By Hannah Abbate, reporter
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018

Photo by Hannah Abbate

Friday night the Donut Club hosted one of their events in Cornerstone. And the night was filled with many laughs, snacks, and games.

The Donut Club is one of the 12 clubs on the Sterling college campus.

The night started off with a donut decoration activity and competition. Glazed donuts were set out to decorate with many different colors of frosting and topping options.

Participants had time to socialize and snack on some donuts before another competition began. Mini powdered donuts were used to see who could fit the most in their mouth, like a game of chubby bunny.

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After the game, the winner of the best decorated donut was announced. A junior art major, Lexi Sutter’s donut won this title.

“My inspiration really came from the promise of God to never flood the earth, as it has been flooding so rampantly on campus,” Sutter said. “I just thought of all the colors of the frosting and wanted to use them all.”

Photo by Hannah Abbate

There was also a blindfolded donut tasting activity. The blindfolded tasted different flavors of donuts from Hurts Donuts and were challenged to try and guess the name of the donut.

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 KAITLYNN LITTLE, reporter
Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

Doubt and suspense has been manifesting itself from political leader Brett Kavanaugh’s trials, which were held from September 4 – October 4. Sterling College students followed the controversy and had mixed feelings about it at the end.

“My opinion of the case, is that the Senate/Judiciary committee should be doing over-sightment—they should be making sure this person is fit to do the job. And in this case, they went far beyond their reach and turned it into an investigation of sorts. If this was such a significant concern for the Senate, it should have been done outside. It should have been a legitimate investigation. The fact that his investigation was kind of a sham to be honest, is just sort of something I don’t really agree with. That’s why I don’t pass a judgement on whether he was or wasn’t guilty,” senior Drake Koops said.  

The heart of the investigation likely had less to do with Kavanaugh, and more with politics.

“A lot of it has to do with the partisanship that goes along with it. Democrats and Republicans were fighting over the fact that the Democrats didn’t want Brett Kavanaugh on there, and the Republicans were so strongly in favor of him being on there. So you have a lot of issues that come along with that, that are underlying that you don’t see. A lot of this became about the sexual allegations rather than the partisanship there is within the Senate,” Koops said.

Besides the trial being a political concern, it also drew attention to the injustices surrounding sexual assault cases.

“A victim’s testimony should be proof at least to open up more of an investigation, and maybe that that person is not a sound choice to go on the Supreme Court. When you have people who have done that kind of thing or have raised any suspicion of it, it makes it a lot harder for victims to come forward about it,” junior Lexi Sutter said.

Students used the news story to start conversations that could change the way our culture deals with injustices.

“I think one positive affect of this crummy situation, is people are speaking out more and saying, ‘Hey, it’s not okay for this to happen.’ And one of the most important things I’ve noticed in this specific case, is I’ve heard a lot of people say, ‘If you feel like there was lot of misjudgment in this, then you need to register to vote, because the people who are representing you should be representatives of what you think and believe in. And if there is no one who represents what you believe in, then you won’t be heard and we lose the whole point of democracy if you don’t vote,” Sutter said.  

Though the trial is over and Brett Kavanaugh is now part of the Supreme Court, Koops thinks that problems similar to this case will continue.

“I think it’s just kind of our society in general, just how politically correct we have become. How afraid of voicing our opinions and just being direct and as straightforward as possible. Because people will say things that sound correct, but then the message gets lost. I think with just this culture, especially in politics, they know what the buzzwords are. They know what bothers people the most. With these sexual allegations, it seems to show a culture that is really leaning to be as politically correct as we can be in these situations,” Koops said.

By JASE BRANDT, reporter
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018
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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.

By HANNAH ABBATE, reporter
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018

At 8 p.m. Friday the Student Government Association hosted a bonfire event open to the students of Sterling College. There was a mix up about where the event would be held, but it ended up behind Douglas Y.

The fire was set up and a nearby table held all the ingredients needed for s’mores and marshmallow roasters. Along with other snacks, there was plenty to eat as many students gathered around to socialize.

The event was overseen by Emma Birky, SGA’s campus activities director.

“I am in charge of all of the clubs on campus, and we have about 12,” Birky said.

The bonfire event has been something talked about in past years.

“This might be one of the first years where it’s actually been pretty successful. Especially having Capture the Flag after the bonfire, I think we get a lot more people to come,” Birky said.

The game of Capture the Flag involved students running around with different glow stick bracelets to show which team they were on. So many men from Kilbourn Hall showed up to play that the teams were divided into Kilbourn against everyone else.

Friday night’s activities lasted well into the night as students enjoyed themselves by the fire and out on the field for the game.

The next SGA event is the Homecoming Hangout. It will be located in the grass strip in front of Evans Hall starting at 11 a.m. There will be inflatables, face painting, pumpkin painting, and lots of other activities for students and the Sterling community.

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

Photo by Jesse Sheppard

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.