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Chasing Greatness Real greatness chases meaning and changes the world.
College Life Starts Today A look back to the first days at GC as a freshman student.
More Than Just A Major How your education can translate into bigger and better things.
What is a “Free” Methodist Just how is Free Methodism different from other denominations?
How Can We Help You? Ever had a question but didn’t know who to talk to or where to go?
Senior Tips to Freshman GC Seniors offer words of advice to freshman students. Widening Our World View Bringing cultures together through the learning of a common language.
R.C.’s: Who They Are & What They Do Get to know a few of the RCs and discover why they love their job . Adventures Beyond the Bubble: Lives of Service and Love Garett and Andie Rea share their experiences in South Korea. Lend Me Your Hand Make a difference in someone else’s life through service.
Up From the Ground We Arose When was the last time you tended a garden?
A New Sense of Direction, Transformation in Vespers Students take new positions of ministry on campus.
Students of Service Greenville goes back to its roots for this year’s freshman service project. The Beginning of Great Things Beth Adams shares how God changed her view of ministry through her change in major.
TWLOHA Learn about the newest organization on campus.
The Set Free Movement A new generation of abolitionists is on the rise; become one yourself.
GC Moments: All College Hike
The Show Must Go On! Yet another fantastic performance by students at the Factory Theater.
Eat This, Not That A few tips on how to eat healthy.
What Every Dorm Room Needs Five items that are guaranteed to make your dorm room better.
Living On Campus vs Off Campus Making the right decision when deciding where to live.
God Won’t Drop the Ball Whether you have or haven’t met Coach Mulholland yet, read this.
The Art of Being a Student Athlete Balancing athletics and academics to achieve more in college.
The Parker Wray Project & Django: The Journey Transforming from warriors on the field to living lives as warriors for Christ.
Double Agent for Christ Meet the new softball coach and math professor, Jamie Thanephon. Ultimate Building friends, one disc at a time.
Womens Soccer Why our ladies believe soccer is more than just a sport.
That We Might Meet God in the Eight Lane Greenville College’s new track paves the way to an exciting new future for the Track Team.
GC Moments: Homecoming
GC Moments: Fall Athletics
Their Best Kept Secret
Random Acts of Kindness Show someone you care through a kind gesture now and then.
Top 5 Interterm Classes
Bucket List of Adventures Run out of things to do in Greenville?
Sanctus Real Three bands put on a rockin’ show for GC students.
Student Art Gallery Student produced art: digital media, fine art, and literary art.
GC Moments: NSO Weekend
GC Moments: Ivan Filby
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The Vista’s Mission Statement The Vista is a student-centered publication that believes in connecting with and sharing campus life through engaging stories and creative visuals. We strive to portray the deeper meanings and heart of life on campus while still enjoying the humorous stories that develop during our time at Greenville College. The Vista also seeks to bring meaningful discussion to how God plays a role in the lives of students, both on campus and after graduation.
From the Editors Strictly fiction. Before I came to Greenville College, that’s what creative writing was to me. Stories centered on Prince Charming whisking the fair maiden away and they rode swiftly into the molten sunset. They lived happily ever after too. Then there were those people living in the future times, battling the alien-monsters bent on overtaking the world. Creative writing was always fiction, and all fiction was a story that begged me to enter into it, become one of its favorite characters, and learn the ways of its world.
It has been an honor to be a part of this new chapter in the history of The Vista. When professors Jessa Wilcoxen and Alexandria LaFaye pitched me the idea of phasing out the traditional yearbook format in favor of a bi-annual magazine I had my reservations. But I quickly came around to realize how great of a change it has been. Yes, there are things that have been lost, but we are also able to run stories that we couldn’t have previously and the knowledge and real world practice that the writers and designers get is invaluable.
Now let’s turn to The Vista. Our magazine is something that captures what has taken place on our campus over the semester. It does so in a way less like a newscast and more like a story. We’ve tried our hardest to capture the important, funny, serious, and miraculous events and people that create our community. None of this is fiction.
I’ve lived in Greenville for 21 years; my father, brother, sister, and other relatives have attended GC so it holds a special place im my heart. My journey to help transform The Vista has not been easy. Many long hours go into each issue, but without them there would be no Vista. Hopefully, The Vista will touch the life of every student who passes through the dorms, classrooms, and open spaces, is able to look back fondly of their time spent at GC.
The stories that are presented here don’t tell of pirates, fairies, or . These stories tell of more than just the traditional adventures of our childhood heroes. Every story that has been printed in this copy of The Vista shows how intricate, diverse and nurturing our campus is. It even goes further than to simply tell of what took place on campus this semester; it tells the story of hundreds of students who attend Greenville College. Without them and everything that they bring to the table, this campus would be dull and ordinary. So I hope you enjoy The Vista. We’ve worked hard to create it for you, and we’ve had a lot of fun in the process. Enjoy the read!
− Veronica Crisler
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I grateful for the stupendous group of students who work all semester long to write and design each issue. Without them there would be no Vista. As I step away from my role as Visual Editor, I would like to express my gratitude and thanks to the designers who work so hard each semester. Our first issue (Fall 2012) won both Gold and Silver Student ADDY® awards. It was an honor to be able to represent our school for achieving such high honor. I have great hopes for our second and third issues, which will compete again in early 2014.
− Logan Shaw
Writing Adviser: Alexandria LaFaye Design Adviser: Jessa Wilcoxen Cover Painting: Tayla Richards Photo Credit: Logan Shaw, Lisa Burhanna, David Ulmer, Bri Phillips The Vista is produced at Greenville College, located in Greenville, Illinois. The staff would like to thank Greenville College, the GC Publications Board, Jessa Wilcoxen, Alexandria LaFaye, Norm Hall, and lastly all of the contributors, designers, and advertisers for their support.
Chasing Greatness An open letter to Students from President Ivan Filby For over 25 years I have made it a habit to walk around my campus at least once a week. I began to do this when I was a Ph.D. student at Aston University in the U.K. and continued it through my years at the University of Dublin: Trinity College, Greenville College, and Point Loma Nazarene University. Since assuming the role of President at Greenville College I have continued this weekly practice and I am on the constant lookout for people to visit with, encourage, listen to and sometime pray with. I have always believed that people are created to do amazing things. In fact, the hook the Lord used to bring me to Greenville College in 2004 was the marketing tag that read Greenville College…because you were created for great things! This resonated with me because my primary call from the Lord is to identify the greatness that the Lord has placed in others, and whether by offering encouraging words, prayer, teaching, mentoring, managing or just listening, help bring that greatness out. So, I’m always on the lookout for greatness and I rarely walk around our campus without getting a real sense of excitement and anticipation. There is simply so much talent on our campus: academic talent, musical talent, sporting talent, and artistic talent. It is really quite an amazing place to be. I’ve even started a President’s Jelly Bean Award to send to people I catch doing something really great. I give out 4-5 cards a week to students, faculty, staff and even parents when I hear them doing exceptional things. What do I see when I walk around campus? I see students who refuse to explain away modern-day slavery and who have set up a campus chapter of The Set Free Movement to help bring slavery to an end. I see students who recognize how depression can steal away someone’s life and raise awareness of this issue through a suicide prevention week. I see athletes who refuse to believe that games must be won at any cost and who treat their opponents with dignity and respect, winning sportsmanship awards year after year. I see students who refuse to allow
poverty to rob others of educational opportunities and who mentor kids in Greenville and East St. Louis week after week. I hear students who refuse to settle for bland, formulaic music and struggle to birth their own. I see students who refuse to subscribe to the simplistic notions of an individualistic American Dream and choose to live in a risky community. I stand next to students who refuse to settle for a small God and worship Him as if He is Almighty. I see students writing, dreaming, speaking, listening, dancing, competing, winning, struggling, praying, praising, befriending, confronting, creating, and reflecting. All across the campus I find students willing to take the risk of thinking deeply about things that really matter. I am so very proud of you all; I hope you know it! At the end of a recent TED Talk screened by GCSA, the presenter, Kelly McGonigal, was asked whether, in the light of what she knew about stress, she would recommend that a person should seek challenging work, even though it was often associated with higher levels of stress, or whether she would recommend people opting for easier, less satisfying, less stressful work. Kelly’s response was profound. She told her audience (and us) that chasing meaning is better for your health than trying to avoid discomfort - she told us to go after things that create meaning in your life and trust yourself to handle the stress. More than anything, I want Greenville College to be a place where students chase meaning. Real greatness chases meaning and changes the world. Set your sights high!
-President Filby Did you know President Filby is an avid Twitterer? Follow him @ivanfilby
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NSO : College life starts today!
I know exactly how it feels to the lame “freshie” who gets lost and has to ask the upper classmen for directions. But at GC it was completely different, the faculty and students were all so welcoming making [all of us] new students feel welcomed. “Everyone was so enthusiastic and willing to help me if I had questions. It was so amazing that everyone was so nice!” says Audra Dennis, freshman. It was like they knew how it felt to be new, to be in a different environment with unfamiliar people. When it comes to the roommate that you are sharing a room with or the service trip all new students have to go on, you want it all to go smoothly. On the first day of NSO newly graduated high school students stepped onto campus, looking around like toddlers in a candy store taking in all of the sights. Everyone didn’t have a sweet tooth though, many students was not as excited about all of the new events that were going on, and “It was just too overwhelming. It was just a lot to take in, I mean it was exciting but it was just too much at one time” says freshman Melissa Hiller.
The best way I dealt with that overwhelming feeling was to not think about it. Instead of focusing on leaving my family, I thought of all of the new experiences I would have. Some students were ready to leave their families and get on with their freedom while others were dreading the moment when their parents drove off. I was one of those students who weren’t ready for my parents to leave, I really didn’t know if I was ready to be a college student and make my own decisions. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one feeling that way. All summer, I was anxious about sharing a room with a roommate, wondering if I will be friends with this girl or not. It was scary to think about being alone, but I made so many friends at NSO, including my roommate.
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All of my assumptions and fears dissipated once I came here. Yes it was unfamiliar and I was surrounded by people I didn’t know, but I wasn’t as scared as I thought I was going to be. My first impression was that even though it was a Christian college, it wouldn’t be any more different then Harris Stowe or UMSL. I soon realized I was wrong. God’s spirit is really strong here and everyone has His spirit upon them. Of all the NSO activities we did, prayer was always the first and the last—it was a priority before anything else. It’s safe to say that God is what makes this school stand out from all the rest. This school truly stands up to its reputation of being a Christian college; it gave me the push I needed to show how much I love God and I didn’t have to worry about being ridiculed. The most memorable moment of NSO weekend was the float trip. It was ninety degrees out; the sun was blazing, everyone was sitting beneath trees to stay cool. Even though it was hot, everyone was glad to be there. A lot of long lasting relationships were made on that hot, hot day. “It was really fun and long, mostly long. But it was cool to get on the river and plant pecans along the bank it was amazing to be a part of something great. It was a really fun time!” says freshman Amber Lowery. When the NSO experience was over and classes were about to begin a lot of student valued the relationships that they had made and the talks they had listened to from alumni, teachers, or staff, and realized that it was time to make their own impression on the school.. To continue the good reputation of the school for oncoming freshmen or transfers, I realized that this isn’t just a college, but a family, and once you graduate, you will always remember this place. The place where you grew into the adult that you are today, no matter what, you never forget the family that formed you.
NSO : Students of SErvice During New Student Orientation (NSO) the incoming students engage in a service project to portray the ideals of Greenville College while promoting the growth of friendships among students. For the last few years, these projects have focused on improving the Greenville area. The most recent incarnation of the service project has moved back to its original structure, a float trip on the Meramec River. According to one organizer, Patrick Miller, this change was implemented to help make the event more enjoyable, without losing its focus on service. During the trip, the students were tasked with planting pecan seeds and collecting garbage along the river. Through planting seeds that would eventually grow into trees, students were combating soil erosion, preserving the natural beauty of creation. Picking up trash worked toward the same goal, restoring nature to its intended image. The experience culminated in a worship service, bringing the students together to praise their Creator. A portion of time was devoted to fun and swimming. This entertainment developed opportunities to bond with peers. The relationship building was enhanced through the seclusion. With only two people in each canoe, the ability to build relationships was limited by distance, so the focus became the pair. The worship experience, provided an opportunity for people to come together and develop friendships with a larger set of individuals. Yet, does this shift in programming alter the goals of the project? When I participated in the NSO service project, we helped to construct a nature trail by spreading gravel along a path. In comparison to the recent float trip, this project was much more labor intensive and not a typical recreational activity. Through
NSO : Beginning of Great Things Sitting alone at a lunch table while on the phone telling your mom that you’ll never survive college may not be the typical start to your freshman year, but it was my start! My first day of class was nerve wrecking because I didn’t know anyone or have any idea what I had gotten myself into! Of course, I’m not the only one who has been scared about being in college. Everyone who attends college will be a freshman at some point and has to go through the shocking changes from either being on their own for the first time or not being in high school anymore. Many freshmen are prepared for the change, while others take a little more time to adjust. Fortunately, for freshman Gabrielle “Gabby” Perdue, that change came quickly because she loves Greenville and is glad to be here. She isn’t really missing Kentucky! Gabrielle is part of the Track team and enjoys running for the college. She definitely sees herself being a senior at Greenville College and is going to strive to make this experience the best ever. This year, a lot of freshmen seem very enthusiastic and they fit right into college life! It’s really great to see that many freshmen have a mindset like Gabrielle and realize what a great experience Greenville can be. Gabby says that the freshmen are like a team; they all welcome each other. Many
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my own experience, I witnessed instant results; gravel had clearly been spread. In contrast, students on the float trip have less of an overt result as there was little visible change in the environment from planting seeds. Both projects served the community, yet results were more tangible in my experience. These different activities highlight the shift in focus for the event. A futureoriented service ideal is presented, demonstrating a commitment to long-term service. Additionally, the float trip better promotes the growth of friendships; my peers and I spent much of our time working, preventing conversation. Patrick Miller expressed his happiness with the form this year’s project took, although he believes there is room for progress. The organizers like that the current format provides more fun for the participants, but also want to refine the trip to better reflect the overall college experience. One recommendation would be to refine the focus on the future, using service as a vehicle to demonstrate that focus. As college students, we are all demonstrating a desire to invest in our futures. Instead of entering the workforce and accepting the immediate benefits involved, we have elected to dedicate time to improving our future prospects. Applying this principle to service can show the long term impact of our service.
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of them have gotten very close already. A lot of people around Greenville campus would agree with her and that may be the reason why these freshmen are loving college so much. They’re making the best of it. Freshman Anaya Tobiason likes Greenville so far. She has joined the Softball Team. She hangs out with her teammates very often and says they all get along great. Anaya has already made solid friends here, and she’s hoping being around her peers who have similar interests will both motivate and encourage her on and off the field. Of course, the beginning of my freshman year was very different from Gabby’s and Anaya’s. I didn’t make friends right away or join any sports. But, I also didn’t have a very positive outlook on college like Gabby did. After getting off the phone with my mom that day and meeting my first friend at that lunch table, it’s gotten better. I loved my freshman year at Greenville. I love Gabby and Anaya’s stories because it brings hope that you can have a great start to your freshman year, you just have to have a good mindset and good work ethic! Yes, freshman year and college in general is a very big step for everyone. But, branching out and having a positive mindset and hope can get you through it all- it worked for me, Gabby, and Anaya!
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More Than Just A Major By: Veronica Crisler
With the scent of hazelnut lattes, pumpkin spice chais, and roasted coffee beans permeating the air, I listen to Jenna Jackley’s voice floating around me and realize Jo’s Java is a place where coffee, music, and the best company always makes for a relaxing time. As I sit at a two person table pushed up against the warm purple wall, I study the person in front of me. Her short choppy blonde hair frames her joyful face and excitement lines her words as she recollects a story from her upbringing.
As Beth pressed on, God continued to work in her. She confesses that as the semester went on, her view of the purpose of her future career began to change into something more meaningful. The Lord was beginning to show her that her job would be more than a source of income—it would also be a ministry. She would come into contact with many broken people and her love alone wouldn’t be enough to fix them. God wanted her to use her passion to minister to those around her.
As a child, Beth Adams shied away from Barbie dolls and dress up. “I liked playing games like cops and robbers. I liked bringing the bad guys down... I was a tomboy.” Her past adventures turned into a passion for serving others, especially children and she decided to major in elementary education. After receiving her A.A. in spring of 2012, Beth began to study criminal justice and wound up transferring to Greenville College. Adapting didn’t come as easily to Beth, but her strong will pulled her through.
Beth now continues her studies with more vigor than before. “As Christians, we have to be open to God directing our lives. We have to trust and follow Him.” Now she has a purpose. Things have started to fall into place, not unlike when you find the missing piece to your jigsaw puzzle. Her story shows us that sometimes something as simple as a change in our major can affect the way we view life. In the long run, it can also enable us to better serve others.
After completing an internship at a juvenile detention center, the thought of helping troubled children spurred Beth onward in her studies. I smile at her recollections as determination lights up her eyes. A year passed before Beth began to realize that being an authoritative figure in the lives of troubled teenagers wouldn’t be enough to help them overcome their circumstances. It was at that point, during her second semester at Greenville, that she decided to double major, adding a degree in Psychology to her workload.
Your challenge after reading Beth’s story? Take a moment to reflect on what you’re studying. Think of the reasons you decided to pursue that certain degree. How can God work through you in the major that you’re pursuing? Pray and think about this, because we, the students of Greenville College, are the future of this Earth and it is our responsibility to bear Christ’s name and share His love, no matter what we do.
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WHAT IS A FREE METHODIST? Have you ever been asked, “What is a Free Methodist?” Many students come to Greenville College knowing very little about the Free Methodist Church. For the most part, students mainly know about that United Methodist Church down the road from their home. Greenville College tries to give a clear understanding of Wesleyan theology, but sometimes students don’t know the whole picture. If you have come from an area that has few Free Methodist churches, then you may know little about Greenville’s heritage. If you were curious about Free Methodist beliefs, you are in luck! The Free Methodist Church began in Pekin, New York in 1860. B.T. Roberts, a graduate of Wesleyan University left the Methodist Episcopal Church, mainly due to the “pew systems”. He felt that the Methodist Church was not living out orthodox Wesleyan theology they claimed to follow. But why did he go with the term “Free” Methodist? The “Free” emphasizes basic freedoms that are found within Scripture.
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Human Freedom: Every human had the right to be free. Freedom and Simplicity in Worship. Free Pews: Certain churches had a price for which pew you sat in causing wealthy families to take away from the poor, this is also known as the Pew System. Freedom from secrecy: Secret Societies, such as Freemasons, were signs of distrust. Freedom of lay persons to be involved with all levels of decision making. Freedom from materialism: To live a righteous life and help the poor.
This movement soon caught on, especially with those who were devout followers of Wesley. The Free Methodist Church has experienced quite a successful run thus far. But what is the difference between the United Methodists and the Free Methodists? There are very little differences in doctrine, but their practice and policy differs. United Methodist are considered to be more on the liberal end of interpretation of doctrine and Free Methodist are considered to be more conservative. Below are a few defining elements of Free Methodism
As studtents at greenville it is important that we are an active part of the community. Check out the churches below.
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The Holy Trinity: God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one. The Son Incarnation: God & Human. The Resurrection: He intercedes for us to God The Holy Spirit is Church’s life and power, is within us, & sanctifies us. Scripture: God’s word and Authority, uniquely inspired by the Holy Spirit. Free Will: We were created to choose right from wrong. Salvation: No other than Christ’s Sacrifice can atone for sins.
For more information on the Doctrine of the Free Methodist Church, go to their website at www.fmcusa.org.
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IF YOU’VE EVER WONDERED WHERE YOUR FRIENDS ARE GETTING THEIR LAST MINUTE SCHOOL SUPPLIES, WHERE TO GO TO FOR COUNSELING, TUTORING, OR TO MEET THE AMAZING DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SUCCESS, PATRICK MILLER, THEN THESE ARE FOR YOU. OUR CAMPUS RESOURCES ARE HERE FOR YOUR PERUSAL AND EXPLORATION, AND REALLY, THE PEOPLE RUNNING THEM WANT TO MEET YOU AND ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS. STUDY THIS INFOGRAPHIC TO LEARN WHERE TO GO, WHEN TO GO THERE, WHO TO TALK TO, AND WHAT YOU’LL LEARN. ENJOY!
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Remember that time when you dropped your plate in the D.C. for the first time and wondered why everyone was clapping at you? How about that time when you walked into the wrong class? You may remember the time you were looking for some retro decorative items for your room and had people name off nearly twenty different thrift stores…all on the same square! It is embarrassing to go through certain moments with the only excuse being, “I’m new”. Freshman students stick out like a cat on campus. So in honor of helping the newest class to Greenville College, some of the class of 2014 decided to give you some tips we wished we had received when we first came here.
Get involved! The more involved you are, the more connections and friendships you will make. It will help make your experience more enjoyable.
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Widening Our World View The homecoming parade is underway, antique automobiles, the fire department, and the floats of the sports teams drive past. Amidst the cheering of the crowd and the laughter of the children who are darting about to collect candy, you hear people begin to “Ooh” and “Ah”. Looking toward the oncoming traffic, you see a dancing beast, seemingly floating in the air, its striking colors dazzling your eyes. A Chinese dragon winds its way toward you. Riding the air waves, its bright fabric stands out against the soft fall colors. The people manning the dragon smile excitedly, delighted that their presence has inspired excitement in the crowd, proud to be sharing a piece of their culture with the onlookers.
By: Veronica Crisler
Once a students have competed all five levels, they take the TOEFL©,Test of English as a Foreign Language, and possibly the SAT©, Scholastic Assessment Test, as well. Their scores on these two tests will show how proficient they’ve become in English, proving whether they can stay to study at an Englishspeaking school or not. More often than not however, students pass the TOEFL© and SAT with flying colors. Many of those who have gone through our IELP, after receiving their test scores, decide to continue studying here at Greenville. Dr. Sandra Salguero-Schmidt explains that the program encompasses more than just academics. Our school wishes to provide students not only with the skills they need to communicate well in English or score well on the TOEFL©. The program that Greenville has created specifically for these international students also works towards teaching them American culture and traditions. Culture is just as much a part of language as the vocabulary used to create a sentence. Without the context of culture, or someone’s understanding of American ways, it would be harder for them to grasp the language.
These students represent Greenville College’s Intensive English Learning Program (IELP). Our IELP students come from all over the world! Most are from China, but we also currently have some from Japan and Africa as well. They’re main goal in being here is to learn English well, but they also begin to learn things about our culture as they study beside us. When we first meet them, we may think of all the differences that lie between our cultures. However, before we shy away from reaching out to them and stepping over the edge of our cross-cultural barrier, we should think of how Jesus would respond to them. Where we might take one step backward, He would take two steps forward, celebrating them and their culture and embracing their perception of the world we all live in. Right now, our IELP is comprised of three very important people. Dr. Schmidt, the Academic Director of the Intensive English Learning Program, Rain Liang, in charge of Intensive English Student Services, and Jo Wolf, Rain’s administrative assistant.
Shujun Cheng (Jim) Yixing Liu (Brian) Zhaoyang Sun (Lori)
The IELP was launched two and a half years ago, in the fall of 2011. The first group of international students arrived in October and excelled in their classes. They were soon joined by a second group in January of 2012, and so the cycle began. The IELP is broken up into five levels of learning. Students are given placement tests when they arrive and then placed in the correct class. The classes last for seven weeks at a time, and once a student has passed the classes for their level, they proceed onto the next.
Now this is where you come into the story. You may know some of these students. You’ve seen how much life and diversity they bring to our campus. We are so blessed to have them here! Dr. Schmidt expressed hopes of their presence helping widen the worldview of our students. In the same way, as our international students are stepping out of their comfort zone to live here and study at Greenville, let us embrace them with open arms, encouragement, and friendship. Their worldview is also changing and being shaped with every interaction that they have on this campus.
Our IELP program is set to receive another group of students this coming January. As these students begin their studies here at Greenville and start a new chapter of their lives in our community, let us accept them without hindrance. The best way to learn about someone’s culture is to become friends, accepting them for who they are. If we befriend our IELP students early on and continue to nurture that friendship, we will be helping them learn more about our culture and our language. I know for a fact that knowing them will change us too. Take the challenge and be open to the fact that you will grow as well.
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Who They Are & What They do
Resident Chaplains. They do crazy, stupid things to amuse you, take care of you when you’re sick, comfort you when you’re sad, and lead your floor Bible studies. They are the finest of GC Residence Life. You probably already know your floor R.C. by now, but here are some that you should take the time to meet.
Stephanie Durocher Jake Cannon 2nd Burritt West
What’s your floor theme? Disney Pixar! Who influenced you to become an R.C.? Emily Bishop and Ali Lund. What does being an R.C. mean to you? Being an R.C. means a lot to me. It means that I am always here for all of my girls no matter what time it is. It also means I’m a friend, having my door open for them to come hang out whenever. I want to be someone they can come talk to about anything on their mind and know it’s confidential. Being an R.C. has a lot of responsibilities but in my eyes it’s just me doing what I love to do. What’s a highlight you’ve had as an R.C.? Burritt had a scavenger hunt and my floor dressed up in togas and ran all around campus and town. Also, going to the soccer games and making shirts with individual letter that spelled “GO PANTHERS!” when we stood together.
What’s your floor theme? Our floor theme is Star Wars. Specifically how Star Wars relates to spiritual warfare and how that affects us as Christians. So our floor verses are Ephesians 6:12 and 2 Corinthians 10:4-5. What does it mean to be an R.C.? Being an R.C. means being responsible for the spiritual growth of the guys on my floor by providing opportunities for them to be challenged, convicted, and called to submit to Christ. It also means being a role model. Being the spiritual leader of a floor is a huge responsibility. Being a Resident Chaplain isn’t just another job; it’s a calling to minister. More importantly, it’s a lifestyle.
2nd Tenney West
What’s your floor theme? Choose joy. Choose to shine. What made you want to become an R.C.? The desire to build community and relationships. To me, being an R.C. means sharing life and investing in others. It means serving and loving well.
What’s a highlight you’ve had as an R.C.? Something comes to my mind is when Joy did the Mountain Dew challenge. The last person with their hand on the seven twenty-four packs wins it all. The most of the What is your floor theme? guys who participated were from my floor, My theme is Dr. Suess and we are going and one of them won! I was a proud to be talking about simplicity! We are just R.C. that night. learning about how simplicity is important because Jesus is all we really need! Who encouraged you to become an R.C.? Nicole Barks was my R.C. last year and What’s your floor theme? she was very encouraging! She was very Being God’s Minion (Despicable Me) inspiring and showed me what it means to What does it mean to be an R.C.? be intentional with people and what it means It means a chance to meet new people, to to love people! have fun, to build relationships, to grow with What does being an R.C. mean to you? It God, and to act like a crazy person. Being means so much to me! I love being available an R.C. is not an easy job. It doesn’t pay to God for Him to speak through me to my a lot. It means late nights and long hours residents and I like being in a leadership role sometimes. But even with all these things, that allows people to see me as a you will never find anything more rewarding. reliable person.
Micah Truitt 2nd Burritt Annex
Andy Mulholland 1st Joy
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Adventures Beyond the Bubble
Lives of Service and Love “I looked at the tentacle pinched between my chopsticks. I silently promised God that I would eat every grain of rice served to me from that point forward - if only He would make all of the octopus on my tray evaporate... Seems my bargaining wasn’t too persuasive. But I suppose if choking down cafeteria lunch is the biggest challenge of our jobs, that must mean we have pretty great jobs.” –The Team Gandie Blog
hortly after graduating from Greenville College, we moved to South Korea to teach English for a 12 month contract with the Korean public school system. We live and work in Yesan, which is located in Chungcheongnam-do Province, as elementary English teachers.
As we attempt to settle into our new home while maneuvering through various stages of culture shock and assimilation, we often find ourselves reflecting on the things of our past that have shaped us and prepared us for where we are today. Our experiences at Greenville College, including our work in completing our TESOL certificates, have been at the forefront of our minds, as we explore the reasons why we are doing what we are doing.
Garrett Rea was born in Riverside, California and Andie Rea (formally Andie Kincaid) was born in Salina, Kansas. They both grew up (and met each other in the 9th grade at their high school youth group) living in the Kansas City area. Andie began studying at GC in August of 2009 and Garrett in August of 2011. Both
As might be expected with any cross-cultural experience, we have encountered a vast array of challenges since moving to Korea- including trying to order food and set up a bank account. But despite the many challenges we have encountered, we realize how our time at Greenville College deeply impacted us by stretching our perceptions of the world around us. We believe our time at Greenville College taught us to think of our faith and purpose in more global terms. It was at Greenville College that we learned to value the free sharing of ideas and traditions across cultural boundaries (COR 102 anyone?). It was at Greenville College that we were challenged to see that often times there is more than one right answer (that’s some COR 301 logic for ya) For example, pickles and corn on pizza seems to be a right answer here in Korea. At Greenville College we were formed into persons who are able to find joy in being immersed in another culture and rich value in experiencing what it is like to be a stranger in a foreign land. We feel that our educational and spiritual formation at Greenville College equipped us to be able to see the significance of this experience, of us being able to empathize with the foreigner (is anybody reading Resident Aliens by Dr. Stanley Hauerwas?). We have continually found hope in the fact even though we are strangers in this land, God is with us (like on Walkabout) and is ever present in the life of the Church here in Korea. And although we feel disconnected at times from the people of Yesan, we, in some mysterious way,
are connected to the thousands of our brothers and sisters in Christ who live and worship here. We are reminded that we are members of the Body of Christ, a very global body that spans all generations and cultures, a body that transcends time and space. Each time we see a neon-red cross atop a church building here or a wooden cross on a back wall at a family owned restaurant, we find comfort knowing that we, through God’s grace, are connected. Through a blossoming relationship with one of Andie’s co-workers, we were recently blessed with the opportunity to worship with the kind folks at Yesan First Methodist. There we experienced, in a very tangible way, our mysterious kinship in the global Body of Christ as we prayed the Lord’s Prayer and recited the Apostles’ Creed alongside our Korean-speaking brothers and sisters. It is our hope and prayer that throughout our time in Yesan, we become a part of this vibrant community both spiritually and socially. We are very thankful for our transformation process that began at Greenville College and that, we pray, will continue on throughout our time here in South Korea. We encourage you to consider ways you too can serve in the global body of Christ.
graduated with the GC class of 2013. Andie was a Digital Media Major, emphasis Video and Film, TESOL minor. Garrett was a Urban-Cross Cultural Ministry Major, also a minor in TESOL. Garrett and Andie now live in the city of Yesan, in the province of Chungcheongnam-do in South Korea.
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Lend me your hand
Up From the Ground We Arose
In high school, I was a part of a youth group in the small town of Poplar Bluff, Missouri. One event that really opened my eyes to the importance of sacrifice and service in the life of a Christian was a thirty-hour fast that my friends and I participated in. The whole goal of this famine was obviously to not eat for 30 hours, but to also in that time, give of our time and energy to the community around us. We painted the Salvation Army. I came to realize later that we were doing something with the intention of being the hands and feet of Jesus. Through this experience, a group of teenagers were being practically taught the importance of service and that is a message that has stuck with me ever since. Through this lesson and many discussions I had later on throughout the day, I learned the incredible responsibility we are given by Christ to go out and serve the world and to show His love to every individual we meet. Throughout my college career thus far, like most college students, I have wondered if I’ve chosen the right major, if I should add or drop a class, or even if I was attending the right school. Instead of worrying so much about these things, I want to focus your attention on something very important: No matter the reason or motivation behind moving to Greenville, we are all here for a reason. According to our website, “Greenville College empowers students for lives of character and service through a transforming Christcentered education in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies.” Notice how character and service go hand in hand in this sentence? This is not mere coincidence nor is it just two good things randomly picked as examples for a “well-rounded” person. They are inseparable, complementary, and essential aspects of living a fulfilled life. I believe that when you engage in being a servant to another person it requires certain Christ-like characteristics, such as love, humility and kindness that begin to affect the very deepest part of your being. For those of you who do not know me, I am the new outreach coordinator on the Vespers staff. My goal is to give every person on this campus the opportunity to give back to the town we are living in; not only for the benefit of the community, but for the opportunity for individuals to reach their fullest potential. I am fully aware that not everyone on campus is a Christian, nor do they enjoy going to chapel or Vespers. However I do think it is safe to assume that many of you believe that helping others is the right thing to do. So, here is my challenge to every student on campus: first, accept and embrace that you are here for a reason. Second, take notice of the community we are a part of. And lastly, get actively involved in making a difference in the lives of those around us. When you begin to focus on these things instead of all the pressure and stress surrounded by being a student, from personal experience I can tell you that life will be just a little bit more enjoyable.
By: Jennifer Gray
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Monks clung to it, and the stories of the benefits of it, the sacred nature of the act, continue to be passed down as the old gardener teaches the youngsters about the circle of life and the simple joys that come from dipping down into the soil. With all of that said, I simply have to ask, when is the last time you tended a garden? For some it could be as recent as this summer, but for others it may have been awhile, maybe that first grade experiment with the pea pods. Did you know you could give it a go again? Now wrapping up its third round of COR 401 projects, the Adamah Community Garden is a perfect chance to connect back with the earth that God made. During the fall of 2012 a COR 401 group (Wes Bergen, Andie Rea, Garret Rea, Krysta Beam, Millie Hodnett, Lili Castillo, Lisa Krajecki) began to plant the seeds of this garden. They got grants, they secured a location, and they began to present the theology behind the idea. Working together, they proposed that working side by side with members of the community would provide excellent opportunities to break down walls between the town and the college. Then with the idea germinating in the minds of all who listened they did the last thing they needed to in order for the project to not end when they finished their presentation they passed on the mantle. In the spring semester of 2013 Hannah Groves, Mikey Ward, Jennifer Carter, Matthew Cowman, Corinne Coon, and Jeff Langley picked up their tools and began to take a concept and breathe life into it. They built beds to plant seedlings, they equipped the area to be one of productivity and peace, and they began to present possible options for use of the garden through a campus Garden Club. They also taught about the relationship between mankind and the earth. With convincing theology and life sprouting up, this team again passed the job on to another COR group to finish it out. Austin Moore, Denee Menghini, Alyssa Gosselin, Tyler Semple, and Ben Bowers are the third COR 401 group to take on this project. Between expanding the site to include more beds, providing instruction for care of the garden and proper enjoyment of the food, and initiating the Greenville College Garden Club these five are furthering the idea to continuity and the community to unity. Maybe it’s been awhile since you got your hands dirty, or you enjoyed the fresh product of your work. Here’s a chance to know the joys of both. Contact any of the current COR group by their campus email, for ways to get involved and be a part of what could be a major element of the future of Greenville College. So, come along, grab a trowel, and dig in.
By: Jon Johnson
New Sense OF Direction transformation in vespers
The lights go down just as the countdown reaches zero, then light sweeps over the crowd as the first power chord resounds through the hall. Your best friend is to your right and by some stroke of luck that girl you’ve been really hopeful about is to your left and her voice is amazing. After a song to help lift you up and another that brings you to your knees, the band takes their seats as some guy starts giving a message about how we are loved so we might love and blessed so that we might be a blessing and he does a really good job. You laugh, you cringe at the realization of your own shortcomings, and as he steps down, you convince yourself to live differently. The evening ends, your buddy takes off, you walk your lady friend back to her dorm and even as you head back to your room, you begin to make a case for how tomorrow will be the beginning of a new chapter. Like all of our best intentions, though, morning comes too soon to be what you dreamt for it and ultimately Greenville College Vespers was just another great night to commune with God and then return to everyday life. To address the challenges of overcoming the hurdles in the way of transformational change, Vespers has expanded this year. In place of two or three individuals, a team of eight students work together to produce not simply an evening service, but an act of service meant to equip the student body for the transformation of their lives. Brittney Gilleland and Jesse Tyrell function in administrative roles, overseeing the whole process and developing a vision for the year. Chelsey Noe organizes After Hours, the time of fellowship after Vespers, ensuring the presence of food, music, and just a good space to unravel. Tyler Kohrs heads up the Greeting Staff. Missy Deal organizes the Missions Programs. Jennifer Gray leads the Outreach Team, with a focus on providing ways students can serve the community around us and bring glory to the Lord. Jon Johnson oversees the Prayer Team. Stephanie Franco manages most day to day communication so that everything can run smoothly each week. It is the hope of this team to provide as many opportunities as possible to address the challenges to a transformed life. There will still be those frustrating Friday mornings, but the opportunity is there and readily accessible so that you do not go about change alone.
By: Jon Johnson
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“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone. Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” - Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. What we’ve started here at Greenville College is called a University Chapter, or UChapter, for short. UChapters is a network of student organizations on college and university campuses that exists to embody the mission and vision of To Write Love on Her Arms. Through organized meetings and events, each chapter serves as a voice of hope, inspiration, and support for students and their surrounding communities.
Our main goal and purpose here at Greenville College is to remind students that we were not created to do life alone. TWLOHA—Greenville College wants to walk with students through the dark moments, especially the places where they feel most isolated. We don’t want you to do this by yourself. We hope to be the voice in the dark reminding you that you are loved, you matter, and you don’t have to do this alone. By TWLOHA—Greenville College Executive Board
Our UChapter, TWLOHA—Greenville College, currently has four officers: Shelby Harper is our president, Lisa Burhanna is our vice-president, Andrea Deien is our treasurer, and Katie Harn is our secretary. Lisa and Shelby saw the need for a UChapter on Greenville’s campus their freshman year and decided to more actively pursue the endeavor in the fall of their sophomore year. With help from GSO, we recruited Andrea and Katie and set out for the Chicago Move Conference in December of 2011 to begin the process of bringing a UChapter to our campus. At the conference we learned about the brokenness, stigma, and shame that surrounds the issues that TWLOHA addresses. We also learned about UChapters and what the process of starting and running one looks like. When we returned to Greenville we began what ended up being a two-year process of chartering our club. After rechartering at the beginning of this school year, we were ready to begin making our presence on campus known. We kicked off the year with an event called “Fears vs. Dreams” during suicide prevention week. This event had two different activities that we encouraged students to participate in. The first involved writing ones biggest fears and greatest dreams on a dry erase board and posing for a picture. We also did a “Light Up Your Dreams” event where we asked students write their dreams on white paper bags. On Thursday night before Lisa Burhanna spoke at Vespers, we put candles in every bag and lit them, lining the sidewalk to chapel. Our goal with these events was to remind students that there is a life that exists outside of this present moment; that even though things may be rough now, you have a dream to pursue and a purpose to continue living. Next semester, we are planning to host a fundraising event called Hope-n-Mic night. We don’t want to give away too many details just yet, but we are hoping to bring students together for an evening of music, coffee, and honesty.
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Set Free is about creating new futures for those who have been sucked into slavery. We want to give them hope that there is something better than
the situation that they are in. –Marisa Thomason
If you have been around campus at all this year, then you may have seen a few posters promoting the set free movement. Perhaps you’ve heard a chapel announcement with the words “slavery” and “set free” in it. You know of the dangers of slavery and the people that it entangles. Or maybe you don’t, and you’re oblivious to the fact that somewhere here, in Greenville, there could be a slave, forced to do things they do not want to do and having no way of escape. “I didn’t know much about the Set Free Movement when I came to Greenville, especially my freshman year. But then last year, Ginger Coakley came to speak in chapel, and she spoke about this girl who had come to the community in a bus. She was going around and selling jewelry for her owner’s profit. They [Greenville Set Free Task Force] didn’t get a chance to catch her.” Marisa Thomason is involved with the Set Free Movement, specifically the Greenville Set Free Task Force that is dealing with slavery in our area. She helped start the awareness of the Set free movement here on campus. Last semester, she and some others created flags from streamers that were hung up around Scott Field on a rainy afternoon. There were 2,700 flags in all and each flag represented 10,000 slaves. The message Marisa wanted to share with the campus was obvious. Every time students walked by the flags, they would think about those people who were lost in slavery. Marisa told me about the Task Force’s plan to build a safe house for slaves. “The Task Force is actually working on raising funds and getting ideas ready for a safe house. They really feel God is calling them to open a safe house to help create those new futures for those who have been freed or who have been wrapped up into the slave world.” Sitting with Marisa and learning about the Set Free movement helped me realize that our campus can be directly involved with the freeing of slaves and the restoration of innocents’ lives.
Students can look for suspicious behavior, call the hotline, or get involved with our regional task force. Most importantly, we can pray, and that alone, with God at the forefront, is powerful enough to set anyone free. “We want to work with the sports teams to see if we can get their uniforms and equipment fair trade. A lot of the equipment we typically use are made by slaves. Even the coffee on campus, we want it to be fair trade. One of my goals is to get as many things on campus fair trade… We want to see people supporting this and praying about this. That’s a big thing about Set Free too. We may not be able to see things visibly right now, but you can pray, and prayer changes a lot of things. We want to be very consistent in praying for these people and for those who are doing what they can right now.”
By: Veronica Crisler
If you want to learn more about the Set Free Movement, you can check out www.setfreemovement.org or contact Marisa Thomason (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out how you can get involved with the Greenville Set Free Task Force and our campus events.
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The Show Must Go On! Such is the age-old mantra of the theatre, and it rings true especially during this semester with all participants taking the changes in stride. Indeed, there have been several events that have changed the face of the Factory Theatre this last semester, and will continue to do so. The only words we can use to describe this transition are “exciting” and “hopeful.”
By Austin Schumacher
husband, took a leave of absence from the theatre, the college called another retired employee, Dr. Bill Ahern. A previous biology professor and time-honored thespian, to assist during this time. He is currently leading the technical direction at the Factory Theatre.
Going through a period of transition last year with Jared Cole leading the Factory Theatre Dr. Cecelia Ulmer’s retirement, change was ready to strike again as Cole accepted a position at Oral Roberts University, where he is currently acting as an Assistant Professor of Theatre. Thus, GC was once again looking for a Director of the Factory Theatre, and they found one! After going through the search process, Greenville College decided to hire Rachel Foulks as the new head of the theatre dept. Indeed, one must say that they were so impressed with her, that they allowed her to finish out her current position as a stage manager for the touring show VeggieTales Live: God Made You Special.
Finally, we come to current events as the Factory Theatre presents Harvey by Mary Chase this semester. Under the watchful and experienced eye of Dr. Ulmer, this show has come to life in a way that only she could bring about. Choosing actors from a variety of areas ranging from freshman (Alexis Pierce) to seniors (Zach Bonner), Austin Schumacher, Jill Rutherford, Jessie Polley) to seniors (Bill Ahern [65+]), Dr. Ulmer has fitted a cast that makes this story come alive. Other actors in this show include Taylor Meyers, Brittain Monroe, Tyler Lamb, Parker Wray, and Quinton Hughes. Telling the story of an aging man and his invisible rabbit, Harvey is one that is quite popular amongst theatre-goers and is sure to please this time around as well. This comedy is one that is full of charm and heart-touching moments.
However, considering that a professor was needed to start the semester, the college decided to call Dr. Ulmer back to the stage for one last, final round. After teaching at GC for 40 years, Dr. Ulmer returned for one more semester as the theatre dept. head until Ms. Foulks arrival. In addition to this transition, however, another was also to take place concerning the technical direction of the theatre. As long-time professor, Mr. David Ulmer, Cecelia’s
As the Greenville College Theatre Department looks towards the future, we see the dawn of a new era as Ms. Foulks claims her place at the college and provides fresh direction after the production of Harvey. We also see some of the seniors coming to terms with the beginning of the end of their college theatre careers. Still, in the midst of all of this change and transition, everyone holds tight to the same core belief; the show must go on!!
Brittain Monroe Austin Schumacher
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By: Amber Lee
The Guide To Healthy Dining and Dorm Room Eating: We’ve all heard it, we’ve probably all said it, “The D.C. has no healthy food, it’s junk.” Well, to our surprise, there are actually healthy options in the D.C., and yes more than just the salad bar. The problem is that, as students, we’re looking for quick and easy, and when we go to eat, we’re not taking the time to make good food choices. We don’t eat right because we just go in and slam the food down and leave, and go to class and sit or even go nap. All of these things are unhealthy. Let’s break it down and talk about some healthier options. When it comes to the Dining Commons, here are some generic tips for eating healthier:
Tip of thumb 1 tsp
1. When you go in, grab a glass of water first. Drink it and then go for food. This will help fill your stomach and help prevent over-eating. Soon, you learn how much food is really enough. 2. SALAD! You heard it here! Restaurants do it right! Salad first, grab some spinach, some veggies and a little bit of dressing. The lighter colored salad dressing tends to be the healthiest, so put down the ranch! A small known fact, two tablespoons of dressing is enough to do a whole salad! 3. All right, here it is, it’s time, GO EAT! Be mindful of portion control. Not sure how to do that? Look down below and find some small tips.
Portion Measurements with hands Fist 1 Cup
Cupped Hand 1/2 Cup
Palm 3 oz Thumb 1 tbsp
Vegetable Stir Fry (With Rice) Calories: 251 Fat: 9.66g Carbs: 31.6 Protein: 7.7g Sodium: 380mg
The FDA recommends we limit our daily sodium consumption of 2,300mg; the average American consumes 3,400mg. If you eat two ham sandwiches a day that’s over 67% of your recommended intake. Choosing something lower in sodium can help to lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk
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Ham Sandwich Calories: 352 Fat: 15.5g Carbs: 33.3g Protein: 20.7g Sodium: 771mg
of having a heart attack later in life. Choosing something with lower sodium, like vegetable stir fry, is a good way to go. Just remember that adding sauces and meat can greatly increase the sodium level.
Peanut Butter Energy Bites Ingredients:
1/2 peanut butter (smooth or chunky) 1/2 cup oatmeal 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1 cup raisins 1 tablespoon honey 1tablespoon flax seed (optional) 1 tablespoon wheat germ (optional)
1. Mix peanut butter, oatmeal, sunflowerseeds, raisins, and honey. 2. Roll mixture into balls 3. Mix equal amounts of flax seeds and wheat germs in a seperate bowl and roll the balls in this mixture (optional) You can make some substitutions with the ingredients. For example, substitute the raisins for chocolate chips or chopped nuts instead of sunflower seeds. There are many possibilities, just be careful and keep the ratios consistent.
Chicken Patty (Fried)
Calories: 192 Fat: 12.5g Carbs: 9.6g Protein: 8.6g Sodium: 384mg
Calories: 141 Fat: 3.1g Carbs: 0 Protein: 27.6g Sodium: 99mg
The D.C. offers REAL chicken breasts twice a week. So put down the chicken patties, ketchup, and cheese. Instead pile your plate with lettuce and veggies to make a delicious chicken salad. Sources: ◘ www.caloriecount.about.com ◘ www.fda.gov
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WHAT EVERY DORM ROOM NEEDS By: Cody Homewood
Quarter Collection command hooks
1 Dorm rooms tend to be lit by fluorescent lights, which can become undesirable. Using Christmas lights or lamps can lighten the mood, creating a more relaxing atmosphere. Also, Christmas lights enhance the atmosphere of your room beyond simple lighting; they don’t get too bright if they’re used in moderation so you can watch Netflix and still have enough light to see your homework.
Most of the dorms at Greenville are tile and while a few are carpeted, a rug can still help make the room more comfortable. Tile floors grow cold, adding a rug provides a pleasant buffer between the cold floor and your feet. Even the carpeted dorms are enhanced with a rug. The carpet tends to be thin; the addition of a rug changes the texture to one that is more comfortable on one’s bare feet.
While most of the buildings on campus are air conditioned, the temperature in dorm rooms tends to vary from room to room. Turning on a fan can go a long way toward cooling down your room and making it more pleasant. Even within a single room, roommates may prefer different temperatures. A fan is a simple way to resolve disputes regarding temperature by pointing the fan at just one person.
Most people already have these, but they can be very helpful. When all you want to do is watch Netflix but your roommate is listening to music, headphones can help. All it takes is for one person to put in headphones and both people can enjoy what they want. Try taking turns with the headphone use, that way both roommates get a chance to listen without the restriction of a cord.
Nothing is worse than getting to laundry day and realizing the change machine in the Union is broken. This unfortunate scenario can be remedied by keeping change in your room. Be wary though, if your friends find out that you have a massive quarter collection they may repeatedly ask to “borrow” a few.
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6 As we are not allowed to make holes in the wall to hang things, command hooks provide a great alternative. While they have a very simple design, using them can immensely help you use the space in your dorm more efficiently. For instance, the back of a door is a great spot to hang upa coat or towel. Creativity helps with command hooks, but harnessing that creativity is half the fun.
LIVING ON CAMPUS OFF CAMPUS VS
IT’S MY HOUSE By: Breanna Johnson
Living either on or off campus has both pros and cons. Living off campus, having more of your own space, and a little more freedom can be a great thing as opposed to having to live and share with different people, or just your roommate. Up until now, I assumed mostly everyone who lived off campus in houses or apartments liked it better and preferred not to live in the dorms. But, some Greenville students do miss living on campus and even prefer it over living off campus. Sophomore, Rachel Renshaw, is living in the Blankenship Apartments this year and says it has its perks, but she doesn’t love walking to her classes and she misses the community. James Menk, also a Sophomore, is living off campus for the first time this year, and feels that living on campus is better because there are more resources available and it’s easier to get to meet new people. A lot of people who used to live on campus have reasons why they can no longer live there, money can be the main
factor. Senior, Mikeyla Dawson, moved off campus last spring, and says it’s a lot of responsibility living in an apartment, including working to pay bills, and having to drive back and forth from campus to work. She never had to worry about most of this when she was living on campus. This is something to take into consideration for all those people who want to move off campus. It may not be all it’s cracked up to be! Maintaining a dorm requires responsibility, so does having your own house or apartment. Honestly, some students only look at the good side of not having to live in the dorms: They think about having parties whenever they want, and not having to abide by any other dorm rules. That’s what Sophomore Ken Logans thinks! He says there are so many more reasons why he wants to live off campus, and is hoping to get a house with his roommate next year. I’m pretty sure he’s not the only one who wants that freedom. I personally felt the same way Ken did, until I talked to
those who live away from campus. Like others, the good side was the only side I was paying attention to, but there is more to it than that! Personally, I feel living on campus is getting the “full” college experience. I don’t plan on being in college forever so my time to experience living in dorms, getting to know girls on my floor, and meet new people in an intimate setting won’t always be available. It can prepare you because you are forced to deal with different personalities, unique ways of living; it can help you form great relationships in the long run! Until college, I’ve never had to share my room with anyone, and even though it’s not always easy having to share your space, it can be really fun and a good experience. So to all of you who don’t enjoy living on campus, just know that living off campus isn’t always the best either. Both have their positives, and that’s what you should focus on. Enjoy living where you are and make the most of it!
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OF K I N D N E S S By: Diamond Mitchell
What is kindness? Is it saying hello to the girl sitting alone in a corner at the Dining Commons? Maybe it’s smiling at the boy that looks extremely sad? If you answered “yes” to either of those questions, then you are correct, kindness is defined by our actions. College is hard, it was never said that it would be easy. Papers and tests can really take a toll. Stress levels raise to the point when giving up seems like an acceptable option. Most times, hanging out with friends can be a cure for that type of stress, but it’s not the only cure. When I am in a slump or having a bad day, it’s always nice to have someone smile in my direction or say a simple hello. Small actions like this always immediately brightens my day. You never know how something so small can affect someone’s life— it can encourage someone to continue pressing on.
semester, Joy hall flooded; apparently someone left the faucet running and water trickled all the way down from the fourth to the first floor. It may not have been funny at the moment, but I’ve heard people recalling the story and then laughing about it since it’s in the past.
There are people I walk by every day who never smiling. Perhaps they don’t think there’s anything worth smiling about. However, I think if we pay attention to some of the things happening around us, we would see that there are random little moments to smile about all the time. We can find joy in the simplest things. For example, I recently found out that a couple of female students went to Dollar General and purchased a toy gun, then proceeded to play Old Western and have a shoot-out near the Burritt fire pit. Also, earlier in the
Random acts are funny and bring unexpected joy to our lives, but acts of kindness are even better because they show someone you care. What have you done lately that was kind or considerate? If you can’t answer this question, I encourage you to go out and be a disciple for Christ. I encourage you to go to the next person you see to make an impact on their life, even if it’s by doing something small. What you think is tiny and insignificant may actually be a huge blessing to someone. Go out and commit random acts of kindness, and remember that a smile can speak a thousand words.
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The list is continuous! One time my friends burst out in song at the D.C. At the same time that we were singing, another group of students were screaming in different pitches at the top of their lungs. All these moments were unplanned and unexpected but those are the ones that often cause smiles. We’ve all heard the saying, “actions speak louder than words.” By now we all know it’s true. You may not know the person sitting next to you right now, you may not know what they are going through or what they are thinking about, but it’s never too late to ask, to branch out.
January’s a month for new beginnings and invisible ice placed only on the paths of where I am walking. Interterm is a time where you get to take the best classes for only three weeks. It will also give you the opportunity to instantly raise your G.P.A; so your parents will finally put money in your bank account again! So whether you are already signed up for an interterm class or not, here is a list of the top 5 Interterm classes coming up this January.
Top 5 Interterm Classes this YeaR By: Cody Ripperger
GS175 - Cuisine & Culture Taught by: Deloy Cole
If you are like me, your stomach is 100% American and is hungry 24/8. So why not spend your January traveling and eating? Sound too far-fetched? Think again. Eat foods from different cultures anywhere between St. Louis and New Orleans and satisfy that hunger to learn (excuse the terrible pun). This is a general credit course, but is going to be a tasty general credit.
HST172 & DM375 - Peoples and Cultures of Nicaragua/ Exploring Communication Design in Nicaragua
PSY170 - Movie Madness Taught by: Richard Beans
Still missing Psychology credit? Not anymore. Remember that time when you watched Psycho and got to the twist ending, and shouted out, “What a Psycho”? Well, this course is meant for you to understand all of that! Watch movies to understand topics such as: psychopathology, sensation, learning, social dynamics, and personality. Watch movies and get Psychology credit this January, or stay at home and freeze. Your choice.
MGT172 - Equestrian Science and Management Taught by: Suzanne Davis
Close your eyes and go back to 1996. The Legend of Zelda, Ocarina of Time is playing and Link is on his little horse. How cool was that? Want to live that? Well now you can (minus the swords, princess, Ganondorf, and the ever loving Gorons). But spend your January riding English and Western horses, plus learning how to manage an equestrian facility!
Taught by: Richard Huston & Jessa Wilcoxen
Worried it may be a long January of hyperthermia? Why not take a trip down south? Texas? Nope, how about Nicaragua, home of the Sumatran Rat Monkey. Students will get to experience Nicaragua first-hand. Special attention will be given to the history, politics, and religion of this Central American nation. Not only that, you can get to see some of their various sites of cultural importance! Who else will get to spend three weeks of a cold January in Central America, plus get credit? Need DM credit? While in Nicaragua, you can utilize design, video, and photography to promote mission work within Nicaragua. Students will also create art inspired by their experience in Central America.
REL361 - Church in the City
Taught by: Rick McPeak If you are a junior or a senior, this course is perfect for you. Why? Well, I’ll tell you why in two words. Dr. Joe. You read that right, Dr. Joe Culumber will be hosting this class in Seattle as you travel from city to city learning about ministries in each city. Go to St. Louis, Denver, Salt Lake City, and the home of Grunge itself, Seattle, to make friends and understand what it means to be a church in a city bigger than Greenville (hard to believe places like that exist, I know).
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Bucket List of Adventures Sometimes there’s just nothing left to do in Greenville. If you’ve been here for more than a week, then you know what I’m talking about. So which should you do first: transfer, go crazy or start chasing squirrels around campus? The answer is D—none of the above! All you really need is a car, gas money, and a sense of adventure! Time to start a bucket list! Ready, set, go! The Bock Museum: It’s tiny, but it’s interesting, and it’s located right behind the Student Union in the Almira College House (which was built in 1855). The Bock Museum hosts the largest collection of scupture and art created by Richard W. Bock, a contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright. Take a friend one day after class and go check it out. It’s always fun to read the inscriptions on the art that is displayed there—you’re likely to learn something new and amazing about Greenville College. St. Louis: When campus is empty on the weekends, it’s not because everyone went home— no—it’s because they packed a couple of cars full of people and took I-70 all the way past the Arch and into the city. There is so much to do in St. Louis! If you try to make an adventure out of it every time you go, you’ll find places that no one knew about before and that will make for fun weekend getaways. The only thing you really have to worry about is gas money, but that’s when carpooling comes in handy. The following attractions are located around St. Louis and are “practically” free—a good thing too, since we are, of course, “broke college kids”. The City Garden: The first time I stumbled upon the city garden, it was 10 p.m. on a late April night, there was a Blues and Jazz music festival nearby, and it the fountains in the middle of the garden were lit up as they shot towards the sky. It was breathtaking, and everything about it screamed exploration! The city garden is about two blocks long located in the middle of St. Louis, behind Busch Stadium and close to the Riverfront area. It’s fun to explore, no matter what time of day and absolutely free. Have you been wanting to ask that cute girl out for a while? Now would be the perfect time to do it, and the City Garden would be the perfect place to go. There’s even a great selection of restaurants nearby. Union Station: I haven’t been yet, but people speak highly of this old train station. Before it was a place of transportation, marketing, and adventure. Now it’s filled with restaurants, decorated storefronts and historical landmarks. Tours can be arranged, or you can take some friends to check it out on your own. Try not to spend all your money, but make sure you have fun nonetheless and take note of the amazing architecture of this old railway station. City Museum: This place sounds boring, until you see the steel mesh tunnels pushing out of the roof of the building, and the people who are ecstatically climbing through them. The city museum really is an attraction for all ages. If you aren’t afraid of getting a bit dirty from running through the caverns in the basement, chasing your friends along the forts outside, or crawling through the mesh constructs atop the building, then you should go check this out. Ticket prices get cheaper if you have more people in your group, so make sure to bring as many friends as you can. The more, the merrier, right?
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Sanctus Real By: Cody Homewood On their last leg of The Run Tour, Sanctus Real, accompanied by Citizen Way and the Neverclaim, agreed to play their final show at Greenville College on November 18th. GC Music Business and Audio Engineer students helped transform Whitlock into a music venue. Lights, seating, merch, and VIP passes were all part of this enormous transformation. Similar to when Agapefest takes place, people from outside the community came to experience music together. Although chapel contains musical elements, the music is only a portion of the service and not the priority in all circumstances. Offering a concert in the same venue shifts the needs of the building because it no longer has to accomplish as many goals. Audio engineering and music business students worked alongside the staff of Sanctus Real to turn Whitlock into an operating concert venue for a night. On the production side, students joined with the bands production team to set up audiovisual elements that go beyond the scope of a worship service at Greenville.
experiences on the road, and even more so their views on playing music as a calling. As professional touring musicians, they realize the necessity to sacrifice elements of home life in order to play music. To compensate for this sacrifice, they make sure to schedule their time at home in a manner that allows them to spend the most amount of time with their families, while still leaving time for them to create music. Their families are supportive of this sacrifice because they recognize that their music is a calling from God. The band members use their musical gifts to share the love of Christ because music easily reaches new people. Their concert at Greenville reflected that belief, offering praise to God and Christian ideas in song. The audience could grow from these ideas, being exposed to them in a new way.
These elements brought more energy into the music, enhancing the overall experience. On the business end, music business students worked to ensure the concert ran smoothly and that the remainder of Whitlock facilitated the experience. Merchandise tables line the lobby, tickets and VIP passes adorned the crowd, and plenty of people were present to help everyone figure out how the night would go. From assisting with the sale of band merchandise to selling tickets to helping people find seats,
students were present throughout the event. Simultaneously, students also functioned as a hospitality team, making the artists’ time at Greenville the best it could be. From working with catering to showing the artists’ around the campus and town, students were an active part of Sanctus Real and the other bands’ visit. For example, one such student took the lead singer of Sanctus Real thrift shopping, a common pastime of Greenville students, to pass some of the time. Additionally, Sanctus Real participated in two question and answer sessions with students. The band spoke about their
At Greenville, the Recital Hall of Whitlock is a place for the campus community to gather and glorify God. From the fellowship inherent in sitting together in a pew to the central focus toward a teacher, the room is physically structured to edify the community in a specific way. Concert venues employ similar tactics to bring focus on the performers and the entertainment they provide. The audience is still grouped together to help one-another enjoy a communal experience, and the area is still formatted to focus on the performer. Beyond the adornment of the room, physical aspects are mostly the same with only subtle differences. One such difference is that the seating area in a concert venue is further from the stage, allowing the audience to gather in front of the stage, further immersing themselves in the experience. During chapel, the speaker is closer to the audience, demonstrating that the speaker can relate to the audience through shared community. One method brings the audience to the music, the other brings the teaching to the audience. Both were able to be incorporated for The Run Tour, and I’m pretty sure the audience was grateful for that.
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G O D WON’T DROP THE BALL
Before coming to Greenville, I had no idea that sports was such a big part of the community and college. Honestly, I was stereotyping the school because it was a Christian college, so freshman year was a shock because I noticed the school was big on sports and music as well. So, yes Greenville is a Christian college, but it still has sports, music, academics, and functions like any other college. The only difference at Greenville is there’s a Christian perspective that’s incorporated in it all. Roy Mulholland, the coach of women’s basketball team in Greenville, he explains how he balances being a coach and a Christian, and how he uses both for his team and God. Accepting Christ in the Junior High, Coach Mulholland says his Christian life has been a journey. He is constantly growing, and the past 5-7 years has been his peak on this journey to become the best Christian possible. Of course being a coach or leader of any kind isn’t easy and requires hard work. For Coach Mulholland, faith, discipline, and outreach are very important and they all go hand -in- hand with sports and Christianity. Just believing in God is having faith in something bigger and better, even being a part of a team and being a team player; you need faith to know that you can grow with God and faith in your talent or whatever you love to do and believe you can be successful no matter what. Being disciplined is also a very big deal, whether it’s having the team read Bible scriptures every day, or having them run and do sprints up and down the basketball court every morning. For sports and Christianity, there needs to be some type of discipline and structure. And having discipline isn’t easy, but that’s why you
always give your best in everything you do, Coach Mulholland says “God has given us all our talent” so he teaches the girls to give their best in basketball, school, faith, and every other aspect of their lives. In the 15 years that Roy Mulholland has been a coach at Greenville, he’s seen a lot of people with different views and religions. But, he’s mainly had three types of people on his team: People who accept Christ for the first time (New Christians), ones who may believe in God, but develop a more personal relationship with Him, or Christians who have their faith strengthen more than before. He spoke briefly about a girl who grew up Catholic and knew about God, but last year decided to fully commit to the Lord, and she’s been growing ever since. Coach Mulholland will continue to coach sports and basketball to those who want it. Extending a helping hand through outreach is also a way Coach Mulholland uses God and Christianity in sports. “As a Christian team, we should be doing things differently so people will take notice and it will draw attention to God”. In other words, Christian teams aren’t just any other sports team, they must do everything for God, and include Him in all they do. Coach Mulholland wants his team to shine so bright and be so great because of God! Whether it’s to continue to go on mission trips and tell people about the Lord, or help the neighborhood kids out right here in Greenville, this team must go above and beyond.
By: Breanna Johnson
“As a Christian team, we should be doing things differently so people will take notice and it will draw attention to God.”
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By: Amanda Muehlberg
The art of being a student athlete
My name is Amanda Muehlberg. I’m a sophomore, majoring in Elementary Education, and I have been playing volleyball for about as long as I can remember—probably since the 6th grade. I ended up in Greenville because of a call from Coach Patton. It wasn’t what I’d had lined up for after graduating, but after dislocating my left shoulder, all of what I thought I wanted slipped away. I had never even thought about continuing to Greenville, but Coach Patton encouraged me to do track here. He made it seem like such a good idea, I thought I would give it a try. But the adventure didn’t end there. Somehow, Coach Patton talked Coach Ackerman into considering me as a recruit and attending one of my home games. Looking back now, that time in my life seems like a blur, but I know for a fact that God had it all under control and was just waiting for me to trust Him. Now that I am here at Greenville, I feel His blessings every day. Being educated at a school that values Christian foundation is priceless. Playing for Coach Ackerman has been the best volleyball experience of my life. We take time at the beginning of each season to lay a solid foundation for what we are about. We talk about love, peace, honesty, work ethic, adversity, and many other things we refer to as “core values”. More importantly, we focus on Christ as our centerpiece. We figure out that what makes a team work is when we work for one another and not for ourselves. Being a student athlete is not always easy, but one thing that our volleyball team prides itself on is being a successful academic team. Balancing school work, volleyball and a social life is a very tricky thing to do, but I believe it’s completely worth it. Many professors are willing to work with our team because we make sure to be proactive about our attendance, participation and grades in the classroom. Being a Greenville volleyball player is more than dedicating time in the gym; it’s about being the best person that we can be and doing it for one another and for Christ. When we play for the girl next to us on the court that is when we’re at our best.
Every Wednesday, we go to the conference room and pray for one another, lifting up our struggles, fears, and whatever else is on our hearts. We also listen to Coach’s father-in-law, Mr. “Wick” as he talks to us about Christ in our weekly bible studies. I have never had a team invest so much time, effort, and energy into me and my walk with Christ. I consider it a huge blessing. Our team plays for one another, and for Christ—not for ourselves. We don’t just say this—we take it seriously.
Greenville College Athletics Fall 2013 Results
Savannah Sells, Ellen Lueking, Sierah Ruffner, Joelle Scholten
Football: Wins/Losses 9-2, UMAC W/L 8-1 Head Coach: Robbie Schomaker Seniors: Josh Frewin, Cody Lopez, Greg Schimke, Brendan Chambers, Shawn McKnight, Bryce Wright, Anthony Everett, Mike Ward, Jesse Tyrell, Matt Schuman, Ethan White, Seth Marshall, Issac Barber, Josh Enloe, Cody Killgore, Immanuel Gamble, Justin Honeycutt Men’s Soccer: Wins/Losses/Ties 6-10-4, SLIAC W/L/T 5-3-1 Head Coach: Chris Swift Seniors: Paul Anders, Ryan Haas, Lucas Miller, Jacob Krisher, Aaron Mulholland, Mark Ward, Robert Wright, Davis Dossett, Willie Kersey, Ben Linder, David Hall, Matt Miller, Matt Morin Women’s Soccer: Wins/Losses/Ties 7-10-2, SLIAC W/L/T 6-1-2 Head Coach: Jeff Wardlaw Seniors: Heidi Koehl, Jeana Brandmeyer, Jennifer Williams, Kelsey Panzau, Emiliy Wright, Clair Conwell-Vargas, Haley Thatcher, Maureen Murphy
Sierah Ruffner, Ellen Lueking, Haley Dodd
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Volleyball: Wins/Losses 24-7, SLIAC W/L/T 17-1 Head Coach: Tom Ackerman Seniors: Haley Dodd, Corinne Coon, Hayle Gibson
PARKER WRAY PROJECT
Imagine that after a long, exhausting practice your coach has you stop and pray. You want to leave and relax, but you stop and pray in honor of God. Athletics at Greenville College are about more than just the sports. Greenville seeks to improve the whole person, using the team as a vehicle to do so. The number one focus of the athletic program is to glorify Christ through every aspect of the program, both on and off the field. Parker Wray, a sophomore on varsity soccer, witnesses the power the program has to improve every individual physically, academically, and spiritually.
people from all levels of faith are able to learn from them. For instance, Parker intends to share why he views community as crucial. Through these communal reflections, the team encourages each other in the pursuit of Christ by exposing alternate perspectives. Dialogue will lead to a strengthened understanding of one’s faith. Through their efforts on the field and discussions off the field, the team develops a faith-based community.
Parker does not recall ever hearing of Greenville before he was recruited to play here. Moreover, his coaches cannot remember why they decided to pursue him as a potential player. As such, Parker credits God entirely with bringing him to Greenville.
Furthermore, living in a community provides challenges to his spiritual life. Parker strongly identifies with John 15:17, “this is my command: love each other.” While developing a community, it is easy to act like you love people. Yet, to really love them is difficult. To look past everyone’s shortcomings and see who they really are, and then still love them; that is really difficult. Developing this love in community is central to Parker’s goals.
Each practice and game is opened and closed with prayer. Acknowledging that not everyone enjoys this aspect of the athletic program, Parker feels it is deeply necessary. This moment of prayer exposes everyone to God, helping to demonstrate God’s glory in a way that will be relatable to an individual’s life by revealing a correlation between prayer and performance. Similarly, before weightlifting sessions somebody on the team will lead the group in a short devotion. The topics vary, ensuring that
Isaac Barber Though my real name is Isaac Barber, I like to go by Django; he was a gritty dude who had a goal and didn’t let anything stop him from getting it. I was a three-sport athlete in high school. I played baseball, football and even wrestled. My senior year I took on tennis as well. Football, however, is my sport. I’ve played all four years in college, and before that I played four years in high school, and for about five years before that—for thirteen years total. I first learned how to play football in Columbus Park in Chicago. I was walking by after school one day and saw a bunch of my friends playing, so I sat down to watch. They were having a bunch of fun! I learned how to play and then, about a year later, I joined the football team at my school. My top two strengths are Adaptability and Competition and these play into my role in football so much. I have this motto, “adapt or die”, and I use it every day. If you don’t adapt to situations, you’re not going to make it in life. During football games, when we’re out on the field, no matter what is going on, we have to adapt to it. If we don’t adapt, we’ll lose the game. It also plays into my role as an R.C. There are always new challenges showing up in my job, especially when you think of all the different types of people that I have on my floor. Each guy is different, and I have to adapt to them and to their situations in order to get to know them and build that relationship. My spiritual background is very open, emotional, and filled with joy. I’ve been taught to have a passion for Christ—that’s how I grew up. My mom raised me that way. She’s a prayer warrior, and a strong woman of God, but she didn’t beat me over the head with the Bible either. She let me choose my spiritual walk. I was able to learn so much from her and others around me who were an example of God and His love, and I ended up choosing this path for myself. When I first got to Greenville, spirituality and sports were separate entities in my mind. But now I realize that it’s not about God just being first in your life—it’s about God being the center of your life. When I first started to
Parker’s focus on community, led him to his position as a resident chaplain this year. Parker emphasizes the little moments that occur while living in community. He believes that the bigger moments of life are important, but they aren’t fully appreciated if the groundwork isn’t laid through the little moments. One of the biggest, but most rewarding, challenges Parker faces in being an R.C. is making time to ensure that these moments happen. In an effort to deepen the community he is a part of he chose athletes to live on his floor.
Parker’s love of community is evident in his future ambitions. At Greenville, Parker is studying youth ministry. He wants to share the love of Christ with others in order to walk with them through the trials of life. This type of career requires him to learn what it means to love everyone, an endeavor greatly enhanced by his role as an R.C. and by his athletic participation.
By: Cody Homewood
DJANGO THE JOURNEY grasp this concept, I imagined it like a circle. God is in the middle while everything else makes up the perimeter. and he should be touching every part of what you do and who you are. When I’m out on the football field, I have to ask myself, how can I live out my faith on this field? Being here at Greenville has taught me so many things. As a graduating senior, I’d have to say that one of my favorite things about being here at this college is the community. I love meeting new people and getting to know them. I made a declaration interterm of my second year, deciding to branch out and see how many new people I could meet. Since then, every person that I’ve encountered in either a small or large way, has changed my life. Whether it’s a five minute conversation, or an all-nighter, every person I have met here has impacted me and changed my life in some way. Being both an R.C. and a football player, I meet so many new people every year, and I just love it! Also, I will never forget my EMAP [Every Man A Panther] Brothers. I love those dudes so much! These guys are my best friends and I have loved working with them. I would never want to bleed, sweat, or cry with anyone else but those men. They are what I will miss most about Greenville.
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A Double Agent for Christ This semester I had the amazing pleasure of sitting down with the new softball coach and developmental math teacher Coach Jamie Thanepohn. I have to say it was one of the most enlightening conversations that one human being could have with another. She was just so kind and open; she made the interview more of a conversation. This former Morton High School teacher has really settled in here at Greenville. I don’t blame her Greenville is an amazing place to seek God, meet new people and build friendships that will last a lifetime. But how does she manage a girls softball team and a math class, I mean how does she keep a level head? “Teaching is like second nature to me, I have been teaching for ten years so it’s really not a problem”, said Coach Thanepohn “ As far as coaching goes, my GA helps keep me organized.” So we know how she stays organized, we know teaching isn’t really a big deal, but coming from a public high school to a Christian college had to be an adjustment. “Teaching at a public high school was different, there I wasn’t allowed to talk about God or my faith, but here I feel right at home. It’s an amazing feeling! I like being a college professor because unlike having a school day from 8-3; I have one class and the rest of the day to myself.” Coach Thanepohn finds faith very important; she feels that her players and her students should see God through her. “My players and I have a very close relationship, if they are ever
Ultimate Amidst the thriving official campus sports there are pockets of athletics that go unnoticed. One of these sports is Ultimate. Many times you can walk past Scott Field and notice people playing; usually around 3:30, when most people are getting out of class. Although games do not occur every day, usually people will be throwing a disc around the field. If enough people arrive, the group will divide into teams and start a game; optimally, games will be five against five. Scott Field is persistently a good location to play because many people passing by will join the games. There is a group of eight to ten people that consistently play multiple days throughout the week, with other people filling out the remainder of the players needed for a game. Some days the number of participants gets so high they will form three teams, playing shorter games and rotating who plays, with the winners continuing to the next game. The number of people playing fluctuates with the weather and everyone’s schedules throughout the semester. When enough people are available to play, teams are picked playground style, meaning captains choose teams from the available pool of players. While this style has potential to make people feel left out, junior Adam Crouch thinks that it works well. According to Crouch, the system works because they constantly
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having a problem my door is always open for them,” said Coach Thanepohn. But don’t get it twisted her door isn’t just open to her softball players, it is open to anyone who has a problem and wishes to speak to someone. At Morton High School she wasn’t allowed to express her faith, to show her students how much she loved God and how she only hoped for them to have a relationship with God for themselves. Here she is allowed to do so freely, “In the morning on chapel our team goes to chapel as a group, we do Bible study, we pray before and after practice, I just want my girls to know that God is the basis of everything that we do. I want them to trust him the way that I do.” I’m not even a softball player but listening to her say that made me think about my faith and where I stand with God. Inspired by her faith, what I wanted to know is where she stands on GC? “I love it here, at Morton I had to compartmentalize all my passions. For instance my faith in one box, my love for sports in another, and my teaching in another, but here they all combine perfectly. My experience here so far has been great!” If you ever want to meet this remarkable woman of God her office door is always open. She is very kind and very passionate about what she does because she knows that her smile or her words of wisdom can impact someone with a problem. She can help them get through the day or through the week. I can’t wait to see what else God has in store for Coach Jamie Thanepohn.
By: Cody Homewood have new players and they play multiple games in a day. By playing multiple games in a day, people can be chosen earlier by joining after a game has already been played. These new players are ideal for a team because they have not been fatigued by the prior game. There is no doubt that tossing a disc has been a tradition at GC for many years. According to Crouch, professors have told of playing during their time at Greenville. As a result, multiple staff and faculty members have joined in with the games. Their level of participation ranges from just a pull, the equivalent of a kickoff in football, to playing full games. With such dedication coming from beyond the student body, it is clear that a community would form around the games. The games help form friendships because individuals are exposed to people they may not have interacted with otherwise. Many times, upperclassmen will help underclassmen with their technique, leading to a more dedicated group of players. Adding the new interactions found in Ultimate, the players are able to bond through means they never had before. This winter Crouch would like to play a few games inside the Recreation Center when its too cold to play outside.
women’s soccer [A Team that Focuses on God, not Wins]
Our Lady Panthers soccer team has experienced a roller coaster of a season this year. The first half of the season turned out to be disappointing, but it didn’t take long for the ladies to get rolling. Headlines started to say things such as; ‘dominating’, “blasting”, and ‘taking down the opponent’. But their success is not from selfish gain, but rather from their faith. Passion of the game and passion to follow God goes hand in hand for these girls.
As a team, they aim to play with professionalism, respect, and for the glory of God. This is quite opposite of many teams who aim to “crush and win”, which is why we wanted to highlight this extraordinary team. “These goals allow us to be a team that plays with class and good character,” says Munshaw. There are great girls playing for the love of the game and they play as a team. The SLIAC (St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) even named our own, Kelsey Panzau and Heidi Koehl, as player of the week in October and November respectively. They also got to enjoy a 5-0 Homecoming game against Eureka College.
“I hope to keep God [as] the focus of the game and help others to do same,” says freshman Rebecca Munshaw. This is a strategy that the whole team used to create a healthy and enjoyable atmosphere on and off of the field. It is this atmosphere that keeps the girls playing each game. The first half of the season didn’t show many wins, but this didn’t keep the team from their passion. Eventually, things turned around and their news feed exclaimed how they had dominated their games. With two games leaving their opponents scoreless and one game with only one point allowed to the other team, the girls are celebrating.
But these wins are given back to God through praise. After each game, the team huddles together for a prayer. They also live out their faith by encouraging each other spiritually throughout each day on and off the field. By keeping each other accountable in their faith and life, a sacred bond is created among all the players. “My position on the team is an outside left wingback,” says Munshaw, “but more importantly [I’m] an encourager and positive spirit.” This is the view of all of the girls, it is not what position they play on the field, but rather how they encourage each other all of the time. The ladies have enjoyed their season and constant travels and are proud of what they represent. Faith and sports go together very well, and these girls show us that truth. They hope to have a great season again next year and to carry over their encouraging and uplifting spirits throughout the entire school year.
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THAT WE MIGHT MEET GOD IN THE EIGHTH LANE By: Jon Johnson
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Ask any athlete with a concept of God and at some point they can probably point to an instance where they knew God through their sport. Runners have this particularly easy as the connection between running and Christianity, is in the Bible, sorry football players. One could easily throw in the quote from Chariots of Fire, if you do not know it, watch the movie, it is a classic. For the genuine connection between running and religion (spoken about by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:24) we look to a truly exciting event in the lives of runners at Greenville. In the Greenville area the running community is beginning a new chapter through which they trust God will be active and present. On September 25th 2013 the new Greenville track was dedicated for the use of the students, the athletes, and most importantly, the Lord God and it was met with great warmth. It has been over 18 years since Greenville College has been able to host a track meet. Though there is a thrill in traveling often, there is also an incredible excitement in being able to host a meet. For many of our track athletes it has been years since they have been able to enjoy the advantage of a home meet. Not only will a good track to run on at home allow them to practice events like steeple chase and javelin that they were previously unable to practice, but there is a genuine attachment sometimes built between a runner and his or her track. The curvature, the way the wind plays, and the sights to focus on become rooted into one’s system. They allow for the body to be used fully. For some there is even a bit of an emotional draw to one’s track as they run and come to know the feel of the track and the smell of the track. Somewhere along the lines a track can
genuinely begin to steal a place in one’s heart as a marked part of home. The nearly $550,000 investment in a new track was nearly completely using donations given for this purpose. It took a long time to develop the means to be able to build it, but during the course of interim President Bergen’s term he was able to confirm that this was a long awaited project that could move ahead. Coach Brian Patton was struck by the reality of this momentous change for his programs as he watched the old be stripped away and the new be put in place. The fullness of the endeavor hit him, as he was able to take his first run on the unpainted track and begin to build that relationship between runner and track.
“To give anything less than my best is to sacrifice the gift” -Steve Prefontaine
The track itself has eight lanes. It is painted for the highest diversity of events with lines for the short-distance sprints up to the 200-meter race painted so that they might be run either towards the East or West, a serious benefit when considering the fickle nature of the wind. The new facility is more than a track, though, complete with new throwing cages and area distinctions for hammer throw, discus, and javelin. The pole-vaulters also have a new runway and the high jumpers have double the space for their events than they had previously. The real beauty of the track beyond all of the benefits to the team is the faithful conviction that this track can be a tool for God’s use. It can be a marker in people’s lives. St. Paul, Jacob, Moses, so many of the heroes of the Bible had these points where they could look back and identify that God met them there. At GC we have faith that God will meet our runners, other runners, our students, and parents so that they can look back and know that this was a place that changed them.
Josh Carcia: Three time 4x100 participant in NCAA DIII National Outdoor Championships. Taylor Brunner: Team MVP (2012-2013). School Heptathlon record holder. Ranked 37th as a Junior (2012-2013). Josh Kuusisto: NCAA DIII All American, 5th place, NCAA DIII National Outdoor Championships. School record holder for 35lb indoor weight and outdoor hammer. Bruce Grey: Five time NCAA DIII All American. 3rd place finishes at the NCAA DIII National Championships for the 100 yard-dash (outdoor) and 60 yard-dash (indoor). Maggie McMurtery: Ranked 24th in NCAA DIII outdoor hammer.
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Their Best Kept Secret
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It was a crisp fall day in October, the fall colors are just starting to peep through the trees. While on my way to Ladue, I came across an older gentleman on the sidewalk. The path was narrow, and one of us would have to move in order to let the other pass by. My first instinct had me stepping back to let him go first. However, the kind-faced gentleman had something else in mind and initiated a conversation. Spying my Burritt shirt, he mentioned that I was very far from my dormitory. To this I responded that I lived in Tenney. Amusement lined his face and he nodded to my t-shirt, saying that he had thought I lived there because of it. After hearing my comment on how I’d lived there the year before, he asked me what year I was. “Junior,” I replied, to which he ended the conversation with a smile and a simple “Good.” And that was it--a sixty second conversation that completely changed my day. One small smile from a community member had let me know that I was doing the right thing by being at Greenville, going to college. The thriving community of Greenville lives on. You’re probably thinking that I’m about to sound like everyone else and talk to you about community. Well, I can’t say that I won’t because I will for a bit. Take a moment and think back to that time when, maybe in the not so distant past, you were applying to colleges. What didn’t colleges tell you when you were taking tours and reading fancy brochures? What exactly were you expecting as you prepared for college? I’m sure now that you’re here, you realize that you had some misconceptions before you arrived. Personally, I know I wasn’t informed about college as well as I’d thought. Going to bed at a reasonable time, watching cartoons on the weekend, and having more of a social life were just a few of the false hopes I had for my college life. Here’s what you need to do to avoid such misconceptions— stop watching movies about college kids that almost always have time for all of their friends and quit thinking that these films somehow portray reality. They don’t! College isn’t one big party and it’s definitely not a time to be careless or do stupid things that your parents prohibited you from doing. By all means, joke around and have fun, but be responsible. As you live through this experience, as I have and will continue to do, you’ll realize that college is way better in our world than it is in Hollywood’s. It may be harder to deal with and get through though, especially when you don’t have someone directing
the film, writing your happy ending and closing act with a black ink ballpoint pen. I applied to Greenville College with my high school mentality still intact. I knew that college would be hard work, not because I’d already experienced it, but because everyone always said it was. What Greenville didn’t tell me is that sometimes working toward your degree is a constant flurry of action that never slows or paces itself. It can be one thing after another for days on end with nowhere to stop and take a breath. You may have to leave your room at 8 a.m. and not come back until 10 p.m., when your classes, meetings, and work hours are all finished. Your last meal may have been lunch and your stomach is screaming at the thought of the month old peanut butter that is sitting in your food bin. Perhaps you’ve lost your keys or misplaced your school ID. You also know that when you get back to your room, there is a mound of homework waiting to be completed. Some nights you won’t go to bed until one or two in the morning, maybe even three depending on how much work you have to do, but you’ll be up again at 8, ready to start the routine anew. It takes something special to be able to do this day in and day out. It’s called dedication. Greenville doesn’t mention that you will learn this characteristic by applying yourself to your everyday college tasks. Another thing to remember while all this is going on is how much you are learning, both spiritually and academically. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that college isn’t only about the grades, but about the life experience we gain from it as well. Colleges don’t advertise the simple things, like getting sick of the cafeteria food within two weeks of arrival or freaking out about the expensive tuition. Deep down, we are grateful to have food to eat, and if we really think about it, we’re getting a lot out of our thirty-thousand dollar tuition. It’s probably not even that much for us to attend a year when we add up all the scholarships that we receive from the college and the generous donors who used to be in our shoes. We get the security of a Christian campus. Our tuition pays for fun activities, but unlike other colleges, it also pays for spiritual events. Agapefest, Without Ceasing, and Urban Plunge are just a few of these. We also have fun things, like homecoming and both of the school bashes. All of these things show us that college is an investment!
us? If answered honestly, we would say a lot. I can almost guarantee you that we wouldn’t get that elsewhere. Our professors are faithful, both to God and in their dedication to us. Our college creates hope and a lasting impression in our lives. That’s definitely another secret Greenville decided to keep from us. Would other colleges be able to provide this for us in the way that ours does? I don’t think they can, because the community that we have is unique to Greenville College. It can’t be found in the same way on any other campuses. So while we may complain throughout our time here, if we really look back and reflect on everything that has been put into this experience, everything that has taken place, we’ll realize how blessed we are to be here. I know this will become even more prominent to us, especially after we’ve been thrust out into the real world. That’s when we’ll realize that the most important thing that we learned at college is Greenville’s best kept secret. Like any good learning institution, they’ve tricked us into thinking we’re learning one thing, when we’re actually learning another as well—how to thrive. If we really think about it, that is the difference between Greenville College and other institutions that we’ve considered transferring to. Our time here is preparing us to be successful in the real world. Sure, other colleges may be cheaper, but will we be encouraged and taught in the same way that we are here? Would we become the best that we could be without the dedication of this college to helping us in through our journey. Greenville has pushed us to our limits, giving us so much work that we thought we’d never complete it all. We’ve fallen and we’ve failed. We’ve been scared, angry, tired, and stressed out. We’ve been challenged in ways that we never thought possible, both spiritually and academically. But I know that when we one day walk across that stage our senior year, we will have won.
Written By: Amber Lee
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Rebecca Frazier Untitled Acrylic on Canvas
In the metropolitan area of Chicago skyscrapers stand lofty at neck straining level scintillating in the twilight
Angelica Askew God’s Treat Original Poem
There’s complete and utter chaos in the dark: cars howling, people striding and dialoguing everything’s in motion, defining Newton’s third law Up in the heavens things are tranquil dewy, sapphire hue and a blushing coral intertwine and waltz in the sky Thin layers of yellow peek through like a blossoming ripe lemon right off a tree, swirls of auburn grace the duo like fruit flies to an half eaten orange The sun sinks lower making room for the moon colors mirror onto the rousing lake of Michigan it’s an exquisite view and a gift that I’m grateful for from Christ Jesus Himself
Storm Sharett and Brooke McIntire Cover photo by Sam Allen Print Captain Jack Harkness: A 51st century conman and time traveler. He first meets the Doctor and Rose during the London Blitz.
Jessica Sturgeon Dr. Who Infographic Digital Illustration
Rose Tyler: The first companion of the Ninth Incarnation of the Doctor. Rose is introduced as a 19 year old working class shop assistance who happens upon the Doctor on one of his adventures.
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Slitheen: A ruthless criminal sect whose main motivation is profit.The Doctor foils their plot of taking over the British government.
T-shirt usually purple Weeping Angels: An ancient race of aliens that remain motionless while being observed, butwhen no one is looking the move fast and silently.
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Daleks: the Daleks steal 27 planets, including theEarth, in a final attempt to achieve complete victory.
“Rose, before I go, I just want to tell you, you were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And you know what? So was I.”
The Master: The only other survivor of the Time Lords and he has been driven mad by the beating of drums inside his head.
Daleks: The arch enemies of the Time Lords. Cybermen: An alien race of cyborgs bent on turning the human race into Cybermen.
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“Outside those doors, we might see anything. We could find new worlds, terrifying monsters, impossible things. And if you come with me... nothing will ever be the same again!”
Donna Noble: A simple-minded temp from Chiswick who’s wedding was crashed by the Doctor. She later becomes known as the Doctor’s “best mate.”
The Silence: Their existence is a secret, because anyone who sees them immediately forgets about them after looking away.
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Daleks: The Doctor meets the Daleks yet again as they are on the brink of extinction trying to recreate a pure line of Daleks.
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Martha Jones: An aspiring doctor who having traveled with the Doctor for a year, left and joined U.N.I.T after completing her medical degree.
Burgandy bow tie Rose Tyler: Since the Doctor sacrificed his Ninth Incarnation to save Rose loves she finds herself slowliy falling in love with him. Unfortunately she finds herself ripped apart from the Doctor when she is trapped in an alternate reality.
White, buttoned-down shirt Weeping Angel: Returns as one rogue angel crashes a spaceship in order to revive a whole army of Weeping Angels.
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Captain Jack Harkness: After being killed and then being brought back to life Jack finds himself to be immortal. With the Doctor and the Tardis gone Jack joins ranks with Torchwoodand waits for the Doctor’s return.
“I'm not running away from things, I am running to them. Before they flare and fade forever.”
Clara Oswald: The third incarnation of similarly- named persons. A complete mystery to the Doctor.
Amelia Pond: After promising a seven year old Amelia she could travel with him, the Doctor shows up 12 years later and makes good on his promise.
VILLIANS River Song: She appears throughout the series as an experienced future companion.
Rory Williams: He is roped into traveling with the Doctor when his fiance, Amelia Pond becomes a traveling companion to the Doctor.
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Kathryn Kelley and Noah Henry Print
Jessica Sturgeon Hot Air Baloon Series Print
Morgan Johnson Essence of Chilldhood Photograph
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Storm Sharret Volcano Print
Beth Watkins Original Poem
“On his birthday an eight year old in Chicago tears open a pair of brand new Air Jordans With a smile on his face he laces up the noose around the neck of an eight year old in Islamabad where sweet smelling leather is stitched together with the blood of pricked fingers and busted lips Surely, he will touch the net now that he has someone to step on” Jake Cannon Untitled Photograph
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By: Jon Johnson
In writing about Scott Evans, I am drawn to speak more about the gospel of Christ and not the man who came to visit our campus. This is not because Scott is not worth writing about, but only because while preparing this piece, I’ve been reading through his blog (www.scottevans. ie ) and listening to his audio book, Closer Still, and learning (through the joy of his accent) that there is great joy in the truth he preaches. The student body was able to hear him and get to know him outside of Chapel in early November--most of us know that hearing him preach was liberating at some level. Scott is a man who struggles and messes up just like the rest of us. Despite his humanly shortcomings, he is a man who loves the Lord. If you don’t believe that, read some of his works and remember not just what he preached, but also how he presented his sermon to us. Emotion is not the mark of truth, but it can certainly remind us of reality, and it can certainly remind us to care. A very conscious preacher, Scott doesn’t want to simply take advantage of people who ask him to speak; when he visits a certain place (like our campus), he finds a way to be involved there. While in town, he grabbed coffee, ate lunch, played FIFA, and spent time just living life with us. Through that time, students were able to get to know Scott, and were able to witness how a broken man can be used for Christ. Seeing a man tired from jetlag and in a foreign land, who wrestles with alcohol and other vices in his life, still have the root of his passion buried in Christ is truly liberating and encouraging. By being with him we were reminded God’s love is not simply for the worthy, but for all people in a transformative way that can help heal the world. Scott spoke in chapel twice and broke down walls for many of us. He spoke first about Moses and his calling and his past, drawing us in with blended humor and insight. He
touched on context, chastising us for not considering it deep enough and missing the heart of our heroes of Scripture. Moses was deeply resistant to returning to Egypt after being on the run from his past for years, but, as Scott pointed out, that running was exactly what God was using Moses in. His ruined past was what God saw as making Moses perfect for the task ahead. Scott also spoke about David, his trial and calling, and how despite resistance from one who ought to love him and his present state of incompetence,
stepped forward in idiotic courage and faith on the grounds that his past had prepared him for what God had laid before him. “Don’t despise the bear”, a slogan he’s promoting drawing from the story of David, reminds us of God’s power to redeem our hardships for His will and glory. All these interactions led me to look into Scott’s blog and I encourage everyone to do the same. We’ve heard stories of brokenness time and again, both in and outside the church. Scott is not the end all, be all of the truth of God, but he does remind his readers and audience that Christianity is not oppressive--it does not chain us to lists of rules and regulations that leave us to God’s wrath if not met. Christianity is not a business or a source of shame or guilt. This is the message of Christ. Sometimes, we need someone who understands that message to remind us of the freedom of Christ. Scott Evans reminded us of the good news of Christ for the Church and the reality that God loves to work with idiots.
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It is that time again to watch the students run around campus with their cameras trying to film everything in sight. For the fifth year in a row, Greenville has offered a 50 hour film festival for students to participate in. What makes this event so unique is the fact that students can’t start until they get the three criteria requirements released on Friday. The three criteria requirements are as follows: a general
location, a specific line of dialogue, and an object. The films are judged based upon how well the story ties in with the objects shown and yet be compelling. It doesn’t matter what equipment you have, but rather how well you create a story. This year’s themes were; up in a tree, “Scientists love lasers”, and a roll of toilet paper or a toilet paper roll. The films had to stay between 5-7.5 minutes and be turned in by 10
PM on Sunday night. Everyone was invited to view the films on Monday the 25th, at 9:30 PM. Overall, there were five films shown. Despite mighty winds creating distorted audio, rain that ruined environments, and a tornado that halted production, everyone had fantastic and creative projects to turn in. The films were judged at the screening by Jacob Amundson, Norm Hall, and Jon Stamm from Vat19.
Without Ceasing 1 Thessalonians 5:17,“...pray without ceasing”
By: Cody Ripperger Without Ceasing is an event that happens each semester here at Greenville. It is an all night and prayer service for students to come and be “refueled” in their faith. Originally, Without Ceasing would last 12 hours, but in the past few years, we have partnered with Vespers to work together as the Body of Christ. Without Ceasing is named after 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “...pray without ceasing”. We encourage students to not let the music and prayers end the next morning in LaDue Auditorium, but to carry it out in their everyday lives. This event is always very important to the campus as it brings students and faculty together in a time of prayer. This year, Without Ceasing was on November 21-22nd, and had a great turn out. There were several different organizations who had booths set up throughout the night that brought in a lot of attention. Organizations like; Set Free Movement, World Outreach & Missions, Agape Fund, Vespers Outreach, and
Red Thread all participated in the outreach opportunities fair. Students were able to gather information from each group and donate or get involved. In the middle of the night, people were invited to share testimonies to everyone in the room and give encouragement to one another. The worship ended with Dr. Duncley giving communion and praying with the students. The prayer wall gained new prayers and the art board gets better each year. We are always excited to see how lives are changed and faith is renewed. God is always changing Without Ceasing to show His presence in a new way every semester, and it is one of the main reasons I look forward to Without Ceasing. It is truly a blessing to Greenville and will continue to be. If you are interested in helping out next semester, please contact Cody L. Ripperger.
Long past are the years of Wilson T. Hogue, he has passed and gone and in his wake left a truly Christian College. The legacies of LaDue and Marston, of Long, Burritt though largely forgotten linger on in name and unspoken institutions. Stephens and Mannoia are off to the next chapters in their lives, though still fondly tied to the college. And so as each of these characters went on to their new chapters, the pages turn in the story of Greenville College. It is too soon to speak about what will most certainly happen in this next chapter. We have had chapters of building, we have had chapters of curricula writing, and we have had chapters of digitizing, in a continually changing world to predict what is going to happen next will be a challenge, but the constant themes throughout the Inauguration of President Ivan Filby seem fitting to bear in mind. We are entering into a chapter of change, growth, and challenge. Anyone who has so much as poked his head out of his dorm this semester knows by now that Greenville College’s 12th President is deeply and dearly loved. He is an outgoing and affable man who seeks to know his students so he might better address needs that are best seen from a student’s point of view (I think he may like us a little). There is little doubt that the welcome and greetings extended to the president were all very sincere as the courage, humor, vigor, and passion of our president were praised time and time again. Those more privy to the reality of the situation of Greenville College were candid enough to express their concern for the future, but they coupled this with a confidence in our leader. When Dr. Ataide stepped up to address and charge President Filby, after receiving a gentle word of encouragement from the president, he spoke about the shifting world that small liberal arts Christian Colleges are a part of. He warned about the challenges ahead as ideas shifted, and practices changed, and long avoidable issues begin to surface. We are an oddity, Greenville College. President Filby’s response was full of hope, understanding, but hope and faith. With a will to surrender to and press into the embrace of Christ’s perseverance is possible. Coupled with his usual youthful joviality, as seen when he waved to his daughter through the internet and lived up to the popular #iheartivan understanding to him, he showcased his wisdom and insight as he accepted the burden placed upon him and acknowledged his desire to always seek the insight of those beyond him.
ART OPEN HOUSE
A Variety of Mediums
Cody L. Ripperger
On December 8th, students and faculty alike came in from ice and snow to take a look at art that their peers and students had been creating all semester long. As people first entered the building, they were presented with a choice. In the design lab to the left were DJ’s, and to the right was Rebecca Frazier’s gallery. Rebecca’s paintings were inspired by Wayne Thiebaud’s dessert paintings and seemed real enough to eat. In the basement of the art building was the studio open house. Art from a variety of mediums was displayed all throughout the studios. Alex Brandt’s printed and chopped photography with digital manipulation to the images hung on all of the walls. Lisa Burhanna showed the famous Jesus prints that were nailed to the trees across campus with their red stripes and nonsensical sayings. These prints were nailed to logs that hung from the ceiling. Cody Ripperger showed a video diptych of flesh and blood. Tayla Richards had her colored photography in large print upon the walls of her studio. These pictures were created by using colored tin foil on the lens of her camera as she shot the image.
Logan Shaw gave onlookers an interesting spin on wood turning by creating bowls from blocks of wood, some of which were not designed in the traditional style. A number of the bowls still had bark on them, a few had holes, and there was even a series lined up of how a block turns into a bowl. Maggie Tarr had all sorts of portraits lining her walls, including an interactive painting for passersby. People were encouraged to take an object off of the wall and place it onto the painting with the help of magnets. Pierra Brown made several objects from the theme of stacking. Her main medium was ceramics, and people could see how she took clay and was able to play with the laws of gravity as she stacked pieces upwards. And as people left the studios and entered the ceramics room, they saw Kylie Edwards’ many different takes on ceramics. She created vessels that looked different on the inside and the out, and she also coated her vessels with different objects like sand and soda.