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Students share their experiences as they served others across the world

Sept./Oct. 2011


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Issue 1. Sept/Oct 2011.

Renew Chapel: Back in Action
Angelique Heinsen

SEU Missions: Exposed
Rachel LaFlam


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Stories from the Field A Vision for the Future
Mandee Winter

Who Am I in God? Devotional
Mandee Winter

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Letters from Patmos
Madison Shira

Battle of the A.L. East
Ben Herrman

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Student Voices.

Welcome Back!
It’s that time of the year again–the campus is buzzing, dorm rooms are decorated, and notebooks are beginning to crinkle right around the edges as fall weather finally rolls in. Questions begin to build in our minds–what will my mid-term in this class be like? Will I ever work out this equation? Will my roommate ever stop snoring? We all come from different majors, countries, and backgrounds. Some of us are studying to be the next great movie producer and make an irreplaceable mark on the industry. Others are up late memorizing terms and conducting experiments in hopes of someday finding cures for diseases and having the strength to deal with the life or death moments that they may encounter in the future. Some of us are focused on becoming effective teachers, courageous missionaries, or enthralling journalists. And some of us haven’t quite figured it out yet, but are still getting used to the idea of living away from home. Whatever category we fall into, we all have one thing in common–we all leave a mark. Every day, your unique experiences, dreams, and talents give you stories that the rest of campus–and the world–are waiting to hear. Through midnight cramming, missed workout sessions, and lifechanging chapel services, The Southeastern Times is here to express all those ups and downs. As a transformed magazine, The Southeastern Times will be an expression of what God is doing here and around the world. It’s our school. It’s our community. We’re here to express it!

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by Angelique Heinsen

I want students to engage in what they are passionate about on mission trips. When you engage in what you care about oversees, you see why missions needs you. Michael Mutz, Missions Program Coordinator

Renew Chapel Southeastern Back in Action EXPOSED!
On Kentucky Avenue in downtown Lakeland, a homey, cozy coffee shop faithfully opens their doors to Southeastern University students every Tuesday evening. Renew, an off-campus chapel held at Mitchell’s in downtown Lakeland, originally started as a commuter outreach intended to get commuters connected and involved and has quickly evolved into a popular chapel held offcampus. The owners Mitchell and Michelle Harvey have been hosting Renew at Mitchell’s Coffee House for three years. Renew is popular among both commuters and residents of Southeastern because of the more intimate experience and encounter with God and fellow students. Renew meets twice on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., allowing for two unique opportunities and more student involvement. The Department of Spiritual Formation (DSF) is the on-campus organization ultimately responsible for this unique alternative chapel venue. They are “here to create spaces to get involved” according to Melissa Miller, student coordinator for Renew and senior at Southeastern University. Miller announced that this year’s focus for Renew is community involvement while its theme is “Your Story,” referring to the many stories of salvation. It ties in how God has written a story for each person, and throughout this semester, stories will be shared and featured at Renew. Speakers will also be talking about biblical characters, their stories, and how to relate to them in modern times. If you have a salvation story you would like to share, be sure to email your story to mystory@ To get involved and join Renew’s creative team, email Melissa at

Ministering to sex trafficked women, playing soccer with African children, assisting in postdisaster relief efforts, nurturing children in orphanages, trekking into the bush of Central Africa, teaching personal hygiene and life skills to the gypsy children of Romania, preaching to unreached Muslims, and teaching school classes to children in Kenya. These are only a few of the opportunities Southeastern students have to partake in the upcoming missions trips. Michael Mutz’s vision for the missions department is “every student, every nation.” Mutz believes every SEU student should experience a missions trip and he would love to see Southeastern in every nation, whether it’s students or alumni. Mutz has a big dream this year when it comes to missions. His goal is for 500 students to go on a mission trip and for 25 trips to go out. Thus far, his goal is already being exceeded since there are 32 trips going out. However, Mutz believes that missions are much more than the work done oversees. Mutz’s hope is that Southeastern students will reach out and get involved in the local missions opportunities that surround us. “I don’t like that we are in a place we can do a lot of ministry, and we don’t,” said Mutz. Part of his position as missions program coordinator is to coordinate students in local outreach, and he hopes to do much more in local missions this year. Missions needs everyone, no matter what their major is or what kind of talents they have. Mutz is strong in his belief that everyone has a place in missions and they should use their talents on the mission field.

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“I want students to engage in what they are passionate about on mission trips,” said Mutz. “When you engage in what you care about oversees, you see why missions needs you.” Interested in going on a mission trip? Email Jesse Youmans (Destinations Student President) at or check out the list below of upcoming trips and contact the team leader via SEU e-mail.

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SEU students listen to worship music at first Renew chapel of the year. Staff Photo: Angelique Heinsen

ALASKA: Seth Spencer AMSTERDAM: Nadia Lindberg AUSTRALIA: Erin Bowe BANGLADESH: Brooke Rice BHUTAN: Taylor Clements CAMBODIA: Sera Manubens TBA: Joshua Berg COSTA RICA: Kathleen Hawley D. REPUBLIC: Ethan Alldredge D. REPUBLIC: Giexly Reyes GUINEA: Davin Ellenberger HAITI: Nicoleta Confusione HAITI: Courtney Meys (Simpson) HONDURAS: Joseph Rihn INDIA: David Hand ISRAEL: Vanessa Leef ISRAEL: Jordan Sweetser JAPAN: Michael Mutz KENYA: Matt Hoag LOS ANGELES: Samantha Land MALAYSIA: Carey Leader MOROCCO: Sam Pimental NEW YORK: Nick Foster PERU: Paz Aguayo ROMANIA: Suzanne Savage RUSSIA: Courtney Aperfine SCOTLAND: Alexandra Vittetoe SPAIN: Jamie Descalzo TUNISIA: Corey Johnson UGANDA: Jesse Youmans ZAMBIA: Michael Mutz ZIMBABWE: Allison Larese Issue 1 | Sept./Oct. 2011 | Southeastern Times | 3

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Last summer, 18 different mission trips involved different corners of the world to serve for DestiNations. Countries in which students ministered include the Philippines, Israel, Paraguay, Mali, and Jamaica as well as Romania, Tanzania, and Cambodia. Dr. Houlihan, the advisor for DestiNations, hopes that every student goes on a mission trip during their university career. “Both people are transformed,” he said. Several students approached Dr. Houlihan after the trips to share their stories. “You think you have seen poverty until you have been to some of these places,” said Houlihan. Many groups worked with other missionary teams, so they were not working where unwanted. The students who went on these trips are now able to share a message of love with a new global view. Romania: The main goal of the team of 10 girls that Suzanne Savage led was to “be with the kids and minister.” The team worked with the gypsy children, also known as Roma, and taught them a curriculum for basic health and personal care. The traditional gypsy children of Romania do not fit the mold of the stereotypical image of a brightly clad wonderer in a wagon. However, they are outsiders, with Turkish and Indian mixed backgrounds. They speak their own language and have historically not been allowed n Romanian schools, which makes it hard for them to fit into their own society. Their lack of knowledge about general health and cleanliness has also put the gypsies on the outer edge of Romanian society. Savage assisted in writing a curriculum for health and wellness for the gypsy children. The kids had never been taught how to perform basic tasks such as washing their hands and brushing their teeth. “It isn’t a lack of intelligence; they just have never been taught to take care of themselves,” said Carly Marconi. She recounted how when some of the kids brushed their teeth for the first time, blood and dirt came out from their gums. Melissa Maisenbacher, who was on her first mission trip, will also never forget the children she interacted with at the school. One boy named Manuel never left her side. “He was almost always on my arm,” said Maisenbacher. “We picked flowers and said ‘I love you’ in Romanian.” For those who haven’t been on a missions trip before, Savage and Maisenbacher advise that all students seize the opportunity while it’s so readily available. You not only get in touch with another culture, but you also create a bond with those you travel with. “You realize that God is truly omnipresent,” said Marconi. Tanzania: The village of Tongwe has no main road to the coast to connect them to hospitals and other vital sources, so it’s difficult to receive necessary medical attention. The team’s mission was to collaborate with Oral Roberts University to build a road in order to service the people of Tangwe and provide a swift and safe transportation route. However, the trip went differently than planned when the Tanzanian government made the decision to take on the road project. The all-male group then turned to a new project: assisting in building a birthing clinic in one of the rural villages. Their task was to assist in gathering materials as well as dig a trench to a nearby river so that the clinic may have access to water. Matthew Chenoweth had the opportunity to depart early with team leader Tori Rasmussen. Chenoweth spent a total of 28 days in Africa. While there, Rasmussen, Chenoweth, and Oral Roberts students explored Africa’s beaches, national parks with animals roaming free, and a waterfall. The trip was not without a few unforgettable moments. When coming down from the waterfall, they had noticed a bees’ nest. Later Chenoweth heard someone from the back of the group yell, “Bees!” “They were chasing us and stinging us…some of the boys were jumping into the water to get away from them,” said Chenoweth, laughing at the memory. They later found out that they had been stung by a species of African Killer Bees. “The stings turned into white welts that stung at first and then itched like mosquito bites,” said Chenoweth. The car also flipped over on its side once while navigating the rough African terrain. The group also experienced a literal taste of African culture. “The most unique thing I ate there was giraffe,” says Chenoweth. The team had a chance to interact with the natives by showing them movies with Christian messages, teaching English at a boarding school, and playing soccer with an African team. Chenoweth observed that taking the time to get to know the people can be just as rewarding as building clinics. “It was the craziest, most amazing experience of my life,” said Chenoweth. “Mission trips play a huge part in growing up and becoming whole.” Cambodia: 85% of the Cambodian population observes Buddhism or lives in a village with a temple-monastery called a wat. The goal of the mission team to Cambodia, led by Sera Manubens, was to help satisfy the people’s hunger for a

Romanian children learn to brush their teeth. Submitted Photo: Carly Marconi

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A Vision for the Future .......................
Deepening community, fostering a Christ-centered environment, and serving the students–this is how Dr. Kent Ingle describes his vision for the current year at Southeastern University. Upon his arrival as the university’s president in spring 2011, Dr. Ingle began fostering an emphasis on the students–by focusing on listening to them, encouraging an academic environment that inspires them, and strengthening the community on campus. While discussing his vision for 2011-2012 over coffee at Mi Casa, Dr. Ingle’s heart for the students resonated. “It’s been exciting having the opportunity to meet and get to know [the students], and feel the great community here,” said Dr. Ingle. “It’s all about the people. For this university to have a great future, we need to know the people here. Whether it’s a church, a university, or a business–whatever the organization, one of the things that makes it valuable is the uniqueness of the people.” Dr. Ingle described the processes that have been taking place to implement an environment of listening. “A good leader will be a listener,” said Dr. Ingle. “Right now, we are in the process of listening.” Forums and strategic surveys are a couple of the ways in which administration is making an effort to listen to the students, and it’s working. “We are wanting to hear from the community to help us assess who we are so we can set the vision that will take us to the next level,” said Dr. Ingle. “The bottom line is that we want She has plans to move there in July to teach English. “Many people think Cambodia is in Africa,” said Manubens. “It is ancient, with a mix of old and new, and is known for elephants and Asian temples.” In order to understand another part of the world and move in a culture, Manubens advises visiting a foreign country several times. “It is a great leap of faith, but it is also a great experience,” she said. “The culture doesn’t even seem different to me anymore. At first the people were Cambodians, but now they don’t even seem different from me.”

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to build a great university that integrates faith, learning, and life.” Dr. Ingle’s passion for the upcoming semesters also includes perpetuating spiritual vitality by instilling a strong hunger for God. “We are here to serve the students as a student-centered place,” said Dr. Ingle. “Our mandate is to unleash and maximize the design of every student that walks in this place. That’s the responsibility God’s given us–leadership to come alongside every student and help them along the journey God has. We want to help students

grasp the big picture as we pour knowledge and wisdom into them.” Dr. Ingle envisions an organization that strays from the top-down hierarchy and adopts a shared decision-making process. “I think it’s important we create a shared governance on this campus,” said Dr. Ingle. “Everything we do–making decisions, having vision, creating future–is shared. Everyone is a part of the process because we are all working together.” When he’s not ministering at Southeastern, Dr. Ingle enjoys spending time with his family and staying active by cycling outdoors. “Coming from Seattle, where nine months out of the year it’s rain and overcast, you can’t do much outdoors,” said Dr. Ingle. “I love doing things outdoors with my family and friends [and] enjoying the sun and warmth.” Dr. Ingle’s passion for a dynamic semester at Southeastern is evident, as is his studentfocused vision. “I’m here for them,” said Dr. Ingle. “It’s not about me, but it’s about them.”


better spiritual life and to simply share love. The team worked in an orphanage with 68 children. Manubens remembers some of the sublime moments she experienced there. “The night before we left, we had a service with the kids. We usually pray for them, but on the last night, they gathered around us and laid hands on us and prayed for us,” said Manubens. “It was powerful.” This was Manubens’ third year in Cambodia, and she has gotten the chance to see some of the kids grow older and go off to college.

SEU student Stephen Adcock interacts with children on a summer missions trip to Zambia. Submitted Photo Issue 1 | Sept. 2011 | Southeastern Times | 5


Who I am
When you ask When you ask God to show you ow yo God to show you everything you truly are ry ng everything you truly are in Christ, get ready! God will do n Christ, get ready God st et ad things you can t even ima things yo can’t even im h you ve imagine. He will make th ngs happ that He will make things happen ke hi pe seem impossible right now He seem impossible right now. ee ht ow will t will transform situations, i i f i i ignite passions, and call everyday peoa ple to do really huge things. l We are all driven by something. Don’t kid yourself into thinking you’re not. Maybe you say, I’m just trying to survive. I have so much pain that every day is a fight. Then you are driven by fear or regret. Maybe you say, I am driven by absolutely nothing. I just don’t care. Then you are driven by mediocracy. When it comes down to it, as different as we all are and despite our varying experiences, values, and goals, we all have one thing in common– we are all driven by something. Take a minute and be honest with yourself. What drives you?

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Defined by my Past
But in GOD I am to forget what ís behind and press towards the goal ~ Phillippians 3:13-14 ~ At one point in my life, I really felt God speaking to me, saying, “You have felt depressed for a long time. You have laid in this shame and pain for quite a while. You have been angry, desperate, and shameful for enough time. Now, my child, do you know what time it is? It is time to get off the ground and GET EXCITED!” It’s time to move on from your situation, your regret, and your shame. In driver’s education, I remember my instructor telling me that the car will begin to swerve in whatever direction my eyes focus. Where are you looking? If you keep looking backward you will never walk in front of you! Are your tires spinning? God is saying–get excited! Get ready! When the world beats you to the ground, judges you, accuses you, and points down at your situation and your past, Jesus comes and takes your hand, lifts you up and with love, and declares, “It is time to get up!” Enough sitting on this ground. Enough reminiscing in your guilt Your past does not define you! Your parents’ legacies are not yours. Get up!

But GOD says I am free! ~ John 8:36 ~ Trapped. In bondage. Stuck in a situation, addiction, bad relationship, pain . . . anything. Society tells us, we’re really in trouble now. This is seriously going to tamper with our purpose. What does God say? Freedom! God looks at us, frozen in the middle of our problem, and with one touch onto our pale, lifeless, hopeless situation, He breathes life into us. He specializes in providing a way out that our natural minds can’t conceive. When the world says, stuck, God declares, freedom! Society gives us a lot of statistics. It tells us that once a person is convicted for a felony, they are much more likely to partake in criminal activity again, and each time after, the numbers increase.

But GOD makes all things work for my good ~ Romans 8:28 ~ We foster this assumption in almost all popular media that we

watch. We watch competitions locally, nationally, and internationally on almost any talent or activity–dancing, acting, singing, designing, and even cooking. We text in our votes and make judgments to each other regarding the ability of contestants. We assess them on their talents, capabilities, appearances, poise, and voice, and we deem them equipped or not equipped. And then we ask our students and kids to dream and reach for the stars and never give up, and we wonder why they’re failing. We act shocked when they have lost something really valuable. Our society is feeding a monster. It’s raising a generation of kids who perceive themselves as ill-eqipped, incapable, and susceptible to the criticisms of the entire world. Many of us become so fearful of being exposed to the judgments that we hear on tv. Who is going to step out in an environment like that? In a world of competition and criticism, God looks at you and says, do you know who you are in Christ? You are more than capable! God’s biggest miracles involve supplying what we lack. I once heard a speaker say–God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. In the Bible, Jesus used adulturers, stutterers, and even animals to further His kingdom. And let’s not forget that the greatest miracle of all involved one of the smallest positions of all, a teenage girl named Mary! Are you willing to embrace this truth and step out in a world of criticism that desperately needs to hear you? If you are willing to embrace who you truly are in Christ, it’s time to make a decision. God has placed a dream in your heart. Maybe you thought about it a really long time ago, but the

baggage from the past few years has buried it. But God wants to restore it. Maybe you have always kept your dream just a little past the surface out of fear. God wants to expose it right now. Maybe you have never really thought about having a dream before. But God wants to implant one in your spirit! Whatever point you are at, take a few minutes to pray about your dream. Now take out a sheet of paper and write down your dream. I’ll never forget what my mom told me the day that I left for college in another country. I said, “I just don’t know, Mom, I’m scared.” And with a smile and a hug, Mom replied, “Most of the time, dreams are scary.” When people look back over their lives, most say that the most important things they did in their lives also happened to be the hardest. Don’t get to the end of your life and realize that you missed it. Now that you have written down your dream, remember how we talked about everyone being driven by something? You need to commit to something very important–what you just wrote down will be what drives you from this day forward. No person, no obstacle, no distraction, and no discouragement will ever get in the way of you and this dream. Anytime you doubt it, think that you are not capable, or that you are stuck in your past, look at it.

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People will look at you and say, “Who does she think she is? She’s crazy! Does she realize what she is taking on?” God will do bigger things than you can imagine– things that have not even been perceived yet. Starting today, you will begin to realize who you really are in God. No looking back. From here on out, you will distinguish the voices that you hear and tune into only the one from your Father– who is more than capable of taking you out of your helpless situations, patching up broken hearts and endless regret and giving freedom, breathing hope, and offering healing. He’s more than capable of equipping you for the call that He has placed on your life. God isn’t asking you, Are you trained? Are you prepared? Are you capable? He’s asking you, Are you willing? The choice is yours. Settle for a life of mediocracy and indifference, or begin a journey that will undoubtedly transform not only your own life but all the others around you. If you truly embrace who you are in Christ, and you determine to stop listening to any other voices, and you begin to walk in that destiny, you can change the world. Check out Matthew 17:20– with just the faith of a mustard seed, you can move mountains. What if you had a little more faith than that? What could you accomplish with a whole lot of faith? If you accept who you are in God–do you dare to find out?

Southeastern Students Join Together to Reach the Lost
Tuesday nights after the 6:30 p.m. Renew, a group of Southeastern students gather outside of Mitchell’s in a prayer circle. Their prayer? For God to reveal Himself through them to the homeless, while they wait to head to the “Bus Stop.” At 7:45 p.m., about 12 students of various majors walk swiftly through downtown Lakeland to visit with the homeless who are there. It’s already dark, and students begin to chatter about how God is going to show Himself that night. “We try to build relationships with those in the community. We want to show them Christ’s love,” said Southeastern student Lawrence Aranda. “There are some Christian men and women there, and there are some who don't know the Gospel at all.” Once at the bus stop, the group splits up and immediately start talking to those gathered. Scattering, each person finds a homeless person to fellowship with. The guys are more courageous and go one-on-one with each person, while the girls travel in pairs. Most conversations are easy, such as about the homeless person’s past and what’s going on in their life now. The students soon delve deeper, asking if they know Jesus. Some homeless shut down, but others are open to hearing what is being said. “I loved it,” says Courtney, an SEU student. “It was so cool to hear their story. They let me pray for them and I just asked God to give me the right words to say.” This ministry started three years ago with Melissa Miller and

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others. They had a heart to reach the lost in Lakeland, and now that vision has become a reality. Still, there are already plans for the future. “I would love for this not to just be a downtown experience, but to actually go to all of the surrounding areas. But for the time and people we have, I don’t know how that is possible just now,” said Aranda. Evangelism is not the only thing that happens at the bus stop on Tuesday nights. “The Chicken Man” as so lovingly dubbed, brings a hot meal for each person. Tonight’s is fried chicken, bread, and coleslaw. George, or “the Chicken Man,” has been faithfully serving the homeless for 15 years. He packs his truck in Bartow and makes the trek down to Lakeland, feeding those who need sustenance. “Yeah, he comes down here. He’s a real good person. Sometimes there are just good people trying to do good things and help. I like him,” mumbles Lucious one of those gathered at the bus stop. “There used to be a lot of fighting here. People would fight each other and the chicken people. But they’ve gotten better.” Walking around the bus stop, those impoverished are sitting, eating chicken, and talking like there was nothing else better in the world. The light strum of a guitar is heard and some who were eating begin singing “I Can Only Imagine.” “I got to read the scripture to this guy name Reily,” said one SEU student. “It’s amazing to see the trans-

"We try to build relationships with those in the community. We want to show them Christ's love."
Lawrence Aranda formation of people who hear the Gospel. The hope that lights up their face. It is life changing,” Aranda said. This is a weekly mission, and all Southeastern students are encouraged to come out and serve. There are people just waiting to hear the good news. “I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time,” said Jennifer Sanchez. “God has been preparing me for it. I found a verse that said to [care for the poor]. Sometimes we do look at people differently. I was talking to one lady and I started crying, it really just opened my heart.” Students receive a chapel credit for participating, although understanding that they are called to spread the Gospel as a body of believers should be the main motivation. Those who have a heart for people or missions should consider the homeless ministry. “If you would just listen to the people, you would learn a whole lot,” said Lucious. Although the world is full of people who are deprived, it’s important to keep in mind that there are those within a walking distance who also need help. It’s very romantic going on a missions trip somewhere exotic, but if people are looking to get involved in overseas missions, the local community can also be a field to evangelize and to minister the word of the Lord. One can turn the world around down here, in the surrounding community. “You dont have to buy an expensive plane ticket when there are people here who don’t know Christ,” said Aranda. Issue 1 | Sept./Oct. 2011 | Southeastern Times | 7

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Ready &willing
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ResLife Directors:

New Residence Directors excited to impact the SEU family
“My schedule is…chaotic,” said Shawn Cook, describing what he has learned in his first few weeks as Destino’s new residence director. Although some students think that their RDs just come to hang out with them, this is far from the truth. Residence Life is no exception to the recent changes made on campus. Every year, they play an important role in the community, from planning dorm events to engaging with their students individually. The new RDs will not only learn how to handle many of these situations, but also express and implement their own unique visions. Their visions for their dorms not only reflect their goals but also their heart for what they do. “What does the Lord require of you?” asked Cook, explaining his vision based on Micah 6:8. “To act justly, love mercy, walk humbly with the Lord.” This year’s goal for Destino “is to walk out this thing we call faith, this thing we call Christianity,” Cook said. Through this vision, he desires to bring the students together through more than their academics, but in everyday life. He has taken part in organizing events such as the Feed the Need Outreach, cornhole tournaments, and Jammin’ in the Quad. Through

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these different kinds of mediums, he explains that he wants the guys “to be the men God wants us to be,” not separate but unified. Rusty Hoffman, the Men’s RD of SVCup, is new not only to the Residence Life team, but also to Southeastern University. Both he and his wife, a graduate of Southeastern, felt a similar calling to be involved in student life because they both believed it was instrumental in their own lives. “Our vision really is to all be a family,” said Hoffman. This is important, since SVCup is a unique and dynamic area of both male and female perspectives. He wishes to use his experience in athletics to launch a holistic approach, so that students can have a healthy equal balance of academics and fun. “We are a Christ-centered, student-focused university; but we are still a university,” he said. As a result, students will develop a drive to succeed both in and out of the classroom. Other changes consist of a new Director of Residence Life, Ray Allen; new RD of Bauer, Gabe Stoutimore; and Vanessa Leaf, who will stand in as Bethany’s RD while Amy Galindez is on maternity leave. Students are praying that May the Lord give them patience and direction to relay their visions this coming year.

Andrew Gard is our new campus pastor. He has captured the interest of the student body. He has a passion for God. Through his humor, he is able to captivate and excite us. He has already made an impact here, especially with the Monday night chapel services. However, we are not the only ones who have been impacted. Andrew Gard says he loves learning how to engage people from different backgrounds and really appreciates all they have to offer. The most rewarding experience by far has been seeing people develop a belief in the fact that God can make their life something bigger than their own. He is eager to see more involvement in the community of Lakeland and a deep love for the Word of God and prayer. At the age of 17, Andrew Gard was Gospel introduced to the Dospel and saw the need for the love of a Savior, Jesus Christ. Immediately after this life-changing experience, he was chosen to lead a worship team, teaching him the leadership abilities that he would need someday to become a great and sincere pastor. After college, he went on to pastor a church in Washington D.C., where he pursued the life God had called him to. Now he is challenging us in our walk with God.

Campus Pastor Andrew Gard is excited for the opportunity to challenge SEU students. | Staff Photo: Rachel Ward

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VP-EnrollmentMarketing by Liam Salgado
It seems that freshmen aren’t the only ones crossing state lines to attend Southeastern. Roy Rowland, a dual degree holder from Northwest University, recently moved from Kirkland, Washington, to join the staff at Southeastern. After talking it over with his wife, Loree, Rowland applied. Following the rigorous application process and two days of interviews, Rowland was offered the position of Vice President of Enrollment Management. As the former Director of Professional and Graduate Studies at NWU, Rowland transitioned well into the new role. Rowland is the head of admissions, SEU Central, enrollment marketing, student retention, and financial aid. He is also responsible for ensuring good communication and teamwork between these departments. Rowland’s goal is to create a team of leaders to bring the dreams and visions of this university into reality. Future plans include a more introspective look at our campus for visitors, new literature for Preview Days and other visitor events, and a new promotional video. Pleased that he can incorporate his TV production experience into his new position, Rowland said, “It’s funny how God takes you down these roads and puts all the pieces together.” As a cancer survivor, Rowland is also aware what it means to value quality time with people. “Every day is a gift,” he said. When not watching football or playing fetch with his dog, Chewy, Rowland enjoys a good cup of coffee and good conversation with friends.



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t the first chapel of the semester, the students sitting under the neon lights in the high-energy service burst into applause as Chris Owen, Vice President of Student Life, introduced changes, which included a different dress code policy, more flexible pool hours, and the 24-hour café. “The majority of the changes came from student feedback,” said Owen, who has been at Southeastern since 2009. President Kent Ingle and the administrative team are planning to be more engaged with the students. Students will also be encouraged to participate in listening sessions in which they can put forward their ideas and perhaps see them get initiated. As of now, the new handbook is under review. The only absolute change in dress code is the rule allowing piercings and gauges. Senate has received many requests about more dress code policies and curfew, but as of now, nothing has been finalized. Owen, the leaders of the student body, and the administration are looking to create a handbook that is a “community covenant,” in which the ultimate goal is clear standards, Biblical integrity, and guiding principles. As of now, very few students have expressed concern about the changes. The ultimate goal of Southeastern University is to remain a Christ-centered campus. Owen hopes to make the campus more studentfriendly, especially with the addition of a fire pit area, 24-hour areas, and a sand volleyball court. “The campus is beautiful, but students have said in the past that is has felt offlimits,” said Owen. “In regards to dress code, it is still a conversation about modesty,” said Owen. “However, we want a less rule-based and legalistic approach,” said Owen. Barbara Nixon, professor and Interim Department of Communication Chair, is not bothered by the idea of change in dress code policy. “At public universities, I have seen the lack of clothing be a distraction,” said Nixon. “But here, I don’t think it would be that way. When Chris Owen said ‘no crack front or back’ when explaining policy, everyone laughed. I don’t think any students here would be tempted to dress in an offensive way.” When it comes to swimwear, there have


never been clear instructions about bathing suits in the official student handbook. An official rule regarding swimwear is under review. Students are also enjoying extended pool hours. While an opencurfew is still on the radar, the addition of more 24-hour locations on campus is a probable change. While Owen said that it is hard to put a precise time goal on the new areas, there will likely be two or more on campus by spring. As of now, curfew for students under 20 remains 1 a.m. as safety remains an ultimate goal. Nixon believes the 24-hour café will “enhance security” as well as keep students on campus on the weekends. She also believes that the fire pit area will be a great way to tighten the community and open conversation among students. “When I was in college, I stayed on campus virtually every weekend. Constantly going home is not as good in terms of community,” said Nixon. Earlier in the year, a taskforce was open to students, administration, and professors to unite and discuss concerns and ways to improve the university. Students have a voice and have an opportunity to exercise that voice as leaders. “Student Body President Joshua Burg attends every administration meeting,” said Owen. “We want students to go to Senate as well as to feel free to make proposals and sit down and openly talk with administration over coffee.” The main concern when reviewing changes is to ask why the change should occur and if it would assist in fulfilling the university’s mission while creating a tighter community. Without students being forced to do late night studying at Starbucks or go off campus to sunbathe, the administration hopes to create a stronger sense of community and a more positive atmosphere on campus. “This is a time to learn about life and living on your own with other students,” said Owen. However, some policies will never change. For example, Southeastern University will always have zero tolerance for drugs, cigarettes, or alcohol as it works toward maintaining high Christian standards among students. “We want to be known for a community founded in redemption rather than rules and fines,” said Owen.

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Hannah Benoit

If you were looking for free food, music, and fun opportunities on September 8, Club Rush was the place to be. El Prado was full of life on the bright and sunny Thursday when SEU held the first Club Rush of the 2010-2011 school year. For three hours, the walkway was packed with students checking out the various clubs on campus as well as opportunities around Lakeland. The DJ, Frankie Flo, a youth pastor at Bartow First Assembly, set the mood with an upbeat mix of music that kept the event full of energy. Booths lined the path, each one inviting mingling students in with promises of free food and chances to get involved. The intramural representatives were encouraging aspiring athletes to sign up for football, volleyball, or SEU’s softball league. Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) were giving away T-Shirts, boxes of treats, and coupons in order to promote the club and the different outreaches, such as the popular canned food drive that will return this year. Student Body Leadership Council (SBLC) was getting the word out about an internship program which Alyssa Chamberlain described as a “great way to get involved right off the bat.” The Department of Spiritual Formation, or DSF, was informing

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students of a new online art competition. Although SEU doesn’t have an art department, this will serve as a creative outlet, where, according to Melody Adams, students can showcase “anything you can do where you can use God’s gifts.” Free food is always welcome to a broke college student, and almost every booth was offering something. Primo’s Pizza was giving away slices of pizza as well as garlic knots. Moe’s had chips and salsa to snack on, and Rita’s Italian Ice gave students a little something sweet to finish off their Club Rush experience. First Baptist Church had snow cones to promote their ministry and help students cool off in the Florida heat. Many other programs, from the First Year Experience table to the Social Work Club booth, were giving away candy in order to interest students in their opportunities. “It’s really great to see students excited about joining SEU’s community,” said junior Naida Lindberg. This event not only gave students something fun to do on an otherwise monotonous Thursday, but revealed many available opportunities both on campus and around the community.

Top: Student Body President Joshua Berg takes a “spin” on a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Middle: Students love all the free giveaways during Club Rush, especially the slushies. Bottom: SIFE representatives promote their organization to curious students. Staff Photos: Sarah Allen

CKI was just one campus organization on display during Club Rush. Staff Photo: Sarah Allen

Students discuss the opportunities associated with being a part of SEU Student Publications. | Staff Photo: Sarah Allen


Lady Fire Soccer Schedule
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Women's Soccer
By Tara Duffy
Under the setting sun, the SEU ladies fought to defeat the opposing soccer team from Palm Beach Atlantic on September 15th. The crowd seemed calm as the team ran back and fourth on the field, seemingly equally yoked with the opposite team. The smell of popcorn filled the air as students enjoyed another themed soccer game, this time Circus O’le. Bounce houses filled the Destino/ Esperanza parking lot and students eagerly climbed in, letting their inner child out. Small goldfish were bagged for those students lucky enough to toss a small ring around a smaller bottle. Boys with their faces painted to show true Southeastern spirit walked around as people ate cotton candy. Bringing their own paint, they created school spirit for those wishing to partake. The fans in the stands were cheering, but with 45 minutes spent in the first half, neither side had scored. At the start of the second half, it already seemed more of an exciting game. There were six more

male students painted up. Then a great pass was made across the field, causing people to gasp with fervent anticipation. The ball went out of bounds and the crowd jumped back to their easy conversations. Shouts of annoyance were raised as a call was made against one of our players, perhaps rightly so, as their player had kicked another one in the chest going for the ball still being played in the air. Fighting for our team, the ball went to the goalie. Cheers were screamed as the ball moved faster. When the PBA goalie caught it, sounds of ‘ahhhs’ and ‘next time’ emanated from the crowd. With 15 minutes left in the game and still no points on the board, people started leaving. The men remained cheering on our Lady Fire, and about half of the originally onlookers stayed. The game got more intense with the dwindling time, each player hoping to bring their school a victory. The sheer unnerving determination was a mask that they all


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wore as they glanced over their shoulder and passed the blue and white ball. A kick toward the goal had those who were still sitting to move to the edge of their seats. It was kicked high and went over the net. There was a breath of relief for those cheering for PBA, and a groan of annoyance from the Fire. With eight minutes left and a change in the line-up, the women feeling tired after a long, intense game fought through. Standing together with linked arms to block the ball being kicked into play, they showed the unity that this team has created. Proving to be friends and teammates, they each shouted encouraging words to each other as chants of “lets go Fire, lets go!” were heard. Two minutes were left in the game and it seemed to be over, the ball being played with on PBA’s half, yet not going closer to the goal. The ball didn’t seem to touch the ground. With a quick switch, a PBA student broke through our women and made a

goal just as the timer for the game went out. There was confusion in the stands, yet the referees all agreed that the goal was good. PBA took the win 1 to 0. The ladies stood together in a circle and prayed as the SEU fans continued to cheer for the Lady Fire. In a show of unity, the entire soccer team walked in a line across the field parallel to the fans who stood by their side. They spoke together about how they felt that they will still go to nationals; they also expressed that their mission as members on the team was for God.

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Dear Tara,

My friend and I haven't really been close this semester and it really bothers me. He kept talking all this summer about how we were going to spend time together this semester, and how this last semester for me was going to be great. Well, needless to say, he hasn't lived up to his expectations, even though I knew it was going to be this way. He has a girlfriend that’s an MK from a different country. When she’s out of the country, he has all the time in the world to be my friend, but when she’s here, it’s difficult. He’s always with her and . . . I'm just kinda over them. I try to like her, but I don’t like the person he’s become when he’s with her. Not so much in the spiritual sense cause I think they’re both good with God, but in the being a friend sense. I’m done taking the initiative in making this friendship work because I’ve been doing this the past year and a half. I have the mindset that if he wants to be my friend that he'll make an effort to do it . . . and all he’s texted me about is if he can get my answers for class. I just ignored it. I get that people in relationships are together, but is it really worth giving up all your friends for a girl? We've had talks and he doesn't see a problem with it. His gf is antisocial and she barely has friends. I just don't know what to do anymore.

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Dear Beatrice,

There can never be harm in going to lunch with a friend. It might behoove you to find out if this is or is not a date. I am reminded of what my mother told me when we were talking about dating. She said it is a date if there are the 3 P’s. A Planned outing, him Picking you up, and him Paying. I know that this is the 21st century and women can do all of it, but if a man is supposed to be the head of the household, shouldn’t we rely on him to be the starter of the relationship? The fact that he just broke up with his girlfriend could mean it simply wasn’t in God’s plan for them to be together, and perhaps that could be why they remain friends at church. Here is some small advice; if you are not sure if it’s date or not, take some extra money so you can pay for your meal. I would say that it might be to soon to think of him as your potential boyfriend. Don’t scare him off by putting a label or pressure on the first date, if it is a “date” date. Just go to lunch, have fun and let him take the lead.


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This is a difficult position to be put in. In most cases like this, the couple is not yet at the maturity level to hang out with others. They find solace in each other’s company alone, which can be frustrating to those still trying to remain friends. I think something to remember in this situation is that God created community and the girl in a guy’s life should be important. But if he is putting all of his stock and hopes and dreams in her, then it becomes unhealthy. I think that it’s important for a couple to have separate time and plans. Learn to grow individually as well as together, or you will wake up one day and see that your entire world is literally based on one person. The thing to do is to go to him and have a conversation with him. If that doesn’t work, take a small group of guys and lay some truth on him. And if he still will not make time for hanging out with his best guy friends then I would say let it be. Don’t make someone a priority in your life if you are not one in theirs. It will stink, but you have to much greatness to let one person make you feel worthless. Hang out with other guys and find who just want to have fun. Thats what college is here for. You want to have the best memories from college, not memories of waiting around for a friend to notice you. Enjoy your life. Remember the things that are important.

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SEU Men's
by Tara Duffy There is nothing quite the same as contact sports to bring a school together. Many of our athletes have great talent and amazing agility. These men of God do not give off the arrogant macho man bravado. Instead, they use their Godgiven talents to show school pride as they work to win games. Painted SEU students screamed and cheered for our team as the players took the ball down the field. Everyone seemed to have school spirit on September 9th. Even those who were at the game for the free ice cream groaned as the goalie for the opposite team made an almost impossible save, keeping our chance of getting points at bay. The crowd settled, waiting for errant balls to come back into play. The greatest moment of elation seemed to be when one player got a free penalty kick. Because we are a theme-friend-


Dear Tara
My heart is highly troubled. I have a friend back home who just asked me to lunch this Saturday, which is GREAT! However, I have slight “warm-fuzzies” for him. He JUST broke-up with his girlfriend that he was “courting” LAST month, and they are still kinda chummy with each other at church. Is it too soon to be interested in him as a candidate in potential boyfriendom?

ly school, our men’s first soccer game of the year was also a sock hop, complete with a car show and dancing. However, instead of dancing, they were sort of twisting in the middle of the soccer field. In the second half of the game, our boys made the first goal of the night! The crowd of students shouted with glee as we watched the other team hang their heads. Although we were still behind, the students of Southeastern assured our players that the game was still theirs. The ball went all over the field, and with a minute left in the game, there were still no more goals. With everyone on the edge of their seats, the clock went off, indicating that Southeastern has just lost their first soccer game. However, many students felt that the soccer team will be successful this year. Even faced with defeat, these students didn’t lose hope for future goals made by the soccer team.

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NYC Hosts Fall Fashion Week
One of the greatest fashion events takes place in New York City during the month of September–Fall Fashion Week, where designers hit the runway with their latest collections for spring 2012. This fall, designers such as Betsy Johnson, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, and Marc Jacobs created an unforgettable night for the fashion extravaganza. Not many can afford the designer clothes, but here is a quick fix on what was on the runway for spring 2012–what you can add to your wardrobe to make El Prado your Runway. Betsy Johnson brought a lot to the runway - from pastels and flowery prints to stripped black and white dresses with an edgy look. Most looks were introduced in laced boots and thick Glam –styled necklaces. The blending and layering of patterns bringing back the leathers and exotic jewelry made a combination to make the perfect statement saying, “This is me.” If you’re looking for a more classy and professional look, Ralph Lauren spring collection includes the many pastels and whites for a cleaner cut look. He used satiny materials to keep the classy and sophisticated feel intact.

WE ASKED: by Sally Ibarra What would say or do if your roommate or his or Michael Kors celebrated his her side of the room 30th anniversary and brought to his spring collection a fierce smelled badly? collection. Animal print and earthy colors were a must for this AND YOU runway. Synthetic snakeskin and leather purses were some of the ANSWERED: accessories that completed each
look. But New York Times reported the harsh criticism “as the collection looked more like hillbillies on safari. The clothes he showed, on a runway covered in burlap, were torn and ripped, sewn in crude patchworks, or just dirty looking. His cashmere sweaters had holes in them.”

by Sarah Allen
“When do you plan on getting rid of that? Can you give your side a little TLC?” -Lindsey Grist, junior

Marc Jacobs’ collection was the fashion week finale, which included a variety of looks from the mixture of natural and synthetics, skirts that were knee-length and straight, some dresses with a layered confection of super-fine fabrics with a shimmer, and tops with sequined cashmere sweatshirts. “I just wanted the feel of a Southern dance hall,” Mr. Jacobs told New York Times. The set for the show featured a row of posts and beams down the center of a wide wooden runway. When the curtain opened, the models were sitting or leaning on cane chairs, bathed in colored light.

“Pick up your side of the room, make your bed, and start taking your trash out.” -Corey Irace, senior “I’d sit her down privately and tell her that her half of the room needs to be more tidy.” -Angelina Castelli, sophomore “Dude…you reek.” -JB, junior. “Do you like to walk on the floor?” -Hannah Connally, senior “I’m having my friends over and your room smells. Pick up your stuff.” -Kelton Heckman, freshman “I think we should get some air fresheners in here because something isn’t right.” -Calib Turner, junior
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“It’s going to be mind-blowing!” said actress Elizabeth Charlton as she described the upcoming theatrical production of Godspell. It is obvious many of the students are excited about the performance debuting the second week of November at the Polk Theatre, and for good reason. “We have a phenomenal cast for this production,” said director John Pierce, who is also associate professor of theatre. “It’s a great mix of our seniors and juniors as well as a lot of new freshmen.” Charlton also has great confidence in the group: “We have a really dynamic cast. So I’m really looking forward to seeing how everyone is going to work together. This is also the first production that I’ve had a fairly big part, so obviously I’m excited about that, too.” Trevor Kuchaes, performing as Jesus, is also looking forward

By Madison Shira

to the opportunity to grow in this upcoming production: “I’ve never performed in a musical before so it’s going to be a great new experience.” On top of having an astounding group of actors to work with in the performance, professor Pierce is also thrilled about performing the new score. “It’s still a decade old; [it’s] written in 2001, but I’m still really looking forward to performing the new arrangements.” The director has been able to be in communication with the arranger, Alex Lacamoire, and the writer of Godspell, John-Michael Tebelak, in regards to the performance. “Lacamoire not only arranged the new version of Godspell, but was also the music director of Wicked and has been given a Tony Award. Not only that, but John-Michael, who wrote Godspell, also wrote Wicked. So

being able to talk with both of them has been really exciting!” said Pierce. As with any performance, the cast is facing some definite challenges. “It is deceptively simple. When you watch previous performances, it seems like the singing and dancing just flows so easily, but it requires so much precision. We definitely need every rehearsal on our schedule,” said Charlton. The physicality of the drama is an obstacle that is taking a lot of focus and attention. However, the cast has been blessed with the devotion of their choreographer, Jen Marshall, who, along with great talent and vision, also possesses a degree in engineering. “She is an excellent artist and a brilliant choreographer. I saw some of her work locally and asked her if she would be willing to help in the production, and she jumped in whole-heartedly,” stated Pierce. “We’re so grateful to have her working with us.” First performed in 1971 on Broadway, Godspell is the story of Christ using parables coming mostly from the Gospel of Doing your hair can be a frustrating thing when you don’t have a lot of time, and doing some extravagant hair style may not be an option! But this season’s hairstyles are easy, quick and can look elegant even though they’re done in 5 quick minutes. You can do a quick messy bun and put on a headband and still look classy. A bun at the top of your head can be cute and different. Accessories will make your outfit. Accessories are a simple way to complete an outfit. So add the bracelets, rings, earrings, scarves, belts, or whatever else you can think of!

Matthew and some also from Luke. It’s a unique performance that puts traditions of theatre like acrobatics and vaudeville together to create a beautifully individual image of the life of Jesus. This, it turns out, is going to be another challenge within the production. “It’s a powerful story. It is written as a story theatre production, so another one of the aspects we need to work out will be to find the balance between what is sacred and what we can dramatize a little more in order to avoid making it not seem ‘Sunday-school esque,’” said Pierce. With a phenomenal cast, a brilliant choreographer, and a dedicated director, Godspell is certain to be an impressive production that should not be missed. Dates of performance will be November 11th, 12th, and 13th. However, there is a special deal for students of Southeastern University. On Thursday the 10th, the final dress rehearsal will be open to students for only $5. Come out and experience the inspiring and thrilling production of Godspell. Jeans are your best friend because they can be dressed up or dressed down and most are flattering for all body shapes.

Getting up on time is a struggle for any college student. Getting to bed at a decent hour is the beginning of the struggle for anyone in college. Last-minute papers, hanging out with friends, and just not being ready to go to bed are a couple of the reasons why late nights happen. However, regardless of the reasons, no one wants to look like they had a late night or woke up late the next day. So here are a couple of quick tips on how to look fashionable in 30 minutes or less. Flats and sandals make any outfit complete. Heels are cute, but let’s be honest—they are an obstacle on cobblestone and slow you down when you’re running late. A cute pair of flats or sandals won’t slow you down and you’ll still look just as amazing.


On The Go

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Forget putting on loads of makeup. All you need is mascara (to make your eyes look brighter) and some blush (to make your cheeks look rosier).

Tank Tops and T- Shirts can be the basis of any simple outfit. Tank tops are cheap (for the college budget), come in all different colors and sizes, and are perfect for the hot weather. Add them to jeans and—voila! —you’ve got an outfit.



Remember—the best thing for you outfit is your smile. Nothing is prettier. No matter how early or how late it is, you’re blessed to see another day and your smile could make another person’s day!


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Leap of
By Jenna Kendall

Leap of Faith is an official, university-recognized, dance team that has become well-known in the short three years it has been a chartered club. The team is for male and female dancers who enjoy a wide variety of dance styles such as hip-hop, African, ballet, salsa, and tap. The Leap of Faith dance team “works together to worship God through dance,” said Leap of Faith president Samantha Perez, junior. She expressed that experience is wanted, but it’s not a requirement. Leap of Faith has two different types of dance classes. The first is an open class that is non-commitment; anyone can come to the class. It’s on Mondays at 7-8:30 p.m. in the aerobics room on the second floor of the Sportsplex; the dance style at this class is changed every two weeks. The second type of class Leap of Faith offers is a serious commitment. These dancers perform at all of the team’s public performances and showcases. The dancers are allowed to miss no more than three practices. They meet Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:30-10 p.m. in the same location. The team plans to dance at SEU’s Got Talent this semester. They are also are hoping to perform another full showcase. Leap of Faith has previously performed at chapel, Hunger and Thirst, local churches, SEU’s Got Talent, Downtown Disney, and in their own original showcase. The girls who make Leap of Faith possible, currently serving as the team’s officers are Samantha Perez, president; Exena Gavilanes, vice president; Kristen Bell, secretary; Mandee Winter, public relations officer; Erica Earl, historian and photographer; Erin Houchen, Senate representa-

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tive and chief assistant; and Rose Devarel, spiritual leader. Leap of Faith, originally founded by ballet dancer Candic Henry, formed in 2009. She wanted to have a dance group with her friends where the focus was fellowship and God. The group originally had a Spanish name that meant “dancing for joy.” Candice went through all the steps to get the group to be recognized by the university, but then she left Southeastern. Before she left, she asked Perez to take over the team and fulfill the role as president. This was when Perez realized her calling in bringing dance to the university. She felt this calling on herself for quite a long time. She danced for 17 years, and in that time, she realized how deep her passion was for dance. She has studied ballet, lyrical, and hip-hop. Perez struggled fighting her passion for dance with the harshness of the world. She did not have the “typical ballerina figure.” This deeply discouraged her but did not defeat her. It showed her that her love for dance was even deeper and more passionate than she ever dreamed. Perez began to see that God had called her to the Southeastern to bring dance to the university when she was in middle school and saw a play that former professor Nickolas Dixon had choreographed. She then had the chance to meet him her senior year in high school and saw that the two shared similar dreams pertaining to dance to glorify God. This is when the fact was affirmed to her that God had called her Southeastern and to Leap of Faith. To join or for more information, contact Perez at srperez@

By Rachel LaFlam

If you have attended any of Games of the Week by the athletic department this year, you may have noticed a sweet addition to the atmosphere. Aside from the leis, poodle skirts, and circus hats, you probably heard upbeat music pulsing through the air. But who’s that guy behind the spin table? Chris Granzow (aka “DJ Chris”—or at least that’s what the license plate of his Mustang says) is a first-semester freshman from College Park, Maryland. Granzow is majoring in broadcasting with a minor in business. At only 18, Granzow is already jumpstarting his dream. Founder and owner of production company, King Productions, Granzow creates commercials and promotions for companies as well as recordings for bands. He hopes to continue his company when he graduates and believes Southeastern will help him expand his networking and build his company through the many connections Southeastern offers in the Department of Communication. Granzow hasn’t wasted any time getting involved both on and off campus. Aside from DJing for the Game of the Week, he works in Bolin Studio for chapels, is a sound tech for the new 96 News produced by Ryan Shea, helps with sound for RAW TV, and interns with the Lakeland news show “Rosie’s Take.” Of Southeastern, Granzow says, “It’s incredibly nice!” Although Granzow grew up in a Christian school, he said that Southeastern’s Christ-centered culture surprised him as well as how truly friendly and open everyone here is. Granzow is excited for all the opportunities he has been able to be a part of thus far and for more to come. “There’s so much in life that can be done, and I’d like to do all I can to use my talents for God,” said Granzow.

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Live from Lakeland Florida...

We cannot deny that secular humor is funny, but as creative people, we are called to think outside the box, which I feel is the best thing. Rossanna Mercedes, TNL Host

thursday Night
by Molly Dodd

...IT's SEU students pack the chapel for a night of comedy starring Rossanna Mercedes and Nate Fleming

As the students entered in to the adrenaline-filled chapel on the evening of Thursday Night Live, you could feel the level of energy and excitement among the crowd. Students from past years and current students alike lined up hours in advance to get the chance to see what this year’s TNL. The coordinators of the event, Brianna Kuck, Jillian Reid, and Corin Hoag, carefully selected the theme, the acts, and the hosts for this year’s prestigious comedy event. “When you think of SNL, we want you to directly think of TNL no matter what,” explained Reid. The pop art, neon colors, and “Grassroots SNL” style reflected

in their decisions when creating the show. Hosts Rossanna Mercedes and Nate Fleming were energized and excited for what this year’s show had in store. “We’re bringing the rhythm,” stated Fleming. The evening unfolded into a series of sketches and skits, written and performed by current SEU Students. Memorable moments included “Bon Qui Qui” taking prayer requests in chapel, the “Soul Food” group performing their version of “Facebook,” and of course, the “Shake and Bake” men’s dance group. Surprises lurked around every corner, and the talent kept the audience roaring through the entire

show. Junior Kendall Altmyer, 20, gave her opinion on the show. “The night definitely exceeded my expectations, and kept me laughing and engaged,” said Kendall. Prior to the show, Mercedes commented on the level of humor that would be present at TNL and the expectations to remain within an area of respect. “We cannot deny that secular humor is funny, but as creative people, we are called to think outside the box, which I feel is the best thing,” said Mercedes. The show proved to be a crowd pleaser, with more than 700 in attendance, including 30 faculty and staff members.

Fever Pitch rocks the crowd, covering Adele’s “Rollin in the Deep” during Thursday Night Live. Staff Photo: Molly Dodd

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The parking lot was atrociously packed and every spot from end to end was taken. However, this wasn’t an ordinary summer day for Universal’s Orlando Resort. This particular Friday was reserved for the first night of Rock The Universe, one of the state’s biggest Christian music events, rivaling Disney’s Night of Joy that happened the same weekend. Looking down I-4, one would notice the black clouds and a huge storm on its way to International Drive that would hit any second, and it did hit in huge proportions. The storm caused the event on Friday to be pushed back two hours, as the rain, thunder, and lightning made it unsafe for bands to play and outdoor rides to continue serving the attendees. Once the rain stopped, the concerts began again in full force. Walking down from the Men In Black and Simpson’s rides, one could hear the bass and beats of crunk rock band Family Force 5 and feel the ground shaking from the ferocity of their music. Any fan of their specific style would have loved the set, but if it was not the style one liked, the rides were all open as late as the event was, and people could walk around the park until the next favored act played. In honor of the 10th anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001, this year’s event welcomed guest speakers who survived the attacks. Between FF5 and Anber-

of the night. He finished by telling the huge crowd to go watch the rest of their friend’s Switchfoot’s set at the main stage near Rip Ride Rockit and that they would be on tour with them this fall. Walking from Anberlin’s stage near Mel’s Diner to the main stage didn’t take long, but upon getting there it was evident that there was a huge fan base for Switchfoot there already supporting them with everything they had. They didn’t hesitate in playing their classics that everyone knew, especially “This Is Your Life,” which got everyone in the complex singing along. Closing with “Meant to Live,” the band played flawlessly, and as they left the stage, the crowd was already chanting for an encore. After moments, the band came back out and performed two more songs: “The War Inside” and “Dare You to Move,” taking extra time to play a longer version of “Dare You to Move” and getting the whole crowd singing along.

Rock the Universe
by Ben Herrman
lin, Sujo John (who worked on the 81st floor of the World Trade Center) shared his experiences during the attacks and his faith. At the end of his 15-minute talk, he offered a prayer of salvation and hands all over the crowd were raised as they said the prayer together aloud and got saved, which is another way Rock the Universe helps impact the lives of others. Anberlin started their set off fast and strong with the first track off of their “Cities” album, Godspeed. The crowd was packed and singing along to Stephen Christian’s vocals and chants, and the band didn’t give any signs of giving up throughout the set. Playing songs from every album, including their debut, “Blueprints For The Blackmarket” for their longtime fans, it was a concert everyone could enjoy. On their seventh song they slowed down the tempo a bit to play “Art of War” and “Take Me (As You Found Me),” giving the crowd a light break from jumping and moshing around in circles with each other. Christian then told the crowd that they were doing a cover of an 80’s classic and played Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence.” Ending the set of 14 songs, they finished with “The Resistance” and “Feel Good Drag,” which saw Christian joining the crowd as hands reached up to receive high fives and shakes from him as he finished singing the last two songs


Matthew West performs at Disney’s Night of Joy. Staff Photo: Mandee Winter Issue 1 | Sept./Oct. 2011 | Southeastern Times | 17

Saturday night brought more clouds, but no threats of delayed set times and storms. For those who took their time entering the park, upon reaching the main stage they would hear the heavy sounds of Red’s set already going down. Lead guitarist Anthony Armstrong took a break between songs to give a reflective speech about dreams coming true, and how he got to where he was. “If you had told me that I would one day play as an opening act for my favorite band [Audio Adrenaline] when I was 13, I would have freaked out,” he told the crowd. They took a moment of silence for all the lives lost during the 9/11 attacks and dedicated the next song, “Not Alone,” to everyone who had ever felt alone and that they weren’t ever good enough. After the slow interlude, the band got right back to the heavy rock sounds they are known for, and the screams that vocalist Michael Barnes brings out in their faster songs. The crowd wasted no time in chanting for more when they left the stage, and the band came out to play two more songs, “Who We Are” and “Breathe Into Me,” which got the entire crowd jumping and singing along. Grammy award-winning band Third Day put on an excellent performance, with special guests and surprises for the crowd. Lead singer Mac Powell took a moment between songs to say to the packed crowd that “I know a lot of rock bands say this, but we really mean it: playing at Rock the Universe is one of our favorite places to play.” Powell then brought out his acoustic guitar to lead the crowd in “God of Wonders,” which had almost every hand that was there raised toward the sky to worship God. Trevor Morgan joined them to make the song even louder and better, and then the band supported Morgan as he played one of his original songs, “Jesus Rides the Subway.” Powell then spoke about their union with Brazilian musician Marcus Salles and brought him out for support on an English/Portugese version of “Cry Out to Jesus.” Sticking to their time limit, the band played their given amount and left the stage, but the crowd kept chanting for one more song, and as some gave up, Powell and his band joined the stage again. Taking the microphone in his hand, Powell announced, “They told us we were done playing, but they let us back to play one more because you guys wouldn’t be quiet.” They played the encore with their song “Gone,” and as they left the stage, throwing guitar picks and drum sticks to the crowd, Powell told everyone to go and join the rest of the attendees and see Casting Crowns finish the night. Lead singer Mark Hall took time between songs to inspire the crowd. “Your past is not freaking God out. He knew what he got into when He sacrificed himself for you.” They gave an excellent performance filled with worship, hands raised, and God-praising moments, and ended with a candle lighting ceremony. It was a great two nights of worship and God-centeredness at a venue that doesn’t get that kind of attention from the Christian environment all year, and it’s definitely something that shouldn’t be missed by anyone in the area next year.

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TAMPA, FL–On October 8, the outrageous human-powered flying competition known as Red Bull Flugtag will once again soar over the West Coast of Florida with a return to Tampa Bay. According to a press release by Red Bull media contact, Lisa Beachy: “Flugtag, which means ‘flying day’ in German, is the only competition where the creative, brave and usually slightly crazy get to pilot homemade flying machines off the end of a 30-foot ramp and into the great wide open–or, as is ultimately the case, the great wide waters below.” After sifting through 240 applications, 40 teams were chosen to participate and they will get the chance to prove their chops, shake their feathers and test their engine-free inventions at The Tampa Convention Center. Teams are judged on three criteria: distance, creativity and showmanship. Although each team will eventually end up in the water below, last year a new record for farthest flight was set at Red Bull Flugtag Twin Cities at 207 feet. Keep in mind that distance is only one portion of the grade. The creativity and showmanship part bring out hilarious, ridiculous, and downright weird aircrafts as well as teams. Past Flugtags have seen crafts such as giant iPhones, massive winged dogs, oversized chickens, and even a replica of President Obama’s head as well as a team of Chuck Norrises. This year we can still expect some awesome aircrafts that won’t disappoint, such as a flying sombrero, giant stapler, and even a Harry Potter-themed creation straight out of the U.K. Since the first Red Bull Flugtag took place in Vienna, Austria, in 1991, Flugtag has visited more than 30 countries around the globe, from Ireland to San Francisco, attracting up to 300,000 spectators for a single event. The last time Flugtag was held in Tampa was in 2008, a record crowd of 110,000 congregated to witness 35 teams launch their homemade aircrafts into the Tampa Bay. Red Bull Flugtag is a free event and open to the public. Gates open at 11:00 a.m. and the first craft launches for flight at 1:00 p.m. Spectators are encouraged to take the in-town trolley or set sail and check out the view from the water. For more information, visit

Right: Letters from Patmos performs at Disney’s Night of Joy | Submitted Photo

By Madison Shira
Six months ago, musicians Corey Voss, Logan Merrick, Dustin Barrow, and Ralph Garcia didn’t see themselves performing in front of hundreds of people. Now, after recording in Atlanta and performing at this year’s Night of Joy event at Walt Disney World, Letters From Patmos is ready for whatever God has in store for them. After hearing the story of the band’s formation, it’s apparent Letters from Patmos even coming into being was a “God-thing.” While three of the band’s members, Logan Merrick, Corey Voss and Ralph Garcia, all attended Southeastern at the same time, they didn’t really know each other. That all changed when Voss and Merrick met at a local church Corey worked for. “[We met at] a church my parents happened to attend,” said Merrick. “I already knew he was an incredible singer because he led worship at Southeastern and so I asked him if he had a band. He said no, so I asked him if he wanted to put one together and he said “sure.” Bass player Ralph Garcia and guitarist Dustin Barrow were soon added to the mix, and the group played together at a few events. They received a lot of positive feedback about their music and became “official” in early May of 2011. The rest, as they say, is history. Not only has God put the group together, but He is also moving them forward, very quickly in fact. In August, Letters From Pat-

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mos auditioned to perform at the Night of Joy event in Walt Disney World, which took place on September 9th and 10th. The audition went very well and the band was able to get great critiques and advice from big-time professionals. And even better than that, they were able to perform at Night of Joy. Before their huge performance, the band was in Atlanta recording their debut album. Even with the long, tiring and stressful days, the band was happy with how it went. Lead singer Corey Voss said, “It’s challenging but in a good way.” On top of that, the recording was taking place right before the Night of Joy, so the band was feeling more than a little pressure.” As Logan stated, “It was definitely crunch time.” In the middle of this exciting yet stressful time, the band was thrown a curve ball when Voss, the lead singer of the group, had an allergic reaction after drinking a tea. “That was on the final day of recording, so it was pretty nerveracking,” said Merrick. “At the Night of Joy, he still didn’t have much of a voice but he pushed through.” Garcia later made the point that God used this trial for their overall benefit. “I believe He was using that situation to make us mature as a band. It was like a reminder that Corey’s voice is not his voice. It is God’s voice. So even though it was kind of scary performing with that, it was still good for us,” said Garcia. Even while enduring their trial, the band said the Night of Joy was a great one. Merrick confirmed this by stating, “It was fantastic. Even though we were on a smaller stage, we had one of the larger audiences, so that was really great.” The crowd also loved them. “I couldn’t see a lot because of all of the lights, but later we were told that people were just worshipping God as we played,” said Garcia. This was exactly the response Letters From Patmos was hoping for. As a band, their mission is to bring intimate worship back to the forefront of Christian music. As a group, they want to break the barriers of traditional industry. The vision of the band is evident in the significance of their name. While it may seem a little far-fetched, “Letters From Patmos” has a specific meaning to the group. “The island of Patmos is where [John of Patmos] wrote the seven letters to the churches in Revelation. We believe that each of our songs should be like a letter to the church,” Merrick explained. Looking into the future, Merrick spoke for all of the members and said, “We had been told that we would never be signed because of the style we are (worship). To know that in the short time we have been a band God is opening doors, providing connections, and just granting us favor is really exciting. So we’re just really looking forward to what God’s plan is for us.” With God being the center of their attention, Letters From Patmos is certain to be a band to keep up with. They can be found on and you can check out their two hit singles which are now available on iTunes.

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The pre-game activities began w with a 9/11 dedication as “God Bless America” was performed, l w with scenes of soldiers in battle and officers helping clear n wr wreckage and save lives were displayed on the big screen. i Boston’s Jon Lester was up against Tampa Bay’s James Shields in the final game of a three-game series in the battle for the AL Wild Card to get into the playoffs. The Rays needed this series sweep to make it to the postseason, and the Rays didn’t pull any swings in doing so,

defeating the Red Sox 9-1 at Tropicana Field on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. The Rays entered the series 6.5 games behind the Red Sox, who led the race for the Wild Card, and after the sweep were only down 3.5 games with 17 games remaining until postseason began. The Rays took no time to waste as they gained three runs in the first inning, not giving the Red Sox a chance for a hit until the third. Lester gave up 43 pitches in the first inning alone (lasting up to 30 minutes, which is unusual


1) Go relax pool side. The


H o w T o H a v e A

Coming to a new place can be scary, and let’s face it, if you don’t know where anything is, it can be downright boring. Sitting in your room on a Friday night is probably not your college dream. Now your problems are solved! Lakeland is full of wonders and excitement. All you have to do is know where to look!







Southeastern Pool is open Friday from 1 p.m.–6 p.m. and Sat. from 11 a.m–6 p.m.

2) Go to the gym. 3.) Volunteer. Your RAs know
great places you could volunteer at, and sometimes they know of how to get rides. overs or have a spa day and make your own face mask. This recipe only takes two minutes to prepare. All you need is two egg whites (separated from the

5.) The Silver Moon Drive-in 4.) Girls, give each other make- 5.) Guys, play some pool, located Theatre, located on 4100 New
in Destino 3rd floor lobby

yolk and put in a bowl) and two tablespoons of plain yogurt. Once you’ve separated the eggs from the yolk add the two tablespoons of yogurt (non-flavored), mix and then apply. Leave for a few minutes and then wash it off with warm water and a warm washcloth. Your skin will feel super smooth.

6.) Girls, watch some chick
flicks, or guys catch an action/ thriller film!

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Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays by Ben Herrman

for a major league baseball game), helping the Rays get their needed three runs. The Rays were scoreless in the second inning, but they didn’t give up on Lester as they forced another 26 pitches from the leftie. The Sox’s only score the whole game was earned in that inning, when Marco Scutaro scored a home run to deep left field off of Shields. However, immediately following that, former Sox and Yankee left-fielder Jonny Damon scored a triple for the Rays in the bottom of the third inning. The fifth inning was the big one for the Rays, as they loaded the bases with two outs with a 4-1 lead over the Sox already. The Sox pulled Lester and put Matt Albers in, and his third pitch to B.J. Upton was the big

one, soaring over to left field for his 20th home run of the season and first ever career grand slam, giving the Rays an 8-1 lead over the Sox. In the seventh inning, the Sox changed pitchers again, putting Doubront in, and by the end of the seventh inning the Rays had gained another run. Dustin Pedroia earned two errors for the Sox throughout the game, while the Rays had none. In the ninth inning, Rays pulled Shields out with two more outs left to finish the game and put De La Rosa in to finish it off quickly and put the Sox out of the misery that they were no doubt living in. The Rays later lost in the playoffs and therefore will have to wait until next year to pursue another chance as winning the World Series.

1.) Have a photoshoot or a picnic
at Lake Mirror.

6.) Check out the $3 movies at
Carmike Palm Cinema located on 4226 Old Road 37.

7.) Picasso’s Cup Art Café,
located on 1614 Town Center Drive. Decorate a picture frame or a cup. It is a bit pricey but totally worth it.

2.) Go to a vintage store and take pictures of the clothes. My two favorite stores that are definitely a must-see are What’s New Consignment located on 241 North Florida Ave. This store is filled with brand names like Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Another favorite store is 360 Unlimited located at 911 South Florida Ave. 3.) Hold puppies at the Lakeland

8.) Yogurt Mountain, also
located in Town Center Drive, inside Books-a-Million.

9.) Go roller skating. Skateworld
is located on 911 North Lake Parker Ave.

1.) Disney World 2.) Downtown Disney 3.) Universal Studios 4.) Universal CityWalk 5.) Busch Gardens 6.) International Plaza in Tampa 7.) Clearwater Beach

4.) Play laser-tag or mini golf at
the Family Fun Center located on 4825 South Florida Ave.

Tampa Highway, is only $4 a person to watch two movies backto-back. So cram all your friends in a car and go check it out.

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