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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.



Guns near Bluffton Schools

by: Lucas Augustine

On April 20 1999, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris walked into their high school in Columbine, Colorado and shot twelve students and one teacher. Since then, school shootings have become a great concern for many Americans.

In the village of Bluffton, Ohio many of the university students are unaware that there is a gun store not too far from campus. Riley Creek Mercantile is a store that is one mile from the university’s campus, half a mile from the Bluffton high school and on the same street as the Bluffton elementary school.

Mercantile’s inventory has an assortment of firearms, from pistols to rifles and shotguns. The highest caliber ammo that is sold there is a “thirty ot six”. The “thirty ot six,” which is designed for rifles, hits targets up to one thousand yards away.

The price range of the firearms at The Riley Creek Mercantile ranges from $150 to $2000. In order to purchase a shotgun the customer needs to be at least eighteen years of age. While the age requirement to buy a pistol is twenty-two, as long as the person is able to pass a background check, eighteen is an acceptable age.

According to the sales associate at the store, a background check only takes about five minutes to complete. After the background check is complete and the customer is deemed “clean,” the customer is able to buy whatever gun they desire and in this case, walk outside and be standing on the same road as an elementary school, half a mile from a high school and only a mile from a college campus.

Owning a firearm is a right granted to us by the constitution, but should a store be able to sell firearms so close to schools? What about our “Mennonite” school and the Mennonite beliefs of nonviolence? These questions are for you to think about.

New Bike Path Connects Main Street To Fast Food Restaurants off I-75

President Jim Harder looks on at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Photo courtesy of

President Jim Harder looks on at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Photo courtesy of

After five years of planning, a new bike path was officially opened to the public at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 21, 2014. The 2009 Comprehensive Bluffton Bike and Pedestrain Master Plan needed upwards of $123,000 to commence. 36 area individuals and businesses are responsible for raising the required funds.

The path was initiated by the Bluffton Lions Club and Bluffton Lions Foundation, thus earning it the name “Lions Way.” The goal of the path is to improve public safety on a heavily-traveled route, where sidewalks are scarce.Spanning seven-tenths of a mile, the new path will allow bikers and pedestrians to safely travel from Main Street to the businesses off of I-75, among other places.

Bike paths have always been a big part of Bluffton’s past. Ropp and Mary Em Triplett launched the idea of several other bike and pedestrian pathways in the late 1970’s, which were implemented in the ’80s. For more on the history of bike paths in Bluffton, click here.

This whole initiative has been a part of the Bluffton community’s effort to connect the people to various destinations, and promote the health and well-being of area community members. The addition of the bike shop downtown last year, CG Pro Bikes, also furthered this mentality. Bluffton students with bikes on campus can utilize both this resource, and the new path.

Lions Way is not entirely completed yet. About 200 feet along Commerce Lane to Route 103 are scheduled for completion soon.