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Campus comes together to support Bryan Arvelo Many in the Southern Adventist University community have come together in support of Bryan Arvelo, a junior theology major. Over the summer Arvelo was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a condition that is characterized by damaged nerves and paralysis, according to mayoclinic.com. Arvelo has since spent six weeks in the hospital, which included time in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). While there, he temporarily lost the ability to do simple tasks such as talk or move around freely. Now, Arvelo has regained many of his lost functionality and is beginning the rehabilitative stages of his recovery. Arvelo’s girlfriend, Carolyna Depkin, recalls several trips during the summer to go see him. “Everything that we take for granted he could no longer do anymore by himself, so that was really tough to watch,” Depkin said. “But a bunch of people

were always coming to visit him: His friends, family, his church family.” Mark Galvez, a junior theology major and a close friend, also remembers days going to visit Arvelo. Galvez and Arvelo worked together during the summer preaching and had planned to room together this semester. “Everything that I pictured for this semester was with him in mind,” Galvez said. “[Seeing Bryan sick] was like having a front row seat to an event I didn’t want to be at.” Galvez is also the president of the Latin American Club (LAC) on campus and was inspired to create a t-shirt design in support. In addition to the shirts, there have been planned events such as a prayer and testimony session held during an Evensong service on Sept. 8 and an upcoming prayer vigil for Arvelo being hosted by LAC. During the Evensong event, Depkin video called Arvelo so that he could speak to those in the crowd. Students, like junior public See ARVELO page 2

Bryan Arvelo smiles for a photo. Photo courtesy Bryan Arvelo

Carolyna Depkin and Phillip Warfield wear Fuerza Bryan shirts. Photo by Isa Tavares

Parking problems cause growing concern on campus Kristen Vonnoh Managing Editor The parking situation on campus has caused increasing concern among students, faculty and staff. Marty Hamilton, associate vice president of financial administration, sent out a campus-wide email Sept. 7 addressing the issue. He said, “Administration understands that with the new Bietz Center for Student Life starting construction, the loss of 52 parking spaces at McKee Library will create even more challenges for both students and employees,” he wrote. However, administration has taken strides to help parking on campus. They have made the Virginia parking lot, located behind Hickman Science Center, available “to all employees and all students who are registered with a university parking sticker,” Hamilton said. The Virginia parking lot has 72 parking spaces and is accessible via the sidewalk behind Hickman. Barry Tryon, professor in the School of Religion, has been teaching at Southern for eight

years and said the parking problem has gotten worse over time. “I’ve had good students, who are community students, come in late to class because they couldn’t find parking. Until the construction is done, I think it’s going to be an ongoing issue,” said Tyron. Many responded via Twitter to the parking problem on campus. Isaac James, director

of marketing and university relations, said, “I only notice parking issues at the beginning of the semesters when people are on campus sorting out class schedules and getting into a rhythm. With the new student center, we’ll lose some parking, so I know more discussion has been happening about employees parking further out.”

Cars parked in the Talge Hall parking lot Photo by Joseph Hyde

Social Work department rethinks poverty SPORTS| 6

Reversing your student stress into success NEWS | 3

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Kiaya Robertson Staff Writer Rethink Poverty is a new project hosted by the Department of Social Work. It allows individuals to spend a simulated month in the shoes of the underprivileged. The goal of the community simulation is to promote poverty awareness, increase understanding and to provide local change. The simulations will be on Oct. 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and held at the Family Justice Center. This project is available not only to students, but for community to gain an understanding of how many in society face the challenges of poverty. Kristie Wilder, the dean of the Department of Social Work, said that this initiative promotes one of the main foundations of Social

Work which is to encourage students to dismantle policies that leave minorities at a disadvantage and take action to prevent exploitation, domination and discrimination. Another purpose is to help

and how it affects them. “It is one simulated month for students to step into the shoes of those in the surrounding community and families who are less fortunate and is the promotion of giving exposure to and redefining

“...help students expand their

knowledge and awareness of cultural diversity either related to sex, age, race, and in this case—class” students expand their knowledge and awareness of cultural diversity either related to sex, age, race and in this case, class. It is an opportunity to understand the reality of classism, who it effects,

poverty,” Wilder said. Social work students who partake in this simulated month of poverty are challenged to analyze ways to bring poverty to an end.

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Afterglow makes comeback at Southern Paola Mora Lead Reporter

Two years after the program stopped, Campus Ministries has decided to reintroduce Afterglow and make it one of their main projects for this school year. On Aug. 24, the first gathering of Afterglow was held in the Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists with approximately 30 attendees. Afterglow is a program where students come together to sing, pray and share testimonies with their schoolmates. Campus Ministries’ theme for the year is, “Belong. Behold. Become.” Afterglow focuses on the “Behold” part of the ministry because individuals are encouraged to share their stories on how they have seen God work in their lives. Campus Ministries aims for this fellowship to aid students in their relationships with God. “We realized as we looked around this campus that there are a lot of people who have stories,” said Julie MacLafferty, a theology major and a Campus Ministries leader. “Afterglow is really just a way for people to say, ‘Hey, this is my story. This is what I’m experiencing with Jesus.’” Testimonies shared on Aug. 24 included a range of stories from students who struggled with breakups, suicidal thoughts, school decisions, financial challenges and God’s calling. “I think it was really important to hear about this,” said Kevin Bartolome, a freshman allied health major. “The testimonies here were just crazy. Hearing about what some of these people went through just really strengthens my faith.” Bartolome said that AfterSee AFTERGLOW page 2

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