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

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 JASE BRANDT, reporter
Friday, Oct. 5, 2018

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.

Campus-Wide Competition

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.

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018

Photo by Kaitlynn Little

At 5 p.m. today in Heritage Hall the Theology Department hosted a community event for assistant professor Glenn Butner’s recently published book, “The Son who Learned Obedience: A Theological Case Against the Eternal Submission of the Son.”

The event provided time for the college and local community to be the first to hear about and buy his book.  

Butner said he got his inspiration for the book first from hearing a theologian talk about the relationships between the trinity in 2014. Afterwards, Butner wrote an article furthering its discussion. In 2016, an online debate on that same topic led many people to read Butner’s article for information.  

Because of that attention, people started asking Butner to write more and come speak at conferences on the subject. His original article evolved and was later published in the Journal of Theological Society.   

He wrote blog posts, spoke at conferences, and published papers on the subject of the Son’s free will. He ended up writing the book by putting together these various pieces.  

“It isn’t really that clear in the Bible where there is a theology and philosophy that unpacks really how ‘will’ works,” Butner said. “Jesus having a human will is pretty important. Because he offers human obedience on our behalf, so we don’t have to. Our connection to Christ is our shared humanity.”  

He said he sent the rough draft to multiple people and book companies.  

“For this book, I got a lot of help from other people at this college,” Butner said. “The library staff and faculty. Professor Bronlewee, Dr. Gabrielson, Dr. Millhouse, all helped me edit and proof some stuff. And Lydia, she supported me through when I spent a lot of time writing this book two years ago, and listening as I discussed the trinity a lot. She has been advocating the book maybe more than I have.” 

Butner thinks the content of the book will help people because many people are wrestling with those questions.  

“The book is for basically, pastors, professors, theology graduate students, and smart Christians,” he said. “I didn’t write it at a level where everyone will easily be able to read it. I hope it will start a new conversation on this subject, that is more charitable, and that better identifies the issues at stake.”  

Attendees were allowed time to ask questions of Butner following his presentation. Refreshments of lemonade, chips, and Rice Krispies with the Keltic trinitarian knot decorated on top with frosting were provided by Lydia Butner.  

Friday, Sept. 21, 2018

Fall colors blurred behind crowds of red and blue at Warrior Fest Saturday, as local businesses, churches, and college athletes gathered on both sides of downtown Broadway Street to give and receive information about their programs. 

The festival lasted from 9:30 a.m. until noon, as families and students visited the athletic and business booths. Leather jewelry, pumpkins, print Warrior T-shirts, crochet hats, home baked goods, carved wood décor, and meals were being sold. 

The purpose of Warrior Fest is to give the college students an opportunity to get familiar with the downtown area and for the community members to greet the college athletes they’ll be supporting. 

“I enjoy seeing students in a different environment and getting excited about the fall athletics. It’s essential for a small town to connect with its college. They rely on each other. Neither would be the same without each other” said Mark Tremaine, assistant professor of criminal justice.  

The Sterling College football team and cross-country team signed photos, the soccer teams sold scarves, the golf teams directed a chipping game, the volleyball team offered serving for prizes, and the women’s basketball team hosted a BBQ sandwich sale. While the men’s basketball team played basketball with kids, the softball team did face painting, the baseball team led a kid’s pitching practice, and the cheerleaders performed stunts and cheers.  

“I enjoy seeing the town all come together. To interact with the community our team sells scarves, kicks the ball around with the kids, or we’ll juggle the balls. From my freshmen year to now, it’s really evolved and gotten bigger and bigger each year. It’s cool to see how they change it each year,” senior soccer player Haley Garcia said.  

The Chamber of Commerce sponsors the festival each September and welcomes people of all ages to participate in the morning’s activities.   

Wendy Calderwood, who graduated from Sterling College in 1989, said Warrior Fest was an exciting experience.  

“Today was my first time coming to Warrior Fest. I enjoy all the energy. Everyone is just excited about Sterling,” she said. “The community of Sterling does a great job of supporting the college and the college does a great job of supporting the community. So far I’ve participated in bingo, a bean bag toss, and now I’m going to get some barbecue from the basketball team. I will come back next year.”  

Warrior Fest finished with women’s and men’s soccer games at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. This was followed by a football game against Kansas Wesleyan at 6 p.m. For a full list of this year’s athletic events, visit

Friday, Sept. 21, 2018

Photo by Jesse Sheppard

Sterling College’s Producing and Directing Cinema class is holding auditions at 7 p.m. today in the Art & Media Center for their upcoming film projects.

There are open auditions for four original screenplays written by the students in the course. The student directors are looking for a diverse range of actors who fit into one of four age categories: young teenagers (12-15 years old), older teenagers (16-18 years old), young adults (18-24 years old), as well as middle-aged men and women (45-55 years old).

Ryan Corwin, Assistant Professor of Communication and Digital Media, explained the purpose of these auditions.

“The objective of Producing and Directing Cinema is to produce and direct short films. We have two students producing and directing documentaries, and four [students] producing and directing creative shorts based on their original screenplays,” he said. “The final edits will be submitted to film festivals around the US.”

Each student director will need to discover talented actors for their films. Micah Watney, one of the student directors, has even reached out to local high schools to find the perfect cast members for his film.

Watney hopes for a diverse cast who integrates well into each film project.

“I wrote my piece centered around two young teens,” he said. “And that is what I was most worried about. Finding people who fit my piece.”

The directors need to know when each cast member is available so that each scene can be scheduled ahead of time.

Interested actors need to attend today’s auditions with a list of dates in October that would work with their schedules.

Auditions are dependent on each director. Applicants should be prepared to read three to five lines of dialogue, with more being a possibility if the director needs it, and the actors will need to read through lines with others. Each audition will be recorded for the directors to review as necessary during the casting process.

Cast lists should be posted by 1 p.m., Sept. 28, in the Art and Media Center, as well as on the Communications Facebook Page (

By JASE BRANDT, reporter
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018

Photo Courtesy of Kara and Mackenzie Photography

Sterling College staff member Micah Black married his college sweetheart Jordan Himes on Saturday.

Leading up to the exchanging of vow, Micah said he was experiencing several emotions.

“I’m stoked. I’m very excited,” he said. “I’m a little nervous. I’ve never gotten married before. So this will be a new experience for me. I’m happy, a little nervous, but I got faith that it’ll turn out just fine. And, at the end of the day, we’ll be married and there we go. New chapter.”

The wedding ceremony took place outdoors at the McGlynn Family Farm just a few miles north of Sterling. The couple were joined together by the groom’s father, Jon Black. They had some untraditional elements added to their ceremony, such as their decision to write their own vows and the act of them taking turns washing each other’s feet like Jesus did to His disciples in John 13:1-17.

Their reception followed in Upper Wilson on Sterling College campus.

Micah and Jordan left on their honeymoon the day following the wedding. They were heading to Washington state for a week to do things such as hiking and exploring the area.

The newlyweds have already made arrangements to rent an apartment in Hutchinson and commute to Sterling for work. Micah will continue working as the Web and Visual Arts Specialist in the Sterling College Marketing Department, and Jordan will begin working as the Children’s Ministry Director at the First United Methodist Church on Oct. 1. Jordan is looking to help out in other areas of the church as well.

Micah grew up in McPherson and Jordan in Eureka before meeting each other at Sterling College. Micah graduated in 2018, and Jordan graduated in 2017. Micah majored in Communication & Media Arts with concentrations in Cinema Production and Multimedia Production while Jordan majored in Applied Vocal and Theatre Arts with a concentration in Performance. They were both active on campus. They were both involved in theatre, choir, and Highland Singers, and they made the Dean’s Honor Roll in spring 2015. Micah was also homecoming king his senior year and is a completer of the Honors Program.

Despite all those accomplishments, Micah says that his greatest accomplishments at Sterling College, include getting engaged to Jordan his senior year, was never pulling an all-nighter and building strong relationships with people.

“At the end of the day, I think that the most important thing is the relationships you develop that stick with ya,” he said. “Those are the good things: relationships that you have in context with God’s love. Love God, love others. Follow your heart unless your heart is dumb, then don’t follow it. And be kind and be consistent.”

By Micah Watney    Sterling, KS — April 9, 2018, 7:17 P.M.

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Third place winner, “Wall Street Journal” by Isabella Footh (junior)

Sterling College’s Art & Design Department always has something exciting on display in the main gallery of the Art and Media Center; making sure to always show off a variety of both student pieces as well as professional works from which students can learn. However, on Thursday, April 5 at 6 p.m. the department hosted its eighth annual Juried Student Art Show which contained a variety of student works from the past year. The event, supplied by a variety of snacks, gave the opportunity for students to see all the hard work many of their peers have put into the program.

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Second place winner, “Christian Galindo Portrait” by Jose Chavez (senior)


As this was a juried art show, a few select winners were chosen from the pieces that were selected for the show. Coming in third place, was Isabella Footh (Junior) with her graphic design piece, “Wall Street Journal.” In second, was Jose Chavez (senior) with his photo, “Christian Galindo Portrait.” In first place, was Anna Darcy (sophomore) with her piece, “Epiphany.”

Students who attended the event were also allowed the opportunity to vote for their favorite selection of the pieces presented. Anna Darcy won the Student Choice award in addition to her first place award!

It was a really fun time to just hang out with the other art students and I wasn’t expecting to win anything, honestly… I felt proud that the professors and judges felt that it was worthy of first place and I’m definitely thankful for my classmates that voted for me!

– Anna Darcy


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First place winner, “Epiphany” by Anna Darcy (sophomore)

The work from the art show is on display until April 20 at the Sterling College Art and Media Center which is open to the public Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


By Cathyrn Cavazos   Sterling, Kansas — Wednesday, March 28, 11:10 A.M. 

At Sterling College, there are three things that someone might be told when they walk onto campus for the first time as a freshman. “Jesus loves you,” “Beware of the soccer house,” and “Be prepared for a ‘ring by spring.’”

“Ring by spring” (meaning “getting engaged before the spring semester is over”) is a popular saying among the students of Sterling. To many, it’s just good fun, but others have embraced the term, whether they meant to or not, and have gotten engaged themselves.

The newest couple on campus to make the promise is junior Mikaela Wells and senior Brett Couture, who got engaged over spring break on Friday, March 16. Other couples on campus include: senior Olivia Dunning and junior Blaine Ducote, seniors Britt Bowman and Chris Green, senior Ricky Nichols and junior Chelsey Riffel, and seniors Michael Winstead and Cassandra Estrada.

Dunning, who is getting married in May, said that her fiancé took her to a “beautiful” rose garden with a fountain in the middle of it and proposed back in October. “He’s given me a rose for every significant event in our relationship, such as our one year anniversary and my birthday, so he proposed on the ‘Cinderella’ bridge while we were surrounded by tons of gorgeous roses.” Dunning said that she knew that he was going to propose, but the way he asked her was a complete surprise.

Young marriages are not uncommon in colleges. According to an article on Business Insider, “28% of all married couples” in the United States met while they were in college. However, it is important to note that the rate of students who meet their spouse in college is significantly higher in religious colleges. According to USA Today, “religious colleges make up a significant proportion of the top 25 “marrying” colleges for both men and women. At Brigham Young University, (a devout Mormon university), for example, about 60% of women and 62% of men attended college with their spouse.”

According to a CNN article talking with college students who are either engaged or married, 20-year old Peter Nesbitt and 19-year old Lana Ritchie, both students at the University of Michigan, were happy with their decision to get engaged, despite what their friends may have thought. “You’re with your best friend all the time, so it’s not like, oh my gosh, it’s a ball and chain now,” he joked. “Yeah, college is stressful, but now you’re getting to share it officially with someone else.”

Bowman said that her and Green personally believe that “a marriage between two Christians is meant to symbolize Christ’s unity with his followers, but I never truly grasped what it meant.” She is now learning what unconditional love in marriage is and how is very much a reflection of the way Christ loves His followers.

“Chris chose me – he wants to be unified with me forever despite seeing all of my nasty selfishness and struggles. He pursued my heart, continues to pursue my heart, and will pursue it forever in marriage. This is exactly what Jesus Christ does for His followers – he chose us, wants to be unified with us forever despite our sins, pursues our heart and will hold our hearts for eternity,” she said.

Dunning said that while she was never specifically looking to find her husband in college, she “can’t imagine life without [Ducote] and wouldn’t want to.”

By Will Dutton and Cathryn Cavazos Sterling, KS – March 19, 2018, 5:37 P.M.

Cathryn Cavazos, junior, and Will Dutton, freshman, students at Sterling College, are on a mission this semester to sample the best foods in Rice County. They will try and rate pastries, pizzas and drinks. Their hope is to make food sampling a tradition with a purpose of spotlighting new or growing restaurants in the area.

Cathryn began her adventure with a trip to the new coffee and tap house in Lyons called Brew 56, which is owned by Sterling College’s music director, Mark Clark. Cathryn inspired me to check out the foods from the places she visited. We decided I would try various pizzas from Gambino’s, Food Mart, Casey’s and Brew 56.

To insure there would be no advantages by ordering a normal pepperoni or cheese pizza from each location. I used a five-star rating system in five different categories. The five categories were crust, sauce, cheese, toppings and environment/cost.


I began my pizza-tasting adventure with a quick trip to downtown Sterling were Gambino’s is located.

Disclaimer: Although I grew up in Sterling, I still made sure to judge Gambino’s fairly. It was a lunch buffet and a wide selection was presented.

My average overall score for Gambino’s was 86 percent.

If you are a fan of thick flavor, and toppings being nicely integrated into the cheese, then this is the place for you. The soft texture of the crust was easily edible, and didn’t distract me from the delicious and spicy pepperonis. My main critique for Gambino’s was the sauce. I tried cheese and pepperoni pizza and I didn’t have a consistent amount of sauce. The pepperoni pizza felt a little too saucy, while the sauce on the cheese pizza was not enough for my preference.


The atmosphere and cost with Gambino’s was terrific. I enjoyed the calm, relaxing background noise of the music. The cost for the buffet, having been $7.50 for an all-you-can-eat salad and buffet was affordable and worth it for one person. Gambino’s is a place to go if you want friendly service, good conversations, a different type of pizza (sort of spicy), and a good change-up from store-bought pizza.

Brew 56

My collective score, gave Brew 56 a 94.5 percent approval rate, the highest of any where else.

I ordered half of a small cheese pizza for $4.00. What blew me away the most, was the amount of delicacy involved in the brick-oven-style pizza. Everything about it seemed to be the right amount of sauce and toppings. I wasn’t even bothered by gooey cheese and the crust was so soft it was almost eating that good Communion bread on a Sunday morning. To add to the already exceptional pizza, the environment was peaceful. They played soft modern music that established a good mood throughout the shop. You won’t be disappointed if you find yourself sauntering over to Lyons to eat a pizza at Brew 56. I would highly recommend it.


Many of the Sterling College students find themselves at Casey’s splitting a pizza with their friends. Let me start off by saying that I surprised myself with my review of this pizza. Normally when I eat at Casey’s, which is about two times a week, I enjoy their pizza. I was in a hurry and didn’t really taste the pizza as much but inhaled it. When I had the chance to really sit down and analyze it, I was disappointed. The individual slices I bought were saucy, the crust was bland, the cheese layer was greasy, and the pepperonis were falling off. The crust was by far the worst part, because I felt like I was eating cardboard, and it took a long time to chew. This ended with a poor rating for this pizza, and an unsatisfied Will Dutton.

My total score ended up being 81 percent, in large part due to the cheese layer being similar to Fazoli’s pizza (which I love), and the topping being a burst of yummy flavor. If you missed dinner at Caf, and in need of an affordable pizza option, Casey’s is where to go.

Food Mart

I finished the pizza parade with a trip to the only 24-hour place in town, Food Mart. My score at Food Mart was 82 percent, but I left very full and happy to have made the drive there. Food Mart’s trademark pizza is a hunk or ¼ of a full pizza. The crust was a lot bigger than other crust and was crisp and golden. It was comparable to Digiorno’s. The sauce was again the perfect amount. It has a unique flavor and didn’t distract from the toppings. The downside to Food Mart is the environment. For both Casey’s and Food Mart the environment was lifeless without customers. There also wasn’t a ton of seating. It was particularly cramped at Food Mart, while Casey’s had bit more space.

Don’t even get me started on the price though, $3.19 for a hunk of pizza is a little excessive to me. Because of that, the final score for Food Mart was a little less representative of the pizza and more of the lack of a great eating atmosphere and affordable cost. If you are tired of the generic pizza taste and are willing to pay for a big hunk of pizza, you would be satisfied at Food Mart.

Will Trying Pizza

The final standings of the four places I visited goes in order from highest to lowest score. I gave Brew 56, Champion of Pizza in Rice County. Second best was Gambino’s. And in a close fight in the battle of the gas stations Food Mart’s flavor outweighed the bland pizza from Casey’s. This has been a fun experience for both Cathryn and myself. We hope to do this again in the future, and that you will think about our advice and feedback from our Rice County food tour for the next time you’re at one of the exciting food spots.