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 KAITLYNN LITTLE, reporter
Monday, Nov. 12, 2018

College students and local families hurried out of the cold and into the Sterling United Methodist Church on Broadway St., Monday evening, to order warm drinks and snacks. The second floor of the church, called Connection Café, is set apart for balancing socializing and working on homework.

The café is meant to be a space for all who enter to experience the love and grace of Jesus. It is meant to be an inviting atmosphere where friendships can be strengthened and burdens can be shared.

The Connection Café was founded in memory of Jacob Oden. This café was his vision, though God called him home before he was able to see it become a reality. Jacob had named the café and came up with some of the new drink ideas. Memorial money was given in his honor to furnish the space for it. His heart for service is remembered through the existence and purpose of the café.  

 The café space was dedicated to the glory of God on October 19, 2016. Since then, many students have made it their space away from college.

“I come about roughly every week. I actually also work here and am one of the people who attended and helped out-right from the start. I really enjoy the community here and the mission to reach people during study time has always appealed to me. The Connection Café is a fun place away from campus, with cheap coffee, good company, and a place to work,” senior Brianna Chastain said.

Brianna and her friends sat behind their laptops circled around a coffee table, all focused on their screens yet taking moments to reach for their coffee mug and take a sip every now and then.

“I usually come every other week. The atmosphere is just extremely relaxing. I can come to the Connection Café for multiple reasons, whether it be completing a big assignment or catching up with friends,” junior Kaylyn Oberle said.

“One of my favorite memories during one of those friend nights, was when I decided to hide a few of their bookbags and laptops around the church. They found them within 30 minutes or so and then proceeded to steal my keys while I wasn’t looking, go move my car, and then wait for me to notice it when it was time to leave. All of that extended from a fun night of fellowship at the Connection Café. I really appreciate the awesome environment. Coffee is a great bonus as well!” Oberle said.

Students come to enjoy the space and the beverages, but students are also behind the counter working as baristas.

“Working here has been a very growing, new, and relaxing experience for me. I’ve worked in the coffee business for two years now and I love the environment that a coffee shop provides for customers. I love working here at Connection because I think it’s so special that this church is using coffee as a way to reach out to the community and provide inexpensive yet savory coffee for the community,” freshman Emma Kwasiborski said.

Besides food and doing homework, students also enjoy playing board games and table tennis there too. Their menu includes: lattes, hot chocolate, steamers, affogatos, pop, Gatorade, water, Capri Sun drink; and cookies, chips, candy, granola bars, popcorn, and pop tarts.

The Connection Café is located on 137 N. Broadway. They are open from 7-10 p.m. each Monday night. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jeff Darnauer at 620-474-1102 or at jdarnauer@sterling.edu. 

 


By JASE BRANDT, reporter
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018

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.

Photos by Jase Brandt.

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.

Halloween Movie Marathon Poster

By JASE BRANDT, reporter
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018

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.”

By KAITLYNN LITTLE, reporter
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018

Career Services and the Writing Center partnered to host an informative and practical workshop, Tuesday, Oct. 30, to help students in their process of applying for graduate school.

Terry Ehresman, director of Career Services, explained to students that now is the time to 1) decide if they want to go to graduate school, 2) do research to figure out the requirements and deadline for their program, and 3) give themselves plenty of time to write the personal essay.

Ehresman also gave students a tour of his Career Services website. It provides important internet links and career guide pdf’s that he has gathered for students’ success.

“Part of the services offered by Career Services, is grad school advice. And so, whether that’s “How do I know if I should apply,” “Will a grad school degree help my career,” “If so, how do I decide which school to go to,” “How do I write the paper?” These are services I offer one-on-one for students anyways, so this was just a form to do that in more of a group setting” Ehresman said.

Dr. Rachel Griffis, assistant professor of language and literature, presented a powerpoint titled “Strategies for Writing the Essay.” Her two main points began with “it’s all about you” and “your dream school.”

“Writing these statements—like I mentioned in the presentation—these statements are some of the most difficult rhetorical documents to write. Job, scholarship, and fellowship applications are also kind of in that same genre. These short things that can only be like 500 words or 1000 words, are so difficult to write, so students can benefit from getting guidance specifically in this genre,” Griffis said.

Students were given a handout of an example of a bad personal essay with edits marked in red. After reviewing it, they were given a packet of four good example essays and discussed what qualities made it excellent. Lastly, Ehresman handed out a “Personal Statement Worksheet” that provided questions to help students start brainstorming and write down some ideas for him and Griffis to read and give suggestions.

“I’m in the process of applying for graduate school. My plan is to apply to master’s programs for applied mathematics. Right now my plan is to apply for between 5-10 programs, just depending on what I find and what interests me, and what would be a good fit for me. This workshop was really helpful just to get some general writing tips and kind of keep alert for what’s expected,” senior Shelby Stowe said.

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.

Sterling college is partnering with Jostens to sell college rings. And now is a great time to buy.

Students used to have to come into the bookstore and fill out an order form to order their college rings. Now the ordering process has completely moved online.

“There’s not really a set year you get them but I would suggest that a student wait until they’re absolutely sure they’re going to graduate from Sterling College before they get a ring,” Debbie Staton said, manager at the SC Bookstore.

“You wear it to show off your alma-mater,” Staton continued.

Rings have been available to order here at Sterling for as long as anyone can remember.

To order rings, “go to jonstens.com. There’s a longer cite that takes them straight to the sterling College page,” said Staton, or students can go the long way and select state and school from the website.

The rings are completely customizable. “Especially the bigger rings that have more stuff on them, and more choices,” Staton said. “They can of course drop in their B.A. or B.S. and their graduation year,” she continued.

Symbols for different majors are also available to choose from. “Smaller rings won’t give all of those choices but the bigger ones will,” said Staton. Upgrades like choosing a real gold ring can easily drive up the total cost.

There are two promotions for rings a year, one now in October and another in March. Ordering by November 1st would guarantee your ring by Christmas. Ordering in March would guarantee it by graduation. “They say about six weeks processing time,” Staton said.

“I have a [ring] sizer here for people who aren’t sure about their size,” said Staton. The Bookstore is open from 10a.m. to 5p.m. every weekday except for Wednesday when they open at 11a.m.

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Wayne Simien

By JASE BRANDT, reporter
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018

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.