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.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.

By JESSE SHEPPARD, reporter
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018

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.

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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.

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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 JESSE SHEPPARD, reporter
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

The 2018 Volleyball season has concluded with Sterling ranked fifth in the KCAC (Kansas Collegiate Athletics Conference). The team won its championship game against York, but was unable to defeat the University of Saint Mary in the tournament quarterfinals. They finished the season with seventeen wins and fifteen losses overall.

With the season over, the volleyball seniors took a moment to reflect on their season. Kristen Calderwood, a senior majoring in biology and a defensive specialist for the volleyball team enjoyed her final season at Sterling.

“I think this season was the best one we’ve had while I’ve been at Sterling,” Calderwood said, “We had a couple tough games, but we ended up in the top half of the conference. It was definitely a season to remember.”

Calderwood said that the team has genuinely impacted her throughout her years at Sterling.

“They [Calderwood’s teammates] have challenged me to be more outgoing, taught me how to maturely handle conflict, demonstrated incredible work ethic, and shown me love and grace in action. I am a much better person because of them,” she said.

Alexandra Reid is a senior Exercise Science major and a defensive specialist for Sterling College Volleyball. She is the all-time career leader in digs at Sterling College with 1,749 career digs. She is ranked fifteenth in NAIA Division 1 for total digs with 700 digs in the 2018 season. Reid said that the 2018 season had been challenging but strong.

“We had a rough start, but we got better as the season went on. We always fought hard even when things didn’t go our way, and [we] finished fifth in conference,” Reid said, “Out of my four years, this was my favorite team because we all got along, which made our team have great chemistry.”

Caitlyn Wood is a senior Athletic Training Major and four-time team manager for Sterling Volleyball. Wood was impressed with how the team challenged each other to grow this year, noting that some women have improved immensely over the past year.

“She [Breanne Akiu] is only a sophomore but she has grown so much both as a player and a woman. Her skill level and confidence on the court has improved so much. She is good on the court both mentally and physically. I cannot wait to see the player she turns into,” Wood said.

Wood reflects on the year with hope for the promising talent she witnessed this season.

“We had a lot of new great talent that will be good in future seasons once it is pushed to grow. I hope to see people grow and pushed outside their boundaries,” she said, “I have faith in the coaching staff and the team.”

 

By JESSE SHEPPARD, reporter
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018

On Monday night, the Potato Club hosted a Thanksgiving Feast for the students of Sterling College in Heritage Hall. The event began at 7 P.M. and ran for over an hour.

The club served a traditional meal of mashed potatoes and gravy, turkey, stuffing and macaroni, alongside pie and sparkling cider. The event also included time to fill out numerous “thank you” cards for Sterling faculty members.

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Students gathered in the hall at seven, and quickly filled the room. Ashley Dodge, an SC senior and the club publicist was surprised by the large turnout.

“It went better than we expected,” Dodge said, “We were really excited when a lot of people came, and it was good to see their excitement within their fellowship together.”

The students sat with their food and enjoyed each other’s company as the event came to an end. The event concluded with a large selection of “thank you” cards for students to show their appreciation of the entire Sterling College staff.

Brett Couture, a Resident Director at Sterling enjoyed his time at the event, and he was glad to see the student’s appreciation and spirit.

“I enjoyed seeing everyone and signing the cards for all of the awesome people who work on this campus,” Couture said.

Shelby Stowe, Potato Club Treasurer and Sterling College Senior expressed that having “thank you” cards was a great choice for the atmosphere of the college.

“The cards are an element we chose to encourage students to think about others during this time of thanksgiving,” Stowe said.

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Sterling Senior and Potato Club President Chloe Heard shared her appreciation for those who made the event possible.

“Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful. I would like to thank Caitlin and Anthony Glaze for letting us use their space to make all of this food,” Heard said.

Heard also discussed the preliminary plans for their upcoming Spring semester event.

“Bring out your fancy dresses,” Heard said, “Our next event in the works is the ‘Potato Prom’ in the Spring.”

By JESSE SHEPPARD, reporter
Friday, Nov. 2, 2018

The Sterling College Symphonic Band and Percussion Ensemble as well as the SC Jazz Band performed their annual fall concert this past Thursday Evening at Sterling United Presbyterian Church.

Professor Larry Brownlee ‘80 directed the band through seven musical works. The concert’s opening piece was “Seat Beat” by Daniel Bukvich.

Hunter Hathaway, a Sterling College Freshman enjoyed the beginning of the concert.

“Using the chairs as drums was awesome. It’s something I’ve never seen before,” he said.

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The other songs performed by the concert band were “Rhythm of the Winds” by Frank Erickson, “Shenandoah” by Frank Ticheli, “On An American Spiritual” by David Holsinger, and “A Bridge to Somewhere” by Jon Phelps.

Molly Sunberg, Bari Sax player and Junior at Sterling College enjoyed the performance.

“I think the concert went really well. We were all very excited for this concert, and it was the best we have played the songs. I am really looking forward to our Christmas concert in December.” She said.

Wesley Lowrey, a Senior at Sterling enjoyed the concert.

“My favorite segment was watching my fiancé, Brianna Chastain perform in the jazz band.”

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The SC Jazz Band performed two pieces. These songs were “Emblem of Unity” by J.J. Richards, and “Rites of Tamburo” by Robert W. Smith.

Kassidy Brandt, a Sterling Sophomore was impressed with the band’s diverse works.

“I really liked the drum line, and I liked the jazz pieces. It [attending] was a great way I could support my roommate.” Brandt said.

 

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Professor Brownlee is a recent addition to the Sterling College Music Department, and Thursday’s concert was his first concert as the Director for the Symphonic Band.

Adam Moore, Percussionist and Sophomore at Sterling is excited for the future of the band with Brownlee in charge.

“I’m really excited with the direction Professor Brownlee is taking this band, and I think that the future of SC band will shine bright with him at its helm.” Moore said.

The Sterling College Symphonic Band will perform at its Christmas Concert on December 2 at 3 P.M. at Sterling United Presbyterian Church.

By JESSE SHEPPARD, reporter
Friday, Oct. 26, 2018

On Thursday night, T@SC (Theatre at Sterling College) and CAB (Campus Activities Board) hosted their annual Halloween Bash in Wilson Hall. The event featured a haunted house, dancing, cotton candy, apple bobbing, pumpkin carving, along with Sterling’s annual costume contest.

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The haunted house winded through Lower Wilson Hall and was filled with Sterling College actors dressed in horror makeup and clothes covered in fake blood. Strobe lights flashed as the actors jumped out to scare students on the way to Upper Wilson, where the Halloween Bash took place.

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Kimberly Loya-Enriquez is a freshman double majoring in theatre and music. In the haunted house, she played the role of La Llorona, a character from a Latin American urban legend.

“I’ve never participated in any Halloween events before,” she said, “It was a lot of fun.”

The event began with food, apple bobbing, and dancing to Halloween-themed music. When enough students arrived, they danced the “Cupid Shuffle”.

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The next portion was devoted to the pumpkin-carving contest. Three pumpkins were carved, and the judges decided the winner was a pumpkin vomiting out its insides.

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The final parts of the night were devoted to dancing and the costume contest. Winners were picked in the areas of “Best Guy Costume”, “Best Girl Costume”, “Best Couples Costume”, and “Best Group Costume”.

Seth Rogers won “Best Guy Costume” for his Doctor Who attire.

Kristen Diaz won “Best Girl Costume” for her Mary Poppins outfit.

Chloe Heard and Shelby Stowe won “Best Couples Costume” for their “Sinking Titanic” Costume.

The “Best Group Costume” went to a group dressed-up as the cast of “Riverdale”.

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The night winded down with more dancing and camaraderie until 11 P.M.

Lexi Jarvis, a freshman Musical Theatre Major helped with the haunted house in Lower Wilson Hall.

“I enjoyed the event,” Jarvis said, “We were with a lot of fun people, and no one got hurt or fainted in the haunted house.”

 

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T@SC is hosting a murder mystery event later this semester. The date is to be announced at a later time.

CAB’s next event, the “Lip Sync Battle” will be held on November 1 from 8-10 P.M.

By JESSE SHEPPARD, reporter
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018

On Friday, October 12th at 9 P.M., The SC For King and Country Ambassadors held an event to celebrate the release of a popular Christian band’s latest album.

For King and Country is the two-time Grammy winning Christian Duo composed of Joel and Luke Smallbone, the brothers of the notable singer and author, Rebecca St. James. Their new album, “Burn the Ships” was released on Friday, October 5th.

Jase Brandt, a sophomore at Sterling, volunteered to be For King and Country’s ambassador at Sterling College based on the impact their music and movie have made on his life.

“I’ve liked For King and Country for a long time. They helped shine a light into my life, maybe I can help them shine into other people’s,” he said.

This event was hosted by Brandt along with a team of students, and together, they hosted an event unlike any other. Instead of going through a club or student organization, the team worked closely with SGA (the Student Government Association) and CAB (the Campus Activities Board) to obtain supplies as well as access to Cornerstone.

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“It’s not an on-campus club, it’s kind of a ‘here-and-gone’ type of thing. Student Life approved of it, because it is a Christian band, and a Christian movie. It was kinda cool to see everything come together,” Brandt said.

The event went from 9 P.M. until 12 A.M. and included an album listening party, where students gathered around to enjoy food and camaraderie as the album played through the soundsystem in Cornerstone.

This was followed by a showing of “Priceless”, a movie inspired by For King and Country’s hit song from their 2014 album, “Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.”

The movie portrays a truck driver who discovers that he is involved in a sex-trafficking operation and who finds his redemption by saving sexual abuse survivors and survivors of trafficking.

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The event gained the attention of many students, and several were in attendance to enjoy nachos and fellowship while listening to the influential band.

“It was very unique, and I would like to be part of something like this again,” Brandt said.

By JESSE SHEPPARD, reporter
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018

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The “Art of Theatre” Exhibition opened Friday and will run until Nov. 2 in the Art and Media Center.

It features costumes from many Sterling productions, including last year’s “Once Upon a Mattress,” “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” and “Romeo and Juliet”. It also showcases costumes from “The Servant of Two Masters,” as well as many past productions throughout Sterling College’s history.

Ardynn Brooks, sophomore art education major, is a costume designer and the costume shop foreperson. Brooks has designed and constructed costumes that are featured throughout the display.

“I have a few featured works, [they] feature primarily in a ‘then and now’ section, comparing our modern Shakespeare, to the classical Shakespeare pieces,” she said.

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Brooks said she was excited about the exhibition.

“It is a little unnerving because that means people get the chance to be up close and personal with things that I made that are not perfect, but from the audience, you think they look better than they really do,” Brooks said. “I think it’s a cool opportunity to get up close and personal and see what it really looks like up close.”

Brooks shared this is a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to witness the costumes from ages past.

“Some of them have not seen the light of day in many years,” she said.

Sasha Hildebrand — a 2003 alumnus who serves as director, choreographer and costume designer for Sterling College Theatre — discussed her time in the theatre as a student at Sterling.

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“One of the main aspects of being involved in the shows is that you were not only expected to perform on stage, but you were also expected to work out somewhere technically, behind the stage,” she said.

Hildebrand said designing costumes as a student enabled her to become a creative and a leader.

“That’s where I fell in love with the idea of costuming and how that relates to theater and storytelling and character development. At Sterling, we had such an opportunity to work with a plethora of costumes, but also a director and a designer who let us spread our wings artistically.”

This opportunity led Hildebrand to discover her interest in costuming.

“I loved finding the connection between storytelling and what the character and the actor actually wore,” she said.

Hildebrand was able to design this exhibition to share the legacy of Sterling Theatre with alumni and students.

“Thinking about the show, we wanted to celebrate the history and construction of things that have been specifically made for shows here in Sterling, or have been reconstructed for various shows at Sterling,” she said.

The exhibition focuses on not only the history of Sterling Theatre, but also the design of each piece.

“We wanted to celebrate the theatricality of some of the clothes that we’ve produced throughout history here,” Hildebrand said. “We chose really bright and colorful things, ornate things, and things that represent the class and genre we typical have at Sterling.”

To see the exhibition, visit the Art and Media Center Gallery now until Nov. 2.

By JESSE SHEPPARD, reporter
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018

Saturday the Sterling College Warriors football team played at the Charles J. Berkel Memorial Stadium at the University of Saint Mary’s Spires annual homecoming game.

The Warriors led for the entirety of the game and came out victorious, 44-12.

This marks the sixth time the Warrior football team has won against the Spires since 2013, and it is also the second road victory and third win overall for Sterling this season.

The Warriors shined during the first half of the game, with four touchdowns and a field goal, ending the first half with a 31 point lead over the Spires.

The Warriors ended the third quarter with 41 points and giving up a touchdown to the Spires. During the fourth quarter, the Spires scored their second touchdown. Both point-after attempts were unsuccessful for the Spires.

Hunter Hathaway, Sterling’s freshman nose tackle, is looking forward to the upcoming homecoming game against Ottawa University at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in Smisor Stadium.

“This sets us up nicely for our game against Ottawa,” he said. “The defensive line did especially well tonight. Their (St. Mary’s) main advantage was their run game. Our defensive line shut that down.”