THESOUNDINGBOARD Volume 60, Issue No. 19
March 27, 2014
Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind.
Your words. Our voice.
Worth a watch? Find out on page 5.
HONOR HER SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS Learn about the winners on page 2.
Dear Gracelyn This week’s column feels a little“Frozen.” Page 4.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING AROUND THE WORLD Learn how it affects us and what we can do about it. Page 3.
Westy IronWoman Read about the events of this new competition on page 3.
On page 7, find out how the first weekend lived up to the hype.
INTRODUCING YOUR NEW STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT, SARAH HINKEL !
March 27, 2014
Students to Participate in Wycliffe Race
Honor Her Scholarship Recipients Plan to Use Talents Overseas
Luke Shaver Contributing Writer
Grace Sarris works on a project for the “Empty Bowls” class offered this session. Megan Snyder Copy Editor
The Honor Her Scholarships have been awarded for this school year to two very deserving women of Grace College. Grace Sarris and Brienne Cremean were awarded these scholarships by Women of Grace for Missions, USA, an organization by the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. They were designed to recognize women who have a heart for missions and who have demonstrated their faith in their everyday lives. Grace Sarris, a junior Graphic Design major, definitely has a heart for missions. She is going on the Thailand and Cambodia GoEncounter trip in May for two weeks. The trip is partnering with Destiny Rescue, an organization that works to rescue people from the sex trade. Sarris has been involved with Destiny Rescue functions on campus. Her main intention for going on this particular trip is the issue of human trafficking. It is something that breaks her heart, and she is willing to be open to what the trip, and God, are going to teach her. About the trip, Sarris said: “We’re not building or teaching. It is an awareness trip.” She has great hopes for this trip and for the future after it. She would definitely be open and willing to working with Destiny Rescue and moving to Thailand. A project she would love to be involved in is a photographic campaign here in the United States to raise awareness to what is happening in Asia. Brienne Cremean is a student in the graduate counseling program here at Grace. She went to Nicaragua over spring break with other students in the counseling program and Dr.
Tammy Schultz. On the trip, the team led trauma healing groups for people that had experienced trauma and needed a place to begin the process of recovery. Also on the trip, the team got the opportunity to visit a girl’s home called Villa Esperanza. “The girls there used to live in the garbage dump but were given the opportunity for schooling and a safe home at Villa Esperanza. We also taught a group of high school and middle school students about the story of Tamar in scripture,” said Cremean. Is a return trip to Nicaragua in the future for Cremean? She said, “I am not sure where the Lord is leading in terms of going back to Nicaragua. I connected well with the people who were so warm and affectionate and I was able to speak some Spanish with them. I am more interested in living in a Spanish-speaking culture/country in the future.” Immediately coming up for Cremean is an internship with Encompass World Partners in Dublin, Ireland.
Brienne Cremean (middle) connects with girls in Nicaragua.
Hiking, canoeing, climbing precarious heights, rope courses, linguistic challenges: all in a simulation of taking the Bible to an unreached people group! What is this? The Wycliffe Bible Translators Race to 2025! Hello! I’m Luke Shaver, and I’m coordinating a group of interested Grace College students to participate in this extreme adventure race taking place April 11-13 at the Cran-Hill Ranch in Michigan. It is unique in that the Race to 2025 has Past, Present, and Future elements to it. Besides sparking interest for and training future missionaries and Bible translators, participants get the opportunity to be a part of advancing God’s name to the peoples through fundraising for potentially 1.6 million deaf people in Burundi, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania to have the Bible translated into their sign languages. Participants also get to personally interact with veteran missionaries and other missionary hopefuls and hear how God has used them in reaching the world for His name. Grace College’s own Mason Whitaker and I were blessed to experience this event last February (winter-style): we snow-shoed, went cross-country skiing, ate bear heart, shot blowguns, were oriented, led a horse (carrying Bibles), decoded some language, and used exegesis and hermeneutics in Bible translation, among other fun challenges. Our team of four won the Bible memorization challenge (Ephesians 2:810 in Hawaiian Pidgin) and the Bible translation part of that race and received sweet Nike duffel bags with the Race to 2025 logo and wool socks with lifetime replacement guarantees. With hopes of winning the entire race this year, I’m excited to see the interest of my fellow Gracies in joining in supporting my team as we raise awareness for the 1,919 unreached/ Bible-less peoples and take initiative to invest in being a part of seeing all languages with Scripture translation projects by the year 2025! Anyone wishing to give towards this cause can contact me via email (email@example.com), through Facebook or in person. Also, receive more info and watch videos of past races on my event page: Grace College’s team for the Race to 2025. GRACE, we want your backing and support!
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FEATURES Human Trafficking Happens in Thailand, Haiti ... and Indiana Madisson Heinl Editor-in-Chief
What is the second largest, as well as fastest growing, international criminal enterprise today? Do you know that this enterprise generates over $32 billion annually? Or that the enterprise exploits 1 million children every year? Perhaps you know that this enterprise is human trafficking. However, what you may not know is that, over the last five years, there have been over 112 law enforcement cases and 96 victim service cases of domestic human trafficking reported in Indiana alone. Furthermore, girls, ages 12-14, are the most frequently trafficked demographic. Abigail Kuzma, a representative from the Indiana Attorney General’s Office, spoke in a seminar on March 20, uncovering the reality of human trafficking in the United States and, more specifically, in Indiana. Kuzma told the story of a 15-year-old girl who saw an advertisement for a job in a hotel. However, when she showed up for an interview, the girl was taken into a room and continually raped by several men for 48 hours. The trail of the crime was hidden easily, as the men paid with cash, had the room cleaned as soon as the crime was finished and used fake names. This type of crime occurs in the United States every day. The United States actually encourages a culture open to human trafficking, claimed Kuzma. Referring to young-
er girls who are involved in dance, Kuzma said, “A lot of dance groups now are getting close to using motion and movements similar to strippers,” and, “I would challenge you to think of a movie with a wedding where there isn’t a bachelor or bachelorette party with strippers in it.” She also pointed out that children’s movies, such as Disney’s “Frozen,” send the message that a woman cannot be confident and beautiful unless she looks sexy. “We’re kind of glamorizing commercial sex,” explained Kuzma. Human trafficking has only now been receiving scrutiny, and awareness has recently been raised for those who need to be freed. Kuzma said that human trafficking was an invisible crime for such a long time because “I think people just didn’t want to see it.” She believes that many United States citizens have been in denial, with an attitude that states, “It’s not my business,” until now. She also explained that movies like “Pretty Woman” minimize the violence of human trafficking. What can college students do? Kuzma said that college students should first “have knowledge” and “be willing to speak about it.” She explained that “This is modern-day slavery.” Children are often pulled into human trafficking because they are vulnerable; however, the most vulnerable children should be under the protection, rather than the abuse, of our culture. When asked the question, “Could it happen here in Warsaw?” Kuzma gave a chilling answer: “Absolutely.”
Westy IronWoman Week Encourages Unity and Some Insanity Kelly Nemec Contributing Writer
Remember seeing a bunch of nerds walking around campus, girls with capes running around screaming that Aaron Crabtree is their hero, or people waltzing in Alpha
Residents of Westy 3 West strike a pose with Jim Swanson in his office as a WIW initiative.
Dining? This is what the female residents of Westminster Hall would like to call Westy IronWoman week. Each hall was assigned their own color and their own personal Haymitch to help them throughout the week. Those specific Haymitch’s included J-Rex for Westy 3 East, Chris Sharrock for Westy 3 West, Drew Lyon for Westy 4 East, and Ben Hutton for Westy 4 West. Throughout the week, these fearless men put their lives on the line in order to help their sister halls. The idea of this crazy and fun week came from the one and only Resident Director of Whammyville: Janelle Ditmer. Ditmer had the idea to demolish any female stereotypes that are out there. For example, on Monday of Westy IronWoman, the girls’ first initiative was to take a “selfie” of themselves without wearing make-up. As females, we are not defined by our outer beauty because our identity is found strictly through Christ alone. Each day, the girls were required to memorize a verse from Scripture and recite it to their RA to receive points. If someone from another hall did not know the verse, they had to do ten push-ups right then and there. Also, each hall was required to accomplish around two initiatives each day to receive points. Kelsey Saylor, resident of Westy 3 West stated, “We were able to communi-
National News: Twitter Edition Julia Marsh Staff Writer
Twitter edition! Why? Because Twitter turns eight years old on Friday … and I still don’t have one. A Turkish government ban on Twitter has provoked widespread fury in Turkey and condemnation around the world, with the country’s own president taking to the social media website to condemn Ankara’s actions. #backstabber #twittergetsitdone An invasive species of beetles, called emerald ash borers, claimed 59 ash trees in Elkhart’s American Park as its most recent victims. The city, only 40 miles from Winona Lake, has fought the insect’s infestation for several years by removing seriously damaged trees and treating those that could be saved. The city is also planning to plant 300 trees this spring with more on the way for fall. #toocloseforcomfort #saveatree Same-sex marriages commenced in Michigan on Saturday morning following a federal judge’s ruling Friday that struck down the state’s ban on such unions. #OhiovsMichigan #changedmymind A closed-circuit security video shows security guards searching four attackers twice before allowing them to enter an Afghan hotel where the young men proceeded to the restaurant and killed nine diners. Rethinking the reasons I should always be thorough… #someonegotcanned Glenn Beck warned his listeners about the “dangerous disinformation” contained within the movie “Noah.” He stated that “our children will look at that as being the Noah story… They will believe this version over the version that Mommy and Daddy are telling them, or that old dusty Bible is telling them, because it will come alive in their imagination.” #righton #discernment #scripandinterp cate and bond more than we have all year. Instead of hall dinner once a week where only a few people would show up, we had it every night and a lot of people came to work on things for the competition. It definitely encouraged unity and growth in relationships on the hall. Personally, it helped change my perspective from inward focused to desiring relationships with all the girls on my hall.” Praise God for community and how He used a competition to bring community to Westminster Hall.
THE SOUNDINGBOARD March 27, 2014 ENTERTAINMENT
Gracelyn, Dear Gracelyn, This “Frozen” fever is getting out of hand. Everyone on my hall is constantly singing the songs from this popular Disney movie and I can’t escape it! The other day, I was talking to my best friend about how I can’t handle this winter weather anymore. She responded by singing the words, “Winter’s a good time to stay in and cuddle!” Then, my RA knocked on my door to talk to me, and when I ignored her she sang out “Do you wanna build a snowman?” The final straw was when I was showed up to one of my classes in sweatpants and my professor looked at me and said, “You’re a bit of a fixer upper.” I can’t take it anymore! What can I do to avoid this crazed obsession everyone seems to have?! -Finished Dear Finished, I am sorry to hear that you are going through this torture. However, I do have one bit of advice that can help you forge through this: Let it go. If you follow my advice, you will be able to get through this tough time with no problem! -Gracelyn
Disclaimer: All of the advice given above is strictly for entertainment purposes. Please do not actually follow this advice. Following this advice may lead to loss of friendships, sanity, credibility and, in extreme cases, may lead to death. 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
Growth Groups This Year and Next Andrew Pepe Staff Writer
Growth Groups are a good time at Grace College. I have had the chance to attend Growth Groups during a few years at Grace and realized they are times where friends and fellow Christ-followers can unite and spend valuable time studying scripture and learning more about God’s Word. Grace College has just finished interviewing and announcing Growth Group leaders for next year. I have gotten in contact with a few friends of mine who have had the opportunity to be Growth Group leaders. Grace alumnus, Matt Swartz thoroughly enjoyed his time leading men into the Word. When I asked if he en-
joyed being a leader, he said, “I really liked being a growth group leader because the people came because they wanted to, and so I felt as if there was more willingness to be open with each other and admit various struggles. Through this, our primary goal was to grow in Christ, and this really helped build accountability throughout the group.” I believe growth groups are a time we should strive to cherish and a time where God’s love can be displayed. It is a time where special relationships can be built between brothers and sisters in Christ. It also unifies a hall because we can get to know each other much better and help one another. I also asked Gershom Tadesse what he thought about being a growth group lead-
er, and he also told me it was a great experience. He said, “Being a growth group leader was really great. When I took the job, I thought I would just be leading a group of freshmen on a weekly basis, but it was a lot more than that. I saw great friendships form and, not only did I see a lot growth spiritually from the guys that were in my growth group, but I grew a lot as well.” Growth groups can be just as encouraging to growth group leaders as the other people attending. Just having people attend and display their desire to grow in Christ is very encouraging to many which is why this is a time to cherish. This week, Growth Group leaders for next year were selected. Here’s to another year of growing in unity, friendship and relationship with God!
Grace Faces Apparently Existent Schools in NCCAA Tournament Eric Totheroh Contributing Writer
Last weekend the Lancer men’s and women’s basketball teams faced some of the top Christian schools in the nation, being pitted against seven colleges that exist somewhere in the nation, apparently. The national NCCAA tournament took place in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center this year, bringing in some of the top basketball talent among Christian colleges on teams that no one has ever heard of. Still, these teams are definitely legitimate. “The NCCAA tournament always brings out the best in these small Christian institutions, which I promise are all full, vibrant communities brimming with real people,” beamed Dan Wood, executive director of the NCCAA. Point Loma Nazarene University, the winner of the men’s Division I tournament, is one of these communities, even though no one has ever heard of it. “All of this seems a little fishy,” noted one
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student after searching through a list of teams in the NCCAA. “They all sound like legitimate names for schools, but in a different way, they all seem to be very generic sounding locations followed by a denomination. I’m not saying they aren’t real, but like, maybe we all need to wake up.” The Lady Lancers fought hard, but lost the opening game of the tournament to Lee, a legitimate school from Tennessee and definitely not the first name that popped into the announcer’s head. Other nondescript names for the women’s tournament include Southern Wesleyan and the clearly-not-fabricated Union, whose website boasts that “You’ll find a vibrant community of learners and scholars,” something unique to a place that does, in fact, exist. At press time, several NCCAA representatives were reassuring people that all of the teams are indeed legitimate and that people shouldn’t bother looking into the matter.
THE SOUNDINGBOARD March 27, 2014 5 ENTERTAINMENT ‘Divergent’ Delivers Thrills, Lacks Global Gains Some Perspective from Twitter Solid Plot Jasmine “Jazz” Beverly Contributing Writer
The plot follows the story of Beatrice in a world where war has destroyed all of the world but one city: Chicago. In Chicago, people have been separated into five different groups so that their society can function and prosper in peace. When a child comes of age, he or she will be tested to see which of the five districts they fit best, but they are able to decide which they would rather join. When Beatrice takes the test, she finds that she fits into all of the districts, meaning she is divergent. Divergences are feared because they are unique and thus lie outside of the different districts. So begins Beatrice’s adventure to find her place and protect what she loves. Our two main protagonists are Beatrice “Tris” Prior, played by Shailene Woodley and Tobias “Four” Eaton, played by Theo James. I do think that the romance between the two main leads did take place a little too quickly for my tastes. They do make you believe that they genuinely care for each other, though. Each actor does a wonderful job making the audience fall in love with the characters and their stories. All side characters are incredibly gifted in making you either like them or hate them with all of your being and are able to express their emotions well. The movie allows for the characters to be developed enough for you to know each one and what their role is, but they suffer because of the time limit they have to be developed. The evil person is evil because she/ he is evil and that is all you need to know about them. The filmography was beautiful, giving us the thrill and rush of being in the movie. The shots know when to be still and focused to keep you on edge. In the action scenes, it keeps it clear so you are never confused on what is going on. The graphic effects of this movie are breath taking! There were moments while watching where I would actually hold my breath. Everything was crystal clear and at moments made you want to reach out and touch the glass she was tapping or smack the birds that were attacking her. (Don’t worry. Those are all the spoilers that you get from me). I enjoyed this movie but I feel like something was lacking. Was it action? No. Beauty? No. I think I lacked the understanding of the plot. This is why I suggest reading the book. I did not read the book and some of the plot was lost on me. It was a beautiful movie, but there was an element of the book that was lost somewhere. I forgot which districts were which or wanted what. The distinction of societal differences became confusingly blurred towards the end of the movie, which I do not believe to be the writer’s intention.
Jennie Gold Staff Writer
Social media is a constant in our world today. In fact, it would seem strange for this generation not to Instagram a picture of the beautiful weather (which in Indiana’s case hardly ever happens) or tweet about an upcoming event (#winterjamtour!) . There is no denying the fact: social media is a part of our everyday lives. In the past, school and educational systems have tried to prohibit the use of social media during school. According to CNN, they have even begun to monitor students’ online social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, and email. But all of these approaches to interacting with social media have been hands off and just as preventative measures. It is not typical that we see educational professionals actually participating in these media outlets. Welcome to Grace College: a place where you can follow your favorite professors on Twitter and give them feedback about your classes. At the
conclusion of last session, Carlos Tellez took to the Twitter-sphere to ask freshman students about their experience with Global Perspectives, asking for their feedback under the hashtag “gpfeedback.” Students weighed in with their honest (sometimes brutally honest) opinions. There was an unhindered interaction between student and faculty. But this interaction wasn’t all positive. Posting on a social media site is always less filtered and sometimes less thought out than face-to-face communication – it is much easier to say whatever people want when they are saying it online. So what do you think? Yes, you. The student reading through this paper, deciding whether or not to take it with you or put it back on the pile at SubCo or in the mail room. Do you think this is a positive step for teachers and faculty members to take? Should more teachers be involved in social media, giving them another outlet to interact with students, or should they just not bother? Let us know – post a comment on the Sounding Board’s Facebook page or tweet us @gcsbnews!
March 27, 2014
CAMPUS LIFE The Ticker
National and International News John Hanlon Staff Writer
MARRIAGE: A judge in Michigan struck down the state’s gay marriage ban on Friday, March 21. Within 24 hours, hundreds of marriage licenses had been issued to same-sex couples. Opponents of the judge’s decision point to a 2004 referendum in which nearly 60% of voters were in favor of a state constitutional amendment recognizing marriage as between only a man and a woman. [Associated Press] AGE: A Michiana resident, who was the oldest American-born man in the United States, has died at the age of 110. Ethan Shelton credits his longevity to chewing his food slowly and eating lots of greens. He was born in Alabama in 1903, but moved to Berrien County, Mich., in 1947 and had lived there ever since. At his death, Shelton was the 68th oldest person in the world. [WNDU] CRIMEA: Following Crimea’s vote to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed documents on March 21 to formalize the decision. The United States and European Union refuse to recognize the annexation and have enacted a variety of sanctions on Russia. [Reuters, NPR]
Alpha FEmale Week Brings the Competition Dani Olson Contributing Writer
In 1964, a beautiful building rose from the ground, the first of her kind on all of Grace College campus. Today, that building is known as Alpha Hall, and she is as magnificent as ever. The beloved Alpha Hall is known for many things. However, the cafeteria with its flavorful food and Alpha desk with its towers of toilet paper pale in comparison to the most defining aspect of life as an Alphan. Once a year, the women of Alpha are given the chance to prove themselves. One week of events decides who the Alpha Females are. This week is challenging, exhilarating, daunting, and competitive. This week is Alpha FEmale Week. So, what exactly is Alpha FEmale Week? Funny you should ask. The week begins with an opening ceremony. Participants vow to honor the Alpha FEmales and to grow closer together through the competition. “There was much laughter and cheer, and a little bit of fierce power and raw strength,” expressed Morgan Hepburn of Alpha 2 West. Next is the running of the torch. This majestic symbol, made from a toilet plunger and a click light, is run from McClain auditorium, where the opening ceremony is held, to Alpha Lobby. The first event is a toga-decorating competition. Team members are to use items from their rooms to decorate a toga for the RA’s of the hall. Use of the team’s color and hall’s theme are keys to decorating an intimidating toga.
BRACKET: March Madness is underway and that means basketball, basketball and, you guessed it, more basketball. Out of 11 million brackets submitted to ESPN.com, none turned out to have the perfect win combinations. Billionaire Warren Buffet, along with Quicken Loans, got in on the madness, offering $1 billion to anyone who correctly predicted the fate of each team. [ESPN] FALLING: “Lucky” might have a new definition after the March 17 rescue of a Burbank, Calif., boy. The three-year-old got the attention of passersby when he started throwing toys out a third-story apartment window. After dropping several items out, he climbed out the window himself. Fortunately, a couple in the process of moving a mattress box spring had stopped below the window, catching the child in their arms and setting him on the bed. [My Burbank]
Throughout the week, team unity is highly encouraged. Participation points can make or break a team’s performance in any given event. It is absolutely essential to band together, or else a team’s chances of showing dominance fall to the wayside. The second night holds the Gauntlet. A long, winding relay race through the halls of Alpha, this event is always a crowd favorite. Highlighted by such obstacles as a yarn maze and an indoor slip-n-slide, the Gauntlet separates the little girls from those worthy of being dubbed Alpha FEmales. The third night holds a collection of games, testing many aspects of each team. From Dutch Blitz to Leg Wrestling to Peddle Cart Races, this night highlights the unique talents of each team member in Alpha. Lastly, there is the Lip Sync competition. Teams put together dramatic and elaborate routines to their own music. The goal of this night is really to work together to put on a good show, and this is the ultimate culmination of Alpha FEmale week. “We all come together to celebrate what it means to be Alphans,” stated third-time participant Shaily Cripe. Though the teams all compete against each other, the goal of the games is to bring the residents closer. Alpha Hall is known for being crazy. We don’t deny it. We’re proud of it, and we see Alpha FEmale week as an opportunity to take this craziness and use it to grow. No matter the final scores, the week proves that each Alpha girl is, at heart, an Alpha FEmale.
Below: Alpha 3 East residents celebrate lip sync victory.
Sarah Johns (left) prepares the gauntlet with a hallmate.
Above: A homemade Slip ‘n’ Slide is prepared on a hall in Alpha.
March 27, 2014
First Weekend of March Madness Lives Up to the Hype Seth Miller Sports Editor
The first weekend of March Madness was fraught with upsets, unexpected blowouts, and tight contests. From a couple of twelve seeds making an impact in the tournament to a resilient Mercer team who would not give up, this weekend of basketball was some of the best tournament play in years.
games between North Carolina and Providence, and Connecticut and Saint Joseph’s, respectively. In the West region, 5th-seeded Saint Louis rallied from a 16-point deficit to defeat 12th-seeded North Carolina State, who missed 15 free throws. Two upsets occurred in Raleigh, N.C., where 11th-seeded Tennessee cruised past 6th-seeded Massachusetts, and 14th-seeded Mercer showed a 3rd-seeded Duke team that experience beats talent. This region showed where the selection committee made mistakes in that Tennessee should have been ranked higher as well as Kentucky and Louisville. It also showed that UMASS and Saint Louis were over ranked. Finally, in the West region, North Dakota State showed amazing resilience as they pulled a 12-5 upset. Weber State gave top-seeded Arizona a run for their money as Arizona escaped with a 9-point victory. BYU and Nebraska were clearly over matched as they both lost by double digits. The second round saw a couple of upsets as Dayton flew past 3rd-seeded Syracuse and into the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in at least three decades, and
The Dayton Flyers celebrate after their upset of Ohio State. Courtesy of Kevin Hoffman/USA Today Sports. To recap, the South region saw 12th seeded Stephen F. Austin take down a former Cinderella story in VCU in the first round. Also, Dayton pulled the upset on in-state rival Ohio State by a single point as OSU senior Aaron Craft missed a last-second shot at the buzzer. The Stanford Cardinal team outlasted New Mexico in an upset to set up a match-up in the second round with Kansas. Rounding out the upsets, 9th-seeded Pitt demolished a Colorado team that did not belong in the tournament. In the first round of the East region, 12th-seeded Harvard was the only team to pull an upset, as they defeated 5th-seeded Cincinnati. The only other match-ups worth noting in the first round were tight
Mercer celebrates after their upset over Duke. Courtesy of fansided.com. Standard and their colorful band outlasted 2nd seeded Kansas. The only upset in the East region happened when the UCONN Huskies mushed their way into the
Freshman Andrew Harrison (5) of the Wildcats goes up for a layup during Kentucky’s upset of undefeated Wichita State. Courtesy of Charlie Riedel/AP.
Sweet Sixteen behind the resourceful play of Shabazz Napier. The biggest upset of the second round happened in the Midwest region as 8th-seeded Kentucky shocked the top-ranked Wichita State Shockers. Along with the close games and upsets, there were a few blowouts, including Tennessee’s 20-point walloping of Mercer, Arizona’s 23-point blowout of 8thseeded Gonzaga, and 6th-seeded Baylor’s 30- point destruction of 3rd-seeded Creighton. The Creighton game also saw the end of one of the greatest college basketball careers ever as Doug McDermott ends his career 5th on the all-time scoring list and with a great nickname in “Dougie McBuckets.” The Sweet 16 is complete with storylines, rivalries, and intense matchups. From the 10-11 seeded matchup between Dayton and Stanford to the UK-UofL rivalry, this weekend will be one for the ages.
THE SOUNDINGBOARD March 27, 2014 SPORTS
2014 NCCAA Championship Review Joshua Neuhart Sports Information
Working for the athletic event staff this past week during the NCCAA National Championship was quite the experience. There were twenty-four games in total and I worked fifteen of them. It takes a lot to pull off an event of this magnitude, so I personally want to thank Chad Briscoe for working tirelessly from preparation for the tournament to the very last minute when the tournament was officially over! I also want to thank my co-workers and everybody else who invested their time and energy into making this event successful. The 2014 NCCAA National Championship tournament was probably the best year yet, even though both of our Lancer teams did not get the result they wanted. I could not be more proud of both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. The Lady Lancers persevered and played great throughout the tournament. The men’s team made the final game and finished runner-up. The best part of the whole thing for me was finally seeing the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center filled to capacity with passionate fans. I have never heard the place so loud in my three years here at
Grace. I cannot wait for next year! Grace has also landed the bid to host the NCCAA National Championship through 2017. I can not wait to see this tournament expand and become even more exciting. The NCCAA’s website states that “The purpose of the Game Plan 4 LIFE Character Award is to recognize NCCAA student-athletes and athletics staff who epitomize the Christian character qualities of love, integrity, faith, and excellence.” All four character qualities were clearly on display throughout the entire tournament. Each character quality has a purpose behind it. The purpose behind love is demonstrating a caring and consistent love for others, which comes from 1 Corinthians 13. The purpose for integrity comes from living out ethical principles in a clear consistent manner which comes from Job 27:5. Faith-wise, this character quality is acknowledging a life of faith and sharing that faith with other from Hebrews 11. The last but not least character quality is excellence. The purpose behind excellence is striving to do all things at the highest standard from Philippians 4:8. I love my Lancer teams and I look forward to seeing both the men’s and women’s team in action next year!
Grace’s Caleb Featherston (23) goes up for a dunk in Grace’s first-round victory over Colorado Christian. Courtesy of Sports Information
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