December 8, 2011



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Deceitful Divas
By RUBEN PRIETO I am unable to recall the last time I experienced a day without rumors. Recognizing our community is smaller in setting and how that may propel the amount of shared secrets I am exposed to is not surprising. Honestly, the fact that I experience a minimum of five exaggerated rumors daily from various community members leaves me with troubled feelings. I will openly admit I have crossed this boundary in which I am speaking about, and I am not proud of those moments, but in general our community as whole needs to resist the urge of participating in these gossip fest sessions. What if, we gathered intimately around a deli table to hear about the latest testimony? Dealing with conflict can be difficult but is extremely essential for being apart of a friend group or team. My frustration with this issue stems back to the lack of maturity when it comes to addressing issues with one another. More often than not, the gossip seems to be resulting in a lack of addressing conflict. Unaddressed conflict has the potential to destroy relationships. Is it ever necessary to severe friendships? Yes, in some circumstances, but not for all situations. We have the capacity to cope and progress past conflict, but how? An example Christ gave us in dealing with conflict is found in Matthew 18:15-20. The passage addresses the issue of believers that sin against you and what appropriate step should be taken to begin to move past the conflict. In general, we need to better in our behavior as Christians, and a step in that direction would be to address conflict from the biblical perspective so closure and progress can truly be made. Our community needs to be better at getting over it— what it may be—once the issue at hand is addressed.


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By JAKE VON ARX Something” means when you tell me what you want? Maybe Many of my that means something expensive, in which case all I hear is editorials how “I didn’t need to get [you] anything, and I went over the this [unestablished] limit.” Maybe it means something thoughtful, semester so you “love” it, and put it on your desk until finals roll around have been and it gets buried under all of your homework, never to be dedicated seen again. to trying to This presents a problem. If I’m going to spend both my change the time and money on you, only to find out that whatever way you, combination of the two I conjure up only leads to a as people, think about the way you live your lives. While I would still relationship that demands a ring by spring, should you really be that surprised that I’m a bit skeptical? like to offer that same advice, this will be on a much more Am I being pessimistic about the whole relationship thing? personal level. Possibly, but I still don’t aspire to drive my Prius to soccer With that said, let me spit some hot fire of truth at you: practice, and you shouldn’t either. while I won’t go so far as to say that “relationships suck;” the process of getting into one does. It’s expensive, time If any of you remember my “COD” article, I mentioned my consuming, and mostly just a waste of time; especially around general distaste for relationships, and how they’re handled at North Central. While I may not be quite as harsh as in my this time of year. younger years, the point remains: relationships at North What do you do when you’re courting a girl, and the Central Bridal College are hackneyed, unavailing, and just topic of a gift exchange arises? Let me get this straight, I’m plain tiresome. supposed to try and pick out a gift for you, even though “I really don’t have to?” I really don’t mind giving gifts, especially for those I care The whole process of trying to win a girl over is arduous. about, but if it comes down to buying you a gift that you may or may not like, or saving for the DLC map pack for Nothing is guaranteed, no matter how many times we walk Modern Warfare 3 that just leaked, well, the choice is obvious; to the stone arch bridge, or late nights we spent in stairwells, remember, girls are like parking spaces. playing guitar. How am I supposed to know what “I don’t know.

Season of Gift Giving


By SARAH MACK It was a crisp, autumn Monday morning, and the sidewalks were lined with University of Minnesota students strolling to and from class. The sun was out and it was the perfect day to try a new thing or two. My sister, Casey Sampson, a junior theater major, and I decided to explore Dinkytown. Located on the north side of the University of Minnesota, Dinkytown is a vibrant community filled with cute urban boutiques, authentic restaurants such as Al’s Breakfast and Vescio’s Italian restaurant, and the Varsity Theater, where one can go to listen to great music. Our first stop of the day was at Bruegger’s Bagels. This growing bagel franchise is one of the best places to go for a delicious snack. They open at 7 a.m. for early birds and close their doors around 5pm on weekdays. Prices are quite reasonable. My sister and I got bagels and cream cheese costing around $5 for the both of us. Bruegger’s offers many different varieties of bagels, muffins, paninis, sandwiches and much more. Our next stop was right down the street to Espresso Royale Coffee House, which was established in 1987. Walking into this eccentric little café gives you a feel like you’ve gone back in time to the 1950s. Red and green colored walls, mismatched chairs and rustic wood floors complete the feel. I ordered a medium chai latte and my sister ordered a pumpkin latte, both very tasty, costing around $9 for the both us. Moving along to our next destination, we happened to come upon a quaint little bookstore called The Book House. Having been in Dinkytown for over 30 years, The Book House has over 150,000 titles. From the outside, the Book House looks like any other ordinary bookstore with its faded burgundy awnings, but it’s anything but ordinary. Walking into this bookstore was like finding treasure with books lining the walls from top to bottom. This archive-like bookstore has one of the largest collections of rare, out-ofprint books of any library or store. The prices of the books are considerably cheaper than most of the modern bookstores. The Book House is just waiting to be explored, offering a plethora of books on any topic you can imagine. Getting a little hungry from our previous time in the bookstore, we decided to go to the one and only Annie’s Parlour for lunch. Known for their delicious fries, massive milkshakes, and tasty burgers, Annie’s is the perfect spot to hang out. Brick walls, wood booths, and a balcony that overlooks downtown combined with award winning food makes for a great and enjoyable time. My sister and I both ordered cheeseburgers and decided that we were going to split an order of fries. Let’s just say we had a lot of leftovers. Our tab was

around $17 for the both of us, with burgers around $4-$6. Last but not least, we decided to try out Fru Lala, a frozen yogurt shop that has an overabundance of choose-your-own toppings, ranging from fresh fruit to gummy bears to hot fudge. The atmosphere in this cute little shop was fun and vibrant. Red walls, stark tables, and clear chairs give you the feeling of clean, crisp and modern while still being inviting. For two cups of yogurt with two to three toppings each it was only $3.31. A great deal for a delicious treat. Altogether we spent a total of $49 for the entire afternoon. It was definitely a great adventure with perfect weather and great company.

Outside the Bubble
By REBEKAH JACOBSON During winter break last year, my best friend confronted me with a question. She would be attending Le Courdon Bleu in Mendota Heights in the fall, and was searching for an apartment in the area. She popped the question. “Rebekah, do you want to get an apartment with me this fall?” “Ummm, yes! I’d love living with you!” That happybutterfly feeling filled my stomach. I could live with my best friend! The countless days we spent baking in the kitchen, having girl talk at 2:00 a.m., and painting each other’s fingernails would become a daily ritual; then the realization hit me like a needle to the thread. North Central doesn’t allow 19-year-old sophomores to live off-campus in an apartment with a friend. Ten seconds of silence passed, and I told my best friend that I couldn’t. “What a silly, stupid rule,” I thought as I explained the situation to her. I was disappointment that I didn’t have the freedom to live off-campus with my friend. I’m not saying that I’m unhappy with my current living situation in Miller, but I would have liked the opportunity to rent an apartment in Minneapolis with my best friend. It would have posed new adventures, as well as an entirely different atmosphere. Maybe I would have had a family of five living next door, or maybe my view outside the window wouldn’t have been of the flocks of crows that fill Elliot Park at night. North Central’s current off-campus housing policy states that “all students taking eight credit hours or more per semester [are required] to live on-campus unless a student is: living at home with an immediate family member, married, 23 years of age or older, [or] a fifth-year student of senior class standing.” I think the policy makes sense, and North Central has good intentions behind it, but I still think it’s unfair. Students are allowed to live in on-campus apartments typically during their junior or senior years, but they aren’t allowed to step foot inside the Drexel Apartments off of Park Ave. or the Stadium Place Apartments off of 11th Ave. These apartments are within a mile radius of North Central. Secondly, living off-campus would be much cheaper for students. There are plenty of students who are struggling to pay the high dollar amount streaked in bold across their North Central bill. According to, apartments in Minneapolis cost approximately $800 per month. If you split that cost with a roommate, you’re looking at $400 per month. You’re saving over $2,000 a year if you rent an apartment for nine months while in school. What I’m trying to communicate here is that I think students that have the desire to live off-campus should have the opportunity to, no matter what their age or class standing is. Living off-campus would also challenge students to live out their faith in a secular environment that’s outside of the “North Central bubble.” I think the community we have at North Central is great – we are encouraged and empowered daily through class lectures, chapel messages, and the leadership surrounding us, but our residential choices shouldn’t be restrained to Christian safe-zones. I think it’s time that North Central takes the next step and allows students to live off-campus.




Song of the Seasons Concert
By LISA HAWTHORNE Wreaths decorate windows and doors, twinkling lights appear on trees and houses, and the recent snow sparkles on the ground outside. The holiday season has arrived in Minneapolis! Christmas tradition at North Central guarantees that students have the opportunity to hear a variety of Christmas music at the school’s annual Songs of the Season event. The groups that participated included North Central’s Mixed Chorus, Women’s Choir, and Chorale, One Accord 2011, and the KC Gospel Orchestra. Bringing together a blend of classic and new songs and sounds, the many different music groups presented a show that spread holiday cheer and joy beyond the Word and Worship Center. For many students, attending one of the performances has become a tradition. For friends like Kari Ortiz and Corrie Austin, both senior English majors, Songs of the Season has been a must throughout their years at North Central. “I think it’s cool that it’s become a tradition [for my friends and me]. It’s my senior year, so it’s probably the last year we’ll be able to attend, so it’s a bittersweet feeling,” said Austin. Ortiz echoed her sentiments, adding that her favorite part was the combined choirs because of the big, beautiful sound of all the groups singing together. There was a variety of style among the groups , varying

North Central choirs and the KC Gospel Orchestra come together for a night of music.
from the Chorale’s performances of classical-sounding songs like “Magnificat” to the KC Gospel Orchestra members’ instrument solos during “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” Sophomore elementary major Kayla Kipe cited both the Chorale and the KC Gospel Orchestra as her favorite parts of the performance. Although very different, “their songs had a lot of depth and variety to them.” Another audience member, who preferred to remain anonymous, stated that she was very impressed with One Accord’s performances of “Joy to the World” and “O Holy Night.” “I have been disappointed with past One Accord groups’ choices in style or interpretation of songs, but this year’s group gave an incredible, very solid performance…I think it was the best live performance of ‘O Holy Night’ I’ve ever heard,” she said. According to several choir and Chorale members, all the participants have had a great time putting the show together. Sophomore pastoral music major Brandon Breithaupt said that he enjoyed the opportunity to develop his talent as a musician. Freshman music education major Nina Jain agreed, saying, “The practices were a lot of fun and we got to sing a lot of different songs, which I really liked.” All the groups’ involvement and enjoyment were evident from the audience’s perspective. Sophomore youth development major Bre Wallace enjoyed the multiple solos. “They [the soloists] got very into their songs, and that really made it a lot of fun to watch and listen to. It was amazing,” said Wallace. Women’s Choir member, senior music eduation major Deanna Bruzelius, agreed that watching certain members of the choirs was her favorite part. “My very favorite part is watching Larry [Bach’s] face while he’s conducting. His facial expressions are amazing when he gets so intense,” said Bruzelius. Songs of the Season has become a tradition at North Central. The performance has become a way for students and Twin Cities’ residents to officially usher in the holiday season before the stress of finals and the Christmas rush hits. That feeling of lull before the holiday craze is summed up by junior intercultural studies major Mia deFilipo. “I liked the variety of Christmas songs…Some of them were really fun and some of them were very traditional, but they all remind you why we celebrate Christmas.” Songs of the Season was well received by many audience members as part of their Christmas tradition at North Central. The level of excellence striven for by the members of the various groups represented their hard work and dedication.


Facing the Unexpected

them. It was so cool to see how God would use such a hard thing in my life to help touch another persons life,” said Schultz. Each camp was an incredible learning and powering time for One Accord. Along with challenges of leading worship and being counselors, there were some other challenges that found their way into One Accord’s tour. While performing at a church, the band found themselves in a dead zone. At the beginning of their opening song, all of the power went out in the church. “Then there was silence,” said Lepard. “So, we went into an acoustic version of ‘How Great is Our God’ - that’s what we do as our default.” Although the group had the unexpected pop up more than once, they experienced God move in amazing ways. After Lepard gave her testimony about some health issues she had gone through, a girl come up to her after the service. “This girl was going through the same things I went through. She was having the same tests that I had. It kind of freaked me out at first, but then I realized how cool it was that she came and talked to me. It helped give me confidence to be willing to give a testimony of God’s grace and healing power,” said Lepard. God has given the members of One Accord a wonderful experience over the past two years. They have been busy, but as they said, it’s been completely worth it. They are sad to see the touring of this year come to an end, but they are excited for what the future holds. PICTURE TAKEN BY CALEB BROSE

One Accord 2011 reflects on their two-year tour.
A passion for music, people, and God flows through the veins of the members of One Accord. The 2011 group is made up of senior music pastor majors Zach Brose, Reba Schultz, and Brittany Lepard; junior music performance majors Ben Leone (drums), Jerrell Ayran (bass), and Matt Terrado (guitar); and sophomore recording artist major Jonathan Serrano. For the past two years, this group has spent countless hours with each other. “After practically living with each other, it’s like you’re family and you get comfortable enough to totally be yourself and sometimes too much of yourself,” said Schultz. “We’ve definitly seen the good, bad, and ugly with everyone,” added Brose, as the rest of the group laughed. This past summer, One Accord spent a lot of time in their 15-passenger van, traveling to different camps and churches from the west side of North and South Dakota to Michigan. While at the camps, they did more then just lead worship. They actually were camp counselors during their week. Schultz was a Junior High camp counselor at one of the camps. She had to make sure she knew where eight girls were at all times. “I would be onstage leading worship panically looking around for them making sure they were alright. It was a challenge, but it was completely rewarding,” said Schultz. While at camp, Schutlz felt the need to share a part of her testimony one day. She wasn’t sure why she felt the need to share, other than it was God speaking to her. After she gave her testimony that night, “the rest of that week and that night I had girls coming up to me wanting to talk. It gave me a chance listen to them and encourage

Students share why C.S. Lewis is a class to be cherished.
With approximately150 students filling the roster, the C.S. Lewis class taught by English Professor Dr. Carolyn Tennant is a coveted course for many at North Central. The insight into the life of Lewis proves to be inspirational to many who survive the copious amount of reading. The course, taught by Tennant for the last 10 years, has changed every year to keep the information fresh and still as influential as the first semester it was offered. Tennant commented that she now likes to cover the whole spectrum and varied genres of Lewis’s writing, along with J.R.R. Tolkien and the writing of the Inklings, G.K. Chesterton, and George McDonald. Many students studying under Tennant echoed the thought that they felt privileged to be able to glean wisdom from her years of experience and also to be able to freely discuss and bounce ideas off their classmates. Not only do students learn about C.S. Lewis’s writings, but they also gain real life principles through studying Lewis as a man of God. “My favorite part about the class is how much it challenges my walk with God. Also, Lewis was married to his wife for only three years until she died, but the way he By JESSICA TRAUDT loved her is such a beautiful and inspirational story,” said junior theatre major Casey Sampson. When asked what the most unique part of C.S. Lewis’s life was, a common answer among students was his interesting living situation. Junior psychology major Cade Tankersley said, “Lewis had a lot of money, but he lived in a run-down little house with his brother, held foster care children in his home, and even gave most of his money to charity.” Tennant also talked about C.S. Lewis living out his Christianity every day through his giving lifestyle. His goal was to contribute to those in need, so he chose to live a moderate life so as to expand the Kingdom of God. Tennant stated, “I admire Lewis for giving up academic prowess in order to communicate in a variety of genres to a broader audience; he was not afraid to stand up for the truth of Christianity, and so he has taught me to be more bold.” Not only did students learn about the great C.S. Lewis, but they also were impacted by Tennant’s teachings and genuine attitude. Junior public relations major Bailey Schott said, “I adore Carolyn Tennant and how much she cares about teaching as well as her students. Our class is like a fun book club--we read the stories, come to class, and discuss while Dr. Tennant shares her knowledge right alongside us.” The C.S. Lewis class has been a tremendous time for intellectual growth in many students at North Central. Although Tennant will be missed as its beloved professor, the impact Lewis will continue to have on students through his excellent writings will continue on through successor English Professor Desiree Libengood.

More Than Just Literature


Taking Christ to the Streets
By HANNAH ONEY Reach Out Minneapolis has implemented a variety of opportunities for students to get involved in ministry outside of campus. Currently, six different outreaches are under ROM: Encounter, Connecting Hope, R.O.S.E.S, Homeless Outreach, Cocoa Stop, and Pre-PG Prayer. ROM’s mission is “to reclaim the outcasts from the dark to the light through service, evangelism, and prayer.” They accomplish this by training students to effectively share Christ’s love in unique ways. Junior evangelism/church planting major Jake Nadelin directs ROM. This is his second year leading the organization, and he has a huge heart for the ministry. “I’m passionate about ROM because I love seeing people have a genuine encounter with Jesus under our ministires,” said Nadelin. This year, junior intercultural studies and psychology major Michael Pitsiladis created a new ministry under ROM and dubbed it Connecting Hope. The ministry utilizes worship and creative evangelism on the street every Saturday night at 10 p.m. “I wanted to do something that was

Reach Out Minneapolis impacts the city through various ministries.
different for the city. [Connecting Hope] started out working with troubled youth and then involved into doing music on the streets,” said Pitsiladis. Pitsiladis shared a time when he was led to pray for serenity during one particular meeting. Later, during the outreach, he felt led to pray for a girl that she would have serenity. As it turned out, she had a serenity tattoo on the back of her neck. Before the outreach was over, she committed to reading the Bible daily. “Working with Reach Out Minneapolis has opened my eyes to the pain and suffering that goes on so close to this campus. More importantly though, it has opened my eyes to the amazing things that God’s love and power can do for people in horrible situations,” said freshman intercultural studies major Mason DeFilippo. A ministry similar to Connecting Hope is Encounter, which is led by Nadelin. Encounter is a way for students to actively reach out to our city by using their God-given gifts through casual street evangelism every Friday night at 10 p.m. Junior interdisciplinary studies major Barb Ross commented that she has learned what unconditional loves means though talking with strangers at Encounter. “People are searching for fulfillment in a bottle and in the clubs but they aren’t finding it. We go downtown every Friday night and just do what we can to help anyone who needs it. Sometimes that involves the direct approach, other times we help drunk people get a cab or go to the hospital.” Encounter is ROM’s biggest ministry, with typically 20 or more students participating every week. The other ministries are R.O.S.E.S, Homeless Outreach, Cocoa Stop, and Pre-PG Prayer. Junior business administration major John Frazier is motivated to stay involved with ROM because he wants to make a difference in the world. “Life is short and how I spend my time here on earth will determine where and how I will spend eternity. It should not be wasted by lightly indulging in sin or being lazy or scared enough to live the safest Christian life possible. I know that my

biggest regrets are not what I have done, but what I failed to do, and I’m trying to keep that to a minimum.” In April, ROM is planning a huge event where Encounter will be combining with students from Bethel University, Northwestern College, Crown College, and Bethany University for their street ministry. Students are encouraged to join ROM for opportunites to serve and evangelize in the city. Whether it is playing guitar on the streets for Connecting Hope, or handing out roses to women on the street, ROM has a place for every student on their team to utilize the gifts that God has given them. For those that would like to get involved in a ministry, www.reachoutminneapolis. com has the clearest layout of the ministries offered as well as their descriptions, times and locations. There is also a Reach Out Minneapolis Facebook page and Twitter page (reachoutminn).

A Holi-DAZZLEing Evening
By REBEKAH JACOBSON Crowds of people bundled in hats, coats, and scarves clutter the curbs of Nicollet Ave. for the annual Holidazzle parade. It’s a peaceful Sunday night in December, and the city lights set the backdrop for the holiday spirit as dazzling floats start passing by. The Target Holidazzle Parade began in 1992, featuring a variety of floats and groups all lit up by colorful Christmas lights. The parade runs Thursdays through Sundays, kicking off the day after Thanksgiving and ending the Sunday before Christmas Day. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. each night, but the sidewalks fill up well before the grand marshal initiates the parade. The Holidazzle parade proved to be an exciting experience for several students. Many students attended the parade with their brother and sister floors, whereas some went with a group of close friends or their significant other. Tiera Wilson, a freshman alcohol and drug counseling major, attended the Holidazzle parade with girls from her floor. They grabbed Starbuck’s in the IDS Center beforehand, and then watched the parade outside of Barnes & Noble. “My favorite thing was being able to be with my sisters watching all of the floats go by while sipping my tall soy peppermint mocha,” said Wilson. Some local students shared that they have been attending the parade for several years now. Ka-Lynn Betcher, a freshman elementary education major, explained that she’s gone every year since she was 5-years-old with her family. “My most memorable experience was when I was 10-years-old. I got to be on the Target float and live a dream of almost every child who goes to parades. It was the best parade I’ve been to,” said Betcher. For many students, it was their first experience at the Holidazzle parade this year. Senior pastoral studies major Zachary Lewison went to the parade for the first time with his friends from church. “It was way beyond what I expected. I had no idea what a parade on a Sunday night would be like. It was probably one of the most entertaining parades I have been to,” said Lewison. Similar to Lewison’s thoughts on the parade, several other students voiced that they enjoyed the atmosphere of the parade. The parade lasts approximately 30 minutes and features character floats – such as Hansel & Gretel and Pinocchio –, a marching band, and a choir. The finale of the parade is a giant lit up sleigh with Santa Claus perched at the top. “[My favorite float was] the Peter Pan float with Captain Hook, because I love that movie. It’s my favorite Disney movie and they did the best job on that float,” said Wilson. Although the parade received positive feedback overall, there were some dislikes. “I liked the floats – they were pretty. [But] I didn’t like how they were all spaced out, and there weren’t as many floats as I expected,” said freshman elementary education major Jessica Thaxton. Even though there were flaws in some students’ perspectives, the parade proved to be a fun and relaxing way to spend an evening during the week. Students will keepsake it as a tradition throughout their careers at North Central. “I keep going to the Holidazzle because it was first a family tradition every winter to go as a family, but now obviously I’m away from my family, so I thought it would be cool to kind of keep it as my own tradition this year,” said Betcher.




They Won’t Be Home for Christmas
Due to jobs and other reasons, some students will be staying in the cities for the holidays.
By KELSEY MARRIN It’s that time of year again; finals are just around the corner, which for most students it means that going home for Christmas and winter break is in the works. However, there are a few students who will not be able to go home for the holiday season. One of the students that will be spending Christmas in the cities is sophomore social work major Rachel Hulsizer. She works at the front desk at the Holiday Inn Express in downtown Minneapolis. This will be Hulsizer’s first Christmas away from home. “I’m a little sad to not be home for Christmas, but I’ll be okay. I was here over the summer, so I don’t feel like I live at home anymore. So that helps a bit,” said Hulsizer. Since the dorms will be closed over break, Hulsizer had to find an alternative place to stay and chose the hotel. Hulsizer took 18 credits this past semester and is planing to relax as much as she can when she isn’t working. She hopes to spend free time watching movies and reading books. Even though she won’t be able to spend Christmas with her family, her roommates have opened up their house to her for Christmas Eve dinner. Later on Christmas day Hulsizer will be driving to meet up with her family to go on their family vacation to Colorado for a little skiing. Another student that will be spending winter break on campus is sophomore pastoral studies major Dave Hendrick. Hendrick will be spending his winter break working at Target. However, he will be home for Christmas, due to Target being closed on Christmas day. His plans are working as often as possible over break, and relaxing when not working. “I’m not too upset that I won’t be able to be home prior to Christmas Day. I have some friends that I will be able to hang out with and I’ll still be able to be with them on

Christmas,” said Hendrick. Along with Hulsizer and Hendrick there are other students that will be spending their Christmas working. Sophomore youth ministry major Brandon Peterson will be spending his time working as well. Peterson works at the front desk at the Comfort Suites in downtown Minneapolis. There are many other students that will be staying on campus over winter break. Some may be staying so they can work, while others might be staying because of having parents that are out of the country doing missions work. Whatever the reason may be, there is hope that they all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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By AMY LAMBERT I love Christmas. I am someone who listens to Christmas music, on and off, all year long. It was a few days before Halloween when I started listening to the music more regularly. My floor has had a countdown to Christmas since the beginning of the school year. I’ve even celebrated Christmas in July before, just for the fun of it and because of what the holiday represents. That being said, I don’t appreciate it when all the holiday becomes is a time for hyped up consumerism. When stores set up Christmas displays before Halloween has passed, it gets under my skin. TV and radio stations are an issue all on their own. Stores should wait until November to set up displays, and TV and radio shouldn’t be playing Christmas specials until after Thanksgiving. Christmas is about Jesus, and that is worthy of celebrating all year long. However, when our culture forces “Christmas” on us so early, it’s rarely to say anything about Jesus. People shouldn’t have to have consumerism Christmas shoved down their throats. Unfortunately, it does happen, year after year, and it seems to start sooner as each year passes. I’m not sure there’s anything we consumers can do about it other than changing our attitudes about how Christmas is represented. When we see and hear Christmas festivities before they are necessary, we have to make the decision to remember what Christmas is

really about no matter how others present it to us. Sometimes we simply have to look past how others view the holiday and make the decision of how we want to perceive Christmas. It is not supposed to be about getting or giving gifts, snow, or all the decorations. When it comes down to it, the holiday’s not necessarily supposed to be a time focused on family either. All those things have the possibility to, and often do, create stress and tension. Christmas is meant to be a time of joy and celebration because of the gift of Jesus. It can be hard when everyone around us is freaking out about the details of gifts and planning parties, but we need to stay focused and remember why we have this holiday called Christmas. “Don’t be afraid!” the angel said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-12) When you see Christmas decorations up too soon, or hear Christmas music too early in the year, make a decision to praise God instead of getting aggravated. I thank God for the gift he sent, and I thank him every day, Christmas or not.


Ninedays: Kenya
By AUSTIN MUCHCOW Leading a Ninedays trip to Kenya was absolutely not something that I envisioned myself doing a year ago. I had gone on a couple missions trips previously, and planned on doing more in the future, but leading a trip to a different continent was not something I had on my radar. This past spring I applied for the position of Resident Advisor in Carlson Hall, and was extremely disappointed when I was turned down for the job. I fully expected not to participate in a leadership role this year, but just prior to spring break I received an e-mail asking me to consider applying for the position of Team Leader for a Ninedays trip. I had never even thought of this before, but I decided to pray about it over break. Somehow, I ended up getting hired. This was terrifying, but I trusted that God knew what he was doing. When we considered location options for trips, Haiti immediately jumped out at me. I picked it as my first option, with Kenya as my second. It took the whole summer for our trip destinations to be confirmed, and during that time I was expecting and preparing myself for a trip to Haiti. I was somewhat shocked when I heard that I was leading a trip to Kenya, and not Haiti. I got over it quickly, and since then my passion for this trip has continued to grow. That sort of describes how this entire process has gone for me. Nothing has gone the way I would have expected it to, and I’ve had to let go of my plans and trust that God is working things out. For me, this trip is not about my wants. If it were then I would be going to Haiti, or not going on a trip at all. But I believe that this is exactly where God wants me to be, and I trust that He is leading me in the right direction. He has put me in this spot, and all I am trying to do now is be faithful to His will.

Ninedays: Asia
By CALEB KRAUSE Living in this current age we have such tremendous opportunities available to us those in years past could never have dreamt possible. Planes that can take us around the world, e-letters that arrive in London within seconds, twitter, Bibles available virtually anywhere and in any of 100 plus different translations, must I continue? God asked that we go into all the world and share the Good News with everyone. The kicker is we as humans do not like to go beyond our comfort bubble of familiarity and safety. I have witnessed first hand what God can do with a life that is surrendered completely to Him and is willing to trust God with everything. There is so much more to life then what we know and are familiar with here. I am so excited for the opportunity to be stretched and used by God in Asia doing whatever seems best to Him! Is it scary? Most certainly, but God is faithful right? When we truly take that to heart and believe that “the best is yet to come,” there is a whole new level of joy, trust, awe that comes in stepping out in faith. My dream is that every North Central student would catch a glimpse of the greater picture God is about painting. I love what Brian Houston of Hillsong Church says, “You were born for a cause that embraces humanity, resonates from heaven. It is a cause that bridges history and alters eternity.” Are you ready to step out and be apart of the cause of Christ? I am- and look forward to working side by side with all of you in reshaping this world. At the end of the day, it’s all about Him, Jesus Christ, the world’s Savior.

Ninedays: Asia
By ANNIE-LAURIE ANDERSON I’m the Director this year for Ninedays 2012 and I am so excited for what is in store for all of my teams that head out in March. My vision for Ninedays is to see the people go on the trips and come back a different person. I believe in life experiences and I would love for the people going on the trips become more willing to love like Christ and serve just like He does. These students and leaders that are going on our trips are going for a reason and I am so proud of what they are going to do. There will be various types of ministries in Kenya, Asia, Los Angeles and for the prayer team and I’m excited to hear their stories when we come back after the nine days. This year I am heading up the Asia team with Caleb Krause and I’m so ready for a new adventure! I am ready to go, stay there for nine days, talk with college students, learn the Asian culture, and come back as a different person who is willing to live sacrificially for Christ. I believe a great motto for this life is, “take those open roads, learn new things and understand life by its experiences.”

Ninedays: Kenya
By AARON BIDDINGER For me what Ninedays is all about is building a passion for the lost and for missions. I want my team to have an experience that will motivate them to either go overseas or to give more in the mission’s offerings on Sunday. We also have a very special opportunity with the Kenya trip in that we can interact with people that are very much like the members of the surrounding community. We have an amazing chance to understand the Somali community and relate to them in a deeper way. Mission’s trips are great environments to grow servants, take individuals out of their normal surroundings and place in a uncomfortable place and then but work, you will discover real fast the type of people that you are serving with


Ninedays: L.A.
By KATE PILMAN I encourage you to read Ephesians 4:1-4. I agree with the word and believe that we as Christians are called to a higher standard. Our lives our divinely appointed with a purpose to serve the kingdom. We need to live our lives in accordance to our calling and stop waiting for the future to be that person. Right now the Lord has presented me with the opportunity to co-lead a trip of students to the LA Dream center. The original plan was to go to Haiti, the Lord closed the door on that and opened up the LA Dream Center loud and clear. We went from having 2 applicants to Haiti, to 14 members on the LA trip! I am so excited to serve hands on with the community in LA. A few months ago I was in LA and I fell in love with the people. I remember walking down Venice Beach and my heart broke for the people. I felt and saw so much oppression. At the Dream Center we will be working with people who are homeless, victims of sex trafficking, trying to get their GED, addicted to drugs, and other situations. The beauty of the Dream Center is the focus of restoration in Christ. I am truly blessed to be a part of the team. I encourage you to live your life according to Ephesians 4.

Ninedays: Prayer Team
By MELISSA IGARTUA Upon hearing about the Prayer Team and their relation to everyone else for ninedays for the first time, I thought about how great it could be that we should have the opportunity to intercede on behalf of all the student missionaries’ Ninedays. Needless to say, I would have never thought that I’d have the privilege to serve alongside the rest of the ninedays leaders upon my first semester at North Central. The Lord is very clear and concise when he says he has plans for us, and it’s a blessing to be able to see these plans unfold. Personally, I’m excited for everyone on the prayer team! We as a prayer team will be serving as armor-bearers for everyone on the different teams, and it’ll be great to intercede as the Lord’s plans for everyone on these teams begin to unfold during Spring Break.

Ninedays: Prayer Team
By JESIKA AUSTED I am so excited to be coleading Ninedays prayer team this year! I went on this trip as a team member last year and it truly changed my life. When I was accepted for this position this year I was so excited to have the opportunity to serve as one of the team leaders. My co-leader Melissa Igartua and I are on the same page with God’s vision for Ninedays prayer team this year and it is such a blessing to have met her and to have God work through our team to pray for the trips this year. It is an amazing challenge to be digging in to prayer, God’s will, and answering the tough questions we all wrestle with. I am just really blessed to be a part of this team. The other Ninedays leaders are just as passionate as I am and I know God placed all the members on this year’s Ninedays prayer team for a purpose. I love that we get to go to Wisconsin and discover prayer in a new way, that we have an opportunity to train and prepare for the spiritual battle that we are going to face is really amazing. I know that this year God is going to do amazing things with all the teams that are going to serve and share God’s heart with people who are suffering. While prayer team is a little different than the other teams I am so passionate about prayer. I am so excited about how God is going to work through the teams, and through the prayer team to take down the enemy for God’s glory.

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Ninedays: L.A.
By NINIVE DE LA ROSA I’m an Urban Studies major, and I am leading the LA Dream Center trip. This trip is so close to my heart that it is hard to really begin with why I chose to do this. Originally, my team was going to go to Haiti, but that fell through. The Lord closed the doors on something that I had been preparing months for, but God is faithful He didn’t leave me hanging there. He quickly spoke into my heart about something that I have always wanted to do which was to go to the LA Dream Center. At first the idea seemed like too much of a dream, and just seemed too good to be true because I have wanted to go there so badly for a while. And then I thought why would anyone want to go there? The more I thought about it though, the more it made sense. I realized that the reason I wanted to go there was because of what they did and who they ministered too, which was the poor, homeless, hungry, and sex-trafficked victims both young and old. I saw that if I was passionate about all these things, then there would be others that are too, and so I saw this opportunity to do something about it. God called me to serve him in this way and I feel so blessed. I love that I get to go to the LA Dream Center because they do exactly what I want to do with the rest of my life, so for me this is only the beginning of the rest of my life and I am so very excited for the rest.



LEFT: International Evangelist David Pierce speaks to students at Steiger International’s Radical Missionary School in Krogis, Germany. BELOW: Freshman Emily Devine attended Steiger’s Radical Missionary School


Radical Missions School
ByAMY LAMBERT Emily Devine, undeclared freshman, went to Steiger International’s Radical Missions School during the summer of 2011. The school lasts for about two-and-a-half months and has 30-40 students attend. The students and teachers are from all around the world including the United States, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, and Brazil. The school is in the small village of Krogis, Germany, near Dresden. “The biggest impact on me was the cultural difference. By sharing our dreams and battles with each other, we built deep relationships quickly. The people were very encouraging, and we kept each other accountable. We were all so different, but what we had in common was a passion to serve God,” said Devine. The school has a time for devotions and student led worship every day. There are lectures four days a week with guest speakers on various topics, including Bible study methods, missions in different cultures, speaking in tongues, and budgeting as a missionary. There are work projects to keep the school in working order and community meals with everyone together. “The weirdest thing I had to eat was pigeon; it was served about once a week. It tastes like beef, so it really isn’t as strange as it sounds. My favorite food was definitely the chocolate and ice cream,” said Devine. Students have the opportunity to relax in

The Radical Missions School is open to anyone wanting to draw closer to God and ask for direction in life.
groups during a week-long break. Also, there are opportunities to go to art festivals to do street evangelism. Devine went to the Slot Art Festival and Woodstock, both in Poland. “The art festivals were the most intense experiences of my life. Not each conversation we had was triumphant. We just have to believe that God was doing a work in their hearts, even if we didn’t see it ourselves,” said Devine. Now Devine is a dancer for the band No Longer Music. NLM, through Steiger International, is a ministry based in Europe that uses that uses media, art, dance, music, and acting to evangelize. Their goal is to reach the global secular youth, 17 to 30-year-olds, that are the least likely to go into church. Cosmonaght is the local Minneapolis band similar to NLM. Their goal is not to go into the Christian scene, but to build relationships with owners of clubs and secular bands to be a positive influence on them. The band has made many connections at First Ave. They have a Monday night Bible study open to everyone; it that meets in The Loft from 7:309pm. “The most vital part was my time alone with God. I learned how to love God and to be joyous in all situations. Such as running around in a downpour and screaming out praises to God. It’s so simple and silly, but we felt God smiling with us,” said Devine.



Keeping Christ in Christmas
Students and staff know it is important to remember Jesus this season.
ByJESSICA TRAUDT As students prepare for the end of the semester, oftentimes remembering to keep Christ in an overly consumerized Christmas is pushed to the back of their minds. Even before Thanksgiving had come, holiday cheer filled stores everywhere. Every year, marketing ploys that try to get people in the “merry spirit” or the “holiday buying mood” succeed in pushing our society to forget the real meaning of Christmas. Once the first 30-degree day hits, it is nearly impossible not to find students with hot cocoa or coffee in one hand, Christmas tunes consuming their thoughts, and levels of stress skyrocketing with end of semester projects looming. For many, the Christmas season has become a societal occasion where the first thought is to find the newest holiday songs, make gift lists, and hang Christmas decorations. Rather than to reflect on Christ’s entrance into the fallen world, society is often consumed with the hustle and bustle, forgetting the true meaning of Christmas. Reflecting on how to change one’s mindset in the days leading up to Christmas should be a point to address. In talking to faculty, staff, and students around campus, many of them had great comments on how to celebrate the holiday season as it should be. Julia Pruveadenti, sophomore intercultural studies major, said “We always have a huge Christmas Eve dinner with family and old friends. We don’t spend the night exchanging gifts, but instead use the time to talk and laugh together.” just making Christmas one long list with activities to be checked off and gifts to be bought with hardly a thought put into them.” The idea of making Christmas into a timeline or a list is easy for many to do. Breaks are often planned according to the various meals that will be eaten, the last minute shopping trips, or even finding time in the middle of a chaotic schedule to decorate campus dorm rooms or apartments. Essentially, Christmas is often just a checklist. Miller Hall Resident Director Kristi Hedstrom talked about the traditions her family upheld. One of her most memorable traditions was the advent calendar that they kept the entire month of December. Each day someone in her family would get to open a little box on the calendar and take out what was inside, whether it was baby Jesus, a wise man, or the star. They would then talk about the object and reflect on its meaning with the Christmas story. Many other students did a similar activity growing up, and all of them said it was a tradition that was looked forward to every year. As Christmas is right around the corner, it is important to remember the true reason for celebration. Christmas wasn’t created to be just a merry festivity of food and presents, but instead a time to give praise and honor to the only One who matters in the midst of the joyful season.

Similarly, junior Tyler Mathieson said, “The presents are usually more of a passing thought because it is so much more about celebrating the birth of our Savior and getting the family together to celebrate rather than give presents.” Students agree that giving and receiving presents is by no means a negative aspect of the holiday season, but the approach taken will make all the difference in the world. Layout and Design Professor Darren Lee commented that he dislikes giving or getting Christmas lists because “the main focus should be on generosity, rather than

Christian Faith and Political Voting
Christians must be careful and aware of who they vote for
By LISA HATHORNE The relationship between faith and politics can cause many conflicts of opinion, and for many Christians, the question can become confusing and controversial. What exactly is a Christian’s responsibility when it comes to politics? How does a Christian balance their religious and political beliefs? For some, there is a line separating the two topics, while others believe that faith and politics are intertwined. Sophomore social work major Rachel Hulsizer states that her opinions have changed dramatically since she began working downtown with all non-Christian people last year. “Our country was founded on Christian principles, but our religion is not our political system, like the Old Testament. They’re separate, and I think they need to stay separate. We can’t create legislation that will magically force people to become Christians, and I think that’s what many Christians in politics try to accomplish,” said Hulsizer. Senior business administration major Bethany Bostron disagrees, stating that she believes a person’s faith should impact every area of their life. “A Muslim doesn’t go to the ballot box and not have their faith influence who they vote for, and neither do Christians. You can’t separate your standards for what you support and who you vote for no matter what you believe,” said Bostron. As far as the legislation versus Christianity debate, Bostron agrees that Christianity should not be legislated by the political system. She believes that at this point in time the political system influences Christianity far more than Christianity affects legislation. “We allow politics to influence what we say instead of standing up for what’s right. Even our pastors are sometimes afraid of saying something is Biblically wrong because being politically incorrect could cause them to lose their tax exempt status,” said Bostron. Senior intercultural studies major Benino Regino agrees with this assessment. Regino believes that while people’s faith affects their voting, many Christians think that voting will somehow change their country. “It’s not our job to change America back to a Christian nation by voting. We can only change a nation by changing its people, not its politics,” said Regino. Yet how can Christians be sure that who they support in the political arena will do an adequate job of representing them? Many have voiced their opinion that in the modern age, religion is merely a tool that candidates use to manipulate votes. Senior mathematics major Taylor Molenda believes that if people are going to bring religion into politics, they should be upfront about their positions. “I think it’s wrong when candidates deceive people to get into office and then misuse their power instead of representing the people who voted for them. If voters know a candidate is a Christian, they shouldn’t be surprised when FLICKR they [the candidate] allows their beliefs to influence their political practices. But it’s also dishonest when politicians manipulate religion to gain votes and misrepresent the things they said they stood for,” said Molenda. Dr. John Davenport, the head of the Arts and Sciences department, concurs with that statement. According to him, many politicians throughout history have used religion as a tool to an extent, which is why voters need to examine people over time to see if they truly follow through on what they say they believe. Davenport thinks that the majority of both voters and politicians in America right now have a Christian worldview. However, having a Christian worldview does not mean that candidates adhere to a religion that shapes who they are as a person. “A Christian worldview may not have much of an impact anymore,” said Davenport. “In the 1800’s there were simply different types of Christian worldviews, but now Christianity is just one element in a society of many diverse worldviews.” According to him, ethics and morality in policy have always been present and always will be, no matter how much people try to separate them. In the same way, a Christian’s beliefs will also continue to shape their political beliefs. Christians will have to strike the balance to best reflect their faith, and take every decision to the Lord in prayer.


Senior Profile: Tony Johns
By ERICA WENIG He’s a librarian. He’s given it all at interval and hill workouts. Senior English major Tony Johns just completed his fourth year on the cross country team, and sat down with the Northerner at Segue coffee shop for a rundown on all the running. In middle and high school, Johns switched off-and-on between track, soccer and swimming. Only when his track coach hinted that all the good middle distance runners run cross-country, did he decide to go out. Rather than going out again his senior year, Johns decided to spend more time with friends from church and scrub dishes at Noodles & Co. When college came around, Johns’ sister happened to be friends with the legendary North Central cross country runner, Dan Bare. Bare proved to be a driving force in shaping Johns’ time in North Central athletics. Johns thought about joining soccer, but had seen all the awards the cross country team had won and wanted to be on a winning team. So Johns joined and met other freshman runners like Jay Beichley and Owen Heins. “We were all kind of shy. Dan [Bare] would slow down and run with us,” Johns said. That first year Johns had two distinct memories. First, he experienced some IT Band trouble toward the end. The IT band is the iliotibial band and runs along the lateral side of the leg. He tried to run as little as possible, yet keep his fitness up. And at nationals, in Cedarville, Ohio, Johns remembers wrestling Jon Anger the night before and beating him. A little cabin at Lake Geneva Bible Camp housed Johns and his sister the following summer. Johns worked housekeeping at the camp, but mainly remembers running around the lakes and on trails, seeing pelicans and scaring geese. “It is such a beautiful place up there,” Johns said. Soon it was time for North Central’s Fall Athletics Retreat. “I thought I was tough stuff or something,” Johns said, but there was a new guy with blonde dreadlocks and a serious set of legs, according to Johns. He remembers running down this gigantic hill and watching David “DC” Calhoun pass him really easily. “I thought he was going to wipe out. But then months later I just realized he was a really good runner,” Johns said. “It was good to see that Dan [Bare] had people to run with.” Johns was the seventh runner that year and experienced no IT band troubles. It was a great sophomore season. Pulling up his sleeves and showing his barely-visible scars, Johns told the Northerner about spending the next summer giving plasma, reading and running. He averaged between 40-50 miles a week that summer. A fluffy tuft of hair atop the head of Josiah Miller was the first thing Johns noticed at the next Fall Retreat. “He just looked raring to go,” said Johns. Johns experienced some IT band problems that year and describes that as the toughest set back he’s had. He felt angry because he had trained so hard the following summer, and felt he was in good shape. However, once he had recovered he was so much more grateful for running and the trouble had erased the nervousness he had previous felt before a race. He was simply thankful for the gift of running. Johns did his first-ever 13mile run that year and improved in every race. This past summer Johns lived simply reading, running, working at the T.J. Jones Memorial Library, and going to church. In the evenings he would run along the Mississippi River and watch people water ski. Johns didn’t run with his roommate and fellow cross country runner, Jeff Winkelman, as Winkelman runs six-minute miles and Johns says he runs eight-minute miles in his long runs. However, Johns says the camaraderie he feels running alongside someone is

almost unexplainable. “I’ve thought about it a lot but haven’t really put it in words,” said Johns. “It’s this side of heaven. I wrote a piece on running this semester and still need to work on it, but it was just trying to understand why I do it.” His last season as a North Central cross country runner culminated with his PR of 29:51 for an 8K. “A lot of it was just mental,” Johns said. “I realize I slow down when I daydream. I tried to be in the present as much as I could. You don’t realize how hard it is to concentrate for that long. In our society we always get distracted. Running has taught me to concentrate. You have to have a consistent, concerted effort.”


Skiing, Skating and Tubing
By HANNAH ONEY It’s December, and with winter closing in, many students wonder how to fight off the winter blues and stay active outdoors during the snowy season. There are a few great options in and nearby the Twin Cities for students willing to brave the temperatures. Buck Hill, located in Burnsville, is a great option for all students who love skiing and snowboarding. They have an early bird special which is valid from 9:00am until noon, Monday though Friday, for $13. They also have a $10 Sunday night special for skiers and snowboarders from 7:30pm until close. For students who consider themselves pros at snowboarding, there is a snowboarding competition on Thursday, Dec. 8th where they can test their skills. For more information, or directions, visit www.buckhill. com. Another outdoors option, Afton Alps, has skiing, snowboarding, and tubing, and on a less athletic note, a restaurant and a spa! And for students who don’t know how to snowboard or ski, but want to learn, they offer lessons. Another perk about this place is that it offers discounts for college students. The college discount is valid Wednesday and Sunday nights after 4:30pm, and is a $3 discount off of the air lift ticket and $5 off rentals. Be sure to bring your North Central student ID. For more information on Afton Alps, or directions on how to get there, visit their website at And, of course, a Minnesota winter is not complete without a little bit of outdoor ice-skating. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation board advertises 47 outdoor ice skating rinks in the Twin Cities. Some of these are open to hockey as well as skating. For a complete list of locations, as well as what is allowed on the individual rink, visit Another option for students, who want to walk, but also want to avoid the frigid temperatures, is the Mill City Museum right down the street. Believe it or not, the historic flourmill closed after an explosion caused by flour. According to senior intercultural studies major, Bethany Broberg, they actually perform a reenactment of the explosion (on a smaller scale of course). There is also a baking lab where they make freshly baked bread. Mill City Museum offers a $2 discount for college students with an ID. For more information, go to their website, Whether it’s skiing, snowboarding, tubing, skating, or touring a museum, there are plenty of options to make this winter season a fun one!

Intramural Basketball
By SARAH MACK Intramural football and badminton have come and gone, and with that the start of intramural basketball is quickly approaching. Senior pastoral major, Jordan Valley, who heads up all intramural sports at North Central, says he is excited for this season and the growth that has been taking place with intramurals as a whole. “This season in particular will be shorter than normal, going on for a month and a half instead of the normal two months. This is due to make time for a more extended volleyball season,” said Valley. The basketball games take place every Tuesday and Thursday night starting at 8pm and ending about 11pm in the gym. Saturday morning games end around noon. Intramural basketball is for anyone who is a North Central student, likes to play basketball, and enjoys the competition. Senior youth ministry major, Zach Mueller, said, “Intramural basketball has been an awesome experience because it is around the time of year where there is not a lot of activities happening around campus, so everyone jumps on the bandwagon and the atmosphere makes it that much more fun.” Junior youth ministry major, Riley Sampson, said, “I love to compete and just build relationships with my floor mates. It’s also nice for those of us who love sports and don’t have the time to invest in official North Central sports.” Something new this year is the addition of a girl’s season. “This year we are going to be doing something for the girls. Whether that is a short season or a weekend tournament, I am not sure yet, but we will be offering something,” said Valley. Junior elementary education major, Heidee Kolenda said, “I have wanted a girls basketball intramural team since my freshman year. This year with Molly [Magstadt] on staff we made sign-ups and really got some good feedback.” Kolenda hopes it is a short season like football so more girls will have more opportunities to play. Junior elementary education major, Kate Pilman said, “I would love to be part of a girls intramural team. I have played basketball my entire life but the long basketball season just did not fit into my schedule.” By having a girl’s intramural team, she thinks it will allow more girls to play who can’t be on the actual team. This year there are around 14 men’s teams predicted to be participating. One or two teams from each floor and a MOE and staff team. Will the current reigning champion, 2 West Phillipps, hold their title or will another team declare victory? Come, watch and find out!


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