Category Archives: Features

How three Jackson organizations are providing hope to those at risk

By Kayla Williamson and Hannah Shimanek It started with a girl her son brought home. It should have ended with a Facebook post. But that was not what God had planned for Michelle Cochran.  When Cochran first saw the mLive surveillance photo of a girl at a gas station, she kept scrolling. It was not until her son came home and asked her if she had seen the Facebook post that she realized it was her son’s

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SAU students play online game for a chance to win scholarship money

By Crisilee DeBacker Don’t try to contact Will Sanders, Andrew Depoy or Canyon Smith on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m., because they will be working hard to win $5,000 in scholarship money. How? A not-so-little online game called “Hearthstone.” Based on the hit game, “World of Warcraft,” it is an online fantasy card game with minions, spells and heroes. “You have a hero that has thirty health and your opponent has a hero…and

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Here She Belongs: Alumna Returns to SAU as Lowell RD

By Caralyn Geyer Lowell Hall is one of three female residence halls on Spring Arbor University’s (SAU) main campus. Built in 1970, it is known for zero air conditioning and a lobby that routinely smells like burnt popcorn. Lowell houses nearly three-hundred girls every year, each of whom are learning to live in community more and more each day. As of 2017, the Hall has undergone a leadership change

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Power temporarily rerouted after fire at Power Plant

By Crisilee DeBacker The students of Spring Arbor University (SAU) were thrown into the dark on September 23 after a fire broke out at the nearby physical plant late at night. Both Andrews and Gainey Hall lost power, and the clock tower lost power long enough to be behind by a few hours until it was fixed after a couple days. Marty Fortress, the head of the physical plant, was able to shed light on what caused the confusion. “Although the

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New Campus Safety Specialist Arrives at SAU

By Kayla Kilgore They walk around campus wearing proudly their blue and black uniforms with a yellow stripe across their hearts. They protect students from harm, are on call for emergencies and enforce parking regulations. They are the campus safety officers. Only a handful of souls brave this career path at Spring Arbor University (SAU), and one of them goes by the name Peter Breckner. Breckner joined the SAU force this year as a Campus Safety Specialist. He is the head over parking regulations, students of Campus Safety and reporting information directly to

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Around the World in 64 Days

By Celeste Fendt Over the summer, several Spring Arbor University (SAU) professors traveled abroad to reconnect with old acquaintances, enhance their knowledge of foreign cultures and prepare for future cross-cultural trips for students. Here are a few of their stories. Russia and Kyrgyzstan Tears welled in her dark brown eyes as she recalled reuniting with the friends she had not seen in over 30 years.

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Squirrels and Spiritual Life: SAU’s New Biology Professor Katie Weakland

By Grace Archer Spring Arbor University’s (SAU) newest associate professor of biology Cathy (Katie) Weakland has arrived, bringing with her an enthusiasm for both spiritual life and the campus squirrels. While serving as a professor at Bethel College in Indiana, Weakland was involved in projects like landscape ecology, studying owls and fox squirrels. She often spent her class periods trapping and tagging the squirrels to

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Education professor and basketball coach: John M. Williams IV

By Crisilee DeBacker To a Spring Arbor University (SAU) student, the name “John Williams” could mean two things: “Associate Professor of Education” John Williams Jr (also known as Biggs), or “that guy who composed the Star Wars soundtrack” John Williams. Now, there is a third. John M. Williams IV fills three roles at SAU. He is the Coordinator of Elementary Education, an Assistant Professor of Education and the Assistant

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Chemistry and the fingerprints of God: How new chemistry professor found SAU

By Caralyn Geyer For college students, it can be typical to wonder, “How in the world did I get here?” Many students question life and seek answers to thought-provoking questions, searching for purpose and meaning throughout those first few years. It can leave many students asking themselves, “Does anyone else feel the way that I do?” Michael Nydegger asked himself these same questions as a college student at Southwest State University in Minnesota. Looking back, he said he never would have pictured

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