The next Lunch n’ Learn will be in February

Payton Clark, News Editor

Technology has become an important part of the daily lifestyle of students everywhere, and with it back and neck pain.

Monday Nov. 13, the RAWC hosted the last Lunch ‘N Learn luncheon of the semester. The event taught students about making healthy, daily lifestyle habits related to posture and back pain. Lunch was provided at 12 p.m. in GC 218-220, followed by the informational seminar from Relax the Back professional Roynell Rawson.

“What students should expect is that no matter if we’re traveling or just sleeping, that there are ways that we can improve our posture, habits and how we can improve to make a healthier version of ourselves,” Wellness Coordinator Lindsay Mitchell said before the event. “Roynell will express the ways to improve with a more hands on presentation on Monday, November 13th at noon.”

The lunch provided an approach to teaching involved in this event are in hopes to give students an opportunity to learn and understand important information for their daily lifestyles.

“The Lunch N’ Learn will provide a free lunch for all students that attend, Roynell will be speaking and will have a more hands on approach to this luncheon,” Mitchell said. “That way students will be able to grasp the topic that will be presented.”

While the Lunch ‘N Learn discussed “daily lifestyle habits,” there was a focus on posture and how people can prevent pain.

“The course for the Lunch N Learn is Lifestyle Assessment in your 24 hour day,” Rawson said. “We will be talking about posture and positions that we use during the day, that may be causing back and neck pain.”

Rawson, a representative from Relax the Back, said that it is important for students to know how to prevent and deal with back issues due to the damage technology creates.

“With the use of our technology gadget, people are having more back and neck issues and pain,” Rawson said. “We are not using our gadgets in appropriate and correct posture that is creating us to change our back and neck postures.  Especially in our younger generations.”

The last Lunch ‘N Learn event was September’s event regarding Alzheimer’s. This was the last chance students had to attend until next semester.

“There are Lunch N Learns for students every other month,” Mitchell said. “The next one will be Feb. 26, 2018 at noon held in the GC 218-219.”

Rawson has been involved with other Lunch ‘N Learn events at OBU, and has many years of experience in medicine.

“I have worked with Lindsay Mitchell in the past at other events and I have presented to the faculty and staff here at OBU on a couple of other lunch n learns,” Rawson said. “I have over 20 years in the medical field with billing and collections, surgical coordinator, and medical office coordinator for multiple PT offices in the OKC metro area. I have worked for Relax The Back for 6 years and I am a certified ergonomic assessment specialist.”

Mitchell said that Rawson has been involved with teaching the OBU community different health topics for a year.

“I actually found Roynell through extensive research on different health topics that I could bring to the OBU community,” Mitchell said. “She currently works up in OKC at Relax the Back. She first started doing the Lunch N Learns in the Fall of 2016.”

Students interested in attending just need to RSVP with Lindsay Mitchell at




OBU’s RAWC celebrates 10th anniversary

Payton Clark, News Editor

For 10 years, the Recreation and Wellness Center has been connecting students and promoting health on Bison Hill.

Oct. 28, the RAWC celebrated its tenth anniversary with a come and go celebration. From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the RAWC welcomed alumni, members, faculty and students to enjoy food and coffee provided by Elevated Grounds, along with tours of the facility. While the RAWC’s actual anniversary is in November, the celebration was moved to coincide with homecoming.

“We strive our best to be a place where students and employees feel comfortable to come as they are,” RAWC director Andrea Woolridge said. “We want everyone to feel like they belong and are part of our family. Our staff does a great job engaging members, whether it is an encouraging word or high five after a workout.”

The services and atmosphere provided by the RAWC have helped get students connected on campus since its start.

“I think it can be challenging for some students to get involved on campus and RAWC is a place where they can go and hang out, get plugged in a group class, intramural team etc. and feel like they are part of something,” Woolridge said. “They get to meet other students they wouldn’t have otherwise.”

Student and RAWC employee Amos Hopkins specifically applied to work at the RAWC for this connection to campus life.

“I wanted to be able to connect with people so that I may have more opportunities to spread God’s love and peace with the other students on campus,” Hopkins said.

Hopkins said that it serves as a great place to relieve stress and meet people, and is a place that students can experience all that college has to offer.

“It is an excellent place to take a short break and play racquetball, basketball or ping pong and to release the energy that has stored up in studying for long periods of time,” Hopkins said. “It has helped me in getting to know other students on campus and being able to make the RAWC a frequent spot in which we hang out.”

According to Wooldridge, the RAWC strives to keep students successful through physical and mental health.

“This is a place where students learn to use physical activity to cope with stress,” Woolridge said. “Being fit also is about getting the appropriate amount of sleep, and that is key to doing well in school. Our goals for success go beyond the classroom and are aimed at helping young people develop healthy habits for life.”

With its variety of equipment, services and uses, the RAWC has been instrumental in shaping student life on campus.

“The RAWC can be so beneficial in allowing students to exercise as much as they want whenever they want,” Hopkins said. “Whether it be a full body exercise, a run around the track or a simple ping pong game. Every person that walks into the RAWC can find something that fits their liking.”

With its cardio and strength equipment, basketball courts, racquetball and walking track, the RAWC has improved over the years to provide the community with many health opportunities.

“We continue to provide programming for all fitness levels, and each week we offer 26 fitness classes,” Woolridge said. “Lindsay Mitchell, our Wellness Coordinator offers classes to all varsity teams to help with cross training. We offer bootcamps, barre on the oval, yoga by Raley, Zumbathon throughout the semester for special programing. This year we started lunch and learns for students, [and] our intramurals is growing each semester.”

Woolridge said that the RAWC continues to improve their services to meet the needs of clients, and welcome ideas to meet their goals, helping the community for a healthier ten years and beyond.

“We are here to help members to meet their health and wellness goals, whether it is with programing for fitness classes, fitness evaluations or educational classes,” Woolridge said. “We want to grow and be a place where our members want to come back and bring their friends along to get healthy and have fun while they are doing it.”

Hopkins said that students should take advantage of the services and events provided by the RAWC.

“Every student should take the opportunity to go to the RAWC and spend quality time with friends and family,” Hopkins said. “Because of the different events that take place you can always find something you will enjoy and definitely want to come back and do again.”


John Piper’s testimony discusses interracial relations 

Jonathan Soder, Assistant Faith Editor

Though produced in 2011, John Piper’s video testimony regarding his personal battle against racism still offers insights to families seeking to address the topic from a Christian worldview amidst today’s political and social atmosphere. 

“One of the great sorrows of my life, and one of the reasons I love the gospel of Jesus so much is because I grew up in this home as a full-blooded racist,” Piper said in the video’s opening statement. 

Piper grew up in Greenville, South Carolina in the 1950s and 60s during the height of Martin Luther King Jr.’s peaceful protests. In 1952, the Supreme Court legally ended segregation in public schools through the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education, but the decision was not administered with “all deliberate speed” by many states. 

“Separation was as deep as you could imagine, and it was demeaningly deep,” Piper said. “I grew up in it with approval. I didn’t look upon it with indignation. I looked upon it as the way that things should be, in spite of the fact that I grew up in a Christian home.” 

Though racists, Piper recalls reminiscently that his family had consistent interactions with at least one black American woman, their maid Lucy. 

“We all loved Lucy, but it was relationally so dysfunctional,” Piper said. “She was just a presence of another kind.” 

The inconsistencies of racism in a Christian home showed themselves blatantly to Piper through the institution of marriage. The first occurrence he relates occurred in 1962 on his sister’s wedding day. Acting as an usher, Piper was responsible for seating Lucy and her family when they arrived. 

“There weren’t any blacks at this church, and in fact, there was a tacit assumption, and later an explicit statement, that blacks wouldn’t be welcome,” Piper said. 

Piper was instructed to lead Lucy and her family to the balcony seating, but his mother, Ruth, stepped in and led them by the arm into the sanctuary. 

“Into my life were flowing these contradictory impulses,” Piper said. “I saw my mother intervening against a system at that point which was going to further demean Lucy and her family, and so that was sinking down in.” 

It was after this encounter that Piper consciously recognized what hampered his belief in racial integration. 

“The thought came to me, and I forget where it came from, or who sowed it in my mind, but it was, ‘Red birds mate with red birds, and blue birds mate with blue birds, so why can’t blacks marry their own and whites marry their own?” Piper said. “‘Why is there this pressure to be together?’ Because in those days, whether people articulated it or not, and it’s true today as well in many places, togetherness meant, ‘Your kids are going to start liking each other, and one of them is going to fall in love with the other, and they’re going to marry’. That was the deepest justification in my sinful mind for all kinds of segregation.” 

While at the 1967 Urbana Missions Conference during his time as a student at Wheaton College, Piper’s view of marriage had changed, and he accepted his earlier realization that at the root of racial tension were marriage and the family. 

“They actually did a Q and A for 9,000 students in the audience, and somebody stood up and said, ‘Now, you were a missionary in Pakistan. What if your daughter had fallen in love with a Pakistani? How would you feel about her marrying a Pakistani?’ [Warren Webster] said, “Better a Pakistani Christian than a rich, white, American banker.’ And I thought at the moment, ‘That is exactly the right answer’.” 

From Wheaton, Piper and his wife, Noël, moved to California so he could attend Fuller Theological Seminary. While there, he was given the chance to explore his convictions regarding race and marriage further in an end-of-term essay. 

“I concluded God does not, in his family, disapprove of interracial marriage. In fact, I argued, and I’ve preached on it since then, I think God blesses interracial marriage,” Piper said. “I severed the root of that old issue of interracial marriage which felt, as a teenager, like it was at the bottom of so much segregation.” 

Following his time at Fuller, Piper would vividly experience the life of an outsider while he earned a PhD in Munich, Germany in two ways. He struggled heavily with not speaking the language and also visited the Nazi camp Dachau. In 1980, after his graduate studies were completed, Piper felt God calling him to the pastorate.  

“The first church to contact me was Bethlehem Baptist Church in downtown Minneapolis,” Piper said. “I’d never been there. I didn’t know where it was, even though it was just eight miles from where I lived in New Brighton. I got in my car and I said, ‘I’m going to go see where this church is so that I can wonder if I should even consider going there.” 

Upon visiting for the first time, Piper found the church to be situated in an area marked by diversity. 

“To the west was the high rise, the ritzy downtown hotels and business people, and to the north was kind of a light industrial Valspar paint company. To the east was the university, 50,000 college students just across the highway, and to the south, Phillip’s neighborhood, Elliot Park neighborhood – the poorest neighborhoods in the city. And I thought, ‘This is gold’.” 

Piper dove in, deciding that if he was to serve there, he would also settle his family there amongst the ethnic and racial diversity which had become a cornerstone of his mission. In 1996, Piper’s family dynamic reached a culmination in his battle against racism; he and Ruth adopted a newborn black girl named Talitha. 

“God did a remarkable work in us,” Piper said. “He taught me this, ‘If you act consistently with your convictions about interracial marriage and the nobility and beauty of diversity, this choice would commit you to this issue till you’re dead.’ And that swung it for me, those three things: love for my wife, love for this little girl, and love for the cause – the cause of Christ-exalting racial harmony and racial diversity.”