Cross Country Recap

The George Fox University Cross Country team will be preparing this week for the Northwest Conference Championships on Nov. 2.

As the team trains for the big weekend meet, here is a recap of the season.

The bruin women are young and have been battling injuries through out the season, but have shown improvement despite the challenges. Returners and a strong group of freshman have helped the men stay consistent.

The team began competition at the Linfield Harrier Classic against Linfield College on Sep. 7. Both Fox teams placed second.

The warm sun of Honolulu welcomed George Fox at the Big Wave Invitational on Sep. 14. Though the team competed against two NCAA Division II programs, the men finished third out of five teams, and the women fourth out of six. Senior Joseph Pia finished fifth overall out of 43 runners and freshman Erin Sanders placed eighth out of 71.

At the Northwest Classic, Emily Painter led the Bruin women to a second place finish out of five teams on Sep. 20. Painter won the 5K-race with a time of 18:18, which placed her seventh in the Bruins’ all-time list for the 5,000-meter race. The men finished fourth out of six teams in their four-mile-race.

Both teams finished first at the Warner Pacific College Open on Oct. 5. In the men’s division, junior Kody Tarbell finished third overall and first for team with a time if 16:23.20. Sanders won the women’s division with a time of 19:36.80.

George Fox hosted an invitational at Willamette Mission State Park on Oct. 12. The men placed fourth in the 8K-race and the women finished fifth in the 5k. Pia posted the top time for the men with 26:06.1, followed by Tarbell with a time of 26:18.6. Sanders finished first for the women with a time of 19:09.0, followed my Sarah MacKenzie, Rachel Gibbs, and Kelly Toms.

Sanders and Pia received Bruin Athletic Club Women’s and Men’s Athlete of the Week honors for Oct. 7-13. Sanders was also named NWC Women’s Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Week, while Pia received honorable mention for the Men’s Cross Country Student-Athlete of the week award.


Breakfast of Champions

It’s delicious, it’s nutritious, and it’s often the first thing people think of when you tell them you attend a Quaker college.

It’s oatmeal.

So some might disagree on the “delicious” part—I, too, counted myself among the skeptics who think oatmeal looks and tastes a little questionable. Sure, it might be loaded with healthy things like iron and fiber and whatever else that makes you live fifteen years longer. That doesn’t mean I’m going to eat it.

Today, however, I set out to face my fear of this particular breakfast item. I set out to make ordinary oatmeal into extraordinary oatmeal.

Because as exciting as this looks…

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…it can get way better.

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Start off with a regular bowl of oatmeal: the hot water, the oats, maybe some milk. From here you have a variety of options.

You can sweeten the oatmeal deal with some coffee creamer—just pour it over until you have your desired amount. A little does go a long way, so taste-test before you’ve drowned your oats in creamy goodness.

You can add a spoonful (or more) of applesauce for a nice fall flavor any time of the year.

You can throw in some peanut butter and jelly. If you’re like me and would rather forego breakfast food in favor of some nice lunch/dinner fare, this is a perfect option: the breakfast-time benefits of oatmeal with all the big lunchtime flavor of a PB&J.

And the best part? All of these ingredients can be found in the Bon. But whether you’re on the 21-meal plan or making your breakfast at home, oatmeal doesn’t have to be boring.

NWC Football Outlook

When George Fox football kicks off next year, the Bruins will be the eighth Northwest Conference school to offer football; only Whitman does not.  The Bruins have been in the NWC since 1996 but have not fielded a football program since the 1969 season.

Seven NWC schools currently play football, including a pair of nationally ranked teams. Here is a glance at the Bruin’s opponents in order of current conference standing:


#3 Linfield (5-0 overall, 2-0 conference): 

The Wildcats have won the conference four seasons running, and their last conference loss was to Willamette in 2008. They have won 32 straight regular season games and are likely to continue that streak through the rest of the year unless #18 Willamette can pull off the upset on Nov. 2. Linfield was the NWC’s last NCAA national champion in 2004. Linfield is the alma-mater of George Fox’s football coach Chris Casey.


#18 Willamette (5-0, 2-0):

The conference’s other nationally ranked squad, the Bearcats have often played second fiddle to Linfield. They’ve had a few rdown years recently but have remained perfect so far this season, thanks primarily to a stellar offense that has scored 106 points in two conference contests. They last won the conference in 2008.


Pacific (5-1, 2-1):

If the Boxers can manage just one win in their remaining four games, it will make their first winning season since the football program began in 2010. They’ve already won more games than in their first three seasons combined (3 total between 2010-12), and they lost a 17-16 squeaker to Pacific Lutheran on Oct. 19. George Fox’s initial years will likely be compared to Pacific, since their program is also in its infancy.


Pacific Lutheran (5-1, 2-1):

Besides Linfield, the Lutes are the conference’s other national championship team, having claimed the NCAA title in 1999. They’ve had up and down years since, but their only loss this year has been to Linfield, and they managed a second place finish in the conference last year. Their last conference championship came in 2001.


Lewis & Clark (1-5, 1-2):

After the program fell into turmoil in the mid-2000s (failing to pick up a conference win between 2004-08), the Pioneers righted the ship and finished second to Linfield in 2011. Their last conference title was in 1969.


Puget Sound (1-4, 0-2):

The Loggers have been the conference cellar dwellers the past two seasons and are on a 15 game conference losing streak. Puget Sound left the conference for 50 years but joined again in 1996. They have not won a conference crown since (their last NWC championship was in 1933).


Whitworth (2-5, 0-3):

While the Pirates won a pair of conference championships in 2006-07 (they are the only other school besides Linfield and Willamette to win a championship in the past decade), they’ve only had one winning season since 2008. While Whitworth has lost every conference games so far this season, they’ve been against the top three schools: Pacific, Willamette and Linfield.

Winter Serve Applications are out!

Applications for the winter serve trips are out now.

Organized by Spiritual Life, Winter Serve trips are part of SpIL’s serve trip ministry that aims to “provide a great way for students to get involved with short-term missions through weeklong ministry trips,” according to its website.

This year, teams will be sent to Portland to work with Home PDX; Twin Rocks, to focus on spiritual discipleship and service; Puyallup/Seattle, to work with local ministries and serving in food banks, clothing drives, and youth drop-in centers; Colorado, to help with flood relief; and Tacoma.

According to Kyle Webster, Serve Trip coordinator, the winter serve trips can benefit the community as a whole.

“Serve trips have a lot to offer to students,” said Webster. “ I believe, and have experienced beautiful communal growth fellow peers in the act of service . . .  you get to build these deep relationships with students who you most likely would have never met if it wasn’t for the serve trip.

“Serve trips focus on those who are not privileged, going out on the streets and loving on those who society kicks to the curb… These trips transform our eyes. They help students acknowledge that no one is better than another, that we are all in this world fighting the same fight, and that we are all made in God’s image. “

The Serve trips will begin on the last week of Winter break, from Jan 4-11.

Applications can be found in the ASC website and are due on Nov 1.

For more information, contact the Serve Trip Coordinators Kyle Webster or Erika Lopez.

You can find the applications here.




Thrillin’ and Spelunkin’



George Fox’s Associated Student Community will be hosting a Post Halloween dance Friday. The theme will be “Thrillin’” from Michael Jackson’s music video “Thriller.”

The dance will be held from 8-10 p.m. in Klages Dining Hall. The event will give students an opportunity to get together on campus over Halloween weekend. A DJ will be featured, and the dining hall will be fully decorated. Students are encouraged to dress up in their costumes from Halloween and join the dance party.

Sarah MacKenzie, the campus dances coordinator, stated that ASC “wanted to go with a costume, thrillin’ theme rather than a creepy Halloween theme. ASC is hoping to give students a dance option for Halloween weekend on campus . . . our hope is to have many students there decked out in costumes and having a good time.”



Saturday, Experiential Ministries is hosting a spelunking trip to the Ape Caves, in the Mount St. Helens National Monument. The trip will begin at 8 a.m., and the group will meet outside the ASC offices in the Student Union Building. They plan to return around 4 p.m.

The term “spelunking” means cave exploring. The trip is meant to create a unique experience in nature and foster friendships. There will be some scripture reading and reflection time, and bringing a Bible and journal is suggested.

The Ape Caves hike is approximately 2.5 miles long, and participants are encouraged to bring a lunch, water bottle, and flashlight, and to dress warmly. Those who wish to participate will also need to fill out a Health and Liability Release Form by Friday. The forms are available outside the Experiential Ministries office in the Student Union Building.

The Ape Caves are located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, near Mount St. Helens.




College Street Style: Chloe Shostak

With the fog rolling in, the reality of the gray days here in Oregon are becoming more of a reality.

I knew this day would come, but I was hoping to postpone it for as long as possible.

But when I saw Chloe wearing a pair of shorts, it gave me hope that maybe the sun would stick around a while longer.

Or at least we could all have some wishful thinking.

Because after all, who doesn’t like that?!

Get the low down…

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Name: Chloe Shostak

Year: Junior

Major: Major in Studio Arts with a Minor in Fashion

Hobbies: “I love being outside–bike riding, swimming, or hiking. I also love to read and to draw. Mostly I love to laugh.”

Who or what inspires you? “I’m inspired by the world around me whether it be the beautiful natural life or different cultures from around the world.”

Where do you like to shop? “I don’t have a specific place or places I love to shop. I mostly just am always looking for that piece that really draws my attention, and that piece could be anywhere. It could be a thrift store, my mom’s closet, Anthroplogie, Forever 21, Target — just anywhere. But I always love a good deal!”

Tell me about your outfit. Where is it from? “My outfit is from a bunch of different places. The sweater used to be my great aunt’s from the 1950’s. The shirt is from Free People and the shorts are from Madewell. The shoes are from Target.”

How would you describe your personal style? “My personal style is really just whatever I’m in the mood for. There are days I feel fancy… There are days that I feel grungy, and that is exactly how I convey myself to the world through dress. I can’t say that I have pinpointed an exact style because so many types inspire me.”

Why did you choose this outfit? “I chose this outfit because I really like the golden yellow and the light blue together. As for the shorts, there are just days when I really want to wear shorts–even if it is really cold!” 🙂

Who are your favorite designers? “My favorite designers are Mara Hoffman for her fantastic mix of prints and Elie Saab because I think he has exquisitely simple designs that are beautifully embellished.”

Any favorite trends? “I can’t recall any favorite trends. I just see what’s out there and do it if I like it.”

If you could raid anyone’s closet who’s would it be? “I would raid… Audrey Hepburn’s closet. So simple and so classy and so much Givenchy! I would also raid an Indian woman’s closet. Is that weird? The saris are just too wonderfully colorful!”

 The Boots

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These boots have some attitude to them.

They aren’t your mom’s old boots.

They sort of have a cowgirl vibe with some edge.

The Cardigan, Shirt and Shorts

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So her awesome cardigan caught my attention with the awesome detailing.

The gems give it a playful touch and really give it a unique feel.

I don’t know anyone else who has that cardigan.

I am a fan of the golden yellow color. Really fun for Fall.

And did I say it was vintage? How cool!

Straight from the 1950’s. So classic.

The cardigan is a great layering piece over the stripped top.

Stripes are always a good choice in my book.

You can pair stripes with solid colors and add some pattern to your look.

The frayed denim shorts give it a relaxed feel; and denim goes with anything.

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Chloe says her style is whatever she is in the mood for that day; and I think this day she rocked it.

Super fun colors, prints, and jewels.

You can’t go wrong with jewels.

I want to go out and find my embellished cardigan.

Or I’ll just go buy a plain one and bedazzle it myself.

Bedazzle…such a great word.

It’s Friday, don’t do homework, go get crafty.

Stay stylish and stuff like that.




Living In the Moment: Memories Minus Media

Written by guest contributor Shealtiel Hart

Scene One: Picture that time you were sitting in the Bon alone. Your friends are caught in the
long line and would not be at the table for another five minutes at least. So what do you do?
Pull out your phone and connect to social media. Whew. Congratulations! You just avoided an
awkward moment of sitting alone with nothing to do. It’s OK. We all do it. Except Grandpa Roy.

Scene two: You’re engaged in conversation with a friend when you suddenly feel your phone
vibrate in your pocket. Quickly, you pull out your phone and look at the text you just received,
while still listening to your friend, of course. Which has priority: friend or phone?

Scene three: You’re walking along the sidewalk with some friends and come upon a street
performer. He is pulling out the craziest dance moves you have ever seen, and he’s not alone.There are four performers behind him playing some of the most extraordinary music you’ve ever heard. Do you A.) Pull out your phone and video them so you can share this epic moment with the world or B.) Watch them through your own eyes and enjoy the moment? Is B even an option?

By now, you’ve probably guessed where I’m going with these scenarios. Is it possible in our
society to make memories without involving media? It doesn’t seem to be. In this age, it is
nearly impossible to hit someone with a water balloon without costing yourself $200 plus in cell-phone-replacement fees.

Imagine how much more you might see if you leave your phone where it is and take in the
beauty before your eyes. Rather than prioritizing your electronics over personal interaction, show
the people in front of you they have value. I won’t even mention texting and driving. Consider
viewing events with your eyes alone rather than re-watching the low-quality video you recorded

Many may read this and think I’m advocating abolishing all forms of social media from every
aspect of life and returning to petro glyphs. I’m not. Technological communication is important
and has its own place in our society. That being said, I do not think it needs to have priority over
face-to-face interaction.

CharstarleneTV recently uploaded a video to YouTube entitled “I Forgot My Phone.” If you
aren’t a part of the 23+ million people who have already watched it, I encourage you to watch it
(on your iPhone if you must).

One of the most essential elements of a modern wedding is a photographer, a person to record
one of the happiest moments of the couple’s lives. I think wedding couples are onto something
with this idea of hiring someone to record their memories for them. Perhaps they want to enjoy
the moments themselves and not be burdened by recording them.

This concept could and should be more applicable to daily life than we let it be. I’m not
saying we should hire someone to follow us around constantly and capture every significant
moment, but rather we should be more selective in the moments we decide the rest of the world
needs to see.

A friend stated, “Some people are so focused on taking a video, they’re only left with some low-
quality video to re-watch later.” Honestly, I love seeing the video of you enjoying a concert by
your favorite artist. I just want to know you actually enjoyed the event and not simply captured

So text your boss back, tell Facebook your nephew learned to walk and video that crazy lady
pushing a shopping cart full of frozen fish sticks into the river. Just do it once you’re done
talking to your fellow human in front of you. Don’t forget what it feels like to look up once in a
while and make memories without the approval of your 974 Facebook friends and set down all
your electronic devices and run through a fountain once in a while.

Failure to Launch: Egypt’s Arab Spring



By now everyone has probably heard that the Arab Spring of Egypt is a total failure: the man who oversaw Egypt’s decline into a totalitarian police state for three decades has been freed of his punishment of life imprisonment (although he is under house arrest), and the man who for the first time in Egyptian history was elected in a fair democratic vote has been removed by the military for his failure to meet the peoples demands.

Many people are probably wondering just what is going on, and asking how did Egypt’s revolution get to this point? When set against the backdrop of Egypt’s internal politics, the answer would seem to be that democracy never stood a chance.

First, Egypt’s democracy is nothing like the democracy of the United States: when Mohammed Morsi was elected into power he was a part of an Islamic Organization called the Muslim Brotherhood who has some links to Muslim terrorism and extremism.

On November 22, according to Fox News, “Morsi decrees sweeping new powers for himself” as he annuls the constitution and leverages himself above judicial review. He proceeds to back a noticeably Islamic-slanted constitution, which sparks mass protests against him. The military leaders of Egypt then give Morsi two days to meet the people’s demands or he would be removed from office. NOTE: this paragraph is confusing. Why is it in present tense, if the events haven’t yet occurred–or did, last november? (I agree with Melanie, also, I feel this article just kind of rambles about until it ends).

Now, about the military: the military of Egypt is also not like the military of the United States, as it functions mostly autonomously from the secular government. The Egyptian military is immensely powerful and owns not just the military hardware of the state, but many factories that produce civilian goods as well.

In fact, according to the Atlantic, the military has “an extensive network of businesses, it has also become a dominant economic force, controlling between 10 and 30 percent of the economy and employing hundreds of thousands of Egyptians.” A military this powerful is bound to be corrupt, and indeed, the military answers to no one. In Egypt, it only intervened in the crisis when it believed that its bond with the people was becoming unstable.

When you look at the facts – a ruthless leader with shady connections, and a military that is too powerful for Egypt’s own good, it should come as no surprise that the Arab Spring failed. There were too many people with too much power and too much to lose to let this fledgling spark ignite into a fire of real democracy. Perhaps the day will come when Egypt is ready for a truly representational government, but sadly it does not appear that day will come for many more years.

ASC: Campus Representatives Committee

As a student at George Fox, you are probably aware of your campus representative, elected by each housing area (PCWB, Co-Ed, HMS, HAW, HAE, Commuters, International, and Multicultural). But you may be wondering, what does the committee actually do? What is their purpose?

The Campus Representative Committee is a group of students who, according to the ASC website, “vote on proposals for the Community Life Fund, which is used to sponsor any events that include at least three George Fox students and that builds community.”

The Community Life Fund is an account sponsored by ASC to which students may apply for financing of a community event. An event, to be approved, “must build community and relationships are honoring to Jesus Christ.”

Other than voting on such proposals, according to the ASC constitution, the main functions of the Campus Representative Committee are to:

  1. Provide an agent to be present during all Central Committee meetings and approve all minutes and rulings prior to any approved action. (Article II, Section IV).
  2. Provide a minutes recorder for each meeting, and approve all minutes from Central Committee meetings. (Article II, Section V).
  3. Under advisement with the ASC Advisor, determine the eligibility of all candidates for ASC Central Committee elected offices. (Article III, Section II, Subsection A).
  4. Review the constitutionality of all ASC Central Committee actions (Article XIV, Section II, Subsection A).
  5. Veto proposals passed by the Central Committee that are unconstitutional (Article XIV, Section II, Subsection B).
  6. Hear appeals and decide on appeals (Article XIV, Section II, Subsection C).
  7. Review and make recommendations on proposals to amend the Constitution (Article XIV, Section II, Subsection D).

Among other functions, the Campus Representatives Committee serves as both an approval system for the Community Life Fund and a check-and-balance for the ASC Central Committee. It is their responsibility to ensure that ASC is accountable for its actions and trustworthy for the students that depend on it.

Jake Vanier, the vice president of representation, who oversees the Representative Committee, stated that the group’s aim is to provide “an outlet for students to voice concerns, advocate for what is important to them, and seek funding for events that they would like to see happen on and off campus. Committees like the Campus Representatives Committee give a diverse voice inside of ASC, allowing for the best communication, events, and activities possible for the student body.”

To read the ASC Constitution in full, click here.

Fresh Beginnings for the Women’s Basketball Team

The George Fox University women’s basketball team uses experience and depth for a competitive edge in the Northwest Conference (NWC).

This year the team has 11 returners and seven newcomers. The returners have experienced what a regular season looks like which provides an advantage for the team.

“I think we clearly come back this season with a lot of experience,” said head coach Michael Meek. “Experience can’t be taught.”

The competition in the NWC will be tough. Lewis and Clark, Whitman College, and Whitworth University all placed top-three in the NWC and competed in the NCAA Division III National Tournament last year.

Meek wants to focus on being more aggressive on defense and keeping an upbeat tempo. His style of coaching is centered upon the importance of placing good cohesion above individual success. There are several great players, but Meek said this team already embraces the fact that individual goals and statistics are not the objective.

“This year is already a lot more competitive than last year, and I think we’ll see that carry over into games,” said forward Megan Arnoldy. “We’re going to be a much more defensive team and will be putting a lot of pressure on teams.”

During the off-season, the Bruins are expected to do their own workouts, which can include conditioning, lifting and individual skills. Official practice started on Tuesday, and during the season the team continues to discuss areas of improvement.

Every team’s ultimate goal will be winning the national title, but the Bruins maintain many preliminary goals. Meek said he wants to have a good preseason and win the NWC title before winning nationals.

“I think overall we want to compete and do really well, taking it one game at a time,” said Arnoldy. “The team has a lot of potential and I’m excited to see how the season plays out. I think it’s safe to say that we want to be playing in March in that last game.”

The team finished 12-4 in league last year and placed fourth. The streak of four straight NWC Women’s Basketball Tournament titles ended when they fell to Lewis and Clark.

Meek gave credit to how strong the league has become, but said there were also a lot of circumstances that were out of the team’s control. The league became more competitive, and the team suffered some severe and significant injuries during the season, including ones to key players Hannah Munger and Dacia Heckendorf. Meek said he is excited to move forward and see what this new group can do.

“There are no excuses,” said Meek. “We’re going to work hard and get better.”