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be in Thatcher South, when in
reality they were in Thatcher
South all along," said Megan
Myers, a sophomore graphic
design major who works in the
housing department.

A lot of coordination is in-
volved, and much goes into
renumbering a building, such
as redoing signs andmaps and
reprogramming smoke detec-
tors and emergency computer

Houtchens said, "Renum-
bering a building is a team
effort that takes tremen-
dous resources and planning
to get that little number on
the door."

SMC replaced with Renewal

Roland Scaluet

Stjff Wmrr.

Southern students will not
have the option to worship at
Southern Missionary Church
anymore. Over the summer,
the decision was made to dis-
continue the student-led wor-
ship service commonly called

SMC started in the fall of
2004, when students felt the
need to have a worship service
specifically oriented toward
them. According to senior
nursing major and former
SMC Sabbath School Leader
Saralyn MacPhee, one goal of
SMC was to train students to

in the worship service, the Col-
legedale Church staff and the
SMC leaders got together and
designed Renewal, a student-
led worship service meant to
help students feel at home at
Collegedale Church. Some stu-
dents felt that after four years,
it was time to find an alterna-
tive to SMC and that Renewal
brought the needed change.

"Students can easily get
involved at the Collegedale
Church now," Cornejo said,
who is now one of the leaders
of Renewal.

Though numbers of attend-
ees at Renewal make it more
difficult to provide the infor-

Left to Right: Reese Godwin, Jaeta Carter, andEduardo Cornejo lead
out in song service for Renewal at Collegedale Church.

be leaders in the church.

"What was attractive about
SMC was that students did ev-
erything," said Eduardo Cor-
nejo, a senior theology major.

Anthony Handal, a senior
religious education major
pointed out that it is easier
to get involved when a friend
asks you than when a teacher
does. This friendly atmosphere
made it easy for student to be-
come leaders.

SMC began to have trouble
when its founders graduated
and left. Because of an annual
change in leadership at SMC,
the church became less stable.

Determined to get as many
students involved as possible

mal atmosphere that students
enjoyed at SMC, Handal still
feels that Renewal is warm
and welcoming.

"Renewal is exceeding the
needs," Handal said. "It com-
bines a student-led worship
with the community."

Students who still feel nos-
talgic for SMC will probably
be happy to know that SMC
Sabbath School has been kept
alive. It meets every Sabbath
at 10:15 a.m. in the Gospel
Chapel of the Collegedale
Church. Students will find the
same small-group based, stu-
dent-led format, and friendly
atmosphere that they enjoyed
at SMC.


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Online enrollment increases

Khrisna Virgil
St»ff Mfcnn

Online enrollment at South-
ern Adventist University has
shown growth this year, with
large increases in both the
summer and fall semesters.

When the Online program
began in the fall 2007, it of-
fered a total of three courses
to 27 students. The following
summer showed significant
growth, offering nine courses
to 167 enrollees. However, this
summer showed the largest
increase with 215 students en-
rolled in 15 courses.

Numbers tend to be higher
during the summer because
teachers, the target market
for the summer program,
have more free time to study
because school is closed, said
Pegi Flynt, director of the on-
line campus.

The online campus caters

to dually enrolled high school
seniors, who study from a dis-
tance, teachers in the Southern
Union and full time students
at Southern who may have a
conflict with work and school.

Not only does the campus
offer online classes, but video
conferencing is used as well.
With video conferencing, stu-
dents are able to watch the
professor lecture live, and
participate in question and
answer periods. They can also
interact through a number of
mediums, including instant
messaging. The instructor
can interact with the class as
a whole or with students indi-

"Almost every aspect of the
class was valuable. I think that
all educational superinten-
dents should take this class
online and use video confer-
encing for in-services," said

Mark Grice, a former enrollee.
The Office of Online Learn-
ing works with the Schools of
Business and Management,

"As a profes-
sor I was free
to create and
design my

Education & Psychology,
Nursing, Religion and many
other departments as well.

Jeanette Stepanske, an on-
line campus teacher, said, "As
a professor I was free to create
and design my course... It was
truly a wonderful professional
growth opportunity and some-
thing I look forward to doing


Continued from Pg. i

prizes and sponsoring free
drinks at the Mudd Puddle
Cafe in Ooltewah.

This year, however, Blu_
SAUce has a new vision.

"We want to focus on stu-
dent families and single par-
ents," Kibble said. "Blu_SAUce
will team up with Student Ser-
vices and the social work de-
partment to provide practical
resources for the non-tradi-
tional student families."

This semester there are 683
community students and 160
married students out of the to-
tal student body of 2,777.
Leading out in Blu_SAUce

is Volodymyr Grinchenko, a
second year theology graduate
student who knows what it's
like to be a student while rais-
ing a family.

This semester
there are 683
community stu-
dents and 1 60
married students
out of the total
student body
of 2,777.

"It would be great if the
community students with
families would have the same
experience at Southern that


Continued from Pg. 1

meeting, 200 people still had
to listen from outside, Don-
nie Keele, Southern's assis-
tant chaplain, said. Campus
Ministries brought in 600 ad-
ditional chairs for Tuesday's
meeting and is anticipating
1,600 chairs in total for Fri-
day night when vespers will be
held in the tent at 8 p.m.

Students enjoyed Gregory's
speaking approach of using fa-
miliar Bible texts and stories,
but illustrating his points with
modern examples, to reveal
new ways to understand the

the traditional students have,"
Grinchenko said. "I wanted to
help students who are going to
school full time, working and
taking care of their children."
The first Blu_SAUce event
was fall festival held last Sun-
day. Games, toys for children,
corn on the cob and pumpkin
carving were offered, among
other activities.

Junior social work major
and single mother, Kimberly
Ricks is excited about the Blu_
SAUce program.

"Southern has a lot of single
moms and family students and
I think it's great that there was
some thought put into helping
out families."

"I thought it was a very in-
teresting way to explain the
Beatitudes," said Dellyn Mat-
thew, a junior nursing major,
referring to Tuesday night's
message. ■ "I never thought
about the process of using each


blessing to become a righteous
person like that before."

Scott Cronin, a junior the-
ology major, also appreciated
Gregory's style.

"The way he presents the
Christian character has in-
spired me to search the Scrip-
tures with a greater depth,"
Cronin said. "I definitely want
to study the Bible and spend
more personal time with Je-

Gregory says he wants
InTents to be, "Intellectually
refreshing andspiritually
enlightening," for Southern
students. "I really want them
to see the beauty of the Bible
and have an increased desire
to study the Scriptures."
Keele agrees.

"I hope [the meetings] chal-
lenge students who may have
lost their way spiritually and |
encourage those who are try-
ing to find spiritual depth."


Continued from Pg. 1

members think the price is a

"Two hundred dollars a year
is not a problem for me. I was
paying close to $100 a month.
This is a real bargain," said
Patti Anderson, a mathemat-
ics professor.

Garver said although the |
Wellness Center's main pur-
pose is to serve students and I
faculty, it will also open up its
facilities to community mem-
bers and Southern alumni for |
a fee that has yet to be final
ized. Garver also said he i
very pleased about the open- 1
ing of the Wellness Center and I
is anticipating a great turnout |


Continued from Pg. 1

memorable experience.

"It's for us to remember
how we came to exist, but in a
fun way," said Paulo Tenorio,
LAC social vice president.

A play, titled "The Great
Colon," was the main enter-
tainment for the night. "The
Great Colon" was a sketch
based on Columbus coming

to America and finding 1
It was a love story with action I
and comedy mixed in, Tenorio |

Overall, students said theyj
enjoyed the play and the cul-j
tural emphasis it provided.

"It seemed like there wasl
more of a setting," said Jes-|
sie Zollinger, a junior art a
education major. "There were!
a lot more people and charac-I
ter this year."

Left to Right: Christopher Vazquez, Joyce Reyna, Sean Stultz, andM""^
Robles perform in LAC night's drama.




Alumnus opens
portrait studio

Katie Hammond


Garrett Nudd, alumnus of
Southern, hosted the grand
opening of his portrait studio,
Cobblestone Rue, in down-
town Chattanooga last Thurs-
day to a crowd of 150 people.

"The atmosphere was ex-
citing," said Didier Brival, a
junior mass communication

Tamera Scott, a senior
graphic design major said,
"Everyone seemed really in-

terested [in the photos]."

Many who attended said
they liked the interior design
of the studio. "The decor was
simple, but full of style," said
Amanda Reeves, a community
member. "1 think [the studio]
is going to be a creative ge-
nius," she added.

Scott agreed and said that
the furniture was elegant and

Jodi Herod, a Southern
alumna, said there were pic-
tures of different families
grouped together all over the
walls. Herod said the photos
clearly portrayed the quality
of Nudd's photography.

Courtney Herod, a senior

mass communication major,
who interned with Nudd last
summer, and saw the studio
in its early stages, thought the
studio looked amazing. "It's
good to see everything fin-
ished," he said.

In addition to looking at
photos, people had the chance
to participate in a photo shoot.
Vintage coats and suitcases
were available as props for
people to choose from. "It was
fun to dress up and act silly,"
Scott said

Nudd was pleased with the
turnout. "I'm overwhelmed by were friends, family members, Brival said, "It feels like
the support we've received," clients and some of the people they put a lot of work into it
he said He added that a num- he was meeting for the first [the studio], and it paid off
ber of people at the opening time.

your world

AP Poll: Obama pulls
away to 7-point lead

rack Obama has surged to a
seven-point lead over John
McCain one month before the
presidential election, lifted by
voters who think the Demo-
crat is better suited to lead
the nation through its sudden
financial crisis, according to
an Associated Press-GfK poll
that underscores the mount-
ing concerns of some McCain

Likely voters now back
Obama 48-41 percent over
McCain, a dramatic shift from
an AP-GfK survey that gave
the Republican a slight edge
nearly three weeks ago, before
Wall Street collapsed and sent
ripples across worldwide mar-
kets. On top of that, unrelated
surveys show Obama beat-
ing McCain in several battle-
grounds, including Ohio, Flor-
ida and Pennsylvania — three
states critical in the state-by-
state fight for the presidency.

Several GOP strategists

close to McCain's campaign

I privately fret that his chances

I for victory are starting to slip

; away,

Metrolink: An engi-
neer is suspended
for texting

Southern California transit
. official says a commuter train

Derdse Tyrrell, right, spokesperson for Metrolink, breaks down during
a press conference atStoneg Point Parkin Chatsworth, Calif., near the
site of a deadly crashinvotumg a Metrolink train and a freight train
Friday, Sept. 12, 2008. The day following the crash, Tyrrellmade a swift
announcement blaming the engineer driving the Metroank train for fail-
ing to stop at a red light and causing the head-on crash. (AP Photo/Los
Angeles Times, Mel Melcon)

engineer has been suspended
for sending a text message
around the time of a deadly
collision involving another

Metrolink board member
Richard Katz said Wednesday
that officials don't know whom
the engineer was texting. The
engineer has not been identi-

The National Transporta-
tion Safety Board says the en-
gineer of the Metrolink train
that crashed after running
through a red signal was tex-
ting while on duty.

Robert Sanchez was the en-
gineer of that train. It collided
with a freight train this month
and killed him and 24 other

Possible Fossett ID,
other items found in

(AP) _ A hiker in rugged east-
ern California found an I D and
other items possibly belonging
to Steve Fossett, the adventur-
er missing more than a year
since going on a pleasure flight
in a borrowed plane, authori-
ties said Wednesday.

The items were found in the
area of the town of Mammoth
Lakes, Inyo National Forest
spokeswoman Nancy Upham

"We have some ID that has
thename Steve Fossett," Mam-
moth Lakes police Investiga-
tor Crystal Schafer said "They

were turned in to us and are
in our possession."

A hiker who found the
ID and some cash came to
the police department office
Tuesday, Police Chief Randy
Schienle told CNN.

"The ID is well weath-
ered," Schienle said. "We
have heavy winters up

A sweatshirt was also
found in the area, but no
wreckage was located, he

Fossett disappeared Sept.
3, 2007, after taking off in
a single-engine plane bor-
rowed from a Nevada ranch
owned by hotel magnate
Barron Hilton. A judge de-
clared Fossett legally dead
in February.

This year's biggest search
for Fossett focused on Ne-
vada's Wassuk Range, more
than 50 miles north of Mam-
moth Lakes. That search end-
ed last month.

Mammoth Lakes is a com-
munity at an elevation of more
than 7,800 feet on the eastern
flank of the Sierra Nevada,
where peaks top 13,000 feet.

Bailout passes Sen-
ate, House foes soft-

ter one spectacular failure, the
$700 billion financial indus-
try bailout found a second life
Wednesday, winning lopsided
passage in the Senate and

gaining ground in the House,
where Republicans opposition

Senators loaded the eco-
nomic rescue bill with tax
breaks and other sweeteners
before passing it by a wide
margin, 74-25, a month before
the presidential and congres-
sional elections.

In the House, leaders were
working feverishly to convert
enough opponents of the bill to
push it through by Friday, just
days after lawmakers there
stunningly rejected an ear-
lier version and sent markets
plunging around the globe.

The measure didn't cause
the same uproar in the Senate,
where both parries' presiden-
tial candidates, Republican
John McCain and Democrat
Barack Obama, made rare ap-
pearances to cast "aye" votes.

In the final vote, 40 Demo-
crats, 33 Republicans and
independent Sen. Joe Lie-
berman of Connecticut voted
"yes." Nine Democrats, 15
Republicans and independent
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Ver-
mont voted "no."

The rescue package lets the
government spend billions of
dollars to buy bad mortgage-
related securities and other
devalued assets held by trou-
bled financial institutions. If
successful, advocates say, that
would allow frozen credit to
begin flowing again and pre-
vent a deep recession.





Chris Clouzet

Religion Editor

[email protected]

Finding our true identity in Christ

Kenny Turpen


I have an alter-identity. I
put my regalia on, head out my
door and take on the world.
I'm not the Dark Knight or the
Man of Steel, but I am a fan.
I'm a sports fan. I identify
myself with sports teams and
I call them "mine." This alter-
identity I have makes me want
to put on "my team's" para-
phernalia and devote time
and energy into cheering for
them. Every Sunday for the
past month, I've devoted three
hours to watching "my" foot-
ball team play its games. The
amount of time that I spend
checking scores and reading
sports articles is a fact that I
do not want to know the an-
swer to because I would be
ashamed of the sports-to-God
ratio in the use of my time.

I am identified according
to these sports teams I call
"mine." You may know me as
an Astros fan, aDall as Cowboys
fan, or you can identify me as
the guy who's helping do the
Cowboys fan club on campus.
I have an identity as a sports
fan. For some students on this
campus the only identity they
have is their sports teams.
They live to know more about
their teams and to make sure
you know who they're cheer-
ing for. They dress up in their
team's clothing purchased in
on-line stores so that they can
be identified with their team.
But isn't there an identity
more important than this?

I am a child of God and
that's the most important
identity I can have. God, in the
Bible, said, "Before I shaped
you in the womb, I knew all
i about you. Before you saw the
light of day I had holy plans
for you." God, our creator
gave us an identity before we
were even born. Before we
were that twinkle in our mom
and dad's eyes, He laid out a
plan for our lives. His plan for
our life, the things that shape
who we are on this earth and

our identity as a child of God,
were put into motion long be-
fore we were around.

The sacrifice of Jesus Christ
on the cross bought an identity
that is more valuable than any
piece of clothing will ever be.
No pair of shoes, no designer
purse, no top selling jersey, no
ball cap could ever give us an
identity more valuable than
the blood-stained cross that
we claim. We have a mes-
sage written on our hearts, the
Bible says, that is our identity.
This message of being a child
of God and being bought for a
price gives us an identity that
we should wear more proudly
and more boldly than anything
in our closet.

This message
of God and be-
ing bought for
a price gives us
an identity that
we should wear
more proudly and
more boldly than
anything in our

So why do we hide our iden-
tity? Why are we ashamed of
this message and this identity
as a Christian? As a Seventh-
day Adventist? Do you speak
boldly of your God? Why do
we try so hard to fit in with
the world? We're different
from the world and, believe
it or not, our differences go
deeper than eating Fri Chik
and being vegetarian. "Aren't
you guys those people who are
strict vegetarians?" Or being
confused as being part of the
Mormon church, "Don't you
guys go door-to-door and sell
Bibles or something?" Have
you ever heard these things?

How about the people that

don't know anything about
Christianity? There are people
who don't know what Chris-
tians believe; or they have
really confused ideas about
who Christians are. I recently
talked with a girl who claimed
to be a "sort-of Christian." All
her ideas on God were just
conjecture and opinions based
on ponderings. My identity as
a Christian, to her, is a very
disturbing thought.

Your identity is this: You
are a child of God. You live
in a sinful world. Your God
loved you so much that He
sent His only Son down to this
sinful world to live a perfect
life and die a horrible death
so that you could have salva-
tion through that death. You
have a message in your heart
that God is asking to you share
with the world. You have ex-
perienced God's love for you
and it is your responsibility to
share your message with the
world. How God has changed
your life and how God has af-
fected you is your identity.

You know how you can
sense when someone is being
fake with you? The way they
smile is off or you just get this
sense that tells you they're
not being real. They're hid-
ing something from you that
they either don't want you to
know or that maybe they're
ashamed of. It's these people
that we don't want to spend
time with. We don't want to
be their friends because we
can just sense that they'll nev-
er let us know who they really
are. When we hide our iden-
tity as a child of God, what
makes us any different from
these people?

Be proud of who you are
as a child of God: Wear it on
your sleeve and show it to the
world. Let's be His "witness-
es" to the world we live in and
be proud of our true identity.





Graphic by Christina Weilzel

The Box

Vanessa Cutz


Over the years
Worked so hard
To build these walls
For safety.

One morning I
Woke up to
Find I was stuck
In a box.

Now I pound and
Pound, knocking as
Hard as I can:
I am stuck.

I worked so hard
For these walls
But I want to
Tear them down.

One at a time
I must tear;
Ever so slowly
Down they come.

And soon I will

Be free of

This box.


Sarah Hayhoe

Opinion Editor

[email protected]

The fragmented tales of a roadside storyteller

Sarah Hayhoe

The Sunday weather was
just cool enough to make us
crave hot drinks. A friend and
I ditched our textbooks, but
before we made it inside the
Mudd Puddle Cafe we saw a
man sitting across Apison on
the grass with a camouflage
backpack on his lap and all
his other earthly possessions
assembled at his feet in an as-
sortment of plastic bags. He
wore several T-shirts under a
denim jacket and stared at us
as we approached. When he
smiled, his face was almost as
wrinkled as his clothes. This is
his story.

"William Grant. Leas' that's
the name they traded minen
fer at the hospital in Cincinna-
ti, Ohio. I bought this pack. It's
a nice pack. I don't need much.
I jus' want what I'm entitled

to. I just tell people I'm an
ex-convict then they leave me
alone. It doesn't matter, lose
either way. I went into that
government office building
and raised hell. Somebody else
gets my check and spends my
money. I don't get my money,
I just get jail time. Either way
I lose.

I visited the nuns there.
I liked the nuns, but they
switched my films with some-
behdy else and somebehdy
else is banking on my check,
what I'm entitled to. I have
a bullit in my back. Makes
my arm not work sometimes.
And when they pulled out my
films, they said that they ain't
a blasted thing wrong with me.
Even sent me a letter from the
government. I was supposed
to get $488 a month after go-
ing to West Point Hospital.
After the in-between conflict.

The one after Korea, before
Vietnam. Hit from behind. The
bullits ricocheted. West Point
Hospital people, they saved
my life. The place in Washing-
ton D.C. couldn't do a thing

"I just tell people

I'm an ex-convict

then they leave

me alone."

-William Grant

for me. Nearly died. Couldn't
get the bullit out though. Now
all's I got is the state disabil-
ity. One hundred eighty-eight
dollars a month. People try
to give me money. But I don't
want anything from nobody. I
got money.

I go to the donut shop every
morning. Can't taste anything

anymore, but I go. Can't re-
member much anymore, but
I remember the one lady thah'
serves me every morning.
Thah's good.

Couldn't stay with my
daughter. She and my wife left
for New Orleans. My daugh-
ter's husband hit her. I saw
her face all black on the side.
He stopped when he saw me
watching in the window, but
he knew I saw. She didn't want
me to leave, but I left in the
night. Years ago. I don't re-
member when.

That Missouri check. Cleve-
land, Ohio. Them nuns. I still
visit them. Used to. Those re-
ligious people never help. That
priest just thinks I'm crazy.

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