February 10, 2021 Leslie Uphouse
586 Cafe Reopens Spring Semester
The 586 is back! Despite speculations that they would remain shut down, the 586 returns to serve the student body under new hours, management and procedures. Fall semester turned out to be difficult for the staff, and several members explained that the option to stay open remained impossible without changes for the spring.
Riley Moody, one of the student managers, stated that small staff numbers and changes in management contributed to the problem last semester, with members going in and out of quarantine and no shift coverage. Alyssa Sidle, a crew member, echoed Riley and said, “COVID-19 initially shut us down with some staff members testing positive, and others, including myself, going into quarantine. We couldn't reopen after things got better because of the lack of staff.”
On top of the short staff problem, they experienced equipment malfunctions. The oven used to cook pizzas and Weird Bread no longer heated properly, and both the ice machine and fryer weren’t working. Due to the departure of the daytime and head managers, Moody stepped in as new head manager and began the process of working to reopen this spring. “It was challenging to learn every system,” said Moody. “But now that we have laid a new foundation, we're operating very smoothly.”
To prepare for reopening, the 586 hired more staff and put together safety precautions that expanded from last fall. All staff wear masks, submit weekly spit tests and sanitize often to abide by MVNU COVID-19 protocols. In addition, all transactions take place behind plexiglass barriers. Single-serving sauces are available to take, rather than workers handing them out, and students can scan their own ID card instead of handing it to the cashier. Similar to the campus cafeteria, the food can be either dine-in or take-out.
In terms of machinery, the oven still isn’t working, so students cannot order pizza or Weird Bread; and unfortunately, the F’Real machine is no longer available, either. They are also no longer serving wraps, parfaits, subs or salads due to the change in management. The updated menu includes chicken tenders, fries, Casey Burger, soft pretzels, fruit-flavored smoothies, coffee, fountain drinks, mozzarella sticks and onion rings. Adjusted hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 5-11 p.m.
The staff is delighted to be back and encourages all students to remain safe and continue to be vigilant. “Many students have told us they rely on the 586 for meal exchanges,” said Sidle. “Our worst nightmare is getting shut down again, and we hope that won't happen.” To stay connected, check out their social media pages on Twitter and Instagram under the username “mvnu586.”
I hope you arrived on campus to learn; but even more, I hope you will decide to do something with your knowledge. Solomon writes, “Wisdom cries out in the street; in the squares she raises her voice. At the busiest corner she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks” (Proverbs 1:20-21). These verses are hopeful and troubling at the same time. The threatening noise surrounding us can hide the voice of wisdom. What am I to make of these verses in the Proverbs when there seems to be so little wisdom in the world? There is certainly no shortage of opinion on the Internet. It is positively annoying! It can be overpowering. What am I to believe?
I have great sympathy for a generation of emerging adults who stand on the busiest corner or at the entrance to the city gates who do not hear the cry of wisdom. This is certainly troubling. We read, “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge” (22)? These questions haunt me. The dilemma is we do not hear because we do not listen. Why?
A few thoughts come to mind as I read this passage. Many hear but do not like what they hear. We read, “Give heed to my reproof; I will pour out my thoughts to you; I will make my words known to you. Because I have called and you refused, have stretched out my hand and no one heeded, and because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof” (23-25). It is often difficult to listen to criticism, but the willingness to listen can make all the difference in the world. Gracious criticism is an art too seldom practiced. Some of my toughest teachers have often contributed the most to my education. The professors who offered respectful and gracious criticism taught me the most. Intellectual humility is a sure sign of wisdom. Oftentimes the smartest people demonstrate wisdom, but the most humble people obtain it. One of the saddest images in my mind is students/people who float in the river of wisdom and never drink of it. You probably know a few of these.
When I taught first-year students in college, the possibilities present excited me. There is so much to learn at every stage of life. The real issue becomes what you do with all you know. Recently, I listened to a debate on the existence of God between two impressive people. One was a renowned Christian apologist and the other a physicist known for his aggressive atheism. The atheist had only disdain for the theists. Both men were obviously brilliant, but neither was wise. No philosophical arguments establish the existence of God. Likewise, no scientific arguments disprove the existence of God. I believe beyond any doubt that God exists, that He sent His Son to die on a Cross, that Jesus rose from the dead, and that death and the power of sin have been defeated. These I take, as a matter of faith, but what really matters is the life that faith engenders. The best argument for the existence of God is the character that arises from the gospel. I take this to be the life described in Proverbs.
Solomon is quite severe in his description of those who will not listen. The passage uses words like calamity, panic and distress. One of the most poignant thoughts in this passage reads, “Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way and be sated with their own devices. For waywardness kills the simple, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but those who listen to me will be secure and will live at ease, without dread of disaster” (31-33). Knowing must be doing in order to produce wisdom. Do not spend time telling me what you believe. Show me what you believe by the quality of life that arises from your convictions. Only such a life will allow us to live without the dread of disaster. By God’s grace, may we find the life envisioned by wisdom.
Henry W. Spaulding II, Ph.D.
Knowing and Doing
A message from President Spaulding
February 17, 2021 Ellie Perry
MVNU Celebrates Martin Luther King. Jr.
Like countless universities across the nation, Mount Vernon Nazarene University celebrated the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 18 in the annual chapel service. Tavaris Taylor, who was appointed as the Director of Intercultural Life in May 2020, offered his insight on the national holiday. When asked about the importance of recognizing MLK Jr.’s life each year, Taylor commented, “Dr. King played an important role in bringing change. The fact that he was a preacher who changed the world and his movement was spiritual . . . that’s inspiring to me.” He added that we can’t further MLK Jr.’s dream without the help of the Lord.
While King was a beacon for change, Taylor stressed that there is still more work to do for his dream to be fully realized. Speaking about King’s dream, Taylor noted, “It has been advanced, and we are getting there. But Dr. King’s dream was for America to be America . . . the America that it is on paper.” By this, he continued, he meant a nation with a justice, legal and immigration system that works for all people. “You cannot ignore the fact,” he finished, “that it has been realized in many ways with our overall advancement.”
Taylor is positive that Martin Luther King Jr. will continue to be celebrated annually. As Dr. King once said, “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” May we at MVNU continue to shine forth, go out into the world and do small things in great ways.
During the summer of 2020, four new Resident Directors were hired to work for Mount Vernon Nazarene University. New resident directors were hired for the resident halls for Pioneer, Oakwood and Galloway and the apartments of Cedar, Birch and Redwood. Interviews for these positions were held throughout COVID-19; but by mid summer, decisions were made, and the recently hired resident directors had started in the middle of July.
These four new Resident Directors went through an intensive interview process before being hired. Josh Kusch, Director of Resident Life, explained this process of how becoming a Resident Director works. Kusch stated, “We started with a normal application asking questions about themselves, providing us their resume and cover letter, and we were then presented with 40 applications to look over and review.” A interview panel was put with the task of hiring the four new Resident Directors, and the panel included Josh Kusch, Zach Sherman, Jim Singletary, Brittney Estep and Dr. Phobia George. This panel conducted initial interviews over Zoom and narrowed down to one-half the applicants.
Through the many interviews the applicants went through, they met with different people who are a part of campus life and many different campus partners to get to know the community a little bit better. Kusch stated, “When we began narrowing down our applicants, we had them meet some of the MVNU community so they were able to feel more comfortable. They met with Pastor Stephanie, President Spaulding, Tracy Waal and previous resident directors.” Resident Directors here at MVNU are tasked with many different things, including helping students find connections in their area, helping facilitate growth, and having events help authentic connections in their own identity.
In a video interview with Michaela Bruce, the new Resident Director of Cedar, Birch and Redwood, she explained why she applied for the job and what being a Resident Director means to her. Bruce said, “In a weird way, I love responding to crises and being able to help students through all of the things they are going through.” As Bruce just previously stated, this year is a different year here at MVNU, especially with many new rules and regulations in the residence halls and apartments.
Cara Boyd, the new Resident Director of Galloway stated, “I love being a Resident Director, because making connections with students is really the reason I applied for this job. I am loving the new task of trying to find new ways to connect with everyone in Galloway. We do lots of different events for the floors, so we are not all together or oftentimes we do grab-and-go type of events, so students are able to still have fun but go back to their room after.”
This year Resident Directors are tasked with a few more things than a normal year. A lot have jumped into some of Covid responses as we are developing new ways of connecting with students and allowing students to connect with each other. Kusch stated, “We are looking at everything through a Covid lens and trying to make everything we do go within campus guidelines and finding that balance of making connections and developing friendships while still being in alignment with the guidelines.”
Kusch stated, “All four of our new Resident Directors have been so great. They are stellar, and we are so thankful for the team that God has brought us. They go above and beyond in so many different ways, they are so aware of students' needs, and they demonstrate those in creative ways.”
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Introducing the New Resident Directors
November 6, 2020 Mackenzie Holder
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Women’s Soccer Seniors: Leaving a Legacy
The pandemic -abbreviated 2020 MVNU women’s soccer season is quickly coming to an end, along with the careers of the six lady senior team members. Melanie Critzer, Adison Preston, Alexa Skal, Natalie Saal, Paige Renz and Missy Emery all have played important roles throughout their careers.
As the final buzzer quickly approaches, Preston, Critzer and Skal reflected on their time playing soccer here at MVNU. “To be part of this team for the last three years has truly changed my life,” said Critzer, who transferred to MVNU prior to her sophomore year from Roberts Wesleyan College. “Making the decision to transfer in was very scary for me and a big risk to come to a campus where I knew two people and starting completely over. It took some time, but I ended up finding my best friends who will be in my life for years to come.”
Preston continued, “My college soccer career has also taught me many life lessons that I will take with me to serve myself in other aspects of my life. I’ve learned the importance of teamwork, dedication and determination; I wouldn’t trade my time on this team for anything.” Soccer has played a role in Skal’s life since she was a child. “It’s played such a big part of my life since then, and to have played a sport that I love in college has been an amazing experience,” said Skal, who is in the top six for both career points and goals at MVNU.
In college and in life, we make memories that last us a lifetime, and the seniors shared their favorites both on the field and off the field, which centered around a trip to the national tournament last year.“Winning a bid to the 2019 national tournament and competing in California will be my favorite memory and getting the chance to play with my best friends while we were there,” said Critzer. “As a kid who barely made the recreation team as a young child, playing in California was such a surreal experience and one I’m very grateful for.” Preston agreed saying, “We worked so hard all season to get there, and it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I couldn’t imagine doing it with a better group of girls.”
“Going to California last year and competing at nationals was my most favorite memory. That trip was a great time and showed us as a team we are capable of anything we set our minds to,” added Skal.As for off-the-field favorite memories, “During preseason, we do team-bonding activities which will be playing games, watching The Bachelor and playing yard games together,” said Skal. Critzer added hers as, “I’m grateful to be playing one last year of soccer with my younger sister Maddie, (who’s a freshman); and whether it was microwaving pasta with a hairdryer in our hotel room last year, team Bachelor nights, joking with each other at practice, or late-night food runs, I will treasure these memories as I look back on my time with this team.”
With so many seniors graduating this coming spring, the younger players will need to step into leadership roles next year, and all three wanted to share some advice. “I would encourage them to keep a bigger perspective,” said Critzer.Critzer continued, “It’s so easy to get caught up in the competitive nature of everything. At the end of the day, their worth and value can never be found with minutes played, goals scored, or records broken, but who they are in Christ. Remembering this will help them lead better and to love those around them better.” Critzer added, “I would also encourage them to truly invest in their teammates and seek to love them well and serve them, for good leaders are those who simply love everyone around them well.” Skal doesn’t want the younger players to take anything for granted.
For Preston, effort is key to leadership. “Give your best effort and push yourself to be better every single day,” said Preston. “Always give your best to the girl next to you, and don’t be afraid to push your teammates to always give their best effort as well. The best leaders are people that lead by example; always hold yourself and the team to the highest standard.”
MVNU has had a motto that says “Life-Changing;” and for all three, that’s the impact MVNU has left for them. “MVNU has allowed me to grow as a person in a Christ-like environment. This university has provided me with an atmosphere that has positively impacted both my soccer abilities and my nursing career,” said Skal. “MVNU has also impacted me by allowing me to play soccer in a place where I have felt like was a good fit for me. Between both the nursing program and the soccer program, I have been able to follow my career path in an encouraging environment.”
The faculty, the community and the atmosphere play important roles in a college student’s life, and Preston agrees. “The community here is unlike any other,” said Preston. “The faculty and staff care about you and want you to do your best. I couldn’t imagine going to a school with a better atmosphere than MVNU.”.
For Critzer, her life has changed greatly in her three years at MVNU. “It has done so much for me, and I will forever be so thankful for this place,” said Critzer. “It’s where I truly found Jesus and learned to let His love change me. His love has changed everything about my life, and this place will always hold a special place in my heart.”
November 13, 2020 Matt Harden