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Volume XXVm, Number 2
by Stephanie Young
The film Schindler's List was
shown in the fellowship hall of
Gaither Chapel on the evening of
Friday, September 9, 1994.
According to Cary Willcox,
associate for student activities, there
were approximately 40 individuals
The student activities commit
tee proposed that the film be shown
Because the film was rated R,
special permission had to be granted
for the film to be viewed publicly.
In order to be shown, the film
was reviewed by the members of
the campus cabinet. According to
cabinet member Charlie Lance,
"Some of the impact of the message
of the film might be jeopardized if
we [the cabinet] sought to edit the
M-A Hall resident Christi
Waddell who viewed the film ex
claimed, "It bothers me that some
thing like the holocaust could have
happened years ago. Today some
of the same things are happening.
We could so something about it but
Freshmen Matthew Kolodzik
reacted, "There was a claw that
reached down my throat and grabbed
Today ethnic cleansing is still
occurring. Situations in Bosnia,
Rwanda, and Haiti are all examples
of groups of people who are being
Professor of World Civiliza
tion William Forstchen remarked,
"There is a constant replay of the
by Janie King ^
Tension ran high in M-A Hall
this week as information was re
vealed that Nancy McCall, resident
director of the women's dorm, was
being dismissed due to budget cuts.
According to Dirk Wilmoth,
vice-president of business affairs,
the budget had to be cut over
$200,000 since August because of
He stated, "We originally bud
geted for 350 students before the
summer began. In July that number
dropped to 315, but then we were 20
more short after that."
With a $7,000-$8,000 net rev
enue per student, the loss of stu
dents meant drastic cuts had to be
made in every department.
Many staff members offered
Lecturer Medema Inspires Campus
by Jeff Reardon
Last Tuesday, September 13,
more than 100 college students en
tered into Gaither Chapel to hear this
year's Staley Distinguished Scholar
Lecturer, Ken Medema.
Medema ministered to the au
dience with an integration of song,
storytelling, and a plethora of instru
This unique technique of
preaching was devised by Medema
when he worked with troubled teen
agers. He used this "music therapy"
to primarily bypass the adolescents
fears and anxieties to bring about an
"inner healing" within.
Medema has since broadened
his evangelical powers by recording
multiple albums under his own label
of Briar Patch Music.
Winning rave reviews in Bill
board, Medema's music has severed
the boundaries separating Christian
and secular music.
Dr. Mark Johnson, M-AC's
newest professor of music, de
scribed Medema's techniques, "He
approaches music holistically. He
doesn't separate it into little pieces,
rather he shows us the whole of
Medema’s week long topic for
M-AC was "The Gift of Imagina
Medema enticed listeners
into reconjuring their childhood
Impressed by this ap
proach, Student Christian As
sociation member Tim Hatton
remarked, "Ken possesses so
much of what we have lost
growing up in a materialistic
Medema stated his purpose
for choosing the theme of
imagination, "If our three days
together could get students
jazzed about the images that
run their lives and to use this
dreaming in the kingdom--!'!!
"I think the point that he is
working towards will greatly en
hance the unification of the cam
pus," expressed Joe Troutman,
chairperson on the chapel commit
Student Christian Associa
tion President Elizabeth Kitsteiner
remarked, "I like how he empha
sized the importance of looking
back and being a kid again. The
importance of dreaming-richly."
Many students could not con
vey in words their admiration for
Medema. They could not convey
the peace and the joy that they
experienced during and after
Chaplain Ed Bonner de
scribed this phenomenon, "He is
not esoteric. He not a mystic. He's
just one big fluid experience."
Holocaust going on in the world to
day. There have been an estimated
half a million people killed in the
civil war in Rwanda. Massacres to
day are due to some of the same
things as past murders, such as race,
religion, or political views.
"The problem is that the world
has lost its sense of moral outrage.
We as a society tend to see ourselves
as enlightened. In reality, we are
probably not as enlightened as we
would like to believe. The further we
are away from suffering, the easier it
is to ignore the problems of the
It was evident from some of the
student's reactions that there is a great
deal of concern for foreign relations.
Cuts Forces M
to volunteer their time for less pay
according to both Wilmoth and Vice-
President of Student Services Char
lie Lance, but there were three posi
tions that had to be eliminated, in
cluding Nancy McCall's.
Beth Wirtjes, former M-A Hall
resident director and current assis
tant of student development, will be
come the new R.D. in the dorm for no
She stated, "I'm sad about leav
ing my home, but I want what is best
for the students."
The women in M-A Hall have
mixed emotions about the changes
that are taking place.
Many of the girls expressed that
they felt the real reason McCall was
being dismissed was because there
However, Jennifer Stinnett,
student activities committee chair
person spouted, "What happened
in the past is gone. It was eventu
ally taken care of. Bosnia, and
Rwanda will take care of itself.
What happens in another country
is not our deal. We should focus on
our own country's problems."
Transfer student Amanda
Nesbitt revealed, "After the movie
I was in a state where I wondered
how the world could sit by and let
that happen. Six million people
were killed. We [America] only
stepped in after we were affected
by the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Today we step in quickly if we
have a vested economic or politi
cal interest. We no longer resist
according to moral dilemmas or hu
Finland native Anu-Rikka
Hendrickson voiced, "In America
people have their eyes closed to the
concerns of the world. We need to
open our eyes. History repeats it
self and everyone is ignoring the
"The things that happened in
the Holocaust are happening in Haiti
and Bosnia. There are concentra
tion camps in Bosnia. We are pre
tending that these things are not
going on." Forstchen concluded,
"Enjoy life, but never forget the rest
of the world. We must always work
to make things better."
-A Hall to Make Adjustments
was tension between student ser
vices and McCall over situations
earlier in the semester.
However, Lance assuredthat,
although there were problems that
perhaps were not handled in the
best way, McCall’s dismissal was
"purely for budget reasons".
Vice-President of SGA and
M-A Hall resident Karis Boyer ac
knowledged, "Although everyone
is looking for one in this situation,
there is no bad guy.
"Enrollment is down, the bud
get had to be cut, and unfortu
in that process. Nobody is really at
fault, it is just an unfortunate situ
Boyer as well as other mem
bers of SGA strongly urged stu
dents to write a letter to President
William Hurt or to SGA letting
them know that they want McCAll
to be kept in the dorm as the R.D.,
if that is how they feel.
Boyer insisted, "If enough
people will use their voice in the
right way, perhaps this decision can
be changed and other ways of cut
ting the budget found."
McCall stated that although she
was naturally upset about the situa
tion, she harbored "no animosity
towards Lance or Wirtjes.
McCall declared, "I believe
that God has a plan for M-AC. He
brought me here and if He wants me
to stay. He is able to keep me here.
I just want His will to be done."