New academic ebooks

Hester Library has added an ebrary academic ebook collection to the database that will consist of more than 80,000 titles. These can be accessed on or off campus using your network credentials. Call the Reference or Circulation desk for assistance.

Financial Aid

North Greenville University is now ready for you to complete the next step in the financial aid process. If you qualify for Pell Grant, Federal Teach Grant, need to borrow a Direct Stafford/PLUS Loan or if your FAFSA has been selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education then you need to complete the VFAO process online. To complete the VFAO process, go to https://ngu.vfao.com, click “Register Now” and then “Student Interview Center” to begin the interview.

National biological honor society coming to NGU

The Biology Department of North Greenville University is starting its own chapter of the national biological honor society, TriBeta. The induction ceremony for the Tau Delta Alpha chapter will be held Monday April 28 at 6 p.m. in the Crain Science auditorium.

Summer school financial aid

If your are planning to attend summer school, please remember that the financial aid options are different. In most cases, loans are the only financial aid available for summer students. If you wish to receive loans for the summer, you must be registered for at least 6 hours. Also remember that if you have left over loan eligibility for the spring 2014 semester, you can apply a loan on your account to roll over to the summer session. Before contacting the financial aid office, please complete your summer schedule, file the FAFSA and submit your VFAO interview. Visit http://www.ngu.edu/tuition-fees.php to find the 2014-15 tuition and fees. Contact the financial aid office with any questions.

NGU Choir and Orchestra

North Greenville University Concert Choir members, Soloists and Orchestra is performing Saviour on Sunday, April 27 at 7 p.m. This performance will be held at Fairview Baptist Church. There is no cost to this performance.

Spring Blood Drive

The medical facilities here in Greenville are in desperate need of blood donations. Join the blood drive here at North Greenville University this Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. every day.

SGA Elections 2014

SGA elections will be held on Wednesday, April 30th, from 8:00a.m. to 8:00p.m. Campaigns began on Monday, April 14th, at noon. The deadline to run for office will be Wednesday, April 23rd, at noon. The SGA Election ballots will be cast online on April 30th between 8:00am and 8:00pm. For those interested in running for office should email Jamie Daughtry or Joshua Putnam before beginning to campaign. They can be reached at Jamie.daughtry@ngu.edu or Joshua.putnam@ngu.edu. Please give your name, cell number, class year and indicate for which office you will be running.

Tuition, financial aid are rising

Paddy O’Conor
News & Opinions Editor

According to National Public Radio, the past three decades have seen college tuition increase at a faster rate than both inflation and income.

“In Arizona, for example, parents have seen a 77 percent increase in costs. In Georgia, it’s 75 percent, and in Washington state, 70 percent [in the last five years],” according to NPR.

According to collegedata.com, the average budget for a student during the 2012-2013 academic school year. was $22,826.

This includes fees and textbooks in addition to room and board. Private colleges, however, averaged closer to $44,000.

Many schools defend their high tuitions, a representative from Duke saying that $60,000 for a college education is a discount.

North Greenville University’s tuition is also going up.  According to NGU’s website, tuition for the 2014-2015 school year will be $24,690 for the full academic year, including room and board.

According to Michelle Sabou, Vice President for Business Affairs at NGU, this is a 5 percent increase for tuition and a 6 percent increase for room and board. “The increases are driven by a variety of factors,” said Sabou.

The factors include an increase in the cost of utilities and health insurance, along with improvements to certain programs such as the Dining Hall program.

The cost of operating new facilities enters into the equation as well.  The new facilities include the Tigerville Country Store, two men’s residence halls, Snack Shack and numerous athletic facilities. According to Sabou, all of those are opening next semester.

Other facilities that are being worked on include a new chapel arena, along with the new science building.

Kevin Carrey, director of the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation, told NPR that a sizeable portion of the money a school receives goes to salaries, sports teams and new buildings.

However, NGU’s new budget includes additional money for financial aid, bringing the total to $15 million for grants and scholarships, according to Sabou.

Don’t be entitled; develop an attitude of gratitude

Carlee Colvard
Staff Writer

Maintaining an attitude of gratitude can be a difficult task in a generation of entitlement, but by focusing on Christ, being thankful is possible.

In his article, The Entitlement Cure, Craig Groeschel describes entitlement as “that little voice that takes ‘I want it’ and turns it into ‘I deserve it.’” Instead of being thankful for the little things in life, some people have adopted the mindset that they deserve what they have.

When asked why the current generation is a generation of entitlement, Lara Eller, instructor of mass communication, said, “I consider myself a part of this generation and think that people expect too much because of all the opportunities they have available to them. People expect to get things whenever they want them.”

Aaron Harris, sophomore, brought things into perspective with his example of fried chicken in the cafeteria. He said if the cafeteria ran out of fried chicken, the students would complain, even though they did nothing to work for or make the chicken.

“We don’t consciously think we deserve something,” he said, “but when it’s taken away, our reaction against it is so great that it shows we feel like we deserve it.”

Robert Gaddis, assistant professor of psychology, gave some solutions on how to solve the problem with the lack of gratitude. He said, “You can write down three things you’re grateful for and develop a habit of look for things to be grateful for.”

In fact, that is just what his positive psychology class does. Every day before he starts class, the students write down three things they are thankful for and focus on the things they take for granted in their daily lives.

Eller said, “I think that a good step is to do things for other people and to go without. Think about your daily routines and how much you do for yourself and think about what would happen if you did half of that for other people.”

Gaddis said it does not hurt to compare yourself with others who have less so we may realize all of the aspects and little things in life we take for granted.

“We have a tendency to compare ourselves to people who have more and become unhappy,” he said. “Realizing it could be worse helps you.”

Gaddis said Christians are more likely to recognize the fact that being alive is a gift of God, but not everyone thinks that life is a gift.

Romans 6:23 sates, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Believers understand that humanity deserves death, but through the grace and mercy of Christ, life can now be attained through salvation in Him. Through salvation in Christ, believers can understand ultimate gratitude in knowing the sacrifice He made on the cross.

1 Thessalonians says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

News Briefs

Campus

Hug Record Possibly to be Broken

The Skyliner think tank has recently estimated NGU President Jimmy Epting will give at least 122.7 hugs this week.

The Last Issue

This is the last issue of The
Skyliner
to ever be published. The editors and staff would like to thank you for faithfully following our work.  Check out our new website in the fall, TheVisionNGU.com.

The Only Game of Spring

An NGU spring football extravaganza will be held on campus this Thursday starting at 7 p.m., but tailgating will begin at 5 p.m.  This will be the first and last game of the semester.

 

State

Snake on the Loose

An apartment complex in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., has been warned, a gaboon viper could be on the loose, and being the most venomous snake in the world it is a definite problem.  Snake handlers have their eyes open for the little varmint and are urging people to stay calm.

 

National

Hipster Subculture

A thief from Portland, Oregon, was apprehended as the “Nerdy Bandit” for several first- and second-degree robberies.  A clothing store manager said, “He looks like an average hipster Portlander. He could be anybody.”

 

International

Big Macs, Tacos Reject Putin

Mighty Taco, a restaurant located in Buffalo, N.Y., has just announced that Vladimir Putin will no longer be welcome at its 23 establishments, for being a bully and taking Crimea.  They have stated that he will be welcomed back once he rectifies his ways. Similarly McDonalds shut down three locations in Crimea to protest. Supporters suggest McDonalds do the same with their Russian chains.

Islandception

Little Nishino-shima Island was swallowed by the newly-formed Niijima Island in the Pacific Ocean’s ‘Ring of Fire.’  It is still currently uninhabitable, so don’t get any boats ready to claim the new land mass.

Difference Maker of the week

Lights, glitz and glam may seem like the only things needed to be Miss North Greenville University; however, this coveted title also requires a great amount of tenacity, chutzpah and heart.

The winner of Miss NGU 2013, Megan Lindler, junior, said, “Being Miss NGU is more than just winning a competition, as some of my many responsibilities include presenting awards and making appearances at any event which may benefit the school and promote my position.”

Lindler said she competed in her first pageant on her first birthday.  Since then, pageants have been a mainstay in her life.

“I feel most comfortable onstage,” said Lindler.

As part of her work for upcoming Miss S.C. competition, Lindler must raise money for Children’s Miracle Network. As part of her fundraising, she will visit a Children’s Miracle Network hospital.

Not only does she have a heart for children in need, but she also has a heart for animals. Her platform for the competition is preventing domestic animal abuse.

While she has always had a passion for animals, it was while she was a student at Newberry College that this passion grew.

Lindler said her ultimate goal of her platform is to save as many animals from abuse and to teach people how to recognize the telltale signs of animal abuse as well as how to report it.

She said, “I volunteered at an animal shelter and saw how [the animals] came in, what happened to them, and [I] felt so much joy when they left happy. I knew that I wanted to continue helping.”

NGU expands athletic programs

Jonathan Coelho
Senior writer

North Greenville University athletics is expanding starting fall 2014.

The athletic department is adding three new teams with the inclusion of men’s volleyball as well as men’s and women’s lacrosse.  The three new teams will compete in Conference Carolinas, joining the 15 men’s and women’s teams currently competing.

When speaking to NGU’s athletics website, Athletic Director Jan McDonald said, “We are excited about the additions of men’s volleyball and lacrosse, Conference Carolinas has been at the forefront of developing these sports at the Division II level, and it will be great for us to be a part of this. The University continues to look for new ways to grow and improve our athletic programs, and these sports will attract a large number of quality student athletes to NGU.”

NGU has already found leaders for these new teams. Corey Struss has been tasked with leading the men’s lacrosse team.  Coming from Ohio Valley University, Struss takes over after two years as head coach of the Fighting Scots. Struss earned his Bachelor’s degree from Seton Hill University where he was a three-year starter at goalie for the Griffins.

While Stuss is taking over the men’s program, NGU has tabbed former NGU track and field/cross country coach Michael Bayne to lead its women’s lacrosse team.  Bayne will be entering his 34th year in the coaching field and that experience will be invaluable to the young program.

With the inclusion of the new teams at NGU, new accommodations have begun to house the new teams. The soccer field is being torn-up and a new state of the art turf field is being put down in its place.

The new field will be home to both men’s and women’s soccer as well as men and women’s lacrosse.

Also coming to NGU athletics is a new tennis complex and softball field.  Track and field is also getting a new track. The new athletic facility will also include a new weight room.

Editors bid adieu to newspaper and university

Allie Outhouse
Managing Editor

As I bid NGU adieu, I have just one piece of advice for continuing students:. Take the time to make the people around you a priority in your walk with God because each individual is an opportunity to glorify the Lord.

During my three year stay, North Greenville University has taught me many life lessons about academics and faith. While some information came from course lectures, most of it came from the people God has placed in my life outside of the classroom, just when I needed them.

By serving each of these instructors as to the Lord, God not only instilled their lessons but demonstrated how to apply them for His glory in His other areas of my life, such as evangelistic ministry among children and Hispanics.

In the meantime, God also provided mentors and friends to grow my faith.

Lisa Van Riper, Tony Beam, Dorinda Christian and Lee Mitchell are just a few of the many educators on campus who were willing to set aside their full schedules to discuss tough, but socially applicable, theological issues.

They genuinely cared enough to offer their wisdom and insight when sought out. With open Bibles on their laps, I considered much of what they said to be pearls of the highest value.

Todd Dining Hall blessed me with the opportunity of spiritual growth. In addition to providing food for my stomach, time with my friends was food to my soul.

I’d never met so many Trekkies, Star Wars fans and other varieties of like-minded fandom followers who had a heart for God.

Through the years, my friends and I sharpened each other’s faith through lively discussion, prayer and Scripture reading.

We dove into the Bible to discover what He had to say on controversial topics and learned to civilly agree to disagree.

Revealing biblical truths brought about growing pains resulting in a greater understanding of God.

We eventually learned how to pray together and share words of encouragement from God’s promises in times of distress.

Through such fellowship, God taught me how strong He is; how trustworthy and faithful even in the face of my fears and doubts about cars, frequently-lost items (keys, phones and Bibles) and exam grades.

I learned God cares about the little details (like hash browns for breakfast) just as much as the massive burdens (like student loans or what to do during school breaks).

He also taught me that as Christians, Christ is the reason we are able to draw strength from each other when we come together to serve, praise and obey Him.

Some of my friendships became discipleship opportunities, both on and off campus.

God was able to transform the pain in my past into a cautionary guide directing others closer toward Him – whether they shared the same struggles or entirely different ones.

Peers and students of my own showed me how far God has brought me and exactly what He can do in the lives of others.

Since God has put you on this campus at this time, be aware of who is around you.

Who knows whether you have come to a place where Christ makes a difference for such a time as this?

Crusader golfers build momentum towards championship

Jeremy Wetherton
Sports Editor

With the Masters just a week away, the sport of golf is once again beginning to take the national spotlight in sports.

But nothing has changed for North Greenville University’s golf teams as they have been hard at work all season long.

The men’s team has finished in the top 10 of every event this spring season, highlighted by a victory at the Cliffs Intercollegiate hosted at the Cliffs at Mountain Park.

In the opening two events of the year, the Crusaders battled cold weather to ninth and 10th place finishes, accentuated by senior Josh O’Neal’s fourth place finish at the Richard Rendleman Invitational.

However, the team was just getting warmed up as it entered into the Barton Intercollegiate and Cliffs Intercollegiate.  In the Barton Intercollegiate, the Crusaders finished 20 strokes behind champion and host Barton College, but played stellar golf to take the second place finish.

Junior Tucker MacDonald paced the Crusaders, finishing with a two-day total of 153, good for a 10th place finish overall.  NGU ended day one in fourth place, but played solid golf in tough conditions to secure the second place finish.

The Crusaders would win their first tournament of the season as the hosts of the Cliffs Intercollegiate.

O’Neal would win his first overall title of the season as well, posting a two-day total of 140, two under par.

Of the five men’s teams that competed, the Crusader golfers would place three golfers in the top 25, with freshman Christian Constance falling just behind O’Neal, finishing at fourth place.  MacDonald rounded out the top 25 finishers with an 18th-place finish.

The women’s team has only competed in three tournaments so far this spring, but has shown vast improvement as the athletes prepare for the Conference Carolinas tournament later this year.

In the first event of the new year, the team traveled to Columbus, Ga. for the Lady Cougar Collegiate Classic.

An eighth-place finish by the team would prove to be a motivating point, and the team would proceed to go on a tear for the next two events.

In Hilton Head, S.C., the Crusaders placed six overall out of 18 teams, including beating out all but one of their conference foes at the event.

Junior AnnaLeis Dilbert would pace the Crusaders for the tournament, placing second overall with a two-day total of 153.

The Crusaders came back to Travelers Rest to defend their home turf at the Cliffs Intercollegiate and had an impressive showing last week, finishing merely 12 strokes off of the lead.

The University of Mount Olive won the event with a two- day total of 649, followed by Milligan College, Erskine and NGU, respectively.

The Crusaders were led by Dilbert, shooting a two-day total of 167, senior Denise Shirley and sophomore Callie Taylor, both shooting a two day total of 168.

Both teams have a tune-up tournament before the most important tournament of the year, the Conference Carolinas Tournament.

Both teams have shown improvement in recent weeks and look to win the schools first-ever conference tournament.

Caps off to the class of 2014

FaithAuslund
Assistant editor

The gowns will soon be donned, almost 300 names will be called, the sky will fill up with caps and a sense of great accomplishment will brighten the faces of those in attendance – that day is coming, and it’s coming quickly.

Graduates need to be prepared when it does.

The ceremony will take place May 8 at 10 a.m., but those graduating should be in the Melvin and Dollie Younts Stadium at 9:15 a.m. The graduates will gather for a group picture at 9:30 a.m.

The gates to the stadium will open at 9 a.m. for both the graduates and guests, and they should expect the ceremony runtime to be an hour and a half to two hours, according to Assistant Registrar Tina Wells.

Since two hours is a long time to be in the heat, water will be provided for graduates and faculty, and concessions will be open to the visitors.

Tickets are not required for guests unless it rains. In case of inclement weather, the graduation will move to Turner Chapel, and Wells said the ceremony will also be moved to a later time. Each graduate will then be allowed five tickets. To ensure guests without tickets are not disappointed by the limited seating if it were to move indoors, video streaming will be available in Hamlin Recital Hall.

If graduation is moved, students and faculty will be notified via NGU email, and guests can look online at http://www.ngu.edu/graduation.php.

Graduates should also be aware of the rules and regulations regarding dress code. Women must be wearing Sunday dress or a blouse with black dress pants, and men must wear a white shirt with dark dress pants. Men’s shoes must be dark, and women’s shoes must have a back strap.

Wells said graduates are not allowed to deface their graduation caps or wear anything over their robes. They should also advise their guests not to applaud until the last name is called.

She said, “Even though we’re outside, treat it like a worship service, as Dr. Epting says.”

This is a time of celebration, and it should be treated with respect. Graduation, however, can be a stressful ordeal, so NGU graduate students offered advice to the 2014 class.

Alex Grubbs, who graduated in 2013, said, “The best advice I can give is not to stress about it. The event is pretty well organized, so there isn’t a high probability of anything going wrong.”

He also advises parents and visitors to buy the photos of their graduates taken by the school because it is difficult to get good pictures. The photographer for the school will have the best vantage point.

As of right now, Wells said 18 graduate students will be receiving their masters or doctorate degrees, and 294 undergraduates will be receiving their B.A. or B.S. degrees.

Coleman Woody, who also graduated from NGU in 2013, said, “I loved seeing everyone together for one last time – those graduating and those who came to watch their friends walk. It was fun.”

Seniors voice what they wish they knew before senior year

Matt Ausley, art

“I wish I would have known that it was going to throw my perception of time off as much as it did.”

Nathan Levi, Christian studies

“To take advantage of every social opportunity to hang out with a friend, because once the time has passed, the opportunity is gone.”

Katie Coward, elementary education

“I wish I would have known, or maybe really believed, that I was entering into a season of many lasts. There are so many opportunities that you have while you’re in college and over time it becomes easy to take the common, sweet little moments for granted.”

Elizabeth Pirkle, print and broadcast media

“To cherish the time that you have left instead of being consumed with the next stage of life.”

Matthew Williamson, accounting

“It’s never too early to start looking for that first ‘big boy’ job after graduation.”

Professors reflect on their college graduations

Jill Branyon, education professor

“I was already accepted into the Journeyman program so I was full of anticipation of the next step. Like many folks, I did not relish or celebrate the moment as much as I should have because I was so excited about what came next.

“One thing I do remember is how grateful I was to have an education. My parents had really sacrificed for me, and it was a time of reflection.”

Steve Holcombe, business department chair and business professor. 

“That was 40 years ago. I was just glad to graduate. My wife, who was my fiancée at the time, and my family were there with me. I was glad to be done with college.

“I did have a party when I received my doctorate, and my wife even filled my car up with balloons and congratulation signs.”

Lillian Toss, French professor 

“My undergrad college graduation wasn’t that big of a deal. I graduated in Egypt and for that type of graduation, there is no celebration. They basically just announce your name and you’re officially a graduate.

“For my post-grad, though, we had a celebration. I was able to go to a reception and my family was there to celebrate with me.”

Adrian Pater, Christian studies professor

“I played pool 60 hours a week and it didn’t leave me a lot of time to study, so I graduated on academic probation. They required me to walk at graduation, but because I didn’t have all of the requirements, I received an empty folder that said ‘pending fulfillment of requirements’. Once I finished my hours needed to graduate, they sent me my degree.”

Lara Eller, mass communication instructor

“My dad stood up and cheered for me, and you weren’t supposed to do that. He completely humiliated himself and me as well. He was all proud and he just doesn’t care what other people think. When he stood up and cheered, I [pointed at him] because I didn’t care at the time, but it was way worse after I graduated. People were coming up to me and were asking if he was my dad.”

 

Wade finshes distinguished career

Curt Painter
Associate Writer

Only John Travolta has the capacity to move like greased lightning, but cross country and track runner Ben Wade hopes to come awfully close in his senior year here at North Greenville University.

Ben Wade, senior and secondary education social studies major, has managed to run for NGU during his entire career here. Typically, a lot changes in the four years of college between arriving as a wide-eyed,= naïve freshman and leaving as a suave senior, but for Ben Wade, running has been his anchor.

Although Wade has run at NGU for four years, he initially set a personal 8K record, 30 minutes, 30 seconds, during his freshman year.

While in his penultimate year as a junior, he found out he had anemia, an iron deficiency, and that was his nastiest year. But Wade didn’t let that bring him down.

He said “It made me wake up and say, ‘this is the last chance for college athletics.’”

In his current year as a senior, Wade has been eating right, taking vitamins and holding his fellow athletes accountable, while they do the same for him. All of this hard work has paid off because Wade has set a new personal best for the 8K: 27:40.

Choosing NGU wasn’t obvious for Wade, who applied to a Norman-Bates-level-psycho number of schools: 21.

He ended up visiting the various, scenic campuses of eight of those, with high hopes to go to Erskine.

For reasons known and unknown, “God shut the door” on Erskine, and Wade was led to attend NGU, where he’s now involved in enough extracurricular activities to fill an entire Skyliner.

Wade attributes his inspiration to two, linked sources: his fellow cross country team and his coach Jake Simms.

“The way that he coaches and sacrifices and trains, that man loves the Lord,” said Wade.  He also describes his teammates as one little family, saying they wake up together, train together, eat together, and sleep together. “That’s what’s always influenced me, the way the team is a family,” he said.

At the end of the day, Wade loves running and explains it with enthusiasm.

“Running, as a sport, has given me so many things. It has opened the door for friends, memories I’ll never forget, a healthy lifestyle; something so simple has given me so much.”

And while he doesn’t have chills that are multiplying, the power that running is supplying is electrifying.

Whether to vaccinate is a personal choice

Jeremy Wetherton
Sports editor

With a sneeze here and a cough there, our bodies are existing in the germ-swapping minefield that is society.

There is nowhere a person can go to be void of germs.  You can’t run away from them and you certainly can’t hide from them.  So surely requiring a vaccination for children is a positive thing, right?

Wrong.

Vaccination should not be required for children.  Not because vaccines don’t do their job. Not because most children’s immune systems work much better than the average adult’s.  Certainly not because theconspiracy theorists claim it’s a government way of tracking us.  No, vaccinations should not be required for the simple principle of the freedom of decision and preference.

A rational human being is going to look at vaccinations in a positive light because they provide a great service to society.  They keep us from becoming sick, mostly.

A sensible parent will, in all likelihood, get vaccinations for his or her child.  The benefits of vaccinations will outweigh any side effects that happen and is well worth the money spent, whether covered by insurance or not.

Sending children into a school is like sending their body and immune system into a nuclear warzone.  The body has to fight diseases it has never come into contact with and is not prepared to counter.

But requiring these shots steals away our decision-making as people.  As citizens of the United States, we should be able to decide what should be allowed in our bodies, and how we protect ourselves.

I understand that the government feels this will better society if it is required, but when the idea of bettering society trumps individual freedom, there is an issue.

If I decide that my son doesn’t need to get a vaccination and he gets sick, it’s my fault and I need to take the action of making sure my child gets the correct treatment in order to return to full health.  The decision should be mine.

Some may argue that if one child doesn’t get a vaccination, he puts the entire class and school at risk.

The idea is false, only the children who didn’t get vaccinations will truly be at risk.  It is not the responsibility of the United States government to make sure my child doesn’t get sick; it is ultimately mine.

That being said, the idea of free choice is not the only argument against required vaccinations.

There are cases where vaccinations have cause serious illness in children and adults.  A 1992 study published in The American Journal of Epidemiology shows that children die at a rate eight times greater than normal within three days after getting a DPT vaccination.

Injecting a vaccination can lead to serious side effects, ones that should be considered before a person is vaccinated.

Ultimately, the side effects are a minor cause that should simply focus the public on the critical idea at hand: the principle of free choice, and it is a principle that the American people should not have stripped from them.

It’s my body, shouldn’t I be able to choose what goes in it?