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  • NORTH CENTRAL UNIVERSITY • NCUNORTHERNER.COM • NOVEMBER 16, 2016 • VOLUME 58 ISSUE 2

    Athletics: Page 8 Opinion: Pages 4 & 5News: Pages 2 & 3

    Elliot Park holds forum on Islamophobia

    NCU presidential search update

    Men’s soccer

    advances to

    national tournament

    What is America’s role in global confl ict? NCU student reactions to 2016 election

    Athletics: Page 8

    After a long and tense presidential campaign, Donald Trump was de- clared president-elect Nov. 9 just before 2 a.m.

    The announcement of a Trump triumph was a shock to many Ameri- cans, especially following the groundbreaking me- dia presence during the campaign that ardently believed a Hillary Clinton victory was a given.

    On Nov. 8, FiveThirtyE- ight News predicted that Clinton had a 71.4 per- cent chance of winning the presidency, while Trump’s chances were slim - only 28.6 percent. The media site also fore- casted that 48.5 percent of the popular vote would fall in Clinton’s camp, and only 44.9 percent would go to Trump. The Los Angeles Times predicted that Clinton would win a landslide election with 352 electoral votes. Such was not the case.

    At fi nal count, Trump blew past the 270 elec- toral votes needed to win the presidency. His 306 electoral votes di- minished Clinton’s 232, handing him the keys to

    the White House starting in January 2017.

    Clinton edged out Trump in popular votes, though. According to Pew Research, she re- ceived 59.6 million votes

    (47.66%) to Trump’s 59.4 million (47.5%). This is not the fi rst time the loser of the popular vote won the presidency. In 2000, George W. Bush slid past Al Gore, winning

    the electoral vote 271- 266, but lost the popular vote by roughly 540,000 votes. This also happened in the elections of 1876 and 1888, according to an article by USA Today.

    The disparity between the electoral count and popular vote has stirred up discussion on the relevance and place of the Electoral College. An opinion article in the Bal-

    Trump wins presidential election Anderson urges NCU community to embrace diversity of thought Kristin Wileman timore Sun called it “the

    product of an 18th cen- tury compromise forged over issues that no lon- ger apply.” It also says it “has not worked the way it was intended almost from the very beginning.” Similar cries for a move- ment toward the popu- lar vote have been heard throughout North Cen- tral’s campus.

    Since Trump’s victo- ry announcement, many riots and protests have occurred, including mul- tiple rallies in Minne- apolis. On Nov. 11, about 300 students from var- ious Minneapolis public schools left classes early and marched toward U.S. Bank stadium to protest the election of Trump and the Dakota Access Pipeline, according to the Star Tribune.

    Nationally, more vi- olence has occurred with racial slurs running rampant and copious amounts of verbal vio- lence from both political parties.

    On Friday, Nov. 11, North Central’s presi- dent, Gordon Anderson, urged students, faculty

    Justin Evans, a member of the T.J. Jones library staff and former facul- ty member, is moving to Brussels, Belgium to teach Old Testament and Hebrew at Continental Theological Seminary. Evans and his family plan to leave in January, if fundraising continues advancing.

    Evans was called to missions when he was a freshman at North Cen- tral, and his wife Jessica was called to missions

    when she was eight years old.

    Missions is a passion for Evans as a result of his non-Christian back- ground. Evans ran with a bad crowd in high school. He often tells the story of vandalizing a church bus on church property, only to be unwittingly brought there by a classmate less than six months later. The seeming coincidence was enough to convince Evans that God was real.

    “I was radically saved at the age of 17,” Evans said. He applied to North

    Central and got in at the last minute, majoring in cross-cultural studies.

    Evans is currently rais- ing funds in order to al- low his family to move to Belgium with fi nancial stability. A North Cen- tral student helped them fundraise in a bit of an unusual manner by do- nating a moped, which brought in funds at $10 per ticket.

    Fundraising has been a bit of a challenge for the Evans family, as it takes time to build the neces- sary connections with

    Marisa Sorenson

    Justin Evans: Librarian and missionary North Central staff member aims to begin missional teaching assignment in Europe beginning January 2017

    churches. Evans said that one of the most im- portant things to him is meeting the needs of the church, not only gaining their fi nancial support.

    “Something that is im- portant to us in this pro- cess is fi guring out how we can serve and bless the church in their vision for missions all over the world,” Evans said.

    Evans will be teaching at the seminary while his wife, Jessica, hopes to aid PHOTO PROVIDED BY JUSTIN EVANS

    Justin, Jessica, Toby and Savannah Evans are preparing to become

    missionaries to Belgium

    Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by 74 Electoral votes. *Note: Maine’s electoral votes were divided — 3 votes went to Clinton and 1 to Trump

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    Wednesday, November 16, 2016 The Northerner

    and NCU Days guests to ingest the political drama, but to be Christ-like while doing so.

    “Dear God, help this country to move away from senseless name-calling to a higher level of consideration for each oth- er,” he prayed.

    Anderson commissioned the North Central body to view the government from a point of diversity and well-being for all, not just narrow-inter- est “litmus tests” for individu- al causes … especially when it comes to the appointment of Supreme Court justices.

    Anderson also challenged students to differentiate moral convictions and legalities.

    “We need to be mindful that we do not espouse the position that says we need to make ev- erything illegal that we think is immoral,” he said. “We cannot act like religious fundamental- ists that say everything that is immoral should be a matter of law.”

    Ultimately, Anderson en- couraged people to embrace diversity in thought. “Embrace diversity — not perversity, but diversity,” he said. “Be the kinds of people who can make a case strongly without name-calling or a mean spirited nature.”

    Minnesota elections This was an unlikely election

    in many regards, including the voting demographic of Minne- sota. About 74 percent of eli- gible voters emerged to help choose elected offi cials on Nov. 8, according to the Star Tribune. This is the highest voter turnout by percentage in the country, though Minnesota saw four percent more voters in 2004.

    The number of early vot- ers was also record breaking for Minnesota. About 673,000 people voted early this year — three times more than 2012. This equates to just over 20 percent of registered voters.

    For the Elliot Park neighbor- hood, incumbent Senator Bob- by Joe Champion (DFL) defeat- ed Jennifer Carnahan (GOP) after receiving 77.56 percent of votes. Champion has been in offi ce since 2012. Represen- tative Raymond Dehn also was re-elected to his seat in the Minnesota House. He defeat- ed GOP contender Margaret E. Martin by securing 76.56 per-

    Trump wins 2016 presidential election

    cent of the vote, according to the secretary of state website.

    Democratic sweeps are not uncommon to Hennepin Coun- ty, as 63.42 percent of voters within the county identify with the Democrat party. 34.81 per- cent are Republicans and 1.77 percent are independent.

    Minnesota also passed a con-

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    The Nov. 8 presidential elec- tion weighed heavily on the hearts of many North Central students as they tried to dis- tinguish the biblical approach to take in such a murky polit- ical climate. To satisfy these needs, North Central provided opportunities for students to consider the election in light of a biblical worldview.

    For many students, this elec- tion marked their fi rst time voting for a president, and the tumultuous campaign season made the process of choosing a candidate diffi cult for many voters.

    The Oct. 25 chapel service featured a panel of North Cen- tral staff and faculty members who shared thoughts on voting and provided scriptural con- text for students seeking a bib- lical framework from which to view the upcoming election.

    Spinal Development, a fo- rum-style program put on by residence life staff, also held a panel presentation and dis- cussion on Oct. 26 to give stu- dents specifi c reasons to vote for particular candidates.

    At the Spinal Development event, associate dean of res- idence life and housing Abi- gail Davis, director of athletics Greg Johnson, and assistant professor of social work Beth Brown each advocated for a presidential candidate. North Central is unable to endorse a candidate due to its non-profi t status, so the statements made by the panel members in sup- port of candidates did not nec- essarily refl ect their personal political stances.

    “Republicans and Democrats have the same goals, but dis- agree on how to get there,” Johnson said as he discussed the role of third party candi- dates in the elec