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Meet the candidates The 2010-2011 Heartpal Queen will be crowned Friday night during Heartpal. Each candidate has had a series of “heartpals” that have impacter their lives. Read more on page 6

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Stepping up to the plate The Crimson Storm baseball and softball teams are gearing up for what they hope will be a winning season. Read more on page 10

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Southern Nazarene University – Bethany, OK (405)491-6382 SNU students make plans for Heartpal 2011

Kira Roberts, Staff Reporter show, but, over the past two years, it has beOne of the more exciting hallmarks of the It’s that time of year again, the time when ev- come more of a social event, a time to eat good Heartpal season is the creativity that is present eryone is thinking about relationships and love. food and get to know people. in the way the young men ask out the women Especially here at Southern Nazarene UniverBecause of last year’s success, Heartpal 2011 of their choice. sity, the season is apparent with the prevalence is being held at the same venue, the Oklahoma From sidewalk chalk outside of Hills, to runof marriage proposals. In the middle of all the City Museum of Art. ning out of chapel hand in hand, the student excitement of propositions and wedding planThe galleries will be opened for students to body has witnessed some definite thoughtfulning is Heartpal. walk around and enjoy the exquisite art. ness from the boys this year. While it may seem strange to attend a ValAnother addition to the program for the Part of the fun of the whole experience is entines Day-type event without a date or just night will be the construction of masks to getting to observe the more unexpected twowith a friend, this school function is not just match the attendees’ outfits. somes that end up going to Heartpal together. for those involved in serious relationships. In Transforming this night into a masquerade For example, SNU freshman, Emily Gamfact, a general consensus from past attendees will undoubtedly provide hours of entertain- mill, was caught innocently socializing in Pop’s seems to be that it is a blast to go, just for fun. ment and laughter for the joyful body of SNU Lounge by Taylor Greenhill, cleverly disguised Bethany Jean, senior Executive of Social Life students. as a giant heart. and Heartpal This year’s The 2011 Heartpal Court, from left, Kayla Conant, Jenna Mitchell, Britani Gammill, McCall Adams, and Chesney Burgweger. planner, had only Photo by Kelly Hall, Echo Editor whole function positive opinions started with a about the event bang as thirteen as a whole. students from “I really think the social life Heartpal is the council got stuck kind of event in the A.M. Hills where you don’t elevator during have to have the “Capture the pressure of havCourt.” ing a date. It’s After an hour open to people of bonding, and with dates, witha little claustroout dates, and phobia, a crowd people that come of applauding in groups. It’s residents finally just a good time,” welcomed out Jean said. the crew. Three years This escapade ago, Heartpal was just a prewas a semi-forview of the cramal dinner event zy fun this year’s involving a game Heartpal will be.


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HONORING THE CHALLENGER CREW

Twenty-five years ago the STS-51L crew boarded Challenger for a six-day flight. It was just after liftoff when things went wrong. Challenger was in the air for 73 seconds before the orbiter exploded. Last Friday, members of the NASA family and the public gathered to honor those who died aboard space shuttle Challenger.

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BOMBER KILLS KANDAHAR DEPUTY GOVERNOR

A suicide bomber riding a motorcycle packed with explosives rammed into a car carrying the deputy governor of Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province on Saturday, killing him and wounding three of his bodyguards, the Interior Ministry said. msnbc.com

MONARCH SCHOOL SERVES ONLY HOMELESS CHILDREN ”We... supplement with a

free after-school program every day, a huge volunteer program that provides gently used clothes, new shoes, underwear, toiletry items. We just provide a lot of services that are beyond the scope of a traditional public school so that our kids can really focus on academics and do well.,“ Tara Brown, volunteer, said. abcnews.com

New database saves time and money Brad Crofford, Staff Reporter At the beginning of this semester, the SNU Library added LearningExpress Library to its collection of online offerings. This new database will help students prepare to earn college-level credit through CLEP (College Level Examination Program) testing. It also provides many other resources to help students prepare for graduate and professional school entrance exams. “LearningExpress Library provides online preparation for 770 admission, CLEP, and job-related exams for all of our students, staff, and faculty, as well as practice exams for the TOEFL and US Citizenship exams for our international students,” Dr. Arlita Harris, Director of SNU’s Library, said. “There are also online training guides and practice exams for real estate, teaching, nursing, the military, and many other careers,” Harris said.

There are numerous benefits to having an online database rather than printed books to study for these tests. For example, multiple students can more easily study for the same exams. “[Students] can all be studying the same exam simultaneously. This service would be impossible through printed materials on our limited budget,” Harris said. Also, LearningExpress Library includes numerous e-books to help students prepare for tests. These are available for students to download onto their e-readers for greater portability. When asked if she thought that having such a database available to students would negatively affect Dr. Weaver’s GRE Workshop or other similar classes, Harris explained that it most likely would not. “I don’t think that one can prepare enough for the GRE or other tests. Dr. Weaver’s course tells the

students how to prepare for the GRE; the LearningExpress Library (and other resources) lets them practice,” Harris said. Students can use this new database to prepare for CLEP tests, which are offered through the SNU Testing Center. The SNU Testing Center offer 34 different CLEP tests, enabling students to potentially get credit for classes ranging from Business Law I to Survey of American Literature II. Not only does this sort of testing save students money, but it can also clear up their schedule for classes they would rather take. “[With CLEP testing,] you won’t have to sit in class for things you already know,” Kitty Adams, manager of the SNU Testing Center, said. Students interested in taking a CLEP test at SNU can learn more by calling the Testing Center at (405) 491-6323 or checking out http://snu.edu/testing-center.

‘Flix’ provides students with creative outlet Samuel Duce, Staff Reporter Jean Luc-Godard said of cinema, “There is no point in having sharp images when you’ve fuzzy ideas.” Since the recent innovations in filmmaking technology and picture editing techniques, every schmuck with a camera can make an aesthetically pleasing, maybe even beautiful, picture. The processes of post-production tools allow for easier adjustments in terms of clarity, contrast, color, composition, etc. This causes many people who may have never been willing to deal with the photographic or cinematic process before to be inspired and assume they have talent. And who is to say they do not? With every new development in technology, society must reassess its opinions on the subjects of tal-

ent vs. convenience. If one is able to make an ordinary photograph beautiful through working in Photoshop for fifteen minutes, who is to say his or her photo is any less genuine than a photographer who set up the perfect shot for fifteen minutes? This is not the problem. Aesthetics aside, the true aim of a filmmaker or photographer is to achieve tonal conveyance. This supersedes clarifying a theme, a plot, or any other cinematic element, as these pieces work together to create the tone. If the viewer is left with a lasting impression of experience similar to what the filmmaker is trying to express, then the film has succeeded. Mere cinematic tricks, achieved either through edits or camera movements, are almost always manipulative or cliché.

To allow the film to achieve its truth is to allow it to be created, not manipulated. Students who are convicted to convey a cinematic truth should consider SGA’s Flix Film and Art Festival. The event allows students to, “showcase their video & artistic skills and compete to win a variety of Academy-like awards for film.” The festival also includes an art and photography gallery of student submissions. The festival will take place on Saturday, April 16. Films must be submitted by March 25 at 5 pm, and may not exceed six minutes in length. Art and photography is due April 2 at 5 pm. Interested students can submit the entry form in the SGA office or go to http://www.snusga.com/ flix.


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Students learn more about the world around them through Beyond the Beach Abby Johnson, Staff Reporter When it comes to spring break planning, a majority of students have difficulty deciding where to spend their week-long vacation. With most students tending to choose a trip to the beach or even a ski resort in the mountains, service projects are becoming more distant in the lives of students today. However, numerous service projects are readily available and allow students the opportunity to serve others in a fun and exciting way. “Beyond the Beach trips are week long mission trips that happen over spring break at a variety of locations throughout the United States with some trips even taking place overseas in locations such as the Caribbean or Haiti. However, most trips generally stay within the United States,” said Kendra Thomson, the Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Strategic Communications, and also the leader of the Chicago Beyond the Beach trip. The BTB trips serve a unique purpose. They give students the chance to serve others and allow

them to see the wonderful work The cost of the trip depends chance to change, to become flexthat God does in the lives of or- on the year and location. Both the ible and open minded, and to be dinary people. The trips are pri- Denver and Chicago trips are $475 impacted by the world around marily designed to give students and are all inclusive. Students who them, according to Jason Hubbert, the opportunity to “get out of decide to participate in the OKC Associate for Spiritual Developtheir comfort zone and to be stretched,” Thomson said. By allowing students to get out of their comfort zones, they are able to see the world in a completely different perspective. There are, however, requirements for eligibility. “You must be an SNU student [and must] apply. Applications are due at the end of the month, with most students being accepted,” Thomson said. Trip locations this year include Denver, Chicago, and even OKC. Most of the Chicago trip and SNU students literally ‘take up a cross’ while helping out at an Arizona church. Photo provided by Jason Hubbert events revolve around missions. trip will pay only $99. ment and leader of the OKC trip. “[We participate in] mission Through each location and trip, Beyond the Beach trips, and work with a ministry called Inter- students will have opportunities to other services provided by the sect. We also work with the home- work with different ministries and Office of Spiritual Development, less and with ministries involving inner city programs, just like the allow students to grow spiritually soccer camps and after school Chicago trip mentioned above. and become more selfless in their events.” Thomson added. BTB trips give students the daily lives.

Participants help out however they can, working in kitchens at their service sites. Photo pro- Destry Howland provies a ride for a young church member. Photo provided by Jason Hubbert vided by Jason Hubbert


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Stuck in the Stone Age Morgan Koehn, Opinions Editor Convenience is easily the top priority for us. If it’s not convenient, we probably won’t do it. And today, most companies strategize their marketing plan centered on the idea of convenience for the customer (and for the company). So why should SNU be any different? For example, Redbox first began in 2004, and immediately revolutionized movie watching. It is a company that completely changed the way we watch films, and it is a prime example of the convenience we expect as Americans. Put in a dollar, and a movie comes out. Take it back the next day, and it’s available for someone else to rent. It’s given Block Buster and Family Video a run for their money. Normal video stores rent movies out for 4 bucks apiece, and the renter can keep it for several days. The store purposefully charges an ungodly amount for late fees, which results in the renter ending up buying the movie after acquiring $20 in charges. In today’s technological world, even dating has been reinvented into a quick and easy online service, which allows an individual to explore dating in the comfort of his or her own home. The top five online dating websites for 2010 were 1) Match.com, 2) Chemistry.com, 3) Perfectmatch.com, 4) eHarmony.com, and 5) Spark.com. Those five sites combined service 64,000,000 singles. Why are these sites so successful? Other than the fact that they promise to add “chemistry”, “harmony”, and “spark” to any relation-

ship, they basically just operate as a modern day Redbox, only it markets people instead. But we want convenience in more areas than entertainment and dating, we also want our food hot and ready. For example. Little Caesar’s promises just that. Everytime I have

convenience on campus. First of all, let’s make the to go line in Sodexo a self-service vending machine, which would reduce the lunch traffic significantly. Students could just walk up, browse their meal options, push a few buttons, swipe their ID, and take the white bag from a slot at the bottom of the machine. There could be to go lines everywhere around campus. Hungry? Why wait? Just order wherever. Next, let’s check out library books the same way Netflix delivers movies. Students could access the library website and put books in a shopping cart. And since the books don’t cost anything to check out, the total would amount to free, and we’re ordering books needed for class while sitting in our pj’s. I think we should try to keep SNU’s campus as convenient as everything else. But due to recent budget cuts and dismissed faculty, we’ll probably just have to stick to Redbox, and our library and cafeteria will remain in the Stone Age. In my opinion, renting movies from a vending Illustration by Samuel Duce machine, chatting online, and been to a Little Caesar’s location, customers are wanting hot food is not the problem with our constantly walking in and out. They approach society. I think we are the worst at recognizing the counter, say, “2 large pepperonis,” and walk the value of the most important things in life. out the door 30 seconds later with $5.99 less in We are so consumed with convenience that we their pockets. What could be more convenient expect it in all areas of our lives. People, relathan that? tionships, and faith should not be categorized So, what can we learn from this type as “convenient” because they are not. So from of producer/consumer relationship? And how now on, I’m fasting Redbox movies, online datcan we benefit from that knowledge here at ing, and Little Caesar’s pizza to encourage the SNU? nurturing and attention necessary in healthy Let’s start thinking about ways to create and happy relationships.


Life in the Hills

A.M. Hills Top Ten Since I moved into the Hills...

(According to the Hills RAs)

1. KATY BRADLEY Kelly Hall, Echo Editor Moving from various places across campus, students lives have made a shift after moving into the A.M. Hills Residential Complex last month. Along with the move came many changes in every day life. Here’s what a few students had to say. ���Since I moved to the Hills, I haven’t had to wear shower shoes!” Kara Pirog, sophomore, said. “Since I moved into the Hills, I haven’t had to climb 5 flights of stairs to do my laundry!” Emily Gammill, freshman said. “Since I moved to the Hills, I finally had a dream come true; getting stuck in an elevator. Pure bliss,” Angela Mardock, sophomore, said. “Since I moved into the Hills, I watched more movies than ever,” Courtney Redwine, freshman said.

“Since I moved to the Hills, I’ve been eating in Sodexo less and less,” Beth Gray, sophomore, said. “Since I moved in to the Hills I don’t have to walk down the hall for everyone to see my duckie robe,” Alison Boswell, sophomore said. “Since I moved to Hills, I’ve lost some muscle in my legs... but in a good way,” Tabitha McGinness, sophomore, said. “Since I moved to Hills, I’ve felt more at home than I did all of last semester,” Kira Roberts, freshman, said. That is exactly what the A.M. Hills Residential Complex has already done. It has created a home for students of all ages attending Southern Nazarene University and will continue to do so in the future for generations to come.

Layout and Design by Kelly Hall, Echo Editor. Photo by Sarah Privott, Photo Editor

Today might be your lucky day As many of you know, The Echo is Southern Nazarene University’s online student newspaper. This issue is one of two printed issues for this academic year. This issue of The Echo and past archived issues are available for download at http://echo.snu.edu. New issues are available every Friday. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/echosnu. Want to win a gift card? Be one of the first 20 people to write a brief explanation of why you read The Echo on our Facebook wall and be entered in a drawing to win one of two gift cards! Winners will be announced in next week’s issue of The Echo!

2. Clean white showers 3. Your own thermostat 4. Getting to watch goodnight kisses happen RIGHT outside the door to your hallway instead of in front of the dorm 5. Suite-mates 6. Private bathrooms 7. Trying to determine if people will judge you for taking the elevator to the 2nd floor 8. Community kitchen 9. Two ply toilet paper instead of one 10. The new types of community that come with suitestyle housing


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The 2011 Heartpal court, juniors McCall Adams, Chesney Burgweger, Kayla Conant, Britani Gammill, and Jenna Mitchell. The Heartpal Queen will be coronated in a special ceremony during Heartpal February 4. Photos by Kelly Hall

Mary Haikin, Arts & Entertainment editor The start of the spring semester began with a buzz as junior women eligible to be Heartpal queen nominees were chosen and then voted on. During Heartpal, SNU’s annual February formal banquet, one junior woman will be crowned Homecoming queen. The nominees this year are juniors McCall Adams, Chesney Burgweger, Kayla Conant, Britani Gammill, and Jenna Mitchell. January 31, students logged on to MySNU.edu and voted to choose their favorite Heartpal queen candidate. Just as it was last year, Heartpal will again

be held at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art in downtown Oklahoma City from 7 pm. to 9

p.m. The theme is “Masquerade.” SNU Student Government Association (SGA) provides blank masks for everyone who buys a ticket - which are sold in the commons for $9 or are free with a Crimson Card. Heartpal is a black-tie event, and students are encouraged to use their creativity in decorating or selecting masks to compliment their ensembles in order to participate in the “masquerade” theme. Each student who attends Heartpal will have access to certain art exhibits at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, and will be invited to watch the coronation ceremony as well as enjoy complimentary refreshments.


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meet the candidates

Britani Gammill Woodland Park, Colorado Elementary Education

“God has blessed me with many ‘heart pals.’ The wonderful Andrew Dawson is my heart pal. My amazing family members are certainly among my heart pals: my mother, my sisters - Emily, Shelby, and Cassidy, my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. I also have many wonderful friends, both here at SNU as well as at home in Colorado, who hold special places in my heart. My heart pals have all taught me about love in different ways and have been vessels for God’s love in my life. What more could one ask for in a ‘heart pal’?””

Jenna Mitchell Boise, Idaho Music Business

“My family is wonderful and they all have taught me so much. I’m so thankful to have loving parents and a brother and sister who keep me laughing. The greatest thing about my friends here is that our relationships are centered around Christ. I love that I am able to share with them my spiritual ups, downs, and in betweens. The professors here have really made an impact in my life. I have learned a lot from them and I really appreciate how much they actually care, not only about our class grade, but our lives, and our spiritual journeys as well.

Chesney Burgweger De Soto, Kansas Biochemistry

“My life would be so dull without my big family and my friends who I share so many memories with (and not to mention a zillion Facebook photos). There are also people in my life who have really motivated me to get to where I am today, including teachers, professors and coaches. My boyfriend, Jared, is also a special person in my life who is always there for me. All these people have made an impact on my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Kayla Conant

McCall Adams

Dodge City, Kansas Psychology

“I have many ‘heartpals’ in my life. They are heartpals because they are there for me and care for my heart. My girls, you know who you are. Thank you for always being amazing encouragers and the best friends that anyone could ever be blessed with. I have made many friends at SNU that will always remain my heartpals! My Mom, Dad, Carrie, Clinton, and Courtney are my heartpals as well as. I’m so thankful for all these people that are willing to share their love with me.”

Bethany, Oklahoma International Studies

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“My favorite ‘heartpals’ are my family. They have always been an incredible support to me, they’ve been my best friends, the people that challenged me, and the ones that have taught me about love. My friends have also been such a blessing through the highs, lows, and plateaus. They’ve been encouragement across the hallway, across schools, and more recently across time zones and between thousands of miles.”


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He said, she said: much more than a love quote Herschel Hepler and Ashley Lugrand, ECHO Columnists HE: With the day of love (i.e. Valentine’s Day) quickly approaching, I think it would be advisable for us to talk about love or something like it. SHE: Well, I’m all for a discussion of love, but I personally hold within myself a deep hatred for February 14. But love is a subject that I can deal with. HE: Neat. I do understand your hatred for February 14 and what the day has become, so let’s just sidestep the manmade muck of Valentine’s Day and write about its source— love. SHE: Well, as anyone who stays awake in chapel now knows, love is an overused word that we have tried to suck all meaning out of. And we have almost succeeded. It is really sad that too many people who use the word have no idea what the true meaning of it is. HE: Good point. Michelle Bowie did do a great job of reminding us how much we all devalue the word “love”. So, in an effort to restore some credibility to the word, what do you say about looking over a few quotes? SHE: I say, “Yes, please.” “Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.” - Unknown SHE: This is one of those sad but true kinds of things. Like I said, our society has devalued the word to the point that a lot of people don’t understand the type of sacrificial love that we should be showing one another. “Trying to make someone fall in love with you is about as pointless as trying to control who you fall in love with.” - Unknown HE: This is almost a good statement except for one thing— the use of “falling in love”. So in

light of that, it’s a terrible statement. I despise the phrase “falling in love”. The idea of not being able to choose who you are going to love for the rest of your life is exactly what “falling in love” is trying to say, which goes against everything I believe. And if we just “fall” into love, what is going to keep us from “falling” out of love? The answer is nothing. So while the idea of “fall-

ing in love” sounds nice and romantic, it is actually empty and always open to the idea of falling out of love. Love is a choice, not an accident or predetermined event. So this Valentine’s Day (or how about the rest of your life?) make conscious decisions throughout each day to show your friends and significant other how much you value them. “We say we love flowers, yet we pluck them. We say we love trees, yet we cut them down. And people still wonder why some are afraid when told they are loved.” Unknown SHE: It’s not really all that surprising that people are afraid to be loved. Sure, we pluck flowers and cut down trees, but we also get divorced and abandon our

children. The human race isn’t the greatest at loving one another the way God intended. “There are four questions of value in life. What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love.” - Johnny Depp from Don Juan DeMarco (1995) HE: This is a phenomenal quote. It speaks to the fact that

Photo taken by Hillary Johnson

love saturates every aspect of our lives. Furthermore, love can be seen in every facet of God’s creation (that hasn’t been corrupted) because all of creation is an extension of God, and God is love. So leading up to Heartpal and Valentine’s Day, pray that God will make you more sensitive to the love that is going on around you so that you may take part in it. “I would rather have eyes that cannot see, ears that cannot hear, and lips that cannot speak than a heart that cannot love” Robert Tizon SHE: I think we value the wrong things. Certain things in our lives are so precious to us; yet in the long run, there is no way to justify our priorities.

John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” HE: For whom would you be willing to give your life? If you can’t think of very many people beyond your mom and dad, you may want to examine what it means to love God with your entire being and to love your neighbor as yourself. You should not be the most important person in your life; you should be the least. Proverbs 17:9 “Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.” SHE: The ability to forgive and actually let things go is one of the more important aspects of relational love. If you cannot let go of someone else’s faults and wrongdoings, you have no business entering into a love-based relationship. 1 Corinthians 13:3 “If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames but have not love, I gain nothing.” HE: Without the love that only God can give us and empower us by, everything we could ever do is meaningless. So whatever you do this Valentine’s season (and for your remaining days) do it with the love of Christ that empowers you, not because it “feels” like the right thing to do or because you “think” you should, but do it out of reflex and the overflow of Christ’s love in you. 1 Peter 4:8 
”Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” SHE: I would just like to point out the fact that it reads, “Above all.” It doesn’t say that it’s kind of important; it doesn’t say, “Remember this,” and it doesn’t say, “Try.” It just says to do it. Without excuses, just do it.


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Obamacare … we’ve all heard it. Hate it or love it, it’s back (or it never left). Republicans in the House of Representatives have now passed a law to try and repeal Obamacare. Last year, I had the honor of interning for Senator John Thune in his Washington DC office. While I was there, Stuart Campbell and I had the opportunity to sit and watch in the exclusive family gallery of the House. We were able to sit there because I told security that Stuart was a special guest of Congresswoman Mary Fallin. We were there to watch the Democratic-controlled House pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, also known as Obamacare. Stuart and I were there a

total of 11 hours without food or cell phones. We had to stay put because if we had left our seats, we would have lost them. We did not want to miss the debate and the opportunity to watch the passage of the law take place. Now, after the midterm elections are finally over and after many campaign promises, the Re-

Repealing Obamacare Christopher Espinosa, Guest Columnist Let’s go way back and re- health care plan. member the very basics of 7th In his very first news congrade civics. A bill starts in the ference, President Obama said, House and then moves to the “I’m going to go in there with a upper chamber called the Senate spirit of bipartisanship.” Not one and finally goes to the President’s Republican voted in favor; so desk to sign into law. Let’s move much for bipartisanship. If most up again and remember American Americans opposed this bill, and Federal Government class; it takes if we have a government that is 60 votes to pass a bill through the supposed to represent us, then Senate. During the voting why aren’t they? of Obamacare, the Demo- The midterm elections crats used a process called changed the dynamic of Congress. reconciliation, which is It seems the bill won’t be repealed used only to pass budget though. So what’s the point? This bills. With this process, a is a symbolic vote. 51-vote majority was nec- Many of the freshman essary. congressmen promised to try and President Obama did not repeal Obamacare. It may be symhave enough votes to pass the bill bolic, but it’s also much more than in the House with the Democrats that. It’s a promise; it’s an unsigned because certain funding was going contract with the constituents that to abortion clinics. The President elected them. It’s about time we needed an Executive order ban- have Representatives doing what ning federal funding of abortions they actually promised in the camto obtain more votes to pass his paign.

“It’s about time we have Representatives doing what they actually promised in the campaign.” publicans and the Tea Party now control the House. And unsurprisingly, the repeal of Obamacare is at the top of their agenda. The problem is that the Republicans have control of the House of Representatives but not the Senate.

Brad Crofford, ECHO Columnist During the 2011 State of the Union Address, President Obama humorously transitioned into a discussion of health care by noting, “Now, I have heard rumors that a few of you still have concerns about our new health care law.” This massive understatement earned laughter from the entire chamber and even a chuckle from Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner. President Obama expressed a willingness to work with Republicans to continue to improve on this foundation, saying, “If you have ideas about how to improve this law by making care better or more affordable, I am eager to work with you.” President Obama’s invitation to work with Republicans on health care in a productive, bipartisan way was rejected during the Republican response delivered by Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI).

Rep. Ryan stated, “Last week, House Republicans voted for a full repeal of this law, as we pledged to do, and we will work to replace it with fiscally responsible, patient-centered reforms.” It’s important to notice the key difference between President Obama’s and Rep. Ryan’s language. While the President is open to improvements on the existing law, Republicans are focused on repeal and replacement. While Democrats are willing to make necessary changes to health care while focusing on the economy, Republicans insist on repeating the past debates over health care reform. While Rep. Ryan accuses the health care reform of causing increasingly high costs and premiums, he conveniently ignores that the health care reforms occur over the course of several years and several key provisions, such as an individual mandate to purchase health insurance, has yet to take effect.

Other than the time-consuming, unnecessary partisan and pointless repeal of last year’s landmark health care reform by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, numerous conservative states are also mounting legal challenges to the legislation. This partisan posturing on the part of primarily Republican attorney generals and governors is not helpful for moving the nation forward. They should spend their time protecting their states’ citizens from social problems, such as crime and predatory business practices, rather than fighting D.C. just to get re-elected. A time of unprecedented national debt and budget deficits requires swift, concerted action. President Obama has extended an olive branch; Republicans have extended a court summon. No matter who wins in 2012, if Republicans do not agree to work with Democrats, the nation has already lost.


STORMSPORTS TheEcho

SCORE BOARD Men’s Basketball vs. John Brown W 55-51 vs. St. Gregory’s W 93-75 @ Oklahoma Baptist L 93- 105

Women’s Basketball vs. John Brown W 82-49 vs. St. Gregory’s W 73-50 @ Oklahoma Baptist W 68-46

Results and scores at sports.snu.edu

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Stepping up to the plate Foster Biggers, Staff Reporter When you are a college athlete, the training and practicing never seems to let up or take a break. And for the SNU baseball and softball team there is no exception. Both teams are looking to break through in the Sooner Athletic Conference, and both teams have been training all winter to prove that they are forces to be reckoned with. “Our team has been training very hard this offseason, and it has been a blessing to see how much hard work, dedication, and determination that our guys have been putting into this team!” Tim Cole said. Tim is a junior pitcher for the Storm this season. “We are a small team this year, but we have some talented great guys, and through this offseason we have developed great chemistry.” Cole said. The Crimson Storm baseball team has always been a competitor inside the SAC conference, but this year they are looking to be more than just a competitor; they are looking to be at the top of the list. “Big goals for our team this year are to finish in the top 3 of our conference, win the sooner conference tournament, and make it to the World Series.” Cole said.

MEN’S BASKETBALL vs. Lubbock Christian Saturday, February 5 3 p.m. vs. Norrhwestern Oklahoma State Thursday, February 10 8 p.m.

The SNU baseball team has a handful of returners this year that are looking to jump over the top teams in the conference like Lubbock, Wayland, and Oklahoma City. Cole and the rest of the team feel like they have some good play-

field, another hungry team is looking to make their way to the top of the Sooner Athletic Conference. The SNU softball team has been training just has hard for this upcoming season. And with a bunch of returning players for the Storm,

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ers that can make this jump. “Our first baseman, Adam Bies, is a gifted athlete. And when he has a bat in his hands, the ball usually is not going to stay in the ballpark! He will hit a lot of homeruns, provide a lot of runs batted in, and I believe he is going to have a great season for us!” Tim Said. Just west of the SNU baseball TRACK AND FIELD @ Oklahoma University Saturday, February 5 BASEBALL @ Huston-Tilloston, TX Friday, February 4Saturday, February 5 @ Friends, Kan. Tuesday, February 8 1 p.m.

they want to hold nothing back this season. “We have been working very hard this offseason. We had three days of two-a-day practices, and each day the team came with great focus and ready to work,” head coach Tere Webber said about her teams’ training this offseason. Webber’s team comes into this

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Stepping up continued from page 8 season ranked third in preseason polls inside the Sooner Athletic Conference. Some would say SNU might have the most experienced team inside the SAC with 13 returns ready to take the field this season. When Coach Webber was asked about how much potential her team had for this upcoming season, she had a pretty

powerful message for her team. “We better have a lot! We have a veteran ball club that loves to play the game, and everyone is so driven to make the dream happen!” Webber said. The dream of course is finishing at the top in the conference, then go on and compete in the National Tournament.

Both teams open up their seasons here in the upcoming weeks. Baseball opens up their season on February 4th with a road trip down to Huston-Tillotson in Austin Texas, while the Softball teams first game is February 11th against Brenau (Ga.) in Mississippi. But once these teams return home, get ready for some fireworks.

SNU Equestrian team prepares for 2011 Show Season Jaclynn Gray, Staff Reporter ferent states and getting to ride Harsh Oklahoma winter tem- all different kinds of horses, it’s a peratures and strong crisp whip- great experience that I will rememping wind does not stop the 2011 ber for the rest of my life,” FreshSNU Equestrian Team from pre- man English rider Janel Byrd said. Practices are conducted in the paring for their 2011 season. Coached by Bill Bowen and as- afternoons at the SNU Equine Fasisted by Mindy Hole, the team is cility, the team practices on SNU’s preparing physically and mentally show and class horses. Usually, for the season opener on Feb- practices are three times during the ruary 11th. Riders are coached week plus individual riding, and on correct positioning, effec- Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to tive handling, and strategic show around 11 a.m. “Every time we practice or come techniques to use when working horses everyday at the barn and at out on our own to ride, coaches make sure we ride a different competitions. “I’m excited for this season to horse,” Jackson said. “This helps start,” freshman western rider Rebecca Jackson said. “I have been practicing my correct positioning everyday on different horses.” The Equestrian team competes on the IHSA Lev- Photo Courtesy of Sports Information el, (Intercollegiate Horse Show us become better riders and we Association) with approximately gain confidence and learn how to nine other schools from all around handle different types of horses.” the United States. IHSA provides Riders show on horses that they competitors with a chance to ride have never ridden, and a drawing many different horses that display takes place the morning of the a wide range of training levels and show to determine the horse that forces riders to master their equi- each rider is to show on for their division. Professional judges judge tation skills. “I love traveling around to dif- the rider’s control of the horse,

equitation, and overall preciseness of the rider. After the class is completed, judges will often help the riders by offering advice and constructive criticism. “I love that the judges offer their professional advice to us,” Byrd said. “After I hear what I need to work on, I spend most of my time perfecting that until the next show.” Every season, Bowen has riders pointing out of their division and moving up to a higher level of competition. Also, at least one rider qualifies for Regionals with a chance to move on to Nationals at the end of the season. This team is young and very spirited with high expectations; hoping to succeed in everything they do. With returning riders and new riders, Bowen and his team are ready to put their hard work into the show ring. “I believe we can have a very successful season if we all work together and keep getting better as the season progresses,” senior English rider, Linnea Wood, said. To see a complete tentative schedule for the Equestrian Team visit SNUsports.com.

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Nickname J-Dub Interests & Hobbies Music, longboarding, soccer Most Prized Possession My computer Three Words that Best Describe Me Funny, crazy, athletic One Word That Describes My Coach Unpredictable If I Could Have Any Superpower, It’d Be Reading minds A Non-Athletic Talent I Possess Playing guitar, well I’m still learning Biggest Fear That I’m not following God’s will for my life As A Child, I Dreamed to Be A professional soccer player If I Could Be A Type of Food, I’d Be Sour Patch Kids. They’re sour, then they’re sweet Best Memory Dance battles/ Dorisha Story, at Camp Windermere summer 08 Pet Peeve Slow drivers Favorite Quote/Verse Ezekiel 33:6, it is my call to ministry


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TRACK Breanna Simmons Ponca City, Oklahoma Sophomore

Nickname Bre Interests & Hobbies Running, biology, volleyball, arts and crafts Most Prized Possession Bible Three Words that Best Describe Me Outgoing, ambitious, caring One Word That Describes My Coach Scatterbrained Best Memory Getting engaged! A Non-Athletic Talent I Possess Painting Biggest Fear Frogs As A Child, I Dreamed to Be A doctor Favorite Quote/Verse Jeremiah 29:11

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Courtesy of Sports Information SHAWNEE, Okla. — Confidence can carry a team a long ways late in the season, and Southern Nazarene felt like every shot they put up Saturday night was going in as 20th-ranked SNU throttled Oklahoma Baptist, 68-48. The Crimson Storm (17-4, 11-2 SAC) hit 10 3-pointers, tying the highest mark in conference play and was the second highest mark on the season. Six of those 3-pointers came from the hot hand of Logan Martin who scored a game-high 20 points. It was the third time this year and the second straight game

that Martin has buried six treys. Martin also went 6-for-11 from the field, dished out six assists and five rebounds. SNU fired 47.6 percent (10-21) from beyond the arc and 46.3 percent from the field. SNU scored 17 points off of 22 OBU turnovers and held the Lady Bison to just 35.3 percent from the field. The Storm also allowed just three treys the whole night. A 14-2 run to open the second half was all the Storm needed to coast the rest of the game. SNU had opened up a 22-8 lead midway through the first half before OBU scored 11 straight

points to cut it to a 3-point game. SNU though closed out the half with a 10-4 to take a 32-23 lead into the half. After the second half run, OBU came no closer than 17 the rest of the way. Oumoul Thiam also added 13 points while Abbey Marra notched her 12th double-double of the year with 12 points and 12 rebounds. The win is the fifth straight for the Crimson Storm which matches their longest streak of the year. The Crimson Storm now return back to the Sawyer Center for another four-game home stand starting Monday at 6 p.m, with USAO.

Henry had six rebounds. SNU shot over 50 percent from the field going 33-for-64, but OBU was also over the 50 percent mark firing 33-for-58. The big difference was from beyond the arc where OBU had a big advantage. The Bison (18-4, 12-2 SAC) were 8-for-16 from downtown while the Storm struggled from beyond the arc hitting just 4-of-12. Southern Nazarene won the battle of the boards pulling down 40 rebounds compared to OBU’s 32, but the Storm turned the ball over 20 times and forced just 14. OBU never trailed the entire game and every time SNU had a run, the Bison started to run away. The first came just minutes into the game when the Bison took a 22-9 lead and took their biggest lead of

the half at 29-15 with 11:14 left in the first half. The Storm then got six points from Lightfoot in a 9-0 run as SNU closed it to 29-24 and then were within four at 33-29 on a Henry 3-pointer, but OBU pushed it back out to 14 twice more before taking a 59-46 lead at the half. OBU took their biggest lead of the game at 77-59 with 10:59 to play, but SNU made one final run to cut it to 77-68 and were down 79-70 with 6:32 remaining, but that was as close as the Storm came. OBU’s Maurice Foster scored a game-high 35 points as he one was of five Bison to score in doublefigures. SNU will now go on another four-game home stand that starts Monday at 8 p.m. against USAO.

High five Courtesy of Sports Information SHAWNEE, Okla. — Jon West scored a career-high 22 points and four players were in double figures for No. 12 Southern Nazarene in a 105-93 loss to Oklahoma Baptist, Saturday night, inside the Noble Complex. West missed one shot the entire night for the Crimson Storm (174, 10-3 SAC), going 8-for-9 from the field and he was 5-for-7 from the line. He also just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Jeremy Lightfoot scored a season-high 19 points as he was 6-of11 from the floor and 7-for-8 from the charity stripe. The senior center also pulled down six rebounds. Both C.J. Henry and Xavier Alexander had 16 points as Alexander was just a rebound short of a double-double with nine while

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