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Volume 58 Issue No. 03

Winona Lake, Indiana

September 15, 2011

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Grace College retired Mallori Kastner’s No. 7 jersey before the volleyball match against Mount Vernon Nazarene on Sept. 14. The Lady Lancers came back to win 3-2 after losing the first two sets.

Enrollment numbers up

Farewell, Byers Hall; hello, East Hall

Total undergraduate enrollment at the Winona Lake campus totals 1,006 by ETHAN SHECKLER Copy Editor With the arrival of a large freshman class, Grace College’s campus has become a little more heavily populated. In fact, according to Grace’s enrollment information, the class of 2015 is approximately 20 percent larger than last year’s freshman group, making it the largest freshman class in five years. According to Grace’s Director of Information Technology Don Fluke, possible causes of this increase include more and better marketing, as well as the introduction of Grace’s three-year bachelor’s degree program. “That increase is all about improved recruitment,” Fluke said. “A lot of hard work from a lot of people.” According to Grace’s Associate Dean of Students Aaron Crabtree, the “reimagine” programs probably drew higher enrollment. “I think the

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totaled 294 after the add-drop period, up from 243 in fall 2010. Total undergraduate enrollment at Grace’s Winona Lake campus totaled 1,006, up more than two percent from 983 in fall 2010. Crabtree said enrollment at Grace’s Fort Wayne Weber School

did not make a significant impact in overall enrollment numbers. According to Fluke, low enrollment at the Weber School was probably caused by late accreditation. “We only had five enrollees because we didn’t get approval for the program from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools until early July,” Fluke said. “We couldn’t really begin recruiting students for that program until we had approval that it would be something we could offer.” However, overall enrollment in Grace College and Theological Seminary’s programs was down almost nine percent, due solely to the neartermination of undergraduate prison education, which decreased from 362 in fall 2010 to 48 in fall 2011. Undergraduate prison education made up approximately 20 percent of total enrollment in 2010, but only accounts for about three percent of this year’s enrollment.

Not so very long ago, there was a music hall called Byers, which was located east of the Orthopaedic Capital Center on Wooster Road. It was a place any Grace student could waltz into and practice his musical instrument any time he wanted. Today, however, if a Grace student would take a stroll down Wooster Road looking for Byers Hall, they would not find it

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idea of getting a degree in fewer than four years is attractive in this economy,” Crabtree said. “I also think we’ve done a better job telling our story through marketing.” Freshman enrollment in fall 2011

“Freshman enrollment in fall 2011 totaled 294 after the add-drop period, up from 243 in fall 2010.”

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by ASHLEY MAZELIN Staff Writer

because the sign that used to say Byers has been replaced with one that says East Hall. East Hall was the original name of the building that all “Gracies” have come to know as Byers, and is now home not to musical genius, but to engineering genius. Beginning in fall 2012, Grace College will combine with Trine University in Angola, Ind., to start an engineering program that will utilize East Hall as the See East Hall, Page 2


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Denise Terry named new director of Career Services by EMILY GRUBER Staff Writer After Steve Carlson was promoted to registrar last year, the director of career services position was left open. This year, that position has been filled by Grace graduate Denise Terry. “God opened the doors for me to come work here,” Terry said when asked what called her to Grace. “A friend mentioned an opening in Career Services and this is a great fit with how I’m wired.” Career Services helps students discover their talents through quality programs geared toward graduating seniors. The Career Services Department offers many opportunities for

students. The department provides a list of campus jobs available for students at Grace. Career Services also helps students discover a major not only they enjoy, but a major they feel called into. The Placement Promise is also an opportunity for graduating seniors. The Placement Promise is available to students who are unable to find employment or gain acceptance to graduate school within six months of graduation. When students meet certain requirements, an additional year of undergraduate education is tuition free. Before coming to Grace for the position of director, Terry worked as the vice president at Cardinal Services located in Warsaw. Terry has one son, who is a drummer, in the

seventh grade. Her husband works at Eisenbrauns as the business manager. Terry likes to cook and her family hobby is gourmet cooking. She earned her undergraduate with a major in psychology and a minor in communication. Terry is a people person and likes interacting with them. “I enjoy getting together with people and like spending one-onone time with them,” Terry said. When asked what her goals for the Career Services Department were, Terry said, “I consider it a success if I can help students gain a better understanding of what they want to do.” Another goal of Terry’s is to help the freshman class as well as the juniors and seniors. “I want to help the incoming freshmen start the path

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Denise Terry, director of Careers Services formerly worked for Cardinal Services in Warsaw.

of self-awareness and gain experience while in college so that they may use that after graduating,” Terry added. “Juniors and seniors are more than welcome to come down to Ca-

reer Services and talk with me,” Terry said. She wants students after graduating from college to be able to continue on the path of knowing what they want to do and following it.

Grace opens satellite in Fort Wayne, East Hall, continued from front plans for Detroit and Indianapolis by Sarah Kraus Staff Writer This fall, Grace College opened a satellite location in

Lord provided start-up fund-

Katip mentioned that al-

ing,” which He did through a

though it could seem like “on

generous gift from Henry We-

campus students … are subsi-

ber, a Grace Board of Trustees

dizing this low cost operation,”

member.

the opposite is true. The Weber

Fort Wayne, and is opening

“We were able to start this

school should soon be able to

another in Indianapolis in the

fall with five students,” Katip

give back to the Grace campus.

spring semester. Dr. Bill Katip

said.

He also mentioned that a

said tentative plans also include

The Weber School’s execu-

number of the Weber school

opening a third location in De-

tive director, Dr. John Teevan,

staff formerly worked for the

troit, Mich., although the school

said the new locations make it

Prison Program.

still needs to be approved by the

possible for students to achieve

The Weber school location

State of Michigan and the High-

an associate degree at a sig-

in Detroit (if the school is ap-

er Learning Commission. These

are called The Weber School at Grace College.

proved), will most

locations

According to

Katip, the Weber school was started “as a way of helping families who wanted a Christian edu-

building for all of its classes. Trine is hoping to hire local engineers who work in Warsaw industry to teach the engineering classes to Grace students, and provide four different degrees in engineering. According to Grace’s Provost Bill Katip, students should be able to graduate with degrees from both schools in four years. “It is likely that students will be able to get both a Trine degree and a Grace degree in 4 years if they take summer online classes for 3 years and full semesters for 4 years,” Katip said. “More details will be available soon.” Although this may be a new and exciting change to campus, some may be concerned about

the remaining music groups on campus and what will happen to them. However, fortunately for Grace’s music groups, the offices for the Grace Pep Band, the Wind Ensemble and the chorus group will remain in East Hall, and the Byers name will be reserved for a future program that might be more connected to music and point back to the original name of the building. Aaron Crabtree is currently working to find a new area in which musicians can practice. Until then, Grace students can be excited for the new opportunities that Grace will be able to offer with its new engineering programs.

likely be in conjunc-

“The Weber school location in Detroit (if the school is approved), will most likely be in conjunction with Detroit Bible Institute...”

cation, but just couldn’t

tion with Detroit Bible Institute, which already has interested students lined up, Teevan said. The Detroit Bible Institute, which is associated with Evangel Minis-

afford it … So, families

nificantly lower cost, and then

tries, is an inner-city operation

were increasingly being forced

hopefully continue on at Grace’s

serving both traditional stu-

to have their kids go to commu-

main campus.

dents and adults.

nity colleges or regional public

Teevan said finishing up on

According to Teevan, stu-

schools.” Per year tuition at the

the main campus will be simple,

dents at the Detroit Bible Insti-

Weber school is very similar to

as all of the classes taken at the

tute are able to earn diplomas,

the in-state tuition of a public

Weber School are needed in or-

but not degrees. By partnering

university.

der to earn a Bachelor’s degree

with The Weber School at Grace

After conducting a study in

after the third and fourth years

College, its students can receive

Indianapolis, Columbus, and

on the main campus. That is

a degree from Grace College.

Milwaukee, “Students and par-

the difference between transfer-

Essentially, it’s a swap—the De-

ents alike indicated a high level

ring from a separate school and

troit Bible Institute provides

of interest in such a program,”

simply continuing on from the

students, while Grace College

Katip said. “We then decided to

Weber school.

provides degrees.

move ahead with the idea if the

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Mistakes happen, apologizing and moving forward is key by JONATHAN HAAG Student Body President “You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” - Walt Disney Mistakes happen and it is never a walk in the park owning up to them. I made one a couple weeks ago, and I feel that it is important

for me to publicly apologize and clear the air on the situation. A couple weeks ago, the Senate Subcommittee on Clubs and I had concerns about the amount of funds requested from the Grace Sports Management Club, and we wanted to meet with club leaders a second time to sort through how much Senate would fund the club. We sent an email laying out our concerns and requested a

second meeting. I also wrote a blurb about the situation in this column last week. We did not word our concerns clearly or tactfully which in turn deeply hurt the club’s leaders. I want to say to Genevieve Benson, the Club President, Dr. Darrell Johnson, the Faculty Advisor, and members of the Sports Management Club that I sincerely apologize for the hurt we have caused by our lack of clear com-

munication. We absolutely look forward to supporting you as a club, as we always have, in the year to come. Besides what was just mentioned it’s been a fairly quiet week for the Student Government. Dorm Representatives and Club Representatives met with Jake McCarthy, our Parliamentarian, to learn Parliamentary Procedure. Parliamentary procedure is a way which allows organizations

to run meetings effectively. Senate learning parliamentary procedure now will pay off greatly as we progress throughout the year. Executive Council met this week as well and discussed a variety of topics that included campus concerns that will be addressed by Senate subcommittees soon, upcoming events including Freshman and Sophomore Dessert, as well as Homecoming.

Editorial: Unity cannot be achieved without humility by OCTAVIA LEHMAN Editor-in-Chief Streams of light shine through the windows, hitting the table with a flood of color. The dinner plates are set, the napkins neatly placed. Baskets full of hearty bread fill the table. And all around friends laugh gregariously. Within the weathered doors, unity abides.

Is this what it feels like to be one? To laugh? To have joy? To break bread together? Have you ever experienced what it feels like to be part of something as a whole? Our society focuses much of its time on individualization. Music can be bought to individual taste, forsaking the entire record. Spending the entire evening on the internet - alone - is a common denominator. Yet, what does it look like to be in unity? Is it sharing thoughts, ideas, or enduring together through the challenges of life? And what do we believe about unity? Do we really seek to

belong, to be a part of something greater, or would we rather go our own way? We were not created to be the individual who watches from outside the window as others break bread together at the table. Life is not a self-journey. Our design is to be one. Yet, the road to one is not easy. What do we do when we want our own way? Push forward, and leave others behind? No. We learn the messiness of unity. We gather our bags of pride, and leave them outside the weathered doors, and join the others at the table, in humility.

Yet, humility seems like a forgotten virtue. We live in an era of self-entitlement. My rights. My wants. My needs. We jump to conclusions about being wronged. And when we are wronged, we want others to feel our pain. Because, why shouldn’t they pay for their mistake? When it comes to being united, to being one, we have to realize that we can’t always be right. We can’t always have the last word. Humility also means admitting we are wrong, searing the core of our pride issue. To think that in this life we are capable of perfection is laughable. At some

point in our lives we will hurt other people. And yes, they will hurt us. Yet, humility should be at the cornerstone of our relationships. When we realize that we, in our humanness, are capable of causing grievances - then we can move forward. We forgive. We chose to humble ourselves. What does humility have to do with unity? Everything. To be united as a body of believers requires us to lay aside our own selfish desires, and serve others. If we can’t humble ourselves before others, how can we humble ourselves before a perfect and holy Father? True unity cannot be realized without humility.

Editorial: The crossroads of politics and Christianity by NINA FERRY Contributing Writer W i t h America facing economic uncertainty and political parties’ seeming inability to see eye to eye on any subject, we as Christians often see America heading in the wrong direction, away from the Christian nation that it once started as. Right? Last school year I was re-

quired to read, “The Myth of a Christian Nation” by Gregory Boyd for the class Introduction to Political Thought. The purpose of this text was to examine how we, as evangelical Christians, view our role in the American political system. Boyd explores various historical aspects of Christianity and America, including how many evangelical Christians have put the American dream and America’s purpose side by side with God’s will by wanting to use America as a front runner for carrying out God’s Kingdom here on earth. Boyd questions the Biblical accuracy of this “taking America back for God” religious right argument by bringing up questions

such as, if we as Christians are pilgrims of the Kingdom of God here on earth, why would we want to corrupt the Kingdom of God with the Kingdom of the World? This struggle between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of the World is called two kingdom theology. For, the past year, I have been studying and learning more about this idea of two kingdom theology and how certain groups of people have lived out that theology through American history. For lack of space and time to explain all that I have learned, I will share what has, as a Christian, impacted my thought the most and what has really made me reevalu-

ate my stance on American politics. America is a wonderful nation; however, we are a nation that focuses on military power, economic power, and competition. As Christians, we are called to strive to be like Christ, and Christ’s life was the epitome of peace. He instructed his disciples that if someone struck their cheek to turn the other without retaliation. He taught his disciples to focus on helping the poor and needy. This caused me to ask, “Are many of us as American Christians focusing too much on furthering the Kingdom of this World by bashing opposite political parties

and putting all of our time and energy into returning America to its roots, or are we as American Christians focusing on furthering the Kingdom of God by giving our time and energy to help our peers who are different from us and to show Christ’s love to others?” We cannot try to pollute the Kingdom of God with the Kingdom of the World, trying to mix American political motives with Christian ethics. The two kingdoms cannot be mixed, so how can we live with a Kingdom of God mindset in the midst of the Kingdom of the World? I’ll let you discover that answer on your own.

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In the Stands- Students enjoy a double-header soccer game at Miller Field. On the Field- The men’s soccer team tied Moody Bible Institute, 2-2 in overtime on Sept. 10. Within the Crowd- Lancer Legacy Day took place on Sept. 10, at Miller Field. Students watch the men’s soccer team.

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CAMPUS NEWS Grace rugby season begins

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The game of rugby explained by Christopher Tulley Staff Writer If you pass by Beta Field late Tuesday afternoons you may notice a group of men practicing what appears to be football. If you look closer, however, these men are not wearing pads or any gear. They do not have whistles, or take breaks at each down, or call out an audible before each play. This is not your normal American football. This is rugby, a sport that consists of a lot of hitting, and a lot of running. How Rugby Works For many the game of rugby is foreign. Commonly played in Australia, England and New Zealand, rugby is not what children in America grew

Roots at Grace As violent as the game of rugby is, some might ask themselves how it ended up at Grace College. You can thank two men, senior Asher Bontrager and sophomore Joey Hamby. Bontrager and Hamby began the club last spring after realizing there was an opportunity for another club sport. Since their inception as a campus club last spring, the Grace rugby club has dedicated itself to being a ministry in an otherwise rough sport. They are also a band of brothers. Hamby is very passionate about the sport; he began playing in high school. His goal is to combine the two things he loves: rugby and sharing the gospel. During rugby matches, the opposing teams play a violent game against each other. But afterwards, they can be best friends. A social

“The point of offense is to move the ball in whatever way works, as long as it isn’t a forward pass .” up playing in their backyard. What’s rugby? And what are the rules? Originating in England in the 1700s, rugby looks like a combination of soccer and football. Similar to soccer it is all free play, with no downs or stopping. The team consists of 15 players who stay on the field at all times. Everyone plays offense and defense. Instead of playing downs, one team begins with the ball and attempts to score a try. A try is the equivalent to a goal. Trys are worth five points, and then the extra point kick is worth two. To score, a player cannot break into the end zone like football, but he must physically place the ball down with his hands. The point of offense is to move the ball in whatever way works, as long as it isn’t a forward pass. Defense only has one goal: get the ball at any cost.

cook-out event is always held after a match, joining the two teams together for fellowship. Hamby realized this social event was the perfect time for his team to share God’s love with others. Hamby’s goal with the rugby team is not to win, but to be “sticking Christ right in there.” After just one conversation with Hamby, you can easily tell where his heart is. He admitted “We need prayers. It’s hard to mix rugby and ministry.” The first game is September 24 on Beta Field. Hamby also said that the team is still recruiting players, or anyone who wants to help out the team with videography or photography. The team practices on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 4 p.m. in Beta Field.

Rugby terms Cassie Gareiss | Sounding Board Photos

Rugby Game Schedule 9/24 - Wesleyan @ Grace 10/1 - Grace @ Anderson 10/8 - Grace @ IPFW 10/15- bye week 10/22- USI @ Grace

Impress your friends with a few key terms Maul: Struggle among players for a ball that has not touched the ground. Conversion: Two points awarded for a successful kick between the goal posts after a five-point try. Scrum: A contest for the ball involving eight players who bind together and push against the other team’s assembled eight for possession of the ball. Scrums restart play after certain minor infractions. Lineout: Looks somewhat like a jump-ball in basketball, with both teams lining up opposite each other, but one team then throws the ball down the middle of the tunnel. Lineouts restart play after the ball, or a player carrying it, has gone out of bounds.


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ARTS & CULTURE

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“Contagion”

Crazy Prophet

By Natalie Huebner

Steven Soderbergh’s new film lacks character depth, but contains plenty of disease by PAUL MORALES Arts & Culture Writer Steven Soderbergh’s new thriller, “Contagion,” can and will be described many ways. As the audience watches a devastating virus sweep across the entire world, words like “globe-trotting” or “international” come to mind. Taken from its thriller aspect, we might call “Contagion” “pulse-pounding.” From its limited but important political focus, this movie might be “relevant” and “insightful.” And while it is true that “Contagion” is all these things, it is also something else – something that trumps all these other descriptors. It’s a film about humanity. It very successfully explores both the darkness in the heart of mankind as it attempts to deal with fears it cannot comprehend or defend against, as well as the light that comes from triumphing over fear and finding pure and wonderful reasons to keep on living. Sadly, the film falls short of what it could have accomplished. There’s a small, but important distance between humanity and people. Despite its extremely talented and vast cast, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, and Jude Law (just to name a few), the film does not allow enough

time to be spent with any one character that the audience connects with him or her. Matt Damon’s character is the closest this film comes to a main character, and yet he actually gets the least amount of screen time. This film examines humanity as a whole, but humanity does not make for a very relatable protagonist. Though individuals populate the film, we never get a sense of them as real people, just as placeholders that move the plot forward. The immense horror and tragedy of the virus overwhelm their true personalities, and they become mere humans in an incredible situation. Only Damon finds a moment to shine at the tail-end of the film, and by then, the single moment is not enough to make us care about those who have died and those who have lived, and which ones were which. “Contagion” is by no stretch a bad movie – it’s just not very accessible. The virus kills 12 million people by the time the film is over. To put that in perspective, the virus could kill the entire population of Warsaw about 1,000 times over – but this first fact is clinical, sterile. It’s only that personal perspective that gives it punch. And that was the major thing that “Contagion” was missing – a personal perspective.

Dog Dayz

By Stephanie Johnston

“The virus could kill the entire population of Warsaw about 1,000 times over..”

TOP 5 VIRUS MOVIES* 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

28 Days Later I Am Legend Quarantine Outbreak Planet Terror

Charlotte’s Imaginary Friends

By: Allison Hageedon

*Disclaimer: It’s very difficult to separate virus movies from zombie movies, so a number of these qualify in both categories, though Contagion is strictly virus.

#stuffmyprofsays “Life doesn’t begin until 12 a.m.” - Dr. Peugh, explaining the sleeping schedules of Beta Hall “It’s hard to bite your tongue until it’s bloody” - Dr. Peugh, speaking of sometimes holding your tongue as a parent. “If you don’t know theology, you’ll get stung.” -Dr. LaGoia, explaining the correlation of bee stings and theology. “Salvation is the big daddy doctrine.” -Dr. LaGoia, during Defining Doctrines Submit your quotes to soundingboard@grace.edu

“Oswald picks oranges.”


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by SCOTT HOFFMAN Sports Writer

The term “underdog” is oftenused in the sports world to label the inferior team.

For the last few years, the Lady Lancers volleyball team has been an underdog. However, Grace is not a team that will be sneaking up on opponents anymore. Just two years ago, the volleyball team finished with two wins in the Mid-Central College Conference. Last year was a breakout year for the volleyball team, as they finished Mid-Central College Conference (MCC) play with a 9-7 record. Their season was good enough for third place, and the team advanced to the semifinals of the MCC tournament.

Women’s Volleyball

This is just the beginning of the good news for the Grace volleyball team. The Lady Lancers have every starter from last year returning, including three seniors (Enrica Verrett, Rachel Bult, and Stephanie Lawson) who have started every season and will lead a very deep team. In addition to all the players returning, fourth-year head coach Andria Harshman brought in a talented group of freshmen who will really add depth to the team. With all the skill and depth of the team rosters, now is time to take another step in the right direction. For Grace volleyball, that means winning the MCC title and cementing their status as a national competitor. After taking the first step last year, the Lady Lancers are poised to climb to even higher heights this year. Harshman stated that the team’s top goal is to win the MCC. The MCC is a deep conference that includes two teams (No. 11 Taylor and No. 21 Indiana Wesleyan) ranked in the NAIA preseason Top 25 poll. However, Grace also received votes in the preseason poll and looks to keep moving up. When asked about what puts Grace in a good position to contend for the conference title, Harshman explained, “The uniqueness of what we can do as an offense and our athleticism will help us out.” The Lady Lancers have so much talent on this team that it creates a problem most coaches wish they had. Players accepting their roles will be key if the team is to compete for an MCC title. So how does the team deal with having so many great players, while many have to sit on the bench? “Our players don’t need to be in the spotlight,” Harshman said. Just three games into conference play, becoming great is right now for the Lady Lancers.

Player of the Week Shane Barthuly Men’s Soccer Sophomore transfer Shane Baruly became the second straight men’s soccer player to win MCC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance from, Sept. 5-11. During the week, Barthuly scored twice and had one assist as the Lancers went 1-0-1 in two games. Barthuly leads Grace in scoring, with five goals in four games.

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Topic: Which fall team will improve the most in 2011? by ZANE GARD Sports Writer

The past has not been kind to Grace College’s men’s soccer team.

7 the number of Lancers named MCC Player of the Week in the past two weeks.

5 the number of goals

In fact, finishing .500 could normally be considered a good year. That is not the case this year. After posting dismal records of 5-10-2, 8-9-1, and 7-11 the past three years, the 2011 season brings 10 newcomers and a renewed hope. “We’ve got a very young team, but we still have a challenging goal to finish at or near the top of the conference,” said head coach Matt Hotchkin.

Men’s soccer

KNOW YOUR

Things are already looking up for the Lancers, as they sit on a 3-0-1 record.

Despite only a small sample of games, the Lancers have stepped up their level of play from a year ago. In fact, they are currently ranked fourth in team assists in NAIA Division I and first in team goals per game in the Mid-Central College Conference (MCC). The Lancers hope to keep this offense going as they attempt to prevent favorite Bethel College from winning their fourth straight MCC title. “We finally have the team where we can create a style. What is the overall style of Grace men’s soccer? This is the first year we can figure it out, and I’m excited,” Hotchkin continued. “Guys are not hoping for opportunities any more; they’re creating them.” So what will make the difference this year? The Lancers will go as far as their youth will take them. Through the first four games, three newcomers to the team have had an immediate impact. Sophomore transfer forward Shane Barthuly leads the MCC with five goals, while freshman midfielder Nikola Blazic lead the MCC with four assists. Freshman forward Austin Altimus also has contributed four goals and was named the Offensive Player of the Week in the MCC for the week of Aug. 29 – Sept. 4. A 6-0-1 start is well within reach, as two of the Lancers’ next three games are against opponents they have already defeated. Heading into MCC play with an undefeated record would be an unbelievable accomplishment. This season should not be a rebuilding year for the Lancers. It should be a breakout year. Every sign points to the men’s soccer team fighting at the top of the conference, rather than bottom. Things are heading up for the Lancers’ soccer team. Only they can cap their potential.

sophomore Shane Barthuly has through four games, first in the MCC.

NUMBERS

Face-Off

SPORTS

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the number of years since the men’s tennis team had defeated Indiana Wesleyan, which was broken on Sept. 6.

7 the first number in history to be retired in Grace athletics. No. 7, worn by Mallori Kastner, was retired on Wednesday.

8 the current win-streak of the volleyball team as of Sept. 13.

- Sports Information

GUESS WHAT

Elizabeth Heuss, women’s soccer, has scored five goals this season, moving into sixth place on Grace’s all-time scoring list in less than three years as a Lady Lancer.

Austin Altimus, men’s soccer, tallied a second-half hat trick against Andrews University in his first collegiate match en route to being named the MCC Offensive Player of the Week.

Daniel Sanchez, men’s tennis, has not lost at No. 4 singles spot yet this year in five matches.

Trey Stoll, men’s golf, placed second place overall at the Indiana Wesleyan Invitational on Sept. 13, after placing first at the Saint Francis Invitational on Aug. 30. - Sports Information

This week in Lancer Athletics... Three Lady Lancers win conference awards

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s volleyball team swept the weeky awards from the Mid-Central College Conference. Stephanie Lawson was named the Player of the Week and the Hitter of the Week, Rachel Bult was the Setter of the Week, and Bethany Whitcraft rounded out the awards with the Libero of the Week. Lawson averaged 11 kills in six wins on the week for the Lady Lancers. She amassed a match-high 17 kills in a three-set victory over Union (Ky.) and also tallied six service aces and turned in 18 digs in a 3-2 win over Shorter College. Bult has been a key factor to Grace’s current eight-game winning streak, including a perfect 6-0 record this week. She had a tremendous 41 assists in a three-game set over No. 22 Indiana Wesleyan and also recorded 57 assists against Shorter College. Whitcraft tallied double-digit digs in three of Grace’s wins, helping the Lady Lancers to a perfect week. In their win over Shorter College, she tallied an incredible 30 digs (a new career high). Grace is currently in the heart of the MCC season with away matches on Friday (Bethel, 7 p.m.) and Saturday (Goshen, 3 p.m.). -Sports Information



The Sounding Board | September 15, 2011