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    George Fox University Welcomes New Athletic Trainer, Greg Boughton

    A recent addition to the George Fox University community is the football and women’s lacrosse athletic trainer, Gregg Boughton. Having recently moved to Newberg from Cheyanne, Wyo., Boughton is enthusiastic about the potential opportunities a new town and job have to offer to him and his family of three. “The next six months will be a tough transition but it is all part of life,” he says. In preparation for a career in sports medicine, Boughton completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Wyoming and received his graduate degree at Boise State University. Since then Boughton has served in multiple athletic health care roles working in Nike’s world headquarters, physical therapy clinics, community colleges and rodeos nationwide, before finally assuming his position at GFU. “I have always been in positions where I was required to build things from the ground up,” says Boughton, “I have typically worked alone but am now excited about working together with the athletic training team here, at Fox.” Charged with the health care of athletes, Boughton fully expects to encounter his fair share of concussions, taped ankles and athletic injuries but hopes that his influence will spread beyond the walls of the training room as he builds relationships with student athletes. “I want students to feel comfortable talking to me about anything whether it be career aspirations, relationships, issues with playing time or problems at home. I have a lot of experience and want to help,” he says. Though Boughton has spent just a short time within the community, the welcome he has received from both students and faculty has served as a great encouragement in such a time of transition. “I appreciate everyone I have met, everyone who has introduced themselves or has shaken my hand,” says Boughton. “Thank you for the welcome.” Outside of his work, Boughton can be found spending time with his family, fly fishing and traveling as he nears his goal of visiting each of the 50 states. For students looking to welcome Boughton to campus or athletes seeking a formal introduction, Boughton can often be found at his desk in the Duke athletic complex. “My door is always open,” he says. 
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    Ring by Spring Debate- Correction

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    April 28, 2014
    In our April 23 edition, there were several errors in an article featuring the University’s debate team. Below is the corrected version. Written by Heather Harney On March 7th, the debate team, the best kept secret on campus, held their last public debate of the academic year. The subject matter is something our campus has firsthand knowledge of—We Regret Ring By Spring. The debate also served as the senior members and debate coach Dr. Abigail Rine’s swan song. Students packed Hoover 105. Most of them had never witnessed the British Parliamentary Debate Style. Eight members of the team were split into teams of two; two teams on the Government’s side who argued in support of Regret and two teams on the opposition’s side who argued “why not ring by spring?” Dr. Rine gave an enthusiastic audience strict instructions that included; “knocking” on tables for applause or in agreement, crying “Shame” if something said was so egregious that something had to be said, crying “Here, Here,” if we needed to further voice our support of the speaker, and how to ask a question of the speaker—stand up, hold out your right hand and with your left, hold your fake wig in place. Each speaker was given seven minutes to present their case and could accept questions after the first minute of their speech passed. The two government teams were Kathryn Knight and Jenny Newman and Kaitlyn Elting and Brice Ezell. The two opposition teams were Jeremiah LaPlante and Alec Moore and Luke Petach and Patrick Campbell. Knight began the debate with a quote from Groucho Marx, “Marriage is a great institution, but who wants to live in an institution.” She went on to set the tone, pace, and entire frame of the debate. Her three main points were: Ring by Spring harms relationships, sets unfair expectations, and hurts education. Newman, Knight’s teammate, also argued that students on this campus should be finding their commission instead of a spouse. LaPlante presented the first position of the opposition. His argument for Ring by Spring not being a thing we regret is that marriage stands for something greater on a Christian campus and is a symbol of the Creator. The opposition presented a variety of statistics and personal touches but most of their time was spent repudiating the government’s stance. Each debate member presented hilarious quips, memorable retorts, and excitement. Ezell began his argument with, “Side Yes to the Dress” and drew a loud round of knocking and “Here, Here.” Campbell began his closing with a warning that he was passionate about his fiancé and might raise his voice which lent credibility to his stance. Once each team member had spoken, four judges set out to pick a winning team. Dr. Rine asked the audience to pick a winner by a round of applause to see if our choice matched the judges. The audience overwhelming picked Petach and Campbell, but the judges picked Knight and Newman because their points dominated the debate.

    We are Hiring!

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    April 25, 2014
      Want to be part of the Crescent  next year? We are getting our staff ready for next year and we need some awesome new people! Simply go to this link to apply: Positions open: Reporter Photographer Operations Manager  

    Serve Trip to Seattle

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    April 21, 2014
    Over spring break, a group of George Fox students set off to serve in the city of Seattle. Throughout the week, the group of eleven worked with Emerald City Bible Fellowship Church, with their sister church, and urban ministry to serve them in whatever ways they needed. “We painted, cleaned carpets, cleaned a garage, took down a shed, did yard work, did some organizing. Stuff like that,” said Raeann Morelli. In addition to the little things the church needed done, the group helped put on the biggest fundraiser of the church. They helped plan and host a fondue party with the proceeds going to the church’s urban missions ministry. Another night, they were able to go to help out with the youth group. Morelli said, “It was eye opening to see how the kids interacted with each other. It was one girl’s birthday and she wanted them to sing to her, which is a lot different from us. “We don’t want people to sing to us, or make a big deal out of it,” Morelli said, “but you could tell she desired that attention. It was cool to see the leaders care for the kids and love them through that.” In the end Morelli said, “Do not underestimate the power of the small things. You could be lightening someone’s load. It wasn’t what we were doing, but the fact that we were doing it. At the end of the day, it’s about supporting the body of Christ.” To Morelli one of the most amazing things was that people were willing to do these small things. “One of the coolest things was just that people were willing to do that with their break, knowing that there were four or five other teams out serving too. It’s the difference between walking the walk and talking the talk. That’s what it’s all about,” said Morelli.

    Hidden Treasure

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    Hidden Treasure
    April 8, 2014
    I’m sitting here in a coffee shop in a new town, sipping on peppermint hot chocolate and listening to “Yellow” by Coldplay.  I’m working on assignments for this week and I’m not sure what’s ahead after graduation, but all I know is that I love the way this moment feels.  In the midst of all the chaos of finishing up college and the uncertainty of the future, I have this moment.  I guess that’s how life pans out.  We can’t completely separate the good and bad here.  We have good moments in the midst of foggy times and it makes my heart content to accept this. So much of my life, I feel like I always consider the different sides of things.  I like to paint the whole picture and recognize how the contrast of good and bad makes something stunning.  It’s like how the mixture of sun and rain pans out to make something whole—a rainbow that represents the varying colors together. So, let me say to you: in the midst of your hardships, there are beautiful moments.  Accept the negative and relish the positive. Like finding hidden treasure in the dark depths of the sea, beautiful moments are hidden for us to seek after and appreciate.

    Transgender student denied request to live on campus with friends

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    April 4, 2014
    Photo by Benjamin Lachman For traditional students at George Fox University, living on campus with friends and classmates is a right of passage. This right of passage is looking like it will no longer be a reality for transgender student Jayce M. Over the last few months, university officials have been in conversation with Jayce to provide support while he has transition from his birth gender as a female to becoming physically, socially, and legally male. “While the university did not grant his request to live on campus with males, the student was not denied on-campus housing,” a press release from the university said. “He was offered the option of an on-campus single apartment with a commitment from Student Life to ensuring he stayed socially connected to the community.” On April 4, Attorney Paul Southwick filled a Title IX sex discrimination case with the U.S. Department of Education regarding the university’s recent decision. “Title IX does not have a religious exemption for housing discrimination,” Southwick said in an email. “It has a religious exemption for admissions, but that is not implicated here. The Oregon Equality Act also protects Jayce from discrimination in housing and public accommodations on the basis of his gender identity.” Southwick wrote that filing the complaint was necessary after they had reportedly exhausted all avenues of trying to come to a solution with the university. The university has taken time to research Southwick’s legal claims. The university said that such claims are without merit, given that the university is religiously based. “The university has made many efforts to provide support and accommodation for the student and remains committed to his academic, physical and spiritual welfare,” said the statement released by university officials. George Fox is not alone in having to come to this decision. Both secular and non-religious schools are struggling in how to reasonably support transgender students. “These commitments don’t always lead to easy answers in an increasingly complex world,” the press release said. “But George Fox is very conscious of the need to approach difficult questions with grace, understanding and an abiding love for our students, faculty and staff. This is why we are disappointed in how the situation has escalated.” Jayce spoke out through his lawyer on his feelings about the denial to live with his male friends on campus. “The university’s decision makes me feel rejected, misunderstood and punished for something I cannot change,” Southwick wrote in an email on behalf of Jayce. “It also makes me anxious and nervous about where I’ll be able to live next year, and the year after that, especially if their housing policy based on ‘biological birth sex’ goes into effect.’”

    New officers, more money and the FOXHOLE/Bruin Grounds

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    April 3, 2014
    Back from Spring Break and the New ASC officers are present at the Central Committee meeting on March 31, 2014. The New Central Committee Member for 2014-2015 are Mitzi Martinez, vice president of Student Representation Josiah Nuzum, vice president of Marketing and Communications Moriah Kimmer, vice president of Student Activities and Programing Tausha Rene, vice president of Finance Madison Tarpley, cxecutive vice president Jake Vanier, president. Current update of Officer activities. The Activities Committee, under  Madison Tarpley, is working on getting ready to sell Blazer tickets next week and a possible glow in the dark swim party at the Chehalem Aquatic Center. The committee is also working on finalizing details for Spring Formal, which will be held at the Portland World Trade Center. The Communications Department, under David Shin, remodeled the Cresent office and is working on making the yearbook a sustainable enterprise for the years to come. Student Representation, under Jake Vanier, has created a working flow chart of all ASC positions. All ASC position applications will be online. Before the break there were a number of community ilfe proposal that needed to be reviewed. The constitution review has been postponed and will be handed to his successor, Mitzi Martinez. Executive Vice President Michael Nakashimada finished up the ASC elections, cleaning up all details regarding clubs, and has re-worked all ASC application descriptions for positions under his management. President Justin Vanier is working on making ASC slightly more sustainable for the next officers. He is also creating a list of alumni and faculty advisors for an ASC advisor committee. Vanier also stated that there are conversations happening regarding the SUB remodel and he will be meeting with Ted Allen, chief operations officer, to discuss how intramurals can have a larger role on campus. Vice President of Finance Tausha Rene has been working on the Bruin Grounds/FoxHole accounts. Proposals  From the Academic Need Fund, $321 was approved for three students to attend a TEDXPortland conference. The conference is $107 per person. ASC approved $2000 from the special projects budget for new climbing wall gear, shoes and chalk bags. There was a hint of concern that this much money would be invested into something that very few students knew about and used, since ASC is student money. But, without the gear, students would not be able to use the climbing wall. Earlier in the year Jonathan Morell was running the wall with the help of students, until a fall out occurred. The work study students are still overseeing the climbing wall, but without oversight from Craig Taylor. ASC was hoping to have a student interested in it would do a club and then they would be able to run the wall, have training and receive funding through ASC. Sixteen students received $160 from the Community Life Fund to go to Bullwinkles. Currently, the fund has about $4500 left in the budget. Another $2700 was passed from the Special Projects fund for the outdoor furniture to be fixed. What’s to Come New positions will be posted online and job descriptions are going to be re-evaluated by current and new committee members. ASC is hoping to have director positions hired before school is over and summer begins so people can begin working on small goals. They will also be evaluating how to get freshmen involved. The big question that came from this week’s meeting is the future of the Fox Hole/Bruin Grounds. As of now, there is talk that the space may never open up as a student run coffee shop. ASC does not plan to hire a manager for the space before school is over. Central Committee is exploring options such as a sub-coordinator to manage the events in the space, ordering a new ping-pong table and making simplified drinks.

    Battling the Voices

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    March 20, 2014
    My diagnosis of Bipolar 1 came with many gifts – although most would say curses.  The biggest gift is knowing the voices are not a sign of insanity. The diagnosis helped my world make sense.  Finally. Each moment is a process of will verses surrender. Learning how to understand the cycling and what my triggers are have made my life manageable; and I am now able to exist and function.  Discovering how to unwrap the emotions, thoughts, and words has been a difficult journey. But I still have a long road ahead and obstacles to face. The voices are the biggest hurdles for me as they try to wreak havoc from one direction to another.  How does one deal with an onslaught of voices calling for your end or one single voice reminding you that you do not matter? Most people tell me it is all in my head.  My retort is usually paused, as gutturally responding to ignorance can trigger heightened anger.  The voices are real, folks.  Of course they are in my head. Duh. I believe the only reason the voices are held at bay is because I have faith in God.  I know without a doubt this is the only reason I am still alive. Some might not believe in spiritual warfare – but I absolutely, with firm resolve, do.  In fact, I experience it on another level as I can hear them and see their shadows. So how do I deal with a chorus of negative voices who nip at my heels and sometimes hold my head against the ground?  I start to sing The Shelter of Your Presence, a Terry Clark song, loudly in my head.  At times, the voices are so loud, I cannot remember the words and in those rare moments, I am paralyzed.  The lyrics are simple but hold immense power.             The Shelter of Your Presence by Terry Clark © In the shelter of your presence In the safety of your arms I will make your love my refuge, from all harm, from all harm I will cast my cares upon you Find your peace in every storm In the shelter of your presence In the safety of your arms Is this the best approach to battling the voices?  Yes, it is the only one that works for me.  The medicine provided by  doctors never silences the voices.  The reason this song works is because my soul sings it for me when I have no voice, when I cannot hear beyond the shrieking, when I am crushed by heaviness and because it holds truth: His Truth. I have to remind myself, daily, through my love for Christ and His precious mercy, I have a shelter from the biting wind and I can deflect it. There are repercussions in attempting to silence the sadistic voices.  Even now as I attempt to share my process, my battle plan, and describe how I deal with the voices, I am having a hard time breathing.  I can feel the fear rise in the form of a ridged stone towards my throat.  My heart is skipping and pausing erratically, making it hard to focus and I feel the pain.  However, even in all this, I can sense the words of this simple song rise from beneath the shadows and silence the voices. Because of Christ, I can keep moving. Being a follower of Christ is not meant to be easy.  We are to suffer like Christ suffered. We are each wonderfully made.  I believe God gifted me with Bipolar.  This may sound ludicrous to you, yet having this condition has  strengthened my walk with God.  I rely on Him more than I have ever done in my life.  I am also not ashamed to have this “condition.”  Bipolar does not define me but instead makes me stronger. Recently, I have added to my battle plan by sharing my story.  And sharing is a battle. I can hear people, actual people, snickering at me when I share my diagnosis.  I had one boss hold my “condition” against me.  I have heard people throw the word “bipolar” around as if it was easy to diagnose when they have no clue what the word or condition even means. Bipolar Disorder is usually characterized by changing moods and this is where people misuse the term.  But just because someone is having mood swings, does not mean they are automatically bipolar.  The condition is tough to diagnose. Bipolar highs (manic) and lows (depression) come in either slow or rapid cycles.  A person with bipolar can cycle through many highs and lows in a day or over a course of weeks. Hypo-mania (highs) brings a sense of indestructibility which can lead to financial issues, little to no sleep, extreme happiness, and rapid thoughts.  Depression (lows) brings lethargic energy, feeling numb, inability to experience joy, and hopelessness. One of my doctors decided to change my diagnosis, after some neurological testing, to Borderline Personality Disorder, even though I had documented manic episodes, and six months later, after a lengthy hypo-manic episode, I was $20,000 in debt.  My doctor felt awful and changed my diagnosis back to Bipolar. If a trained professional is challenged in diagnosing Bipolar, why do regular folks think they know more? I am taking a risk sharing this with you.  I can hear the chorus of voices chanting “They are going to think you mad.  You are going to be locked up and shunned.”  This new step undoubtedly comes with drawbacks. However, God promises I will not be harmed so I place one foot in front of another, and I keep moving forward. No matter what you are going through in life, remember God has you at all times.  Make God the foundation of your battle plan that way, even if you fall, He will carry you through and keep you from harm. Psalm 91:9-13 NIV 9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, 10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.      

    ASC Elections night: Who is running and why

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    March 17, 2014
    The ASC election speech night was held at 8 p.m. in Hoover 103. All candidates running for a Central Committee positions were present and given a speech time slot, followed by a Q and A time. A raffle drawing took place giving away a free mini iPad. Before speeches began, ASC President Justin Vanier shared his overall impression of the campus, ASC and where he would like to ASC move towards in the future. “We are real students and our job is to voice the needs and the concerns of the students; make sure that things they need take place, “ said Vanier. “The campus is heading in a direction where there is a lot going on. The current ASC team has direction and heading into a place with a lot go on. It has been a really intense year and we might have had some foolish ideas about what needed to take place,” said Vanier. As of now, what is left for the 2014-13 ASC team, they will be working to define the ASC Constitution and its bylaws. The current Central team has also made some huge changes. They moved the ministry positions over to SpIL, completed a restructuring from the top down with positions of ASC members, and worked to make a more complete pay system for all students employed under ASC. “It is much cleaner now,” said Vanier. He believes the future of ASC will need to increase student representation, meaning a possible student senate and a team of past ASC members to be on an advisor board. “I am really excited because there is growth and change and moving forward,” said Vanier. “And everyone really cares about how you grow in this place. And yet, the choice is to serve, something we all a part of it no matter what. We need to ask our selves how we will serve and always be serving, leading, and loving all the time,” Once Vanier finished his speech, the candidates began their speeches. Moriah Kimmer, running for vice president of Activities, came from a public school so was rather hesitant about the GFU atmosphere. It was after she attended some activities and met people and made memories that her view changed. Because of her personal experience, she wants to help other students create memories and feel like they belong, too. “I am looking to create a calendar so students can be more aware of what is going on sooner,” said Kimmer. Tausha Rene, current ASC vice president of finance, is running for another term. She confessed that before she came to GFU her view of service was very limited and narrow, but seeing a wild world of service positions had a revelation that service is not narrow. She applied to be assistant treasurer and then in the months following, the vice president of finance position was open and she stepped in. “I found a way to serve[as the VP of Finance]. This position puts the things I love, math and numbers together, and allows me to serve in a way that works for me,” said Rene. Rene knows that almost half a million dollars in the ASC budget is a lot of money to have one person oversee; if she is elected, she will be hiring an assistant to help her keep track of all the transactions. If she is elected she is looking forward to having a clean slate and will work on getting reimbursements to people the following day. Josiah Nuzum is running for the vice president of Marketing and Communications. Nuzum, if elected, wants to make all the communication efforts as fluid as possible and establish a concrete was of making sure students are heard. “I want people to remember the ways ASC connected them, “ said Nuzum. Nuzum will work towards making ASC jobs clear and work on getting that information to students. Taylor Dick is running for vice president of representation. She has loved politics since the time she was four years old. She enjoys politics and the idea of representing people. “I like the idea of what others should do and what the team [Central] should do to to get more people involved,” said Dick. Dick is also interested in getting more diverse people with other backgrounds involved in ASC. Mizi Martinez, the second candidate running for vice president of representation, desires to represent and inform students about what ASC does. Her first year at GFU she was confused about what ASC was and how it helps students. “I believe in making relationships with diverse students and believes that ASC needs to embrace more diversity,” said Martinez. If elected Martinez will stand for being a voice to listen to students, not just to hear their ideas and what is working with ASC, but to know their story and not just let those voices become white noise, but speak into the majority culture. The last candidate running for vice president of representation is Noah Smith. Smith see the GFU community becoming a place where students are more than known but ideas and opinions are known. “Free flowing ideas and expression is available and a place where students are not alienated because of their beliefs,” said Smith. Smith stated that his heart hurts when he hears that others are hurt when their different opinions or life styles are alienated. Smith also apologized for his poster slogan that offended students. Madison Tarpley is running for Executive Vice President on the same ticket with Jake Vanier running as ASC Presdent. Both candidates have a passion for GFU and believes they understand a little more of the purpose of ASC. Their goal, if elected will be to strive after building one campus united. They, as a team, will push to increase communication with resident life. “We want to be a consistent force in the midst of change,” said Vanier, “We want students to be a part of what is next.” Vanier is also aware of the perception of following in his brother’s footsteps. This is not the first time he has been behind his brother, and they are different. Jake processes differently than his brother Justin, and he sees this as a strength and unique asset to leading the team next year. Tarpley, if elected, is hoping to use the resources ASC has to impact more students and gather more of their opinions. The evening ended with Michal Nakashimada asking all students present to go to MyGFU and vote. Click here to vote for the 2014-2013 ASC Central Committee Officers.

    How International Politics Affect Markets

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    March 12, 2014
    The political turmoil in Ukraine between Russia, the European Union, and the United States has put the world on alert as the threat of war increases. As we have seen in the market when peace summits are called, the market reacts positively and when Putin invades Crimea the market reacts negatively. Many of us focus on the micro side of the market, the internal performance of a company. However, it is just as important to understand how macro events affect the market. In today’s increasingly international business climate we have to follow news from around the world and watch for connections to companies or industries. The smallest political change in a foreign country may have drastic affects on a company in the U.S., though these connections are so small many people miss them until the price of a company drops unexpectedly. Even professional investors cannot understand the full affects of a changing political climate and as a result they divest from risky ventures like stocks and options and put it more conservative securities and this is what drops the market. So when the international political scheme begins to change, the market is not down on a fundamental level; it is repressed by fear and uncertainty. Uncertainty is what drives bear markets while predictability drives bull ones. You may be asking yourself, how do I respond to international political unrest? Following three simple steps you can logically predict, react, and understand international political turmoil and how it affects your portfolio. So number one, watch international political news. While you may not see how elections in Liberia or a new tax in Dubai may affect you, rest assured they do. Every publically traded company releases annual reports; in addition to accounting information, they also discuss the goals and opportunities that the company is pursuing, so take note of where the company is doing business. A new policy in a foreign country may derail a U.S. company’s interests there, dropping their share price. Secondly, if you follow the news and can make the connections from policy to the market, you can now react and exploit the markets shifts. If you are vigilant, you may be able to predict how the market will react and beat many of the less attentive investors. For instance, a smart investor may have seen the turmoil in Ukraine and the unpredictability of Vladimir Putin and not only divested from Russia but bought contrarian shares so that when uncertainty set in the market would drop and you would make money. Lastly, we have to understand that if you miss a connection and your portfolio takes a hit, it won’t last forever. Markets lean towards order, not chaos, and people will naturally replace uncertainty with predictability and replace bear markets with bull markets. So if war breaks out, and you lose 5% or more, do not sell it all and run to bonds; remember that the market always comes back, and then buy more while it’s cheap.

    Apple Crisp Recipe

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    March 7, 2014
    Time to raid the Bon for some apples and make some apple crisp! We grabbed three small gala apples for this recipe, then skinned and sliced them. Place all the apple slices in a bowl and add sugar and cinnamon sugar (we used about 1/8 cup combined). Next, layer five sheets of fillo dough (to be found in the frozen section at Safeway) on a baking sheet. Melt about four tablespoons of butter in the microwave, using about half of it to coat the top layer of dough. (Make sure the dough doesn’t sit out TOO long or it becomes hard to work with.) Place the apple slices on top of the dough. Layer on five more sheets of fillo dough, then use the rest of the melted butter to coat it. Sprinkle on some sugar and cinnamon sugar. Throw it in the oven for 15 minutes until it’s gold and flaky. Slice it up and enjoy!