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for winning.

"The key to winning the race
is working together as a team,"
Hill said.

Desiree Pegel hooking Habte Dessie to
during Saturday night's race.

Participants' ages ranged
from 16 to 50. Mary King,
team member of Home Skillet
and supporting mother, said
she was just hoping to finish
the race.

"I think the toughest part
for me will be rock climbing,
because I will probably pass
out," King said.

Anthony Handel, a senior
religious education major and
third-time second-place win-
ner, said the hardest activity
for their group was the map
challenge. Two of the mem-
bers had to be blindfolded
while putting the puzzle pieces
together. This is where team-
work and communication

Photo by Emily Kay
the zip-line offo/McKee Library

skills were necessary. A help-
ful hint for next year's race
Handel said was learning to
sequence the challenges.

"You can save a lot of time
by setting up the order you
complete each challenge in,"
Handel said.

Steve Bontekoe, adventure
programs coordinator, said
that this year several different
activities were added. Some
of the challenges included
rock climbing, caving, rac-
ing and even zip-lining off of
the library.

Bontekoe said, "The best
part of the race is watching the
teams work together on the
challenges and adventures."


Continued from Pg. 1

their involvement to the next
level and help raise awareness
so that we can end this conflict
and get the abducted children

Brittany Gimbel, a senior
nursing major who ran the 5k
race, thought downtown Chat-
tanooga was a good place to
hold the event.

"Coolidge Park is where ev-
eryone goes on the weekends,"
she said. "Hopefully a lot of
people saw us running."

The next Invisible Children
event, "The Rescue," will take
place on April 25. According
to the Invisible Children Web
site, students will march to a
designated "abduction site,"
and spend the night there to
get media attention.


Continued from Pg. 1

adventurous stories in service
of God.

Alex, Nicole, and Audrey,
their 3-year-old daughter, will
be moving west at the end of
this semester. April 26 will be
Bryan's last Sabbath at Colleg-
edale Church.

"We sensed God leading us
elsewhere," Bryan said. "We
love it here at Southern, in
fact, we had put money down
on a house and we were pre-

paring to settle in. But, we
believe the Holy Spirit had
other plans."

John McVay, president of
Walla Walla University, is
looking forward to the Bryan
family joining the Walla Walla

"We have been without a
senior pastor for some time.
In my conversations with stu-
dent leaders, they have begun
to worry about the impact of
that on our campus. I believe
that Alex's ministry here at
Walla Walla University will be
Spirit-bathed and inspired,"

McVay said.

Bryan has enjoyed his time
with Collegedale Church. He
has loved the people, the pas-
tors, but most of all the South-
ern students. Continuing to
work with students is what
Bryan is looking forward to
the most.

McVay said, "We will be
blessed, we know, by their
presence and good work here
at Walla Walla. We thank
SAU for your willingness to
share this marvelous family
with us."

Continued from Pg. 1

his wife accepted the position
to try something different and
go somewhere new.

"[There is] some sense of
adventure in that Giving some-
where new)," he said.

" When
Ben speaks,
people listen.

-Jan Haluska

Some of the faculty are sad
to see McArthur go.

"It's goingto be ahugehole,"
said Lisa Diller, a professor in
the history department. "He
has been a huge presence on
our campus."

Diller added that McArthur
has had a positive impact on
her, as a teacher.

"He sets a high standard in
the department for investing
in our classes," she said. "[He]


cares deeply for Adventist ej.

Some students who enjoys
McArthur's classes are disap.
pointed he is leaving.

"I will be sorry to see him
go," said Amanda Chase, a
junior social work major who
has taken four classes from
McArthur. "He knows so much
about history, and for me per-
sonally he made history come

Jan Haluska, chair of the
English department, has J
worked at Southern with
McArthur since 1982 and has
been his neighbor for 18 years.
Haluska said McArthur has
been a campus leader for a
long time.

"When Ben speaks, people
listen," he said. "I think the
campus will miss the academic
wisdom he has. [He is] always
on the side of academic rigor
and intellectual service to stu-

The history department has
recently put together a search
committee to find someone to
fill McArthur's position.

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Living lite with a soldier's heart and a 5-year-olds eyes

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The scene is Sonrise, 2008,
my first one. We had recently
moved to Collegedale, where
I had enrolled at Southern as
a theology major. It was unex-
pected, the call to go back to
school at age 40, but I had ab-
solved to allow God to be Lord
of my life and didn't question
Him anymore.

I was struggling then with
being a military policeman
in the Tennessee National
Guard, a thoroughly "combat"
role, while attending school
to be trained to lead others to
Christ. But I reasoned that He
had called me there as I was,
and besides, the guard was.
helping me afford the school-
ing and support my family, so
I tried to put off making any
decisions on the matter.

While walking through the
passion week portrayal, my

then 5-year-old son became
tired, so I put him on my
shoulders where he was easier
to carry and also had a better
view. When we came to the
crucifixion scene, he had more
than his usual questions. "Why
are they doing that to Jesus?"
"Who are they?" "What did Je-
sus do wrong?" "Why are they
hurting Him?"

Being a father of "sound
mind," I attempted to ex-
plain to my son, in 5-year-old
terms, what was going on. Je-
sus had come to this earth to
help us, I said. And in doing
that, He had caused, by being
the Son of God, some people
to realize how sinful and bad
they were, and they didn't like
it. In fact, I told him, just see-
ing Jesus made many of them
very angry, and they wanted to
get rid of Him so they would
not be reminded of how bad
they were. The ones nailing
Him to the cross, I said, were
not doing it because He had

done anything to them; they
were just doing their job, what
they had been told to do. Then
I casually added, almost mat-
ter-of-factly, that they didn't
want to hurt Jesus, but they
had to do what they were told.
They were soldiers, and that's
what soldiers do.

*•'■ Why are
they doing
that to

The next words out of my
son's mouth nearly dropped
me to my knees the instant he
spoke them. I knew immedi-
ately that God was speaking
to me through the mouth of
my son. I knew at that mo-
ment that I had been looking
at my situation from my own,
selfish, materialistic point of

view. His words were simple,
and straight to the heart. "But
Daddy," he said, "you're a sol-

With tears in my eyes I
stopped there and then, in
the middle of the vast throng
of people passing through the
final performance of that day.
Thankful for the sunglasses I
was wearing, and thankful for
the insight of a child, I said a
prayer to my Father for for-
giveness, for thinking about
me, and not about Him. I
knew exactly what He was
telling me. No more excuses,
Tim. You're not playing sol-
dier anymore. No more uni-
forms and guns, you will fight
for Me now.

It was not easy, but in No-
vember of 2008 I was granted
an honorable discharge as a
conscientious objector. It was

not because I am not patriot-
ic, or because I disagree with
those who defend our coun-
try and our way of life, but
because I have found a new
way to fight, and a new, bet-
ter cause to fight for. My unit
has since been scheduled for
deployment to Afghanistan in
August 2009.

As for the military pay, and
tuition assistance, God clearly
told me "Don't worry about it,
that's My problem," and we
haven't missed it. He is taking
care of my family and I.

I hope to graduate in De-
cember of 2010; and where
He will send me to fight is any-
body's guess. But one thing
is for sure: Wherever that is,
I intend to go with the heart
of a soldier and the eyes of a

Having a cheering section in life

This guy. I know pretty well
ran his first marathon a couple
of weeks ago. He said it was
true that life is like running
a race; that Paul had it right
when he alludes to the idea in
2 Timothy 4:7 (look it up).

He said the marathon was
full of difficult times when
running became very mental-
ly taxing. With each mile, his
pain increased until every step
became tougher than the last.
At times he would ask him-
self "why am I doing this?" or
"how is this fun or helpful in
any way?" In spite of his train-
ing and conscientious prepara-
tion for the big event, his soles
burned and his joints moaned

with fatigue. He realized that
in some ways, it's pretty funny
that thousands of people go
through the painful experi-
ence every year, sometimes
over and over.

Life, especially as a Chris-
tian, is often described as a
walk. It's a journey, a trek, an
endurance race with a spectac-
ular prize at the end. We are
called to stay on the narrow
road and let God's Word be a
lamp to our feet and a light for
our path (Matthew 7:14; Psalm


But how do we keep running

when life becomes difficult?

When our soles burn and our

joints ache? Do we owe it to

our own preparation or physi-
cal toughness or luck?

My friend found that it was " brother (Proverbs 18:24).

the support on the sidelines of

people unknown to him that
kept both his feet going in
their slow, plodding rhythm
until he finished the race.

While life can also be long
arid painful, while it can be
discouraging and filled with
doubts and while the pain may
not seem worth all the careful
preparation sometimes, there
is always Someone on the
sidelines cheering us on.

Finishing his first marathon
was a proud moment for my
friend. He knew he couldn't
go back and thank all the peo-
ple who cheered him on, but
he owed a lot to their support.
And in the process, he realized
that he owed everything to
Someone he did know, Some-
one who sticks closer than a

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Sifting through accomplishments to find meaning

Tara Becker

Public Relations Major

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Last week, I had the privi-
lege of going to a sit-down
dinner where Dr. Ben Carson
was speaking. Dr. Bietz and
Dr. Wygal had reserved a table
for Southern, and they invited
Christina (another student
worker) and me to go along. I
had heard a lot about Carson
and was excited to have the
opportunity to hear him in
person. To be honest, I didn't
know who Ben Carson was
until earlier this year. Appar-
ently, that's ridiculous judging
from the reactions I got when
I first admitted this. Word on
the street is that this man is a
pretty big deal.

At the Chattanooga Conven-
tion Center while we waited tor
the event to start, we enjoyed
some pleasant conversation. I
witnessed Mrs. Wygal making
some light-hearted jabs at Dr.
Wygal and immediately recog-
nized that Dr. Wygal had met
his perfect match. I listened
as Mrs. Bietz told me about
her new revelations as she's
grown accustomed to Dr. Bi-
etz's rigorous travel schedule.
The more I get to know these
people, the more human they
to me. We talked

our hair gets in the humidity
and how frustrating contacts
ran be when you're first try-
ing to get them in. It's through
these types of conversations
">« I realize that we're all
made up of the same stuff. We
^ serve the same God, we all
seek the same things: Affirma-
nt, love, acceptance. We are
a 'l human.

When the event finally start-
ed, a guy got up and started

l *ng about this organization

* d . "Why Know?" Come to

1 out, the event was a com-

ing out party to reveal their
name change and new mis-
sion, and this was the entire
reason that we were there. But
not for our table. We. came to
hear Carson speak. A lot of us
didn't even know what, "Why
Know?" was.

. lmpres-

. Ben

H And then,
there he was.
Ben Carson. In
the flesh.

From what I gathered "Why
Know" (now "On Point") is a
kind of mentor program for
local high schools. From what
I understand they do a lot of
different things for teens in
the community. Good things.
Admirable things. Life-chang-
ing things.

Before Carson came up to
speak, the director of this or-
ganization gave a presentation
on "Why Know?" She told sue- '
cess stories about teens whose
lives had been impacted by
this organization, emphasiz-
ing that this program is about

twins. This man was..


And then, there he

Carson. In the flesh.

He gave a good talk. He re-
flected on his life, explaining

how he got to the place he is

now, and what he has learned.

But to be honest, I wasn't over-
ly impressed. He said a lot of

things that weren't really new.

Nothing that made me tilt my

head, squint my eyes, nod, and

say, "Mmmm." I wasn't sitting

there waiting to be blown out

of my seat, but for everything

that has been said about him,

I guess I was looking for some

inspiration, or insight that

maybe would change the way

I view life and the world. My

point here is... I was more

touched and inspired by the

woman who spoke before than

by this man. Don't get me

wrong, this man is really bril-
liant. No doubt a man of God,

using his incredible talent to

touch thousands, no probably

millions, of lives. And for this I

really do think he's exception-
al... but maybe not any more

than other gifted people I've

come across. Gifted people

that haven't met the presi-
dent, who haven't separated

one brain from another and

who don't bring in hundreds

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lng le 3ummer > how frizzy arg teens who haye been m . e d people just the same. ' whole thing was to inspire, to But I'm not glad for the rea-

volved in gangs, drugs and After Carson was done raise awareness and tb cre-
sex. These are teens searching speaking, a high school ju- ate a passion for our broken
for acceptance, and finding it nior named Anna Stroud took teens. But it had become about
in these people. I was inspired the stage. ..She started talk- the person, and not about the
listening to this woman speak, ing about how her life has cause.
She was passionate; she was changed since she's become It's so easy to glorify peo-

involved with "Why Know?"

She talked about her insecuri-
ties and struggles as she tried

to deal with the pressures that

our society has put on young

girls, the peer pressure to con-
form to materialistic ideals.
It was at this point that I

noticed something shocking.

People were actually getting

Dr. Ben Carson

up and leaving. Right in the
middle of this young girl's tes-
timony; people were checking
out. They had heard Carson
speak, and that's what they
had come for; now it was time
to go. I sat there astonished,
watching women gathering up
their purses, and men straight-
ening their suits, thinking to
myself, 'You are missing the

THIS girl. THESE teens.
THESE stories. THEY are the
reason that we were there, or
the reason we should have
been there. It wasn't about
Carson. He was a bonus, no
doubt... there wouldn't have
been such a turnout if it wasn't

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transparent, and she was ab-
solutely dedicated to this out-
reach program.

After she spoke, it was time
to introduce "The Man." In her
introduction, she listed the
many things that Carson has
accomplished, from receiving
the Jefferson Award to being
the first to separate Siamese

pie, isn't it? We are a nation
that measures people's worth
by their accomplishments,
not who they are. If you're not
interesting enough, success-
ful enough, pretty enough,
or smart enough, you're not
worth our time. We are called
to "not be of this world," but
we have become enamored

Graphic by Katie Dexler

"with prestige and awed by
material success. Carson, as I
think I've emphasized already,
is an amazing man. I don't
want to minimize how giv-
ing and influential he's been
in furthering the kingdom of
God and impacting lives, but
he is human, just like Anna.
He struggles with the same
things, breathes the same air
and uses the bathroom like the
rest of us.

We are all made up of the
same stuff. We worship the
same God, we seek the same
things: Affirmation, love, ac-
ceptance. But so often we miss
the point.

This experience was awe-

sons I thought I would be, and
I wasn't inspired by the people
I thought I would be inspired
by. But I'm pretty sure that's
the beauty of it.

May we see it. See through
the fluff, the titles and the
fame. See the cause, and see
the people. See each individu-
al for who they are, not what
they've done. See the beauty
in brokenness and the value in
success. May we find the bal-
ance. And never forget that
we, o, are human.





Rachel Hopki ns

Lifestyles Editor

[email protected]

Two-hit wonder, The Fray, releases new CD

Assistant Chapiain

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"I don't really like them. I
mean, their song got so played

I'll give it to you. They had
two hits on their last album
that got played pretty hard,
yet in conversations where
The Fray is mentioned you are
just as likely to hear someone
ask, "Who?" Somehow, every-
body can recognize their hits
almost to the point of disdain
but manages to forget who
actually made the music. Two

1. Artists don't overplay
their own music, DJ's do.

2. If you haven't checked
out The Fray's new self-titled
album because you got tired of
hearing "Cable Car" on the ra-
dio, you're missing out.

Early February saw the re-
lease of The Fray's second full
album entitled "The Fray."
Unfortunately, nearly nobody
noticed and that's the part I
can't get over. They have all the

makings of a band that should
get recognition but somehow
remain nameless. The album is
well mixed, full of texture and
lyrically solid although some
songs like "Never Say Never"
might leave you scratching
your head as to the meaning.
Still, the same could be said of

Driven by piano, "The Fray"
sports a laid back yet invested
feel, which sounds distinctly
different from "How To Save a
Life," yet both albums can be
easily connected to one anoth-
er, a talent few bands possess.
In addition, they are able to
follow the music trend without
catering to it.

So if it sounds like I am
mad that The Fray isn't super
popular, it's because I am.
Although, I'm not sure why I
should be. America, after all, is
a free country. But I would like
to finish with this: At the end
of the day everyone wants an
album that they can listen to
start to finish and "The Fray"
delivers. End of discussion.


Vexation: Wasting en-
ergy left and right.

Solution: Last week we
talked about having a light-
ing curfew, but here's an
even easier way to save on
electricity; just turn your
computer off.

Implementation: It's
. pretty simple. Power down
your computer at night
(and especially when you
leave for the weekend). Un-
plug your power strips too
while — «!*■■* at it. If y"«'—
just lea, nig your desk for
an hour or two, turn your

monitor off. Believe it or
not, those suck more power
than your hard drive. .

Clarification: People
say that turning your com-
puter off every night is hard
on the system, but this is
a myth that has persisted
for some odd reason. Now
you can be greener with-
out having to worry about
hurting the pretty Mac-
Book your parents bought
you for Christmas. Alright!
*info from consumer-
energy center. org /myths/
Tif l -rs_energyuse.

Question of the Week

If you could choose, what sport would
you be legendary at?

"Gymnastics, because I could go to the
Olympics and win medals or poker so I could

win money.
Gabriella Perez

"Tennis, because it's complex
and fun."

- Joey Giampa

"Swimming, because I could be best
friends with Michael Phelps."

- Katie Freeland "Ping-pong because I want to

beat that guy on YouTube."

- Ambar Perera

"Pool, like Billiards, because you can be
old and still be good at it."

-Alba Carcamo "Soccer, because I love to

watch it but I can't play it."

- Liliet Prevost

"I would be legendary at golf so that I could have a longer
career and use my winnings to help Southern students in
need pay their bill."
- Don Mathis


Not sure what to do this
weekend? Here are a few
ideas to get you headed in the
right direction.

Literary Gala with the
Center for Creative Arts

Rock Point Books,


Thursday, April 9, 7 p.m. '



UTC Women's Tennis vs.
Western Carolina

UTC Tennis Center,


Friday, April 10, 1 p.m.



Easter Egg Hunt

Coolidge Park,


Sunday, April 12, 9 a.m.



Easter Brunch in the
Broad Street Grille

The Chattanooga Hotel,


Sunday, April 12, 11 a.m.

$31.95 for adults

(includes complimentary

valet parking)


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