Dam Jam: Behind the Scenes

Marbeck Center Board (MCB) held their yearly Dam Jam to kick of the basketball season.

On November 12, MCB and the cheerleaders held the Dam Jam event in the Sommer Center to kick of both Men’s and Women’s Basketball sports along with winter sports.

There are many activities that take place during the event: 3-point contest, dribbling course, knockout, faculty and staff verse students and other activities. For each activity, students would sign their names on a piece of paper and place it into a bag. The event coordinator would read the names of

the students that they have drawn from the bag, and then the student would take part in the activity. There were prizes at the end of each activity if a student won.

Brent Schroeder, the Advisor for MCB and Assistant Director of University event complex, stated that this event has been around for at least a decade and the previous name was Midnight Madness until it was recently changed to Dam Jam about three years ago. Schroeder said that there was a lot

of planning with this year event because last year’s event had some criticism from mostly the basketball coaches along with the cheerleaders.

Brett Whitfield, a student who attended, said that he saw Dam Jam as a great idea but “It (Dam Jam) didn’t hype-up winter sports as much as it could have.”

Schroeder had a statement for next year’s Dam Jam, “It will be better than this last year’s.”


MCB Gives Back

On November 7, Marbeck Center Board held a charitable event for the Toledo Children’s Hospital. The event was about making superhero capes and masks for the children. Cody Dellenbach, a student who attended the event, said that “I think it (the event) is for a good cause.” Dellenbach also stated that he would have wanted someone to have done this when he was younger. This event took place on Friday as a regular Marbeck After Dark (MAD) event. The Board hosts events on Fridays for the students and Shae Golden, who was the main coordinator wanted to do a charitable event. Golden stated that she wanted to bring new ideas and thought that this was the right fit, because MCB does not do a lot of service projects. Golden also stated that she wanted to do this project instead of donating money because the money wouldn’t go directly to the children, but the capes and masks would bring a smile when the children see them. This is the first charitable event MAD has ever done. Golden stated that MCB might think about doing another charitable event, but with a different theme and recipient.


Fear Factor

The second event of Spiritual Life Week was the Fear Factor.

On November 17, The Spiritual Life Week Committee held its second event of the week, the Fear Factor in Founders Hall. The event had two parts to it. The first part was about teams competing against each other by doing challenges. For each challenge, a group member from each team was selected to do the task of eating the food items. The second part was to feature the theme for the week through the challenges.

The main coordinator for the event, Emily Short said that there were two main levels. Short stated that the first level was that there is no fear eating strange food along and public humiliation. The second level connecting symbolism, which was that God wants everything from us and not just out left-overs and that connected to the final challenge. Short said, “Ultimately God is in control and no matter how much I plan, his will is going to prevail.”

The first challenge was eating different baby food flavors. The second was eating sardine from a can. The third was eating spinach. The fourth was taking dog food from one bowl to another like a dog. The final was taking various food items from one bowl to another. The last challenge involved all the members of each group because two had to hold the bowls, while the others had to transport the food items in their mouths from one bowl to another like a relay. During each challenge some of the members from each groups would throw up in the trash-cans. After each challenge the coordinators would find out who won the challenge and add it to the scorecard they were keeping.

Groups could earn extra points by explaining how each challenge ties to the theme, which is no fear in love. A member of the committee, Julia Thomas stated that people told stories about how these challenges can be seen in a spiritual aspect. “People had to eat sardine and one person told the story about how we are fishers of men and it kind of shows that through anything God is there,” Thomas said.

Coping with Stress and Anxiety

Bluffton University students are preparing for final exams and the stress that comes with it. Students are rushing to start or finish the numerous assignments during the week before final exams. For Bluffton University’s academic year 2014-2015, the week of final exams will take place from December 8 to December 12.

For a lot of student, this is the most nerve-wracking week of their semester. “I feel like things gets flustered inside my head” senior student, Ryan Schadewald commented “and my thoughts tend not to go straight.”

While most people see stress as a bad thing, Professor of psychology Amanda Sensenig thinks otherwise. “Stress is not a bad thing, because it works well as a motivator” Professor Sensenig stated. She explained that people with low levels of stress tend to be more relaxed, which could lead them to not be motivated to study for their finals.

“Stress comes in different forms,” said Professor Sensenig; Aku stress, she explained, is a type of stress that causes a person’s body to release various amount chemicals that can be helpful in sharpening a person’s focus and improve memory for a small period of time. It also allows for a short burst of energy. While Aku stress is what students would like to have, usually the type of stress that they tend to experience is chronic. This is commonly known as being “stressed out”, which in part leads to students not being able to focus on their studies or feeling overwhelmed explained Professor Sensenig.

“Students should not try and do all-nighters. They [students] should not try to multitask,” said Professor Sensenig, “as well as do too many things at the same time.” All-nighters disrupt the amount of sleep that a student should be getting. According to cognitive sociology the way that a person’s attention works is like a single spotlight, if a person’s spotlight is being broken up among different things then the person won’t remember as much.

Junior student, Colin McCloskey thinks all-nighters are helpful because they help him accomplish a lot of things in a short amount of time. However, he acknowledges that all-nighters can be unhealthy if used constantly.

All three interviewees stated that listening to music, taking small amounts of breaks and playing video-games are helpful when dealing with stress.



See you in the spring semester!

Bluffton student body, faculty/ staff, community members and anyone else who might be reading this:

On behalf of the Bluffton Connection staff I would like to thank you all for your support in what has been an interesting rebuilding period for us. Due to final exams the week of Dec. 8-12 and Christmas break after that, there will be no new content posted until we return to school in the new year. Please check back with us on Jan. 5, 2015 when we will begin our spring semester.

Music review: T.I.’s “About the Money (Remix)”


Artist: T.I. Feat. Young Thug, Lil Wayne & Jeezy
Song: About The Money (Remix)
Genre: Hip Hop, Rap
Rating: 4/5

The King of the South released the official remix to “About the Money” the hit single from his newly-released album Paperwork.

The “About the Money” original version topped the billboard charts at #1 while trending on twitter as soon as it dropped. The remix could have the same effect that the original had in the clubs and radio airwaves. T.I adds Lil Wayne and Jeezy to the remix, two artists who are known for killing remixes.

T.I announced recently that he will be dropping two more albums this year titled, “The Return”, and “Love and Liability” (According to HotnewHipHop) . T.I discussed how these three album coincide with each other in various ways.

Check out Tip’s “About the Money Remix.” Let us know which you liked better, the original or remix?

Meet: Kapumba Chinyanta

Why attend Bluffton University?

It’s easy to connect with students and professors. The small campus is very appealing. The tutors are amazing and help him improve his studies.

What about the professors do you like?

They’re able to give specific ideas on assignments. When he has personal problems, he likes when professors are able to zero in on the problems and find solutions that can assist him.

What are you studying and why?

He is studying Accounting because he wants to understand how businesses are being run; mostly if the business is profiting or not.

Organizations that you are involved in?

He has been involved in Bible Studies, Accounting Club, Youth Camps (his church) and ICON, where he has been a member of 3 years.

What is your belief?

If someone practices something they really love, then they will become better at it.

Favorite sports?

Soccer and swimming.

Favorite Soccer team and how long have you been a fan (supporter)?

Juventus and since he was nine years old. Their playing style is what drew him in.

Advice for incoming first year students?

Encourage the students to love what they do and stay focused on their school work in order to be successful.

What is one thing about this University that helps you not to miss Zambia (his birthplace and home)?

The University feels like home to him and the friends that he has made are like his family here. The church that he attends also helps make him feel at home so he misses his home less.

Who has made an impact on your life since attending Bluffton University?

Paul Neufled Weaver has impacted his life in a great way. Weaver has shown him compassion and understating, especially when Chinyanta is going through a tough time. The university counselor has also played an impactl. There are a few others as well: Louise Matthews, Pastor Jim King, Roy Couch, Donald Fom, Ryan Laidlaw, Nate Thomas, Sam Stuckey, Chris Wagler, Ryan Johnson-Eyers (Dash), Jeremy Amstutz, Daniel Mushangwe and Appiah Adubofour.

2014 word of the year “vape”

With competitors such as “bae, budtender, normcore, and slacktivism”, the word “vape” won the 2014 Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year.  Vape is the action of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or other similar devices.

The Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year is chosen each year based on the trending of the word throughout the calendar year. It is also based on the cultural significance and the potential for longevity in the English language.

According to the online Oxford Dictionary the usage of the word “vape” was prevalent through the year, but peaked in April of 2014 when there was controversy around the idea of being able to vape inside of public places.

Past words of the year have included: podcast, unfriend, GIF, and selfie.

When asked about the word of the year professor of English at Bluffton University Jeff Gundy first responded with “what does that mean?” He then proceeded to talk about how this year’s word in relation to past words of the year stating, “it is not as ambiguous as selfie, since I am on Facebook I see more selfies than I see people vaping” and “podcast is still in use…selfie is also still prevalent…it’s hard to tell what is going to happening with the e-cigarette and vaping”.

Even though “vape” has been chosen as word of the year this does not guarantee it a spot in the Oxford dictionary.  Unless the word secures longevity it will not be considered for placement in the dictionary.

Friendly neighborhood spider surprises terminally ill boy on his fifth birthday [video]

images (34)-1Spiderman surprised a terminally ill Jayden Wilson on his fifth birthday. Mike Wilson, Jayden’s father, came up with the idea to have a replica Spiderman surprise his son. Jayden has been diagnosed with a grade-four brain stem tumor which carries with it an average life expectancy of about a year.

“He’s still with us fighting it all the way today, but at least he has Spiderman to take care of him,” said Mike.

Mike is very happy he got to catch it on camera, and so are we!

The amazing SpiderDad! I think he deserves dad of the year. Click here to watch the clip.

Kevin Hart gives Jameis Winston words of wisdom

download (33)-1Comedian Kevin Hart has been on an unstoppable grind lately establishing himself as a great comedian/actor and business man. While promoting his upcoming movie “The Wedding Ringer,” Kevin Hart and Hart Productions made a stop at Florida State University to talk to the football team. You can’t go to Florida State without talking to quarterback Jameis Winston; and oh boy did the star comedian have a few words for Winston.

According to TMZ, Hart told Winston, “You need to stop doing dumb s—.”

Kevin Hart is known to take shots and roast people. Hart continued joking with Winston in front of the laughing football team by saying, “I started to bring a bunch a crab legs to see if you was gonna take ‘em!”

Click to watch the video.

Winston looked salty about the jokes. Do you think Kevin Hart got the point across? How mad would have been at Kevin? Let us know what you think!