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THESOUNDINGBOARD Volume 59, Issue No. 11

November 8, 2012

Grace College, Winona Lake, IN

Your words. Our voice.

Backstage with Murder Inn Megan Snyder

a Play You’ll be Dying to See

Staff Writer

Few people ever wonder what the process of putting on a play is like. We tend to want to see the results of hours of practice and hear all the lines delivered perfectly. Rehearsal times show the cast holding their scripts at the ready, forgetting to be in character and laughing at something another actor did, sometimes stumbling over a line but correcting effortlessly, and having the director giving the actors tips all the way. “Acting tip: Don’t read the books!” Professor Mike Yocum said, reminding the cast that reading the text of an actual prop book would only be distracting during a perfor-

Cassie Gareiss, Sounding Board Photos

mance. This tip was delivered just before rehearsal for Grace’s fall play, a comic mystery involving knives, “mashers” and, of course, a love triangle. “Murder Inn” is set in New England in a haunted hotel. A group tour sets out to find ghosts and that is exactly what they find. Crazy characters get into some pretty crazy antics, searching out the ghost who has a penchant for throwing knives at innocent people. The cast consists of a crazy hotel owner and her son, a diva and her servant niece, a professor who quotes literature, a sleepy bus driver, and other personalities. Jessie Sterner, in character, described the inn perfectly: “Isn’t this place just charged with eerie resonance?!” Professor Yocum chose this particular play because of the script and the details for stage direction. It was interesting and allowed for a cast that all had equal

roles. The stage requirements were optimal for our Little Theatre. “It also had a good cast size with the right mix of men and women. Since I always have more women than men audition, a cast that uses eight women and four men is a good ratio. Finally, I knew the show would be appealing to our audiences.” Because the characters have such different personalities and quirks, it is easy to identify with at least one member. Yocum said that if he were cast in this production, he would “have to play Lawrence. He’s a professor and about my age!” Students should come out to see at least one performance because, as Yocum says, “Live theatre means every performance is different and more real . . . That means there’s always good en-

ergy and the chance that something unexpecte d may happen. B e sides, the show is a lot of fun and you get to see your classmates die on stage!” “Murder Inn” opens this Friday night, November 9, at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Performances will also be on November 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and also on November 17 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for students and $7 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at Tree of Life Bookstore, Jazzman’s, or at the door. Flex is accepted at all locations.

The cast rehearses a scene from “Murder Inn”

November 8, 2012



Beyond Bars: Redirecting Lives in Indiana’s Prisons Paige Vandergriff Staff Writer

Most of us are familiar with Grace’s traditional undergrad, graduate, and seminary educational programs; however, many may be unaware of our college’s other efforts to educate the community beyond the typical classroom. One such effort is the Indiana Correctional Education program, through which Grace provides educational services for five prisons in northern Indiana. Grace’s involvement in correctional education began in 1986 as a simple Bible study with a handful of inmates when God unlocked the door to a much broader scope of impact. At this time, Indiana made funding available to support an undergraduate program in several prisons facilitated by Grace. For 25 years, Grace professors would travel to these prisons to teach college courses, mentoring men and training them for a life beyond four walls. Over the two decades, Grace awarded more than 1,000 degrees, more than half of them bachelor’s degrees. In 2010, however, the state reduced the program’s funding after budget cuts, but this barrier didn’t deter Grace from maintaining a presence in Indiana’s prisons. In fact, God would use this shift to redirect Grace’s efforts towards a new goal: around this same year, Ivy Tech—which had previously facilitated high school level educational services at the prisons—completed their contract. The state subsequently contacted none other than Grace College with the opportunity to pick up these responsibilities.

The renewed Indiana Correctional Education program includes four basic levels of services: literacy classes for men at a 5th grade level or below, pre-GED classes aimed at the 6th to 8th grade level, GED courses that allow participants to earn a high school diploma equivalent, and vocational courses, offering practical training in fields such as business technology, building trades, automotive technology, horticulture (farming), and culinary arts. Two Grace employees—Dr. John Teevan and Dennis Duncan—are responsible for directing the program. Together, they travel around the five state prisons participating: Indiana State Prison in Michigan City and Correctional Facility in Westville, Miami Correctional Facility near Peru, and two facilities at the Correctional Complex in Peldleton. Three site coordinators manage activities in each city, and 33 teachers instruct the students, who currently number just under a thousand! This total is even more impressive considering the recent circumstances of the program; Teevan and Duncan reported that only a year ago there was literally a zero-percent chance that Grace could maintain its investment in the correctional education program, but God again provided and has allowed

“In Loco Parentis”

the program to continue, even flourish during the past year. Grace has begun to redevelop some college-level classes and has already instituted the Pacer Program at the Michigan City prison only, where twenty-four students are enrolled in college prep classes. Grace’s Indiana Correctional Education initiative is about more than just a high school diploma; Teevan and Duncan pray that it’s about making a long-term impact in these men’s lives. As Teevan phrases it, “Success like that can snowball into success in general,” and when these prisoners are free from physical chains to begin building a life, we can then reach them to share how they can be freed from spiritual chains as well. God is continuing to expand the program’s scope, and Grace is working to possibly develop applied learning positions related to it as well. So if you’re interested in helping, email John Teevan or Denny Duncan, and pray how God might use you to reach beyond the bars.

Phonathon: The Inside Story Hannah Mayer Staff Writer

What, you might ask, does Phonathon have to do with you? Well, if you’ve received scholarships from Grace College, you have most likely benefited from the Phonathon program. During the fall and spring semesters, Jon Yeh hires 30-35 students to make phone calls to alumni and associates of Grace College, asking for donations. “I’ve never had a monetary goal to reach,” says Jon Yeh. “Our students cannot control whether or not people will donate; God opens hearts to give.” While Yeh does not envision a dollar amount, he does stress certain objectives to his employees, such as customer service. “We want to connect with the person, update their personal information (such as alumni Dwight D. addresses), and present the opportunity to giveEisenhower to Grace. We thank the donor for their becomes presidentand lastly, we partner in time and support, 1953. prayerinwith them.” During the school year, the student body receives post card prayer

requests in chapel as an opportunity to thank supporters. Phonathon is a 3-4 week period of evening work. During that time, Yeh likes to keep things interesting with snacks, prizes, and games. These games include “Phonathon Squares,” “United States Counties,” “Battleship,” “Pass the Marker,” and one favorite, “Screw Your Buddy.” You can tell Jon Yeh has fun with his employees. “I enjoy working with the students, teaching them about Advancement work. It’s a great way to connect with them while they’re here at Grace. It’s always a pleasure when we call alumni who were ‘Phonathoners’ in the past; I take pride in them. Many times I fill out recommendations for students as they pursue careers after graduation.” Phonathon is a seasonal job, but it is not for everyone. “I interview students over the phone to get a feel for their communication skills,” says Yeh. He looks for students who are confident and clear, can relate well with people, and cope with weird or unexpected situations. Jessica Zeiger had one such experience.

“I once got a wrong number and called an offshore oil rig in Africa. The guy who answered the phone wanted me to say ‘hi’ to the crew!” “I hire good story tellers who can paint pictures with their words, but not bore listeners with minute details. In the beginning of training, we have students do push-ups for each time they say “like” or “um.”’ Phonathon nights are busy and sometimes challenging for student workers. “You really learn how to take rejection well,” says Anna White. However, many of the student workers can attest to the joy of making positive connections. Many people enjoy hearing about Grace and even praying for the callers. Says White, “The Grace Brethren church is very close-knit. When you make a call, that person on the other line probably knows someone you know.” Phonathon employees do not call just anyone for donations--they contact the friends and family of this institution, trying to raise support on our behalf. When we receive prayer requests from our supporters, let us pray with gratitude.

November 8, 2012



Introducing: Your Student Senate

Meet some of your Class Representatives Jacob McCarthy

Year: Senior Position: Parliamentarian. My role is to oversee the functions of Senate in the area of rules. Basically, I am the rules guy. Why join Senate? I wanted to be involved in Student Government and help to make the campus better. Goals: To help Senate function smoothly. Hidden Talent: I can cook pretty well. I love to cook pork chops, salmon, and pancakes. Contact:

Joshua E. Hamlett Year: Senior Position: Senior Class Representative, Clubs Council Co-Chair Why join Senate? Last year I got involved as a dorm rep for Westy primarily because as a pre-law student, I saw it as good experience. This year, however, I came back because I believe that Senate can have a real influence for positive change. Goals: One of my primary goals is to be a voice for minority students on campus. I also, however, want to make senate more of a student-led and directed organization that is more accountable to the student body. Hidden Talent: Organization. (Most of my friends would say I don’t have it.) Contact:

Ben Sauers Year: Junior Position: Junior Class Representative Why join Senate? I got involved because I enjoy being a part of an organization that can promote change on campus. Hidden talent: I can crack my fingers constantly, anytime I wish. Contact: Email me at, or follow me on Twitter (@Benjamin_Sauers.) If you see me around campus I would love to talk about your ideas or concerns; or come visit me in Westy.

Kristin Cassidy Year: Sophomore Position: Sophomore Class Representative; Events Committee Why join Senate? I like to know what’s happening on campus so that if there’s something that needs improvement, I can help. Goals: To represent the Sophomore class as well as plan as many campus events as possible to get the student body involved with the Student Senate. Hidden talent: I can do the worm (as in the dance move) Contact: My email is, I live in Alpha, come find me.

Kali Miller Year: Sophomore Position: Sophomore Class Representative Why join Senate? I’ve always loved studying about governments and the way they work. Getting involved with Senate was a way for me to personally experience the workings of a government and is a position where I could meet new people. Goals: My goal this year in Senate is to efficiently represent my constituents and to bring concerns to the table so that they can be addressed. Hidden talent: If you give me a nice piece of Dubble Bubble, I can blow a bubble inside a bubble, inside a bubble, inside a bubble. Contact: Photos courtesy of BrandPoet

Catalyst 2012: The Jimmy Elsner Files Chris Tulley Web Editor

Catalyst is a full experience. The definition of a catalyst is something that causes activity between two or more persons or forces without itself being affected. This clues you in to what you should expect if you decide to make the trek to Atlanta next year and experience Catalyst conference. Jimmy Elsner, who attended this year, said, “Catalyst seemed to make it their personal goal to ensure every person in the audience is never bored. World records were broken, a $25,000 shot was attempted, an app took over our phones to create the greatest light show I have ever seen -- and let’s not forget the beat boxing cellist.” All of these things, said Elsner, made the experience unforgettable. “Was it everything we hoped it to be? Yes,” continued Elsner. “Were we challenged to recognize the process God intentionally pulls us through to make us the leaders He wants us to be? Definitely. Did it feel like a complete overload of information and emotion? Yes.” But according to Elsner, all took something away from it and the experience was different for each person. But experience only carries you so far. At some point, experience must translate to action. “And that’s what leaders do: act,” explained Elsner. “Act when no

one else wants to. How does that apply to the Christian leader? As one of the speakers said, “The ‘what’ defines the ‘why.’” What we do reflects why we do it. Why do we lead? Why do we act? We do because of what He did for us. We’re not paying Him back; we’re acting on what we can’t stop ourselves from doing. A true Christian leader leads out of overflow. Know Jesus that you might make Him known.” Elsner recapped the entire conference in this way, “The biggest thing about catalyst is it helps apply things to your life. It helped me figure out my potential and who God made me to be. It will open your eyes to the possibilities.” Here is why you need to go: You are with your best friends. The group still meets and goes over what they learned. The bonding is great. The scheduling is great; they give you enough time to reflect but still enough to bring on plenty of subjects. Very good for leadership, not just in a church but a business setting. If you like learning, it is set up just for you! Great resources and planning. Slightly expensive, but totally worth. Lots of sweet handouts. Top quality speakers, like Francis Chan.

Senior Town Hall Meeting Sponsored by the Student Senate Monday, November 19, at 9 p.m. McClain Auditorium Senior class representatives to Student Senate Joshua Hamlett and Corinne Semlow will be giving a report on the activities of the student government and will be giving you a chance to let your voice be heard about the matters you care about most. In addition, there will be free snacks, coffee, and ice cream provided. Don’t miss out!


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Chris Merrick calls during Disco Bingo Night

Dan McNamera, is that you?

HO Pinatas at the Pep Rally William Wallace makes his second appearance during Hall T-shirt Chapel


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“Pep Rally”

“Homecoming Banquet”

Eric Totheroh, Brock Rhodes, Mike Yocum and Glenn Goldsmith host the Homecoming Talent Show

OMECOMING “Roller Skating” WEEK The Highlights

The Mazelins and the Houses perform “Sisters” at Talent Show

Cassie Gareiss, Sounding Board photos

November 8, 2012



“Polishing My Halo and Other Life Lessons” Katie VanSloten RA of the Village

This week I received some hearty advice from my friends in the Village. I stopped in when Beverly and Mary Ann were playing cards and they taught me a few lessons. “The more you polish your halo, the less they’ll suspect you for breaking the rules.” While I may disagree with the ethics of Mary Ann’s statement;,it sure is funny. Her husband climbed a telephone pole one time to inscribe her number onto the top. Unfortunately, he lost the number and had to climb up the pole again to call! So I learned to always make a backup

copy. Another solid lesson from Beverly was to listen to my books via audio so my eyes stay fresh. She has great wisdom. Ruth taught me that it’s all right to park wherever you want. Let’s be honest, who is going to ticket a 90-year-old? On a more serious note, Bobbie is constantly filled with a concern for the unsaved which causes me to stop and think about my impact. She has a heart for Christ which I aspire to obtain by the time I’m her age. That’s all I’ve learned this week.

What They Would Say Stephen Hartman

Sticky Wickets Kelsi Johnson


Who would Grace College students like to hear speak in chapel? Alayna Robinson

“John MacArthur “

Emily Ditto

Camille Ernst

“Pastor Todd O’Neal “

“ Pastor Joe Boyd “

Grace Sarris

“ Jeremy Kingsley “

Jacob Furlong

“ Pastor Kondo Simfukwe “

Photos courtesy of Becca Lukens

November 8, 2012



Grace Looking to Fit Pieces Together for Successful Run

Back Row: (Left to Right) JV Head Coach Taylor Long, Team Chaplain Dave Hobert, Drew Perrin, Bruce Grimm Jr, Niko Read, Lee Ross, Max Miller, Manager Chris Merrick, Middle Row: (L to R) Assistant Coach Scott Moore, Assistant Coach Don Zawlocki, Morgan Michalski, Jacob Goodman, Caleb Featherston, Sam Daniels, Brandon Vanderhegghen, Josh Silveus, Elliot Smith, Samuel Romero, Head Coach Jim Kessler, Assistant Coach Jon Yeh. Middle Row: (L to R) Karl Columbus, Macallister Seitz, Tannan Peters, Kyle Fillman, Adrian Makolli, Dennis Williams, Jared Treadway, Josh Peterson, Greg Miller. Photo Courtesy of Sports Information

Josh Neuhart Sports Information Director

Grace’s men’s basketball team enters the 2012-13 campaign with high expectations along with several question marks. The NAIA Top 25 Preseason Poll has the Lancers ranked at No. 8 to kick off the season as a result of their tremendous success in recent years. Grace has made four trips in five years to the NAIA National Championships. The Lancers finished last season with a 24-8 record, earning a share of the Crossroads League regular-season title as well as winning the postseason league tournament. But Grace will have to replace the loss of Second Team All-League performer Duke Johnson and two other starting players who graduated last spring (Jacob Peattie, Dayton Merrell). Head coach Jim Kessler has a plethora of talented options at his fingertips this season. The issue may be figuring out which combination to use. “We have a lot of different pieces this year – as much as any other year,” Kessler said. “This team is more like chess. Which team do I play now? Do I play a knight or bishop? Some years we know exactly what we’ll do before the year. This year, we have great potential. If everybody does their business, this could be a really good team.”

Upcoming Home Games November 16- vs. Missouri Baptist (8 p.m.) November 17- vs. Robert Morris (Ill.) (4 p.m.) November 20- vs. Mt. Vernon Nazarene (7 p.m.) December 1- vs. Huntington (3 p.m.) December 7- vs. Wilberforce (8 p.m.) December 8- vs. Trinity Christian (3 p.m.)

Leading Grace’s returning players are a trio of senior guards. Bruce Grimm Jr. highlights that group as the leading scorer last year. Grimm’s 18.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game earned honorable mention status for NAIA All-American to go along with First Team All-League honors. Elliot Smith (8.8 ppg) and Lee Ross will provide steady ball handling, perimeter shooting and tenacious defense in Grace’s backcourt. Grace’s offense will rely on significant guard production and figures to be a more athletic, fluid attack than in previous years. “We’ll probably be a little more perimeter-oriented than we have in some years,” Kessler explained. “We need to shoot it well, but we still want to have a post presence. The last several years, we dominated in the lane. Those players are still unproven at this point, but they will develop over time.” One important piece to balance Grace’s attack is junior Greg Miller. The 6-foot-6 forward is a versatile player who has the ability to stretch the defense with his 3-point shooting or collect points from the low post. Miller will be joined up front by senior Tannan Peters (51 percent field goals), junior Dennis Williams (56 percent), junior Jared Treadway and sophomore 7-foot-1 center Adrian Makolli. Other key contributors include Karl Columbus and Niko Read, who both had strong seasons during their freshman campaigns, as well

as a number of freshmen. One freshman who has impressed in early workouts is Norwell High School’s Kyle Fillman. The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 13 rebounds per game during his senior season and has been one of Grace’s top rebounders in preseason work. Caleb Featherston is a 6-foot-3 guard with “loads of upside at the small forward position,” according to Kessler. Brandon Vanderhegghen comes to Grace from a quality Mishawaka High School program and is a fundamentally sound player who can play either the shooting guard or small forward positions. The Lancers must navigate their way through a stiff non-conference schedule before facing the rigors of the Crossroads League season. The CL placed three teams (No. 4 Indiana Wesleyan, No. 21 Spring Arbor) in the national preseason poll with one other team (St. Francis) receiving votes. “We won’t start out as good as we can be. We won’t peak early. It’ll be a journey with a long season. We can’t get too high or too low or that’d be a mistake,” Kessler said. “Our goal is to steadily improve so by the time it’s February, we are in the top of the league. I would strongly suspect that we will be a better team in January, February than in November, December.” Grace looks to continue their early season success at Saint Catherine University on November 10.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK Greg Miller, Men’s Basketball

Greg is this week’s Player of the Week with his performance in Grace’s homecoming victory against Northland International University. Greg tallied a double-double with 22 point and 13 rebounds. He led the Lancers to an 82-41 victory. He shot 7-11 from the field and 3-3 from three point range. The Lancers look to continue their early season success when they travel to Saint Catherine (Ky) on November 10.

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8 SPORTS RedZone Aims for Large Attendance at Games

THIS WEEK... In Lancer Athletics

Lady Lancers advance to title game with stifling defense

Winona Lake-- A first-half goal was all it took to top Saint Francis in the Crossroads League semifinal match between the two schools. Mallory Rondeau scored the only goal of the match in the 7th minute when Carianne Sobey placed a perfect pass and Rondeau buried her shot into the back of the net. Sobey increased her assists total for the season to 15, which is second in the nation. The Cougars (10-9-1) recorded 10 shots in the match, but Grace’s defense proved to be too strong. Goalkeeper Carmen Barnhill led the Lancers to their 10th shutout of the season. The Lady Lancers (15-3-2) set the school record with this win. The Lady Lancers look to cap off their season with a championship when they travel to face Spring Arbor on Saturday. A win would earn the Lady Lancers their first trip to the NAIA National Championships. Lancers peak at Crossroads Championship Marion, Ind-- Grace’s Cross Country team had its best meet of the season when 15 of the 22 runners on the team posted season best times. The men’s team, led by Ben Drew (26:23), Jonathan Rex (27:03), and Tim Trapp (27:37), finished in sixth, while the women’s team, led by Jenna McClellan (19:49), Tara Hamstra (20:09), and Creigh Ogle (20:50, finished in seventh place. The Lancers will send their top seven runners from each squad to the NCCAA National Championships at Cedarville University on November 10. Credit to Sports Information

Alex Martin Sports Writer

Last year, during basketball games, I was either on the floor working or working in the concession stand. I only went to a few games where I did not have to work. The reason for this was the lack of an involved student section. I am not a huge basketball fan, but if there is a loud and involved student section to sit in (or stand in), games are much more fun to go to. I usually do not yell very much at the games, but it is still a fun environment to be a part of. Plus, I know from personal experience that when there are a bunch of fans cheering for me or my team, I tend to play better and have more fun. If you are going to take part in the student section at Grace, there are a few guidelines to keep in mind: We treat referees like real people, even when they make a bad call against us. “Boo” is not a part of our vocabulary -- we come out to cheer for the Lancers, not cheer against their opponent. Noisemakers and fans are not allowed on the court. Leave it to the coach to get technical fouls. And no matter the score, we stand for our team—no sitting while the ball is in play. We believe our team plays better when

every student stands in the student section, dressed to impress. In other words, we want to be a student section that is loud and enthusiastic, but is not rude or obnoxious. This means we will not be doing chants like, “Air-ball! Air-ball! Air-Ball!” We want our student section to be one that glorifies Christ: not one that degrades the referees and opposing teams. The two keys to improving on last year’s student section are getting more upperclassmen involved and having a large turnout at the first game. We accomplished the latter at the Homecoming game last Saturday. There were close to 100 students in the student section and all of them were on their feet and cheering the entire game, even when we were up by 40 points. If we can get more upperclassmen involved in the student section, then the student section will seem better to freshmen, and more freshmen will get involved, which will lead to a huge student section for years to come. So on November 16th, when you are just sitting in your dorm with nothing to do, throw on some Grace apparel and face paint, and come support your Lancers!

THE SOUNDINGBOARD Your words. Our voice.

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 investigating culture and informing the Grace College community about today’s relevant stories, providing a medium to promote vibrant dialogue on the events and ideas that shape our campus and our world. 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 The Papers, Inc. Please send emails to: Editor-in-Chief: Ashley Brewster Photography Editor: Cassie Gareiss Layout Editor: Alyssa Potter Copy Editor: Connor Park Sports Editor: Seth Miller Web Editor: Christopher Tulley Adviser: Dr. Sauders

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The Sounding Board volume 59, issue 11  
The Sounding Board volume 59, issue 11  

The Sounding Board volume 59, issue 11