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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…

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    Grad Meets World

    Photography by Emily Cariaga Written by Heather Pape Brenda Velasco had known since age seven that she wanted to be a corporate attorney. She had a plan to achieve her dream job by 25, get married at 27 and have kids at 32. Instead, Velasco graduated from Biola in 1999 and went on to work in communications and marketing at a real estate agency in Whittier, and after some twists and turns, she ended up in the position of assistant director with Biola’s University Communications and Marketing. This is not at all what she had planned Some students embark on a different career path because of the decisions they make,…

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    5 Tips to Land Your Dream Job

    Written by Heather Pape 1. Intern– This is one of the most important things you can do because it provides job experience before you graduate. It can also help you meet people who can help you get a job later. Take advantage of these while you are still in school since most internships are only offered if you are receiving college credit. 2. Network– Meet people every time you get the opportunity. You never know who might have the “in” you are looking for. Collect business cards, pay attention to the people in your major, and communicate with your department and see if any alumni have contacted them with job…

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    99 Things to do at Biola

    Written by Alyssa Alvarez Print the pdf version Graduate! Take a class from Dr. Thoennes or Dr. Jung Have a DTR on the Talbot East rooftop garden Watch the Disneyland fireworks from the roof of the parking structure Live on both upper and lower campus Change roommates at least twice Donate a meal to Brown Bag Volunteer for a campus ministry that is outside your comfort zone Feed the Biola ducks Donate to your senior class gift Pre-order your textbooks at the bookstore Try a new machine at the Fitness Center Nurture a dorm-approved pet (hint: it’s a fish) Participate in your floor retreat Volunteer for Mission’s Conference staff Attend…

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    Cultivating Our Property

    Written by Rebecca Nakashima Mark McReynolds had a problem. He was thirsty. So thirsty that he gratefully chugged a can of Coca-Cola, even though he does not normally care for soda. But this was not his only problem. McReynolds was also being interviewed for a faculty position in Bardwell Hall, Biola University’s science building. And this is when McReynolds’ empty soda can led him to the ironic discovery of the problem: There were no recycle bins in Bardwell, the very building that would eventually give birth to the environmental science program he was being interviewed to start. Biola Creates Stewardship Committee The fall 2012 semester marks nearly 2 1/2 years…

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    At the Threshold

    Written by Mary Strother There is a door for each of us, a chosen direction for our lives. Some people do not reach this doorway without hardship along the way; their road may seem unstable. The call to the life of a missionary is no different. For those whose lives and careers are impacted by missions work, it can be a shock to their system to change the course of their lives so radically from what they have always accepted as the social norm to a life now dedicated to living with less. Even at a biblically centered university like Biola, tackling the missions career can take a great deal…

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    13 Themes for 2013

    Photography by Emily Cariaga Written by Kahlie Colwell Theme 1: Be Spontaneous! Take a weekend road trip with some buddies. Plan a cheese fondue party. (Experiment with different cheeses? Ask the Cheese Society!) Buy an ugly plant and name it. (All the companionship without the hassle.) Ding dong ditch your neighbors and leave them a Mr. Potato Head. Theme 2: Post-College Prep Attempt to make yourself dinner. (Remember: third times the charm!!!) Daydream about where you hope to live one day when you finish growing up. Apply for a summer internship. Update your résumé. Theme 3: Experience Biola Ask for a photo with DBC. (Don’t forget to get his autograph…

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    The Secret Lives of Adjunct Professors

    Photography by Jaicee Almond Written by Sarah Huffman Seth Wegter High School English Teacher: 10 years High School Wrestling Coach: 7 years Bag Crafter/Designer: 7 years Biola Adjunct Faculty, English Department: 4 years If everything had gone according to his plans, Seth Wegter would currently maintain two homes: one in Seal Beach and the other in Washington, D.C. As a California senator, he would be helping to improve the home state in which he has lived his entire life. But as an English teacher and head wrestling coach at Wilson Classical High School in Long Beach, a professor of critical thinking and writing at Biola University, and a designer of his own handcrafted bag…

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    The #Hip Factor @Biolau

    Written by Brittany Cervantes President Dr. Barry Corey, known affectionately by his students as DBC, never expected Biolans to view him as a celebrity on campus. “When I was in high school, I really wasn’t that hip,” he says. On weekends, he was playing board games with friends or spending quality time with his parents around the TV. He believes that he did not have the “cool factor” and that this is still true today. But that all started to change when his wife Paula bought him a little black book — “The Little Hiptionary,” that is. “That was maybe the family joke behind [the “Hiptionary”] — that I need…

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    The Biola Hiptionary

    Written by Brittany Cervantes Biola Hiptionary Terms (Courtesy of senior cinema and media arts major Greg Sanders) Sidewalk Strumming: Playing worship in public places around campus, seemingly unaware that suitors are passing by. Tray Blazin’: The act of confidently walking through the Caf, letting everyone know you’re a new student or visitor by using a tray. Worship Wander: Strategically placing yourself in front of an attractive guy or girl during a chapel or Singspo so that when you raise your hands in worship, that “special someone” can see you have a deep and meaningful relationship with the Lord. Social Network Saint: Posting Scripture and/or a picture of a highlighted Bible verse on Facebook while…