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.”

REPORTER, Hannah Abbate

Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

 

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.

REPORTER, Hannah Abbate

Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

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.

Safe travels and happy holidays!

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 HANNAH ABBATE, reporter
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018

Saturday afternoon the Warriors drove to North Newton, Kan. for their final game of the season. Their opponent was Bethel College.

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The Thrashers were (2-7) going into Saturday’s game, while the Warriors were (4-5).

The loss to Bethel was hard,” said Nathan Jackson, a freshman tight end. “Being the last game of the season, we wanted to go out on a win but we came up short.”

The Warriors scored first at the start of the game. The first quarter was otherwise scoreless as Sterling led 7-0.

The second quarter was the highest scoring quarter of the game. The two teams battled. Sterling put up 20 points while Bethel gained 14.

Going into halftime the Warriors led 27-14.

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During the third quarter, the Thrashers held the Warriors scoreless. They score a touchdown of their own and turned a two-point conversion after the touchdown to make it 27-22 Sterling.

In the fourth quarter the Thrashers stayed strong and consistent, scoring another 14 points. The Warriors battled back by scoring 7 points of their own, but it wouldn’t be enough to put them over Bethel. The Thrashers won 36-34.

“I think the offense as a whole did really well; we scored 34 points,” Jackson said. “The defense this year is pretty young and they are still learning and growing as athletes. I think the whole team can improve with the mental part of the game, which is doing the right assignment at the right time.”

With a final record of (4-6) for the Warriors, their season comes to an end.

“We have a lot to learn from this season, said Jackson. “I think that this offseason will go really well for us and we will come back next season ready to fight.”

 

 

By HANNAH ABBATE, reporter
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018

Beginning Monday, November 26th, a weekly Bible study on campus will be open to all women interested in attending.

Bible studies are often used to bring together a group of individuals who may otherwise not gather on their own. They serve to spread the word of God and give advice. Bible studies also help to reach those who might not attend church normally.

The idea for the event comes from Katie O’Brien. As an alumni, O’Brien currently works in the admissions office.

O’Brien grew up in Upland, California, where she developed a love for theatre and music. She headed to Sterling in 2014 to major in Theatre and Communication. After graduating in the spring of 2018 and has returned to campus as the Arts Admissions Counselor.

The Bible study will be open to all women. “It’s about creating long lasting relationships and friendships with women based on our relationship with God,” said O’Brien.

“Originally the idea was just for art students,” O’Brien said. “Performing Arts majors have really weird schedules and its hard for them to go to normal Bible studies.”

O’Brien plans for the Bible study to be a weekly event starting on the 26th of November. It will last seven weeks and meeting will be held at 10p.m.