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Football is just around the bend With basketball wrapping up, baseball and softball in full swing, track and field trying to qualify for Nationals, the Southern Nazarene football team is just getting started. Read more on page 8

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Banquet to include interactive game Planned by the junior council, Jr/Sr will be held at 7:00 pm Friday, Apr.15, at Express Barn in Yukon. Read more on page 3


Southern Nazarene University – Bethany, OK (405)491-6382 “Beyond the Blackboard” tells story of school with no name Brad Crofford, Staff Reporter A new teacher’s attempts to educate students in what begins as a one-room school in a homeless shelter is the subject matter of Hallmark Hall of Fame’s latest presentation, “Beyond the Blackboard.” The movie had its worldwide premiere Apr. 12 at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene. As part of the premiere activities, Stacy Bess, the teacher whose experiences are portrayed in the movie, and Brad Moore, the president of Hallmark Hall of Fame and an SNU alumnus, visited SNU. Bess explains that the School with No Name in Salt Lake City, Utah, started out with students ranging in grade level from kindergarten to twelfth grade. During her time at the school, it saw many changes thanks to her efforts, including changing to K-6 and moving from one room under a bridge to a new shelter. When asked what she would have done differently, Bess said “I would have rallied help sooner. I would have slowed down and enjoyed the students more, and I would have spent more time with the parents.” Bess not only had a significant impact on the school, but the school had a profound

effect on her. She explains that the biggest change in her was gaining “an unbelievable love of teaching, and an unbelievable understanding of how much we impact children.” She continues to be an advocate for improving education by traveling around the nation conducting workshops for children and adults and supervising the education department at Utah State University. “It’s my mission to teach people how important they are. I think people want to do good things, but they just don’t know what to do,” Bess said.

She encourages people to help out in local schools, perhaps by going to the school to read to the students or packing backpacks of supplies for underprivileged schools. Bess praises “Beyond the Blackboard,” noting that the emotion was spot-on. There have been some changes, such as combining several people into one character, but Bess says “It’s very true to the book [“Nobody Don’t Love Nobody”] and my life.” “I want them to walk away [from the movie] and say ‘I have to do something’,” Bess said. “Beyond the Blackboard” is the 243rd preContinued on next page

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“Beyond the Blackboard,” continued sentation of the Hallmark Hall of Fame, and the second to premiere in conjunction with SNU. When asked about the choice of this particular movie and location,

Moore, Hallmark Hall of Fame president, explains that, “the subject matter was so perfect, and it was just a really good time.” He noted that, “We have such a

strong education department” that it made sense to have the worldwide premiere here. “Beyond the Blackboard” will also air on CBS Apr. 24.

National sexual assault awareness campaign launches STRESS LEVELS RISE IN RATTLED JAPAN

The words “Ganbaro Nippon” -- “Be strong, Japan” -shine down on the nation’s capital nightly from the soaring steel of the landmark Tokyo Tower. But a society known worldwide for its culture of stoicism has been knocked a bit off balance by the onetwo punch of a massive earthquake and a nuclear disaster, according to both ordinary residents and experts.


For the third time in less than two months an air traffic controller has been caught sleeping on the job -- this time while a plane carrying a critically ill patient was trying to land.


A federal jury convicted Barry Bonds of a single charge of obstruction of justice Wednesday but failed to reach a verdict on the three counts at the heart of allegations that he knowingly used steroids and human growth hormone and lied to a grand jury about it.

UWire On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden announced a national sexual assault awareness campaign that will be introduced in K-12 schools and colleges — but some say that the Penn State community has been implementing similar measures for years. The national campaign aims to educate students on how to prevent and report sexual assault, file sexual assault complaints, assist victims, and pursue disciplinary action against students accused of sexual assault, according to a Department of Education press release. Also spearheaded by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the campaign will support Title IX — the federal law that prohibits sexual discrimination, violence, and harassment in schools.

The campaign will send letters to schools and universities outlining their obligations to educate students on sexual assault under Title IX, according to the press release. Nationwide, at least one in four college women will be sexually assaulted during her academic career, according to 2010 statistics from the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault. At least 80 percent of all sexual assaults are committed by an acquaintance of the victim, according to the same statistics. Director of the Center for Women Students at Penn State Peggy Lorah said sexual assault is an ongoing problem, so the vice president’s announcement was a step in the right direction. “I think Joe Biden is just continuing a lifetime of advocating for

women who have been victims of violence,” Lorah said. “Here at Penn State, it’s something students deal with often … Every year there are students who are victims of sexual assault and don’t come forward. It’s a problem on any campus,” Lorah said. To Karin Foley, chair of Penn State’s Commission for Women, educational measures are an “important piece of any program.” Still, Foley said she doesn’t think that alone would prevent sexual assault altogether. Shockey added, “it’s still important that all students look out for one another.” “Of course sexual assault is not just a crime against women. There are male victims as well,” Shockey said. “Men and women both need to be aware of the risks and look out for each other.”

SGA presents Flicks Film and Art Festival Saturday, April 16




Annual junior/senior banquet to include interactive game, dinner Kira Roberts, Staff Reporter Right in the middle of the excitement of the approaching end of the school year and energy of the spring season is an event at Southern Nazarene University called Junior/Senior. While it is hard to explain exactly what the event entails since it has been sort of under construction the past few years, the student government has worked hard to bring it back to life this year. In past years, Junior/Senior has been a banquet type of event where students dress up to sit down and eat. The event has been held in various places, including the Putnam City High School gym last year. The junior council spent a lot of time this year not only choosing a theme, but also deciding on a venue that would fit their vision. At 7:00 p.m. Friday, Apr. 15, this event will be held at the Express Barn in Yukon. Unlike past years, it will not be so close to a

duplicate of Senior Celebration minus the parents. There will be dinner and an interactive game, along with the incorporation of the best parts of last year’s event. Unlike Heartpal and other events, SGA’s junior council has tried to make this a multifunctional and well-programmed event. It is not that other events are not great, but many get shortened because students run out of things

to do. This year’s event has been structured in a way that does not include time for boredom. “This year’s Junior/Senior will hopefully be the start of something that students look forward to being able to go to as upperclassmen,” junior class secretary Camerann Fry said. Fry mentioned that any excuse to have a date is usually fun, but that they planned this event pur-

posely to be a blast without one. “If you’re caught up in your date’s eyes the whole night, you’re going to miss the point,” Fry said. Come hungry because dinner will be from Zio’s. Vegetarian and gluten free options will also be available so those with dietary concerns will be included. As always, expect to have fun. The junior class council has had a lot of fun planning for this event.

“If you’re caught up in your date’s eyes the whole night, you’re going to miss the point.”

The ECHO community congratulates Morgan Koehn Mar. 31, at the Oklahoma Collegiate Media Association (OCMA) conference, The Echo opinions editor Morgan Koehn received a 1st place award for Editorial Writing. The eligibility requirements allowed candidates from any 4 year university in Oklahoma. Membership in OCMA is open to any Oklahoma educational institution offering two or more years of academic work accepted for a college degree. Annual dues are $25. OCMA’s mission is to promote and improve student publications at Oklahoma’s colleges and universities. The term “publication” includes not only newspapers and yearbooks but also broadcast stations and websites. The association conducts an annual awards competition and a spring conference in conjunction with the Paul Miller Distinguished Lecture series at OSU. The Echo community congratulates Koehn, and thanks her for her hard work.


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Filling your plate too full I will always remember certain memories I have of family gatherings I experienced as a child. Some time during every family event, my mom would hand me an empty dinner plate and say some variation of the phrase, “Don’t let your eyes get bigger than your stomach.” At that time, I had little knowledge of human anatomy, and I just assumed stomachs would always be larger than eyeballs. But I nodded and went down the buffet lined with overflowing dishes of smoked turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, sweet corn, and flaky dinner rolls drizzled with butter with a huge smile on my face. Of course, I disregarded my mother’s advice, and if I wanted to eat it, I piled it on my plate alongside another large portion of food. I had no concept of portion size, as I boldly added spoon after spoon of the homemade cuisines. Then, I walked to the back room in the house to find my seat at the kids’ table. We would talk and laugh while inhaling our meal, and it was always about halfway through the piles that I’d realize what I had allowed to happen. I was in way over my head. I would justify the behavior, thinking the food tasted too delicious to stop eating and that I could only enjoy Grandma’s cooking on holidays. So, naturally, I overindulged. And most likely, I made myself sick a majority of the time. Like most of you I’m sure, I seem to have done it again (many years after my reoccurring naïve mistake over holiday meals). This time,

I haven’t overeaten; however, I have filled my plate much too full to manage. Right now, my life is piled high with large portions of planning a wedding, keeping up with classes, attending a small group, working at Charleston’s, investing in premarital counseling, and organizing a shower for my older sister’s wedding, which is set three weeks before mine. These are all great things to put on my plate, but it’s always halfway through the meal that

Morgan Koehn, Opinions Editor day to be “productive” members of society. Sure, on the outside we might look like we have everything figured out, but our stomachs are overfed, and we are sick because of it. Professor Marsha Feisal provided a great tool in class the other day for how to prevent overbooking. It’s called the 10-10-10 rule because you ask yourself three questions: 1) Will it matter in 10 minutes? 2) Will it matter in 10 months? 3) Will it matter in 10 years? This technique puts the weight of certain decisions in perspective to provide a clearer and easier way to make choices while scheduling. After asking yourself these three questions, you may find that certain things you’ve perceived as having long-term and negative repercussions don’t matter as much as you originally thought in the broad scheme of life. My piece of advice for this week is probably one I struggle most often with Photo courtesy of Google images when applying it in my own life, but it’s important, so listen up. Enjoy life’s meal. Don’t fill your plate so full that you don’t enjoy the time you spend eating your food. Finish this semester scheduling what you must and enjoying what you can.

“This time, I haven’t overeaten; however, I have filled my plate much too full to manage.”

you realize your eyes were just too big, and you will have a hard time finishing everything without making yourself sick. Life is busy, and I am responsible for making it that way. I think this is a common occurrence for people (especially in America) because we have control issues. We book every minute of our




Letter to the editor In the past couple weeks an issue has arisen on campus that I would like to address. This year, SNU will say goodbye to two of its Resident Directors, leaving RD positions open in both Snowbarger and Bracken Halls. The student body has, through various channels, been informed of the Residence Life department’s intention to fill at least one of those positions with ‘a person of color.’ I have heard this referred to as ‘reverse discrimination,’ and this is the first issue I would like to address. Before any person climbs up onto a moral, ethical, and “color-blind” high horse, they should know that there is nothing “reverse” about it. Racial discrimination is the act of treating someone unfairly because of their race or ethnicity. Any race can be discriminated against, and if this truly is a case of that, then please, call it what it is. I sat down with Michael Houston, the Associate Dean of Students here at SNU, and he stated, very clearly, that he is committed to hiring a ‘person of color’ to fill at least one of the two open positions. Houston has an entire list of reasons why he feels this is the right, ethical, and best thing to do for our university, and any student with great concerns is welcome to sit down with him and hear those reasons because I am not going to address them all. Before I continue, let me say this. I have worked for the Residence Life department for two years. I know these people, and I know, without a doubt, that they are good, well-intentioned people. But I do believe they are good people who have chosen to fix a bad problem with a worse solution.

Houston made it clear that he is not planning on hiring anyone who does not meet the basic qualifications. As he put it, “I’m not affirmative-actioning this position.” He did say, however, that if it comes down to two equally qualified applicants, one white and one… not, that race will be the deciding factor in that situation. The issues I have with this come in when you consider the fact that the entire campus knows race is a factor in this decision. Any RD hired under these practices is walking into a situation where they might not be awarded the respect that someone in their position deserves because it will be assumed that they “earned” that position through a possession of melanin, and not degrees and experience. Additionally, if we act under the premise that students relate better to someone of their own race, then in having a ‘person of color’ as an RD is going to ensure that approximately 83% of the students on campus will have a harder time relating to the new hire. And,

and work in teaching, administrative, or developmental positions, but I believe entering a job search with blinders on is not a way to accomplish that goal. Finally, Houston has repeatedly mentioned the qualification of ‘cultural competence.’ Again, any student is free to go directly to him if they want to hear the definition from the source, but the definition I took away from the situation is this: An awareness of how the community we live in relates to people of different cultures, and an idea on how to deal with those reactions. He said, essentially, that I, as a black female, have a cultural competence that he could never have simply because of the way the world relates to me and the way I must, in turn, relate to the world. So he intends to bring someone into the Rez Life department that can speak into racial issues and can do so supported by a wealth of knowledge and experience. Again, great goal, bad execution. Lastly, because I have greatly exceeded my word count, let me say these things: I believe in being people of our word, and I believe this process, and the way is it progressing, violates the discrimination policy SNU claims to uphold (visit and decide for yourself). I also believe in the power of contrary to what is apparently the God. I believe that He can use belief, not all ‘persons of color’ situations to His advantage. So relate to other ‘persons of color’ I firmly believe God can use this in the same way. At some point, situation to bring the best RD to the Rez Life department will have our campus. to pick a race, and considering the I also believe in the legal system. fact that all minorities combined And I believe this process is ethimake up that last 17%, I see it as cally wrong and might leave this sacrificing a lot to gain a little. university legally liable. This is not to say it wouldn’t Thanks for listening, be nice to have faculty or staff on Ashley Lugrand campus who look like me (or any other minority, for that matter)

“83% of the students on campus will have a harder time relating to the new hire.”


RESIDENT DIRECTOR Department: STUDENT DEVELOPMENT Availability: June 1, 2011 – Full Time Responsibility: This is a live-in position responsible for the overall administration and programmatic aspects of a designated living area. The Resident Director supervises Resident Advisors and fosters the development of a multi-cultural, living-learning environment in the living areas in order to promote student and community development. As a staff member in Student Development who works closely with students, this position serves as a Christian role model and promotes the SNU mission of Character, Culture, Christ. Qualifications: Bachelors degree required. Masters Degree in Student Affairs or other related field preferred. Two years of residential experience in a university setting is preferred. Must be able to: - Integrate Christian faith with student development theories and practice - Communicate, both interpersonal and written - Work independently and as a member of a team - Interact effectively with students - Prioritize and manage multiple projects and deadlines - Maintain a professional demeanor and uphold confidentiality - Problem solve and manage conflict - Work some evenings and weekends Application Procedure: Please submit resume to the Human Resources Department: 405.717.6291 (fax) in person in room 306 in Bresee Hall



Left More Left VS


Government and the budget

Tim Rice, Echo Columnist

and paper in jail, a lot of paper at that. back. Germans soon tired of their government Most economists not being paid to astroturf Though things did go very, very wrong. One doing nothing since their government couldn’t for predatory lenders will say that living on a of the main causes of this was that Germany do anything and sadly looked to someone who week to week basis is a warning sign of much at the time had a gaping hole in the bottom of didn’t care for treaties. deeper problems. A country that lives week to its economic bucket—reparations. After being It’s true, the US isn’t currently being forced week is a laughingstock for a while, to pay other countries for wars past. It in an “unsustainable condition” for a is true, though, that we have been paybit after that, and soon after incapable ing for several wars. I read an article once of offering the services of an actual that the whole recent budget debacle in government. I’m surprised that other Wisconsin could have been avoided by countries aren’t laughing at the US; bringing less than 100 soldiers home. but then again, most aren’t doing so Wars are expensive, and we’ve been in well themselves. two for almost half our lives. It’s amazConsider for a moment the Wiemar ing that the government didn’t shut Republic that was Germany afdown last decade. ter World War I. From a distance, it Though what if leaving our current seemed that everything would turn overseas interventions would be irreout well. There was a slow but funcsponsible? If such is the case, we have tioning legislature (like any republic to bring in more money to pay for things in the world), a good industrial base, like college subsidies and body armor. and good reasons for the population Ever since the 1980s, the tax rate on divito care about their government. It dend returns has gone down steadily. even had a police system capable of If it were taxed at the rate of all othPhoto courtesy of Google images nipping several attempted coups in er income, there would be no reason to the bud and, like any good country that goes defeated in the First World War, Germany was write this opinion piece. Also, our tax mentalthrough with its promises of human rights, forced to pay sometimes more than its GNP ity has to change. For instance, why do we pay even let the likes of Adolf Hitler have a pen to other countries that didn’t move any of it government employees and then tax them?

Brad Crofford, Echo Columnist In the hours leading up to midnight on Friday, Apr. 8, the nation watched as political leaders squabbled about the government’s finances. A partial government shutdown seemed imminent until Republicans and Democrats were finally able to reach a stop-gap agreement right before the midnight deadline. It is ridiculous that the Republicans used their majority in the House to almost shut down the government over ideological issues. Partisan issues such as abortion and gun control are important for our top legislators to discuss, but it boggles the mind that they

can endanger government operation to such a significant extent. While the crisis has seemingly temporarily been averted, this rigmarole has made it clear that something must be done about the way the federal government handles budget issues. One potential solution would be for the federal government to consider switching to a two-year budget cycle. This proposal would be similar to what former Oklahoma lieutenant governor Jari Askins recommended during the 2010 gubernatorial elections. This would allow legislators to focus almost exclusively on budget

issues for one year, and then handle other issues in the second year. Of course, estimations for various budget items would be even more necessary than they currently are. However, if conservative estimates are made, this could be beneficial in that it could free up any surplus revenue to help pay down the national debt. It seems as if the current oneyear budget process creates shortterm focus. Indeed, right now the government seems to be operating on an almost ad hoc, short-sighted basis, moving from one continuing resolution to the next. The government needs to take a lesson from personal finance: if

I am trying to save money and pay off debt, it is absolutely impossible for me to do it by just looking at one week at a time. Also, if I’m trying to pay off a large debt, I cannot do it simply by saving a spare dollar here and there; I must deal with the big ticket items. Similarly, politicians from both parties must have the political will to tackle our nation’s largest budget items, something they have so far proven unwilling to do. We must take a long term view, adopt a more responsible means of creating the federal budget, and above all else, elect politicians who care more about the nation’s future than the next election.


SCORE BOARD Baseball @ Mid-America Christian L 3-4 vs. Mid-America Christian L 7-11 @ Mid-America W 8-6 vs. Oklahoma City L 1-14 Softball @ Cameron University (DH) W 7-5, L 3-4 vs. Rogers State (DH) W 10-3. W 3-2 Women’s Tennis @ Dallas Baptist L 2-7

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Cat Sweep Sports Information BETHANY, Okla. — Southern Nazarene left Claremore, Okla., with a bitter taste less than two weeks ago after Rogers State took one away from SNU. The Crimson Storm got their pay back Tuesday with a 10-3, 3-2 sweep of the Hillcats. Southern Nazarene (35-8, 12-4 SAC) are now just two wins away from breaking the school record of 36 set back in the 2009 season. The Storm broke out the bats in the opener before they took advantage of an RSU miscue late to secure the win in the nightcap. Katie Hale put a twospot on the board in the bottom of the first when she belted a two-run home run to center field as SNU took a 2-0 lead in the first game. Daphne Stewart made it 3-0 in the bottom of the second when she singled through the left side to score Kacey Acker. Hale then hit her second straight home run when she drilled one to right field to put the Storm up 6-0. All four runs in the second came with two outs. Keli Billups gave SNU a 7-0 lead in the bottom

BASEBALL @ Ottawa (Kan.) (DH) Saturday, April 12 1 p.m.

of the third when she drilled a solo home run to straight away center. Rogers State cut the lead to 7-3 in the top of the fifth with three runs, but the Storm answered on a one-out single by Acker in the bottom half that dropped into right field as Jordan Jones scored from third to give SNU an 8-3 lead. The

was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored and both Jones and Madden went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Jordan Simmons moved to 15-3 on the year with the win after she tossed her 16th complete game of the year. She allowed just three runs on five hits and struck out two. Southern Nazarene did not get a

Softball dominates Hillcats on Tuesday. Photo by Sara Eguren

Storm added two insurance runs in the sixth on back-to-back singles by Aubrey Jones and Amy Madden. Hale went 2-for-3 with five RBIs, three runs scored a walk while Stewart went 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored. Acker

SOFTBALL vs. Oklahoma Baptist (DH) Saturday, April 16 1 p.m. vs. Mid-America Christian (DH) Tuesday, April 19 2 p.m.

hit until the bottom of the fourth in the nightcap when Madden and Billups laced two straight singles as Billup’s scored Aubrey Jones to give SNU a 1-0 lead. Jones then added another run with a solo home in the sixth to put SNU up 2-0. Sweep continued on page 8

TRACK AND FIELD @Pittsburg State University Saturday, April 16

MEN’S GOLF @ Dornick Hills GC Monday, April 18Tuesday, April 19

WOMEN’S TENNIS @ Nebraska Wesleyan Saturday, April 16 1 p.m.

WOMEN’S GOLF @ Heritage Hills GC Monday, April 18Tuesday, April 19




Sweep continued from page 7 Kaci Crawford, who had allowed just two base runners heading into the seventh, gave up a lead off single, but retired the next two batters and had two strikes on Dina Ortiz before she tied the game on a tworun home run to left. Crawford retired the next batter to end the top half of the inning. Kristina Forest led off the bottom of the seventh with a single

through the left side and moved to second on an Allison Fields sacrifice bunt. Stewart then drew a walk before Micha Laughlin hit a ground ball to short. RSU tried to turn a double play, but Logan Zamora sailed her throw from second past first base and that allowed Forest to score to give SNU the win. Kaci Crawford moved to 17-3 with the win and won her 14th

straight game. The junior allowed just two runs on three hits and struck out eight. Billups went 2-for-3 with an RBI while Jones went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored. The Crimson Storm now get set to host Oklahoma Baptist, Saturday, for a 1 p.m. doubleheader and will honor their six seniors before the game.

Football is just around the bend WOMEN’S TENNIS Laura Miller Midwest City, Oklahoma Freshman

Nickname Laura Loo, Lar, Loo Loo Interests & Hobbies Tennis, music, hanging out with friends Most Prized Possession State Championship ring or my Bible Three Words that Best Describe Me Outgoing, quirky, compassionate One Word That Describes My Coach Goofy If I Could Have Any Superpower It’d Be Making things move with my mind A Non-Athletic Talent I Possess Jazz singer Biggest Fear Failure As A Child, I Dreamed to Be Professional soccer player or vet What Motivates Me Competition If I Could Be A Type of Food, I’d Be Jell-O because it comes in bright colors Pet Peeve PDA Favorite Quote/Verse “Never let success get to your head, never let failure get to your heart.”

Foster Biggers, staff reporter With basketball wrapping up, baseball and softball in full swing, track and field trying to qualify for Nationals, the Southern Nazarene football team is just getting started. And in Oklahoma, it’s never too early to talk about college football. It seemed like just yesterday SNU’s football season ended, but for three weeks now, the Crimson Storm have been mixing it up back on the practice field in anticipation for the upcoming season where expectations for winning are higher than ever. “If we aren’t one of the best teams in the Sooner Athletic Conference, and don’t give the conference title a run for the money, this season is a failure. We pretty much have everyone on our defense coming back this year, with the addition of some great transfers,” senior free safety Kurt Nolan said. “And on offense we have all of our big players returning, including our all-star quarterback Brady Wardlaw, who was the CSFL offensive player of the year last season.”

Football prepares for next season. Photo by Sara Eguren

The Crimson Storm football team had an overall record of 7-4 last season; one of the best seasons in the football programs short history. But when Nolan heard the teams record from last year, he rolled his eyes and laughed. “We have so many players on our team that have the experience and what it takes to win this conference,” Nolan said, “and I really feel like this season we should be the team to beat in the SAC. “With players like Jarod Martin, Luke Olson, Adrian Valdes, and Dante’ Campbell, we aren’t looking for an average season anymore.” From what Nolan had to say about the team and this upcoming year, it seems like nothing short of

greatness will be failure, but that wasn’t all Kurt had to say about the team. The Crimson Storm football team brings in talent at the end of every season of upcoming freshmen and mid-semester transfers, SNU always seems to have enough to choose from. With the expectations to win at an all-time high, they will need to contribute to the team immediately. “It will be interesting to see what transfers and freshmen can do on the field.” Nolan said. “We have been fortunate enough to get some great transfers so far this offseason and it’s been fun to watch them on the practice field and showing us Football continued on page 9




Football continued from page 8 everything they got. “And from what I have seen so far, we will have depth at every position this season.” Even in saying all of that, not everything is focused on the players and the wins and loses with the Crimson Storm with Head Coach Mike Cochran at the helm. Coach Cochran enters in his seventh season with the Crimson Storm and is looking to make an impact on his player’s lives, on and off the field.

“Coach Cochran is teaching us about team unity on and off the field and how we need to act as a family and support one another in everything we do. Because we spend so much time together, this is a brotherhood in itself,” Nolan said. “And once we become united and act as a family, the wins will start adding up. But he is always teaching us to put God first in our lives, and that if we are putting football in front of God, family, and friends, then we are playing

football for the wrong reasons.” SNU’s first game this upcoming season is against Kansas Wesleyan September 3rd. Wesleyan finished number 23 in the NAIA national rankings last season, so this will be a serious test for the Crimson Storm to start this season off on the right foot, and a chance for SNU to take that next step they need to go from just another average team to becoming a great team.

Cheerleaders cheer for crowd and players Jaclynn Gray, staff reporter From cheering on the football field to cheering on the court, cheerleaders cheer for one reason: to encourage our teams and get the fans excited. SNU cheerleaders enjoy performing for dedicated fans, supporting the team players and doing what they do best; cheer. “I love getting to see all the smiling faces in the crowd when I am cheering,” sophomore Madison Ratcliff said. For most people, they believe motivation comes naturally for cheerleaders, when in fact sometimes even the cheeriest of them all need a little motivation. “I motivate my team members by encouraging them to have fun.”

Ratcliff said. “If they see another person having fun, they will want to join in because who wouldn’t want to smile and have a better day.” Making memories is easy for a squad when they spend a lot of time traveling together and sharing a common interest. “My best memory from cheering at SNU is probably the time I cheered for the football team and we all got mini footballs to throw into the crowd,” Caitie Mercer said. “I definitely didn’t even throw far enough to reach the crowd; my squad still doesn’t let me live this down. It was embarrassing but really funny as well, but in general the best memories are just spent

with the girls and my coaches.” Cheerleading goes beyond just the smiles, happiness and chants that are preformed at every game. “Most people don’t know how dangerous cheerleading really is; the girls get injured a lot and the stunts are definitely not as easy as they look,” Allie Mercer said. Goals are set each year. All the girls have the same goal in mind, to improve their chants and routines each year. If you are interested in being apart of a squad and being a part of making friends that will last a lifetime, come out to the tryouts Apr. 16 and 17. For more information, details and requirements go to

Stars shine through Storm Sports Information BETHANY, Okla. — Southern Nazarene couldn’t have asked for a better start as they jumped in front of No. 1 Oklahoma City in the first inning, but the Stars showed why they came into today’s game with the top spot by flexing their muscle in a 14-1 win over SNU. The Crimson Storm (14-20, 7-17 SAC) saw the Stars (33-6, 20-1 SAC) hit five home runs and two came from Kirk Walker who went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored.

Derek Glenn, James Tunnell and John Basnight all led the way for Southern Nazarene as all three went 2-for-3. Glenn scored the only run of the game for SNU in the top of the first on Tunnell’s single to left center. OCU added five in the second to lead 5-1 and added two more off a Chad Carman two-run shot to left field to lead 7-1. Walker hit his first home run in the fourth to give OCU an 8-1 lead before adding another in the sixth. The Stars put it away in the

seventh with three straight home runs to score five and pick up the run rule. Chris Eastham (5-3) took the loss for SNU after going the first 3.2 innings and allowed eight runs on nine hits. Rich Hawkins (6-3) recorded the win for Oklahoma City after going the first six inning as he allowed one run on eight hits. The Crimson Storm step out of conference for a 1 p.m. doubleheader with Ottawa (Kan.), Saturday.

GOLF Trey Stiles Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Sophomore

Interests & Hobbies Late night food runs, long walks on the beach Most Prized Possession My freedom Three Words that Best Describe Me Delicious, tasteful, high-flyer One Word That Describes My Coach Handsome If I Could Have Any Superpower, It’d Be To fly A Non-Athletic Talent I Possess Video games What Motivates Me People who say I can’t, Heinrich Frynlick Biggest Fear Birds As A Child, I Dreamed to Be On And1 Streetball tour If I Could Be A Type of Food, I’d Be A sweetheart Best Memory Meeting Brandon Blevins Pet Peeve Bad B.O. Favorite Quote/Verse “As long as we persevere and endure, we can get anything we want.”




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Surviving the end of the semester: SNU can help Mary Haikin, Arts & Entertainment Editor As we quickly approach the end of the semester, it seems that everyone’s stress levels are sky high. In the midst of such a crazy and exciting time of year, it is important to remember the resources we have right here on campus. Whether through getting academic help, exercise, or eating healthy, make use of SNU’s resources to make these last few weeks of school as manageable as possible.

1 • paper resource center The Paper Resource Center (PRC) is equipped with qualified student tutors who will help you with your papers, from the early brainstorming stages to the final revisions. Help is free of charge to all undergraduate students. Log onto MySNU and click TutorTrac to make an appointment, or drop by the third floor of the library (the ARC) to get help.


Normal operating hours: M 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-4, 6-10 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., 1:30-3:30, 8-10 W 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-4, 6-10 TH 1:30-3 p.m., 3-5, 8-10 F 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 3-5 SA 2-5 p.m. SU 7:30-10 p.m.

SNU Events 15 16 17 Research Symposium Junior/Senior 7:00 p.m. (Express Barn)

Flicks Film Festival 6:30 p.m. (Herrick)

Local Events

2 • Sawyer Center gym The Sawyer Center is open to SNU students, faculty, and staff. It is a great place to work off some calories gained by stress-eating, work out some frustration, or just get some endorphins into your body. The second floor has a track and includes equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, a stair-stepper, fitness balls, stationary bikes and weight benches. Normal operating hours: M-TH 1-11 p.m. F 1-7 p.m. SA 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

3 • Sodexo to-go options Sodexo offers to-go options (available in white paper bags) in place of the normal dinein options for lunch and dinner meals. Providing chicken Caesar salad, pb&j, turkey, or roast beef sandwiches, wraps, chips, whole fruit, fruit cups, Jell-O, cookies, and a selection of sodas, Sodexo to-go is a good way to get your nutrition for the day even when you don’t have time to stop and sit down with friends. Hours for to-go: M-F 11 a.m.-2 p.m. SA 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 5-6 SU 12-1 p.m., 5-6

18 Jazz Festival 5:30 p.m. (Herrick)


04/15: Art Walk in Old Town Moore (Old Town Moore) 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 04/16: OSU-OKC Farmers’ Market (OSU-OKC) 10:00 a.m. - 1 p.m. 04/17: Sunday Nature Hikes (Martin Park Nature Center) 2:30 p.m. 04/17: Metro String Quartet (Full Circle Bookstore) 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

20 Community Outreach Eggstravaganza





2011 Festival of the Arts: Community Celebration of the Visual, Performing and Culinary Arts OKLAHOMA CITY Since 1967, the Arts Council of Oklahoma City’s annual Festival of the Arts has been the city’s “rite of spring.” The 45th annual Festival of the Arts, April 26-May 1, promises to continue the tradition. Event co-chairs for the 2011 Festival of the Arts are Ray Bitsche and Kym Mason. The Visual Arts The Festival features 144 fine artists in Artist Row plus large sculptures in the Sculpture Park. Curated by the South Hudson Gallery committee, this year’s South Hudson Gallery exhibit will feature curators by South Hudson Gallery Committee and will feature a Pro-Am of professional artists paired with local celebrities to create a collaborate work of art. The Culinary Arts Take a break from the art and enjoy all of the fine food Festival has to offer. The International Food Row will feature old favorites like Indian Tacos, Craig and Carter’s Fish Tacos, Strawberries Newport and Bodacious Burritos. Some new vendors this year will be Grand Slam Grill who will feature Cajun specialties such as gumbo and shrimp on the barbie. Kona Ice will feature their unique Flavor Wave where kids and adults can

make their own shaved ice. Each food vendor is partnered with a local arts-related non-profit agency, so each bite goes to support the arts in central Oklahoma. The Performing Arts Festival of the Arts has four stages of non-stop performing arts entertainment ranging in scope from the youngest elemen-

Festival artists. Children can also purchase art created by Festival artists for $5 or less at the Youngat-Art Mart, where it’s kids-only shopping. There is also a Community Arts Showcase tent and performances at the Children’s Stage, including school groups and a children’s talent show called Festival Idol. Face painting, a children’s festival favor-

FINE ARTS Albany Berkley Kyle, Texas

Interests & Hobbies: Music, reading, laughing with friends, and shopping

tary school performers to professional musicians. More than 300 performers donate their time and talent to entertain Festival crowds, which reach up to 750,000 in six days. This year’s street performer group is Richard Renner, the Vodvill Klown. He will be roaming the grounds, wowing audiences with a variety of tricks including stiltwalking and pantomime. Art for Children The Youth Plaza will include many great activities for children and families. New this year is the Youth Art Sale in which kids can apply for a booth space and sell their art just like the professional

ite, will be located nearby at the north side of the Crystal Bridge. And for a free activity, children should venture to Creation Station, where they can help build and add on to a giant sculpture. The Festival of the Arts is produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City and takes place April 26-May 1 in downtown Oklahoma City at the Festival Plaza and the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Hours are 11am to 9pm Tuesday through Saturday and 11am to 6pm Sunday. Admission is free, and pets are not allowed. For more information, visit or call 405-270-4848. press release from http://www.

Get involved @ SNU Juniors and seniors, don’t miss out on Junior/Senior tonight! It’s your night to enjoy Zio’s fine Italian cooking, games planned by your very own junior council, and the company of your fellow upperclassmen. Leave the underclassmen behind and be at Express Barn in Yukon at 7:00 to enjoy all this event has to offer. For all you underclassmen, don’t worry; there’s a consolation price for you - the Research Symposium going on all day today in Royce Brown. This event is open to all students so show up and support your classmates as they present their papers. Rumor has it some professors are giving extra credit for attendance so find the sign up sheet! Tomorrow night, don’t miss the annual Flicks film festival in Herrick at 6:30 p.m. There will be a pre-show art show, so get there early. Get your tickets in the commons today; they are $1 with a Crimson Card and $5 without.

Most Prized Possession: My engagement ring! Three Words that Best Describe Me: Energetic, encouraging, caring Best Advice My Parents Gave Me: Pick your battles. And also be as nuts as possible. A Non-Musical Talent I Possess: Writing short stories As A Child, I Dreamed of Being: The president. Then I realized how horrible and awful that would be. I Would Like to Have Witnessed: A live performance of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald Pet Peeve: Rudeness. It ruins life. Favorite Quote/Verse: “God really does know what you need and will never make you go without it.” - my sister Chelsea Biggest Fear: Being dropped in the middle of the ocean. It could happen! Best Memory: I would say getting engaged but that’s lame and/or cheesy. Probably the time I realized how much I loved music and that I already had the ability to sing.


Last week Logan and I submitted an article wherein I interviewed him. I made some comments artist: about not writing serious music interview and how I was going to ask the questions burning within Logan Henry each of us. Then, if you read the article, you probably thought I was an idiot. The article was filled with standard interview questions....nothing really funny or burning. Michelle Bowie See, poor Mary, the editor for this section, has her work cut out with us. We just write down a guest columnist bunch of our conversation and turn it in with no regard to word count and little regard to logic even. She then has to try to make sense of what we’ve down, and she has to make it fit. When we saw how our article had been cut down last week, Logan and I pouted like divas. (FYI- he will be offended I used the word diva when referring to him and yet, Logan has male diva-tendencies.) We threatened to strike, boycott, stage a coup, create an underground rebuttal paper, or just keep pouting. Then, we realized two things: we are too lazy to do any of those, and Mary was just doing her job. Besides, we were on Senior Class Trip and having too much fun to continue pondering the mercurial tendencies of the tough world of journalism. There was laughing, repelling, zip lining and sleeping to be done. We decided how to solve our problem. This week we are printing the “leftover” content. The good stuff that we feel you, our audience--if anyone is reading this, deserves. Anyway, here is the remainder of our interview which we hope you all will enjoy. mb: Why did you decide to record your cd now? lh: Because I have a doctor’s appointment later. mb: Insert eye rolling here! mb: What are your plans (short term and long)? lh: Short term is to go on a tour this next year, play South by Southwest, and keep recording. Long term would be to get some songs in movies and TV. To headline a tour and sell at least 200,000 copies of an album. mb: If you could record a theme song for any television show (that exists already), what show would it be and why? lh: Dexter, that’s a really great show. But I’d rather write for a Tarantino or Coen Brothers films. mb: Dexter from Showtime? Or Dexter’s Laboratory? I would love to see you and Dee Dee in video? lh: Showtime mb: blah mb: I know writing your own stuff is VERY important to you. I know this because I made a list of songs I wanted you to cover, and you not-so-politely refused. Obviously, I’m oblivious to the importance of establishing your own identity, blah blah blah. But, if you had to record a cover cd, what would it be? lh: James Brown

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mb: ooh good one. Would you do any of the SNL skit songs? I realize that’s not actually James Brown, but I really love the hot tub one. lh: I’m not sure what you’re referring to. So no. mb: If your music was a food, what would it be? lh: One of those designer cakes they make on the Food Network. mb: I’m wondering if it would be one that successfully makes it to the table? Or collapses on the way over? I don’t mean that as an analogy for your future. I’m just thinking out loud... mb: Who is your least favorite artist right now and why? lh: Ke$ha. If you need to know why then maybe you should stop watching Jersey Shore and pick up a book. She’s just not kla$$y. mb: I won’t argue with you this one. She makes the bad music I love look really good. Who knew that was possible?! (fyi: I need you all to read her name in your heads as / kə-dollarsign-hə/. If you are not doing that, please reread the last answer.) mb: But, let’s say Ke$ha asked you to tour with her band and offered you a million dollars. What would you do? lh: That would only happen if we were signed to the same label, which would only happen if I got in a car accident and lost my concept of dignity, in which case I wouldn’t care anymore that I was no longer follow-

ing my own artistic inclinations, passions and desires and were already creating music about wanting my women to look something along the lines of Barbara Walters. mb: That’s a non answer, but whatever. mb: Would you go on Yo Gabba Gabba? Why/why not? lh: What’s Yo Gabba Gabba? Is that one of those weird Japanation Adult Swim cartoons? mb: Seriously? You don’t know DJ Lance Rock? You haven’t seen Biz Markie, the Flaming Lips, the Ting Tings or even Weezer jam for junior set? Oh my. You haven’t lived until you have Dancey Danced with Devo or Taking Back Sunday. Google it! mb: Everyone wants to know --would you do a mash up CD with Justin Beiber? Why or why not? lb: No. Because 14 year old girls with a lobotomy aren’t my audience. But never say never... mb: Ooooh. Clever. I would love you to cover “Baby,” but of course, I won’t ask because I already know the answer. boo. mb: Finally, when you are famous and someone asks you about your most embarrassing moment in college, what will you describe? lh: I honestly have no idea. I don’t really get embarrassed. Sorry mb: Perhaps, this article will give you something to talk about. Thanks for your time. I realize you weren’t dying to do this, but I know the people needed to hear from you.

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