For the record

Junior Martha Larson

… go hang out with people from Lost on an island in Hawaii.

In reality, I am going to
Connecticut to hang out with
my family.   

 

Sophomore
Caleb Brooks

… go on a vacation to Florida and go to the beach every day. I might do a little bit of homework too.

I am going home to Baltimore, Md.


First-year Jessica Muni

… go to Italy, because I like it.

In reality, I am going to
Tennesse on a road trip with
my friends at Eastern.

 

Sophomore
Jake Galewski

… go surfing in California with my roommate (senior)Alex Jolicoeur.

I am, however, going home to Boston, Mass.

 

First-year
Jonathan Harris

… go on a missions trip.

This semester, I am
going home to North Jersey
and will snowboard.


First-year
Angélique Gravely

… get as many friends as I could and go to  Maine and then to Korea and maybe to China too.

I am going home to Maryland.

Black Out

During the month of February last year, Eastern realized how much energy it could save even with the high heating bills during the cold months.

SIFE has initiated a “Black Out” program to save energy with more events this year that will involve the whole school.

Although the goal is the same as last year, the process is a little different and much more interesting. This time the competition is between last year’s dominate champion, Kea-Guffin, versus all of the other residence halls combined.

Senior Michelle Katzman, a resident of Kea-Guffin, was more than excited to accept the challenge. “I want to win against all the dorms because it gives us more bragging rights,” she said.

SIFE has planned four different energy-saving events for the four weeks of February.

“Each week we have a recycling competition,” senior SIFE member Rebekah Warren said. “This week we are recycling plastic bottles and containers; next we are recycling glass, then paper and for the last week we are recycling plastic bags.”

SIFE also hosted a Super Bowl party in the Breezeway with root beer kegs, cake and games.

“The idea behind it is to get people out of their rooms and watch the game together, rather than watching it on individual TVs,” Warren said. The purpose was not only to save  some energy but also to make the game more fun.

Like last year, SIFE will be organizing a Green House tour in Wayne, allowing students to visit a local “green” home. People who are interested will meet at 10 a.m. in the gym parking lot on Feb. 13.

Then, on Feb. 20, there will be a Cleanup Eastern campaign starting at 10 a.m.

“We picked February because we wanted to show people that we can save so much even during times where we use a lot of energy,” said senior Krystal Cairns, one of the project managers for Black Out.

According to Cairns, the goal  of the events is not just to save energy and money, but also to “involve the campus for a huge cause.”

The results of the Black Out competition will be announced in March.

Photo Caption Contest

Take a nice long look – then tell us what you think is going on in this photo.

Send your caption for
“No Boys Allowed!” to
thewaltonian@gmail.com
by Feb. 19.

The editorial staff will deliberate over every entry and choose the best one.
All entries must include
your name and year.

The winner will be published in our Feb. 24 issue and receive a $10 gift card to either Starbucks or Wawa.
 

For the record

Junior Carrie Smith

Best – We put in a conscious effort to show our love.
Worst – It’s right after my birthday, so it gets lumped together. Also, it is hard to make dinner reservations.

 

First-year Kyle Pegon

Best – I am going skiing with my best friend Lucas.
Worst – The fact that Lucas is not a girl.

 

 Senior Thomas D’Adamo

Best – It provides an opportunity to appreciate one another.
Worst – A lot of times, it makes some people feel lonely.

 

Junior Jackie Howard

Bes
t – It is ice castle weekend in the place where I come from in New York.
Worst – It forces you to find love.

Students headed to London for Spring Break

Fifteen years ago, English professor Dr. Caroline Cherry began a capstone class called Text in Context in which students would take a mid-semester vacation to go on an exploration of culture and history in London.

As the years went on, more destinations were added, including the 2008 trip to Ireland and last year’s trip to Italy.

Now satisfying the FA280 credit, the London trip still goes on, with the current addition of a tour of Paris.

On this eight-day trip, with four days in London and four days in Paris, students will not only see some of the greatest sights in these two countries, but they will also get to construct their own schedules to include more places that they are interested in.

Leaving on Feb. 26, the first stop will be in London. There the travelers will have the opportunity to see such places as Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London and Saint Paul’s Cathedral.

Walking tours of the White Hall section with tours of the Tate Modern Gallery, National Gallery and Globe Theater, which are required for the students taking it for credit,  are also included.

One of the key elements of the London tour is the requirement that students make a list of places they want to visit on their own. Not all of the sightseeing time will be as a group, so students can go see places that are interesting to them that are not specifically on the tour, such as the British Museum, Museum of Natural History and Victoria and Albert Museum.

From London, the group will take a train to Paris. There they will explore Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Sacre Coeur, Versailles and other major tourist attractions.

There will be a guide with the group most of the time.

“This year we’re focusing on material culture, things you can see, art and architecture and sculpture, basically,” Cherry said. “I want (the students) to have some knowledge of the context of these works.”

Going along with the students will be several faculty and staff members, some who will be bringing along friends or family members as well. The trip costs $2378, including airfare, hotel arrangements, transportation, breakfast and one group dinner. All 20 people going on the trip will return on March 7.

Though you can no longer sign up for the class, people still wishing to join the trip are more than welcome to contact Dr. Cherry at ccherry@eastern.edu for more information.

KaGe Grand Relaunch

The KaGe Grand Relaunching event, which lasted from 2 p.m. on Jan. 29 until midnight, was designed to remind students of everything the KaGe has to offer.

Despite considerable hype surrounding its opening and the attention drawn from the controversy of the lounge taking over the former Guffin apartment, few students visited the KaGe last semester.

Highlights of the Re-Launch included free food and a raffle with drawings every hour for prizes such as gift cards and free movie tickets.

However, despite promises of free stuff and a prominent advertisement on the Walton staircase, few people attended. In fact, the KaGe was nearly deserted for more than six hours, with most arrivals staying just long enough to fill out a raffle ticket as they passed through the KaGe on their way to either their residence halls or the Breezeway. The first crowds of people who stayed in the KaGe did not arrive until about 8:30 p.m. Even then, the groups were small, numbering between three and five people. Eventually, about 15 people found their way into the KaGe.

According to first-year Rachel Stout, an employee at the KaGe, the low turnout was due in part to students not really understanding what the KaGe is all about.

“KaGe is a place to come and do things with people,” Stout said, “It’s best to come here with a bunch of your friends. If you just come by yourself, there probably won’t be anything going on.”

Despite the small turnout, those who did attend had a great time as they took advantage of the KaGe’s many amenities, including air hockey, fooseball, board games, and a Nintendo Wii system.
 

Students precede college with music tour

First-year Kara Hartman took a year off after high school to travel the country with Captive Free, a program that prepares young people to travel as part of a  praise and worship team to various parts of America and other countries. 

First-year Sarah Biddix was also a part of the program, and it was evident that this experience was life-changing for both students.   

Captive Free is based in the United States, but has grown into an international organization that sends some participants overseas to places such as India, Europe and Africa.

Over the months, the students traveled and sang in churches across the United States and performed workshops, concerts and community service.

“When I was younger, the teams would come to my church and do praise team,” Hartman said. “It was just really cool to me that people near my age could praise God, and I knew that I wanted to be a part of it.”

 Hartman heard more about the program from her older sister, junior Ashley Hartman, who participated in the program two years earlier.

The summer after they graduated high school, Kara Hartman and Biddix went to a camp for one month of training before they began their team ministry.  Once there, the participants were split into several groups of five or six people each. 

“It was crazy how everyone became friends,” Biddix said. “It was such an unnatural friendship–there was really no way to explain how we became friends, it just happened.”

However, the program was about more than simply meeting new people.

“It was really intense,” Hartman said of the training period. “One week was theological lessons in the city and the next three weeks we were back at camp learning music.  We needed to make a presentation of our program to the leaders at the end, so everything had to be ready.”

After they finished training, the groups were sent off to separate locations.  The West Lakes team, which Hartman was a part of, went to Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and other states.  Biddix was assigned to the East Coast team that traveled to states along the coast, from Maine to Florida.

Both students made it clear that the main goals of the organization and their teams were to touch lives and change them for the better.  Biddix prayed before going on the trip that, if she could knowingly touch just one person’s life, the entire trip would have been worth it.

 “One night, after I finished sharing my testimony at a center for delinquent kids, I told them that I loved them,” Biddix said. “A little girl came up to me and told me that for the first couple years of her life, no one had told her that they loved her, and that day she heard it from a total stranger.

“Throughout the trip I knew we had touched lives, but it wasn’t until that night, I knew for a fact that it had been worth it,” Biddix said.

Both students said they would recommend this program to anyone.

“At first I was terrified to go in front and talk at workshops, but by the end, I did not even need note cards,” Hartman said.

 “It really helped me in my spiritual life,” she said. “It’s probably the best thing I’ve done in my life so far.”
 

Students share their hearts and talents at Haiti benefit concert

 In response to the devastation in Haiti, the Student Activities Board quickly put together a benefit concert on Jan. 23 called “Music & Words for Haiti.” The three-hour concert featured students, faculty, staff and alumni with talents ranging from singing and rap to prophetic words and testimonies. 

Those in attendance were encouraged to give a $2 minimum donation cover-charge, with proceeds going directly to The Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education and Beyond Borders. The total amount raised, including the change collected at the Flash Dance,  reached about $700.

 

 

Other performers included:  Sista Rose, Taking Motion (grad student Anna Simon and her husband Jeremy), music faculty member Ron Lipscomb on the cello, words from senior Ruth Portnoff who spent two months in Haiti during the summer, a prayer from Angeley Crawford, PAWS, sophomore Shaant Shishmanian, testimonies from the recent Haiti trip, first year Sean Cox and his band and the Filthy 42’s, featuring senior Andy Darby, who recently returned from a trip to Haiti, on drums. 

 

Rebuilding continues in New Orleans

 Students from Eastern have been lending a helping hand to New Orleans for the past four years. 

 This year, the group consisted of seniors Krystal Cairns, Laura Lockyer, Julie Peiffer, junior Amy Fischer, sophomore Kristi Kraft, alumnae Rebekah Miller and librarian Jonathan Beasley, who served as advisor of the trip. 

 

The team served in New Orleans from Jan. 1-9, working on three main projects. They worked on houses, assisted the Berean Bible Church’s street ministry and helped to organize the records within the church. 

 

On Monday, Wednesday and Friday the group painted fences and railings, washed tile flooring, put down grout sealer and tore out molded cabinets and drawers. 

 

On Tuesday and Thursday the group went into the city to do street ministry with the pastors from Berean Bible Church. 

 

Among these tasks, the Eastern group spent its days handing out food, talking about the love of Christ and just spending time with the homeless.

 

There are an estimated 19,000 homeless people in New Orleans currently. Over the past three years the groups have cultivated relationships with more than 30 homeless people. 

 

Cairns explained that some of the people in their group had not experienced working with the homeless before and were a little apprehensive, but they loved every second of it. 

 

“After our first day, we all were excited to head back in on Thursday and see what was in store for us,” Cairns said. 

Fischer said that her favorite days were the ones when she talked to the homeless in the streets. 

 

“To see their joy and happiness really inspired me to see what’s really important,” Fischer said. 

 

Beasley has been advisor for all four of the trips to New Orleans, and most of this year’s students had gone on the trip previously. This meant they were able to see the progress that was made in the city. 

 

“We were able to see houses we had worked on the last few years,” Beasley said. 

 

Not only did the group help others in New Orleans, but they were inspired as well.

 

“After my first trip down, I couldn’t stay away–between the rebuilding, meeting survivors of Katrina, and the culture,” Cairns said. “It’s like an entirely different world in New Orleans.” 

 

Eastern plans on continuing this trip to New Orleans every year as long as there is work to be done. Any interested students should contact Andy Horvath, director of service learning and campus ministries. 

 

“It has been a blessing to witness the progress and change the city has gone through,” Cairns said. “There is rebirth and a sense of hope that is spreading rapidly.”

Students prepare to “walk where Jesus walked”

 Dr. Kenneth Maahs, a Biblical studies professor, is taking his almost-annual trip to Israel with interested students from May 23 to June 8.

According to Maahs, during the 17-day pilgrimage the students will walk where Jesus walked and see almost what Jesus saw. 

 

“I am hoping that, through this trip, I will be able to see and experience the same land my Lord saw and experienced when he walked the earth,” sophomore Brandon Munson said. “I am hoping that after the trip is over I can read my Bible and understand it in a new way.” 

 

Maahs explained that there are three special highlights to the trip:

 

The Israel Museum, featured on day four of the trip, contains artifacts from all over Israel. 

 

Masada, the place where the first war of Israel occurred against the Roman Empire, is featured on day fourteen of the trip.   

 

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, perhaps the most important destination of the entire trip, is featured on day sixteen. This is the place where the cross of Jesus stood.  According to Maahs, students will have the opportunity to “touch the bench where (Jesus’) body was laid.”

 

First year Sara Barnhurst, who is going on the trip,  said that the place she is most excited about visiting is Dolorosa because she sang about it in a choir song. 

 

The trip costs $3800, which includes all traveling expenses and comfortable accommodations. The final payment is due by Feb. 7, “but it’s likely you can still get in after that date,” Maahs said. 

 

Maahs first began leading the trip at Eastern in 1990 and has gone almost every year since then. 

 

The group has toured areas including Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Mount Carmel, Capernaum, and the Jordan River.