2017-2018 Yearbook

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Read about the stories that made this year unforgettable. ·'' ·, 8 STUDENT LIFE Pg. 10 - Winner Winner Ch1cKen Dinner Pg. 26 - Lit with Lecrae Pg. 30 - At the Touch of a Button 80 ACADEMICS Pg. 82 - Total Eclipse of the Art Pg. 94 - 'Vision for the Vulnerable' Pg. 98 - Medical Humanit:es 216 ATHLETICS Pg. 228 - Successful Successor Pg. 238 - Futbol Pg. 242 - Lady Bisons Take Final Four 32 INTERNATIONAL Pg. 34 - Shaking Things Up Pg. 38 - The Best of Both Worlds Pg. 44 - Pack Your Baggins 108 PEOPLE Pg. 110 - Illustrating History Pg. 158 - Transferring to the Stage Pg. 162 - Plucking Heart Strings 252 ORGANIZATIONS Pg. 272 - Boosting Bravery Pg. 27 4 - Soldiers for Christ Pg. 282 - Tweak the Creek 48 SOCIAL CLUBS Pg. 50 - Can't Shake the Habit Pg. 54 -Who Let the Dogs Out? Pg. 60 - Beige is the New Black 186 LEADERSHIP Pg. 190 - Rivera's Return Pg. 196 - Hamden Heads Out Pg. 210 - Advancing the Archives 302 CONCLUSION Pg. 31 2 - Petit Jean Staff Pg. 316 - Editor's Note Pg. 320 - Indexes --i )> (lJ r m 0 "Tl 0 0 z --i m z --i (/) :::::::: 0 (,,)

z 0 ~ u ::) 0 0 a: 1-z .- . ,, ~ . .. : FOREWORD - : : ,. J,. • 0• Kaleb Turner The Petit Jean - it's a story of new beginnings and old traditions, of fresh starts and bitter. weer enclings. It's a tory for you. not for u. . .-\. story for u. - a campu. collectiYe - mO\·ing forward together to record broken, relation hip. forged and dream fulfilled. It's our scory, gathenng the piece!- of our time here and leaving better than we came. It's the: . tory of our Harding experience. Thi. ,·ear, campus became the place for personal reflection, accompli. hment and c.liscoYer~·- \ s a team, we found new g als to reach and new life to be lived. Our friend. became ,·cssels for laughter and tears and our mentors became pillars for hope and refuge. ln the impo. sibility of collecting the:e pieces of our year an I putting them to ink. we\·e created a m aic of memorie: to be recalled. The pieces of our . tory lie here in the 94th Petit Jean in the year of our SYNTHESIS. . , • ..

KATHY HELPENSTILL WORDS Megan Ledbe11t. · 1 I PHOTOS Abigail Cooper During 19 years of teaching at Harding, Kathy Helpenstill, associate professor of behavioral sciences, has used her social work exp:::rit'nce in oncology, hospice and acute psychiatry to teach students how to see humanity through a different lens. onstantly working. alongside the Department of Human Services and being an ambassador to the community through the Child Safety Center of White C unty (a project started by her community practice class in 2007), she has been a role model, mentor and friend to students \\ ho leaYc her cla~sr om prepared to ser e others. Because of her unwavering love for her students and her desire to make the world a rruly berrcr place. the tudent body unequivocall) dedicates this 94th Petitjean to Kathy Helpenstill. MEGAN LEDBETTER: Why hd ~\)u choose social work? KATHY HELPENSTILL: ":-- r\' ,cry first semester !of college] I took sociology, and Twas h1x,kcd. I came in as a family and consumer sciences major, and 1changed ic the next semester to social work. I took intro to social work. and I ha,·e just been rolling ever since. I am very much the poster child for social ,vork because, as hard as it is, it's never the same day t\ i. e, and I just feel like my Ii e i so much richer for understanding pcorie anJ understanding life and just experiencing what people experience.'' ML: How does your experience in the field of social work prepare you for what you do at I lardmg? KH: "Students can ask me abom mental illness, and f can talk about that; people can ask me about child abuse, ,1nd I can talk about that; people can talk to me about sexual abuse, and I can talk ab ut that. 1 ju.t feel like all of that jnpcriencej brought me to where I am, but then al. n m:1kcs me more acce. sible. I- .. ] l have done a lot, and even rhough I have been in academia for 20 years, 1 am still doing a lot, and I chink that helps me to keep my finger on the pulse of things chat are rclati,·e. [.. . j And I don't m an any of that to toot my own horn, bur my point is that when we open oursel es up to God's w1ll - and my prayer is constantly, 'Let me be your vessel,' - then it just becomes a ride. ome of it is terrifying and ome of it is heartbreaking and ome of it puts you on a cliff, but then He alway equip and provide a support team, whatever it take to get through that. Even as a social worker, how d you listen to that and keep going? That is really what I feel like is the macro level of what God has brought me through and brought me to and my mission. I larding is my mission field to turn out workers that can address the needs, but I try to do it b} example and not just by textbook theory.' ML: What keep you teaching among everything else you do in the field of social work? KH: "I [often] ask people, mentors or colleagues I respect, 'Are we copping out? e we taking the easy way out b sitting here in a classroom with a nice comfy chairs and nice desk and a nine to five schedule? Is this really where we are supposed to be or are we supposed to be doing something bigger, better, different?' Everybody says the same thing. 'You are put here for a reason. You have the expe1ience and the perspective. That is the best teacher. It is not all about theory and models. It is about reality; therefore, you can make a difference by teaching people to be good social workers.' Probably one of my big struggles is wanting to be in the field but " anting to equip people for reality." ML: Is there an overarching le on you try to teach all your students? KH: "People come first. It is not the addiction. It's not the crime. It's not the behavior. It's the people. When we see people as the same as us, then there is no difference. If you see an abused kid, that could be your kid, so what are you going to do about it? If you see an elderly person that is being neglected, that is your grandmother. I feel like we belong to each other, and we are not polarizing Democrats and Republican or mentally ill and health) or rich and poor. We are not divided. We are the same. We just have different experiences, and that is what I want people to know. It is not us and them. We belong to each other. We are tribe, and we are a community of humanity." 0 m 0 0 ~ 6 z 0 ......

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WORDS Rachel anCuren I I SECTION Kendra Stevenson A student's life consisted of more than just going to class, staying up late to do homework or cramming for a test. Whether attending a concert, serving while abroad or performing in Spring Sing, students felt most connected to their community by living life together. Every smile and laugh brought students together, enabling a campus-wide community of love to grow even deeper. Cf) --1 C 0 m z --1 i::: "Tl m :::::::: 0 <O

WORDS Alex Petry I I PHOTOS Kazu Ftgisa111a Spring Sing 2017 was a historic year for men's and women's social clubs Omega Phi and Delta Gamma Rho (DGR) and their friends. The two clubs took home the John H. Ryan Sweepstakes .ward for their show "Chicken Fillet: The Moo-sical," a satirical look at the origin story of Chick-fil-A. This marked the first overall win for the two clubs since they teamed up to perform together. It was al o the first win for DGR in 20 years and the fir twin in club history for Omega Phi. The show wa a combined effort of directors alumna Kim Chambers, junior Kayla Meeler and seniors Caroline 1 el on and Jackson Eldridge. The team worked for a year staging choreography writing lyric and crafting the story they wanted to tell with their parody of the popular fast food chain, which was met with enthusiasm from their clubs. "Our clubs seemed pretty open ro the idea," Meeler said. "DGR has never been a huge Spring Sing club, and freshmen are not required (to perform). \'v'hen they found out the theme was about Chick-fit- , I think a lot of people g t excited. It definitely persuaded older members to be involved." nee rehearsals began in spring 2017, the directors began to piece together all of the odds and ends of the how they had cultivated in their heads for so long. With a cast who was willing to work hard and directors who were open to trying new things, the show began to come together. OS WI rsJ SP-81rsJG SING "Llke any good pring ing show, we tried to create a rehearsal atmosphere that was a blend of lighthearted fun, socializing and dedicated work," -< ldridge said. ''Because of my ta k-oriented nature, I pushed the performers every day to perfect their singing, dancing and character-work. As we hit milestones and accomplished our goals, there was a growing sense of momentum and anticipation because of the special show we knew we were creating." The directors attributed the success of their how to their dedication to detail and practice. According to elson, the stress of hard practices proved worthwhile. 'We loved our idea, and we knew that it was clever," elson said. 'We just wanted to make sure everything was in place to make it the best show that it could be." At the end of Spring Sing, when the overall winner was announced, the directors and cast of the show realized that their hard work had paid off The two clubs and friends scored their first win as a team and earned ·2,000 for their charity, Hope Cottage, whose missi n was to decrease domestic violence. "That moment when I took theJohn H. Ryan first-place trophy from [President] Bruce McLarty's hands, hoisted it above my head and celebrated with my fellow show members in front of a packed Benson uditorium is my favorite Harding experience thu far," Eldridge said. "Winning together for the first time was an unforgettable joy and honor." I DGR, OPhi and friends' Spring Sing 2017 show, directed by seniors Jackson Eldridge and Caroline Nelson, explores the origins of Chick-fil-A from the perspective of cows and chickens. This was the first year DGR and Omega Phi won the John H. Ryan Sweepstakes award since they began performing together. // Photots by Kazu Fujisawa (f) -0 :::0 z G.) (f) ·z G.) :::::: ........

SPRING HEADS ' ■ SING 2017 TO BROADWAY TNT. Zeta Rho and friends perform "Christmas With the Cousins," in the George S. Benson Auditorium at Spring Sing 2017 on April 16, 2017. The show told the story of North Pole elves and South Pole elves coming together to meet Santa's Christmas Eve deadline.// Photo by Jeff Montgomery The opening number, "Bigger," of Spring Sing 2017, "Curtain Up," set the tone for many Broadway favorites performed throughout the show. Some favorites performed by hosts and ensemble included "There's No Business Like Show Business", "Run Freedom Run" and "Get On Your Fee" . II Photo by Jeff Montgomery Alumna Victoria DeBoef, seniors Duncan Michael, Renee Maynard and junior Ross Smith perform as hosts and hostesses at Spring Sing 2017. Hosts and hostesses performed before each club show with ensemble and individually. // Photo by Jeff Montgomery Ju Go Ju, Ko Jo Kai, Sub T-16 and friends perform "Rock The Boat" at Spring Sing 2017. Telling the story of Noah's ark, "Rock The Boat" placed second overall.// Photo by Jeff Montgomery Chi Sigma Alpha, Regina, Sigma Phi Mu and friends perform "The Ups and Downs of Delivery" at Spring Sing 2017. The show focused on the lives of delivery men and women from UPS to Pizza Hut and placed third overall.// Photo by Jeff Montgomery

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0 n April 10, 2017, the Student Association (SA) held ''A Day in the Word" in front of the Benson Auditorium, an event which tied into the chapel theme for the year, "The Transforming Word of God." enior Dakota Ellis wa the head of the chapel committee and played a large part in organizing the e,·ent. tarting at 5 a.m. and continuing until 11 p.m., the event center d on reading the Bible, beginning with cne is. There ¼'a a Ii t of 50 to 60 people who read throughout the day; when one person finished reading, another would step in and pick up where they left ff. ''We often talk about God's word and listen to podcasts," Ellis said. "But God spoke ut (fromj His Word, and T wanted the student body to hear it and read it for what it says." Alumna Sarah Roe-Hall was excited about the idea. However, it came as a shock when he learned that women were unable to read from the Bible during the event. town hall meeting was held in one hapel on pril 12 in part to address the issue for students who supported women reading in future events. "Due to the decision to exclude women fr m reading, it was harder for me to pay attention t the real purpos of covering ur campus in scripture," Roe-Hall said. "I think the decision to include women will be monumental for chi event and ~ r Harding, and there -... ill be a more -... hole ome per pective on cripture a you hear it read thr ugh ve el with varying perspective. Women will feel more empowered and able, which is always a wonderful thing." llis was aware of the issue as it had come up days before the event. He believed the concern arose from a much larger part of the Harding community because women were allowed to read in Bible classes, but they were unable to at this event. "To tho e who were aware of women being unable to read, it truck a [chord]," Ellis said. "My hope is that this event c ntinues o we can focus on the fact that God's word is important." enior Zachary Cowdery was one of everal readers lined up for the event and believed that having the Bible read all day on campus was a blessing. " ometimes reading is tiring, and it's beneficial to sit back and let those words be read to you," owdery said. "It was cool coming out of the Benson after chapel and hearing the word of God being spoken over campus." Cowdery emphasized that reading the Bible raised hard questions, which ome students were able to address at the town hall meeting. "[When] the Bible addresse something and it convicts y u, you know what needs to change to be better," owdery aid. ''We started the process of making this event better." llis wa eager to ee the event continue in pring 2018 and add even more to the meaning of the " Day in the ord" event. I 'The Transforming Word of God" is the chapel theme for spring 2017. Senior Dakota Ellis was the head of the chapel committee and played a large role in organizing the 'A Day in the Word' event held on April 10, 2017. // Photo by Abigail Cooper 0 ~ r -< C "Tl m ::::::: ..... u,

w LL ::J f-z w 0 ::> fen (0 ,... DR. STEVEN MOORE AND STUDENTS TEACH IN AFRICA WORDS Paige Cushman I I PHOTOS Steven Moore J osiah Tilton, executive director of Ghana West Africa Missions (GWAM), made providing clean water, education and the gospel to the people of West frica hi mission since he first vi iced the region in 19 7. In 2014, enthu ia tic for the program and his fellow hip at the e t ide Church of Chri t in earcy, Tilton convinced teven Ioore professor of biology, to visit and teach at the College of cience and Technology (CO TECH) in Ghana. ''These kid are smart a whips," 1oore aid. "They just need [an] opportunity." fter hi fir t trip to Ghana, Moore cam back to Harding and organized a mi sion through Global Outreach (GO) to work with eventh through ninth graders at O TECH, teaching them science, literature and the Bible. Moore also worked with GWAM to provide clean water and clothing for children at the school. "This is what Je us would have us do," Tilton said. "le i a rich blessing to me, to ee folks have clean water to drink, ne-.; clothe to put on and a b rrer education than they might ordinarily have had." phomore ~ lizabeth Reed, one of even Harding student that went on the trip in ummer 201 , was looking for a ense of direcrion when he walked into a GO meeting. "I felt so spiritually [frustrated] that I didn't know what to do with myself," Reed said. "I went to a [GO] meeting to try and get some answers. I wouldn't say I found them but I definitely had directi n. There were bump in the road, but od provided me with strong friends at Harding and, on se era! occasion , random checks from people 1 didn't know. eedless to say, God definitely called me to go to Ghana thi summer." During the econd week of their trip, Reed was ch en to lead their team into an unfamiliar village \ here they had co work their way through the ' village hierarchy" and negotiate with the leaders about a pos ible well digging.. loore wa impressed by all the progre s that Reed and the team made last summer. ·'They ju t took it and ran with it," Moore aid. ''They made the trip their own, and that's the beauty of it. You don't get that kind of experience every day.' The students at CO TECH, in a predominantly Muslim culture, welcomed Harding students and Christianity. "[The Harding students] are eager about their faith and because of that a lot of [th C TECH students] have become Chri tian , ' foore said. 'Ic's really a \ onderful thing." Tilton said that Harding' involvement was a blessing for G\1 Mand e p cially for the children attending CO TECH. 'The children\\ eep when it's time for the [student ] to leave,' Tilton aid. 'They were all very spiritual and hard working. We had a lot of fun with them, and they [completed] a marvelous work. They make me look forward to seeing who might be able to go on our next trip." I Junior Rachel Moore helps with a science class at College of Science and technology (COSTECH) in Ghana on May 23, 2017. The local students welcomed the women and were saddened to see them leave at the end of the campaign, according to Moore. // Photo courtesy of Steven Moore Sophomore Elizabeth Reed plays frisbee with students at COSTECH during the campaign in Ghana on May 24, 2017. Reed was one of seven Harding students that went on the summer campaign to Africa in 2017. // Photo courtesy of Steven Moore Sophomore Jessica Piggo poses for one of the local children in Ghana to take her photo on June 2, 2017. The group worked and played with he children of Ghana during the Global Outreach campaign.// Photo courtesy of Steven Moore

w LL :J 1---z w 0 ::) 1--- (f) C0 I Freshman Austin Varner dances at Throm, throwback prom, on Aug. 19, 2017 on the Fron Lawn. Freshmen and transfer students attended Impact to transition into life at Harding a few days before school started on Aug. 21, 2017. Activities, meals and events allowed students to interact with one another and begin to feel comfortable 1n he Harding community as they began their freshman year. II Photo by Jeff Montgomery

LIGHTPOLE FACELIFT I University Communications and Marketing (UCM) partnered with the physical resources department during the 2017-18 school year to replace the light post banners across campus. Jana R cker, vice president for UCM, made the decision to update the banners-the first update since 2014-and enlisted the help of the UCM team to see project completion.// Banners courtesy of Candice Moore (J) -, C 0 m z -, C 71 m

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Current students, alumni, family and friends joined together on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, for Harding's homecoming tailgate on the front lawn of the Ganus Athletic Center. The lawn displayed the tailgate tradition of tents, food, friends of old and new uniting, and Bison pride before the football game against Southwestern Oklah ma State University. Men and women's social clubs, Student Publications, Generation HU, FIRST Robotics Alumni, African American Alumni for Harding and the President's Council were just a few of the groups that spent their afternoon tailgating. According to senior Megan Page, tailgate director for women's social club Delta u, not only was the Delta u tailgate a success, but the day as a wh le went extremely well. "It seemed like the entire tailgate ran very smooth," Page said. "Everyone was reuniting with old friends, eating, laughing and having a great time." Junior Hannah Foust organized the homecoming tailgate for women's social club Zeta Rho alongside junior Anna Carr. Zeta Rho decorated their tailgate tent with jerseys from years past and old club photo albums for current students and alumni alike to fup through as they ate and mingled together. "\'V'hile we were eating and hanging out, we got to see alumni come and take pictures with our club letters and look through the photo albums, which was really fun to watch," Foust said. While alumni looked back at old Harding memories, Foust looked forward to when she would be doing the same. "It was special to see them getting excited and reliving fun memories," Foust said. "It was crazy to think that that will be me soon." arr loved homecoming week nd and tailgating because it was an opportunity for old members to come back and share their stories with the current members, including advice to not take college for granted. "Every time someone said something like that to me it just reminded me of how blessed I am to be in this time of my life, and how I need to enjoy every second of being in this club with such like-minded girls," Carr said. "I really love being reminded of that during Homecoming weekend. It gives me a lot of thankfulness for what the club has given me, but also a lot of club pride." I Members of men's social club Sub T-16 and women's social club Ko Jo Kai play comhole at the Homecoming tailgate on Oct. 21, 2017, in front of the Ganus Athletic Center. #TailgateHU was a campaign implemented by Harding University Communications and Marketing to engage with Harding students and alumni on social media during Homecoming weekend.// Photo by Kazu Fujisawa Sophomore Toni Sharp, a member of women's social club P1 Theta Phi (PTP), considers food options as the PTP Homecoming tailgate prepares for the afternoon on Oct. 21, 2017, in front of the Ganus Athletic Center. Tailgating at Harding was about food, friends, fellowship and football.// Photo by Kazu Fujisawa I 0 ~ rn 0 0 ~ z G)

HOMECOMING HEROES STUDENT DANCERS WITH PEERS ALONG WORDS Katie f/est I I PHOTOS E1'tln S1vean·11gen Dancing and singing were a huge part of growing up for sophomores Ju tice ~aws a_nd va Galyean, a b th of them acquired those talents after years of pracoce. Once the two came to Harding, they had different opportunities to showcase their talents on the George S. Benson auditorium stage. Law and Galyean were the dance captain for the 201 homecoming musical, "Annie Ger Your Gun. ' Britton Lynn, associate professor of theatre and director of the musical, along with other theatre fa ulty members, had watched Laws and Galyean for some time, noting how \.Veil they performed. "It shows in the wa) they approach rehear~al. the way they perform choreography and the way they help coach other member. of the ensemble," Lynn said. A dance captains, Laws and Galyean as isred the choreographer, Penny 1cGlawn. McGlawn was the Harbi.n dorm mom and a mother, so when she had responsibilities that kept her from rehear. al, Laws and Galyean were there to teach choreography to the rest of the cast. "J think it' awesome for them to havL a horeographer and then two extra sets of hands and people t0 help," G lyean said. "Tt's made the process really smooth and really fun." The pair also assisted .\fcGlawn in planning choreography. Lynn said they were capable of having an ntire ection of ch reography planned out in minutes by pacing, practicing and planning the routine. "Jr's really incredible to watch them in this new role," Lynn said. ''When they work with [McGlawnJ they will slip inro this sort of 'dance shorthand' that I've never seen before." Laws trained in all different styles, such as jazz, hip hop, contemporary and ballet. It was something that he loved to do and relied on when he was overwhelmed. "'\ hen I'm stressed, I lean to\.\·ards dance," Laws aid. "[It's] just something really fun I love to do." Galyean had also been trained in ballet, tap and modern jazz. he grew up watching musicals and always loved them. "Annie Get Your Gun" was especially significant ~ r Galyean, because it was one of the first musicals her mother sho,; ed her. "I've been watching the show -ince l wa in the first grade, so it !holds] a special place in my (heart]," Galyean said. "I'm so excited to finally be a part of it." Lynn liked ha,·ing Laws and Galyean on the team and also ackn wledged the pairs talent on the stage. "I've learned that when they are in the zone, 1 just have to sit back and enjoy watching them work,'' Lynn said. I Sophomores Ava Galyean and Justice Laws plan and each choreography to the "Annie Get Your Gun" ensemble on Oct. 2, 2017. Both Galyean and Laws were also ensemble members in "Crazy For You," the fall 2016 Homecorr,ing musical // Pl1oto by Evan Swearingen LEAD :r: 0 s m 0 0 s z G) s C Cf) 0 )> ' ::::::: N U1

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Lecrae, a Grammy-winning Christian hip-hop artist, performed at I !arc.ling for rhe hr~t time on ept. 11, 201 . Alex Jamerison, Jirector of <li\'ersiry for church relations, said the concert \\'a. the fin,t time he haJ sccn an .\ frican-,\merican hip-hop artist perform at Harding. He \\·as e'lcitcd to sec Cami u ,\cti\'itie Board (CAB) bring an arti~t like Lecrae ro perform for the ~rudenr body. "The ara. rs rhat \\'C bring shour this concept of diversu:y to rudent ," Jamerison said. "It says \H' are about morL than just bringing srudent of diversity in, but \\'hen they get here they are in an environment that speak to their culrure, not just the majority's culture." Jamerison \\'atched students who had never participared in concerts at Harding before jump for ioy because rhey felr filled by the mu ic and included in Harding's community. enior Robert , rewarr, CAB srudenr worker, agreed with Jamerison and loved seeing an artisr with such a unique style and purpose perform at Harding. "Lecrae introduced the campus to a new genre," tewart said. "Lecrae took back the genre of rap; he is being a Christian out I ud." According to Stewart, people loved I,ecrac's music because he told relatable Storie . fter meeting him, tewart saw that Lecrae truly cared for people by the way he interacted with them and took the time to talk with them. tewart could see that talent being incorporated in the stories in his music. "Lecrae, more than being a musician is omeone who is a lon:r of story," rewarc said. "He changed pe pie. He i not there to make an income; he is there to make an impact." enior Pre ley ixon CAB co-director, knew Lecrae's ound was perfect for the Harding community to experience and was different from anything the · had done before. '\ hen I ixon saw how much people enjoyed the concert, he knew it was worth it. "I think we sometimes go for artists that everyone knows, [artist I who are older or [up]-and-coming," ixon said. 'We haven't catered to a hip-hop sound yet. I think that it\! as a huge succes ." long with catering to a whole new community of music listeners, Jamerison believed that the concert showcased the po itive attitude of diversity Harding pur ued during the 2017-18 school year. "l t shows students that Harding is just as w rried about me as the next student, faculty or staff member," Jamerison aid. "Lecrae is a great image of the direction of diversity we are striving for at the university." I Lecrae performs or he chee ng studen body on. he George S. Benson Auditorium stage on Sept. 11 , 201 7. Lecrae, an award-winning singer, songwriter, prooucer an actor. was famous or his 11 Christian hip-hop albums. // Photo courtesy of Taylor Howard 0 )> OJ m < m z -, (/)

I Judah & the Lion performs to a sold-out crowd of students in the Administration Auditorium on Dec. 2, 2017. As part of I.heir f.all concert .line-up, Campus Ac. tivities Board brought the folk and alternative rock band to the Adm1n stage. In January 201 7, Billboard magazine named Judah & the Lion their first "chartbreaker" artist, and the band's 1con1c song, "Suit and Jacket," which appeared 1n their latest album "Folk Hop 'N Roll Deluxe," peaked at No. 4 on the alternative radio charts. II Photo by Sterling McMlchael

AT THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON THE HARDING PRESENCE ON WORDS Hannah Hitchcox I I PHOTOS Abigail Cooper Across Harding's campus during fall 2017, three departments collaborated co create the H arding App, which launched Monday, ov. 27. Additionally, representatives from organizations like campus life, communications and marketing, information systems and technology, and the Center for tudent Success made up the Harding App Team (HAT) that worked towards creating a functional app that would serve the needs of students, faculty and prospective tudents. According to fike Chalenburg, as istant vice president of information systems and technology, the team worked with fodo Labs, an application management company that gave HAT the software platform and direction needed to build the app. ''.At that point, we tarted getting ideas together as far as the tructure," Chalenburg said. ''.Academics, campu life, spiritual life, personal life - we put [all ofj that togeth r." With a diver e team that brought different per pectives to each meeting, decisions had to be made about which fearures to include in the initial launch. According to Logan Light, director of campus life, the team was trying to determine what taples the app needed to have in order to be appealing in the initial release. "We [wereJ fully aware that if we don't include some area in the first roll out, students will be turned off from the fir t initial look," Light said. Since HAT's inception, junior Kaleb Turner had also been involved in APP IS A CAMPUS NEW the development process as a student repre entative. From his perspective, Turner had been able to help differentiate between vital and non-essential parts of the app for students. "There are things people think that [all) websites, apps or social media campaigns need, [but] student just don't care," Turner said. "On the app development, I've been working [on] figuring out what content students specifically need and then helping to build that content." Overall, the app was a hub for every need a student could have, including link to sign-out forms, grades, ticket sales and important campus phone numbers. Beyond the initial launch, Chalenburg hoped that the app would expand to include features for parents, alumni, prospective students and friends of Harding. "We would have a page for Homecoming, pring Sing, Bible Lectureship or tampede in the summer," Chalenburg aid. Because each member of HAT had a specialized background, the app combined both functionality and aesthetic appeal. ccording to Turner, representatives from Modo Labs commented on the positive collaboration between departments they witnessed through working with Harding. "It has been great to know that there are people from all over campus working together to make this a reality and to make sure it is the best that it can be," Turner said. I The new Harding App 1s a way for students to connect to all things Harding from the palm of their hands. It was created and launched by student, faculty and staff representatives from around campus in fall 2017. II Photo by Abigail Cooper z m ~ ~ I C

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WORDS Leslie fim1klin I I SECTION Kendra Stevenson Learning didn't stop at the edge of campus. For about 48 percent of Harding students, the opportunity arose to go beyond the classroom and across the globe. Students traveled to over 40 countries throughout the course of the year in order to expand their horizons. From study abroad programs to mission trips, there were many ways for students to explore and connect with different cultures all over the globe. z ..., m :D z ~ 0 z )> r

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When juniors Gracie Tucker, Bailey Warpula and bby Feenstra signed up for Harding l niversity in Latin Am rica (HUL ), they did n t realize that earthquakes were a part of the package. Throughout the spring 2017 semester, the group experienced a variety of earthquake , a, \veU as after hocks. While on the trip student rayed in Roca Blanca, an apartment complex located on the Pacific coast in Chile. During one of the fir r earthquakes, Tucker was itting in her living room with her roommates. They felt everything shake around them but were confu ed at what to d since many of them had never experienced an earthquake before. "\Y/e started to feel it, and we looked up," Tucker said. "Then we looked back [down]. \Xie looked up again at each other, and were like, 'Wait, do we need to be doing something?" Feen tra wa also in the apartment when the magnitude 5.0 earthquake occurred. "[When] we realized we were in an earthquake, l was freaked out," eenstra aid. Most of the earthquakes the HULA group experienced were just small in cale, ranging from magnitudes 4.~ to 5.0 on the Richter scale; h wever, they also experienced an earthquake that registered at a magnitude 6.9. arpula wa in a corner. tore in t ,,·n when the earthquake hit. "E erything started shaking really badly," '.; arpula said. ''The monitor in the store started shaking, and the ceiling fans looked like they were about to come out of the ceiling. You could hear drinks and bottles clinking - it was really loud." Warpula's fir t thought wa to run outside, which she later learned wa the wor t thing to d . The local all scrambled to the doon.vay, which wa the afe t place to stand during the earthquake b cause that was where the building was the mo t stable. \1 arpula quickly followed suit, aware that the locals knew " hat to do. "I felt like I needed to crouch down and cover my head," arpula said. "I just felt so powerless." The group al o experienced a magnitude 7.1 earthquake on April 24, 2017, which caused a tsunami warning in the area. Feen tra was walking out of the clas room and heading back to her apartment._ hen it happened. "I booked it back inside, and all of u were just huddled together," Feenstra aid. "\1 e were under the door frame, my suitemate were under a cable and my other suitemates were hiding under some other door frame. e were all just freaking out." ven though the group was terrified of the earthquakes, they still found ways to be thankful, and none from the group were hurt. ''When the big earthquake ended and no one was harmed, I felt a sigh of relief," Feenstra aid. HULA visits Peru during heir time in South America in spring 2017. They had the opportunity to take a ride on he Amazon River on May 27, 2017. II Photo courtesy of Bronson Crabtree S udents take pictures of Fitz Roy, a mountain in Patagonia, Chile, to remember their time abroad. During the first part of the spring 2017 semester, HULA visited Patagonia, Chile, on March 1, 2017. II Photo courtesy of Bronson Crabtree Several earthquakes made for an interesting semester in Vina del Mar, Chile. Junior Bailey Warpula discovered he door frame of a building 1s the safest place to stand during an earthquake while she was at the come-store in Vina del Mar, Chile, during a magnitude 6.9 earthquake. II Photo courtesy of Bronson Crabtree I C £: c..> U1

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Both Harding University England (HUE) and Harding's main campus r membered the b ginning of the Pr te. rant Reformation movement on Oct. 31, 2017. the 50 lth anniver ar of ~lanin Luther's posting f his 95 Theses. n CL 1 , rudenrs at Hl1E attended a Reformation walk in London in hon r of the anniYer ary. The rudem. b<::gan the ~.-alk b~ It. cening t ) a lecrure n Martin Luther and ho\,. his aca n. and the actton-. of other. led to th Rd rmation. ccording to .ophomore I lannah , ..i.e. ,,·h attendee.I the walk tudenc noted place around Lone.Ion that they would _-p1cally pa . ,nthout re,-iew. They aw tatue , lar)dmark . churche nc.l othe:: bmldm , all \\'hilc bemg told t rie about Reformer.' re. timoru . an I ho,,· that applied to mod rn hri. tianity. "The torie \\'tr so mO\·ing," \'fi, said. ·'They made u feel empO\vered, humble thankful and bk. .ed. 1t was . urr ·al [to) actuaU~ see and rand at the place where so m,tny things happened that changed our world." phomore amanrha teed aim ,,enr on the walk, and she learned that some great people chdn'r initiall seek to change the ,,·orkl. "l\fartin Luther put the 95 These: on the church door b ·cau e he wanted pe pie t discu , hat he ~-as ha, 111g a problem with,". tee I ·aid.' He had no idea he wa changing the \\'Odd. GoJ an and doe u.e the 'imaUe t thin make the bigge t impacr:• n Hardin main campus, . cudt:nt. remembered the Reformation during a week in chapel Dr. Kevin oun blood, a ociate pr r f Hebre,;: and Bible, wa a force behind this week and helped to organize the theme with Pre idem Dr. cl.arty and Dr. Monte x, professor of Bible and religion. Y ungbl d li ted three reason ,,; hy he believed it wa important t commem rate the Refi rmation in chapel. ''The first i [that] the Reformari n ha had uch a profound impact on we tern civilization, Y ungblood aid. 'It' ju tan amazingly influential movement that ha denned me of the hallmark of we tern culture." ccording co ungblood, the Reformation wa imp ream to Harding becau e it impacted the \X'e t religiou ly and the nurner u den mination that de,·el ped as a re ult. 'To under tand it all you ha\'e to kn w , hat happened and how it contribut d t the extreme! · plintered and divided nature of Prote cant hri tianity ' ungbl od aid. "[The] third rea on i becau e of Harding it elf and Harding' identification with hurche of hri t." oungbl d sp ke m re ab ut chi topic, aying the Reformative directly affected Harding's heritage and tl1e faith fit cudent b dy. " e've een ur elve as kind of popping into the religiou c ntext of America with ut th ught of what preceded u , but we ar in fact very much a pr duct of the Prote cane Re~ rmation and chi i an attempt to rai e our of how we're being influenced b ' and how we're part of chi larger oun blood aid. I Merrbers o' he ,stooca honor soc ety Ph, Alpha The a hang Martin Luther's 95 Theses on the bell (Nll8r ne o Kendall Hall on 0c. 31, 2017, or tne 500 h anniversary o the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Professors from the Bible department spoke on e reforma ion 1n chapel Oct 23-27, 2017. II Photo by Ab1ga1I Cooper Harding University 1n England (HUE) attends a Reformation Walk at Westminster Abbey on Oct. 31, 2017. The group celebrated Martin Luther's posting of the 95 Theses on the 500th anniversary of the event. II Photo courtesy of Jim Miller HUE attends St. Mary Woolnoth church 1n London, England, on Oct. 31, 2017. This was where John Newton, the author of the hymn "Amazing Grace: a d fi/1lliam Wilberforce -central figure 1n Harding Read 2016 - me II Photo courtesy of Jim Miller I C m :::::: c.) ......

During their time in Florence, students stay at the Villa, Harding's campus in Italy where students live and take classes during the semester. They had many opportunities to visit the Duomo and other local attractions in Florence, Italy, during fall 2017. II Photo courtesy of Grant Schol The Parthenon is located in Athens, Greece, and is a main attraction of the Greece leg of the HUG/HUF fall 2017 semester. Students visited the Parthenon on the Acropolis which overlooks the entirety of Athens during their time in Greece in fall 2017. II Photo courtesy of Silas Heffley THE BEST OF B TH WORLDS · WORDS Emi!J L'r?'heeless I I PHOTOS Grant chol 6 Silas Heffley In fall 2017, 40 students embarked on a new study abroad program, which combined the Harding University in Greece (H G) trip and the Harding Univer ·ity in Florence (H 'F) trip. This allowed the students to see what made each program so special. Sophomore Coleman VanBrunt wa · one of the student on the first H G/ H F trip and felt the exrenence was similar to other study abroad programs, simply because of the traY ling. ''A rule [I] had on the trip was to try eveq thing at least once," anBrunt said. "I was nervous about the big change of lea ing everything at home, but having friends who I admire and can always keep me laughing made any one of the multiple sites , e visited feel like home." When the students started their time in Greece, they were able to follow Paul's missionary journey throughout the country. In addition t tho e trips, the group went into thens and visited the Parthenon, Mars Hill, Olympic location and other well-known tourist sites. ne weekend, students were allowed to pack their bags, fly and free-travel wherever they wanted to g . Clay Beason, director f the HUG program, spoke about the affordability of traveling in Greece. "Students can fly in xp nsivelyin and out of thens," Bea on said." ome flight are as low as 50 round trip." The fir t half of the trip wa focused on th H G porti n of the trip, and the second portion captured the highlights of HUF. The transitional trip between HUG/HUF was a week-long trip to Israel where the students visited many Biblical historic ites. fter leaving Israel, Robert Shackelford, director of H F, took the student to Rome and then to Florence, where the student stayed for the remainder of the trip. The H portion of the trip " as filled with visits to many historic museum , churche and cities including aples, an Girnignano, iena, Pisa and others. The students were able to have cultural exchanges all across Italy. "We were super happy to work with director Clay and Loren Beason on this new idea and program," hackelford said. "I followed their progress on lnstagram, prayed for them and was excited when they joined us after a little over a month." During the three months a'-i ay from Searcy, the students also took part in classes. While at HUG, the students studied and visited sites for their humanities course, fir t ancient civilizations and then the Greek and Roman history. When they got to HUF, they continued their study of Roman history, art, philosophy and moved on to the Medieval and Renaissance periods. " oing to either program, or in this case combining the programs, really gives tudents and visiting faculty a gl bal perspective," Beason said. " tudents come inc ntact with different cultures and religions. It is definitely an impacting experience in pursuit of integrating faith, learning and Ii ing." I C G) :e C '"Tl ::::::::: c., co

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HUA VISITS HOBBITON WORDS Katie West I I PHOTOS Elaine Savage H arding's Australasia program (HUA) did not lack in breathtaking views and amazing experiences on their trip in fall 2017, as the students . cruised to the Bay ofislands, traveled to the Great Barrier Reef and explored amazing places like the Sydney Opera House and the Taj Mahal. In addition to their usual travels, the HUA group added one more trip to their program. For the first time since the program began, the fall 2017 group explored Hobbiton, a set from "The Lord of the Rings" movies in Auckland, New Zealand. The set depicted the rolling hills and quaint underground "hobbit holes" of the Shire, the homeland of several main characters. Dr. Jeffrey Hopper, dean of international programs, along with Pam Little, program director for HUA, decided to add Hobbiton to the trip. Hopper said it was an easy decision to make. "Each year, more and more HUA students went there on their own to see [Hobbiton]," Hopper said. "So many went that Pam Little and I just decided to include it in the HUA program." For some of the students, like sophomore Elaine Savage, this was a long-awaited trip. When Savage was in middle school, she watched "The Lord of the Rings" for the first time and did research on where the movie was filmed. "From the eighth grade, I had the dream to go to New Zealand and visit the place where they filmed the movies," Savage said. "So, this is all actually a dream come true for me. It was like stepping into a whole new world - the same feeling you get at Disney World or Harry Potter World." Initially, not everyone was as thrilled with the detour. Sophomore Loren Williams had never read the books or seen the movies. However, other students' excitement helped pique her interest. Once they made it to Hobbiton, Williams was glad they visited because she saw the magic of the location. "The hobbit holes were so colorful and small, and we learned just how much detail is put into making them look like a hobbit lives there," Williams said. Freshman Lindsey Bender found it very easy to fall in love with the beauty of not only Hobbiton, but New Zealand as well. "Anything you do in New Zealand and anywhere you go, you will be surrounded by breathtaking views and fall in love with what is around you," Bender said. "Being able to tour the set of such a prominent and amazing movie series made the sights extra special." I Harding University in Australasia (HUA) visits Hobbiton, a set from "The Lord of the Rings" in Auckland, New Zealand, on Sept. 19, 2017. This was the first year the group visited the movie set as a part of the program.// Photo courtesy of Elaine Savage HUA visits sites in New Zealand, Australia and India during each fall semester including Coronet Peak on Oct. 3, 2017. The fall 2017 group left on Sept. 15, 2017, and headed straight to Auckland, New Zealand, to see Hobbiton. // Photo courtesy of Elaine Savage The set for "The Lord of the Rings" in Auckland, New Zealand, draws tourists from around the globe, including HUA students who visited on Sept. 19, 2017. Students explored the detailed hobbit holes, lush gardens and enjoyed refreshments in the Green Dragon Inn. // Photo courtesy of Elaine Savage I C }>

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WORDS & SECTION ry Hannah oust On Fridays, almost half of Harding's campus wore their club pride on their back. Whether the jerseys were blue, gold. green, purple, white or red, they showed passion for their individual clubs. Club brothers and sisters provided a family, connecting people from different majors and different backgrounds. Football tailgates, All-Club and intramural sports dissolved the colors dividing clubs and brought students together. Whether you threw the Sub T-16 thumb, did the GATA chomp or played the King's Men trumpet, students from all walks of life came together as one. (f) 0 0 ► r 0 r C OJ (f) :::::::: ~ (0

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