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New Snack Options in Tech Center

This post is satirical in nature and in no way is it representing real facts on the Bluffton University Campus.

The new vending machine on the ground floor of the tech center is selling packages of fresh grass or raw beef for only $1. The machine, installed at Bluffton after multiple requests for “healthier vending choices” were heard by the administration, has delighted vegetarians, carnivores, and specialized herbivores alike with its back-to-basics approach.

“I love the new machine. It emphasizes the fact that everything in the modern world is over-processed. We need to get back to the way things were before technology distracted us from the basic human question ‘What do we have for dinner?’ Things were so much more… simple… before food processing plants complicated everything,” says English professor Susan Carpenter. She, along with many other professors, taught The Omnivore’s Dilemma to her Issues in Modern America class earlier this semester. Carpenter hopes that students will be able to connect this new campus development with some of the things they read in the book.

Other people were less excited about it. “Grass? Really? I’d rather eat at Marbeck,” one student said with obvious distaste. Luckily for her, the cafeteria isn’t going to be serving fresh greens any time soon.

Story by: Alisha Phoebus

‘Fast and Furious’ star’s Fatal Crash under Investigation

Paul Walker

(Santa Clarita, CA)- Investigators are still trying to piece together a fiery, single-car accident that involved celebrity Paul Walker and friend Roger Rodas. Walker, star of the ‘Fast and Furious’ movie saga, was killed along with Rodas Saturday afternoon while driving a red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT for a charity event for Walker’s charity, Reach Out Worldwide.

According to the Los Angeles Times, speed may have been a factor in the crash, but it will take time to find out what happened. Hercules Street, the four lane road on which the crash occurred, has a 45 mph speed limit and warns drivers of the of the uphill curve that is near the accident scene. “Looping” tire tracks can be seen on the asphalt nearby, but it is unclear on whether or not they are related to the accident.

Witness and friend Jim Torp said he heard a loud boom and knew it was his friends. Torp said that Rodas’ young son and a childhood friend of Walker had to be held back from the scene as they tried to save their loved ones.

“They just didn’t want to believe this happened,” Torp told fans and media at the crash site on Sunday. “It was ‘Fast and the Furious,’ that’s what it is. Both race car enthusiasts, both loved speed, both knew how to handle cars, and this had to happen.”

The fire could be seen from Always Evolving Performance Motors, which Rodas owns. Rodas, 38, raced in 10 Pirelli World Challenge GTS races in 2013, according to the racing organization.

“They died doing what they enjoy doing,” he said. “Two close friends died together right next to a church. They’re both with God.”

Dental records will help identify the badly burned bodies, along with autopsies, which are yet to be scheduled.

Walker was in the middle of making the seventh “Fast and Furious” movie at the time of the crash.

Story by: Caitlin Nearhood

Becoming an Insult Pacifist Forum

Dr. William B. Irvine, professor of philosophy and author, talks about the right way to respond to an insult and how insults could also be a sign of a good relationship, on Tuesday November 19ths forum.

Irvine started with a message from the Stoics, that our primary goal in our everyday life should be to obtain and maintain tranquility. This is basically saying that the indication of an individual’s philosophy was not what a person said but how they behaved. You can’t control what other people are going to do or say to you but you can control the way you react back to them.

Within the first five seconds after being insulted, you have a choice to react, Irvine said, and if you take any longer than five seconds then that determines how hurt you might be from the insult. Irvine encourages everyone to take whatever insult that was just thrown at you and turn it into a joke. By doing this he says it shows that you are not affected by the insult and this will discourage the insulter. This works because you would not be giving the satisfaction to the insulter because you are not letting them know you are hurt by it. If you do not reply to the insult then this will just cause them to insult you again, but you could come back at them and say that you already heard them which would make the insulter feel embarrassed.

Insults are also a way of having a relationship with someone, in a good way because it is all just for fun. “Such teasing allows us to raise sensitive issues in a non-confrontational manner,” Irvine said. Many relationships are formed around playful insults and is a sign of a healthy relationship.

Story by: Lauren Volosin

Mother, Son Reunite after 34 Years of Separation

(San Diego, CA)- A mother and her son were reunited Sunday after being separated since 1979. Kathy Amaya, 60, and son David Amaya Barrick, 37, came in contact with each other after Barrick convinced authorities of his American citizenship after being arrested last month for crossing over to California from Mexico with undocumented immigrants.

According to, Barrick was born in a Chicago hospital and was taken to Mexico with his father in 1979, only to be raised by his paternal grandparents and only learned Spanish. Later in life, he moved to Monterrey and as a career played percussion for Norteno bands. He married and had children, but the marriage didn’t last.

After his arrest last month, he first told authorities he was Mexican, but then remembered that he was born in a Chicago hospital, like his grandparents told him. Border Patrol agents then traced his birth certificate and mother, which lead to a long-distance phone call that had to be translated by agents.

“It was very emotional,” supervisory agent Troy Matthews said. “He told her he grew up being told she abandoned him and she started crying that she was afraid they told him that and how she never stopped wanting to find him.”
Mother and son reunited in San Diego, and attended a church service at Iglesia de Cristo Ministerios Llamada Final.

“We have some catching up to do,” Amaya said after an emotional reunion at San Diego International Airport this weekend. “We’re going to do that.”

Amaya flew in from Wisconsin, and plans to take Barrick back for Thanksgiving to meet his three brothers and one sister.

“We’ll spend Thanksgiving with so much to give thanks for,” Amaya said. “It’s really overwhelming, sometimes it feels like my heart will burst.”

Both know that they have work to do in their relationship, but simple similarities-shared eyes, noses, and laugh-already have connected both.

“We are the same blood,” Amaya said. “We can figure out the rest.”

Story by: Caitlin Nearhood

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Beavers Football Downs Rival Yellow Jackets, 17-10

The Beavers Football team capped their 2013 campaign with a big win at rival Defiance College on Saturday, Nov. 16, after Bluffton outscored the Yellow Jackets 14-3 in the second half and led to a 17-10 victory. The win moved the Beavers to 4-6 this season with a 4-4 mark in the HCAC thanks to a third straight win. It was also the first time since 1985-90 that Bluffton has beaten Defiance four consecutive years. Donovan Brown finished the day with four catches for 71 yards, moving him to 7th all-time in the Bluffton University record book for receiving yards in a season with 676 yards. With his 65-yard performance, Frost moves in behind Brown in the ninth place with 661 yards this season. Brown and Frost also sit one and two in the record book for touchdowns in a season with 10 and eight, respectively. Paul Shroyer led the Beavers with 13 tackles, including nine of the solo variety.

Men’s Basketball Starts 1-1

The Bluffton University men’s basketball team took a 47-27 into the half that led to a season-opening victory over Knox College on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. The Beavers kicked off the Illinois College Tip-Off Tournament with a convincing 86-65 win thanks to a dominating 54-22 edge on points in the paint. Will Pope picked right up where he left off last season, leading all scorers with a career-high 29 points on 13-of-21 shooting from the field. He added five rebounds and three assists for the victors. Recker hit for 16 points on 5-of-7 from the field and he pulled down six boards while draining all six of his free throw attempts. Kinn and Chambers added 13 points apiece.  Kinn also grabbed a game-high seven boards for the Beavers. The Bluffton University men’s basketball team was the victim of a late-game run and fell to the Illinois College Blueboys, 87-82, on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. The home team was able to close the game on a 6-0 spurt to earn the victory over the Beavers, who fell to 1-1 on the season. Bluffton was led by sophomore big man Thayne Recker who tallied a career-best 25 points, on 10-of-14 shooting, and five boards off the bench. Will Pope chipped in 19 points and eight rebounds. The Beavers will return to action for their home opener as they battle the OSU-Mansfield Mavericks on Copeland Court in the Sommer Center. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21.

Women’s Basketball Opens Season 1-1

The Bluffton University women’s basketball team showed it is not afraid to play the best when it tipped off the 2013-14 campaign with a matchup against #9 Hope College, a team that advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III Tournament just eight short months ago. The Flying Dutch built a 49-24 lead at the break and held off the Beavers despite being outscored by Bluffton in the second period. Hope improved to 1-0 and will play in the North Central championship game tomorrow, while the Beavers will hit the court at 1 PM (EST) for the consolation contest. Freshman Rachel Beining led the Beavers with 15 points on 5-of-10 from the field in her first collegiate action. She pulled down five boards, blocked a shot and picked up two steals. Senior Kylee Burkholder and sophomore Kaitlyn Pennekamp just missed double figures with nine points apiece.

Story by: Josh Runda

President Kennedy to be Remembered 50 Years after Assassination

(Washington, D.C.)- A wreath-laying ceremony will be held Wednesday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination at Kennedy’s gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery. The Obama family as well as Bill and Hilary Clinton will attend the ceremony and other events during the week to honor Kennedy. On Friday, President Obama will privately meet with leaders from the Peace Corps, a program Kennedy also initiated.

According to an Associated Press article on Businessweek’s website, one of Kennedy’s final initiatives, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, will be remembered, and the 2013 recipients of the award will be honored Wednesday, including Oprah Winfrey, country singer Loretta Lynn, women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem, Bill Clinton, and others. Former medal winners like Aretha Franklin, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and other former winners are said to be attending, too.

Kennedy died two weeks before the first-ever ceremony for this initiative. On the same day that Jacqueline Kennedy and children moved out of the White House, newly-appointed President Lyndon B. Johnson directed the ceremony and honored the late Kennedy with a medal. His brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, accepted it on this brother’s behalf.

“In the shattering sequence of events that began 14 days ago, we encountered in its full horror man’s capacity for hatred and destruction,” Johnson said at the ceremony. “There is little we do not know of evil, but it is time to turn once more to the pursuits of honor and excellence and of achievement that have always marked the true direction of the American people.”

President Kennedy instituted today’s Presidential Medal of Freedom as “the highest honor given to civilians” in February 1963. It was originally “a presidential privilege” and it “expanded its scope to honor contributions to world peace, culture and other public interests”.

The medal ceremony and dinner will take place at the Smithsonian American History Museum, where Kennedy’s grandson Jack Schlossberg will introduce President Obama. Obama plans on speaking about Kennedy’s “legacy of service”, as Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Robert Kennedy’s daughter, and JFK’s surviving sibling and medal winner Jean Kennedy Smith will also be in attendance.

Story by: Caitlin Nearhood

Forum Tuesday November 12 Speaker Justin Romine Spoke About Transformation

For Spiritual Life Week at Bluffton University, Justin Romine came to talk about being transformed not conformed and preached about proving God’s will on Tuesday’s forum.


Romine works with college students from around the world to teach them how to follow Jesus and shows them how to be a transforming agent in the world around them. His mission is to prove that what God has in store for us is good no matter how bad the world around us is.


Romine asks how we see the world and if the way we perceive it is a good world and is it a good place to be. Or is this world that we live in filled with evil. The passage deals with not conforming to the patterns and things of this world or the world itself, but being transformed. “Be an agent of change, be an agent of transformation,” Romine said.

Story by: Lauren Volosin

New Ensemble Puts The “Pep” into Pep Band

Pep Band

The Bluffton University Pep Band, the music department’s newest ensemble, made its debut this year playing at football games to add excitement to the game and pump up the crowd. Rob Young, a senior music education major, decided to start a pep band that would perform at athletic events, like football as well as men’s and women’s basketball games.

Under the direction of Young, the Pep Band includes a mix of music majors and non-music majors who love to play their instruments. They play popular music and stand tunes in between plays and during timeouts, as well as before the game and during halftime.

Patrick Tea, a first-year physics major, enjoys playing in the band, and knows that the crowd has enjoyed the pep band, too.

“Hearing compliments from people about doing good and knowing that they’re glad we’re there is rewarding,” Tea said.

For the future, Tea has hopes for the band and its growth.

“A bigger band and more popular music to learn would be two great goals,” Tea said.

Tea added that it would be a “better incentive” for prospective students if the band grew in the future, too.

The Pep Band practices 4-5pm on Fridays and an hour before the athletic event they expect to play at. Due to occasional conflicts, the band performs at most athletic football and basketball games.

Story by: Caitlin Nearhood

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Last Minute Touchdown Shocks #9 Grizzlies, 24-17

The Beavers shocked the HCAC and voters around the country by taking down the #9 ranked Franklin College Grizzlies on Saturday, Nov. 9, after a late 44-yard touchdown grab by Donovan Brown broke a 17-17 tie and helped the Beavers cap their first win over a top 10 opponent in school history, 24-17. 17 points are the fewest the Grizzlies offense, which averaged 51.3 points per game heading into Saturday.  Sheehan finished the day completing 23-of-38 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns. Frost and Brown hauled in five of those passes apiece. Frost finished with 126 yards and a touchdown while Brown chipped in with 86 yards and the game-winning touchdown. Sheehan’s two TD passes helped him add to Bluffton’s single-season record as the Beavers have 22 now with one game to play. Eric Fox led the Beaver rushing attack with 26 yards on 15 carries. The junior also added 21 receiving yards on eight receptions. Mike Shroyer had a huge day for the Beavers defense with 16 stops and junior Wyatt Herman and sophomore Ryan Aelkerhad big defensive days while constantly pressuring West, racking up 10 and nine tackles, respectively. Travaun Reeves finished with six tackles and a big interception that he returned 25 yards, while Leopold, Ben Schamp and Josh Hadley also recovered fumbles for the victors.

Women’s Volleyball Captures HCAC Tournament Title, Heads to NCAA Tournament

For the first time since 2009, the lady Beavers have made their way to the NCAA tournament. The Beavers overcame two matches in the tournament down 0-2 too Mt. St. Joseph and Transylvania, before domination Hanover College in the finals, 3-1. The HCAC tournament title gave the Beavers a birth into the NCAA tournament, starting Thursday. The Beavers will travel to Calvin College in Michigan, to face the #10 team in the country, Wittenberg. The match starts are 12:30, all coverage for the tournament can be followed at Live video is available at:

Three Volleyball players Selected First Team

Three Bluffton sophomores were named First Team All-Heartland Conference for their workin the 2013 volleyball season. Jenny Brown collected her second straight First Team All-HCAC award thanks to a dominating effort for the HCAC tournament champions. Setter Brooke Ruffer also picked up her second piece of All-HCAC hardware after earning second team recognition with the women’s basketball team in 2012-13. A superb second half of the season propelled Kendra Parmenter to her first All-HCAC honor. The sophomore outside hitter leads Bluffton with 373 kills

Woman’s Soccer Players Recognized for Their Play this Season

Senior Aimee Whitmer capped her superb career at Bluffton by being named first team All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference for the 2013 women’s soccer season. Freshman Abby Karikas was selected honorable mention All-HCAC after anchoring the Beaver defense in her first season at Bluffton.

By: Josh Runda