Football runs to victory over Chapman, 35-17

By Matthew Atha

The undefeated Cougars showed the prowess of their running game, rushing yards 403 on the ground to defeat the Panthers in their 2010 home opener.

Full recap at: Ground control to Murphy

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Women’s soccer unable to break tie with Vanguard

By Matthew Atha

A late goal by Vanguard in the second half left a 1-1 stalemate neither team could pull away from in 20 minutes of overtime.

Full game summary at: Looking for a spark

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Men’s Soccer falls to Vanguard 2-3

By Matthew Atha

Despite a 2-0 first-half lead the No. 16-ranked Cougars suffered a 3-2 loss to No. 5-ranked Vanguard in the Golden State Athletic Conference men’s soccer opener Saturday afternoon at the Cougar Soccer Complex.

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Gospel Music Month Concert

By Raquel Escoto

The gospel choir performed their first concert on Thursday September 23rd. Friends and family filled Munson chapel and clapped along with the 32 choir members, dressed in black with hints of red, as they walked down the isles up to the stage. The choir was accompanied by a six member band, made up of two guitarists, keyboardist, a bass player, pianist and a drummer.

Choir director, Letitia Ugwueke began the night with an introduction and a prayer led by the previous choir director.

The choir’s bold and full sounds echoed throughout Munson, as they swayed and clapped in unison during their first song, “Clap your Hands,” written and led by student choir director Emery James. After three songs, the band played during a five minute intermission.

The next performances consisted of four interpretive dances to the first verse of the prerecorded song “He Showed Me,” by Whitney Houston. The choir divided into four groups and each performed their own choreographed dance. Their expressive mannerisms and energetic dance moves got the crowd cheering.

The final song was a lively number called “Back to Eden,” in which the crowd rose to their feet and joined along. During the end of the song, the choir retreated down the stage and left with the crowd applauding.

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Women’s Night of Worship

By Erica Redmond

On the evening of Thursday September 23, APU women gathered at the Women’s Night of Worship in Seven Palms for a time to get away from the stress of school and focus on God.

 The night started with a series of worship songs led by Sharon Silva and Natalie Nicoles, grabbing the attention of students walking by throughout the evening.

Music was not the only form of worship. A series of tables set up near the back wall offered a variety of worship styles to the young women present.

  • There was a journaling and reading table with handmade journals, crayons and pens set out for those who like to worship through words.
  • A prayer table was set up where people could write down their prayers. They will be reminded of their prayers when it will be sent to them a month from now.
  • An environmentally friendly art table had recycled cardboard set out for students to paint whatever was one their hearts. Eventually, an undergraduate art student will compile the different ideas portrayed into one painting.
  • Behind a table with note cards and pens was a small tree. The women could write the name of a person who had influenced them spiritually and hang it on the tree.
  • A D-Group table made signing up quick and easy for the women present.
  • A food table with coffee, cookies and other desserts was free to everyone there.

Jennifer Fleckenstein –“Fleck” – gave a few words of encouragement and pointers to everyone there. After sharing an overview of her college experience, Fleck shared three “life-giving” lessons she has learned.

First, Fleck spoke about the importance of listening. Throughout our busy days in college, there are many voices that want to be heard, but we should all learn to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit and those around us in need, according to Fleck.

Secondly, Fleck encouraged everyone to look at quality over quantity. It is very easy to get too involved, and everyone should try to live for the necessities. She encouraged the group to devote their days to focusing on God and what He is trying to teach them in everything.

The final lesson was to surrender. Fleck said that God will meet us in our suffering and allow us to grow through it. She encouraged everyone to give their hopes and life plans to God because He will do things no one can imagine.

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Street Meet

By Lauren Belanger

Residence Life’s annual Street Meet was aglow Tuesday, September 21st, on Trinity Lawn. The theme was “Neon Disco”. Though the theme seemed to be a little confusing, neon being 80s and disco being 70s, it still made for a night of super fun performances and crazy 70s disco dancing.

“The RAs have been planning these dances to make fools of themselves for you,” Community Advisor of Engstrom Tyler Van Leeuwen said. The Engstrom RAs started off the evening of dances, with a Glee mash-up that included the songs “Midnight Train,” and “You’re a Jerk.” It also included 80s throwback music, N’Sync and Usher. Engstrom RAs killed their performance and had their residences roaring in applause.

The next group of dancers was Smith Hall, and with Smith, you never know what to expect. Dressed in all black, the Smith RAs started out by “pop, lock and droppin” it on the floor! Then, as the men turned around they put white masks on and danced around the stage with ribbon gymnastics. Their finale was throwing an RA up to crowd surf over the Smith residents.

Adams was the next group, turning Beyonce’s hit song “Put a Ring on It” into their own Adams version, mentioning “Ring by Spring” and wooing Smith boys. The performance brought a few unexpected elements out of the Adam’s girls, as a few of the girls did back flips out of a dance line!

The show closed with Trinity Hall. Before the show, Trinity handed out white flags to their residents to wave during the performance. There was no doubt that Trinity had shown up in all its glory. Their dance included back flips and confetti. The dance finished with David Bisbal’s song “Wave Your Flag,” as all the Trinity RAs and residents waved their white flags in the air.

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By Lauren Belanger

Did you go to Unplugged Friday, Sepetember17th? If you didn’t, I think you truly missed out. It was a night filled with beautiful musical performances. The night started out with an acoustic set by Alyssa Wheelon. With a mix of guitar and piano, her music takes on a classically infused sound that reminds her fans of a Michelle Branch or Vanessa Carlton vibe. Her passionate, mellow voice left audience members wanting more.                

The second act was Johnny Strat & Project Wavelength. Accompanied by his band and other instrumentalists, Johnny Strat led his audience on a journey through his sweet and soothing sound. He played many different songs and you could feel his passion and love for music. Strat played one of his songs on piano and showed his humor when he laughed off a few mess ups in his solo. Strat ended his set with an upbeat performance of his song “That’s the Way it Goes.”

Joel Simpson topped off the night’s great acts with a performance that had the crowd dancing, singing and clapping along. He covered a few hit songs like Chris Brown’s “Down” and also played a few of his own songs like “Orange Grove” and “Whose Bad Now?”, which is a song he wrote after Michael Jackson’s death. Simpson was the perfect end to a great concert. If you missed unplugged, check out the artist’s Facebook pages to hear some of their music!

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Volleyball drops to Biola 3-1

By Steven Zymkowitz

The Azusa Pacific women’s volleyball team got off to its best start in program history winning 15 of their first 16 games and were ranked number seven in the country, but their great streak was put to a halt on Tuesday night against their biggest rival, the Eagles from Biola. The Eagles defeated the Cougars in four games (25-23, 25-22, 23-25, 25-23.)

The two squads played evenly throughout the first game, sharing the lead eight different times, but the Eagles proved to be too much in the first game. In the second game the Cougars never lead, before the Eagles took the 2-0 advantage.

The Cougars would not go away without winning a game, but in the third game the Cougars killed at just a .152 clip. After a back and forth in the fourth game, the Eagles eventually proved to be too much taking the game 25-23.

The Cougars were lead in kills by their kill leader, senior Whittany Radcliffe with 15 on the night. Junior Krista Brenner added 12 kills and freshman Jackie Landers added eight kills.

Azusa Pacific falls to 15-2 on the season and 3-2 in the Golden State Athletic Conference while Biola improves to 11-4 and 4-1 in the GSAC.

For for info, see full article from APU sports information.

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Travel Tales: Little India

In one of our classes this week we learned that South Africa has the second biggest Indian population in the world.  One of the major reasons for this is because back when the British ruled both India and South Africa, they offered Indians a paid trip to the new country and also guaranteed them a job, something not always available in their home country.  As a result, many Indian families have stayed in South Africa and have planted their roots here for many generations.  This weekend we were lucky enough to visit a predominantly Indian community called Umzinto, a town about two hours away from where we are staying in Pietermaritzburg.  The point of the trip was to walk around in the downtown area and simply observe the community and make conversation wherever possible.

The people in the community were more than happy to engage in conversation with me and as a result I was able to talk to a few store owners as well as a few passersby and hear bits and pieces of their stories.  Most of them had been born and raised in Umzinto but some simply conducted business in the area while living in surrounding Indian communities.  All of the people on the street though seemed to be incredibly friendly.  Every greeting that I sent out was returned and more often than not it was accompanied by a smile.

After we had spent a couple of hours walking around, we filled the busses and headed to a nearby beach.  It was incredibly refreshing to swim in the Indian Ocean after a week of intense class sessions and lectures.  We spent a few hours playing in the waves and afterward met up with a friend of our professor’s who was a youth pastor for an Indian congregation.  We had a braai (South African bbq) with his youth group and enjoyed some delicious South African meat such as Boerewors (South African sausage) and lamb chops covered by mild chutney.

It was a little odd watching the sunset over the land instead of over the ocean but the African sun looked like a brilliant ball of fire and was stunning to stare at.  Altogether it was an amazing day of immersion and relaxation and a great way to end our first week in South Africa.

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Travel Tales: Cumberland… More like Wonderland!

This week was full of adventure!  Starting class was quite the wake up call but the mixture of academia, exploration, and relaxation was something quite unforgettable.  Our class schedule is quite hectic due to the fact that we have to be in class for the same amount of hours as we do on main campus but we have to do it in the short span of six weeks!  Although this creates some extra long class periods (8 hours at times!) it also includes some great field trips around the country so that we can fully grasp the subjects identified in our lectures.

For example, this week in biology class we began learning about the origin of “game parks” in South Africa.   Game is what they call wildlife here in South Africa because when created, game parks were a place to raise wildlife specifically for the sport of hunting and thus were the grounds to play a “game”.    Only later were game parks used for the protection of plants and animals and today about 10% of the country’s land is government protected nature reserves while an additional 10% are private nature reserves.  Because we had discussed nature reserves in class, we then went out and visited one by the name of Cumberland.

When we first arrived and after having a packed lunch, our professor made us all stand up and said, “Alright, you have two minutes to climb a tree. Go!”  I felt like a little kid again enjoying every minute of trying to get to the next branch and going as high as I possibly could. She then asked us (while we were sitting in the tree) what we noticed and preceded to give a brief lecture about why the trees had the unique qualities they did.  I absolutely loved it!

After that, we began to walk around the reserve and my goodness was it beautiful.  We walked on one side of a river gorge that was massive with opposing cliffs of a brilliant red color.  Somebody asked why the cliffs were red and it turns out that because of the iron in the soil, it rusts after being wet hence the reddish color!

It just so happened to be pretty stormy that day which only added to the beauty of the landscape.  Blossoming Acacia trees (the trees from the Lion King) dotted the landscape against a luminously grey backdrop.  This and many other features made for some pretty awesome nature viewing and also provided some time to step back and admire the creativity and beauty of God’s creation.

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