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Jaye Thomas: man of passion


We Love Your Name author anticipates night of worship at North Central


Jaye Thomas has never known life without music. He grew up in

a home where every member of his family either played an instrument or sang, so from a young age music became an integral part of
Thomas life.
Before I could even speak, my parents always told the story that
I was singing as a baby, Thomas recalls. It was inevitable that little
Thomas would follow in his familys footsteps and pursue music.
He recalls that no matter how hard he tried in the past, he was unable
to get away from it.

Even though singing was instantly a love for Thomas, he didnt

start playing instruments until he was in the seventh grade. His first
instrument was a trombone. However, as time passed and Thomas
grew older, he set down the trombone and picked up piano instead,
wanting to play the same instrument as his mother. Thomas endeavored to play a few other instruments, but kept focusing on piano and voice, his primary instruments today.
Though Thomas enjoys improving his instrumental talents, his
passion for cultivating a heart of worship in this generation is much

Thomas direction changed in 2003, when he was just 26 years
old. He received a call in the middle of the night that his mother had
passed away. After a few days of doubt, confusion, and tears, the
time came for his mothers funeral service. It was at this service that
his mothers pastor gave him a prophetic word that would change
his life forever.

A tribute to the late

Dr. Margo Lloyd
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North Centrals
miracle on ice
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The JT Experience
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continued on page 7

North Central

leaves a mark
in Libera

Alumna Katie Meyler is noticed for her sacrifice and

dedication during the Ebola outbreak.

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Katie Meyler, an alumna of

North Central, was named Time
magazines Person of the Year in
December for her work with the
Ebola crisis in Liberia.
In every hallway of North
Central, posters stand promoting a new event or information
regarding school news, North
Central is proud of. Posters were
once filled with the face of North
Centrals very own President Dr.
Gordon Anderson promoting
the graduate program. Now they
have a different face, the face of
a product of this school.
The posters show a picture
featured in Time Magazines
Dec. 10 edition. The poster portrays Katie Meyler, the 32-yearold founder of More Than Me
Academy in West Point, Liberia
and a former student of North
Central. Meyler, along with a
select group of Ebola fighters,
were named Times Person of
the Year for 2014.
Meyler was a 2005 graduate from North Central and
received a degree in interdisciplinary studies. Four years
later, Meyler founded the More
Than Me Foundation, which is

a tuition-free, all girls school in

Liberia. The way the school is
set up makes it nearly impossible for the girls to fail.
The More Than Me foundation provides two meals a day,
access to healthcare, access to a
computer lab and library, and an
afterschool program that makes
it a point to keep the girls off the
street for the entire day, according to its website.
North Centrals mission
statement says, North Central
University is a Christ-centered,
Bible-based, Pentecostal school
with a commitment to academic excellence that prepares
students to fulfill biblical models of leadership and ministry
throughout the world. - Eph. 4:
All that Meyler has done
since her time at North Central
truly reflects the schools mission.
Meyler has used her knowledge and passion to help those
in need in another country and
for that she has been recognized
by the world.
The past few months have
been filled with some of the

most intense moments of my

life, but theyve also been some
of the proudest, Meyler told
the More Than Me Foundation.
Im honored to be listed next to
these truly inspiring people and
want to take this time to recognize everyone, on this list or not,
who has helped fight Ebola on
the front lines.
TIME published a story that
gave insight into this deadly and
tragic disease and all the people
who stepped up to the plate to
fight it. In August when the Ebola virus hit West Point, Meyler
and her staff turned their attention to help fight this disease.
They turned their academy
into a temporary orphanage and
quarantine for children who had
lost their families during the epidemic.
More Than Me currently partners up with Ministry of Health
(MOH), continuing to help to
get the virus out of West Point.
We dont have an organization if we dont have students
who are alive, Meyler told

Caleb Convey
Holly Pieper
Stephanie Xiong
Curtis Vaughan
Caleb Kari
Josh High



Katie Meyler, named as a Time Person of the Year, has been recognized for her work in
Liberia, responding to the Ebola crisis.

A tribute to the Good coffee

Business Manager

Rachel Hovland
Anissa Godfrey
Caleb Brose

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Corrections from previous issue:

In Hunter Baughs opinion piece on page 11, an editorial error modified the meaning of the article.
In the third column, a sentence was published as The response from those in chapel, especially
from Calvanist students in chapel, who felt that the student bodys response was not entirely without
cause. It should have said This response from those in chapel who felt that sort of Oh yeah, take
that Calvinists! is not entirely without cause.

Dr. Anderson
cancer diagnosis

The North Central President addresses the student body and

insures that everything will be fine.

Dr. Gordon Anderson, president of North Central, announced in chapel on Dec. 5

that he has been diagnosed with
prostate cancer.
Before his weekly chapel sermon, Anderson took the opportunity to share the news with the
student body. Cancer is always
a scary topic to approach, but

Anderson insists that the diagnosis is nothing to be overly

concerned about.
Im 68, that is very common
and not unusual at all, Anderson said in his statement. It was
detected very early, the volume
is very low. It is entirely contained and has not spread at all,
which is very, very good.

Anderson went on to say that

the doctors have recommended
not waiting to deal with the cancer, and have scheduled surgery
for Feb. 17.
I wanted you to know first
hand, said Anderson. Everything will be fine.

February 11, 2015 | The Northerner

late Dr. Margo doing good

Dr. Lloyds family, students, and the North Central
community remember her life and cherish her legacy
North Central Universitys
campus echoes with the unexpected loss of Dr. Margo Lloyd,
who was not only a valued professor but also a beloved friend
and mentor to many. Dr. Lloyds
family and the North Centralcommunity of staff, faculty and
students gathered on Wednesday, Jan. 21 to celebrate her
life and legacy during a chapel
service that was dedicated to her
Because Dr. Lloyd passed
away shortly before Christmas,
the North Central community
faced a dilemma in planning a
memorial service for an empty
campus. The decision was made
to wait one month to pay tribute
to this respected professor so
that students, faculty, and staff
could celebrate her life together
at the beginning of the spring
The congregation heard many
heartfelt tributes to Dr. Margo
Lloyd in chapel that day, along
with several beautifully performed hymns from associate
professor Joanne Kersten, the
Dean of the College of Fine
Arts Larry Bach, and the North
Central University Chorale. All
speakers who knew Dr. Lloyd
had a special memory to share
whether it was a funny anecdote or a heartfelt message she
had left for them. The University had the honor of hosting
Dr. Lloyds family during the
chapel hour and for a luncheon
afterward with her colleagues
and other faculty.
Dr. Lloyd taught many courses during her years at North
Central, and she touched the
lives of many future teachers.
She taught a variety of education courses, and expressed a
deep love for teaching that has
been passed down to her students.
Although her face and name
may not have been familiar
to all students of majors other
than education, her presence
was well known and a comfort
in times of stress among her
many students and close colleagues. Despite her quiet and
calm demeanor, Dr. Lloyd took
control of her classes well and

knew how to maintain classroom management. She always

provided a healthy learning environment where students could
ask difficult questions not only
about the profession of teaching
but also about tough issues in
Many of her students will remember her expressiveness in
reading aloud to the class and
her sense of humor and positivity during stressful times in the
semester. In simply being herself, she displayed an excellent
model for future teachers.
The close-knit group of professors and educators in the
education offices are reminded
each day of the loss of such a
dear friend and coworker. Dr.
Lloyds empty office is one of
the first in their short corridor
of offices located on the second
floor of Miller Hall. Although
her office has been emptied, her
comrades are comforted with
the knowledge that she is now

with the Lord.

Because Dr. Lloyd kept her
battle with cancer fairly private
last f all, the news of her passing came unexpectedly to many.
She had few complaints and
lived out her final months with
the same joy that she had always
exuded. She gradually taught
fewer classes and scheduled
fewer school observations of her
students, but she still kept her
usual positivity and kind smile.
Most of the North Central
community received the news
of her passing over Christmas
break, shortly before Christmas
Day. Holding her memorial service one month later in order for
everyone to be there was truly a
blessing for the University. Dr.
Lloyd leaves behind a legacy of
excellence and integrity that will
be carried on through her colleagues and through the many
educators whom she taught over
the years.

A commemorative service for Dr. Margo Lloyd was held

during chapel for students and faculty to honor and remember her. Dr. Lloyds sister, Althea Rupert, spoke to
the student body during the service.

New Segue Cafe opens up on 11th Street



Melissa Parker stands proudly in front of Segue Cafes newest storefront.

es and Augustana, making it a
After nearly two years of classes or small groups.
Segue also has ambitious prime location for interaction
waiting and planning, the new
Segue Cafe opened on Feb. 6 on goals for bringing the commu- and community in the neighbor11th street. North Central stu- nity together. We really want hood.
There are even plans to host
dents have anticipated this day to build unification in the comfor quite some time since ru- munity, said Parker. No mat- a concert in the spring. The lomors about the new shop started ter who they are, we want our cal band, Cedar, will perform on
customers to feel like they are the patio outside the shop. All of
almost a year ago.
these goals are an effort to help
Melissa Parker, the assistant genuinely cared for.
They are also hoping to be the Elliot Park Community bemanager of Segue, states that
the process of purchasing the able to reach out to the apart- come unified through a good old
storefront started a year ago, and ments and churches in the area. cup of joe. I love everything
it has been a long and bumpy The new location is now open Jane (the owner) is trying to do
ride. We started remodeling on Sundays, appealing to cus- with it, Parker gushes, It was a
2 months ago, said Parker. tomers from Hope Community very long process. We feel like it
After we began, the city said Church, Bethlehem Baptist and has been Gods timing, though,
that it wasnt zoned for busi- First Covenant Church which and it has been a blessing in disnesses! So the plans came to a are right around the corner guise. Segues goals of unifyhalt, as the owners and custom- from the shop. It is also located ing the community really does
ers waited patiently for the land- between apartment complex- attest to their slogan: good coffee doing good things.
lords to get it rezoned for businesses. There were just certain
things we didnt realize about
our space until we had already
begun, Parker said, If we had
opened earlier, it would have
been very complicated. However, all of the waiting has paid
off. The store has opened, and
the community is very excited.
Weve ironed out the hiccups,
so there isnt anything holding
us back from opening now,
said Parker.
The interior is beautiful and
inviting, with calm blue walls Olivia Davis sits down with Melissa Parker to dicuss the
and vintage barn doors. There opening of the new Segue location.
is even a separate room in the
shop, which can be reserved for

Letter from the editor: Theres a

February 11, 2015 | The Northerner

new sheriff in town

New Editor in Chief casts vision for this semester of The Northerner

Last semester, I applied for

an editing position with The
Northerner. I had recently discovered that editorial work was
the greatest expression of my
passion for words, and I wasnt
satisfied with simply peer editing for my classes. At the time,
the positions that were open included news editor and features
editor, which is what I was gunning for.
Before I applied, I ran into
Rebekah Jacobson, the previous
Editor in Chief, and she asked
me if I would be applying for
her position. For some reason, I
mindlessly nodded my head and
said that I would be - I didnt
really think about what I was
doing. The next day, I was interviewed, and I got an email a
few weeks later telling me that
I would be the next Editor in
Chief of The Northerner. Even
though it was not my original
goal, I couldnt have been happier or more apprehensive that I
was selected to lead this news-

So here I am four months later, an English major that fights
tooth and nail for Oxford commas in a place where Oxford
commas are killed with fire.
(I would have been doing this
even if I hadnt been hired as
the Editor in Chief, it just would
have been a bit more difficult.)
I am not cut from the same
fabric that Communications
majors are, which should explain why you might be seeing
some unusual activity from The
Northerner, even before you
picked up this issue.
You might have seen an article last week on our Facebook
page called 14 Things Pentecostals Say When They Pray
Over You. That article is a list
of clichs that are often heard
in Pentecostal circles, a simple,
lighthearted attempt at poking
fun at ourselves.
You might have heard about
The Whenever Show with
Blake Mayes, a variety show

The Northerner is working

on that will bring humorous
sketches and unique social commentary to the stage, hosted by
senior journalism major Blake

One of my favorite aspects

of a student newspaper is our
ability to publish guest writers;
I would like to further develop
that aspect of our publication.
In this first issue that I am the

Editor in Chief over, I have partnered with our Student Body

President Caleb Brose, who will
be writing an ongoing column in
the features section. Additionally, sophomore English major

Kingdom Identity

Respond to this article by

emailing ncunortherner@
Annisa Godfrey, guest writer,
wrote the excellent profile piece
on Jaye Thomas, featured on the
front page.
This is a huge part of what I
am trying to do with The Northerner this semester. I see the student newspaper as a place where
our campus can learn about sections of the student body that
they may not normally be aware
of. This is a place where we can
celebrate the differences that define us and support each other in
times of distress.
As such, youll see more
Buzzfeed-style lists from us,
posted frequently on our Facebook page. Youll see strong
opinions that challenge us to
think about the status quo, and
if necessary, challenge the status
quo. Youll see deep investigative stories that show us more
than we ever imagined about our
Most importantly, youll see
yourself in these pages, if you
are willing.

Pull out that mirror and check yourself!


Photo submitted by Michael Woods via Facebook

and talked about how well we
What image do I emulate?
Amidst the growing unrest did and congratulatied us. His
in America, we as Christians low booming voice yelled, You
should have this question burn- work hard you play hard.
Since playing hard usually
ing in our minds. The Bible
speaks in many places about dy- meant drinking, bar fights, eting to self. I never fully realized cetera, we knew what was to
come next: the battalion would
this until I was in the Marines.
On the weekends and holi- respond with its usual Errr
days we were granted libo (lib- (short for oorah) in a thunderous
erty) and allowed to go out on reply.
The Sgt. Maj. held the palm
the town. Before being released
we would be given our weekly of his outstretched hand toward
his face and told us to pull out
libo brief.
I still remember the Sgt. our mirrors and check ourselves.
Maj. as he stood in front of us I began to chuckle as I thought

of being at a party staring at my

hand. This action was to remind
us when we thought of doing
something wrong that we represented something more.
We were the few, the proud,
the U.S. Marines, and our image was held in high regard. He
then closed with dont give the
Marine Corps a black eye. This
he said to reinforce the idea that
we were a part of a bigger entity.
Anything we did reflected on
the Corps.
When I finally came to a saving knowledge of who Christ
was, it was easier for me to see
what verses like Galatians 2:20
meant. I was part of a larger
Christ and was everyday meant
to act, live, and be like him
When I realized this I began
to see exactly what my enemy
did not want. In Mark 8, Peter has the revelation of Jesus
Christ being the Son of God. Jesus commends him for this then
tells of how he will suffer.
Peter replies, no Lord be
it far from thee. Then Jesus
turning to Peter says, Get thee

behind me Satan! Do you see

what the enemy is after? Satan
is after Christ accomplishing his
mission and being revealed!
A question raised to me by
one of my peers was on the topic
of students leaving North Central because of their discontent.
My response was when a
group of people see that they are
not experiencing the power and
presence of Christ they become
Often times to keep from being stagnant they turn to gimmicks, formulas, and or excuses. These formulas and excuses
have taken the form of denominations and traditions that have
denied the power of God. We
begin to identify more with our
denomination than with Christ.
We feel the need for diversity
meetings and other cultural sensitivity trainings for the same
reason. People would rather
identify with their race and culture than with Christ. The bible
says to seek first the Kingdom of
God and his Righteousness.
It is by laying down our old
thoughts, opinions, and racial

identities that we may pick up a

kingdom culture.
If we seek Gods kingdom
first we will find Christ in ourselves and make our culture
even more beautiful. He makes
us new creatures! Jesus never

Many people in
the world have
been disenchanted
by the church we
have built. We as
Christians have
given Christ a
black eye.
needed gimmicks or cultural
training to draw crowds that
hanged on his every word.
In one passage he asks his
disciples if they intend to leave
him. Their reply was, where
will we go? You have the words
of eternal life.
Should we resort to building
communities focused on man
made features? Jesus said in
John 12, If I be lifted up, I will

draw all men to me. It is Christ

that draws people to himself.
If Christ truly transcends all
culture and denominations, his
followers must do the same.
This occurs when we take up
our cross and die to ourselves.
Many people in the world have
been disenchanted by the church
we have built.
We as Christians have given
Christ a black eye.
Yet there is hope that we may
still return to our first love.
Let us relay the foundation
of the real Christ in our lives
and see the power and glory restored. Let us look in the mirror
and see the image of Christ becoming brighter and brighter till
fullness of day.

Opinions expressed in the

opinion section do not
necessarily reflect the views
of administrators, faculty or
North Central University.
Editorials reflect the views of the
Northerner writer.

A few questions before you

February 11, 2015 | The Northerner

crowdfund your missions trip

Of course its easier to ask for money than work for it


How much time did I spend in the Carlson lounge watching people play pool, or any other lounge on campus, that I could
have spent working? Was my excuse, BUT, social health is just as important?
Have I financially supported people doing the mission I want to do short term, but who are doing it long term?
How many of my friends are pooling the same broke college crowd for more money on Facebook? How effective has it

been for them?
How much money did I spend on going to the movies or buying pointless clothes this semester?
Did I try to offer a service or an exchange for the money I was asking for?
I am sure you can imagine more

Some of you will read these

little jests and say to yourself,
Hey, I am a hard working individual who puts a lot of my own
income towards the trip Ive
been planning and my family is
not financially capable of helping me and this does NOT apply
to me.
Well great, this does not apply
to you and you arent the reason
crowdfunding is overused and
increasingly unsuccessful.
As college tuition prices grow
and daily the news talks about
the $1.2 trillion of student debt,

its no wonder college students

are looking for ways to curtail
some of their costs.
Thats completely understandable and not the problem.
The problem is wanting to do
something, not having enough
money to do it, but because of
the immediacy of wanting to do
it now you resort to obtaining
money in the least personally
investing way possible.
Before you started your IndiegoGoFundMe page you
probably realized that asking for
money is weird and to suit your

conscious you wrote about how

humbling it is to have to ask for
money without working hard for
it. - That is definitely weird.
By foregoing patience and
work ethic youre detaching
yourself so much from your
mission you cant enjoy it as
much as others who worked
hard for it.
Thats not true, I am going to
love teaching surfing in Australia to orphan kids regardless of
if I worked for it or not.
Thats great that you want to
do that and I support you sharing

the gospel 100 percent, but how

much money are you bringing
souvenirs? Could at least half of
that go to your trip before you
ask everyone else to pay for you
to get there?
I am not a hard working
saint who has never asked for
anything, but constantly being
flooded on Facebook by Support my missions trip to the
same place all my other friends
want to go for a week to change
the world is jading to the true
purpose of missions.
To avoid being overly cyni-

cal, lets look at people who are

approaching their funds deficit
with creativity and sacrifice. I
went and typed missions and
fundraise on the NCU Market
Facebook page and found Anissa Godfrey offering to proof
your papers, Gao Lee offering
photography services, Rebekah
Jacobson selling purses and
clothes, Bobbi Hansen selling
candy bars, Anna Walters seling
a printer, and way more around
Maybe before you ask for
cash from the internet you write

a personal letter to a few people

who you know are interested in
investing in your future in exchange for cooking them breakfast or picking up dog poop.
Either way youll typically
make more money doing that
than a wide branching request
to the ambiguous internet for
money and you wont taint your
attitude going into missions.
Respond to this article by
emailing ncunortherner@

WARNING! A word of caution to

North Central students
Student leadership positions arent a walk in the park

Photo submitted by Dan

Erickson via Facebook
With the new semester underway and student leadership application deadlines on the horizon, its easy to look to the future
and get excited about lifes possibilities.
Its not hard to get caught up
feeling flattered about being recommended or wanted for a certain role either.
However, Im here to tell you,
student leadership roles come
with a cost.
In my three-and-a-half, going
on four, years at North Central,
Ive had an up-and-down relationship with student leadership,
to say the least.
There are a lot of good things

to be said for the experiences

you have and the life lessons
you learn in student leadership,
but there are also some drawbacks that people dont always
talk about with those on the outside looking in. Student leadership is a serious commitment
it demands that you give of your
time, energy, and emotions on
a consistent basis, usually in a
volunteer capacity.
Lets face it: we dont have
an unlimited amount of time to
do all the things we want to do
in life. So whenever you commit to something, you inherently have less time to commit
to something else. Therefore,
be strategic! Its a challenge
to try to balance your physical,
mental, emotional, and spiritual
well-being in general, and the
more you add to your plate the
harder it is to successfully do it
all. Trying to do it all is noble,
but pleasebe realistic with
yourself. Its tough when youre
Let me be clear: I am not discouraging you from applying

from student leadership, but instead stressing the importance

of weighing your options. Take
a look at the bigger picture before deciding what you want
to do next year. What do you
want to do and what kind of a
person do you want to be after
you graduate? Does this student
leadership help get you closer to
where you want to be after college?
The thing to remember is that
there are other worthy things
you can do outside of student
leadership to develop yourself,
such as landing an internship,
working a job to pay for college,
or spending more time on your
classes (or your personal life).
We are in college to learn and
grow, so its a good thing to get
involved in something and better yourself. This is why people
tell you that you should build
your resume (and not just add
to it willy-nilly). Just because a
role isnt visible to most of the
student body doesnt mean its
not worthwhile.
If youve found a certain stu-

dent leadership role that youre

Go for it and make the most
out of your experience. Student leadership can help you
grow personally, professionally, spiritually and relationally.
But please - dont ride someone
elses enthusiasm for you to take
a position youre not 100 percent
sold on into a bad situation that
youll have to struggle through
for a year. Be sure to know what
youre committing to before you
sign up for something.
You can still exemplify/
model God-honoring, Christlike servant leadership even if
youre not in a formal leadership
role with the university, your
church or your workplace. Your
position does not equal your value. You dont need a title to be
a leader.
Opinions expressed in the
opinion section do not
necessarily reflect the views
of administrators, faculty or
North Central University.
Editorials reflect the views of
the Northerner writer.

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History Box: North

Centrals miracle on ice the desk
A North Central Bible College alumnus reminisces on 1991 hockey team


of the

The North Central Chiefs hockey team played their games at Mariucci Arena to packed audiences.
North Central may not be an athletic school by nature, but its
sports have enthralled students for much of the schools history.
The students of the residence halls jump and scream to the tune of
intramural sports, and they all come together as one for the games
played by the North Central Rams. The student body packs out the
home basketball games, and everyone wants to know who won
when the games are away. There used to be one more sport in
particular that filled the school with glee: hockey.
North Centrals hockey team only lasted for a short time in the
late 80s. Hockey was not an official sport at North Central, leaving the makeshift team no funding or support from the school. It
was simply part of a club league, made up of a few colleges and
ministries in the Twin Cities area. The information was sparse, so
I sought out alumni who might have played on the team.
I got in contact with Richard Leveque, a 1991 North Central
graduate, who played right wing on the hockey team in the 199091 season. As I asked him about the hockey team, he sent back
pictures and memories that had been hidden in the archives for
too long.
The North Central Chiefs hockey team worked hard to make





their time on the ice count. Receiving no funding from the school
meant they had to pay for their time on the ice by themselves,
purchase their own equipment and jerseys, and provide their own
transportation to and from Mariucci Arena, located on the U of M
The team often found time to play late at night because it was
the only time they could get, leaving the team and the spectators
in the cold. Even still, the players and fans were dedicated to the
We represented NCBC proudly and had a strong following,
Leveque said.
It was hard being part of a sport that the school just didnt have
the capacity to support, but we did it anyways for the love of the
The team also boasted a nice selection of Canadians, often characterized as prime hockey players.
I am from Ontario, Canada, and I was part of the proud contingent of Canadian students that attended there, Leveque said.
Every year, out of about 1,100 students, there would be about
30 to 40 Canadians, and we always knew each other.
Richie said that of the 17 players, eight of them were Canadians.
As Leveque recounted his most vivid memory, it became clear
that the Canadian blood was serving them well. He told of their
biggest game of the year, a game against Oconto Sports Ministries
Red during the North Central Invitational, a tournament with four
teams playing four games.
That game was our big game of the year. We won that game
4-3 with two goals coming from Rod Young. The March 1991
edition of Northern Light (former name of The Northerner) reports
that North Central won the tournament with three wins and one
loss, scoring a total of six points.
There were students at that game that had never been to a hockey game before we packed the arena with over 200 students!
Leveque said.
They made a noise that to this day I still get goose bumps
thinking about yelling and cheering for a team that they wanted
to see not only succeed but also perhaps blaze a trail for future
teams and show the school that this was something they could get
behind and support. It was an honor to be a part of.

Jaye Thomas: man of passion

A question that I am frequently asked is, How is the president role going? Depending on
the day or the situation that the
question is asked, I will often
have the same answer.
Its going really well. It is
definitely different, but good.
I often respond in that way
because it is different. The role
of the student body president is
a unique role. It is something
that I have never had any experience in, because it is a role that
heavily takes on the characteristics of the person who fills it.
There are certain expectations for the person who fills the
role, several solidified meetings,
events that must be attended and
other absolutes that come with
the job.
The rest of the position, and
the part that is often most seen
by the outside observer, is defined by how the person in the
role responds to the perceived
expectations of those he or she
What makes the role different in my opinion is the process
of defining what the response to
those expectations looks like.
Student leadership at North
Central is a unique experience
due to the extremely high turnover. Most positions are filled
and refilled every academic
year. This high turnover can be
a challenge and an opportunity.
It provides opportunity for the
students to have experience in
many different roles, developing both individually and corporately within a different team
dynamic each year.
However, this great opportunity is paired with the temptation of working with a narrow
scope. It becomes easy to focus
only on the one academic year
ahead and not think about what
is coming next in two, five, eight
Longevity is important. It is
something not often discussed
due to the difficulty of working
with longevity-focused paradigms. We live in a time where
we want results immediately.
However, a focus on longevity

shows that the work being put in

is enough, even if there are no
immediate gratifications from
the work, so long as the future is
being benefited.
This is the paradigm that
I conditioned myself to have
when I took on the role of student body president, and has
continued to be the lens that I
look through when it comes to
conversations regarding policy,
changes, and representation.
I have said it before, but the
simple advice from Dr. Anderson, be a friend to North
Central, has truly shaped my
response to the expectations of
the student body president role.
In all that I do in this position,
I want to advocate for what will
be best for North Central now,
but especially in the future.
However, this is not something
that I can do by myself.
Over this next semester, The
Northerner will be allowing me
to curate a response column to
questions and concerns that students have, and discussions that
are happening on campus.
I will write my responses
from the view point that I have
been given the opportunity to
have, a view point that will have
many different perspectives
synthesized into one.
I am lent perspective from
administration, staff, students
and my own personal view. I
will take all of these perspectives and blend them into a curated response to any questions,
comments, or concerns that a
person poses.
Help me by submitting comments, questions, or concerns
to any issues on campus to
your submission is responded
to, you will also be appreciated
with a $5 dollar gift-card to a
vendor of your choice!
I hope to hear from you soon.
Caleb Brose, student body

The Northerner | February 11, 2015

His pastor said, The Lord

says that the mantle that was
placed on your mother is now
being placed on you. You will
do more and go farther than
she ever went in the spirit
Thomas reveals.
Not knowing what the prophecy meant, Thomas continued
to go on with life without his
mother, quickly forgetting the
prophetic word the pastor had
given him.
Then came a season of brokenness and hardship for Thomas. In the midst of the most difficult season of his life, a friend
gave Thomas a Misty Edwards
CD, which led him to look into
what IHOP, the International
House of Prayer, was all about.
He began listening to their
24-hour prayer and praise services online. He deeply desired
to go there and experience it all
for himself.
Through some connections
Thomas brother had, he was
able to meet with the directors
of IHOP in February 2008.
A few short months later,
Thomas moved to Kansas City,
Mo. to join the prayer and praise
movement that had sparked his

Through a miraculous and
almost unbelievable turn of
events (which can be read about
at www.jayethomas.com/blog,
in the post named Purpose.
Prophesy. And Prayer.), Thomas led a prophetic worship set
during a service one night.
As a result of that night,
Thomas became a worship leader at IHOP and has been there
almost six years now.
There are few places on the
earth where the tabernacle of
David is actually being modeled
again in this age, 24/7, he says,
It gives us the opportunity to
tap into eternity right now.
Its this sense of eternity that
has kept Thomas at IHOP for six
years. It is also what makes him
want to stay with the program
for many more years to come.
I dont consider myself a
songwriter, Thomas says with
a humble honesty in his voice.
Im a singer. Im not a songwriter, but its easy to write
songs when youre singing the
Singing the Bible is a spiritual discipline that Thomas has
made a part of his everyday life.

I sing the Word back to God

when theres music and when
theres not, when I feel it and
when I dont, when it sounds
good and when it doesnt.
Its this regular practice of
singing the Word that inspires
the worship songs that Thomas

IHOP one night, he played a

different song that had a similar
chord progression to We Love
Your Name as we know it today.
Spontaneously, I just began to sing How we love
Your name, Jesus, Youre the
beautiful One. We love Your

Every single song that Ive

written in the last seven years
has been birthed in a spontaneous moment of singing the
A favorite of North Centrals,
Thomas song We Love Your
Name, came out of such a time.
We Love Your Name has a
very special place in Thomas
Its one of my favorite songs
Ive ever written, he admits.
While leading worship at

The rest of the song came
during another set while singing The Stand by Hillsong. As
he played through that similar
chord progression once more,
the lyrics to the verse poured out
of him.
Though this songwriting process may seem easy to some,
Thomas knows that it is the way
that he and his team approach
worship that gives opportunity
for amazing things to happen.

I dont consider myself a

songwriter. Im a singer. Im
not a songwriter, but its
easy to write songs when
youre singing the Word.

Thomas is largely passionate

about the way that worship leaders today sing to God. He feels
that worship happens when people endeavor to really and truly
sing to a man, a real man.
Shaking his head back and
forth a little bit, he adds, Otherwise, what we do so easily becomes entertainment.
Rather than singing for the
response of the people, Thomas seeks to only sing to the God
that saved him and gave him his
gifts in the first place.
His heart is not to sing songs
about God, but sing songs to
God. Not to even sing songs to
people about God, but to sing
songs about God to God.
Thomas spends a lot of time
with his team weekly to make
sure each one of them is on this
same page.
We actually spend time in
prayer, but not just the 30 minutes before the set as if prayer is
only the means to the end, but in
constant regular times together
in prayer.
They also spend time reading
the Bible together weekly so
that the things they sing in those
spontaneous times of worship

are coming directly from what

God says.
North Central can be certain
that in the days and weeks leading up to Thomas arrival on
campus, he will be praying for
the night of worship.
I am really excited about being with you guys and what the
Lord wants to do on the college
campus, Thomas says with a
nod of assurance.
I have a heart for college
campuses. Im excited to see
whats going to happen that
night. I dont believe its going
to be a regular night.
Much like Jaye Thomas,
North Central waits with anticipation for what God has planned
for the time he is worshipping
with us.

Jaye Thomas will be leading worship on Wednesday, February 25, at chapel

(11am) and Praise Gathering (10pm). A link to the
event can be found on the
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The JT experience

February 11, 2015| The Northerner

Freshman teammates and roommates rise through the ranks of mens basketball

The JT experience is announced as Joel Cline and Travis Voigt come into the game
off the bench. As the game progresses, no quality of play is
lost. It is almost as if they can
read each others minds as plays
between the two are executed
more fluently than speaking the
native tongue. Fresh legs can always help bring life to a team,
but Cline and Voigt bring something extra.
I think me and Travis have
more chemistry than I do with
anyone else on the team, said
freshman post Joel Cline. His
teammate and roommate, freshman guard Travis Voigt expanded, (As roommates) we can tell
each other what you expect and
what you as a player prefer, and
the type of style that you play
with and whatnot.
Voigt and Cline have both
had a successful start to their
collegiate basketball careers.
Of the eight freshman and three
sophomores on the team, Cline
and Voigt are leaders in scoring
with 195 (Voigt) and 82 (Cline)
points, and minutes played with
364 (Voigt) and 273 (Cline). Impressively, the JT experience
are both in the top three of the
whole team in field goal percentage with 52.5 (Voigt) and
45.5 (Cline) percent. Voigt also
leads the team in 3-point field

goal percentage with 53 percent,

while Cline is in the top four in
blocks (2) and rebounds (71).
Both from Green Bay, Wis.,
Cline and Voigt lived only
about five minutes from each
other. However, until about
nine months ago, they only
knew each other from reading
the paper. Voigt was making
headlines for N.E.W. Lutheran
High School, while Cline did
the same for Southwest High
School. They played against
each other just once in a summer league.
Voigt and Cline started
building up their chemistry in
open gym games. When they
both decided to come to North
Central, they planned on being
After games, the chemistry in
the JT experience continues
to build. Not only do they shoot
together frequently outside of
practice, but they also absolutely talk basketball when
they go back to their room.
We watch film together a
lot especially as a team, said
We usually go through a
post-game breakdown either
that night or the next day, said
Cline. We break down how
we did personally and go from
A lot of their success can


Left: Joel Cline, 30, sets a pick for Travis Voigt, 13, in a game against Northwestern.
be attributed to the chemistry
that they have built, and it has
not gone unnoticed. In fact, the
name JT experience is the
coined name of Cline and Voigt for the substitution package
that Coach Jon High uses.
It is kind of evident that we
have good chemistry together,
but also it is rotation too, said

Cline. Its not up to just us.

Coach has to see it too. And we
definitely have to perform on
the floor, too, to get that playing
Both Cline and Voigt played
their best games when they
came into the game together in
the JT experience package.
Voigts best game of the sea-

son was his first start against

rival Northwestern. He scored
16 points while picking up six
rebounds, four assists and one
steal. Clines came against Providence-Manitoba. He scored 14
points accompanied by one steal
and four rebounds. Neither of
their counterparts had statistically amazing performances in

either of these games. However,

they both played well-executed,
complementary basketball to
help the other succeed.
With the rapid flight of these
two freshman players, the future
of North Central mens basketball looks bright.

More to life than just basketball

After recently breaking 1,000 career points, Luke Chafin reflects on his faith and his role on the mens basketball team


like to say that I got

to see the good, the
bad, and the ugly,
said Chafin.
Chafins unique
experience with the
church caused him
to see the positives
and negatives that
go on behind the
scenes of ministry.
Some of these negatives started to rub
him the wrong way,
which led to a slow
him and the church.
Luke Chafin pulls up for a jump shot against Crown College. It got to a point where all
Often in Christian universi- middle of a family full of minis- my family was in ministry and
ties, students place a negative ters. His parents, grandparents, I pretty much didnt want anystigma on college athletes that and two of his uncles were pas- thing to do with it, which then
says they are only there to play tors. Another uncle was a wor- lead me to chase basketball,
sports. One member from the ship pastor, his brother was a said Chafin.
Basketball had always been a
mens basketball team has a dif- youth pastor and his sister was
huge focal point in Chafins life.
on the worship team.
ferent perspective.
I got to see so many cool In fact, the first word that he
Luke Chafin grew up in Ohio
where he found himself in the things in the church. However, I spoke as a kid was ball. Every

day revolved around basketball.

With the dream of one day being in the NBA, Chafin pushed
himself every day on the court.
With the help of his competitive brother, Hank, he was challenged to be good at everything
he did in life.
I had a competitive spirit in
me since day one, said Chafin.
I wanted to be the absolute best
that I could be.
Right out of high school,
Chafin decided to commit to
Bluffton University, a competitive Division III program in
Bluffton, Ohio. After only one
year, he found that basketball
was not fulfilling that emptiness
in his heart. He realized that he
wasnt plugged into a church
and was starting to slip into the
temptations of the world.
I thought, forget this. I
dont even enjoy basketball anymore, said Chafin.
Chafin then decided to leave

Bluffton and stop playing basketball. Back in Ohio, he felt the

call to look into North Central
University. That was when he
realized that basketball alone
was not going to fulfill that hole
in his life; only God was.
During his freshman year
at NCU, Chafin found himself
standing at Praise Gathering
(Wednesday night worship
on campus), where he felt the
Lord really touching his heart.
He then rededicated his life to
Christ and decided to be all in
for the Lord.
Chafin is now a senior at
North Central University. According to Chafin, because of
his diligence to pursue what the
Lord wanted rather than what he
wanted, he was blessed with the
position as captain on the mens
basketball team.
This season, Chafin has broken the 1,000-point mark for his
career at NCU, making him the

21st player in North Central history to pass that mark.

Chafin has found opportunities to pursue ministry within
basketball here at North Central.
He has started leading the team
in a 40-day prayer journey that
was developed by Mark Batterson, pastor of National Community Church in Washington D.C.
Were meeting weekly and
going over this prayer journey
together and we are seeing a lot
of growth in these players, said
Chafin. A lot of the school sees
whats happening in the spotlight and what they dont see is
what these guys are doing in the
The basketball captain looks
forward to seeing his fellow
teammates grow and is excited
at the opportunity he has to lead