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The Northerner is the student media publication of North Central University, Minneapolis, MN. The Northerner newspaper, The Northerner digital edition and are created and produced by Communication Arts students.

Transcript of The NCU Northerner March 2013

March 2013 | Minneapolis, Minnesota | Volume 53, Issue 6






One Accord | 04

Ring by Spring | 12

I Am Legend: Nathan Roeder | 15

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NORTH CENTRAL STUDENTS sacrifice their spring break to help spread the love of christ across the world

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Editor-in-Chief/ Rebekah Jacobson rebekah.jacobson@mail.northcentral.eduTH CENTR OR


Copy Editor/ Meghan Smith News Editor/ Amanda Breister Feature Editor/ Joy Yerrick Reviews Editor/ Katelyn Terhark Sports Editor/ Dan Erickson



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Art Director/ Loren Wright Assistant Art Director/ Chrissie Parker Assistant Art Director/ Andrew Fischer Head of Photography/ Nathan Almquist Assistant Photographer/ Paisley Bennett Assistant Photographer/ Jenny Scott


Online Editor/ Camden McAfee Assistant Online Editor/ Joshua Gregory Assistant Online Editor/ Sydney Messmer Head of Videography/ Amy Lambert Assistant Videographer/ Sofia Almarza Assistant Videographer/ Brian Jones


Business Manager/ Bailey Schott


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Ever since Battle of the Floors last month, there has been an underground murmuring about diversity at North Central, sparked from the black-face painting during one floors skit. Although I hadnt been involved in much conversation about it, spring break presented me with the most suitable opportunity to address it. I was visiting Hope City, a branch of the International House of Prayer (IHOP) that reaches out to the addicts, fatherless and homeless through holistic relief and prayer. It is located in the most violent neighborhood in Kansas City. I stick out like a sore thumb here. Those were the exact words I scribbled in my journal after ambling awkwardly to the back of the shack-like building on the seemingly abandoned and trashy street corner. Curled up in my blue plush chair, I looked around the prayer room. I was the rich white girl from the suburbs drowning in a crowd of impoverished minorities. It hurt. I did not feel comfortable and I wanted to leave. Have you ever felt this way? Being the minority is not easy. All of a sudden you feel like all eyes are on you, because your skin color or clothing is wrong. And theres nothing you can do to change it. Besides being self-conscious, a worldview shift can happen. At least thats what happened to me. Ill be vulnerable with you: I struggle with judgmentalism. Hardcore. And maybe thats why I felt so uncomfortable in a room of people different than me. But during those two hours I spent in the prayer room, I realized how beautiful diversity is and what it means to have the eyes of Jesus. I was reminded of the believers gathered in the upper room on the Day of Pentecost. In Acts 2:5, Luke writes that they were all God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When the Holy Spirit fell upon them, they each began to speak in their native language. Thats only one story of diversity in the Bible. All throughout its pages are passages describing that the kingdom of heaven is for all men, no matter what background, religion or race they come from. Okay, I get it, youre probably thinking. I know that God came for all people. But are your eyes in a different viewing arena than your head? It is one thing to see people as equal in your head; it is another thing to discriminate others when you actually see them. Im guilty of this. And usually it happens unknowingly. In Matthew 7:3, it says, Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brothers eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? Its time for some spiritual eye surgery. Instead of identifying people based on their appearance, we need to start viewing people as sons and daughters of God. And nothing more. Because God knows no color or social class. Once the clock stroke 4 p.m. that windy Wednesday afternoon, both my eyes and my heart were in a different place. I knew a veil that had been covering my eyes for so long had been torn. I was blind no more.Rebekah Jacobson Editor-in-Chief

Dear Readers,






Three North Central students read their original written works onstage for other writers at the Sigma Tau Delta 2013 International Convention, which was held March 20-23 in Portland, Ore. Senior English majors Meghan Smith and Nick Wiese, and junior English major Victoria Pyron, were invited to read at the convention after submitting their work to the English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta. Pyrons work was also accepted in the Sigma Tau Delta literary journal, The Rectangle. The Sigma Tau Delta Convention is the pinnacle of the International English Honor Societys academic excellence. Ursula K. Le Guin, a renowned American author of novels and poetry, was featured as a keynote speaker. Whats going to help me the most is listening to the presentations that the authors give, and hearing from someone that has done this for their whole life, said Pyron, who is also the president of the North Central chapter of Sigma Tau Delta. Its almost like going to church for English majors. Youre edified; youre

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encouraged. On opening night, Pyron, along with others published in The Rectangle, read for those in attendance at the convention. The North Central Writer in Residence and English professor Gary Dop was the emcee of the open mic event held later that evening. English professor Desiree Libengood also attended the convention. Pyron and Wiese presented works of creative nonfiction, and Smith presented a work of creative fiction. Workshops were also taught by writing professionals and authors, including two workshops taught by Dop. Students thrive interacting with their peers from other universities, said Dop. Some of the greatest experience comes in hearing the featured readers and the readings of other students. In order to take the trip to the conference, the cost per person was around $1,000. Smith and Pyron petitioned on behalf of the group to the North Central Board of Directors for money to help cover the expense of the trip. After much discussion and a vote, the board granted $1,200 to be split among the three students to cover the cost of their plane tickets. Supporting those students helps them to understand that we value academic excellence as a form of leadership, and we want to support it, said student body president and head of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors Nathan Hirsh. Pyron shared the possible opportunities that are opened up by representing North Central at this convention. If we can get published as English majors, undergraduates even, if we can get published in big places. People are going to start looking at the [English] department and say that they produce good writers, said Pyron.

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A @NorthCentralMN produced video wins Best Screenplay at AGs @Captiv8FilmFest! View the video here: The Northerner @ncunortherner 23 MarPhoto provided by Meghan Smith

Men, when you need a girl, remember these wise words from Josh Hostetler: Who needs a pickup line when you have a pick-up truck! #MrNCU The Northerner @ncunortherner 23 Mar

Snowshoeing to class? It might be springtime in Minnesota.

Three students and two faculty members represented North Central at a national writing convention last week. March 2013 | 03


As the semester winds down, One Accord gears upBY SYDNEY MESSMER


This years One Accord shares their vision for ministry as they prepare for their summer tour.Although One Accord 2012-2013 has already led worship in chapel, a large bulk of the groups live performance happens over the summer. The band is just now in the midst of recording their original album and will begin training for camp worship in May. Current band members include: senior worship leading major Shelbey MacKay (guitar and vocals), senior recording arts major Max Smith (electric guitar), junior music business major Peter Barnes (drums), sophomore music pastor major Stephen