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Small class, essential skills: UNV-170 teaches students effective research skills

Where can I find the information I need? How do I find that information quickly? How will I know if it is credible? What questions do I need to ask – and answer – about my topic?

These are the types of questions the class UNV-170: Introduction to Library Research will answer. One of the smallest classes at IWU, the class usually runs between four and six students, giving students a lot of personal attention.

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UNV-170 welcomes all students interested improving their research skills.

“What we try to do with the course is lay the foundations of information in general and how information has grown and how evaluation has or has not changed over the centuries,” Library Director Sheila Carlblom said. “We’re really trying to give people the fundamentals.”

Carlblom and Reference Librarian Laura Kelsey teach the class, with Carlblom as the main professor.

“It’s very practical for the student. We show you a lot of tips and tricks that you aren’t going to gather on your own,” Kelsey said. “A lot of students comment after they’ve had the class that they wish they had had the class earlier in their college careers.”

The class will teach students how to evaluate sources and databases to find out what’s worth using in their papers. It will also focus on what resources to use in certain situations. The class has been offered every semester since 2007, but did not run this semester due to low registration.

Carlblom and Kelsey would like a class size of about 10 or 12.

“We are prepared for 24, but you would get far less individualized attention,” Carlbom said. “We said we could do 24 because so many professors said they wanted their students taking this.”

Carlblom finds the individual attention very helpful to students, as they are able to bring their own research topics to class.

“We’re not here to make extra work. What we would rather do is the students have something in play, which is why its almost easier for a sophomore or junior, or even a senior, because they have so many research projects they need to get done,” Carlblom said. “We don’t want to create more work, but better work.”

Both Carlblom and Kelsey find the course does more than just teach students how to be successful in college.

“Even if you’re not going to [graduate] school, these are concepts you can continually apply in lifelong learning,” Kelsey said. “Sometimes students wing it in preparing for classes and just get the information that’s necessary, but in your personal life doing personal research thats not what you’re going to want.”

“All of life is dependant on asking the right questions. It’s important to understand that these are the questions we need to ask to do due diligence in every area of life and when it comes to our health and what we put in our bodies, that’s important stuff,” Carlblom said, using the example of advertised “miracle” diet pills to show how important it will be out of college to do your research.

For the 2015 spring semester, UNV-170, a one credit hour class, will be held Mondays from 2:20-3:15 p.m.

“We are more than willing to work with whatever students are willing to come our way,” Carlblom said.

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IWU Theatre Guild to put on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

A disgruntled father, aspiring actors, runaway and star-crossed lovers, tricky fairies: all of these a person will see when watching Indiana Wesleyan University’s latest play.

Actors began rehearsing for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Oct. 6 and opening night will be Thursday, Nov. 13.

According to the Director Dr. Katie Wampler, the major themes are the idea of love and the visible versus the invisible.

“A lot of things that are done in the name of love … aren’t really love,” Wampler said. “I think it’s lust with the couple. … I think we see obsession, I think we see manipulation, all done in the name of love. … I think what is exciting about this piece is we have these couples trying to figure out what true love is. Sometimes they get it right and sometimes they don’t.”

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The actors began rehearsing Oct. 6 and will have their first performance Thursday, Nov. 13.

The plot is somewhat complicated, as the audience will see “three different worlds,” according to Wampler.

The first world is a group of working men wanting to be actors who put on a play; the second world is a court which contains the lovers and the duke; and the third world is the fairies.

Wampler said she feels like she is directing three different plays because they have been rotating the cast, made up of 16 people, in and out.

The IWU Theatre Guild was also able to bring in a professional artist who does mask work, Doug Berky, and the actors did a couple of workshops with him.

“It’s really exciting because it gives us … a different face to work with, verses just using our own body, our own face. … You can be someone else with a mask,” senior Kelly Reiter said.  “So it is an easier way to get into character.”

Gloria Billingsley (fr) plays Hermia, one of the lovers. She does not wear a mask because she is a human in the play, but she still attended the workshops and thought they were “a treat and a pleasure.”

“[Berky] taught us the art of masks and how to use your body to use expressions and tell stories,” Billingsley said. “It has taught us a lot about how we can explore our characters in this play.”

Although it is an exciting new element to the play, Reiter said the masks have been a challenge to use during rehearsals.

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Part of the play will be outside in the hallway, with audience members lining up against the walls to watch.

“We were having problems with intonation and diction with my [mask] because it goes over my lip,” Reiter said. “We put padding so that way I was able to articulate more.”

Billingsley does not want people to be intimidated to come to the play since it is Shakespeare.

“It is a lot of physical comedy. … We have been working on it for a long time,” Billingsley said. “The language isn’t a problem, and it is going to be fun.”

Opening night for the play is Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. The other showtimes are Nov. 14-15 and 20-22 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. The cost is $10 for senior citizens and $12 for the public.

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Prayers heal several IWU students at Gas City church

With nearly a dozen successful healings, God has answered prayers at Kingdom Life Church in Gas City, Ind. that no doctor has been able to answer.

Ally Thies (fr) experienced a life-changing event Oct. 12 when she instantly recovered from excruciating back pain through healing prayer.

She struggled with two bulging and herniated discs in her lower back for more than three years until Resident Assistant Lindsey Peoples (so) encouraged her to attend Kingdom Life.

Thies had not planned to receive a healing prayer beforehand. She was only planning to attend the service, until Peoples felt called by God to arrange a healing prayer by a Kingdom Life prayer group for her.

“[Thies] couldn’t stand during worship and the Lord was putting it on my heart during the entire service that he wanted Ally to do a healing prayer,” Peoples said. “Ally was hesitant at first, but she agreed to do it, and she had her back prayed for.”

A group of five people laid their hands on Thies and asked God to fix and straighten Thies’ back, praying for healing and relief.

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IWU students come together at Kingdom Life Church for worship and fellowship on Sunday nights. Photo by Kimberly Oyler

Immediately after receiving the healing prayer, she began to feel numbness throughout her entire back, a feeling she had never experienced before.

The prayer group allowed time for God to do his work by praying for Peoples, who needed emotional healing prayer due to family struggles. Throughout the duration of People’s healing prayer, Thies began to experience intense back pain along with twitching in her lower back.

“It was the worst back pain I had ever experienced,” Thies said. “It felt like someone was squeezing my back.”

The group explained to Thies that the pain could be God moving her back into place.

Unable to stand, the group began to pray over Thies again as tears stung her eyes from the pain, lasting nearly ten minutes.

After ending the prayer, the group asked Thies to stand up. When she got up, there was a complete lack of pain — something she had not experienced in more than three years.

“God performed a miracle on me — things that only happen in the Bible,” Thies said. “I just hope that I can inspire people with my story and my testimony.”

Adjunct Professor of Music Spencer Lloyd plays a big part in these healing prayers held at Kingdom Life.

“The Holy Spirit is the great physician,” Lloyd said. “We certainly appreciate and accept [doctors and scientists], but if we’re operating from a perspective that all knowledge is from God, even medical knowledge, they have just uncovered what God already said existed.”

Thies is not the only Indiana Wesleyan University student who has a successful healing prayer story.

On Nov. 2, Mackenzie Raatz’s (sr) stomach was healed from intense complications by healing prayer at Kingdom Life.

For three years, Raatz was unable to eat gluten or dairy products because it left her with agonizing stomach pain. From September to the day of her healing, her condition had worsened, leaving her unable to eat any food without excruciating pain. The only way she could eliminate the pain was by sleeping.

“Ally and I have endured tremendous ongoing pain and we both knew if doctors could not give us any medicine or answers, our God has all the answers,” Raatz said in an email interview with The Sojourn. “Ally and I have been able to experience freedom in ways that no doctors or medicines could give.”

Claire Walterhouse (fr) also experienced successful healing prayer at Kingdom Life on Nov. 2.

A week prior to her healing, Walterhouse attended a bonfire in the woods and tripped, leaving her with a painful stress fracture in her leg. At Lloyd’s suggestion, Walterhouse tried a healing prayer at Kingdom Life, and her pain went away immediately.

Lloyd emphasized that Kingdom Life does not disregard medicine, doctors or medical practices.

“We don’t go after healing just because it’s a healing, we go after healing because it’s a representation of the good Father,” Lloyd said. “That’s what this is about. We want people to know the Father.”

Lloyd encourages anyone in need of healing, physical or emotional, to attend Kingdom Life for healing prayer.

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Letter to the Editors: Fiebig responds to social media reaction about his pro-choice and pro-life views

Written by Dr. Greg Fiebig

I accepted the invitation to participate in the SGA Forum on Life Versus Choice because I thought it might be a way to negotiate some middle ground between the seemingly divergent views on life and choice.

As I explained during the forum, when it comes to the issue at hand, pro-life versus pro-choice, I am conflicted. I hold two seemingly divergent views, also known as Cognitive Dissonance. I am equally pro-life and pro-choice. My pro-choice perspective comes from my understanding of the Fall of Man in the Book of Genesis:

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

While God certainly indicated (commanded) that Adam and Eve were not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, he allowed them the freedom of choice to do so. To be sure, there were consequences. There are consequences to each and every choice we make. A person who chooses an abortion must live with the consequences. A person who chooses adoption must live with the consequences. A person who chooses to have the baby must live with those consequences as well.

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Dr. Greg Fiebig says he holds “two seemingly divergent views, also known as Cognitive Dissonance.” Courtesy Photo

Regardless of whether abortion is legal or illegal, moral or immoral, ethical or unethical, people still have the right to choose, just as Adam and Eve had the right to choose against God’s command in the Garden of Eden.

While I was serving on the staff of a local church in Missouri, one of the couples in our church who had recently given birth to their second child discovered that they were expecting a third, a mere 13 months later.

When they met with their doctor to confirm the pregnancy, the doctor, a devote Catholic, working at an equally Catholic hospital, in a town named Maryville (you do the math!), advised the young couple to terminate the pregnancy. He warned them that given the woman’s previous two caesarian births, one five years prior and one less than 6 months earlier, that she was at too great a risk to have another baby so soon. The distressed uterine wall would be unable to sustain the stress of pregnancy on the mother or the child. In fact, he told them that if they saw the pregnancy through to the end, either she or the baby, likely both, would die. You are no doubt aware that the Catholic position on abortion is equally as pro-life as the Wesleyan position. So you can imagine the concern this raised in the minds of the young couple.

How might you have advised the young wife? The husband? As a young woman, what would your response have been to the stark reality of facing your own death? Would you sacrifice your life for the outside chance that your unborn child might survive? As the husband, would you sacrifice the life of your wife for an unborn child that would likely not survive the birth process?

The young couple consulted with another doctor in an adjacent town whose counsel was to let him worry about the life and death issues. In fact, he said, “I’ve never lost a mother or baby in a case like this before, and I don’t intend to do so now. Let me worry about the complications.” While relieved, the couple still struggled with uncertainty. Which of these doctors was right?

I mentioned earlier that I am equally pro-life and pro-choice. My wife, Marilyn and I were that couple.

My wife and I chose to place our trust in the second doctor and in the providence of God. We have been married for over thirty years and our third child (yes, the one with the complicated birth), Jeff, and his wife gave birth to their first child, a daughter, and our granddaughter, named Quinn, nearly one year ago now.

So you see, my cognitive dissonance is strong. I believe theologically in free will while at the same time believing practically in the sanctity of life. While my wife and I chose life, I must recognize that other young couples in our situation may have chosen to terminate the pregnancy, and quite frankly, I would have understood why.

And here’s the irony: if you think I’m conflicted about this, so is the Wesleyan church. As one person pointed out on Facebook in response to the Sojourn article entitled, “SGA Forum Discusses the Definition of Life,” Wesleyans fundamentally affirm the sanctity of life. Those very same Wesleyans also fundamentally affirm a person’s right to choose. In their twenty-one “Articles of Religion,” they affirm an individual’s Personal Choice:

We believe that humanity’s creation in the image of God included ability to choose between right and wrong. You will need to scroll down the page to article number eight. I was essentially presenting that particular article of faith during the SGA Forum on Life and Choice. Perhaps, you will begin to understand my own cognitive dissonance on the matter as you begin to understand theirs.

And so, a couple of days after the forum, I am sad. I naively thought that mature Christians could have a hospitable conversation about difficult issues. In an effort to negotiate some middle ground and help to alleviate some of the polarity, I failed. I can only hope that the afterlife of the conversation, or lack thereof, might open more irenic conversations in the future.

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