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Books and Brew: Jackson Library starts selling McConn fresh brew coffee

Originally planned to start next semester, the Jackson Library is now selling McConn fresh brew coffee as of Monday, Dec. 1, in order to support students during their last days of the semester.

This fresh brew station, which they aptly named “Books and Brew,” will be a permanent service, not just for the weeks before and of finals, according to Katherine Fitch (sr), a circulation desk assistant.


Books and Brew

Located on the first floor of the library at the end of the circulation desk, the station serves only fresh brew from 1-11 p.m. weekdays, 1-4 p.m. Fridays, 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and 8-11 p.m. Sundays. McConn workers bring over fresh brew every two hours, and the station also provides creamer and sugar.

The station does not accept points, credit cards or debit cards, only cash, and all the money still goes to McConn.

All of the library workers put in ideas for the name of the station, and Michael Bratt (sr), periodicals supervisor, and Alison Johnson, assistant director of the library, decided on “Books and Brew.”

“One of the original ideas for naming the station was ‘The Most Adorable Coffee by Trent’ in honor of the most adorable circ[ulation] worker, Trent Green (so),” said Fitch. Another idea was “Katherine’s Koffee Kraze,” which Fitch submitted in honor of herself.

Located at the circulation desk, it is the job of the circulation desk assistant to pour the coffee. Students are not allowed to pour their own cup, Fitch said.

Since there are only two people working the circulation desk at a time, Fitch said the added job of pouring the coffee may slow down the functions of the desk, such as helping students check out a study room or helping them check books in or out.

However, next semester, Fitch said the library plans on making the checking out of a study room available both online and through mobile devices. While students will still be able to reserve a study room at the desk, the online and mobile service will provide more options with how to do so, allowing the fresh brew station to not slow down this process.

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Reverse culture shock

Written by: Heather Cox, Contributing Writer

If you pass Ali Dunn (jr) on campus, don’t be surprised if she avoids eye contact with you.

At least at first.

It’s not that Dunn is anti-social. Instead, she’s just heeding the customs of Aix-en-Provence, France, where she recently studied abroad for a semester—and where direct eye contact is viewed as verboten.

“As an American, if I made eye contact with an older woman on the street, she became offended, because I entered into her ‘personal space,’” recalled Dunn, who spent more than four months last summer in the southern part of France studying French. “I still catch myself not looking or smiling at anyone because I have become accustomed to the French way of life.”


Ali Dunn spent a semester studying in France, and she has now noticed a difference in herself since coming back to school.

Dunn is among a growing number of Indiana Wesleyan University students who are taking their education outside of the traditional campus to study abroad, whether that’s on a short-term trip with Dr. Michael Buck to Scotland and England or a longer trip such as Dunn’s.

In the fall of 2011, just three students studied abroad. This fall, 16 students participated in semester affiliate programs, according to Sandra J. Emmett, IWU’s education abroad supervisor. This is more than 400 percent increase.

“We average about 12 [students] per semester now, where we used to average about three to five,” Emmett said.

But when those students return, they often struggle with what some call “reverse cultural shock.”

In other words, they need to make a lot of readjustments when returning to campus.

Amy Foster (sr) traveled to Orvieto, Italy, with Gordon IN Orvieto program during the 2013 fall semester. Foster took part in studying abroad to learn, explore, and live quietly for a semester.

“Coming back to campus was really, really hard,” Foster says. “The general culture of IWU felt very fake when I first came back.”

Before she left to study abroad, Foster thought the IWU culture was “the real deal.” It was hard for her when she returned, because everything then seemed fake. However, since this initial feeling after returning to campus, she is now able to distinguish the difference between genuine faith, and “fake faith.”

“Sometimes its easy to mistake a habit born of Christian phrases, music, and college culture as people being fake. What’s really happening is that they are following their own sort of liturgy,” Foster said. “What matters is whether or not they are acting in an intentional, God-fearing way or not.”

Katherine Fitch (sr), who traveled to Seville, Spain, explained, “I really struggled with sticking to a strict schedule and can’t casually show up thirty minutes late and everyone being okay with that.”

Not only is it hard for the students to readjust to life on campus, but they also have to deal with being “homesick” for their new “home.”

Dunn recalled her peaceful morning walks to school with views of the vendors setting up their fruit and vegetable stands for the day, and taking a daily newspaper from men who would pass them out on the streets.


Katherine Fitch, who studied in Spain, had a hard time adjusting back to her strict schedule at school.

“My host family became my home away from home,” Dunn also said. “Leaving them was probably the most painful part.”

Foster added, “your definition of home is stretched across an ocean.”

It was also hard for the students because their friends and family couldn’t relate to their stories and experience on a deeper level.

Allison Manwell (jr), who also traveled to Seville, Spain, said even though she has friends and family who have been on missions trips in foreign countries, there is still something different about actually living in a foreign country.

Students have also expressed a frustration in the fact that there’s not a lot of help to readjust to campus life when they return. They said they almost feel like they were thrown back into their old life with no advice or warning as to how difficult it would be.

In regard to this returning “culture shock,” Emmett advises students to take advantage of the new requirements for students to participate in before they depart, including the Introduction to Cross-Cultural Engagement course and the Intercultural Effectiveness Scale assessment tool and coaching review.

There are also books, tools and resources in the Global Engagement Office to inform students of pre-departure and post-return information to assist them in preparation beforehand as well as processing and adjusting afterward.


Amy Foster had a hard time adjusting to the “IWU Culture” when she returned from Italy.

There was also a “Welcome Back!” event held November 18 for those who studied abroad recently to assist them with reflecting back on their experiences, as well as participate in  workshops teaching them how to build a resume and how to use these experiences post-graduation.

Emmett’s personal advice for returning students? Stop by the Global Engagement Office or contact the Center for Student Success.

“We can provide lots of tips and ideas on how to use and process your experience,” she said.

For Foster, it was a conversation with a professor that best helped her navigate her return home.

“Nobody told me how hard it would be,” Foster said. “What finally broke through was when my advisor, Professor Ron Mazellan, told me that it was okay to mourn a place. Allowing myself to be sad helped me to heal.”

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Murray’s energy off of bench encourages men’s basketball

Murray is  (Courtesy Photo)

Murray is still relatively new to the game of basketball. (Courtesy Photo)

Aaron Murray (jr) had only played basketball for three years when he joined Indiana Wesleyan University’s men’s basketball team in 2012.

Murray, a 6’10” center, was a missionary kid in Zambia, Africa from the age of 14 to 18, and first started playing basketball when he was 16 years old. That summer, his family was visiting their home church in Indianapolis, which had a Christian school affiliated with it.

The school had a basketball camp, and Murray decided to sign up for it. He realized he really enjoyed the game, and went back to play for a team in Zambia.

“We practiced twice a week for an hour and a half and all we had was two tournaments the entire season,” Murray said. “It wasn’t anything like basketball in the states.”

Murray continued to develop an interest in basketball, and he when he and his family moved to Louisville, Ky. for his senior year of high school, he played on his high school team there. As Murray’s senior year came to a close, he decided he wanted to play basketball in college.

But he wasn’t planning to attend IWU.

“I decided I wanted to go to one college, that I’ll leave nameless, and I figured out what I was going to study, talked to the coach, everything like that, and I was turning down all the other [schools],” Murray said.

Over the summer following his high school graduation, Murray went on a short-term missions trip to the Dominican Republic. There, he met Will Partin, a missionary who used to be an assistant basketball coach at IWU. Murray said Partin tried to convince him to attend IWU and join the basketball program.

“He said, ‘Indiana Wesleyan would be a perfect fit for you. They have great basketball, awesome learning.’ I had heard the spiel from all the Christian schools before,” Murray said. “But he said, ‘No, you really need to go here. At least let Coach [Tonagel] call you when you get back to the States.’”

Tonagel said Partin contacted him right away.

“He called us and said, ‘Hey, we have this kid from Louisville, he’s still looking for a school, he’s 6’10”, a hard worker, unselfish kid, I think he kind of fits what you are looking for,’” Tonagel said.

Tonagel then called Murray and invited him to come to an open gym at IWU on a Sunday over the summer to play with the basketball team, which was there helping with basketball camps. Murray accepted.

Will Partin (left), a missionary in the Dominican Republic and former IWU men's basketball assistant coach, helped lead Murray (right) to IWU. (Courtesy Photo)

Will Partin (left), a missionary in the Dominican Republic and former IWU men’s basketball assistant coach, helped lead Murray to IWU. (Courtesy Photo)

The men’s basketball coaching staff liked what it saw from Murray at the open gym, and offered him a spot on the team.

“Coach Tonagel said, ‘I won’t promise you a starting spot, I won’t promise you playing time, but if you come up here and work hard, I’ll promise you an opportunity,’” Murray said.

At that point, Murray was sold. He changed his mind and decided to attend IWU.

But when Murray joined the team during his freshman year, he wasn’t ready for the college game. He elected to redshirt his freshman year to hone his skills some more.

“I wasn’t very good, and you can say that [in your article], too,” Murray said. “I wasn’t very good and I had only been playing basketball for three years and just wanted an opportunity to grow and learn and get better at the fundamentals before wasting a year.”

And grow he did, according to Tonagel.

“[During that year], he got stronger, which was probably the most important thing, but he began to learn the game,” Tonagel said.

Murray’s game has continued to develop, and now, in his second year on the active roster, he is starting to earn more playing time for the defending NAIA Division II National Champion Wildcats.

But what Murray provides behind the scenes is what makes him so valuable to the team.

Murray said he relishes his role as someone who makes his teammates better through hard work in practice.

“I push the other big guys in practice everyday, like Lane [Mahurin], Josh [Mawhorr] and Nate [Bubash], because I know it makes the team better,” Murray said.

Tonagel also appreciates Murray’s unselfish attitude and the energy he provides from the bench during games.

“[He has] the ability to see the bigger picture, to care more about your teammates than yourself,” Tonagel said. “Aaron will be the first one off the bench when someone makes a good play. He loves to celebrate the success of others, and that’s a hallmark of an unselfish athlete.”

As a sports ministry major, Murray also aims to lead spiritually for the Wildcats. Murray said he aims to fill a part of the void Garvin Haughey (alumnus ’14) left when he graduated.

“When Garvin left, he left a huge, huge hole on our team that will never be filled the same way,” Murray said. “He was for sure the spiritual leader of the team, and I’ve tried to step into that role a little bit.”

Like most athletes, Murray would love to play lots of minutes, but the most important thing for him is contributing positively to a winning team.

“There’s the competitor in me that wants more playing time, and I’m striving for that every day by competing in practice,” Murray said. “But I don’t let my desire for playing time get in the way of my desire to see the team succeed.”


This story is a part of Co-Editor-in-Chief Jared Johnson’s “Stars in the Background” series on overlooked stars in IWU athletics. For more information, click here.

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Stars in the Background: A Senior Project by Jared Johnson

1dc4730If someone asked you to name the first athlete that popped into your head, which athlete would you name? Would it be a star professional athlete known for amazing athletic abilities, like LeBron James or Peyton Manning? Or would it be an athlete, professional or otherwise, who is known mostly for positive character qualities?

Chances are, you would have picked one of the former.

Nowadays, sports media focus most of their attention on the type of athlete who scores 20 points per game on the basketball court or passes for 300 yards per game on the gridiron. But what about the type of player who inspires his or her teammates in practice through hard work and competitiveness? How about those who have the gift of encouragement and use it to build their teammates up? Those types of athletes are often forgotten by media, as well as the general public.

I’m Jared Johnson, Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Sojourn, and for my senior project in the convergent journalism major, I wanted to do something about this bias in sports coverage.

I partnered with the Indiana Wesleyan University Athletic Department to write feature stories about nine IWU athletes. These Wildcats are all skilled in their sport, but a majority of their impact actually comes in ways other than their athletic talents, through a variety of ways. Each athlete was recommended by their coach, and I titled my project “Stars in the Background.”

Since we are still in the fall season, I wrote a story about one athlete from each of IWU’s fall semester athletic teams. These teams are:

Women’s tennis

Men’s tennis

Women’s golf

Men’s golf


Women’s soccer

Men’s soccer

Women’s basketball

Men’s basketball

I excluded men’s and women’s cross country, because I am a member of the men’s cross country team, and would not have the unbiased perspective needed to write those articles.

Two of these articles, about athletes from IWU’s women’s tennis and volleyball teams, were posted on The Sojourn’s website and in print issues earlier in the semester.

The remaining seven articles will be revealed one-by-one each day through the upcoming week, from Dec. 1 to Dec. 7. Each story will be linked on The Sojourn’s Facebook page as well as The Sojourn Sports’ Twitter page.

I hope you enjoy reading about IWU’s “Stars in the Background.”

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