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Volume 79, Issue 10

Life Size Clue SAMMIE JONES Staff Writer

Last Wednesday evening, April 11, a mystery murder unfolded and ENC students were a part of it. This “Life Size Clue” was based off of the traditional board game “Clue” and was planned and run by the Senior Class Council. To stage this murder mystery game there were a number of students as characters, tour guides, and participants. The students acting as characters were Bruce Faulkner as Colonel Mustard; Tyler Adcox as Professor Plum; Mark Sullivan as Butler; Kaitlyn Jo Yoder as Mrs. Peacock; Josh Vachon as Mr. Green; Sam Leach as Mrs. White; and Jill Cola as Mrs. Scarlet. The tour guides’ job was to lead the groups

to these several suspects strewn across campus, so that the groups could uncover the truth about the fictitious murder of “Mr. ENC” with the help of clues from each character. Their task was to discern who the murderer was, where the murder had taken place, and what weapon was used to commit it. Gathered in Spange Parlor at the start of the night, Jamie Crowell introduced the game, the rules, and the goal, and the search was afoot. Some clues were helpful and some made the quest more confusing. Meanwhile, the characters themselves were also in the dark about who had actually committed the crime. Mr. Green, played by Josh Vachon, considered his favorite part of the SEE CLUE, PAGE 2

Characters in “Life Size Clue.”


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Eastern Nazarene hosts NSLC 2012

Leaders from 11 various Nazarene institutions pose for a picture on the steps leading to Gardner Hall during NSLC 2012.


This past week, ENC hosted student leaders from Nazarene colleges across the North America continent for the 2012 Nazarene Student Leadership Conference. Student governments, newspaper and yearbook editors, and representative RAs, among others, came from Ambrose University College, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Nazarene Bible College, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Northwest Nazarene University, Olivet Nazarene University, Point Loma Nazarene University, Southern Nazarene University, and Trevecca Nazarene University. Student leaders met

with their respective counterparts from other schools to exchange ideas that have had success on their respective campuses. NSLC also provides a chance for incoming SGAs to bond with one another. This posed a special challenge for ENC’s SGA, which lacked some of the get-away feel of the conference. SGA President Payne Ford said, “We had to find a balance between time spent bonding internally and time spent networking with other colleges. Having the event on our own campus made this even harder, but I feel we accomplished both successfully.” A large number of volunteers helped with the different segments of the conference to make it a


success, from registration on Wednesday, April 11 to the commissioning service Saturday, April 14. In addition to teambuilding time and officer group meetings, the conference included a dodgeball tournament, welcome service led by keynote speaker Professor Matthew Henry, large business meeting pertaining to all schools, leadership workshops, and going into Boston to tour the city and see the Blue Man Group. “All in all, the conference was a lot of fun, a time of fellowship, and a time of social and spiritual growth,” Ford said. “Our ENC student leaders and the leaders from all of the other colleges are goSEE NSLC 2012, PAGE 2

Tennis #2 in TCCC AMY WETZEL Staff Writer

LAURA BENDER Teammates Steelman and Lum discuss their next move during a doubles match.


INTRAMURALS Why Marina Bay for soccer? PAGE 2

As the tennis season quickly progresses, ENC’s men’s tennis team keeps their feet shuffling, arms in stroke, and eyes on the prize. They are determined to win the conference tournament. This is often the goal of any sports team: to win it all and come out on top. But, this season looks even more promising than ever before and winning the title is in tauntingly close reach. Currently, ENC holds a 5-1 record in conference matches and is 11-6 for the year. CRIME Recent mugging near campus. PAGE 3

OPINION “No offense” means offense. PAGE 5

Junior Austin Steelman (Darlington, MD), captain of the team, notes their plan of action. “If we can win our next three matches, which we can, we would be the #2 seed and get a bye through the first round of playoffs.” The coach also has high expectations for the men’s team this year. Coach Popa considers that the team has never been past the second round of playoffs, but still expresses, “We would like to win everything.” What gives him this confidence? “The team has improved significantly since

the beginning of the year,” Popa notes. Again, the three strong incoming freshmen add value to the already seasoned team. With the team more mature and a season under their belt, winning the conference seems to be within reach for ENC’s ‘11-’12 tennis team. The team continues to prove their worth and determination with each passing match. On Tuesday, April 3, ENC fought Wentworth Institute of Technology at a conference home match. The first, second, and SEE TENNIS, PAGE 7


MEN’S TENNIS The second-place Lions take on third-place Roger Williams at 4:00 p.m. at Roger Williams University. Good luck, Lions!



Off-campus intramurals







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The indoor soccer field at Marina Bay Sports Complex used for intramural soccer.

MEGAN BEMIS Staff Writer

Prior to this year, intramural sports such as basketball and soccer used to be held on ENC’s campus in the Lahue PE Center. This season, basketball was moved to the YMCA and indoor soccer was moved to the indoor Marina Bay Sports Complex. Dan Bemis, SGA Rec. Life Director, believes that things are going very well at Marina Bay. “The nice facilities are a major upgrade since in the past all the games were in the ENC gym. It prevents injuries since there are no bleachers and we play on turf, not hardwood,” stated Bemis. Bemis also shared that extra funds became available which is why he was able to acquire the services of Marina Bay. As the Rec. Life Director, Bemis also stressed that the size of the fields are no smaller than the ENC gym. He checked with the facilities manager at Marina Bay


ing back to their schools betterequipped to serve their fellow students.” Nazarene Student Leadership Conference 2013 will be at MidAmerica Nazarene University, who offered a brief promotional for next year’s plans during the Saturday business meeting. A representative from MidAmerica revealed the theme for next year,


FROM PAGE 1 night as, “getting to talk with my cat puppet, Mr. Kitty. That’s his name.” Mr. Kitty, and “product of my severed psyche,” exclaimed Josh, who would alert the crazy Mr. Green of his visitors and assist him with conversing with the investigators. As the night grew later and the search progressed, all characters had been ruled out except for Mrs. Peacock and Professor Plum. They both had alibis of being in different buildings during the time of the murder, and the picture proof showed both buildings empty. It was soon found out that Ms. Peacock had been in the bathroom the time the photo was taken, which meant Professor Plum was lying about his

to make sure before he decided to move the intramural league there. Athletic Director, Nancy Detwiler, said, “I think it is a wonderful opportunity to be able to play intramural soccer in a brand new soccer venue.” She continued, “Very few of the team members would have the opportunity to play on a field turf surface specifically designed for soccer. We are fortunate to have access this close to campus... ENC is land locked so creating partnerships such as Marina Bay Sports and the YMCA serve to enhance the student experience. These are only the beginning steps to the future use of space.” While the facilities are an upgrade, not everyone thinks moving intramurals off campus is a success. Women’s varsity soccer player Rachel Henry said, “The only bad thing is that not very many fans come any more.”

The varsity team practices at Marina Bay, which Henry believed to be much better for the players’ health compared to the ENC gym. Jonathas Carvalho, member of Team MacFarland, stated, “The biggest downside has to be not knowing whether we’ll be able to play or not because we don’t know whether the field has been double booked or not.” Bemis addressed the problem of double booking, which has occurred once during the intramural soccer season. “Unfortunately, I had to send everyone home and no games were played. I talked with the manger after and he assured me it wouldn’t happen again.” Another negative that students share is the proximity of the sports complex. “I think that it is better playing at Marina Bay, but I wish it were closer. Not being able to walk over right before a game makes it difficult,” reflected Dan LaBossiere, a player on Team Fatty. The solution to this problem is the shuttle that runs between ENC and Marina Bay. It meets in the Dugout and leaves 15 minutes before each game. The shuttle is available to transport both players and fans. So, take a break from your homework and watch some competitive, sometimes amusing, soccer games.

“RE.” RE- examine, ignite, evaluate, address, and invigorate. Those in attendance at the business meeting were given a jar of barbecue sauce with the “RE” theme printed on an attached card. “The event was helpful and challenging at the same time,” said Cody Shepard, who participated as the next “Veritas” editor. “I was able to bounce a lot of ideas off of the editors

from Olivet and Trevecca, which was helpful. The services and workshops challenged all of us to think about our purpose, to remember to shuv, or turn, as professor Henry said, and, as Corey [MacPherson] reminded us, to also have good table manners in all of our relations next year.” NSLC 2013 will be held April 3 through April 6.

alibi, and consequently, was the murderer. The murder had taken place in the elevator going up to the cafeteria, and the murder weapon was none other than the cat puppet, “Mr. Kitty.” It was time for justice of Mr. ENC’s murder, as the “Pie Power Rangers,” costumed in sunglasses and power ranger shirts, began their fully fledged and fully justified attack on Professor Plum, Adcox. Pie Power Rangers, Chima Ezeigbo, Jacob Misla, and Josh Henry, brought Plum to the field in front of Spange, wrapped him in a towel, and threw whip cream pies in his face. “It was like a riot,” laughed Bruce Faulkner, “Everyone was screaming and cheering. That was definitely the best part, when he got pied.” Senior Class Council Social

Life Director Leach agreed and details her inside perspective, “The best part was hollering across campus to Ms. Peacock telling her she was the murderer, and then of course finding out that it was Professor Plum, and watching the whip cream fly in his face.” Adcox, however, thought of it a bit differently. “It was probably the worst feeling in the world,” he proclaimed, “I had to take two showers to get it out of my hair and beard, and I’m still smelling rotten milk in my nose…but it was worth it!” “Life Size Clue,” held by the Senior Class Council, was a successful and fun night of investigative mystery, suspense, and whip cream pie.



Near-campus mugging BRUCE FAULKNER Editor-in-Chief

a black jacket and a black hat with earflaps.� If anyone has any information regarding this event they should contact Quincy Police Department. After the police left and the commotion was over, Shibles and Guevara patrolled the rest of campus to make sure there were no other incidents. John Gelormini, Security Director, said, “I am very proud of the security officers, both Jacob [Guevara] and Matt [Shibles], they followed all procedures and handled the situation well and in a timely manner regarding the Quincy Police.� Security sent out an e-mail as a reminder to all ENC students to be safe about their choices. Walk in groups late at night and always carry a cell phone with security’s number (617-745-3911). Kaitlyn Jo Yoder contributed reporting to this story.


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A middle-aged Asian woman was assaulted and robbed Wednesday, April 4, at 11:20 p.m. on the corner of Wendell Ave and East Elm Ave, right outside the back of Wollaston chapel. The first responders were ENC security officers Matt Shibles and Jacob Guevara. Seniors Chris Cherry and Jon Baboian were just returning from a late night run when they heard “blood curdling� screams. At first, they were all skeptical because screams coming from a college area with hundreds of young adults are not uncommon. After they decided this was a more serious matter, they sprinted to the scene of the crime and security called 911. Senior Sekou Benjamin heard the screams from his house and also ran over. The two security officers saw the man running away with the woman’s purse and they chased the thief

behind a neighbor’s fence. Unfortunately, the man was able to get away. Once the man was out of the jurisdiction of ENC security, they stopped pursuit. Cherry stated that the woman’s English was, “terrible, but coming from a Haitian background, I’m pretty good with accents.� He was able to help translate some information. Baboian recounted the robbery and assault. Baboian said, “[I] could tell she wasn’t kidding because her face was bleeding and she had a huge bruised lip.� After returning from chasing the man, Shibles and Guevara stayed with the woman until the police arrived. They searched the area for any belongings that he may have dropped, while Guevara found the victim’s phone. Once the police arrived they questioned everyone at the scene. All described what the thief looked like. According to the Quincy Police Department, he was a “6 foot tall black male wearing

Ham targets professor Stephens JULIANNE ATWATER Staff Writer

Ken Ham targeted ENC history professor Dr. Randall Stephens in a March 16 blog post titled “What Does This Nazarene U. Professor Believe?� Ham is responding to an essay co-written by Stephens, a Fulbright Scholar currently teaching in Norway as part of the Roving Scholars in American Studies program, and Dr. Karl Giberson, a professor at ENC until 2011 and a prominent figure in the debate over science and Christianity. Their article, posted March 12 on the Religion Dispatches online magazine, focuses on what the authors perceive as antiintellectualism among American evangelicals. When it comes to evolution, they write, “There is, of course, no such controversy in the scientific community.� In Ham’s post, he writes that he reluctantly responded to the article “for the reason of warning the Nazarene church about what this professor [Stephens] believes.� He then lists eight concluding assumptions about what Stephens believes and what is thus “being transmitted to the students he teaches and influences.� Accord-

ing to Ham, ENC students are being taught, among other things, that “The Bible is not Godbreathed� and that “If you don’t believe in biological evolution, you are anti-knowledge, anti-intellectual, and anti-science.� Austin Steelman, an ENC junior History major and Dean’s List regular, thinks that “Ken Ham is out of line and really misguided� in his attack on Stephens. Steelman goes on, “I have taken six courses from Dr. Stephens for a reason: He is an excellent professor. In taking classes with him, talking with him, and working for him as a research assistant, I have come to respect Dr. Stephens as a strong Christian and historian. Any call to silence him is just plain dumb.� Ham not only criticizes the beliefs of Stephens and Giberson, but also their intentions. He claims that they wrote the Religion Dispatches article mainly to sell the book that they coauthored, The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age. In response to Ham’s postulate, Stephens says, “He criticizes us for promoting the book . . . but then he turns around and immediately promoted a book of his. And more than that, he offers a


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link where readers can buy it. I thought that was pretty funny.� In The Anointed, Stephens and Giberson chronicle the tendency of American evangelicals to ignore experts in favor of professionals who are not highly regarded among their colleagues. For example, the authors question why evangelicals are less apt to listen to Francis Collins—a devout Christian who led the Human Genome Project and is currently the Director of the National Institute of Health—than to Ham, who they say “has no stature of any sort in the scientific community.� The book is critical of Ham, one of the world’s leading Young Earth creationists and President and CEO of Answers in Genesis (AiG), an organization that employs a literal interpretation of the Bible to answer questions on everything from dinosaurs to aliens to thermodynamics. AiG’s biggest project is its Creation Museum, which has had over one million visitors since it first opened in 2007. Located in Kentucky, the privately-funded park features a planetarium, four-dimensional movie theater, and state-of-the-art exhibits of life-sized dinosaurs. There are current plans to build a complete

replica of Noah’s Ark by 2014. The Anointed’s disparaging portrait of Ham has led to a hostile repartee between AiG and The BioLogos Foundation, an organization founded in 2007 to ease the tension between science and faith. Giberson, former president of BioLogos, says in a March 17 post on his blog that Ham and his companions are looking “for ways to push their critics out of the conversation.� He also writes, “I am convinced that Ham is refocusing on [Stephens] for one reason: He wants his troops to start pressuring Eastern Nazarene College to get rid of Randall.� Throughout it all, though, Stephens says, “the faculty and administration have been very supportive.� “Can there be a range of opinions on different social issues at an evangelical college? Can Christians have different ideas about society and culture? I’m pretty confident that ENC can have different views represented.� Adds senior Biology major Kaitlyn Yoder, “I’m more focused on the way God influences my life and what He has to show me . . . My views on creation don’t change my belief in God.�


ANSWERS FROM ISSUE 9: April 3, 2012




Holocaust: “14 million x 1” ALEXANDRA FORAN Copy Editor

Writer of the book “Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin,” Timothy Snyder, presented a lecture in the Student Center Auditorium on Tuesday April 10. The lecture was about his book, which hinges upon two main ideas: why 14 million people being killed in the heartland of Europe (between Germany and Russia) by both the Germans and Russians was not a “surprise” and the actual policies that unfolded from these two regimes during the Holocaust. Snyder began his lecture by sharing the penultimate stories of three people who were killed during the Holocaust. A Ukranian man who starved in 1933 and dug his own grave, an older sister who scratched a message to her mother about her family and how she wished they were together in Hebrew on the walls of a concentration facility in Ukraine, and a Soviet officer captured by the KGB

who wrote down all the atrocities he had witnessed. Yet, these are only three of the more than 14 million stories, 14 million lives, Snyder noted. “14 million people is a big number, it becomes almost an abstraction,” said Snyder. The focus, Snyder feels, should be on the individuals. The 14 million people who died in this area during the Holocaust should be looked at as, “14 million x 1,” according to Snyder. Sharing a more human look at history will help people be able to not only better relate but better understand the impact of historical events, especially catastrophes such as this. Snyder explains that one of the biggest differences between the thirties and today is food. Fertilizers, hybrids, and pesticides have revolutionized the food industry – but in the thirties food was the most valuable resource, according to Snyder. “I just consumed as much calories in my

pizza for dinner as a village in the Ukraine would have in a week – that’s not an exaggeration,” said Snyder, in a non-joking manner. Both the Germans and Russians knew that they had to control this fertile territory: Poland, Ukraine, the Baltic region, and Belarus – they needed this region if they wanted to dominate Europe and ultimately take over the world, remarked Snyder. With that plan set into action, 14 million lives were ended, besides the tremendous millions of lives lost on and off the battlefield in other areas during the rest of the Holocaust. “History is ultimately about life, not death. Let me turn those numbers back into people,” Snyder concluded. With that, Snyder left the audience chilled by reading the names of the three people he initially mentioned that were killed during the Holocaust.

New equipment for chem. department

The new Infrared Spectrometer purchased by the Chemistry Department.

BRUCE FAULKNER Editor-in-Chief

The chemistry department just bought a new Infrared Spectrometer to continue to improve the instrumentation in Shrader Hall. Dr. Joe Williams, chemistry professor at ENC, says simply put, “The infrared machine helps us identify structures and compounds.” This instrument will be used


in General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry, and Senior Research in Chemistry, but may have uses in other courses as well. This instrument will be used by students to identify unknowns and compares their samples. The IR spectrometer may be a great asset to chemistry students working on their senior research projects, which will be on a variety of topics. Students have already begun

to use it and the feedback so far has been positive. A sophomore in Organic Chemistry, Nathan Hamm, said, “So far it seems to be definitely more efficient and user friendly than the older one.” The science departments had an infrared machine previously, but after breaking down a few times and with new technology available, the chemistry department decided this instrument was needed for the students. Students were restricted by the older machine for a few reasons. Hamm said the IR instrument is, “Definitely a good investment.” The previous IR instrument could only use a sample which was able to dissolve, meaning it could not analyze solids. The new IR can identify solids. The new IR machine, when connected to a computer, as it is now, can do an online library search and allows you to compare your own samples. The older instrument could not do that. The final

major improvement is size. The new instrument is a lot smaller, which frees up space to have a computer and room for more instruments to come. “We are definitely on the right path for instrumentation in the science department,” said Dr. Williams. Professors in the science department are glad to see this improvement and think it will really benefit the education of science students. Professor Sheryl Burt, Lab Manager for Shrader this year, said “I’m very excited to have this up-to-date equipment for our students to use and gain valuable experience. I am grateful that we can get this instrument for the students. It is pretty neat.” Future improvements in the lab will continue to improve the quality of not only the courses available here at ENC but also the students who are able to use the latest and greatest equipment.

This class will explore philosophical and theological themes of social justice as presented in popular film, such as race, ethnicity, gender, economics, classicism and a variety of other themes that complicate the pursuit of justice in the world today. !While engaging a variety of films and television shows, students will read diverse writings on philosophy and social justice, and participate in purposeful classroom and online discussions.

Summer 2012 PH399: Topics in Philosophy:

May 8-24, weeknights 6-9:00 p.m. Questions? contact Dr. Eric Severson:



“No offense...”


Whenever someone starts a sentence with these words, you can almost guarantee that you are going to be offended. Are there two words in the English language more likely to accompany an offensive statement than these? When have those words ever accompanied something kind or uplifting? It’s often used as a “get-out-of-jail-free” card, you can insult someone or point out flaws so long as you add the qualifier “no offense.” As though, by adding that statement, it automatically makes your statement inoffensive. Your friend shouldn’t be offended because you made fun of her fashion sense, or his taste in music. I mean, you said ‘no offense.’ So they shouldn’t be offended. It’s all in good fun, right? We all do it. We all make jokes at each other’s expense, and we probably always will. I’m

not condemning that, because I do it too. It’s just a part of life, learning not to take everything so seriously. To let things roll off

Words hurt, sometimes even more than we realize.

you, like water off a duck’s back, as my mother used to tell me. People joke, and people laugh, and we can’t get offended at everything that is said to us, especially by friends. But at the same time, this doesn’t give us license to say whatever we want. Words hurt. Oh, we’ve all grown up hearing the statement, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me,” but it’s not true. Words hurt, sometimes even more than

we realize. The things we say can cut deeply, and even supposed “jokes” can leave lasting scars. I can still vividly remember several insults that were thrown at me over the years, and they still hurt. Not all of them were meant to be hurtful. In fact, some of them were spoken by friends with no malicious intent. Now, I can laugh at my own expense as much as the next person and I am often the first person to point out my own quirks and oddities. But, there is a fine line between joking and insulting, and I think we all cross it sometimes. Statements like “no offense” don’t automatically cancel out the words that follow. Just because someone said “no offense” doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be offended, and it doesn’t mean that I don’t have a right to be offended. In fact, the very fact that they had to request that I not be offended means that the state-

ment, on its own, is offensive. If you have to add something like that to your statement, perhaps you should think twice about whether you should be saying it at all. I’m not saying we shouldn’t be able to laugh at ourselves, or joke with friends. But what annoys me is when people take it too far. When they use statements such as “No offense” as justification for words that in any other circumstance would be offensive and hurtful. When joking begins to cross a line into cruelty. It’s such a grey area, and it’s difficult to make blanket statements about what should and shouldn’t be said. Because sometimes we all need to think twice about what we’re saying, and the lasting impression our words could have. Because sometimes we all just need to keep our mouths shut. No offense.

WRGMG: food for thought JOSH VACHON Guest Writer

Teased and taunted by the rumblings of their tummies during tedious lectures, lengthy exams, and other academic endeavors throughout the day, scores of students surge into the cafeteria to get their grub on during mealtimes. This mass migration to the dinning commons, while hardly surprising, usually reminds me of scenes from Discovery Channel’s “Planet Earth”; in particular, the one that documents the lives of the North American Buffalo. The Buffalo, much like our student body, congregate to where their nourishment is found. Known for being mildly social creatures, the buffalo interact with one another as they partake of the resources presented to them by nature. Aside from chomping on leafy deliciousness, the herd takes time to wag their large powerful heads, grunt, and casually poop amongst one another. For all intents and purposes, they enjoy each other’s company. But as similar as our own herd of peers and friends may be to these benevolent beasts

of the Midwest, there exist some notable differences between ENC students and the North American Buffalo; the most striking of which being the fact that buffalo don’t complain about their food.

I’m not trying to ride a particularly high-horse gang, but I am trying to underscore what I believe to be a caustic attitude that will only serve to breakdown and hurt the distinctly Christian community we strive to be.

Everyday hundreds of thousands of hungry, helpless people succumb to starvation because they lack the resources to eat; and every day, without fail, we hear our fellow students

whining about the selection, or lack thereof, in the cafeteria. In fact, from the amount of gripes and groans that slither into our community’s collective ears, one could imagine that the cafeteria was feeding us mud- actual mud – and that Rick Harmon was secretly a sleeper cell for the nefarious soil people, poisoning his fragile human opposition while awaiting his orders to rise up and crush the private Christian school he resides in. I’m not trying to ride a particularly highhorse gang, but I am trying to underscore what I believe to be a caustic attitude that will only serve to breakdown and hurt the distinctly Christian community we strive to be. As a student body with such a desire, it stands to reason that we should find ourselves grateful for the amenities we regularly make use of. Shelter, clothing, and food are luxuries not afforded to so many others living on this planet- never mind a college education. Rather than use our voices to diminish, belittle, and destroy, may instead choose to build-up, encourage, and love; never forgetting the dire need that exists just beyond the gates of our campus.

Take your own initiative ALEXANDRA FORAN Copy Editor

A few years ago when I transferred to ENC I spoke to a professor within the music department. I did not personally know the professor, and I was simply seeking advice about whether I should minor or even major in music. Within the approximately twenty-minute conversation, my dreams were dashed and my hopes for assistance were gone. The most stinging phrase I recall was something along the lines of: “It’s not like we can guarantee you getting into the Quincy Symphony or anything.” As a senior, looking back I’ve had many opportunities to seek advice and ask for opinions of professors, co-workers, peers, and family members. A student who willingly looks for advice from a professor is clearly

motivated to create some sort of change, especially if the meeting is one set-up by the student. This professor I mentioned before is not the only professor who has been unsupportive of me here at ENC, and I cannot believe that I’m the only one who has experi-

...knowing thyself and having the wherewithal to just put yourself out there and give things a try is important.

enced this here. Fortunately, the majority of my professors here have been accommodating, helpful, and often inspirational; but it seems as if the words that sometimes stick the

most are the negatives. Then again, sometimes we have more motivation to prove people wrong when we are faced with adversity. In this particular circumstance, I realized a minor or major in music was not necessarily an option for me, but after a simple e-mail inquiry, I found myself playing with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra and subsequently three other bands as well as side projects. While it definitely depends on the circumstances, knowing thyself and having the wherewithal to just put yourself out there and give things a try is important. In fact, that’s one of the key aspects of being in college. You’re here to bank on opportunities and improve yourself by getting an education; you might as well make the most of it as you are literally paying for it.



Who’s Who? - Jay Govoni What exactly is the role of a Resident Director?

The biggest roles of an RD are to supervise a staff of Resident Assistants, oversee the dayto-day activities and maintenance concerns of the residence hall, uphold the policies of the College, and to attempt to be present to meet the needs of students in the residence halls. What is your favorite part of being the RD for Memorial-Shields?


Jay Govoni (‘02).


Jay Govoni graduated from Eastern Nazarene in 2002 as a Business Administration major. Govoni is currently the Resident Director of Memorial and Shields Hall. He is married to Kara Govoni and is the proud father of six-month-old Carter Govoni.

My favorite part of being an RD is the ability to be involved daily in the lives of residents and to offer continual encouragement, guidance, and accountability. Plus, who would not like a job where you can also play a ton of table tennis and wiffle ball while connecting with students? Tell me a little about your sports interests and favorite teams and how some of those came about.

I did not grow up in a family that loved sports outside of my mom and great Aunt loving the Red Sox. I quickly took on a love of baseball and the Red Sox. In 6th grade, a friend of mine wore hats of different Chicago teams, including the Bulls, and got me into basketball and I became a huge Bulls fan. After col-

Celebrate Easter

Easter display.



It’s Easter morning; a warm spring sun lifts up and pours into the living room. Plastic eggs filled with candies and loose change cover the popular areas of the house, hidden in obvious places, and the children jump out of their beds to fill their baskets with small presents that a giant bunny supposedly left for them the night before. However, even with all of the plastic egg hunts and senseless devouring of candy, is this holiday receiving the attention and celebration that it deserves? “As Christians, I think we should make the entire weekend one of the biggest holidays,” said Daniel Santos, a freshman religion major. “We put so much emphasis on Jesus’ birth because it’s a marketable season, but because of this Easter is undercelebrated; we celebrate Palm Sunday more than we do Easter.” Santos thinks that we should put more effort into the celebration of Easter, and that we should

come together as a church to honor the rebirth of our Lord for the whole weekend, not just on Sunday. Although it might be challenging to market more interest in Easter, it may be important to remind ourselves why we are celebrating it and give it more of the attention that it deserves from us. “I think it’s a good reminder of what Christ did and who He is, even if the actual holiday celebrations don’t really reflect that at times,” said Timmy Greene, a freshman religion major, who seems to disagree with Santos. “If you’re mindful about what the holiday represents, it can be a good reminder. My family and I usually spend Easter with extended family and friends and do the whole Easter Egg Hunt and dying eggs. All that good stuff.” Sometimes people feel melancholy about Easter, added junior Charles Brecht, but he also said that, “it’s a celebration of Jesus rising from the dead, which is pretty much the central focus of Christianity. It should be a happy time and shouldn’t be treated solemnly.” Easter is a weekend full of fun and excitement, and Jesus should be the focus throughout that time spent with loved ones. It is one of the most important, if not thee most important holiday for Christians; it marks the forgiveness of our sins and the defeat of death itself.

lege, I took a trip out to San Diego and went to two Padres games. I loved the area and adopted the Padres as my favorite National League team. I never fell in love with football and though I loved high school hockey, I never got into the NHL until I got married and my in-laws (a huge hockey family) got me into the Bruins and Penguins. What are some of your hobbies?

I enjoy scrapbooking and playing games such as Farkle, Chicken Foot, Yahtzee and Scattergories. Do you have any special collections?

I enjoy collecting t-shirts of baseball teams that I have seen in other states, hanging up posters of music concerts I have attended, and scrapbooking the ticket stubs to the aforementioned baseball games and concerts. What is something unique about you?

I have been known to yell random words in malls, movie theaters and the ENC cafeteria. But of course, those days are a thing of the past.

Eating on the go TAYLOR POULIN Staff Writer

Furthering your education means immersing yourself into more things. For college students, balancing class schedules, extra curricular activities, work, and a social life all make it hard to also balance a diet. Although students have access to the cafeteria, their overloaded schedules may not permit them to eat during open hours. Even if they can, knowing how to balance the right amount of nutrients per plate can be baffling. “For many young adults in college, this is the first time they are living on their own. Practicing healthy habits now is great for a lifetime of great health,” said Robyn Kievit, nurse practitioner and dietician at Emerson College. “Acclimating to a new environment and city presents challenges in where to find healthy low-cost items to fuel your body, but grocery shopping has a strategy to it and saving can still be found in cutting coupons.” Kievit issues tips to Emerson students on how to navigate either a convenience store or market for prepackaged foods to travel with. Reading the nutritional facts label is the first step in determining whether the food offers any nutritional value. Kievit says to make sure the caloric value is under 500 and fat grams do not exceed zero. She also warns of sodium levels, which should be between 300 and 600 in frozen or prepackaged foods. The ingredients label indicates whether the food has been made naturally or has been injected

with preservatives or additives. Most foods with the least amount of ingredients are the better, according to Kievit. Packing snacks and eating every three to four hours prevents over-eating at meal time and also helps stabilize blood sugar levels, according to endocrinologist and metabolic specialist Eva Cwynar, M.D., author of “The Fatigue Solution: Increase Your Energy in Eight Easy Steps.” She claims there is a difference between watching calories and eating for energy, with people not understanding that the body needs nourishment to fight fatigue. Fatigue is an illness, and there are ways to fight back. While healthier snacks enhance the diet, they can also enhance the bank account as well. “It always just seemed easier for me to eat out,” said senior James Rich. “It becomes very expensive, but I try and eat healthy as much as possible.” Rich trains competitively year round for tennis tournaments in the Northeast and finds most of his caloric intake from restaurants in the Quincy area. For students able to make it to the cafeteria or those that eat at the various restaurants around town, Kievit has more advice to help focus on essential nutrients. Kievit recommends following her plate rule, which consists of quartering the plate in categories of carbohydrates, protein, fruits, and vegetables. Learning how to eat healthy may not be a class taught by a professor, but it remains an essential part of protecting life’s precious gift: the body.


Softball postseason hopes remain

Cayla Clinkscale, left, playing first base against Curry College March 24.

CRYSTAL ERB Guest Writer

Eastern Nazarene’s women’s softball team currently sits tied for eighth in the Commonwealth Coast Conference with a record of 9-19 (3-9). Tuesday April 4, the team split a doubleheader against


the University of New England Nor’Easters. The Lions won the first game, an extra-inning affair, 3-0 before dropping game two 9-1. Kori Sorensen (Quincy, Mass.) finished the game with 10 strikeouts, including two to start the 8th inning. The following day, April 5, the women ousted Wheelock Col-

lege 14-0 to drop the Wildcats of Wheelock to 0-7 in the conference. Sorensen, who added three hits at the plate, threw another gem, striking out 12 Wheelock hitters. Abigail Moore (Sheridan, CA), Jamie Block (Pembroke, Mass.), and Taylor Fleming (Upland, IN) each collected three hits on the afternoon. The team’s total 18 hits marked a season high for the Lions. The Lions lost both games of a doubleheader at home April 14. Roger Williams won 2-0 and 5-0, respectively. With seven strikeouts from Sorensen, she now has 108 on the season. She is 8-6 with an overall 1.88 ERA, which puts her just outside the top-5 in the CCC in ERA. The Lions, currently sitting tied for eighth in the CCC, are still hopeful of making it to the conference postseason tournament.


Junior Ace Carradine (Honolulu, HI) said, “I think if everyone does their job out on the field and we keep working together more and more as a team, we should do pretty well in the postseason.” Sophomore Cayla Clinkscale (Winchendon, Mass.) added,” We should definitely make it to the conference tournament, we just have to keep building as a team.” She continued, “We also need to start hitting a lot more, so if we do that we will be much better.” The Lions have six remaining games on the schedule, four of which are conference games.

Senior among league leaders

The men’s baseball team huddles up before a home game last week.


Eastern Nazarene’s baseball team is currently at the halfway point in conference play during their near 40-game season. Past the midway point of the season, the Lions are last in the Commonwealth Coast Conference at 4-25 (2-10). The Lions had a brief two-game winning streak after victories over Gordon College


FROM PAGE 1 third doubles teams won with impressive scores of 8-1, 8-0, and 8-0, respectively. The six singles matches were also wins for ENC, resulting in the team’s sixth shutout of the season. This was a big victory, considering just two years ago ENC lost to Wentworth, 0-9. Although the score was 9-0, Coach Popa comments that “the match was a lot closer than the scores suggest.” Specifically,


and Emerson College April 2 and 4, respectively. The Lions were leading a shortened game two of a doubleheader against Emerson, which ended in an Incomplete, but could have given the Lions their longest winning streak on the season. Following the Incomplete game, the Lions lost four straight. The Lions played a doubleheader April 5 against former conference opponents Anna Maria. The Lions were beat 4-0 and 13-5 in

Steelman’s first singles match was probably the toughest of the season. Wentworth’s Juan Ricardo is one of the top players in the conference and Steelman had lost to him two consecutive years. “I made it a goal to beat him after that, and I worked hard toward that, improving my game with hours and hours of tennis over the past two years. Reaching that goal really felt good,” remarked Steelman. At the end of the day, he beat Ricardo in a well-earned 7-5, 6-2 win. The Lions continued domi-

the two games. April 9 against Colby-Sawyer resulted in an 8-5 loss, despite an 11-hit performance from the Lions. Framingham State handed the Lions their fourth consecutive loss April 12, 15-1. The Lions lost two more to Roger Williams on April 14. The doubleheader favored RWU as they won 12-1, 7-6, respectively. Steve Doyle (Weymouth, Mass.) has continued his hot hitting throughout April. He is currently batting .400 on the year with a .475 on-base percentage. Doyle is in the top-10 in batting average in the CCC. Despite a rough season, the men find themselves continually working together to improve and grow as a team. The men only have four conference games remaining, while they still have nine total games to play. An April 11 tweet on the official ENC Baseball Twitter page read, “Two solid days of work this week. The team is growing and it looks like we’re ready to take care of business this weekend.” The Lions’ next home game is an April 18 doubleheader on Bradley Field against Newbury College.

nant conference play April 15 at Salve Regina. Steelman and McKay-Corkum won at first and third singles, respectively, as ENC took five singles matches and two doubles. The Lions are currently second in the CCC, behind Nichols College, and just ahead of Roger Williams, who the team plays April 17. Another contributing player recognized by the team is freshman Sam McKay-Corkum (Rehoboth, MA). He is 12-4 for the year and has won his last 10 matches.

McKay-Corkum confesses that his losses at Hilton Head made him realize he needed to improve, and also gave him “motivation to work harder.” Since then, he has grown “mentally tougher in order to handle the college-level matches” and positively contribute to the team. Support the men’s tennis team at their next home match on Wednesday, April 25 at 4 p.m. against Western New England College.



The Veritas News - Issue 10  

Issue 10 of The Veritas News during the 2011-2012 academic year.