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Student starts International Justice Mission chapter

Ronna Fisher, Assistant Editor The university’s newest student organization seeks to combat oppression, such as slavery and sexual exploitation. Stacie Vernier, sophomore, has had the hope of beginning an International Justice Mission chapter at SNU for about a year, and now it is coming to fruition. “I’m starting this club because I have a heart for the broken and oppressed, and I believe that as a Christian it’s my responsibility to

help those around me,” Vernier said. “Trafficking in humans generates profits in excess of 32 billion dollars a year for those who, by force and deception, sell human lives into slavery and sexual bondage. Nearly 2 million children are exploited in the commercial sex industry,” states, the online home of International Justice Mission. “International Justice Mission is a human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of

slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.” Founded in 1997, IJM’s home base is Washington D.C. and has 16 global field offices found in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. While some of their work is bringing information and awareness to others, the organization seeks four outcomes: 1) victim relief, 2) Perpetrator Accountability, 3) Survivor Aftercare, and 4) Structural Transformation.

Stand for Freedom is one of the events IJM holds to raise awareness of human trafficking Photo from Penn State University.

Made up of more than 500 lawyers, investigators, social workers and other staff, IJM attempts to bring freedom to the oppressed, take legal action on the real oppressors, provide support and a fresh start to victims after rescue, and to work in the law and country’s system to strengthen local judicial courts so end abuse and oppression for good. Approximately 95% of their staff are nationals of the countries where they serve. According to their website, “An IJM Campus Chapter is a group of students concerned about issues of injustice who desire to work together as advocates for the oppressed in a world of suffering. Campus Chapters raise their voices on behalf of victims of injustice through prayer and advocacy. Campus Chapters raise awareness on their campus and community of the reality of oppression in our world. Campus Chapters raise support to enable IJM to rescue more victims of oppression.” The club is free to join and for anyone who wants to make a dif-

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Student starts International Justice Mission chapter, cont. Continued from page 1 ference. Vernier emphasizes that it is a club for anyone and everyone. “I’m really excited to start this chapter on our campus so that other students can be a part of it and join me. I think we have a

Brad Crofford, Editor-In-Chief Students pay for a variety of things each semester, such as tuition, room, board, books, the general health fee, and more. Yet, the university receives revenue from other areas and has expenses that students may not be aware of. To help students better understand where their money goes, Dr. Scott Strawn, vice president for business and finance, sat down for an interview with The Echo. According to data from fiscal year 2012 that Strawn provided to The Echo, tuition and fees were 62 percent of the university’s revenue. This is up from 54 percent in FY 2011 but down from 63% in FY 2010, according to the annual reports from those years. Traditional students benefit from the fact that the university receives revenue in other areas. “Between gifts from our church and unrestricted giving, most of that supports traditional students,” Strawn said. Strawn estimates that out of the $22 million budgeted for traditional students, about $2 million of it comes from church and unrestricted giving. Traditional students also benefit from the university’s professional and graduate studies programs. “There is no doubt that when you look at traditional programs, we lose money. There is no doubt that when you look at [professional and graduate studies programs], we gain money,” Strawn said. “Our budget is structured so that we have more net revenue

great student body and I’m looking forward to other students bringing their ideas and talents to this club,” Vernier said. The SNU chapter will have monthly meetings and events in which anyone can participate. “I plan on this being a very

active club, not only on campus but also in our community. I really want to make a difference in the community that we live and interact with everyday. I want to reach out and not just promote awareness but actually do something about it,” Vernier said.

Be waiting for chapel announcements or emails with more information. Posters will also be appearing on campus soon. Interested students can email Stacie Vernier with any questions or for more information at

Where does your money go?

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from PGS than traditional programs, and that is by design.” Strawn did note that this does somewhat depend on how one accounts for things. For example, because it uses a cohort system, PGS ebbs and flows; it does not use a traditional fiscal year. In regards to cost increases, Strawn noted that there are factors outside of the university’s control. “Health care costs are going up five percent, and we have little control over that,” Strawn said as one example. Many other employee benefits are also beyond the university’s control. These are also important in attracting quality faculty

who are willing to work for less than they could earn at other universities. For example, SNU’s tuition remission policy is more generous than other universities. “On the whole, SNU pays professors at about the 80 percent level of other universities,” Strawn said. “We probably pay five to ten percent less than universities that are like us.” While costs for students go up over time, Strawn emphasized SNU’s value. He also said that this will continue in the future. “Next year, if we are not the cheapest Nazarene university, we will be the one right above it, and that’s before discounting,” Strawn said, referring to mecha-

nisms such as financial aid that reduce the sticker price of university attendance. “SNU, for the value we provide, is an absolute steal.” Each year, SNU prepares an annual report stating both its revenue and its expenses. It divides the revenue into the categories: (1) net tuition and fees, (2) investments, (3) gifts and grants, and (4) auxiliary, sales and services, and other. Expenses are divided into: (1) instruction and academic support, (2) auxiliary, (3) student services, and (4) institutional support. Data for FY 2008 through FY 2011 are available at http://snu. edu/annual-report.




Muslim student speaks about experience at SNU Brad Crofford, Editor-In-Chief While Southern Nazarene University is a Christian university, it also is host to students from a variety of faith backgrounds. Sophomore Nataniel Lucas spoke with The Echo in an interview about his experience as an SNU student with a different faith. Lucas had already heard about and looked into attending SNU for basketball in 2008. He had learned about SNU through a basketball camp he attended in England.

When he converted to Islam in late 2008, he was unsure if he would still be welcome. He said international student adviser Lisa Williams reassured him that there would be other students of different faiths as well. There are some aspects that were initially awkward. “Going to chapel at first was weird. I sat in the back and watched,” Lucas said. “Now I am 24 and chapel is not mandatory anymore.”

Lucas said that professors have generally been understanding of the behaviors that come with his faith. Students eventually become accustomed to them as well. “To pray, I excuse myself out of class briefly,” Lucas said. “I don’t really go around shaking hands with females...Sometimes people are weirded out, but eventually they get it.” Lucas said there are some misconceptions in the broader community about Islam. For example,

he said that some confuse Islam with a particular nationality or culture. They also have incorrect ideas regarding the religions beliefs. “A lot of people think we worship Mohammed, peace be upon him, which is wrong,” Lucas said. “At the end of the day, Islam means a couple of things: submission and peace. A Muslim is someone who submits himself to the will of God...We believe in all the prophets from Adam through Mohammed, peace be upon him.”

For the Love of Chocolate: the A.M. Hills annual event Kira Roberts, Layout Editor For the Love of Chocolate seems to be a success each year. The sole purpose of this event is to gather the community of A.M. Hills together to eat chocolate and build relationships. This event draws students from all over campus to feast on the chocolate delicacies provided by

Photos by Kira Roberts.

the Hills staff. A chocolate fountain, cake balls, brownies, and chocolate covered pretzels were just a few of the items available this year, along with plenty of milk to balance out the richness of the desserts. For the Love of Chocolate took place this past Monday in honor of Valentines Day.

Photo by Stephanie Reyes.


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The do’s and don’ts of dating Macy Sliman, Staff Writer

First off, women and men have overly high and equally low expectations of each other. So, don’t have expectations. Go into any dating situation with the aim for simply getting to know one another. There’s a lot less stress and pressure this way. Being a lady: Above all, don’t stress. It’s just a date. It has the potential to be a lot of fun or not. If not, it’s not a big deal. Your life will go on. I promise. Moving on. Best foot forward. Dress appropriately for the date. If it’s a ball game, wear the gear or the colors. According to some guys, an over dressed girl is a little intimidating. And let’s face it, a baseball game is not fun in full-on jewelry and heels. Next, remember to put your phone on silent. Seriously, nothing

is more annoying than a buzzing phone and someone not entirely present, which causes awkward silence. On the opposite end of that, ladies, don’t hold the entire con-

“She will notice if you are nice to her but not to the waiter, and it’s a turn off. ” versation. We girls are stereotyped as dominating the conversation. Ask questions and let him talk. On the subject of talking, don’t’ talk about your future together.

Photo by Kevin Dooley used under Creative Commons license.

Stop. Don’t even think about it. If you are not seriously dating this guy, you will freak them out. And if they start talking about it, run away quickly. Another big thing guys don’t like is when you don’t eat. I know you’re nervous, but when you don’t eat the meal this nice guy has spent money on, they will notice. They aren’t going to notice if you eat, but they will if you don’t. Now, at the end of date, the guy will probably make a move to pay. Be extremely thankful. It is a privilege to have someone offer to pay, so make sure that your date knows you are grateful. On to being a gentleman: Let’s start with doors. This is a super old school move that never gets a bad review. When you go to pick her up, go up to the door. It’s less

awkward, and it’s much more polite. As mentioned before, leave the phone on silent and don’t consult it at all. It needs to be in your pocket and not on the table. Be present and not in some other conversation. Always be polite to everyone. She will notice if you are nice to her but not to the waiter, and it’s a turn off. Ask questions and try and get to know her. Put effort into focusing on her and try not to talk about yourself too much. You want her to feel important and like you’re interested in her. If you need to walk across the street ,take her hand and when on a sidewalk, walk on the outside nearest the street. This shows that you are looking out for her safety while not being smothering.




SNU Expressions magazine: an outlet for creativity

Patty Juliuson, Guest Columnist I was planning to explain why I have a broom in my shower, ‘cause I know you and Ronna Fisher are curious, but I was thinking about something else today. I like creative people. Now that doesn’t mean I don’t like anyone else, it’s just that I’m fascinated with the way creative people think. There seems to be an inborn motivation to step outside the lines, to take something to the next level, to boldly go where no man has gone before. We have a lot of outlets for creativity at SNU. Through the year, performers participate in a wide variety of music events, actors ply their

craft in plays and musicals, and, of course, there are many opportunities to share talent in chapel. Even the cheerleaders have a place to perform. That’s cool. For the factdriven writer or the seriously opinionated like me, we have this wonderful newspaper. Wait, wait- is it still a PAPER if it’s in digital form? Oh, I digress… Anyway, there’s an outlet here. But where are the creative writers, the designers, the weekend artists? Most people have taken a photo or two of which they are proud. No doubt, lurking among us is a plant taxonomist with a journal full

of amazing prose. What about that kinesiology student who is passionate about painting? Prof, do you write impressive essays that other human eyes have never seen? BIOCHEM MAJOR, ARE YOU A POET? SNU community, arise! Throw off the confines of your daily lives and EXPRESS YOURSELVES! Oooh, oooh, head rush. Let me settle down for a moment… OK, people, here’s the shameless plug: SNU Expressions magazine is the university’s outlet for creativity in prose, poetry, fine art, photography, and graphic design.

I, your humble but opinionated Patty J., am editor this year, and I would love for profs, staff, and students to submit creative work. There you have it. It’s an ideal opportunity to share your best creations with a wider audience and YOU- yes, you- ultimately control the content and quality. Creative souls, I know you are out there. Don’t be afraid- email your work to and let our magazine showcase what you’ve got. I know it’s good, and I can’t wait to see it. Don’t worry about the broom in the shower. See you in class.


TheEcho February 15, 2013 Page 6 Track and field storm National qualifications

Kendra Nixon, Content Editor The Crimson Storm track and field team refuses to go unnoticed as it enters their first year in the NCCAA. The team is currently in the midst of their indoor season and so far they have qualified 35 times in 18 different events. It only took senior Jamie Hope one meet to hit her qualifying mark for high jump. She’s currently ranked 5th and hopes to finish in the top three. Sprint Coach Derek Lane has made sure to prepare his team to compete at nationals this year. “We’re sticking to our base the way we’ve done all fall,” Lane said. “We’re doing a lot of volume, not really fast pace, but a lot of volume on the track.” The team has had four indoor meets so far and each meet has been full of qualifiers. The men’s 4x400 relay team qualified early in the season at the MSSU Early Bird

Open in Joplin, Missouri with a time of 3:21.39. The team consists of Korey Eakers, Rilwan Jimoh, Kentrell Miller and Sterling Wright and are currently ranked number one for the national meet. Jimoh, one of the relay members,

“Everyone has good attitudes and they’re working hard ” has also qualified for the 60-meter dash, the 200-meter open, and the 400-meter open. “I’ve been working hard, practicing hard, trying to keep in shape and not lose any momentum,” Jimoh said. He is currently ranked 7th in the 400 and is expected to do well in his other events. When asked if he has confidence that he will live up

to his expectations, he responded, “Of course, of course, of course.” The track team begins to prepare for their season long before the meets begin. They start their training towards the end of the fall semester and are expected to pick up where they leave off once they return in the spring. Their winter breaks consist of keeping in shape in hopes of qualifying for nationals. This year’s team has done just that. “Everyone has good attitudes and they’re working hard,” Lane said. “That’s’ the same thing we’ve done every year and kids have bought into it and they’re doing a good job preparing for nationals.” This year’s National indoor meet takes place February 15th and 16th in Marion, Indiana at Indiana Wesleyan University. A complete list of those who have qualified can be found at

Rilwan Jimoh and the 4x400-meter relay team continued their dominance on the Stevens now gets set for the NCCAA track.. Photo from Indoor National Championships.

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Equestrian team returns decorated from Texas Tech IHSA Show Patrick Bonham, Guest Writer Last weekend SNU’s Equestrian Team traveled to Lubbock, Texas where Texas Tech hosted the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). Southern Nazarene joined numerous other colleges around Oklahoma and Texas for this event. Head coach and Barn Manager for the SNU Equestrian team, Megan Parker, stated, “They all showed very well this weekend. All of the riders have improved tremendously from last semester. I’m very proud to be their coach. Overall they are fun to coach and fun to be around. They all work hard to get where they are today.” The team consists of eight members ranging from freshman to senior, coming from all majors. The equestrian program at Southern Nazarene is the students do not have to own their own horse nor does the program require any previous riding experience. The equestrian team returned to campus colorfully decorated with ribbons and accomplishments. Amy Sattler, junior Biology major from Bridge City, TX, competed in two shows on Saturday. She placed second in the first show, which allowed her to advance to the next class division. In the second show she swept the competition with a first place. Joshua Weir, Junior Social Studies Education major from Oklahoma City, placed second in his first show. Jennifer Huffhines, Senior Business Administration major from Pampa, TX, placed first in Advanced Horsemanship. Rebecca Sylvester, Freshman Biology and Chemistry major from Leonardville, KS placed fourth in her first show. The Equestrian team is a family. They all spend hours of their week together, whether practicing, traveling to a show, or spending time together having fun out at the barns. “My favorite part of the equestrian team is hard to narrow down…

but traveling with my teammates and learning so much about horses every time I practice or show,” said Rebecca Jackson, Junior Psychology major from Luther, OK. “My favorite part is the opportunity to hang out with other “horse people” and I learn so

“Anytime you are working with an one-thousand pound animal with a mind of its own, prepare for a lesson in humility.”

much more about horse and how to work with them,” Sattler said. Along with all the fun and excitement the equestrian team still faces difficult situations. “The hardest part of being on the team is understanding that every horse is different and every time you ride is going to be a little different. It is very challenging to go to a show and get on a horse you have never ridden before,” Huffhines said. “Anytime you are working with an one-thousand pound animal with a mind of its own, prepare for a lesson in humility,” Sattler. said, laughing. This team practices together as well as individually. Most of the members are spending six to eight hours a week in practice, after which they rush back to campus to finish up homework just to wake up and restart the day. Lesli Kelly, a Sophomore Biology major from Altus, OK, said, “The hardest part would be managing time with practices

and homework, since shows are on the weekends you don’t get to spend the weekend catching up on homework.” As busy as they are, they somehow find time to get their work done on time and still have a presence on the campus with small groups and friends. The team’s next show is will be in Gainesville, TX. There will also be a show hosted by Redlands Community College located in El Reno, OK, 35 minutes west of Bethany. Interested student can sign up

Photos provided by Amy Sattler.

for the Horsemanship classes offered at the Southern Nazarene University Equestrian Complex located across the street from the soccer fields. Classes can count towards students’ physical education requirement or just as an extra elective. To support the team and the program, there are Southern Nazarene University Equestrian Team shirts available for purchase from Megan Parker, Students can also contact Parker with any questions regarding the team, competitions, and classes offered.




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Jake’s Movie Review: Sleepless in Seattle Jake O’Bannon, Columnist Close to once a semester I like to have what I call “Netflix Week,” which is an article about a movie that can be found on Netflix. Catchy name, am I right? According to a source that I just made up, “Netflix Week” is known to be even bigger than “Shark Week,” and you and I both know that it’s hard to compete with “Shark Week.” Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s your lucky day, because this very week is “Netflix Week!” And on top of that, yesterday was everyone’s favorite holiday: Valentine’s Day! (And by “everyone,” I mean roughly three to five percent of the country) When you put the two together you get a Valentine’s themed Netflix pick. With those criteria, the obvious choice must be Nora Ephron’s 1993 romantic comedy “Sleepless in Seattle.”

According to the same source I mentioned above, “Sleepless in Seattle” is the greatest romantic comedy of all time. Yes I made that up, but I dare you to argue with me! The movie is about a man named Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) whose wife has recently passed away and he and his son are learning to experience life on their own. In an attempt to find his father a new woman, Baldwin’s son Jonah get’s his dad on a late night radio talk show where Sam proceeds to tell the story of himself and his son, and how much he loved his wife and how he misses her deeply now. Through the interview, hundreds of women all over the world instantly fall in love with Baldwin. He eventually begins getting a bag full of letters each day from women who want to meet him. Through

Kira Roberts, Layout Editor This quote has been stuck in my head for a while now. I couldn’t tell if it was God trying to tell me something or if I had just heard it somewhere recently, so I Googled it (obviously the best way to answer any question I ever have). It turns out it was a little of both. The quote is from the movie “What a Girl Wants.” Dr. Seuss also said pretty much the same thing, which is probably where it originally came from. As cheesy as it may seem, this line is so applicable to our lives as followers of Christ. We all want to be accepted by people; believe me, I understand that as well as anyone (I’m kind of a peoplepleaser sometimes…okay most of the time). Living with fitting in and being accepted as the priority leads to a perfectly normal life…but who wants to be normal? We were made in God’s

image, and to me that’s anything but ordinary or normal. In fact, it’s the absolute most extraordinary thing ever, so we should treat it that way! Our demoralizing culture tells us what to wear, how to act, what to say and do, and even what to think, but if we are really being the ‘light of the world’ to other people, we have to choose to be different. Here is where it gets tough. If by standing out we begin to consider ourselves better than someone else, all we end up becoming is hypocritical and self-righteous. I’ve seen way too many people put off by the church because of the stereotypical experiences they’ve had; it breaks my heart. There is a major difference between standing out and putting ourselves on a pedestal. Standing out involves treating each other with

the whole process his son is having a great time, but he is not finding it quite as amusing. One of the women who listened to the radio broadcast was Annie Reed (Meg Ryan). Like many others, she is struck by the man’s words, and she begins to feel a real connection to him. Being employed in news reporting, Reed thinks up a plan to go to Seattle herself to gather information for a story about Baldwin. She goes, but once she is there she gets cold feet and avoids him. I know what you all are thinking. You’re reading this thinking, “C’mon Jake, just get to the good stuff.” Well, I agree, I will get to the good stuff. Eventually, after little Jonah has pulled a few strings, Annie and Sam meet on top of the Empire State Building. In what I consider to be the greatest romantic scene in rom-com

history, the two make introductions and then are unable to do anything else but stare into each other’s eyes all the way to the elevator. The connection is instant, and the movie portrays this beautifully. Do I lose my Man Card for this? I am being completely honest with you in saying that I love this movie. Sure it didn’t win any awards, and it wasn’t good enough to, but it is a sweet, funny, entertaining movie that will certainly put a smile on your face. Fellas, impress your lady by taking some time this weekend to watch this movie. You don’t even have to tell her I suggested it; you can take the credit! And Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone! Especially my Valentine: Maia. (Okay, I know that was cheesy. Sorry I’m not sorry.)

Trying so hard to fit in, when you were born to stand out grace and forgiveness, for no other reason than showing God’s love to others. Standing out means much more than following all the ‘rules’ than many non-believers think are the entirety of our faith. Standing out means living in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, even when it’s hard and we don’t want to. Standing out is all about giving all the glory to the Creator and Redeemer when our very nature desires to make it all about ourselves. Standing out does NOT mean being perfect, but recognizing that we are broken, undeserving, and worthless without the healing, saving, absolute love and power of Christ Jesus. I sure hope I stand out (for more than just my height), but only if it’s because I am becoming who God

wants me to be: something much different than the world’s expectations. My thoughts may not be profound and my writing may not be eloquent, but I hope that the way I live makes me stand out in a crowd because of Christ’s love in me. Romans 12:12 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.




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