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editor in chief cynthia noah assistant editor: katie ulliman copy editors: natalie lollis jennifer merrill head photographer: chelsea roberson layout editors: emily burrows seth massengill adviser: jeremy d. beauchamp While sitting in the courtyard between Sears and Searcy Halls on Dec. 14, junior Christina Gemma reads her Bible. "I love how everyone has the same believes as me and how we can debate it and share it ... and with Bible classes and chapel, [Harding] has helped me to keep up my relationship with God," Gemma said. -Chelsea Roberson petit jean 2007 harding university searcy, ark. volume 83

2 Participating in the Ch i Sigma Al p ha m ixer Sept. 7, freshman Nathan Wilhelm swings from a rope onto a pile of mattresses.The mixer was called the MXC Mixer after the television show "Most Extreme Elimi nation Challenge." -Amber Bazargani

from the moment we arrive we lookforward to theday when we wi enter the real war d ,- After making a defensive stop, senior Josh Gronvold tries to run the ball up the field to score as senior Shane Smith attempts to stop him during the Black and Gold game Oct. 27. "The Black and Gold game was fun because it drew a lot of alumni to play against us," junior Josh Jairos, a member of the lacrosse team, said. -Chelsea Roberson opening 3

Keeping possession of the ball, freshman Chelsea Smith continues down the field as a Montevallo player attempts a steal Sept. 22. The Montevallo game was the Lady Bisons first Gulf South Conference game which they won 3-0. -Amber Bazargani Waiting to walk, senior Jeff Fowler looks up at his family and friends May 13 at graduation in the Ganus Athletic Center. More than 655 seniors received their degrees in May. -Jeff Montgomery we pursue dreams, butweknowwecan neverstray from chasing after God's heart

During a brass seminar taught by Daniel Perantoni, professor of music from Indiana University, senior James W il hite, a music education major, receives a tuba lesson. "This master class was a once-in-a-lifetime awesome experience that not every serious tuba player gets to have," W ilhite said. -Chelsea Roberson opening

we can never achieve this balance, but our time in (ollege helps W4IIi get one step coser to our ultimate goa Senior Betsy Glover and freshman Heather Turner help junior Ryan Davenport, who went by "Princess," give birth as freshman Philip Mainprize looks on during the hypnotist show Aug. 19. "Anything the hypnotist told me to do, even if it was really dumb, sounded like a great idea to me," Glover said of being hypnotized. -Chelsea Roberson ,.

Epic Hero frontman Justin Milbradt and bassist and keybordist Brad Bivens perform "Making Me Love You" from their new album in the Benson Auditorium on Oct.S. "The whole show was really relaxed; it was like sitting watching them practice," said senior Corey McEntyre, who played several songs with the band and organized the concert. -Chelsea Roberson

honored by the senior class From taking studems overseas and helping them see another world view to applying biblical principles to everyday objects, Scott Adair, assistam professor of Bible, tried [Q help his students discover truth for themselves, which was one of the many reasons Adair was voted by the senior class as the 2007 P etit Jean dedication recipient. Adair received his bachelor's degree in Bible and religion from Harding in 1990, his master of divinity from Harding University Graduate School of Religion and planned to finish his doctorate of ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary by August of 2007. Before coming to teach at H arding in 2001 , Adair spent eight years as a youth minister at Highway Chutch of Chtist in Judsonia, Ark., and four years at South MacArthur Church of Christ in Irving, Texas. O ne of the reasons he went into teaching was to train youch ministers, which he felt was an extension of h is ministry. "For me it's a multiplication of ministry," Adair said. ''I've been doi ng youth ministry for 12 years and could have done youth ministry for many more years because 1 really enjoyed it, but T fel t like my best contribution at that point in my life would be to train youth ministers and ministers in general." One of Adair's favorite parts of teaching was seeing his students develop while they progressed through school. "I love seeing students discover truth, discover the character of God and own it themselves," Adair said. "I like fac ilitating discovery bener than importing data. My favorite thing is to see that. 1love to see students who have been through that process and it's transformational. I like the changing of lives." Senior Kenly Penn, who had Adair as a teacher and was in Adair's youth group at South MacArthur, said Adair was unique as a professor because of the care he put into his teaching. "H e is very passionate about what he does," Penn said. "You can tell the way he teaches he really gets into it, and he uses emotion." One ofthe ways in which Adair showed his pas– sion was through the applications ofhis teachings. In the fall of 2005, Adair invited his Adolescent Education class to his home since his family owned a horse farm. He showed his class the connection that humans and intelligent animals could make and explained how communication changed when horses and humans interacted. He used the illusn aScott Adair, assistant professor of Bible, speaks at Lectureships on Sept. 27 on "Walking theAdolescentTightrope." Adair worked in youth ministry for 12 years before teaching at Harding. -Amber Bazargani tion to talk abom some of the teaching principles which they were learning abom in class. Adair also sponsored students on survey tri ps to Greece, India, Mexico and Thailand, wh ich he said was important for adolescents to go on. "I thil1k for the development ofa young person, having those global experiences is life transforma– tional," Adair said. "It shows them a whole other world view and helps them to critique and value their own world view. It helps them to appreciate the God of the world and other people's perspec– tive. It gives them the heart for another country, another people." renn said one ofthe things he enjoyed aboutAdair was the ease at which he could talk to Adair. "He's very relatable," Penn said. "He's easy to talk to and a good listener. I really think he understands people. I know he's impacted my life a lot as being a friend, a mentor, as a teacher." Adair said, above all, he wanted to try and instill in his students to seek the truth. "I think 1want to teach them to don't be afraid to ask questions," Adair said. "Know to pursue the why ofeverything and that God is truth and that he is not threatened by our scrutiny and that we grow in our questions." -Cynthia Noah, editor in chief

While having his Adolescent Education class over at his house in the fall of 2005, Scott Adair helps former student Andrew Hutchinson get a catfish off his fishing pole. Adair invited his class to his house to ride horses and have a bonfire and used the time to teach his class that they could use anything to teach teenagers about life, even horseback riding. -Courtesy of Christy Morton dedicatioIlJ--"__ '

During the Student Association kick-off party Aug. 25, junior Scott Hannigan bobs for apples on the front lawn. The winner of the bobbing for apples contest won an autographed picture of President David Burks, also known as the "Basil Award." -Chelsea Roberson

5U en I e students aimed to achieve new experiences, activities and ministries, but became whole when they balanced God and life Excited to see a dancing doughnut, sophomore DerekTucker twirls senior Emily Smith during the Zeta Rho, TNT and Friends Spring Sing show April 12. "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff," the show's title, won the John H. Ryan Sweepstakes trophy. -Chelsea Roberson alex smith student life editor diyision,~

SEEN Importance of Spring Sing crew brought to light After the house lights went down and the stage lights came up and a wave of light washed over the colorfully dressed hosts, hostesses and ensemble members, the magic of Spring Sing began. But as the audience watched the performers on stage, there was a group of students, and a few adults, who were working behind the scenes fixing broken platforms, making sure pro ps were in their proper places and ensur– ing the more than 1,000 students who were in the show gOt on and off the Stage safely. Although they were nOt seen by audience members ~ or even by performers ~ the show could not have gone on witham the crew. Before dubs were practicing, the Spring Sing crew began working on the show soon after Christmas break. Adam Sullivan, technical director for Spring Sing, posted applications and then hand picked the members of the crew who started building around the beginning of February. The members of the crew then spent around 20 hours a week to get the stage prepared for the show. fu opening night approached , the crew spent many hours working in the Benson ~ sometimes until 6 a.m. ~ and then had to go to class or work the next day. Despite the long hours, senior Seth Fish, who worked crew for two years, said one of the reasons he did Spring Sing was the experience. "It is what we love to do," Fish said. "It's just fun building; it's my future. It's practical experience because building something like the [Spring Singset] o n such a massive scale is valuable knowledge." The crew was split into two different groups: the build crew, who built the set, made props, worked on the fly system and did other various set jobs, and the running crew who worked during the performances making sure the performers did nor get hurt running on and off the stage. "[The running crew has] 800-plus people running on and off the Benson in under a minute multiple times so its our job to make sure they get to where they are going, that they safely do, make sure they can see the steps, make sure that we know when to let them in, when to fly in cues for lights, when things need to fly in and OUt for dubs," Fish said. "We're basically directional." One of the most important aspects of the crew was their work was never seen by [he audience. "The crew's goal is to keep the audience unaware ofJUSt how much is actually going on backstage," Dr. Steve Frye, director ofSpting Sing, said. "[The crew] responds well to orders and keeps the flow of the show going so the audience thinks it's happening real easy, [when] it's actually a very large task." Fish said not being seen was what they were trained/to do. "It's hard work and determination," Fish said. "We're [he original ninjas. We're [rained to dress in black and not be seen by the audience," To be on the crew, Frye said members needed co have good people skills, good carpencry or paiming skills, o r something appropriate for the task. Fish said even though the crew did not get much recognition from audience members or from Spring Sing participants, they realized their irnponance in the show. "It's kind of an adrenaline rush," Fish said. "[Because you are running] on stage, moving large heavy objects [while] the curtain is going up and [[ying to get [the cast] all there and knowing that you have thousands of people enjoying the show. T hey may n ot n ecessarily be clapping because they saw you, bur you helped to become a part of something bigger." -Cynthia Noah Singing with the male ensemble, junior hostess Jillian Shackleford performs"1 Need a Hero" from the animated movie "Shrek 2" on April II, 2006. "Toon In" marked Shackelford's second consecutive year as Spring Sing hostess. -Chelsea Roberson 12 student life Performing his solo on April 11, 2006, junior host Travis Wisely, accompanied by ensemble members seniors Katie Casey and Anya Burt, sings "Snoopy" during Spring Sing's "Toon In.'' Wisely's song was taken from the musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." ·Chelsea Roberson

Striking theirfinal pose, members of Gamma Sigma Phi, lota Chi and Friends wrap up their re-enactment of famous childhood legends in their show "Hoe Down, Show Down" on April 11,2006. Members dressed as tall tale characters such as Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan and Calamity Jane. -Chelsea Roberson Moving in unison, senior Sarah Doty and sophomore Tiffany Allison prepare to escape a volcano on April II , 2006, for the show "What Bl ows Up, Must Come Down ." Regina, Chi Sigma Alpha and Friends were presented with the Spirit Award. -Chelsea Roberson spring sing 1-",--_ ""

· ' • • Dining in the cafeteria at the theme dinner Aug. 19, freshmen Chelsea Carr and Lindsey Mandich, sophomore Daniel Leder, freshman Lindsay Whittington and sophomore Ashley Buford dress as their favorite movie or television character. Stu– dent Impact activities during the weekend also included a hypnotist and an illusionist show. -Amber Bazargani Participating in the limbo contest, senior Josh Lee jumps high over the limbo stick held by junior Jake Wood and sophomore Julia Nipper at the annual luau held at Harding Park on Aug. 18. President David Burks greeted each freshman as he handed them leis. -Jon Byron

' • • Serving atthe Searcy Humane Society, sophomore Chad Mynatt and freshman Kala Stidham towel dry a dog with their energy group Aug. 19. Other service projects included washing cars, cleaning houses and visiting Harding Place. -Amber Bazargani Students sacrifice summer vacation for Impact A bout aweek before classes reswned for the fall semester, an eieccric buzz was felt on campus. It was a time when the campus ' once again sprang CO life, making it a stark contrast ro [he ghost (Own it became during the summer. It was a time when fresh men flooded the campus and the vete rans, sometimes fifth o r even sixth-year seniors, returned, inch ing closer (0 graduation. It was time fo r 5(Udem ImpacL t Student Impact was a time each year when new friendships were made and old friendships were rekindled. "This isYour Life" was the theme . of Student Impact 2006. Energy group leaders came back to campus Aug. 13, fo ur days before the freshmen arrived, for a dinner and kick-off meeting. Even though th is swdent-run activity only lasted for four days, the behind-the-scenes r work began months in advance. Senior BetsyGlover and juniorRyan Davenport were chosen as co-directors and began preparing in the middle of the spring semester 2006. "Swdent Impact is a huge undertaking by all participants, and I was thrilled to be a parr of the acdon this year," G lover said. Many students were equally thrilled to be a pan of Impact; more than 100 students came tOgether to help lead energy groups and 20 people participated as part of the Steering Committee, which planned all of the Impact events. Luke Watson, a junior scheduled to go to Harding Unive rsity in Greece during the fall semester, returned during his summer break to help out. "1mainly wanted to be the re for my sister, since it is her first year at Harding," Wacson said. c'It was also real1y nice to see my frien ds before I left the country for several months." Wa tson had much responsibility during Impact. In addi tion to serving on the Steering Committee, he was given the title "Techn ical Guru" as he created videos documenting the daily activities ofImpact. "Luke is incred ibly talented wi th video," G lover said. "He would film du ring the day in addition to his other responsibilities and then stay up almost all night editing to get the videos ready." Junior Jake Wood, another studen t who attended HUG during the fall, also returned to campus so he could co ntribute to Student Impact. Wood panicipated in Student Impact 2005 and wanted to help out this year. Like Watson, Wood also wanted to say a final good-bye to his friends before leaving for the fall semester. "1wasn't really on the Steering Commi ttee, SO I just showed up early to see if help was needed," Wood said. "I realized 1 wouldn't be able to tell everyone bye- bye before I left so Impact was the answer." G lover said she thought Student Impact was a success this year. "T he biggest evidence came directly from the incoming freshmen, who we were doing this for," G lover said. "T his year was extra special in that the Steeri ng Committee became very close. At the close of each night, we would get together and sing, and we tru ly loved spending rime together." O ther highlights from Student Impact 2006 were the devotionals on Friday and Saturday evening and t he messages brought by guest speaker Jonathan Storment. "The singing as a whole group was awesome, and Jonathan Storment absolutely hit the theme on the head," Glover said. .. Davenport said he felt personally gratified that. he had been able to introduce the freshmen to the spirit ofH arding. However, he said the ultimate goal of all those involved in Impact was not a feeling of accomplishment for themselves. "We were not rhere for our own personal gain, but to impact the freshmen,» Davenport said. "This was fo r them, not us.» -Jordan Dyniewski student impact 1,_,,--_ _

l6 student life After receiving her Homecoming crown, senior Katie Casey is greeted by President David Burks, 2005 Homecoming Queen senior Erin Reese, and attendants Caden Burks, Anna Goode and Ann Clayton Beason on Oct. 28. "I was so surprised when my name was called; I felt incredibly honored," • Casey said. -Chelsea Roberson -. ,.-.

brings The 2006 Homecoming musical, "Fiddler on rhe Roof," was a Iinie different t han past produ ctions; inS[ead of having a caS[ made up of only students, the show featured several members of the faculty and their fam ilies in some of its lead and chorus roles. Dottie Frye. instructor ofcommunication who played one of the leads, Golde, said the family-like na[Ure ofthe show was appealing along with the musical's scrip t.and music. "I love the show," Frye said. "It is one of chose rare musicals where the script is as strong as the music. So when I was asked if I would be willing to play Golde, [ jumped at the opportunity." No t only did the script offer faculty a chance to partici pate in the Harding revival of a Tony Award-wi nning show, bur it also gave them the oppof(uniry [Q inrerac( with some of their srudems in a setting outside of the classroom. "Some of the students [in the musical] I have in class, and we go from having class in (he day and then we're on stage that night together," Ross Cochran, professor of Bible, • • ,/ Gathering around the bonfire Oct. 27, swdents show their school spirit at the Bison Bash, which was held the night before the football game.The Bison Bash also featured a car bash, the band SweetAction and a beat-box competition. -Jon Byron liON faculty, families together said. "That's fu n, and it's a great reinfo rcing opportunity. " Cochran said the large cast focused on community and togetherness in rehearsals, which added a couch of realism co their performances. He said the diversity helped in bringing aud iences on a personal level into the fictional (Own ofAnatevka. The famil ies of participating professors were able to have the experience of working with college students as wel l. Wendy Neill, wife of Assistant Professor of Music Kelly Neill, said working with the students was a wonde rful ex-perience for her and her children. "My girls love being around the college students, and I like for them to be around such great role models," Neill said. "The students have been so good at loving on my children." DirkSmith, regional diroccor ofadvancement whose family participated as cast members, said the backstage element was an added bonus to the experience. ''We enjoyed meeting new people, creating a fam ily memory and seeing a true behindthe-scenes look at what it takes to put on a producdon of (his caliber," Smith said. Jun ior Anna Dixo n, di rectOr of props for the show, said the atmosphere for this show was unique because of the dynamics between the college students, the professors and their families. T he environment backstage was also affected by the show's limited number of crew members. Dixon said cast members of all ages we re required to be res ponsible in such matters as making sure they had the ri ght props for each scene. "Everyone really had to work hard and together and pitch in since there was not a big crew," Dixon said. According to Frye, the varied cast helped make working on the musical a worthwhile and rewarding experience. "Working with such a varied cast is a very rich process," Frye said. "We have cast members as young as 3 years old to mid to late fifties or older and everything in between. Such a wealth of experience and talent to blend and meld is exciting." -Brooke Light . '. • ' . ' homecomingLU__

- In the song "To Life;' sophomore Jerry Lafevers, freshman Logan McLain, junior Daniel Chalenburg, sophomore David Walton, junior Caleb Keese and Bryan Phillips, associate professor of kinesiology, strike a final pose during the Homecoming musical "Fiddler on the Roof" on Oct. 26. "Working with such a varied cast was such a rewarding experi– ence," Dottie Frye, instructor of communication, said. -Chelsea Roberson Members ofthe Good News Singers, juniors Travis Wisely, Rachel Wheeler and Joel Cox. and senior Sarah Whitehouse, sing in front of the Mclnteer building Oct. 27. The Good News Singers performed for many of the fami lies visiti ng campus during Homecoming weekend. -Chelsea Roberson

Cutting upfield, junior defensive back Cam Clark runs the ball while juniors Hayden Cruce, running back, and Michael Solano, tight end. look to block during the Homecoming football game against Henderson State on Oct. 28. The Bisons won the game against the Reddies 38·34 in overtime. -Chelsea Roberson Performing the "Home Show" on Oct. 28, Pied Pipers juniors Sadie Bullard, Jodi Pittard and Mat· thew Perring, sophomore Keith Fisher, seniors Ian Thomas and Megan Gilbert, junior Andy Frye, and sophomore Brian Bullard tell the story of Tyler Toad to former Pipers,friends and family. "It's neat to be able to perform with Pipers from past years because once they come on stage it's like they've .A. been rehearsing and performing with us; it's like an ~ extended family," Gilbert said. -Chelsea Roberson .- I homecoming 1,...<._ _

Concentrating on their hands, seniors Erik Schramm and DeJuan Patton partici– pate in the spades tournament Oct. 13 in the student center. The Student Associa– tion gave the winners of the tournament a cash prize of $1 00. -Chelsea Roberson • RTAIN Trying to beat their opponents to the buzzer, sophomores Trey Rickman and Claire Austelle and senior Timothy Michael compete in the game Thinkfast on Sept. 28 in the student center. The game show asked the contestants trivia questions and the winner received a cash prize. -Jon Byron New director of campus life brings variety to school There was a new face this year in the Office of Student Life. Zach Neal, director of campus life, took over the position left by Dustin Vyers after a career in youth ministry. According to Neal, the Campus Activities Board mem.bers helped him ease into his new role. "Experienced students in CAB have made my transi tion fairly smooth," Neal said. "The whole staffand faculty have helped me grow into the position. . Dustin Vyers also left me a very detailed guidebook of everything expected. The deans have also been golden in helping me." The CAB sought to offer students a wide range ofentertainment options this year. "Our goal is to provide as many types of entertainment as possible," Neal said. "During the course of the year we strive to have different styles of music offered in bands, novelty acts like jugglers and hypnotists, game shows, movies of all kinds, and then entertainment mixed in that will cost the student nothing." CAB members had different avenues to choose which activities would be the most popular with students. "We check the pulse on Facebook, post a sign-up sheet in the office for suggestions and listen to general feedback after any given event to make sure we are meeting as many needs as possible," Neal said. According to Neal, one popular event this year that elicited a positive ......-.<,0 student life audience response was comedian juggler Mark Nizer's performance. The CAB also purchased a karaoke machine, which many different groups on campus used for events. Senior Corey McEntyre, director of CAB, said CAB members this year tried to have activities that students would want to stay on campus for and be excited about. As CAB director, McEntyre said he worked with Neal and fellow directors senior Mary Beth Mortland and junior Chris Fulks to plan events. He also helped put calendars together, designed The Pass and marketed products and ideas to students. McEntyre said the CAB was always open to new ideas, and he hoped more students would offer their suggestions fot which activities it should plan. "We really will consider every suggestion," McEntyre said. "We'll always check things out to see if it's possible." Neal said his goal was for the voice of the students to always be heard and for students to feel like they had a say in choosing activities. "My door is always open, and I am always open to suggestions," Neal said. Besides having Nizer, the CAB also hosted Tyler Hilton as well as Robert Randolph and the Family Band in concert, had movie nights in the Benson Auditorium and had game nights and tournaments throughout the year. -Jennifer Merrill

Keeping his balance, sophomore Daniel Lee performs with juggler Mark Nizer on Sept. 29 in the Benson Auditorium. "I wasn't nervous at all; I just stood there and he spun everything on me," said Lee, who was chosen from the audience to participate. ·Chelsea Roberson Falling hard. sophomore Jeremy Watson loses grip of a mechanical bull Aug. 25 on the front lawn at the Student Assacia· tion's Kick-off Party. The Student Association started the school year with the party. which included inflatable games and drivable toilets called "Gatta-Go Racers." -Chelsea Roberson campus activities 2

Jamming on the Benson Auditorium stage Jan. 26, junior Carson Medders plays with Robe rt Randolph and the Family Band. "Having the chance to play with those guys on stage was pretty amazing; that was a great show," Medders said. -Chelsea Roberson Closing his eyes, Assistant Dean of Students Brian Bush does his best impression of country singer Garth Brooks on Nov. 7 during karaoke night in the student center. The activity was a student organized event that offered free entertainment and discounted food. -Chelsea Roberson ,,--~2 student life

During the fall semester concert series, Tyler Hilton sings the song "Last Promise" on Aug. 25 for students in the Benson Auditorium. According to Zach Neal, director of campus life, between 900 and 1,000 people attended the concert, which started after the SA Kick·off Party. -Chelsea Roberson Competing for their dorms Oct. 10, senior Joe Morgan, junior Adam Parker. seniors Jacob Bevridge and Brandon Stone, and freshmen Antwan Thomas and Kent Sheldon concentrate during the Quiz Bowl competition of the HUD Cup Tourna· ment.The HUD Cup was a competition throughout the year between the dorms with each competition adding points to each dorm,and the dorm with the highest number of points was the winner. -Chelsea Roberson Relaxing in the shade, freshmen Jennifer Fedor, Kelcy Kitson and Ashley Townsend eat hamburgers and cookies during the tailgate party before the Bisons football game Sept. 9. Food was provided by Aramark and Foxfire Band played for entertainment. -Amber Bazargani campus activities 2~_J

.. ' •. • .. , Chatting before their meal begins,Walton scholars sophomores Beranguelly Pagoada, Lucy Velasquez and Ulises Corona enjoy the dinner at President David Burks' house Sept. 28 that was held forWalton Scholars. Harding was one of three church of Christ universities thatWalton students attended. -Amber Bazargani Focusing on their game, freshman Michael Walker and junior Todd Sparks compete during a game of Dance Dance Revolution on May 28 at a local arcade in Northhampton . England. Walker, an international student from England, enjoyed visitingwith fellow Harding students during their summer campaign to his hometown in England. -Courtesy of Erin Starnes • f » • • • .. - • iI • , _-.L~ student life - • •• • • .. ~' -- • • • • • •

" -, • • , • PORTUNITY Christian education influences Chinese students Tve East Asia Studies Program began with a group of 17 college pro~ fessors from Hunan Province, China, and increased (Q 45 srudems the next fall. But with 83 srudems on campus this fall, the East Asia Studies Program was noticed on campus. "Of all the programs in the state ofArkansas, our program is the largest program in number," said Dr. Thomas Peng, director of admissions and student services for the American Studies Insricme. According to Peng, the program expanded to not on ly include students from China, but from across eastern Asia as well. He said one reason for this growth is that China itself is in a period of growth and learning from advanced coumries is very valuable to China's future. Second, in the past, Chinese families had not been wealthy enough to send their children to the United States (0 study, but now, because of China's economic growth, families were beginning (0 gain the means to do just thac. Many of the scudents who had graduated went back to China to apply what they learned here to their jobs. Of the 17 students who graduated, 14 of them returned to China. Most of the students, who were in their 30s and 40s, received sizable promotions at their companies when they got back because of their experiences in the United States. There was a sense ofcommunity among the srudems as they participated in many activities offered by Peng and junior Wryland Reed, who organized church services and social gatherings for the students. "On Friday nights, I and my wife get together a group ofstudents to watch TV, sing karaoke or play cards for fun," Peng said. Other activities included movies shown in the McInteer building and eating dinner in the homes of different famil ies around town. Reed put forth his efforts to form,ra ministry that helped the students develop their faith. He organized church services that met in Shores Chapel every Sunday morning. Wryland began carpooling the students to church, but soon after, they ran Out of room in the van. They were faced with two choices: get a bus to carryall ofthe students to church or start a congregation on campus. After moving the group to Shores Chapel, there was an increase to 56 attendants. Graduate student Yun Wang said his coming to Harding was because of a visit that President David Burks, Jim Carr, vice president of academic affairs, and Milo Hadwin, adjunct professo r of Bible, made to China encouraging him to attend. His plans were to go back to China where he could use his skills from the masters program in business. He said he appreciated that Harding taught ethics in business, something that classes in China lacked. According to Peng, the education the Chinese students received at Harding could ultimately help shape China to reach its full potential as a country. -Andrew Leeper Selecting food for their plates, freshmen Xiouy– ang Zhou, Zhuxian Yang and Ting Liu attend the Festival of the Moon held on the front lawn Oct. 7. "It was neat to see the Chinese students getting us involved in their culture," senior Katie Moran said. -Chelsea Roberson • ., • ~ • , - •. - -~ • tI, • f f' •• • .. .;. . .. • .. • " •• • .. international students -,2""",_ _ •

Working with the Dry Bones Ministry in Denver, fresh– man Sophia Smith takes a break from serving sandwiches to the homeless community March 16 to play with one of the children. The name "Dry Bones" was inspired by the story of Ezekiel in Ezekiel 37. -Courtesy of Kelly Boyett • •• .. ... .. EFINED Dry Bones campaign reveals new Christian image Spring break campaigners helped breathe new life imo the homeless of Denver from March 4-12. A group of 10 students reamed wi th another campaign group from Abilene Christian University and worked with the Lakewood Church of Christ in Denver to reach out to the homeless teens and young adults in the area. The students worked with Dry Bones, a ministry linked with the Lakewood congregation, which targeted Denver's forgotten youth. Dale Coley, a senior kinesiology major from Abilene, Texas, was the leader of the campaign. "I was drawn to Dry Bones because my former youth minister from Dallas now wo rks with the Dry Bones ministry," Coley said. The group's primary goal was to help the teens realize they were valuable. "We weren't there to preach to these kids," senior Michelle Parrish said. "We were [here to show them that someone wants to take time for them and that they matter in this wo rld." Even though the teenagers were considered cast-offs by society, the cam– paigners were impressed by the faith these teens displayed. "We we re around people all week (whom) our society is quick to write off because they don't have homes or they might not be clean," senior Kelly Boyett said. "But I soon found our that these homeless teenagers are not people to dismiss. Most of them had a faith that was unwavering." Some in the group noticed things that made them rethink their views on 26 student life what it meant to be a follower of Christ. "Before, by default, 'Christian' was a middle-class, perfect citizen," Coley said. "But now [the term] 'Christian' has been broadened [for me] . 1 met many Christians who are more on fire for God than I can only hope to be, who smoke, drink and even curse in their prayers. But this doesn't make them any less of a Christian. Ie may make them more ofa Christian because of their ability to be relatable." Their new outlook of the term 'Christian' helped some of the campaigners aevelop a hean for this type of outreach evangelism. "These are the people Jesus would have associated with," Parrish said. ''As Christians we try to avoid people like this because they are robbers, drug-users or proscitutes. But that [avoidance] isn't what Christ is calling us to do." Robby Goldman, one of the leaders of Dry Bones, read a passage from Ezekiel 37 to the group upon their arriva1 in Denver. He told the story of how Ezekiel was told to prophesy that the Lo rd would make breath enter dry bones, restoring them [Q life. T his was parallel to the situation of the homeless teens, who were considered figuratively dead by some people. "It's amazing that God put the desire in the heans of [the Dry Bones min– isters] to tell these kids that they are worth something and that [God] created them for a reason," Parrish said. "These kids, [whom] society ignores, feel they have no reason to live, bur Dry Bones is there to tell them otherwise." -lindsey Lowe

Reaching high, junior Nick May and senior Jodi Jordan paint the outside of a medical clinic on March 14 in Jinotega, Nicaragua, which also serves as the area's worship center. Along with painting, campaigners provided health care and spoke in local schools. -Courtesy of Nick May • In downtown Fort Worth, Texas, seniors Shannon Ellis and Jessica Brown and sophomore Kim DeRamus gather March 13 to reflect on the needs of the Fort Worth community. "Having seen the problems of the area, Icould think of nothing else than to offer my concerns to God," DeRamus said. -Courtesy of Brian Jones spring break campaigns 2

o • ~\ oj/* ... -- 41 ° 0 ~ " .. ~.\ ~ ... 0 41 ": ..... I • • ••• 0 v' • • ' . .. • o • • • - .• ~ \ .. Finishing a Vacation Bible School lesson. senior Jessi Allen hugs a Ukranian campe r July 15 during Camp Smena, a sports camp. Campaigners faced a language barrier so a translator was used for the three weeks of camp. -Courtesy ofAmanda Nowlin Listening intently, sophomore Nikki Hopson visits with a patient at a local dementia ward in Brisbane, Australia. on March 28. The Australia campaigners also taught primary school children using skits and songs. -Courtesy of Morgan Booth •

Reading the Bible, senior Caroline Prestridge shares the Word with a Peruvian o n June 28 during a campaign to Peru. Students who joined the campaign were requ ired to speak Spanish in order to teach the Bible. -Courtesy of Caroline Prestridge .. Talking with locals, senior Tia Karasch and junior Chris Travis hand o ut World Bible School brochures to South Africans in the Capetown marketplace June 2. Campaigners held Bible studies using the World Bible School program, a free correspondence course that gave others the opportunity to learn about Jesus Christ. -Courtesy of Tia Karasch COME Students defeat obstacles to continue missions Hardi ng sent students on overseas campaigns every year to spread rhe Word of God, but in July of2006, a group of campaigners teamed up with World Wide Youch Camps CO take a campaign to the Ukraine. World Wide Youth Camps, an organization based in Adanta, focused on teaching children in Russia and the Ukraine about the Bible. WWYC funded visitation to summer camps established overseas to interact with the children while teaching them about God. h provided an opporruniry for the ch ildren to learn about Christ. So phomore Ama nda Nowlin was listening to then International Campaigns Direc[Qr Dwight Smith's presentation about this program during mission week in chapel in the fall of2005 and decided she wamed to go. She calked to Dr. Michael C laxton, assistam professor of English, about doing missions work overseas. C laxton had been on the Ukraine campaign during the previous year and provided her with helpful information. Ultimately, Nowlin decided she would go on {he Ukraine campaign in the summer of 2006. Claxton had already made plans for the summer that would keep him from going to the Ukraine. Nowli n tried to recru it more people to go, but she struggled in her efforts to persuade students to sign up. As the end of the semester approached, there were only two students, but the two had enlisted the help of Beverly Austin, professor ofart, to lead the campaign. After Austin jOined the team, twO more students signed up. T he campaigners then teamed with a mission group from Faulkner University in Alabama. "The whole group met up in March for a short retreat to get to know 'each other before going overseas," Nowlin said. "The team really cl icked well and we had fun planning lessons together." The group traveled to Yalta, Ukraine, on the C rimean peninsula in July. Eastern European Missions provided the campaigners with Bibles by mailing them ro the camps before the group arrived. "We learned to wait until after we tauglu the lessons to give the children their Bibles because they were so excited about getting them that rhey would read while we were trying w teach," Austin said. Not only were the campaigners respons ible for teach ing the children, but they also took the children w the Black Sea to swim and teach lessons rhere. The children did nOt speak English, so WWYC provided five translators for the entire group. Nowlin said she benefited from the experience even though it was difficult working with children who spoke a different language. "But when you are sitring there singing and listening to other people worship, it's so amazing [0 th ink that we are praising the same God," Nowlin said. -Krystle Boise summer campaigns 22

• • leaning in during a huddle, junior Jamie Castro, freshman Mallory Rhodes, juniors Mandy Finch and Heather Jumper, senior Carrie Coburn, and sophomore Melissa Young encourage one another during a volleyball game Nov. 8 in the Rhodes Field House."We worked together and we had fun; we were a good team," Castro said. -Jon Byron Attempting to block the ball, senior Justin Sanders and junior Casey McDonald defend their sides of the net in the GanusAthletic Center on Nov.6. Other intramural sports during the year included tennis, flag football and softball. -Jon Byron .. " •. ~. ,. • • f i • • • • • '. ~ • , ",---,0 student life - • ., • ..... .. • •

. . Faculty stay connected through intramural sports \; uilding connections with students, form ing friendships with other facul ty members, parricipating in wholesome recreation and enjoying a game they loved were all part of faculty intramural softball. T he faculty intramutal team was formed in 1946, and since that year, ded i– cated faculty members have chosen to participate and embrace their passion for athletics . Facul ty members like Chancellor C li ff Ganus and Professor Emeritus of Bible JimmyAllen were legends because of their participation and dedication [Q this Hard– ing tradition. The fall semester of 2006 was Allen's 48th consecutive year to play on the team. Allen said playing on the team helped him relax and relieved the pressure from having to travel and preach all over the world and from teaching. ''I've played [all rhese years] because I like ir," Allen said. "The serendipity ofit all was rhe effect it had on my healrh. Ir has been a blessing physically. I'm convi nced that ifI had not played, I would be dead by now." Allowing faculty members to interact with stu– dents in a non-traditional manner helped (Q form a bond between students and faculty that Allen said he did nOt find very often elsewhere. Allen especially mentioned Ganus, who until recently, had played alongside Allen for years. Ganus, who according [0 Allen was quite an athlete, participated in intramurals even when he became president in 1965. "I'll rell you what [having a faculty team d id]: ir built something," Allen said. "lr builds something when the president ofyour institution goes our and plays with the students. And it builds camaraderie, even within the facul ty." Steve Cooper, instructor of biology, who played on the ream during the six yea rs he taught at Harding, said when he attended Hard ing in 1989 he heard about Ganus and Allen. According co Cooper, they were intramural legends. "Have you ever heard about the softball fields that used co be behind (he Benson?" Cooper said. "I never saw Dr. Ganus, who was left-handed, play, bur I heard abom the rime he hit the ball so hard rhat it hit rhe Rhodes Field House and landed half way down the roof. No one did that, except for him." Cooper was inspired by what these men we re doing and their ability to relate co rheir students. He respected people like Allen and Ganus who kept in shape and were spiritual leaders on campus. "You can see somebody like Jimmy Allen rip a line drive and you have to have a little respect," Cooper said. "I'm "ill inspired by Jimmy Allen. I can't imagine how a 19-year-old might feel." Scudems like sophomore Tony Randolph, who participated in games against the faculty and even played on the faculty team, enjoyed seeing a dif– ferent side to their professors. "It definitely brings us [Ogether," Randolph said. "I mean, any sporr brings people [Ogether because they're working tOwa rds a common goal. When we're not up to bat [the faculty and the students] are on rhe bench toge ther, and the same when we're oue on the fi eld. Working together brings people together." Cooper recognized the fellows hip opporrunities as well. ASia former student, he recognized what Randolph saw during games. Cooper wanted (Q impact students like Randolph the way Allen and Ganus had once inspired him. "The feel ings I got, those are what 1want to give to these students," Cooper said. "It's also juSt fun fellowship. We always end with a prayer, which is nice. It shows that there are no hard feel ings." Dr. Phil Brown, director and associate profes– sor of accounting, became captain for t he team and Allen said he looked forward [Q working with him and having a new wave of professors continue with the tradition. Allen, however, said he d id not plan on retiring in the near future and expected [Q play basketball in the spring if Direc(Qr of Men's Intramurals Jim Gowen would let him. "I'm glad we have an intramural program," Allen said. "1 think it's good for our boys and girls. Now, 1 don't preach i£'s necessary for salvation, but I'm glad (Q have it." -Rosa Colon Handing the ball off, Steve Cooper, instructor of biol– ogy, and Dr. Jimmy Allen, professor emeritus of Bible, play intramural softball on the softball fields Oct. 2. Allen and Cooper were a part of the faculty softball team that competed each year. -Amber Bazargani • ., • ~ • tr • , - .. • -, • .. • .. • . ~ , .~ • .- • -. • - . • , intramurals 3u__ _ •

•• rtECTED • • HealthCorp offers classes, draws students to gym The room was dimmed. The only hint oflight came from the circular window in the corner of the room. All that could be heard was the sound of rushing waves hitting the shore coming from rhe stereo speakers. A soft voice instructed everyone to take in deep breaths through the nose and release any tension. T he instructor rook the class through a series of stretches, and then the lights came on and the music stopped. The people placed their mats back away and filed out of the room after another yoga class at HealthCorp. Studems had free access to the Ganus Athletic Cemer, bue some still paid a $ 145 membership fee for a semester at HealthCorp. The gym not only provided a weight room equipped with neadmills, elliptical machines and bikes, bm it also had free weights and weight machines targeting the different muscle groups. "HealthCorp has a wider range of equipment {Q target more muscle groups than Harding's gym," senior Jonathan Blansett said. HealthCorp also offered a selection of exercise classes ranging from . aerobics classes such as step, dance and aqua (in the summer), circuit train– ing, and other classes involving muscle ron ing and strengthening including yoga, pilates and 20-minute abs. Classes like "Body Pump" incorporated barbell weight training. Ballroom dancing classes were also taught for an additional fee. "I was interested in the classes they offered," senior Christie Collier said. "It was something different to add to my wo rkom. I easily get bored with doing Staying in shape, freshman Jeremy Spillman works out in the GanusAthletic Center weight room Sept. 13.Aside from the weight room, the GAC was also used for basketball, racquetball and swimming. -Jon Byron • _ -->2 student life the same machine all the time. HealthCorp gave me more options." HealthCorp also provided a separate women's gym on the second floor for all female members {Q work out privately. "The women's only room is nice to use weights because not only are they easy to use, but women have privacy and there aren't sweaty boys," Collier said. In addition to the workom facili ties, an outdoor swimming pool was open [0 members during the summer and there was a sauna in the locker room. Massages and tanning were available for an extra fee. Members could use the basketball or racquetball courts and had access to the ''Around the Blend Cafe" selling smoothies, wraps and other health-related foods and beverages. "Some friends and I fou nd that because of our busy senior schedules, we didn't have time to go up to Heber like we usually do," senior Aubrie Meadows said. "Instead, since we were all HealthCorp members, we could just run over to the gym and relax by their pool." Al though not as inexpensive as the Ganus Athletic Center, HealthCorp supplied its members with variety, whether it involved more choices in the weight room or different classes to change up a routine. For some college students, maintaining a healthy lifestyle was not always the top priority so H ealthCorp gave guidance and incentive for students to continue healthy living. -Alexa Johnston

Studying for Developmental Psychology, senior Ashley W iegand reads her textbook Sept. 4 in the Brackett Library. Students often found convenient locations to study on campus such as the front lawn or the Benson steps. -Chelsea Roberson Talking on the phone, junior Joey Gates re laxes Sept. 5 in her Searcy Hall room. "Spending time in my dorm is a great way to get away from the stress of classes," Gates said. -Amber Bazargani ... ... .. , • daily life 3.1--.#

OU LE-SHOT Students choose java from two local coffee shops 5 earey, like mOSt college towns, housed popular sPOts where students could get away from campus and enjoy a chai, mocha or dozens ofother drink possibilities. Along with a large menu of drink choices, coffee shops began offeri ng other perks to attract customers. Although there were several coffee shops around Searcy, two in particular emerged with widespread popularity: the Midnight Oil Coffeehouse and the Underground Coffeehouse. While Midnight Oil was established in 1997 and had a long-standing reputation with students and Searcy citizens, the Underground Coffeehouse was opened in 2006 and offered an alternative for java junkies. In addition to the free Internet access which mOSt coffee shops promoted, the Underground tried to distinguish itself in other ways. Junior Brooks Gatlin had been working for rhe Underground since it opened. He said while it was the largest coffee shop he had ever been in, there were several other characteris rics that made it unique. "You can be loud without worrying about disturb– ing other people," Gatlin said. "It is an atmosphere where you can either be social with people or find a SpOt to be by yourself. T he Underground is also very conducive to study sessions." Some of the noise created at the Underground was a result of the live music. The Underground hosted a house band every Thursday night along with various other artists. "We try to have at least one musical guest every Saturday night," Gatlin said. "But we are always welcome to more playing. And we host karaoke every Tuesday night." Senior Jonathan Whitt made numerous musical appearances as a solo artist as well as being a part of the house band at the Underground. Whitt said he enjoyed the opportunity to play in a coffeehouse environment. "It is so easy to play at the Unde rground," Whitt said. "They already have all ofthe equipment set up, so you juSt go and play." Just a couple ofmiles across [Own was Midnight Oil. Senior Rebecca DeRamus, who worked at Midnight Oil, said she preferred the cozy atmosphere where she could study and not beoverwhelmed by music. "While we don't have as much live music, we try to cater [0 the audience by playing music throughout Cheering for the l ady Bisons soccer team Sept. 2, seniors Daniel Graves and Julie Akins,junio rs Cole Sessions and Jedda Bragg, and freshman Caroli ne Maddox support the team in a game against Newman University. Atte ndi ng sporting events was one way many students spent time during the weekend. -Amber Bazargani Scoping for the next foothold, junior Eric Mount climbs at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch near Jasper. Ark.,on Sept. 30. "About six to eight students take a trip twice a semester; climbing is so much fun, and we love to be outside:' graduate student Jo Ellis said. -Courtesy of}o Ellis _ -" ,,4 student life the day," DeRamus said. "We see a lor ofpeople from all over rown come in." In addition to theit drinks, Midnight Oil held art shows and displayed the work offreelance photogra– phers. The coffee shop also had a smaller store in the gift shop o"fWhite County Medical Center. "Even though the menu is slightly more limited, we offer different drinks and foods that seem to work for that crowd," DeRamus said. It seemed as though the decision of which cof– feehouse scudents chose came down to taste. Each coffeehouse seemed to have distinguished itselfwirh uniquely named drinks. At the Underground, Gatlin said he loved making and drinking a spiced chai with mint and twO shots ofespresso. DeRamus preferred to make cappuccinos. "I love co drink double tall honey breves, but I love making cappuccinos because I am really good at making foam," DeRamus said. Despice the unique characteristics that make each coffee shop irs own, one thing was evident: they made coffee drinkers almost anything imaginable in the coffee world, even with an extra shot of espresso. -Jordan Dyniewski