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    The Curious Case of Ross 140 and 141!

      The first time I walked on campus as a full time student, I remember feeling awestruck at the simplicity of the quad, the architecture of the buildings, the beautiful reaching trees, and the kindness of students and staff. When I looked at my class schedule, I noticed one of my classes was in Ross 140. Unsure where Ross was located (I could not see it from the quad), it took me fifteen minutes to figure out that Ross was attached to Bauman. On my way from Stevens to Ross, I stopped for five minutes to let a squirrel yell at me for walking in the grass—highlight of my day. I entered Bauman and headed to the right down the stairs and past the restrooms before trying to open the door to Ross. The brown metal door refused to open. I knocked on the door hoping someone would open it from the other side—to no avail. So I gave up and walked back past the restrooms and into the hall where the Music and Art Departments were located. Walking down the hall of the Music Department, I stopped and admired the posters promoting upcoming plays and concerts. I remember thinking I was surrounded by gifted artists as I continued my journey to the other side of Ross. Turning left into the hallway that houses Ross 140 and 141, I noticed a stark difference between the hallways. The Music Department had wonderful art and signs adoring the white brick walls,while the classroom hallway only had bare, white brick walls. I suddenly felt cold and sad. Walking into Ross 140, I was assaulted by the smell of a wet locker room. My eyes started to water and my asthma began to flare up. I couldn’t breathe. How was this smell allowed in school? I decided to sit in the back of class, near the back door, closest to the window with my inhaler ready. As my professor walked in, she immediately asked students to open the windows. Someone asked about the smell. Someone else answered, “It always smells like this.” What? It always smells like this? And that wasn’t the end of the bizarre Ross 140 issue. The class heated up like a sauna. As the temperature increased, the odor intensified. I wish I could tell you the stench goes away but I can’t. I endured three classes in Ross 140. Now I am in Ross 141, which has the same issues as its neighbor, but we have the added seemingly endless construction of the football stadium to contend with our professor’s lectures. There is also, for some, the added distraction of vocalists singing above us. Ross 140 and 141 have no soundproofing. Some are annoyed by the competing voices. I am not. I love the music department. I love hearing voices run through the scales. What I don’t love is the constant smell of mildew and fertilizer. I don’t like having class inside a sauna. And the professor has to choose either air flow (and compete with construction or vocalists) or the aroma of wet socks that have sat in the washer for a month. Why can’t something be done about this? I have been informed that these issues in Ross 140 and 141 have been around for 10 years! I don’t understand that. There is money to redo the carpet of Bauman but no money to rip up a mildew infused carpet in 140 and 141? Can we soundproof the rooms? Can we put in fans to help with the heat? Ross 140 and 141 are not the only places that smell horrible. Have you ever been to the top floor of Minthorn? The mildew smell is so bad, I have to use my inhaler every time I walk up to the third floor—which houses the English Department of which I am blessed to be a part. I would love to have a chats with my professor in their offices in Minthorn but I can’t stay up there due to locker room fragrance. I wanted to share these concerns with you in hopes that we could come together and discuss ongoing additions and reconstruction on campus. As students, our voices matter.
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    The Price of Athletic Popularity

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    October 23, 2014
    With the rain finally deciding to show up and stay for a while, I’ve found myself in need of the athletic rain jacket I left at home, thinking I would swing by and pick it up on one of my free weekends. Ignorant of the idea that I’m a college student and my bank account is pretty much empty, I’ll look around online for rain jackets, in spite of my perfectly good coat sitting at home, hoping to find something durable yet fashion forward. Nike is one of the first places I’ll look, but the price tags are the last thing I’ll notice. Everyone wants to look good, presentable, or just a little bit attractive – even when you’re working out. When it comes to athletic wear, I’ll pick Nike first, simply because their products have durability, comfortable athletic-fits, bright colors, and an all-around good reputation. Yet, behind all the positive reinforcement I have towards Nike’s merchandise, I like Nike because everyone else likes Nike. No one really talks about Adidas or Under Armour the way everyone talks about Nike. Nike is cool. Nike is in – especially when you live near their home base in Beaverton, Ore. At Nike, you can easily spend close to $300 picking out the sale items, or go big with all the latest products, some individually priced at $170 or higher. Buy a jacket, a headband to keep your ears warm, and a new dry-fit t-shirt. Throw in a pair of running tights too, the one with the cool pattern. Last, but most importantly, pick out your new shoes, and design them to your liking – or Michael Jordan’s, because everyone wants to wear the his kicks. The prices, popularity, and production of Nike is now built off of celebrity endorsement and the sponsorships that Nike holds with everyone, from college teams to nationally ranked athletes bound to the Olympics someday. Nike runs the scene, trying to please everyone by continually growing off of their resources, in order to create further ground work. The swoosh has covered the world. Ever heard of ASICS athletic wear? Or Fila Sportswear? How about Altra footwear? These brands work just as well as the big brand names that go along with Nike, such as Adidas, Under Armour, The North Face, Columbia, Reebok, Russell, Champion, or Puma. We stick to the names we know because of availability, approval, and acceptance. Try branching out. You may be able to find something cheaper that works just as well as Nike’s merchandise. Rather than driving home this weekend, I’ll be headed to Newberg’s local Goodwill to find a temporary, if not permanent, solution to my current rain-jacket problem. If I’m lucky, maybe I’ll find some Nike product, but I’ll work with what I can find. Brands shouldn’t matter all that much, anyways.    

    From the Desk of the Editors: Lessons Learned

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    October 20, 2014
    Congratulations! We’ve made it past midterms. More or less anyways.  Take a minute and celebrate that. As for The Crescent, quite a bit has happened since my last post. We have been steadily working towards Issue 2.  As you read this, articles will be about halfway through the editing process. There were some great story ideas during our planning meeting and Leah and I cannot wait to see them all laid out on the pages. In between these two issues, we had a retreat. Some of you may have seen the pictures on our Facebook. Sadly, I was unable to go, but it looked like a good time was had by all. It hasn’t been all sunshine and roses though. I’ve had to learn how to be administrative.  I’ve had to learn to send emails that weren’t terribly happy without sounding like I was just verbally attacking someone. I’ve had to be tough on people and I can’t say I’ve enjoyed it. Every boss likes to think of himself or herself as a good boss.  As an editor, I try to be a good boss. But, A good boss is not overly lenient. A good boss is not a tyrant. A good boss is someone that finds the balance, someone who is soft and supportive while still being obviously in charge. There’s also this great advice from Tina Fey That is the fine line that we have to walk. You know what, though? We will take each step as if we owned that line. We are going to produce something great and look great while we do it. Isn’t that what journalism is about? Okay, okay. I know it’s about good storytelling and integrity. But you can’t blame a guy for trying to look good while delivering a quality product.

    A Balance of Personality

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    October 17, 2014
      How many memes have you seen lately about someone who avoids socializing and claims they are an introvert? Many of these memes are hateful towards extroverts too, claiming that anyone who socializes so often is crazy or annoying.  Then there are people who claim that introverts are weird, have a bad attitude, and don’t want to participate. Introverts will often say they can’t stand extroverts, and extroverts say they can’t stand introverts.  A lot of this just stems from misunderstanding someone or forcing someone to be what he or she is not. Everyone is different and not everyone has to go about life the same way. Some people spend most of their time alone; other people spend most of their time socializing at events. What’s important is balance. The terms ‘introvert’ and ‘extrovert’ were first used by psychologist Carl Jung. He said, “There is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert, such a person would be in the lunatic asylum.” This is very important; if you prefer to be alone at home, that’s good! Just please step outside every now and then and please have face-to-face interactions that are not on the internet! If you prefer to stay out late, hanging out with friends, then have fun! Just please come home every now and then! Don’t be afraid to have a little bit of alone time to reflect. Most people would never even want to be on these extremes — they don’t want to go crazy. A lot of people are actually neither extroverts nor introverts, they are ambiverts. They may lean a little more towards one or the other, but overall they are fairly balanced. I think it’s probably more important to strive towards ambiversion. Both extroverts and introverts have their good qualities, but too much of one thing is never good.

    How the Fed Has Created the Next Recession

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    October 15, 2014
    In 2008 the Federal Reserve went into accelerated damage control brought on by public panic and governmental overreaction. Interest rates quickly dropped to nearly zero; they even discussed a negative interest rate. This is called expansionary fiscal policy and it works to stimulate the market by creating cheap dollars. It worked and the S&P has risen to record levels in the last five years. However, as the market rose, it never stabilized; it just kept rising and the Fed didn’t change. In fact the Fed hasn’t announced any change in policy since the crash in 2008. People have expressed concern about how the markets resurgence is not based on solid market principles like consumer confidence and employment, but rather on rampant inflation due to the Fed. What does this mean for the average person? Simple, the reason the Fed is afraid to announce much needed rate hikes, is because it might cause a major market correction. A correction occurs when people realize the market is overpriced due to excessive optimism and speculation. The largely efficient market will “correct” to a lower price. This is not a bad thing but it is scary and those who got sucked into the emotion of a bull market lose, and lose big. The danger is that since the Fed is already at zero percent interest, if the market corrects they wont be able to slow it and then it will crash. To combat this, they would have to get creative and we would be in an inflationary recessive market. The combo of massive job loss and increasing prices would sink our economy for years. The Fed would have to raise interest rates and the flow of lending dollars would dry up overnight. Companies would close and thousands would be out of work within a matter of hours. The Fed recently announced plans to begin raising rates in the next year; this has created an uneasy market. The Dow Jones Industrial average has experienced three consecutive days of triple digit change either way. The optimists are growing more desperate and the bears are getting whiplashed. What ever can we do to avoid losing our savings and come out of this in one piece? A resolved investor can not only survive a massive market correction, but also come out of it far richer than before. The great John Templeton said, “The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy, and the time of maximum optimism is the best time to sell.” Sell your short and mid-term holdings and put them in gold ETF’s like GLD and UGL and wait. When the market drops watch the price of gold jump 30 to 40 percent in a day. Then when the people on CNN say “The world is ending, America is done for” buy and buy big blue chip stocks. Buy ETF’s of the S&P 500 and 400. Then as things normalize, wait for the eventual recovery and don’t sell until people get optimistic again.

    Are Geeks and Nerds the New Bullies?

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    October 15, 2014
    My name is Heather and I am an ubergeek. The first indication of this came while watching “Star Wars: Episode 4” in the early ’80s. Star Wars allows me to enter into a world of possibility, loyalty, and community of acceptance. No matter how I look, dress, or speak, other Star Wars geeks will embrace my passionate character. While working at the Disney Store in 1994—when it was cool—I amassed a plethora of bobbles, clothes, art, and stuffed animals. After my graduation from high school, my collecting obsession kicked up another notch—to the detriment of any savings I have. There are many levels to my ubergeekness: Comic Cons Star Trek Stargate SG1 Doctor Who Sherlock Spaceballs Fan art Walking Dead Carcassonne Anything by Joss Whedon or J.J. Abrams Brent Weeks and so much more. As a fangirl, I am overly animated and unable to speak to people who I am enthusiastic about. I have a Lord of the Rings room—action figures (still in their boxes), posters, games, buttons, bookmarks, postcards, popcorn buckets, and each release of the trilogy. I seek others who share my passions. Thankfully, at George Fox University there are other people who share the same propensity towards shows like Sherlock and Supernatural. I don’t feel odd wearing a mashup shirt of Doctor Who and Legend of Zelda. I don’t feel misunderstood if I start talking about why Firefly needs another movie. I don’t feel judgment for being fanatical about things that challenge and inspire me; unlike when I worked with people who looked down on me for geeking out. A former boss said that if I had the same passion for Star Wars as I did for my job, I would actually be good at my job. This boss held my geekiness against me. She did not care that my ubergeekness was a large part of who I am—she used it against me and I allowed her words to make me feel small and inept. In 2010, Katie Goldman, a first grader from Evanston, Illinois, was bullied by boys at her school for wearing a Star Wars backpack and drinking out of a Star Wars water bottle. The boys told Goldman “only boys like Star Wars.” Upon hearing of her daughter’s struggle, Goldman’s mother posted a blog titled “Anti-Bullying Starts in the First Grade” and the blog went viral. Over 800,000 comments encouraged Goldman to be true to herself and continue her love for Star Wars. According to actor Wil Wheaton, “We have to acknowledge and realize that for a really long time, we who self-identify as geeks and nerds, were separated from the cool kids who bullied us.” But in the last few years, geeks and nerds have become the “cool kids.” Thanks to global connectivity, Comic Cons, and shows like The Big Bang Theory, The Guild, and the Nerdist, being a geek or nerd is socially acceptable. photo by Heather Harney During this year’s Rose City Comic Con, Wil Wheaton was asked if he worried about geeks and nerds becoming the new bullies. “That is not a worry, that is a reality,” answered Wheaton. His reply stunned me. After reading multiple blogs, Reddit threads, and listening to other geeks and nerds, sadly I have to report Wheaton is right. Why would those who had been bullied become bullies? The Age of the Geek and Nerd comes with multi-faceted complex levels of inclusion and exclusion. Each group has numerous branches. Within these groups, skepticism grows as those who never proclaimed their love of Dungeons and Dragons or video games now come out of the “dark” and claim to be geeks and nerds. Wheaton suggests that some of those people have brought their hierarchal bullying with them. Then there are those who are super smart who talk down to those who are not. An example of this can be found in “The Big Bang Theory” episode titled “The Justice League Recombination” when Penny calls the boys out for making fun of her friend who wants to talk to them about science saying: “For a group of guys who claim they spent most of their lives being bullied, you can be real jerks.” Another unfortunate consequence is found in the subcultures who have become Gollum-like and claim they are the only ones who may have the “precious”—be that comics, C++, or video games. Within the culture, as a whole, there is a lot of misogynistic behavior manifesting itself through bullying. Female gamers run up against Gollum-like groups that declare the only true gamers are men. Female Cos-players are constantly sexualized and belittled for expressing their love of a characters. photo by Heather Harney So how do we end bullying? The first step is to acknowledge that some geeks and nerds have become bullies. The next step is demand change. Bullying happens every day regardless of status—whether you are a “cool kid” or “nerd.” We must stop the circle of aggression and teach people that being different is okay. Geeks and nerds must refrain from seeking vengeance or prohibiting participation in all the wonderful things they love. Each of us should be free to be ourselves, let our flags fly, and support each other’s unique passions. Choose to be kind, honorable, and awesome to each other. Remember what it feels like to be happy and then pass the feeling on. Take a moment to say hello to someone you have never met. Take a chance and step outside of your comfort zone and learn something new. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake. Invite someone to play a game. Speak out if you see someone being bullied. However you identify yourself, remember words and actions matter.

    From the Desk of the Editors: Our First Issue

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    October 6, 2014
    Well, there it is! The first issue of The Crescent has been on newsstands for nearly a week and we have received some positive feedback from our readers! Everyone on the staff did his or her part to make this issue the fresh example of journalism that George Fox University hasn’t seen in a long time. Let’s take a moment to celebrate that. Of course, there were mistakes. Welcome to student publications. At least it wasn’t quite so bad as “standium” on the front page. I still have nightmares about that one. In fact, the mistakes from this issue will probably keep me up a night for a while. However, we cannot dwell on these mistakes forever. We have to remember that working on The Crescent is a learning process and that every one of our goals is to continue to work towards improvement. We have also been working towards getting the website up a running. It’s been a rocky path to get to this point, but we are dedicated to delivering timely news to our readers and we hope that the website can be that for them. In following our goal of being the Voice of the Students, I would love to see more submissions from the student body. We have a new email for submissions (coeditors@gfucrescent.com) and we want to encourage our fellow students to send their ideas, even if it is just an idea or a small lead The Crescent can look into. Well, there it is. Read the paper. Or else. Just kidding.

    Inadvertant Feminist Revealed During HeforShe Speech

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    October 3, 2014
      On Sept. 22, Emma Watson, best known for playing Hermione in the Harry Potter films, stood before the United Nations to reveal the UN’s HeforShe campaign. “Today we are launching a campaign called for HeForShe. I am reaching out to you because we need your help. We want to end gender inequality, and to do this, we need everyone involved,” Watson requested. “This is the first campaign of its kind at the UN. We want to try to mobilize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for change. And, we don’t just want to talk about it. We want to try and make sure that it’s tangible.” Watson identified herself as a feminist at the age of 18. She never struggled with the word and its unpopular implications. I have never called myself a feminist. The word has too many ugly connotations to it. I have never had a problem with the word “mankind” (and neither does 95.79% of GFU students surveyed). Intentions and actions speak louder to me than gender inclusive words. However, while watching Watson’s speech, I asked myself if I was a feminist. With each word Watson spoke, I found myself cheering, nodding my head in agreement, and poised for action. Yet, I still struggled with the meaning of “feminism.” How does the HeforShe campaign define feminism? “For the record, feminism by definition is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of political, economic, and social equality of the sexes,” Watson explained. I agree with the definition and, therefore, according to Watson, I must now admit that I am an inadvertent feminist! I agree men and women should have the same opportunities and the same rights politically, economically, and socially. I have been on the receiving end of lower pay compared to my male co-workers. Men and women have called me bossy. I have had conversations with men and women who are aware of the drastic differences in equality between the sexes, yet they feel no call to action. For this reason, it will take 75 years for women to obtain equal pay, it will take 74 years until all young women in Africa will be offered a secondary education, and 15.5 million girls will be married as children over the next 16 years. Do these statistics sit well with you? Do you feel accountable for these inequalities? I believe our silence makes us accountable. I am not saying I believe men are to blame for everything; instead, I am saying that each individual who remains silent is accountable for the continuation of human rights violations. Watson and the UN are calling us, both women and men, to the table to begin the inclusive discussion to create a battle plan to obtain gender equality sooner rather than later. So how does the HeforShe campaign suggest we stop the violent cycle of inaction? The campaign asks boys and men to enter into the conversation in hopes of producing united actions. Men suffer from gender inequality in different ways than women. Most men are unable to ask for help emotionally for fear of seeming weak and are beholden to the stereotypical standard of what men are—strong, aggressive, leaders, and stoic. As a vital piece of the puzzle to end gender inequality, men need to sit at the same table with equal footing. Watson’s campaign seeks to entice ownership and accountability in both men, women, boys, and girls. Gender equality is a human rights issue. Every girl, boy, woman, and man should have the same privileges. Every human should have a right to education, fair pay, the ability to choose a spouse, the right to vote, the right to show vulnerability, the right to lead without being called bossy, the right to be a parent, and the right to call for the same freedom for others. While the HeforShe campaign just started, over 161,900 men have agreed to declare that: “Gender equality is not only a woman’s issue, it is a human rights issue that requires my participation. I commit to take action against all forms of violence and discrimination faced by women and girls.” But we can’t stop there. I believe conversations need to take place in homes, in schools, in workplaces, in churches, in our neighborhoods right away. The days of not caring what happens to others as long as we are taken care of must disappear. We need to also talk about the polarization of the word feminist—the struggle to find a better word that brings unity continues. As Watson ended her speech, she asked the audience, “If not me, who? If not now, when?” Russell Wilson, quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, asked this same question last year as he rallied his team towards the Super Bowl. However, Wilson’s question doesn’t call us to action, Watson’s does—a united global accountability. So will the HeforShe campaign become tangible? Or will we wait for someone else to rally the troops? Can this newly branded inadvertent feminist step out and begin seeking ways to end the violent cycle of just talking? If not me, then who? I want to start the conversation on campus. We should be discussing gender equality while imparting a global accountability to each student. We can no longer just focus on our wants and rights. We are called to serve others. I encourage both men and women to take the HeforShe commitment pledge and begin talking. Watson’s elegant speech brought the UN to its feet. I hope her speech brings mankind to the table to change the world, now. I am being called to action! I am calling you to action! My name is Heather—an inadvertent feminist who wants to talk about gender equality across the board. Do you have a minute? http://www.heforshe.org/#take-action

    A Twisted School Spirit?

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    October 1, 2014
    The view of school spirit in America requires a serious change. It has been twisted into something only about sports and extracurricular activities. The average way people will exhibit their school spirit is attending sporting events and cheering on their school, wearing school colors, or participating in extracurricular activities. However, doesn’t it seem like emotional support of an educational institution should have to do with your education? What is the true definition of school spirit? Which is the best way to exhibit school spirit? I asked several anonymous students what they would define as school spirit. Here is what a few said: Student A: “I guess school spirit’s probably being in support of your school and its activities that it does. Sometimes school spirit can be taken a little overboard in blind support, not actually knowing what you’re supporting or where your money’s going when you’re paying the school causing you to just support whatever the school does. So I do think you need to do like research into what you are supporting first and foremost, but overall it’s generally a good thing when not done blindly or taken overboard.” Student B: “School spirit is when the community on campus comes together to achieve something higher than they can achieve by themselves; an academic culture, or even like on George Fox, a religious culture that drives towards achieving a higher understanding of life and helps themselves become better people.” Student C: “School spirit is a spirit of being supportive of your school.” Student D: “Showing up at all of the sporting events and supporting all of our teams even if they stink.” Some, like student D, claim that school spirit only has to do with sports; while others, like student B, claim that school spirit has to with something completely different, forming an academic or religious community. I believe that school spirit should be a balance of both, forming an academic and religious community, while supporting the people within that community who play sports. The main focus of a school should be its academia; at a religious school the focus should be academics and religion working together. This means most of your energy, money, and time should be going into academics and religion. After it is insured that you have done your best in classes, and in chapel and other religious activities offered, then there are extra ways to support your school. You can support the sports teams, participate in clubs, go to school activities, and wear school colors. It must be insured though that it does not take your time away from what really matters in the long run, which is the reason you should have for coming to George Fox University: to be a part of an academic and religious community, to better yourself and others. This should be everyone’s view of school spirit, but school spirit has become twisted, with its focus on sports and activities. We now accuse someone of lacking school spirit if they stay back and do homework rather than go to the game. Why shouldn’t they try their best and spend their time on their homework? That is why they came to GFU. We even say people lack school spirit when they don’t play on a sports team or participate in clubs. Those activities take a lot of time and commitment, and if someone feels they should be spending that on academics, they should not be criticized. Rather, they should be praised for prioritizing. There needs to be a serious change in America with the way we view school spirit. In everything there should be a balance, and there should be no criticizing people when they feel that balance means there are certain activities they cannot, and should not, participate in.  

    Welcome Back! A Message from the New Editors!

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    September 2, 2014
    Hello readers! Your friendly (new) neighborhood Crescent editors-in-chief here with just a few words about your local student newspaper. It’s a brand new school year.  Out with the old and in with the new and other such clichés! But, the thing about a good clichés (how oxymoronic) is that they so often ring true.  The old class is gone and new class has just embarked on its college adventure. Hopefully, this isn’t you. Keeping in stride, The Crescent has a few new things going for it as well.  In addition to bringing back some wonderful people from last year, we have also hired several new faces as well.  Every staff is different and we are excited start working with this one. The actual paper itself will also be taking on some changes.  We are redesigning some of the aspects to make it a more pleasurable reading experience for everyone.  We have also dedicated ourselves to getting the website functioning so you, the readers, can find timely news online any time. We are also intent on teaming up with both The Student Collective and KFOX Radio on various projects.  Be on the lookout for those! There may be changes, but we are dedicated as ever. As the editors-in-chief, we have a few goals for The Crescent To chase good stories and deliver relevant news in a timely fashion. To make The Crescent a competitive news source on the collegiate level. To truly life up to the expectations as The Voice of the Students While we will be doing our best to work towards these goals all year, we cannot do it alone.  We need you, the readers, to help.  We need our readers.  Otherwise, we are writing for nothing and may as well close down.  Remember that we do what we do for you. We want you input! In order to truly be The Voice of the Students, we need feedback from you on what you think is important.  Have a news lead?  An interesting feature about someone you know?  Strong opinions on things?  Let us know!  We have an email address just for that reason: thecrescentgfu@gmail.com.  We want to hear from you because what you have to say is important. Finally, share what you’ve read!  Was there an article in the paper that really got to you?  Bring it up in conversation!  Was there an article online that you really liked? Share it on social media! Together, we can make The Crescent a publication that students (and anyone else) want to read. So, to the incoming class we say welcome! To returners we say welcome back! You are the readers, potential and otherwise, and we cannot wait to serve you the best we can.                                                                                                                                                                                            The Crescent Co-Editors-in-Chief,                                                                                                                                                                                                Leah Abraham and Levi Bowers p.s. If anyone wants to be a volunteer newsie, please do so.

    Our Stories Never End

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    April 28, 2014
    Today is bittersweet. With the last of my official classes and finals quick approaching, the reality of the end is beginning to sink in. As sad as I am that things are ending, I can not help but reflect on how blessed I have been this year, not just by coming to George Fox in general, but also by being able to be part of such an amazing staff. It is not often that people get to do what they love with so many others who share the same passion. For that I am grateful. The biggest blessing of my Crescent experience was being able to write these beats. Focusing my beats on the ways God has been and is moving on campus was so encouraging to me. I loved the chance to meet with people for interviews. These interviews have felt much less like actual interviews, and more like my spirit being filled with passion as people like Kelly, Joanna, and Miranda shared their stories. By the end of the semester, I was looking forward to writing these every week. They did not feel like a burden I had to accomplish. They were an encouragement to hear about, to write about, and my hope is that they were an encouragement to read. It was cool to be reminded, through these beats, of the power of stories and the power of God. They reminded me why I love editing, why I love writing, and I hope they reminded others why they loved Jesus. In the midst of the chaos of school, and in the midst of the change that comes with the end of the year, I hope that people take the time to remind themselves that God is writing the story of our lives every day, in every way.