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Ohio Christian University’s Drama Team closed on this year’s fall production of Dark Road, written by Laura Lundgren Smith, on Friday, Nov. 12th. With almost 200 audience members in attendance, including many OCU staff, faculty, and students, the cast was grateful to have such a supportive audience. Elly Diehl, a sophomore this year at OCU, played the lead character, Greta, who drives the plot of the play. By retelling the decisions that led her to become a brutal concentration camp guard, Greta reveals the deep psychological break that occurs when people normalize atrocities. Benjamin Woodland (sophomore) portrayed the character Daimler, a journalist posing as a fellow camp guard during his interview with Greta. Daimler later reveals he was a prisoner in Auschwitz for writing articles condemning the Reich and that his interview with Greta was an attempt to understand how one chooses evil and loses their soul. Both Woodland and Diehl had a difficult task of portraying these characters authentically, one searching for truth and the other still living in lies. Another actress to receive accolades is Hallie Graf (junior) who played Lise, Greta’s younger sister. Her character acts as both Greta’s moral compass and foil, a challenging balance for Graf to maneuver. In contrast with the greyscale of the set and other characters, Lise is the only character with color in her costume and hope in her voice. Unfortunately, the only thing of beauty in this story is ultimately choked out in attempt to smother truth. At the conclusion of the play, Greta turns over her sister to the Ravensbruck commandant for being a social deviant and later reveals that her sister would have died in the gassings of prisoners right before the Allies liberated the camps. Graf’s desperate cries for help and innocent pleadings left the audience haunted and speechless. With the help of Mitchell Smith (senior) as the production’s dramaturg, the entire cast brought this story to life with great care and attention to historical accuracy. All drama team members should be commended for handling such sensitive content with diligent research, careful combat training, and a mindfulness of the story’s central message: not to let evil creep in through everyday choices. As Dark Road comes to a close, the OCU Drama Team looks forward to their spring musical, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and they hope audiences are ready to tackle another heavy question: what makes a monster and what makes a man? Be sure to mark your calendars for April 8th and 9th to see the team take on another incredible production.
The 2021 Festival of Carols is set to be performed in the Ohio Christian University Ministry & Performing Arts Center. The production will be performed on two dates: December 4th, and December 5th. There will be an evening performance on Saturday starting at 6:00pm, with a 5:30pm prelude, and there will be a matinee performance on Sunday at 3:00pm with a 2:30pm prelude. The production, under the leadership of Dr. Dione Bennett, will highlight that God sent us His gift of love wrapped in Jesus Christ that first Christmas morning. Seating for the event is FREE and limited. In order to reserve your seats, please visit: www.ohiochristian.edu/Christmas Festival of Carols is our gift to the community - please - reserve your free tickets using the link above.
The beloved Columbus Symphony holiday tradition of Holiday Pops returns in 2021 with spectacular performances of popular holiday songs and classic carols. Conductor Ron Jenkins will lead the Columbus Symphony in performances of “Winter Wonderland,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” “All I Want for Christmas is You,” and many more. Join us for an afternoon of holiday favorites to sing along to. It’s fun for the entire family! To attend the Holiday Pops Spectacular at OCU: 2:00pm Dec. 19th, 2021 click the link below. Purchase Tickets About The Columbus Symphony Orchestra: Since 1951, the Columbus Symphony (CSO) has been proud to serve as central Ohio’s flagship music performance organization. The CSO’s musicians, conductors, chorus, and world-renowned guest artists enrich the central Ohio community through extraordinary talent, passion, dedication, and the highest standards of musicianship. Living and working in the community, CSO musicians are interwoven throughout the region’s cultural fabric, accompanying performances by other companies, performing in other local orchestras, and teaching and coaching young musicians. Guided by the artistic vision of Music Director Rossen Milanov, the CSO offers four programming areas – Masterworks, Pops, Picnic with the Pops, and Education/Community Engagement – that are targeted to appeal to diverse audiences from throughout central Ohio. This segmented approach, innovative within the American orchestra industry, is helping the CSO to reach new, younger, and more diverse audiences. The CSO is integral to the community, and plays a central role in Columbus’ vibrant arts scene. Our concerts and programs served over 159,000 central Ohioans; 2.3 million reached; 28,000 children, families, and teachers. Our programming includes classical masterworks, new works by living composers, performances by popular artists from a variety of genres, education programs that enrich and promote children’s learning and development, and community engagement programming designed to make the CSO accessible to all. You can find out more about the Columbus Symphony Orchestra on their website.
Missions Emphasis Week kicked off on November first on the Ohio Christian University campus in Circleville, Ohio, with Taste of Nations. The event that highlighted ten international students who created food dishes from their home countries to serve to their fellow students. Dishes included delicacies from multiple countries in Africa, South America, and Asia. When asked what she liked about the event, Isabella Diaz ('24) said “Being in an area where we don’t experience a lot of cultures, it helped me to be more connected to the other students when I was submerged into their lived cultures.” Another student, Angie Ordonez ('23) said “I just like how something as simple as food can bring people from different cultures together.” There was not a consensus on which dish was the tastiest because the students loved them all. “This event opened my eyes and made me aware of the many cultures at OCU. I also noticed that the foods from the countries in the same continent are all different. When you try another country’s food, you realize it is deeper than food and is another way of connecting and learning about another person on a deeper level,” said another student. The event saw over 60 students and staff attend and enjoy the great dishes provided by Ohio Christian’s international students. The WGM Intercultural Student Center staff are already hard at work planning the Spring version of this event for April 2022!
On October 27, the Office of Student Development hosted “Stampede,” an evening event for men focused on biblical masculinity and community development. The event featured fun activities such as axe throwing, corn hole, and spike ball as well as a cook-out spread by Grill-Master David Diaz of Holy Smokes BBQ out of Chicago, Illinois. The evening focus was a keynote address from Ohio Christian University President, Dr. Jon Kulaga, and faculty-led discussion groups. Over 100 men from the student body gathered with University faculty, staff, and administration for a time of fellowship, competition, and food. The purpose of the gathering was to develop community together and wrestle with “What God Requires of Men.” The evening discussion was kicked off by Kulaga, as he provided four points to consider: that men seeking after God are “Alert to the temptations of the enemy, Armed for Kingdom work, Accurate in holding to Truth, and Act on behalf of others.” “In today’s culture, there are many confusing messages and negative stereotypes being thrown around regarding what it means to be 'a man'. Therefore, it is essential that as a Christian university, we do all we can to make sure the men on our campus have opportunities to come together to learn about what it means to be 'real' men (husband, brother, father) from a Biblical perspective,” said Kulaga, adding, “Proclaiming this positive vision of Biblical manhood is not just a felt need – it is a real need – for our families, our churches and society.” Kevin Bennie, Director of Spiritual Formation and Student Life, expressed: "Now, more than ever, the church needs to give true pictures of life as it was meant to be. Men, in particular young men, need a vision for true, committed, faithful, and righteous living. This is why we need events like Stampede to create a space to challenge, equip, and walk with young men toward a biblical vision for the future." “Stampede was amazing. I got to see so many of my brothers having fun, talking about God, and becoming more aware what the world is trying to do against us. The message was so powerful; God is so good for uniting all of us through Stampede!” – Chris Hupp, Sophomore. “Stampede was a fun experience that I got to enjoy with my closest friends. I really enjoyed the axe throwing and good food. It was cool to see Dr. Kulaga speak on biblical masculinity and to be able to connect in small groups with faculty afterwards. I am happy that I decided to go!” – Zachary Maynard, Senior. “The food was amazing, the environment was great, and there was always something to do. Stampede really showcased the diversity of both students and faculty. It was also a great way to outreach to the student body and get participation from every group on campus. It reminded me a lot of youth group, just this was for adults. I highly recommend doing this event again soon!” – Anden Kallies, Freshman. Student Development is excited to begin planning next years Stampede event.
Ohio Christian University is excited to bring “The Most Reluctant Convert” to its Circleville Campus. There will be two shows only, on January 15, 2022, at 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM in the Ministry and Performing Arts Center (MPAC). This Fellowship for Performing Arts production has toured the United States from New York to California and played on campuses such as Princeton, Vanderbilt, Wheaton, UNC-Chapel Hill, and many other esteemed institutions of higher learning. Using C.S. Lewis’ own words, award-winning actor Max McLean brings the brilliant Oxford fellow to life, taking us on his extraordinary trek from hard-boiled atheist to “the most reluctant convert in all England.” “There is perhaps no Christian writer who is more quoted, and who has had a larger influence on culture, than C. S. Lewis. Several of his books are on most any “Top 100 Christian Books” ever written lists. From The Chronicles of Narnia to The Screwtape Letters, to The Great Divorce to Mere Christianity – Lewis’ love of language, his understanding of the human condition, and his awareness of the difference that Christ can make in the life of a single believer continues to transcend race, gender, culture and time. To have “The Most Reluctant Convert” on our campus is a rare privilege – and it’s the ONE show this year, you do not want to miss.” Dr. Jon Kulaga, President, Ohio Christian University. Seats are limited, so get your tickets today! Go to ohiochristian.edu/tickets or call 740-420-5918 for individual tickets, groups of 10 or more, and VIP packages. To find out more about this event visit: www.ohiochristian.edu/event/most-reluctant-convert
Drama Team Wraps Up Fall Season with Dark Road
2021 Festival of Carols to Focus on Love
Columbus Symphony to Perform in Ministry & Performing Arts Center
University Hosts a “Taste of Nations” During Missions Week
Biblical Masculinity Event Launches on Campus
C.S. Lewis is Coming to Ohio Christian University
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – The Trailblazer Esports team suited up for one last ride on the Call of Duty Cold War maps before they hung it up for the season. Tennessee Wesleyan University tuned in to face off against the 3-2 Ohio Christian squad. If OCU would have won this match, they would have made it to the NACE League playoffs, but fate was not on their side as they lost the match three maps to one.For map one, the Blazers and Bulldogs went head-to-head in Hardpoint. Although it was the day to show out for the Trailblazers, the Wesley Bulldogs had a different plan for this map and defeated the Trailblazers 166-250.Map two started to see the tides turn slightly for the OCU team as the Search and Destroy ultimately went Tennessee Wesleyan's way with them posting a score of 3-6. This map showed the Trailblazers that they had a chance in this match.That optimism carried them into map three as they found themselves in an intense match against the Bulldogs and swept the competition with a swift 3-0 in Control. This electrified the team as they went into map four. Unfortunately, Trevor Howard's game crashed and kicked him out of the match, denying him access back in. This deemed a real challenge for his other three teammates and the Ohio Christian Esports team ended their season in a 3v4 Hardpoint challenge with a score of 75-250.This loss gave the Trailblazers a record of 3-3 taking them out of the running for the CSL NACE League playoffs. Although this match ended their season, they still have optimism as this team will prepare for the newest addition of Call of Duty, Vanguard, and plan to jump into match play in the Spring semester.Stay tuned and go follow OCU Esports on Instagram (ocutrailblazers_esports) for future updates and like our Facebook page while you're at it (Ohio Christian University Trailblazers).
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – The Trailblazers looked to end their winless two-game drought against a 5-0 Mount Vernon Nazarene team tonight in The Maxwell Center. The MVNU team was coming off a win against Madonna University last Saturday, so they were looking to keep their streak alive.The Cougars jumped out to a 13-3 lead to begin the game in the first three minutes. The Trailblazers struggled to find the hoop and hadn't gotten to double digits until seven minutes into the first half. By then the score was still attainable at 10-18. The Trailblazers kept it within ten points going into just six minutes left in the first half and that's when MVNU blew the doors open and finished the half up 22. At this point the field goal percentage was the name of the game with OCU shooting at just 27.8% with about the same percentage from the arc at 27.3%, while Mount Vernon let loose at a clip of 61.3% from the field and 56.3% from the perimeter.The second half was unfortunately nothing different than the first as the teams never saw a closer game than the differential that the halftime score portrayed. The Cougars kept it on average separated by at least 26 points for the remainder of the game, ending the regulation time in a Trailblazer defeat of 72-99.The Blazers saw three players in double digits in Jimmy Salamone leading the team with 19, followed by Ben Casey with 12 and Cam Primmer at 11. Salamone and Casey also had four and three steals, respectively to add to their stat sheet.As they've had quite a rough start to their 21-22 season, the Trailblazers find a small break in gameplay until next Tuesday as they travel with the women's team up to Grand Rapids, MI to face off against Grace Christian University for their fourth game of the season.To find out more about the Ohio Christian Men's Basketball program and any other Trailblazer action, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ocutrailblazers and on Facebook at Ohio Christian University Trailblazers.
RICHMOND, IN - The Ohio Christian Trailblazer Women's Cross Country team traveled out to Richmond, IN this past Saturday to compete in the River States Conference Championship Race hosted by Indiana University East. This meet featured 13 of the RSC schools with 95 runners among the crowd. After a long season, this is where everyone comes to compete for not only a chance to hoist that RSC Championship banner, but also for a chance to compete on the National stage in the NAIA National Championship held in Vancouver, Washington.The Lady Trailblazers competed in this race with five runners. The first Blazer to place was senior Brittany Lenz and she came out and ran a 21:32.7 pacing herself at 4:19/k. This time put her in 29th place out of 95 runners. The second fastest OCU competitor racing the 5k was Kayla Day. Day put up a time of 22:36.7 with a pace of 4:31/k.Piper Dowd came in third on the Trailblazer team placing 65th on the day running a 23:46.1 with a pace of 4:44/k. The last two Lady Blazers to go compete in this best of the best Conference matchup were Acacia May and Gracie Lanier. Acacia went out a ran a 29:03 for her 5k with a 5:49/k pace, while Gracie ran up a time of 32:50.7.I caught up with Coach Courtney Brown after the meet about this relentless women's team. This is what she had to say, "You said it right. This team has been relentless throughout the entire season. Even if they were to go out and run a race below their potential, they never gave up and continued to become better and better so that when they competed again, it would be a different story. I'm proud of where these girls got to mentally and excited to see what they can do next season."Even though the Lady Trailblazers did not make it to Nationals, they proved to themselves that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and continue to work at your craft.Until next year, stay connected with the Lady Trailblazer Cross Country program by following @ocutrailblazers on Instagram and Twitter and on Facebook at Ohio Christian University Trailblazers!
RICHMOND, IN - The Ohio Christian Trailblazer Men's Cross Country team traveled out to Richmond, IN this past Saturday to compete in the River States Conference Championship Race hosted by Indiana University East. This meet featured 13 of the RSC schools with 98 runners among the crowd. After a long season, this is where everyone comes to compete for not only a chance to hoist that RSC Championship banner, but also for a chance to compete on the National stage in the NAIA National Championship held in Vancouver, Washington. The Ohio Christian Men's team took that as a challenge as they placed three of their six runners into the top 10 finishers on the day. DJ Dickerson led the pack as he finished second overall coming after only one lone Rio Grande runner. DJ ran a 27 minute 8k pacing himself at 3:22/k for the race running just 56 seconds behind the leader. Coming in fifth overall in the race was Corry Mientkiewicz as he ran a 27:10.7 pacing himself at 3.24/k. Pulling the final top 10 spot for the Trailblazers was the older of the two Mientkiewicz brothers, Chester Mientkiewicz, running a solid 28.09.2 at a pace of 3:31/k. The Trailblazers had a few runners with them that either had not competed this season at all or have had a long period of time between their last race to this Conference meet. One of which was newcomer Riley Dunham who had not competed at all this season, coming just a week off of his soccer season ending, and chose to give it a shot on the biggest stage in the River States Conference. Riley came in 73rd after running a 32:48.2 pacing himself at 4:06/k. Evan Caldwell had not competed since the first meet of the season at Wright State, but he came out to run and finished at 34:17.8 with a pace of 4:17/k. Bringing in the final Trailblazer to compete was Derek Donner. Derek had not competed since the Wilmington meet back on October 15th. He ended up running a 38:13 pacing himself at 4:47/k.After asking Coach Brown on how she felt her team did in throughout the season, she said "The men really have faced a lot this season. Several races had not gone as well as they had hoped, even though a number of those times ended up putting them higher in the University's record books. Although discouraging things may have happened this season and we didn't get that banner, I never doubted any of their potential and am extremely proud of where they've come to in their careers this season. I'm also excited to see what many of them will do in the Fall of 2022."This Trailblazer team did not win conference, but something that they can all cheer on is the fact that two of their teammates qualified for the National stage in Vancouver, WA. They will travel to Washington on November 16th as they prepare themselves to run on the biggest NAIA sanctioned event in the Cross Country world. The NAIA National race will commence on November 19th at a to be determined time. Stay tuned for more information on that event as well as more Trailblazer Cross Country news on Twitter and Instagram (@ocutrailblazers) and on Facebook (Ohio Christian University Trailblazers).
CIRCLEVILLE, OH - On Wednesday, November 3rd, the Trailblazer Esports fought for another day as they went up against Keiser Lakeland located in Lakeland, Florida. Ohio Christian needed this win in order to see the next week's match become a reality and even though it took going down to the very last match, the Trailblazers were able to pull through for each other and get the win. The first map was Raid Hardpoint and the Blazers apparently needed some time to warm up as they dropped the map in a close 221-250. However, that loss was quickly followed up with a win on the next map up in Express Search and Destroy. This was an extremely close match and ended in a 6-5 win for the Trailblazers. For the third map, Checkmate Control was the destination and Keiser Lakeland took a commanding lead as the Seahawks won the map over 3-1, defeating the Trailblazers. With this defeat, OCU knew what needed to be done and came back with a vengence on map four. This map was chosen to be Checkmate Hardpoint and unlike map one's Hardpoint match-up, this ended in a Trailblazer victory with a final score of 250-166. With the match tied up at two wins a piece for both the Blazers and the Seahawks, both set their eyes on the final map in Moscow Search and Destroy. Both teams seemed evenly matched and the map deemed to be a tough venue for both teams as well, but after 11 rounds of SND, the Trailblazer Esports team came out victorious and able to see another day. A few key stats for the match came as followed: Trevor Howard: 1.53 K/D Jaret Gastin: 2.08 K/D A highlight on the night would have to be Jaret's streak of 40-13 with a 3.07 K/D during map four's contest. The Trailblazer's final match of the CSL NACE League for CoD Cold War will come next Tuesday against Tennesee Wesleyan University slated to begin at 8pm EST. For more on your Trailblazer Esports team and all of your Ohio Christian University Athletics needs, follow @Esports_OCU on Twitter and @OCUTrailblazers on Twitter/Instagram. Follow the Trailblazers @ocu_esports on Twitch for future streams. Also give us a Like to keep up on all things Trailblazers on Facebook at Ohio Christian University Trailblazers.
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