as any random costs that might pop up without notice (like the AC that was replaced at the beginning of the year which set the college back $25,000). Unfortunately this only explains so much of the excess cost: $40,000 per year to utilities, $107,000 per year to insurance and $25,000 for an AC unit. The total of this comes to $172,000, or a little over $310,000 short of the $484,935.36 overhead charged.


In light of this, I encourage you all to look up the cost of Fort Hays State University’s unlimited food block as they too use Chartwells. For the 2009-2010 school year, FHSU charged their students $3,225 for the entire year for unlimited meals, compared to our $3,630 for the 200 meal block at SC. Clearly, there is cafeteria money going elsewhere at Sterling College. Even though this information may be hard to swallow, I know I am still going to go to the cafeteria where I will swipe my card to spend $9 on a bowl of cereal, some grape juice, a banana or maybe some salad. Lots and lots of salad.


What do you think about the laundry facilities in your dorm?

-- Amy Woods, Senior Staffer

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“The dryers are horrible.” -junior Grant Morley

One of the most important times of the year is upon us here at Sterling College. Yes, that’s right, I’m talking about the leadership roles that are opening up for next year. Student Life is currently having sign-ups for those that wish to apply for a Residence Assistant or Student

Chaplain position in their dorm. Along with that, SGA has now set out petitions for those that wish to run for the President, Director of Campus Activities, Executive Secretary and the Chaplain position. These positions are all elected by the student body at the end of March. Next there are the SGA positions of Executive Treasurer and Office Consultant that are hired by the new SGA president and the person that they will be replacing. Also, the Vice President of the Senate that is elected by the new group of senators that take office. These hirings will take place in early April,

shortly after the elected positions are filled. Finally comes the hiring of the Campus Activity Board and Yearbook positions. The petitions for these positions will be set out come middle to late April. They are hired by a few of the SGA members as well as the person’s role that they will be replacing. As you can see, there are a lot of leadership positions that are available on this campus. These positions will not only give you real life experience as a leader, but this is also something that you could possibly put on your resume later on (employers really like to see people who take charge and step into positions of leadership).

“The machines are broken a lot, it’s too much money for the quality, and the washers are always full of clothes.” - junior Caley Chestnut

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“They are horribly inadequate and super expensive.” - freshman Eric Willis

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Broken laundry facilities fail to get clothes clean By RYAN CORWIN Staff Writer

In recent weeks students have begun to notice that doing laundry in college is not only expensive, but sometimes rather difficult. The problem with the SC laundry facilities seems to reach across campus from the dryers in Kilbourn to the washers in Evans and Campbell. “It usually takes like three or four cycles for your clothes to dry,” Kilbourn Hall resident Kendrick Babineaux said. Campbell Hall has similar problems with the dryers in the basement laundry facility.

“Last time I put my clothes in (the dryer) they came out wet,” Campbell Hall resident Gary Green said, “but sometimes they come out so hot they have holes in them.” Aside from nonworking dryers, students have also noticed that there is a problem with getting their clothes clean as well. “I know at least one of the washing machines sounds like a helicopter,” Campbell Hall Resident Director Ben Swihart said. Aside from the facilities simply not working, the broken machines also translate into more cost passed on to the students.

“You end up spending two dollars to dry one load.” junior Jason D’Amico said. While it seems as though complaints have fallen on deaf ears, Swihart insists that complaints have been passed on to the proper people. “They [complaints] have been forwarded to the maintenance department but once I send it on it is out of my hands,” Swihart said. The solution seems to be one that is too costly during an economic recession, yet students are not shy to share their suggestions. “Maybe they could get new machines,” Green said.

The Kilbourn laundry room is littered with signs warning students to avoid certain washers and dryers. Photo illustration by Kelly Johnson

Visit weekends aid in enrollment boost at SC By ALYSON KUMPULA Senior Staffer

Dr. Mark Clark directs the SC Chorale during a noon practice. The group left for its Route 66 trip yesterday afternoon. Photo by Kelly Johnson

Choir to travel down Route 66 By TIM LUISI Senior Staffer

Yesterday, a group of nearly forty-five members of the SC chorale choir along with Dr. Mark Clark and Dr. Brad Nix left a little early for spring break, setting out for their Route 66 trip that encompasses parts of Kansas, New Mexico and Colorado. On this week long tour the group will perform songs from concerts throughout the year including spirituals, musical numbers and sacred music, while also reaching out to potential stu-

dents. “The tour is a tradition,” Clark said. “One of the big pushes is to get into the schools so that you draw attention to Sterling College.” Last year the SC concert choir went on tour in Colorado where they had the opportunity to meet with high school students. Clark also said he thinks the tour will set the tone for the chorale’s trip to Europe in the summer of 2011. “We really need to have that camaraderie in order to go overseas,” Clark said. “I mean it’s

one thing to go here in the states. But when you’re overseas you have to rely on each other more; you can’t just fly somebody home.” Junior Paul Brecht, vice president of the choir, echoed Clark’s sentiments and said he hoped to be able to ‘fellowship with the guys’ and create new and exciting memories. “It’s an opportunity to get to see new sides of people,” Brecht said, “and really have time to spend with them, instead of just catching them between homework and classes.”

This past weekend 40 high school students from different parts of the country came to Sterling during one of the five visit weekends offered this year by the admissions department. Although any student could visit Sterling at any time, the admissions department has stressed the importance of a visit weekend in the past few years. “For a few years we shied away from [visit weekends] because it seemed like a lot of students would come for a weekend and then turn around and come on their own,” Vice President of Admissions Dennis Dutton said. “But there seems to be a great synergy in the campus visit weekend. We have formula of what we offer for the weekend; before we manufactured some things, this new flow works well.” High school students are introduced to SC President Paul Maurer, faculty and coaches, and attend a Sunday night chapel along with a number of other activities to fill the weekend. This year has been the most successful year so far, with over 130 students having visited the campus.

This is very encouraging for the admissions department, as Dutton said he thinks being on campus often seals the deal with prospective students. “Its not uncommon for us to hear from a student who decides that they want to come to a visit weekend, but Sterling isn’t high on their list.” Dutton said “But after, Sterling becomes a top choice.” Last year was one of the highest enrollment rates Sterling College has seen and next semester will be no different. So far there are over 850 applicants for incoming freshman and transfer students, and deposits just starting to come in. “We’re happy where we are,” Dutton said, attributing the rise in applicants to the successful visit weekends, student referrals and a few other SC connections like Teen Mania. The last visit weekend will be April 18 and 19 and if you would like to host a student contact an Admissions counselor. “The growth of our campus visit weekend programs the last couple of years is a direct result of our student and faculty involvement,” Dutton said. “It has certainly helped Sterling win over many students.”

Burton provides predictable adventure with Alice

By TIM LUISI Senior Staffer In recent years director Tim Burton, the visionary behind such inventions as Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood, seems to have fallen into a creative rut, offering films that are all too familiar and increasingly similar to all of his

previous works. Although Alice in Wonderland is not able to break this pattern, it is still a fun and fantastic adventure featuring terrific visual effects, engaging performances and a beloved story. This tale, much like the Disney classic, follows a girl named Alice (Mia Wasikowska) through a world overflowing with dreams and nightmares. Acting almost as a sequel to the animated film, this version of Alice takes place thirteen years after the girl’s first encounter with the fantastic world, arriving just as the conflict between the White and Red Queens (Anne Ha-

thaway and Helena Bonham Carter respectively) has reached its peak. As Alice seeks to discover her purpose she runs into creatures of all shapes and sizes including the white rabbit, the Cheshire cat and the mad hatter (Johnny Depp). The acting ranges from the great, such as Bonham Carter who absolutely steals the show with her delicious theatrical villainy, to the expectedly good, like Depp, who, though still playing the same part he has been for years, is enjoyable Then there is the underused such as Anne Hathaway, who like most

of the rest of the talented ensemble is criminally given next to nothing to do. Although the visuals are impressive, it must be noted that the 3D technology was not put to good use here. Most of the film, barring a few visually arresting sequences, seemed like it would have worked just fine in a regular presentation, as the 3D was distracting. These few missteps aside, however, like most Burton creations it is the immaculate visuals and intriguing set pieces that help to sell the charm of this film, resulting in perhaps the

most spectacularly fun and exciting blockbuster to hit theaters since Star Trek. With Burton attached to the film, fans may have imagined a more gothic portrayal of Lewis Carroll’s world, and while it could well have benefitted with some of the grim style of a Batman Returns, it works well in its own right as a fantasy adventure. In other words, while it may not have the imagination of Scissorhands and while it is certainly nothing ground breaking, it is much like Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl in that it is a great experience well worth having.

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SPORTS Baseball sweeps double header against OKWU By AMY WOODS Senior Staffer

Freshman Christian Briseno swings at a pitch during a home game against Morningside College on Wedesnday, March 3. Photo by Jon VanVeldhuizen

On Saturday March 6, the Warriors made their first sweep against Oklahoma Wesleyan University, winning the double header 6-1 and 6-5. “Getting our first season sweep was big for us,” senior pitcher Jason Arsola said. “[Freshman] Tyler Deutscher threw the first game. [It was] his first career start, and he threw a complete game and gave up only one run. With a performance like that, it carried the team’s momentum

into the second game.” In the first game against OKWU, the Warriors would score one run in the second inning and five in the third. Deutscher would allow only one run for the opposition, leaving the final score 6-1. During the second game the Warriors pushed through to break the tie made in the third inning to score a run in both the sixth and seventh innings to win, 6-5. At home against Morningside College on Wednesday, March 3, freshman Daniel Pettis scored a homerun. The

Warriors were able to put up two runs in the third, they were unable to score again until the last inning, while Morningside posted seven more runs to win, 9-3. With an overall record of 5-7, the Warriors continue to improve as the season progresses. “We can only get better and the way to do that is to help each other out and encourage each other,” Arsola said The Warriors will next face Briar Cliff University at home for a double header on Saturday, March 13.


Men’s basketball drops in first round of KCAC tournament

By GODFREY MIHESO Staff Writer For the second season in a row, the Warriors walked away from the season without a conference title. The men’s basketball team ended the season with a 70-85 loss to Bethany College in the first round of the KCAC tournament. “This season was tough, we had high expectations yet we learned a lot about what it takes to be a champion,” sophomore Zach Goodrich said. “I feel this season has prepared us for a successful 20102011 season.” Despite ending the season with an overall record of 11-18 and a KCAC record of 8-10, Goodrich made the KCAC first team and freshman Adam Brown was named to the All-Freshman team. Junior Kenny McGrath said that even if the season didn’t turn out the way he wanted it to, it was still a good learning experience. “It was a short and tough battle,” McGrath said. “I believe that myself and the returners have learned some valuable lessons and earned

Senior Ryan Lawson shoots a free throw during a regular season game. Photo by Jon VanVeldhuizen some game time experience that will prepare us to put our best foot forward as we step into next year.” Now the Warriors turn their attention to preparing for next season. “Our team has to work hard in the off-season,” head coach Dean Jaderston said, “but if they do, we could be right back on top again.”

Tennis hosts first home meet

Members of the track team stretch before an afternoon practice begins. Photo by Jon VanVeldhuizen

Track moves outdoors The Sterling College track and field team is set to comBy RENARD BELL pete in it’s first outdoor meet of the season this Saturday Staff Writer at McPherson. Head coach Jack Dillard said he feels his teams has progressed a lot and are getting better after each practice. “We have been swimming and working extremely hard in the weight room, and of course conditioning,” Dillard said. “We are getting better at coming out of the blocks and timing the hand off for the baton.” Senior Jacquie Holmberg said the success of the indoor season made her excited to begin the outdoor season and that the team is prepared for Saturday’s meet. “We have been working really hard,” Holmberg said. On a personal level, Holmberg said the transition from indoor to outdoor was a little rough. “It’s been hard because the weight and the hammer are different, but similar,” Holmberg said. “There is no indoor facility for me to practice when the weather is bad.” Aside from preparing for weekend meets, Holmberg said this will be the first year in 11 years that SC has hosted a home track meet, the first of which will take place on Saturday, March 20. According to Holmberg, being able to host a home meet has encouraged the team to really prove that SC track and field is a legitimate team. The track and field team would also like to congratulate senior Mark Sievert who has met the requirements to become a marine.

Softball caught in string of weekend tournaments By CHRIS HALCROMB Staff Writer

Freshman Mike Jaderston aims a shot across the court during a home meet against John Brown University on Thursday, March 4. Jaderston won number one singles as well as the number one doubles with partner sophomore Jordan Steinman. The team lost 3-6 overall. Against Central Christian on Tuesday, the team lost 1-8 with only Jaderston picking up a win in number one singles. Photo by Melissa Yarrow

The Lady Warrior softball team competed at the annual Friends University softball tournament last weekend and end with an overall record of 3-2. The team was victorious over Haskell and Central Christian on the first day of the tournament, losing only to Hastings that same day. “The weekend was a strong outing for all of us girls as a team,” junior third baseplayer Jamie Barbosa said. “We became aware of what we can accomplish on the field when we all come together as a team.” Barbosa said the team remained focused on their main goal throughout the tournament: win ball games. Senior Outfielder Aubri Brock said

the tournament showed how the team could come together and defeat opponents. “It was a great pre-season tournament to show everyone and ourselves that we never give up and keep fighting until the last inning,” Brock said. According to Brock, the highlight of the tournament was the team’s last game against Graceland University. “We were down 7-0 and came back and scored 5 runs in the 5th inning,” Brock said. The Lady Warrior softball team ended up scoring 11 runs in a row and defeating Graceland University with a final score of 16-9. Tomorrow, the Warriors head into another weekend of tournament play at McPherson where they will hit five different teams in two days.

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