Bringing the (virtual) doctors to OBU

 Matthew Gower

Assistant News Editor 

 TEAM Clinics has arrived in Shawnee and at OBU in order to help make remote doctors’ visits easier for those on campus.

Formed in 2017, TEAM Clinics set out with the goal of making it easier for children, students and coworkers to remotely speak with a doctor when needed.

According to an email sent out to students from Brandon Peterson, vice president of campus life and dean of students, when a student is not feeling well they can visit or email  OBU’s new campus nurse Kayla Gibson, RN, in Geiger Center room 206 during her office hours Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

When and if a student needs to visit with a doctor, TEAM Clinics will connect them to licensed healthcare providers for high-quality healthcare that is both quick and efficient.

 The service should be covered by most insurance companies, but those without insurance can also sign up.

According to teamclinics.com, they will work with individuals on a case by case basis when it comes to the cost of treatment and remote doctor visits if necessary.

Students may be seen for various issues, such as allergy symptoms, cold, cough or sore throat, prescription refills (which can be sent to local pharmacies for pickup) and many others.

There also are a variety of on campus options offered when a student needs health care such as in-office testing for Flu A and B, Rapid  Strep, Respiratory syncytial virus, (RSV), Urine Analysis (UA) and, coming in late September, COVID-19.

Students can also schedule virtual appointments online on the teamclinic.com website if they are unable to visit the nurse’s office. 

 Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

After registering for an appointment and providing some basic patient details and reason for the visit, the patient can schedule an appointment on the website and select to receive scheduled text reminders before the virtual visit. 

 Meetings with licensed health-care providers will be conducted through Zoom.

The program has already been implemented in Shawnee Public Schools. Many other districts in Oklahoma have joined the partnership, with most having their own on-site clinics.

According to a testimonial on their website when speaking about the program’s effectiveness, director of academic services at Shawnee Public Schools, Allyson Cleveland said “Bringing TEAM Clinics to Shawnee is one of the best moves our district has made. Having a clinic available at school definitely has decreased absences and promoted healthy well-being in our students. TEAM Clinics provides an invaluable wrap around service to our students and families.”

Other health options offered on campus include the Kemp MFT Clinic which is offering an upcoming free three-week virtual group program called Dealing with Uncertainty and Loss. The purpose of the program is to provide students with support through difficulties resulting from the pandemic.

“With the recent changes in our everyday lives due to COVID, many people are grieving the loss of their normal routines, struggling with adapting their plans, and experiencing an increase in stress and anxiety as a result…Come join your peer to share about the loss and uncertainty we are experiencing surrounding COVID and receive support/resources to help you cope,” OBU Kemp MFT graduate assistant and graduate therapist Jordyn Patterson said.

The group will meet via Zoom 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 23, 30 and Oct. 7. Students interested in the group can email OBU Kemp MFT graduate therapist Michaela Hagler at Michaela.Hagler@okbu.edu to register or ask questions by Sept. 16.

If students are unable to attend the meetings, they can also schedule an appointment by calling the MFT Clinic at 405-585-4530.

Students are also encouraged to continue participating in their daily screenings at various screening stations throughout OBU’s campus and report any symptoms related to COVID through the online form at http://www.okbu.edu/safety-resources.


NBA playoffs will continue playoff format

 Devin Miller

Sports Editor

 Though this is a difficult time for everyone due to COVID-19, the NBA playoffs will continue their traditional seven-game format that began last month. 

There are two to three games hosted per day in order to fit every game within their schedule. 

The 16 teams currently in the NBA playoffs include, the Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trailblazers, Toronto Raptors, Brooklyn Nets, LA Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

According to the official NBA website, the teams remaining from the western conference, during the semifinals include the Los Angeles Lakers at the number one seed, LA Clippers at the number two seed, Denver Nuggets at the number three seed and the Houston Rockets at the number four seed. 

 The Los Angeles Clippers are currently facing off with the Houston Rockets and are down one game, putting their series record at 0-1 for Los Angeles. However, the LA Clippers are up in their current series against the Denver Nuggets making their record 1-0. 

The teams remaining from the eastern conference, during the semifinals include the Milwaukee Bucks at the number one seed, Toronto Raptors at the number two seed, Boston Celtics at the number three seed and the Miami Heat with a technical number five seed.

 The Western conference consisted of the Portland Trailblazers with the number eight seed, and the Memphis Grizzlies with the number nine seed, fighting for the last slot in the NBA playoffs. 

This ultimately led to Portland going 1-0 taking the win in the series, and later competing with the Los Angeles Lakers, the number one seed. Which resulted, in the Los Angeles Lakers winning 4-1 in the series. 

 Within this bracket, the Houston Rockets, at the number four seed, battled it out with the Oklahoma City Thunder, at the number five seed. The Houston Rockets then won 4-3 in the series. 

The Denver Nuggets, at the number three seed, faced the Utah Jazz, at the number six seed, and ultimately won 4-3 in the series as well. 

 The LA Clippers, at the number two seed, took on the Dallas Mavericks, at the number seven seed and won the series 4-2. 

 During round one of the 2020 NBA Playoffs, the Eastern conference consisted of the Milwaukee Bucks, with the number one seed, and the Orlando Magic, with the number eight seed, and resulted in Milwaukee winning the series 4-1. 

Within this bracket, the Indiana Pacers, at the number four seed, faced the Miami Heat, at the number five seed, which lead to a technical underdog sweep from Miami Heat, after winning the series 4-0. 

 The Boston Celtics, at the number three seed, played the Philadelphia 76ers, at the number six seed, and eventually won the series with a sweep of 4-0. 

The Toronto Raptors, at the number two seed, faced the Brooklyn Nets, at the number seven seed, and resulted in another sweep of 4-0 in this series. 

The NBA playoffs Conference will be played on Sept. 30, 2020. The Western Conference teams will include the Los Angeles Lakers vs. the Houston Rockets, and the LA Clippers vs. the Denver Nuggets. The Eastern conference teams will include the Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat, and the Toronto Raptors vs. the Boston Celtics. 

Tim Keller offers Biblical view of justice

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Timothy Keller, author and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC 

 Tyler Smothers

Faith Editor

The outcry for justice in the United States can be heard in metropolis and township. It is read in newspapers and research papers, and people are talking about it more and more due to the several shootings of unarmed Black men and women in America. 

When we all talk about “it” how do we know we mean the same thing? How do you know which voices are trustworthy? How do you know if they truly have the common good in mind?

 Timothy Keller, in his article “A Biblical Critique of Secular Justice and Critical Theory,” lays out the key differences between Biblical and secular visions of justice.

“Seldom do those issuing the calls acknowledge that currently there are competing visions of justice, often a sharp variance,” said Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.

Keller said, though, that “none of them have achieved anything like a cultural consensus.” 

Keller lays out secular and biblical foundations for justice in a charitable and helpful way. 

 He said, “in the Bible Christians have an ancient, rich, strong, comprehensive, complex, and attractive understanding of justice.” 

Secular visions for justice have roots too, and Keller traces them to the enlightenment.

 Enlightenment philosophy was skeptical that any religion could provide a knowable universal basis for morality and justice. 

The alternative to the historic and rich justice of Scripture is that “all moral claims are culturally constructed and so, ultimately, based on our feelings and preferences,” Keller said. 

Keller said, “unless you know what human beings are for, you will never come to any agreement as to what good or bad behavior is and therefore what justice is.” 

A secular perception of the world would say that “we are not here for any purpose at all,” said Keller and, “if that is the case then there is no good way to argue coherently on secular premises and beliefs about the world that any particular behavior is wrong and unjust.”

 It is too easy to stop here and build up the ‘evil atheist’ straw man many believers criticize, but I’m not doing that. 

It doesn’t offer any answers and it shuts down opportunities for meaningful conversations.

People are diplomatic and they cry sometimes. People have always been concerned about how other people are treated in some capacity. 

An atheist and a Christian could enjoy coffee together and agree on the importance of kindness and treating people with dignity, but only one has an answer that holds up for everyone. 

Keller lays out 5 facets of Biblical justice: community, equity, corporate responsibility, individual responsibility, and advocacy.

While the atheist and Christian can agree on these points, still only one has a sturdy and meaningful platform to protest, speak and live from.

 A secular person’s defense of a secular notion of justice is just an opinion. 

Secularism cannot talk about justice as a transcendental truth when it impoverishes truth to an individual’s opinion. 

Keller points out that the views of justice alternative to the Bible address some of the five facets, “but,” he said, “none addresses them all.” 

Quarantine allows for exploration of art, hobbies

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Many people found passion for the arts and other creative venues during Quarantine





 

Caitlin Corley

Assistant Arts Editor

Due to quarantine keeping a large amount of people in their homes, many have been using their new founded free time trying out their skills in the category of art. 

Some are referring to this sudden craze as the quarantine “Art Boom.”

“I would say that more people have definitely been giving art a try,” Dale High School senior and Bison Brigade participant, Kaitlyn Wilson said. “Nowadays, people have more time on their hands, so they are trying all sorts of things. Plus, with being stuck at home, it’s an easy thing to do when you don’t know anything else.”

 Wilson also pointed to the emotional nature of art.

“I would say another reason they are (making art) is because they are feeling different with all the change and things going on,” Wilson said. “It really brings out emotion, and one of the things art is known for is its unique way of showing the artist’s emotion through a piece.”

Current artists who have been working on pieces since before quarantine have also taken advantage of this time to improve on their own style or to find another one they enjoy. 

Alyssa Case, a junior animation major, is one artist using the time to master her style of art.

“I mostly tried to figure out the style I was most comfortable with. I made a few pieces over quarantine trying to solidify something I could be proud of,” Case said. “I suppose that’s less trying something new and more just narrowing down my scope.”

As much as it has been a time for current artists to look for their style and for new artists to try art out in general, it has also been a time for recognizing artists.

“I know I myself have noticed more galleries around and more that are accepting local artists to start somewhere and get a name for themselves so yeah, I would say this could definitely be a sort of an ‘art boom,’” Wilson said.“I think it’s good! The world needs new, fresh minds. It brings more ideas and perspectives on everything!”

 Case shared similar thoughts on the subject.

 “I’ve definitely been seeing more art from new people on my timeline,” Case said. “I’m happy for it. This has always been something I’ve enjoyed doing, and I’m glad more people have opened themselves up to trying it out.”

With so many people trying out this hobby, or lifestyle to some, it’s not expected that everyone will stick with it after quarantine is over.

 “I think the majority will stick with it, if for nothing more than a fun hobby,” Case said.

With people starting to go back to work and school, the quarantine “art boom” may be coming to an end for some.

“You know, it’s hard to tell. I think some will start and then realize it’s a passion of theirs and hopefully will stick with it,” Wilson said. “Others may try it and say this isn’t for me. Some may even try it, love it, but get busy once everything gets going again, so then they just do it anymore.”

Others may be sticking with it as a new hobby of theirs or even a new lifestyle they follow. 

With all of the struggles of quarantine, at least there is art to help people express their emotions.

Chadwick Boseman coworkers and fans pay tribute to the late actor

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Chadwick Boseman, the actor that played the role of king T’Challa in Black Panther, passed away August 28, 2020 of colon cancer.

Peyton King

Features Editor

From playing the role of the historic Jackie Robinson to the fictional character of King T’Challa in Marvel’s “Black Panther,” American actor Chadwick Boseman was an on-screen hero in the eyes of Black Americans today.

August 28, 2020, Boseman passed away from colon cancer at the age of 43. Boseman’s publicist Nicki Fioravante told The Associated Press the actor died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side.

But in spite of his sudden passing, there is reason to believe Boseman’s face and legacy will live on forever through the big screen.

As soon as the news of the actor’s death hit social media, celebrities and fans alike released an outpouring of tribute posts.

Boseman’s co-stars in the Marvel film “Black Panther” have spoken out in light of the situation.

 Actress Letitia Wright addressed her on-screen big brother in a six-minute Instagram post captioned: 

 “For my brother.”

“An angel on earth departed. A soul so beautiful. When you walked into a room, there was calm. You always moved with grace and ease. Every time I saw you; the world would be a better place,” Wright said.

Wright isn’t the only “Black Panther” actor to pay tribute to Boseman, though. Actor Michael B. Jordan, who played the role of antagonist Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, also made an Instagram post.

“Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero you are,” Jordan said. 

“Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family, your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.”

Boseman’s coworkers and fellow stars aren’t the only ones who have been addressing the actor and his family. 

Fans of Boseman’s work have also been speaking out with praises of the actor’s position in the movie universe and humanitarian works.

Writer Lisa Respers France of CNN made a tribute piece to the late actor on August 29, 2020.

“The public was unaware that Boseman was displaying some heroism of his own as he had been diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016,” France said. 

“[He] still chose to continue the physically demanding role in not only ‘Black Panther,’ but also playing the role in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ In doing so he left us with a legacy that extends beyond the big screen.”

 On top of taking on the challenging kingly role of T’Challa whilst battling cancer, Boseman also did charity work for cancer patients through St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our friend Chadwick Boseman. Two years ago, Chadwick visited the St. Jude campus and brought with him not only toys for our patients but also joy, courage and inspiration,” St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital said in a tweet.

A video from a 2018 interview of Boseman breaking down whilst discussing the impact “Black Panther” had on two young boys with cancer has resurfaced in light of his passing.

“There are two little kids, Ian and Taylor, who recently passed from cancer. And throughout our filming, I was communicating with them, knowing that they were both terminal,” Boseman said. 

“And what they said to me, and their parents [also] said, they’re trying to hold on until this movie comes. And to a certain degree, you hear them say that, and you’re like ‘wow.’”

 Marvel Studios also came out with a video to shine light on the career of Boseman. To watch, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VSx2E7WE50

OBU Student Government Association elections

Zoe Charles

News Editor

This past Wednesday, Sept. 9, elections were held for Oklahoma Baptist University’s Student Government Association, often known as SGA. 

The elections welcomed six electors for senator at large, two international senators, five freshman class senators and a freshman class president and vice-president. 

The senator at large position is targeted at candidates looking to represent the entire OBU population, rather than a specific class. 

According to an email sent out by OBU SGA, “the roles, responsibilities, and privileges of Senators-at-Large are identical to that of the Class Senators,” meaning that their duties are not vastly different overall. 

 In regards to the international senator position, OBU’s SGA email went on to say that “[t] hey shall serve as full and equal members of the Senate. [. . .] [t]he roles, responsibilities, and privileges of international senators are identical to that of the Class Senators. 

Students eligible for international senator seat must either hold an F-1 visa or be a child of an international missionary.”

Freshman class senators and freshman class president and vise-president are elected to represent the freshman class respectively. 

In terms of the overall SGA organization, it is branded in its constitution as an organization “existing to serve those on Bison Hill.” 

This comes with a responsibility to promote change and growth throughout the Bison community. 

Even if OBU students are not involved in SGA, it is still very important for students to be aware of their candidate options in order to vote accordingly. 

When asked about why SGA is important for all students and not just those who are members, SGA student body president, Gavin Yoesting said “[t]he Student Government Association allocates a portion of each individual’s tuition, called a student life fee, that funds events, initiatives, and services for students. 

“Through SGA elections, students are voting for leaders who will determine where their money goes and a number of issues that affect campus life.”

 Yoesting wants to remind students “[t]o make effective, tangible change on Bison Hill, I encourage you to vote for the representative that reflects your vision for our campus!” 

When asked about what changes and opportunities are to come through SGA in the Fall 2020 to Spring 2021 school year Yoesting said, “Our Administration is excited to have an SGA that is open and transparent, foster community and compassion, and seek progression over perfection,” he said. 

“We plan to expand SGA’s influence and create physical, visible changes on Bison Hill. Hopefully in the fall, you will see White Fox Scooters coming to campus for an eco-friendly, sustainable form of enjoyment and events that will pique your interest!” 

 Elections results will be revealed soon. 

To learn more about OBU SGA go to https:// http://www.okbu.edu/student-life/organizations/sga.html or follow their Instagram @obu_sga 

Hurricane Laura hits Louisiana, Texas

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Matthew Gower

Assistant News Editor

Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana and Texas early Aug. 27, leaving destruction and devastation to the residents in its wake.

The Category 4 storm impacted much of southern Louisiana and southern Texas with power outages, flooding and evacuation orders.

The death toll is currently 22 in Louisiana and five in Texas, with search efforts still underway.

 Prior to Hurricane Laura, Louisiana and Texas prepared for the storm by activating members of the National Guard to be ready for relief efforts.

 This is the first time Louisiana’s entire 3,000-member National Guard would be activated in eight years, last since when they assisted with the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac.

According to CNN, “people need to heed the warnings they have been given to evacuate,” Louisiana Gov.  John Bel Edwards said.“We do believe there will be extensive search  and rescue after this storm.”

By Aug. 26, around 1.5 million Texas and Louisiana residents were told to evacuate through mandatory and voluntary orders.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency arrived to assist, evacuating residents while following safety precautions for the coronavirus pandemic.

In an interview with CNN, Mike Steele, communications director at the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said, “What’s being done on a state level, instead of picking them up and taking them to state-operated shelters, they’re being picked up and taken to hotel rooms because of COVID concerns. We’re trying to avoid congregate sheltering.”

In Houston, Texas, similar efforts were taken with some evacuees moved to hotels instead of state-operated shelters.

Some are being told they can no longer stay at the hotels and to call a 1-800 number to make other arrangements in different areas of Texas for the time being.

With many homes  destroyed and some still intact but without electricity or water, evacuees and their families are trying to figure out where they can or should go next.

As of Sept. 4, more than 183,000 customers remain without electricity, according to the Louisiana Public Service Commission.

FEMA and Red Cross are working with The Texas Division of Emergency Management to assist evacuees moving forward.

Other organizations are working on relief projects and donations to aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, including Project Hope, Samaritan’s Purse and many others.

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief teams are also currently assisting in Lake Charles, Louisiana, with a group of 60 volunteers.

According to Don Williams, Oklahoma Baptist’s Disaster Relief state director, they hope to increase the number of volunteers to around 100 for these efforts.

According to their website okdisasterhelp.org, “this team of volunteers has received 75 work orders, involving cleanup with tree limb removal, and 15 of the orders have already been completed.”

“We are bringing our large generator to bring light to the church, which seems so fitting. We have a partnership with Red Cross and will be feeding those impacted,” Williams said.

The team is making thousands of meals a day for residents. To follow COVID-19 safety precautions the residents stay in their cars and the meals are brought to them as they line up around the church.

The Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief team was the first of many teams sent to Lake Charles with others in the Southern Baptist Convention joining the relief efforts as well.

According to their website, Oklahoma Disaster Relief, formerly the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), formed their disaster relief ministry in 1973 with a plan  that included “financial aid, immediate emergency assistance and repairing/rebuilding as necessary and requested.

The first response given  financially was in North Central Oklahoma (Enid area) when flash flooding destroyed much property.

A free-will offering was taken in churches throughout the state and over $25,000 was divided among all victims (individuals and churches). [The organization has] over 5,000 trained members and are organized into five geographic zones throughout the state.”

“Volunteers also can provide water purification, mobile showers and laundry, chain saw debris removal, mud-out, ash-out, child care and medical assistance,” according to their website.

 To donate to the Disaster Relief effort or undergo volunteer training to join the project, visit their website okdisasterhelp.org.

Volunteer training takes place Sept. 12, Oct. 17 and Nov. 7.

Pre-registering for training is required.

Column: Christianity was foolish. Then I became a Christian.

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Tyler Smothers

Assistant Faith Editor

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” — from Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth: 1 Cor. 1:18 (NIV)

Was I really perishing, though? I mean, perishing sounds a bit over-dramatic in describing my life at 15.

I certainly wouldn’t have said I was perishing before I became a Christian.

I had all my necessities provided for by my parents and grandparents, and I led a mostly worry-free life as a kid. My parents woke my sister and I up at an early time, be- cause the church we were dragged to was just outside of town. We had a nice time with our friends there, playing games with pens and paper, writing notes back and forth, receiving a “hush” from mom or dad. We were hushed a lot.

Church was a regular part of my life until I was ten or so, but that whole time the spiritual realities meant nothing to me.

The Sunday service was just an event at a particular location every week. My little league football games on Saturdays were much more exciting to me and my parents, too.

For lack of better reasons, I went to church because I had to and because it was a rather nice time to see my friends.

I came into my teenage years apathetic about church, just as many others do.

My grandpa died in late 2012 and a month later my parents announced to my sister and I that they were getting a divorce.

It was unfathomable to me then that I would move more than ten times over the next four years.

This felt like perishing, or at least as close as my young mind could have imagined at that time, and I tried to solve this feeling.

The court-ordered therapist visits, the diagnosis of depression and the medications only made me feel worse most days.

I tried the strategies we are all taught to follow, but they all failed me.

This is the part where I share the rest of my life story, which I will not do now, but maybe we can all see where this is going.

And maybe that’s the point.

Life is hard. This is no secret. Just ask an artist. Many great artists and creators have created wonderful works while having incredibly tragic personal lives.

Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway is an absolutely beautiful picture of how hard modern life is for an individual.

She emphasized the ease with which anxiety and distraction and regret slip into daily life, and her life was filled with tragedy.

Virginia Woolf’s mother and father died and she was physically abused by her step brothers. Alongside her experiences, she probably had clinical depression among other psychological illnesses, which were still mostly mysteries to researchers in her time.

From Virginia Woolf to your neighbors to yourself, all humans have known despair and have suffered by it.

All humans know suffering.

Jesus was a human, too, and he knew despair. He even knew it in greater depths than we can. His life was riddled with betrayal and desertion from friends and being despised by family members.

He knew what it was to be mocked publicly and falsely accused and rejected by his people. He was stripped of his clothes and he was brutally beaten by Roman soldiers.

Then, Jesus knew death.

But Jesus rose from the dead three days after this, defeating death and offering eternal life to those who place their faith in him and follow him.

And I’m not arguing here that becoming a Christian ends or solves the difficulties of life.

Instead, I’m arguing that the strong desire for hope and the out- cry of humanity for a reason not to just commit suicide this instant is based on the fact that the savior, Jesus, rose from the dead.

He demonstrated the power of God over death, and ultimately over the troubles of life.

Our suffering undeniably involves an outcry for something bigger than us, for something — or someone — to give us a reason to keep going.

The life, death and resurrection of Jesus displays both the authority of God over despair and depression, dejection and betrayal, and the sacrificial love of God for humankind, even with all of our messiness.

Jesus died and then defeated death when he rose from his grave.

This is the hope we are looking for — A hope that will last beyond death.

This message of hope in Christ is the Gospel, and it is the overarching narrative of the Bible, from the creation account to the ending. It is God’s eternal plan to redeem humankind to himself.

The Apostle Paul states that “Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,” 1 Cor. 1:22-23 (NIV).

In our calamitous school-shoot- ing and sex-trafficking-filled world, the hope we place in ourselves and in our governments does not last long before we are thrown into personal crises.

Our trust in governments fail when its agents hurl tear gas at children at borders and when the vulnerable aren’t cared for.

And our hope in ourselves is broken when we belittle another person, or watch pornography, and then feel immense shame and disgust with our minds and bodies.

So, after those hopes are gone, what’s left?

It didn’t appear to me that I was perishing as a young teenager, but I knew it was hard to live most days. The reason I didn’t share the rest of my life story at the beginning is because you probably knew it was going to get worse.

We expect suffering, and we can sometimes prepare for it, but we cannot overcome it. It always goes deeper than we think it will. The only hope we can have that suffering does not have the final say is the only hope that will satisfy our hearts.

We must hope in the foolishness of Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OBU welcomes Winkler as Green and Gold Gala speaker

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Actor Henry Winkler is well known for his role as Fonzie on the TV show

Koal Manis

Assistant News Editor

Tuesday, Mar. 3, OBU hosted its annual Green and Gold Gala, in downtown OKC at the Bricktown Events Center.

The keynote speaker was Henry Winkler, an Emmy award-winning actor and author known for playing Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzareli on the show “Happy Days” and as a guest star on Arrested Development.

Additionally, Winkler has been working on a children’s book and has already published 35 other books.

Winkler was originally scheduled to attend the Green and Gold Gala of 2019 but was unable to attend, so OBU TV and other students were excited to hear from him as he spoke this year.

Senior journalism major and marketing minor Olivianna Calmes attended the Gala this year with OBU TV to cover the event for campus news.

Calmes noted that be- sides Winkler, OBU had others speak throughout the night, including John Holcomb.

OBU senior Misael Gonzalez prayed during the event for all attending, and Dr. Smallwood and OBU President Heath Thomas both spoke.

The Bison Jazz orchestra and the OBU a cappella group True Voice performed for the gala’s guests.

A silent auction was one of the gala’s main events.

The audience was given an opportunity to give donations at the end of the evening as well as through donation slips on the tables.

“The whole event is geared toward getting money for student scholarships,” Calmes said.

The audience was made up of mostly OBU alumni, but also a lot of prominent people in the Shawnee community and others interested in helping OBU’s mission.

The event helped show how impactful OBU students are.

The event showed a spotlight video of McKenzie Reece, a theatre major graduate who has since gone to New York and auditioned for theatre work there.

Reece was in attendance at the Gala. OBU showed through her story just one example of a successful OBU graduate.

“Henry Winkler talked about his struggle with dyslexia and his full journey of an acting career and he gave a really meaningful talk as well,” Calmes said.

Specifically, Winkler discussed the struggle of growing up with unsupportive parents and how he didn’t learn until later in life that dyslexia was part of that struggle.

He talked about getting bad grades and how hard it was for him to take tests as a child. Since then, Winkler has taken a stand for those who struggle with learning.

He also discussed achieving dreams through perseverance and dedication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheap travel ideas for spring Break

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Bishop Castle is a work of stone and iron that has been continually constructed solely by Jim Bishop for the past 60 years. Featuring a grand ballroom, stained glass windows, towers and bridges.

Peyton King

Features Editor

Spring Break is just around the corner and those without plans to join family or friends on a trip are left searching for affordable, fun activities.

Unless they’re an individual who needs to stay close to campus for work or athletics, the only things that are holding students back from a memorable Spring Break are lack of ideas and lack of expendable financial resources.

Luckily for those who want to get out of the 405 without spending all their grocery cash, there are plenty of budget friendly travel options open to all.

Arguably the cheapest, most memorable way to travel during Spring Break is by go- ing on a road trip with friends. Seeing as most college students are 18 or older, a chaperone-free trip is an easy way to have a Spring Break worth remembering.

Listening to music, eating at cheap off-the- highway restaurants and playing road trip games with friends could easily outclass any experiences bought in a new location.

But even though it’s been said, “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey,” there are still many places nearby that would make the journey even more worthwhile.

Some of the most popular road trip destinations surrounding Okla. are Texas, Mo. and Colo. All of them have one thing in common: free sight-seeing experiences.

According to tourtex- as.com, you can catch a show at the Miller Out- door Theatre, visit the Contemporary Arts Museum, watch as many as 250,000 bats emerge from a bridge at dusk, go hiking or even explore Galveston Island – all for free.

And this is only in Houston.

Individuals still have the option to travel to cities such as Austin, Corpus Christi or El Paso to find unique free activities.

In Mo., visitors can get a taste of nature or a feel for the city depending on where they want to travel.

According to only- inyourstate.com, those who travel to Mo. can experience wildlife at its finest through free visits to the St. Louis Zoo, go hiking and swimming at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park or explore old castle ruins and hike at Ha Ha Tonka State Park.

But more urban types have their options, too. Mo. is home to two main attractions that are free to the public: the St. Louis Art Museum and the Liberty Memorial.

Both places are surrounded by buzzing city lights due to the Liberty Memorial being in Kansas City and the art museum being in St. Louis.

In Colo., the hearts of small-town lovers will soar. But amongst the chilled-out, homey vacation spots, there are plenty of attractions for those who seek them.

According to out- therecolorado.com, there are multitudes of both natural and man- made sites to visit with- out any admission price.

For those who want to lay eyes on the natural wonders of Colo., the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, the Paint Mines Interpretive Park in Calhan and the Conundrum Hot Springs near Aspen are all completely free experiences open to the public.

Some more modern attractions include the St. Elmo abandoned ghost town, the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and Bishop Castle in Rye, Colo.

Bishop Castle is the largest construction project made by one- man in the country. Jim Bishop has been building this structure by hand for years and it is completely open to the public.

Of course, prices on these sorts of trips depend on gas money, how long you’re staying, cost of food and lodging and other forms of entertainment.

But overall, driving to your destination is likely the cheapest way of travel unless you want to walk or bike.

If you’re looking to travel by air, though, there are plenty of cheap plane tickets available to travel nationwide.

According to kayak. com, flights out of Oklahoma City airports start as cheap as $167.00.

For more information on cheap flight options, online price comparing resources such as kayak.com are available.