SOUNDING BOARD Volume 58 Issue No. 086
Winona Lake | Community News
the voice of Grace College students since 1953 November 3, 2011
Winona Lake, Indiana
“Play On!” opens next week
Cassie Gareiss | Sounding Board Photo
Dan Ng volunteers at FunFest, a Halloween alternative for local families.
Cassie Gareiss | Sounding Board Photo
Ian Stephenson “Henry,” Jessica Zeiger “Polly,” Brock Rhodes “Billy,” Jessica Taylor “Violet,” and Ian Christensen “Saul” star in “Play On!”
FunFest held over the weekend by ETHAN SHECKLER Copy Editor
n Friday, Oct. 28, hundreds of children and parents from the Warsaw and Winona Lake community gathered at Grace’s Gordon Recreation Center for FunFest. The event was organized by Serve’s FunFest team, which is led by Caleb Sanders, a sophomore Grace student, as a fun and safe Halloween alternative for local families. The event featured a country and farm theme this year, although the 300 children in attendance were encouraged to dress in any costumes they preferred. Costumes such as ninjas, pirates, and princesses were popular this year, just as they have been in the past. Serve organizes the event as one of the many ways the group reaches out to the community. According to Sanders, the event is an excellent way to show members of the Warsaw community what Grace students are really like. “I definitely think it’s neat because the parents who come here are very comfortable,” Sanders said. “They don’t just see us as a bunch of college students, but they feel comfortable bringing their kids and dropping them off. According to Sanders, the event also presents a ministry opportunity to Grace volunteers. “It’s a great way for us to spread the gospel without actually saying ‘God’ or ‘Jesus,’” Sanders said. “We can just do it through actions, and it’s working.” Approximately 30 Grace students volunteered at the event, running games and various other stations set up across the Gordon Recreation Center’s field house, as well as greeting children at the door and handing them bags in which to hold the candy they accumulated at the various games and stations. The games included corn hole and bean toss, as well as face-painting, craft tables, and many other activities for children. The event was free for area families.
Directed by Mike Yocum, the fall play features the antics of a maddening playwright and a community theater group trying to make it work by HALEY BRADFIELD Staff Writer
t’s that time of year again! As the temperatures cool down, the anticipation heats up for the annual fall play. And students can look forward to an evening of laughter as director Mike Yocum presents the comedy, “Play On!” “The show is basically a play within a play,” explains Yocum. “In other words, the ‘Play On’ cast is putting on a community production of a play written by a local woman. Her play is fine, but there’s a problem… the author keeps making last minute changes to it. So many changes that by the arrival of opening night, things are bound to go wrong. Question is, how wrong?” One of Mike Yocum’s reasons for choosing “Play On!” was the well-mixed cast it required. The cast features ten in various roles: the community theater director (Octavia Lehman), the
stage manager (Chloe Guess), the novice playwright (Allison Hagedon), the scene technician (Kate Nowels), and the local theater actors (Brock Rhodes, Ian Stephenson, and Ian Christensen) and actresses (Trishelle Rusinack, Jessica Taylor, and Jessica Zeiger). Stephanie Johnston, a senior graphic design major, is the master set designer, and Rachel D. Miner is in charge of costumes. “Play On!” opens on Fri., Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for student. They can can be purchased at the Tree of Life Bookstore, Jazzman’s , or at the door. Students can also use FLEX for tickets. “Play On!” will also be showing on Nov. 12, 17, 18, and 19. All performances are at 7:30 pm. with a 1:30 matinee on the 19th. “Play On!” will be performed in the Little Theater. “This show is a lot of fun,” said Yocum. “A lot of fun for the actors and I know the audience will have a great time too.”
Musicians lack quality practice space Senate sends proposal to administration to address the issue by OCTAVIA LEHMAN Editor-in-Chief On Tuesday, Oct. 1, Senate issued a proposal to administration to place a higher emphasis on music. In their general meeting, Senate addressed the concerns of many student musicians on campus. Common concerns were lack of practice space, lack of available pianos, and lack of awareness about music programs. Student body president Jonathan Haag received various emails from students about the concern over music practice space and brought the need before Senate. Since the music program was transitioned out in 2010, many changes have left space for stu-
dent musicians lacking. According to Aaron Crabtree, the associate dean of students, “this summer the Beyer Music Hall was renamed east hall and preparations were made for housing the new engineering programs (with Trine). Much of the music equipment was auctioned off, but not all.” With Beyers gone, students no longer have practice rooms to use. The Grace College Student Government has recommended that Grace College administration make a higher priority of accommodating the needs of student musicians. In their proposal to administration, Senate highlighted that student musicians were led to the understanding that music options would be made available following the transition of the School of Music. Senate stated that “music provides an essential component of a liberal arts education and adds to a rich campus life.”
For freshman Daniel Moore, the lack of pianos on campus is a concern. Currently, only three pianos on campus are available for practice. Moore plays the piano for “Hymn Sing,” a Serve team at Grace Village, and has had trouble securing a piano to practice. The three pianos are located in Ashman Chapel, Westminster basement lobby, and Little Theater. The piano in Westminster basement lobby is located in a common public space, where other distractions such as the television and the game room are nearby. Senior Matt Litzinger, who has released his own independent music album, stated in his letter to Haag, “dorm space is not ideal for engaging with music in a productive way. Just as it is difficult for many to study effectively in the dorms,
See PRACTICE SPACE, Page 6
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Dorm Life: Behind the scenes in Westminster Hall by JORDAN WOODRUFF Staff Writer
Westminster Hall, affectionately referred to by students as Westy, started out as a twentieth century hotel. But that all changed in 1994 when Grace adopted it as a residence hall. Ever since then, Westy has housed more than 120 women. A New Tradition For the first nine years Westy was the home to mainly upperclassmen, most of them student teachers. As the years went by, younger students began to integrate into the Westy family, along with a whole new assortment of majors and interests. Eventually, men also began living in Westy; in fact, 2011 is the first year there are enough males, 23, to be considered Westminster residents rather than primary housing residents. Dave Lantz, assistant residence director for Westy, said living there gives the men a unique opportunity to experience community, not only with their male hallmates, but also with their sisters in Christ.
Westy has been stereotyped as the quiet dorm on campus. It is the furthest from every other building. The trek to Alpha simply to get dinner stretches half a mile. To live in Westy, one should enjoy long walks or at least have strong legs. Because of this distance, Westminster is often discarded as the mute residence hall, but Westy residents contend that this is far from the truth.As Westy’s Resident Director Janelle Ditmer put it, “Westy is in the business of breaking stereotypes.”
Eleven things you should know Doors are so thick that fire alarms are nearly impossible to hear.
The Social Life Westy is the only dorm to throw an event in which all of campus is invited. The Westy Masquerade is put on by the Westy student affairs staff. Also, Westy is the only dorm to have a game room. From impromptu hang-out sessions to Crepe parties to spending the night watching movies or football games, Westminster is full of life. Encouraging One Another Westminster’s hall theme revolves around one act. Jesus’ act of
Westy is half-a-mile from Alpha. Cassie Gareiss | Sounding Board Photo
The women of Westy 3 West enjoy an evening of playing “Cranium.”
sacrificing His life so that all sins are forgiven started a spark. Now it is up to us to build the fire by spreading the word and encouraging one another. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another
to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another,” Hebrews 10:23-25 ESV is where this theme is drawn from. Diversity Abounds Westy is diverse in its residents and its residents’ interests. People like Paulina Hwang, from South Korea and keyboardist in chapel band, are what make Westy unique. Tabitha Yahr, missionary kid, comes all the way from Alaska. Marcus Krider serves as a growth group leader in Westminster and comes from Chicago, not far but a completely different culture. James Kind, Westy RA , has traveled to India, Germany, Dominican Republic, and Kingston Winston. Westy residents partake in everything from volleyball to basketball to chapel band to rugby to acting in Remnant to writing for the Sounding Board. The diversity of Westy is what makes it a dorm worth recognizing.
Students take advantage of Westy’s gameroom to play Bomb.
Janelle Ditmer is the RD and Dave Lantz is the ARD. Every room is different. Only dorm that has prayer rooms. 23 guys and 120 girls live in Westy. Westy was a hotel in the 1900s. Residents are not allowed to open windows because it will affect the temperature of their neighbor’s room. Westy is the only dorm that puts on events that all students may attend. This year is the first year men in Westy were acknowledged as residents and not primary housing. Westy is the only dorm to have a game room.
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SOUNDING BOARD the voice of Grace College students since 1953
The Sounding Board is a weekly publication of Grace Student Organizations and the Journalism Classes at Grace College. The Sounding Board exists to glorify God by impacting people’s lives with relevant and timely news that connects them with the campus and the greater community, by providing excellent education in the field of journalism and by acting as a medium of student expression. Editorials and opinions are those of student journalists and do not necessarily represent the official view of the administration of Grace College. All copy, art, and photography are property of The Sounding Board and cannot be reproduced without the permission of the editor. Letters/replies are encouraged and must be signed. Letters are limited to 250 words and The Sounding Board reserves the right to print and edit for length and content as necessary. The Sounding Board is a member of the Associated Collegiate Press and is printed in cooperation with ThePapers,Inc. Please send emails to: email@example.com. Editor-in-Chief: Octavia Lehman Photography Editor: Cassie Gareiss Layout Editor: Josh Dillman Copy Editor: Ethan Sheckler Sports Editor: Zane Gard Advisor: Dr. Sauders
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Westy Masquerade Great Costumes and Fun Times Photography by Scott Schloss
Westminster Hall leadership held the annual Westy Masquerade on Saturday, Oct. 30. In the theme of “Through the Decades,” students came dressed in various costumes from the “Last Airbender” to “Where’s Waldo?” Even the Blues Brothers made an appearance.
Homecoming Genevieve Benson loves anything sports related
Victoria Casey, encouraged and challenged by Grace
enevieve is from Egg Harbor City, N.J., and is double majoring in sport management and business administration. After graduation Genevieve plans to find a job in sports ministry, sports camps, sports training facilities, or the Red Cross. A member of the softball team, Genevieve also has helped coordinate the Red Cross blood drives, and has been a part of the Grace Sports Management club. She has also been involved in the Orthopaedic Scholars Institute, and Alpha Chi. Some of Genevieve’s favorite things to do are playing sports of all kinds, and playing the guitar. Some of Genevieve’s most memorable experiences include: her Go Grace trip to Uganda, and spending quality roommate or friend time playing dumb games, watching movies, or making ridiculous videos together.
ictoria is from Tega Cay, S.C., and is majoring in counseling. Some of Victoria’s favorite pastimes include coffee dates with friends, having good conversations, watching totally predictable movies, getting to speak Spanish, indoor soccer/beach soccer, pick-up basketball, reading and journaling. During her time at Grace, Victoria has been involved in the women’s soccer team, the ambassador team, the campus grounds crew and Go Grace trips to the Dominican Republic and Peru. Some of her favorite memories while at Grace are going to the NCCAA tournament in Florida with the women’s soccer team and studying abroad in Argentina. Victoria says that she feels Grace has impacted her through her development of friendships that she hopes will last for the rest of her life. She has also been impacted by professors, coaches, and mentors who have encouraged her during the hard times and challenged her to grow during the good times.
Dan Ng wants to use art as a tool for the Gospel
Hometown kid Justin Evans goes international
an is from Vestal, N.Y., and is double majoring in illustration and graphic design. After graduation, Dan hopes to search for something in the graphic design field and hopes to find a sustaining job that allows him to use his creativity and meet new people. Ultimately, Dan wants to use art in serving the Gospel. While at Grace, Dan has been involved in cross county, track, SERVE teams, and served as a Growth Group leader. When on campus, Dan enjoys painting in the art studio, hanging out with friends, being involved in chapel, playing board games and making food. Dan’s favorite memories from Grace include all the times he was able to pray with a group of friends. Grace has impacted Dan’s life by allowing him to run fast, live on less sleep, make any type of meal in a rice cooker, be less introverted and love Jesus more.
ustin is from Warsaw, Ind., and is double majoring in marketing and international business. After graduation, he plans to serve the Lord wherever He might take him, and if the Lord wills, Justin jokes, “Find myself a wife!” During his time at Grace, Justin has been involved in the men’s varsity soccer team, as well as the Orthopaedic Scholars Institute. Some of Justin’s favorite things to do on campus are to go “Ghost Ridin with some GCATS at the OCC!” Justin has enjoyed working on the Orlando Project, going on mission trips to Haiti, and his most recent adventure, studying abroad in China. Justin will never forget all the crazy and fun times along with Dayton Merrell in room 220 in Indiana Hall. According to Justin, “Grace has truly impacted and changed my life in many ways, forever.”
Photography by Cassie Gareiss Jordan Gillette plans for the ministry
ordan is from Covington, Va., and is double majoring in Biblical studies and youth ministries. After graduation, Jordan hopes to work at a church, hopefully with kids. Jordan might also go on to Seminary in a small town in Indiana. Some things Jordan enjoys doing in his free time are hiking, climbing trees, playing hockey, reading comic books and avoiding watching movies with his roommates. While on campus he enjoys sitting and talking to people anywhere on campus, playing video games even if he never wins, climbing trees, and playing basketball at the GRC during really late hours. Jordan’s most memorable experiences at Grace come from when he was an RA in Beta. “The memories range from incredible spiritual moments to complete bafflement at how stupid people are,” says Jordan. He has been involved in residential life, chapel, rugby club, and throwing cookies at the Philathea sign, while at Grace. Jordan says while he had a difficult time in high school, Grace has deeply impacted him through providing a safe place with awesome friends to help him figure out his “junk.”
g Court 2011 Words by Alex Lerner Brie Cremean impacted by friendships
rie is from Sandusky, Ohio, and is majoring in counseling. After graduation Brie would like to either teach English in South Korea for a year or continue on to graduate school to obtain a master’s degree in school psychology. Brie enjoys playing piano, traveling to new places, meeting people from other cultures and reading classic fiction. During her time at Grace, Brie has been an RA for three years, played keyboard in the chapel band, was an ambassador, and a member of Alpha Chi. Some of Brie’s favorite things to do on campus are playing intramural soccer and volleyball, attending awesome SAB activities, and supporting Grace athletics by going to sports events. Some of Brie’s favorite memories are from Go Grace trips to Romania and Israel. Grace has impacted Brie’s life by providing opportunities to see who Christ is, how Christ has influenced her life, and how to bring Christ glory now and in the next stages of life. The friendships she has made as well as the instruction of professors have strengthened her relationship with the Lord.
Bethany Michalski is motivated to share God’s love
ethany is from Xenia, Ohio, and is majoring in secondary mathematics education. Bethany enjoys being outside, talking with friends, cooking, playing sports, pulling pranks, having dance parties and spending time with her four younger siblings. After graduation, she aspires to serve others in Jesus Christ and make Him known throughout the world. Although her exact plan may be unknown, she wants to continue to fall in love with God and share His love with others. Bethany says that some of her favorite memories at Grace College are “all the conversations I’ve had with my roommates, teammates, and close friends when we end up laughing our heads off, crying, laughing some more, and then praying.” Bethany has played for the women’s volleyball team all four years at Grace.
Friendships have pointed Dayton Merrell towards Christ
ayton is from Fort Wayne, Ind., and is majoring in math education. After graduation, Dayton plans on getting his teaching license. Dayton enjoys family get-togethers, playing Puerto Rico with his dad and brothers, playing with his nieces and nephews, playing Spikeball and reading books that challenge him. His favorite things to do on on campus include playing Spikeball, grilling out with “the fellas”, smoothie runs to Jazzman’s, and having theological discussions with his friends. During his time at Grace, Dayton has been a part of the men’s basketball team. Dayton says that he has had too many memorable experiences to count, but that they all happened in his dorm room, 220, in Indiana Hall with his roommates and friends. Grace has impacted Dayton by providing him with lifelong friends that have pointed him towards Christ.
Karl Johnson plans to work in marketing
arl is from Winamac, Ind., and is majoring in public relations. After graduation, Karl hopes to continue working at Maple Leaf Farms (located in Milford, Ind.) in the communication or marketing departments. While at Grace, Karl has been involved in theater, chorus, student leadership, and intramural soccer. Karl was in the production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” as well as “Curtains.” During his junior year Karl studied abroad in New Zealand. This year, Karl is the RA of Delta House. Some of his favorite memories are from the Beta 1 North hair bleaching in 2008, where the entire hall bleached their hair. Grace has impacted Karl’s life by teaching him the things that Grace truly focuses on: character, competence, and service.
Niki Barlow realizes it’s not all about head knowledge
iki comes all the way from London, England. She is double majoring in information systems and management, and Bible. Niki enjoys reading, watching TV shows with friends and gaming. During her time at Grace, Niki has been actively involved in Senate, leading growth groups, and this year she is an RA in Alpha. Some of her favorite memories have come from her freshman hall and the friendships that came from it. Some of the campus activities Niki enjoys are walking through the Creation Center and getting sandwiches at Sub Co. or getting drinks at Tree of Life with friends. Niki says that Grace has impacted her life by “giving me the opportunity to take a lot of head knowledge that I learned as a kid and turn it into heart, experiential knowledge. Things like God’s grace, humility, and the purpose of my life have all been areas where God has done major work in my life through my time here at Grace.”
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ARTS & CULTURE
“Puss in Boots” is not another “Shrek” movie by PAUL MORALES Staff Writer
Let’s get one thing straight, for the record: Puss in Boots is the single greatest animated character in history. Antonio Banderas (“Spy Kids”) brings him to life with vigor, charisma, and great fun. His animations are priceless, and he’s got some of the best dialogue around, animated or otherwise. But Puss in Boots has played fourth fiddle to Shrek, Donkey, and Fiona for far too long now. Now, I love Eddie Murphy as much as the next guy who is actually old enough to remember when he was still funny. But of the three characters besides Shrek, this kitty is the one who really needed his own movie. Now that he’s got it, so far, it seems that a lot of people were disappointed with it. I’m going to
guess that that’s true for one of two reasons. One: audiences were hoping for cameos from well-known Shrek characters. That’s a reasonable complaint, though, in my estimation, not enough to discount the quality of the whole movie. It would have been smart (if, maybe, a little expensive) to tie this movie into the Shrek films more directly by bringing in characters and locations familiar to fans of the franchise. On the other hand, the movie functions perfectly well as a stand-alone piece without them. Two: audiences were expecting Shrek Five. The thing about sequels and threequels and so on is that you have small narratives contained within a larger narrative. In spite of the fact that every film will contain its own beginning, rising action, and climax, there are also a separate beginning, rising action, and climax that span the length of
“Puss in Boots” was released nationwide on Friday, October 28.
the whole franchise. This film isn’t part of that narrative, though. It’s a separate, original story from a character contained in that narrative. As such, this film can’t reasonably be expected to maintain the momentum from those other stories. It’s going to be a little slower, it’s going to be simpler, it’s going to have less at stake. And that’s okay. Seen as what it is, a foundational story establishing a character, “Puss in Boots” is a blast and then some. Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek (“Once Upon a Time in Mexico”) light up the screen as Puss and Kitty Softpaws, who team up with Puss’ old friend Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis, “Due Date’) to steal the magic beans of Jack’s beanstalk and kidnap the extremely lucrative Golden Goose. It’s a thrilling adventure and a tender love story, and it’s truly a great time for the whole family.
Fall Field Day: How to preserve lakes and streams by SARAH KRAUS Staff Writer On Wednesday, Oct. 5, Kosciusko Lakes and Streams (KLAS) hosted an event called Water Quality Day or Fall Field Day. The event took place at Lucerne Park on Pike Lake in Warsaw and was sponsored by Indiana American Water, the Breakfast Optimist Club, Louis Dreyfus Commodities and The Papers. KLAS is a community water quality program centered at Grace College that includes programs for K-12 graders. The Fall Field Day was one of two field days that takes place each year, one in the fall semester and one in the spring.
Education students and a few biology majors from Grace College taught and ran demonstrations at the event, and students from the Methods of Science and Social Studies class and from Teaching in America were also involved. More than 360 fourth graders came to the event from Claypool, Leesburg, North Webster and Syracuse elementary schools, as well as Sacred Heart School and various homeschools. Molly Meuth, a student who was involved with the program, talked about the purpose of the day. According to Meuth, it was like a “field trip with a group of fourth graders from
various schools.” She said that there were a few different stations the fourth graders could stop by throughout the day to
“KLAS is a community water quality program centered at Grace College that includes programs for K-12 graders.” learn about “water conservation, and how to preserve lakes and streams.” Meuth said that she really enjoyed “just hanging out with the kids, and getting experience and interacting with different
Practice Space: continued from front page it is also difficult to engage your creative mind in the midst of distraction and competing noise.” Litzinger also said that even though those students (music majors) would be unable to advance musically in an academic setting (when the music program was phased out), there was a sense of security that students would have space to practice and create. Moore and Litzinger are not alone in their concern over student music. Rachel Nesbitt plays the French horn in Grace’s Wind Ensemble. Nesbitt states that most students don’t even know that the wind ensemble exists, and that the majority of the ensemble is community members. Nesbitt has also stated that countless vocalists she has talked to are frustrated that Grace has no choir.
groups of kids we don’t know, having to teach them.” As an elementary education major, Meuth said she valued the opportunity. Kate Ball, another student involved in the event, said that there were three specific stations: one demonstrating why water conservation is important; one conducting water quality testing; and one for students to go fishing. The field day helped “to inform the area 4th graders how to keep our water safe,” Ball said. They ... “learned a lot by engaging themselves in the information being taught to them by the Grace Stu-
Scott Schloss, a freshman living in Beta, brought his keyboard with him, but has found it to be difficult to find adequate practice space. “Being in a three-person room, there is no practical or comfortable way for me to get a cumbersome and large keyboard with decent sound quality to be set up in my room,” said Schloss. Since the School of Music was transitioned out in 2010, Grace has made options for students who want to be involved in music. In August, music opportunities were officially moved into the department of Student Affairs and specifically under the supervision of Aaron Crabtree. Crabtree has spent much of the fall understanding what is currently available for students, encouraging participation in those opportunities, and assisting the directors of these groups. According to
Crabtree, student participation is up in both pep band and wind ensemble. Students who are involved in pep band are also paid. Crabtree acknowledges that lack of practice space is a problem. “To date, we have considered space on campus that could be utilized for this purpose and even looked into an option of purchasing some portable “practice pods” from another college campus,” stated Crabtree. Additionally, a choir, “Lancer Chorus,” has been desired by administration since the school of Music closed but has not yet come to fruition. According to Crabtree, “An interest and information gathering meeting is being planned for later this month to learn from interested students what they are looking for in a chorus and director.”
dents.” Stephanie Owens, another education major, said that “it was a time for local 4th graders to come and learn...a little bit about the environment.” Owens’ particular project for the day was to be at the station for water conservation. She demonstrated how leaky faucets can waste a lot of water, and calculated how much money could be saved in a year if the faucet were fixed. “I loved this experience. It was a time for me as a future educator to work with fourth graders and teach them about things that are important to keep God’s creation what He intended it to be,” Owens said.
By Stephanie Johnston
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Freshman tennis star Daniel Sanchez makes it to Grace by ZANE GARD Sports Writer Daniel Sanchez is a winner. And ever since he started playing tennis at age ten, Sanchez has been adding accomplishments to his resume. Whether it was in Venezuela, where Sanchez is from, or at Grace, his new home, Sanchez has played tennis - and played it well. Sanchez, though, was not the first one in his family to play tennis. In fact, if baseball practices had not been so boring to Sanchez, he might have never ventured to pick up a tennis racquet. After wanting to watch his sister play tennis to see if tennis looked appealing, Sanchez decided he would give it a try himself. Within a month of starting out at the beginner’s court, Sanchez was playing at the court for the top-rated players. This was the start of a career that would make Sanchez the topranked player in Venezuela this past summer for players 18 years old and under - when Sanchez was only 17. During his playing time in Venezuela, Sanchez was able to rack up many other accomplishments. Playing club tennis, Sanchez made five regionals in singles, making the semifinals once, and won nationals for doubles twice. It was because of this success that Sanchez became a top recruit from Venezuela. Yet despite his success, Sanchez could not really continue his tennis career in Venezuela. Wanting to learn English better, live on his own, and study in the United States, Sanchez started looking at colleges to play for. A sports agent gave Sanchez some suggestions on where to begin, and one of those was Grace. Maybe it is ironic Sanchez is at Grace. After all, tennis head coach Larry Schuh has taught Spanish for 13 years. Maybe it was because San-
chez did not take the ACT in time to secure a scholarship from Taylor University. Or maybe everything lined up for a reason. As Schuh put it, “God, for whatever reason, wanted him to come to Grace.” When Schuh started emailing Sanchez about playing for Grace, Sanchez could tell he was different. Sanchez could tell Schuh wanted him the most, but that was not what stuck out the most. What Sanchez noticed was Schuh’s short signature on every email that said, “Prov. 3:5-6.” Sanchez quickly pointed it out to his dad, a pastor. It was, after all, his favorite Bible verse, and one that cemented Sanchez’s interest in Grace. Still, Sanchez wanted to major in engineering - a degree that Grace did not offer. One day last January, Schuh had not heard from Sanchez or his family in three weeks, when he received an email from Sanchez’s dad saying that Sanchez was still thinking over his choice of major: business or engineering. Schuh knew what that meant. If Sanchez chose engineering, he was going to Taylor and Grace would lose a top recruit. Later that day, Schuh received an email that would change the men’s tennis program - except it was not from Sanchez. Instead, it was from Grace athletic director Chad Briscoe, who did not know about Sanchez’s pending decision. He informed Schuh that Grace was going to add an engineering program. Schuh quickly told Sanchez, and later that day Sanchez committed to Grace. This was one final miracle in Sanchez’s direction to Grace. “There were answers from God,” Sanchez said. “He was opening doors.”
Now at Grace, Sanchez has become a fixture on the tennis team, as his tennis success has now stormed through his collegiate play. Not many freshmen make it to the quarterfinals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Tournament. Sanchez can. He actually could have done better, too. After defeating the No. 8 seeds and one of the host school’s (Aquinas College) top players, Sanchez finally lost in his eighth grueling match in two days to the No. 3 seed. Still, in only his first year, Sanchez was named to the MCC AllConference team after going undefeated in singles competition. Sanchez was also 11-1 in doubles competition, with his only loss coming in the MCC championship. Unfortunately for Sanchez, his doubles partner, Aaron Blevins, had broken his toe the night before the championship, significantly hindering their chances at winning.
“I want to add some new numbers to it,” Sanchez explained with a laugh. Sanchez will certainly do his part. After a great freshman year, Sanchez should only get better. Schuh said “he could see” Sanchez breaking some records and finishing with one of the most successful careers in the history of Grace’s tennis program. Regardless, Sanchez has already left a mark on Grace, simply by being here. His addition to the men’s tennis team cannot and will not go unnoticed. And if the past is any indication, Sanchez will leave an even bigger mark on Grace. Good thing Sanchez ended up at Grace - as “fate,” of course, would have it.
5 the number of seniors on the volleyball team who were honored on Nov. 2.
101 the minute junior
As Fate Would Have It
forward Elizabeth Heuss, women’s soccer, scored at to defeat Taylor University in the MCC Quarterfinals on Oct. 29.
the number of points scored by the men’s basketball team in their season opener against Trinity International on Oct. 29.
1 the time (p.m.) for the women’s basketball homecoming game Saturday against UC Clermont.
3 the time (p.m.) for the men’s basketball homecoming game Saturday against UC Clermont.
- Sports Information
Meredith Hollar , women’s soccer, became the first recruit to sign in the Grace class of 2013.
Sanchez’s success on the court can be traced back to his intelligence - intelligence that will help Sanchez pursue his dream of starting his own company after graduation. Schuh says that Sanchez has a knack for always hitting the best shot at the best time - not bad for someone playing against foes that could have been five years older he is.
Shane Barthuly, men’s soccer, has six assists in conference play, best in the MCC.
Jake Peattie, men’s basketball, scored a game-high 21 points on 6 of 10 shooting in Grace’s season opener on Oct. 29. Elizabeth Heuss, women’s soccer, needs one more goal to tie for fourth in career goals in program history.
When he first toured the Orthopaedic Capital Center, Sanchez found his number one goal at Grace. When Sanchez looked at the men’s tennis plaque, he saw that the last time Grace won the MCC conference was 1989. Shocked, Sanchez vowed to change that.
Juaneice Jackson, women’s basketball, scored 21 points off the bench to help defeat IU-South Bend on Oct. 29.
- Sports Information Only a freshman, Daniel Sanchez is already making history for the men’s tennis program.
Barr Hired as Grace’s Associate Head Baseball Coach, Assistant AD by JOSH NEUHART Sports Information Grace College has announced the hiring of Bill Barr as the Associate Head Baseball Coach and Assistant Athletic Director starting Jan. 1, 2012. Barr comes to Grace from Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, W.V., where he experienced tremendous success over the past two years as head baseball coach. Overall, Barr’s résumé includes 22 years of experience coaching baseball, including 14 at the collegiate level, and seven years of experi-
ence as an athletic director. “I am extremely excited about joining the Grace College coaching staff. The opportunity to mentor young men for Christ is at the core of my desire to join the Lancers,” Barr said. “I appreciate the support of Dr. Manahan, Dr. Katip and Coach Weathers for their decision to bring me on board. The chance to join such a great Christian college is both humbling and exciting.” In Barr’s first season coaching Alderson-Broaddus in 2010, he directed the Battlers to one of their most successful seasons in program history.
Barr was named the WVIAC Coach of the Year as a result, and the Battlers were ranked in the top 10 of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association for the Atlantic Region during the season. “Coach Barr has built great programs based on excellence through baseball fundamentals and building character in the young men on his teams,” Weathers said. “It is rare that you can add this type of individual to an already successful staff. We are really looking forward to his leadership both with the baseball program and for the athletic department as a whole. Prior to his work at Alderson-
Broaddus, Barr coached the baseball team at Oklahoma Wesleyan University from 2005-09.
team, and I am excited to be a part of the continued development of this program.”
In the year before Barr arrived at Oklahoma Wesleyan, the team finished 4-51. In Barr’s final season at Oklahoma Wesleyan, the team broke the school record for wins with a 2926 season. Barr also nearly doubled the baseball roster during his tenure.
Barr, who is nearing 300 career wins as a head coach at the collegiate level, had a successful stint at Indiana Wesleyan University. Overall, Barr took the Wildcats to four consecutive appearances in the NCCAA National Tournament and set the school record for wins when the team finished 32-21 in 1994.
“I understand the challenges the baseball program is currently facing in the MCC, but I am confident that Grace will be able to compete favorably within the upper tier of the conference,” Barr continued. “[Current head coach] Josh Bailey has laid a superb foundation for this
While at Indiana Wesleyan, his teams averaged 22 wins per season, and he was awarded as an NAIA District Coach of the Year once and an NCCAA Regional Coach of the Year twice.
THE SOUNDING BOARD | NOVEMBER 3, 2011
November 2011 Tuesday
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18 Fall Play
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Residence Halls close at 3 p.m.
Residence Halls open at 2 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. IWU 7 p.m.
Evening Classes Meet
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SAB Coffee House Session
19 Fall Play
Conference on Mission
Women’s Basketball vs. Mt. Vernon Nazarene 7 p.m.
Women’s Soccer vs. Mt. Vernon Nazarene (MCC Semifinal) 1 p.m.
10 SVO Fundraiser @ Hacienda
5 Women’s and Men’s Basketball Games vs. UC Clermont 1 p.m and 3 p.m.
Fall Play Hall Meeting 10p.m.
4 Banquet Dessert &Variety Show
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