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Some Modest Proposals Meet the couples, and how he popped the question

Bored? Three fun suggestions for a night on the town within 60 miles

Spring athletics in full swing Catch up on baseball, softball, track and tennis.

Campus Life pg 8

Features, pg 4-5

Sports, pg 6-7

February 23, 2011

Issue 5

Choir performs Friday at KMEA convention

Defining this college’s future

Committee of faculty, staff, students formed for converstaions about ‘selectivity, rigor and scale’

Adam Suderman

Heather Deckert Features editor


The Kansas Music Educator’s Association picks a college choir to be apart of the events each year at Century II in Wichita. This year the Tabor College concert choir gets the opportunity to sing in front of music educators from across the state on Feb. 25. “Nerve-wracking,” said choir director Brad Vogel, describing the opportunity. “Overall, it’s an honor

“It’s not your grandma’s Tabor.” That slogan was printed on the front of a t-shirt handed out by the Admissions department a couple of years ago. The shirt implied that things at Tabor had changed over the years and that the College was not the same place it used to be. The shirt reflected a truth that has been becoming more and more evident. As Tabor grows and changes, questions about what kind of place Tabor really is start floating around. In order to hear opinions about these questions, and hopefully get some answers, the faculty and staff have started a campus conversation called “Selectivity, Rigor, and Scale.” “There’s quite a few perceptions out there about who we are that are not accurate on the data,” said Tabor President Jules Glanzer. He said the Selectivity, Rigor, and Scale conversations are a way to get an accurate picture of the College and give everyone a chance to share their thoughts on what Tabor should be. The three main areas of these conversations are what kind of students should be admitted (selectivity), the difficulty in the classroom and what kind of faculty are desired (rigor), and how large the college should be (scale). “Underneath it all is the question, ‘What kind of student body do we want here at Tabor,’” Glanzer said. These discussions are being

First competition draws Nigh

Cheer coach Jeremy Nigh entered his team into the first cheer and dance exhibition ever hosted in the KCAC. The event will be held March 5. Above, members of Tabor’s cheer squad perform their routine for a home crowd on Feb 12. Photo by Brittany Schneider

Squad prepares for premiere cheer contest Brittany Schneider Photography Editor, Reporter

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Students often see the Tabor cheerleaders on the sidelines, leading the crowd into a victory chant for the Bluejays. Next month, students will get the opportunity to cheer for the cheerleaders. The Tabor cheerleaders will be participating in the KCAC Cheer and Dance Exhibition event Saturday, March 5 and will be up against five other teams. “This is the first year Tabor cheer is competing in about 15 years,” said Jeremy Nigh, Tabor cheer coach. Ottawa University will be hosting this very first year of the cheer competition, according to the KCAC website. All KCAC schools with cheer programs will be participating. Nigh said he does not know what other schools are doing but he has faith in Tabor’s cheer squad. “We will do well,” he said with beaming confidence. “Even if they get last place, I will still be happy.” Alexandra Tice, junior, said the competition will be a new and good experience for the team.

“It’s a good first start,” she said. Kelsey Mann, junior and cheer manager, said she is excited to see the squad compete this year. “They really became a team this semester because they’ve been working towards a goal,” she said. “That’s been really good to see.” After their performance at the last home basketball game, Tice said she thinks they will excel. “From what we’ve seen, we have a pretty good chance at placing high,” she said, comparing the Tabor squad to its competitors. In order to prepare for the competition, the cheerleaders have been spending all practices outside of games to train themselves for the event. “It’s a lot of prep work,” Nigh said. Since this competition is the first their team has participated in, Tice said it has required a lot of physical as well as mental preparation. “We don’t just sit on the sideline, shake our pom-poms and yell,” Tice said Nigh said the biggest struggle in training

See CHEER, pg 2

35 colleges and high schools audition each year. Competition is high for just a few performance slots.

Dr. Brad Vogel

because the audition process pits you against the choirs of all colleges and universities across the state.” To get the chance to perform at this event, the college had to send in a CD with three song selections from the previous year’s choir. A panel of three adjudicators listens to the recordings without knowing who is singing and then

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SPRING RETENTION by the numbers



Percentage of Percentage down students sticking from the fall-spring around this spring switch in 2009-10

99 84

Percentage of Percentage of freshseniors staying for men remaining this spring, the highest spring, the lowest of all classes of all classes


Percentage of all students remaining in spring 2003 from the previous fall; the highest average in 10 years Source: Student Success Office

Students lend helping hands at TC-hosted Special Zachary Bissell


The Special Olympics returned to the Tabor campus on Feb. 19. The athletes competed in basketball in the main gym as well as the CRC. The main gym played host to the older kids and adults, while the CRC hosted the younger kids. There were 18 teams that came to compete from different areas of Kansas including Wich-

ita, McPherson and Hutchinson. Dr. Karol Hunt stated that it is a joy to host the Special Olympics because it gives opportunities to every Special Olympian. There was a very large fan base in both gyms during the competition. The crowd was not just the parents and friends of the athletes, but there were several students and community members scattered among the crowd. “It was wonderful to see that

Hillsboro opened up its community to host the Special Olympics,” said sophomore referee Tyler Gniadek. This was also a good chance for Tabor to give back to the community. Like Gniadek, several other Tabor students helped run the events all day long. There were students refereeing, running the

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Aspiring goals

Photo by Erin Heizelman

Competitors run across the court during a game of basketball at the Special Olympics event, which was hosted on Tabor’s campus Feb. 19. While students helped with stats and refereeing, other students and community members turned out to cheer the athletes on.

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broken down into seven different sessions, each with a different focus. The first session, held Feb. 2, was an address from Glanzer introducing the subjects and explaining what he hoped the conversation would be like. Two other sessions have been held so far. The first, held Feb. 7, was a presentation from the College’s Noel Levitz consultant on institutional data. The second, on operational perspectives, such as revenue and expenses, was held Feb. 18. Two more perspective sessions will be held. One will be held this afternoon and will focus on the co-curricular perspective. This includes areas such as athletics, drama, band, choir and residence life. The final perspective session will focus on the academics and the challenges and opportunities that come with the College’s mission. This session will be held Feb. 8. The last two sessions will be discussion sessions held March 4 and 11. The timeline for the discussions and all the planning has been prepared by Vice President of Academic Affairs Frank John-

the division chairs, the faculty chair and library head. “The ultimate goal, if there is one and only one, is to creatively explore answers to the tough question we’ve been grappling with for some time,” Johnson said. Since only three sessions have been held so far and there has not been much time for open discussion, no decisions or recommendations have been made yet. If, at the end of the conversations, there are recommendations, they will be presented to the executive team. The meetings are open to all faculty and staff, with campus offices being closed during the meeting times to make it easier for everyone to attend. A group of students has also been invited to participate in the meetings to represent the student voice. The student representatives are Andrew Wiens, Julie Wiens, Maggie Cornish, Michael Loewen, Taylor Funk and Corina Neufeld. “We’ve had very strong participation and very healthy conversation already,” Johnson said. “I think it’s proven to be a very positive experience so far.”

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Photo by Erin Heizelman

Singing for joy

Seniors Stephanie Wiens and Eric Funk peer over their music to follow Dr. Brad Vogel’s directing during a concert choir rehearsal Feb. 18. A week later, the choir will have the opportunity to perform its repertoire at the Kansas Music Educators Association convention at Century II in Wichita. The choir was one of a handful of high school and college groups chosen out of more than 30 in the state.


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makes their selection for the next convention. The choir is accustomed to performing in front of audiences, from churches and schools. But there will be a notable difference with this performance. “The audience is comprised primarily of music educators who, by nature of the occupation, are trained to find what’s wrong with a performance,” Vogel said. “So we seek to eliminate those

things.” A performance of this magnitude has a great effect on the school, professors and also the students. “I am looking forward to performing in front of other great musicians,” senior choir member Justin Moore said. “It is an opportunity for us to showcase how good our choir is.” “It’s an honor to sing at KMEA and a prestigious accomplishment,” said fellow classmate and choir member Stephanie Wiens.


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clock, keeping score, and doing the books. The students volunteered for their positions, making this a more fun experience for them as well as the athletes. The majority of the volunteers were athletes, just like the population at Tabor. The competitors were very friendly, as were the students that volunteered or were there to watch. Competing athletes were often seen talking with student helpers. Both

On the court there were several signs of good sportsmanship, especially when someone would fall down. The competitors were always there to pick each other back up. The games were competitive, providing fun for the crowd of spectators. The games also got intense at times, just like any sporting event, but yet there were very few fouls committed at that time. “The athletes were

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“It puts us at a competitive level with much larger schools that have many more resources than we do.” According to Vogel, nearly 30-35 colleges and high schools audition each year, so the competition is high for just a few performance slots. “Getting this performance shows that we can compete with other great choirs in the state,” Moore said. “It’s a tribute to Dr. Vogel and how he takes all of our voices and makes a great sound.”

definitely athletes” said Gniadek; they were running up and down the court and were ready to play from the opening tip off to the final buzzer. It was a good thing that a lot of athletes from Tabor volunteered because it gave them a chance to see a sport from a different perspective, said Hunt. The volunteers get to see how a sport is played from either refereeing it or keeping score, or just watching in the stands. They got to see kids go out and play the game for

the fun of it not because they had to. The athletes were having a good time, and they were filled with joy because of being able to put on that jersey and lace up their tennis shoes. “Being able to help with the Special Olympics really put into perspective the little things,” sophomore Whitney Best said. The best athletes are the ones that are out there just having a good time and not worrying about how they are playing, that is what the athletes that competed were able to do. Crowded quarters

For each segment of the Special Olympics Basketball competitions on Feb. 19, a large crowd of Tabor students, faculty, staff and other community members was always on hand to cheer the athletes. The Tabor-hosted event was operated by many student athletes, such as senior Tiffany Bulk, seen at left handing a ball to an athlete while a large crowd of spectators and supporters look on.

Photo by Erin Heizelman

Over and above

Photo by Nicole Tunks

Junior Alex Tice hovers high about the crowd at the Bluejay’s final home game on Feb. 12. Tice and the rest of the Tabor cheer squad will compete for the first time on March 5.


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for the competition is achieving unity in the team’s routine. Eleven individuals trying to synchronize a complex routine can be quite a challenge. The key to completing this mission of unity is “practice, practice, and some more practice,” Nigh said. “They really became a team this semester because they’ve been working towards a goal,” Mann said. “That’s been really good to see.” Another challenge for the Tabor cheerleaders is injuries. Tice said cheerleading has some of the worst and most long-term injuries. “It’s very dangerous, the stunts they do,” Mann said.

Nigh said he hopes that competing in the event will be a new step for Tabor in the competitive world and would like to build up to larger competitions in the future. Although many people do not consider cheerleading a real sport, the Tabor cheer squad begs to differ. “I hope this competition will lead to a better light on cheerleading,” Nigh said. Tice said she would like to see the squad get recognition for competing in the event. “I hope people come to support,” she said. Nigh said he anticipates students to come root for the cheerleaders since they have been cheering for Tabor sports all year. Tabor cheer seems to show great confidence in the outcome of this competition. “They’re gonna bring it,” Nigh said.

Opinion Orange Christian example

In Review

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‘Unknown’ a mediocre thrill Scott Morrow


You may have seen the trailers and watched Liam Neeson in thrilling action scenes and thought it was the inevitable clone of “Taken.” Yes, newly released “Unknown” has similar elements, but Neeson isn’t a former CIA agent; he’s a world-renowned botanist. While in Berlin with his wife, played by Mad Men star January Jones, Neeson’s taxi is run off a bridge, and he is knocked into a coma. He would have drowned if not for the bravery of the cab driver, played by National Treasure love interest Diane Kruger. Neeson wakes up four days later and tries to go back to the hotel only to find that his wife no longer recognizes him and is staying with another man who claims to be him. Confusion ensues. The film does a good job of racking up the confusion in the first half, trying to make viewers think that Neeson may be delusional or in some sort of Twilight Zone episode. Then the movie transitions into an action movie. It is very well executed, and even the car chases feel new, maybe because the chase doesn’t occur in the familiar streets of New York. Neeson’s character proves he is a force to be reckoned with as the lead, but the real powerhouse in the movie is Diane Kruger. However, this movie falls short of how awesome it could be. January Jones’s acting was vastly subpar compared to Kruger and Neeson. Kruger’s character, while Kruger herself is fantastic, is used very heavily as a source of coincidence by showing up at exactly the right time. The greatest weakness for this movie is its script. As action slowly rises, dialogue quickly becomes cliché and mundane. “Unknown” is a fun time at the movies if you know it won’t be another “Taken.” Kruger and Neeson turn in fine performances alongside great action sequences but are let down by shoddy script and an anti-climactic ending.

What objects come sponsor, Karol Hunt, to mind when you hear were split into two the word “orange?” groups. The males Perhaps it’s construchung drywall in a tion signs. Possibly house with a very Syracuse University. large and deserving Maybe it’s orange juice family. The females or the color your finpainted and laid floor Jenae Pauls gers turn after you have Heather Deckert at a house that had Staff Column eaten a bag of Cheetos. been flooded up to two The image of Jesus wasn’t likely at the feet on the main floor. top of your list. But for disaster victims No matter what tasks we were assigned, in Nashville, Tenn., this is exactly what our mission was to represent Christ in the comes to mind. This is because it is the col- best way possible. This was seen in two or donned by volunteers helping them get ways: through the work we did and the way back on their feet. we presented ourselves. Following the flood of the city in May The first was easy. We were known 2010, Samaritan’s Purse—a Christian inter- among the volunteers and staff as the national relief organization—came to the “Mennonite group,” and with that comes aid of those who lost their homes. an extreme work ethic. We knew we would This was a tangible way to be the hands have tough jobs, but we often found ourand feet of Jesus, but their main mission selves wanting shorter lunches or longer was—and still is—to represent Christ and work days to complete our tasks. rebuild lives. The second wasn’t as simple. It wasn’t Both of us were part of the disaster re- that we were prone to bad behavior. It was lief class that spent two weeks serving with that we were so focused on attaining a goal, Samaritan’s Purse. We signed up hoping to that we needed to remind ourselves that we change a few lives, but we didn’t expect were there to rebuild lives, not homes. This S.P.’s mission to change us. was a particularly hard lesson to learn for For our orientation, Samaritan’s Purse the women, who dealt with two seemingly stressed the importance of the aforemen- difficult homeowners. tioned representation of Christ. After eight Amid these circumstances, it was the months of being in the area, the locals had Samaritan’s Purse staff that helped us learn already associated the color orange with a valuable lesson. It was they who taught the work of the organization, and ultimate- us, through example, that it is our represenly, Christ. Just as the color brightly stated tation of Christ that matters most. Whether S.P.’s work there, our words and actions it was being patient with the unskilled colwould loudly speak of our faith—good or lege students, dealing with a difficult hombad. eowner or being last in the dinner line, they The eleven of us in the class, and our exhibited Christ. Wherever the orange could be seen, a selfless act was not far behind. And it was contagious. Every volunteer that came onto the site was bombarded with Christ’s love, and inevitably felt led to pass it on. It was this attitude that we all took home with us. The idea that, no matter where we are or what we’re doing, we represent Christ to others. This could be a positive or a negative picture we portray. Either way, others see it. They see the “orange” we wear. They see the “Christian” label and view Christ as such. It’s our job to be the definition of Christian: little Christs. We are to do the best we can. We are to go the extra mile. We are to take the extra time to invest in someone whom God created in love. Because even if we don’t see the effects ourselves, we’re the ones wearing the orange shirts. Photo by Jenae Pauls

Student Senate Jenae Pauls

Page Editor

l Student Senate now controls organization salaries. Formerly, each has decided their own. l A Campuswide Conversation over Selectivity, Rigor and Scale (CCSRS) has begun over the composition of the student body. It is led by President Glanzer and Vice President of Academic Affairs Frank Johnson. Participants include faculty, staff and six elected members of Student Senate. l Ben Meekin replaced Eric Codding as the Senate advisor. l Special Requests Approved ($4000 in Special Requests Fund): Tabor Baseball Bible Study: $150; Spring Serve: $2000 l Rep. to the board report: the President’s report introduced the Presidential Leadership scholarship, introduced the Ministry Quest high school program, talked about the CCSRS, introduced the new strategic Plan called the Tabor Experience.


Responding to the call


eports of Tabor’s previous snow day range anywhere from 10-30 years ago. But success of this school’s most recent snow day is unquestionable.   President Glanzer’s 7:47 a.m. call to “make this a SPONTANEOUS SNOW SERVE DAY” prompted such unprecedented response that even national TV took notice.   Days earlier, Student Senate President Andrew Wiens emailed a call for action: wildly support TC basketball against foe Bethel. The response was, like the snow day, outstanding.   The esteemed but challenging pattern to notice is that we have the heart to respond to “the call” and get involved in ways that make others take notice—whether they are across the nation or across the gym. -DV


What has been your most embarrassing cultural faux pas? “I wore a hat by mistake into a church that didn’t allow them and the reaction was an instant, ‘take that off.’”

Josh Paulus Senior

“Trying to shake someone’s hand while in India.” Koby Temple Junior “Not taking off my shoes when I went into a friend’s house and having everyone in the house look at me.” Josh Murphy Sophomore

Letters The View welcomes all comments, opinions, questions and suggestions from students, faculty and employees. We want to hear what you have to say. Let your voice be heard! Send all letters to the editor, David Vogel, or


Jordan Crosson Senior

“I fell in front of crowd at Buckingham Palace and two British people were concerned and asked if I was okay.”

The View Staff Editor-in-Chief/News/Sports Editor: David Vogel Opinion/Campus Life Editor: Jenae Pauls Features Editor: Heather Deckert Photography Editor: Brittany Schneider Reporters: Zachary Bissell, Heather Deckert, Jordan Giffin, Scott Morrow, Jenae Pauls, Brittany Schneider, Adam Suderman Photographers: Erin Heizelman, Brittany Schneider, Nicole Tunks Graphic Elements Designer: Ted McFarland Adviser: Sara Sigley

The Tabor View is the official newspaper of Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan. It is published by Print Source Direct, LLC, 116 S. Main, Hillsboro, Kan., 67063. The opinion expressed in the Tabor View are not necessarily those of the Tabor View staff.

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A ring before spring. This is a common term heard around campus, especially this year because of the many engagements that have occurred since fall. There have been numerous engagements on the Tabor campus and in light of the month of February, the month that we celebrate the brave and romantic St. Valentine, this feature is dedicated to celebrate these engagements. When a couple gets engaged, the main question people ask is, “How did he do it?” Years of countless and creative engagements have caused many adoring sighs and even humorous laughs because of the imagination that the men put into their proposals. Jordan Giffin Lichelle Large and former Tabor student Lance Baar became engaged Christmas morning this past winter. Lichelle described the proposal as a “shot-gun engagement.” Lance and Lichelle’s father went hunting early in the morning. After putting the guns away, Lance proceeded to ask his permission to marry his daughter. Lichelle’s father gave his consent and once back at the house with both Lichelle and her mother, Lance asked Lichelle to marry him by presenting her with a ring containing three diamonds. The diamonds represent their past, present and future. The couple will be married June 25, 2011, in Hamlet, Neb., the hometown of the bride. The groom is from Colorado. photo courtesy of Lichelle Large

photo courtesy of Allison Isaac

photo courtesy of Corina Neufeld

Corina Neufeld and Darren Ens, a couple who first began dating thanks to a Sadie Hawkins dance, are both musically inclined. They are both in choir and band. Something they enjoy doing together is playing the piano. If a duet is not available, one will play the right hand, while the other plays the left. They became engaged this past fall on Corina’s birthday, Oct. 14. For his proposal, Darren got permission to use the bell tower of the Wohlgemuth building (appropriate for two musically talented people), and he planted a camera to take pictures of Corina and himself later that night. Once they had climbed to the top of the tower, Darren presented Corina with a Bible which was engraved with her future name, “Corina Enns,” and her engagement ring. The couple will be married July 30, 2011, in Denver, Colo., where Corina is from. Darren is from Hillsboro.

Hanna Bishop and David Vogel, another couple with musical talents, met their freshmen year at Tabor College while in the school’s fall musical, “Fiddler on the Roof.” They became great friends and have now been dating for about nine months. Hanna is from Hays, Kan., and David is from Hillsboro. As two people wanting to start their marriage with a strong relationship of trust, the two went through the book, “101 Questions to Ask Before You Get Engaged.” After finishing the book together, they both knew that they would soon become engaged. On Nov. 3, 2010, David took Hanna to the Willow Creek walking trail at the Marion Reservoir, a place Hanna had been wanting to visit. David proceeded to bring out a picnic, with all of Hanna’s favorite foods, and a book that he had published for her. The title read, “101 Reasons We Should Get Married.” He asked her to open to reason 101: “I already have the ring.” The couple will be married June 11, 2011 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.


Allison Isaac and Daniel Jantz, both raised in Kansas, met as counselors June 2009 at the Mennonite Brethren Senior High Camp in Winter Park, Colo. When the day of their wedding arrives, they will have been together for over two years. As big fans of Jeopardy, the couple weekly reviews previous episodes and has challenges each weekend. However, one weekend, Daniel couldn’t hang out because of a scrimmage for the boys’ basketball team that he coaches at Caldwell Middle School in Kansas. Little did Allison know that Daniel was actually flying to California, where her parents currently live, to ask their permission to marry her. After Daniel returned later that week, he brought over Chinese food. Once Allison had finished her meal, she went to open her fortune cookie. Her fortune was asking her to marry Daniel, which she readily agreed to do. The couple will be married June 25, 2011, at First Mennonite Brethren Church in Wichita, Kan.

photo courtesy of Hanna Bishop

ShaRae Wadel and Jeff Harden can give their thanks to business professor Dave Kroeker for their engagement. In one of Kroeker’s classes, about two and a half years ago, the two met and began dating. Though they grew up only thirty minutes apart, they did not meet until they both began attending Tabor. Jeff is from Ashland, Kan., and ShaRae is from Greensburg, Kan. On Nov. 7, 2010, the two attended church together and then went out to lunch with the bride-to-be’s parents. After lunch the two went to Ashland to one of Jeff’s favorite spots in the country. There, he presented her with a ring and asked for her hand in marriage. The couple will be married on May 7, 2011 in Greensburg, Kan. photo courtesy of Jeff Harden

Features 5 Abigail Epp and Levi Brock are not the average engaged, college-aged couple. Abigail, a recent transfer student to Tabor, went to high school in Newton, Kan., where Levi attended as well. Now, however, Levi is serving with the United States troops in Afghanistan. The two officially met last fall in September and have been together since. Though they had not been dating long, they knew that they were meant to be together for the rest of their lives. The couple knew that Levi would be deployed to Afghanistan soon, so Abigail was not surprised when Levi proposed. At her house Christmas Eve, Levi hugged Abigail and asked her to marry him. Abigail said yes, but, apparently, Levi did not hear her because a few days later, he asked her again. Abigail blames this confusion on the NyQuil Levi had consumed due to being sick. After being assured this time of her answer, Levi and Abigail became engaged. The couple has not yet set on a date for their wedding. photo from Abigail Epp’s Facebook page

Rae’shon Johnson and Michael Henry were already in a celebratory mood when he chose to pop the question. Both are from California. Rae’shon is from Adelanto and Michael is from Oakland. However, they met while here at Tabor. This past fall, during football season, Tabor was able to celebrate a victory over the Bethany College Swedes. Michael, a football player for Tabor, was already in a triumphant mood. After the football game, Michael began by expressing his love and desire to spend his life with Rae’shon. For the second time that night, he got to celebrate a victory by asking Rae’shon to marry him, and she accepted. The couple is not completely set on a wedding date but are thinking about Feb. 7, 2012, possibly in the San Francisco, Calif. area. Kayla Gershon and Nick Brown will be celebrating two years together when they become husband and wife. Kayla, a native of Denver, Colo., met Nick at Tabor. Nick, who is from Hillsboro, is now teaching at Clay Center Middle School in Kansas. On Oct. 28, 2010, Nick paid Kayla a surprise visit by leaving flowers in her room with a note that asked her, in poem form, to meet him at the Hillsboro airport. Kayla immediately rushed to the airport to find several more clues along the way until she was finally led to the runway. At the end of the runway, after riding a bike that was courteously provided for her, she found Nick waiting for her with a book of pictures of the two of them and other poems that he had written. The last one read “I promise to love you for my whole life if you promise to be my wife.” The couple will be married on June 12, 2011, in the mountains of Colorado.

photo courtesy of Rae’Shon Johnson

photo courtesy of Kayla Gershon

Stephanie Wiens and Eric Funk became engaged on November 13, 2010. Even though Stephanie is from Fresno, Calif. and Eric is from Denver, Colo., these two have known each other since they were four years old. Prior to proposing, Eric created a picture book filled with pictures of the couple during their two and a half years of dating. The last page of the book pictured Eric on his knee while holding a ring. Eric proceeded to act out the picture by getting on his knee and asking Stephanie to marry him by presenting her with the ring pictured, while wearing the same outfit pictured. The couple will be married June 19, 2011, in the mountains of Oakhurst, Calif.

photo courtesy of Amanda Gayer

Amanda Gayer and Spencer Brown knew each other for a while through a mutual friend before they started dating about a year ago. Amanda is from McPherson, Kan. and Spencer is from Hillsboro. On Nov. 14, 2011, Spencer recreated the day they first started dating, with a few extra tricks up his sleeve. The two enjoyed their first date on a bridge outside of McPherson watching a sunrise together. These two love birds (as well as early birds) went out to the bridge again at 6:00 a.m. where Amanda was surprised to find two dozen candles and two dozen roses adorning the bridge. Spencer proceeded to read John 13 to Amanda, telling the story of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet, humbling himself to a state of servanthood and love. Spencer then began washing Amanda’s feet to signify his love and promise to serve her as his wife. He then presented her with a beautiful painting of the sunrise from the day that they first started dating and then gave her a ring and asked her to marry him. The couple will be married May 21, 2011.

photo courtesy of Stephanie Wiens

Leanne Schellenberg and Micah Hiett, both residents of Reedley, Calif., have known each other since junior high and have been dating for about two years. As a couple, they enjoy the fact that they were great friends before they started dating and continue to be as a couple. During this past Christmas break, on Dec. 17, Micah and Leanne were at Micah’s home in the country when he told her there was something she must see on the roof. It had been raining that day, so Leanne’s hesitations were understandable. However, with some prodding, Micah was able to get Leanne up the ladder and on his roof. As they were standing on the roof, Leanne looked across the space and saw, on the other side of the roof peak, Christmas lights strung together to spell out the words “MARRY ME?” The couple will be married July 16, 2011, in their hometown of Reedley, Calif., at their home church, Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church.

photo courtesy of Leanne Schellenberg

6 Sports Bluejays take on conference play Men scrambling despite Bethel victory Adam Suderman


  Earlier this month, the Tabor College men’s basketball team was hoping that a home win against rival Bethel College could propel them to finish the season strong.   The Bluejays could not quite find a groove to finish off the season as they fell four times in a row and are now needing to win the conference tournament in order to earn a berth in the national tournament.   On Thursday, Feb. 17, the Bluejays traveled to Wichita, Kan., to face off against the Falcons of Friends University.   Tabor came out in the first half with offensive intensity and the lead for much of the half until the Falcons fought back to take the lead a few minutes before halftime.   The Bluejays were able to keep the Falcons from taking control, fighting back to take a 33-32 lead at halftime.   Unfortunately for the Bluejays,

Friends came out firing on all cylinders and held the lead for much of the second half.   Tabor was able to stage a late comeback but it fell short as the Falcons took the game 71-67.   The Bluejays went into their final regular season against the Bethany College Swedes holding their postseason fate in their own hands.   With a victory, a second place finish in the conference wasn’t out of the question.   Shooting woes persisted for the Bluejays as they found themselves behind for much of the first half.   Defensively, Tabor struggled as Bethany shot over 50 percent from the field and from behind the arc.   Tabor wasn’t able to find an offensive rhythm and never could get a firm grip on the game.   They shot 25 percent from three-point range making only seven out of 28 attempts.   With the loss, the Bluejays finish the season in a three-way tie with Bethany and McPherson

College.   In the preseason polls, Tabor College was picked to finish sixth in the coaches’ poll and seventh in the media poll.   The Bluejays exceeded expectations this season and have much hope for the future as they only graduate one senior.   The team is loaded with sophomores and juniors with experience that will only continue to grow as they finish up the season with the conference tournament and potentially the national tournament   Sophomores Lawson Kingsley and Ryan Chippeaux will return as two-year starters.   Also returning are juniors Dylan Clark-Kaneable, Max Frise, Kyle Wallace, Phillip Jimenez and Aaron Magee.   Several programs graduate seniors from this winter and that leaves Tabor in a solid position for the future.   The Bluejays will have a luxury that not many teams in the conference have with tons of game experience returning next season.

Photo by Brittany Schneider

  Conference tournament play begins today and continues through the weekend.   For the first time in conference history, the conference tournament championship will take place in an off-campus arena.   Hartman Arena in Park City, Kan., will host the 2011 conference tournament championships.

Senior Damon Dechant goes up for a shot as the crowd watches with high expectations on Feb. 12. Dechant will be the only player not to return next season.

Women lose zero seniors as this season ends Adam Suderman Freshman Jocelyn Cook looks for an opportunity as she dribbles the ball at home on Feb. 12.

  The Lady Jays basketball team has suffered from the pains of youth for most of the season and that has led to some inconsistency.  

Photo by Nicole Tunks


The Bluejay women had a shot to finish in the top half of the conference with a pair of victories but fell short against Friends University while defeating Bethany College.   Tabor beat Friends earlier in this season thanks to a solid defensive effort.   In the first half it appeared that the Bluejays were continuing their early season success against the Falcons, holding them in check.   Solid outside shooting by guards Katlyn Mary and Amy Jo Maphet gave the Bluejays a 4233 lead going into the break.   The offensive luster slowly diminished in the second half as the Falcons began the half on a 24-8 scoring run.   Friends held a firm grip on the game as it developed a 12-point lead with a little over seven min-

utes to go.   The effort of the Bluejays was constant and it led to a comeback as they worked the game back to a single possession deficit with less than three minutes to go.   Tabor kept the game close and found a defensive presence as Hannah Paust came into the game forcing a couple of big turnovers.   Tabor tied the game at 72 with 29 seconds to go but its efforts fell short as Friends hit a layup with .5 seconds to go giving them a 74-72 victory.   Hoping to finish the regular season off strong, the Bluejay women went into their matchup against the Swedes of Bethany College, knowing they were more than capable of getting the win.   Defense was the key against the Swedes the first time around and it was key again as the Bluejays finished off with a 56-45 victory.   Bethany held the lead going

into the half up 27-25.   Tabor answered strongly from a poor offensive first half, scoring 31 second-half points.   Bethany struggled finding offensive consistency, shooting under 20 percent from three-point range and 62 percent from the free throw line.   With the win, the Bluejay women finished off conference play with an 8-10 record and 1117 overall.   Similar to the men’s team, the women return every player next season.   Sophomores Katlyn Mary and Whitney Polosky return next year as leading scorers from this year’s team.   Two-year starters Gina Hullet and Tynan Honn will return to the paint for the Bluejays.   The Bluejay women kickoff the postseason conference tournament on Wednesday Feb. 23 on the road.

Men’s and women’s tennis teams looking foward to opportunities and success this spring Scott Morrow


  The beginning of the seasons for the 2011 Bluejay tennis teams are just around the corner.   Friday, Feb. 25, the tennis teams will be traveling to Kansas City to face William Jewel College, next traveling to Lawrence the following day to take on Baker University.   “(It) doesn’t seem like it’s already the end but I’m excited to get into the season,”

said senior Katie Chlumsky about her final season with the Bluejays.   The women’s team is mostly comprised of returning players, while the men’s team is largely lower classmen.   “On both teams we have some really good leaders, whether we win or lose we still know how to have a good time,” Chlumsky said.   “It’s fun to be with the guys during practices, we all get along pretty much,” said freshman Kelyn Vix.

  Vix was unable to go to the tennis tournament last semester due to a broken toe, and is looking forward to his first game.   “I’m excited, just because it’ll be my first college meet,” Vix said. “Kinda nervous, too, because I don’t know what to expect from the other players.”   Chlumsky was a little more reserved.   “(I) feel like we haven’t hit enough outside,” Chlumsky said. “Since the weather’s been so bad we’ve been focusing more on conditioning.”

  “The competition is a lot harder,” Vix said about the difference between high school and college tennis. “The people are a lot more competitive, they actually want to play.”   Vix went to state his senior year at Maize High School in Wichita.   “It’s more of a laid back atmosphere compared to other sports,” Chlumsky said. “But we still get down to business when we need to, there’s a lot of potential to be had in our freshman.”

Sports 7 Track rounds bend for outdoor contests Zachary Bissell


  It’s 2011 and just like most spring sports, track and field has begun for both men and women. The team contains about 48 men and women this year. At this point, it is hard for the teams to get outside. There have already been a few indoor track meets this year. Head coach Dave Kroeker has said that the team mainly focuses on the outdoor season, but they use the indoor season to have a chance to compete even though it is still just training time, everyone usually gets to compete at least once. The team opened up the season with a good showing at Highland Community College on January 29. There were a total of seven first-place finishes by the Blue-

jays on both the men’s and the women’s sides. To complement those first place finishes, there were six secondplace finishes, seven third-place finishes, and nine other top-five finishes. The second indoor track meet was the Pittsburg State Invitational, hosted by Pittsburg State University. This was not as strong of an outing as the team’s first competition. The team walked away with one third-place finisher, and four other top-five finishes. Jasmine Peggese did walk away from the meet with her ticket punched to the NAIA National Indoor Track Meet. The third and final meet of the season was hosted by Kansas State University. The team ended the day at Kansas State with four first-place finishes, one second-

place, three third-place, and two other top-five finishes. The first outdoor match is on March 12 at the McPherson College Invitational. The team has one meet that they will be hosting, which is on April 20. Some athletes to watch this upcoming track season are freshman Brielle Lund, who is a distance runner and won the mile at Kansas State; sophomore Emily Post, who competes in long and triple jump and competed at nationals last year; sophomore Ishmael Morris, who is in his first season of track at Tabor, and is off to a good start in the sprinting world; and sophomore Michael Klaassen, who has had a good start in the weight throw and will throw the shot put during the outdoor season.

Softball team ‘kicking it off ’ in Feb. Jordan Giffin


With a new season and a new coach, the 2011 Tabor softball team members are ready to get their season started and put their best foot forward. Coach Suzanne Unruh, in her tenth year of coaching college softball, is excited to rebuild the softball team’s status and gain some wins to put them on the map as a team to be reckoned with. Unruh, a former softball player herself, played at Cowley College in the 1990s and also at Fort Hays State University in 2000 where she finished her career. She returned to Cowley College as an assistant coach and has also coached at Butler County Community College, as well as Derby High School. This year, however, is her first year as a head coach at the college level.

Catch in the act

Without a previous year at Tabor under her belt, Unruh has decided to not have captains this year so that she can get a feel for the girls and look for important leadership qualities. However, Maggie Cornish and Taylor Funk, last year’s captains, are still considered leaders of the team. Cornish, a senior this year, received a First Team All Conference last year with a batting average of 352. Funk, a sophomore, batted an average of 300 and received Second Team All Conference. Unruh considers them returning leaders of the team and is excited for them to “continue to keep that strong defense.” “We’re kicking it off,” Unruh said. “The girls are excited and tired of being cooped up.” This year’s weather conditions have made Unruh excited be-

cause of the amount of games that the women will get to play early on in the season. “You never usually get to have four games in February,” she said. “You schedule all these games and hope that you’ll be able to play at least one of them.” The first game that the softball women played was on Feb. 18 at Hesston College because of the surprisingly pleasant weather conditions. The girls also played last Monday at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. As of our press deadline, we did not have the results of that contest. Unruh encourages fans and to come out and encourage the softball team as they strive to make this a building year of what is to be a successful future. “We need tons of support of fans,” she said. “The girls are excited and ready to play.”

Photo courtesy of Vance Frick

Sophomore Taylor Funk, then a freshman, catches a ball while an umpire observes carefully from behind during a game last season. This season, the softball team has already had four games this month, thanks to unusually cooperative weather.

Batter up

Photo courtesy of Becky Steketee

Senior Kori Melo waits for the ball at a recent baseball game. The team began the season ranked no. 1 in the KCAC and has already plowed through eight contests.

Baseball well into the swing of things

Heather Deckert Features editor

The Tabor College baseball team began its 2011 season ranked no. 1 in the KCAC. After eight games, the team is still going strong. “I think we’ve gotten off to a good start,” said Jake Mays, one of the team’s seniors. The team opened its season at a tournament hosted by Dallas Christian College. The first game was against Roger’s State University on Feb. 12. The Bluejays dominated the other team, winning with a score of 6-2. That same day, the team played Howard Payne University. The game ended with a tied score of 2-2. The Bluejays faced Roger’s State University again two days later. This time, the game ended in a loss for Tabor. The final score was 1-2. The team’s fourth game was away against Dallas Christian College. The team worked together and swept the Crusaders 6-0, bringing the team’s record to 2-1. Tabor played its first home game Feb. 18 against Midland Lutheran College. Tabor won this first game in a series of four with a score of 4-3. Runs were scored by Tanner Stevenson, Clayton Maloy, Colby Tessendorf and Josh Hoefler. Johnathan Murray pitched five innings, allowing three runs and getting five strikeouts. The game was finished by Steve Trauman, who achieved one strikeout. The Bluejay’s second game of the day ended with a score of 7-5.

Kori Melo, Andrew Perez, Jeff Hutton, Nathan Rausch, Adam McCormick, Bret Lentz and Taylor Douglas all scored runs. David Ormiston started the pitching. After six innings, he allowed five runs and threw seven strikeouts. Steve Trauman finished the game, throwing three strikeouts. The next day, Tabor once again played Midland Lutheran. Koby Temple, Taylor Douglas, Clayton Maloy and Colby Tessendorf all scored runs, ending the game 4-1. Brian Kowal pitched the whole game, allowing only one run. Tabor dominated their opponent in the last game of the series, with an end score of 9-1. Runs were scored by Koby Temple, Adam McCormick, Tanner Stevenson, Clayton Maloy, and Dustin Phelps, while Andrew Perez and Jeff Hutton scored two runs each. Brent McKinnon pitched the whole game, allowing only one run and throwing seven strike-outs. “It’s hard to sweep a team,” Mays said. “It showed that we’ve gotten off to a good start.” Mays said he thinks the biggest strength of the team is that they all love the game and just enjoy having fun. The team played again yesterday against Manhattan Christian College, but results were not in as of our print deadline. They will face Bellevue University on Feb. 25. Mays said the games against Bellevue will be the team’s first big test. “If we can take a couple games from them, it will be a really big statement.”

8 Campus Life Opportunity falls for students

Photo courtesy of Ben Faul

Service and shovels

Seniors Andrew Rails, Graham Faul and Jordan Funk shovel snow in town on their free day Feb. 9. The activity of about 200 students drew the attention of six news stations.

Jenae Pauls Campus Life/ Opinion Editor As citizens of Hillsboro watched 20 inches of snowfall accumulate on the ground two weeks ago, the community had mixed feelings. Students at Tabor and USD 410 anxiously crossed their fingers for the record-breaking inches to result in a snow day. Adults worried about the drive to work. And many older residents wondered how they would find the means to merely get outside. Tabor students got their wishes. An early morning e-mail on Feb. 9 from President Glanzer stated that classes were cancelled. But that wasn’t all. He encouraged students to use their free day as an opportunity to serve those in the community who could not shovel snow themselves. That is exactly what they did. At the end of the day, 150 to 200 students shoveled approximately

150 houses. Glanzer said he was not surprised at the numbers. “We have such great students and they love to serve,” he said. “It never crossed my mind that we would not have a great turnout. “What surprised me was how the media responded. We were just serving. But the media saw it as a really big deal. Our students saw it as what one does when something like this happens: you help when and where needed.” The volunteers did get a rare taste of limelight. According to Beth Riffel, director of communications, six different news stations caught wind of the shoveling hype. KSN and KWCH both had lengthy features with video and interviews. It was also covered on KAKE and KSNT. The story also caught brief national attention on the Today Show and the Weather Channel. Tabor’s Facebook page received 1,700 hits on Thursday alone.

Due to her background in news, Riffel saw the potential in the story and jumped at the chance to steer communication in Tabor’s direction. But it wasn’t for the media that students donned gloves and shovels. Sophomore Michael Klaassen hit the streets with other students from the track team to merely help others. “I was in somewhat of a rut with school, but going out there and being selfless brought life back into me,” he said. The group didn’t complain, but moved from house to house. Since Klaassen is a Hillsboro native, he knew of some residents who would need help. From there, the homeowners would recommend other driveways or sidewalks to shovel. “It was cool how God directed us to certain places and everything fell into place,” he said. According to resident director Patrick Masar, those places included Adams and Birch Street, Carriage Hills, Parkside Homes, and other areas. Masar noted many stories of homeowners who were grateful for the work, especially since they wouldn’t have been able to get out otherwise. One woman mentioned that, minutes before a crew rang her doorbell, she had been asking God for help with the snow. Because of the success of the service day, Masar hopes to organize a plan of action in case this opportunity comes again for students. “It goes with our mission statement: preparing people for a life of learning, work, and service for Christ and His kingdom.”

Interterm trips

Israel & Palestine

January 3 - 23 Dr. Doug Miller 5 students This trip to the Holy Land highlighted two dozen biblical sites including Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem, the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee (boat ride), Jericho, ancient ruins, Dead Sea and Dead Sea Scrolls, Masada, Petra, Christian churches, a mosque, a synagogue service, encounters and conversation with local peoples, regular times of worship, instructive presentations, and museums. * All information obtained through the academic office.

Photo courtesy of Ben Faul Photo by Erin Heizelman

Entertainment in 60 minutes Jordan Giffin

Reporter A common complaint on campus, regardless of the student’s hometown is, “there is nothing to do here!” At a college of about 600 students, in a town with a population of less than 4,000, sometimes it is difficult to come by means of entertainment. However, Wichita is less than an hour away and thrives with many restaurants, theaters, and other means of entertainment. For every issue, the View staff would like to feature events and attractions in Wichita that would be enjoyable for a fun night with friends or a special someone.

Wichita Ice Center

Hockey, figure skating, coffee clubs, ice skating lessons, and birthday parties can all be hosted at the Wichita Ice Center, a large ice skating rink that has been located in Wichita since 1996. After over a decade of being in business, the ice center contin-

ues to provide lessons in several different ice-related sports as well as times for public skating that are open to anyone. The public skating schedule is located on the Web at, as well as admission prices and request forms to begin lessons.

Wichita Art Museum

While a museum is not typically a night-out-on-the-town for college students, the current exhibit at the Wichita Art Museum can interest even the least cultured twenty-something student. “The Art of Adornment: Artists Embellish the Body” is the current exhibit (until May 29) which features mostly Kansas artists and shows how one can use art to adorn the body. Examples include photos of interesting and unique tattoos as well as dresses and accessories meant for selfexpression. The Wichita Art Museum is located at 1400 W. Museum

January 4 - 28 Dr. Aleen Ratzlaff and Dir. of Development Ron Braun 7 students The trip included stops in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia. In addition to visiting museums, mosques and sightseeing, the group traveled to indigenous villages of the tribes in Borneo and northern Thailand. Service projects were also completed at mission locations. Participants learned more about Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity while being immersed in the cultures of the Chinese, Malaysian, Indian, Thai and Cambodian people.

Nashville, Tennessee

January 10 - 29 Dr. Karol Hunt 11 students The Disaster Relief class spent two weeks in Nashville assisting Samaritan’s Purse with flood recovery. Two major rivers flooded the city in May 2010 and left hundreds homeless. Work included hanging drywall, painting, laying flooring and developing relationships with homeowners and volunteers.

Belize, Central America

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Crown Uptown Theater

“Dinner and a show” is a common expression. At the Crown Uptown Theater in Wichita, it’s a reality. For years the Crown Uptown has provided both Broadway-style shows as well as a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet all in one venue. Established in 1977, the Crown Uptown is located downtown in a 1928. From Feb. 11 to March 27, the theater will be showing “Love and Other Strangers,” a romantic comedy about the highs and lows of love. The historic theater will also show “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” from Feb. 18 to March 26, which is based on the children’s book by Laura Numeroff. The Crown Uptown Theater is located at 3207 E. Douglas. For more information, visit

Southeast Asia

Western Europe

January 7 – 27 Dr. Richard Kyle 26 students Travel included visits to museums, churches, and various tourist and historical sites in London, United Kingdom; Paris, France; Zurich, Switzerland; Munich, Germany; Venice and Rome, Italy; and Vatican City.

January 13 - 24 Dr. Karrie Rathbone and Dr. Andrew Sensenig 13 students The emphasis of the trip was on cultural enlightenment to historical and current Mayan communities as well as the diverse ecology of Belize. For the first half of the trip, students experienced a rainforest ecosystem in the Blue Creek region of the Toledo District. This included ethnobotany, jungle hiking, caving and learning about neotropical animals such as iguana, local birds and howler monkeys. The second part of the trip took them to the Caribbean culture and ecology of South Water Cay. Students studied marine, reef and mangrove habitats. A research project on the long-term maintenance of coral reef ecosystems was aimed to enhance understanding of marine community structure.

The Tabor View - February 2010  
The Tabor View - February 2010  

The Tabor View is the official newspaper of Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan.