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highlights volume 110 // Issue 2
THE HISTORY OF JOY HOUSE
UNIVERSITY PATHWAYS: TRANSITIONS
Joy House hasn’t always been the headquarters of Admissions. Did you know that?
Learn what it’s like for our students to transition into traditional courses.
A few tips on how to get and keep a good internship.
the simple room
WHAT DOES DEVOTION MEAN TO YOU?
emma and philip
If you absolutely love children, this article is definitely for you.
If you had a chance to end slavery, would you take it?
Let us introduce you to the little boy who has changed the way we love.
THE DYNAMIC DUO: ANDY AND ANDREW
A little promo for the places we enjoy spending time at alone or with friends.
Why you should make sure your Wednesday nights are free.
If you don’t know these two yet, this article will show you why you should meet them.
a day in the Life: men’s basketball
tennis: lady panther profile
track and field
A little promo for the places we enjoy spending time at.
Sometimes the best part of being on a team is the memories you make together.
A commemoration to the individuals who have victoriously raised the bar for our future team.
Editors Letter from the
I remember not wanting to work for the school yearbook my freshman year. That was boring, and not worth my time. I wanted to make friends, get good grades, and pretend I was an adult. Yearbook production was for high school years, not college.
My sophomore year, The Vista underwent a transformative stage in which it changed from being a yearbook to being a magazine. Gone were the terrible class photos that bore an uncanny resemblance to the photos on our ID cards. Instead, we had stories written by students talking about their inspirations, goals, and lives. We kept some of the yearbook feel, sports stats, pages of pictures, and accounts on yearly happenings, but added another layer. This change took form in the way our writers went more in depth when creating a story, wanting to show the readers what was taking place, instead of just telling them. So here we are two years later. This is the fourth issue of The Vista magazine. We’ve come a long way in two years. It’s been difficult at times, and stressful at others, but it’s also been fun and everyone on staff has learned from their experiences with it. I want to thank those who pioneered this magazine through its first two issues. I also want to thank the people with whom I’ve had the privilege of working alongside while I’ve been content editor. I’ve enjoyed it and I’m so glad to have had you all beside me. To those reading this right now, thank you for picking up this issue of The Vista. As a student-led production, we strive to make this magazine better with each passing year. We long for new minds with creative ideas to join our group. Help us direct where the next issue will go. You don’t have to be on staff to make a difference. One simple story idea, or an article sent to Jon Johnson, our new content editor, can add to this production. Keep that in mind, and thank you for reading. I can’t wait to see what the next issue will become.
Verónica Crisler Content Editor
You can only grow if you’re willing to feel
awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.
This is The Vista’s fourth edition and the first for me as the Visual Editor. I feel privileged to be a part of shaping and developing this magazine through its awkward and uncomfortable stages. Each member of staff has been crucial in creating this semester’s Vista. I want to thank all of my design staff, and especially Joe Kam, for putting in extra time and effort. Each member has been a huge help. There is no way this could be done without them. Each semester, The Vista gets better and better. I hope this semester’s design continues to hold true to that. We strive for more consistency in our magazine. This issue’s focus was on removing clutter and streamlining your magazine experience. I hope it inspires and encourages. Best,
Bri Phillips Visual Editor
The staff would like to thank Greenville College, the GC Publication Board, contributors, and all of the advertisers for their support. Additional Photo Credit: Luke Schoenhals (p. 24), David Ulmer (p. 32) , Austin Stephens (p 40, 44, 45), Poncho Eppard (p. 22) Set Free Movement (p. 18-19)
Staff volume 110 // Issue 2
cody l. ripperger
Stepping Out Interviewed by Angelica Askew As the end of the year comes to GC, the closer we senior are getting to the finish line. With less than a month until graduation day, the reality of finally becoming an adult is pressing down on us. I was given the opportunity to interview a couple of seniors who will be graduating at the end of May—Josh Garcia and Brittney Gilliland. Here’s what they had to say about the steadily approaching future and past experiences at Greenville College.
Josh G– 22 – Oakley, CA Major: Computer Information System
Why did you choose that major? Is it your passion, why or why not? I’ve always liked working on computers, messing around with them. I wanted to study them more hands on and enjoyed learn how to do computer coding. I would say it’s my passion. I would choose this again over any other major. I just like electronics. How has your four years been at GC? Being at GC for 4 years has been a great experience, being around other cultures from different parts of the country has been a real eye opener. I would say GC has changed a lot from my freshmen year to my senior year. Friends come and go. However, you still have that small group that stays with you all four years. It even starts to feel like a new family until you graduate. Are there more good memories than bad? If so, what’s your happiest? I would say I’ve had a lot of good memories; I tend to forget about the bad ones. Being on the track team and becoming a family on and off the track will always be the best memory. #TrackNation.
What made you come to GC? My parents sort of pushed me to come to a Christian college, but I also wanted to continue in sports and GC gave me that opportunity. And where do you see yourself or what’s your plan after graduation? Get married to my beautiful fiancé and get a job with Google. What’s the most important thing have you learned from GC? The most important thing I’ve learned from GC is to be the first in line for lunch on preview day because it’s chicken nugget day. Also, I’ve learned that you can be open and talk with people from other religious backgrounds.
Brittney G – 21 – Brighton, IL Major: Youth Ministry
Why did you choose that major? Is it your passion, why or why not? I have been called by God to use my greatest passion to share His love and good news to children and youth. I have been working with a church all four years at Greenville and the longer I am there spending time with the kids, meeting their families, and engaging in worship with them, I see the passion and power that comes when young kids speak up and speak out about their faith in Jesus Christ. How have your four years been at GC? The past four years have been life transforming. I have met some of the most incredible people, received a well-rounded education, and have gained the essentials for continuing the lifelong journey of following Christ. Are there more good memories than bad? If so, what’s your happiest? The good absolutely outweighs the bad, when it comes to thinking about memories from the past four years here. It’s hard to pick just one memory, but I would say that the conversations that happen over a great cup of coffee from Jo’s, will forever be something that I treasure and hold onto for the rest of my life. Conversations that have allowed me to see my flaws, to realize that I am broken, and to have hope that God is faithful and community is important will be key in how I live out my theology for the rest of my life.
I was upset that God had called me to Greenville, I was faithful and trusted that this is where he wanted me. Now, here I am, a senior and I wouldn’t trade my experiences here for the world. And where do you see yourself or what’s your plan after graduation? I am planning to attend Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where I will be getting my Masters of Divinity. After I leave there, I will finish out the ordination process within the United Methodist Church, where I will then be placed within a church around this area as a pastor. What’s the most important thing you have learned from GC? The most important thing I learned at Greenville College would be, as people committed to serving the Lord, we need to dwell and be present with those in which we are surrounded by. It’s so easy to get caught up in the “what’s next?” mindset, and when we do this, we miss the opportunities that God has given us to serve and glorify his name. I’ve learned how important it is to understand community and how important and essential it is for our Christian walk. We have been called by God to dwell and live with those around us, but it takes some time to fully understand what that means. I think that professors here have done an incredible job of instilling us with this mindset.
What made you come to GC? I decided to come to Greenville College after talking with my family about where I would be heading after high school graduation. I had my heart set on a different school, but God chose a different plan for my life. While
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WHY LEAVE THE
BUBBLE jon johnson
To some level there is some need to pull out a copy of Fiddler on the Roof and skip to where Tevye shouts that weighty word “Tradition!” We can’t just sleep in because our world is larger than our campus. The Church exists in many forms throughout this community and if we are to be of any good in the Church we must be a humble part of the communities around us who are a little further down the road than we. The Church is the living bride of the Living God. Living things (perhaps with the exception of the complete and perfect Lord God, though I can’t speak with full confidence to the nature of God so I would not presume to limit Him) grow; growth inherently means change and so changes in tradition happen, but we cannot change with negligence to what is beyond our own minds, conversations, and hearts, that would be arrogant and presumptuous and far from humble. We cannot change tradition from within a bubble. And so we go to church. Even though our weeks are filled with Godstuff, we still seek out corporate worship. Lazaro Mancilla, a graduate student studying at Central European University in Budapest with time at Oxford University and work with Syriac manuscripts during his time at Gordon College provides insight about the high-wire Christian College students walk upon:
While Christian community is a great enrichment in Christian colleges and universities, it is often student-oriented, which is excellent for that season of life, and the day to day. On a practical level, being with the old and the young, and families of all kind again incorporates you into the greater mosaic of Christianity. We are all supposed to worship, get along, and share life together not with people in our age bracket. Christ gives life to save all mankind, and we collectively thank Him in our worship. It is a team effort, because we are here to help each other along. In Eastern Christianity that’s the big theme: we are saved together, and everyone is our neighbor. It is hard, but with Christ’s love, what isn’t possible?
“IT IS hard, BUT WITH christ’s , WHAT isn’t possible?”
As Mancilla presents, the community we experience on campus and within the bubble has its place and can be of benefit, but it cannot be the entirety of our Christian walk, because simply that isn’t Christianity. Our God is a creative God who created diversity. We cannot shy away from the diversity of thought we encounter when we stray from our peers and even professors. With a priesthood of all believers everyone brings something to the table. And so we finally, hopefully, have reached a point of action. Why do we leave the bubble? Why do we engage the Christian church and sing hymns with folks in town and ask leaders in the church how we can really become a part of a church in town? Why do we go to the luncheons even though we can’t contribute much in the way of food? Why do we bother even just on campus with all of the difficulties that come from being in community with each other and really putting up and working through all of the crap we can throw around? Because that’s what Christians do! “It is hard, but with Christ’s love, what isn’t possible?”
JOY HOUSE CODY L. RIPPERGER
Sold to Frank P. Joy. The home stayed in the Joy family for 3 generations.
1970: Greenville College purchased the house to be a place of residence for future presidents.
December 13th, 2013: The Chartreuse Bed & Breakfast was donated by an anonymous donor as the new residence for President Ivan Filby.
January 2014: Joy House became the new home of Greenville Collegeâ€™s Admissions Center.
May 12, 1857: James Bradford purchased the home for $2,600. Bradford is the founder of Bradford National Bank.
August 3rd, 1882:
House was built by Fancis G. Morse as a way to raise money for Almira College by selling the home.
November 13th, 1970: President Orley Herron officially moved in as the first president to live in Joy.
Welcome to Greenville College
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The Validity Of
introversion I’m repeating someone. I’m sure I’m repeating someone. I know that this topic has been talked about, and truth be told, it is a little bit scary to be talking about it more. “Introversion” - doesn’t the word just send a chill down your spine? I’m kidding of course. With all of the lists and articles to affirm introverts and introversion that abound across the interwebs and that fill our timelines I hope and pray that we have at least begun to outgrow the confusion of the generations preceding us where the loud and boisterous Zach Morrises and Slaters were praised and the quiet kid who never would spend his time in The Max was, well, never mentioned. (Even Screech was quite outgoing). Anyway this is not a critique of Saved by the Bell, I grew up on Boy Meets World and do not believe I am fit to criticize a show I’ve only caught an episode or two of. The point is we are comfortable with introversion, but I’m not even sure if that is what I am writing about. The real story to be told in all of this, one that is happening, but yet barely mentioned is the changing nature of staying in one’s room. Yes, this is an article about why it is perfectly cool to say no to that friend that asks if you want to go out on the town. (Say yes sometimes though, we all need friends). At the risk of your eyes, staying in is reasonable and fair and does not mean you are even antisocial. The world is undergoing drastic change and that is because of that splendorous thing I’m writing on right now, a wireless laptop with a connection to the World Wide Web. There are all manner of social things that stem from that glorious invention. The now unappreciated Facebook and Twitter are of course great ways to stay in
touch with people or to give one’s self the ego boost that comes with thinking people are paying attention to you. Other sites like Tumblr, Tickld, Redditt, and other less mainstream social networking sites provide a pleasant release. It’s a way to “Spread Laughter and Cure Boredom” as Tickld claims, but they can also go much further than that. They provide spaces for discussions that would not have been imaginable not so very long ago. These international communities provide examples of what the hoi polloi can do and think of when they can agree on matters. And so I hope you see the real issue I want to get to, staying in will be a major path to changing the world as the distinctions between nations become, for many, more matters of comic relief than antagonism. Staying in for the night could lead to a quick browse through the Tickld “hot page”. A random science post may lead to a question about the veracity of the post and so a tangential brief education into matters of neurobiology spontaneously pops up. After the will to try and press through every strange sciency word dies it may be back to Tickld and an alarming picture of the rioting overseas may strike you as something worth being aware of, like really genuinely more important than the stars in the sky at that given moment. And so hours of reading through foreign, anonymous, and sub rosa news sources and a couple hours of watching a documentary about the events that earlier in the day were completely unknown ensue. And then comes heartbreak. This should matter even though it seems a world away shouldn’t it? Now go and join the guys going to McDonalds and when the chance comes, mention what consumed your evening, because it matters, at least more than a joke or a game.
....................... Albert Lee
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you were an international student coming to the United States to attend a small-town Christian college and take intensive English courses? A number of students here at the college have done just that. Moving here from out of the country, most as far as China, they’ve come to participate in what used to be known as IELP (Intensive English Language Program). Recently, IELP has changed its name to University Pathways. It’s one of Greenville College’s most recognized programs among foreign students because it teaches them proficiency in the English language. Some of the international students who currently attend Greenville College are in the program, but others have graduated (passing the TOEFL test), and have decided to continue their studies here at GC. This can be a hard transition. Compared to the University Pathway’s quarters, instead of semesters, and low intensity of the schedules and workloads, the transition into traditional college courses can be an extremely difficult one. I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Sandra Salguero-Schmidt, Academic Director of University Pathways, as well as two of the college’s very own Pathways graduates, sophomores Albert Li and Jack Wang. University Pathways was started when former GC president, Dr. Larry Linamen, was approached by the Chinese company Beida Jade Bird—a company seeking new ways to help their students better their English skills. Once the connection was made, Chinese students flew over, integrating themselves on our campus and working hard to learn our language. Dr. Schmidt notes that she’s excited to see a more varied student body in the future. She also mentioned that Dr. Ivan Filby hopes to accept students from Latin America and Europe into University Pathways as well. When I talked to Albert Li, he said that he learned about Greenville through Beida Jade Bird. Albert stated that he wanted to study abroad after graduation from high school and saw GC as an opportunity. He wants to work in Business Management. He strongly recommends University Pathways to future foreign-based students and stated that he would recommend GC because he thinks it is very good for undergraduate students. When asked about if Christianity is restricted or banned in China, Albert stated that he was not in danger of being persecuted for his faith when he became a Christian in April 2013. He also was uncomfortable when coming out to GC because he was not as fluent in English as he is today. His favorite University Pathways class was Conversation.
TRANSITIONS “The University Pathways program strives to provide its students instruction in all language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) and provide cultural information at the same time. The program arranges field trips to important sites, like the Lincoln sites in Springfield, Illinois, as well as fun trips to St. Louis sites—the Science Center, Galleria Mall, and others.” –Dr. Sandra Salguero-Schmidt
Jack Wang (he first heard about GC also by the same Chinese company) wants to work in Digital Media. Jack also recommends this campus, but has a few complaints about being a foreign student at GC, one of them having to do with the size of the college. There is a feeling, according to Jack, that many foreign students would rather go on to larger universities in bigger cities because of potentially better opportunities and more to do. Like Albert, Jack’s favorite University Pathways class was Conversation, because it helped him adapt to speaking with native English speakers with as much comfort and the least amount of tension as can be.
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It’s late September, students gather around the library stairs, freshmen on the main level and the rest of the students on the second, patiently waiting for the ceremony to begin. Parents assemble nearby, ready to watch the students enter into the McAllaster Scholars program. Current Scholars introduce the newcomers, as they ascend the library steps to join their peers. This scene is the Induction Ceremony for the McAllaster Scholars, of which I am a member. Named for the first professor to teach honors classes at Greenville College, the McAllaster Scholars program is dedicated to developing the intellectual capacities of a small group of students. Under the direction of Dr. Kent Dunnington, the McAllaster Scholars program seeks to empower students to serve God through harnessing each student’s intellectual potential. This is not to say that it takes the smart people and tries to make them smarter; rather, the program pushes students further academically, strengthening their intellectual efforts and understanding of the world. It isn’t about learning more; it’s about understanding more. It isn’t about being better than others; it’s about enabling students to help others. Dr. Dunnington envisions the Mac Scholars to be like leaven in bread. Leaven allows bread to rise, enriching the whole loaf. Similarly, the Mac Scholars should enrich our campus. Students in the program bring their experience and abilities to different organizations and departments around campus. During their first semester at Greenville, McAllaster Scholars enroll in a class that combines COR 101 with Research and Writing, introducing the Scholars to Greenville and the McAllaster program in a challenging academic environment. This is the foundational course for the program, but through other honors classes there is a distinct McAllaster curriculum that enacts the liberal arts focus of Greenville. Generally, every semester the Mac Scholars have a social gathering or two in which we have a meal together, followed by
conversation and games. There are additional activities each semester that vary depending on what is available. For instance, past events have included a panel debate about Catholic involvement in the 2012 presidential election and a trip to see the play *Freud’s Last Session*, a discussion between Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis about Christianity and faith. These events provide opportunities to engage with the world outside normal campus life. These extracurricular activities broaden our experiences, adding to the honors coursework in an enjoyable manner. These gatherings are often in conjunction with service. For instance, during fall semester different organizations in town come to our meeting to talk to us about how students can get involved around town. Similarly, there is an annual trivia night during the spring in which Scholars bring clothes to donate to get points, having fun in the process. According to sophomore Trevor Sattler, “the Scholar community is a very loving environment and is one that I always feel warmly welcomed in.” Sattler stresses that he likes the scholarly community built around the program. He enjoys taking classes with people he’s bonded with previously. As a result of the various interactions with one another, a community is built up in which people care for others. Consistently being with the same group helps to develop relationships, discussion reveals one’s views on various topics through different courses. Additionally, Nolan Osmond likes that, “the classes present a greater challenge. The higher difficulty and extra effort result in greater learning, but also in developing a deeper understanding of the material.” The Scholars collectively strive to learn at a high level, demonstrating a communal commitment to education. All in all, the McAllaster Scholars are a community of academics at Greenville that seek knowledge. Students study a diverse set of majors, but when their areas of study overlap, they come together to push each other to succeed.
Say you are a junior or senior at GC and it is about that time for you to find an internship. You’re sitting at your desk with your laptop open, glaring at the blank Google tab as it mocks you. Your mind is racing yet as empty as the page
on the screen; your fingers move restlessly against the keyboard tapping each key separately. You scoff, having no idea of how or where to start your search. Your future is on the line but to ease your stress, here are a few helpful tips:
1. Talk to Patrick Miller
5. Ask for help
He is the go-to guy for this sort of thing. He can help you as much as he can. Do not be afraid to shoot him an email or drop in on him at his office in the library.
When research alone is not helping; ask for help. Ask the people around you like your friends, family and professors’ that have experienced or seen what it takes, and get the assistance you need.
2. Plan ahead The earlier you start your search, the better your chances are of you receiving the job. Give yourself a few months in advance to figure out your preferences and what you want to do with them. Do not procrastinate. I cannot stress that. Once you figure out what you want to do, it is time to explore all the opportunities around you.
3. Figure out what you want to further your knowledge in It can be related to your major or even something that interests you. Your choices are endless and you just might find something that you are passionate about: healthcare, education or medicine. Do not limit yourself.
4. Do not be afraid of research This is the BIG one and without it, everything will fail. A couple great internships sites are: internship.com and youtern.com. Also, for you twitter fans out there, you can even find jobs on Twitter: disney jobs/pro intern, tweet my job (TMJ) and the intern fairy. Or you can just hashtag intern and several options will pop up. But if tweeting is not your thing, you can always search out specific companies that fit your major.
6. Apply Once you have completed everything else, essays and revised resumes, and are mentally prepared, apply. Not to just one or two places but several places. If one door closes, go and open another one. Always have a backup plan—plan C or even plan D.
7. Be passionate After you apply and get the job, it is time to show your boss why it was a great decision to hire you. Show them that you are a hard-worker, show them your talents, and show them how qualified you are.
8. Be the best at your job Along with showing your boss and other employers why you are so passionate, do your best at work. Show up on time, wear the proper dress attire, be on your best behavior, complete your work before the deadline, and do your work correctly. Give them a reason to hire you when you graduate or even when your internship ends. Just be the best intern you can be.
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Employee & Student Payroll Student Scholarships Employee Benefits Facilities Auxiliary Services Professional Fees Debt Payments Marketing & Public Relations Student Programs Utilities Supplies Travel Other Expenses
WHERE DOES THE MONEY COME FROM ?
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Tuition & Fees - Traditional
Gifts from Alumni
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GC MOMENTS URBAN PLUNGE
EMPOWER YOUTH BUILD COMMUNITY
If you’ve never heard of The Simple Room, you’re missing out on one of the best experiences you could get in your time at Greenville College. The Simple Room is a program for kids in the Greenville community to come and do things like hang out with friends and mentors, get help with homework, and just generally receive support from those who volunteer there. It was started in 1981 by a group of Greenville College students taking an interterm class. It began as a “simple room” to serve up cookies, drinks, and conversation to anyone in the community who happened to stop in. Since then it has grown into a charitable, not-for-profit organization that has thirteen programs and serves around ninety kids a month. The program is run primarily by volunteers, and averages about forty volunteers a week. Among these volunteers are many Greenville College students. I got the opportunity to speak with a few students about their time volunteering with the program, and all of them spoke highly of it. One student says that they highly recommend volunteering for The Simple Room, adding “The kids are great, they are super funny and outgoing. I love the expressions on their faces when you interact with them because you know when you look in their eyes you are doing something right. You are making a difference and not only does it feel good to do it, but it just feels right to give back to the community because they have done so much for us as a college.” Another student spoke of her time tutoring kids and working alongside them in their art program. She told me stories of her favorite times there, times when kids were so eager to learn new art techniques or finish their homework, when she would be asked to work on a project with a child, or when a child would give her a piece of their artwork. She described it as “a rewarding experience, because all of the kids are eager to be around these older people that they look up to, and they all want to share in these experiences with us, whether it’s art, tutoring, mentoring, or just hanging out, and I noticed that all of the volunteers want the same thing.” If this hasn’t convinced you yet, stop over by The Simple Room and see the kids for a while. Programs to be involved with throughout the school year include tutoring, mentoring, art, dance, and separate guys and girls groups. Among all of the things to do during your time here at Greenville College, few things will compare to the impact on the lives of those kids because of a few short hours taken out to hang out with them.
405 W. FRANKLIN STREET GREENVILLE, IL 62246
homeless man spots a group of people passing out clothes and approaches, asking if the clothes are free. The group answers affirmatively, then hands him what he needs. Thanking them for their kindness, the man asks what inspired the group to give away clothes. One of the group members takes the man to the side and begins to share with him about Christ and how He has shaped their lives. The group is Street Life Ministries, an organization in New York City that shares the gospel amidst helping the homeless. As Christians, we are called to not internalize our faith, but instead to share it with the world. After graduating with a degree in Commercial Music, Ryan Haines, a Spring 2013 graduate ,went to New York City to join Street Life. This ministry was particularly appealing to Ryan as it utilizes music to evangelize, leading those who pass by on the streets in worship. His work is about evangelism and serving the less fortunate. There are not many trained musicians involved with Street Life. Most of the musicians are self-taught, generally leading to a lower understanding of musical theory. Due to his education at Greenville, Ryan has been able to tutor his peers in music theory, helping them advance their musicianship in order to better glorify God. As a result, Ryan has become the de facto music tutor at Street Life. Ryanâ€™s time at Greenville helped him to discover his passion for helping the homeless. There was one day when a friend invited Ryan to come along with him to St. Louis, proposing to invite
RYANHAINES homeless people to lunch. Ryan went, eventually sitting with a homeless man. Throughout the day, they talked, played guitar and sang. The joy with which the man sang moved Ryan, blossoming into a passion that helped him decide to join Street Life. Greenville offered Ryan an environment where he could develop his faith. The classes Ryan took offered him formal teachings in scriptural studies that developed the fundamentals of his faith. Yet, Ryan felt that most of his spiritual growth occurred through the time that he spent studying scripture on his own. Ryan yearned to delve into scripture in order to gain a greater understanding of what it teaches. The Greenville environment allowed him to dedicate his time toward his study, strengthening his faith in the process. Additionally, he led a weekly Bible study in which he all who wanted to join were welcome. These open and communal discussions helped him and other students to discover differing views about specific topics, deciphering what was right and wrong about each interpretation. In all, Ryan has fully immersed himself in the works of the Holy Spirit. Through Greenville, his opportunities to develop his faith increased, pulling him toward ministry work. Street Life Ministries allows him to combine the spiritual growth he experienced at Greenville with the formal musical training he received. Yet, that growth is not finished, as God continues to shape him daily. To learn more about Street Life Ministries, visit their website, www.streetlife.org.
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SET FREE MOVEMENT angelica askew If you are interested in serving God’s plan or you want to know more, or even learn about their supportive developments, you can find everything on their website: www.setfreemovement.org. We hope you help out.
Every morning when I wake up, the sun stings my eyes, while birds sing outside and I grumpily slap the snooze button on my alarm. Others, however, wake up with their eyes stinging from lack of sleep, while unfamiliar cruel people are screaming at them, a result of not working fast enough. The world we live in is sometimes a miserable and scary place. People are taken advantage of and abused. I see such hatred and pain brought against God’s children, our brothers and sisters. A new slavery now exists where men, women, and children are captured and sold to the highest bidder. Picture this: an eight-year-old girl, filthy, covered with bruises and dressed in tattered clothing that reeks of perspiration. She’s shivering, not from the boiling sun above, but from the terror in the pit of her stomach. An older man with a vicious smile that she woke up to minutes ago has been replaced by another. This man is looks clean compared to the others she had been sold to. He ‘s wearing a nice, dark suit with a napkin in the breast pocket. His hair is combed, slick to the side , shining in the sun. The little girl thought she had gotten lucky with this one;
Photographed in Nepal
maybe he would be nicer. But the moment he stares down at her with a crazed look in his narrowed, inky eyes, her stomach drops. She is in for it. Her previous owner grins maliciously, counting the dollar bills gripped in his greasy hands and says, “Nice doing business with you, sir. Enjoy her, I know I did.” He laughs and walks away. Her new owner sniffed and rubbed a hand down the front of his suit. He peered down at her again that rose the hairs on the back of her neck. In a low, daunting voice, he said, “Let’s go.” She exhaled shakily and with rapid speed, she wiped her damp eyes and followed behind the man. Humans were not put on Earth to do this. You can help make a difference. There is a movement that is doing their job serving God, called Set Free. It started in a Free Methodist Church in the 19th century, during the abolitionist movement. According to the Set Free website, the church has a “special preference for the poor and those who are vulnerable to injustice. They follow Jesus and believe that they are called to bring hope and healing
to the world.” Their main goal is to end modern-day slavery with combined, and universal action. They follow the same rules as the church did all those centuries ago. Devoted the Holy Spirit as they work to “release these captives, open the eyes of the blind, set the oppressed free and proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.” Jesus wants to set us free bodily, intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally. We must chase personal sanctity, take God’s freedom, and work to set others at liberty, those who are being taken advantage of and cannot help themselves. Set Free claims the image of God and sees people as humans, not things. They value people and treat all with respect and dignity. Once this said freedom is achieved, people will be saved and no longer tortured, their souls will experience redemption it craves. It is what He would want us to do and it is what we should to do. Go to setfreemovement.com for more information and how to get involved; as well joining in with our campus’ Set Free Movement program. You won’t regret it.
19 Living Beyond
Faith in Nicaragua
“What are you willing to commit to God?”
Imagine a lawyer in the United States taking time from his weekends to go to the inner city and clean up trash in front of dilapidated projects. What if he quit his job in order to do this full-time? It’s not a smart career choice, a safe decision for his future, and a good idea for his health—but God led him to it. Envision the stunned gratitude a struggling family has when they see someone reaching out to them in this way. Picture the emotions of students who leave their comforts, their families and friends, and even their dignity, in order to do the same to reach out. This is the type of radical faith that Greenville students have been exposed to time and time again in their partnership with Students International in Nicaragua.
Lastman Ramos is a native Nicaraguan who works with a student missions organization called Students International (SI). He left a lucrative career as a lawyer to be a missionary after heeding the call in his life to serve the poor in Nicaragua. Currently, Lastman’s ministry includes building water filtration systems for those in the communities SI reaches. Yet, Lastman takes it a step further by serving these families in other ways, such as raking up the trash heaps that are common in the yards of many poor families.
Many GC students have had their lives affected by Lastman’s example of faith and obedience. Lastman’s story perfectly captures just what it is that makes these experiences so transformative for the GC students who witness his example. The full-time missionaries they work with, and the natives they serve also add to this new perspective. Students International uses full-time native and foreign missionaries to spread the Gospel and alleviate poverty through occupational ministries. They are also committed to providing shortterm missions experiences for college-aged students from the U.S. Students are exposed to the devastating poverty of developing countries, many for the first time, as they serve in a ministry site that fits their skills and interests. If you talk to anyone who has been on a trip like this, you will quickly discover that their life has been changed by the experience just as much, if not more, than the lives they helped changed while on the trip.
Dr. Huston, Professor Wilcoxen, and the 2014 January mission team.
Britney Villhauer and Kara Denton, two alumni who went on GC sponsored trips with SI, became full-time missionaries with the organization. Former GC football coach, Dave Hansen, is the current president of SI. There will continue to be chances in future semesters for GC students to work with SI, serve the poor, and enrich their education. Greenville has established a study abroad program with SI in Nicaragua during fall semesters, and is planning trips to Nicaragua and Fiji for the coming school year. As you continue to plan your schedules, I encourage you to take time to look into these opportunities and talk with the many students on campus who have already served abroad. There is an overlying theme to this service: the more you commit yourself to God, the more He can and will transform your life. So I ask you, what are you willing to commit? Lastman Ramos
Isaac Barber, Jenna Rients, Lane Web, Ben Miller, Lastman Ramos
SUMMER OUTREACH CODY HOMEWOOD
As you prepare to leave campus for the summer, reflect on what you’ll be doing with your break. Many people will be getting jobs to pay for their pricy education, others will be heading to internships, and some may even be graduating and starting at their first post-college job. It’s part of life, but what if you considered doing something more? Wherever you find yourself this summer, look for opportunities to serve your community. Often, we get caught up in trying to get our work done, not pausing to think about others around us. Yet, when we open our eyes and look around we see people in need; people that we can help. Look at your town and decide how you can help out. Last summer, I took a class in Nashville through Greenville. One evening our group went and volunteered with an organization that served dinner to the homeless in the area. That night was one of the best of the trip. It was a change of pace, getting me out of my routine, but it also reminded me that not everyone is as well off as I am, I definitely don’t worry where my next meal will come from (DC all the way!). The people we served were happy to just talk and enjoy the evening. This isn’t to say that you need to be involved with a homeless ministry, but you should be involved somewhere. There are plenty of organizations looking
to make a difference in their area. Get involved with one; it’ll give you a fresh perspective on the world. One possible place to volunteer over the summer is Inner City Impact. This organization works with youth in the inner city of Chicago, providing safe places to be after school and during the summer, while sharing the gospel. They have positions for people to volunteer for the entire summer, or on a day-to-day basis. They view volunteers as always helpful, furthering their goal to share the gospel with youth in at-risk neighborhoods. Another possible location is Triple Threat Mentoring. Based in Aurora, Illinois, this organization wants “to empower urban youth to realize their potential.” By providing mentorship opportunities, Triple Threat allows youth to interact with those that will encourage them to be the best they can be. Volunteers are always needed and wanted, with a variety of positions available to be filled. You’re not a people person? That’s totally fine, as there are plenty of other places to get involved. You could volunteer at an animal shelter or get information on the next service project happening in your area. We all have different talents and gifts, things we can use to bring glory to God. I encourage you to find yours and apply it in service to others.
21 Living Beyond
The door opens to a warmly colored house, laughter bouncing off the walls and meeting me where I stand outside the threshold, inviting me into this safe place, full of life, laughter, and creativity. “Hi, I’m Emma,” a hand extends to me as her smile fills the foyer, “Come on in!” Two children who had been in the living room pause their playtime to run over and see who just arrived. I feel welcomed as Emma reminds them to politely greet me with, “Hello Miss Veronica.” I believe most people have a soft spot for kids, and I’m no exception. I cannot stop smiling as Layla and Philip follow Emma and me to the dining room table. I was instantly accepted into their home and loved like they’d known me forever. To my joy, five year old Philip sits next to me at the wood table filled with coloring utensils and blank paper. He seems mesmerized by my smile as he twirls a bead necklace around his wrist, saying “It’s going to go faster” and speeding up, then suddenly dropping the beads and saying “Now it’s slower.” His mother reminds him that he has to finish his snack before his next session in the playroom, to which he responds “All done,” and runs off to play with his three year old sister, Layla.
Emma needs volunteers for the Fall. If you are interested, don’t hesitate to contact her! Emma and I converse and she tells me Philip’s story. He was email@example.com diagnosed with autism at three years of age. After researching all kinds of methods of intervention, Emma and her husband Pancho found an organization called the Son-Rise program that approached autism differently, using a more loving approach to help children feel accepted. Son-Rise is all about the kids, accepting and appreciating them for who they are, “This little man is such a joy to work with,” while encouraging them to accept others as Gina Brooks, one of Philip’s friends from well. Their motto is “Hope for every child.” the college, told me. “Working with him For the last three years, Emma has been is the best thing I’ve ever done in my life. incorporating methods learned from the Son-Rise program into not just Philip’s I’ve fallen in love with him.” life, but her entire home. Living so close Students who have worked with Philip to the college, Emma has reached out to frequently talk about the importance of students, inviting them into her home to acceptance. “If you don’t love yourself, for work with Philip. Every student I have who you are, how can you love Philip?” spoken to about Philip and the Son-Rise Emma asked me. “We want to show him method of learning, a method of love, Christ’s love, but it’s hard to do that when acceptance, and friendship, has something we’re having a hard time accepting and amazing to say about it. But their praise loving ourselves. In you wanting to love is not for the program, it’s for Philip. Philip and work with him you’re also going
to end up learning how to accept yourself and look at life in an entirely different way.”
Stepping Out Edith Robles – 22 – from West Chicago Major: Social Work and Spanish Why did you come to GC?
Favorite GC Memories?
I came to GC because I really wanted to spend my college experience at a school that truly cared about students’ spiritual growth as well as in their academics. I know that answer probably seems common, but it’s true, growing in both areas has had a huge impact in my life as a student.
One of my best memories happened is from freshmen year. My friends Cody Ripperger, Tanner, Michael Lawrence, Juan Guerrero, and I, along with some others decided to “kidnap” our friend Brad Johnson at 3am from his West Oak dorm. We threw him in the back of my car, and took him to Huddle House. Oh yeah, CSO saw all of it happening, called the cops, and came to HH to make sure he was alive. I laugh at that story every time.
How did you come to GC? Both of my older sisters are GC grads and when I was here in 2008 for my sister’s graduation I remember walking around campus and really feeling that GC is where God wanted me to experience my college career. It’s funny because on the car ride to Greenville I kept telling my mom how there was no way I was going to go to college here, haha I love God’s sense of humor.
What do you plan to do with your degree? I’m going to be working on my Master’s of Social Work degree at Saint Louis University this fall. Once that is completed, I hope to work with homeless youth and/or work in a high school setting as a school social worker. Really, there is A LOT I want to do with my degree, and that’s what I love about social work, it’s such a broad field where the opportunities to serve and love people are endless!
Michael Jadrich – 22 – Grand Rapids, Michigan Major: Spanish, Audio Engineering/Music Program
Why did you come to GC?
Best Memories at GC?
Greenville College had the major that I wanted and it felt like a good fit for me. The music program was very hands-on and had a lot of opportunities to further my music skills.
Playing my didgeridoo and sitar on Scott Field, late night discussions about philosophy and religion, helping to lead worship, and meeting all sorts of cool people. Not only that, but being able to study abroad through Greenville has given me an unbelievable opportunity to go out into the world and meet people in different areas. It has also allowed me to put my education to practical use.
What do you plan to do with your degree? Maybe work in the field of ethnomusicology, eventually I want to go to graduate school and teach in college. I feel that Greenville College has given me a great experience in learning and being able to teach others with the experiences I’ve gained here.
23 Living Beyond
GC MOMENTS Music
THOSE IRRESISTIBLE GAMES VERÓNICA CRISLER
When you spend hours and hours building a mansion out of brick blocks, a beautiful, cozy, intricate home, a safe haven for you and your friends when the sun goes down, and a creeper comes along and blows it up, your day instantly goes sour. The only thing that can remedy it is more RPG games,
Google defines D&D as, “a fantasy role-playing game set in an imaginary world based loosely on medieval myth.” Dungeons and Dragons has always sounded like a fun game. You create your own character (my favorite part of any game) whom you guide through a never-ending series of adventures. You get to work together with friends or other online players to defeat those difficult monsters and challenges in order to rise to glory together. There are so many choices in the game--you can play over and over again and not get bored! Now that I’ve written a semireview on it, I feel like I should actually give this a try. Give me a minute while I create an account. Check back with me in an hour or so… that’s how long it will take me to create my avatar.
and maybe a game of Magic or two. I believe there’s a gamer in all of us, but only some of us actually take the time to play while others busy themselves with their own things throughout the day.If you’re bored or needing to a break, take a few minutes (or hours) to check these games out.
This one has got to be my absolute favorite! Minecraft is like playing Legos [R], but better. It’s on the computer, there are endless possibilities of things you can create out of blocks, and millions— literally millions—of worlds to discover. You’re this little blocky person who gets to go spelunking every single day in a search for elements needed to survive in this lonely, creative place. Speaking of survival, try your best to make it back to your house (or the nearest hole, which you might need to dig) by nightfall. That’s when the bad guys come out. And by bad guys, I mean zombies, skeletons with bows and arrows, detonating creatures called creepers, largerthan-life spiders whose eyes glow red through the night, and these tall purple guys called endermen who can teleport places and take blocks of things with them. So that hole you were building… maybe you should add a couple more layers to it, you know, just in case some endermen decide to start tearing it apart.
Most often just chopped down to “League” or “LoL”, League of Legends is a free online RPG that incorporates competitive gameplay, strategy, head to head combat, fantastical worlds, and battlefields all together on the same screen! The basic gameplay consists of two teams of powerful champions with their own play style and design that compete across multiple battlefields and game modes. It’s addicting, trust me, and with the game continuously being updated, there’s endless possibilities to the battles to be had.Here’s what I suggest. Go find, say, five of your closest friends, sit in the union (or your lounge), and start an adventure together. It’d be a lot of fun. I promise. If you decide to do this, let me know, because even though I’ve played, I‘ve yet to actually create my own account.
JOURNEY THROUGH AND SPACE TIME A
A S H E LY S H U E T Z
How many television shows can you think of that have had thirty-three seasons, spanned fifty years, and have had twelve actors play one main character? Maybe you watch more television than I do, but I can only think of one: Doctor Who, a long running British science-fiction show created by the BBC. To learn more about the fans at Greenville College, I conducted four interviews about favorite characters and episodes, when and why each person began watching the show, and what it is that makes everyone stick around for more.
But First, The Doctor on The Doctor:
“People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually — from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint — it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly... timey-wimey... stuff.” This is a quote from The Doctor, the time-travelling alien and namesake of the show. This quote sums up the show quite nicely, and also shows how difficult it is to describe.
Take Two--A Student Take on the Show
Brandon Rodier, a junior at GC, describes Doctor Who as a show “about a Time Lord who travels through time and space with various, usually female, companions, going on fantastic adventures with each of them. The Doctor is from the planet Gallifrey, and Gallifrey does not exist in the actual universe anymore, because it’s time locked in the time war, that the doctor escaped from after killing many, many, many daleks, cybermen, and probably some other Time Lords.”
Everyone has their own reasons for watching Doctor Who BRILLIANT! - Brandon Rodier FANTASTIC PLOT! - Tiffany Hootman
The DOCTOR is MARVELLOUS! - Jordyn Drake A PHENOMENAL work of SCIENCE FICTION! - Juliana Bringer
Different Doctors / Favorite Doctors
Every Doctor Who fan has been asked the question “Who’s your favorite Doctor?” Though it’s the same protagonist, each actor brings something different to the character of The Doctor.Christopher Eccleston, the ninth Doctor, was the first to appear in the 2005 reboot. His character is slightly dark and intense, but he has his moments of sheer joy. He was only around for one season until his regeneration, a process that happens when he is fatally wounded. Regeneration heals him, but gives him a new body, and a new personality. When
the ninth Doctor regenerated, into the tenth, played by David Tennant, we saw a substantially more light-hearted character than before. He is talkative, amicable, and cheeky. Tennant is the most popular and universally well-liked of the three. Following David Tennant is Matt Smith. He is often liked for his liveliness and clumsiness, and people often say that they see themselves in him.
Companions / Favorite Companions
Every great TV hero has a sidekick, or, in the case of Doctor Who, a companion. The companions travel with The Doctor, often assisting him, but occasionally causing trouble themselves. When I asked about favorite companion, each student had a different favorite. a few of the companions chosen were Captain Jack Harkness, Donna Noble, Amy Pond, and River Song. Captain Jack Harkness travelled with the ninth Doctor for a few episodes, and later appeared in episodes with the tenth Doctor. Juliana chose him as her favorite companion, saying that he was “one of the most entertaining characters, but he has the most tragic story too.” Donna Noble travelled with the tenth Doctor in season 4 of the show. She can be described as outspoken and feisty, though she shows that she has a compassionate side many times throughout her season. Tiffany picked her as her favorite because “she has the best storyline, she makes the most progress, but at the same time, she has the most tragic ending.” River Song and Amy Pond travelled with the eleventh Doctor, beginning in season five. Amy can be described as bossy, outspoken, and headstrong. River is strong, flirtatious, and complicated. In my interviews, Amy was chosen by Jordyn because “she’s just so spunky”, and Brandon chose River because she is “awesome”.
As you can see, the fan base of Doctor Who holds a jumbled mess of opinions, much like the show is a jumbled mess of, well, everything. Everyone has their own specific reason for liking what or who they do, and it’s great because it proves that there are so many reasons to like this show. If you’re not already watching the show, there are three doctors, ten companions, and lots of great villains to enjoy, and that’s just in “New Who”. Classic Who might take some work to catch up with, but the 2005 reboot could be watched in no time. Just do me one favor. Start with Eccleston. He’s fantastic. Absolutely fantastic.
So you’re a musician are you? Or maybe you like music? Or maybe you hate music so much that you like to go to places where music is and just be angry the whole time while you sip on your tea with a grimace that you can politely explain by saying you don’t usually drink tea, but *really* you love tea. Maybe you just want a small box of cereal on a Tuesday night for a reasonable price. Perhaps gushers are a bit more your pace. Maybe coffee? Or milk? There are a variety of beverages and food that you might enjoy but didn’t buy whilst at the store? You seriously don’t like food, beverages, music, or being angry around music? What else is there in life? For the rest of you normal people, here is an article about something great that has all of the things mentioned above that some weirdo doesn’t like. Some of you probably know about this thing that goes on every Tuesday night at 8:30. This thing is called the Blackroom
Café. Located in- you guessed it- the Blackroom. If you don’t know where the Blackroom is, just walk into a cornfield and don’t come back. This campus is too small to not know this stuff yet. Really though it’s right on the edge of the little patchy hill of grass called “The Q” (The parking lot right by West Oak is Q lot) which is between Janssen, West Oak, Mannoia, and Holtwick halls. Once you have found the Blackroom camp outside it until the fun begins, unless its 8:30 on a Tuesday night. Or, you know, go about your life, just be sure to come back on Tuesday night. So now that we’ve found the Blackroom and know when to find our way back, what is it we journeyed all the way across campus for? Well, predominantly for acoustic music playing live in a relaxed coffee house setting. Occasionally students like Beth Watkins or Johnny Barker might throw down some Spoken Word. Guitar-(I don’t want to blaspheme) angel, Adam Curry might do a
solo show once in awhile. At other times, outside artists may be brought in. So really, there can be something for everyone. Music Business students work tirelessly to organize and schedule these entertaining acts and evenings. The Audio Engineering students run the sound for the whole of the event both from the back and the front. Most of the time, the headlining band or artist will be a Greenville Musician, Lab Band, or Singer-Songwriter. Though an idea born in the mind of Professor Erickson, the Blackroom Cafe has grown through the moulding of these various student groups into a great hang-out for students, by students. So plan around Tuesday evenings because the Blackroom Café is one of the great things students have developed to combat that ageold lie that “there is nothing to do here.”
ADAM BROS. HANGOUT SPOT It was February 14th. Most of the couples from Greenville College were out on dates of different sorts. All of the single people usually hate the utterance of the “V” word (Valentine’s), but not this year. Students waited patiently for the activities to start. Coffee was grinding and students were chatting louder than the classic rock playing over the speakers. If you took your blushing date to Adam Bros on Valentine’s Day this year, you probably noticed the large crowd of students; that is, if you were lucky enough to even get inside of the door. In one room, there was a long line for coffee (probably Mississippi Mud). In the other room was a daring event for Greenville College students; speed dating. That’s right, Adam Bros hosted speed dating for the students here at the college. Why put on such an event? Jes Adams explains, “With the help of interns, Jonee Whatley (soon to be Ripperger) and Kiah Kelson, we are renewing our strategy for hosting events that appeal to college students, high school students, moms/dads, and Papa/Nana.” Adam Bros
is a great place for college students to go in Greenville. They are always searching for the best possible entertainment to bring to the community, whether it be music, stand-up, games, readings, or even a rousing night of Hokey Pokey. “The goal of the Adam Bros events is to showcase the [many] arts and talents of the community to the community,” says Adam. Once in awhile, talent from outside of the area will be asked to host an evening to help inspire the local talent in Greenville. There is another factor that makes Adam Bros Coffeehouse unique, and that is the sense of true “community”. The success of Adam Bros is not the fact that it is a coffeehouse, but rather because of the community’s faithfulness to it. The town saw the need for a gathering place, and Adam Bros stepped up to become that special place. This sense of community may come from the fact that Jes is an alum of Greenville College, and a businessman. He sees the need of Greenville before his own, and that is expressed through the coffeehouse’s support for local
affairs. They raise funds for local charities, support our local athletics, shop and spend money at local businesses, and even sell coffee that is brewed in St. Louis. “We exist only because the people of Greenville see our constant efforts to not just take from the community, but to give back to it,” Adam explains. “If we can all support each other, we will survive and succeed.” Whenever you have a craving for coffee, or just need a place to get away from campus for awhile, Adam Bros Coffeehouse always has something going on for Greenville students. With the new side room addition, Adam Bros has plenty of space to host well over fifty students. There are always new events going on, and you may never know what event you will come across upon entering that red wooden door. Come on out and support your local coffeehouse.
CODY L. RIPPERGER
First Take GC’sjazz
“My goal is partly to educate the new generation, but also to be a nostalgic reminder for older generations who still enjoy the music.” -Professor Will Fairbanks
Proceeds from the CD directly support the Jazz Band and are used for uniforms, travel, and music. To purchase a copy of First Take, contact Prof. Fairbanks at (618) 664-6565, or the music department office at (618) 664-6560.
The GC Jazz Band, a traditional big band made up of seventeen performers, just released its debut CD, First Take. The album featured selections that were recorded in the Fall semester of 2013. First Take is a collection of twelve charts ranging from the traditional “In The Mood” to a version of Michael Buble’s “Feeling Good”, featuring vocalist Devri Hughan. The Jazz Band formed four semesters ago and is part of the expansion of the instrumental music offerings at GC. They have played all around Greenville and in St. Louis this year, and performed twice on tour at a variety of Branson, Missouri, venues. Professor Will Fairbanks, says that the Jazz Band recorded the selected pieces for an album after receiving multiple requests from students, alumni, and community members during their concerts. “People were asking and asking, so we decided to work with Prof. Gary Erickson and audio engineering students to do a class project.” Many students were able to gain valuable experience in their fields while helping create this project. Seniors Zach Bridier and Commedore Clark recorded, mixed and mastered the CD under the guidance of Prof. Erickson. Another student, sophomore Katie Wallace, created the CD liner for a digital media project. The band recorded on-stage in the James E. Wilson Recital Hall over the course of two late-night sessions. Because of the band’s size and the need for members to perform as a group, it couldn’t use the recording facilities in the Whitlock basement. “It’s not a studio recording, where you record each instrument playing by itself and then put the recordings all together,” said Prof. Fairbanks. “The band played through each song once or twice. Commedore and Zach miked each instrument and then mixed them all. It was a great learning experience for them.” Membership in the band changes each semester based on scheduling. Fall 2013 members included: Joscelyn Lamm, Sarah Fairbanks, Quinn Johnston, Michelle Bierenbaum, Jarod Garcia, Devri Hughan, Alicia Mullen, Alexa Campbell, Logan Freitag, Stew Stephens, Justin Askins, Tom Fulton, Joel Burroughs, Nolan Osmond. Trevor Sattler, Ty Barth, and Heathef First Take, contact Prof. Fairbanks at (618) 664-6565, or the music department office at (618) 664-6560.
It’s Wednesday night, you finished your classwork and you need something to do? Walk on over to the Globe and join the mass of students waiting for Cinematic Conversations. Hosted by GC students, Cinematic Conversations is a film series at Greenville. Interesting and thought-provoking films are shown amidst the scent and munching of popcorn, followed by a theater-wide discussion after the film. Renting out the Globe, Cinematic Conversations, or CC@GC as it’s come to be called, seeks to share films with the campus that will provoke dialogue. Following every film there is a brief discussion led by one of Greenville’s faculty. The faculty members are invited to speak on movies that touch on areas of their expertise or experiences. This connection could relate to the topics they teach or simply something they are familiar with from their past. Cinematic Conversations began with Brad Shaw and a small group of students in the McAllaster Scholars program. They wanted to show creative films that went beyond the typical movie shown around Greenville, broadening the scope of what students experience. Additionally, it partnered with COR 401, offering its films as an option for students needing to attend COR 401 events. This partnership brings in many students, livening up the dialogue after the film. Since then, other groups on campus have partnered with CC@GC, diversifying the conversation of each film. Open to all students, Cinematic Conversations has built up a presence on Greenville’s campus. Attendance at the films has grown, you better not walk in late or you may have trouble finding a seat. Attracting a diverse set of students, Cinematic Conversations brings the campus together to do something friends already do to relax, watch movies. Watching movies is a pastime enjoyed by
most students, so it’s only natural that they would want to join in on a free showing of a movie put on by other students and faculty. This semester the film series kicked off with the ever-popular classic The Princess Bride and concluded with another favorite, *Space Jam*. Other films shown throughout the semester include: Crash, The Great Gatsby, The Prestige, and Let the Right One In. Jacob Amundson led the first Cinematic Conversation, over The Princess Bride. The discussion centered on how the work fits the description of a Reconstructivist artwork. In creating the film, the director followed a classic story structure, but twisted it in new ways. Each character within the movie fits into a specific archetype (the hero, the hunter, the giant, the brain etc.) allowing the audience to easily decipher how the characters will behave. These easily distinguishable clues move the viewer quickly from learning about characters to learning about the story. Each character is only a piece of the overall story; although each is important, the true value is in the complete story. Our own lives play a similar part in the world. As Christians, we recognize that we are not the most important part of the world. Instead, advancing the gospel across the nations is our key goal. Each individual has a specific role to play in that goal, but no one person is more important in seeking the fulfillment and achievement of it. This is just one example of how Cinematic Conversations exposes Greenville students to ideas presented in film that they may not have originally noticed. Each movie brings a new topic and new conversation, so come on by and see for yourself. Oh, did I mention it’s free?
Quinton Hughes as the Parson, Owen Beans as Gideon, Jessie Polley, Brittain Monroe
SPRING PLAY PRECIOUS BANE
The lights dim as you stumble to find your seat, having run a little late from the dinner meeting you just came from. Silence reigns, and you offer hushed apologies and an “excuse me” to the people whose toes and knees you keep bumping into, just trying to reach that one seat in the middle of the aisle, three rows up from the front; Reserved. You make it, take a deep breath, and exhale as the stage awakens, transformed. The rolling hills of England greet you, and you’re introduced to a family who lives off the land, farmers by trade and by birth. Precious Bane, a story of tragedy filled with hope, begins to play out in front of you. As a lone cello plays, its beautiful notes foretelling hope, the characters appear. They are only children, skipping church in order to play together. Annoyed by the ignorance of Tivvy, the parson’s daughter, you turn to Prudence Sarn (Brittain Monroe) and Jancis Beguildy (Jill Rutherford) to learn about the world in which they live. The two grow up, free from pain for a little while, only to encounter it again once they’re older and have learned what it means to fall in love. Gideon Sarn (Owen Beans), Prue’s older brother, changes faces in your mind. You like him as a child, hate him as a murderer, pity him as a farmer, and distrust him in his love for Jancis. You’re watching everything happen, following every twist and turn of the plot as an elder Prue (Jessica Polley) tells you her story, a story of redemption and love. Prue’s defect is a airshorne lip, and people see her differently because of it. She learns what it is like to go through life being judged by how you look. Finally, as the play is coming to an end, you think back to two hours ago when you were first introduced to the characters and their Midlands English accents. Many have died, and Prue is seemingly left alone in a world so cruel to her because of her defect. People cannot see the beauty within her because they only see her harelip. In only seeing her imperfections and looking for someone to blame, they accuse Prue of being a witch and killing everyone close to her. The villagers then attempt to take her life. A hero rushes in, saving innocent Prue from the evil about to befall her at the hands of others. The closing act shows Prue after having found the love she deserves. All her years, she had hope that one day things would be better, and she would live a full, rewarding life. Though her brother and others consistently brought her down, telling her she wasn’t good enough and proclaiming that she would never wed, she held onto a ray of hope, never letting go. She always put others before herself, and made sure that they were cared for, giving of herself and her belongings whenever she could. And in the end, you clap and cheer, because Prue finally finds a man who accepts and loves her for the beautiful woman she truly is. Rachel Foulks, the director of the play, stunningly depicted Prudence Sarns’ life through the production of Precious Bane. Through hardship and pain, we see Prue as she encompasses the true example of how we as Christians should face those times. Her actions spoke of hope and promise. She continuously forgot herself in submission and service of others, defending the weak and loving all. After watching this play and receiving that message from two hours of show-time, I just want to say, “Encore!”
INTERVIEWED BY CLAY BUHLER
DYNAMIC DUO ANDY AND ANDREW Find Joyous Chaous on Facebook && Youtube Members Manny Gamble Ben Linder Andy Anderson Andrew Perkett Devyn Byrd Rachel Rousseau Rachel Walton Will Florian Nate Bjore
If you’ve been to an improv show this school year you have undoubtedly laughed at the antics of team newcomers Andy Anderson and Andrew Perkett. While this is the duo’s first year as Joyous Chaos members, it is not their first time doing comedy together. Long before their stage debut, Andy and Andrew were cracking jokes together as sophomore roommates in Joy Hall. I interviewed Andy to try and understand what makes him so funny, and what it was like to live with another campus comedian for a year. Here’s how it went: “I can’t focus when you look at me like that!” screams Andy, as I sit down to begin the interview. When I walked into his room the soundtrack to the Lord of the Rings was playing in the background while Andy sat on a couch reading poetry homework out loud in one of his patented pseudo-feminine voices, a Mountain Dew in hand. He takes another sip and then says in his best Nacho Libre impersonation, “Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.” I ask him, “What makes something funny to you?” “Is that your segway into our interview?” Andy replies. He pulls out his phone to yell at his fake publicist for letting me into the room without an appointment. “So the question is, what do I think of humor?” To answer, Andy sits up and adopts a sophisticated posture and voice, saying in jest, “Humor is a relative term, so it’s hard to define.” “Interesting,” I reply, trying not laugh. “Can you tell me a joke?”
Andy thinks for a minute, and then, exasperated, he cries out in a winy voice, “Oh Clay, my mind is drained!” This is classic Andy Anderson. This is what makes him funny. Mix his personality with that of the similarly comedic-minded Andrew and you can only imagine what happens. I ask Andy to tell me one of his favorite stories from his year of living with Andrew. “Well the first thing that comes to mind is a day when Andrew and I hadn’t seen each other and we had yet to speak. I was sitting in my room doing homework when suddenly Andrew storms in, throws his bag down, and says with a snappy head nod, “Mmmhmm.” After that I began to randomly beat box while Andrew proceeded to improv a pop song. When we were finished, he picked his bag up and left the room, and that was pretty much our only interaction for the day. Andrew and I still return to this song from time to time when we see each other.” Thus, a friendship which was built around Batman and video games turned into a powerful and hilarious improv duo that has Greenville rolling in laughter. “Well Andy, thanks for the interview.” He uses his stuck-up teenage girl voice, “Oh, is that what that was?”
GC MOMENTS Improv Team
A Day in the Life: men’s basketball
Basketball is a way of life, and it is lived one day at a time. Its eight o’clock in the morning on Tuesday. Game day is tomorrow, but you’re already sore from yesterday’s workout and practice. It has been a long season, and tomorrow’s game is huge. Greenville College travels to play Iowa Wesleyan. Today will be a tough practice, but first, time to go to class. It’s all about hard work. Class is over. It’s been a long day, and you have a mountain of homework, but practice is waiting. As the team sits down to meet, you have already been mentally preparing. Coach Barber gives another “big time” talk. Big time basketball isn’t just played at Division 1 schools. The big time is about where you make it; it’s where you are. It’s not all about winning. For life, learning to be a good sportsman is more important than winning every game. The point of this program is to grow as a man of God, not just as a basketball player. Before heading to the court we pray together. It’s all about spiritual growth. While warming up you can still feel yesterday’s conditioning. After putting up a few shots, it all comes back. You remember why you love this game so much. As the practice gets underway, you remember why you do what you do. Of course, it’s not always fun. Today the team is hammering out a lot of defensive problems. You’re running through plays over and over again for tomorrow. You’re perfecting what you do, one drill at a time. Practice is rarely a fun shoot around or scrimmage, but it all pays off in the end. It’s all about a good attitude. The team is done for the day. Practice was hard, and not exactly pretty, but you’re ready for tomorrow. However, before grabbing dinner and then heading back to the dorm to get started on homework, there’s still some film to be watched. You glance over the scouting report early. You do everything you can to perfect what you do. This isn’t mandatory. You do this because you love the game, you love your teammates and coaches, and you love the process. It’s all about basketball. Tomorrow is game day. You will wake up again at eight, and go to a day full of classes. You’ll probably be even more tired than today, because you still have a late night of studying to do. But after class tomorrow, you get on the bus and head off to play the biggest game of the season. It will be a hostile crowd; there will be a lot on the line. Before the nerves set in, you remember that you have done all you can to prepare. Sure, the game tomorrow is going to be tough, but the game is won now, during the day to day grind. Basketball is a way of life, and it is lived one day at a time.
Overtime: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Five seconds until eternity. It’s the shots you miss that you don’t forget. Five seconds stand between a sleepless night or a second chance. Run through the play again in your head. Forget the miss. Forget it. A missed game-tying three-pointer with thirty-seven seconds left. Forget it. But never miss two in a row. Senior year– you won’t get this one back. “If Goodman makes this last free throw, the Panthers will have twelve seconds to hit a three-point bucket and send this game into overtime. The free throw is up… and it’s good. Blackburn now holds a 63-60 lead over Greenville. The panthers inbound the ball, clock ticking. They’re looking for an open shot… Gundy gets the ball, she has to get a shot up fast… and… IT’S GOOD!!! Emily Gundy sinks the game-tying basket with five seconds remaining! Blackburn won’t have time to get another shot off, and this one is going to overtime.”
Coley Baker with her eighteenth block of the night. Eighteen blocks! Baker, the Panther’s sophomore center, has now tied the NCAA Division III single game block record!” Contest every shot. “Briana Rae will go to the line with a chance to tie the game for Blackburn, thirty-seven seconds on the clock. And she swishes the first one. Up until that free throw the Beavers had been single-handily outscored by Miranda Murray this period. Coming of bench, Miranda has taken this game over. And as Rae misses her second free throw, the Panthers get the ball into the hands of their hot player, hoping to close this thing out.” This is it. The big stage. Ball in hand. Just like we practice. It’s now or never… time to end it. Go for the dagger.
Never miss two in a row.
“The Panthers are up by one and are trying to milk the clock. Miranda with the ball. All she needs is one more shot to seal the “There have been seven ties and eight lead changes, with neither deal. She dashes through the lane… lay’s it up… and once again team holding a double digit lead thus far. The Panthers start she finishes with a spectacular move, giving the Panthers a three out overtime with another three-pointer, taking the lead 6663. Blackburn brings the ball up, and they’re looking to avoid point lead with only seconds remaining.” Coley Baker, whose triple double performance has been giving the Beavers fits all day. And there she is again with yet another Go for the dagger. block.” “Blackburn is unable to make a shot during clutch time, and Contest every shot. Close-out hard and fast. Nothing easy. No Greenville pulls out the overtime victory 74-70. This young, free jump shots. Nothing in the paint. Contest every shot. talented ball club has once again displayed their tenacity, with an impressive victory over the beavers. The Lady Panthers not “We’re under one minute now and Blackburn has brought their only made some history tonight, but they have definitely made a six-point overtime deficit to within two. The Beavers are hoping to come out of their timeout and tie this thing up as they give the statement and set the tone for years to come.” ball to Briana Rae. Rae goes for a shot… AND IT’S BLOCKED!!!
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GIRLS TENNIS PROFILE:
EMILY “SQUIRREL” RAUCH ASHLEY SCHUETZ
Do you know anyone who likes climbing trees, chasing tennis balls, and brings a hammock to her tennis games, just in case she gets the chance to use it? If you’ve ever met Squirrel, you do! Emily “Squirrel” Rauch is a sophomore here at GC, and plays for the girls tennis team. I had the chance to interview her for this article, and while I wish I could include everything she said, way too much was talked about, so a brief overview is all I can do. But one of her strengths is positivity, and she said that she likes being
friendly, so I have no doubt that she would When asked if wins or losses teach her more, talk to you, too. Squirrel told me that it was losses, though, like all of us, she prefers to win. She said that To begin, I’ll let you know a bit of when you lose, it is often because there is a information about her. Squirrel plays 6th skill that needs to be added or worked on, singles, and occasionally exhibition doubles, so you can learn to beat the opponent next on the Greenville College girls tennis team. time. “I am super thankful for Coach giving She is also double majoring in Early me a chance to play and working with me to Childhood Education and Elementary make me decent enough to play in the Education. She began playing tennis in her regular line up,” She told me. sophomore year of high school, but only played for one year. In order to prepare for Squirrel’s faith is evident to me throughout that year, she says “I had to take a summer our conversation. She says that her favorite class with 8 year olds a month and a half be- verse is Colossians 3:23; “It serves as a fore the season started so I would have some reminder that I am not living my life to knowledge on how tennis worked.” please men, but God.” When asked what she has learned at Greenville College, she told Squirrel describes herself as “very me that she believes actions are the most competitive.” She says that she works hard important way to witness, saying “that we to better herself at tennis. “I came in with should witness at all times…. and when only a year under my belt and even this year necessary use words.” She talked about most of the freshmen have played longer staying calm and happy, even when losing, than I have.” However, that doesn’t stop her so that she can be a good model for her from having fun. She says that she enjoys Christian faith. She ends the response with tennis, and other sports. It brings her joy to “actions speak so much louder than words be out on the court putting the talents God and I want to make sure mine are giving out has given her to good use. To put the fun the right message.” that she has into perspective, she describes her best game as one where she didn’t even play. As an April Fool’s Day prank, she came to a match with a “broken leg”, but when her teammates left the bus, she changed and came out with her leg working again. When her teammates noticed, she found out how good they are at throwing tennis balls.
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Pam Craig, Chelsea Evans, Lezlie Blazer, Kristen Lynch, Emilie Britt, Lexi Baysinger, Emily Rauch, Jenna Rients, Kelsey Laurent, Abby Maurer, Anna Brannon
MEN’S TENNIS CODY RIPPERGER
as a unity. Since the sport is mainly individually played, it can be frustrating.
They know us, and they know our faith.
To battle this frustration, each member strives to be an example for Christ, not only to each other but to the opponent team as well. This year, it is the team’s goal to show Christ’s patience and encouragement on the tennis court. They want to stay mentally and spiritually strong in order to work together as a team. This motive has helped each player be mentally prepared for every practice and match. It also gives the team an advantage in those close matches. This year has been good to the team and they have no other reason as to why that is other than by the power of Christ.
When it comes to sports at Greenville College, there is one thing they get right: faith. The men’s tennis team is no exception to this. There is a high amount of encouragement given from the teammates and fans during each match. There is a stark difference between the love for our team compared to those of other schools. “Usually fans are quiet and just sit there, but our fans are not like that. They know us, and they know our faith. They strive to encourage each one of us,” says Code Power. The Tennis team prides itself on setting the standard for cheering and encouragement during each match. This helps to build a close bond among the team. By knowing and caring strongly for each other, there is a stronger sense of teamwork
Brett Brannon, Mason Tennell, Code Power, Travis Osborne, Demetrius Bush, Alex Dowley, Naoya Uematsue, Ryan Haas, Jonathan Urshan, Justin McDonald.
BREAK Every year Spring Break sees a mass exodus from Greenville, with people going all over to enjoy their time away from school. Similarly, the baseball team escapes to play ball. This year that tradition continued, with the team loading into a charter bus destined for sunny Orlando, Florida. Staying in that area, the team played seven games throughout the course of the week. They had a rough schedule, unfortunately not winning any of the games, but many of the games were lost by only a small margin. Losing all of the games is, of course, not the norm, but the team went up against multiple ranked teams this time around. Our team is also rebuilding after losing multiple strong players due to that pesky graduation part of the college experience. This trip offered an opportunity to learn and regroup. One great aspect of playing in Florida is that it allows the athletes to play outside. Most of their practices occur in the Rec Center at Greenville, as the weather isn’t typically conducive to practicing until after Spring Break. As one may expect, some of the days they had to play multiple games
The trip wasn’t entirely games though; they had plenty of free time to spend in the pool or at the beach. Additionally, the team also went to a Spring Training game between the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals.
during the fall, the team held a hit-a-thon contest. Each player asked for pledges from family and friends, per foot that they think the player can hit a ball. Receiving five pitches, each player tries to hit the ball as far as possible. Using the furthest hit, the pledgees then pay per foot hit, with the average pledge being around 15 cents. The players had to try and get to $600 of fundraising, using the hit-a-thon and other fundraising efforts to reach their goal.
Overall, the Spring Break trip is an avenue for bonding between teammates. Each year, new players are introduced to the mix as a freshmen class enters Greenville. This trip allows the veteran players to get acquainted with the new people, as well as rejuvenate old relationships. The team goofs around throughout the trip, playing silly jokes on unsuspecting victims. One unfortunate player awoke from a poolside nap, after his teammates threw him in, chair and all.
Coming off of this trip, the team wants to press on into the season. The trip revealed some encouraging aspects of the team this year, such as strong pitching, which allow the team to be hopeful of a good season to come. Since the trip, they have won many of their games. Overall, this year, their mission is to get into the conference tournament at the end of the year. Last year they failed to qualify, as a result the team wants to focus their efforts on re-entering the tournament.
Getting to Florida wasn’t the simplest task though. Each player was required to fundraise to pay for his trip. For instance,
each day. Yet, the team went unfazed, having enough players to let others rest for the next game, despite bringing a smaller team than usual to Florida.
In softball, the quality of your team depends on your players, but the way those players interact and view each other effects the way they play as well. For our women’s softball team, everything rides on the players and how they build each other up. Reana Weidmer, a graduating senior and veteran of the team, gave me the honor of sitting down with her one afternoon outside of Jo’s Java to talk about softball. The thing is, I didn’t really know much about it. Reana smiled as I opened up the conversation with, “So, I’m not really sure what softball is or how it’s played… Is the ball bigger?” I’m an ignorant human being, I know. “The ball is bigger, and it’s a yellowgreen color. The playing field is set up like baseball, but things are closer together. We also pitch differently. We pitching underhanded instead of overhanded.” Patching all these pieces together, I was able to make a somewhat visual image of what softball would look like in action. Now for the angle of the story. I didn’t want this piece to be about statistics. Most sports articles are. I wanted this work to say something about our team, the girls who come together, play together, and celebrate both wins and losses together. Reanna has been playing softball her whole life. When she plays, she gives it her all. But only so much can be said for form, style, rules, playing fields, and practices. Everything else, the winning factor of most games and what pushes the team to do their best, are the women who form this team. These girls are strong individuals who have a passion for the sport and a mutual desire to give their best in order to win. In years past, this team has gone through many change, some small, and others game-changing, but through it all, these women stuck it out.
“Even though we can feel the changes as they happen, we’ve always been able to come through, and stronger than before. We have bonded together through it all.” Being able to see how this team has stuck through it all and come out closer and more determined to win shows the quality and character of these girls. They’ve done extremely well this season, freshman and senior alike. To the team’s freshmen, we’d like to say, “Welcome newcomers! We’re excited and grateful to have you here and we cannot wait to see how you will make your mark both on and off the field.” and to the seniors we bid you farewell with thanks. “Thank you for your willingness to give your all for the team, to be an example to those on and off the field, and to leave a legacy of strength, confidence, perseverance, and love behind you. Be blessed in everything you do.”
VERÓNICA CRISLER 41 SPORTS
outdoor track As an old out of shape former runner, I love a good track meet. I love the atmosphere, the smell of a track, the soft sound of spikes gliding over, and the vibrant excitement that permeates the air. I was therefore particularly thrilled to be able to spend the day at a track meet this past April. The real excitement lies with the team though so here are just a few. Robert (Shaggy) Goin got to compete in the Steeple Chase for the first time, “Going into the meet, I didn’t know what to think, I was excited for a home meet. I have heard that hasn’t occurred in 19 years. Once I was at the meet, it couldn’t have gone better. It was nice outside and I was ready to try a race I had never tried before. Not only did I find my favorite race but I also got to experience it on the home track” Sophomore Rachel Renshaw had this to say, “It was great to finally have a home meet on our new track. Everyone did so well, and this time we were able to share it with others from our school. That, combined with the hard work put in by Coach P and many others, made for a great and memorable meet.”
Jackie Bleich, who also ran the first Steeple Chase on the new track had a few words to share as well, “Participating in the first home track meet in 19 years was a real honor because the team can look back on April 5th 2014 and say that they were a part of such a great, memorable GC event. The turnout for the track team was phenomenal, as well. We advertised like crazy, trying to get the whole college to come out and support us. With chapel announcements, countless flyers, and unstoppable Facebook statuses, the word got out like wildfire, and our school definitely delivered. It was a great time seeing close friends rooting for teammates and having a great time. Many professors even came out to cheer us on! That was truly wonderful! The advantage to having a home track meet is definitely the familiar territory. Training on the same track that we race on is a good way to mentally prepare for a meet because we are comfortable with our own equipment. Also, having more familiar faces than usual in the audience was a plus. I think it put a lot of pressure on us to go out and perform to the best of our abilities and really show GC what we’re made of. I think we definitely delivered, and our team earned numerous personal records. I look forward to having more home meets in the future!”
Jessica Pryzbylski also shared her excitement, “Having a track that we can actually have track meets on led to a lot of hype this year. We were so excited to be able to have our first home meet in 19 years. Running the very first event at this first home track meet was so exciting, it was pure adrenaline the entire race and it definitely helped us, as a team, to run really fast. Looking at the bleachers I realized that there were more people at this meet than I have seen at any of the rest of our meets. The new track has been a huge blessing to the track team in that it gave us reason to get excited and to perform well, to showcase the talents God has given us.”
indoor track Smart, ambitious, objectively beautiful, and a part of something bigger than herself. All things that could describe you (unless you’re a dude, then just change it to himself. Yes you are beautiful, man, embrace it). In this case we’re talking about Rachel Renshaw, well as a means to talk about the track team. Everything is better if we just accept that it’s a story and having a protagonist is helpful in storytelling. It was Rachel’s sophomore year. She was a dedicated student, a thoughtful friend, and a runner, a good, very good, runner. The fall cross country season had flourished with triumphs and high moments for her and the team alike, but the winter was coming. Unlike those with their songs of ice and fire flitting about, winter marked the beginning of something glorious. The indoor track season. For Rachel this was where it all began, with this team, inside. Now returning as a veteran to the team there was a degree of familiarity. The smells, the feeling of the floor beneath her shoes brought back the victories and hurdles (challenges, she doesn’t do hurdles) from her freshman year, but with them came an almost vocational call to the 800 meters.
And so the season went. As a team results were consistently positive. And individuals made a lot of great gains. They
really put their hearts into everything they do and there is no question that the team is driven to greatness. A number of athletes (Taylor Brunner, Josh Dees, Nathan Allyn, and Dmitri Holman) performed well enough at Christian Nationals to have a shot at competing at Division III Nationals. And for the whole of the team these are victories because that is the nature of the track team. Though people practice separately and train for different events, though there are a million things going on at any given moment of any meet, though each event seems all at once one of the single most solitary moments of the competitor’s day community abounds. No community is too weak of a word for it. There is a common goal and a common struggle that breeds selfless support and makes the whole process of being a team one that is easily enjoyed. There is genuinely a cohesion not too far removed from family. And so when fresh talent like Dmitri Holman or Chelsea Gilles have an exceptional race the team rejoices in the victory together. When a difficult day comes for one athlete, the team is able to lift that one up and help for the carrying on through what is hard. There is some sense of rejoicing in each other’s joys and bearing each other’s burdens. This past winter there were many moments to rejoice over, for Rachel, for the team, and for the family of Greenville Track and Field.
Jon Johnson The first time I ran an 800 ever, I came across the finish line, and I had won my heat, and at the end of the finish line, my coaches were there, and all of a sudden everybody flooded, me like everybody was there regardless of whether they threw or ran or jumped, it was a great representation of how supportive we are and how close we are. It was nice to see. A good visual of how much we really care about each other. It doesn’t matter what our event is, we’re all on the same team. Also a good representation of Christ’s love.
GC MOMENTS Spring Sports
I AM NOT A
â€œThere is a desire to believe that friends can last for a lifetime even as the reality, that people are so fickle and seemingly able to forget those they thought the world of, berates us.â€?
I am not a literary critic. I have yet to learn how to go about the task. The extent of my literary criticism finds itself wrapped up by saying that “‘Always’ and ‘never’ are not words that have much meaning in literary study. For one thing, as soon as something seems to always be true, some wise guy will come along and write something to prove that it’s not.” (How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas Foster). The testing tendency of rules to break and its bearing with the reality which that book also screams out. that there is only one story, are the foundation of my literary suave. That being said I’m going to attempt to articulate an extension of an idea proposed on the following blog page (http://moviepilot.com/posts/2014/04/04/the-dark-secret-behind-the-how-i-met-your-mother-finale-1317577?lt_source=external,manual,manual#!JY4Yo).
Know that the article referenced does contain serious spoilers for the How I Met Your Mother series finale, if you have not gotten to the part that left people deeply upset by their favorite show and you still intend to watch it, read this, do not read that, yet. The principal presented in that article though, is that Ted is a version of Danny Tanner, yes Fullhouse Danny Tanner. Father of three, surrounded by friends, prone to terrible jokes, and a seriously obsessive kind of guy. For those who have seen the finale you may understand the greatest similarity that ties Ted to Danny. I think there is something more to be gained from the absence of that detail. I think that Danny Tanner set the stage for an essential archetype for the world we live in. Before we delve into why he is important, we’ll very briefly engage with the ideas of Archetypes. Archetypes connect back to that second rule of literature that I learned and stated above, there is only one story. The human story, how that manifests can be debated and how the concept is applied could be as well, but at the core every story is about the journey of man. Archetypes intertwine with the primeval role of myths to speak to our souls. They are the primal type of character, world, horror, or mystery that all that follow are based around and all that proceed feed into. Carl Jung proposed that the commonality of Archetypes across cultures stemmed from a “collective unconscious”, I think it is simpler, archetypes form because they are real. Even Danny Tanners are real. The Danny Tanner archetype, I would propose, is that of an unlucky character, with unfailing friends, who strives daily for a patient and calm mind and deeply and earnestly wants to be loved. He’s a screw up and the best friend anyone could ask for and he exists. He is who so many young men want to be because of these characters. Yet characters like these exist because of the desperate longing of an audience for a voice that will have the courage to believe in love when everyone else in the world has given up on it. There is a desire to believe that friends can last for a lifetime even as the reality, that people are so fickle and seemingly able to forget those they thought the world of, berates us. They are an embodiment of our deepest fears for belonging conquered and fallen to. The jokes mask the loss, the obsession is found to be quirky and not scary, we find hope in these comic characters. We find hope in our Danny Tanners, our Corey Matthews, our Michael Bluths, and our Ted Mosby’s because they are a part of that single story that has hitherto been told in a way that just doesn’t reach the Danny Tanners.
ISN’T OVER SHANIN DEVOLL
Come April 26, we expected to be hosting some of the most well-known Christian music artists in the Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri. Lights, screaming fans, singing along to favorite songs, and getting to meet the artists were expectations not only held by the incoming audience, but our festival staff as well. It was going to be the longest, and best, Saturday this semester could bring— but that didn’t happen. Why?
First, music sales decreased, then ticket sales, and soon, just like dominoes, everything had fallen.
In the past couple of years, two of Christian music’s most famous festivals closed shop. Icthus, with 42 years of history, and Cornerstone with 29, cancelled amidst the quiet hope that one day they would be resurrected. And while this year it looked as if Ichthus would make a turn around, just as AgapeFest announced its cancellation, Icthus announced “You announced stuff too late.” “Tickets are too expensive.” that their return would be delayed for yet another year. “It’s too far to drive.” “The lineup isn’t good enough.” These are all things that audiences have told us in the past—any questions Yes, AgapeFest was cancelled this year, but we are not or criticism you could think of, we’ve heard it. With backlash disbanding. The hours upon hours of work, planning, and like this, it would be pretty easy to get down on ourselves, then ‘un’planning the festival, was not a loss. AgapeFest except for one undeniable fact. It’s not just us in this struggle. will continue in the future, but it will look very different. Work has already begun to determine the route for Agape’s Agape is just one of many Christian festivals experiencing the next 37 years, and though things will change we are looking reality, albeit harsh, that what has worked in the past is no forward to seeing this festival continue to move on. longer a sustainable option. The Christian market was able to avoid the initial crash and burn experienced by the general So, while all this happens, keep the faith. We’ll see you next year. market, but wasn’t immune for long, soon following suit.
“THEREFORE, WHATEVER YOU WANT MEN TO DO TO YOU, DO ALSO TO THEM, FOR THIS IS THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS.”
Let’s play a game called “Which of These Doesn’t Belong?”. Find the mistake in the following sentence. Spring is finally here, which means people are outside playing Frisbee, laying in the sun, riding bikes, going for walks, having picnics, and staring intently at their phones as others walk past without acknowledging their existence. If you guessed the last one, you’re correct. I feel that oftentimes in life (yes, not just on this campus), we get too sucked into the latest and greatest technology and forget to pay regards to those around us. This may be due to the fact that we have established certain comfort zones, and not greeting others around us may be one of those habits that we need to start working on.
How do you get out of your comfort zone for a time? For those of you who read the Papyrus, you might remember an article published in Fall 2013 entitled Autism and Technology that I wrote. One of my pet peeves is when people are so engrossed with using their cell phones that they don’t take a moment to acknowledge other others around them. Though it is normal now in our culture to live both in the real world and through our electronic gadgets, I think it is important to also give those around you a chance. Who knows, maybe your one nod of recognition could mean a future friend in the making. Now I know some of you are shy, as am I, and I want you to know that I am not saying, realistically, that everyone needs to meet every single student that attends Greenville College. Nor do I expect them to know faculty/staff outside of their departments; however, I do believe that we should try to build meaningful, Biblical relationships with one another for the sake of building others up and most importantly, glorifying God. I live in Kinney Hall, first floor and many times I will go down to the least used portion of Kinney Basement, just in front of the RC’s room to read, think, and pray alone. But when I am with friends, I will go out of my way to acknowledge their presence, and those of others as well. Jesus was right when he said in Matthew 7:12 (NIV): “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” We should strive to treat each other with respect, kindness, forgiveness and most importantly, love! So, remember, if you see someone walking in the hall or on the sidewalk, or in the DC, whether you know them or not, please (and I will follow through with this as well) have the courage and take the time to acknowledge them. Put down your phone for a moment, jump out of your comfort zone, and acknowledge them with a greeting. It will definitely brighten their day, and yours as well.
Attending Bumquet as an underclassman always inspired thoughts of when I would finally be allowed to walk into the Junior Senior banquet wearing a gorgeous gown, my hand resting on a gentleman’s elbow. We would smile and wave at our friends as we entered the room, the smell of delicious food urging us to finish taking pictures and seat ourselves. We would be served on shining white dinnerware, accompanied with crystal-clear, intricately detailed chalices filled with sparkling grape juice, some of us wishing the juice could be substituted for something a little more… mature. Oh, dreams—how we thrive on them. …. Now fast-forward two years. I’m drowning in homework and waiting for the last two weeks of classes to finish draining me and set me free for the summer to revive. They say that junior year is your hardest one. It’s the halfway point of your college career—when you realize that you actually need to work hard to get good grades and finish college on time—things don’t come as easily to you as they did the first two years. 300-level classes fill your schedule, and your time feels stretched because you still say yes to things you shouldn’t pick up and put onto your already full plate. There are a few perks to being an upperclassman, though, not limited to but including upper division housing and more elective chapel credits. And, of course, Junior Senior Banquet. I had dreamed about it for my two years of underclassman status, and finally I was able to attend! The grand entrance I had envisioned years before came through, and I was able to confidently walk into the Villa Marie Winery in a bright red dress, without tripping on the heels my feet adamantly fought to not conform to. The room was dazzling with colors, women in gleaming dresses and men in bright shirts. It was exciting, invigorating, and beautiful. With a group of friends, I ventured outdoors to see what the property looked like from the other side of the windows. The views outside the winery were ideal for picture taking, and I couldn’t help but wonder if anyone I knew had ever held their wedding reception here. It was that perfect. Geese wandered about the grass towards the lake overlooked by a white pavilion with ivy growing up the columns, the colors wondrously accenting the outfits of those posing with their friends. The night flew by, filled with fun and laughter. The dinner was delicious—chicken covered with artichoke and grape tomatoes alongside baked potatoes and green beans—followed by a cherry dessert provided by the GC Alumni Association. Speeches were made as the night wore on, people grasping their glasses to toast to the class of 2014 who would soon be leaving our campus, ready to take on the world as we stood behind them. After Norm Hall’s closing speech, the rest of the evening was left to music and photos. Special thanks to Komono for the music, Kathryn Kelley for the pictures, and the faculty and staff who attended and participated in the evening with us. It was definitely a night to remember, and one that I know I will never forget.
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GALLERY Somewhere in a Well Andy Anderson
I often forget how I got here… To this cold and desolate place. I once knew the Lord’s portraits like the back of my hand; the birds, mountains, rolling waves, and jagged cliffs.
But it seems now that I’ve forgotten the sight of trembling feathers of a bird in flight, Or the moon’s white gleam on a mountain night. So here I sit in this bottomless pit searching for some light. Perhaps I was pushed by the man of the shadows, or the loose dirt of the earth. But, regardless I’m here and my eyes still look up. Up… the only direction that gives a fallen man hope. I’ve abandoned my astray, and conceited way of thinking I can climb, Because my tactics and schemes have a common theme: they fail me every time. So here I sit in this bottomless pit searching for some light. Like me, I’m sure there was a day when this barren well was filled with life. But with age the planet force took its toll, and now it rests somewhere far from sublime.
My imagination conjures creations of creatures on the wall. The truth of the matter is… I’m frightened of them all. But sometimes I wonder if they’re even there, and if my worry is ever fair. But here I sit in this bottomless pit searching for some light. To my surprise I hear a sound that echoes through the tunnel. A voice calls for me, so I call back, and tell him I’ve been lost. Then a rope reaches towards me like an outstretched arm, and so, I grab ahold.
I find my footing on staggered rocks and with each step I climb to the top. Whether slick wall or flying beast I cling to the rope when I lose my feet. Though my journey is dark I wait for my vision, and fight looking back from height I’ve risen. Then hope transmits to this bottomless pit as I see a glimpse of light.
Katherine Kelley Storyteller
Katherine Kelley The Little Princess
Michael Korinek Nude Descending . . . (After Duchamp)
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Jeana Komrska 2014 Book Arts Winner
Scriblerus is a literary arts journal that seeks to explore the human experience with honesty and authenticity. We look for work that is passionate, curious, and portrays the complexity of being human. The journal is produced by students at Greenville College and open to submissions from undergrads and faculty at CCCU-affiliated schools and beyond.
As the brisk winds wash over the earth, Death becomes abundant. As the plague of winter courses upon him, He knows this is the end.
The Plague of Winter Colby Rouchka
For him, and many others like him, death comes slowly. It is the same process each time: First with the freezing of his creaking limbs, Followed by the loss of his summer coat. Soon the lifeless ground is covered with fallen leaves. He is now left with but one leaf, One small leaf holding him back from death. And with a swift breeze, his anchor to life is gone. As the balmy breeze returns to the earth, Life becomes abundant. As the blessing of spring reaches him, He is brought back to life.
Dead City Radio Emily Petroline
Excerpt from Pictures in My Heart Siqi Liu
“I had loved watching sunset from the balcony. As the great, orange gem fell into a dark pool somewhere beyond the horizon, I often had wondered what lay outside this cement patch of apartment buildings. The world in my childish eyes was unexplored, raw, and full of possibilities. Life itself was a curious thing to me. Now, with the sticky July breeze whispering against my ears, this same feeling stirred somewhere deep within my heart.”
Butterfly Blue Jennifer Bossert
It’s not on the hillside I find him Anointing lambs’ wounds with oil. I can’t find him with the filthy, Cupping their faces in his hands. Not even in the boathouse, ready To loosen the rope and slip Across the lake to sit and weep. In the dark, butter-flecked sky, I have heard no speech, no language. In the Cathedral, he’s left us With only his cameo, staining the pool Of red light that falls, bloodying the face Of a whining boy in the third wooden pew. But he is there— In the sore radiance of morning, shaking
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A Welsh Confesstion Heather Burdsall
Me by the shoulders, assuring me Of all he’s taken.
9th Grade Poetry 1st Place: Optimism—The Most Beautiful Contradiction, Kaitlyn Graham, Woodbridge Senior High School Visual Art 1st Place: Butterfly Blue, Jennifer Bossert, Francis Howell High School 10th Grade Fiction 1st Place: The Man of Shadows, Elizabeth Sugg, Mulberry Grove Jr./Sr. High School Poetry 1st Place: My Darling Says, Trenton Harlan, Greenbrier High School Visual Art 1st Place: Dead City Radio, Emily Petroline, Greenville High School 11th Grade Fiction First Place: Haunted, Amy Solov, Oliver Ames High School Nonfiction First Place: Pictures In My Heart, Sigi Liu, Naperville Central High School Poetry First Place: The Plague of Winter, Colby Rouchka, Edwardsville High School Second Place: Secrets of the House, Kaleigh DePetro, Woodbridge Senior High School Honorable Mention: Another Book on the Shelf, Shawn Semmler, Edwardsville High School 12th Grade Fiction First Place: Letting Go, Saleha Malik, Woodbridge Senior High School Nonfiction First Place: Bite Your Tongue for the Cookies, Martha Pham, Quincy High School Poetry First Place: Ghost, Haley Lunde, Carlton High School Visual Art First Place: Winter Fishing, Aaron Long, Perryville High School
WINNERS Of The Scrib’s’s first Live Arts contest!
Undergraduate Level Fiction First Place: Secrets of Eugene Onegin, M. Julia Fowler, Southwestern University Poetry First Place: A Welsh Confession, Heather Burdsall, Messiah College Second Place: Him, Eliza Newman, University of Southern California Honorable Mention: Riot, Nathanial Wren, Ivy Tech Honorable Mention: Unsolicited Advice, Analiese Camacho, Azusa Pacific University Grand Prize Winners High School Fiction: Letting Go, Saleha Malik, Woodbridge Senior High School Poetry: The Plague of Winter, Colby Rouchka, Edwardsville High School Nonfiction: Pictures In My Heart, Sigi Liu, Naperville Central High School Visual Art: Dead City Radio, Emily Petroline, Greenville High School Undergrad Fiction: Secrets of Eugene Onegin, M. Julia Fowler, Southwestern University Poetry: A Welsh Confession, Heather Burdsall, Messiah College
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Senior Class president
Farewell, Greenville College, Farewell. It has been a pleasure to experience a liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies education. It is difficult to say good-bye to our fellow classmates and our World-Class professors, who exemplify what it means to live lives of character and service. After four years at Greenville College, I can truly understand the vision of the college. The transformational Christcentered educational experience at Greenville College, has not only equipped us seniors for our first days of post-college work, but also it has empowered and enriched us. I say with confidence that each student has encountered the gospel while here at college. The Greenville College community is built on the focus and development of each student as a whole person. There is a intensive focus to help students thrive spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, relationally and physically.
this institution. The Greenville College experience has been nothing less than great. The lifelong friendships, the late night trips to Wal-Mart, and the class competitions are things that will never be forgotten.
Greenville College has helped mold us into the young adults that God wants us to be. It is an honor to be amongst many other alumnus that have graduated from
--Alex Mumphard Senior Class President
Senior Class Chapel
Upon graduating, Greenville College has taught us that our mission isnâ€™t finished. We must continue to love, serve, and show Christ to those around us. This task will not be easy, but I can assure you that this College has prepared us seniors to approach each obstacle with confidence and courage. There is a sense of pride that comes from graduating from Greenville College and the experiences here are priceless. The Greenville College experience has been a blessing in all of our lives and is one that will not be forgotten, even after we have cut the ivy and said our last farewells.
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