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.
On Friday, Nov. 9, the Music @ Sterling College club held hosted their fourth annual ’20s Night event in Cornerstone.
“This originated three years ago with M@SC,” M@SC club member Alex Engelken said. “We wanted to do an event that kind of brought awareness to music history and the cool stuff from the past. We picked the ’20s because The Great Gatsby was just coming out in theaters around that time. People were like, ‘Oh, ’20s, that’s so cool.’ So, we started this event and it was a pretty big hit, so we thought we’d try to make it an annual thing. And, so far, it’s been going well.”
The event consisted of music and dancing as well as live vocal performances by Sterling College students. There were also snacks, coffee, and fake cocktails called “mocktails.” Attendees were encouraged but not required to dress up for the event.
“It always surprises me that people actually dress up. I never think that they’re going to but they do,” Engelken said. “Even though it is kind of stressful to put together an event like this, it’s really fun to see different people coming together and dancing and having fun and letting loose and not being afraid to step out of their comfort zone.”
M@SC does not have any other events planned for the remainder of the fall 2018 semester.
On Wednesday, Oct. 31, the Sterling College Student Government Association held a Halloween-themed movie marathon in Cornerstone.
“We’re trying to have monthly events that kind of increase the community around Sterling. This seemed like a really quick and easy one,” SGA President Drake Koops said. “This was kind of a quick, easy, no-budget way to do things and have people as they kind of walk in and out.”
Selecting the movies to play was somewhat of a challenge given Sterling College’s strong Christian values.
“Most of us in SGA, we don’t like scary movies so we were like, ‘Scary movies that aren’t scary,'” Koops said.
SGA’s itinerary of movies included Ghostbusters (1984) at 11 a.m., Hocus Pocus at 1 p.m., Monster House at 3 p.m., and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at 5 p.m.
SGA plans on doing more events like this in the future. Their focus is to promote the community on campus through events such as this one.
“We’ve talked about doing a more active event like we did the Fugitive across town and one that’s more passive like this,” Koops said. “Our biggest thing is we’re wanting to increase a sense of community like this is a kind of home for people to go to.”
The Sterling College Warriors men’s soccer team hosted the Avila University Eagles on Wednesday and lost 2-1 in overtime. On Saturday, they traveled to Winfield to play the Southwestern College Moundbuilders and tied 0-0.
Coach Adriano Marques praises the team’s ability to remain strong and positive despite their tough season.
“I feel extremely proud of their resilience and dedication, day in and day out, hitting the pitch no matter the result of the previous fixture,” Marques said. “Unfortunately, we’ve had a little bumpy season but they haven’t lost focus on the goal all season and the coaching staff appreciates that immensely.”
Of all the games Sterling has played this year, they have won four, lost ten, and tied two.
“The things I feel that we are doing right, or better I should say, this season compare to previous ones is our communication on the pitch,” said Marques. “One of our greatest assets is our work ethic. The boys leave their hearts on the pitch every practice and every game no matter the score line.”
The Sterling College Warriors men’s soccer team will play the Kansas Wesleyan University Coyotes in Salina on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Oct. 24, Wayne Simien, formerly of the Miami Heat basketball team, spoke at the Wednesday morning chapel.
“In Ephesians 2:10, it says that God has good works prepared in advance for us to do,” Simien said. “So, it’s time for us to wake up, put that bookbag on, to be filled with the Holy Spirit and go and say, ‘Hey, God, who do You have me to talk to today? What do you want me to say today.’ It’s an adventure for sure.”
Continuing with Sterling College’s theme of “Practically Speaking,” Simien’s message was entitled “Saved From, Saved For…,” which focused on the notion that the reason Christians are saved is so that they may further the Kingdom of God.
“When I read the Gospel and Acts, they were goin’ after folks. I got a backpack with a Bible and iPad, and I got a team of people. We go, and I’m on campus every single day doing a variety of things.”
Simien grew up in Leavenworth. He played basketball throughout high school before playing for the University of Kansas, earning multiple awards in both. He came to play in the NBA by way of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat, with whom he won a championship the following he. In 2009, Simien decided to retire from basketball and pursue Christian ministry.
EDITOR’S NOTE:A previous version of this story said Simein played for Kansas State University. This was incorrect. He played for the University of Kansas. The story has been corrected. We apologize for the error.
By JASE BRANDT, reporter Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018
PHOTO BY JASE BRANDT
The Sterling College Campus Activities Board will host a Water Pong event on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. in Upper Wilson.
“We’re very excited about it. It’s supposed to be really chill but still inclusive,” said CAB President Brianna Chastain. “We wanted to get an event that kind of fits a lot of the student body.”
The game is essentially Beer Pong, but will be played with water instead of beer. This is a more tame event for CAB compared to their previous Color Wars event and their upcoming Halloween Bash, both of which are fast-paced and require a lot of work.
Water Pong will be a game of team elimination. Each team will be composed of two people. The first-place winning team will receive a $25 gift card to Applebee’s while the second-place winning team will win a $15 gift card to Subway.
“We try to do that on purpose to kind of give us a little break and be able to focus a lot on the crazy ones, which is nice,” Chastain said.
Now that Sterling College’s busy homecoming week is over, students will now have more time to attend extracurricular activities and events like the ones CAB hosts.
“We’re trying to figure out a way to bring more people to our events and a lot of times it’s really hard getting people to come,” said CAB Coordinator Patty Davila. “I know that this whole last week, theatre couldn’t go to any of the events for homecoming because of the musical. So, that’s a lot of people that we lost there. So, we’re trying to include everybody in our events.”
Sign-ups for Water Pong will be conducted outside the cafeteria during lunch hours for the rest of the school week.
The next event CAB will be hosting is their annual Halloween Bash on Oct. 25.
The Sterling College Student Government Association is currently hosting a scavenger hunt for a $25 VISA gift card as part of the Sterling College homecoming festivities.
SGA President Drake Koops thinks the scavenger hunt is a great way to add variety to Sterling’s campus.
“It provides opportunities for students around campus to kinda see things that they generally wouldn’t,” Koops said. “And then we’re also incorporating our event that we’re doing throughout the homecoming week to encourage people to also go to the others.”
Along with this scavenger hunt, SGA previously hosted a fashion show in Upper Wilson, a movie marathon in Cornerstone and a bouncy house next to Thompson Hall. The last two events they will be hosting this week is a bonfire/pep-rally and a Glow-in-the-Dark Capture the Flag.
“It’s been a long week. There’s been a lot to do,” Koops said.
Treasurer Shelby Stowe agreed.
“It’s been full but it’s been good,” she said.
The Sterling College campus dorms are against one another in a competition to win the most points, which are achieved by the dorm residents by competing in the homecoming events as well as attending the musical “Big Fish” being put on by the Theatre Department and donating to the coin drive for Hurricane Florence.
The winning dorm will receive a trophy to display in their dorm. The trophy is new to the annual contest and will be used as a way to get students involved in the competitions.
“It just becomes a little bit more of a physical symbol of the competitive nature and maybe increases it a little bit more to get people to want to get that big trophy that can sit in their lobby, kind of like a sense of pride,” Koops said. “This will be passed from dorm to dorm. It will be sort of a spirit stickage, team thing. Or something like that. People will really want to have it in their lobby just kind of like a talking point.”
The winning dorm will be announced and recognized during Wednesday’s chapel service.
The Sterling College Warriors men’s soccer team hosted the Tabor College Bluejays Wednesday and won 3-0.
Head coach Nic Martinez had positive things to say about the team and their win.
“I feel like we played pretty well,” he said. “It’s probably one of the games where we actually played as a team and everything, which is a good time to do it since we’re going into conference and everything. I just feel like now going into the rest of the conference I feel comfortable now.”
The Warriors made a point early on in the first half of the game and held it until the end of the second half by earning two more points.
Sterling College sophomore midfielder Muhamad Alubaidi thinks they played well and wants to improve upon their success.
“We kept pressing down on the gas pedal and goin’,” he said. “I feel like that’s the mentality you should have goin’ into every game. Move the ball around, keep our heads, and keep our composure, and finish ‘em off in the second half instead of letting down. It’s hard but always keep your head up and be positive with your teammates.”
On Saturday, the Sterling College Warriors lost to the Oklahoma Wesleyan University Eagles 4-0 in Bartlesville, Okla.
Tim Gabrielson, assistant professor of biblical studies, and Pete Kosek, assistant professor of mathematics, held the first lecture of the Theology+ Lecture Series in the Presentation Lab in Cooper Hall on Wednesday afternoon.
The lecture — “Do We Have Free Will?” — explored some of the many connections between theology and mathematics.
The idea for the series started out as a friendly discussion between Gabrielson and Kosek.
“It really started probably first and foremost in our friendship,” Gabrielson said. “Professor Kosek and I are good friends and everything. So, when I kind of came up with the idea of Theology+, we just kind of started talking about like what our intersections between math and theology because that seemed like such a difficult topic. So we batted around a lot of different ideas of how they might overlap. Pete, he was really the one who ended up coming and saying he was interested in mathematical questions about determinism and non-determinism. And as soon as he said that, I was like, ‘Oh yeah. That’d be great.’ And so, he was the one who kind of came up with that particular idea.”
The entire Sterling College Theology and Ministry Department plans on holding two lectures each semester like this one for the foreseeable future. Each theology professor will team up with a professor in a different department to connect theology with the subject the other professor teaches.
Gabrielson hopes this series will allow students to see the relationship between theology and the rest of their classes.
“This is kind of an effort to try to build bridges between departments and start trying to have theology be a synthetic thing that pulls all different departments together so that hopefully it can encourage it to happen more,” Gabrielson said. “The business program will not think about just teaching business but also think about, ‘What is a Christian view of business?’ And the art department would think, ‘What is a Christian view of art?’ Obviously that’s already happening in certain ways but this, we hope, will kind of help that happen.”
The next lecture in the Theology+ Series is entitled, “Are Translators Traitors?” It will be hosted by Roy Millhouse from the theology department and Mark Watney from the Sterling College Language and Literature Department. The date for the lecture has not been officially announced but will take place in early November.
Lectures for the spring 2019 semester will include a Theology+Science lecture as well as a Theology+Business lecture.
Gabrielson holds a doctorate in Judaism and Christianity, a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies, Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.
Kosek has earned a Master of Science degree in mathematics, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated on Sept. 27, 2018, to correct grammar and usage issues. We apologize for the error.