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

The DAM Roundup

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

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.

Bluffton University Opening Night for the Play “Well” Thursday, November 7

On November 7, Bluffton University will have its first performance of the fall play, which is “Well” by Lisa Kron. This play is a theatrical exploration of health and wellness in an individual as well as the community. With a Bluffton cast of seven students, this is sure to bring excitement. Amanda Bartel, Meg Leatherman, Diamond Dailey, Alex Parker, Daila Moore, Ryan Laidlaw and Victoria Jackson are all important parts of this program because they are all responsible for portraying more than one role.

When talking with cast members, they agree that the play is sure to have the audience laughing while also exploring issues of the heart. “It’s the kind of play that makes you think about the relationships you have with your family members and how you judge people and if you’re really justified in thinking the way you do,” says Daila Moore, a member of the actor’s ensemble. This cast has been working hard to bring this together and have had a lot of fun along the way. Diamond Dailey, a freshman member of the cast commented on the “hard work and dedication” that has gone into this production.

“Well” will have four showings in the Ramseyer Auditorium located in College Hall, starting Thursday, November 7 at 7:30 P.M. There are also shows Friday and Saturday at 7:30 P.M and a matinee on Sunday at 2:30 P.M. Tickets can be reserved online and are free to Bluffton University Students.

Story by: Ashlee McDonnell

Ensembles Shine at Fall Concert

The Jazz Ensemble and the University Chorale entertained the audience Sunday at their annual Fall Concert in a packed Yoder Recital Hall. Each performed various styles of music they mastered over the semester.
Under the direction of Dr. Adam Schattschneider, the Jazz Ensemble played “Strike Up the Band” by George and Ira Gershwin, “Jumpin’ At the Woodside” by Count Basie, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” by Irving Berlin, “A Night in Tunisia” by Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Paparelli, “ Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, “Tenor Madness” by Sonny Rollins, and “La Fiesta” by Chick Corea.
Energetic applause from the audience followed each of the ensemble’s songs.

The University Chorale’s selections were especially unique, ranging from Sanskrit to English. Dr. Mark Suderman conducted the choir was they sang “Gate Gate”, a Sanskrit text by Brian Tate, “Erev Shel Shoshanim”, a Israeli desert song arranged by Jack Klebanow, “Minoi, Minoi”, a Samoan folk song arranged by Christopher Marshall, “Ngana”, an Australian song from Songs of Passage by Stephen Leek, “Kas Tie Tadi”, a Latvian folk song arranged by Steven Sametz, and “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord”, a spiritual arranged by Moses Hogan.

Although they are a “young choir”, Dr. Suderman expressed that the group has potential in the years to come.
Upcoming concerts in the music department include the Gospel Choir’s Fall Concert on Saturday, November 16th at 7pm, the Concert Band’s A Holiday Celebration concert on Monday, November 25th at 7:30pm, the Christmas Choral Concert on Friday, December 6th at 7:30pm; all occur in Yoder Recital Hall. The annual Handel’s Messiah performance will occur Sunday, December 8th at 4pm in Founders Hall.

Story by: Caitlin Nearhood

Some Tips on Staying Healthy During the Cold and Flu Season


With Ohio’s constant bipolar weather and because we live in close proximity to others, we all know that the cold and flu season is coming soon. Here are a few ways to stop the cold from becoming a pain and being passed along to others according to

When you first realize the symptoms are there, start drinking more water and juice to lessen the severity of sore throats or stuffy noses. After that, gargle with warm salt water. The salt mix will draw out excess water from throat tissues which would cause throat irritation; it also flushes out bacteria and viruses.

Next, take a pain reliever for achiness and an over the counter allergy medicine to clear sinuses and itchy eyes but skip the over the counter cough syrups. One or two tablespoons of straight honey work just as well as cough medicine and can be taken straight or mixed into tea.

If it’s possible, stay in bed and don’t go to work or class because the immune system can work better when you’re well rested. If that’s not possible, wash your hands regularly and avoid other people the best you can to keep the cold from spreading. At the end of the first day, if you can do a little light exercise, it’ll boost your immunity. End your day with a dinner that has a lot of vitamins. Following dinner take a hot shower and make sure you get a good night’s rest.

Story by: Ashlee McDonnell