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SOUNDING BOARD the voice of Grace College students since 1953

Volume 58 Issue No. 11

Winona Lake, Indiana

December 8, 2011

Grace gives back

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On Dec. 2, members of Grace Sport Management helped run a blood drive in the Gordon Recreation Center. Freshman Aaron Sorge donates blood at the event.

Students respond to the growing need for blood BY SARAH LEICHTY Staff writer

On Dec. 2, scores of Grace College students gathered in the Gordon Recreation Center (GRC) to give the Red Cross pints of a vital bodily fluid - blood. Genevieve Benson organized this year’s blood drive, which included the work of approximately 20 Red Cross workers and various Grace student volunteers. “We have about 10 students who help coordinate the drive at Grace,” Benson said. “Grace Sport Management (GSM) has been involved with running the blood drives, and this year there has been greater involvement.” Donors had to meet certain eligibility requirements (age, size, foreign travel, and health) before they could donate. While waiting, they expressed their reasons for giving both their Friday afternoon and their blood. “It’s a simple way to give back, to be selfless,” said Regina Bontrager, an RA in Alpha. “And I don’t need all my blood, apparently.” Joy Martin noted the simple exchange that takes place between

donors and those who receive blood: “People need blood; I have blood - perfect!” “I have heard stories of one person needing blood, another giv-

ing blood,” Daniel Moore said. “If the one person hadn’t given blood, the other wouldn’t have lived.” For Kellam Venosky, the reason for donating was personal. “I’ve had

family members who have needed blood,” he said. “Who knows what will happen to me in the future?” said Westminster RA Erin Hayes. “I could need

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blood. It’s important to know what’s happening to other people and the need. If no one’s giving to [blood drives], then we’re in trouble.” But no matter what their reasons for donating were, the impact of each donor’s gift was important. “Every two seconds someone needs blood,” Benson noted. “More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day. By giving blood, you could save three lives or at least make a difference in the life of one person.” “It’s not only amazing to think of the physical impact of the blood drives, but it is also neat to think of the spiritual impact,” Benson continued. “So many people get more time on earth because of blood donations and many of these people may have more time for their eyes to be opened to the power and glory of the Lord that they will turn their lives over to Him.” Benson admitted that, because of health reasons, she herself has yet to donate. “I will be so excited to give for the first time,” she said. “I understand not everyone can give

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Rebecca Leon donates blood at the Gordon Recreation Center on Dec. 2. More than 20 people from Grace and the Red Cross volunteered at the drive.

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CAMPUS NEWS Mediation Law: Resolving conflict without a courtroom battle 2

BY OCTAVIA LEHMAN Editor-in-Chief Two Grace students, Ben Sauers and Joshua Hamlett, traveled to Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, to participate in a Mediation Tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 9, though Saturday, Nov. 12. Mediation is a form of dispute resolution that is being used increasingly rather than going to court. Significantly less costly and less time consuming than traditional litigation, it allows the two parties to settle their dispute in a nonadversarial setting under the guidance of a mediator. This was the 12th Annual Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament sponsored by the International Academy of Dispute Resolution, and it was the third

tournament Grace has participated in. The students were accompanied to the tournament by Pre-Law Advisor Dr. Mark Norris. Dr. Norris said that by bringing students to these tournaments, he hopes that they will have an opportunity to learn mediation skills and network with both professionals and other students. He explained that mediation gives students “a Sermon-on the-Mount type of perspective” and an attitude “focused more on restorative justice and peacemaking.” Dr. Norris mentioned that one of the highlights of this trip was the supplemental training provided before the tournament—students had the opportunity to receive instruction from world class mediators and advocates, such as Richard Calkins and Nick Critelli. One of the INADR board members explained the apparent irony of a

mediation tournament. Originally, the tournament was to be more like a conference; however, in order to get schools to attend, they had to start giving away awards. The tournament was run on a points system. Team members were scored on how much skill they demonstrated in playing the roles of either mediator or advocate (attorney) in mock mediations. The students who received the ten highest scores in either division (mediator or advocate) received an AllAmerican Award and a $6,000 scholarship to Drake Law School. There have been Grace students who have received both of these awards in the past few years. Ben Sauers, a Social Studies Education major, attended this year for the first time. His purpose in going was to step outside of his comfort zone and participate in an extracurricular activity

English program adds creative writing minor BY ALEX LERNER Staff Writer Grace College has gone through many changes this past year, and as the school continues to grow, we will continue to see more changes. One change is the addition of a creative writing minor in the English program. The minor consists of 18 credit hours and plenty of writing experience. Students who have a love for writing and putting their creative imaginations to work may want to consider adding this minor. According to Dr. Paulette Sauders, the chair of the Languages, Literature, and Communication Deparment, the English professors have been interested in adding the minor, but needed to prove the benefits of adding the minor to the administration and faculty before it could be approved. Most of the classes required for the minor are classes that are already offered in the English program. What has been added to the course load are

several applied learning courses. The applied learning courses will be in the areas of creative writing, non-fiction, poetry, fiction, and drama. This is one of many areas in which Grace is incorporating applied learning courses into the curriculum. Because of the intensive writing curriculum, students will be able to have extensive practice in tweaking their writing skills, along with building up a rather large portfolio. According to Haley Bradfield, a junior English major, “What really excites me about the minor are the practicums you work on outside of class. They can be challenging and a lot of work, but I get to be the author of them, which gives me a sense of pride.” Sauders stated that the reason behind adding the minor is that “we were getting many visitors who continuously asked about creative writing.” As a result, the department began to collaborate with the admissions office to research how many prospective students were coming in curious about creative writing.

The research from the admissions office showed that there was a definite interest in creative writing. Grace’s Curriculum Vision Task Force, which researches growing programs at campuses around the area, has also found a positive increase of interest in creative writing. Sauders says that creative writing is definitely a growing program for many colleges. Sauders hopes that with the experience students gain from completing the creative writing minor, they will be prepared with tools to find jobs in the specific area. With her creative writing minor, Bradfield hopes to find a job in a publishing house or to become a successful author, which is what she ultimately desires to be. Students passionate about creative writing should contact any of the English department professors to find out more. Students can also find the check sheet on Grace’s website on the registrar’s page. The department looks forward to seeing many students add the minor to their studies and the many unique pieces of work that will come from it.

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Joshua Hamlett, Ben Sauers and Mark Norris attend the 12th Annual Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa.

other than athletics. Sauers wanted to learn more about mediation because he believes it to be “an applicable life skill.” One of the skills Sauers learned was being able to listen to two different sides from a neutral standpoint. Sauers intends to continue participating in the mediation team as long as it exists. Dr. Norris hopes that the mediation team will develop into more of an

official club that will help provide students with more training. In the spring, he will be taking students to receive real mediation training from the Center for Community Justice in Elkhart County in their Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP). Any students desiring to learn more about mediation should contact Dr. Mark Norris.

Blood Drive: from front

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Kent Judy is the 38th person to donate blood at the Gordon Recreation Center.

blood. In fact, less than 38% of the U.S. population are eligible to give blood. So it is important for those who can give blood to really understand the need and the benefits of giving!” It was obvious last Friday that Grace students understood that need. Time after time, individuals entered the donation room and emerged minutes later down one pint of blood and up a smile.


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Editorial: Christmas reminds us to live with Christ-like humility BY SARAH LEICHTY Staff writer As Christmas draws near, a solitary phrase keeps popping into my head: “It’s still a mystery to me....” Some may recognize these words as the opening lyrics to “Here with Us” by Joy Williams. They may also remember the lines which follow: “That the hands of God could be so small, how tiny fingers reaching in the night were the very hands that measured

the His infant eyes have seen the dawn of time, how His ears have heard an angel symphony yet still Mary had to rock her Savior to sleep....” The power of these words goes far beyond their paradoxical beauty. When one considers the utmost humility Jesus’ incarnation demonstrates, the implication of these words cannot help but challenge. To think that the Creator of the universe should humble Himself to the position of a created being--one who serves--all for the sake of redeeming His creation! The Apostle Paul concluded from this mystery that our “attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature

God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death--even death on a cross!” (Php. 2:5-8) All of history waited expectantly for this very act. As Peter proclaims: “Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care... Even angels long to look into these things” (1 Peter 1:10,12). Even in the Old Testament book of Hosea, God declared the great mystery of His Son’s incarnation

by naming Himself “the Holy One among you” (Hos. 11:9). That the One who is wholly “other,” wholly set apart, should dwell among those who are completely unlike Him-even to the point of taking their form and sin upon Himself--is one of the greatest mysteries and blessings of all time. But that is not all. Paul also wrote that this One who humbled Himself, in whom “all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,” has given us fullness in Himself, “who is the head over every power and authority” (Col. 2:9-10). How does one rejoice appropriately in response to such a miracle? Paul had the answer: “If you have any encouragement from be-

ing united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Php. 2:1-4). How could Emmanuel (God with us) be worthy of any lesser response? Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Son of God, Servant-King, here with us. You’re here with us.”

Friends, Florida, and school spirit make for one unforgettable experience BY CHRISTOPHER TULLEY Sports writer Our Lancer sports teams are one program that we all go crazy about. College sports are exciting, hyped up, and free if they are home. Though no stadium has the personality of Miller Field or the grandness of the OCC, the Lancers show their spirit wherever they are found. Our own women’s and men’s soccer teams both played good enough seasons to advance to the National Christian College Athletic Association’s final tournament in Kissimmee, Fla. The Lady Lancer volleyball team also made their way to Kissimmee. We all love watching Grace


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sports, but four freshmen from Beta One South followed the teams to Florida to show their support. Joseph Nishimoto, Lynk Current, Mitchell Graff, and I did a week’s worth of homework in one night so that we could make the eighteen-hour drive to Kissimmee. We packed up our clothes and all the snacks we could find and got in a two-door Chevy Cavalier and we were on our way. As we were leaving, God wanted to see how badly we wanted to get to Florida. This meant we had to drive through what should be called the Blizzard of Aggravation, as we were surely aggravated. It took our little car over four hours to get from Winona Lake to Indianapolis. After getting lost in a snowstorm, our trip became smoother. Once we got on a clear road the going was good. After a very long night of having very cramped legs, we watched the sun rise in Georgia, and very soon we felt that same sun on our legs in

beautiful Kissimmee, Florida. Our first destination was Austin Tindall Soccer Park, where the women’s team played the first match. As we walked across the bright green lawn, we had slightly forgotten what nice grass looked like. We were on fire for our team. The crowd consisted of a few parents, a couple of Grace faculty, and us. The ladies played valiantly, but they did not come out of the first game victorious. We were unhappy and almost got into a “heated argument” with an opposing fan. We knew we were representing Grace, and more importantly God, so we tried to be as polite as possible. As serious as we were about the women’s game, the men’s game was even more intense. It was a privilege and an honor to see our fellow Beta brothers Gift Sibukome, Austin Altimus, Shane Barthuly, Nikola Blazic, and Cameron Johns in action. The men played well. Altimus scored twice in the first game but it was not

Grace College, Thank you, thank you, thank you for having Chuck Bomar speak in chapel. To be honest I don’t typically find much value in what the speakers say; chapel has been more of an exercise in trying to listen to those I don’t agree with. But this week was nothing short of beautiful. No home run attempts, no blatant appeals to emotion, no overly complex systematic theology followed by an explanation of why it should be important to me, no pandering, just simple but profound truths from the Bible. My heart was convicted, but not condemned. I was faced with the depth of my depravity sinking in to the Marianas trench of God’s grace. Something was dislodged from my heart, like something I’ve been trying to pick out of that little hole where my wisdom teeth used to be. I know we haven’t always seen eye to eye when it comes to chapel, but this week was something marvelous. I’ll probably be downloading the mp3s and listening to them at least once a year to remind myself of what God lifted off of my soul today. Jason Ropp

enough to win. After a day of driving and cheering, my group was exhausted. We mapquested the nearest Chipotle, and left the soccer field feeling defeated. Once we had our meal, we went looking for our hotel. Little did we know it was basically in little Puerto Rico. Our hotel manager Arturo had a few less teeth than I would have preferred. This hotel was sketchy. Immediately after getting into our room we checked for danger. There was no one waiting in our room to kill us or sell us drugs, so we bolted the door and turned in for the night. When we awoke the next day, we felt refreshed, perhaps because we slept until the afternoon. Soccer ended up being as disappointing as the previous day, so we were ready for volleyball. Nishimoto is a veteran volleyball fan, and had no problem pumping us up as we followed Aaron Crabtree, Jim Swanson, and Michael Harstine to the Kissimmee Civic

Center. As we found fellow Gracies at the volleyball game, we knew our voices would soon be gone. The following days were nothing but screaming and cheering. The volleyball team played well and managed to claim third place. We were proud that our team made it this far. We were joined by both soccer teams, which made ours the biggest cheering section. The best part of the trip by far was Friday. We awoke on my nineteenth birthday and hopped in the car and headed for Cocoa Beach. Who else can say they spent their birthday in December with their best friends on the beach? The ocean was cold, the sand wet and the air salty. However, we were blessed with blue skies. Our trip eventually came to a close as we packed our bags and got ready for the return trip. Sure we were behind on school and sleep, but we got to rock our Grace swag in Florida and lived life to the fullest.

Student cheering section controversy A unified student section supporting our athletic teams is fundamental when cultivating school pride. For the past several years the Red Zone has been Grace College’s official student section. Recently, unhappy with the location and attendance of the Red Zone, a group who call themselves Grace Block sought to form their own student section. Hoping to build a bridge and unify the two groups, a meeting with myself and the leaders of both sides took place with no resolution being reached. This past week many different negative comments have been left on both Grace Block and the RedZone’s Facebook walls, resulting in a Facebook wars. This is evidence that this situation is becoming petty and disgraceful. My request is that those involved with the Red Zone and Grace Block move forward in unity, grace, and humility, and maturity. Humility in understanding that the student section is ultimately not about us. It’s about the encouragement of our athletic teams. Unity in understanding that the student section must be one in order to best encourage our athletic teams. Two student sections is no student section at all. Unity through grace in humility. Go, Lancers! Jonathan Haag, Student Body President




Wagon Wheel hosts ‘Miracle’ of a musical BY EMILY GRUBER Staff writer The Wagon Wheel Theatre in Warsaw is presenting “A Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical” as its annual Christmas musical. Shows begin Dec. 2 and run through Dec. 18. Grace communication professor Mike Yocum has been involved with numerous productions at the Wagon Wheel Theatre and is featured in “A Miracle on 34th Street” as well. Yocum performed in his first show at the Wagon Wheel in 1982 and has been in 40 productions since 1999. Yocum has been in a variety of musicals. A few musicals include, “Oklahoma,” “Cinderella,” and “Annie.” He has also been in five or six productions that were not musicals. The theatre’s first season was in 1956 with the shows taking place inside a tent. The Wagon Wheel Theatre began as and still is a theatre-in-theround, with the audience surrounding a circular-shaped stage. The Wagon Wheel Theatre does six shows back to back. The actors rehearse one show for two weeks. They then open the show on a Wednesday night. The day after opening night, the cast begins rehearsing for the next musical. “A Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical” is a story of a man named Kris

Kringle who says he is the real Santa Claus and brings the Christmas spirit to New York. This musical is based on the 1947 Twentieth Century Fox Film, “Miracle on 34th Street.” Yocum has a role in this musical as Mr. Macy with the Macy’s Department Store. He usually plays the role of a character actor. A character actor supports the leading roles. Yocum has also worked in the shop and helped with the lighting. According to Yocum, “It’s much more fun to be in the show.” The Wagon Wheel provided Yocum with many opportunities to get involved with theatre. Yocum learned things from the other actors and from the shows themselves. “I learn new things to bring to Grace,” Yocum said. The Wagon Wheel Theatre is

also a non-Christian organization. “As a Christian, I really feel compelled by the Lord to get out there. This is a good opportunity for me to reach out to the people there. If I can put a loving face to Christianity, then I would like to do that,” Yocum said. Showdates are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Dec. 2 through Dec. 18. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 pm., and Sunday matinees begin at 2 pm. Adult tickets are $30 for all shows; tickets for students13 through college are $16, and children 12 and under are $12. Tickets are on sale from Dec. 218. To order tickets, call the box office at 574-267-8041, or visit the Wagon Wheel website at wagonwheeltheatre. org.

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Left: Professor Mike Yocum (right) performs in the musical “Miracle on 34th Street.”

Movie Review

The Best and Worst of 2011 means this film had to rise over my hatred of him and be an awesome move at the same time. I say kudos. Kudos be on Matthew and his big bronze head.

BY PAUL MORALES Arts & Culture writer

The 10 Best Movies “Crazy, Stupid, Love” – I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Love is the greatest human emotion. And this movie is of the highest possible caliber in its honest, warm, and altogether beautiful exploration of love. It gets the top spot. “The Ides of March” – This is a marvelously close second. It is near perfect in both the artistic and technical domains of filmmaking. In front of and behind the camera, this movie shines. If only it was about love, it might have edged into first place. “50-50” – Who knew adult comedies could be so deep? Joseph GordonLevitt did. He brought such credibility to the role of cancer patient Adam and was so incredibly funny at the same time, the question of whether to laugh or cry became moot. I did both. “Moneyball” – This film is, in my opinion, the greatest sports movie of our generation. It was a tale of a real-life human triumph, and both Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill soared on the screen.

The 5 Most Disappointing Movies “Green Lantern”- CG spandex and dorky motto do not a superhero make. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”- Who would have known it would suffer because Orlando Bloom was not in it? “The Adjustment Bureau” – Hollywood doesn’t often try to interact meaningfully with God. And when it does, it doesn’t often do very well. This movie hit both and made it look easy. The chemistry between Matt Damon and Emily Blunt made me believe in love at first sight again. “The Help” – Every once in a while, an actor gets an opportunity to prove his or her salt. Emma Stone, who has always added a certain reality to easily clichéd characters, truly stepped into the spotlight as a mature, creative storyteller with her performance in this film.

“Super 8” – I hate movies with child actors. They’re just not equipped with enough experience in life to portray the complicated emotions that stories often demand of them. Somehow, director J.J. Abrams managed to gain from this group of youngsters some of the best performances seen this year. X-Men First Class” – It’s hard to rise above your genre, as a film, but this one did. It wasn’t just a superhero movie. It was an honest look at human responses to persecution. With enough flash and pop to be entertaining, it remained grounded

in the interaction between the darkest and brightest corners of our hearts, between our greatest and most terrible potential. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” – This series found stability and bravery in director David Yates, who helmed the last four entries. Under his direction, every single actor was able to find the best and truest parameters of his character. “The Lincoln Lawyer”- In addition to hating child actors, I also, as a rule, hate Matthew McConaughey. That

“Cowboys and Aliens”- Daniel Craig always looks like he’s struggling to think of something intelligent to say and Harrison Ford is just old and grumpy. This was depressing to watch. Sucker Punch- I was expecting this sweet action movie about girl power, and all I got was this lame movie about Barbies. The Green Hornet- A more appropiate title for this film would have been “Kato and the Loser.”




Book Review >> Project Future explains the creation of Disney World BY JONATHAN HAAG Web Editor

Crazy Prophet | by Natalie Hubner

“Project Future” by Chad Denver Emerson takes an in depth look at the creation of Walt Disney World in Florida. Emerson examines the original plans for Disney World including how the site was chosen, how the land was acquired, the creative ways in which Disney controlled the site, and the end product. Disney World (nicknamed Project Future during the planning stages) was a dream of Walt Disney after the wild success of Disneyland in California. His dream was to create a city of the future where people would live, work, play, and visit. The need for secrecy and control by the Disney Corporation are an overriding theme in Emerson’s analysis and are explored in each chapter. Numerous other locations on the east coast were considered for Disney World but a nearly 50 square mile swath of swamp land near Orlando, Florida stood out to Walt Disney.

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In order to keep the project a secret and to prevent the land price from jumping, several false companies were created by the Disney Corporation and those false companies bought all the different parcels of land needed for the project. Soon after the mystery companies were identified as the Disney Corporation, land prices jumped from around $200 per acre to over $1000 per acre. Walt Disney’s original plan for the Florida Project included a city of tomorrow (where people would live and work), an industrial park (where companies could showcase their products), a airport of the future (where people from all over the world would enter Disney World), and a transit system better than any other in the world (this is how people would get around the enormous site). In order to turn these ideas into reality Walt Disney knew he needed complete control over the land including zoning and

building code. This led to the creation of the Reedy Creek Improvement District and the City of Bay Lake and City of Lake Buena Vista. This move by the Disney Corporation was pivotal in allowing the dreams of Walt Disney to become reality. Walt Disney died before the project was completed. It seems as if part of Walt Disney’s original dream for Project Future may have died with him. Not all of his ideas were implemented into the Walt Disney World (the name was changed from Disney World to Walt Disney World after his death) we see today. Emerson dissects that idea and examines the impact Walt Disney World has had on Florida. “Project Future” attempts to detail the creation of Walt Disney World and succeeds. It is a light read coming in at 162 pages, but is full of research which has not been compiled in many other places.

Dog Dayz | by Stephanie Johnston

Getting caught up in the holidays What They Would Say | by Stephen Hartman

#stuffmyprofsays “What great question is the toothpaste tube going to lead us to?” -Prof. Benyousky, relating toothpaste to something in poetry class “Vegetarian is an ancient word for ‘bad hunter’” -Dr. Rata “When you’re in ministry you’ll understand,;you’ll want to blow up the entire elder board too... DO NOT DO IT.” -Dr. Rata “Wisdom is a gift from God, not a consequence of age.” -Dr. Rata “No habla Hebrew.” -Dr. Rata , recounting someone talking to him in Hebrew while he was in Israel Submit your quotes to




Cheryl Spencer sells her handmade jewelry, ranging from necklaces to bracelets.

SAB and Serve partner together for Grace Gives Back craft show BY MEGAN GETTS Staff Writer For a few hours on Saturday afternoon, McClain Auditorium emptied out its chairs to make room for our campus’s annual “Grave Gives Back” event. During the event, vendors sold and distributed handmade goods to buyers who came to purchase presents for themselves, Christmas presents, and even birthday presents. A portion of every vendor’s profits went to the philanthropic organization of their choice. The event featured many goods and items on display. A pair of free Tom’s shoes was also raffled off to an attendee of the craft show. A few of the vendors spoke to me in more detail about their items and charity of choice. Donna Propp sat at the booth selling homemade goat milk soap. Although she did not make the soap, she acted as its distributor and chose to donate a percentage of her profits to the Tim Tebow Foundation. She loves the way he openly grasps his faith and has always been a

Denver Broncos fan. When asked why these fragrant soaps were made, she laughed and revealed the secret. Apparently, one day a mom was giving her children a bath and happened to read the ingredients list on the bottle of the bath soap she was using. She was shocked to see the amounts of chemicals on the list and refused to scrub these chemicals onto her children anymore. From this realization and decision, she began making her own soap from the goat milk of the animals she and her family raise. Although the goat milk soap takes about 6-8 weeks to cure and ready for distribution, the ingredients list contains absolutely no chemicals. Dave Ferrier, Brooke Surgeon, and Cheryl Spencer all boasted goods and items whose profit percentages went to the Wycliffe Bible Translators. One focus of this organization is on training Mozambique natives to translate Bibles into their native tongues. Eventually, the organization plans on handing the entire job over to the Mozambique natives, acknowledging that they know their language best.

Donna Propp sells homemade goat milk soap.

Although their profits supported the same organization, Ferrier and the women had different items on display. Ferrier sold his handmade pottery that included mugs, bowls and vases. He stated that making the actual pieces only takes a few minutes; however, once a batch of items is completed, they must be fired in the kiln for 8-10 hours at degrees between 1500-2000°F. Ferrier doesn’t mind the wait. He enjoys pottery so much that he and his brother built their own kick-wheel one summer. Surgeon and Spencer were selling handmade jewelry, ranging from necklaces to bracelets to earrings. Surgeon also loves her craft, enjoying being able to make unique jewelry using products that catch her eye at craft stores. The amount of time necessary to make a piece of jewelry varies depending on its complexity and whether it is a necklace, bracelet, etc., according to Spencer. Some necklaces take a mere five minutes to make, while others take two hours to produce.

Photos by Rachel Israel

Holly Hunt stops by the table with pottery made by Dave Ferrier.

Brook Surgeon and Cheryl Spencer sell jewlery to raise money for Wycliffe Bible Translators.




Students continue in local musical involvement

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Kellam Venosky (third from right) plays viola in the Symphony of the Lakes.

Symphony of the Lakes performs holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker “ with local dance studio BY ASHLEY MAZELIN Staff Writer Ever since Grace College cut its music program two years ago, some students have been under the impression that there is not a lot of opportunity for developing musical ability in the Winona Lake area. However, Miles Barber, Zoe Rozsa, Crystal Horner, and Kellam Venosky are all students who have found a way to channel their love and passion for music through the Symphony of the Lakes. Symphony of the Lakes, which is directed by Dr. Patrick Kavanaugh, includes 55 musicians and gives sev-

eral free performances to the public per year. On Dec. 4, 2011, they partnered with two dance studios and Warsaw High School to perform the Nutcracker. There was not an empty seat in the house as the symphony played first through a medley of Christmas carols, and then through several selections from the Nutcracker ballet, as several classes of girls danced and twirled through the performance. Violinist Zoe Rozsa joined first the symphony three years ago when she added a minor in music, which required her to perform in an ensemble. Since then, her love to perform with members of the community and make music that

she loves come alive has kept her heart thriving through musical performances with the symphony. Kellam Venosky, third chair viola, has been involved with the symphony for two years, though he has held a love for music since he began playing in the orchestra in fifth grade. Music has been an outlet for him through many different stages of life, and thus is something that he did not want to give up just because Grace no longer offered an easy way to do so. Crystal Horner, who has a lot of experience with jazz and rock and is not very accustomed to playing in an orchestra, has also loved the chance to play the drums and percussions in the

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Debra Collier’s School of Dance performs the Nutcracker.

symphony, and thinks that any student would also enjoy participating,. “Even if you’re not inclined to go to a symphony for a Saturday night ‘on the town,’ I’d say it’s worth a try. (And this is coming from someone who isn’t drawn to classical music too often.) It’s good music! And it will broaden your horizons and maybe even get you off Facebook for a few hours. “ All three students agreed that the hardest part of loving music and being involved in the symphony is having a place to practice. “I feel bad practicing in my dorm room because it is obnox-

ious to everyone around me,” said Rozsa. Venosky agreed that it was very hard to find anywhere to practice and that empty classrooms were hard to come across whenever he had the chance to practice. So on the one hand, Grace College is not completely void of opportunity for students who love music, and can push musicians to some great opportunities; however, they could improve on places to practice and ways of helping the average musicians sharpen their skills.


What is your favorite Christmas tradition?


“Setting up the tree and eating junk food and watching movies with the family” —Gabe Sims, Junior

photographs by Cassie Gareiss

“the German Pickle...a “Having my mom’s pickle is hidden in a tree side over because I don’t and whoever finds it gets get to see them often.” —Kyle Stephenson, a blessing and opens the Sophomore first present. — Stephanie Perik, Sophomore

“Carroling with anyone who will do it with me” —Natalie Borzeniatow, Sophomore

“Watching ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ on TV with my family.” — Ashley Ferko, Senior




Volleyball ends season in NCCAA semifinals by JOSH NEUHART Sports Information

Grace’s volleyball team lost a five-set instant classic to Trinity Christian College on Saturday in the 2011 NCCAA National Semifinals in Kissimmee, Fla. The Lady Lancers lost by a scoreline of 25-20, 23-25, 18-25, 25-18, 15-10. Grace finishes the season with a stellar record of 3312. In the semifinal’s first set, Trinity Christian opened up a 14-10 lead to prompt a timeout from Grace. The move worked initially as the Lady Lancers rallied to within one at 17-18. But

the Trolls eased away in the end for a 25-20 victory.

the final kill, one of her six in the set.

Grace jumped out of the gate in the second set on a 9-2 run, and the Lady Lancers kept their lead throughout.

Trinity Christian, facing elimination down two sets to one, came back with a 25-18 win in the fourth set to setup the tiebreaker.

Grace held a seven-point lead late in the set and was serving for set point at 24-20, but the Trolls made things interesting with three straight points. Senior Stephanie Lawson, however, evened the set count with a kill on their 25-23 win.

Grace dug itself a major hole early, however. Head coach Andria Harshman was forced to call an early timeout with the Lady Lancers behind 3-0, but Trinity Christian ran the score up to 8-0 before an Alicia Gosney kill finally put Grace on the board.

The third set proved to be the easiest for the Lady Lancers as they grabbed the lead early and maintained it. Lawson again had

The two teams played even from that point on, but thanks to their early lead Trinity Christian served for match point at 14-5.

Grace managed to stave off the loss for five breathtaking points on the strength of Dana Johnston’s serving and Lawson’s attacks before Trinity Christian sealed the deal with a kill at 15-10. In her final match as a Lady Lancer, Lawson went out strong with a match-high 20 kills on a .372 hitting percentage. Rachel Bult concluded her career as Grace’s setter with 49 assists, 13 of which went to Dana Johnston and 10 to Alicia Gosney. Bult ended her senior season with 1,686 assists, which ranks fifth all-time in Grace’s record

books. Her career assist mark of 3,887 is second in Lady Lancer history. The loss ends the careers of Grace’s senior class of Bult, Lawson, Enrica Verrett, Andrea Knight and Bethany Michalski. The class, under the direction of head coach Andria Harshman, helped turn around a program that finished 315 their freshman year into a team that was nationally recognized in 2011. The Lady Lancers, who finished third in the Mid-Central College Conference the past two years, were receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll throughout the season.

Player of the Week Stephanie Lawson, Volleyball Senior outside hitter Stephanie Lawson finished her volleyball career on a strong note, with a match-high 20 kills in the Lady Lancers’ NCCAA Seminfinal loss to Trinity Christian College. Lawson had 63 kills in five tournament games. She also had 11 service aces in the tournament. Lawson, a four-year starter, was one of five seniors who helped the Lady Lancers reach the NCCAA National Championships for the first time since 2001.

Women’s soccer ties season win record by JOSH NEUHART Sports Information In their final match of the season, Grace’s women’s soccer team came from behind to defeat Colorado Christian University 2-1 to clinch fifth place in the NCCAA National Championships in Kissimmee, Fla. With the win, the Lady Lancers tied the program record for singleseason wins by finishing 14-7-3. Grace fell behind in the first half when Colorado Christian finished a scrum inside the penalty box. Despite keeping possession primarily in the Cougars’ side of the field throughout the half and tallying six shots and five corner kicks, Grace still faced a 0-1 deficit at halftime. But the Lady Lancers came out of the second half determined to find the back of the net. The Lady Lancers continued their offensive barrage after halftime and produced the equalizer and the game winner in a matter

of minutes. Kelsey Christner started both goals with her corner-kick placement. Her first one found Jackie Seal, who drilled her right-footed shot from the top of the 18-yard line to the left side of the goal at the 46:55 mark.

The Lady Lancers finished the 2011 NCCAA National Tournament with a record of 2-0-1, their best record at the NCCAA Nationals. Grace’s senior class of Victoria Casey, Heuss and Samantha Dekker will graduate as three of the key piec-

es to Grace’s two most-winningest seasons in program history. The trio led Grace to two NCCAA National Tournament appearances, including Grace’s 2009 team that finished 146-3. Two of the four winning seasons in program history occurred during their careers as well.

Christner’s next corner one minute later produced what turned out to be the game winner. The cross bounced inside the penalty box where Jocelyn Evans laced it in from eight yards away.

At a Glance... How teams faired at the NCCAA tournaments Men’s Soccer Season Record: 10-7-4 Tournament Record: 1-2 Finish: Won in 8th place game Women’s Soccer Season Record: 14-7-3 Tournament Record: 2-1 Finish: Won in 5th place game

Christner was credited with the assist on both goals. Grace’s defense, led by starters Ryann Casciari, Victoria Casey and Liz Casey, held the Cougars to five shots in the match and only one shot on goal.

Volleyball Season Record: 30-10 Tournament Record: 3-2 Finish: Lost in semifinals

Offensively, Grace was led by Evans, Holly Bennett and Elizabeth Heuss with three shots apiece. With two wins in the tournament, the Lady Lancers tied a season record.




Where did they go? Year in school: Senior Where went: Orlando, FL Organization went with: I was a part of the Orlando Project for the third year in a row. Orland Project is a project run by a college ministry called Campus Outreach. It is designed to help college students grow in their walk with God by training them in Bible study, prayer, sharing their faith, and sharpening in close-knit community.

had three “servant leaders” that were on my “team” that I spent time meeting with, praying for, and ministering to so that they would be more equipped and encouraged to give their life away to the younger men in the faith that were in their rooms. I also led Evangelism Training, which was one of the weekly project training components. I would teach on what evangelism is, why we should do it, and what motivates us to do it. What he learned: I learned more about God’s heart for the nations and how he will eventually reclaim every tribe, tongue, and nation to be His worshipers, and his main form of accomplishing this goal is through regenerated men discipling others who will go and do the same thing to other men.

How long: 10 weeks What he did: This summer my role was a “team leader.” Unlike most of the other students who go and work at Universal Studios during the day, I stayed back with the other team leaders and Campus Outreach staff and worked on project development. I had more of a shepherding role where I

Favorite memory: One of the first-time students on my team came to Christ early in the summer. It was awesome for me to get to observe and encourage this guy as the Lord brought him from death to life, and how he began to put more and more faith in Jesus for what He has already done on his behalf.

Dayton Merrell Year in school: Sophomore Where went: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Organization went with: Grace College on a GoEncounter trip to Urban Hope. Urban Hope is an inner-city ministry. How long: One week What he did: I had the chance to help run a basketball camp for a number of

Greg Miller

Some of the men’s basketball players made a difference in the world this past summer... Year in school: Junior Where went: Phnom Penh and Koh Kong, Cambodia Organization went with: World Team. World Team is a church planting organization. How long: A month and a half What he did: I spent the majority of my time in Koh Kong, Cambodia, where World Team has recently planted a team of four families there. The area is relatively new for the gospel. I lived with a missionary family and was an intern on their team. The team purchased a building and has established a fitness center, where the ultimate goal is to build relationships with people and to share the gospel of Christ with them. I was able to help work at the fitness center. I also taught a physical education class to the eight mis-

sionary kids who were in need of a credit for their schooling. In the evenings I taught an English class at a start-up English school for Cambodians with people in the class ranging from 14-22 years old. What he learned: The harvest is plentiful in Cambodia and across this world. It is encouraging to see what the Lord is doing through his people around the world. Yet the laborers are still very few, and billions of people are in need to hear the gospel that saves. The Lord allowed me to see this need, and has moved me to desire serving him cross-culturally in such a place as Cambodia. Favorite memory: I loved the relationships that the Lord allowed me to have with the missionaries and my Cambodian students. Several of my Cambodian students had never heard of Jesus Christ. It was such a joy and humbling experience to help share with them what Jesus has done for us through his life, death and resurrection. Being able to see what God is doing in Cambodia was a gift.

Tannan Peters youths that have not really been exposed to the game of basketball and have never experienced the love of Christ. Also, we did several projects that helped out the community such as painting the basketball courts, cleaning out an alley, signing up the local kids for Bible school and handing out meals to the homeless. Favorite memory: My favorite part of the trip had to be talking to the homeless people that we handed the meals out to. Most of the time back here I would usually just walk by someone like that and try to act like I did not see them, but this took me out of my comfort zone and gave me an excellent opportunity to minister.

Year in school: Senior Where went: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Organization went with: Grace College on a GoEncounter trip How long: One week What he did: We worked with a church that is building a school on its campus. We spent most of our time sanding and paint-

Jake Peattie

ing the new facility. We had planned to also put on a vacation Bible school for the kids in the community, but an unexpected death in the church family right when we got there put everyone in a somber mood. What he learned: We did a study while we were down there about our identity in Christ. So often as believers we get stuck in a “sin/confess” cycle and we do not know how to break out of it. It is easy to fall into the mindset that we act a certain way and therefore Christ accepts us. This study helped me to see that we are already more accepted than we can ever imagine, and our good deeds should come because of that. Favorite memory: I loved spending time with everyone, whether it was playing soccer on the beach, working at the school, or talking at night after a hard day’s work.




Moving on up Led by seniors, women’s basketbll team has unprecedented success by BEN HYDE Sports Writer Stories where the main character rises from the ashes to come out on top are some of the most exciting to watch in sports. Yet actually witnessing such a story taking place is rare. This year at Grace, though, that story line is already in progress. The Lady Lancers basketball team has an opportunity to write their own Cinderella Story this season. The reason for this amazing rise from the basement of the women’s college basketball world lies in the seven seniors on the team. These seven seniors--Hannah Lengel, Kiera Gray, Jayla Starks, Kate Ball, Hayley Cashier, Danielle Boykin, and Abigail Dutcher--are out to bring the team to heights that Grace has never been before. This particular story goes back over four years to 2008, when head coach Scott Blum brought in seven new freshmen to the team--the biggest recruiting class Blum has ever had.

“I knew it was a very key recruiting class,” said Blum. “If I could not get it done with these seven freshmen, it will be difficult for me to turn the corner.” Turn the corner they would together, although the beginning was not always pretty. During the current senior class’ freshman year, the team won ten games and only three within the Mid-Central Conference (MCC) with a season record of 1025. Three of the freshmen (Cashier, Lengel, and Gray) started or played significant minutes in what would be a difficult learning experience. Blum admitted that he had his frustrations, but hoped that they would “get it” sooner than later. The following year continued the tough trend of learning experiences and two of the members of the recruiting class transferred to other schools. A 10-23 record did not indicate much improvement, but the Lady Lacers gained Danielle Boykin, a transfer from Indiana Tech who would go on to be the team’s leading scorer. Most importantly, the team

dedicated themselves to still working hard, committing to come back and scrimmage every Sunday evening throughout the summer. And that hard work is where the team’s progress really began. Last year, the improvement the Lady Lancers had been waiting for started to finally show. The team fell one game short of tying the school record for single-season wins by winning 17 games, including seven in the MCC, and finished the year with a 17-17 record. The Lady Lancers were rewarded for their hard work with two players receiving post-season honors with Cashier making the All-MCC First Team and Boykin receiving AllMCC Honorable Mention. Now the 2008 class had one last chance to prove themselves - their senior year. The 2011-2012 team is well on their way. The Lady Lancers currently tout an 8-3 record, and are No. 20 in the NAIA Top 25 Poll--the first time any women’s basketball team has been ranked. Two of Grace’s losses have come against Top 25 teams and the other was against NCAA Division I IPFW. On the flip side, the team has also defeated two Top 25 teams. The success of the program so far is due much in part to the team’s senior class. The seven seniors have accounted for 478 of the team’s 745 points, an astounding 64 percent.

The women’s basketball team is on pace for one of the best seasons in program history.

Senior forward Boykin leads the team in scoring (12.9 PPG), rebounding (6.2 RPG), steals (1.8 SPG), and blocks (1.0 BPG). Senior guard Gray also adds in 9 points and 2.5 assists per game. Cashier and

Lengel, the team’s two captains, pour in 8.9 and 7.5 points per game, respectively. Grace Women’s Basketball has never been more exciting than it is now. Blum praised the team as he reflected on the season. “They can do some special things--things that have never been done in the history of this program,” Blum said. Still, an amazing early season run will not satisfy the Lady Lancers. From the beginning of the season, the Lancers have aimed to break the school’s win record (18 wins) and make it to the national NAIA tournament that takes place each year in Sioux City, IA. How exactly will they do it? They must take care of business at home. With seven home games remaining on their schedule, all of them conference match-ups, Grace is certainly on their way to that wins mark. Blum’s expectations are high for the rest of the year for these Lady Lancers. “Hopefully at the end of the year, we can write that these [seniors] took this program from basically the worst team in the country to make the NAIA tournament and be one of the top twenty teams in the country,” Blum said. Four years ago, no one would have believed this team would be competitive, let alone be in national championship converstation. It looks like Grace is witnessing history.

13 the number of lead changes in the men’s basketball game against Huntington University. Grace 77-75 on Dec. 3.



10 the rank of Huntington University, which the women’s basketball team defeated 5850 on Dec. 3.

8 the number of women’s basketball teams from the MCC to receive votes in the NAIA Top 25 Poll.

3-15 the record of the volleyball team in 2008, when the current seniors were freshmen--quite the turnaround in four seasons.

14 the women’s soccer program record for single-season wins, which the Lady Lancers tied in 2011.

90 the percent Duke Johnson, men’s basketball, shot from the field in Grace’s victory over Huntington on Dec. 3.

12 the number of goals this past season for women’s soccer player Elizabeth Heuss, a career high. Heuss finished fifth on Grace’s all-time scoring list.

3,887 the number of career assists for Rachel Bult, who finished her career second in Lady Lancer history. - Sports Information

Men’s soccer finishes tournament with a win by JOSH NEUHART Sports Information After twice netting the go-ahead goal in the seventh-place game of the NCCAA National Tournament, Grace’s men’s soccer team appeared to be headed toward a tie with Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Kissimmee, Fla. But with two minutes left in regulation, freshman Austin Altimus received a pass from Nikola Blazic in the 18-yard box, then beat his defender and slotted home the game winner as Grace won 3-2. With the win, Grace finishes the season with a record of 11-9-4. The 2011 season marks the first winning season for the Lancers since 2003. Grace scored its first goal on

the feet of Shane Barthuly. Barthuly dribbled his way into the penalty box from the right side of the field. After getting past his defender, Barthuly dribbled past the goalkeeper as well for an easy finish 10 minutes into the game. That mark proved to be the only tally of the first half for either side. Collin Cone kept the Lions scoreless for the moment when he made a terrific save on a penalty kick attempt by the Lions in the second half. But Southwestern was not to be denied much longer, tying the score up with 29 minutes left in regulation. Senior Adam Kitchens put Grace ahead again less than 10 minutes later. He used his speed to out-

run a pair of Lions’ defenders for a breakaway finish.

Zuercher and Derek Zwier got the rare privilege of ending their careers

with a win in a national tournament.

Once again, however, Southwestern found the equalizer – this time in the 78th minute which allowed for the dramatic finale that Altimus provided. T h e Lancers’ senior class of Adam Kitchens, Justin Evans, Aaron With a record of 11-9-4, the 2011 season was the first winning season for the Lancers since 2003.




Photo Briefs

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Clockwise from top left:

ON THE COURT- Hannah Lengel and Haley Cashier play against Huntington University on Saturday, Dec. 3. The Lady Lancers defeated the No.10 Foresters, 58-50. SNOW DAY- Jack Wang and Michael Humphrey enjoy the first snowfall of the season. BUMP, SET, SPIKE- Clark Ingram spikes the ball during intramural volleyball versus Beta Hall.

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