Life at Taylor


How to Find an On-Campus Job

By Leah Knibbe and Sally Baker

You go to the campus store after the first week of classes and see the one textbook you still need. You look at the “Used” section, and it’s not there. All that’s left are the new copies, and they are expensive. How will you pay for it?

Get an on-campus job.

Tuition and room and board costs during the 2014 Taylor school year is nearing $38,000, which makes finding a job on campus essential for students in need of a bit of extra money. Many of you may be wondering how to pay for all of the extras, such as Sperry’s, Patagonia sweatshirts, polar pops, and pumpkin spice lattes. The solution is to find (and keep) an on campus job.

Campus jobs can be eye opening and amazing. A variety of options are available, ranging from the Dining Commons to University Marketing. Below is a list of potential options:

This is a long list, but the competition is intense. Approximately 900 students already are employed on campus. To prepare for the competition, get a head start on the application process by submitting them in the spring for positions in the fall. Most employers begin looking at that time. If you visit campus before you start your college career, visit potential employers. If you do not get the chance to do this, start introducing yourself to potential employers as soon as you arrive on campus.

This is our how-to guide to finding work on-campus:

    1. The Office of Human Resources often posts information about student employment through myTaylor. By looking at the Student Employment website, you can see a list of available positions.

    2. After figuring out some opportunities that spark your interest, begin asking upperclassmen who have experience with on campus employment for their opinion on the best places to work. If they currently have an on-campus job, they may have an “in” for you. It’s all about who you know. If you have a good relationship with that person, ask him/her for a recommendation if you want to work at the same place.

    3. After researching and networking, visit your top-three choices in person and introduce yourself to whoever is in charge. Make a good impression, and ask if they have an application specific to their department that you could have. If so, fill it out in a timely manner and include any recommendations from other students on it.

    4. Finally, be active. Continue to pursue the jobs you are interested in and don’t wait around for the opportunity to come to you.

Having an on-campus job is a win-win situation for you because of the money you receive, the work experience you will gain, and the applicable skills you will develop.

Although job searching may not be your highest priority as a freshman, remember that most employers prefer to hire freshman so that they can retain them for all four years. Don’t wait until sophomore year. Start your college job as soon as you can, and soon you will be an experienced upperclassmen ready for post-graduation job searching.

Personal Advice from Leah Knibbe:

"I began job searching during my first semester at Taylor, applying to the Grille and the Library. Many of my wing-mates worked at the library, and I talked to them about their experiences. They all gave good reviews of their jobs, so I introduced myself to my future boss and asked for an application. I did not have any library experience, but my willingness to learn and recommendations from my wing-mates helped land me a job. Throughout the years I have been promoted and given more responsibility, which has been a good learning experience that is hard to find in the classroom. I can’t imagine my Taylor experience without my job at the library."

You never know where your road may lead, but on campus jobs will not only give you practical skills, but they also will challenge you to grow as a person.

Taylor Playback Theater: Spontaneous Storytelling

By Leah Knibbe and Sally Baker

This year during Parents and Family Weekend, audiences were able to enjoy theater in an interactive and spontaneous way. The Taylor Playback Theater is a group on campus that is a talented ensemble of actors. For their performances, they take stories from the audience and reenact them in various, often humorous, ways.

“I can't speak for everyone, but for me there's always a sense of trepidation,” said Lexi Owen, a participating actress. “What kind of stories will we get? Will we be able to be honest to them? I like to be sure about things, and there's no option for that in playback.”

Owen is a senior that has been active in the theater her entire Taylor career. This type of theater is different than what is often presented. The preparation for this type of performance is similar to the performance itself: unplanned, impulsive, and full of surprises.

“Even rehearsals are about spontaneity. That's both the challenge and the reward. You never know what you'll get, but you know whatever it is will be dedicated to the audience. That's community in a nutshell,” Owen said.

Christina Howard mediates the show as the director, asking for stories from audience members. These stories must be true, real life experiences. After the audience tells their story, she chooses a type of performance for the actors. These performances can range from a three part narrative to type called moving sculpture.

“Playback Theater is a unique new take on improv that really gets the audience involved,” said Sam Krygsheld, a student audience member. “At first it's a little weird, but once the audience gets more comfortable with it, it's a fun experience.”

Because of the range of possible interpretations of stories, actors have to be ready for anything. Even though it may be a strange experience at first, audiences grew to really enjoy this type of theater and were not afraid to participate no matter what age they are.

Ashleigh Mulder, another audience member, described her family’s experience with the performance. “The actors and actresses involved were incredibly talented and it was a great show for the whole family to enjoy. My six year old brother especially enjoyed it because he got to tell a story,” Mulder said.

Not all stories told were humorous, so the actors had to be ready for a wide range of emotions. One audience story was about an unexpected death of a community member. The actors portrayed the situation exactly how the story was described. Jenni Keenan, a parent in the audience explained the atmosphere.

“The tragic story was especially powerful. The actors really did a great job bringing us into the feelings and emotions, as if we had been there,” Keenan said.

There are other opportunities to see the one-of-a-kind Taylor Playback Theater. They are available to perform on: November 1-6, November 17-25, December 1-5, January 20-February 12, February 23-March 26, April 7-16, and April 27-May 15.

IFC Backstage Pass: S. Carey

By Leah Knibbe and Sally Baker

It was not a Bon Iver concert, but it was pretty close. Students enjoyed S. Carey’s performance in the Union on October 7 at 8:30 p.m. This was one of potential three concerts that Integration of Faith and Culture (IFC) will be sponsoring this school year.

This is not the first event that IFC has held. In the past, IFC has hosted concerts, movie showings with discussions, and artists. According to IFC’s website, its mission is to “strive to create programs that develop aesthetic and deepen understanding of the arts, popular arts and culture in light of faith.”

Preparation for events is a thoughtful process beginning before the school year starts. Ben Dulavitch is a second year member of IFC and is in charge of picking films for showings and discussion. He explained that in the summer members research potential topics of interest that can be used in the following year.

“This prepares us for discussion during our first meeting and meetings throughout the school year,” Dulavitch said. “It makes the meetings very lively because we are all pretty passionate about these types of things.”

While Ben is in charge of movies, fellow member Savanna Sweeting’s role is to search for potential bands to come. Sweeting contacted S. Carey after a long search and asked if he would be interested in performing at a small school surrounded by cornfields.

For each event, IFC ponders the theme or feeling they want the event to portray. “We discussed as a group that we wanted a very chill concert where we could just sit and relax while listening,” Dulavitch said about the S. Carey concert.

This is the exact feel that S. Carey’s music inspires. S. Carey played drums and keyboard and sang supporting vocals for well-known musician Bon Iver, who shares a similar sound.

Listen to S. Carey’s sound here.

Although he played at Taylor alone, he often tours with four other bands: Owen, American Football, Communist Daughter, and Vic and Gab.

Before the concert began, IFC started to transform the Union into a concert venue.

“There is a lot of preparation that goes in behind the scenes to choose a theme,” Dulavitch said. “Usually an entire meeting is dedicated to choosing one and then we spend a few hours before the show setting up.”

n the past, IFC has chosen themes such as costume party, jungle disco, and Candy Land. For this concert, there was not a not strong theme, but they decorated the Union like a tent.

Again, although it was not a Bon Iver concert, it sold out like one making it a successful IFC event.

Manifest Destiny: The West Comes to Taylor University

By Leah Knibbe and Sally Baker

The Spirit of the American West is alive and well at Taylor University. From August 22 to October 5, sixty pieces of the Leland and LaRita Boren Collection of Western Art are being featured in the Metcalf Gallery. They are accompanied by a lecture series on the United States’ wild west.

The lecture series began with a presentation and reception on September 11 with James Nottage, the vice president and chief curatorial officer at the Eitelgorg Museum in Indianapolis, IN.

“The idea of manifest destiny is what made the American West,” Nottage said during his lecture. American settlers believed they were destined to move westward. He focused on the explanation of different pieces, both belonging to the Boren collection and to the Western genre.

The collection features many different types of art, including oil, watercolor, pastel, and mixed media. Influenced by their childhood experiences in Indiana and Oklahoma, the Borens decided to begin their collection in 1971. Their first painting was “A Pause that Refreshes” by Joe Beeler.

Today there are more than 405 pieces in the entire collection that is, according to Nottage, not so much a document from the past but rather an interpretation of another time. Step into that time by attending the four additional lectures:

Viewing the collection takes you back to the exploration of the American West, where cowboys, cattle, mountains and plains, and American Indians were the essential parts of the culture.

Along with Joe Beeler, other artists featured in the exhibit include Lajos Markos, Chuck DeHaan, William Herbert “Buck” Dunton, Juan Dell, John Hampton, Bruce Green, and Gary Niblett.