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    A Cure for Study Time Blues

    Written by Hailey Zendejas We know what you’re thinking—what can I do to cure my study time blues? Well luckily, we have two perfect ways: forming a rocking playlist and grabbing some delicious snacks. Here are some tips to help ensure you find the best tunes for a night of studying. Picking songs that you don’t have memorized is best. It’s hard to study when you want to sing along with Yoncé or weep while belting out Adele, since you already know all of the words. Don’t worry—we have plenty of suggestions. Some of the bands you can’t help but fall in love with are The 1975, The Lumineers and Duran…

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    Studying abroad: one of the most beneficial things for college students

    Written by Claire Zasso She was backpacking through Iceland with a couple friends. They rented a car to visit the Northern part of the country and stopped for dinner in a small town off the highway. At the restaurant, they began talking with a local and asked if she had any tips for seeing the Northern Lights. The woman said to look before they got back to the city because the light pollution would be too strong. Abby Conrad and her friends got back on the road, searching the night sky for stars to see if the clouds were clearing. When they finally spotted some, Conrad pulled the car over.…

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    Part-Time Postgrad

    Written by Morgan Mitchell Have you ever thought about your future beyond Biola and quickly decided not to because of the sudden wave of anxiety that washes over you? It’s easy to panic over what exactly God’s plan is. Everyone’s heard phrases like “Give it to God” or “God will provide and open doors,” but as you prepare to enter the world you should prepare a wise response to them.Have you ever thought about your future beyond Biola and quickly decided not to because of the sudden wave of anxiety that washes over you? It’s easy to panic over what exactly God’s plan is. Everyone’s heard phrases like “Give it…

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    Freshman Foresight

    Written by Jennifer Wenzel Forget Ring by Spring. James Zapata, a human biology major, puts this stereotype into perspective. “There are so many people here that you can build a genuine friendship with. That should be the point of dating: to get to know people genuinely without that agenda,” he says. “We fall into the trap of pursuing the goal above the person…which is a huge mistake. Pursue people for who they are and seek to love them as who they are.” Pursue People. Brian Glaze, a biblical and theological studies major, emphasizes the importance of developing friendships. “The number one enemy to any relationship is complacency. Relationships require consistent…

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    Retrospective

    Written by Mystiana Victorino The Point Magazine emerged in 2006 when Tamara Welter, a journalism professor, had a dream to create a student-produced campus publication. Public relations professor Carolyn Kim, then sophomore Carolyn Wallace, served as the first editor in chief. “The vision was to provide a magazine that could do justice to sensitive issues, pop the Biola bubble and give a human face to its subjects,” said Kim, who still recalls pitching the idea to the school provost. The Point has enjoyed eight years of publication, yielding 18 issues that have tackled controversies and unearthed some bizarre nuggets of information. These 11 stories from our archives provide an apt…

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    Seven Biola Throwbacks

    Written by Kristina Nishi With a legacy of 106 years, Biola University has undergone many changes that have become a part of its history. These include its move from Sixth and Hope in Downtown Los Angeles to the quiet suburb of La Mirada in 1959, the influence of eight different university presidents, and the commissioning of the iconic “Jesus Saves” sign in 1935. Throughout the years, many Biola traditions have come and gone. Curious about some of the events you missed out on? Let’s throw it back to Biola’s black-and-white photo days. 1. Donkey basketball: An Associated Students event in which the senior administration, student government officers, and athletes competed.…

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    Eyes to Behold

    Written by Augusta McDonnell “If there’s anything that has reinforced my love for God beyond the Bible, it’s the skillful, calculated, scientific way of observing creation my dad opened to me,” explains Lloyd Peckham, linguistics professor at Biola University. “Dad showed me my first sunrise; he showed me the colors changing as the sun came up.” Peckham’s dad, Robert, was a high school science teacher. His family had a hobby of mineral collecting. They would go out to mines and other places with friends to observe the chemical molecular orderliness of minerals that display God’s beauty. When Peckham was 14, his dad obtained a year-long sabbatical tasked with going to…

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    More than a Song: The Story of Singspiration

    Written by Brittany Cervantes The music echoes throughout the room, resounding in your soul as the band plays their instruments and everyone around you joins in, singing. Suddenly, your foot begins to tap to the beat of the music and you lift your hands up, praising the Lord. This experience, known as the long-standing tradition, Singspiration, has become a typical Sunday night for many students. This beloved hour of worship was given the name Singspiration to reflect its ultimate purpose — to inspire students to worship God. With a legacy that extends back decades, each Singspiration chapel still brings the Biola community together as one body, praising the name of…

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    Outrunning My Shame

    Photography by Meagan Garton Written by Tayllor Lemphers In theory, every muscle in my body should have been screaming in agony. In theory, every shallow breath should have wracked my lungs. In theory, my legs should have felt like dead weights, resisting my knee-drive forward, and my arms should have felt like lead as I pumped them faster. However, theory failed to apply as I pushed my body forward into the final corner of the track at Azusa Pacific University. As I propelled myself into the last 100 meters of the 400m final of the 2012 GSAC Championships, my body was anything but heavy, my breath anything but ragged, my…

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    Commuter Crossing

    Photography by Paige Bocianski Written by Grace Kim It is the first week of school. During this fast-paced, exhilarating time, we find ourselves asking our fellow new students the same three introductory questions: What is your name? What is your major? And, where do you dorm? Students who live on campus eagerly answer these questions without hesitation, whereas commuters may pause before answering the last question. “I do not live on campus; I am a commuter,” they may respond. “Oh,” is all the residential student usually responds with. This answer has become so typical that Katie Tuttle, Director of Commuter Life at Biola University, has coined this interaction with the…

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    Great Expectations: Growing Into Reality

    Written by Deborah Kwak “God knew what He was cooking,” says Dr. John McKinley, professor of biblical and theological studies at Biola. Ever since he was a teenager, McKinley had been on the road to becoming a professional cyclist. His identity, dreams and ambitions were wrapped around the world of competitive cycling for years, but the trajectory of his life began to change. From the ages of 19-21, McKinley learned what it meant to be a Christian. Right out of college he became a high school history teacher, and then decided to serve in Campus Crusade for Christ for two years. While contemplating what the “Christian ideal” actually meant, he…

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    See Me, Not My Disability

    Photography by Christina Bryson Written by Sarah Huffman Students often take full use of their bodies for granted. Instead of complaining about having only fifteen minutes to stop at the food truck for lunch between classes, Victoria Nuñez, a freshman biology major who suffers from cerebral palsy, has to plan how she’ll get to class on time carrying a backpack full of textbooks and using her walker. Cerebral palsy, a group of motor conditions that causes physical disabilities in development, particularly in body movement, has been a constant struggle for Nuñez. But instead of complaining, she has begun to look toward God. She says she was able to seek God so…