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Fall Revival week features pastor and former chaplain Dee Kelley Amy Lauver, Staff Writer Fall Revival took place this past week giving students the opportunity to receive extra chapel credits, but more importantly come closer to God. The guest speaker for this year was Dee Kelley, current lead pastor at San Diego First Church of the Nazarene and a former chaplain at SNU. Dee Kelley was asked to speak by Jason Hubbert over the summer when the Spiritual Development office was in transition. “Dee is a wonderful communicator and friend to SNU serving here for many wonderful years,” current chaplain Blair Spindle said. He had set goals he wished to accomplish during this time. “A week of revival

is intended to challenge believers to new and deeper commitments and to be renewed in their faith walks. We hoped to achieve these same things.” In Tuesday’s chapel, Dee Kelley focused on the idea that we are all God’s children. He expressed that it doesn’t matter where we come from because in the end, being linked to God is what matters. On Wednesday, he talked about being at our most vulnerable state when God is truly seen. Kelley challenged the students to go to God in our weakest moments. Thursday, he preached from the offensive parables like The Lost Coin and Leaving the Ninety-Nine. He showed how the parables are difficult for our culture to accept because of the radical

meanings they hold. The revival was a great time to worship and grow closer to God. “I got a lot out of it,” freshman Grace Williams said. “The third day was the best to me. And I really liked the kingdom come [Dee Kelley] spoke at. It was really interesting how he talked about praying and using imagination in your spiritual life. I really enjoyed having community worship every day.” Since the services during Fall Revival Week were so popular among the students, improvements for next year are already being discussed. “I’m interested to know if people might attend evening services on the three days of revival,” Spindle said. “This is something we might do next year.”

Dee Kelley. Photo by Amy Lauver

Super seniors use extra time

Super senior Chesney Burgweger at TWIRP. Photo by Stephany Reyes.

Ashleigh Buchanan, Staff Writer Victory Lap. Five year plan. Super Senior. These are just a few terms used to describe students who take five years to complete their college education. Whether it’s changing a student’s major, sports eligibility or just being behind in classes, many students find themselves facing an extra semester or two after their fourth year of college to finish up their degree. It would be easy for these fifth year seniors to live off campus, come to school just for class, and then leave without much involve-

ment. And a lot of 5th year seniors are like this. Sometimes they have jobs, internships or other off campus requirements that take up a lot of time. But this year, several “Super Seniors” have continued to live on campus and be involved with campus events. Spencer Hathcock is a fifth year senior who blames this extra semester on having “too much fun his first two years of college.” Hathcock said he had to drop a couple of classes. And instead of ---------------------------------------continued on page 4


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Students balance class, work, social life, and marriage Brad Crofford, Editor-In-Chief It’s often been joked that college students can only choose two of the following three things: sleep, a social life and good grades. Some students balance an extra thing: marriage. This is the first article in a two-part feature about married student life at SNU. One of the challenges of being married while in school is trying to find time to socialize. Josue Murillo, a senior Latino studies/ Latino ministry major who has been married to Ginger (Villacampa) Murillo for two years and two months, said that he and his wife connect more with married or engaged couples than single students. “They understand where we are coming from,” said Ginger Murillo, senior psychology major, explaining that they share similar experiences like paying for rent and utilities. Being involved on campus can also be difficult for married students. “It is so much harder to stay involved in campus activities,” Bre (Simmons) Frees, senior

Biology-Chemistry major said. “I feel like I never know what is going on because I do not go into the Commons very often, which is where all the event advertising is done. It is also harder to study in groups outside of class. Also, not eating on campus makes it harder to hang out with friends that I would not otherwise see.” Other married students had similar experiences. “We don’t socialize as much as we used to on campus. We’re here for school and homework. The only time we socialize with friends here is at commuter lunch,” Josue Murillo said. “I would say it is harder to find time to see friends and talk with them, especially since we do not eat on campus,” Marissa (Summerford) Callen, senior elementary education major, said. “It really just feels like we are starting our adult life and waiting on our friends to get there too.” Hillary (Johnson) Underwood, senior psychology major said, “I’m straddling real world and

college world. I haven’t been able to be involved as much.” However, just because married students are living off-campus and have different schedules does not mean they do not want to socialize with friends. It’s a misconception that “once you’re married you don’t have time for friends or a social life,” Underwood said. “We still definitely like to hang out with people.” The married students we interviewed have had differing experiences with how students and professors have treated them. Underwood said that she did not notice any difference in how she was treated by students and professors. Callen wrote that she also did not feel she was treated differently. “Neither of us feel like we are being treated differently besides the married jokes we get from our friends,” Callen said. “I have been asked for my opinion sometimes from professors who want to see things from a married perspective, but things are pretty much

the same as they were before.” The Murillos have noticed some positive differences. “I get more respect from professors. They see me as an adult,” Josue Murillo said. “Students come to me for advice about marriage and relationships.” Ginger Murillo added, “The professors don’t take away from their rules, but they are more considerate about things like our daughter’s doctors appointments.” Not all the differences are positive, however. “I have had a few professors who mentioned being married may be hindering my study time and interaction with classmates,” Frees said. “Most of my friends do not really treat me any differently now that I am married. I feel like professors have to have confidence that students who are married have the drive and determination to continue to perform well in their classes. Just because I am married does not mean I am a different type of student; I’m going to succeed either way.”

Clark and Hillary (Johnson) Underwood were married in the summer of 2012. Photos by Carl Zoch, provided by Hillary Johnson.


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TheEcho November 2, 2012 Page 3 As I see it: perspective, meaning, and a digital camera Patty Juliuson, Columnist Have you ever looked at your surroundings through the bottom of a glass? Everything is distorted and sort of fuzzy. You might be able to make out a few features of the place, but if you tried to use only that view to describe the scene, the details would be inaccurate or incomplete. The same thing happens when looking through one of those kaleidoscopic toys that turns your surroundings into a mosaic. You glimpse colors and patterns, but they aren’t the whole picture. While at our daughter’s wedding, we gave our 6-year-old grandson a modest digital camera. He was enchanted and spent the afternoon pointing and clicking. When we downloaded his photos, he was very pleased at his work, but admitted he needed a steadier hand, a better understanding of the zoom feature and some idea of when to use the flash. The adults were amused at his angles: there were a lot of kneecaps, nostrils and chins. He’s small, and from where he stands, that is what he sees. Perspective is a funny thing.

The way we view the world is shaped by many factors: gender, age, culture and ethnicity, to name a few. We come from different backgrounds and experiences, so each of us has a particular outlook on situations we face. What we encounter at one stage in life may take on fresh significance as we develop, and issues that once seemed so important may diminish over time. One thing I have noticed- my perspective is up to me. There are times in life when my viewfinder needs a steadier hand. Rather than be reactionary, I can calm down and find a better way to approach a problem. Sometimes I need to have a clearer understanding of my zoom feature. I can decide to take a wider view of life and stop focusing on petty things that happen. And perhaps I need to add a little flash. Choosing to approach situations cheerfully is far better than a bleak and gloomy outlook. Finding a new perspective is a little like dissecting a work of literature or art. There’s the basic framework of the piece, and then there

Photo by Seth Kistler

are the details, colors and patterns that add to the meaning. Viewed independently, those features don’t necessarily make sense, but when blended into a whole, they form something vibrant and meaningful. Each time we read the story or view the art, we approach it with more experience and, ideally, great-

er maturity. Go back and reread the story. Step away from the work of art and look at it again. You may find that there is something new and important you haven’t noticed. Change perspective, and you change meaning. Pardon me while I move my chair. See you in class.

SNU Musical Into the Woods prepares to dive into our hearts Kendra Nixon, Content Editor The Music Department refuses to go unnoticed during this year’s homecoming week. Their performance of the musical Into the Woods has been planned out and practiced to the tee over the past weeks, and they are prepared to impress their audience. Audra Faust, the director of the musical, has organized everything from music rehearsals to characterization to staging the show. “This is very difficult music and we needed to make sure the students knew it well before starting to stage the show,” Faust said. “About the first

week of October we began staging the show. Rehearsals are pretty intense with only Wednesdays and Sundays off. These students have been very diligent and dedicated.” A lot more goes into preparing for a play than one might think. In order to play a character, one must first become their character. Faust’s role as director is to get the students to dive into their roles. “I asked them to make a folder for their character and fill it with pictures, articles, background essays, and other things to help them become --------------------------------continued on next page

The leads: Joseph Burleigh (baker) Aubrey Ross (baker’s wife) Alison Boswell (witch) Chesney Dodez (Cinderella) Caleb Siems (Jack) Tessia Griffith (Little Red Ridinghood)


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that person on stage,” Faust said. “I asked questions like... ‘What would they eat’, ‘who are their parents’, ‘how would they walk’, ‘how do they brush their teeth’, ‘what kind of animal would their character be?’” One student, Joe Burleigh, made a Facebook page for his character and showed his creativity through his posts. After the students are familiarized with their roles, the staging process begins. Although the director has general guidelines as to where the cast enters the stage and how they move, she encourages the students to bring their own ideas to the rehearsals. Faust shares her vision of where she is taking the show with the cast, but wants them to bring their own nuances to their charac-

ters as well. “We hope the audience will feel like they are getting swept into the woods with the cast as well,” Faust said. She decided on this particular play because she thought it went well with the recent fantasy trend. “Fairy tales are huge right now with television shows and movies that have recently come out. This production has almost every fairy tale character you can think of, all combined together in a twisting plot. I’m hopeful that this fairy tale craze will bring more people to our show.” Into the Woods opening production will be Wednesday, November 7th at 10 a.m. in Herrick Auditorium and will be performed the following Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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cramming too much into previous semesters, he decided to take half of a victory lap and finish up his degree this fall. Hathcock still lives on campus and is taking advantage of still being a part of the campus community by investing in others. He is working with the Campus Ministries Council to start a mentor program between SNU students and younger kids who live downtown Oklahoma City. Hathcock is also a part of a discipleship group with freshmen guys. Hathcock said that his tuition dollars are paying for many of the activities going on around campus, so he might as well be involved in these events. Chesney Burgweger is another fifth year senior at SNU. Burgweger transferred to SNU the spring of her freshman year. Therefore, she still had another semester of cross-country eligibility. The crosscountry coach offered to keep her scholarship, so Burgweger decided to take another semester of classes at SNU and is able to take classes

that interest her. She is currently taking Astronomy and will get to travel to Costa Rica with the class over Christmas Break. Burgweger has enjoying living on campus this semester, and said it is more convenient than having to commute if she lived off campus. She has also enjoying continuing relationships with her cross-country teammates and building new relationships with freshmen that she wouldn’t have made otherwise. Nate Siems is a fifth year senior who will be taking a full year-long victory lap. Siems didn’t declare his missions major until the end of his freshman year, so he was behind on his theology classes. “Being a fifth year senior is not a bad thing, because the year has been enjoyable,” Siems said, and he hasn’t been overloaded on classes. Siems chose to live in Snowbarger Hall this year, and said he “wanted to live with freshman guys to have fun in the dorms again.” He explained that living on campus, and especially in Snowbarger, has helped him get to know more

Cast List (Alphabetical Order): Character: Name: Mysterious Man Scott Ballew Wolf Alex Bolerjack Witch Alison Boswell Florinda Kylee Bowman Baker Joe Burleigh Cinderella’s Mother Melanie Cooper Snow/Granny/Giant Bethany Crownover Cinderella’s Father Caleb Dickenson Cinderella Chesney Dodez Stepmom (cover) Heather Finch Little Red Tessia Griffith Cinderella’s Mother Hannah Kinsey Ensemble Aren Macomber Jack’s Mother (cover) Tabitha McGinness Rapunzel Bethany McKee Sleeping B/Sisters (cover) Jean Moore Cinderella’s Stepmother Ashlee Powers Ensemble Christina Roby Baker’s Wife Aubrey Ross Ensemble Laquana Sango Jack’s Mother (cover) Caleb Siems Narrator Caleb Simonds Rapunzel’s Prince Steve Stark Steward Cameron Taylor Jack’s Mother Kendra Trimble Cinderella’s Prince Brendon Weaver Lucinda Chelsea Weiser

people, especially freshmen, and have a broader friend group. Siems said he is more involved than if he were just living and hanging out with other seniors all the time.

Even though these students are graduating behind schedule, they are enjoying their victory lap and making the most of their last days on campus.


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Matthew Wellman, Staff Writer The switch to NCAA from NAIA has not only affected the fall sports, but has already affected winter and spring sports. Offseason schedules for every sport have been very different, including less practice time and workout time. The baseball team has had much less practice this fall than in years past when SNU was a member of the NAIA. Each athletic team must now keep track of how many hours they practice and work out each week. The coaches keep a written log and the compliance office at SNU also chooses players from the team to keep track to make sure that coaches are being honest about the hours. When SNU was a part of the NAIA, the baseball team would

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practice six days a week for most of the fall and then have workouts and conditioning in the weeks leading up to the end of the semester. This year has been a bit different. In the beginning weeks of the semester, they had conditioning three days a week and position practice two days a week. They were only allowed eight hours of practice each week, and six of those hours had to be conditioning. “It’s definitely a different experience than playing in the NAIA,” said senior pitcher Matt Berry. “I can’t say whether it has been better or worse but it has been a little bit weird not practicing on the field every day.” The team has now entered a period of 24 days where they can practice 20 hours a week. During this time, they can use those

hours for whatever practice they want; whether it be conditioning or field practice. Once this time period has passed, they will go back to the previously mentioned eight hours per week. “This whole NCAA thing is going to be a lot different,” said Berry. “It will be tough this year with all the road games that we will have to play and not being able to contend for a conference or national championship. I’m excited for this upcoming season though. We have a good team and should definitely be better than we were last year.” The team looks to improve on last season that saw them go a disappointing 10 games under .500. The schedule has not yet been released for the 2013 season for the Crimson Storm baseball team, but will most likely begin in late February.

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Restaurant Review: Taste of Egypt, pickled lemons and mango juice Ronna Fisher, Assistant Editor When I first pulled up to the restaurant Taste of Egypt, I was confused as to why the friend I was meeting was sitting outside with a strange man. After I tentatively approached their small table and chairs, Rebecca introduced me to the owner of the restaurant. The owner was very, very friendly. He asked us to sit and brought out Egyptian Lemonade. Although I was super hungry and ready to eat, we sat outside for about half an hour listening to the owner talk about the people of Egypt and trying to convince my friend that she should study abroad in Egypt instead of Israel. After awhile, the owner told us he had some Egyptian fruit in his car. He then proceeded to bring back a grocery sack of dates and figs from Egypt. For a couple seconds I thought, “Should I really eat this food that just appeared out of a stranger’s trunk?” But my curiosity (and the fact that there were four of us out in a public place where I didn’t think the owner of the restaurant would try to murder all of us) eventually won out. I had never tried either piece of fruit and it was something completely new to my palate. Finally, when my growling stomach could take it no longer, the owner invited us inside to eat. The

room was small and filled with Bollywood sounding music. To our left was a long buffet. Across the room was a large mirror on which “Taste of Egypt” was crookedly embossed. In French, the words “La Toilette” guided patrons to the restrooms. It was not fancy by anyone’s standards, but it was clean and decorated. Even if the decorations leaned towards tacky, a person could tell that the staff cared and took pride in their restaurant. The owner proceeded to show us how to fill our plates with rice, then different kinds of vegetables and meats in different spots on top of the rice. He told us to help ourselves to whatever we wanted. He promised falafel, pita bread, lentil soup, Egyptian salad and Mango juice. To say that we sat down to a feast would have been an understatement. While the lack of prices or a menu anywhere did concern us slightly, we were too busy trying pickled lemons, falafel and Egyptian salad. The rice, meat and different varieties of vegetables were both filling and tasty. The flavors were subtle and not too exotic. The pickled lemon should not be eaten by itself—I will tell you that. In my opinion, it should not be eaten at all. But for the sake of

experience, you should at least try it. The lentil soup was lukewarm with an interesting, grainy texture (not my favorite). The Egyptian “salad” was probably my favorite dish. It was light and refreshing, basically made up of cucumber, tomato, mint and some kind of dressing or oil. When we all felt that if we took one more bite we would explode, the owner brought out great big mugs of mango juice. Already a fan of mangoes, it didn’t take long for me to drink all of mine and half of one of my friends. It was cool, creamy and, without a doubt, made from fresh mangoes that very day. It is hard to tell whether the owner was simply bored by the low traffic that Sunday or if he treats every guest the way we were treated, but he was very accommodating. He was excited about his country and his food, and it was obvious he loved to share that with others. When it was time to pay the bill, it came to a whopping total of $20 per person. Now, before you get a bee in your bonnet just remember how much we actually ate. We had two different drinks, soup, salad, bread and other sides, a buffet of rice and multiple types of meat and vegetables—not to

mention the fruit he offered us so graciously from his trunk. Include the experience of hearing about Egypt and being able to ask questions about the country from an Egyptian, including a couple of questionable but entertaining stories involving the CIA. We left full, in high spirits and with great memories. One of us even left with a free Egyptian desert (which I tried, and it was amazing). If you still want to experience it without spending as much money, just make sure you turn down anything that a staff member wants to bring you. It may seem like a sample or a gift, but you will pay for it. Many online reviews write that the buffet without any drinks cost them $10. I understand that student’s wallets are little light, but if you do happen to come across a little extra moollah and you are looking for a way to experience a new culture and try some new food, then Taste of Egypt is the place for you. I truly believe that the extra money was worth it. I intend to return. Maybe next time you will come with me.

The mango juice was “cool, creamy and, without a doubt made from fresh mangoes that very day. Photo by Candid Color.

Taste of Egypt is found at 3604 North May Avenue Suite E, OKC, OK 73112.


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Jake’s Movie Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower Jake O’Bannon, Columnist For those of you who have read one of my reviews in the past, I want to let you in on a little secret about some of the words you once read: Most of those reviews came pretty easy. I was able to sit down and write what I felt without much apprehension. This week I can’t say history has repeated itself. My review is over the movie “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” which is based off the 1999 novel by Stephen Chbosky (who also directed the film). The movie tells the story of Charlie (Logan Lerman) – a quiet boy who is starting his first year of high school. Charlie is not the most outgoing of people, as he spends the majority of his personal time with his family and with himself. This obviously causes some anxiety for Charlie as he enters this new, scary stage of life. The first few days of high school are not what most would call “ideal” for Charlie. But eventually, Charlie works up the courage to talk to an outgoing senior named Patrick (Ezra Miller), who also introduces him to Sam (Emma Watson). Within a few moments, Charlie has become genuine friends with Patrick and Sam. As a member of the audience, the welcoming hearts and personalities of Patrick and Sam touched me in an unexpected way. I soon found out that the stirring scenes were just getting started. This film is filled with activity in which I do not personally take part. Drugs, sex, and alcohol are all observed both indirectly and explicitly throughout the film. Each of the main characters struggles through many of the different “things of life.” But is that not what makes film so poignant? I wrote an article last year about how certain Rated-R films (this particular film is PG-13) meant more to me than those rated below because they really take on the hard stuff of life. Look at your own life – especially your college

and high school experience – did you not have instances of drugs, sex, and alcohol present both indirectly and explicitly all around you? “Perks” hits on these topics, and that is why this film is so real. In a conversation toward the end of the film, Sam asks Charlie, “Why do I and everyone I love pick people who treat us like we’re nothing?” Charlie responds by saying, “We accept the love we think we deserve.” This is one of those that-willstick-with-me-forever kinds of quotes. Charlie, Patrick, and Sam all went through life-altering experiences in the early years of their lives. And because of those mo-

ments, they learned to feel that the love they deserved was minimal. There is a reoccurring symbol in the film where the three friends drive through a tunnel listening to what they call the “tunnel song.” This act always involves someone standing in the back of the truck with his or her hands spread wide. I take this scene as an image of hope. Hope in society, hope in people, and hope in yourself. The film was right – we all go through stuff. Each of us struggles with something. Some of our pasts might have created present guilt and regret. But there is hope in that. And the hope is that we have each other. The hope is that as

Photo by Clowkero (Scott) used under Creative Commons License.

Charlie, Patrick, and Sam found each other; we have the opportunity to find each other too. And in doing so, we can take part in this whole life thing – together. I’ve listened to the “tunnel song” every morning since I saw “Perks of Being a Wallflower.” The actual song is “Heroes” by David Bowie. It is a reminder for me that life is filled with community. And there are people who go through the same things that you and I do, and there are people who might need to hear that. And using Sam’s words, we can all be a part of this “island of misfit toys,” together. Go see this movie. You won’t regret it.


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Faith and Film offers chance to engage movies, think critically Matthew Wellman, Staff Reporter

Faith and Film is an event that has been going on at SNU for several years. This fall, they have showed Warrior and The Way and will be showing. The Hunger Games on November 15th. There is a committee who selects films to show to students that relate to Christianity in some way. Spiritual Development’s webpage about Faith and Film describes its purpose as, “The Faith and Film Forum (FFF) exists to assist students in engaging with popular non-religious film in a critical and theological manner. FFF is a completely voluntary program.”

SNU looks to assist students in engaging in non-religious activities, such as movies, with critical thinking. As Christians, we are to bring others to Christ. It is hard to build relationships with people that need Christ if we have no way to relate to them. This is why we must engage in activities, such as Faith and Film, so that we can connect with others and eventually try to bring them to God. Spindle’s predecessor, Brad Strawn, started faith and Film, but Spindle plans on continuing the showing of the movies. “I think there is so much good (and bad) theology in movies,”

Spindle said. “Many of these stories can really be influential. It is important for Christians to be discerning, thinking. We must allow the lens of Christianity to influence the way we see all things. This includes our entertainment choices. Faith and Film gives us an excellent opportunity to discern together the particular Christian themes presented in current movies.” There are six criteria that a film must meet in order to be selected to be shown at Faith and Film. The film must 1) have a complex scriptural or theological concept ,2) offer a different view of society’s dominant nar-

ratives, 3) teach us something about what it means to be human, 4) offer a critique of Christianity, 5) expose us to larger social issues than should concern us as believers, 6) and it must bring us into the presence of the Divine. Faith and Film is a very useful way for Christians to grow in our faith and to grow closer to each other. It helps us all learn how to relate to the world around us in order to bring more people to Christ. We, as believers, are should always be looking at the world through God’s eyes, and this is one way for us to learn how to do that.

Unusual websites to pass the time: procrastination at its finest Kira Roberts, Layout Editor We all spend too much time on the Internet. But sometimes it’s relaxing to just zone out and explore what’s out there. Everyone knows Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest (all some of my favorites), but here are a few other sites for you to check out. Whether you are procrastinating homework, can’t sleep, or are trying to find some inspiration because you’re bored, these are all great options to fill the time.

to their collections (similar to er website. But seriously, this is a must see. Warning: it will prob‘boards’ on Pinterest). ably just make you hungry if you aren’t actually planning on Comeandlive.com Need new music? Want to listen making anything. Girls, if you to something that isn’t so main- want to find new recipes for unstream? Want to get it for free? usually delicious food, this is the If so, this is the website for you. place to go. Guys, if you want to Come and Live features different impress a girl with your creativChristian artists; not all are great, ity in the kitchen (or just give but there are definitely some your girl a recipe so she’ll make it for you), you should head to good finds! this site.

Wanelo.com

Here’s another girly site for you. And by girly I mean REALLY girly. WeddingGawker simply has links to different wedding and engagement photo shoots. As a photographer I love this because it helps give me inspiration for my own work, plus they’re just adorable!

So you like Pinterest? Get ready…. Wanelo is very similar except everything is linking to where you can buy it. I know, dangerous right! But so awesome! This is a great website to find gifts for people (including yourself). Yes, it may be girly, but guys this is a great way to impress someone with your incredible gift giving skills as you can see what people have saved Editor: Brad Crofford Adviser: Melany Kyzer Content Editor: Kendra Nixon Layout Editor: Kira Roberts Assistant Editor: Ronna Fisher

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Life is all about relating to each other. Why else do you think “trending” via hash tags has become so popular? This is why I love reading other people’s blogs. Whether it’s someone that I know or not, it’s so interesting and encouraging to realize that we all struggle with the same things. People tend to write FoodGawker.com more in depth in a blog than I know, I know…another gawk- on Facebook or Twitter and I

find it refreshing to really hear from someone’s heart as they describe what’s going on in their life. It can be so entertaining and inspiring too as people blog about traveling, photography, food, politics, fashion, sports, relationships, etc…there is literally something for everyone! I love seeing what other people are dreaming and scheming and reminiscing about; it even shapes some of how I think and has helped me form the beginning of my bucket list for life.

These are a few of my favorites. What about you? I want to hear where you go when you’re wasting (I mean spending) time on the Internet. Go comment on this article on the Echo Facebook page (SNUEcho) and let me know!

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