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JUFL’s IJM Chapter takes awareness to community

The group walked along 192, one of the busiest roads in Osceola County.

KISSIMMEE — JUFL students joined together Saturday morning to walk 2.5 miles, taking a message against modern-day slavery into the local community.

This was the second time JUFL’s chapter of the International Justice Mission has taken part in the Walk for Freedom.

Walk for Freedom is a worldwide event hosted by The A21 Campaign. This year, there were hundreds of walks occurring in 25 different countries.

Even though these walks take place spread out around the world, they are all united for one cause — abolishing slavery in the 21st century.

During the walk in Kissimmee, students talked to people as they passed and capture the attention of cars who passed the group.

Some cars honked their horns and waved their hands in support of the walk, while others were consistently turning their gaze between the road and the signs to gain perspective on the issue.

Campus Chapter President Sara Ann Lewis talked with some high school students outside of a local gas station along the walk.

“Even though we were a relatively small group compared to other walks that took place, I still feel like we were able to make an impact in the awareness of human trafficking in Kissimmee,” said Bethany Tison, one of the walk participants.

The group consisted of students from the school, individuals from the local area, and Dr. David Eubanks.

This event marks the second event hosted by the IJM/Rapha House Campus Chapter this year. Next on the agenda, is a fundraising event, Work4Freedom, which will take place in February.

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Fall has Flung at Johnson University Florida

Dr. Chambers and Dr. Eubanks set up the Fall Fling announcement under the veil of a security meeting.

Dr. Chambers and Dr. Eubanks set up the Fall Fling announcement under the veil of a security meeting.

KISSIMMEE — Thursday was Fall Fling at Johnson University Florida. Fall Fling is a Florida campus tradition since the inception of the campus as Central Florida Bible College.

Fall Fling is an event once a year during the fall semester at Johnson University Florida when there are no classes or schoolwork due that day. During Fall Fling, the Senior Class plans different activities and meals for the whole campus community.

But here’s the catch about Fall Fling: None of the students know when it is except for the senior class. Therefore during the fall semester, everyone is waiting in anticipation for Fall Fling.

One of the highlights about Fall Fling is how it is announced. Throughout the years, there have been various methods employed to announce Fall Fling: Going into the students’ rooms and waking them up by running chainsaws (without the chains), driving hovercrafts through the lawn, having the fire department come with fire trucks and wake everyone up, etc…

This year, to announce Fall Fling, an emergency security meeting was called by Dr. Michael Chambers and Dr. David Eubanks in the gym late on Wednesday night. When the students arrived, Chambers talked about security issues in the area over the past few weeks, then handed the microphone over to Eubanks for a “special announcement.”

Many of the students were then wondering what was going to happen next.Eubanks drew in the students by saying there was something he had been thinking about a lot for the last few weeks.

Students sat in a daze of confusion and excitement as the confetti cannons shot off around them to inaugurate this year's Fall Fling

Students sat in a daze of confusion and excitement as the confetti cannons shot off around them to inaugurate this year’s Fall Fling

“There is just no other way to tell you about what is happening other than…. Fall Fling!, ” Eubanks told the students.

Immediately after he said this, confetti cannons went off from the senior class officers, music started blaring from the speakers, and students were yelling and getting excited that Fall Fling had finally arrived!

Tara Olender (Senior Class Secretary), Cassie Pack (Senior Class President), Christian Arnold (Senior Class Treasurer), and Greg Wasden (Senior Class Vice-President) celebrate the kick-off of their much anticipated Fall Fling

Tara Olender (Senior Class Secretary), Cassie Pack (Senior Class President), Christian Arnold (Senior Class Treasurer), and Greg Wasden (Senior Class Vice-President) celebrate the kick-off of their much anticipated Fall Fling

The Senior Class Officers then rushed to the front of the students to tell them about the day. The Senior Class announced that this year was the 40th Fall Fling, and they wanted Fall Fling to be the best day ever for the students, therefore the theme of Fall Fling this year would be “Carpe Diem” or “Seize the Day”.

Fall Fling this year was a day when both students and professors were able to relax from their classes, and to enjoy fellowshipping with one another as a campus community and more importantly, as the body of Christ.

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Fall Fling gives students opportunity to unwind, relax with friends — and zombies?

KISSIMMEE — This year’s Fall Fling theme was “Carpe Diem” and seize the day students did.

The goal this year was to give students a day to relax an enjoy the company of one another.

Senior Jackson Rodeffor embraces his inner zombie to chase the underclassmen

Senior Jackson Rodeffor embraces his inner zombie to chase the underclassmen

“We wanted to make it the most exciting and memorable day for students during their time here,” said Senior class Secretary Tara Olender.

The night game this year was called Zombie Amazing Race. Non-senior students ran all across campus trying to complete their stations while dodging Zombies — the Seniors — in an ultimate freeze tag game.

Students went to bed around 2 a.m. and were able to hit snooze on their usual alarms until the campus gathered together for a fancy brunch at a biscuit bar featuring homemade gravy, Chick-fil-A nuggets, and Natalie’s juices.

Freshman Nicolette LaMaison slides in safe at first base.

Freshman Nicolette LaMaison slides in safe at first base.

Afterwards students ditched the usual formality of class and got ready for a lively Slip ‘n’ Slide Kickball competition, where the seniors and sophomores faced off against the juniors and freshmen. Although students claimed that the points didn’t matter, the juniors and freshmen seized the victory.

Those who were less inclined to running, splashing and sliding were given the option to play Paint Twister, and ended up covered in a rainbow of red, green, blue and yellow paint.

Professor Les Hardin reads some classic favorites including Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, The Cat in the Hat & excerpts from The Rhyming Bible

Professor Les Hardin reads some classic favorites including Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, The Cat in the Hat & excerpts from The Rhyming Bible

While some students cleaned up and others hit the pool, those with hammocks headed out to the Prayer Garden to hang with Professor Les Hardin as he read various children’s books with his own unique commentary.

For the next three hours, students had the option of visiting four different rooms to relax and spend time with fellow students.

In the Pinterest Room, students were able to get crafty while design their own picture frames and sitting around to color. In Tea Time with Twila, students embraced their inner Pride and Prejudice while sipping tea and snacking on delicious tiny sweets with Professor Twila Sias.

In the Coffee Room, students were able to stand around tables talking about their lives and drinking their favorite caffeine booster – coffee – while listening to live acoustic music.

Lastly, many students hit up the Game Room to enjoy some friendly competition with their favorite board game and participate in video game tournaments.

Students took a break from focusing on five page papers to focus on coloring their own masterpiece

Students took a break from focusing on five page papers to focus on coloring their own masterpiece

The day concluded with one more meal together, followed by an outdoor movie with popcorn and candy.

“The thing I loved most about Fall Fling was just having an entire day to spend time with the entire student body,” said Junior Jenna Wierda

All in all, this Fall Fling lived up to its theme and gave students a great day to have a break just to enjoy doing life with one another.

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Johnson Preview Days start off well at Johnson University

Johnson’s first Preview Day got off to a great start, attracting 20 high school students to view the school and learn more about it.

During a Preview Day at Johnson University, high school students take a Friday to come and visit the campus.  They see an admissions presentation, tour the campus, eat lunch with the faculty, learn about financial aid, and get to meet the multiple clubs on campus.

Students were mainly interested in the majors of teacher education, public health, and music and management.

Despite the small turnout this past Preview Day, with only 20 students and 29 non-students, the first Preview Day is always the smallest.  There are currently over 30 students registered for the next Preview Day.

The next Preview Day on the Tennessee campus will be October 9th, followed by another November 6th.  The next semester has Preview Days on February 12th and March 11th.  The Florida campus has Preview Days on November 13th, February 19th, and April 8th.

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High school seniors preview the JUFL life

Sophomore Krissy Kent and Junior Jenna Weirda laugh at some of the more comical talent show performances.

Sophomore Krissy Kent and Junior Jenna Weirda laugh at some of the more comical talent show performances.

By Elisabeth Clevenger

and Christian Arnold

KISSIMMEE — Senior Salute gives high school students the opportunity to really experience the excitement and reality of Johnson University Florida campus life. On Thursday and Friday, JUFL housed 29 high school students for Senior Salute, giving them a personalized brief glimpse of college.

Highlights for this two-day event, hosted by the Admissions department, include the annual talent show, a night of worship and a chance to sample university classes.

Greg Wasden, Brandon Welch, Connor Wood, Dominick Jenkins and Taylor Wood lead worship.

Greg Wasden, Brandon Welch, Connor Wood, Dominick Jenkins and Taylor Wood lead worship.

On Thursday night, the event kicked off with the annual and beloved talent show.

“The talent show is such a great opportunity for potential JUFL students to witness the fun times we have on campus and the supportive atmosphere here at Johnson,” said sophomore Amanda Bolen, one of the judges for this year’s talent show.

This year show included a variety of dancing, spoken word, original songs and cover medleys. O

Winners of this year’s show were Greg Castin, a high school senior who led the crowd in a hymn, and current JUFL student and dancer Maggie Dexter.

After the talent show, more than 90 students gathered for refreshments.

JUFL Senior Ian Daniels brought the message for the Night of Worship session reminding us of practical ways we can love others and share the Gospel message with them.

JUFL Senior Ian Daniels brought the message for the Night of Worship session reminding us of practical ways we can love others and share the Gospel message with them.

Students were served coffee by members of our SGA, and then participated in worship led by a student and alumni band.

Senior Ian Daniels spoke on the importance of loving God and loving others, reminding students that “people take notice when you serve them.”

After getting to know some new faces, visitors got to experience a night of dorm life and, on Friday, had the chance to sit in and attend classes as if they were students.

“Senior Salute is a great way to experience college life and worship God all at the same time,” high school senior Nicole Kubizme said.

One of the classes seniors had the opportunity of attending was Fundamentals of Christian Faith, taught by Professor Joe Gordan.

One of the classes seniors had the opportunity of attending was Fundamentals of Christian Faith, taught by Professor Joe Gordan.

Along with attending classes, high school students had the opportunity to question two different panels about their questions, curiosities and concerns — one panel made of of current JUFL students and the other one of faculty and staff.