Another Successful Line for WNZR
April 23, 2022 By Colin Berg
As the semester wraps up at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, WNZR gets ready for their annual event Lifeline. According to WNZR Director of Broadcasting Joe Rinehart, “Lifeline is WNZR’s annual fundraiser. It helps us maintain an active and vibrant radio station and digital presence throughout the year.” From posters to flyers to training meetings, Lifeline is a way for the community to donate to the station as a “thank you” for encouraging them with great music that inspires them to keep living in Christ. Rinehart stated that, “Money raised in Lifeline makes up about 50 percent of our operating expenses for the year. It provides funds for our student leadership staff during the school year and summer and helps us to have an assistant station manager and office manager.”
Lifeline is so important not only to the staff but to the listeners as well, because it gives people hope to guide them through the stormy oceans. According to Rinehart, “It reminds us that we can approach each day abounding in hopes, because we know that God has something great planned for us, hope that’s grounded in the knowledge that Christ overcame death itself; that hope should be contagious and visible in how we see in our lives.”
The Lifeline is an opportunity to bring people together in the name of Jesus and to keep hope alive. As of now, Lifeline has raised $76,804, surpassing their original goal of $65,000.
The students and staff who were a part of this journey are very grateful to have this opportunity to see their works of spreading God’s love and hope to their listeners. WNZR staff member and sophomore Dylan Elliot stated that, “Your support means so much to us; and without you, we wouldn’t be able to bring you positive, encouraging messages and music. It is amazing to see how God is working in our community. You are a big part of why God is changing lives. Thank you for helping us keep hope alive.”
Lifeline may be over, but spreading the hope of God will always be endless at WNZR, because it’s the station’s duty to save lives with encouraging messages and music to help guide listeners towards the love of Christ.
MVNU Track and Field: Succeeding in the Season
After the indoor track and field season, coach Ellis Gallion admitted that the team exceeded his expectations. He stated, “We expected national qualifications and potential all-conference finishes. After that, we are aiming for personal improvement and trying to work into scoring positions at conference.” Many team records have been shattered this season, and several individuals have earned outstanding honors.
Senior thrower Kyler Dickey received All-American honors after placing seventh at nationals in shot put. In addition, he won the Crossroads League championship in the shot put for the third consecutive year. Despite this success, Dickey knows that he is capable of even more. He said, “I want to set my eyes higher as I know that I have the ability to jump up to the top three in the shot put.” He said that he owes much of his success to MVNU’s only national champion, Mitchell Soviak. Dickey said of Soviak, “He taught me what to do and where I could eventually be in my career, and that opened my eyes as a young freshman.”
In addition, other athletes have enjoyed success so far this season. Senior Macy Weaver was able to qualify for nationals in the 3000 meters. She said, “After the first 3K that I did, I was really close to qualifying for indoor nationals, so then I wanted to focus on it, and I was fortunate enough to be able to. It was something I had never been able to do before.” Weaver also qualified for nationals in the marathon event.
The team is also looking toward the outdoor track and field season, which starts in late March. After a season-best race during the indoor season, senior Justis Paul stated, “Coming off a good indoor season, I feel like we got better as the season went on. As we go into outdoor, expectations are high.” He also said he is looking forward to giving the outdoor season his best effort for his final year of track and is excited to see the team continue to grow stronger as they work towards nationals.
As the team looks on to the outdoor season, Coach Gallion is eager to see how the team can perform. He said, “I am excited to see how our young team continues to develop and compete. I think we have a lot of potential to add more all-conference finishes and All-American status. Exciting things are happening, and we must continue to stay focused, love each other, and work hard!” With high expectations and passion, the team looks to represent MVNU at each meet and, eventually, nationals.
March 18, 2022 By Mike Basko
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Graphic Design Students Strut Their Stuff
The senior graphic design exhibit, known as “Momentum,” was on display from March 28 to April 8 at the Schnormeier Gallery in downtown Mount Vernon. An opening reception for the seniors was April 1 for participating seniors Riley Moody, Tjai Martin, Emily Wilson, Liz Pound, Crews Varner, Madison Therrien, Lily Sartori and Sydney Moon.
Tjai Martin, a senior that displayed her works in the show, described it as a “time consuming process but so worth it in the end.” Their works have accumulated from junior year all the way up to their final semester. During the reception, they were also surrounded by their friends and family in which to proudly present their works.
Momentum is defined as the “impetus gained by a moving object.” The 2022 seniors were inspired by the continuous evolution of graphic design and what that means to them as a class.
They have been shaped by the design world and have been asking what it could look like as they enter the real world. Each one of them have learned to enhance their skills and understanding of design in a way that allows them to collaborate and move forward.
April 23, 2022 By Emily Wilson