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SOUNDING BOARD the voice of Grace College students since 1953

Volume 58 Issue No. 12

Winona Lake, Indiana

January 19, 2012

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. Winona Lake community commemorates the life of MLK Jr. session on MLK Jr. in Little Theatre Monday evening. For students, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is not usually observed—because school is not yet in session. According to Aaron Crabtree, the associate dean of stu-

were back early by Jan. 9, and the dean’s council decided to observe the holiday. Dr. Norris, who serves on the dean’s council suggested observing the holiday, and Dr. Katip and Dr. Manahan unanimously agreed. For Dr. Norris, a professor of history and the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, being able to observe the holiday was the start of a great tradition. “I feel very full to see such diversity and support in the community for Dr. King. I think that this is the start of a great tradition for the community and campus, as well as for what is to come for the campus, as we look to be more multicultural and less homogenous,” said Dr. Norris. The event also included a scholarship presentation to two local students who have reached across racial boundaries.

At the end of the event, every one gathered in a circle, holding hands singing, “We Shall Overcome,” the key anthem of the civil rights movement. For student Dominique Jackson the event was inspiring. “It was amazing to see all the diversity in this room – white and black people coming together to honor Dr. King, and wake up to the injustice that is still going on in the world,” said Jackson. And for Enrica Verrett, a senior and member of the women’s volleyball team, the work of MLK Jr. made her coming to Grace a possibility. “I definitely wouldn’t be a student at a predominantly white college if it was not for Dr. King. It was great to see how he has affected and touched so many different peoples and to see that so many of us have the same beliefs,” said Verrett.

Grace students were invited to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Rodeheaver Auditorium for “Living the Dream” an annual tribute of his contributions to racial equality. The tribute program began in 1988 “as a way to reach out to the community,” according to Joseph Banks, a coordinator of the event. The twenty-fourth annual tribute program “Living the Dream” was presented by the Committee to Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Inc. in cooperation with Grace College and Seminary and Warsaw Community Schools. Faculty and a small group of students were in attendance with more than 200 community members honoring the work of

MLK Jr. The event featured a luncheon, as well as a drama performance by students from Warsaw Community High School and Lakeland Christian Academy. Jerry Bloch, the head of the CCMLK, cited how the program (the drama presentation) was built around the youth in this community. “We have some amazing talent in this area,” Bloch said referring to the drama presentation. The drama went beyond just the issue of civil rights but addressed the issues of intolerance today, such as cyber bullying and bullying in regards to lifestyle choices, highlighting how equality is still something we need to fight for today. Students at Grace College had the day off and were encouraged to attend the luncheon as well as the video and discussion






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“I definitely wouldn’t be a student at a predominantly white college if it was not for Dr. King.” dents, school usually does not start early enough to even observe the holiday. “We’re normally on break, or on winter term, when only a small group of students is back,” said Crabtree. This year, however, students




InBrief SAB hosts Ice Skating at the Canlan Ice Rink in Fort Wayne on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 9-11 p.m. Admission is $2.

Winter Jam 2012 will be in Fort Wayne on Sunday, Jan. 22 at the Memorial Coliseum. Arena doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door. Bands NewSong, Skillet, Sanctus Real, Peter Furler (former lead singer of the Newsboys), Building 429, Group 1 Crew, and Kari Jobe will perform.

“From the Vault Art Exhibit” opens on Jan. 20 in Mount Memorial. Selected works from the Grace College of Art Department’s permanent collection will be on display. Gallery hours are 9 am.-5 p.m. weekdays, select evenings and by appointment.

On Feb. 3, downtown Warsaw will come alive with their Fire and Ice Festival. For more information check out First Friday Warsaw on Facebook.

A Valentine evening with Matt Maher and Audrey Assad will be held at Brookside Church in Fort Wayne on February 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, and include dessert and a Q & A with Matt and Audrey. Visit for more information.

The Lancer Pep Band is led by Joshua Hamrick and Amy Forbes. The pep band plays at most home basketball games.

Scott Schloss | Sounding Board Photo

Music stands its ground at Grace BY MEGAN GETTS Contributing Writer The closing of the 2010-2011 school year marked the end of musical education at Grace College. Byers’ Hall ceased to exist. Music stands and instruments found themselves on display at auctions. And many students were forced to transfer schools or pursue different majors. A still silence may have been expected this year; however, music still floats and fills the air all around campus, from the Alpha girls strumming their guitars and the Beta boys singing Christmas carols to the more organized musical gatherings such as the bands, symphonies, and new choirs that continue to thrive. There are a couple different symphonies that include Grace students in their cores. The Symphony of the Lakes is a string orchestra that is made up of multiple stringed instruments such as the violin, cello, and bass violin. Currently, around fifty Grace students participate in this orchestra and perform around four to five times per

year, according to Zoe Rosza. Another musical opportunity lies in the Grace College Wind Ensemble. This small wind ensemble is actually deemed a “community band” and only around five Grace students participate in its two or three concerts a year. Rachel Nesbitt, who plays the French Horn in the Ensemble, loves being able to continue feeding her love of music and encourages more students to play to their strengths and join! One of the better-known musical groups on campus is the Lancer Pep Band, directed by Joshua Hamrick and Amy Forbes. The Lancer Pep Band is a paid position, requiring attendance at once-a-week practices and performances at most of the home men and women’s basketball games. Hamrick agrees that the Pep Band basically exists to “get the crowd going at games” and to show support for our teams. When walking through the dorms or attending chapel, many students hear the voices of many talented singers. Grace currently has outlets for those students who wish to use their love for music and instrumental tal-

ents; however, it appears that the singing voices are being forgotten. Thankfully, notes of change are in the air. A recent meeting occurred regarding a new, possible musical development at Grace: a Lancer Chorus. The meeting was well attended, with more than twenty students, while many more

people show interest in this vocal ensemble. There is a possibility that next year, students expressing a passion for vocal music may have the opportunity to perform in an organized fashion. I can only hope that these people will continue to sing down the halls.

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Mary Wick and Amy Forbes play in the Lancer Pep Band.


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PHOTO BRIEFS Photography by Cassie Gareiss

Top: The men’s basketball team competes against the University of Saint Francis on Saturday, Jan. 14. Middle: The cheerleading squad before the start of the women’s basketball game against USF on Saturday, Jan. 14. Bottom Left: Tyler Kronk wins prizes during SAB Bingo. Bottom Middle: Bekah Richards competes at SAB Bingo. Bottom Right: The Mask of the Redzone and students cheer during the men’s basketball game.





Student leadership hiring begins BY OCTAVIA LEHMAN Editor-in-Chief

Student leadership hiring has begun. On January 11, the Student Leadership Opportunity Fair in McClain auditorium gave students in the Introduction to Leadership class the opportunity to see ways to get involved across campus. From student mentors to the Sounding Board to GIP, positions all across campus will be hiring for next year. Students who are applying for leadership positions are required to take the Introduction to Leadership class, a new requirement from student affairs. However, according to Aaron Crabtree, the associate dean of students, those who are not signed up for the class

currently should not be dismayed about According to Crabtree, the class applying for student leadership. teaches a 360 degree approach to leader“Don’t be discouraged from apply- ship, seeing leadership as more than a top ing if you didn’t sign up for the class; an down, command and control leadership, agreement can be but a committment to made to meet that leading and developing requirement this “Don’t be discouraged oneself. spring,” said Crab“We teach leaders from applying if you that leadership begins tree. Introduction didn’t sign up for the with a commitment to to Leadership is leading and developing class; an agreement taught by Aaron oneself, and also seeing Crabtree and Resithe importance of leadcan be made...” dent Director Peter ing up (toward those Wolff. in authority over you) The class is required as a way to be and leading across (to your teammates),” a training tool to fulfill Grace’s mission said Crabtree. statement of preparing students for a Residence life positions are the first lifestyle of service and ministry based on positions to be filled, with applications Christ’s example and calling. due Jan. 24. Group interviews begin on

Jan. 26. In total, Student Affairs intends on hiring 24 women and 20 men as Resident Assistants for the 2012-2013 school year. Also the positions of Serve director, Sounding Board editor-in-chief, and Student Affairs graphic designer are definitely opening due to seniors graduating. Other positions that will be open are student mentors, growth group leaders, student body president, Serve team leaders, chapel commission, student organization directors, chapel program staff, peer mentors, and trip student leaders. For more information on the positions that are opening for next year, visit the student employee section on the portal.

Applications sought for Student Body President Interested in leading Grace College? Think you have what it takes to lead Senate meetings? Or do you want to be a bridge between administration and students? Then consider applying to be the student body president. Applications for the position of student body president for the 2012-2013 school are

now being accepted. The deadline to apply is Jan. 23. The SBP is responsible for leading and directing the Student Government Association, as well as meeting regularly with the Student Senate Executive Council. The Senate Executive Council includes the leaders of Serve, Senate, The Sounding Board,

GIP, SAB, and Mosaic. Beyond leading meetings, the SBP is also responsible for assisting in major campus events, such as Welcome Weekend and Grace Fest. Current SBP Jonathan Haag offers his advice for those interested in applying. “If you are an energetic self-starter who is passionate about bringing

groups together for a common purpose and see them succeed, then this is a position for you,” stated Haag. According to Haag, SBP encompasses a variety of different roles but the general role is leading Grace Student Organizations and coordinating group efforts. “We also work with administration to come up with

solutions to problems through Student Senate,” said Haag. For Haag, the most important element in a candidate for SBP is “someone who first and foremost is passionate about Grace College and the students.” If you are interested in applying contact Aaron Crabtree, the associate dean of students.

Growing up Christian in a Muslim nation BY SARAH KRAUS Contributing Writer Junior Michelle Clark enjoys playing guitar, singing, and sports, especially being a part of the various intramural teams. She is majoring in intercultural studies and enjoys being with friends. Clark is a regular American college student, with only one major difference: she was born and grew up in Indonesia, a country that is 86.1 percent Muslim. Until age six, Clark lived in tribes with her missionary parents and her brother. After this, the family moved to the city of Manado, on the island of Sulawesi. For a while, she went to an international Christian school on the island of Java. Clark remembers playing sports at the school, playing against Muslim teams who would dress in long sleeves under the uniform, as well as long pants and a head covering. “I had to be careful about how I dressed,” Clark said. She said that

dressing modestly showed respect to the Muslims around her, which she tried to do—even taking care not to show her shoulders. Clark said that growing up in Indonesia did not seem different to her because it is what she has always known. “Because I grew up there, it felt normal,” she said. When Clark was young, Indonesia experienced unrest between the Muslim and the Christian villages. There was fighting, and during a time when Clark’s family was on furlough, a Muslim group came to attack a Christian village. However, God miraculously spared the village. As the Muslims were approaching, they saw a boat out on the lake with lots of men in it, wearing red. Red was the symbolizing color for Christians; therefore, the Muslims retreated because they were outnumbered. Later on, someone who had been out on the water attested that there had been no boat and no men. Clark often got catcalls when on

the streets, simply because she was American. Guys would yell things in their broken, sometimes incorrect English, such as “I love you, mister!” Even so, Clark said that living among Muslims, she personally never felt threatened or attacked. The Muslims she knew were friendly and welcoming and very open. However, though she never felt in danger, there were a few times when it was difficult growing up Christian in a Muslim nation. One difficulty was having pets. Clark had a dog named Rusty. The problem was, in Islam, dogs are unclean, so people were afraid of it. Another, more serious difficulty was that, as an American, everyone assumed that Clark was a Christian. However, they also assumed that all Americans, and consequently Christians, were immoral like those seen on TV. Clark said that her mom was once in a Bible study with a few Muslim women, and it took weeks for the women to see the real character

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Michelle Clark helps co-lead the serve team, I Heart Muslims. of a Christian, a contradiction of the movies. Clark said that it was also hard during Ramadan, the month of fasting. She struggled with whether to hide when she ate, or to simply be open about it. However, after the month, Clark said there was a celebration

called Idul Fitri, where families were very friendly and welcoming. The Clarks were welcomed into homes and offered food and tea, despite being Christian. Overall, Clark said she “loved her time in Indonesia, and she can’t imagine it being any other way.”




In Lehman’s Terms: Saying goodbye to wanderlust BY OCTAVIA LEHMAN Editor-in-Chief I’ve had wanderlust for years. Wanderlust, a German loan word meaning “a strong desire or impulse to travel” connotes everything adventureous and nothing boring. For as long as I can remember I’ve loved traveling. My love affair might have start-

ed when I was seven and my family visited Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, and we were transported back to Revolutionary America. Or it my have started when we visited the lakeshores of Michigan, and I played amongst the sand dunes and jumped into the crisp, cold water, and watched fireworks across the silvery lake. Or it could have been when I was 14 and I took my first plane ride across the Atlantic and entered into the land of windmills and wooden shoes and played soccer against Germans, Danes and Scandinavians. Whenever my wanderlust began, I’ve been affected for a long time.

Yet, I don’t know how healthy wanderlust is for me or for anyone. I have this strong desire for adventure, for travel, and for seeing God’s glory prevail. But does my passion for adventure cloud my judgment for my calling? I can admit that my passion for adventure sometimes outweighs my true reason for action. I don’t want to settle for ordinary. I want to travel the world and see all of God’s glory. But what if he’s called me to the ordinary? Could I do it? What if I’m not called to live in an exotic land or report on news all around the world? Could I bask in such a calling? A calling that could have me writing stories in the same

midwestern town where I grew up? A calling that could have me living in the same country that I grew up, that I vowed I would forsake for foreign accents and better food? Too often we build ourselves up for a wanderlust life when we might be called to simpler things. We have this itch to travel, to explore, but what does all of the travel get us? Stamps in our passport? I’ve thought this over many times as I’ve contemplated my future location beyond Grace campus. I don’t need another exotic Facebook picture; I need to be in a place where I know that I can say “I will be a servant” through the ordinary. We all want to be extraordinary, but

we have trouble with the ordinary. When it comes to this topic, though I get caught in the in between. Yes, I am made for extraordinary purposes, but I need to learn to be humble. I guess I should say my wanderlust is in the process of finding a cure. I still love traveling, but I am learning that serving Christ does not always mean glamorous. The ordinary life is not always glamorous. I find deeper, richer treasure in knowing that Christ did not think of his death as anything less than worthy of His submission, and “that being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:8 ESV).

Joyful Noise: The feel good movie of the winter BY PAUL MORALES Arts and Culture Writer T h e m o v i e musical is very much lost on our modern audience. Unless the studio in question is Disney, it probably hasn’t produced a movie-musical since “Across the Universe” came out back in 2007 (and even then, how good were “Tangled” and the “Princess and the Frog,” really?). It seems to me that we just don’t buy people randomly bursting out into song and dance choreography anymore. At least, not the way we used to. Luckily, enterprising film-makers such as Craig Brewer

(“Hustle & Flow”), Steve Antin (“Burlesque”), and Todd Graff have found a way around that. They said to themselves, “If we can’t make movies about people who sing for no reason, we’ll make movies about people who sing for good reason.” And so, we began receiving a string of movies about singers, song-writers, bands, and clubs. It’s not that traditional movie-musicals have disappeared completely, nor that movies about singers and bands have never been made before. But it’s easy to see that the ratio has changed dramatically in the last five years or so, with modernity on the rise and tradition on the decline. “Joyful Noise,” the new film by Todd Graff, follows the new style. It tells the story of the gospel choir of a small-town church in Georgia that has competed in

and lost the national Joyful Noise Gospel Competition for several years running. Just as the pastor is beginning to consider cutting the program altogether, the raucous, mildly inappropriate grandson of the church’s main benefactor moves back into town to shake things up. The plot of this movie has been lifted from a dozen other movies before it. What really makes this movie is the performances from the two leading ladies. Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton play two very strong-willed and hilarious women who are forced to lead the choir together. The most hilarious moments in the film come out of their interactions. Keke Palmer (“Akeelah and the Bee”) and Jeremy Jordan also turn in strong turns as Latifah’s daughter and Parton’s grandson, respectively. Though I may not agree with all

of its theological conclusions, I was also extremely impressed with the gravity that this film gave to spiritual issues and themes. The script makes the presence of God known and felt rather consistently. No Oscar nominations are going to be earned here, but it doesn’t matter. You’ll leave the theater smiling and humming and believing in the restorative power of making a joyful noise to the Lord.

NOA NOA Wood Grill & Sushi Bar 5 out of 5 stars $$

BY ALEX LERNER Staff Writer Warsaw may be a small town, but in all its quaintness you will find a few cuisine gems. Take Noa Noa for instance. Established in 2000, owners Scott and Tish have attempted for their restaurant to bring a little tropical atmosphere to the corn fieldcovered Midwest. Noa Noa Wood Grill and Sushi Bar provides the patron with the ultimate South Seas

If you go: Located on 310 Eastlake Dr. near Maxx Tan and Think Young Spa experience. The restaurant also includes a complete fresh seafood market where customers can find some of the freshest seafood in the Midwest area. Noa Noa’s menu is richly infused with island flavors. A wide variety of seafood options are of course available, but if seafood is not your thing, there are also many beef, pork, and poultry options. The meat and poultry options are created with an Argentinean flair with entrees like “Chimichurri Bone

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in Ribeye.” The menu hops across the globe and brings on regional Indian flavors in some of its salads, curries, and pasta entrees like “Indonesian Vindoloo Curry Bowls.” If you’re looking for a more casual meal, the menu also includes a wide variety of sandwiches. Now, for one of the largest reasons people find their way to Noa Noa—their sushi. The sushi of Noa Noa has a menu all of its own. Noa Noa’s sushi is some of the best in the area. It

competes, of courses, with the Asian-infused, chic Cerulean. You will find that the two styles of sushi have their differences, both being excellent. I am personally partial to Noa Noa’s flavors, especially in their spicy tuna roll. However, it would be completely boring if both the restaurants created exactly the same sushi. Thank goodness for variety. You can find the restaurant open during lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. For dinner they are

Reservations accepted from 2 p.m. 574-372-3224

open from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday. They extend their dinner hours until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The fresh seafood market is available Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Noa Noa is probably not a frequent option for the average college student because of its saltier prices, but if you’re saving your pennies for a great night out, in a great island atmosphere, Noa Noa is the place to go.




How men’s and women’s basketball has fared in 2012

Men’s Basketball Jan. 14 Jan. 10 Jan. 7 University of Jan. 5 Bethel Jan. 3 Taylor Saint Francis Goshen College Jan. 17 Spring University W, 81-70 College W, 77-69 Marian Arbor W, 73-58 W, 55-54 University University L, 57-66 W, 68-67

Jan. 3 Spring Arbor University L, 53-41

Goshen College W, 67-46

Jan. 7 Taylor University L, 69-76

Jan. 10 Bethel College W, 67-61

Jan. 14 University of Saint Francis L, 56-62

The 2012 season has been quite fruitful so far for the Lancers. The men’s basketball team has faced three teams ranked in the NAIA Top 25 Poll and has defeated all three in dramatic fashion. A lone loss to Marian University blemishes their campaign this season. Going forward, the Lancers are in the heart of MCC play, and will have their current top seed put to the test. Upcoming games against No. 12 Indiana Wesleyan University and No. 22 Huntington University will be critical to the men’s squad putting the finishing touches on a masterful season.

The women’s basketball team came into the year with expectations as high as any other team in program history. After a hot non-conference start, the Lady Lancers have had a tougher time in MCC play, but aim to get back on track after a tough loss to the University of Saint Francis. Highlighting the 2012 year is snapping a 30-game losing streak against rival Bethel College. Continuing their record-setting season will not be easy for the Lady Lancers, as seven of their next 10 opponents are ranked or receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 Poll, but the women’s basketball team will compete well.

Women’s Basketball This week in Lancer Athletics... Knights snap Grace’s six-game win streak WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s volleyball team swept the weeky awards from the Mid-Central Col-

lege Conference. Ind. – Marian University continued its upset trend by taking down No. 4 Grace 66-57 INDIANAPOLIS, Stephanie Lawson was named the Player Week andNAIA. the Hitter of the Week, Rachel Bult was on Tuesday night, making them 5-1 against Top of 25 the teams in the the of the Week, Bethany Whitcraft roundedwinning out thestreak awards with the Libero to of just the Week. TheSetter Lancers (17-3; 7-2 and MCC), who had their six-game snapped, struggled 38-perLawson averaged 11 kills in six wins on the week for the Lady Lancers. She amassed a match-high cent shooting from the field. Marian, on the other hand, shot just under 50 percent from the field while 17 kills in a three-set victory over Union (Ky.) and also tallied six service aces and turned in 18 digs in a knocking down half ofCollege. their 3-point attempts. 3-2 win over Shorter Marian all but onefactor minutetoofGrace’s the firstcurrent half, including a 9-1 run afer Grace momentarily the lead Bultled hasforbeen a key eight-game winning streak, including atook perfect 6-0 and intothis theweek. break She withhad a 31-25 lead. record a tremendous 41 assists in a three-game set over No. 22 Indiana Wesleyan and recorded against Shorter Thealso Knights were 57 notassists to be stopped on the offCollege. ensive end. Marian hit at a 55-percent shooting clip in the Whitcraft double-digit in threethroughout of Grace’sthe wins, the Lady Lancers to a perfect second half andtallied drove their way past digs the Lancers finalhelping 20 minutes of action. week. In theirmanaged win overtoShorter College, an incredible digs career high). bumped The Lancers cut Marian’s leadshe to fitallied ve at 50-45 with 9:0830left on (a thenew clock, but Marian Grace is currently in the heart of the MCC season with away matches on Friday (Bethel, 7 p.m.) their lead to double digits3soon and Saturday (Goshen, p.m.).after. A pair of 3-pointers by Bruce Grimm and Dayton Merrell in the final three minutes of action the -Sportsbrought Information Lancers back to within six points, but the Knights hit 5-of-6 from the charity stripe down the stretch and held on for the upset. Only two Lancers - Duke Johnson and Greg Miller - scored more than six points. Overall, the Lancers took care of the basketball with 10 turnovers, but their poor shooting from the field doomed their cause. -Sports Information


4 the current rank of the men’s basketball team

18 the current


New Year, Same Expectations

rank of the women’s basketball team.

3 the number of ranked teams the men’s basketball team has defeated since Jan. 5.

6 consecutive NAIA polls the men’s basketball team has been ranked in the top ten.

999 career points for women’s basketball forward Hayley Cashier.

+5.5 the women’s basketball team average rebound margin, best in the MCC.

2008 the last year the men’s basketball team won at Marian University.

80 percent women’s basketball forward Danielle Boykin is shooting from the freethrow line, good for eighth in the MCC. - Sports Information

Player of the Week Bruce Grimm, Men’s Basketball Bruce Grimm is this week’s Player of the Week after averaging 21.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game. For his play, Grimm was also named the Mid-Central College Conference Player of the Week after helping the Lancers to two impressive MCC wins. On the season, Grim leads Grace in three statistical categories: scoring (16.0 ppg), assists (5.0 apg), and steals (1.9 spg).



In Touch Our staff joins in on some the most current discussions in sports


So who is going to win the Super Bowl?

“Defense wins championships, but Alex Smith will never win a Super Bowl.” That is what I have told everyone for about a month now. Until now.

Ray Lewis’ Ravens did not get any love from our staff.

Before everyone talks about how hot the Giants are, someone (OK, I will) should mention the 49ers have the same win-streak and that the 49ers already embarrassed Eli Manning during the regular season. Before everyone talks about how the Patriots have turned their defense around, The Patriots’ weakness is their secondary. Even Alex Smith can exploit that. Here’s what I don’t like about the Giants. In years past, the Giants have been a cramin-down-your-throat team. This year’s version of the G-Men, though, has attempted the fewest rushing attempts of any Giants team since 2003 (think: Kerry Kollins-Tike Barber). And the Patriots? The Patriots do not even have a 700-yard rusher, which they did the last time Tom Brady went nuts. Only the Ravens, another Harbaugh-run squad, has the personnel that would match up on paper with the 49ers. Maybe I just like Jim Harbaugh (I do). Maybe I am just an NFC West fan (I am). Maybe I cannot make myself cheer for the Patriots, even though I am not a Colts fan (I cannot).

Zane Gard

Or maybe, just, maybe, defense really does win championships.

As has rarely been the case before, the Super Bowl is completely up for grabs this year. The team I am looking at to make a run at the Super Bowl is the New York Giants. The reason is because they have arguably the best fourth quarter quarterback in the NFL not named Tim Tebow. In fact, Eli Manning set a record this year for most fourth-quarter touchdowns. But that is not the only reason I chose them. The other reason is that something weird is going on in the NFL this year. How is it possible that Tim Tebow won as much as he has? The defense was awful at the end of the year but they stepped up in the first round of the playoffs. The Giants are the same way, as they ride a hot streak through the playoffs. The reason the Giants win is the amazing defensive line led by All-Pro defensive end Jason Pierre Paul. The other reason is that Eli Manning is playing as well as any QB in the league. The reason the Giants will win the Super Bowl is because only one team has ever won the SB with a defense ranked outside the top ten.

Michael Blevins

Normally, I am all about football, but add in a disappointing year for the Colts (an understatement), and I lose interest watching every game end in defeat. Luckily Tebow Time has provided some entertainment this season, but even the Broncos’ best prayer could not stop the New England Patriots. As much as it pains me to say it, The New England Patriots have the best shot at winning the Super Bowl. The Patriots’ weakest link has been their defense; however, their postseason numbers are nothing like the regular season. Their defense held the Broncos to a season low 252 yards and a measly 10 points. The Patriots are playing hot at the right time, and I think they will surprise us. The Patriots are ready for another Super Bowl win, as two early exits in the postseason does not satisfy a team accustomed to winning. It has been said that defense wins championships, but someone will need to figure out how to stop Tom Brady and the Pat’s high-powered offense. Unless someone learns how to shutdown Brady, their defensive holes will not matter.

Octavia Lehman

The Giants will be the team hoisting the Lombardi Trophy come the evening of February 5. The Giants are clearly the hottest team in the NFL, playing their best football at exactly the right time, having won five of their last six games. They won their first two playoff games by an average score of 31-10, including a victory over the 15-1 Green Bay Packers. Their offense, centered around QB Eli Manning and WR Hakeem Nicks, averaged 385 yards of offense per game this season, including 296 through the air. Their biggest obstacle will be the New England Patriots, but the Giants should be able to get past New England, as their passing defense ranked second-to-last this season, allowing 294 yards per game. The G-Men also bring the pain on the defensive side of the ball, sporting one of the best defensive lines in football led by the likes of Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, and Jason Pierre-Paul, who combined for 31 sacks this season.

Defense is crucial, and that is what the Giants have.

Ben Hyde

New York will ride their momentum train all the way to Indianapolis for a Super Bowl win.

A team from the National Football Conference (NFC) won every Super Bowl from 1985-1997. That is right--13 consecutive wins in the Super Bowl from the NFC. And the conference looks to get one step closer to matching that streak this year. The NFC has won the last two Super Bowls, with New Orleans winning in 2010 and Green Bay winning last year. So who will win Super Bowl XLVI? I am picking the team that has had the longest drought of all the remaining teams: the 49ers. The 49ers have not been crowned NFL champions since 1995, when Hall of Famer Steve Young led them to victory. All the other teams remaining in the playoffs have won the Super Bowl at least once in the 21st century with the Ravens in 2001, Patriots in 2002, 2004, and 2005, and the Giants in 2008.

The 49ers get to play the NFC championships at home in Candlestick Park, where they are 8-1 this season. One of those wins includes a 27-20 win in Week 10 over this week’s opponents, the New York Giants. I am picking the 49ers to win the Super Bowl, which will not be played in snowy Foxboro.

Scott Hoffman

That is a good thing for the 49ers.

With the Packers now out of the picture, the Super Bowl could be anyone’s game. Since my Saints are gone, I am calling for a Patriots’ Super Bowl. The New England Patriots are being led by the veteran Tom Brady. Last week against the Broncos, Brady put up 363 yards and threw for six touchdowns. His main running back (who is not really a running back), Aaron Hernandez, only ran for 61 yards with five carries. Yet Brady’s weapons are still vast. The majority of targets, receiving yards, and three touchdowns will go to tight end Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski continued his phenomenal season with 10 catches for a total 145 yards last week, while Deion Branch, Wes Welker, and Aaron Hernandez contribute to any defensive coordinator’s headache. This Super Bowl is going to come down to the passing ability of each quarterback in the game. Brady can easily out-throw Manning or Smith, and no one can seem to cover Gronkowski. This Super Bowl will possibly be a high scoring and evenly matched game, but with Brady at the helm, my prediction is that the Patriots will pull ahead towards the end of the game, for a Patriots’ Super Bowl win.

Chris Tulley




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