Sunday night was well below 40 degrees but that didn’t stop Sterling College students and faculty from braving the cold.
The 2nd annual Share the Light celebration was held at 6 p.m. on the front lawn of Cooper Hall. Lights, fire pits, and photo booth setups decorated the lawn. Along with the huge Christmas tree that was front and center.
For junior Sam Turner, her favorite part of the night was “the choir praising Jesus,” she said.
“Christmas means spending quality time with friends and family and just really knowing what you’re appreciative for,” said Turner.
“I really like the hot chocolate and the fellowship,” said Resident Director Emilie Heinl. “I love the part in the beginning, where everyone’s walking around. Going by the fire and talking, and I think it builds good community while we talk about Jesus.”
“For me, Christmas is just a celebration of Jesus’ birth. I think Christmas is a good representation of the celebration part of Jesus’ birth and His life and His story,” said Heinl.
For Kaitlyn “Red” Tawater, she was also amazed at the gathering. “I think genuinely seeing the campus cons together,” said Tawater, “for such a simple act, but yet, we made it all seem so unique with all the different aspects of the adorable hot cocoa bar, the gorgeous tree, and then our choir singing just truly felt different than any other tree lighting ceremony I’d been to.”
She continued by saying, “You really felt the community come together and the joy that Christmas should always bring.”
As the night came to a close, students stayed behind afterwards to continue to socialize. Even through the freezing cold, the Christmas season never cease to bring people together.
The soccer seasons for both the men’s and women’s team here at Sterling College have officially wrapped up. Both teams started their seasons in late August, ending at the end of October.
Men’s soccer finished with a record of 4-11-2 over the course of the season. They had four wins, 11 losses, and two games that ended in a tie.
They started their season off with a tie after double overtime to Doane University. From there the Warriors collected one loss at home and two more on the road against Nebraska Wesleyan University and Bellevue University.
After their game against Randall University was cancelled, the Warriors had a huge win over Manhattan Christian College. They won the game against the Thunder 10-0. The Warriors scored four goals in the first half and another six in the second.
Men’s soccer then lost their next game on the road against Ottawa University. But rallied back to take the win over both University of St. Mary and Tabor College. Both of these wins were shutouts against their opponents.
After losing to Oklahoma Wesleyan University and a win against Bethel College, the Warriors lost the next five games in their season. One of these was a nail-biter against Availa University. This game went into overtime tied 1-1. Unfortunately, the Warriors were unable to come out on top, losing 2-1.
Their next match against Southwestern College went into double overtime as the Warriors fought to end the 0-0 tie. The Warriors tried to steal the victory in the final seconds but time was not on their side. Neither team was able to score, ending the game in a 0-0 draw.
The men’s soccer team played their last game of the season at home against Kansas Wesleyan University. They fell behind in the first half 3-0. Despite working hard to score twice in the second half it wasn’t enough to put them ahead of the Coyotes. They lost the game 4-2.
Women’s soccer finished similarly to the men’s team. Their overall record for the season was 5-11-1. They had five wins, 11 losses, and one game ending in a tie.
The women’s team started their season off strong with a 3-2 win over Doane University at home.
The Lady Warriors then went on to win three of their next four played games. Their game against Randall University was cancelled.
The Warriors had a tough streak losing the next four games to opponents like Oklahoma Wesleyan University (7-0) and Ottawa University (3-0).
The women’s team rallied back to take a 3-2 victory over Bethel College. This made their record 5-5 overall.
The last weeks of the Warriors’ season came with six loses and one tie. Against Availa University, the Warriors finished the game in a 1-1 tie. And lost by only one goal to McPherson College in the previous game.
Both the men’s and women’s team will head into their offseason after their 2018 season.
The holidays are almost here! Thanksgiving break for students and staff at Sterling College starts next week. And the Caf is already getting student in the mood.
“It is not thanksgiving without mashed potatoes and green been casserole,” said Rachel Turner.
Wednesday was a treat for everyone as they served a Thanksgiving feast during lunch time. Whether you like ham or turkey, this is the season to be thankful with full bellies.
Turner preferers turkey over ham with her Thanksgiving dinner. “We’ve always made turkey, and I didn’t know ham was a thing until I got to college.”
“I like thanksgiving because it is the one time out of the year where all of my immediate family is under one roof and it really feels like home again,” Rosa James said.
“My favorite tradition is when I get to pray every year around the table,” James continued. “I’ve always done it since I was little so it makes me feel like when I was a kid just a little bit closer to God.”
“It’s my favorite holiday,” Turner said. “We are going to celebrate it without celebrating Christmas first.”
“Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday,” Turner said, “because every Thanksgiving me and my dad, I would always make him wake me up for the parade that started at like 7a.m. We would then make brunch for everyone.”
“We would make cinnamon rolls or biscuits and eggs,” said Turner. “And then me and my mom would spend the rest of the day making dinner why ABC Family/Freeform showed Gone with the Wind all day on loop and we watch that while we make food all day. After diner we would go out and make s’mores instead of eating pie.”
“The day after Thanksgiving,” Turner continued, “if we’re home, me and [my sister] Sam always set up the Christmas tree and set up all the decorations for Christmas time.”
“I’m not a black Friday person,” Turner said. “I think, because Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, I feel like going black Friday shopping is a waste because you should be spending Thanksgiving other ways.”
Dorm halls will close for Thanksgiving break Tuesday at 5 p.m. and reopen Sunday morning. The Caf will also be closed started Tuesday after lunch and reopen Sunday night for dinner.
By Hannah Abbate, reporter Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
Deb Wiebe is the assistant to the Athletic Director at Sterling College. This is her 23rd year in the position. She started in August of 1995.
Before coming to her current position at Sterling College Wiebe worked for a manufacturing company and Sterling’s telephone office.
“I had heard that the lady who was in my position was leaving and I just kind of thought, that sounds like it would be interesting and fun to do,” Wiebe said. “So I called Coach Kruse, who was the Athletic Director at that time, and set up a meeting. And all the rest in history.”
“One of the things that I do for Athletic Training is, I do all of the athletic insurance,” Wiebe said. “So if a student athlete were to get hurt then I’m one of the ones that go through and explain the procedures of what the athlete needs to do. And I contact the facilities that they are going to, if they need surgery and so forth, and I talk through that with them.
Wiebe is also in charge of all concessions stands on campus as well as day-to-day stuff. Not only in the athletic department but things on campus too.
As with any chaotic situation, you deal with it the best you can. Wiebe said, “One of the most crucial things was when the Gleason center caught on fire.” This was about three years ago during a basketball game. “You could just see a haze. And people were looking around and wondering what this haze was,” she said. They ended up having to cancel the game and worked to get people out of the building. “that was probably one of the most stressful days,” Wiebe continued.
There was a lot of smoke damage to the back wall of the building. “We had some downspouts that were frozen,” Wiebe said, “so maintenance took a torch and was trying to melt the ice earlier in the day and it caught some insulation on fire.”
Repairs were done as quickly as possible and lasted a good month. “We had to hire people to come in and clean the whole gym and repaint,” she said.
“A fun thing that I’ve gotten to do, is I travel a lot with the women’s basketball team,” said Wiebe. “So I’ve gotten to go to Vegas with them, and I’ve gotten to go to Florida with them several times. That is a fun thing that I get to do.”
Wiebe also has the opportunity to interact with students daily. “Getting to know the student athletes and working with a great coaching staff truly makes for the best job,” she said. It is her favorite part of the job. And there are students in and out of her office daily. Some come in just to hang out and talk. The doors to her office in Gleason are always open. “I consider our department a family. We’re pretty close,” said Wiebe.
By JASE BRANDT and JESSE SHEPPARD, reporters Friday, Dec. 7, 2018
This morning at 10 A.M., Sterling College hosted an open forum on racial awareness in Culbertson Auditorium. The forum was moderated by Reggie Langford, the Director of Academic Support, and it featured a panel of five Sterling College students.
Jason Briar, Sterling’s VP of Student Life discussed the vision of the forum.
“[To give] our students the opportunity to speak on this issue and for this college to listen and to discover new ways to grow and to develop this campus in a positive manner,” Briar said.
Theseus Anderson, a concerned student shared his thoughts with the panel.
“My experience at Sterling, I won’t say it’s been the worst, but it hasn’t been the best. They let us talk, but we aren’t really heard. In reality I’m just trying to have a conversation,” Anderson said.
Kalasia Thomas, a student on the panel said that gaining a voice in this issue was one of the reasons she became interested in the forum.
“I’ve realized that everything that has happened on campus recently, we need to talk about, and I realized that we wouldn’t get another chance to talk about it,” Thomas said, “I’ve learned to not only get my point across but listen to the other person. Having a discussion about it is the best way to try and understand where a person is coming from.”
Melvin Irby, a student on the panel discussed the importance of the forum and its possible impact on campus life.
“Sterling College is trying to put aside race,” Irby said, “The only thing different is that we’re taking a chance to make a difference.”
Josh Schievelbein, a current Sterling RA and student ambassador discussed the idea of racial awareness on campus.
“I think my thing for SC as a whole is awareness. Taking some time to have a conversation and how to react to negative situations. Figure out where they come from and finding out what their background is,” Schievelbein said.
Mike Merriweather, a Sterling College student voiced that some students don’t feel as if Sterling is a safe-haven for them.
“The minute I got here, it was the exact same as I had dealt with all my life. It’s supposed to be a safe haven for all our students, but many of us don’t feel that safe,” Merriweather said to the panel.
Layne Becker, a Sterling College student talked to the panel about keeping campus members accountable.
“I grew up in a small Kansas town. I learned a lot about our teammates and fellow classmates. My biggest thing with you guys saying that ‘you don’t feel safe on campus’ is the lack of accountability,” Becker said, “I feel that people should be held accountable. There needs to be action. With all of this being said, there are some things that need to change.”
Isaac Arvie III, a student on the panel compared racial insensitivity to an idea from the American Justice System.
“Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Just because you’re ignorant of how it may make someone feel, that’s no excuse.”
Panelist Kalasia Thomas talked about how to reach a place of discussion when emotional issues arise.
“You can’t really understand what a person may feel about something unless you sit down and have a conversation with them. Many people will take it the way they want to. Everybody is entitled to feel that way. They should go to that person or someone and ask ‘why aren’t you seeing this as important as me?’,” Thomas said.
Estephany Moncada, a student panelist at the forum discussed prejudice and forgiveness.
“We all have different types of prejudice; also we [Sterling] have students coming from very diverse areas. Right now I feel like there is a lot of divisions between the students,” Moncada said, “We can do that; we can mend that. We need to be conscious, allow for forgiveness to dwell.”
Student Life Vice-President, Jason Briar discussed how this forum is merely the first of many steps that need to be taken for strong campus relations.
“I think this is an ongoing process. This is the first step in creating a better campus— a campus that all students feel safe [in], a campus that allows all students to feel like they have a voice. A place where they feel safe to have a voice in. This forum was the first step in creating that. [To] come up with ideas to create a better understanding of our diversity culture.”
Reggie Langford, forum moderator talked about the importance of embracing culture and diversity.
“I think that once we get to that point, and we start to be more aware of those things, and we start to really embrace each and every person for who they are and not just embracing them for what they do on this campus. Embrace ‘em for who they are, who they truly are. I think we’ll be in a better spot.”
Steps are currently being made by the college to embrace culture and diversity among the students and faculty along with changes to ensure that all students feel safe and that their voices are heard.
On Saturday, December 1, 2018, the Dungeon Dwellers Club hosted a game night in Cornerstone from 6-9 P.M. The event consisted of groups of students playing assorted card and board games and snacking on food provided by the club.
The Dungeon Dwellers Club has been present on the Sterling Campus for just over two years since it’s introduction in late 2016. In those years, it has become one of the most active clubs on campus while holding individual meetings for specific games and campaigns throughout the school year as well as its required two events per semester.
One popular game hosted in individual meetings is “D&D” (“Dungeons and Dragons”). “Dungeons and Dragons” is an RPG (“Role-Playing-Game”) in which few or several players can delve into guided quests throughout imaginary realms in what can only be described as a “turn-based, dice-rolling interactive story”. Each campaign consists of a single story line, multiple characters and a “DM” (“Dungeon Master”) who assists players and helps construct the narrative flow of each meeting.
The club has had massive success in student interest over the last year. Dungeon Dwellers President, Seth Kite is happy with the club’s growth.
“We have seven campaigns currently running on campus, which is decently high-numbered considering we only have three DMs,” Kite said.
The “Game Night” event lasted until 9 P.M. and was primarily focused on chess, checkers, and a tabletop card game called “Dominion”. There were around twenty students and guests in attendance at the event, and many expressed their fondness of the event.
Blain Holdman, a Freshman at Sterling attended his first “Dungeon Dwellers” event on Saturday.
“It was actually very good. The people were nice and welcoming. It was great. If they were to hold another event in the future, I would consider attending,” Holdman said.
Kite was pleased with the turn-out of the event.
“I think this is actually the singular most successful event the Dungeon Dwellers club has ever had,” Kite said, “at least five people [who attended] were not club members.”
By KAITLYNN LITTLE, reporter Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018
During chapel Wednesday morning, Writing and Editing Professor Aaron Brown, used quotations from well-known theologians and literary authors to relate the College’s verse of the year, Ephesians 2:10, with students’ commission in life.
Before Brown spoke, the choir sang three songs: “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” and “When the Little Baby Boy Was Born.” The songs helped everyone get into the Christmas spirit, and audience members were seen swaying and clapping to the last song with the choir members.
Brown opened his sermon with a prayer from St. Augustine, about how humans are the evidence of God’s ability to create meaningful things and restore glory. He then connected it with Ephesians 2:10, and replaced the English word “workmanship,” with the Greek word, “poiema.”
“For we are His poiema, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them,” Ephesians 2:10.
Brown explained that we are God’s “poem.” We were created to create. But our desire to create should come from our adoration of God’s creation first.
“By looking around us, we are reading God’s beauty—there is no shortage of it around us,” Brown said.
Brown encouraged the students that they have a unique role in God’s divine plan, and that God expects them to use the gifts He has given them to glorify Him. But sometimes students may struggle to define what their gifts are.
“We are created, then we are invited to create. Ask yourself: When I do _X , I feel God’s pleasure,” Brown said.
His main ideas were: 1) We are called to create, not consume. 2) We are called to create, not just the physical but also the spiritual. 3) We create as a witness of what God has done and will do.
Brown ended his sermon with the verse 2 Corinthians 5:20, about how we are the vessels through which God makes His appeal to others. To not fulfill our commission to create, is a waste of our unique gifts.
“I really agree with what Aaron said about us being created to create. I feel that drive myself as an actor, and it was cool to hear that message in Chapel today,” senior Bobby Foster said.
Basketball season is underway and Sterling College’s women’s junior varsity basketball team has been hard at work.
While junior varsity teams do not rank, the women’s junior varsity basketball team still plays competitively against other college teams.
“They’re very, very competitive,” Head Coach K.C. Bassett said. “They’ve played four really tough junior college teams and have improved a ton. It’s crazy.”
Coach Bassett believes in her team and is hopeful for their future together.
“I think it’s a really good group. I really think that they work hard every single day in practice,” Coach Bassett said. “There’s been much improvement we’ve made since we’ve started. One of our goals is to get better every day and they’re doing a really, really good job with that.”
The women’s junior varsity basketball team started conference on Saturday, Nov. 17 in a game against Tabor College. Sterling beat Tabor 68-63. The team’s next game will be a home game against Kansas Wesleyan University on Nov. 20.
By KAITLYNN LITTLE, reporter Friday, Nov. 16, 2018
The Sterling College men’s and women’s cross country team finished their season competing at the KCAC Conference Championship race, Saturday, Nov. 3, at Bethel College. Both teams placed ninth overall, with their top runner, sophomore Jasmine Travelbee, placing thirtieth-–just ten spots away from qualifying for nationals.
The team faced some challenges this fall battling injuries and merging young runners into the program. The result of all their training was revealed at conference, and freshman Zach McCammon said that opportunity for a comeback was rewarding.
“I will always remember how well we pulled together and finished the season strong,” said McCammon.
The two teams had ran the Bethel course twice already this season, so senior Abby Reed said that helped them feel confident during the race.
“Going into the meet, the girls were projected to place eleventh, so we did do better than what was expected for us. I think it could have been considered a successful meet before the race even finished just because we had all 8 girls racing for the first time all season. Everyone competed really well and I think the majority of the team ran a personal best, which is always exciting,” Reed said.
Though the runners entered the season with running goals and scholarships, the bonding aspect of the team is equally important, if not more important than the medals and qualifications.
“This season brought us all closer to each other in friendship. We have been through thick and thin these past few months, and each circumstance has helped create a tight, lasting bond between us,” sophomore Evelyn Barnhart said.
Head coach Jack Dillard was proud of his athletes, and looks forward to continued growth and development during track season.
“Our student athletes competed with courage and strength. Both men’s and women’s teams ran very smart tactical races that helped everyone overall,” Dillard said.
Senior Abby Reed looks forward to training and racing for track season with the team, and helping each other be the best athletes and people they can be.
“I’m looking forward to track season because it gives everyone the opportunity to do their specialty. In cross country, every girl runs the same distance and every guy runs the same distance. So track allows for a little more individuality in what people get to do. And those on the team that don’t run cross country have been working hard all fall, so I’m looking forward to being able to cheer them on in their throwing and sprinting like they cheered us on all fall,” Reed said.
At the end of each season, the coaches award a male and female athlete with a Giving Tree, to recognize their outstanding commitment to the team through their time, effort, and attitude on and off the course. This season’s award recipients were Abby Reed and Zach McCammon.