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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

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

Birthday Party ‘Goes Wild’; 2 Dead, 20 Injured

(Houston, Texas)- Two people are dead and twenty are injured after two gunman stormed in on a birthday party late Saturday night. As of Sunday, the two are still on the loose.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the shooting happened at 10:49pm Saturday in Cypress, a suburb located 30 miles northwest of Houston. Investigators believe the suspects are ages 17 and 22.

One victim, an 18 year-old male, was shot and killed in the street, while the other, a 16 year-old girl was shot inside the house where the party took place and died at a hospital. Both were students at Cypress High School. Of the injured, who range from 16 to 20, 16 “suffered gunshot wounds to the chest, legs, and hands,” while four suffered injuries like “broken hands, legs, and sprained ankles” while trying to escape, investigators said.

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said an 18 year old girl invited several people to her party via social media, with “more than 100 people that could not fit in the house.”
“Social media I believe caused part of the problem in this situation, and social media may be able to help,” Garcia said at a briefing Sunday.

Investigators are looking into social media to find clues to add more depth to the situation.
“Any time you promote a party on social media, you have no control over who comes to your door,” Garcia said.
All guests were checked by a bouncer, except the suspects, who refused and returned later through the backyard. It is not clear who started shooting first.

Story by: Caitlin Nearhood

Tuesday’s Forum: Being Muslim Post 9/11 with Speaker Julia Shearson

At Tuesdays forum on November 5 Julia Shearson, an American Muslim, explained how hard it was for Muslims to face society in a post 9/11 country.

Shearson talked about how the Muslim religion is the second most common religion in the U.S. While 59% of Muslims have at least an undergraduate degree and 80% earn $25 K, 33% earn more than $75 K annually. 36% were born in the United States. Most Americans do not know these statistics and tend to look down on Muslim’s, something that especially escalated after 9/11.

Their religion briefly summed up is that the believe in one God, who has messengers, scriptures, angels, and a day of judgment. It is somewhat similar to Christianity something most Americans overlook. The terrorists who crashed the planes into the twin towers, were extremist, and not every Muslim is like that. Shearson wanted to make sure students understood this.

“Those who believe to they are knowledgeable about Islam, tend to have more positive attitudes towards the Muslim community,” Shearson said. Her message was clear. Educate yourself before you try to judge someone you don’t even know. Get to know your Muslim neighbor and seek ways to make diversity the norm.

Story by: Lauren Volosin

Opening Night for Play “Well” Success, Director “Proud of the Cast and Crew”

Bluffton University’s production of the play “Well” opened Thursday night, November 7. Director Melissa Friesen said of the night, “We had a wonderful opening night. It was encouraging to see so many Bluffton students, faculty and staff, and community members in the audience supporting the cast and crew.”

The play, while humorous, deals with some serious issues. Friesen adds, “The play deals with serious topics like sickness, wellness and racial integration, but uses humor to guide the audience through the complexities of these issues.” She also said she was proud of the cast and crew, explaining that their “hard work and talents are shining through this production.”

“Well” continues through the weekend. If you are interested in seeing it you can reserve tickets at the box office or online and they are free for students. The play is located in Ramseyer Auditorium in College Hall. There are shows Friday and Saturday at 7:30 P.M and a matinee on Sunday at 2:30 P.M.