Colonne: Laissons-nous dirige par les universe du Maestro de l’univers

The tour of the choir was a success, but it was thanks to an agreement between us, the students, and the maestro: He told us what to do and we only obey. So must be our relationship with God, always and every day. In Proverbs 16:20 it is written, “He who is attentive to instruction will find happiness. Blessed is he who trusts in Jehovah.”

Let us learn to be attentive to the greatest maestro who is our God, the maestro of the whole universe.

By Jude Balthazar, Contributing Writer

On est samedi, le 1er avril 2017, et c’est le départ de la Chorale de l’Université en tournée au Texas pour performer dans six villes différentes : cinq églises baptistes et une école secondaire.

Le moment est arrivé de partager notre répertoire ailleurs, et notre retour à l’université est fixé pour jeudi, le 6 avril à 1h00 du matin.

On a performé dans tous les lieux prévus, beaucoup d’âmes sont édifiées et à cœur joie on est retourné à l’université.

Tout a bien commencé et finit bien, grâce à la bonne planification de notre cher musicien et maestro, Dr. Brent Ballweg, surnommé « Dr. B. ».

On n’avait rien à craindre tout au long du parcourt, il nous fallait juste suivre les instructions de notre talentueux maestro. Littéralement nous n’avions aucune raison de nous plaindre : la nourriture était prête quand il le faillait et notre esprit était bien disposé à chanter lors de chaque prestation.

Ce fut un grand succès.

Le succès de cette tournée me pousse à réfléchir d’avantage sur notre relation avec notre Père céleste.

Combien de fois nous arrive-t-il de suivre les instructions de Dieu comme Il le demande ? Combien de fois nous rappelons-nous que Dieu a déjà tout planifié pour nous ? Dieu nous parle à travers Sa parole dans Proverbes 8 :33 et nous dit : « Écoutez l’instruction, pour devenir sages, ne la rejetez pas. » Souvent Il nous arrive de faire ce que nous voulons et non pas la volonté de Dieu.

Dans une interview avec Dr. B autour de la planification de la tournée, il m’a dit : « D’habitude il me faut un an d’avance. Je commence à contacter les églises à propos de leurs disponibilités durant la fin du printemps, et une fois que j’ai leurs confirmations, le reste est beaucoup plus facile à gérer. » Dieu nous a aussi fait savoir dans Jérémie 29 :11 ce qui suit : « Car Je connais les projets que J’ai formés sur vous, dit l’Éternel, projets de paix et non de malheur… » Nous serions épargnés de nombreuses expériences amères seulement en nous rappelant que Dieu a un plan pour nous.

C’est évident que Dr. B. connait le processus qui mènera au succès d’une tournée de la chorale, mais le cher maestro se base aussi de son expérience de planification pour rendre chaque tournée meilleure que la précédente. J’ai aussi eu un moment d’interview avec Dr. James Vernon qui fut le maestro du 43ème Concerto Aria de cette année. Le concert avait été un succès inoubliable, et concernant sa planification il m’a dit : « J’ai été en charge pendant plusieurs années, donc je sais à quoi m’attendre… il me fallait seulement un mois et demi pour être prêt. » Il en est de même pour Dieu, et encore mieux de sa part envers nous. Dans Psaumes 127 : 1, Dieu dit : “Si l’Éternel ne bâtit la maison, ceux qui la bâtissent travaillent en vain…”

Cela signifie que nous devons toujours nous confier en Dieu quoi qu’il en soit. Dieu a son plan pour chacun de nous, nous n’avons qu’à Lui faire confiance.

Comme je l’ai dit, la tournée de la chorale fut une réussite, mais ce fut grâce à un accord entre nous, les étudiants, et le maestro : Il nous disait ce qu’il fallait faire et nous ne faisons qu’obéir.  Ainsi doit être notre relation avec Dieu, toujours et chaque jour.  Dans Proverbes 16 : 20 il est écrit : « Celui qui est attentif à l’instruction trouvera la bonheur.  Heureux celui qui met sa confiance en l’Eternel ! » Apprenons à être attentif au plus grand des maestros qui est notre Dieu, le maestro de tout l’univers.

Members of faculty rock band ‘The Profs’ talk music and their origin as band

One band, one name, six professors.
“My favorite concert was probably in 2011,” Jett said.

“The crowd was really into it. We played a Profs rendition of Miley Cyrus’s ‘Party in the U.S.A.’,” Dr. Crane said.

By Alena Blakley, Chief Photographer

One band, one name, six professors.

In 2007, six professors on Oklahoma Baptist University’s campus got together and formed a rock band called The Profs.

Every other year, the band hosts a concert in the lower Geiger Center where they play a variety of cover songs.

While none of them get paid for their work, they continue to perform because of the students on campus.

“Dr. Crane and I were playing in the stage band for OBU’s 2007 Theatrical production of ‘Godspell’ and afterwards we decided to create a faculty rock band,” professor of Biology Dr. Bradley Jett said.

While the students get to see a different side of the professors when they preform, the professors also get to see a different side of the students.

“My favorite concert was probably in 2011,” Jett said.  “The crowd was really into it.  We played a Profs rendition of Miley Cyrus’s ‘Party in the U.S.A.’,” he said.

“The OBU students actually picked up another OBU student and started ‘crowd surfing’ him above their heads and passed him all around the G.C.,” he said.

The band members have said they enjoy performing, and say they would change one thing if they could.

“If I could change one thing I would change us playing together more,” professor of music Dr. Jim Vernon said.

While Vernon said he wanted to change the amount of time spent together, assistant professor of history Dr. D.H. Dilbeck said he might address the matter of compensation.

“I haven’t made a dime off this gig, and I would really like to get paid soon,” Dilbeck said.

All jokes aside, the professors say they look up to each other for inspiration.

“For me personally, I am way influenced by the outstanding talent of the guys in the band,” Vernon said. “They are great musicians, and I am proud they have let me in the group,” he said.

Not only do they look up to each other, they also look up to those musicians who came before them.

“As the immortal Dewey Finn says in the movie ‘School of Rock,’ ‘One great rock show can change the world’ That’s my goal–for the world to never be the same,” Dilbeck said.

While being influenced is an important part of playing music, so is learning from those with whom you are playing.

“My favorite part is being able to play the songs I love with people who are way more talented than I am,” Jett said. “I learn a lot from these talented individuals.”

While The Profs have no plans of going on tour, they do recognize how they are different from other rock-and-roll bands.

“We are different because of our early bed times and [benign] lifestyles,” Dilbeck said.

But that is not the only thing that sets The Profs apart from other cover bands.

“We don’t do it for money, glory or our own ambition,” Jett said. “We do it for the students.  For us, as OBU Professors, it’s all about the students.”

Column: how to overcome spring fever and find motivation to finish strong

The symptoms of spring fever can include feelings of restlessness and excitement. Most students are looking forward to their summer plans. Extreme cases of spring fever are known as senioritis.

By Rebekah McPheeters, Contributing Writer

Students all across campus have seemed to lose motivation after Spring Break and are having trouble staying focused.  With 30 days of the semester left to go, it is important to maintain focus. 

The symptoms of spring fever can include feelings of restlessness and excitement.  Most students are looking forward to their summer plans.  Extreme cases of spring fever are known as senioritis. 

“The lack of motivation only increased my stress about all of the large assignments due in April,” senior Rebecca Lee said

Here are some of the top suggestions for getting through spring fever:

Keep a regular schedule. snooze.jpg

As the year moves on, all the strictly resolute plans to wake up early and get to bed on time are often not maintained.  However, if you can keep a regular schedule, your body is more at rest, and your mind is able to focus more. 

When you can, add a time to exercise to your schedule to decrease restlessness and increase mood.

“Whenever I started to exercise, I began to be more productive and relaxed during the day,” junior Amber Isaac said.

Keep track of your progress and success.

journal.jpgYou grow so much from semester to semester.

What seemed overwhelming last year is achievable this year.  Journaling is a good way to process through each day and learn how to keep improving. 

“Journaling regularly helps me keep everything in perspective,” junior history major Emily Storm said.

Write practical to-do lists. 

Goals should keep us moving forward, so plan goals and to-do lists that don’t overwhelm you.  College does not last forever, so work hard through the end and make each day count. to-do-list

“Rather than feeling discouraged by how much I didn’t get done, I am motivated by how much work from my to-do list I finished,” Isaac said. 

These three top tips for the spring semester may seem simple, but they can help motivate you through April and May. 

Don’t forget to enjoy the amazing weather.  Spending time outside is known to improve your mood. 

Use these tips to help you achieve amazing things through these last two months.

 

Lady Bison finished runner-up in GAC season

With a 7-2 win over Harding University, the Lady Bison finished runner-up in the Great American Conference.

Clockwise from top, then left to right: Sophomore Madeleine Boepple, freshman Kim Moosbacher, senior Olivia Charvat and freshman Janse van Rensburg.

With a 7-2 win over Harding University, the Lady Bison finished runner-up in the Great American Conference. OBU women’s tennis will face Seminole State College next Tuesday, April 25 as the last home match of the season. Coach Peter McCorkle and seniors will be celebrated during this game at OBU.

Photos by Kervy Robles.

Profs and students participate in Nerf gun “assassin” game for Blitz Week 

The Nerf gun war heats up on campus as Bible professors try to defeat students in Blitz Week game of “assassin.”

By Emma Patton, Online Content Editor 

Theology professors Dr. Alan Bandy and Dr. Matthew Emerson were seen sprinting towards students on campus in a Nerf gun war today. 

While the Blitz Week tradition may be a game, the players’ mindsets are serious. 
After paying to participate in an “assassin” style game–all the money will support this year’s charity, the Beautiful Dream society–the players try to get one another out of the game by hitting each other with Nerf bullets.

As of this afternoon, Bandy and Emerson are still going strong. They can be seen taunting students with their Nerf guns in the following video: