Editorial: Ohio State controversy impacts college football

By Jared A’Latorre, Sports Editor

The college football world is storming with controversy surrounding the recent investigation of head coach Urban Meyer from Ohio State.

As for myself, there have been many viewpoints on this subject. Ohio State, one of the most historic programs in football, is under fire to hand their head coach a three-game suspension.

Here’s how it all started. Myer’s assistant coach Zach Smith was arrested in July of this year for trespassing and violating the terms of his divorce. As a result, Smith was fired.

Then, former ESPN journalist Brett McMurphy reported that Smith was arrested in 2009 for assaulting his then-wife Courtney.

At that time, Smith was also Meyer’s assistant only they were at the University of Florida.

McMurphy then found a police report in Ohio stating that Smith was arrested again in 2015 for abusing his next wife (now one of his ex-wives).

This occurred during his tenure at Ohio State, which is the team currently led by Meyer.

McMurphy interviewed Smith’s ex-wife, and he discovered that the wives of other Ohio State coaches knew about these incidents, including Meyer’s wife, Shelly.

The controversy truly began when Meyer denied being aware of the abuse.

When referring to a 2015 incident of Smith abusing his wife, Meyer said there was “nothing.” Meyer even questioned the credibility of the story by saying, “I don’t know who creates a story like that.”

Part of Meyer’s contract is the duty to report any kind of violation to the Title IX leader or the deputy coordinator for athletics. This includes domestic abuse.

The school’s policy even states that employees must report any kind of violence that involves students or staff.

This is the part that makes the denials hard to believe.

Meyer had stated a few weeks back that he had no knowledge of the 2015 incident regarding his assistant. However, Smith’s ex-wife came out to show the text messages that she had with Meyer’s wife specifically regarding the abuse.

It’s unbelievable to think that the leader of the squad could not have heard about this incident.

Unsurprisingly, Myer admitted that he did, in fact, know but was hesitant to say anything that could have been misleading.

Even the Board Committee came out and said that Meyer knew about the incident.

Therefore, when Meyer was questioned about the situation, he lied to the public by saying there was nothing to acknowledge about the abuse.

Meaning, Myer violated Title IX and allowed an abusive husband to torment two wives for three years because he didn’t want to be misleading.

After all this, coach Meyer was given a suspension for only the first three games of the season.

I’m not going to bash Meyer and preach that he should have been fired.

At the very least, however, he handled the situation extremely poorly and did not abide by Ohio State’s values, or any set of values for that matter.

As for Smith, he may never coach again. Then again, maybe he will. Sometimes, people get second chances on the field, but he’s already had that second chance with his ex-wife, so hopefully not.

After the first three games, it’s possible that everybody will move on and forget this happened.

Coach Meyer is a coaching legend. He’s won three national championships with the University of Florida and Ohio State.

Meyer is successful and powerful. He is one of a handful of elite individuals who have the power to only get a slap a wrist for these kinds of infractions.

Almost any other coach would have received the boot in a flash.

Regardless of his fears of making misleading statements or not having knowledge of every detail, Meyer should have said something.

This is an embarrassing moment for Meyer’s career. This controversy will haunt him for a while, and it won’t go away anytime soon.

Preaching how he should’ve have been fired may cross the line, but three games are certainly not enough

Editorial: OBU student reflects on the meaning and importance of home

By Jessa Chadwick, Faith Editor

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As college students, we are away from home. Some of us may be farther away from home than others.

Recently one of my friends talked about how she needed to go home. She said she wanted to sleep in her old bed and feel the safety and comfort of being under her parent’s roof.

It was hard for me to listen to her because I am far away from my home in Colorado, and my parents are currently in-between houses.

It’s easy to think that I am alone or for me to become jealous and sad when my roommates and friends leave for the weekend to visit their parents who are only two hours away. (This, really, is very close – count your blessings if you are near to family).

Multiple times this jealousy and discomfort has caused me to start my quiet time crying and asking God to comfort me as I continue my life away from home, even without a home. It was during one of these quiet times that God showed me that He understands what it means to be homeless.

My Bible reading was in 2 Samuel 7:1-17. The Lord speaks through Na-than to tell David to build a temple for the Lord.

“’See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells within tent curtains. . .’ But in the same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying, ‘go and say to My servant David, ‘thus says the Lord, “are you the one who should build Me a house to dwell in? For I have not dwelt in a house since the day I brought up the sons of Israel from Egypt, even to this day; but I have been moving about in a tent, even in a tabernacle.’” (NASB).

This is a very, very long time to go without a proper home. God did not have a physical home during the forty years that Israel wandered in the wilderness.

He had no home during the time of the judges, which was at least a couple hundred years. He had no home during Saul’s reign (which was forty-two years, give or take some) and part of David’s reign.

That’s approximately two hundred and eighty years. I’ve been away from home for three and a half years but God did not have a temple for a much longer time than me. He was a nomad, like me.

Even after talking about a physical home, God tells David of the spiritual home we will all have in heaven with and through His Son Jesus.

“When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever” (2 Samuel 7:12-13 NASB).

Just as God was without a physical home for a considerable amount of the Torah, so Jesus was without a home during the time of his ministry. As it turns out, Jesus points this out to a potential follower.

“Then a scribe came up and said to Him, ‘teacher, I will follow You wherever you go.’ Je-sus said to him, ‘the foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head,’” (Matthew 8:19-20 NASB).

Jesus doesn’t say this to trick the scribe into a somehow holier life without material wealth (of any amount, it seems).

His point is not that we should not follow Him, or that He does not want to us to follow Him. Rather, Jesus wants us to know what we are getting into. He wants us to know that we may live without a home; but with that knowledge, He asks us to trust Him.

This brings up the old song, “Big House” by Audio Adrenaline. It says, “Come and go with me, to my Father’s house. It’s a big, big house with lots and lots of room.”

This song serves as a reminder that we have a home right now in Jesus. We can come to Him when we need comfort and to feel protected.

The song also reminds us that we have our first real, wholesome home later when we enter into heaven.

I haven’t had a home since coming to college. But I have never gone one night or day without a roof over my head.

And I know without a doubt that God has put me in these circumstances not only to deepen my trust in Him, but to use my experiences to help others not feel alone.

So, as you wave goodbye to your roommate as she drives off for a homemade meal and free WiFi, remember to take your jealousy to God.

Ask Him to deepen your trust in Him. And ask Him to comfort you. Remember that He is your home and ultimately, nothing can compare to the home we will have in heaven with Him.

Editorial: Remembering MLK as a Christian example of social justice

By Hannah Lounsbery, Faith Co-Editor

April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed standing on a hotel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to his assassination, the Nobel Peace Prize winner faced threats from white supremacists, who firebombed his home in 1956, and from J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI, according to articles from both the New York Times and Washington Post.

Dr. King is most often remembered for his work to end segregation and fight for th rights of African Americans during the civil rights movement with peaceful protests including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, sit-ins and marches.

The battle for the rights of African Americans, however, is not the only thing that he was fighting when he was killed. King was in Memphis to support the city’s striking public workers as they fought for their right to a union that would ensure safe working conditions and fair wages.

“Do you know that most of the poor people in our country are working every day?” he said in a speech two weeks prior to his death. “And they are making wages so low that
they cannot begin to function in the mainstream of the economic life of our nation.”

King’s appearance in Memphis was not a one time show of solidarity. Throughout his work, King spoke out against economic injustice and the ever-widening gap between
rich and poor in America. He saw a connection between the working poor and African American citizens and strove to advocate for them both.

King also spoke at a convention for the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations December of 1961.

“Our needs are identical with labor’s needs — decent wages, fair working conditions, livable housing, old age security, health and welfare measures, conditions in which families can grow [and] have education for their children and respect in the community.”

King was fighting for the rights of American workers just as fervently as he was fighting for the civil rights of African Americans.

Some will say that King aligned himself with the labor issue simply as a way to raise support for civil rights issues. After all, many of the unions that King worked alongside donated funds to those fighting for civil rights and showed their support for sit-ins and freedom rides, and economic freedom for the working class was necessary for African Americans to have equal opportunities with their white peers.

“What does it profit a man to be able to eat at an integrated lunch counter if he doesn’t earn enough money to buy a hamburger and a cup of coffee?” King said in March of 1968.

While all of these elements likely played a role in King’s fight for poor American laborers, his faith may have played a bigger role. Religious language was widely used in King’s public speaking, notably in the “Mountaintop” speech that he gave the night before he was killed.

“I just want to do God’s will,” King said. “And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!”

Through his faith, and not just his political ideals, Martin Luther King Jr. moved hearts and changed minds across the nation. Through the lens of his belief, King saw a group of people who were marginalized and mistreated – just like the people that Jesus chose to spend his time with.

He was willing to view the issues facing his people and his time period through the lens of Scripture and determined that the Lord demanded he do something about
it. And he did. Are today’s Christians willing to do the same?

Social justice issues stand at the forefront of life today, but not at the forefront of the church. While segregation no longer exists, racism still does. In this conversation and many others, Christians are remaining silent.

While church members are sorting through their beliefs regarding gun control, women’s rights, immigration and homosexuality, the church is providing no opportunities for members to discuss them.

Christians need to discuss these issues with fellow Christians. They need to pray together for immigrants and argue with one another about the second amendment. They
need the spiritual authorities in their lives to tell them that it’s okay to talk about this issues in their lives and that through Scripture and the Holy Spirit, it is possible to find solutions.

Churches and the believers within them are meant to change the world. Martin Luther King Jr. died 50 years ago because the Word told him that the current state of his world was unacceptable. If men like King can die trying to change the world, the church can at least talk about it.