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Krebs’ quiet competitiveness boosting women’s basketball

The Indiana Wesleyan University women’s basketball team doesn’t have a star player this year, according to Head Coach Steve Brooks. The numbers support Brooks’ statement, too. According to the team’s statistics on the IWU Athletic Department website, no one on the team is averaging even 11 points per game this season.

The team does have a star leader, though. And her name is Teneil Krebs (sr).

Krebs uses her quite competitiveness to inspire her teammates.

Krebs uses her quite competitiveness to inspire her teammates. (Photo courtesy of Indiana Wesleyan University Athletic Department)

Krebs, a 5’10” guard, has earned a leadership role on the 8-1 Wildcats partially because of her fierce desire to win.

“She’s a competitor. First and foremost, she’s a competitor. She’s a very achievement-oriented kid,” Brooks said. “You don’t have to come to our practice and stand very long to say, ‘Wow, [number] 24 is all over the place.’”

Guard Jessica Brown (jr) said Krebs isn’t only competitive when playing basketball.

“On the court, she’s competitive, but she’s also competitive in her academics. She’s, like, a 4.0 student, so she’s always striving to be the best she can be,” Brown said. “And she always pushes me to be the best that I can be in all aspects of life.”

And although Krebs is very competitive, Brooks said she isn’t loud about her desire to win. She doesn’t lay into her teammates when they mess up or try to fire up the Wildcats with a rousing talk in the locker room.

“Teneil isn’t going to get up and give a ‘rah-rah’ speech in front of everybody, but she is going to meet you in McConn [Coffee Company] and talk to you one-on-one,” Brooks said. “She is going to be able to build a relationship that her teammates trust and go to her.”

Trustworthiness just may be the characteristic of Krebs that has the biggest impact on her team.

Brooks said the Wildcats sometimes participate in an activity called a “perception test,” where Brooks asks the team questions such as, “Who’s our best three-point shooter?” and each of the players respond with their answer.

When the question of trustworthiness came up, Krebs was the unanimous response.

Krebs' hard work and scrappiness on the court has been helpful for the Wildcats on many occasions.

Krebs’ hard work and scrappiness on the court has been helpful for the Wildcats on many occasions. (Photo courtesy of Indiana Wesleyan University Athletic Department)

“Every one of the kids, every one of them, said Teneil was somebody that I trust, somebody that I would go to to get help with a personal problem, or whatever,” Brooks said.

Brown wasn’t surprised by the results in the slightest.

“She’s one of my best friends. Ever since I’ve come in my freshman year, she’s been someone that I can go to for anything,” Brown said. “It’s not just for basketball, it could be for anything in life.”

In addition to competitiveness and trustworthiness, Krebs also brings a spiritual component to the Wildcats that helps keep the team grounded in faith. Brooks said she is “really sensitive to her own spiritual growth and the growth of her teammates.”

When Krebs graduates, Brown hopes to model the leadership she has shown.

“She is an amazing spiritual leader on our team,” Brown said. “My goal is to be one of the spiritual leaders on the team [next year], and Teneil’s been able to show me how to do that.”

Krebs has her priorities straight, and she hopes her team can continue to keep basketball in its proper place as something important, but not the most important thing in life.

“I just try to lead by example. It comes with the realization that basketball is not our top priority,” Krebs said. “Once we all realize that God is first, then basketball falls in place.”


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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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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When Pat Travis, registration specialist at Indiana Wesleyan University, took over the reins as administrative director for Friday Night Live, one of her main goals was to ensure the comedy show’s wholesomeness.

“There were certain areas of FNL that bothered me, and I wanted to clean up,” Travis said. “I wanted blue, clear, really smooth waters with no ripples.”

However, it still came as a surprise to some when the song “Gangnam Style” was playing during the show and the word “sexy” was replaced by a censoring silence. According to Travis, the decision to take out the word was made by several individuals, including the show’s choreographer, Aubrey Davis (sr). Michael Moffitt, vice president for student development, also oversaw every aspect of FNL prior to its production.

But it was the same decision Travis would have made herself.

“I know it’s out there, and people know it’s out there, but if it offends who I trust and believe and who guides my life, I will not do anything to offend Him,” Travis said. “I feel that we, as a Christian organization, should do that.”

Prior to overseeing FNL, Travis directed plays at the Marion Civic Theatre, where she took questionable language out of plays until she was told she could no longer do so. This prompted her resignation from the organization in 2009.

Travis took those same values to FNL’s stage this year, getting mixed results from students in response to the censoring of the word “sexy” in particular.

“Do I think they should have censored it? I don’t know, that’s up to the school to decide. Do I think that most students can handle the word ‘sexy’? Yes I do,” said Nolan Moblo (sr).

“If I was in the school’s position, I would have done the exact same thing because someone would have complained.”

Susan Parrish (jr) also looked at both sides of the argument.

“To censor that at the age we are now, it just seems really unnecessary,” Parrish said. “I can understand a certain amount of censorship at a school like this — it comes with the package — but something like that, especially for a comedy skit, doesn’t really make sense.”

McConn Coffee Co. seems to be more relaxed when it comes to the music played over its speakers, including, for example, songs from One Republic and Bon Iver, which contain expletives.

According to an email from McConn’s marketing manager, Katie Arvin (sr), “McConn’s music should be coffeehouse music or as close as possible to the coffeehouse feel atmosphere found at most coffee houses.”

Arvin claimed explicit language is not part of that desired atmosphere.

“If a song with cursing should mistakenly get played, once notified of the error, the song is immediately removed from the iTunes library,” Arvin said.

However, Arvin did not provide any further opinions on the matter.

Both Moblo and Parrish recognize a difference between the two outlets, although hearing explicit language at IWU is sometimes viewed as a shock.

“There is a difference, I think, but as far as censorship goes, I wouldn’t expect FNL to allow some of the words that I hear in the music at McConn to be said on stage,” Parrish said.

“It’s two different kinds of environments,” Moblo added. “You have one that’s an active participant role, and one where you’re just doing your own thing and the music is playing in the background. I don’t even notice the swear words.”

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Crema – Caitlin Newell

Caitlin Newell plays at Crema on April 4, 2012.

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