The Students share finals traditions Collegian December 7, 2007 Vol. 68 No. 10 Matt Gregg heads to Aztec Bowl Page 4 The Grove City College Newspaper Page 20 Spreading Christmas cheer Ready to dig Andrew Aldrich The coursework part of the Collegian Writer trip, including tuition for three credits, entrance fees and after- In a Grove City College first, noon and weekend excursions, associate professor of history Dr. will cost each student $1,000. Mark Graham will lead five stu- The students, seniors Katie dents to northern Africa to help Miller and Justin Horst, juniors excavate a Roman house at the Kelly Anderson and Jeff site of ancient Carthage. Coleman and sophomore Andrew The trip, which lasts from May Welton will clean and restore 23 to June 10, includes two parts: mosaics, identify and sort arti- archeological research and histo- facts and register artifacts in a ry coursework. database. “We’re dealing with a hybrid The excavation work, some of type of thing,” Graham said. which will take place in a A grant from the Grove City Carthage museum, will begin in College Swezey Scientific the early morning until 1 p.m. Instrumentation and Research Monday through Friday. The stu- Fund will pay for the research dents may also join other excava- part of the trip, including airfare, tions in the area, according to the ground transportation, lodging course description. and meals. “This is going to be a great “The administration here has way to get field experience,” Joshua Kitamura been wonderfully supportive,” The Choral Concert sings a medley of Christmas favorites. Graham said. See Carthage, page 6 Cycling Saying goodbye nowhere fast By Abby Johnson Collegian News Editor Friends and professors remem- ber senior Sarah Schenk for her By Rebekah Kuhn The club vice president, senior quiet demeanor, brilliant intellect Collegian Writer Jamie Skyrm, explained why they involved the cheerleaders. “For a and quirky sense of humor. Last Saturday, the Grove City cyclist,” Skyrm said, “the crowning Sarah Rae Schenk (1987-2007) Bicycle Club went nowhere fast. moment in one’s career is standing was killed in a two-car accident Members of the Grove City atop a podium on the Champs near State College, Pa., on Nov. Bicycle Club gathered in the Elysee in Paris wearing the ‘maillot 16, on her way to pick up her Physical Learning Center fitness jaune’ or yellow leader’s jersey brother Caleb from Messiah room to raise money for World with a beautiful French podium girl College for the Thanksgiving Vision in the “Tour de Nowhere.” on either arm.” holiday. Sarah was also sister to Thirty-six students competed Bright agreed, saying, “In profes- Jeremy ’06 and Aimee. against each other by biking as sional road cycling, the winner of a President Dr. Richard G. Jewell “far” as they could in a five minute race is presented by the race organ- ’67 informed the campus of the increment on a stationary bike. izer and a pair of podium girls. So news with an e-mail the next day. Courtesy of the Schenk family Students could either sign up ahead we thought it might be neat to have See Sarah, page 3 Senior Sarah Schenk smiles on her way to class. of time to compete during different podium girls of our own.” Junior pens novel time slots or sign up the day of the Each heat winner received a event. water bottle and an Eat’n Park Originally the Bicycle Club had Christmas cookie. The participants considered competing in 30 minute were divided into male and female increments, but five minutes categories. The winners won a t- seemed to be more universally shirt, pink for the female winner By Kate Suffern of his son, Marvin will receive a appealing to both Bicycle Club and blue for the male. Eat’n Park Collegian Writer lifetime of happiness and great members and others. According to donated the cookies. The water bot- pleasure. senior Adam Bright, the club presi- tles and shirts were donated by The Junior Brian Sandell accom- Sandell encouraged readers to dent, “It is hard enough to get peo- Bicycle Store in Hermitage, Pa. plished something few college stu- “Follow the journey Marvin takes ple to want to ride a stationary bike Sophomore Ross Kucks won the dents have: he wrote and published through broken relationships, bad in the first place so at a meeting we men’s overall competition with a a book. Sandell’s novel, “The decisions and even murder as he decided to shorten the heats to five distance of 2.55 miles. He was Wager,” was published this past truly discovers what happiness is.” minutes so people wouldn’t be wearing a suit at the time. June. “People are looking for happi- afraid of not being able to make it Freshman Alexis Stave won the The suspense thriller with a ness in all the wrong places and for 30 minutes on a bike and so we women’s competition with a dis- Christian emphasis follows the need to know that the true way to could get more people to compete tance of 2.01 miles. experiences of typical guy, Marvin find happiness is in family, friends, in a smaller time with only five sta- The event raised over $100 for Simon. A bad relationship, loss of and Jesus,” he said. tionary bikes.” World Vision. his job and family, and the chal- When asked about the process of The Grove City cheerleaders Anyone interested in the Grove lenge of raising a small son alone getting his book published, Sandell were invited to help with the event City Bicycle Club should contact leaves Marvin downcast. laughed and said that to explain it as well. They cheered on the partic- Bright or Skyrm. One night a mysterious guest vis- fully would require several pages ipants and provided enthusiasm, We’re “self-proclaimed bike its him with an appealing yet diffi- of the Collegian. Essentially, the www.amazon.com handing out prizes to the winners. nerds,” Skyrm said. Junior Brian Sandell’s book. cult wager. In exchange for custody See Sandell, page 4 2 News The Collegian December 7, 2007 The hunters By Arielle Bateman are among us “either/or” activity. shots]. I follow them across the Collegian Writer When he first married, his wife field and then – boom!” accompanied him on opening day Beyond a sport, deer hunting Students ordinarily attending for three years. Oddly, those offers economic benefits. Brower Dr. Eric Potter’s literature classes were the only times he failed to explained that one deer yields 35 did not have to show up on Nov. shoot a buck on opening day. – 45 pounds of meat, which can 26. Their professor was perched One particular year, Brower be cut into steaks or ground into in a tree-stand, enjoying the admits, “It was freezing.” His hamburger. By using one or two opening of hunting season. wife sat next to him, shivering. pounds per meal, hunters can Potter is not alone in his enjoy- “If you don’t quit moving, we enjoy their spoils throughout the Dr. James T. Thrasher ’80 Leann B. Smith ment of deer hunting. Many are not going to see anything,” he year. Grove City College faculty and staff members enjoy this outdoor told her. “I’m too cold; I can’t quit mov- Brower’s wife possesses “a library of venison recipes,” often Thrasher, Smith named pursuit, which contrasts their daily routines of phone-calls, lec- ing,” she responded. Though frustrated at the time supplemented with home-grown vegetables. 2007 Campus-Community tures, meetings and grading. by his broken streak, Brower can Rhoades’ passion for hunting “It’s a different way of being in the woods, trying to be still and laugh in the retelling. “Mercifully, she got pregnant extends to her decorating. In addition to placing deer hides Award recipients to be quiet. It … can be very the next year and didn’t come around their house, Rhoades uses The Grove City College Matthew, Elizabeth and Isaac. pleasant,” Potter said. back,” he said. the antlers as hangers for her cur- Florence E. MacKenzie Campus- “Leann has worked very hard Dr. Shane Brower, professor of Still, he hopes that she will tain rods. Thus hunting is incor- Community Awards selection to help the community grow and physics, enjoys relaxing in the out- return. “I would give up a shot” porated “into part of our living,” committee has chosen two com- develop … but always recog- doors, a pleasant change from the for her to get a buck, Brower she said. munity leaders as the 2007 recip- nized the benefit to both the busi- office with its many interruptions. said. “I just think that would be Brower has watched the num- ients: Dr. James T. Thrasher ’80, ness community and the College “When I am hunting and the coolest thing.” ber of deer outside his house Grove City College director of of excellent ‘town-gown’ rela- sneaking through the woods, I The couple still jokes about his “dwindle,” but he believes there career services, and Leann B. tions,” wrote one of Smith’s can chase down rabbit trails” on buck-shooting streak. This year are “more bigger bucks” now. Smith, former Grove City Area nominators. lectures and budgets, he said. Brower bagged a legal 5-point “There are areas where [the Chamber of Commerce director. Beginning in 1971 until her Kathy Rhoades, ceramics buck, but his wife teased him, population] is lower and where “[Thrasher] is completely dedi- death in 1981, Florence E. instructor, commented that hunt- “You just shot it because you it’s not,” Rhoades said, suggest- cated to his family, his work, his MacKenzie faithfully served ing “gives you permission to be wanted to keep your streak going.” ing that lower numbers have community and our Lord,” wrote Grove City College and the com- out all day.” She also enjoys the Rhoades started hunting with resulted from the reduction of the one nominator. munity of Grove City. As wife of sport’s aspect of careful shooting her boyfriend at age 14. For deer’s feeding range. Thrasher holds an Ed.D from former president Dr. Charles S. — “taking time … to do it right.” dates, they went to target practice Hunting has left an impression Nova Southeastern University MacKenzie, she sought to estab- Like some of their colleagues, and then went hunting. Not sur- on Potter, both in his writing and and a master’s degree from lish strong town-gown relation- Potter and Brower took the first prisingly, her family was “a little in his respect for deer. “You real- Slippery Rock University. He and ships. An active member of day of hunting season off from leery” of their unusual activity. ize how crafty they are, how his wife, the former Kristy numerous local organizations, teaching, owing to the College’s Eventually the boyfriend incredible their instincts are and White, a Grove City College she served as president of the understanding of their passion for became her husband, and they their sense of smell,” he said. graduate from the Class of 1986, former Grove City Hospital’s the sport. have enjoyed hunting together “There is something very satis- have four children: Caleb, board. This year’s opening day offered for over 30 years. They raised fying about getting a deer” even rain and chilly temperatures, but Brower did not mind the cold. their son as a hunter as well. Rhoades described her own though it involves the death of a living creature, he said. “But Collegian awards Green Eyeshade “It keeps out the recreational style: “I like to take my time … that’s the way that life works … The most recent Green Eyeshade Award went to Todd Messer for hunters” and “usually causes the count points. I don’t want to unless you’re a vegan and think his solid coverage of Wolverines football all season. deer to move a little more,” he maim a deer [with careless it shouldn’t be that way.” Congratulations, Todd! said. Though he saw few deer, he still shot a buck. Rhoades saw two does on open- ing day, though she did not shoot anything. She stayed warm and dry hunting from the porch of a cabin on family hunting grounds. Though Potter did not score a buck, he will remember this opening day because his second oldest son could join the hunt for the first time. “He stuck it out on a miserable day,” Potter said. Potter’s oldest son scored his first buck, whose antlers they plan to mount on a plaque. For Brower and Potter, their fathers cultivated their love for hunting. They are bringing up their own sons in the tradition. Brower’s four-year old son cannot hunt yet, but he already shows interest in the sport. When Brower was cleaning his first buck from opening day, his son “had a knife and was hacking away. I guess he was helping,” Brower said. Inevitably, time for hunting decreases when people marry and have a family. Brower looks for- ward to the day when hunting and family will no longer be an The Collegian December 7, 2007 News 3 Sarah Sarah’s professors also observed Sarah’s reserved char- acter – and the depth of the per- Potter agreed. “As a teacher, you sometimes have students who you know are so smart and “I got to see another side to Sarah, especially when she had to perform her own scene from God is taking me somewhere and that the stress of today will pro- duce the good of tomorrow. Not from page 1 son beneath it. “Sarah was so already know so much that you Shakespeare in the park as a good as in success or a career or quiet in class, generally, that at don’t feel you can really teach requirement of the course. There financial/social stability, but good The weekend before her acci- first I didn’t know if she was them anything. All you can do is was a theatrical side to Sarah as in a closer walk with Him.” dent, Sarah was home with her paying attention and finding the say, ‘Here, read this and then tell that was just beginning to The minister read several family. Her parents Ben and material interesting. When I read me what you think,’ or ‘Here, try emerge,” he said. excerpts from Sarah’s journal at Becky recount how they spent her exams, though, I knew that writing something like this,’” he Sarah’s parents described her her funeral service, according to time relaxing together. “We she hadn’t missed anything; in said. “Sarah was one of those as a “reserved (shy) young lady senior Christie Hebda. Sarah’s reminded her we needed a hug fact, I could tell that she had students.” who became very expressive, funeral service was Nov. 23 at before she left – so she put her thought very carefully about the Although very studious, Sarah humorous and fun to be with to Edwards Chapel, in her home- things down and gave her mom, reading,” Dr. Eric Potter said. wasn’t always glued to her those who knew her best.” town, Clymer, N.Y. her dad and sister one last hug,” Sarah’s professors and fellow books. She formed close friend- Sarah was also a godly, “It was a service of remem- her parents said. students also remember her for ships with fellow students like thoughtful Christian. The depth brance and celebration since we Many who knew Sarah remem- her impressive intellect. Sarah’s Buchanan, and occasionally of Sarah’s character and walk are positive she is rejoicing with ber her as reserved. love for reading bloomed during revealed her silly side. with God is beautifully revealed Jesus right now,” Ben and Becky Senior Melissa Buchanan her time as an English major. She “Sarah was one of the first in her journals. said. agreed, pointing out that under- also majored in political science. people I met at Grove City; we “From reading Sarah’s jour- While all are shocked and sad- neath her quiet exterior, Sarah “Sarah was in my World Lit were freshman roommates. We nals, it was apparent that dened by Sarah’s death, as her had a fun side. “Sarah was natu- class where she excelled as she became so close that year that throughout her life, and especial- parents said, “God is good and rally a quiet person and for most did in all her classes,” Dr. Diane we roomed together again sopho- ly her senior year, Sarah was will bring much good from all of people on this campus, that is the Dixon said. Sarah also tutored in more year and although that was seeking to make the Lord most this.” only side they got to know when the Writing Center under Dixon. the last year we lived together, important to her – her relation- they met her. But as almost all Added Dr. James Dixon, we remained good friends ship and reliance on Him. She See page 16 to read shy people are, Sarah was not the “Sarah was in several of my throughout the remainder of her was earnestly seeking to discern a tribute to Sarah Schenk same at home with her family… classes, and she was a superb life,” Buchanan said. His will for her after graduation from student or back in the dorm. I really got student. She was always digni- “We got to know her on our that she might bring glory to to witness the more outgoing, fied and reserved, but beneath Shakespeare in London trip – she Him,” her parents said. Christie Hebda silly, fun-loving, witty side of that reserve was a quick and had a quirky sense of humor On Oct. 28, Sarah wrote, “I A memorial service for Sarah during our sophomore active mind. She did very well in when you got to know her,” Dr. feel like I’m walking on the edge Sarah Schenk will be year, living together. I always Literary Criticism & Theory and Diane Dixon said. Dixon’s hus- of being totally freaked out about at 7 p.m. Tuesday in wished she would let that side be so participated in the very selec- band also remembers the the future, but somehow remain- seen more often,” she said. tive Honors Seminar as a junior.” Shakespeare in London course. ing unafraid. I know, I trust, that Harbison Chapel. Students given results of competition The winners of the Elevator Network, senior Greg Kroleski serves as sales manager for Wesley Institute, which serves at- launch and operate a small busi- Pitch Competition were divided for Bare Apparel and freshman Nauticom Internet Services and risk children and youth coping ness. After working for 15 years into three categories: non-profit, Sean Sullivan for films4you.com. as an adjunct professor of busi- with mental health obstacles. at Wallace Computer Services, science/technology and for-profit. Winners in the science/technol- ness at Grove City College. He The for-profit category was Starcher is now owner and Winners in the non-profit cate- ogy category were junior Seth has particular interest and experi- judged by Jeff Burd, Tom national manager of the family gory were senior Chris Andrew Thompson, seniors Tanner ence helping small businesses Freyvogel and Dave Starcher ’88. business Keystone Ridge for his pitch Financial Trosper, Ian Gumbert, Danielle and non-profit organizations Burd is the owner of Tall Designs. Connection, senior Laura-Kate Morgan and Aaron Hoover for through strategic Web initiatives. Timber Group, a consulting firm The science/technology catego- Denny for The Play Date, fresh- Helfinstine Thermal Labs; senior Jackson serves as chief execu- focused on the commercial and ry judging panel included Joe man Brittany Hayward for Chris Answer for AntiVenom; tive officer of Grove City residential construction industry Cicero, John Brier ’94 and Dr. Forever Families and senior Greg junior Melissa Borza for Medical Center. In 2006 he and the publisher of Charles Kriley ’88. Kroleski for Pipeline Surf eAnesthesiaSoftware and senior received Westminster College’s BreakingGround magazine. Cicero is the building service Experience. Stephan Mack for Plain Games, “Outstanding Young Alumni Freyvogel is the founder of contractor and president, Winners in the for-profit cate- Inc. Award.” After various jobs Freyvogel Communications, Inc. Education Division for Sanitors gory were sophomore Jonathan The non-profit category was including sales representative for and the author of two books and Services, Inc. He is also the out- Durfee for his pitch Freedom judged by Tim Sweet ’85, Rob Procter and Gamble and national numerous articles. His Web site side catalyst behind the College’s Satellite Radio, freshman Jayna Jackson and Doug Muetzel ’80. sales manager for Beecham, MakingSenseofYourBusiness.com Entrepreneurship Program. Grassel for Campus Food A former pastor, Sweet now Muetzel is now the CEO of the offers practical advice on how to Brier is the senior director of the Global Residency Practice at EMC Corporation. Kriley has been a professor in the chemistry department at the College since 1996. He has received many grants and fellowships, and has been published extensively in his field. Toy Drive planned Do you have any children’s toys sitting around your dorm or collecting dust back at home? Consider donating them to the Salvation Army. Every Christmas, the Salvation Army distributes these toys to local parents who need gifts for their chil- dren. Unwrapped toys, used or new, should be placed beneath the Christmas tree in the Great Room of the Breen Student Union. The collection will end on Dec. 16. Questions? Contact elsana- firstname.lastname@example.org 4 News The Collegian December 7, 2007 Funny finals traditions explored By Lauren Weidenboerner The actual scream only lasts a matter of “fantastic,” and then offered to help track While fireworks may be thrilling to set Collegian Writer seconds. After everyone arrives on the down the new scream leader. off and even to witness, there are definite- upper quad, the self-appointed “scream While several names were mentioned as ly other ways of blowing off stress that are Some college students, such as those at leader” instructs the crowd to scream, and possible scream leaders for this year, none completely legal. Yale, sit in what seems like the lap of lux- they do. of them would commit to officially lead- Some students choose to join the ranks ury when it comes to finals. Grove City Within thirty seconds it’s all over, and ing. of those who strike out on their own. College students know nothing of what yet students can walk away with a sense of In the past, some have turned to the Some have sung in inappropriate places, Yale students call “reading week,” a week- satisfaction from having somehow been more dramatic, although highly illegal, like Buhl. Many like to dress up in cos- long period when students have nothing to part of something bigger than themselves fireworks show to get their minds off tume and visit common study areas, and do but study and relax. and finals. finals. others combine random disruptive acts Grove City students get a stressful 24 Officer Marvin Lander of Campus As most upper classman will remember, with strange attire. hours. Students here, however, have Safety said the Primal Scream is “a nice the first bout of fireworks began two years Senior resident assistant Jonathan proven creative in their endeavor to allevi- idea. It shows a lot of school spirit.” ago during fall finals. VanScoter reported the craziest thing he ate some of the stress. Senior Adam Chapman, a student securi- Since then there have been several fire- ever saw during finals; he said, “About Some choose to deal with stress by par- ty guard on campus, said, “As a member works incidences on campus – most seem two or three years ago, the Adels per- ticipating in time-honored traditions, like of Campus Safety, I am personally happy to center around finals time. formed a skit. One guy acted like he was the Primal Scream, which has become a there is a group of students who are excit- Campus Safety is much less thrilled going to jump from the second floor of the semi-annual favorite in recent years. ed about getting together to do some about the fireworks than the Primal SAC. Then another guy came in tights and Traditionally, the Primal Scream hap- things like this.” Scream. a cape to rescue him.” pens at midnight on the Sunday night dur- “I’m quite happy that the biggest thing Officer Bernard Smith, who has worked VanScoter said that “People tend to ing finals. we have to worry about is people yelling with Campus Safety for three years now, stress out over finals, and it really isn’t According to senior Shannon in large groups instead of other things,” he says that, “Our main concern is the safety needed.” DelVecchio, who has participated for the added. and welfare of students. With fireworks It remains to be seen if a Primal Scream past two years, “It’s sort of getting out Rumors claim that the Primal Scream comes a high possibility of injury. We leader will emerge, if anyone will come what you want to do for all six days of leader last year was Shelly Rollison, who work actively to prevent that here.” out with a stash of fireworks, or if more finals in six seconds. It really is a lot of was a senior at the time. When asked, According to Centers for Disease men in tights will appear. fun.” Rollison neither confirmed nor denied her Control statistics, each year there are an But for those unable to take VanScoter’s “It was a good release,” agreed sopho- involvement. estimated 10,800 injuries resulting from advice and relax a little more this finals more Brittany Foor, who participated in She did say, however, that the fact that fireworks. Five percent of these injuries season, there is hope of relief in the crazy the Primal Scream last year. she was implicated by many sources was required hospitalization. traditions that have grown up on campus. Protecting marriage Debaters win The Speech and Debate team ended the 3-0 judges’ decision, as did the team sen- By Frank Michael Davis because the Bible states homosexuality as semester ranked 19th in the National ior Renae Smith and sophomore Luke Collegian Writer being a detestable and evil act. God made male and female to come together in mar- Parliamentary Debate Association after Juday, closing out finals for Grove City Many issues that overlap the realms of riage so that they could reproduce, and any their last tournament Nov. 9-10 at Carson- College. religion and politics have recently come other arrangement between the sexes is not Newman College in Tennessee. Freshmen Alex Pepper and Harrison into question. The public still remembers what God intended and cannot be called Going in, Grove City College was the Ealey were quarterfinalists, Pepper win- the issue of the Ten Commandments being marriage. highest ranked school that had competed ning fourth place speaker award. Hanson shown in courthouses, and even more Many focus on the future of their chil- in less than four tournaments. The squad ranked as sixth speaker in the tournament. recently was the issue of banning prayer in dren, saying that children need to be raised ranked first place at Carson-Newman, with In individual speaking events, Juday, public schools. The dust has settled follow- in a home that has a mother and a father, three of the five Grove City teams advanc- Winther and Smith qualified for finals in ing these controversial and heated argu- not two “fathers” or two “mothers.” ing to elimination rounds. extemporaneous speaking and Pepper and ments, but now the war has marched on to Another concern is that expanding the Freshmen Daniel Hanson and Kelsey sophomore Mai-Khanh Gunther advanced a new battlefield: the definition of mar- definition of marriage would undermine its Winther won their semifinal round with a in impromptu speaking. riage. meaning. Bartkowiak stated, “When mar- Sandell On Nov. 28, Grove City College hosted riage means everything, it means nothing.” things to do before [he] die[s].” graduate Dan Bartkowiak ’07, who gave a This is true in Europe, where anybody can “You can always keep learning. There is presentation that briefly discussed the marry whomever that they want. Marriage always something to discover about ... life, a Pennsylvania for Marriage movement. He has lost so much of its significance that from page 1 relationship with Christ, or anything really.” described the movement as a “coalition of few even bother with it. Sandell had been writing creative pieces like-minded individuals that work for the Many believers and non-believers alike process involved submitting a story idea to since high school and kept up the habit dur- goal of passing a marriage amendment in think that the government has no right to traditional royalty publishers, followed by a ing breaks and holidays. Pennsylvania.” get involved in these issues. Many manuscript. “I would sit there watching TV in the They are attempting to protect the institu- Christians say that they would have to sup- “I eventually got a ‘yay’ from two compa- evenings, when I realized that there was tion of marriage in Pennsylvania by keep- port such an amendment if it was to come nies, and then I just had to choose between something better I could be doing with my ing it from including civil unions and up, but they believe that the real solution is them,” Sandell said. time.” same-sex marriages. to change people’s hearts rather than their Other Grove City students and alumni Since he had received affirmation of his He explained that activist judges in states laws through evangelism. have had works published. Bill Deasy ’89 talent and he was in need of money, Sandell such as California and many others in the Non-believers state that marriage would wrote “Ransom Seaborn,” a novel set in a decided to publish a book. New England area have decided that mar- not be ruined by same-sex marriages, as small religious college, inspired by Grove Sandell is working on another thriller about riage defined as being only between a man heterosexuals have already ruined it, stat- City. defining success. and a woman is unconstitutional. These ing the astronomical divorce rates. They “Seaborn” won the 2006 Needle Award for While Sandell’s primary career goal is to judges’ decisions are changing the law for differ on many issues, however, as non- best new novel of the year. Deasy is also an be a youth minister, he is not opposed to the millions of people, whereas Pennsylvania believers view marriage as a civil right, accomplished recording artist, having idea that his writing habit could turn into a for Marriage wants to put the issue on a and as a relationship between two people released five albums. career. public ballot and let the people decide. who love and are committed to each other, Sandell, a Christian thought and French “The Wager” can be bought online at This is a more democratic method that while Christians see marriage as a relation- major, said that writing and publishing a www.amazon.com or by e-mailing involves the voices and opinions of many ship and a commitment between a man, a book is a thing “to check off his to-do list of SandellBD1@gcc.edu. concerned Pennsylvanians, rather than that woman and God. of a single judge. If Pennsylvania for Marriage is to suc- The concern for this amendment comes ceed, it needs supporters to raise awareness from the fact that Pennsylvania law is wide in the populace. Bartkowiak listed five open for judicial review to change this law ways people are able to help the cause. at any time. In many states, there are laws He asked that people pray for a vote for in place that function to protect marriage; the amendment, spread the word to friends Pennsylvania, however, has a very weak and family, call or write a state representa- law and needs to ratify a stronger one, lest tive, enlist churches for the cause, and visit it remain vulnerable to judicial review. the Web site at People that are in support of this move- www.youranswermatters.com to stay post- ment believe in its importance for different ed. More information can also be found at reasons, the most common reason is www.pa4marriage.org. The Collegian December 7, 2007 News 5 Outside the bubble... Divorce hurts environment Hugo Chavez defeated in election A new study at Michigan State University found that divorced “I understand and accept that the proposal I made was quite profound and intense,” Hugo Chavez said households have a “greater negative impact on the environment” than in Venezuela on Monday after his first ever electoral defeat, MyWay.com reported. the households of married couples, according to ABC News. The vote was close, 51 to 49 percent, and the main issue centered around Chavez’s proposed reforms to The deciding factor is the efficient use of resources. In divorced the Venezuelan constitution which would have allowed him to be reelected indefinitely and also move the households, the smaller number of people causes less resource effi- country to a more socialist state. ciency per person. “Foes of the reform effort – including Roman Catholic leaders, media freedom groups, human rights Researchers found that in United States, “divorced households groups and prominent business leaders – said it would have granted Chavez unchecked power and imper- spent 46 percent more per capita on electricity and 56 percent more iled basic rights,” MyWay.com reported. on water than married households did,” ABC said. Jailed teacher leaves Sudan Dinosaur found in North Dakota A fossilized duckbilled hadrosaur found in North Dakota is being haled as “one of the most complete A British teacher was jailed in Sudan after allowing students to dinosaur mummies ever found” by FOX News. name a teddy bear Muhammad, the Associated Press reported. The dinosaur had been fossilized into stone, preserving its skin, ligaments, tendons and possibly some Gillian Gibbons’s students voted on a name for the class bear and internal organs, FOX said. took turns taking it home and journaling about what it did. Gibbons Scientists were able to calculate its muscle mass, revealing that the creature was more muscular than was arrested when a fellow teacher complained about the bear’s name. believed. Scientists also determined that hadrosaurs were bigger and stronger than they thought, at three Gibbons was jailed for insulting Islam, but was pardoned by the and a half tons and up to 40 feet long, FOX said. president of Sudan. The British Embassy said Gibbons has left Sudan. Paleontologist Phillip Manning from England’s Manchester University was one of those excited by the Possible punishments could have included up to 40 lashes, six discovery, especially by the well-preserved skin on the animal. “The skin is wonderful,” he said. months in prison and a fine, the Press reported. Gibbons was original- ly sentenced to 15 days in prison and deportation. -Compiled by Sarah Beth Gross Gibbons said she did not intend to offend anyone and greatly and Abby Johnson respected the Islamic religion. Collegian News Editors Integrity discussions wrap-up for semester By Nicky Lipartito In their discussions, Jones said honor code that we like that are not have sole control, Jones said, Kemeny said. Collegian Editor-in-Chief they found opposition to some of either already embedded in the because academic integrity He added, “The committee was these elements among both stu- current honesty in learning policy offenses are against the entire tasked solely with the responsi- As discussions of academic dents and faculty. … that we are simply going to campus community. bility with issues of academic integrity draw to a close for the “The thing about the traditional raise up.” “You’ve done a disservice to integrity. We weren’t commis- semester, the Ad Hoc Academic honor code is that it all goes Two examples for this are a your peers because you’re mak- sioned to deal with anything else Integrity Assessment Committee together. You can’t just take one pledge and “significantly ing the playing field not level except what happens inside the has determined that the College of those things and drop them off increased student involvement,” anymore, you’ve done a disserv- classroom.” will not adopt an honor code. and have a traditional honor Jones said. ice to the faculty member’s Jones added that the student “The bulk of this semester of code,” he said. Kemeny noted that there is whose class you’re in because advisory board deserves com- both the faculty and student advi- Though an honor code is not in already an “implicit pledge” in you’re attesting to something you mendation for their contribution sory board has been devoted to the works, what will happen is a the admissions application of the can’t really say that you know. to the discussions this semester. discussing the possibility of development of ideas for revising College. The last two lines of this And because of that I think we For the student board, Kemeny establishing an honor code – a the College’s current honesty in portion of the application before want to have both faculty and picked 16 students of different traditional honor code – at Grove learning policy. Jones said they the prospective student’s signa- students deal with those offens- disciplines, majors, interest City College,” Dr. Paul Kemeny, took what they liked from the ture read, “A student’s enrollment es,” he said. groups and years out of the 33 head of the Ad Hoc Committee, honor code and looked at how to involves an agreement with the He added, “The end result … student nominated and 40 faculty said. bring that together with what is College that he/she will obey the in all of this is not an honor code, nominated students. Jones added Kemeny and Dr. Steven Jones, already in the honesty and learn- academic and non-academic reg- but a community that affirms that SGA and student focus also on the committee, explained ing policy. The policy is detailed ulations of the College. If accept- integrity and acts with integrity.” groups of eight to 10 students that the five elements of a tradi- in both The Crimson and the ed by Grove City College, I Kemeny emphasized that the also contributed to the discus- tional honor code are a pledge Bulletin. agree to observe the standards of conclusions of the discussions are sions. not to cheat, which is turned in Kemeny added, “After having the College.” “all in play” and are still being One of the committee’s plans on all assignments; entirely stu- spent … almost a semester … Kemeny added that there is discussed. for next semester is to bring in dent adjudication; a single sanc- talking to the student advisory also already room for students in At this point, the ideas are two guest speakers: Professor tion policy, which means imme- board as well as some of the fac- the honesty in learning policy as merely being readied to be pre- Jerram Barrs, resident scholar of diate expulsion if caught cheat- ulty about a traditional honor seen in the appeals process. What sented to the faculty, which will the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute ing; a mandatory duty to report code we concluded that it was they would like to see is an happen next semester. at Covenant Theological witnessed cheating; and un-proc- unworkable. But we did identify expansion of this student involve- Jones added, “The committee is Seminary and Dr. Peter Kreeft tored exams. a couple things in the traditional ment. Students, however, should only in power to make recom- from Boston College. mendations.” Informal and open-forum dis- This semester, the committee cussions, expansion of the Dead was “trying to devise concrete Horse film series and a Web site solutions to helping to create a of academic integrity resources culture that values issues of aca- for both students and faculty are demic integrity more seriously,” also planned, Kemeny said. 6 News The Collegian December 7 2007 AWS hosts brunch By Jenette Manning City ladies a chance to enrich later that evening. Collegian Writer themselves. The dedication Miller shows to Next on the agenda is a shop- both her children and students, Steaming crepes, bagels, ping trip to Ross Park Mall in although sometimes at the banana nut bread, sticky buns, Pittsburgh to tackle Christmas expense of sleep, was inspiring. cheesy hash browns, perfectly gift lists. For those who don’t Although she realizes that most crisped bacon and a punch bowl have a car, this is a perfect girls grow up with some “plan” of fresh fruit salad awaited the opportunity, since AWS is pro- of how their life is going to go, sixty women who attended the viding a bus. she suggested allowing God to Association of Women Students’ Kimberly Miller, a professor in have His say. His plan will be Christmas Candlelight Brunch in Grove City’s Communication much better than ours could ever Courtesy Tara Dent Old MAP on Sunday. Studies department, spoke at be. Sophomore Emily Anderson, from Alpha Phi Omega, and fresh- Sunday’s 1–2 p.m. brunch was Sunday’s Christmas brunch about Senior Joy Gardiner said, “I man Sarah Hildebrandt rake for an elderly resident. one of AWS’ final events for the the challenges of being a mother have many classes with Mrs. semester. If confusion surrounds the AWS organization, it is easily cleared up: every girl on campus in the workplace and at home. Having been in each position, Miller’s insight was helpful to all Miller and it was enjoyable to receive advice from her outside of the classroom.” Students help out is already a member of this women in attendance, whether “It was very helpful hearing Over a series of two weeks, lowing groups and organizations organization without dues. they plan to pursue a career, start perspectives from her on being a from Oct. 31 to Nov. 10, over 55 for their volunteer efforts: Alpha AWS president Joanna Beyer a family or both, in the future. stay-at-home mom compared to a Grove City College volunteers Phi Omega, Helping Hands, Men defined the organization’s pur- Miller is the mother of two, working mom,” she added. logged more than 160 hours rak- of God, Mortarboard, Resident pose as “creating unity among whom she stayed home to raise Miller impressed upon the ing leaves for the elderly, dis- Assistants from Ketler Hall and GCC women and facilitating for a time. She told of the bless- audience that both roles are abled and those in extenuating MEP Hall, Resident Directors communication between women ings of being a “stay-at-home blessings that come with their circumstances in the Grove City and South Hall residents. students and the administration.” mom,” able to devote 100 per- own sets of difficulties. community. This year, a total of In addition to Grove City Beyer is a senior molecular biol- cent of her attention to her girls, She encouraged students to 27 yards were raked, which is College students and staff, volun- ogy major who has been involved but she also talked about the thank their mothers this more than double the amount of teers from the Grove City with AWS since her sophomore challenges; lack of recognition, Christmas for their hard work, yards that United Way volunteers Education Center, General year. the feeling of not contributing regardless of what path they have raked last year. Electric, George Junior Republic, The organization behind the financially to the family and the chosen. The Grove City Area United and LDS missionaries also assist- always popular Etiquette stereotyped associations of the When asked what message she Way would like to thank the fol- ed in Leaf Raking. Dinners, AWS has also sponsored title can be tough. would like most for the students Samuel Robinson various seminars of interest to Having been led to teach at to take away, Miller said, “We female students throughout the Grove City College, Miller now need to build each other up in the semester. juggles the many responsibilities decisions that we make, no mat- This year, a self-defense work- shop and seminars hosted in con- of a working mother. By her 1:30 p.m. talk, she had already spent ter what they are, because they are very personal choices.” scholarship offered Who is Eligible? Full-time Junior and Senior students in atten- junction with the counseling cen- several hours at her daughter’s For anyone looking for a New dance at Grove City College and active members of the Presbyterian ter such as “Women in the church play practice, and she Year’s resolution, here might be a Church (U.S.A.) who memorize the Westminster Shorter Catechism Workplace” have given Grove attended the actual production place to start. and write an essay on an assigned topic. Amount: $200 to $5,000. Not based on need. Varies depending on Carthage the size of the applicant pool and the amount of funding available. How to Apply: Information is available from Donna Cales, Harbison Chapel, at email@example.com. Should you be interested, please call Cales at ext. 2143 for a future date to meet with interested from page 1 students. Deadline to sign-up: February 8, 2008. Deadline for the completed Anderson said. work: April 1, 2008. The ruin, originally an ornate house of the Roman elite, sits on Byrsa Hill at the center of the site of ancient Carthage. The Romans built it as early as the first century, and it lasted into the sixth century, Graham said. In the afternoons, Graham will lecture and lead tours around Carthage and the nearby city of Tunis. On the weekends, students will visit sites around the region, according to the course descrip- tion. www.sacred-destinations.com “I’m really looking forward to The Roman ruin of ancient Carthage. getting a new perspective on his- “It’s a win-win situation,” interest in ancient history, a qual- tory, because Tunis is not a place Graham said. ity Graham said he wanted when one hears about very often,” Graham and the students will he looked for an engineering stu- Anderson said. prepare an archeological site dent. Two of the four history stu- Dr. Alicia Walker, assistant report, including a catalog of dents have had museum intern- professor of art history and artifacts, that they plan to publish ships, and all have an interest in archeology at Washington in an archeological journal. archeology. University in St. Louis, will join Additionally, Horst, the only “I’ve always had a love for his- Graham and the students. electrical engineering student in tory, especially ancient history,” Walker worked with Graham the group of history students, Coleman said. when he excavated outside will render a three dimensional Graham and Horst said the trip Carthage in the summers of 1996 model of the house with an will not only expose the students through 1999. She first AutoCAD program, Horst said. to archeology, but will also approached Graham with the trip Though he has studied comput- spread the name of Grove City idea, he said. er programming, Horst said he College. Walker, who continued to exca- has limited design experience vate in Carthage after Graham through civil engineering work. Apartments Available left in 1999, volunteered to give “I’m going to be learning a 1 and 2 bedroom units $850/month - all utilities are included six lectures in addition to on-site completely new process, in terms Location: 429 South Broad Street, across from Colonial Apartments, instruction on basic archeological of modeling,” Horst said. and across from Grove City College CALL: (412) 216-1339 or techniques. Nonetheless, Horst has an EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org The Collegian December 7, 2007 Life 7 Savoring San Francisco Senior Rachel Rounsville heads to the city for journalism and politics By Darin Miller almost the equivalent of two more about how she believed that the the rooftops, but it was discourag- Collegian Life Editor full days to explore the city. media can exaggerate issues. One ing that in an established journal- of the speakers (Michael ist’s opinion I shouldn’t look for a In early November, senior Miller: So what did you do in Ramirez) is a political cartoonist. job where I would most like to Rachel Rounsville visited San your free time? Not everything was specifically be. It is kind of discouraging for Francisco for a journalism confer- Rounsville: A lot – I rode a cable political; one of the speakers – a someone looking to build their ence. She shared her experience car; visited Grace Cathedral; saw professor at UCLA – spoke about career. with junior Darin Miller. Chinatown, the Golden Gate Asia, the focus of his column. Bridge, and the Pacific Ocean for Each speaker had a lot of insight- Miller: Would you recommend Darin Miller: Give us a basic the first time; went to Haight- ful things to say about their spe- this experience to others? rundown of your trip. Ashbury, the center of the hippy cific field. Unfortunately, I got Rounsville: The speakers at the Rachel Rounsville: I heard about movement; went to an Italian the general vibe that it’s a rough conference were good and I did the trip in September via e-mail restaurant with this great Italian time for journalists because the learn from them, but I think I from Amy Clingensmith, waiter who couldn’t speak field is continually changing, learned more just exploring San Collegian staff advisor. I have an English; was driven by a cabby because of the addition of the Francisco – not necessarily about incessant need to travel, so I fig- who did magic tricks. The amount Internet. my profession but just about dif- ured I would take the opportunity of things I saw and learned within ferent ways of life. to cross the country – somewhere a few days was incredible. Miller: You were talking about I had never been – and learn more a rough time for journalism; Miller: What are some of the about my possible future career at Miller: What about the confer- can you explain that? things you learned? the same time. I had earned ence? Rounsville: Kind of just the gen- Rounsville: I learned that “San enough credits for one free Rounsville: The conference was eral vibe I got that a lot of the Francisco is a liberal place” is not roundtrip flight on Southwest held at the Holiday Inn public is distrustful of the media a stereotype. A lot of practices are Airlines and I have a friend, Fisherman’s Wharf and was spon- and believes that the media freely embraced here – homosex- Melody Diehl ’06, who lives in sored by the Institute for Political always has an agenda to portray. uality, drug use and New Age San Francisco, so all in all the trip Journalism, which is part of the Because of the latest develop- spirituality, for example – that cost me a fraction of what it Fund for American Studies. The ments in technology we feel like remain more taboo in many other could have been. focus of the conference was poli- we need to know everything the Courtesy Rachel Rounsville places. Some of this was a bit I left on Thursday, Nov. 1, and tics and journalism. second it happens, so that leaves Rachel Rounsville enjoys shocking to me, but it was a great got to San Francisco around 3 There were speakers from the newspaper not necessarily sightseeing in San Francisco. learning experience. It helped me p.m. The conference started at 2 many different fields. One of the outdated, but it’s not the first Rounsville: It was scary. The to see even more than I already p.m. on Friday. There was a speakers worked on several polit- word anymore. The public is very conservative columnist told me have that I am in the minority – break before a dinner party that ical campaigns and had tips for critical of the media. [as a conservative] that basically I and not just in San Francisco – night. On Saturday, the confer- journalists. One woman is a con- shouldn’t look for a job on either because of what I believe and the ence lasted from 8:30 a.m. to 3 servative journalist at the San Miller: How do you, as an up- coast but should look for a job in way I live. These things aside, p.m. I didn’t leave until Monday, Francisco Chronicle – which is a and-coming journalist, hope to the Midwest. I’m not going to be though, I really loved San Nov. 5, around 1 p.m. I had very rare thing – and she spoke face this changing career? shouting my political views from Francisco. Students share family Christmas traditions By Marjorie Loresch they return home. Bartlett is not the only student with her family and spending the house and whoever finds it Collegian Writer Not surprisingly, many tradi- to have a favorite Christmas dish. time with them. first gets to open the first pres- tions kept by students revolve Some are more unusual. Because of all of the commer- ent,” said Mittelman. With finals just a week away, around food. “Every Christmas my family cialization of Christmas, some- Junior Brittany Griffin’s family students search for some source Holiday food traditions offer has kippers and herring on rye times people have trouble with also found a way to put the focus of joy outside of text books and opportunities to bond, share a bread for breakfast,” sophomore searching for Jesus in the midst on Jesus. note cards. By focusing their common heritage and eat foods Katy Antanaitis said. of all the holiday hustle and bus- “Every year we bake a cake thoughts on the upcoming that only come once a year. Instead of one specific food, tle. and put candles on it for Jesus. Christmas holiday, students at “Every Christmas Eve we have sophomore Tim Kasper shared While this search for focus is a Then we sing ‘happy birthday’ to Grove City can ward off worries German apple pancakes,” sopho- the exciting tradition of “grazing” struggle facing many students, Him,” Griffin said. of remembering essay questions more Uriah Bartlett said. “We with his family. sophomore Jess Mittelman liter- Regardless of how each family by remembering what they are don't have these any other day of “On Christmas Eve my mom ally searches for the baby Jesus chooses to celebrate the holiday, looking forward to most when the year, only on Christmas Eve.” makes a huge breakfast and from every year. every tradition has value because one to about seven, we feast. My “On Christmas morning, my of the memories of past In Chapel this week parents call it grazing because parents hide the baby Jesus from Christmases and the memories we're all just walking around for our nativity scene somewhere in that will be made in future years. six hours eating,” Kasper said. Of course, not all Christmas customs upheld by students involve eating. SGA changes elections Many traditions have a more The Student Government Association continues to make changes biblical focus. A large portion of to benefit and simplify the lives of students on campus. One such Sunday, December 9 change involves the terms of executive officers. Christmas Candlelight Services students mention the reading of the Christmas story as being an In the past, terms for class officers and executive officers have 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. been staggered – class officer elections in the spring and executive integral part of their yearly cele- bration. The most common book elections in the fall. Tuesday, December 11 of the Bible to read the story is To simplify the voting process for students and create a more uni- Krysten Fritz ‘08, 2007 Red Box Luke. fied senate, SGA has passed legislation that places all elections in Mission to Kampala, Uganda “My parents rotated transla- the spring. tions every year, so that we were There will now be one voting day every spring rather than two able to hear them all,” sophomore per academic school year. Freshman class elections are an excep- Nate Mizelle said. tion to this rule. They will take place in the fall. Senior Esther Yu said she most The Student Government Association hopes this will increase values the tradition of attending voter interest and allow for a less confusing method for electing church on Christmas morning campus leaders. Questions? Please contact SGA@gcc.edu. 8 Life The Collegian December 7, 2007 Writers strike halts students’ favorite shows By Mandy Greiner is “Desperate Housewives” star will be joined by current Collegian Writer Eva Longoria, who delivered favorites such as “American pizza to some picketers. Idol” and “Dancing with the For the first time in nearly 20 Also, Ellen Degeneres made a Stars.” years, Hollywood experienced a statement on her show. Numerous students on campus major strike that affects the “I want to say I love my writ- also have differing opinions on multi-billion dollar industry and ers,” she said. “In honor of them the matter. the millions of Americans who today, I'm not going to do a Freshman Carl Laamanen said, depend on talk shows and televi- monologue. I support them and “I think that their demands are sion dramas for daily entertain- hope that they get everything not without reason. Producers ment. they're asking for. And I hope it and actors get a lot of money for The Writers Guild of America works out soon.” acting. The writers should get a on both the eastern and western The Writers Guild may very little of that, considering the front have traded in their pens for well get what they desire, but amount of time and effort they picket signs, resulting in the halt who can say how soon this will put into making a show a suc- Courtesy of www.nytimes.com of television production through- be? cess.” Members of the Writers Guild of America West protest outside out the country. Some television producers are Junior Sarah Simms added, of Paramount Pictures. On Oct. 31, a contract between already gearing up for the worst, “It’s terrible because I look for- the Writers Guild and the strike was because writers want- also worried about the ratings of while others, like Carson Daily, ward to The Office every week, Alliance of Motion Pictures and ed payment for shows aired on popular serialized shows like are beginning to record new and, now, they're showing reruns! Television Producers expired. the Web, on iTunes and on other “Lost,” “Heroes,” “24” and episodes again. They should just give them their The two sides met for over ten similar sites. “Prison Break.” As the amount of There is one genre that is bene- money and move on.” hours to work out a contract, but, The strike has forced a halt to time in between new and old fiting greatly from this strike, On the other hand, freshman apparently, there was not enough dozens of television shows across episodes grows, viewers will lose however, and that is the reality Erica Lehman said, “The writers compromise. all broadcasting stations, includ- track of some of the many story- television show. are more concerned about their Soon after, the east members ing “Desperate Housewives,” lines that most of these shows Many new shows are scheduled paychecks than everybody else. announced that they were going “Til Death,” “Two and a Half contain. to hit the air in a few weeks, They’re being poor sports by say- on strike. Men,” “The Big Bang Theory” Many actors have rallied including “Duel” and “When ing, ‘Give us what we want, or Surprisingly, the reason for this and many more. Many people are behind their writers. Among them Women Rule the World.” These we'll strike!’” Red Box missionary profile: Julianna Clayton By Kate Suffern desired to be Red Box limited to actions. got to know was 15-year-old Collegian Writer Missionary, Clayton said, “I defi- At first, she thought she was Manuela. At first she was some- nitely know that, in some capaci- not helping in any significant what cold and indifferent to After spending two months in ty in my life, I want to be a mis- way, and felt incompetent. Yet Clayton, and would laugh at Latin America, junior Julianna sionary. I wanted to spend a sum- God taught her that he calls Clayton’s attempts to speak Clayton has learned an important mer in a more intense experience believers to “just be available” Spanish. lesson about the nature of service than in ICO.” for his purposes. Clayton desired to break to God. Clayton explained that, while God gives gifts, but Christians through Manuela’s shell, but Clayton had originally planned an ICO is challenging and results are to use them in his timing. decided that she shouldn’t over- to go to Vietnam this summer, in a highly meaningful experi- Whereas the world says to use whelm the girl with attempts for but circumstances ruled that she ence, it is not as intense as it gifts for our own agenda, God friendship. After spending time instead return to Guatemala, could be, for one is still interact- calls Christians to submit their with Manuela during movie where she had previously served ing with a group of fellow gifts to him for his agenda and nights, the teen began to warm up with an ICO team. American students. Rather, on plan, whether the actions seem to Clayton and asked her to play Clayton said she was reluctant her Red Box trip she served by mundane or significant. a card game. to go to Guatemala rather than herself and was forced to rely on This lesson clicked in Clayton's Much to Clayton’s joy, Vietnam at first, but “all said and God. Courtesy Julianna Clayton mind when she arrived home and Manuela continued to respond done I know that God wanted me Clayton returned as a volunteer Junior Julianna Clayton served people asked her what she warmly to Clayton’s acts of serv- in Guatemala.” to the same orphanage she had at an orphanage in Guatemala accomplished. ice, fun activities, and efforts to The trip was the hardest experi- visited on the ICO. last summer. “We always want to have visi- show the love of Christ. ence she ever had. She was there While there, she “was basically teenagers, for whom she would ble, tangible results,” Clayton With a smile, Clayton recounted by herself, dealing with illness, a big sis to 34 kids.” make brownies or other treats. said. the tearful day she left the dirtiness and other third world She did everything from help- Helping with such mundane, Because of the language barrier orphanage. conditions. ing kids to brush their teeth to every-day activities was an ele- she had to trust that God used her “Manuela came up to me and “God brought me to my lowest walking them to school, giving ment of the biggest lesson actions, which were all she had to gave me a big hug, and then she of lowest points to teach me to baths, helping with homework, Clayton learned. Because she did give, to touch lives during and said, ‘You have a special place in rely on Him,” she said. and simply hanging out. Clayton not speak Spanish well, service after her stay. my heart. Thank you for the When asked why she originally often had movie nights with the and evangelism were essentially One of the teens whom Clayton brownies.’” Students embrace new studying tips By Steve Kennedy to write down key words relating to that ization when trying to improve in the The issue of how to study in groups and Collegian Writer section of the notes. classroom. Looking nice and getting to when and where to study were also Only 18 students, most of whom were know professors can help, allowing stu- addressed. Students should take study A handful of Grove City College stu- freshmen, made use of the help session, dents to connect with the professor and breaks, be comfortable with where and dents gained a leg up on finals late last but those who attended left with several giving the professor a positive view of the with whom they are studying, and to try to week. tips on how to prepare for finals in the students. think like the professor as they study. A study skills seminar was hosted by upcoming weeks. Student Life and Learning on Nov. 28 to help students sharpen their study habits Several students found the seminar very enlightening, including sophomore Jake Studying suggestions and notetaking. Patton. “The seminar has revolutionized Note Taking: Limit the group’s size The seminar covered a wide range of the way I take notes; I wish I would have Use abbreviations Take study breaks topics, including how to properly take attended last year,” he said. Copy the board True/False Tips: notes, the difference between passive and The seminar also gave tips on how to Take notes everyday Absolute qualifiers usually make the active listening, reading for comprehen- prepare for multiple choice, true-false and Skip spaces so you can go back and add statement false sion and retention and test taking strate- essay questions, offered general test taking to your notes If guessing, assume it is true gies. The seminar taught the Cornell skills, and even had advice on what to do Study Groups: During a Test: Method of Note Taking, which has the stu- when getting a test back. The students Choose your group carefully Answer easy questions first dent fold the piece of paper he or she is were encouraged to dress up, kiss up and Use note cards Follow your instincts writing on and use that margin as a place to use trapper keepers for improved organ- Ask one another questions Use all the time allotted The Collegian December 7, 2007 Life 9 Grappling with grace Senior Shane Coughlin shares gospel in Tanzania By Jennifer Ford involved in the church services conception was a woman whom Collegian Writer where he and the other volunteers Coughlin’s team encountered were asked to speak and preach, during a prayer walk in the vil- Grace is hard enough to under- often on the spot. lage. stand or explain, even with To describe these services, She broke down and cried humanities classes, Sunday ser- Coughlin said “these people’s when the volunteers visited her mons and a Christian back- hunger for the gospel blows us home, saying: “The white people ground. out of the water. They sit on the came and brought Jesus here four Imagine trying to explain this ground propped up against a tree years ago. We have been waiting mystifying concept along with trunk and don’t eat, drink, or take for you to bring Him back.” forgiveness, hope, faith, and sal- any breaks for six hours – no Coughlin wanted to yell, “No! vation to Tanzanian people who exaggeration. They sing and That’s not how it works!” speak Swahili. They are hungry worship and want to hear every- Thankfully, the missionaries to learn but are limited by the thing they can about the gospel.” explained to the woman that simplicity of their language – the Not only were the church serv- Jesus had never left her, and that words to help them grasp the ices packed with people eager to He will remain with her always. abstract concepts foundational to Courtesy of Shane Coughlin learn about Jesus, the Kids Club Reflecting on the trip, Coughlin Christianity do not exist. Senior Shane Coughlin gives medicine to the Tanzanian children. flooded the leader’s house with at said he would possibly return to Senior Shane Coughlin faced He said, “It’s kind of over- Once there, he was primarily least one hundred people every Tanzania for medical missions. this challenge, among many oth- whelming – someone gives you involved with research for med- Tuesday and Thursday. The “I would go back to visit and ers, during his summer of min- $3,500 for summertime, and you ical outreach missions, Kids objective was “to change the work with the missionary doctor istry in Tanzania, Africa. have to find a way to further the Club, faith retreats for youth and church for the next generation.” – his idea for their medical min- Coughlin is convinced that God kingdom in a smart and trustwor- general volunteer work in the This idea focused their ministry istry is fantastic. I have the had a strong hand in providing thy way, knowing all the while Hope for Nations headquarters. toward influencing the youth who utmost respect for the missionar- him with the opportunity to serve that there are scams and corrupt He collected statistics about the could then influence others. ies that live there because it’s not in Tanzania. missions out there, and all you most prevalent ailments in the At Kids Club, the leaders con- that cool of a place to live. He was encouraged to apply by really have at your fingertips is villages they visited so that they ducted Bible verse activities and Everywhere they’re just burning his friend, Abby Barr ’07, who the Internet.” could prepare and distribute treat- played games with people their trash because they have no served as a Red Box Missionary Coughlin chose the Hope of the ments more effectively. age and younger in an effort to garbage system. My asthma was in India during the summer of Nations ministry in Tanzania, “Cataracts are the most com- teach coherent truth about the a mess while I was there – every- 2006. He was further inspired by Africa, because his roommate, mon health issues in the area gospel, which the kids in turn thing’s dusty.” the Chapel presentations that senior Peter Stobaugh, worked because the sun is so fierce,” spread to more people in their The entire experience trained showcased the student experi- with the leaders of the program Coughlin said. “They send sur- own language. Adhering to clari- Coughlin to rely fully on God ences. four years ago. geons up and down Lake ty and sound doctrine is vital and to accept his work with a When it came down to the God’s sovereignty and provi- Tanganyika to do cataract surgery because the message is so easily willing heart. week of the application deadline, sion continued for Coughlin and the result is incredible. skewed due to language and cul- “I grew by doing things that I Coughlin felt an urgent prompt- when he nearly missed his flight People who are literally blind can tural barriers. This is made even didn’t really want to do, the ing to apply. to Tanzania, then didn’t have see again after this half hour pro- more difficult by the lack of small, menial tasks that made me To describe the feeling, enough money to purchase his cedure – it’s a huge part of the Bibles that are translated into question if they really needed to Coughlin said, “I’m not one to connecting flight from the capi- ministry.” Swahili. get done,” he said. “Of course quickly place the ‘God called me tal, Dodoma, to Kigoma where One obstacle they faced in the “I remember watching it ‘click’ they needed to get done and I had to do this’ stamp on my actions, he was staying. The plane was clinic was the overwhelming for one kid when he understood to accept them as part of the rea- but I just couldn’t shake it, could- miraculously delayed from 7 a.m. number of people who came just grace – this sounds stupid, but it son I was there.” n’t get it out of my mind. The to 9:10 p.m., allowing him time to look at the white people or get really changed everything,” Most importantly were rational part of me was to board, and his family some- free stuff. To combat this, they Coughlin said. Coughlin’s relationships with the saying,‘You just want to do this how scraped together the neces- charged a quarter per patient to “The best vehicle to spread the missionary leaders, the other mis- and can’t stop thinking about it,’ sary $300 for his connecting be examined. This was effective Word and change the city of sionaries his age, and with the but clearly it was God’s will that flight as they were seeing him because it remained inexpensive Kigoma is through Tanzanian kids. The leaders were an exam- I go to Tanzania through Red off. enough for the needy people to kids our age who are learning ple to him, the friends were an Box because I got the position.” “Every time I did something come and be treated, yet at the English. They can translate to encouragement and a solid rock Coughlin was surprised at how stupid, God covered for me,” he same time it deterred some of the Swahili better than the white peo- to fall back on, and the kids were much independence and responsi- said. “There was no excuse for healthy ones. Coughlin’s team ple can, so they are better teach- a miracle. bility each Red Box student held showing up broke to an airport at gave all the quarters they raised ers than any of us could be,” he “I got way more out of the in choosing a country and a pro- 6:30 a.m. for a 7 a.m. flight, yet to the church. said. experience than they got from me gram to serve in. God still made the trip happen.” Coughlin was also heavily One alarming example of mis- working for them,” he said. New book tells of a second chance By Amy Kirby him hearing the voice of God I had ever heard. I had no reser- Hollar’s heart, however, began Reagan’s heart. In fact, Hollar Collegian Writer telling him he would not die. vations or doubts about its claim. to weaken, and he needed a trans- also recovered in the same room “I remember being told, also, I believe that voice was from plant. as Reagan, which was now Not many people get a second that I was not going to die,” God.” Hollar explained, “During the appropriately dubbed, “The chance in life let alone tell their Hollar said. “I heard a nurse Hollar’s cardiologist then sug- next few weeks, Sylvia and I Reagan Room.” story. Dave Hollar, father of twice say: ‘No pulse, no pres- gested that Hollar get an struggled to deal with the issue. On May 8, 1991, Hollar was Michael Hollar ’95, tells of his sure.’” Automatic Implantable By mid-October we had come to discharged from the hospital fully change of heart in his recently Hollar's next memory was wak- Cardioverter Defibrillator. the conclusion that I should have recovered. published book, “Mr. NewHeart.” ing up in the Coronary Care Unit An AICD senses when the the transplant.” When they decid- A few days later Hollar and his In June 1989, Dave Hollar hooked up to a ventilator. heart beats too fast; it then sends ed that the best course of action wife were in the yard when a went to work like any other Hollar began to wonder who a shock to the heart to slow it would be a transplant, Hollar was neighbor came over and greeted American – only his day would the voice was that told him he down. immediately put on the transplant him with, “You are looking at a end in a way he never imagined. was not going to die. Hollar This machine is usually list. The wait had begun. miracle here you know.” The He had an episode of VT asked his wife, son, and doctors, implanted into the abdomen and Finally, on March 30, 1991, neighbor replied, “I know.” As (Ventricular Tachycardia or but they all replied that they had has wire leads to the heart. It Hollar learned the hospital had a Hollar would put it, “My survival “Sudden Death”). This occurs not told him that. does the opposite of what a pace- new heart waiting for him. was not luck; it was not an acci- when the electrical system of the Hollar said, “I pondered that maker is supposed to do by send- Hollar's surgery was scheduled dent. It was a miraculous gift heart fails. It makes the heart beat reply for a couple days and real- ing an electric shock straight to on Easter Sunday. The doctor from God.” literally to death. ized that no human voice told me the heart to stop the arrhythmia. who performed the surgery was “Mr. NewHeart” is available in Perhaps the most startling that. In retrospect, it was the Hollar received his in July of the same doctor who worked on the College bookstore, located in event through his heart process is most comforting and loving voice 1989. former president Ronald the Breen Student Union. 10 Life The Collegian December 7, 2007 Hollywood glamour Joshua Kitamura ‘A Little Less Conversation’ leaves room for jiving soldiers and ladies. Joshua Kitamura Senior emcees Jesse Aukeman and Megan Krimmel add humorous banter to the show. Joshua Kitamura Joshua Kitamura Orchesis adds ‘Commotion’ to the stage with a stomp-style sequence. Senior Brandon Mitchell greases up the stage with his dancing. Andy Drabic Gio Azucena Sophomore Christianna Dawson and senior Brad The dancers were ‘Fair’ as they took the stage to perform a song from the movie, ‘Garden State.’ Horst prepare for a daring dance move. The Collegian December 7, 2007 Life 11 shows stars on stage Joshua Kitamura Latin beats hit the stage as the Orchesis performs music from ‘The Mask of Zorro.’ Joshua Kitamura Junior Adam Palmer displays sheer bravado. Joshua Kitamura Junior Dorrie Brown blows the crowd a kiss from the stage. Joshua Kitamura Orchesis dancers smile as ‘Greased Lightning’ leaves the audience tapping their feet. Joshua Kitamura Senior Julie Fox twirls gracefully in ‘Fair.’ 12 Life The Collegian December 7, 2007 TYLER SAYS Parting shots A tear-free Tyler feigns a fond farewell during his final finals Go ahead, mention my hodge- growing job field. This section is pure rant: Why which challenges you fiercely, so podge of humor in job applica- Another lesson learned is that if is it that no matter what, there is much that you can’t wait to come tions, you’ll go places. As is cus- you have an illogical hatred of a always a couple doing things in back to school because of it. This tomary in presidential farewell given trend on campus, if you go public which I don’t ever want to cannot be your boyfriend/girl- addresses and random stories to enough effort to express that see anyone do? They took away friend. Your sense of accomplish- from elderly gentlemen, I will rage (or start a Facebook group) the couches in Ket Rec but that ment cannot come from another now pass on my collected wis- you will get results. Case in point: seems to have exacerbated the person, regardless of how smart, dom to you, my collective reader- scooters. They came, I raged, I problem by forcing the gropers … beautiful and wonderful she is ship. conquered. According to one local excuse me, Grovers, onto one (Yes, I’m talking about you, First and foremost, I am not expert (my roommate) scooter use chair. By the way, turning the Melissa). For me, this has been going to say anything like “Enjoy has gone down precipitously this chair into a corner so you can rugby. Every drop of sweat and every single minute, because once semester, particularly in the past hide your iniquities doesn't work, blood I’ve given to it has been college is over, your life is over, few weeks. I can’t claim all of the a friend of mine has the pictures. worth it. My brothers who have and you’re going to instantly credit, just most of it. Also to I’ve made progress in this area, sweated and bled with me already become a middle-aged accountant thank are the efforts of one local but it seems for every couple that know this to be true: rugby will who worries about his mortgage fraternity whose heroic efforts in leaves in disgrace, another, goofi- make a man out of you. And girls, and cholesterol.” thievery resulted in the disappear- er-looking couple takes their don't worry, if you play for the I will not be saying the above ance of at least 30 scooters and place. In this matter the crusade Women's team, you won't grow for three reasons: 1) Life after the consumption of at least 3 tons must continue in my absence, I hairy, just confident. By Tyler Short college has a lot of perks: $$$, of protein mix. I would also like challenge my successor to eradi- Now I know not all of you are Collegian Writer independence, potentially mar- to thank old man winter for lay- cate this plight upon the land. inclined to violence, but I do riage (I don’t know of any bene- ing an icy scourge upon the Third, for you single guys out know that tackling a man who has Faithful reader, you were here fits except taxes though). 2) It’s cursed ground to make scooter there, girls love being pursued. a hundred pounds on you is an at the beginning – the stuttering, not possible to enjoy all of col- riding unsafe. They don’t like you finding out experience not easily paralleled. stammering, beginning, and you lege, I know people who tried and Unfortunately, the cold has through a friend of a friend that The lesson remains the same, find are here at the end. they … well they aren't graduat- done nothing to discourage the they like you and will say yes if something not safe, something We are survivors. We perse- ing here. trend of wearing what is clearly a you ask them out. Risk it, young you’re not sure you can do, some- vered through the party chicken Now I know there are probably summer skirt (so I’m told) with man, if she says no, pick yourself thing you can’t do without train- jokes, Chuck Norris references, some Grovers who truly love leggings and boots which look up, look at your motives, and if ing hard and long, and go for it. scooter hate and the endless studying and doing schoolwork, like they belong to an Eskimo they are still noble (not stalker- streams of annoying and arrogant- so they might actually enjoy hooker. Girls, the look is not ish), ask her again. If not, move Think you have what it takes ly abundant alliteration and asso- every moment at Grove City. working for you, if you’re getting on. You have to risk rejection for to replace Tyler? Write 400 nance (I can’t stop). We've been Let’s be honest, they aren't nor- attention from guys, it’s despite it to be worth it. In women, as in words explaining why, through so much that being a reg- mal and are probably not regular the fact that it looks like someone life, the old idiom holds true: ular reader of my column proba- readers of my column. 3) killed and skinned Sasquatch so Nothing ventured, nothing gained. and send it to Tyler Short, bly entails more dedication than Accounting can be a very exciting you could look stupid. Maybe it’s Which leads me to my final bit Rachel Rounsville or some of the résumé pad groups career and I recently heard on the because you have “really pretty of advice: find that one thing, Darin Miller before Dec. 31. on campus. radio that it is expected to be a eyes.” something risky, even dangerous, The Bay State Bias By Shawn McGonagle Sudoku Instructions: Fill in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through 9. The catch is ... * a number can appear only once in each row * a number can appear only once in each column * a number can appear only once in each 3x3 box Courtesy of www.sudukogame.com Turn upside down for solution. The Collegian December 7, 2007 Entertainment 13 MUSIC REVIEW Top ten albums of 2007 A subjective analysis of the years best music Now that 2007 is drawing to a close, help but love him, or maybe love to hate we would like to take a moment and him. Pitchfork media wrote that West is reflect on the musical highlights this “trying to transcend America by setting wonderful year hath brought us. Britney his sights on nothing less than the entire Spears came out with a new album (that world.” Regardless of whether or not he no one liked), indie bands like The will actually succeed in that endeavor he Arcade Fire, The Shins and Interpol all has nonetheless produced an album that is broke into the Billboard Top 100 and The full of self-worship, hot beats and plenty Hood Internet gave us daily mash-ups of tracks to enjoy. Plus Daft Punk makes that made summer drives to work that an appearance in the track “Stronger,” much more bearable. and any song with Daft Punk in it imme- Much to the chagrin of the Recording diately gets 10 times better (this may or Industry of America, Radiohead released may not be a biased statement by the their latest album “In Rainbows” and left authors). West is full of himself, but he amazon.com the cost up to the discretion of the con- knows how to arrive in style with a great The National’s ‘Boxer.’ amazon.com sumer. It was quite the year. Spoon’s ‘GaGaGaGaGa.’ album in tow. With all of this exceptional music to minded fuzz” for days. feed our palates, we, the entertainment brought “Shepherd’s Dog” to fruition. 5. Animal Collective – “Strawberry Jam” editors, have compiled a list of the top Beam’s voice is still easy on the ears, but It is entirely possible that a previous 2. Feist – “The Reminder” ten albums of 2007. Although we have the percussions are much more pro- palate for Animal Collective’s earlier Leslie Feist’s voice is haunting, beauti- not listened to every single album that nounced. The album is a rich complexity works is required to listen to their latest ful, and we can’t get enough of it. Her came out this year, we have certainly lis- of songwriting, as well as different songs, endeavor, but nevertheless, “Strawberry 2007 album “The Reminder” is a proud tened to enough. It was a painstaking instruments and genres of music. There is Jam” is just sweet enough to appeal to a display of her flawlessly beautiful tone. process and hundreds of albums were so much to digest that you can’t listen to relatively broad array of listeners. Tracks She coos in some songs, belts it out on considered, but in the end, only ten could this album just once. Maybe we should such as “For Reverend Green” and others, and tugs at your heartstrings when make the cut. compare it to a fine wine instead. “Fireworks” are very poppy and less spo- she hits certain notes. What some have Though it is not a definitive list, the radic sounding, but chaotic yet structured characterized as a “whisper to wail” that following were truly some of the greatest 8. Andrew Bird – “Armchair songs such as “Peacebone” and “Winter she has mastered so flawlessly on tracks showcases of musical talent in 2007. Apocrypha” Wonderland” aren’t a hardship to listen to like “The Water” and “Intuition,” it is Slow, peaceful, pleasant and articulate either. Overall, Animal Collective has hard not to get a shiver down your spine. 10. Handsome Furs – “Plague Park” with a penchant for the medical. That’s produced another great album and one This album has a musical diversity to it Handsome Furs are the Canadian hus- Andrew Bird in a nutshell. What the man that could easily rival 2004’s “Sung without being disjointed. You sense that band and wife duo Dan Boeckner and lacks in vocal enthusiasm he makes up Tongs.” If you’re not hippie dancing with you are getting a glimpse into the real life Alexei Perry. Their debut (and Wolf for in perfectly composed orchestrations. hand claps and feet stomps by closing of Leslie Feist, and it only makes you Parade side project) “Plague Park” has far “Armchair Apocrypha” is the follow up track “Derek,” you’re not really listening. want more. Eat your heart out Grove and away the best opening track of any album to 2005’s “Andrew Bird & The City, and also pray that she releases album we’ve listened to in 2007. “What Mysterious Production of Eggs.” His uti- 4. LCD Soundsystem – “Sound of Silver” another album soon. We Had” is a fusion of heartbreaking lization of glockenspiel, creepy whistling At times LCD Soundsystem sound like lyrics, tumbleweeds, synthesizers, hooks sounds, drum-loops, violin and even the the Talking Heads with disco/funk hooks, 1. Okkervil River – “The Stage Names” and Boeckner’s strained yet endearing guitar are constant throughout. Opening at others they wax electronic like the Chosen for its extreme catchiness, vocals. There’s just the right amount of track “Fiery Crash” actually begins much Junior Boys and sometimes they’re rag- Okkervil River’s “The Stage Names” is distortion on each track for the entire like Architecture In Helsinki’s ing punk rockers (“North American arguably the most accessible album on album to evoke the feeling of a wasteland “Kindling,” although that’s the only simi- Scum”). When producer, front-man and the top ten list. At first the lyrics leave (maybe a ghost town) with only nihilistic larity to be drawn between the two. mastermind James Murphy predicted ear- you puzzled and may seem nonsensical, yet complex lyrics to keep you warm at Highlights include “Imitosis,” lier in the year that “Sound of Silver” was and then it just clicks. The entire album is night. If Jimmy Tamborello (of Postal “Plasticities,” “Dark Matter” and “Simple going to be a success, he wasn’t lying. packed with subtle pop culture refer- Service fame) and the band Wolf Parade X.” Eerie and beautiful, Bird is a bard for Opening track “Get Innocuous” is a seven ences, from TV shows that have featured had a lovechild, Handsome Furs would be the twenty-first century. minute, disco-inspired, electronic master- the band’s songs (“A Hand to Take Hold the product of their union. Be sure to piece. “Someone Great” was our absolute of the Scene”) to the death of a porn star check out tracks like “Cannot Get 7. Spoon – “GaGaGaGaGa” favorite electronic track of the year and is in the mid-90s (“Savannah Smiles”). Started,” “Snakes on the Ladder,” “Sing! So “GaGaGaGaGa” isn’t the best of as soothing as a sunset. There’s even an We dare you to not tap rhythms on your Captain” and “Dead + Rural.” album titles, but Spoon doesn’t need a ode to the newly cleaned up New York laptop to the guitar licks and tambourine- catchy name to sell us on this one. After a City where Murphy croons “New York osity of “Unless It’s Kicks” or challenge 9. Iron & Wine – “Shepherd’s Dog” trifle of disappointment from their previ- you’re safer / and you’re wasting my time your friends to name every song refer- When we think of this album the catch ous album, Britt Daniel has proved his / all records show / you are filthy but ence in “Plus Ones.” Whether slow-paced phrase for a beer commercial comes to worth, clearly putting this skeptic firmly fine.” With excellent beats, black humor or fast, Okkervil River manages to com- mind. Richer, bolder, smoother. And this in her place. “Don’t Make Me a Target” and guest appearances by members of bine a penchant for quality lyrics over album is indeed richer, bolder, and is another one of those piano driven Hot Chip and “Sound of Silver” is this mood-matching instrumentals. smoother than any of Sam Beam’s previ- melodies they’ve always been known for. year’s “So This is Goodbye.” ous albums. It is a culmination of Beam’s “You Got Yr Cherry Bomb” is all trum- -Compiled By Brittany Smith exploration in music through home pets and tambourines, creating a very 3. The National – “Boxer” and Kelsey Keating recordings and previous albums that have catchy, if not Christmas-y, rhythm. Lines Matt Beringer has the vocals Interpol’s Collegian Entertainment Editors like “Remember the winter gets cold in Paul Banks wishes he could have. ways you always forget” will touch the Beringer is a baritone with one of those hearts of every Grover. As a whole, the oddly lyrical monotone voices, similar to album is just plain catchy, and songs like Silver Jews front-man Dave Berman. His “The Underdog” make you want to raise lulling vocals coupled with the overall your fists in triumph. With so much instrumental feel of “Boxer” send out enthusiasm for their craft, these Austin vibes of street lights and empty urban natives continue to deliver solidly pro- corners, lonely yet beautiful. Tracks like duced and verifiably accessible music. “Slow Show,” “Fake Empire” and “Mistaken for Strangers” build up their 6. Kanye West – “Graduation” tempo as they progress in sublime instru- Kanye West is a cocky man. Whether it mentation. “Apartment Story,” with allu- is spouting lyrics like “Bow in the pres- sions to young couples and naivety, ence of greatness / Cause right now thou stands out as a dreamy and fuzzy pop has forsaken us / You should be honored tribute to simpler times. Everything about amazon.com by my lateness” or refusing to be politi- “Boxer” just oozes charm and relaxation. amazon.com Kanye West’s ‘Graduation.’ cally correct in his statements, you can’t After listening to it, you’ll be in a “rosy- Okkervil River’s ‘The Stage Names.’ 14 Entertainment The Collegian December 7, 2007 FILM REVIEW Rushing toward the music Nothing remarkable about ‘August Rush’ By Tim Kasper does lie in its music. The sound- Collegian Writer track is quite a large crutch that supports the movie in times of Trite and unbelievable, “August severe monotony and lackluster Rush” is a poorly contrived mod- storytelling. Indeed, the music is ern day fairy tale. The story perhaps the only remarkable part focuses on the life of a young of this movie. orphan and music prodigy, The word “hollow” easily August Rush (Freddie describes this movie. What it Highmore), and his journey to lacks is structure, plot and depth. reunite with his parents. Despite The few flashbacks used are con- a talented cast, the combination fusing and out of place. Novacek of implausible events and charac- and Connelly, despite the passing ters make the entire film feel of eleven years, appear to be the awkward and forced. same age throughout the entire August’s parents, Lyla Novacek film. (Keri Russell) and Louis The biggest weakness of the Connelly (Jonathan Rhys movie lies in the fact that it warnerbros.com Meyers), are both musicians in avoids impacting its audience. At Musical prodigy August Rush (Freddie Highmore) gets a lesson from Wizard (Robin Williams). their own right. Russell and no point does it inspire deep, Connelly portray their characters pose of adding more conflict. acters. audience, the young genius seizes meaningful thought, and the film well, but the poor quality of this August’s journey begins when August’s talent to pick up the opportunity with hopes that presents a formulaic structure film has no direct correspondence he decides that he will “follow music is immediate, and the his music will reach his parents. that almost discourages it. with its actors. the music” to where his parents exploitative Wizard soon sees a With the exception of a few Overall, “August Rush” was Rather, it is the characters that are. He runs away from the boys’ chance to make use of the young meaningful scenes, the movie is neither original nor memorable. confuse and detract from the home in which he lives and trav- musician. After a few poorly excessively unnecessary. It is cer- The entire movie was charged film. Robin Williams, who plays els into the heart of New York drawn scenes, August is seen tainly longer than it should be, with improperly placed fantasy “Wizard,” is a ridiculously odd City. Once there, he meets studying at Juilliard and compos- and it is difficult not to check the elements to ensure that you left and out of place character that Wizard and a handful of other ing music daily. When given the time every few minutes. the theater feeling good, but seems to exist for the sole pur- needless and marginal sub-char- chance to conduct music to a vast The film’s greatest strength without any real depth. FILM REVIEW ‘Beowulf’ a failure Film flops within first five minutes By Vivian-Jane Blair As the film progresses, and Collegian Writer undeniably devolves, it becomes clear that our hero of the epic “Beowulf” is a digital disaster. poem has been made into a This $160 million catastrophe is mockery. His dialogue is cliché, a true throwback to the 1950s. A his men don’t respect him, and he time period when a lot of films has a bizarre penchant for bat- were so bad that they had to lure tling in the nude. people into the theaters by pro- We see the hero as Gaiman and jecting in 3-D. “Beowulf” is one Roger Avary – the men entrusted of those films. to write the screenplay based on But let’s concentrate on the the poem – see him: “As a man, positive. It is safe to say that the fallible and flawed.” The epic best scene in the film occurs near poem has withstood the test of the beginning, before the disen- 1,300 years, and not because chantment sets in. Beowulf is just your average Beowulf (Ray Winstone) retells man. the story of the time when he Gaiman and Avary’s Beowulf is slew nine sea-cyclops. At one no hero. If given the chance, this point during the scene one of the pair would probably also reduce beasts entraps Beowulf in its Peter Parker to just a boy that mouth. All is silent until Beowulf was bitten by a spider and who bursts forth from the eye with now wears a spandex suit. fists raised above his head Yet another egregious error in yelling, “Beowulf!” He then the movie is the portrayal of dives off the eye and back into Grendel. According to the origi- beowulfmovie.com the sea. nal text, Grendel is a terrifying Beowulf (Ray Winstone) meets Grendel’s mother, played by a digitized Angelina Jolie. From about that point on, the beast capable of devouring nine novelty of Ray Winstone’s digi- men at once. Not only is Grendel surpris- So Beowulf does not defeat said aloud, “This is so much tized weight-loss and eloquently The director, Robert Zemeckis, ingly close in resemblance to a Grendel with his bare hands (he worse than I ever thought it could delivered lines, such as, “I am chose to represent Grendel as lit- human, but he is also much like uses a chain and a door), and he be.” I have to agree with you sir. Beowulf and I will kill your tle more than a petulant child. one in size, and as the movie pro- also does not defeat Grendel’s Of 10 it ranks a 3.3. It was mild- monster,” really wears off. All of Using Crispin Glover as his voice gresses he shrinks. mother. He sleeps with her ly entertaining, but mostly the characters in the film are but also didn’t help. Rather than By the time Beowulf gets to instead. As critic Daniel Neman because I laughed at all of the caricatures. growl, Grendel chooses to whine. him, he is not much bigger than says, “And English majors open a wrong parts. But “I am Screenwriter Neil Gaiman Rather than tremble at the sight our hero. Yet another instance vein in their wrist.” Beowulf!” Actually, Ray writes comic books for a living. of the “monster,” the audience when Beowulf is denied his hero- At one point during the film, a Winstone, you don’t even come Coincidence? scoffs. ism. man in the audience groaned and close. The Collegian December 7, 2007 Entertainment 15 MOVIE REVIEW Things No movie for weak stomachs to Do The Christmas season has Coen Brothers film poetic and perverse By Kelsey Keating Collegian Entertainment Editor who turns out to have a hand in this whole mess and is one of two arrived. So whether you need a parties after the money. His name break from finals, want an For those of you who only know is Antonin Chiguhr (Javier excuse not to study for finals, the Coen Brothers (Ethan and Joel) Bardem) and he will remorselessly or just want to take time out to through their comedies such as kill anyone and anything that sepa- enjoy the holiday season, “The Big Lebowski” or “Oh rates him from his money. Thus check out some of these Brother Where Art Thou,” their begins a horrifying, quirky and events. newest film is going to seem like a white-knuckled game of cat and major “one-eighty.” But for those mouse between Moss and Local artists’ work will be on who carry a torch for their 1996 Chighurh. display in the Pew Fine Arts Oscar-winning “Fargo,” you may The stars of the film have man- Center Gallery through Dec. just have found a new favorite aged to nail their Texas accents and thecia.com.au 11. It features 34 artists’ work film. the colloquial dialogue is as Tommy Lee Jones is a wise sheriff in ‘No Country for Old Men.’ that range from drawing, paint- “No Country for Old Men” hit humorous as it is frightening. ing, pottery, photography, the festivals this fall and never back to the station. The prisoner has come from. He stumbles upon Tommy Lee Jones, who plays the sculpture and blown glass. It is looked back. Opening to limited looks subdued and complacent, but the gruesome after-effect of a drug sheriff, is very convincing in his open from 1 – 4 p.m. on week- theaters in mid-November and minutes later at the station he’s got deal gone wrong. Everyone is role as a laid-back lawman who days and 7 –10 p.m. receiving rave reviews across the his cuffs around the trooper’s neck, dead, save for one man bleeding in unfortunately gets swept up in the tonight. board, it was quickly understood writhing around the floor with such his truck and rasping for water. game. Bardem is just about the by all in the industry that some- an eerie look in his eyes you physi- Moss sets off to look for the last creepiest villain to hit the silver At 8 p.m., the Jazz Ensemble thing beautiful had happened in cally shudder. The mood is set and man standing and finds it in the screen and his bad hair-cut, cou- and Stage Band have a con- cinema. The Coens don’t normally you know without a doubt that this form of a corpse with two million pled with that low voice and cert to celebrate Christmas disappoint, and their newest flick, film is going to be terrifying. Go dollars in a briefcase. vacant eyes, make him a man not music. It will be located in the based on a short story by Cormac with that feeling. After an argument with his wife to be trifled with. Ketler Auditorium of the Pew McCarthy, is as suspenseful as We then are introduced to the (Kelly MacDonald) and a guilty Full of intrigue, suspense, blood Fine Arts Center. movies come these days. reluctant protagonist, Llewelyn conscience, Moss goes back to the and a deranged killer, the film is The year is 1980 and the film Moss (Josh Brolin), out hunting scene of the murder with a jug of cinematic prose in the finest sense This Sunday the Christmas opens with a beautiful shot of a deer. As he’s tracking down the water for the lone survivor. There and will have you hunkered down candlelight services will be barren southwest Texas landscape. game, he notices a dog, bleeding is this pervasive feeling that some- in your seat, hands-over-mouth in held in Harbison Chapel. A state trooper has just made an and hobbling away. Curious, Moss thing is not quite right. Enter our wide-eyed terror. The Coens strike There will be two services so arrest and carries his passenger goes to investigate where this dog murdering villain from scene one, again! you can go twice to get your fill of Christmas music or just work one into your schedule. EDITOR’S CHOICE Collegian staffers pick their The first service is from 6:30 – 7:20 p.m. and the second is from 8:30 – 9:20 p.m Check out several senior recitals tomorrow and Sunday in the Recital Hall of Pew. See how musically talented your fellow students are. favorite Christmas songs With so many Christmas songs affects me more than most. The I’m just so childish sometimes. I better about this song. Get your fill of Christmas floating over the airwaves it is blend of uplifting lyrics and love how it really doesn’t make Springsteen’s version of the lights – over 2 million points hard to pick an all time favorite. seemingly fearful music in the sense, but it’s so fun! And the lit- song is way catchier and upbeat of light to be exact. The North But we begged all of the editors verses seem to set the listener on tle girl’s voice is so cute. and there is a killer sax solo by Hills of Pittsburgh is home to of The Collegian to give it the edge, finally resolving in the cho- none other than Clarence the Hartwood Celebration of old college try and this is what rus of “Oh good tidings of com- Abby Johnson – “All I Want Clemons. Clemons’ rendition of Lights. Located in Hartwood they came up with. fort and joy!” I think this song for Christmas is You” – Mariah Santa ho-ho-ho-ing in the back- Acres you can drive through highlights what the Christmas Carey ground almost makes Springsteen the grounds and view 3.2 miles Nicky Lipartito – “O Holy season is often about. We are I’m not a Mariah Carey fan, forget the words because he’s try- of 400 light displays. It runs Night” – Michael Crawford rushing around, afraid we won’t but I think anyone can appreciate ing so hard not to laugh. It’s until Jan.6 from 6 – 10 p.m. This is not only a beautiful get the right present for someone this hit. The lyrics are playful, funny, it’s catchy, and it’s not just every night. There is a suggest- Christmas song, but Michael or just wondering what the busy- fun and flirty, making it a great another cheesy Christmas song ed donation of $12 per car Crawford gives one of the best (if ness and “cheer” is all for. But study break song when you need that makes you want to stab your which will be given to non- not the best) vocal performances when I go to church on to rest your brain during finals eyes out with candy canes during profit organizations. of it. The man must be blessed Christmas Eve for the candlelight week. The upbeat tune matches the holiday season. with a fantastic set of lungs to be service, I remember that it’s all the mood with a bouncy, sleigh You can take your very own able to hold notes for as long as for Christ, and that is the most bell-jingling rhythm. If you Kelsey Keating – “Christmas horse-drawn carriage ride he can. comforting knowledge on earth. haven’t heard it, pull it up on Wrapping” – The Waitresses from 12 – 8 p.m. this Saturday No matter how many times I Napster and get ready to smile. Essentially it’s a Christmas through downtown Pittsburgh. listen to it, I still cannot figure Sarah Beth Gross – “Come Those without Napster can stop song for the singles scene featur- And the best part is that it is out when he pauses to breathe in Thou Long Expected Jesus” – outside my open window, where ing awesome white girl raps and free. Rides leave from The preparation for the final sustained Indelible Grace I’m sure to have this song sardonic lyrics over a simple jin- Rink at PPG Place from Noon “Noel.” It takes my breath away It makes me giddy with glee to cranked up and on repeat for the gle-bells-and-drums beat with – 3 p.m. But if you are looking every time. sing it in church. I feel like it final stretch before Christmas some quintessentially ’80s trum- for a more romantic ride then really expresses why Christmas is break. pet interludes. you can catch a ride from One Darin Miller – “God Rest Ye, so important and also leads us to The song changes from the Oxford Center from 4 – 8p.m. Merry Gentlemen” ponder and remember from Brittany Smith – “Santa Claus upbeat yet down trodden lyrics of Couples receive complimenta- I have always enjoyed songs in whom the joy of Christmas really is Coming to Town” – Bruce “I think I’ll miss this one this ry chocolate and a rose. the minor key, but none touch me comes. Springsteen year” to the triumphal “I couldn’t the way Christmas songs in I don’t like the original version miss this one this year!” The -Compiled by Brittany Smith minor keys do. Songs such as Rachel Rounsville – “I Want a of this song. It’s creepy and message is simple: although your and Kelsey Keating “Carol of the Bells” and “O Hippopotamus for Christmas” makes Santa Claus seem like entire year may be terrible, there Collegian Entertainment Come, O Come Emanuel” send I love this song. I can’t get some perverted old man who is is always hope at Christmas time. chills down my spine. But “God enough of it. I’m not really sure watching you. But after I heard It’s the perfect song for the Editors Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen” if I even have a particular reason. The Boss’ version I felt much secretly optimistic cynic. 16 Perspectives The Collegian December 7, 2007 The My roommate is gone. Why? Collegian By Christie Hebda Collegian Guest Writer wasn’t long before I realized I couldn’t have been more wrong. only if I abide in Christ and him in me. ‘If you abide in Me, and My and took the easy trail leading to Doubting Castle. But Sarah was Since 1891 Sarah’s parents gave me a hug and words abide in you, you will ask on the straight and narrow path her The news of Sarah’s death left assured me everything was okay. what you desire, and it shall be entire life. She’s in heaven now The Grove City me a sobbing, hysterical wreck. Her brothers teased me about beat- done for you’ (John 15:7). If I am because she made it to the River College Newspaper She had one more semester of col- ing Sarah’s IM football team. Was following God whole-heartedly, I before everyone else.” 100 Campus Drive lege. She had perfect grades. She it true, were they actually comfort- am free to pursue whatever I It was the last thing I expected, Grove City, Pennsylvania 16127 was 20. And now she was dead. ing me? I’d never witnessed such desire, because my desires will be but when I came away from that Phone: (724) 458-2193 Would somebody please tell me, peace, composure or acceptance in pure ... That’s a liberating mes- funeral, I was simply in awe of the Fax: (724) 458-2167 what is the point of that? the face of such trouble and pain, sage, isn’t it? People get the idea faithfulness and goodness of God. www.gcc.edu/The_Collegian.php A newspaper reported that her nor would I have believed it possi- that Christianity boxes you in, that Goodness in the way He brought email@example.com accident caused an oversized traf- ble. you’re forced to obey all these comfort and healing to Sarah’s fic jam; the college students travel- At the funeral service, the minis- orders and commands from God. family, and to me. Goodness in the Editorial Staff ing home for Thanksgiving break ter read several excerpts from In reality, the closer we get to knowledge that her death was truly Editor-in-Chief: were delayed several hours. The Sarah’s journal. Sarah didn’t talk Him, the freer we are to do what part of a plan, His plan, since the Nicky Lipartito callousness of it upset me. The much, but she was an English we want, because what He wants beginning of time. Goodness in Managing Editor: fact that they were more con- major who wrote everything becomes what we desire.” that that plan simultaneously Carolyn Bolls cerned with temporary traffic con- down. And where verbal commu- [September 3, 2007] brought Sarah more joy and God Senior Copy Editor: gestion than the loss of my friend’s nication had been a struggle, Sarah wrestled in the wonderful, more glory than anything my Katherine Peters life was to be expected, because, Sarah’s pen made up for it a thou- perfect place that is the center of human mind could fathom. Copy Editors: after all, they didn’t know her. But sand times over. I wish I had a God’s will. She wrote: Sarah, when I look over at your Andrew Hart who did? My answer to that ques- photographic memory and could “So the purpose of life is to get empty seat in politics class, I’m Elizabeth Miller tion is what really put me in the recall the exact phrasing and beyond life, but also to live life … swept by a sea of emotions. On Kelley Smith terrible state. words, but what Sarah’s journal to look forward to death, but also one level, I’m sad. I’m so sad News Co-Editors: Sarah was introverted, quiet and revealed was a relationship with to live vicariously and love living. you’re not here, and I’ll no longer Sarah Beth Gross incredibly shy. I was her room- God like nothing I have ever expe- But not to love living more than have the pleasure of your friend- Abby Johnson mate, and it took me years to real- rienced. God. So convoluted, or perhaps ship. On another level, I’m jealous Life Co-Editors: ly get to know her. Other than a In early entries, she struggles more apt, paradoxical. I do want – you’ll never have to write anoth- Darin Miller handful of close friends, only very with not desiring God, and want- to love my life, and to take pleas- er paper, take another test, or listen Rachel Rounsville few at Grove City College would ing to satisfy herself rather than ure in God’s slow, secret molding to another Dr. Kengor rant on how even notice she was gone. God, obey His law. In a later entry, she of me into whatever it is He’s we thought Saddam had weapons Entertainment Co-Editors: that’s so unfair, so pointless, so recognized, ironically, that her doing. I do, I will.” [March 27, of mass destruction. And at the Kelsey Keating completely, nauseatingly without problem was that she focused too 2007] highest level, I’m proud, proud Brittany Smith reason. Sarah didn’t even have a much on her problems: doing so Sarah’s brother Jeremy recalled that you had genuine faith and Sports Co-Editors: chance to live yet. Her death was, in-and-of-itself, prideful the story of Pilgrim’s Progress dur- lived it out, and I’m inspired by Margaret Robbins seemed such a waste. (“like I seriously have the ability ing the memorial service. your example. Mallory Skarupa These were my thoughts as I to fix myself”) and not resting on “Christian,” he said, “took awhile Thank you for reminding me Photo Editors: drove the 150 miles from the promises of God. Eventually, to get the Celestial City because he that God is real, He forgives, He Joshua Kitamura Pittsburgh to Clymer, N.Y. But Sarah’s journal said this: made some stops along the way. loves me, and He can use my life, Saundra Schmidtberger when I arrived for the funeral, it “I accomplish my purpose in life He detoured through Vanity Fair, too, if I surrender it over to Him. Perspectives Board: Letters to the Editor Ryan Biese Abby Johnson Luke Juday Business Staff Dear Editor: haven’t done so yet, read the sign. Dear Editor: founders advocated a private When I first read the sign, I banking system. In fact, private Business Manager: How can one little ID card do so high-fived Mary (one of the ladies The policies of presidential banking dominated the economy Karen Bourquin much? The card grants us access who scans our cards) and did a hopeful Ron Paul would have until the Federal Reserve was Advertising Manager: to the all-you-can-eat buffets dance in my head that put even our American forefathers smil- established in 1913. All the Sammi Vermilya known as MAP cafeteria and Michael Flatly to shame. ing. From his adamancy to stay founders advocated a paper Distribution Manager: Hicks cafeteria. I was so giddy I raced upstairs to out of foreign affairs to his ded- money backed by gold. Bryan Jarrell It allows us to enter our respec- Old Map to applaud Karen ication to free trade, Paul’s ide- After ditching the gold stan- tive places of residence. It can Morgan-Windisch, catering direc- ologies resemble those of a dard in the 1960’s, we now we Administrative even serve as a valid form of iden- tor of Bon Appétit, on her execu- good number of our American have a fiat paper money (not tification in some places off cam- tive decision. She told me there Founders. backed). In addition, the Federal Staff pus. were a few reasons the food com- Paul was one of the few Reserve prints off inordinate As Grove City College students, pany made this decision, such as Republican members of amounts of fiat paper money, Staff Adviser: most of our academic lives are theft, security and ID fraud issues. Congress urging the President creating the economy’s booms Amy Clingensmith wrapped into these little cards that Of course all are great points, and not go to war with Iraq, declar- and busts. Faculty Adviser: hold so much power. it is reassuring to know that we ing it to be “nation building” Paul is also calling for the Dr. Jason R. Edwards However, there is one thing the have such a calculating individual and “unconstitutional.” He is elimination of the Internal OPINIONS appearing on these ID cards cannot do anymore. as Morgan-Windisch making the calling for a “humble foreign Revenue Service. The American pages, unless expressly stated Students (mainly those of the executive decision for our food policy” of “nonintervention” founders would be ardently otherwise, represent the views female gender) can no longer service at the College. into foreign affairs. opposed to the IRS, because of the author and are not the darken the tables of our beloved So, let this be the official obitu- Paul’s view aligns with the they did not establish an income collective views of The cafeterias with these little cards in ary for the practice of saving cafe- view of James Madison, who tax. Many actions and debates Collegian, its staff or Grove an effort to save seats. Bon Appétit teria seats with ID cards. once stated, “If Tyranny and showed their opposition to such City College. has officially banned the practice Here’s to you, Ms. ID-card-seat- Oppression come to this land, it a tax. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR must of saving seats in the cafeteria saver (the very phrase sounds like will be in the guise of fighting a Paul is a strong supporter of be no longer than 300 words with ID cards. Good riddance. the old Miller Lite commercials foreign enemy.” Most of the international trade and a laissez- and should be sent to Nicky Maybe you frequently take a that used to salute people like the Founding Fathers were faire national economy. Lipartito at Box 477 or few seconds to say hi to the ladies way-too-much-cologne wearer). adamantly against foreign con- Likewise the founders sought Collegian@gcc.edu. Letters who scan our cards before we May the rest of your days be filled quests of war, believing the free exchange of goods with must be received by Monday at enter the cafeterias or maybe you with mealtime joy, fairness to America should not meddle in other countries and between the 5 p.m. The Collegian reserves take time to read the announce- those students who already waited the affairs of others. Madison states. The economy was only the right to edit or hold any ments on the desk behind which in line and are looking for seats and many other founders would regulated at the state level. letter. Anonymous letters will these ladies sit. If you don’t then the right way and the mild awk- find the war in Iraq appalling If you want our next president not be published. you probably missed it, but the wardness one experiences when and un–American. to resemble our great American The Collegian is published by most wonderful of signs sits ready carrying a full tray around the Paul’s platform calls for the founders and uphold the Grove City College, Grove at both cafeteria welcome desks, cafeteria, looking for the group eradication of the Federal Constitution, then pull the lever City, Pa. just begging for students to read it. with which to sit. Reserve and the return of our for Ron Paul. The sign clearly bans ID card seat- currency to the gold standard. saving, and frees our campus from Noah Ketterman Jefferson, Madison, Andrew Benson this horrific mealtime scar. If you Senior Washington and many other Senior The Collegian December 7, 2007 Perspectives 17 The Christ-mass or winter solstice? Contemplate the meaning hidden in the hymns son must not be allowed to cor- of all the ages? sings in the New Testament psalm one needn’t justify having a party rupt the purity of the church. It is God come in the flesh to known as the Nunc Demittis by weakly grounding it on a reli- Today it is not uncommon to mankind. (Luke 2), “For my eyes have seen gious holidays – and thereby pro- hear “Christmas” music played in The Saviour came to do the your salvation that you have pre- faning the exercise. retail stores, telling of “Silver work given Him by the Father, to pared in the presence of all peo- We should, however, be mindful Bells” or “Here Comes Santa free His people from their sin, to ples, a light for revelation to the of how we use the word Claus.” remove the curse of the fall. Isaac Gentiles, and for the glory to your “Christmas.” Is “Christmas” sim- In the South, retailers are Watts writes, “Joy to the World! people Israel.” ply a political cause (Alliance unafraid to play Christmas hymns The Lord is come … The Saviour What ineffable rapture! Christ Defense Fund: “It’s okay to say as background sound to get shop- reigns … No more let sins and did not come to reconcile and it”), popular caricature (Santa pers in the mood. But what does sorrows grow, nor thorns infest redeem a people from Israel alone, Claus), an excuse to make merri- shopping have to do with the birth the ground; he comes to make his but from many nations. ment, or is a time we remember a of Christ? blessings flow far as the curse is This holiday season – I do not blessed date in redemptive history If one listens to the Christmas found.” say “Christmas Season,” for it is in which the promised Messiah hymns, one will know what shop- As promised in Genesis 3, no longer a season centered on the began his earthly work to make ping has to do with Christmas. Christ came to undo the curse. birth of Christ to remember the atonement for our unfaithfulness The ancient texts of Christmas This ought to bring godly fear and day of which the prophets spoke, and sin? hymns have become so common great joy to any who sings of it, if “and the Glory of the Lord shall Celebrate winter with friends, By Ryan F. Biese that very few understand or con- they but think about it. be revealed and all flesh shall see make merry and give gifts, but Perspectives Board template their meaning. Many hymn writers have writ- it together.” (Is. 40:5; Handel’s with no less energy honor and Pop artists from Barbara ten of the joy the birth of God’s Messiah Oratorio 1:4) – when you sing for joy and thanks to Him There are 17 shopping days Streisand to Clay Aiken sing these Anointed brings. sing Christmas hymns, regard the “who wast rich beyond all splen- remaining until Christmas, that is, sacred texts to make money and Charles Wesley grasped this words. dor, all for love’s sake becamest “the holiday.” entertain without thinking about fully when he wrote, “Hark! the Do not just make the sounds, poor.” to raise sinners to heaven The Christ-mass was a feast day the meaning of the text and the Herald angels sing, ‘Glory to the but think about what you are “by [His] own eternal plan.” begun by the medieval church to joy that their subject should bring. newborn King, peace on earth, singing. You sing of the coming of The “spirit of Christmas” is not remember the birth of the Of what do these Christmas and mercy mild, God and sinners God to earth in the deepest humil- simply generosity, peace and Messiah. songs, hymns and carols tell? reconciled!’” ity to defeat sin and death for your goodwill, those comprise the “hol- The holy day of the Christ-mass “O Little Town of Bethlehem … Indeed, the Messiah reconciled sake and mine. This should bring iday spirit.” was once centered solely on the yet in thy dark streets shineth the a righteous God to a rebellious great joy and gratitude to your The “Christmas spirit” is much Christ and had great meaning, but everlasting Light, the hopes and and sinful people. soul. more, inspiring holiness, piety, now it does not know Him. fears of all the years are met in Wesley rightly responds, Festivities and parties are not devotion, sacrifice, joy, redemp- A little wintry festivity is not thee tonight.” What or who is it “Joyful, all ye nations, rise, join wrong, for it is fitting to enjoy the tion and reconciliation because of evil, but the festivities of the sea- that meets the “hopes” and “fears” the triumph of the skies.” Simeon fruits of one’s labors (Ecc. 5). But the atoning work of Christ. The first reason for the season Why I don’t buy into the ‘War on Christmas’ Christendom, you’ve still proba- tival of “geol,” or Yule, which the old pagan holiday. If the vast majority of people bly heard the secularizing rant. was held before the I have no problem with this, are Christians, Christmas will It’s become cliché in Christian Christianization of Europe, as nor do I think the church “stole” naturally reflect Christian themes. circles to bemoan the “War on well as the raucous Roman feast Christmas. Tough luck, sun-wor- In a pluralistic society, it will Christmas.” of Saturnalia. shippers. inevitably be more vague. The secularists are stealing Kind of like hip church youth But neither do I have a prob- If you want Christmas back in Christmas from us. groups today, the Church just lem with it today. In our increas- Wal-Mart, convert your neigh- We feel betrayed. We feel tacked on a new meaning to the ingly pluralistic culture, the same bors. But trying to impose a cheated. ancient holiday so that the thing is happening. Christian holiday on someone Well, I don’t. Believe it or not, Romans and Germanic tribes Most people see no reason to who just wants to decorate a tree I’m not concerned or unhappy could convert without having to celebrate Christ’s birth – hence and drink eggnog out of his with the trend. give up their party. this aspect has been marginalized “Happy Kwanzaa” cup is useless. But with a new Christmas sea- Most of the customs we find so and people are attaching new The more I see of Christmas, son and a fresh round of com- warming have pagan roots, from meanings to legitimize the holi- the less I care for it. plaining from the Christian Right, mistletoe and the colors green day. The holiday has become an I thought I ought to share why I and red to Yule logs to Christmas I don’t mean Christians should orgy of materialism – the ulti- am not a party to the War on trees – even gift-giving. stop celebrating the Incarnation. mate celebration of everything Christmas. Christians added little to the For most of us at Grove City, it our culture actually holds dear. By Luke Juday History speaks volumes in holiday outside of the name and ought to be the true meaning of My question is then – why are Perspectives Board addition to generating them. the nativities. Christmas and our cause for cele- we so desperate to have Jesus’s The argument against the secu- It was not among the festivals bration throughout the whole face plastered all over it? You must be a sheltered bub- larization of Christmas revolves of the early church. When initial- year. Maybe we should just pack up ble-dweller not to see the erosion around the idea that they’re steal- ly suggested, Irenaeus and But I can scarcely expect our plastic mangers and angels of the Christian associations with ing a Christian holiday. Tertullian dismissed it and someone who doesn’t even completely, move the nativity Christmas. The “true” meaning of Origen went so far as to condemn believe Christ existed to celebrate celebration to sometime in Stores are moving to “happy Christmas – the “original” inten- it. His birth with me, anymore than February or March and leave the holidays” over “merry tion – was to celebrate Jesus’s So, in a sense, one could say he can expect me to shout national solstice holiday to be Christmas.” Christmas movies birth. the pagans are just taking back “Happy holidays!” and run to the just what they want it to be. play off myths like Santa rather But December 25 has nothing their old holiday. This is not nearest Wal-Mart with him. So my message to the betrayed than touch religious themes. to do with Jesus’s birth, nor was totally accurate, but the underly- And if two-thirds of the shop- is “stop whining.” And the air is thick with plati- it originally declared a holiday to ing point is legitimate. pers at Wal-Mart really don’t care There are better hills to die on. tudes about the “true meaning of celebrate Jesus’s birth. Holidays celebrate events that about Christ’s birth either, I have If you really want Wal-Mart to Christmas,” which on further Many scholars believe Christ an entire culture finds meaning- no reason to complain that they preserve the “true” and “original” inspection turns out to be an was born in late spring closer to ful, therefore they are constantly say “Happy holidays.” meaning of Christmas and its tra- abstract “giving” or “together- May or possibly in the middle of changing. In a free society, the language ditions, find them a Druid and ness.” September. As the culture became predom- of the public square is merely the start the solstice incantations. Even if you never stir outside So where does it come from? inately Christian, people needed aggregate of the beliefs of all the Let’s see what that does for busi- the halls of American The answer lies in the pagan fes- some new meaning to legitimate individuals who compose it. ness. 18 Sports The Collegian December 7, 2007 Men’s swim team wins Longnecker invitational Wolverines take first among nine teams By Katie McLay Peter Larsen also earned had several Collegian Writer outstanding times. He won the 100 butter- fly with a time of 53.04, and he placed The Grove City College men’s swim second in the 200 individual medley. He team earned first place at the annual James also finished behind Whitbeck in E. Longnecker Invitational held in the Saturday’s 100 free. team’s home pool. The Wolverines fin- Teammate Snyder also performed well in ished nearly 650 points ahead of the sec- individual events. Snyder earned a victory ond place team, Washington and Jefferson. in the 200 free with a time of 1:48.07. He Grove City swimmers earned 14 total also took second in the 50 free and third in victories, five of which came in relay the 100 free, giving Grove City the top races. On Friday, juniors Tim Whitbeck three finishes in the race. and Peter Larsen teamed with freshman Other athletes earned individual swim- Cam Coppelli and sophomore Lincoln ming victories. Coppelli finished first in Larsen to win the 400 medley relay in the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.48. 3:35.44. Harbaugh also secured a close victory in On Saturday, All-American Whitbeck, the 1650 with a time of 17:41.71. senior Nick Barker, Lincoln Larsen and Sophomore Rich Albertson also earned a sophomore Tucker Gregg teamed to win victory in the 200 backstroke, finishing in the 200 medley relay early on Saturday just under 2 minutes. morning. Later, seniors Drew Snyder, Wolverine divers also performed well in Peter Larsen, Jeremy Harbaugh and fresh- the invitational. Senior Joe Riddell won man Jared Bailey would close the morning the 1-meter diving competition with a session with a victory in the 800 free relay. meet-record 256.90 points. Riddell also Snyder, Whitbeck, Peter Larsen, and tied for first in 3-meter diving with freshman Cam Coppelli eventually Chris Gregg 221.80. wrapped up the title with a victory in the Junior Tim Whitbeck (far left) prepares to dive into the pool. Sophomore Kyle Grubbs finished behind 400 free relay. The three returning letter individual honor at the invitational. lishes a new invitational record, beating Riddell in the 1-meter competition with a winners are also returning All-Americans Whitbeck, the defending national champi- the time earned by senior Caleb Courage score of 239.20. He also placed third in in the event. That quartet also won the 200 on in the 50 free, qualified for the NCAA at last year’s event. Whitbeck would also the 3-meter competition with 217 points. free relay with a time of 1:25.48 seconds. Division III Championships with a quali- win the 100 free on Saturday with a time The title was the Wolverines’ first since One Wolverine also achieved a great fying time of 20.46. The time also estab- of 46.36. the 2000 competition. Women take second of nine at swim meet Team posts impressive finish at home invitational By Katie McLay 25.11. Bauer finished in third at 25.65. Collegian Writer Page also earned second place in the 100 and 200 free with times of 54.69 and The Grove City College women’s swim 2:00.06, respectively. team earned second place at the Sophomore Amanda Thompson also Longnecker Invitational out of nine varsity earned several great finishes. She finished teams. The Wolverines took second place, second in the 200 backstroke with a time finishing behind Washington and of 2:16.91 and third in the 100 backstroke Jefferson, the team that also won last with 1:04.01. She also teamed with year’s competition. Bargery, Bauer, and Page to earn second in Freshman Sarah Bargery led the the 400 medley relay. Wolverines with two individual victories. Thompson, along with Bargery, Keefer She earned a title in the 100 breaststroke and junior Kiersten Bower, also earned with a time of 1:09.69 and the 200 breast- second in the 200 medley relay. stroke with a time of 2:30.88. She also fin- Freshman Stephanie McNeill, one of ished second in the 200 individual medley. Grove City’s two divers, also earned third Bargery teamed with senior Ellen Keefer place in 1-meter diving with 221.75 and fellow freshmen Lauren Bauer and points. Sarah Page to win the 400 free relay on The second place finish is a substantial Chris Gregg Saturday. improvement for the Wolverines. At last Freshman Sarah Bargery competes in the breatstroke at the invitational The team also earned second place in the year’s event, the women placed fifth out of 200 free relay with a time of 1:41.85. 8:15.80. 100 free. Keefer also finished second in nine teams. Bauer, Keefer, Page and freshman Tiffani Keefer also earned individual success. the 50 free as part of the Grove City The Wolverines currently stand at 3-4 Douglas also earned a victory earlier in the She took first place in the 200 free with a sweep of the event. over all with a 1-0 record in the day in the 800 free relay with a time of time of 1:58.96, and she placed third in the Page took the 100 free with a time of Presidents’ Athletic Conference. The Collegian December 7, 2007 Sports 19 Working five days a week Grove City athletic trainers put in the time and effort on and off the gridiron By Mallory Skarupa five days a week is almost equivalent to a Collegian Sports Editor full-time job.” This “full-time job,” however, is not What do you get when you add a pas- without its benefits. sion for sports, commitment to the team “The most rewarding part is watching and an interest in helping people? Your the players working hard to win,” Arndt answer: senior Emmy Arndt, freshman said. “Even if they don’t win, seeing their Paula Gaus, senior Megan Kildea and dedication and winning attitude is junior Alyssa Laughlin, the four Grove rewarding. The players are also so City football athletic trainers. respectful and appreciate what we do for Under Kay Emigh and Rick Hawke, them. Even in the middle of a game, they these four ladies put in the time, commit- say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ – it’s easy to ment and love of football to serve the 80- serve people who respect and appreciate some players during their past season. you.” They often stay long after practice and The friendships these girls develop with arrive before, endure the extreme heat each other and the players are also an and cold and run around like mad amazing part of the job. throughout practices and games. Why do “The other three girls are so great they they do it? Some of the girls got involved definitely made my first year so much for the social aspects. easier,” Gaus said. “They were so helpful “I do it because of the people I get to and the football players are so great. I’ve be around,” Gaus, a first-year trainer, gotten to meet so many great people by Joshua Kitamura said. Senior athletic trainer Megan Kildea receives some help from Larry Freeman, becoming a trainer.” Kildea agreed. “I decided to become a equipment manager, and works hard to keep her players hydrated during the game. Laughlin agreed. “I have gained so trainer because my friends were trainers many great friends and it’s almost like I as well.” Kildea has been a trainer for and her husband Tom are still very close help Larry Freeman, the equipment man- have 80 big brothers always looking out three years now, after getting involved friends of my family. When I got accept- ager, set up the field. for me. It’s a great feeling to be able to through her friend Kalyn Choby, a former ed to GCC freshman year, she told me Throughout practice we fill up cups for help the guys when they are hurt and to trainer whose brothers played on the that she wanted me to eventually help her the players and tape anyone that may really be there for them as they get better team. out. So, sophomore year I became her come late to practice. After practice we and heal up. It’s never good news when a Arndt got involved for a few reasons: student secretary and also a student foot- tear down the field and provide ice to the played gets hurt, but we get to spend a lot “To try something new, because I love ball trainer.” players for any injuries, which usually of quality time with them in the training athletics, and because Kay told me she After becoming involved, the girls soon takes a half an hour.” room and get to know them and form had an opening” – all great reasons that discovered that being an athletic trainer is The time commitment is definitely the some great relationships through all of have led her to dream of a career as a by no means an easy task – or a short worst part of being a trainer. it,” she said. professional trainer for the Pittsburgh one. “Most people do not realize that we The girls have embraced their roles – Steelers. “We go down to the fieldhouse two have to be the first people at the field- the good and the bad – and enjoyed every “My mom and Kay were friends and hours before practice in order to tape house to begin pre-practice/game treat- minute of their training experiences. graduated from Elizabeth Forward High players and fill Gatorade coolers,” Kildea ments and are the last people to leave,” As Kildea summed it up, “We feel like School together,” Laughlin said. “Kay said. “Fifteen minutes before practice we Kildea continued. “This time commitment we’ve become part of the team.” Lady Wolverines fall at unbeaten host Geneva The Grove City College women’s quickly extended the lead to 13 early in basketball team dropped to 2-3 overall the second half. Saturday afternoon with a 67-53 set- Grove City cut the lead back to six, back at undefeated Geneva (6-0) in a 46-40, on a Slater jumper with 11:26 matchup of Presidents’ Athletic left. Conference squads at Metheny Field Geneva, however, held Grove City House. without a field goal for over six min- Geneva forced 25 Grove City utes. turnovers, which led to 23 Golden Geneva maintained a double-digit Tornado points. lead during the final seven minutes of Grove City held Geneva to just 35 the game. percent shooting (21 of 60) from the Grove City shot 41 percent (22 of 54) floor. from the floor. Geneva, however, went 21 for 29 at Geneva owned a 44-35 edge on the the foul line while the Wolverines made glass. Sophomore forward Krista just six of 12 free-throw attempts. Beechy recorded a game-high four Senior guard Shannon Overdorff led steals for Grove City. Grove City with 13 points while fresh- Allyson Clarke led Geneva with 21 man forward Christine Slater added 11 points and 12 rebounds. points. Geneva is a provisional member of Prof. Fred Jenny Slater also earned a team-high of NCAA Division III. The Lady Wolverines re-group during a timeout at the home-opener against the seven rebounds. Therefore, games against Geneva do Carnegie Mellon Tartans. Geneva led 31-25 at halftime and not count in the conference standings. 20 Sports The Collegian December 7, 2007 Matt Gregg: Bowl bound Senior will represent U.S. team in Aztec Bowl By Mallory Skarupa hard, especially because my mom was telling everyone Collegian Sports Editor back home,” Gregg said. Hopefully, Gregg will have time to spend with his fami- Imagine you have been one of fifty football players ly in Mexico in between the two-a-day practices, auto- from across the nation’s 230 Division III schools chosen graph sessions, team meetings and being a stand-up repre- to represent the United States. sentative of the United States. Welcome to senior center Matt Gregg’s world. “Every letter I received was like, you’re representing Tomorrow, Gregg and the US team will play team the U.S., dress nice, don’t goof off. I think that’s probably Mexico in the annual Aztec Bowl in Chihuahua, Mexico the best part: representing my country,” Gregg said. at Estadio Olimpico Universitario. “That’s big time.” Chosen by the American Football Coaches Association, Also “big” in his mind, is the opportunity to travel out- Gregg is the fourth Grove City player to participate in a side the Grove City bubble. Gregg, who has never been to post-season all-star game and the third player to partici- Mexico, is just excited to be going there. pate in the Aztec Bowl. “It won’t be cold,” Gregg explained. “Plus, it’ll be awe- Gregg has played football since second grade and has some to meet new people.” played numerous positions on the offensive line. Those new people that just happen to be the cream of The powerful and versatile offensive player from the Division III crop. Hopewell High School has started each of his three last “These guys have all-time records and are the career seasons at Grove City, earned a position of captain this leaders in their positions where they’re from,” Gregg said. year and four varsity letters. “So, it’ll be exciting to be among the elite.” The senior captain “had no clue” that he was chosen. Gregg adds the Aztec Bowl to his honors of First Team “Coach pulled me after practice one day. I came to his All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference in 2006 and 2007, as office and he put a piece of paper in front of me, saying I well as Second Team All-PAC in 2005. had been selected,” Gregg said. The U.S. team is 2-0 with a Grove City player on the “This never happens to Grove City players, so it’s a big Aztec Bowl roster, and Gregg hopes to make it 3-0. honor just to be considered,” he added. Congratulations to Matt for this great honor and his Ryan Briggs ’01 Gregg had to keep his honor a secret for about a month, already outstanding college career. Grove City wishes Senior center Matt Gregg will play in the Aztec Bowl however, before the roster was released. him good luck tomorrow as he plays in his last collegiate tomorrow as a representative on the United States “I had to keep it a big secret for a while, which was contest. team. Wolverines stun Support Your Geneva, 75-74 Wolverines! Junior guard Ryan Gibson drained a pair of free throws with 0.5 seconds left Friday night, vaulting (Dec. 8 – 12) Grove City to a 75-74 victory over host Geneva in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference men’s basketball game at Metheny Field House. Men’s Basketball It is Grove City’s fourth straight win overall and second one-point victory in a three-day span. Dec. 8 – vs. Washington & Grove City led 73-71 in the closing seconds but Geneva’s Bryan Hill hit an apparent game-winning Jefferson (A) – 2 p.m. three-pointer at the buzzer. However, after a confer- ence, the officials ordered 0.5 seconds placed back on the clock. On the subsequent play, Geneva’s Rob Whitt crashed into Gibson on the baseline while Dec. 12 – vs. Hiram (A) – 8 p.m. guarding the inbounds pass. Grove City owned a 70-57 lead with 4:46 left in the game but Geneva held the Wolverines to no Women’s Basketball field goals over the remainder of the game. Geneva forced five Grove City turnovers down the stretch, Dec. 8 – vs. Washington & which aided the Tornadoes’ 17-3 run. Senior guard Joe Capotosta came off the bench to Jefferson (A) – 4 p.m. lead Grove City with a season-high 14 points. Senior guard Shawn Carr added 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Dec. 10 – vs. Penn St. Behrend Ten Wolverines played in the game and all scored at least three points. Grove City owned a 31-9 edge (A) – 7 p.m. in bench points. The Wolverines (4-1) shot 26 of 52 (50 percent) Dr. Fred Jenny Junior guard Ryan Gibson dribbles past his from the floor, including a 9-for-17 (53 percent) effort behind the three-point line. defender in the Wolverines’ stunning comeback Men’s Swimming & Diving against Juniata last Wednesday. Geneva, meanwhile, shot 37 percent (24 of 64) from the field. Dec. 8 – vs. Hiram (A) – 1 p.m. 81-69. The teams will play at 3 p.m Jan. 26 in Geneva led by as many as six, 17-11, in the first Grove City. Geneva is a provisional member of half. However, the Wolverines rallied to take a 40- NCAA Division III, thus, games against the Golden 34 lead by halftime. Greg McDivitt led Geneva (3- Tornadoes do not count in the conference standings. Women’s Swimming & Diving 2) with 33 points and 14 rebounds. Hill added 16 Wednesday night, Grove City rallied from a 21- points. point deficit in the final 12 minutes to defeat Dec. 8 – vs. Hiram (A) – 1 p.m. Geneva is Grove City’s most frequently-played Juniata, 64-63. Sophomore guard Luke Tomaselli opponent. sank a free throw with 0.4 seconds left to give the Grove City leads the all-time series with Geneva, Wolverines the victory that night.
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