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March 15, 2013 Volume 84 Issue 20 echo.snu.edu
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Fine arts building to have new name and new entryway
Brad Crofford, Editor-in-chief The fine arts building will be nameless no more. It will be named after Beverly and Robert Parker as a reflection of their lifetime of giving and service to the university, and a grand entryway will be constructed with an estimated completion in the fall of 2013. The naming The naming was approved during a Board of Trustees meeting in fall 2012. Though the grand entry-
way will not yet be completed by then, a naming ceremony is being planned for April, with the exact date to be announced. Dr. Terry Toler, vice president for university advancement and church relations, spoke highly of the Parkers’ contributions to the university and their humility during an interview with The Echo. “I couldn’t think of two more gracious people,” Toler said. “It’s more than the naming of the build-
ing. It’s a testimony.” The Parkers also have a historic connection to the fine arts building. Robert’s father was one of the architects of the building, which formerly served as the student union and housed the cafeteria. Robert helped lay brick for the building, and Beverly was a hostess there. “This is a special building for them...it’s very fitting that it bear their name,” Dr. Melissa Lewis, chairperson of the school of mu-
Artist’s rendering of the Beverly and Robert Parker Fine Arts Center. Artwork provided by Ron Lester.
sic, said in an interview with The Echo. While the Parkers have been “the most generous donors in school history,” Toler made it clear that this was not something they asked for. “They’ve never asked for anything,” Toler said. “They’re just not like that...It was not something they sought. It was something the governing board and the adminisContinued on page 2
Fine arts building to be named and expanded, continued Continued from page 1 tration wanted to recognize.” The Parkers’ generosity can be seen through scholarships. According to SNU’s webpage on general scholarships, there are four endowed scholarships in the name of Beverly Parker, who is an alumnae of the university. The project The expansion will have an effect on the interior space of the fine arts building. Lewis has been part of the discussion about the internal changes. “It’s actually expanding teaching space. It’s reducing storage space,” Lewis said. In cleaning out the storage
space that would be lost, they discovered that a lot of the things being stored there were outdated, broken and/or did not need to be kept, according to Lewis. As a result, they were able to consolidate everything they wanted to keep in the remaining storage space. Toler noted that the fine arts building hosts numerous campus visitors throughout the year. According to Lewis, these groups include district solo and ensemble contests, private music teachers, music teacher organizations and Bethany First Church of the Nazarene, which holds some weekly Sunday School classes there.
“We’re excited about the change... it will make the building more interesting and easier to find,” Lewis said. There have been some rumors among students regarding the project, such as that it will cost one million dollars. “It’s not a million dollar project by any stretch of the imagination,” Toler said. Some students have also suggested that the money could be better used elsewhere. Toler noted that this project served multiple purposes, including honoring the couple and enhancing the building. “It’s important for us to upgrade. It’s an enhancement proj-
comes a different approach to how the student government is run. Next year’s Social Life Exec, Courtney Redwine, gave The Echo some insight into plans and hopes for next year. In this role, she will be in charge of events including Back to School Bash, TWIRP, Homecoming, Roller Rag, Heart Pal, and Eggstrava-
ganza. Redwine is a junior who has been a part of SGA since her freshman and sophomore year. Her campaign slogan was, “I mustache you to vote for me!” Her goals for the SGA council are expanding events and/or adding smaller events. Redwine hopes to create things that appeal
ect. It accomplishes more than one thing,” Toler said. “It’s a nice addition to the building and the campus in general.” The fine arts building houses the art and design and music majors. According to the 2012 SNU Factbook, there are 80 music majors and 19 art and design majors, out of a total of 1095 students in traditional programs. Approximately 150 students are involved in ensembles, according to Lewis. In addition, the building is used for used for class chapels, Homecoming activities, NSI family group meetings, NSI choir, General Education courses, Professional Studies and more.
SGA election results
Macy Sliman, Staff Writer The SGA execs for 2013-2014 have been elected. They are: •Student Body President: Jordan Leibold •Campus Ministries: Eric Smith •Athletic Relations: Joel Frees •Social Life: Courtney Redwine •Office Administrator: Allie Oakes With new people in office
to more diverse groups and open more community. She hopes to include as many students as possible. “I hope to by getting more input from people. I want to build my social life council to get more people (girls and guys) involved in planning. The more the merrier to help with creativity!” Redwine said.
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March 15, 2013
Prehistoric legends: “PLAY BALL” Prof. Jim Wilcox, Guiest Writer All work and no play makes for a dull life. I teach grammar. Before that I edited newspaper and magazine copy. Before that I played religious records at the Nazarene Seminary 10-watt radio station. Before that I cooked steak and lobster. Before that I took an oak tree stump out of the ground with a hatchet. Before that I wrestled redwood planks in a lumberyard for a whole summer. And before that I played. Playing is good. It’s harmless, healthy and humbling. Sometimes humiliating. Sometimes perilous. I used to love playing -- basketball, ping pong, Scrabble, the violin. You name it and I’d be on the phone, frantically calling all my friends to meet us at “the field” or “our driveway” or “the school.” This predilection for recreation continued into my college years, where I was introduced to intramurals, foosball and “Buck Buck.”
And it was during my involvement with these games that I got hit so hard I thought I was gonna die, got so hot I thought I was gonna die, got pushed so suddenly, so blatantly I thought I was gonna kill, and twice felt my lungs take flight. Because my parents didn’t drink
“High school is hard enough, and being a skin-covered skeleton makes it even harder” much milk, I never truly fell in love with it until I discovered a few years ago that in the right hands and with the right add-ins, milk could become a delectable frosty Frappuccino. It was because of this calcium deficiency in my formative years that playing certain games against certain body types
broke certain bones with mortal regularity. I broke a collarbone playing football, a wrist in basketball, a knee in the driveway, a wrist falling off a skateboard, an ankle in the front yard, two ribs in the backyard, a couple of toes playing tag after the furniture had been rearranged, my uvula impersonating an elephant, and my retina blowing up a balloon. But it was Coach Yonge who broke my will. My will to live. High school is hard enough, and being a skin-covered skeleton makes it even harder, but trying to survive Coach Yonge’s basketball practices was the toughest thing I’ve ever done. He swore at me. Nobody had ever cussed at me. I had been raised in the church…literally. I didn’t know any of the words he hurled at me, but I certainly became acquainted with quite a few during those three years. He liked to punctuate his tirades with colossal kicks against the bleachers. He could make those boards echo like King Kong drums.
One of his favorite pastimes was to put the ball at midcourt and make my skinny-twin and me wrestle for it. At least he knew that if he paired us with any other teammate, teammates with muscle or even flab, we would be crushed like so much Velveeta cheese. So he pitted brother against brother. Neither one of us could climb the rope to the gym ceiling and we couldn’t do one pull-up. If we hadn’t cheated at counting pushups, we wouldn’t have reached even the minimum number he set for double-amputees. Our highjump efforts ceased at 2’3”. When we ran the 100-yard dash, he put away the stopwatch and pulled out his calendar. He put me on a weight-lifting regimen to beef me up and I lost weight, a rather frightening outcome when 77 inches of height was barely tipping the scales at 135 pounds. (That’s a BMI of negative-37.) So after high school graduation, I began to play for fun again. And college was the most playful fun I’ve ever had. Just you wait and see.
As I see it: Enemy assault Patty Juliuson, Staff Writer
It has been quite the week. In addition to regular life, we were faced with an enemy assault on our house when we came home from church Sunday evening to find a squirrel in our bedroom. Don’t let their generally sunny dispositions fool you- squirrels have a dark side. Very, very dark… We understood that something had happened to the balance of power in our relationship. They seemed to think the house was theirs. We began to search and found
a cute little sleeping baby squirrel. I knew THEY had the upper hand and could get in whenever THEY wanted. It all started with a little hole in the soffit of the house. We noticed it awhile back and really did mean to repair it, but once again the tyranny of the urgent left that little job undone. Little did we know the squirrels had made that hole- they were CHEWING on our houseand had decided our attic was their great new condo and a wonderful
place to raise their families. Yes, families, plural. I won’t regale you with the details of our quest, just know that those little buggers are FAST. We didn’t kill anything and, after spending sufficient time and money, I THINK we have regained control of our house. This event has really opened my eyes to some things. I thought we had a reasonably genial relationship with the wildlife, but once territorial lines became blurred, it was ON. Crea-
tures may look cute, benign, even friendly, but don’t be fooled. As we go through life, many things look benign, even friendly. What begins as a little meander off the path turns into an epic struggle to regain our footing. It starts with something small; maybe we decide to try the drink, the drug, the illicit relationship- and the next thing we know it’s taken over our thoughts and actions, and it becomes the controlling force in our life. Just Continued on page 4
As I see it: enemy assault cont
Patty Juliuson dealt with an infestation (without killing them). Photo from Patty Juliuson
Continued from page 3 as we thought the little hole in the house was no big deal, the seemingly insignificant personal weakness can become our fatal flaw. Before we realize it, we’re wrestling with a problem that requires a lot of time, money, or personal effort to conquer. People, we all need to check our habits and lifestyles. Is there a weak point where damaging things can get in? Do we have known points of great temptation that we are not protecting? Are we opening ourselves up to influences- people, substances, thought patterns- that
will end up destroying the lives we want to build? No one is perfect, no one is exempt from problems, but we need to ask ourselves if we are doing our best to maintain the good life God has given us. I Peter 5:8 says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Every time I go outside, there is an angry squirrel in the yard; I am being stalked. Keep your guard up, do what it takes to protect your heart and life. See you in class.
Letters from Abroad: Mtatus, Kiswahili and friends Raye Bontrager, Guest Writer
I’ve been studying abroad at Africa Nazarene University this trimester. I’ve only taken four classes because I wanted to have some free time to do other activities and to go exploring. I didn’t want to come all the way to Kenya, Africa and get stuck on campus and never see the culture. I was also nervous about culture shock. The campus here is pretty westernized, so it really hasn’t been too hard to adapt to the culture, and on top of that I can adapt easily to places. I’ve gotten several different observations about Kenyans. Some of the other international students from other nations in Africa have
commented that the Kenyans are not as friendly as most Africans, and others say that they are just as friendly. My experience is that the people on the campus have been very friendly, but outside campus they’re a little more timid. I don’t know if it’s because I’m white and they’re not sure what to make of me. I’ve tried traveling around to different towns around Nairobi with some of my friends. We usually take mtatus, which are like fifteen passenger vans but with more seats, or big buses. The roads are awful here. You think that traffic gets bad in the States? Wait until you get stuck in a four hour traffic jam in Africa!
Most of the people here don’t have cars so they either walk everywhere or they get a ride on mtatus. I’ve been trying really hard to learn Kiswahili while I’m here. I’ve been learning as much as I can, but it’s difficult. One of my goals before I return home is to have a full conversation in Swahili. Actually, what I really want to do when I get back home is to talk in Swahili at people and not have them understand what I’m saying. I really haven’t gotten to go anywhere too much. I’ve been able to go into town and some other cities close to Nairobi. My favorite place to go is a small little mall called Galaria. I go there a lot with my best friend just to get away from
campus and go to Java and get chocolate fudge cake. My favorite times are just hanging out with friends around campus. Sometimes I go visit girl friends in the room, and we talk a lot about the differences between here and America. We laugh at the stupid stuff Americans do. Other times I go and sit out with my Burundian friends (Frankie, Orly, Elvis, Sybil, and Favia) at the Canteen (which is a little snack shop that opens at 10:00 pm), and we sit and have either milk or soda together and talk. Yeah, I think that’s my favorite memory. Sitting out at the canteen at night, having drinks and snacks, and laughing.
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Kenya Clockwise from top left: The Harmon Schmelzenbach Administration Center on the main campus of Africa Nazarene University in Ongata Rongai, Kenya. During her semester in Kenya, Raye Bontrager is mostly traveling by taking mtatus. Raye Bontrager poses with a young boy. All photos provided by Raye Bontrager.
March 15, 2013
Super Bowl champion Billy Bajema speaks in chapel Garvis Long, Staff Writer On Tuesday, March 5, Super Bowl champion and tight end for the Baltimore Ravens Billy Bajema spoke to SNU during chapel. Bajema spoke about his football career and his team. He talked about his Super Bowl teammates (including Joe Flacco) and the always-inspirational Baltimore Ravens legend O.J. Brigance. He even talked about Oklahoma Sooner legend Sam Bradford. Bajema also talked about the one thing he could not live without: his faith and how it helped him throughout his life and career. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Bajema made his name in sports at Westmoore High School, was an all-state honorable mention, and
played in the classic Oil Bowl. Af- tion was an easy one and turned ter a stellar high school career play- Bajema into a dominant college ing quarterback and defensive end, football player. After college, Bajema reached his dream of playing pro football in the NFL when in the 2005 NFL Draft the San Francisco 49ers picked him with the 249th pick in the 7th round. Bajema has also played for St. Louis and his current team, Super Bowl champions, the Baltimore Ravens. Bajema credits his faith and praying for all of his success on and off the field and states that it has kept him from the temptations Bajema was recruited to Oklaho- youths face in high school and ma State University where he was in college. After chapel, Bajema a four-time Academic All-Big 12 spoke with The Echo about foothonoree and changed his football ball, faith and position to tight end. The transiContinued on page 9
â€œBajema credits his faith and praying for all his success on and off the field.â€?
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Dr. Blair Spindle (left) interviews Super Bowl champion Billy Bajema during chapel. Photo by Brad Crofford
Women’s tennis team hopes to improve over season Kendra Nixon, Content Editor
The SNU tennis team is off to a rough start. The new schedule is filled with strong, experienced teams. Despite the difficult schedule, the ladies are determined to improve as the season continues. Maria Shipilova, junior, has done well so far, but strives to improve individually and as a team. “We played really good teams that are ranked on top in our conference. We fought very hard, and were very close in all of our matches,” Shilpilova said. “However, it’s just the
beginning of the season, and we are definitely going to improve. “ Due to injuries and inclement weather, the team has had some matches cancelled or postponed. But as the warmer weather approaches, the team looks to get some wins under their belts. Kim Wiedemann, senior, has been out for an injury, but was recently released to compete again. Her injury held her back from a few matches, but now that she is healthy again, she looks forward to getting back in the game.
Sophomore Karina Kotova. Photo from snuathletics.com
“As an individual, I just want to get healthy and back in shape so that I can get back on the court,” Wiedemann said. “As a team I think we need to continue to play with focus and intent.” The team’s next match is Wednesday, March 20 at Texas A&M Kingsville. SNU needs to get start racking up the wins in order to make it to the regional tournament. “We need to compete! We need to win as many matches as possible during the regular season,”
Shilpilova said. “In order to go to nationals, you have to win regionals or have a good overall result. In my mind, we need to make sure we win as many matches as possible during the season because it is more secured way to make it to nationals. Of course, we can dominate the regional tournament as well.” The next local match is Thursday, March 28 at East Central University in Edmond, OK. As the team continues down the road to regional’s, they only look back to see where to make improvements. Deisi Bolivar, senior, believes her team is capable of great success. “I think that everyone on the team is very capable to get better and work hard through the season,” Bolivar said. “Also, the matches that we have played they were very close, but we did not take the chance at the right time.” To follow the tennis team on their journey to success, check out http://www.snuathletics.com
Super Bowl champion Billy Bajema speaks in chapel, continued
Continued on page 9 whether Haloti Ngata really is that huge. [Editor’s note: the following is paraphrased based on reporter’s notes and should not be construed as an exact transcript] The Echo (TE): How has God helped you in life? Billy Bajema (BB): God has given me the promise of eternity and in return I am given a purpose to serve God. TE: What was it like growing up in Oklahoma? BB: I loved it! I loved Oklahoma! It’s a great place. They have the friendliest people and it’s somewhere where I want to end back up
when I’m done playing.
TE: Really? BB: Just the chance you get to BB: All kickers are crazy! TE: What was it like winning play a game you love for a career. the Super Bowl? You get to play a game for a job. TE: Does the latest news about health and safety of football BB: Just a dream come true. I’ve TE: Who is the best player you scare you at all? imagined it as a little kid confetti have ever played with? falling down all over me. Dream BB: Not really. It’s part of the come true. BB: That’s a hard one, but I’ll game; it’s definitely concerning but probably say the hall of famers I believe the NFL is doing everyTE: What will you remember Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. thing it can to help its players and most about the Super Bowl? the state of football. TE: Who is the best player you BB: The celebration after we won. have ever played against? TE: What do you think of the Just celebrating as a team and with job Roger Goodell has done to my family. BB: As a rookie, having to block keep the game safe? Michael Strahan was a battle. He TE: Is Haloti Ngata really that gave me my welcome to the NFL BB: I’m not a fan of Goodell at big? moment. all. He represents the owners’ way more than he represents the playBB: Yes! Haloti is a big bowling ball TE: Who is the craziest player ers. of muscle. on your team? TE: Who is your favorite TE: What is the best part of BB: Our kicker Justin Tucker youth minister? playing in the NFL? BB: Blair Spindle.
March 15, 2013
Students to travel to England for spring break
Ronna Fisher, Assistant Editor Today, possibly as you read this, sixteen students will be on their way to London for Spring Break. Some for the first time, some for a second, third, or fourth time. Since the 70’s or earlier, according to Dr. Peggy Poteet, SNU has been offering a Literary Studies trip every other spring. Many of SNU’s professors have taken the trips as students themselves, including Dr. Poteet, Dr. Gwen Hackler, both Dr. Crutchers, and Professor Michelle Bowie. The trips have toured Italy, France, Boston, Little Rock, Oxford, Missouri, Memphis and New York City. The course description for the trip explores the purpose of providing such a trip: “A travel-study experience designed to acquaint the student first-hand with the cultural and historical settings in which great writers produced their literature.” Bowie said, “It is a privilege to be able to walk where these writers walked, see what inspired them, and just experience a new place.” On the trip, students will see sights in London, including the British Library, British Museum, the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace, but they will also get to explore Stonehenge, Oxford, and Bath. The trip is paired with a course that meets the General Education learning outcome for Aesthetic Analysis Windows credit. Most of the student travelers are taking the class that focuses on London and Post Colonialism, Empiricism, and Queen Victoria. Bowie writes in a press release, “So, we are examining, through storytelling, what this looks like from the perspectives of both the colonized and the colonizers.” Students have to turn in a final literary analysis
essay on a selected colonized country. The trip will provide time to find documents and artifacts in British museums for the students’ research. Even Bowie, the Professor of the course, is connecting what she will do while in London with class topics, “I am looking forward to looking for some buildings and artifacts I have learned about during our course this semester... which I will be looking at differently since I have become more aware of the impact of British Imperialism.” Sophomore Emma Carley is going on the trip and taking the class. She said, “The class and its information will definitely provide a new view on what we are going to see in London due to all the history we are learning.” Fellow sophomore Jessica Bowie agrees, “I think [the class] is making me more excited for the trip because we are preparing so much for it, and it will be fun for me to document everything we are doing for our assign-
ment.” There is a plethora of reasons for going on the SNU trip. In an email correspondence with The Echo, Professor Bowie expresses her love of the beauty of the city, its art, and its food. “I always have to go visit the
“It is a lot of work...but once we get on that plane, it is all worth it!” Pre-Raphaelites in the Tate to stare at Ophelia and the Lady of Shalott, as well as Persephone . . . I can’t wait to go back to Brick Lane and enjoy the spectacle and amazing Indian food.” “I love to travel, and I thought this would be a great way to get some college credit in the process,” explains
Carley. “I’m looking forward to being able to see firsthand all the different historical London sites that you see on TV and in movies. Making a phone call in a red phone booth and eating some fish and chips are somewhere on the list too.” Unlike Carley, who has never been to the UK, Jessica Bowie has been to London before. “I’m going to London because I love London so much! I am really looking forward to seeing the museums I missed last time but most of all visiting the Harry Potter Studio Tour!” She also explains that the trip is a great way to get to know fellow students, “I am super excited to hang out and get to know people I don’t normally see; there’s nothing like an international trip to make new friends.” Professor Bowie, who has traveled on five literary field studies trips, looks forward to learning and experiencing with students. She writes in Continued on page 9
Participants of the literary trip in 2011 pose in front of Stonehenge. Photo provided by Michelle Bowie.
Students travel to London for Spring Break cont. Continued from page 8 the press release, “Travel is such an enriching experience, and getting to experience that alongside students is so personally and professionally re-
warding for me. Whether it is taking a subway/the Tube with a student who has never used public transportation before or watching them see an iconic location for the first time, I
get to experience those things anew also. “ “My perspective is being broadened along with theirs,” Bowie said. “We always learn something new to-
gether when we get to immerse ourselves in another culture. It is a lot of work to both plan the trips and the course, but once we get on that plane, it is all worth it!”
Jake’s movie review: The Prestige Jake O’Bannon, Staff Writer Last night at Faith and Film, we watched Christopher Nolan’s 2006 thriller “The Prestige.” I unfortunately was not able to make it to the event, but after years of missing opportunities to watch this film, I was not going to let another week go by without watching it. Needless to say, I do not know what was discussed last night, but I wanted to share my personal thoughts here. I have this love/hate relationship with Christopher Nolan. I love him when he makes a movie, because everything he has directed has been incredible. For example: “Inception,” “Memento,” and “The Dark Knight Rises.” But I also hate him when he makes a movie, because everything he has directed has been confusing. For example: “Inception,” “Memento,” and “The Dark Knight Rises.” Hate is obviously a strong word, because all three of the movies I just mentioned are favorites of mine. Sure, they may take a few watches to grasp everything involved, but Nolan’s movies are some of the most intricate, well-made I have ever seen. “The Prestige” is no exception. In a review for USA Today, Claudia Puig said of “The Prestige,” it is “A visually stunning, startlingly clever sleight of hand that will have audiences pondering well after the lights go up.” Ms. Puig is right; this Editor: Brad Crofford Adviser: Melany Kyzer Content Editor: Kendra Nixon Layout Editor: Kira Roberts Assistant Editor: Ronna Fisher
is a movie that stays with you well after the credits roll. The movie tells the story of two magicians in late nineteenth century London named Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale). The two begin their career working together, but eventually form a bitter rivalry due to serious, even fatal circumstances. This review will be short and sweet, kind of like Stuart Little. (I have made some terrible jokes in my time reviewing movies for the ECHO, but I fully understand that was the worst one I’ve made). It will be short because I want to leave most of the interpretation up to you. That, and I do not want to give away the end of the film. But before I close I want to give you some material to think about. This movie is a great image of what the sins of pride and revenge can do to a person. Based on the words of Christ himself at the Sermon on the Mount, we know that revenge is sinful and is not of the Lord. “The Prestige” is an example of what a thirst for revenge can do to someone’s mind. And as you will see when you watch the film, it is not a pretty picture. So the next task is yours. Check this movie out and see what you think. And while you’re watching
think about the lengths people will go to get what they want, as well as the people that are affected on the path to get there. Can you tell that I’ve danced my way around a lot of details in this review? As I told you, I’ve done that in an effort to not give away
any secrets from a movie that’s all about secrets. I’ve also done it because it is a movie that needs interpretation, and I want you to make those for yourself first. The only requirement: after you make your interpretations, I want to hear them. Talk to you soon.
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