For the record

First-year

Jamie Rubadue

“I am planning to stay at an Indian Reservation for a few weeks in July because I am really interested in the way Native Americans live their lives and I also want to build relationships.”

 

First-year
Robbie Vacik

“The week after the school, I am going to Sydney, Australia for two weeks to visit my sister.”

 

First-year
Michael Leather

“I am going to be a camp counselor at Innabah in Spring City, Pa.”

 

First-year
Bethany Sangl

“I will visit my sister in Las Vegas for a week, work at camp “Ligonier” near Pittsburgh, and go to Strasbourg in France for a missons trip.”

 

First-year
Frehiwot Tessema

“I am going to be working in the Dining Commons for Sodexo.”

The Three Amigos unite once again at the Friends of the Warner Memorial Library dinner

On April 14, The Friends of Warner Memorial Library hosted their annual dinner and had Eastern’s own Three Amigos – youth ministry professor Duffy Robbins, Chancellor Chris Hall and chaplain Dr. Joe Modica – as their guest speakers for the evening.

A wonderful Mexican buffet was served. Student Chaplains, Youth Ministry students and Templeton Honors College students donned sombreros and joined members of the FOL as well as some of Eastern University’s administrators for the festivities.

Robbins, a popular Christian speaker for Youth Ministry, began the Three Amigos presentation with a wonderful slide show describing the history of the famous trio. Photos, one-liners and a participatory quiz were all a part of the fun.

Each of the Three Amigos spoke about their favorite first lines of books which they identify with. Hall expressed his favorite first line from Charles Dickens book’s, “A Tale of Two Cities” – “These are the best of times, and the worst of times,” – and related it to Janet Long’s recent passing. Long was a long-time employee of Eastern University and Director of Financial Aid.

Modica’s favorite first line was, “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the Church, worship is,” from John Piper’s book “Let the Nations Be Glad.” He felt that everything we do is an act of worship.

Finally, Robbins spoke about one of his favorite authors, Eugene Peterson, describing his message about being, “called to be who I’m called to be” and relating it to his profession as a promise one has made to God, as opposed to having a job where one just gets paid.

At the conclusion of the evening, a raffle was held, and many students and guests walked away with books written by each of the Three Amigos as well as gift cards.
 

Eastern’s Ordinary People

We are all welcomed by the friendly faces that greet us in the cafeteria, but there is one face that stands out among the others: Dave Sanderson’s.

Sanderson, an Eastern-lover and affiliate for over forty years, is employed in Eastern’s Dining Commons and assists the supervisors. He is most commonly seen refilling and cleaning the drinking stations.

Sanderson is a 1973 graduate of Eastern who double-majored in psychology and elementary education.

While attending Eastern, he played basketball for two years and baseball for four. Shortly after graduation, he assisted the baseball team for two years and then went on to serve as the head coach for six years.

Sanderson worked in the education department for thirty-four years, twenty-two of which he worked as an elementary school principal.

“It’s always been an enjoyable experience for me,” Sanderson said. “I love the atmosphere, as a coach and an employee, the students are great to be around, and I still keep in touch with friends from the past and present.”

Sanderson was introduced to the Dining Commons when the Director of the Food Service told Sanderson to get ahold of him if he wanted to do something after retirement.

“I wanted to try something different, something I would enjoy that was only part-time so I could spend more time with my family,” Sanderson said.

Not only is Sanderson a hard worker, but he is also well-loved by the students. “Dave’s a friendly guy and I’ve noticed that he really works hard,” first-year Nathan Strout said.

Other students, including senior Bill Brim, said that Sanderson is, “a very nice guy who makes me feel welcomed every time I attend the Dining Commons.”

A father of two girls, Sanderson, cherishes the time he spends at Eastern.

A different kind of prospective visit:

It may have been a Saturday morning, but a group of 36 eager students sat in the McInnis classroom ready to learn.

But these were not your average twenty-something college students with coffee cups in hand. These young minds were a select group of fourth graders from the John Barry Elementary School in West Philadelphia.

As part of a long-standing relationship between the Barry School and Eastern, April 17 served as the final visit day of the year for elementary students to experience life on a college campus.

English professor Nancy Thomas and Director of Student Teaching and Field Experiences Dr. William Yerger organized the event.

Several students also volunteered to help organize the numerous activities and workshops for the fourth-graders, including a theater workshop, relay games, a nature walk and arts and crafts.

“The idea is to offer workshops with the college students so that the students get to know the college students and that learning is fun,” Thomas said.

Thomas began to work with the Barry School in 1992 when she had several urban students in her English courses.

Thomas commented that “they had some challenges being at Eastern because of the impoverished education they had in the city.”

Now, Thomas travels to the school once a week to volunteer and lead a poetry class for sixth grade boys.

“Just seeing the situation and seeing the wonderful children that are being consistently overlooked by the overall society is what motivates me,” Thomas said.

Each year, Thomas and Yerger plan three visit days to Eastern, which lead up to a week-long camp during the summer. The visit days are used to help determine which students will get the privilege of attending the camp on Eastern’s campus, staying in the residence halls and eating in the Dining Commons.

“It’s a great opportunity to have that exposure to the college,” Barry School guidance counselor Jennifer Poulos said of the visit days. “We use it as an incentive to make good choices. We say, you know, we can’t just send anyone to a college campus.”

Poulos said that she is extremely thankful for the time and attention Thomas, Yerger and others put into the relationship between the schools. She said it is evident that a lot of thought goes into each activity in order to make it meaningful to the students.

The visits also give these students a chance to develop relationships with college students and realize that attending college can be a real possibility in their future. In addition, traveling to the picturesque campus lets the students enjoy a new setting outside of the city.

“Some of the kids look around and they are amazed,” Yerger said. “Some of them have only seen a few trees in their lives. Some of them have never been out of the city. When they come here, this is another world for them.”

Just Dance!

All dressed and suited up, students headed out to the Kings Mills in Media on April 10 for the last party night of the academic year organized by the Student Activity Board. 

Stunning colors and stylish dance moves rocked this year’s Spring Banquet at the elegant banquet hall.

About 300 students, including friends and dates, attended the event. The night overflowed with crazy music, great food and picture posing, proving that Eastern knows how to party hardy.

Acoustic duo Jenny and Tyler provided live music in a room separate from the dance floor for those enjoying their desserts.

Back with a Bang

Beyond Existence is back for its second year in a row—and it’s better than ever.

In preparation for the concert on April 17 in the Main Gym, the Student Activities Board has paired up with the Black Student League to rechristen the concert as Beyond Existence and Gospel Explosion.

According to sophomore Eric Mayhew, performance coordinator for SAB, Beyond Existence will first feature performances by student groups, including Precious Movements and Angels of Harmony, starting at 6 p.m.

The four bands booked for the show—Reilly, The Ambassador, Ethan Cramer and The Wrecking—will take the stage from 8 p.m. until the end of the concert.

Reilly, the headlining band, was last seen at Eastern in October 2009 during an event sponsored by the Admissions department.

The Wrecking performed in last year’s Beyond Existence concert on Doane Hill.

This year’s Beyond Existence was moved into the gym due to the complaints of noise by the neighbors last year, according to Mayhew.

Both SAB and BSL worked together to find the bands to play in the concert. With the help of a Craigslist ad, SAB recruited Ethan Cramer, and BSL invited The Ambassador to join them.

With indie, rock, acoustic and hip-hop genres of music all represented, SAB and BSL hope to bring as many students as possible to the concert.

However, there is a price: Tickets cost $2 in advance by contacting Mayhew and $3 at the door.

None of this money will pay the bands for their services or sound equipment: All of the money raised will go to the Salvation Army’s Haiti fund.

 

 

To contact Eric Mayhew:
emayhew@eastern.edu

MSAL

The Michael Skinner Art League, more commonly known as MSAL, is Eastern’s answer to prayer for the aspiring artist.

All of MSAL’s efforts are done in remembrance of the late 2008 graduate, Michael Skinner. He passed away in a car accident only seven months after his graduation.

According to those who knew him, Skinner, one of the last Eastern graduates to receive an art degree, felt that the visual arts should be easily accessible to every student.

Skinner was a role model and inspiration to many and MSAL was formed to make his dream of an art college a reality.

Juniors Joshua Ireland and Katie Gallagher and senior Davis Rideout succeeded in securing club status for MSAL last semester.

Club meetings include learning technical art skills and critiquing student-made artwork. These activities encourage and educate the club members.

“MSAL is an open and honest community where we’re not afraid to critique each other,” Ireland said. “But the whole point is to be loving too.”

According to Rideout, Skinner thought criticism and the existence of an artistic community are two of the best ways to help people embrace their own creativity, and that is one of the things that MSAL strives to do in its meetings.

Although MSAL started with many members in the fall of 2009, this semester has left MSAL with a sudden drop in members. Ireland speculates that it may be a matter of content.

“We’re trying to be challenging enough for those who want to grow in their skills, while accessible enough that any beginner can have fun at MSAL,” Ireland said.

Rideout, on the other hand, thinks that it may be an issue of competition.

“There’s a lot of other clubs on campus and we haven’t been around very long,” he said. “We’re a little unsure of how to put our name out there.”

First-year Julie Baratta was one of the ten members last semester, but has not returned this spring because of night classes and a hectic schedule.

“I would like to have gone this semester, but it was too much in one night,” Baratta said. “I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, and I’m disappointed that Eastern offers no fine art courses.”

So, what does the future hold for MSAL?

If membership increases, Ireland and the other leaders hope to achieve Michael Skinner’s dream of starting an art college at Eastern. But, with few members, that goal has become harder to achieve.

“My hope is that someone who didn’t know Mike can pick this up and have a passion for it,” Ireland said.

Rideout, who knew Skinner pretty well, thought that making MSAL a part of the Eastern’s community is something that Skinner would have wanted.

“We hope that the group can be taken in by Eastern and stir enough interest to push for that art major again,” Rideout said.

Hopefully, the group will be able to revive itself and help future students who are interested in art.

“The need to have talented Christians who are known for their talents and love for God is so important,” Gallagher said. “Art would add a whole new dimension to the culture and well-roundedness of Eastern.”

 

MSAL meets every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. in McInnis 312.

For the record

First-year
Jordan Schmalhofer

 
“I think that it should be accepted as a club because everyone is entitled to be who they are. If Eastern rejects this club, it won’t look good on their part.”


First-year
Brittany Foster

“I agree that Refuge should become a club. It is a good idea to get the issue out there and to make sure students are aware. At this school, it is all about faith, reason and justice, and to reject the club wouldn’t represent our motto.”


Sophomore
Joseph Fuller

“I don’t approve of this becoming a club because there are several wonderful counseling opportunities at Eastern. There may be more problems if this actually becomes a club. This is a counseling issue.”                

 

Sophomore
Hailey Cunningham

“I believe we need something like this club to hear what they are going through. But I don’t believe that the Bible says homosexuality is right. We shouldn’t support but we should love and give them justice.”


Junior
Karim McKenney

“I am in the middle on this subject. I can say that these individuals do need a place to talk without judgment.”


Junior
Allison Ledbetter

“I believe that it should become a club  because everyone deserves a place where they can be themselves.”
 

 

Senior
Alexander Younger

“If the club offers a place where homosexuals can feel welcomed, without promoting or rejecting their lifestyle, then it is a good thing.”

 

Senior
Heather Duffield

“I think that Refuge should become a club because it is good for people to discuss these issues.”

 

The origin of April Fools’ Day

April Fools’ Day is commonly known as a day of practical joking and merrymaking.

While some have ignored this whimsical and light-hearted day of frivolity, others have thrived in the spirit it represents and have kept the tradition going for centuries.

The beginnings of April Fools’ Day are unclear. While there are some differing versions of the story, most historians like to date its origin to approximately 1582, during the reign of King Charles IX of France.

Surprisingly, the story began with a change of the date of the New Year celebration.

In those days, New Year’s festivities opened around March 25 and continued until April 1. However, with the reform of the Gregorian Calendar issued by Pope Gregory XIII, New Year’s was moved to Jan. 1.

But, in sixteenth century France, word traveled slowly. Many people living in rural areas unknowingly continued to celebrate the New Year in April.

These peasants came to be known as “April fools,” and, as the years went by, they became the subject of countless practical jokes. The practice eventually spread to England in the eighteenth century and later made its way to the American colonies. Thus, we have our current idea of April Fools’ Day.

The April Fools’ Day tradition has been kept alive thanks to exuberant participants who have expressed the spirit of good humor through tomfoolery and practical jokes.

“As long as you’re not hurting anybody on an emotional level, physical level or spiritual level, it’s okay,” senior Mike Leitzel said. “As long as it’s all in good fun and they know it’s a joke, it’s cool.”

Many students enjoy looking back with fond memories on past April Fools’ Day pranks.

There will always be some who appreciate the classics, like first-year Julie Baratta.

“When I was ten, I tied a rubber band around the sink sprayer and when my mom turned the sink on she got sprayed and was slightly angry at me,” Baratta said.

Others, like first-year Melissa Schoonmaker, have had more shocking experiences.

“In sixth grade, some of my teachers and a student played a horrible prank where the student was being really disruptive and the teachers pretended to give him a really severe punishment,” Schoonmaker said.

Still, there are those like first -year Renee Sanderford who look back and laugh on the pranks that have been played on them.

“In high school I would make tea every morning and my sister thought it would be funny one day to put salt in the teapot, so I had salty tea and I had no idea why,” Sanderford said.
As any seasoned prankster knows, preparation is key.

“The past couple years I’ve totally forgotten to prepare and trick my friends, but this year I’m excited to put a lot of effort into it and do something spectacular,” junior Taryn Ortlip said.

So, whether you are preparing a prank or expecting to have one played on you, enjoy this good-humored day and thank the French peasants for their New Year’s blunder.

Sources:

David Johnson and Shmuel Ross,  “April Fools’ Day Origin and History.”
Jerry Wilson, “April Fools’ Day!”
Graeme Stemp-Morlock, “April Fools’ Day Facts: Behind the Laughs.”

For the record

Sophomore Asia Johnson

“Maybe. Precious Movements wants to go together. It would be a fun date.”

 

Sophomore Jason Greenplate

“No. I’m going to an Ultimate Frisbee competition.”

 

Sophomore Victoria Carr
 

“Yes. It’s fun! Like going to prom again.”