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North Central Hosts Pentecostal Conference

By AIMEE CORNELIUS “North Central University is not only a Pentecostal
The 39th annual meeting for the Society for Pentecostal university, it is ‘enthusiastically Pentecostal,’ he said. “With
Studies (SPS), will be held for the first time at North Central this deep sense of Pentecostal identity it only seemed right
March 4-6. The society is the largest academic society to make our campus available to the SPS… We have been
devoted to studying the Pentecostal, charismatic, and neo- working and planning in earnest for about two-and-a-half
Charismatic movements. years now, and I think we have things well under control.”
According to the SPS website, the conference will focus on Menzies also noted that the initial number expected at the
answering and raising awareness about the Spirit lead- conference was about 400, but are now dwindling due to
ing in personal lives and in worship and asking questions the “global economic downturn.”
about the theology of this movement. The theme this year Tracey Paino’s Pentecostal Distinctives class is required to
is “New Voices, New Visions: Future Hope of Pentecostal attend this conference.
Theology.” “I think that it will be good to see how the democratic
On Thursday night, March 4, the opening session will be- part of the Assemblies of God is run, that will be interest-
gin in North Central’s sanctuary. Larry Bach and Billy Steele ing,” said John Horstmann, sophomore worship leading
will be leading worship and the Chorale will be performing. major, who is in Paino’s class.
Rickie Moore of Lee University will be speaking that night. He also noted that anyone who is brought up in Pente-
Moore is the author of God Saves: Lessons from the Elisha costalism or is attending a Pentecostal school should be
Stories and was the founding father of The Journal of interested in this conference.
Pentecostal Theology. Sessions on many topics regarding “Many of our students probably have no idea what an
Pentecostal theology will be held March 5 and 6 on the academic conference is like,” added Menzies. “This gives
North Central Campus. The conference will conclude with a them a chance to observe with very little cost or hassle.
banquet at the Radisson Plaza Hotel. Also, since most of our students consider themselves to be
The Executive Director of SPS is David Roebuck, the direc- Pentecostals, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn more
tor of archive for the Church of God in Cleveland, Tenn. The about their own identity.”
vice president, Kimberly Alexander, who teaches at the Pen- Students who would like to register for the entire confer-
tecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tenn., is taking ence may do so for $35. Those who would like to attend
the lead in putting the program together. Glen Menzies, the opening session on Thursday night and the daytime
the chair of the department of bible and theology at North sessions on Friday may register for $15. For more details,
Central, will be the on-site coordinator. contact Anh Weinacht in the Department of Bible and The-
Menzies discussed why the conference is being held at ology (612-343-4767).
North Central.

Battle of the Bands 2010

For the first time ever, an intercollegiate Battle of the Bands took place at Club 3 De-
grees in downtown Minneapolis.
Four local Christian colleges participated: Bethel University, Crown College, North-
western College, and North Central. Club 3 was filled with college students supporting
their school and enjoying the music.
About 40 North Central students were in attendance at the concert. North Central’s
Keenan Henkelman, a junior evangelism/church planting major, was an emcee for part
of the night and Julian Prieto, a sophomore music education major, was one of the three
Bands representing each school were: Jon Li 5 from Bethel, East of Jordon and
P00tsmash from Crown, Saving 9 and Winterset from Northwestern, and Kevin Slyke and
the Nicole Serrano Band from North Central. In addition to traditional rhythm sections,
several of the bands used instruments such as mandolins, harmonicas, and banjos.
The top three bands according to the judges were the Nicole Serrano Band, Winterset,
and Kevin Slyke. After the three bands returned to the stage for a final performance,
the Nicole Serrano Band was chosen as the top band. Serrano said that her band was
excited by the win. Their songs can be heard at
sic. Gloria DeGrave, a sophomore pastoral studies major, attended Battle of the Bands to
support North Central.
“This is great to share with the other schools our talent, and look at our talent – both
Senior worship arts major Nicole Serrano placed first at Club 3 Degrees on February 12th SARAH BLESENER of our bands made it to the top three,” said DeGrave.


Q & A With Jeff Deyo


“I’ve always had a

teacher’s heart and... in
the last couple of years
I felt like God wanted
me to take a shift from
leading to teaching.”

As the spring semester started this year, word got around North Central quickly that the school had hired a
new music professor. That professor turned out to be none other than nationally known worship leader, Jeff
Deyo. I got a rare chance to sit down with Jeff and to see his heart for North Central and hear what life at North
Central has been for him.

Q Since you have been at North Central for the past two months, what has been your greatest challenge?
A I would say the hardest thing is that my family isn’t here yet. The plan is to get them here over spring break,
but flying back and forth has kept me from being fully immersed in the job and on campus. I think it will get
easier when I don’t have to keep flying back to Tennessee and going between home and work.

Q Why have you switched your career to teaching?

A I’ve always had a teacher’s heart and about five years ago I started mini worship seminars. I found the best
way to learn is to teach. In the last couple of years I felt like God wanted to make me take a shift [from leading to
teaching]. There were four or five schools and churches that were interested, but I told myself that if there wasn’t
a teaching element in whatever the future job would be, I wouldn’t be able to do it.

Q Why did you choose North Central?

A When I started looking at North Central, I just began speaking with Larry Bach, Dr. Anderson, various faculty,
and visiting the campus. Out of all the other offers, I just felt God’s favor upon me to come here. It sounds cliché,
but it’s where God was leading me. I also really liked the culture, the music side of things, and the authentic heart
of worship I felt when I came here. It was different than from other places I looked into. On the music side, I felt
that God wanted me to come to this school because it already had a good music program, and I could help bring
it to the next level. I know God has His hands on this school and the music/worship culture here.

Q What are your goals for your time here at North Central?
A I don’t see myself here for just a year or five years because I am not a quitter or a come and go type of person;
certainly God can change my will, but this could be my last major career move for me. Some of my goals include
wanting to continue to build on the heart of authentic worship here at North Central. I want to be a father to the
next generation, in order to help empower the next generation to take their gifts and talents to utilize them for
God. I also desire to grow the church music program, to develop the traveling/commercial side of music coming
out of North Central recordings, to get songs out ‘in the world’ that are written by students, and I’d love to see the
commercial side of music developed as well.

Q It’s a privilege to have such an influential musician here on our campus. How do you think your experiences
will help North Central?

A You know, I think its one thing to sit in a class with book knowledge and a degree, but I think it’s another thing
to have actually lived it out there. I have gained wisdom and knowledge from God along the way, so being able
to come in and say ‘trust me; this is how it is’ is something that I want to show the students. Also, I want to be able
to give warnings to the students to pay attention to the practical stuff that will help them, like the behind the
scenes stuff like finances and bookwork.

Haiti Relief Mission

Blesener Participates In Haiti Relief Mission

On Jan. 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit 15 miles outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti, a city of almost 775,000 people. Less
than two weeks later, Sarah Blesener, a junior youth development major, found herself in the middle of the intense aftermath
of one of the most devastating natural disasters in recent history.
Blesener was part of the Christian Dominican Medical Mission
(CDMM), an organization that primarily focuses on medical
missions in the Dominican Republic. However, because of the
earthquake, CDMM decided to focus on providing tents for
much needed medical aide in Haiti.
“Everything was completely devastated,” said Blesener. “Every
building was collapsed.”
According to Blesener, there are multiple refugee camps with
anywhere from 1,500 to 50,000 people in each. Up to 100,000
people stand in line each day trying to get daily necessities.
With no place to bury the 250,000 victims, locals have resorted
to burning the bodies.
However, there may be hope. Blesener received an update
from her team members still in Haiti that multiple tent cities
have been erected. People have also begun selling and buying
in the marketplace.
Amidst the chaos, youth in the refugee camps hold worship
services every night to praise God and express their thankfulness
that they are still alive.
Blesener, who was responsible for assembling the tents and
for other tasks assigned by CDMM, also participated in pho-
tojournalism for Imperial Motion, an extreme sport outfitter.
Though Imperial Motion is a for-profit business, the company has
become deeply involved in the relief efforts in Haiti, according
to Blesener. A rough documentary, which includes some of Ble-
sener’s photos, can be found at
To help in the relief efforts, Blesener suggested donating
to;;;; or contacting her directly. Above all, Blesener
suggests that students pray for the people of Haiti.
Junior youth development major Sarah Blessner CALEB PARKER
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In response to the disaster in Haiti, the president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand
Aristide, is asking people all over the world to donate 200,000 tents to
help shelter those in need from this natural disaster.
I sat down with North Central’s very own, senior ICS major Jess Lehman,
who is teaming up with other NCU students to meet this pressing need
Up and Coming:
by working with an organization called Healing Haiti.

LB: How and when did this vision start?

Kevin Van Slyke
JL: Sarah Blesener came back from her trip to Haiti; she has seen first hand
the great need for tents. Sarah, along with David Piery, Elsa Aos, Chris
A new solo force to reckon
Conners, and myself came together and decided to help meet this need. with (and listen to)
We started working together a couple weeks ago and some of us are
planning on going [down to Haiti] this summer. By MITCH CHAMBERLIN
LB: What are you doing to help?
JL: We are raising money to buy tents and collecting tents to send to
Haiti. We are working with an organization called Healing Haiti to help
get these tents from our college into the people’s hands. If anyone wants
to help, they can get a hold of Sarah, or any of us. There is also a website
listed at the bottom for more information on Healing Haiti.
LB: What made you start working with Healing Haiti?
JL: We were all thinking about how we could make a difference over there
when we are all here. Haitian people were only receiving tarps and they
aren’t sufficient enough to give them shelter, and protection from Malaria
and the dangers of the night. We want to help give them shelter until
something permanent can be built.
LB: How can people get involved? Kevin Van Slyke JOSHUA OLSON
JL: You can get involved by donating money or tents or asking family or
friends for used tents. You can also contact churches and ask them to get Kevin Van Slyke, a freshman at North Central, is not a well-known name in the university’s music scene. At
involved. You could even set up your own tent drive or donation table to least, not yet.
help the cause. Van Slyke has only been doing a solo act for a year but he sees that as an advantage because it is still “fresh
LB: Where can people donate the money and/or drop off tents? and exciting.” Though van Slyke has a long list of influences including famous names like Jon Foreman, Sufjan
JL: People can bring tents and money on Monday through Wednesday Stevens, Regina Spektor, and Jay-Z, he has managed to write brilliant, original melodies that were caught in
before and after chapel to us out in the atrium. All of the money donated this author’s head for more than four days.
will go to buy tents. We are looking into places to buy the most tents for On Feb 12, Van Slyke competed in the first-ever, intercollegiate battle of the bands between North Central,
the least amount of money. Sarah Blesener is leaving in March to go to Bethel, Crown, and Northwestern.
Haiti again and she will be bringing a load of tents with her to distribute. “At first, I was nervous about the other bands,” said Van Slyke, “The solo gig is hard because everything falls
LB: Is there anything else that you would like people to know about on you.”
this cause? Wielding an acoustic guitar, a harmonica, and a tambourine, Van Slyke proved that an acoustic act can
JL: Our main purpose is to glorify the Lord through providing what we trump some polished competition, if presented right. Out of seven bands, Van Slyke, who was the only solo
can for the people of Haiti. We know the importance of staying con- artist, placed in the top three and provided the audience with a fantastic second show.
nected with Haiti and their relief efforts and that’s what we intend to do. However, the near-legendary Nicole Serrano band, a dream team of North Central’s most well-known musi-
The needs are numerous. Even though we might not see the need right in cians, took first place. Van Slyke was a good sport about it, though, saying that “Coming in behind Nicole’s
front of our faces, people still need help for the long-term. band was quite an honor and [he was] very happy with North Central’s showing.”
Besides being an out-of-the-ordinary solo act and having an out-of-the-ordinary array of influences, Van
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Slyke also receives his inspiration in an out-of-the-ordinary fashion. Where most artists would claim ‘love,’
‘God’s creation,’ or ‘that-special-someone’ as their inspiration, Van Slyke has a practical and utilitarian inspira-
“I see tons of mediocre artists out there,” Van Slyke said, “and people just seem to love the same garbage
they put out. I hate that, and so I’m doing something with my sound and lyrics.”
Through a combination of impressive coordination, inspired melodic development, and heartfelt lyrics, Van
Slyke is in fact “doing something” with his sound and lyrics. During one song at the battle of the bands, he
played a skillful line on the guitar, tapped a multi-rhythm beat on the tambourine with his foot, and switched
between singing and playing the harmonica—all at the same time.
As Van Slyke began to sing his first song, there was a collective gasp/rise in heart rates from the female
members of the crowd. Even the emcee at the venue referenced this when he claimed that the “…ladies will
be happy…” as he announced that Van Slyke would advance to the next round.
Van Slyke did not seem too preoccupied with that reaction, however. In fact, Van Slyke wants his listeners
to walk away with this message: “Try to be original, be innovators, and stop carrying on the same old tactics.
This applies to music, politics, business, ministry, and life in general.”


The Holes in the Wall

Buzz A guide to nearby restaurants
with a whole lot of character

By TYLER SEVLIE • guest columnist

By CAITLIN GILMARTIN • lifestyle editor

Spring Fashion:
(Thigh) High Alert Tyler Sevlie gives his local cuisine recomendations JOSHUA OLSON

While working at American Eagle I want you to eat better. The last issue highlighted a few excellent restaurants within walking distance. Some, like True Thai, will set you back
Outfitters in the Mall of America and $12 a plate. Dinner at True Thai is worth $12. But you can get really good food for less than that. And every restaurant on this list has its own
spring clothes are flooding the shelves unique character. In the Weinery, character looks like a broken upright piano by the drink dispenser and a mounted marlin on the wall. At
of our store, I am distubed a bit. One of Pineda Tacos you’ll watch Spanish overdubs of English films in a half-finished back room dining area. I’ve sat in East Village Grill while they’ve
the denim shorts styles this spring are played Somali music videos during the slow hours. This guide is as much about the place as the food, and if you’re willing to risk the adven-
entitled “AE shortie.” Yikes. ture, I think you’ll be glad you did.
Back in the seventies, people rocked
“hot pants” which were very short
shorts. Look out folks, I’m afraid they
may just be coming back. Pineda Tacos
Now don’t get me wrong—I’ve been 311 E. Lake St. • Distance from campus: 2 miles
known to rock some short shorts in my The first time you walk into Pineda Tacos you will think, “Dang, this place is sketchy.”
day, and hey, to each their own, but When you walk out after eating you will think, “Dang, I’ve never been this full before.”
anything less than a three inch inseam Pineda Tacos specializes in authentic Mexican. The large burrito (there are two
screams, “scandalous!” So, shoppers sizes) is “the size of a baby” according to my friend Shiloh. They have over ten
(Girls, this is mainly for you... I hope.) different meats with various levels of spiciness, excellent salsa, and horchata—
beware. Thankfully, bermuda shorts and a drink described as tasting like the milk left in the bowl after eating Cinnamon
capris are still a hot comody as well. Toast Crunch. The Manager’s Special is a steal: one vegetarian burrito, a medium
Other spring fashion trends this soda, and chips and salsa, all for $4.
season are ripped/distressed denim,
pastels, polka dots, tie dye, ruffles,
turquoise jewelry, and military/warrior-
inspired motifs to name a few.
The Weinery
So, if you feel like sticking with the 414 Cedar Ave. S. • Distance from campus: 1.2 miles
trends, consider this list. If not, well, Weird name: Check. Tiny, easy-to-miss location: Check. Character: Check. Good food
you can tell people about this list and served cheap: Check. The Weinery has been serving hot dogs and breakfast for the last
pretend you’re really hip and cool. But 25 years. That’s not bad for a restaurant that sells a fully loaded dog for $2.75 and a
above all else—beware of the scandal- hot dog, fries, and a Coke for $5. And all of the ingredients are fresh cut to order; for
ous shortie short! instance, when you order French fries, you order by the potato, which is then sliced up
and thrown in the fryer. If you go for breakfast, which is served all day, I recommend the
Cadillac with Italian sausage. It’s bacon, eggs, and the spicy sausage all wrapped in a large
pancake. It’s $5. Whoever thinks of these things is a genius.

East Village Grill

1401 11th Ave. S. • Distance from campus: 1/2 block
The East Village Grill is the least “hole-in-the-wall” of all the restaurants on this list.
The interior is clean and well-lit. It has a sign over the door. The name is simple.
The East Village Grill makes this list because for $7 you can have a gyro, fries,
and a drink. The gyros overflow with meat (literally), and the cucumber sauce
is light and crisp. The fries are seasoned and heaped into the box. They have
mango juice. And it’s half a block away.

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Reasons why
I love the

By COURTNEY WIEST • opinion editor

Living on a farm for thirteen out of my twenty years has probably
been one of the most influential experiences of my life. It is also one
that I would never change; not for a city skyline or having a mall 5
minutes away.
Don’t get me wrong; the skyline is wonderful and having a mall
nearby is ridiculously awesome. I have stayed a few nights on the top
floor of the downtown Marriot, and it was spectacular. However, noth-
ing beats walking out on a crisp fall morning, smelling the fresh air, and
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The hardest balancing act

While I have loved living in the city, I would never be satisfied not
seeing the stars. That is definitely something city people miss out on,
and one I have missed out on for 2 years of school. One of my favorite
things to do at home is stand out at night in the yard and just stare up
By MITCH CHAMBERLIN at the sky. It is crazy to see all the stars and know that there are mil-
Believe or not, students, college is not only about academics (I am sure many of you believe and adhere to lions more. Every time I see the stars, it makes me realize just how big
this whole-heartedly.) Inversely, college is not about staying awake (and sleeping in) as late as possible. It is not God really is.
about how many friends you can accumulate or how many trips to Burger King you can take in one week. Col- The smell of manure might gross most people out, but I actually
lege is much bigger than finding your significant other. think it’s great. You may think I am crazy, and that is alright with me,
And life at a Christian college is not all about spirituality. The purpose of your time spent here is not to see how but for all you other farm people you probably know what I mean. I’ve
many chapel skips you have left at the end of the semester, how many prayer meetings or Praise Gatherings you grown up with the smell of it, and it wasn’t hard to get used to. On
have gone to, or how many worship bands you played for. But college is not about shirking your faith because several basketball trips this year, I have had the pleasure of being in
your parents are not there to make you be a Christian anymore, either. towns that have farms nearby. Other teammates didn’t exactly find it a
So what is this whole college thing about?! great experience, but it reminded me of home. It is probably one of the
College is about all of these. It is about balance. Yes, college is one, giant, life-sized yoga position. smells that will always remind me of my childhood.
I happen to be an expert on an unbalanced life. I suffer from a severe inclination to ignore everything in my life Last but not least, I will always cherish the memory of my first horse,
unless my academic goals are achieved. This is good, right? Well, sort of. Fancy. My parents bought him for me when I was eight. I remember
While it is fantastic that I started out college “setting myself up for success” in my future career, I also started standing by him, thinking he was the biggest horse I had ever seen.
out college missing a lot of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. I spent my first year here missing out on: the game Fancy was my best friend and confidant; a horse I told all my secrets
“Signs,” getting involved at a church, and exploring our beautiful city. I dedicated way too much time to study- to. His brown eyes seemed so deep that they could hold anything I
ing. entrusted to him.
Do not get me wrong. It is critical that we take advantage of the educational opportunities we have at this Fancy died almost 2 years ago, and even though it still breaks my
school. Far too many of us ignore our studies completely, instead opting to go to Applebees or to have random, heart, the joy I received from him will never die. Some people say a
all-night prayer meetings. Community and devotion are excellent virtues but intelligence and knowledge are just girl will never forget their first love, and I honestly never could forget
as important. Fancy.
Likewise, if you are spending so much time praying and seeking God that you are missing out on community, I don’t know where I will live later in life; whether I’ll be a city girl
stop! Try this: seek the face of God in the Body of Christ. or have the chance to live on a farm again. All I really know is that I’ll
My point is that the three big parts of our school (community, spirituality, and academics) are all equal ways of never forget the memories from down on the farm.
worshipping God. I am most thankful that our school does not follow the ideas of Tertullian (faith and knowledge
are completely separate) or some monks (ignore the world to improve your own relationship with Christ.) God Send feedback to:
has blessed us with the opportunity to worship Him through our everyday activities. College is about those
everyday things and learning how to balance them..

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financial tips:
1: Find scholarships from local organizations or through online
Archery Lessons
resources such as FastWeb, FinAid, College Board, or the Financial Aid
Perhaps we’re not ready. Maybe our training and growing at North Central isn’t enough preparation for
Resource Center.
the work God’s called us to do. What if we fail? What if we miss His direction? What will happen if we make
2: Budget your money during the summer. Decide how much you ourselves unusable?
want to save and make it happen. I don’t think this is possible. If we have even a fringe of desire for God to use us, He’ll grab it. Our respon-
sibility is not to figure out every step God has planted in front of us. We pursue Him instead. God fashioned
3: Don’t assume you won’t get it. There are often scholarships that are a mission for each of us beyond centuries ago, and believe me, He designed every detail and He knows how
un-applied for, or that only have a handful of applicants. Don’t think to fit those details into a beautiful roadmap for each of our lives.
that your chances are too small to warrant your time. I don’t know where everybody stands spiritually or the nuances with which we view God. I speak only
4: Communicate with the offices often. Make sure you’re pursuing ev- from my perspective. This is what I’ve learned recently about seeking God.
ery possible option. The people in financial aid and student accounts He never leaves. He’s forever in the same spot, which is essentially everywhere at the same time. If I’ve
offices want to help you find the best way to pay for school. done something stupid I can’t play hide-and-seek with God because He knows I’ll try hiding where He can
see me anyway. I think this is the only way God can cheat.
5: If you must get a loan, get the best rate and the best deal. Shop We play other games, too. He taught me spiritual archery. God is the bull’s-eye, and my focus is the arrow.
around and talk to friends or family in banking services to make sure Straight arrows shoot directly towards the center of my life. Distractions make my bow wobble and some-
you’re not getting ripped off. times I miss the bull’s-eye or aim for the wrong one altogether. God picks up my wayward arrows, bundles
them neatly, and presents them to me again with a bow. My Teacher always encourages me to try again.
When this game begins to frustrate me, we sit down and picnic. Our favorite spot is restful, a quiet area
The Northerner would like to make a correction from last issue’s basket- beside still waters amidst a green pastureland. We’ll chat for a bit, discussing His accomplishments and my
ball article. The Men’s basketball team had won their first round game at downfalls. I ask His advice, and oftentimes He points me to His Son, whose nickname is “the Word” (John
Nationals four years ago. We apologize for the error. 1:14). After He helps me find what I need I thank Him and pick up my bundle of arrows again.
When I’m refreshed I can aim better. My arrows are straighter and headed in the right direction, but it’s
hard to see when a sudden storm darkens overhead and the thunder competes with God’s gentle words

coaxing me through the disciplines of archery. God protects me from the lightning. Once in awhile He’ll let a
flash strike me, knowing He’s already equipped me to handle its effects. I don’t realize this. Instead I regress.
Tantrums roar back in style until my own tears darken my vision and my yells drown God’s voice.
I notice my arrows are bent. I can’t see the bull’s-eye, but I know somewhere it’s standing firm. I want to
hide, but God knows my hiding places. Even dirty from rolling in the mud, God beckons me to chat with
Him in our favorite picnic area. I apologize. I praise Him. I tell Him I love Him. I thank Him. In reply, God
Editor-in-Chief EMILY SCHAUT hands me another bundle of arrows.









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The track and field season begins
Although some winter sports are still lingering, spring sports are
already in session. Track and field has begun its indoor season, headed
up by coach Trey Meadows.
This season there are11 women and 15 men on the team, including
men’s captain senior business major Daniel Bare and women’s captain
Catherine Mead, junior intercultural studies major.
On Feb 27, both the men and women’s teams headed to the Upper
Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) for the indoor championship
meet at College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn.
The distance runners had strong representation at the meet with
Bare winning the 5,000 meter race with a time of 16:18, and also win-
ning first place in the distance medley with Jeff Winkelman, Owen Hein
, and Austin Muchow.
Fellow Cross Country star, Mead, dominated the women’s distance
events scoring second place in the 5,000 meter race, third in the mile,
and fourth in the 800 meter run.
The women’s sprinters swept the 800 meter relay winning first place
with Melanie Horst, Renee Jensen, Brandi Hudson and Sara Elling-
This year’s UMAC featured four competitive NCAA DIII teams, which
were Minnesota-Morris, Northwestern College, St Scholastica, and
North Central University.
Track runners participate in a variety of events, ranging from relays,
sprints, distance, and field events. Meets include the running events
ranging from 55 meters to 5,000 meters, hurdles, and relays. The rest,
known as the field events, include the high jump, long jump, triple
jump, pole vault, shot put, and weight bag throws. Track is in their
indoor season until March 20.
From left to right: Phil Johnson, Kristy Osters, and Adam Zvanovec JOSHUA OLSON When asked what he wanted to accomplish this season, coach Mead-
ows said that he wanted each athlete to maximize their ability.
It’s coming to the end of a season, and for several athletes at North Central, it is their last semester playing “My goal is always to have the athletes successfully navigate the se-
sports. Several key players graduating this year answered some questions about their experience at North Cen- mester, not just passing classes but doing well, and being well-round-
tral, goals they have for their last season, and future plans once they leave college. ed students that pursue what God has for them,” Meadows said.
Adam Zvanovec, a senior communications major, shared about his time on the baseball team. Zvanovec has “I want them to work hard to better themselves and use their indi-
been on the team for all four years that he has been at North Central; he has started in 7 of 9 positions. Zvanovec vidual talents the Lord has given them in the events they choose to
has high hopes for this season. “This season we all have our sights on nationals. Last year was my first year not go- compete in.”
ing to the national tournament, and I am itching to get back.” Zvanovec went on to say, “the baseball team looks The first outdoor competition for the team is against Augustana Col-
great for this season. We have been practicing hard since the fall, and are ready to get started working on their lege in Rock Island, Illinois on Saturday, March 20.
goal to get to nationals.”
Phil Johnson, a senior youth development major stars as the basketball team’s captain and point guard.
Johnson shared with me one of his favorite moments from his career here at North Central. “I've been so spoiled
with my time here at North Central, so picking just one might be'll have to be when we won our Regional
championship game last year to go to nationals. It was such an exciting experience, and to do it on our home
court was awesome!” Johnson has spent each of his four years playing basketball for North Central. He has played UPCOMING
under three different coaches in the four years that he was here, and yet when asked what he was most proud of
during his time here, he mentioned his coaches.
“The last two years have been an amazing experience. Coach High has done an amazing job building this pro-
gram to where it is, and it's only the beginning,” said Johnson. “It makes me proud to be a North Central basketball
player.” Come Support Your RAMS
Kristy Osters, intercultural studies major, has been a member of the North Central softball team through thick
and thin. Playing right field, Osters is “most proud of the relationships that she built, and the time that she has 3/6, 8 • Men’s Baseball vs Ozark Christian College • Joplin, MO
invested into the program.” Osters also has some great goals for this season.
“I want to have a better batting average, steal more bases, be a better defensive player and be a leader for the 3/9 • Men’s Baseball vs Ozark Christian College • McPherson, KS
new players.”
3/18-19 • Women’s Softball • Dome Tourney
All three seniors, Johnson, Osters and Zvanovec are serving their teams this year as captains. Best of luck to
these players as they finish their excellent athletic career at North Central. 3/20 • Men and Women’s Track and Field vs Augustana • Rock Island, IL
The Northerner would also like to thank and congratulate all seniors who have contributed to North Central
athletics this school year. 3/26 • Men’s and Women’s Tennis vs Macalester • St. Paul, MN • 7pm

Heading to Nationals
By RICHARD TERRELL • sports editor

North Central men’s and women’s basketball teams have won their Regional Championship tournament.
Now they are heading to the national tournament.
North Central Regional tournament is formed from four schools; first seed is North Central University, the
second is Faith Baptist Bible College from Ankeny, Iowa, the third seed is Trinity Bible College from Ellendale,
North Dakota, and the fourth is Providence College from Manitoba, Canada.
In the first game of the regional tournament, the North Central women’s team beat Providence College

Tennis Talk 65-52. Freshman secondary education major Elisabeth Trickey led the team with 24 points and sophomore
psychology major Charity Bowers added 10 points and 12 rebounds.
with JOSH HARSHBARGER In the championship game the women played against Faith College and won 57-50. Freshman Business
administration major Hope Sevlie led the team this game with 19 points and 10 rebounds and Trickey added
14 points.
Captain Caitlin Jusczak, a junior secondary education major, added some remarks about winning the game
against Faith and also going to the national tournament.
“I am so glad to be able to go to nationals again. Now that some of the team has experienced what it’s like,
The North Central tennis teams are gearing up for another fun sea-
I feel more confident. This game was a close one, but I believe that just showed us that we battle through,”
son. Along with the small amount of returning players from last year is
Jusczak said.
a group of new faces who are ready to prove themselves as elite tennis
Freshman Elisabeth Tricky also added about going to nationals for the first time, “I am happy I was a part
athletes. If there is one thing you don’t want to miss this spring, it’s fol-
of the victory that’s getting us there. I’m really excited that we get to go and show our skills. I never want the
lowing and supporting NCU tennis.
season to end.”
The teams are coached by our very own youth studies professor
The men’s first game in the regional tournament was also against Providence College. They beat Providence
Brian Pingel. They are captained by junior youth ministries major Josiah
College 64-42. Senior youth development major Jeremy Grilley had 12 points and 7 rebounds, senior pastoral
Tonder, senior ICS major Melissa Haugland and sophomore youth
ministry major Levi Kooistra added 12 points.
development major Rachel Lojovich, who are all very excited about the
In the championship game they played Trinity College and won 97-87. Freshman business administration ma-
new players and the upcoming season.
jor Nate Roeder led the team with 21 points and 6 rebounds and Jeremy Grilley scored 20 points.
“I feel really good about our team this year,” says Lojovich. “I really
Captains Phil Johnson a senior youth development major, and Daniel Young a senior youth development
think we have great potential for this season!”
major commented on their goal for the national tournament.
Haugland felt the same way and added, “Every year the team has been
“Our goal is to go down there and compete with the same intensity that allowed us to win back to back
close and has grown stronger in the sport. I don’t think this year will be
regional championships. It feels good to win. We are very excited to represent our school at a national level,”
any different.”
said Johnson.
For the men’s team, Tonder said that the new guys coming in who
Young commented, “My goal for nationals is first to win that first game, after that it would be awesome to get
maybe haven’t even picked up a racket before have shown potential
hot and keep rolling.”
and have made the learning process easy.
Head Coach John High also had some words to say about winning the regional tournament and how he will
When asked about being a new guy on the team, sophomore pas-
prepare for nationals.
toral studies major Daniel Risdall said, “We’re a hard working group of
“We accomplished one of our goals. We only had three returners and 11 new players. We had to come out
guys, but we definitely have fun. I expect to improve my game a lot.
and play. We have less than a week until our first national tournament game. Good practices, staying condi-
I’ve been playing my whole life, but never on a team before. I plan to
tioned and also being game-ready will prepare us. Our practices have to be productive,” said Coach High.
get a lot better, and I’m going to work as hard as I can at it.”
Please visit the North Central Rams website for updates on the national tournament games. The women’s
With practices recently started and the first match at the end of
tournament will be held in Pennsylvania and the men’s tournament will be held in Springfield, Missouri. Both
March, the players will need to hone their individual skills and bond
teams will be playing from March 8 to March 13.
together as a team.
Last year, the teams officially entered the division III UMAC confer-
ence which allows them to play teams like Northwestern College, U of
M-Morris, and St. Scholastica.
When asked about being in the UMAC conference, Tonder said, “We
get better faster. It’s a high level of competition.” He also added, “There
2010 NCCAA II All Tournament Team Awards
is still a Christian aspect with teams like Northwestern, but it’s also nice
to play against non-Christian teams so that we can show our sports- Men's Basketball Women’s Basketball
The players also agree that support from fellow North Central stu- First Team First Team
dents make a huge impact on their performance. Daniel Young
Senior Youth Development Major Elisabeth Trickey (MVP)
“Honestly, it really helps to have people cheering from the sidelines,”
Phil Johnson Freshman Secondary Education Major
said Haugland, “and when you ace a serve or hit a killer overhead, it is
nice to know that someone else saw it too.” Senior Youth Development Major
Nathan Roeder
Second Team
Lojovich also noted the importance of having an audience. Caitlin Jusczak
“Having fans at our matches is so important to us! Just like in any other Freshman Business Administration Major
Junior Secondary Education Major
sport, we are encouraged and spurred on because of our fans…so
please come support us!”
Second Team Charity Bowers
Jeremy Grilley Sophomore Psychology Major
Now that you’re at least a little acquainted with the tennis teams, you
can go out and support them this spring and get to know them even
Senior Youth Development Major Region Coach of the Year
better. Competitions begin March 19 for women and March 26 for men Region Coach of the Year Matt Callahan
at the Baseline Tennis Courts at the University of Minnesota. Head Women’s Coach
Jon High
Head Men’s Coach