THESOUNDINGBOARD Volume 60, Issue No. 5
September 19, 2013
Grace College, Winona Lake, IN
Your words. Our voice.
A Look at the Local Church Through the Eyes of Your Fellow Gracies LJ Anthony How did you get plugged in to the church you attend? Two guys from Grace that graduated last year -- Josh Hamrick and Jeff Voltz -- they went there all four years of college. They took me there. So I stayed there and got plugged in. My pastor asked me what my strengths were and got me working with the teens there. What are some specific needs at your church? A lot of support of a specific ministry, working with Community Center (“The Center”). They need volunteers -- even outside of the church -- to go and volunteer. What have you learned about God? I love this quote -- I think my pastor said this once -- Christianity, although it changes individuals, is not individualistic. We need each other to run this race. If we want to finish, and finish well, we need each other to do that. Is there a difference in your spiritual life before and after you committed to a local church? When I first came to Grace, I was a scared little freshman. I didn’t know anything about anything -- I thought I knew what Christianity was all about, but I didn’t. But after attending my church for a couple of months -- seeing the love they showered on me, inviting me into their homes time after time, pouring into my life, it was then I understood the community aspect of the church and how important it really is. Is chapel church? Why or why not? Chapel, although it consists of a community of believers, is not church because all we do is sit there. We sing like church and listen to sermons like church, but not all of us can serve. For church to really be church, we need to actually serve and have a sense of community in that service. Community is being built when you serve in the church.
Charlie Miller How did you get plugged in to the church you attend? The pastor was very intentional towards me which really caught my attention. It made a big difference. I had several cool opportunities to talk to him last year and develop a relationship, so that was really the deciding factor. I was pursued. What are some specific needs at your church? We always need help with parking; we’ve almost outgrown our parking lot space that we have. We always have a need for greeters, as well as helping with teaching. Is there a difference in your spiritual life before and after you committed to a local church? First of all, there are many great local churches in our area. We are blessed. I have a solid local church at home, so coming here I really didn’t know what that was going to look like. But this definitely helped get me out of the college circle. I think sometimes we can stay here and focus on ourselves instead of getting out into the community. So it takes us away from the dorms and helps us plug into the community. Is chapel church? Why or why not? We are all the body of Christ, we all are a part of the church. We’re at a Christian college, but it’s not a church. We’re meant to learn, but it doesn’t have a family feel a church has, it doesn’t have the discipleship feel a church has. It has its own style of discipleship -- which is good -- but the local church, were called to attend a local church, using the cheap cop out of “chapel is my church” just doesn’t fly.
How did you get plugged in to the church you attend? I initially got plugged in because when I first got there, they asked me if I wanted to help and really looked for a place to plug me in and wanted to get me involved.
How did you get plugged in to the church you attend? Just say what you’re interested in. When I first started attending, I was just attending. Then I thought, why am I not getting involved? As soon as I told someone that, they had me plugged in so fast. Now I’m leading worship for the kid’s church and I’m connecting college-aged kids to older adults.
What are some specific needs at your church? We had a homeless ministry serving meals to the homeless every Friday at 6 p.m., but we recently had to stop because we didn’t have enough people to serve. We need people to help serve food and talk to people about Jesus. What have you learned about God? I’ve learned so much. God has really taught me that everyone is beautiful in his own way and God has a purpose for each one of us. And it’s not about whether you come from a great background or whether you live in a homeless shelter. You have your own special gifts and talents and a way for you to use them for His glory.
What are some specific needs at your church? At my church they really need people who are good at connecting the older people with college students. What have you learned about God? God uses different people for different things. Someone whose strengths are different from mine -- I need that person! I can’t do it myself. God’s using my weaknesses and your strengths to make us a body of believers, and that’s really cool.
Is there a difference in your spiritual life before and after you committed to a local church? Yes, definitely. I joined my church because I wanted to go -not because my family went. It was because I wanted to get up and go. I saw myself grow in discipline and have more of a heart and a desire not only to be there but to learn more about God.
Is there a difference in your spiritual life before and after you committed to a local church? I got to see how God really does use your strengths. I love connecting people -- I’m always introducing my friends to other friends -- and now that’s what I do at my church. It’s cool to see how God does that without your really having to seek it out -- you just have to say you’re interested.
Is chapel church? Why or why not? It’s a form of church. It’s a church service. A church isn’t just a body of believers. A church is a family; it has different age ranges and places to serve and people to look out for you. At church you get yourself up and go by choice.
Is chapel church? Why or why not? Chapel is similar to church because we are all worshiping together. The thing about chapel that’s different is that it’s a little more forced than church -- I hate to say that -- but with church, people are making the decision to be there.
For a list of more churches in the area, visit http://www.gwma.info/church-directory/index.cfm
September 19, 2013
Silver Tongue Food Truck Rolls into Warsaw Cassandra Jensen Staff Writer
I scream, you scream, we all scream for…falafel? That’s right. One of the newest food crazes around town is falafel, and the place to get it is the Silver Tongue food truck. Now, I will admit that before today, I did not know what falafel (pronounced fuh-LAH-fuhl) was. I thought it was some type of waffle. (A flaky waffle? A flying waffle, perhaps?) Owner and operator of Silver Tongue, Amanda Tinsley, soon set me straight,
explaining that falafel is a “vegetarian Indian dish made with chick peas or garbanzo beans, battered up and fried to an almost hushpuppy-like consistency.” While falafel is one of her most popular items, Tinsley and her truck have many other offerings as well, including the Silver Tongue burger and homemade chips. Even though the truck is called the Silver Tongue, you don’t need silver or gold to get some quality food; the prices range from only $2-$7.50. Finding it on any given day is easy as well. Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m.
until 2 p.m., the truck sits and serves its delectable food at 307 W. Market St. in Warsaw. It also travels around town for special events, like the recent Block of Love event put on by MudLOVE and held in the Village at Winona. One Grace College student who attended, Savannah Ehrlich, waited in line for about an hour to get a toasted peanut butter-and-marshmallow sandwich. It is delectable, out-of-the-ordinary creations like these that have made the Silver Tongue a popular name in Warsaw and the surrounding area. And what about the interesting
5 Tips for 5 Years
Leah Sander Staff Writer
For those of you who don’t know me, I am in the midst of my fifth year at Grace. I will actually be a five-and-a-half-year senior when I graduate this May. Thus, due to my long tenure on the Grace College campus, I feel as though I am able to gift you with some advice that I have culled from experience. I am certainly not wise. (If I were, I would have graduated faster!) However, I believe that the good and the bad that I have gone through over the many, many, many years that I have been here will prove helpful to at least some of you. Here are five dos and don’ts that I have learned (or been forced to learn) over my stay at Grace (aside from don’t go to school for five-and-a-half-years). Take them, use them, and share them with your friends who have foolishly chosen to not read this awesome newspaper! Tip #1: Do be prepared to experience some change while you are getting your degree here. Okay, some of you freshmen may be like: “I have already left my home, family, and friends, for Grace!” But, at least from my experience, Grace will tweak at least one thing, or some other change will occur during your three or four-year stay here. Hopefully, it will be
something minor unlike what I have gone through: two Grace presidents; two advisors; two types of academic schedules (semester and eight-week session); three deans of chapel; one new dorm; the additions of SubCo, Jazzman’s, and that new Mexican place; and even the changing of Grace’s main sign. Tip #2: When getting in your car or your friend’s car to go somewhere, do make sure that everything is stored safely away inside before you depart. Otherwise, you may leave your stuff on the back of it and drive off, causing you to make your things fly hither, thither, and yon. (I would like to take this moment to thank the Grace girls who had the compassion to dash about in the rain last spring to gather my scattered possessions.) Tip #3: When you are over in the OCC for chapel, do make sure that you are not in a rush when you scan in. If you are, you might accidentally lose your I.D. holder with your student I.D. and driver’s license in it and not know where it is for awhile. (Thanks to Dr. Stichter for offering to let me use his driver’s license in the absence of mine.) Tip #4: When taking a test, do make sure to read the directions at the top of the first page of it. Don’t assume that you know how to do it because you might waste much of your precious time trying to fully write out your answers in the staff break room
name and logo, a Rolling Stone lookalike tongue dipped in silver? Says Tinsley, “When I bought the truck, I wanted something that went with [it], since the truck is all silver. [The name] was a play on words, and then the Rolling Stones logo popped into my head. I had a friend work on the design and it all seemed to fit.” Indeed, everything about the truck seems to fit, from the food to the prices to the name itself. It may be called the Silver Tongue, but it seems that everything it makes turns to gold.
in Philathea when all you needed to do was compose bullet points for each answer. (By the way, I don’t know what someone warmed up in the microwave in there last week, but it smelled like stinky fish.) Tip #5: If you are considering changing your major or minor, don’t do so because of one difficult class. If you do, you might go through several majors or minors and throw away the valuable portfolio work that you did for that one class due to swearing that you will not go back to that particular major or minor. Yet, when you do go back, you will have nothing to show to a potential employer. (Don’t worry, Dr. Sauders. I am building up my portfolio right now by writing this.) Those are the pieces of advice that I have for you, my fellow Gracies. Whatever you experience during your time here at Grace, do make sure to remember that God is in control no matter what mistakes you have made or interesting situations that you find yourself in. He is big enough to help you navigate the craziness that is college life. Now, if you excuse me, I need to do some other things so that I can graduate before Grace changes another sign on campus!
Sibs Weekend: A New Perspective Madisson Heinl Staff Writer
Kalli Miller (left) stays with her aunt, Molly Kauffman (right), for Sibs Weekend.
Grace College hosted siblings and family members, grades 7-12, of current students, Sept. 12-14 for Sibs weekend. Many siblings attended classes and chapel, witnessed a concert, played glow-inthe-dark capture the flag, experienced res life, and explored Winona Lake with their older brothers and sisters. Sibs Weekend is an opportunity for Grace College students to spend time with their little siblings and show them what college life is all about. However, what is Sibs Weekend like when seen from the perspective of a little sibling or young family member? Molly Kauffman, a senior studying Counseling and Criminal Justice, hosted not her sister, but her niece this Sibs Weekend. Kauffman’s niece, Kalli Miller, 14, had
the opportunity to stay in a Kent Hall apartment with her aunt as well as four other girls. This was not Miller’s first Sibs Weekend experience. Miller reminisced about having attended Sibs Weekend last school year as well. She joked about getting the full Grace College experience as she was awakened by the Alpha Hall fire alarm early in the morning about one year ago. Even so, she was enthusiastic to visit campus once again. Miller attended a Research Methods class with her aunt. She said that she had a good time in the class and that the professor was entertaining, even if she did not understand most of what he was teaching! The newness of a schedule that is spread out in comparison to a high school class schedule was something that excited Miller as she spoke about campus life. While she is not planning on
attending college for a number of years, Miller appreciated the opportunity to learn about how college compares to high school. She claimed, “It feels different than high school and there are not as many judgmental people, so I like it more.” Miller continued and referred to the student body as “laid back, nice, and funny!” She is unsure of where specifically she would like to attend school, but is keeping Grace College on her list of options. As for her favorite dining option on campus, Miller likes Sub Connection best! Aside from her on-campus experience, Miller also visited the surrounding Winona Lake area. She finished her final night of Sibs Weekend visiting Winona Lake Park, enjoying a cup of Superman ice cream from Kelainey’s and sporting a Grace College sweatshirt.
September 19, 2013
Making a Difference Both Hither and Yon Ashley Brewster Editor-in-Chief
I spend far too much time on Pinterest. Fellow women of Grace, I know you understand. You know all too well the false sense of accomplishment you get from procrastinating on your homework to instead pin your dream wardrobe. If I ever win the lottery (which I don’t play), the very first thing I would do would be to decorate my new houses. (Yes, plural. This is a hypothetical situation. Let’s dream big.) Every once in a while I’ll scroll through my “Interior Design” board, lamenting how expensive
it would be to turn my decorating daydreams into reality. How wrong I was. Last week I stopped in at Hither & Yon, Warsaw’s latest home improvement store. It’s almost right down the road from Grace, along 30 East behind The Nest. As I walked through the door, I nearly did a double-take. It were as though all the furniture I had admired online was there, staged and ready for purchase. Hither & Yon was opened by Mission Point Church this past May. Heather Marshall, owner of The Nest, initially asked the church if they could fill the space in the back of her store. Susan Gill,
in turn, made the initial donations that fostered what Hither & Yon has become. Now the volunteer-driven operation is fully operational and making a difference in the community both here and abroad. “Here Home Brings Hope,” reads a placard at the entrance of the store. Hither & Yon is founded on the precept “Buy stuff here, make a difference there through education.” All of the proceeds go to organizations like Destiny Rescue and Heartline Pregnancy Center, funding the education of rescued sex trafficking victims and young pregnant mothers respectively. They also channel funds to educate Zambia to counteract the cycle of
poverty there. Hither & Yon’s products are not consignment. They are donated from all over, and the stock changes frequently. The store has discovered that Facebook is an excellent way to let potential customers know what new products are available each week. The store is open every second and fourth weekend each month. If you’re looking for a way to decorate your dorm or apartment with affordable, Pinterest-perfect furniture while supporting a great cause, stop by Hither & Yon. You’ll be glad you did.
Need a Job? We Got you Covered Andrew Weidman Staff Writer
Many students here are worried about a lot of things: grades, social life, money, etc. Many freshman -- and other students as well -- wonder just how they will make enough money to afford college or even simply enjoy a few local attractions around Grace. We have you covered for that! I recently did some research on job openings around campus. If you are interested in biology or if you are a biology student, there is currently a biology lab assistant position open, and the application can be found on the Portal. Three positions for campus safety are available, and the application is online. If you are a finance student, there is an opening for a finance student assistant. Also, Westy
Basement is looking for a game room attendant. Many off-campus jobs hire local Gracies. You need to log on to the student job board on the Portal. After you log on to the portal, click the “campus life” tab on the top. Then find the link that says “student employment,” and click there. You will see a screen with large lettering in the middle of the page. Ignore that and look to the right, and click the top-left link that says “Job Openings and Application Process.” On the next screen, you need to look to the right and click on the picture link of college central.com. Click on the student tab, and if you don’t already have an account, you need to create one. Sign on, and the first link will be “search for opportunities in and around my school.” Click on that, and a drop-box menu with numerous search options will pop up. Navigate with that menu,
and you will find many local jobs around campus, including a few babysitting jobs. Also, I was at Taco Bell a few days ago, and they are currently looking for part-time help! In order to keep up-to-date with jobs available, feel free to add Grace Jobs on Facebook. They are run through the business and student affairs offices, and they post jobs that are available around campus. Also, if you are on Twitter, follow @Grace Career Services. They post job openings around campus, as well as local businesses looking for employees. If you need a handout to better explain how to get on to College Central Network, student affairs has handouts available. So no more excuses; there are plenty of jobs available!
THE SOUNDINGBOARD September 19, 2013
Gracelyn, Dear Gracelyn, Freshman/Sophomore dessert is this week and I am so nervous! I really want to ask a girl to go with me, but I am not sure how to ask her or even if she will say yes. What’s worse is that I only met her a few weeks ago because I am a freshman and she is a sophomore. Even if I do not ask her, I will still see her there because I am doing the freshman Involvement Assignment. I don’t want to have to see her there with another guy! Do you think I should ask her to go with me? What is the best way to ask her? How can I stop being nervous about it? -Dateable Dear Dateable, Freshman/Sophomore dessert is an event that can make or break you here at Grace. I am very pleased that you are aware that finding a date to this event is a priority. What I mean is that if you don’t get a date for this event, you probably won’t get a date the entire time you attend school here. Everyone brings a date to Freshman/Sophomore dessert. Everyone. That being said, whom you choose to ask and how you choose to ask her is very important. If you go to this event together, you might as well be married. Therefore, a lot of students tend to get engaged prior to Freshman/Sophomore dessert, just to make things less awkward. I would suggest you do the same! So, pick whom you will take with you wisely. If you think that this girl has potential, not only as a date, but as a wife, I would suggest proposing in marriage to her. I don’t think that the age difference between you and her will be much of a problem: If she is a sophomore and still single, she’s doomed to be single forever anyway. She will be glad to accept your marriage proposal! I know that this is a lot to handle, but before you get overwhelmed, take comfort and remember: Grace Students do this all the time. Once she accepts your marriage proposal, she will have to go to Freshman/Sophomore dessert with you. It’s the only way to get a surefire YES! As for being nervous, it will help to have a flawless plan of how to propose to her. The best proposals occur in Alpha Dining on beef stroganoff day. It’s romantic and intimate. Just look around you at how many other couples are there! Be sure to choose one of the “couple tables” by the back window. If you follow this plan of action, you will be a married man (I assume you are a man) and also have a date to Freshman/Sophomore dessert in no time! -Gracelyn
Struggling to find the perfect microwave-safe double-chocolate brownie recipe? Can’t keep up with Aaron Crabtree’s ever-changing hairstyle? Roommate sings too loudly in the shower? Gracelyn has all the answers to your most pressing life questions. Ask them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to Chaos
You, Dearie, are the Best to My Friend Kay DeVries Contributing Writer
When I first came to Grace, I was excited to meet my college friends. Those proverbial, “friends for life” kind of friends that old(er) people say you will meet in college. They’re supposed to be the type that you can go to for anything, the type that you identify with in a completely unique way, and the type that will still be there after graduation and the inevitable job search begins. It sounds amazing, right? But then I realize that, somehow, I have be that kind of friend to someone else. It’s an incredible amount of pressure. I’m overly analytical, so it’s easy for me to start running scenarios of late nights of drama I don’t want to deal with, being a third wheel when said friend starts dating, and the fights and squabbles that are bound to break out. I’m cringing at my computer screen right now just thinking about it. But what I’ve learned is that while these friendships are a lot of work, they’re the only ones worth having. After a while, you hit this point where the only thing you
care about at the end of the day is making sure your friends are happy. Suddenly, a good night’s sleep can take a back seat to staying up late with my best friend to cheer her up or help her to fall asleep after a bad day. It’s all because I care that much about her. Now I gush with her about her relationship with a great guy, and ya know what? A few disagreements or quarrels only make you appreciate the friendship more, right? I think so. Without realizing it, I’ve become more concerned with being that proverbial best friend to someone else than I am about having one to look after me. That’s not to say I don’t have many of my own group of people who would do anything for me, but my perspective has changed. Coming to Grace, I just wanted to get the friends, but now I get to care about and relate to these wonderful people who have come to mean so much to me. I guess the old saying is true in the end: to have an amazing, friend-forlife college friend, you have to be one.
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THE SOUNDINGBOARD September 19, 2013
The Way I See It -- Early Engagements Madisson Heinl Staff Writer
The way I see it, early engagements happen too frequently. If you are recently engaged, please refrain from getting upset at me for a moment. When I say “early” engagement, I am merely speaking of getting engaged prior to Christmas break, not getting engaged too soon in a relationship. After all, who am I to judge you if you decide to get engaged a day after meeting each other? In fact, it sounds like a fantastic life decision for two 18 year-old, recent high school graduates with no real world experience to tie the knot! What I am saying is that getting engaged prior to Christmas upsets the bal-
ance of campus life as we know it! Part of the suspense of waiting to propose until springtime is lost when a guy “pops the question” before he should; part of the fun of seeing a grown man run across a snow-covered campus as drops of Winona Lake crystalize all over him is gone; and gone is the enjoyment of seeing a girl cry in desperation because her boyfriend hasn’t proposed yet, giving her no time to order her favorite Pinterest dress before summer arrives. Early engagements tend to transform Alpha into a pit of despair, bringing new meaning to the phrase, “for whom the bell tolls.” It’s not that too many engagements are occurring; it’s that they are occurring too soon. Life is interesting when rela-
tionships have to ride out the long, moody tensions of a Grace College winter. Sometimes, I go to TOL, sit on a couch, and watch tensions mount around me while I eat some popcorn, just for entertainment purposes. Of course, if it’s absolutely necessary to get your jewel by yule, I understand. Why wait three long, harsh, winter months to get engaged even if you will get married at the same time in the summer and subsequently spend the rest of your lives together? I can’t think of a reason. Early engagements are not a sin, but they do upset the balance of the entire Grace College campus. So get out there, be patient, and live life according to the way I see it.
Bike Club Starting at Grace College Do you like bikes? Riding bikes, looking at bikes, or being just a plain bike enthusiast? I’m not talking about motorcycles, I am talking about bicycles! Professor Tim Young is interested in starting a bike club here at Grace! Many details have not been released, because Young wants more interested students to join. He will then set up a meeting and talk about the gist of the club! If interested, contact Prof Young at email@example.com. When more details arrive, he will fill you in on the where, what, why, and when of the bike club!
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September 19, 2013
Good News -- Learning to Pray Anna Belcher Staff Writer
Whatever is most important to us, that is what we order our lives around. And the more we arrange our lives around something, the more important it becomes to us. Prayer helps us to arrange our lives around God. It centers our attention on Him. God is of supreme importance, so I’m going to look at two tools that help me center my life on Him. The first is an acronym: ACTS. It stands for one way of ordering prayers. Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. I’ve found this very useful by helping me to not just take my grocery list to God, but actually talk to Him. A is for Adoration. It is good for our souls to take time to gaze upon the beauty and majesty of God, and putting this as the first part of our prayer time encourages us to do that. C is for Confession. Two places in the gospels tell us that if we are making an offering and we are mad at our brother or our brother is mad at us, we must go reconcile with him first, before we finish making the offering. If we ignore our sin, try to justify it through good deeds or make the argument that what we did wasn’t actually that bad, then our relationship with God will be
severely hindered. We must admit our sin, and Jesus’ blood will atone for our transgressions. T is for Thanksgiving. Without taking time to reflect on everything that God has done in our lives, we, like the Israelites, quickly forget. We grumble about not having meat, forgetting how God provided manna, how He parted the Red Sea and brought forth water from the rock. Our hearts become hard. S is for Supplication. Most of the time, I admit, my prayers are mostly supplication. It is not a bad thing to bring our needs to God. In fact, He tells us to do just that. This just shouldn’t be the only part of our prayers. But they should definitely be a part of them. God delights in allowing us to partner with Him to accomplish His work through prayer. The second tool that is very beneficial to our prayer lives is to look at the way Jesus answered the disciples’ request to teach them how to pray. Take each element of what is known as The Lord’s Prayer and pray over it. Consider what it means. For example “Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be thy name,” begins the prayer by stating attributes of God. Begin your own prayers by naming attributes of God. Continue this way, following the form of the Lord’s Prayer. Pray through other scriptures as well. The Psalms are a great place to start.
Jenny & Tyler: A Concert in the Park relationships we build and the people we meet. I don’t think performContributing Writer ing alone would mean as much to I first heard of Jenny & Tyler us if not for the people.” This mentality of relationships several years ago. I had downloaded a song from their debut album comes through in their lyrics as and was instantly in love with their well. With songs that tell of their sound. Then at the end of this sum- marriage, their struggles in faith, mer, I saw that Grace was plan- and their desire to see Christians ning to book Jenny & Tyler for a advocating for others, they paint concert. My first thought was to lyrical pictures of powerful themes make plans to attend the concert of worship and God’s grace. “Tyler has this ability to write and catch up with their new music. However, at the time I didn’t from a narrative perspective. He foresee myself getting to meet and can look into situations, write about them, and turn them into a interview them. The evening of the concert was song. We write separately most of hectic, but I got to talk with Jenny the time, and then come together as she rocked her two-month-old and perfect what we each have.” After hearing about the writing baby girl, Jane Mercy, to sleep. Having an infant on tour has been process, I was more excited than an adjustment for them, but a ever to get to the concert. It was pleasant one. The couple tries to held at the Hillside Amphitheater keep their schedule low-key for and Jake Ousley opened the show. both their sakes and the baby’s, Quick word on Jake: his energy but they still find time to meet with is contagious. From the moment I met him before the performance, their fans and get to know them. “The best part [of touring] is the he was upbeat, friendly, and anxKay DeVries
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ious to get to know everyone. This transfers seamlessly into his music and stage presence, where he interacts with the audience as close friends. With a great acoustic, peppy sound, he sings about falling in love, missing the people we care about, and his growth in his Christian faith. He relates his themes to his audience before each song, making them more personal and his performance more powerful. If you haven’t yet, go check out his work. Once Jenny and Tyler took the stage, the sun was setting over Winona Lake as beautiful as ever, and the sounds of mandolin and guitar echoed across the village. Jenny and Tyler perform as a couple in love with each other but with room for smiles and giggles—something obvious in songs such as “OneEyed Cat” and “As Long as Our Hearts Are Beating.” At the same time, they challenge their audience to action and change. As supporters of International Justice Mission, songs like “Faint Not” and “The Sound of Silence” (a Simon & Garfunkel cover) show that we need to work to free those in slavery and bondage. The night ended with “This is Just So Beautiful,” a song about the grace of God and the joy we find in Him. It was the perfect way to close, and Jenny and Tyler’s wonderful reminder to always look to the one in whom we find our happiness.
National and International News John Hanlon Staff Writer
FLOODING: At least four people are dead and 500 missing after flood waters engulfed much of the Denver, Colo. area. The National Weather Service reported that 1.73 inches of rain fell in less than 30 minutes at one spot in Denver. Two of the dead include a woman who was swept away while leaving her vehicle and a man who went after her. (CNN) IPHONE: Apple announced two new phones that, among other upgrades, add a splash of color to the previously black and white world of the iPhone. What’s new? The $199 iPhone 5s has a considerably faster processor than its predecessor, comes in three colors and features a fingerprint reader for quick unlocking. The cheaper $99 iPhone 5c has an all-plastic body and is available in five bright colors. (Macworld) JERSEY: More than 400 firefighters battled a fast-moving blaze that burned four blocks of a popular New Jersey boardwalk. The fire at Seaside Heights destroyed more than two dozen businesses in an area that was only recently rebuilt in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said it was not immediately clear what sparked the blaze. No injuries were reported. (USA Today) VANGOGH: The “Sunset at Montmajour” painting had sat forgotten in private collections for more than 100 years and had long been considered a van Gogh fake. That is, until now. The Van Gogh Museum has declared the work to be genuine and said it was painted by the artist in 1888. Art dealer James Roundell expects the newly discovered work to fetch “in the tens of millions and quite a few of them” on the auction block. (New York Times) NAME: A Hawaiian woman is being told her full name is too long for the 35 character limit on U.S. drivers’ licenses. Janice Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele said the last name originated with her husband’s grandfather who said it came to him in a dream. Her license currently has no first name and only the first 36 characters of her last name, which leaves one letter off. (USA Today)
September 19, 2013
Grace Softball Ministers to Young Girls in the Dominican Republic Ashley Bossaer Contributing Writer
When the Grace College Softball team of 24 boarded the plane to the Dominican Republic they began a journey beyond their wildest dreams. Attica’s own Ashley Bossaer had the privilege of attending the eight-day excursion. For the majority of the team (including Ashley) it was their first time overseas. August 2nd the team loaded up in Indianapolis at 4:15 a.m. At 1 p.m., the girls arrived in Santo Domingo and made it through customs in record time. After half an hour of crazy driving, the team arrived at their place of residence for the week, Score International. Score International is a ministry that offers several different types of short-
Here the Grace team had the opportunity to play and interact with the girls and tour the orphanage. Originally the home started with eight beds for 28 girls. Now, with a lot of work from God, every girl has a bed. It was so humbling for the team to see how God works in the lives of these girls who come from nothing. Their pasts are filled with stories of abandonment, sexual abuse, and mothers who were prostitutes. There was one girl at the home who was mentally handicapped and her mother used to put her in a cage because she was so ashamed of her. The Grace girls were in tears by the end of the morning and their hearts were hurting. The morning came to an end as the girls from the home shared worship with the Grace team. They sang a few songs and finished with “How Great Is Our God”
Grace’s Softball Team shortly after arriving in the Dominican Republic. Photo Courtesy of Grace College Softball. term mission trips in a variety of categories. The Grace College Softball team took a team sports trip that Score offers that allows athletes a chance to travel overseas, experience a different culture, see the mission field firsthand, and use their talents God has given them to make an internal impact. Each international sports trip lasts about seven days and gives the teams the opportunity to play teams from the country they visit as well as other outreach opportunities in local communities, orphanages, and churches. All in all, Score provides short-term mission trips with long-term effects. “It was definitely a life-changing experience that taught me so much. This trip really opened my eyes. I never realized how good I had it until it was all taken away from me. We witnessed firsthand the struggles these people go through on a daily basis. Seeing this made my problems seem so small. I had never witnessed struggle to this extreme before,” Bossaer said. The team had a full schedule the entire week. After landing the afternoon of the 2nd , the team was given a tour of the complex and went through an orientation. Each entrance of the complex was guarded by an armed guard to ensure safety and to make sure the team was in no danger. The next day the team had a very life-altering day. In the morning they visited Pasitos de Jesus Home for girls.
in Spanish and in English. The Grace girls were touched in so many ways that morning. A little girl named Melana that became particularly fond of Bossar. The women of the home had to pry her off of Bossaer when it was time to go because Melana wouldn’t let her go. In the afternoon the team played a double header against the La Toronja team. Throughout the game there were all sorts of obstacles the team had never experienced before. There were children and dogs running through the outfield the entire game. Not to mention the Dominicans were trying to sell us baked goods and such while we were in the dugout. After the game, the team was able to share devotions and testimonies with the Dominicans before returning to the complex. The next morning the team had the opportunity to attend a Dominican church service at Juan 3:16. The entire service was in Spanish with rough translation so it was a bit difficult for the team to follow along; however, it was a good experience. The team concluded the evening with a worship service put on by the team who sang together. The rest of the week was very busy and exhausting. One afternoon, the team took a trip to the relatively nearby Sugar Cane Village. This was another eye opener for the Grace girls. When they arrived they had to pull their bus into a lot that was surrounded by a concrete wall with barbed wire on the
top. The team also had a translator/ body guard named Felipe with them at all times. This was to ensure safety. The Grace girls brought a number of items for the children to play with and it really opened their eyes to see how protective of those things the children were. When kids got hold of an item, they wouldn’t let it go and they guarded it with everything. They were so afraid to let the items go and some other child would get it. On the other side of things, though, the joy that our presence to play with them brought was unreal. They genuinely enjoyed having us there. Another thing that really touched the Grace girls was the way that all of the children cared for each other. Children here in the states are so dependent on their parents for everything. Some of these Dominican children don’t have parents and depend on each other. At the end of the afternoon when it was time to go, we had to line all of the children up and hand out extra items in a very organized way. It was important to do things very structured because they were unsure how the people would react. Before we left, the staff warned us that after we handed the things to the kids the older women would sometimes beat the little girls for things or the kids would fight each other. After the village we went to a VBS that a local church was hosting where over 400 kids were attending. That in itself was a realization to the Grace girls that we should all have a hunger to have a stronger relationship with God. Later in the week the team played a double header against the Dominican National Team and the Mexican National Team. This was the first time in Score history that a Score mission team has played two different countries in the same week. We lost both games. How-
field. The Grace girls also ran a softball clinic for Dominican girls ranging from ages 12 to 24. The Dominican world was so different than the world we live in each and every day. It was very challenging to acclimate to the way they live on a dayto-day basis. Down there, there is no sense of time, and people do what they want on no sort of schedule. They are so laid back. A big struggle for the girls was their lack of traffic structure. In the Dominican there are no stoplights, stop signs, or speed limits so vehicles essentially do what they want with no restrictions. This allowed vehicles to drive on whatever side of the road they felt was right. Despite the lack of structure though, Dominicans are actually rather courteous to each other on the road. Not only that, but they are very helpful to each other. One day someone had stolen a cow and they formed a group in pursuit of the perpetrator. All in all, the trip taught the team so many life lessons. They now know without a doubt that God is their absolute reality. We are here to glorify Him in all that we do. Spreading the word to all of the Dominicans made such an impact in each girl’s personal walk with Christ. It was a real realization of how good we have it here, yet we think the total opposite sometimes. We take so much in our lives for granted and don’t see the poverty all around us. God has blessed us with so much and makes us think twice about what we’ve thanked Him for. We owe everything to Him. God transformed so many lives in such a short amount of time, and the girls came home truly blessed and forever changed. Olivia Winget added, “This trip was such an amazing experience for our team. One moment that I think brought
Grace’s Softball Team after their matchup with the Dominican Republic National Team. Photo Courtesy of Grace Softball.
ever, the way we see it is, if we played well and shared the gospel, we won it all. Also, the team played another club team in a double header. This field was a real life sandlot. There were no dugouts and no fences. Not to mention they had to mow the field before we played because the grass was so high. However, they had to mow AROUND the horse that was tied up out in left center
us all closer was our day at the Pasitos De Jesus (all girls’ orphanage). At the end of our visit, the girls sang “How Great Is Our God” in Spanish, and instantly tears were flowing from every player on our team. It was beautiful to see how these girls have been through so much but were so sure in God’s love for them.”
THE SOUNDINGBOARD September 19, 2013
The MLB Playoff Push
Trending in the NFL: Read Option Offense
Patrick Stukkie Staff Writer
With the MLB season nearing its conclusion, it’s time for teams to show up or go home. With only five teams allowed into the postseason from the American League and five from the National League, the last few weeks of baseball is the most exciting time in baseball for the fans. This is where we see who will be a clutch player and who will be a choke artist. In the American League, three out of the five spots are almost clinched. One is Boston, being up eight -and-a-half games in the American League East with 13 games to go. The second is Detroit, who is up five games. The third is Oakland, who is up five-and-a-half games. These three teams will be fighting for the one, two, and three seeds to see who gets home field advantage. That leaves only the two remaining wild card teams. This is where it gets interesting. Right now there are six teams vying for those two spots. The Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays have the tickets right now but there are four teams right behind them. These teams are the Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, and Kansas City Royals. With there being six teams vying for two spots, this should be fun to watch and should go down to the last series of the regular season. In the National League, we should know who the five teams will be as soon as one of these teams has a sizeable lead in their division. What to watch for is to see where everyone gets seeded. The Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers look good in winning their divisions and will be fighting with each other and the winner of the crazy National League Central for the top spot. The National League Central has one of the craziest playoff runs I’ve seen in a while. Any one of three teams could win the division with the two others most likely being the wild card teams and playing a one game playoff. The Cardinals and the Pirates are tied right now at the top with the Reds being two-anda-half games back. This should be the most exciting race as the Reds and the Pirates still play each other six more times. This is our time as fans to just sit back and relax and watch these teams fight with everything they have to reach the postseason in order to have a chance at attaining their goal in winning the World Series.
In the first Monday Night Football game this year, the Philadelphia Eagles kicked things off by defeating the Washington Redskins. In this victory we witnessed LeSean McCoy rush for 184 yards on 31 carries, and Michael Vick pass for 203 yards while tacking on an additional 54 yards on the ground. Although the victory was more impressive than the box score indicates, I do not want to focus on the Eagles themselves, but rather the offensive scheme they are operating. Like many teams of late, the Philadelphia Eagles have dedicated a section of their playbook to the read-option offensive scheme. Among the teams that run this type of offense are the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins and the aforementioned Philadelphia Eagles. This style of offense normally features a mobile quarterback at the helm, making players such as Michael Vick and Cam Newton ideal fits for the system. This offensive system has taken the league by storm, reinventing it almost completely. Many young quarterbacks have found success early with the read-option, which can be attributed to the similarities of the system between college and the NFL. In the past, coaches have introduced formations that catch opposing teams off-guard such as the 46
defense, 3-4 defense, or the west coast offense. Some of these formations have stemmed from the college game such as the wildcat offense, and the read-option. Typically in the past, these new formations have great success when first introduced, but over time opposing teams figure out how to stop it. So the question I pose is, how long will it take until the necessary adjustments are made to stop the read-option? Should teams expose their quarterbacks to such danger? The rules are designed to protect the quarterback while he’s in the pocket. Once the quarterback chooses to leave the pocket, he’s treated like every other position, ultimately leaving him vulnerable and at risk to injury. A major difference between the college game and the NFL is the time and money invested in starting quarterbacks. NFL teams invest heavily in finding their franchise quarterback. The position of quarterback is one that lacks depth. All of the time and effort can be wasted with one severe injury. So far the new scheme has been effective in use, but what will stop the read-option, opposing defenses game plans, or team officials deciding that they no longer feel comfortable sacrificing the future of the franchise? Without a doubt we enjoy watching these gifted athletes perform, but we also want them to remain healthy for the longevity of their careers; and perhaps when you take into account the preceding factors, it just may be an impossible task in the NFL.
49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) executes the Read Option with Running Back Frank Gore (21). Photo Courtesy of Bleacher Report.
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