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petit jean 2010-2011 harding university searcy, ark.  volume 87

editor in chief

assistant editor

copy editor

copy editor

head photographer

assistant photographer

assistant photographer

layout editor

layout editor


nicole sullenger

michelle makool

sarah eason

kelsey sherrod

ashel parsons

alex shelton

abby kellett

brooklyn sims

kelly gemma

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At some point in our lives we have all been 

influenced by that special teacher, whether it be at an early age orlater in life. This year, the Petit Jean staff has dedicated the yearbookto one such person, professor of education Dr. Cheri Smith, for herunswerving dedication to teaching and her steadfast love for herstudents and for Christ. Editor in chief Nicole Sullenger had theopportunity to hear from Smith about her passions and experiencesin her profession.

N: Tell me a little bit about yourself.C: I grew up in a family of teachers. My daddy was a preacher, my mothertaught elementary music, my two older brothers are preachers andboth of my older sisters are elementary school teachers. The churchin which I grew up in Jacksonville, Ark., had a huge bus ministry. Itaught on the bus and started teaching Bible classes when I was 12years old. My family taught me to love learning and encouraged meto share that love with others.

N: How did you start teaching at Harding?

C: I graduated from Harding in 1984 with a degree in special education

and elementary education. After graduation, I started teaching rightaway, and although the first years of teaching were challenging, I quickly

realized that I had found my calling: teaching and encouragingchildren to reach their potential. After teaching seven years in

public schools, I had my first child and decided to stay homefor a while with him. I have never regretted that decision.Another son and a daughter followed. Many people saidthat I would never advance in a teaching career if I tooktime off for my family, but I believed that God would giveme the life that He wanted me to have, and I am verythankful for the time I had with my children when theywere young. Our family moved back to Searcy in 1995.I began my work with Harding by supervising studentteachers part-time, which led to serving as an adjunctprofessor for the College of Education, which led toa full-time position in 2004.

N:What is the best part of being a professor?

C:The best part of being a professor is being ableto develop strong relationships with my students.I truly care about them — their interests, theirworries, their dreams. Without relationship,teaching is empty.

N: Outside of teaching, what things areyou involved with on campus?

C: I am on the executive committee for Bisonsfor Christ. I love that day of service becauseI can really get to know the students who areworking on the same project with me. It is a way

to develop those deeper relationships that I value.

N: In your job, where is the place you get to most influenceyour students and make a difference in their lives??

C: Sometimes I think I make the most difference when I am counselingand talking to students one-on-one in my office, talking about theirgoals, their struggles, their hopes. However, I hope that my teachingin the classroom helps my students to develop into teachers whowill go out from here and bless the lives of others. As idealistic as itsounds, that is why I teach at the university level. Every August, whenthe school supply section is overflowing at Wal-Mart, I am drawn tothose “first day of school” moments in local schools. I miss havingmy own elementary school classroom, children with new backpacks,lunch boxes and #2 pencils. I think the day that I stop missing that,though, is the day I should stop teaching here. How can I inspire mystudents to love teaching if I don’t still believe in it as a profession, ifI wouldn’t want to go back into a public school classroom? So, everyAugust, I still believe I can make a difference for children around theworld if I teach my students well.

N: On the same note, how do the students you work withinfluence you and what do you learn from them?C: I truly believe that I learn as much or more from my students as theylearn from me. I am inspired every day by their desire to improve thelives of children. They teach me new ways to teach, especially withtechnology, and they broaden my views with their global perspectives.They become more than my students — they become my colleagues,as we all str ive to be better teachers.

N: What is the coolest thing you’ve been able to do inyour lifetime?

C: Some of the best times in my life were spent living in France. Mysister and brother-in-law, Buddy and Maurine Jones, were missionariesin Nantes, France for 12 years, and I spent almost every summer duringmy college years living in France with them, serving the church in Nantesand learning from them. They have been a huge influence in my life.

N: What is typically the best part of your day?C: I have always loved dusk, right before it gets dark. Typically, I amheading for home then, and most days, as I’m walking to my car andthen driving home to be with my family, I am looking back on a day fullof interactions with students and colleagues that I believe will affectthe lives of people for the better. What more could anyone ask for ina profession? That at the end of the day, you know you are where Godwants you to be, serving Him while hopefully blessing the lives of others.

N: What would you say your passion is?C: My passion is Jesus and Him crucified. Nothing else gives me thestrength that knowing Jesus does. That passion is what moves meforward and gives me the passion to teach, to live. Without it, I wouldbe lost and without hope. I would have nothing to give.



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It all began with one question: “Did you hearwho’s coming to Harding?” The question buzzed across campusthrough text messages, Facebook feeds, Twitter updates andold-fashioned face-to-face conversations. Weeks later, posterswent up in the student center. The excitement began to mount.The night of the concert arrived, and masses of fans squealedthe same line with intense anticipation:

“Jason Mraz is coming to Harding.”On Sept. 25, Jason Mraz performed live on the Benson

stage. Famous for his musical style that blended pop, folk androck, Mraz was a big name in pop culture. His song “I’m Yours”

reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100, and he receivedtwo Grammys for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance with hissong “Make it Mine” and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocalswith pop singer Colbie Caillat on the song “Lucky.” With hisawards and fame, Mraz was not merely a celebrity; he was anoutright sensation.

Luckily enough, he was able to show off his talent on Harding’scampus.

Since 2007, Corey McEntyre had been the head director ofCampus Activities Board. During those years, McEntyre broughtseveral celebrity recording artists to campus, such as Taylor Swift,Sarah Bareilles, John McLaughlin, Owl City and OneRepublic.

But how did he get such big name stars every year?“We go through a business called Event Resources Presents,

which helps us with everything,” McEntyre said. “They contactthe artist’s managers for us, they do the consulting and theyhelp out with contracts.”

McEntyre also explained how CAB selected the artists toperform.

“I do not base the venues on what music I like; the reasonvaries from artist to artist,” McEntyre said. “Jason Mraz happenedto be on a college tour with cheaper tickets. His tour was alsoa blend of old songs from his previous albums and new songsfrom his upcoming album.”

CAB’s hard work paid off, and it was obvious the students lovedevery minute of the concert. Mraz brought the nearly sold outcrowd to their feet — and kept them there for the entire two-hourset. Mraz not only performed songs from all three of his albums,but he introduced quite a few new ones as well. Whether it waswith his witty lyrics about Arkansas or when he pulled a fan onstage with him for his new song, “San Disco Reggaefornia,” Mrazkept the crowd constantly engaged. After ending the show withthe Beatles classic, “All You Need Is Love,” Mraz spent time atthe edge of the stage signing CDs and talking to the fans whoall agreed that the concert was wonderful.

“I thought Jason Mraz was a true performer. He made myears explode,” junior Kevin Newton said. “Seriously, the concertwas awesome.”

According to McEntyre, helping students make memorieswas what the concert was all about.

“When you are having that rough semester with the toughclasses, a concert can give you an escape with a huge crowdof people all screaming and singing for the same reason,”McEntyre said.

All of their efforts culminated in the most talked-about concertof the semester.

“Jason Mraz was a great performer,” senior Lauren Hackneysaid. “His concert was probably the best I’ve been to at Harding.”


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In the summer of 2010, Honors Collegestudents ordered their midmorning cappuccinos not from MidnightOil or Java City, but from Middle Eastern bazaars and Parisian cafés.From May 10 to June 1, students accompanied by InternationalPrograms Director Dr. Jeff Hopper and Honors professor Dr. PatGarner traveled “Around the World in a Cup of Coffee,” samplingthe coffee and the culture of Ethiopia, Oman, Turkey and France inorder to trace the history of the drink and its powerful effects oneconomics, politics and even society.

The trip, which earned its name from Tom Sandage’s book, TheHistory of the World in Six Glasses, focused on the relationshipsbetween food, family and culture.

“As Dr. Garner and I planned the course of study, the coffeetour evolved into an odyssey,” Hopper said. “It turns out that cof feeliterally unites families, cultures, economic development, trade andeven religion.”

Each country students visited revealed a part of the story ofcoffee. In Ethiopia students observed the ways coffee was grownand traded, while in Oman the group studied the ties between coffeeand Islam. From Oman the group moved to Turkey, where they visitedmosques, spice bazaars and the oldest coffee shop in Istanbul, aplace with both Christian and Islamic influences that retainedpeace even in the midst of religious strife. The trip ended in Paris,France, where the students were able to have dinner in the café atthe Palais Royal, the very site where the French Revolution began.

Although sites like the Islamic mosques in Istanbul and theQueen of Sheba’s palace in Ethiopia were impressive, it was notthe scenes of splendor that students described as their favoriteparts. Sophomore Darren Kentner and senior Gabriella Marcellinidiscussed their most meaningful time of the trip as being authenticinteraction with locals, simply being immersed into the everyday

culture of extraordinary places.“Going to where coffee started, seeing how it really actually

influences people, and actually having experienced those influences[such as participating in coffee ceremonies in Ethiopia], are tangible,real-life encounters that I would have never known about had I notgotten out of the classroom and experienced them,” Kentner said.

Kentner and Marcellini agreed that their most memorableexperience was the time they went to a coffee cooperative inEthiopia and experienced village life there. Seeing the independentfarmers working together at the same place and sharing the sameground to grow all different kinds of crops was impressive, but justpast the plantation area was where the real magic happened. Thechildren in the tiny village, most of whom had never encounteredCaucasian Westerners ever before, followed the students intently.

“Their genuine attitudes were so captivating, and I thoroughlyenjoyed holding their hands while strolling through some incrediblescenery,” Kentner said.

When a torrential downpour began, students and children gatheredunder trees and huts to play “Paper, Rock, Scissors” together.

“They didn’t try to sell us things; they weren’t begging; theyweren’t doing anything,” Marcellini recalled. “They were just kindof touching our skin because we were different.”

For Marcellini, just getting to know people, specifically the guides,was the most educational part of the entire trip. She remained incontact with the tour guides from Ethiopia and Turkey hearing abouttheir passion for the betterment of the living conditions amongtheir own people.

“[The trip] helped me realize how crucial communication isacross the globe in every culture,” Kentner said.



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The phone rang while junior Jennifer

Russell was frantically running around her bedroom collectinga few last-minute items for her semester abroad in Chile. Itwas the call she had been dreading for days.

The call came from Russell’s tr ip director, Tom Hook, whoinformed her that the trip would be delayed one week due tothe 8.8 magnitude earthquake that had struck off the coast ofChile on February 27, about 270 miles away from the Hardingcampus in Viña del Mar.

“Having it delayed was really disappointing,” junior Ellen

Erwin said. “We had waited so long, but after I rememberedthat my whole world had not just been destroyed by a terribleearthquake, my perspective changed a lot.”

Many team members began researching immediately,frightened by the devastating footage they had seen fromthe Haiti earthquake earlier that year. Several in the groupbought toiletry kits for the locals they would encounter. Theyalso packed extra clothes to leave behind for Chileans at theend of their trip.

Unsure of what to expect, students were disturbed by thecondition of the airport in the capital city of Santiago, but theywere relieved to discover it would be the worst damage theywould see throughout their semester. Only the week beforethe earthquake happened, an inspector had informed HULAdirectors that the student residence was one of the sturdiestin the country.

“Once we were actually there, we felt nothing but excitement,”sophomore Shelby Sweetser said. “There was a huge feelingof relief that we actually got to go at all! After that long of a

wait, who wouldn’t be ready?”Erwin said once everyone arrived, the entire group bonded

because of their limited communication with friends andfamily back home.

“We were all we had,” Erwin said. “With exploring theAmazon and staying in huts and all our other adventures, wereally pulled together like a family because we were so out ofour element.”

According to Erwin, the “HULAgans,” as they calledthemselves, felt their comfort zones dissolve quickly as theytraveled through the Amazon to a small rural village, wherestudents bought baskets and jewelry from the local womenand interacted with a kindergarten class in the village.

“The children sang to us and we sang back to them,” Erwinsaid. “Everyone there seemed so satisfied with their lives. Itwas definitely an eye-opening experience.”

Through these experiences many HULA students watchedtheir entire worldviews change. However, in spite of a scarystart to the semester, neither the HULAgans’ relationships

with each other nor their excitement about being in Chilehad been shaken.



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“I would have to say thatMount French is my favorite mountain,” juniorJohn Riley Wilson said. “It has the least amountof people on it. It’s so secluded.”

Not many students could name their favoritemountain, or even climb one. But for Wilson,climbing mountains was a summer job. Wilsonworked as a guide for the past two summersat Wilderness Trek, a Church of Christ-basedwilderness camp that took youth groups andother groups hiking for a week at a time. At Trek,two guides were in charge of leading teens andadults of varying ages up 14,000-foot mountainsin Colorado, while simultaneously of fering theman enriching experience to grow closer to God.

For Wilson, those mountaintop experiencesbegan with a simple phone call.

“My youth minister called me and said, ‘JR,

it’s game time,’” Wilson said, “and after talkingwith him about what it was, I knew this was aboutto be the coolest job ever.”

Wilson rst joined Trek the summer of 2009.“The rst summer was more of a mystery; I

didn’t have a clue what I was getting into,” Wilsonsaid. “The second summer was an opportunityto really step up and be a leader and take chargeof our trips.”

Wilson qualied as a guide leader his secondsummer of work. According to Wilson, developinga good relationship with the other guides wasimportant because they worked so close to oneanother.

Junior Ryan Johnson worked at WildernessTrek alongside Wilson and came to appreciateWilson’s genuine personality.

“I think one of the qualities I admire most aboutJR is his ability to be his ‘true self,’” Johnson said.“JR doesn’t change who he is for certain people.”

The team of guides was not only in charge oftaking care of each other, but also taking care ofthe kids they took up the mountain.

“The hardest part about this job to me isdealing with certain kids who are scared out oftheir minds to go any further up the mountain,”Wilson said. “But it’s also the most fullling partbecause I get to be the one to encourage themthat they can do it, and to see them do it is thebest feeling ever.”

According to Johnson, Wilson had a knackfor relating to the kids and challenging them atthe same time.

“On trail, John Riley has the incredible gift ofsaying what needs to be said,” Johnson said. “Healways knows when to give encouragement ortough love. I think the kids respect JR becauseof that.”

Ultimately, summiting a 14,000-foot peak wasnothing compared to the relationships Wilsonformed along the way.

“At Trek, I was able to see John Riley’s heartand his love for God,” Johnson said. “Becauseof that I have gained a tremendous amount ofrespect for him, but also gained an irreplaceablefriendship.”


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The genocide in Rwanda was one of

the most horrific tragedies ever carried out. Between April andJune 1994, an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed in thespan of 100 days.

Junior Regis Ngaboyisonga was only six years old when helived through the genocide, but he said the genocide was notwhat defined him. Petit Jean editor Nicole Sullenger sat down

with Ngaboyisonga, and instead of finding a victim of war, shefound a joyful, selfless student with a focus on Christ that tookmost people a lifetime to discover.

N:What can you remember about growing up in Rwanda?R:The story I have, it’s during genocide. I was six years old, butI can remember some memories. [I could] see people around,dead people, you know, the way it smelled, the fear. We werejust going from my house, we went to hotel Rwanda. It was calledHotel des Mille Collines. We’ve been there for, I think, three weeks.And we could spend three days and just eat something that wasnot enough. We were packed up into a tiny room, you know. AndI remember my mom, she used to go see different people, see ifthey could give food to my brothers. It was really hard but I’m sothankful because God helped us to go through it.

I remember we could just drink water from the swimmingpool, we didn’t have enough.And there was another family thatcame and joined us, in this tiny room, in a size like this [Editor’snote: We were sitt ing in an off ice that was less than 50 square

feet]. And the family, they came and there were maybe ten, andwe were just packed up. I remember it was so tough to sleep.

But God helped us and we moved from the hotel and wewent to another village that was safer. We went there and spendanother two months trying to get something to eat, trying to getsomething to survive. We were scared and everyone wasdead. My mom used to do everything for us. And my parents,they had already lost their parents, but I’m thankful because mymom, she was not killed over the genocide, even my dad. That’swhy genocide didn’t really affect my life, but my cousins they arereally affected; they lost almost everybody. Sometimes when Ithink about genocide I feel like it’s one of the scariest memoriesI had, horrible memories.

N: Were you in the hotel when they tried to kill everyone?R:Yeah, they used to throw bombs in it. We barely survived, that’swhat I can say. We barely survived, it was so hard. But theU.N. [United Nations] was there and they came and they triedto help people out and rescue some people that were still alive,so we got lucky. So I’m so thankful, that’s why I’m here. I couldhave died, you know.

N: How did you get to Harding?R: At Harding there are, I think, 11 students from Rwanda. It’s aprogram where they come and select a student, the top student.

I had to do a national exam and after the exam, they pick the topstudent. We compete based on our English skills because theyneed to make sure this guy, once he gets to the U.S., he getsacquainted quickly. I got picked out and that’s why I came here.

N: What are your plans after graduation?R: Rwanda is a small country and they are investing in education. I

came here just to get a solid education, then I need to return home.I’m graduating in spring 2012, then I need to finish my graduateschool and go back. My major is computer science. We just needit back home we need people who are good at computers. Weneed people who can be more creative.

N:How have you seen God working through your life?R: I love Jesus, so much. My life is based on Jesus, withoutJesus there is no way I can live. I now understand the meaningof salvation, I understand why Jesus came. Jesus knew that weneeded something, that we are missing something. My mum wasa Christian. She prayed for us, she prayed for my father and sheprayed for her children. I used to go to church because my momhad me, but in 2005 that’s when I had my conviction, my personaldecision. I was trying to get the answer for: the meaning of life.I would go through the Bible and read, that’s when I saw thatJesus is life. When you give Jesus your life, He changes it,you know. He starts his job transforming your mind, and then youhave eternal life. After I received Christ, He changed everything.

My life started changing day after day. So that’s why it’s so real.Everything is based on Jesus.Let God live your life through

the Holy Spirit. I have a daily reading and I have to pray before Igo to class. I wake up early to pray and I praise God. That’s howI live. And every time I don’t pray or read the Bible, I feel like I’mmissing something. You know the scripture from Philippians 4:12,where Paul says I can do everything through Jesus who strengthensme. It shows how Paul is depending on God in everything. So thatis what I’m shooting for. Having an intimate [relationship] anddepending on God fully.

N: In your life, what makes you happy?R:Something that makes me happy is to live at peace with everybody.I like to socialize with people and be friends with people. I reallylike to encourage people.Anytime I’m just living at peace witheverybody it makes me so happy.Sometime it’s hard; peopleare different and you have different personalities so it’s hard tomake sure you can please everybody. But I try my best to accepteverybody the way they are, the way they seem, regardless of hisnegative sides. It helps me to be humble to everybody and anytime I feel like I didn’t hurt anybody, just trying to serve people,it makes me happy. Joy that is based on God, not based on yourperformance or circumstances or anything else, that’s whatmakes me happy.



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Summer jobs forcollegestudents usually consisted of life guarding, servingas a camp counselor, or working at a local fast-foodjoint, but not for junior Daniel Meeker. Meeker, abiochemistry-molecular biology major, conductedcancer research as an intern at the University ofKansas Medical School during the summer of 2010.

“Atrst, I was looking for an internship becauseit is a good thing to have on a resume,” Meekersaid. “K.U. Med. is where I want to go to medicalschool. The professor who is in charge of the labat K.U. Med. started talking to me one day while Iwas doing some work for them, and he found outI was interested and encouraged me to apply fortheir internship.”

That conversation was the starting point forMeeker’s 10-week-long internship with the cancerresearch lab at K.U. Medical School.

“I wanted to work on something that I felt had

direct application instead of taking a bunch of datathat means nothing to me,” Meeker said.The interns and doctors at the lab ran experiments

in which they grew human cancer cells and injectingthem into mice. Once the cancer formed a tumor,doctors cut out the tumor and tried to treat it.

“It was a really good experience,” Meeker said. “Ithought it was going to be so boring, but I ended upgetting to work with people and actually experiencewhat it would be like to be a doctor.”

Meeker said the experience was not what manypeople imagine when they think of scientic research.

“I think most people have a view of research

scientists who never interact with other human beingsand are constantly looking through microscopes,but that wasn’t my experience at all,” Meeker said.“There are a lot of great opportunities to collaboratewith other people in the eld of research.”

Junior Carmen Lynn got to visit Meeker while hewas working and see what his normal day was like.

“The K.U. Med. facilities were really nice andup-to-date,” Lynn said. “It was awesome to seeDaniel get to work like that, and besides it beinga great learning experience, he felt like he wasactually helping people and getting results thatwould eventually help people down the road.”

It would come as no surprise that after Harding,Daniel hoped to get into K.U. Medical School andeventually become a doctor.

“I don’t think I would like to do research byitself anymore,” Meeker said. “I want to work withpatients, so maybe a mixture of research and also

helping patients. Surgery and oncology also reallyintrigue me.”For Meeker, the important thing was not just

getting into medical school; it was his experienceat the research lab that inspired him to get closerto patients.

“For me, the more direct contact I have withpatients, the more I see the benets of the thingsI am doing,” Meeker said. “If I have the opportunityto see a patient get better instead of committingto doing research in a lab, I have more motivationto make a difference.”






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Like many other students,sophomore John Moore sat in a comfortable chairin a quiet place, preparing for an upcoming test.However, Moore was not studying in the library likehis classmates, he was sitt ing in a pilot’s loungehundreds of miles away from campus.

Episodes like this were just a day in the life of Moore,

Harding’s own student pilot. A business managementmajor, Moore had been ying planes since he was19 years old.

Moore worked at the Searcy Airport after his senioryear of high school, where he met Ken McConnaughhay,the ofcial pilot for Harding. McConnaughhay informedMoore of an open copilot position and began teachinghim to y a few weeks later.

“God provided all the steps for me,” Moore said.“I just had to lean out over the edge of the boat andtake the step.”

Moore spent about ve months training to get hislicense. He had to collect 40 hours of ying time andpass a written exam as well as a ying check-ride,which was similar to the driving portion of the testto get a driver’s license.

After almost two years of ying, Moore had anincident most pilots prepare for but hope to neverexperience when the right engine of his plane failed

and he had to land the plane where he could receivea quick repair and be on his way. Despite what couldhave been a serious problem, Moore was not fazed.

“It sounds serious, but King Airs and many othermulti-engine turbine aircraft y surprisingly well onone engine,” Moore said. “So our main concern waslanding the airplane somewhere where it could be

repaired fairly quickly. That’s when Ken and I pickedSyracuse International. Along with some help fromAir Trafc Control, we were able to y and land theairplane with no other issues.”

Aside from the stresses of the job, it also camewith a few perks, including getting to know PresidentDavid Burks on a more personal level.

“Dr. Burks is very personable,” Moore said. “Hereally cares a lot about Harding, but even more aboutthe students. It’s been wonderful to be able to seethat rst hand.”

Moore balanced much more than the average studentbut was thankful for theexibility and understandingof his professors. Though keeping up could be tricky,Moore continued to spread out his books in pilots’lounges across the country to study and do homework,making him one of the busiest students at Hardingwith one of the most unusual schedules.



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Like most students, freshman Lauren Tesh enjoyed activit ies such ashiking, doodling, mountain biking and traveling,among other things. But one of Lauren’s hobbiesstood out from the rest: Lauren was a unicyclist.

Lauren began riding the unicycle in the secondgrade when several of her P.E. teachers wanted toget a team together to perform. A few studentsshowed interest, and the learning process began.

“I wanted to learn because it looked like funand it was rare for someone to ride it, so I thoughtit would be cool,” Lauren said.

Learning to ride the unicycle was a big challengefor Lauren. It took her months just to learn the basicriding motion. Extra tricks like riding backwardsand idling took even longer.

“It was extremely difficult to learn how to ride,”

Lauren said. “I’m sure you can imagine that, butit’s exactly like it looks.”

Lauren’s brother, junior Justin Tesh, af firmedthe difficulty level of learning to ride, recalling hisamazement at his sister’s rare talent.

“For Christmas, one year, she got a unicycle,”Justin said. “I didn’t believe she could ride it, butnext thing I know, she’s literally riding circlesaround me, going backwards, and even doingjumping on it.”

Lauren had many opportunities to perform

her talent previous to attending Harding. Herelementary school team was able to perform ata halftime show for the Wake Forest basketballgame in North Carolina, one of Lauren’s mostmemorable experiences.

As her skill with the unicycle grew, Laurenlearned more and more difficult stunts, includingriding a six-foot-tall “giraffe” cycle.

“It’s very impressive,” Justin said. “It’s actuallypretty funny to see fifth graders ride on them.”

While riding the unicycle was not Lauren’s onlytalent, it was certainly one of the most fascinating.Many of her friends discovered this hidden talentbelatedly due to the fact that Lauren did notbring her unicycle with her to Harding for the fallsemester. However, with requests and performancesin high demand, she made the decision to bring

her cycles to campus for the spring — both theregular unicycle and the six-foot-tall one!Many of Lauren’s friends and family, including

her brother, attested to the fact that Lauren’sunicycle talents only reflected how unique andindividual she was as a person.

“I love having Lauren on campus with me thissemester,” Justin said. “She is a really fun personand a great unicyclist. I really couldn’t ask for abetter sister.”


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In the midstof traveling to breathtakingAustralia in the fall of 2010, junior Michelle Cascio made sureshe would never forget her experiences. She documented

all of her adventures in her online blog, michellesinaustralia.wordpress.com. From bungee jumping off the tallest cliff inNew Zealand to eating a fried tarantula leg in Cambodia,Cascio never had a dull moment, and the following were someof her entries that captured it all.

9/8/10: WE’RE IN AUSTRALIA!. . . And it’s Wednesday. We left on Monday. You better believethere’s been a slew of Back to the Future and Doc Brownjokes circulating. It’s 9 a.m. here, but 6 p.m. in Arkansas. Theydrive on the left side of the road and the steering wheel ison the right side in the car. We’re still waiting to find a toiletthat swirls so we can let the world know if it swirls differentlythan in America.

9/15/10:Eleven Bizarre Australian Things I Have Learned11. You can’t get ice cubes anywhere. They just don’t use icein drinks.10. You would think you’d find Australians in Sydney. Nope,we found mostly Asian tourists.9. It’s not all sunshine and warm temperatures; we’ve beenwearing fleeces and jeans.8. You can go to the Outback for two days and not see a singlekangaroo. Whoever said they are like roadkill lied.7. Australia “lost” their prime minister, Harold Holt, in the oceanone day in 1967. He sank under a wave, never to be seen again.6. A box of Froot Loops can cost $7! Minimum wage for21-year-olds is $21/hr (according to a grocery store kid freshout of high school).5. Australians have a $2 coin. It’s smaller than the $1 coin.4. If you ask for jelly with your toast for breakfast you WILLbe scoffed at.3. “Hope you have a fair dinkum bonza Christmas” means“We really hope you have a good Christmas.”2. Trash is called rubbish.1. Australia has the most animals that can kill you in theworst ways.

9/18/10: Kookaburra sits in an old gum tree…in Binna Burrarainforest

If you are thinking, “Certainly it must be warm in arainforest in Australia!”, you are sorely mistaken.

My hands were numb as we trudged through the13-mile hike. We saw so many beautiful . . . trees.Trees, trees, trees . . . trees with buttress roots,

trees with epiphytes, trees with deadly stingingleaves that will leave you forever blistered …

the trees were definitely endless. We saw

paddymelons (like small kangaroos) and platform spiders (Sobig. And gross. Of course I was the one that spotted it …) anda red-bellied snake (extremely venomous apparently).

9/28/10:Possibly the BEST DAY so far!Today was probably the best day I’ve had so far- we went tothe Australian zoo! Here are a few highlights: we got to hold akoala, feed and pet kangaroos and watch the Irwins do a show!!

10/13/10: I just jumped out of a plane at 12,000 ft…It was beautiful! It was scary to watch three of your friendsjump out of the plane and scream before you went last, but itwas so much fun!!!! The freefall was amazing — it lasted 45seconds — and even better was after the parachute opened,1. because it opened and you could finally breathe a sigh ofrelief that you weren’t plummeting to your death and 2. yougot to see the amazing landscape that is New Zealand.

11/16/10:Bungee Jumping!This was the scariest day of my life. I’m not going to lie; Ifreaked out. Standing up there on that ledge, all I could thinkwas, “This is stupid! This is a perfectly good ledge, why would

I want to jump off it?” But jump I did. After that initial feelingof instantly thinking I made a mistake when I jumped andwanted to grab the ledge again and hang on for dear life, itkind of felt like free-falling during skydiving. By far actuallyjumping was the worst part. I laughed the rest of the waydown and loved bouncing.

3/1/11:I can’t believe my trip is over! I can honestly say studyingabroad in Australia was the best decision I have ever made.I met some great friends, and shared so many unforgettablememories with them. I crossed of f many things from mybucket list, and consider the trip as a whole as one personaltest to overcome my fears. I jumped out of a plane at 12,000feet, voluntarily jumped off the tallest bungee jumping ledgein New Zealand at 143m (470 feet for you Americans), got mycartilage pieced (I’m extremely afraid of needles) in a tattooparlor, found my way around a country with no passport bymyself and ate a tarantula leg on the side of a road in Cambodia.I have held a koala, and pet and fed a kangaroo. I have seenand experienced many different cultures and seen how otherslive their daily lives. I have seen unshowered children beggingfor a dollar to bring home for their family. We brought candyand gifts to the poorest school in Cambodia, and witnessedtheir genuine overexuberant excitement to get a lollipop, amarker and a noisemaker. The trip enhanced my wanderlust;I want to travel everywhere and see as much as I can. I am soblessed and fortunate to have gotten the opportunity to studyin Australia, New Zealand and Asia. God is good!


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Dr. David Burks was a president who wasrespected and loved by the student body, but few students had theopportunity to really get to know the man who spent his adult life shapingand inspiring those at Harding. He had held the tit le of dean of the Collegeof Business and had spent the last 23 years as president of the university.Father of two and grandfather of five, he had traveled to every overseasprogram, helped design buildings on campus and was a reassuring face onthe Benson stage each morning in chapel. As he neared retirement, Burkstook time to reflect on his plans for the future, his career as president andhis earlier years as a Harding student.

K:What did you do for fun while you were a student at Harding?D: I was photographer for the Petit Jean and the Bison. I had a ball doingthat. I took pictures for social clubs, athletics, events — that’s how I paidmy way through college. I spent a lot of my time in the dark room, a lot oftime with people taking pictures. I was SA president my senior year, andI loved that experience. It was a learning, growing experience. And I waspresident of my club, Beta Phi Kappa. It doesn’t exist anymore, but backthen it was a big club.

K: How did you propose to your wife?D: I proposed to my wife on campus in either the SA office or the PetitJean office. She would kill me for not remembering, but it was one of those.

K: Did you get down on one knee?D: I did. The office was the only place that we could go where it was private.On this campus back then, there were lights everywhere — just wire withlight bulbs everywhere, behind every bush — just lights everywhere. Sothe office was a private place. But back then, it wasn’t nearly the deal that

it is today. Today, there are productions. I heard about all that my twosons went through when they proposed, how spectacular it was. And

I thought “All I did was ask her to marry me!”

K: How long had the two of you been dating whenyou proposed?D: Well, we had known each other all four years of college.We both started as freshmen, but she was dating my bestfriend and practically engaged, so they had to break up. Oncethey broke up, with my advice, I started dating her. Thatwould have been my senior year. So we had probably beendating six months when I asked her, and we got marriedabout six months later.

K: So was your best friend still your friendafter that?D: He is. We’re still good friends. K: Now let’s turn to your life today. What’s thebest thing about being president?

D: Working with students and faculty. It may sound like

a trite statement, but that’s really what’s best about it. Whenever you getdiscouraged, just go spend some time with students and you’ll feel better.

K: What’s the hardest thing about your job?When people disagree, when there’s a controversy that might deal with astudent or faculty member, or a disciplinary situation — that’s the hardestpart.

K: If you could swap jobs with anyone in the whole world fora day, who would you switch with?D: I wouldn’t. I’ve thought about that before. I’ve had opportunities to goother places, but I wouldn’t change my position with that of any otherposition in the world. I think that I have been given the perfect opportunityand the perfect job. I wouldn’t trade with anyone.

K: If you could attend any of Harding’s overseas programs,which would you choose and why?

D: My preference is for the Greece program because of the opportunity to

travel to all of the Bible lands. I just think that is a wonderful opportunityfor a 20- or 21-year-old to be able to do. To spend three months traveling tothose countries and studying about Paul’s travels and where Jesus gavethe Sermon on the Mount — I think that’s just the neatest opportunity inthe world.

K: What are some funny memories that you and Leah havefrom living on campus?D: We loved living on campus, but we moved in anticipation of retiringand because we needed to own our own house. The best part of living oncampus was that students would constantly knock on the front door. It wasfor silly things, and it was for serious things. Sometimes they simply wantedto study the Bible. Most of the time it would be some social club stoppingon a scavenger hunt. I loved meeting lots of students in that context. Wehad a big bison by the garage, and periodically clubs would try to stealit, but it was so heavy they couldn’t do it. But I could tell they had tried.


Do you have any pets?D: My wife has a dog. Well, we have a dog. The dog belongs to my wife. [Thedog’s] name is Samantha; she runs the house. She is a Yorkshire terrierand thinks she is bigger than anyone in the world. She will pay attentionto me if Leah is not there, but if Leah’s there, I do not exist.

K: What is your favorite spot on campus?D: My favorite spot on campus would without a doubt be the McInteerfountain. I helped design that fountain. Its design is based on a baptistryin Ephesus. I took pictures of that place in Ephesus and gave them to MikeSteelman. The steps that go down into the fountain — where a lot of peoplehave been baptized over the years — have exactly the same dimensionsas the baptistry in Ephesus. I love that point on campus because of thathistorical significance back to when people were baptized in Ephesus.


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Erma Bombeck famously said,“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hopethat I would not have a single drop of talent lef t, and could say,‘I used everything you gave me.’ ”

Bombeck’s words were echoed by faculty who encouragedtheir students to use every bit of talent theyhad and not to wait for a diploma beforethey began bettering the world.

In that spirit, the graphic arts departmentdecided to pool their talents for projects

in the White County community, as well ason a larger scale in the nation of Ghana.

Professor Daniel Adams began takingart students overseas to Ghana in 2007,and in preparation for the trip he foundprojects for the students to do in WhiteCounty dealing with artistic design andpainting.

That was where the North SpruceStreet murals began. After speaking tothe county judge in the spring of 2010,Adams was given the task of paintingthe eight blank squares on North SpruceStreet in downtown Searcy.

“I love living in Searcy,” Adams said.“God has given me the talent to enhancethe community through art so I can give something back to thetown that does not cost it anything.”

For the panels, Adams designed murals that represented

different aspects of White County, from agriculture to medicineto oil and gas. Each mural was a specific color with variousshades and hues throughout. Adams’s goal was to finish two ofthe murals before the group left for Ghana in the summer of 2011.

“I think that having these specific murals will help people

understand more about what makes White County what it is,”senior David Towell said. “I believe that painting on buildingslends a hand to revitalizing the community, instead of havingjust blank walls. I would hope that more spaces would becomeavailable on other parts of Searcy to paint ‘life.’ ”

Searcy residents did not let the artwork go unnoticed.“We have received tons of encouragement from locals who

stopped by as we worked,” Adamssaid. “We even had a policeman comeby every so often to photograph thedifferent stages of our progress.”

This project also helped those whofelt unexperienced in the paintingaspect of art.

“I had never painted before,” juniorKatherine Kilpatrick said. “So thisproject really prepared me for Ghana.I have a steady hand, so I was ableto trace out the black outlines of themurals. The large scale of the paintingalso gave me an idea of what I wouldbe doing in Ghana.”

Towell, who helped with all fourmurals in 2010, anticipated his trip toGhana to help out with the Village ofHope again.

“The purpose of the trip is to…paintmurals, interact with children and be

a light shining for our Lord,” Towell said. “I am really lookingforward to this trip because I will get to serve God doing what I

love to do: designing work and getting to interact with the kids.”These students not only used their talents to help bothnearby Searcy and faraway Ghana, but they used every dropof their gifts and paint buckets to glorify God.


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After being established in 2008, the College of Communication experienced somedramatic changes within the first few years.

Dr. Beckie Weaver, who had served as chair of the departmentof communication for two years, was named the new dean ofthe College of Communication in 2010.The college housed three differentdepartments: mass communication,

communication sciences and disorders(CSD) and theatre with an oralcommunication division. These changes,Weaver believed, made the college“more in line with other universities.”

“Now we more accurately reflect whowe are, what we do and have delineatedout areas of study,” Weaver said.

Such changes helped realign theduties of professors and staff withinthe College of Communication. Manyhad to broaden their interests as theyworked together to maximize thestudents’ experiences.

“As we grow, we are working tocelebrate and collaborate on ourdifferences, and at the same time wecherish the long-standing communicationprinciples that we share,” Dr. JackShock, chair of the department of mass communication, said.“I feel like I have the best job in the world.”

Weaver noted that each department boasted some incredibleaccomplishments within the college. According to Shock, themass communications department focused on the “career arcof each student.” Allowing students to get involved early withprograms such as the TV-16, KVHU 95.3 or the Bison and the

Petit Jean staff was a unique opportunity most universitiesmade students wait to join until they reached upperclassmanstatus. The CSD department prided itself on its involvementin Zambia, as it had been asked to present their programinternationally.

“Our Harding University in Zambia – Speech-LanguagePathology Program (HIZ-Path) is drawing national attention,”

Dr. Dan Tullos, chair of the CSDdepartment, said. “Few other CSDacademic programs in the world can

offer such an experience.”The theatre department had its

share of successes as well. Fromprograms such as Spring Sing to ThePied Pipers, an internationally touringimprovisational children’s theatrecompany, the department was a strongasset to the college. In fact, studentsoften paired their interest in theatrewith a heart for ministry.

“One of the factors that makes ourdepartment unique compared to othertheatre departments is our focus onhelping students create a life, not just acareer,” Professor Robin Miller, theatredepartment chair, said. “Our greatestconcern is in the whole person.”

U l t im ate ly , th e C ol leg e o fCommunication with all its changes was focused simply on

helping students reach their potential as they prepared forthe work environment.

“My vision is to make sure that the whole group of the facultyare able to adequately convey the opportunities to students thatare going to be coming up in the 21st century,” Weaver said.



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At the beginning of the school

year, students were surprised to find the foreign languagedepartment with upgraded technology.

The department was the first on campus to introduce acollaborative technology-enhanced classroom, which openedup a world of in-class opportunities that were not availablebefore. Unlike any other classroomor computer lab on campus, the laballowed students to collaborate witheach other and with the teacher.

While students were usually doingindividual work in other computer labs,the NetOp technology allowed studentsto connect their computers and shareinformation, enabling them to work onprojects together.

Professor Ava Conley, the chair ofthe foreign language department, hadthe opportunity to teach a class withthis new technology. Conley said sheliked having this classroom set tingbetter because it allowed the studentsto be more active in creating in-classprojects. She also appreciated that thenew circular tables allowed for morestudent interaction.

“This is student-centered learningfacilitated by a teacher,” Conley said.

In each classroom there were four desks, and each desk

allowed for six students to work together. There were also netbooks for the students to use, as well as outlets on the tables forpersonal laptop use. Above each of the tables were televisionscreens that served as projection screens, allowing teachersto instruct group exercises with ease. Students could also

display information pulled up on their computers in this way.According to Conley, the opportunity for a new lab arose

when Paula Kirby, the director of E-learning and informationsystems, walked past her old classroom, saw how litt le roomConley was working with and asked her if she wanted a newclassroom. At first, Conley had no idea what a collaborative

classroom was. Students and teachersalike had to learn as they went, but theycaught on quickly.

Both French and Spanish classes

were able to use the new facilities to helpthem have a better authentic learningexperience. They were even able topull up videos of Spanish speakers asexamples after which to model theirown speaking.

“Our departmental opening sessionwas inaugurated with a ‘high tech’presentation using the new facilitiesand with the theme,” Conley said.

In keeping with the department’stheme, “Embracing the Vision,” facultywere able to listen to a Spanish speakervia the Internet during this session.

Students as well as teachers wereexcited about the new lab and lookedforward to the new opportunities

available to them because of it.“It’s a great tool to get students to actually have conversations

with each other in Spanish or French,” junior Sarah Adams said.“The setup of the room gives students more opportunities topractice speaking with each other, and that is the best way tolearn a foreign language.”




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The shirts theydesigned couldbe seen all over campus. The flyers t hey made wereplastered throughout the Student Center. Their “Save theDate” magnets covered many girls’ refrigerators. Whetherstudents needed function T-shirts or wedding invitations,they could count on Red Brick Studios to come up withclean, inspired design.

An emerging presence in the world of design on campus,Red Brick Studios worked closely with the Art Departmentto take on many different design challenges. The goal ofRed Brick was to work one-on-one with students in need

of design ideas, logos, posters, invitations or T-shirts.“Red Brick exists so designers can get used to theprocess of one-on-one interaction with actual clients,”senior Jonathan Alexander, director of communicationsfor Red Brick, said. “It’s not like doing homework anymore.”

Red Brick functioned to provide experience that helpedthe art and design students excel, while providing an on-campus service to non-design students as well. Red Brickalso looked to give designers an unconventional education.

“Red Brick gets designers away from the classroom,”senior Jen James, president of Red Brick, said. “Red Brickhelps keep you informed — not just on what’s going onin design on campus but also with designers around theworld.”

After the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, a designerat Red Brick had the chance to not only learn about globaldesign but also to touch lives “around the world.”

In an effort to help those whose homes had been

destroyed in the earthquake, Harding University staff aswell as the Student Association called on Alexander, whowas president of Red Brick at the time, to come up withthe design that would be used in Harding’s “Together forHaiti” and “Tents and Tarps” campaigns. The basic redT-shirts that Alexander designed, emblazoned with thephrase “Together for Haiti” in both Haitian Creole andEnglish, were a huge success and raised thousands ofdollars for relief efforts in Haiti.

“I really like that the T-shirt had the Haitian [Creole]language on the front and the English translation on theback,” junior Britney Cothren said. “It showed unity. Even

though we speak different languages, we could st ill workto help the Haitian people.”Although much of what Red Brick did happened

behind the scenes, that did not stop the designers fromfeeling rewarded.

“Just to hear that people enjoy what you’ve made,just seeing everybody wear the shirts you designed isrewarding in and of itself,” Alexander said.

For Alexander, the key to far-reaching design wasnot rooted in just the look of a T-shirt or a certain colorcombination. Being aware of others and their needs,whether students or strangers 1,000 miles away, was whatmade design effective.

“The goal is to make things simple, to be creative andto communicate,” Alexander said. “As designers, we can’tafford to stop moving, thinking, learning. Being active andsocial is integral to being a designer.”



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The American Studies Institute brought many outstanding speakers to campusthrough its lecture series, including British Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher, writer and actor Ben Stein, Chic-fil-A founder Truett Cathy and former Prime Minister ofPakistan Benazir Bhutto. However, the speaker who mayhave caused the biggest buzz on campus came during thespring of 2010, when former President George W. Bushwas asked to speak on April 22 about life after the OvalOffice and his experiences during his presidency.

“I have never seen Harding students so excited aboutan ASI speaker,” graduate Holly Steger, spring 2010 ASIvice president, said.

ASI lectures were usually open to anyone, but becauseof the high demand to see President Bush, this lecturewas a ticketed event. On the morning of April 5, studentsstood for hours in a line that wrapped all the way aroundthe Benson, waiting for the box office to open.

“Most students realized that this may be the only chancethey ever have to see a living former president in person,”graduate Haley Steger, ASI co-vice president, said. “TheAmerican Studies Institute always presents informativeand interesting speakers each year, but being able tohear from George W. Bush was the event of a lifetime.”

Secret Service arrived on campus days in advanceto check the premises and ensure the president’s safety.Despite the precautions and extra security measures taken,however, President Bush was welcoming and open towardstudents who greeted him when he arrived. Holly Steger

said he was “engaging and personable” as he reflected

on tough decisions he made during his presidency, andhe added humor throughout his speech.

ASI President for 2010 Tiffany Parish was able to talkwith the president more extensively during the ASI dinnerbefore the lecture, speaking with Bush about socialsecurity issues. Parish said Lori Klein’s public policyclass had prepared her for carrying on a conversationwith the president.

“[It was] kind of cool to say I’ve finished the sentenceof the President of the United States,” Parish said.

President Bush’s main message during his speechwas very positive, noting how great the U.S. truly was andwhat a blessing it was to live in such a country.

Bush also acknowledged the values that Hardingupheld and was proud that such institutions like Hardingexisted in the U.S.

Overall, the student body reacted with respect, and inParish’s opinion, “a very Christ-like attitude.” Parish andHaley and Holly Steger described the night as one theywould never forget.

“I’ve been at Harding for 22 years, and the reaction,just in general, has never been greater for a speaker,”ASI Director Dr. Jim Carr said. “We all estimated that ifwe had had a venue that would have held 12,000 peopleinstead of 4,000 people, we would have filled it up.”

After an outstanding event, Bush joined ranks withhis mother, Barbara Bush, and his father, George H.W.Bush, as part of the long list of distinguished speakerswho had presented at Harding.



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All the physics formulas andchemicalequations meant more than writing on the chalkboardfor a few chemistry majors. For some students, “polymer”and “nitride” were passwords to new, practical inventions.

During the summer of 2010, five members of the GedankenSociety, an organization for Chemistry and Biochemistrymajors, participated in research projects around the country.Seniors Sarabeth Shock and Andi Hardman, copresident ofGedanken, were the first recipients of the Harding chemistrydepartment-sponsored research grant. Sophomore Constance

Lents, junior Stephen McBride and pharmacy student JayHungerford also contributed to their own projects. Dr. BurtHollandsworth assisted many of them in selecting a programto work with and also mentored them along the way.

“The goal of the Gedanken Society this year is to getmore people involved with doing research and to help themrealize how valuable an experience it is,” Hardman said. “Weintend to collect all the data from these projects and publishit in Harding’s Gedanken Journal.”

Hardman’s project was the first step in trying to reach asuper conducting polymer using the properties of polysulfurnitride crystals.

“These crystals were discovered by mistake in 1910and the fact that they lose very little energy when a currentpasses through them makes them very interesting for coatingon substances for companies like NASA,” Hardman said.“However, the crystals alone are explosive. The long-termgoal of this project is to incorporate the properties of thesecrystals into a polymer that is safe and cost effective.”

McBride and Lents worked alongside Central MichiganUniversity’s Dr. Brian Pate through the “Science ofAdvanced Materials” program, which also selected nine

other undergraduates from across the country.“My research was focused on finding a consistent way to

make conductive substances (polymers) that could eventuallyraise the cost efficiency of many renewable energy sources,”McBride said.

Planning a research project from start to finish providedpriceless knowledge that could not be learned in theclassroom alone.

“The most valuable experience I learned from this is theability to think about a project and develop my own path toget there—with advice from Dr. Burt of course,” Hardman

said. “With research, you’ve got the freedom to do whatyou need to do for your project to succeed and you gain theconfidence to be able to do it with the skills that you learnfrom the research and the undergraduate courses.”

The research project also allowed the students to makeconnections with great minds from all over the U.S.

“Aside from the chemistry and physics knowledge, it was afantastic experience getting to meet and know CMU staff andfellow undergrads from all over the country,” McBride said.

Overall, the students were grateful for their experiences andfelt privileged to have been given such a unique opportunity.

“I am very blessed to have had the opportunity to researchhere at Harding because I feel more confident in my abilitiesand I feel like I will be able to succeed in the real world ofchemistry,” Hardman said. “I know now not everythingworks or turns out the way you want it to, especially whenyou are trying to make a new compound, but there is alwayssomewhere to go from there. It might be starting over, butI’ve learned that if you keep trying and put your brain to

work, you’ll be successful in doing something. It just takestime and dedication.”


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*%+$,%-,")-For the third year in a row, women’s social club Oege hosted oneof the most attention-grabbing mixers of the club process. Like many women’s clubmixers, this one involved pajamas and cookies, but the real highlight was the pedicuresperformed on the spot by the Oege beaux.

The mixer was an excellent opportunity to showcase the club’s beaux and helped theprospective members relax in what was normally a stressful club process.

“This mixer is just a great fun spirit,” junior Oege member Jimma Cornelius said, whoclaimed the pedicure mixer as her personal favorite. “The girls of Oege love our beauxand we take pride in them so we enjoy lett ing them have a mixer to shine at, with a twist.”

Potential members also enjoyed the break from the stress of the club process andfelt pampered by the beaux, not to mention entertained as they watched guys tryingto paint toenails.

“There is just something so entertaining about a guy painting toenails that makes

the whole thing enjoyable,” Cornelius said.The Oege beaux typically had no experience in nail-painting, but they worked hard to

give the potential members a pedicure they would remember. Senior Ben Borgelt saidhis experiences as an Oege beau for the past three years helped him get used to theadventures in primping and beauty.

“I actually have a blast doing a bunch of girly stuff as a beau with Oege,” Borgeltsaid. “It’s almost like playing a part in a play. I don’t know how likely I’d be to paint nailsall day on my own time, but filling a role and doing something spontaneous and fun isn’tuncomfortable at all if you know who you are behind the mask.”

The beaux took their “parts” very seriously, however.“[The beaux] ask us a lot of questions on how to give a good pedicure,” Cornelius

said. “We even have had some of them Google it. They work so hard to give a perfectpedicure. Well, at least as perfect as it can be. The pedicures are always really nice-looking because the boys try so hard.”

Even though the boys were nervous (and some had to ask for the definition of apedicure), all the girls left with pretty toes and smiles on their faces.

“It was, of course, a little uncomfortable painting a bunch of toenails of girls I’d justmet,” Borgelt said. “But I had too much fun keeping the girls on their toes to worryabout myself!”


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While many studentseagerly looked forward to participating

in club sports, it was not often that they shared their opinions on other clubs or the sports inwhich they competed. This year, we decided to take a survey to find out some of those opinions,and juniors Caroline Snell, Mark Moore, Hannah Stewart and senior Nathan Wilhelm offered

some insight into what students really thought about club sports.

What social club are you in?Snell:Zeta RhoMoore:Chi Sigma AlphaStewart:Pi Theta PhiWilhelm: Kyodai

Which men’s and women’s clubs do you think are the best at club sports overall?Snell:Titans for the men and Zeta Rho for the women.Moore: I would have to choose between TNT and Knights, and DGR and Zeta Rho.Stewart: Delta Gamma Rho always comes to play.Wilhelm:TNT always seems to be one of the better clubs at every sport. Sub T is usually thebest at football and basketball.

What club or sport do you think is the most competitive?Snell: DGR. Hands down.Moore: Sub T-16.Stewart: Kojies get pretty feisty sometimes.

Wilhelm: Basketball is the one people seem to care about the most. It’s the one club sport that’sclosest to playing the real thing competitively. Next would be flag football, but flag footballisn’t as intense as playing in pads.

Which club is the most entertaining to watch and why?Snell: DGR is fun to watch because they’re usually good. And it’s always fun to watch yourfriends play.Moore: Knights do really random funny things. At one of their basketball games, they were allwearing throwback NBA jerseys, short shorts, long socks and headbands.Stewart: Gamma Sigma Phi is fun to watch because so many people from the club come outto watch. Club sports are not as much about the actual sports as the community watching thesports together, joking around, taunting the other team good-naturedly and cheering together.Wilhelm: I think any club’s A team playing basketball is entertaining. Most of the players havehad experience before. I was also surprised at how entertaining some of the A team volleyballgames were.

How are men’s and women’s club sports different, in your opinion?Snell:The guys are so competitive. Girls can get pretty competitive sometimes, but overall Ithink girls just like having fun with our friends. The guys’ version of fun is winning. The girls’

version is goofing off.Moore:The amount of focus guys put into sports is greater. The girls seem to focus on Spring Sing.Stewart: Men’s sports are taken more seriously. More people come to guys’ games. That couldjust be because girls are trying to impress that guy who sits beside them in biology class bycoming to watch him play.Wilhelm:Men’s clubs care more about winning and recruit club members for sports. Most ofthe teams are usually pretty even, but you can still usually predict who will win. Also, mostmen’s club members try to be on A team, while often girls sign up for C team just to have fun.!"#"$%&"'() 

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When 45 girls ran into the Ganus Athletic Center for thestart of club week on Oct. 24, women’s social club Zeta Rho accepted thelargest induction class in the university’s history. Every girl who attendedvisitation also received a bid to be in the club, something the new memberssaw as a blessing.

“I loved being part of such a large pledge class,” sophomore AbbyPicker said. “My life has been so blessed by each one of those girls. Plus,it made [the] week a lot easier.”

With so many girls in the club, opportunities to build relationships andgrow in faith only increased. Devotional director sophomore Tori Randolphbelieved that being in Zeta Rho changed her life.

“I know that I would not have the faith that I have today, or the strengthin many areas that I have, had it not been for the girls I call sisters,”Randolph said.Girls in the club were reminded each day of why they chose to be apart of Zeta Rho.“Zeta Rho really focuses on building those close, strong friendships,”

Picker said. “I can’t count the number of times one of mysisters has taken the time out of their day to just

sit and talk.”As the years went on, and as members

came and went, being a part of Zeta Rhowas something that would be a part of the

girls for the rest of their lives.“These girls really are my sisters; the ones

before me and the ones after me,” Randolph said.“There is a lot of love and a lot of accountability.”

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Formed in 2004, men’s social club Chi Lambda Chimay not have had many years under their belt, but that did not stopthe guys from growing and having fun together just the same. Theircreative spirit allowed them to have fun with activities they did together,especially their function ideas.

“We usually have pretty different functions,” senior John Shrablesaid. “We had a ‘The Office’ function and a Hanukkah function.”

The club also had several small traditions they looked forward to.“We have a devo and go out for wings every Wednesday night,”

Shrable said. “The Saturday morning after club week, weall go to Bobby’s.”

Most importantly, Chi Lambda Chi offered themen a great way to be examples to eachother as well as to the rest of the campusand the community.

“I really have gained a strong relationshipwith the guys in the club,” Shrable said. “The devoshave served as a really great way to study the Biblewith a small group. I enjoy the activities we do suchas club sports and eating wings, just knowing that Ihave a solid group of guys that have my back.”


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Despite the fact that men’s social club Knights may havebeen known for its annual club week joust, during which new inducteesfaced off with older members equipped with shaving cream-coveredlances, there were also some activities Knights did together that werenot so well-known.

“[We have] a retreat every semester for just Knights guys,” senior BradMuncy said. “I love it; it’s one of my favorite times. We go camp out, havea few people come and speak and take time to refocus. It’s a fellowshiptime to grow closer with each other. It’s always fun to learn somethingnew about someone you didn’t know about before.”

Another Knights tradition involved the men wearing creative costumesto the basketball games in order to support the players.

“We have dressed up like the Grim Reaper, a chemical waste expert,Apollo Anton Ono and Speed Racer,” senior Corbin Huffstutter said.

Ultimately, it was their balance of fun and faith that made Knights soappealing to members.

“Something that I really love is that we’re so open with each other,”Muncy said. “[When] coming in as a freshman, they would just come andtalk and be real with me. I always loved the sense of being open.”



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“Good, better, best, never let it rest, ‘tilthe best is better and the better is the best.”

The ladies OEGE had proudly shared this maximsince 1947, its members wearing white,pink and silver as their unifying colors.

Because the club was small, membersgot a lot more face time with each other,

cultivating strong bonds and support.“A lot of girls enjoy bigger clubs,” sophomoreactivities director Jenna Sampson said, “but I likeOEGE because I feel comfortable going to any oneof my sisters about anything, and I know they’ll bethere for me to confide in.”

Junior Brittany Penrod agreed that there werebenefits to being in a small club.

“At the end of every meeting we go around and let everyone saywhat is on their minds and say a prayer,” Penrod said. “I have alwaysreally enjoyed that.”

OEGE’s club passage was found in Proverbs 31, and it held greatimportance for the club members.

“Proverbs 31:30 is on the back of our athletic shirts,” Sampson said.“It really sums up what our goal as a club is: to build each other up sothat we become better women of faith.”



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There were fewpeople on campus busier than the social club vicepresidents during club week, but according to them, the reward was worth much more thanthe sacrifice.

Being a vice president was a notoriously challenging office, but students hardly knew themagnitude of the job until they were in the middle of it.

“There is so much to do in preparation for club week,” junior Titans vice president MarcoOrozco said. “I started thinking about club week in the spring of last year. There was literallynot a day when I was not at least thinking about something to do with the week.”

Ju Go Ju vice president and senior Tessa Knight said preparing for the club processrequired learning by doing.

“Being VP was more work than what I had anticipated,” Knight said. “There are so manylittle details that you don’t even think about until the last minute! As a member of the club,pledge week always seemed to be the same, so I just assumed that there was a set way ofdoing things. But in reality, as VP, you are in charge of making everything happen. If you wantthings to go dif ferently, it’s you who changes it.”

According to Orozco, responsibilities of vice presidents were extensive, including informingthe club of anything to do with club week during the semester, organizing all mixers andclub week activities, approving events with the sponsors and Director of Campus Life CoreyMcEntyre, reserving locations for the events and much more.

Zeta Rho vice president Meredith Taylor said she was surprised by some of her duties, suchas being a nurturing mother figure to the new Zeta Rho members, many of whom were sick.

“I’d say on a scale of one to 10, a solid eight,” Taylor said about the stress level of holdingthe office.

Though the club process could be time consuming and stressful, vice presidents also hadgood things to say about their experience with club week.

“The best part of the office is seeing the club come together and seeing the group of newguys bond,” Orozco said. “It makes you feel a sense of accomplishment when you can look backand say that the week was a success and see how the club has grown stronger as a whole.”

Knight echoed Orozco when reflecting on her favorite part of being vice president.“I think the biggest reward of being VP were the relationships that Adrienne [Bryant, co-

vice president] and I formed with the new members,” Knight said. “Even though the weekwas stressful and tiresome, at the end of rough night when we flip on the lights and jerseythem it all is so worth it. Just seeing how happy all the girls are and how excited they are tobe a part of our club is so wonderful!”

With club week behind them, vice presidents felt qualified to offer advice to anyone whowould hold the position in the future.

“Don’t stress,” Orozco said. “Be active in asking for help because doing everything alonewill burn you out.”

“Be organized and don’t be afraid to delegate tasks,” Knight said.And last, but certainly not least: “Have fun with it!” Taylor said.!"#$#%&'()* 

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Chi Omega Piwas a club united by their love for eachother, service to others and the colors pink and green.

The club focused many of their efforts on service projects andactivities to encourage students at the Sunshine School.

“We hold a haunted house around Halloween every year for thestudents, and I love seeing their faces and responses,” junior servicedirector Amanda Bower said.

In addition to host ing the haunted house, Chi Omega Pi also hadan annual Christmas tradition that made a difference in the lives ofthe Sunshine School kids.

“At Christmas we each buy gifts for the students so they eachhave a present to open,” Chilton said. “Then Santa Claus comes

and delivers the gifts to the kids. Afterwards we get towatch a video and we get to see the reaction from allthe students. Getting to see how happy and excited theyare is so rewarding. This year we actually get to go and

help deliver the gifts and be there to see their reactionsand I am so excited.”

Chi Omega Pi were girls who knew how to have fun andserve others at the same time.

“I’ve never met a more kind and encouraging groupof girls,” junior Angela DeCamp said.


Although they may have been a mystery to somestudents, Pikes still valued their time together and held many traditionsand annual functions. Some of these included the Pikes fish fry, Pikesrodeo, Buffalo River float tr ip, Crawfish Pig Out and October Fest,just to name a few.

“[At October Fest] we have different activities in which we shootguns,” senior Kurt Adams said.

The members of Pikes agreed that being in a small club had someadvantages.

“I like that it’s not a huge club,” junior Alex Finley said. “The guys init are good, quality guys and we get along really well. In bigger clubsit’s harder to really get to know everyone.”

Junior Kale Gelles agreed that the small club size was beneficialfor building relationships.

“It’s a small club and you really get to know everyone,” Gelles said.Pikes members also added that they intended to get their name

out on campus and be a more well-known social club in the future.“Pikes members have gotten more involved with club activities,”

Adams said. “And the club has gotten more involvedwith the community.”


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The name “Kyodai” meant “brotherhood” in Japanese, andthe club lived up to its name. The men’s social club excelled in club sports and waswell-known for their “gamecock” rooster mascot one lucky inductee got to carrywith him every year during club week.

While Kyodai participated in sports and service projects every year, such asthe Rake ‘N Run, where the men raked people’s yards in the community, it also

had a reputation for its annual lumberjack function.“The lumberjack function is pretty unique,” senior Tripp Radcliffe said. “All ofthe guys work on their beards and train vigorously for the lumberjack games likethe log toss or the syrup chug competition. Then we fellowship and have flapjacksafterward. It’s by far my favorite function of the year.”

The guys of Kyodai did not have to look far to find dates willing to accompanythem to this function, and many of the guys prepared for it months in advance.

“I find that it helps to wear plaid and flannel year-round,” Radcliffe said.No matter the outcome of the log toss, Kyodai members’ good sense of humor

and close connections with each other guaranteed their club would stay strongfor years to come.


A large social club with equally large hearts, the womenof Delta Gamma Rho were known for their Random Acts of Kindnessservice project. Once a semester, the girls split up into groups of four orfive and scoured Searcy in search of ways to brighten someone’s day.Their list included baking cookies for the fire and police departments,writing encouraging notes to various Harding students and faculty, rakingleaves, visiting nursing homes and buying people food at McDonald’s.

The girls could be seen around campus in their trademark navy,

maroon and white jerseys. DGR girls did not need their jerseys to helpthem stand out, however; their sisterhood was what stood out the most.“We are all so different, yet we are brought together by our love for

God and desire to serve Him,” senior Laura Green said. “I love that wecan be so different and unified at the same time.”




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“Rah rah ah ah ah, Roma roma ma, Gaga ooh la la,” were some of theLady Gaga lyrics heard at the Chi Omega Pi function on Sept. 24 as the ladies and their datesmade fashion history by wearing outrageous outfits Lady Gaga herself would have beenproud of. Attendees arrived at AllFam Bowling Alley in Cabot, Ark., decked out in anythingand everything they could f ind.

“Our activity directors, Bethany Fleming and Paige Walton, came up with the function andthe theme,” senior Meghan Ebright said. “They allowed the members to come up with theirown costumes but to base them off of what Lady Gaga would wear.”

Extreme make-up, sequins, shiny fabrics and strange materials were used as the womenput their creativity to the test. Club members spent several days planning out their costumeideas and even more time executing them.

“My costume was inspired by Lady Gaga’s black dress that was also worn on the Gleeepisode inspired by Lady Gaga,” Ebright said. “I used a black nightgown and two pieces ofcardboard that I covered with black fabric. Then I spray-painted another piece of cardboardsilver for the front of the dress. The idea was instant, but the creation took longer than I thoughtit would. It was hard getting the fabric to land the way I wanted it to and getting the cardboardto stay the way I wanted it to fit on my dress.”

For this function, the more extravagant the costume, the better.“My costume was made out of newspaper,” senior Kelcy Kitson said. “I used one belt, tape,

and the rest was newspaper. It probably took me about six hours to make it.”Kitson’s hard work paid off as she was named the winner of the costume contest.“It was absolutely amazing,” Ebright said. “[Kitson] received a Barbie doll dressed like

Lady Gaga as the winning trophy.”In addition to Kitson’s newspaper costume, many other flashy fashions filled the bowling

alley. Sophomore Amanda Hostetler received second place in the costume contest, deckedout in all black with golden pyramids coming out of her clothes. Hostet ler completed her lookwith black lipstick and red feather eyelashes. Third place went to junior Whitney Dixon, whodressed head-to-toe in the same extravagant red lace gown Lady Gaga wore to the 2009 MTVVideo Music Awards.

The club members admitted they were not the only ones to get in on the fun.“Our sponsor, Sally Paine, made a fun bowling costume with pins attached to her and a

balloon as a bowling ball on her head,” Ebright said.Even the dates tried their hand at Lady Gaga’s striking style.“Anthony Saegert went dressed as Lady Gaga,” junior Charlene Nutt said. “He wore a

wig, a halter top with nothing under it, tight pants, high heels, makeup, a cape, and a hat withhorns. I didn’t even recognize him.”

The fashion show definitely attracted the attention of the other visitors at the bowling alley.“The best part of the night was simply seeing everyone’s costumes and watching the looks

on people’s faces as we entered the bowling alley,” Ebright said. “We had kids ask us what wewere doing and then we ran into some Harding faculty and students.”

Kitson agreed that the other bowlers’ reactions made all of her costume efforts worth it.

“It was really fun because people at the bowling alley were really excited,” Kitson said. “Acouple kids came up to get their picture with me. A group of moms stopped me on my wayout and told me my outfit was awesome, and they asked me how I made it.”

Lady Gaga was such a diverse subject there were plenty of wardrobe options to go around,and all of the girls agreed the creativity involved was what made the function a hit.

“This was definitely one of my favorite functions because I loved seeing all the crazycostumes that everyone came up with,” Nutt said.

This night full of Gaga, gutter balls, glitter and great costumes was by far one of the craziestfunctions by Chi Omega Pi yet.


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After many roundsof golf, hours

of practice and some memorable bus rides, the men’s golf team

was ready for the Gulf South Conference in the spring of 2010.

According to junior and team captain Bruce McMullen, the team

had been looking forward to the GSC all year, adjusting their

swings and their attitudes to come in for an eighth-place finish,

a Harding record.

McMullen was excited about what the team accomplished, but

he was not complacent about the victory.

“Coach [Dustin Howell] told us that he was proud, and always is,”

McMullen said. “But he believes that we have a great opportunity

this new season to improve and get our best statistics and finishes

at the end of the year.”

The top two players in 2010 were sophomore Blake Chase fromColleyville, Texas and McMullen, from Cape Town, South Africa.

Chase finished last season with a stroke average of 76.3, McMullen

close behind him with a 76.4 stroke average. Both players had

four top 10 finishes for the season and were followed closely in

performance by other up-and-coming players in the freshman class.

“Simply put, Harding’s golf program has a great start in building

a quality program for years to come thanks, to the hard work and

excellent skills by our 2009-10 freshman class,” Howell said.

Winning was certainly important, but scores were not everything

to the golf team, according to Chase.

“Regardless of how golf was going, we were always the team that

had the most fun,” Chase said. “We all shared a good relat ionship

and motivated each other, whether it was on the golf course, in

the weight room, or even just being there for one another.”

Junior Dustin Richter agreed that team spirit and drive were

what made the team a success.

“All our tournaments were in neighboring states, and the bus

rides were always filled with funny stories and memories,” Richter

said. “We were a diverse team with so much to offer individually,

and this created a great vibe when traveling. We even went down to

Florida to end our fall season, and that was definitely the highlight

for me and some of the other guys. We got some sun on the beach,played sand volleyball and stayed in a nice condo.”

Team spirit and unity strengthened the program and boosted

team morale, as well as the scores.

“Our team spirit and morale grew stronger all season long,

which helped us with confidence going into the GSC in spring,”

McMullen said. “This year we have an ever better team and will

beat records we have set in years past.”


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The cross-country team was 

a group with a goal of more than just crossing the nish line.From practices to service projects, the team made an effortto give back to others in the community.

“[The team] is without a doubt very close,” junior RyanJohnson said. “There is so much diversity on the team, andstill we are one.”

The team spent time together outside of practice justhanging out and having fun. They scheduled a retreat at CampTahkodah specically so that everyone had a chance to get toknow one another and discuss some of the goals for the season.

“We ended up having a great time,” senior Laura Lovett said.“We went on morning runs, we swam a lot and we played a lotof team-building games. My favorite activity was when we wereput in pairs, an upperclassman with a freshman, blindfoldedand led up the huge bluff. It was scary but a lot of fun.”

Bonded and ready for the beginning of a new season, theteam returned from Tahkodah with a new perspective on theupcoming school year and a renewed determination in theirtraining. According to freshman David Ramsey, despite therigorous expectations, a typical cross-country practice could

have a very relaxed atmosphere.“Workouts are tough, but the team is encouraging,”Ramsey said. “We get the best out of each other. I’d like thecommunity to know that we work hard, work together and

work for God’s glory.”

Johnson agreed about the importance of the team’s supporters.“Whether the Harding community just talks to us abouthow our season is going, or if they get to come out to our homemeet, it is always such a neat experience to see the support,”Johnson said.

This year, the cross-country team was denitely on itsway to gaining more attention from fellow students and thecommunity. The group hosted a race in order to raise moneyfor the family of Lori Newby, who passed away in her battlewith breast cancer in 2010. Lovett and Coach Steve Guymoncollaborated on ideas for the race and designed the t-shirts,which ended up being a huge success.

“When the t-shirts were printed, everyone asked wherethey could buy one even though we didn’t expect to sell shirtsat all,” Lovett said. “We ended up selling over 500 shirts! Weraised over $4,000 for the Newby [family]. It was one of thebest experiences of my life.”

With so many successes on and off theeld, it was apparentthat the cross-country team was a group of dedicated individualswho loved their sport, each other and serving those in need.

With this unique mixture of talent, there seemed to be no limitto how great of an impact they would have on the study bodyand community in the future.








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From the outside looking in, it may have

seemed as if football came easily to the men on the football team.But regardless of how hard they played or how many wins theybrought home, fans never really saw what went on in the innercircle of the team.

Each year, the football team as a unit chose a select groupof members to act as the voice of the players. This group wasreferred to as the leadership council. The support and spirit ofthe leadership council kept the team unified and encouraged themen to strive toward greatness on and off the field. As leaderson the squad, the men were required to listen to the concerns ofthe other players and either taking the issues to the coaches orhandling them themselves.

There were six members on the council during the 2010 season,all of whom were seniors: Kurt Adams, Jordan Watson, MarcusJones, Eddie Russ, Jason Thomasson and Jermaine Blanchard.Together these men encouraged, supported, boosted up and prayedfor their team in hopes of making it the best it could be.

“Being on the leadership council allows us to speak for the

team,” Adams said. “If they come up to us for anything, we cango back and tell Coach Huck what’s on the team’s mind and talkabout things we can change for the better.”

Watson agreed the main goal of the council was to keep theteam positive and uplifted.

“Really we just tr y and stay positive because nobody likesnegative criticism,” Watson said. “Whenever we see them slackingoff or doing something wrong we try positive criticism and tellthem that we have to work hard throughout the week if we wantto win on Saturday.”

The seniors agreed that being in a leadership position meant

having responsibility as role models for the younger men on the team.“It means a lot to me to know that I have younger guys under

me who look to me for guidance,” Russ said. “It makes me walk amore straight and narrow road. It makes me want to work harderbecause it’s not just me that I’m playing for or who I’m workinghard for. I’m preparing for those under me who are looking up tome and taking things that I do and putting it into their routine ortheir regimen to meet the standards of a great player.”

Before each game, the leadership council members arrived atthe locker room early to prepare mentally and physically for thegame. Each member had his own pre-game routine, which helpedput him in the appropriate state of mind for game night.

“I normally get to the locker room about two hours early,” Watsonsaid. “The first hour I get my uniform ready and take my time andlisten to a little bit of music. The second hour I go over the calls andplays for the game and get stressed out and get loose.”

Russ liked that the team got to put on their shiny clean uniformson after a week long of practicing in their dirty ones.

“I look around the locker room and see my brothers padding upand it’s basically like we are going to war,” Russ said.

The leadership council, although separate individuals, had similargoals for their futures concerning football. After graduation, theyall planned to pursue the sport as far as possible.

“I would love to go train and get ready for a combine,” Blanchardsaid. “The UFL, NFL and Canadian League are all out there as anoption.”

No matter what plans the future held for them individually, theleadership council knew their positive influences and dedicationwere steps in the right direction.



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Winter meant thebeginning ofthe “rowdiest” sport on campus, with hundreds of spectators

crowding into the Rhodes Field House to see fast-paced, high-action competition in one of its most popular sports: basketball.

Though the Bisons’ men’s basketball team lost a few keyseniors the previous year, nothing would slow down the staminaof the 2010-11 team.

With 2010 graduates Trent Morgan and Matt Garner no longeron the team, other players were quick to step in to fill their shoesand help contribute to the team’s early successes. The Bisonswere 5-1, their only loss by two points at an away game againstNortheastern State University in Oklahoma.

Though conference play had not yet begun, sophomore guardBradley Spencer and senior guard Stephen Blake were on top oftheir games and playing strongly, according to their teammates.Senior power forwards Kevin Brown and Sam Brown also seemedvery confident in their abilities this year. Blake led the team inscoring early in the season.

The Bisons’ success did not come overnight, however; training

began long before they ever stepped out on the court.

“We’ve been getting ready for this for a long time,” Brown said.“We’ve been working our tails off all off-season, running, liftingweights, watching film and working on our individual as well asour team game.”

The hard work paid off. With the team’s concentration onendurance, they were known for pulling ahead of their opponentsin the fourth quarter of the game.

Of course, the men realized that in order to achieve theirpotential, they must not be too confident too soon.

“We’re doing good up to this point, but we’re not going to let up atall,” Spencer said. “We have a long way to go, and we haven’t evenstarted conference play yet. I think the thing that will ultimatelyseparate us from the competition this year, though, is how badwe want it. I know everybody wants to win, but we want it bad.”

Coach Jeff Morgan agreed with Spencer, saying that, throughlosing a few leaders on the court, other players had stepped upto make the team stronger as a whole. Morgan said he had highhopes for the season, and the players had really been working hardfor it. They all believed it would pay off in the long run, giving theBisons their famous reputation and a place in the record books. 


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Let me startoff by saying that I am not thebest at making decisions. I am that friend that will sit on the

couch until someone else tells us what we’re doing. So, in otherwords, choosing a theme for the yearbook proved to be quitedifcult. I began brainstorming themes at the end of last springsemester, right after I found out I was editor in chief. I lookedall over the place for potential ideas — in magazines, televisionshows, books, commercials and so on. Nothing. Nothing at all.By the beginning of August I had a few ideas, but I still wasn’tconvinced. Finally, when I had less than a week left before I leftfor the Student Publications retreat, I thought of the theme,“Dig Deeper.” The entire 14-hour drive from Michigan down toArkansas I tried to gure out what I meant by “Dig Deeper.”There were so many different meanings I thought of, and to behonest, it wasn’t until about two months into the school yearwhen I realized what I had been thinking all along.

It’s too often we sink into this routine of doing the samethings, seeing the same people and not branching out. We moveinto the dorms, make friends, hang out with those same friends24/7, use all 15 chapel skips, search around for the easiest Bibleclass, do just ‘good enough’ in classes and move out for the

summer. After this routine is repeated four times, or maybeve, we graduate. The days run together and become prettymonotonous. That is where digging deeper comes in. If we cantake the time to think a little bit harder about the things we do,spend more time making our friendships deeper and dig intoGod’s word to nd out who He is calling us to be, our lives willbecome increasingly blessed.

For me, personally, I spend a lot of time dedicated to ensuringthat my future will be as successful as possible. My primary focusis on my classes, the yearbook, my resume, etc. Although it is

great that I have taken the time to think about those things, I startmissing out on both social and spiritual aspects of my life. When

I don’t take the time to break out from my compartmentalizedlife, I am missing out on opportunities for God to bless me andfor me to bless others. One of the greatest things about Hardingis the people it brings together. Whether it’s the girl you don’treally know in your classes or your roommate who you will stayfriends with forever, they each can have an impact in your life.Until you take the time to invest in them, they won’t be able tofully invest in you.

That is what digging deeper is all about. It is making that extraeffort to gure out exactly why we do the things the we do, andbetter yet who we are doing them for. Because when we ndthe answers to those questions, the current priority in our livesbecomes pretty clear. If those answers don’t lead us to where wewant to be, that is when we can reevaluate what we are doingand start focusing more on those things we have been ignoring.Our lives can change drastically when we choose to dig deeper.

The book highlights the ways people on this campus chooseto dig deeper. There is Regis Ngaboyisonga, the student fromRwanda who has this love and passion for Jesus that just blows

me away. The faculty member this book is dedicated to, Dr. CheriSmith, who invests in and cares so much about every one of herstudents. The group who experienced the villa re and burglaryat HUF, yet still found the tr ip to be one of the biggest blessingin their lives. Then there is Taylor Lively, whose doctor told himthat running cross country saved his life. There are so manydifferent ways the people around us can challenge us to grow.It is my hope that as you read the stories of all the people andgroups that make up this university, you see the different waysin which we each can dig deeper to nd that deeper meaning.

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