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Housing staff changes hands

Mitchell to head up housing, Mayo moves to athletics

Kaylyn Shankle Reporter

A reorganization of the campus housing staff was made in December, with dean of students Chris Mitchell taking on a role as housing director. Previous housing director Michael Mayo has been named associate athletic director. Mitchell said one of the pros of his position is getting to know the students more and working with their needs. He says he also enjoys working with the housing staff, namely the resident coordinators and resident assistants. “It’s a lot to work to take on, especially in the roles I already do play on campus as director of safety and dean of students,” said Mitchell, in regards to the additional

position. “I do understand why CBC asked me to take on this responsibility, because all of these go hand in hand with each other.” Mitchell oversees several responsibilities in seeing that the campus runs smoothly and he said that despite his role at CBC, or perception, he really does enjoy being around students. Senior Stephanie Battles is third floor resident coordinator. “Chris has done a great job fulfilling this position on such short notice,” she said. “Each week he has been making sure that we are doing our jobs to the fullest, and making sure that he can assist in any way.” Mitchell said he enjoys the positions he oversees. “I really like helping younger adults develop their skills for later workplace success,” Mitchell said.

Pg. 2 New band hall dedicated at Homecoming.

Katherine Fitts | the Tower Frehsman Jake Banks plays foosball in the Dickson Hall lobby. Since Bruce Hall’s closing in 2016, Dickson Hall has been the center of on-campus housing.

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What chapel means to students new and old.

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Women’s basketball strives for tournament.

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Music to God’s ears

band hall Dedicated to make a joyful noise

Nick Duckett Reporter

On Saturday, February 3, the new Mary Ned Foster Band Rehearsal Hall was dedicated. The school has been renovating the rehearsal hall since the fall semester. Ever since its founding in the fall of 2016, the band has been using the Burgess Auditorium to practice. “It encourages me knowing that people love and care for the CBC band,” said junior Jessica Hager. The first person to speak at the dedication was President Terry Kimbrow who introduced a previously anonymous donor, William P. “Son-

ny” Foster, who had given construction funds for renovation. Foster dedicated the rehearsal hall to his wife, Mary Ned Foster. “I really enjoyed Sonny Foster dedicating the hall to his wife,” said sophomore Jessica Manary. “His speech was so sweet and thoughtful.” The band then played music for the crowd. Hager gave a short speech about the importance of the band hall and shared her feelings. “Having a band hall means so much to me. It really has shown me that prayer works,” said junior Reagan Goode. “Years ago, we never would have thought that we would have a space as nice as the one we have.”

Many faculty, students, and alumni attended the band hall dedication.

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Samantha Lagergren | the Tower Associate professor of of Bible Dr. Martin Jameson speaks a kind word about the Foster family.

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Feb. 20 Intramural Volleyball

Intramural volleyball sign-ups are available outside the dining hall! Games will begin Tuesday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m.!

Feb. 21 SOS applications HEART

But the Greatest of these is


Want to be on the Student Orientation Staff? Applications for team members will be available on February 21!

Feb. 21 RA applications due

Want to be a resident assistant? Applications are available in Student Services! The deadline is February 21!

3 Flu pandemic sweeps nation Feb. 16, 2018

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C a m p u s i m p a c t e d b y fl u v i r u s Rachel Burns Reporter

This far in 2018, the flu has been spreading into the campus of Central Baptist College. It has had a significant impact and the flu season is not over yet. There have been many deaths in Arkansas and they are still rising. “In all my years as a nurse, I have never seen [an evolved bacterium of the flu] this bad,” said Shelly Clifton, school nurse. “Over 140 people have died this year in Arkansas because of the flu, and out of that, three were children.” Every year, the flu bacteria evolves and creates an updated bacterium that is more immune to medicine than the year before. The virus is easily caught and hard to completely shake off. “After you get it, you have 48 hours to get the prescribed medicine named Tamiflu,” said Clifton. “Generally, if you take this, then you only feel bad for three or four days instead of one or two weeks. If you wait three or four days, then there’s nothing you can do after that to slow down the flu.” Some students have contracted the flu on campus, but none of these students have gone to see Clifton in her office ast Student Services. “I had it three or four days before I went to get tested,” said freshman Cora Lentz. “So, it was my system for six or seven days.” It can be hard to discern when one has caught the flu. Symptoms in-

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clude back-aches, severe headaches, nausea, and most likely a fever. If a person has gotten the flu vaccine, then there are no headaches or fevers, but they will have mild bodyaches. “The number one thing to remember is to hydrate, rest and to stay as isolated as possible,” said Clifton. She said these tips do not cure the flu, but keeps all the symptoms at a

minimum. Another thing to help the recovery process is to get a flu shot. Vaccines for the flu give the body a small dose of the flu so that the body can get acquainted with the updated flu bacteria and when the body is reintroduced to the flu it is less severe. “[Getting the vaccine] really does help,” said Clifton. “The symptoms will be a lot less severe.”

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Stu dents a n d A l um n i sp e a k o u t o n th e r e le v

Shelbie Tolbert Reporter

Every Wednesday at 1:00, you will see the students heading to Chapel. While this is something we do every week, we don’t often think about the students five years before us walking the same paths and going into the same doors we go in every week. For Alumnes Ben Brandon , who was a chapel band leader, chapel provided a time to dedicate to God. Brandon felt that chapel was

spiritually beneficial to him, and that leading the band helped him grow experience as a leader. “The amount of experience I gained is incalculable,” said Brandon. He said he also liked the variety of speakers and getting to hear sermons from ministers all over the world. Alumni Laura Embry feels

that chapel gave opportunity for people to sing and worship in ways that they may not get to do every day. “My favorite part of chapel is that it gives people who aren’t in the music program a chance to use their talents for God.” said Embry. Embry said that being able to sing and worship with peers is a one of a kind thing. For alum Zach Poteet, the

"Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another..." -Hebrews 10:25

worship was most meaningful. “My favorite part was the worship, but my fondest memory of chapel was when we did the prayer cross,” said Poteet . “There was a cross on the stage and we posted our worries, doubts and struggles, then nailed them to the cross. It was so moving.” Though there are many different aspects to chapel, there seems to be one ultimate goal. “Above all, my favorite part was having the entire student body together for one purpose,” said Brandon.

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During the first chapel of the semester, freshman Abby Moix, sophomore Drew Brewer, freshmen Jessica Manary, Rachel Burns and Patricia Hernandez, junior Olivia Stokes, sophomore Jordan James, freshman Tyler Sanders and senior Preston Jones (pictured left to right) lead worship.

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va nce o f spendin g t i m e wor shi p p i n g w e e k ly

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President Terry Kimbrow speaks at the first chapel of spring semester.

Blair Courtney Reporter

Each Wednesday, students pour into the auditorium to experience chapel. While it is a mandatory experience, it is also a time of worship. As 1:00 approaches, students begin filing into the Cooper in droves. They enter in as the music plays and the lights dim. The tone is set for worship in this way. “I love the freeness we have to worship,” says junior Drew Blacksmith. “I

The baseball team stands together during worship and throughout the service.

love being challenged by the Holy Spirit in each chapel.” Blacksmith mentioned specific chapels in the past that he says helped him to grow. Specifically, he mentioned a service led by Stephen Carol. “[Chapel] is a good time to get away from all the work and all the homework and stuff,” says sophomore Zach Ferrell. “It is a time to be poured into and filled up with God’s Word.” Ferrell says he enjoys having different speakers each week. “The worship kind of brings me into the

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mode for worship,” Ferrell says. Many of the faculty choose to join students in chapel. Though they are not required to attend, professors can be seen regularly worshipping alongside students. “I think we need to remember to not take it for granted that we even have that opportunity [for chapel],” says Robin Clark, professor of elementary education. “It always helps me get my mind off business and stress [in my week]. It just blesses my heart to see our students leading in worship.”

"...they were all in one accord, in one place." -Acts 2:1

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Feb. 16, 2018

Your spiritual health is completely up to you

Landon Riddle

cus of a lifestyle change. Just as important, or possibly more, is one’s spiritual Reporter health. Moses reminds the Israelite people If I were to ask you how your New of their wilderness experience and says, Year’s resolution was going, what would “and he humbled you and let you hunger you say? Sadly, many of us have already ditched our resolutions and gone back to and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that living the same as we did in 2017. One of he might make you know that man does the most common decisions that people not live by bread alone, but man lives by make is to live a healthier lifestyle, lose weight and have a beach body by the time every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” Deuteronomy 8:3 (ESV). summer rolls around. The dynamic between physical and Well, there is absolutely nothing spiritual health is very interesting. It is wrong with having that desire and if you nearly impossible to have one without do, then I commend you! But one of the main reasons that many fail and jump off the other. To be truly healthy, one must make an effort in both of these areas of of the wagon early is because they find life. God let the people of Israel hunger out that it does not happen overnight. It because he wanted them to realize that takes a lot of work! Physical health is normally the main fo- his words were their source of true life

and that manna was there simply to sustain them physically. If you become completely consumed with losing thirty pounds by summer but neglect your spiritual health, then you may surprisingly wind up more miserable than before. Spiritual health comes from a daily portion of God’s Word. There is absolutely no way to be healthy spiritually if you are not feeding your soul through a daily quiet time. Physical health comes through being honest with yourself and asking yourself, “Do I really need to eat that?” and often times you will find that there is a healthier option that will contribute to your overall health. Now, let me ask you: are you healthy? The answer to that question is completely up to you.

Going back to the basics

How small groups represent the early church Rachel Burns Reporter

The modern church is a brilliant creation that has evolved over time into what it is now. But it did not always used to be this way. The first churches did not comprise an organized religion because most of them had just left Judaism. Jesus and His disciples were a group of people who went through life together for three years and studied the Living Word of God, Jesus. They were essentially an extreme Bible study group, which is the church in the rawest form. Large churches can feel like they are filled with people who hardly know each other. This can defeat the purpose of going to church to fellowship with other believers, worship Christ as a body and grow the relationship with Christ. This is where small groups come in. All kinds of churches have started implementing small groups or Bible studies

into their church experience. This idea seems brilliant. Well, it has taken many years for the church to realize that having a small group of people to go through life with is better than many strangers nodding their heads at you on Sunday mornings. These churches are starting to gravitate back toward the original roots. In smaller groups of people, it is easier to be transparent; as a Christian, transparency promotes honesty with others, yourself and God. Having a group of people that can truly trust each other creates a great environment for brainstorming ideas and talking about God and the Bible. Small groups bond people together and forge friendships that may last for a long time or a shorter time. Having godly friends support each other in the good times and troubled times is just another example of God’s love. So, think about how you are carrying out your Christian walk with the Lord. Think about how the people and pro-

grams at your church affect your relationship with the Lord. Everyone needs someone else to be there for them. If you don’t have anyone, or even if you do, try to reach out and be an active part of the thing that’s bigger than all of us.

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Becoming rooted in Christ the E N VO Y staff editorial

When we think of the word “roots,” it might remind us of somewhere we’ve come from. It could be our hometown, home state or even home country. It can also refer to the culture of the place we came from. For example, someone who was born in Arkansas or Texas could be said to have Southern roots, while someone from Illinois or Michigan has Northern roots. Our roots are important in making us who we are. The way we react to something may have a lot to do with how it would be culturally acceptable to respond based on where we’re from. However, there is more to our roots than just where we’re from. “Roots” are also the things that ground us, and are at the bedrock of our lives. For followers of Christ, one of the most important roots we can have is the Bible. “Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,

rooted and built up in him,” says Colossians 2:6-7. These verses tell us that our roots should be in Christ and His teachings. One way that we can become rooted in the Bible is by listening to it being taught. This is what chapel affords to CBC students every week. We are given


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the opportunity to sit under a speaker who encourages us for about half an hour every week, most of the time with Scripture. Many people around the world never have that opportunity, and would love to experience it. Because of this, chapel should be considered a blessing. Although it may come at a time when some students would rather be doing something else, like eating lunch or napping, it is a chance to be refreshed in God’s Word during the middle of the week. By the end of classes on Wednesday, most people are probably ready for another weekend. They need a rest, or at the very least, a short break. Chapel provides that; it’s a stress-free time when we can worship through music, listen to some uplifting speaking and even get in a little bit of fellowship in before chapel starts, since all students have to be there. Whether in chapel, weekend worship services or personal quiet time, and preferably all three, we should all make sure that our lives are rooted in Christ. When we are, we have a firm bedrock at the center of our lives that will not waver.

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Lady Mustangs work hard this season Women’s basketball team fights for spot in postseason tournament Sarah Shelton


Joseph Bender | the Tower Freshman Karlie Senko takes a shot at the homecoming 2018 game.


enior Morgan Fimpel says that the Lady Mustangs basketball team is very deadly when they play to their fullest potential. With a record of 5-10 in the conference and 9-11 overall, the players say their goal for the season is to continue to win enough games to earn a spot in the postseason tournament. “It’s going to be a tough battle, but we are definitely capable of accomplishing that goal,” says sophomore Kory Westerman. “We will just have to take it one game at a time.” The team has had to overcome some adversity because they are made up primarily of sophomores and freshmen, and Fimpel is the team’s only senior. The players say that what they lack in years, they more than make up for and with

their skill, endurance, and love of the game. “This year’s team is significant because we never give up no matter what challenges we face,” says sophomore Emily Gardner. The players say that some of their best memories of the season are the games where the Lady Mustangs got to show their individual talent, as well as their fight and ability to truly play together as a team. Gardner says that their ability to play so well as a team stems from the bond that the players have with one another. “Our team is very hard working,” says Fimpel. “We have girls who really know the game, are great ball handlers, rebounders, defenders, scorers, as well as have speed and size. Out of the four years I have played at this school, this year’s team has some of the best talent I have ever seen.”

New job, same home Mayo dicsucces department transfer and his love for CBC

Kaylyn Shankle Reporter

Michael Mayo, former housing director, has taken on a new position as associate athletic director and says the new job is going well. “The coaches have been extremely welcoming!” he said. “We really have a fantastic team of coaches that want their students to succeed on and off the field of play.” Mayo says he will now deal with advancement of the athletic department instead of the day-to-day work in student life. A student or college employee for the past 11 years, Mayo says he loves CBC and advises people to take advantage of the opportunity to be in a community that genuinely cares about each person,

including the smiles and greetings from students and faculty on the sidewalks. Mayo came to CBC in 2007 to play basketball and study physical therapy. “I wanted to attend an institution that was Christ-based and a place that I could become involved on campus,” said Mayo, adding that he felt immediately a part of the CBC family and story. Mayo grew up in a faith-based family. “My family taught me at an early age about God and my relationship, or lack thereof at the time, with Him,” he said. Eventually, Mayo said the Lord opened his eyes to the fact that he was separated from Him and showed Mayo that even though his sin placed Jesus on the cross, He chose to die to save his soul from eternal separation from Him. Mayo says his new job has taught him that we never know what the next chap-

ter of our lives will hold, but we can look forward to what is to come with great anticipation. “God has placed me in all sorts of new areas, such as being Mary Rice | the Tower Associate athletic director Michael the new Mayo takes part in the Open House on associate February 3. athletic director, but it is amazing to see how He prepares me for each step before I take it,” he said.

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