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Pastor Andy Nelson

Andy Nelson is the chaplain at Morningside.  He came to the Morningside area initially because of a position for his wife Dr. Jessica Pleuss. While she worked at Morningside, he went and worked at the University of South Dakota as their campus minister. When his predecessor Kathy Martin retired, the position of director of campus ministry was offered to him.


Pastor Nelson said that they reason he chose religion as his profession is because he grew up going to church, and being a person of faith. He ended up studying religion and political science at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Towards the end of his college career he still had questions about his faith, and about faith in general, so he went to seminary to help answer those questions, and use what he learned to help people. He said, “Christianity has something important to say to the world, something important to say to the world about our belief in humanity, something important to say about our place in helping people in the world.”


When asked about what his favorite part about helping campus ministries has been, he said talking to students. Students come in and think that they are interrupting something important, and he tries to convey that they are what’s important. For the most part, he talks to them about where they are going in life. “I’m somebody who, my job is to listen,” he said.


When asked if he would be in favor of mandatory convocation, Pastor Nelson laughed and said, “Yes! Bring it back!” He said that it would have to be different than it used to be. He said he’d probably try to make it more about service than worship. He likes Into the Streets, how Morningside goes out and paints an image of the college.

Scavenger Hunt

For this project, I had to go and get two different things from two different people. The first thing I got was a favorite motivational quote. I went to talk to pastor Andy Nelson, and he said that his favorite quote came from Lilla Watson, an artist and activist for Aboriginal Australians. The quote is “If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because you recognize your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” When asked why he chose this quote, he said, “It’s really tempting when trying to help others, to get caught up in a dynamic of ‘I’m helping, I have the power.’ This shows that it’s not really about that, but that we are all connected.”

The second thing I had to get was a creatively bent red paper clip. I went to the admissions office and sat down with Steven Ricke, a new councilor for this year. He bent the paper clip into a double handle shape. I asked him why he bent it into that shape and he gave me a quote.

“I kinda get fidget-y sometimes. It gives me something to do.”

Lead Practice 3

A plane with 61 crew and passengers crashed south of Townsville on Friday. There are 42 confirmed deaths according the the Cook County Coroner, including Rep. George W. Collins, D-Ill. Of the 61 people aboard Divided Airlines flight 553, fifty-five were passengers, and six were crew members.

An eyewitness said, “I saw the plane coming lower and lower. I couldn’t  believe it. I thought surely it would go back up in the air. But (sic) it kept coming down. I knew it would never make it to the airport. I was scared.”

An investigative team was immediately sent to the site by the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington. This was made easier because of the fact that several board officials were already in Townsville due to a train crash earlier in the month.

Deputy fire marshall Curtis Vokamer said that his crew found most of the 55 passengers dead. “If hell has an address, this is the place.”

News Comment Week 4

Two hard rock bands have donated a combined 190 thousand dollars of their ticket proceeds from this summer to two charities of their choice. Five Finger Death Punch (FFDP) donated ninety-five thousand dollars to Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), a charity that helps families of officers killed in the line of duty. Breaking Benjamin, who has been co-headlining this summer with them, donated ninety-five thousand dollars to Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA), a charity that counteracts child abuse, and promotes services to to improve their well-being.

“We’ve had the privilege to work with veteran and police organizations for years,” Zoltan Bathory of FFDP said. The band has also worked closely with Wounded Warriors, and their song Wrong Side of Heaven helps to raise the awareness of homeless veterans, and veteran suicide in America.

“C.O.P.S. is grateful to be the recipient of such a generous donation from Five Finger Death Punch,” said Diane Bernhard, the C.O.P.S. executive director.

“We’re honored to be able to utilize the thing we love to do most as a tool to help children in need,” said Ben Burnley of Breaking Benjamin. “Organizations such as Prevent Child Abuse America remind us that we are the voice of the voiceless and positive change is possible in otherwise hopeless situations for these kids.”

“We are very grateful to the members of Breaking Benjamin, not only for this incredible donation, but for helping to spread the word that child abuse and neglect prevention is possible,” said Dan Duffy, president and CEO of PCAA.


This article hits a couple of news values. It’s timely, because it happened earlier this week. It has human interest, because they are donating to charities that help people throughout our nation.

Broken but Alright

A firefighter broke his leg saving a cat. Firefighters went to 102 11th Ave after getting reports of a cat being stuck in a tree.

The firefighter, Bob Harwood climbed fifty feet to get the calico belonging to Charlie and Kim Decker’s twin children. A dead branch broke when Harwood had fifteen feet left, and he broke his leg when he landed. He’s in good condition at St. Luke’s, and the cat is also doing well.

Writing Practice #2

One dead, three injured in two vehicle collision. Moyer Quick, 65 of Townsville was killed in a car accident yesterday. According to Iowa Highway Patrolman Patrick Stewart, both vehicles were west bound on a two-lane highway when Quick passed the other vehicle driven by Randy Radin, 17 of Townsville. The rear end of Quick’s vehicle struck Radin’s, and both ended up in the ditch.

Quick’s two passengers and Radin were transported to Townsville Health Center to be treated. Quick’s wife Dorthy is reported to be in “good” condition, while the other passenger, Maxine Steurwald, 1019 7th Ave Lawton is in “fair” condition. Radin is in critical condition with a fractured skull and internal injuries.

The crash occurred under cloudy skies with a chance of rain in the forecast. At the time of the accident, the roads were clear and dry.

Radar Ban

Two months ago, three officers in Cedar Rapids filed for workman’s compensation, saying they developed cancer from using hand-held radar guns. Yesterday Adam Smith, a spokesman for the Iowa Highway Patrol, announced an ordered ban of hand-held radar guns.

“The feeling here is to err on the side of caution until more is known about the issue,” Smith said.

The ban will be put into place because of concerns that troopers could develop cancer due to long-term exposure to radiation emitted by the devices. The ban was put in place as a precaution, and studies are being done to see if there are possible links between cancer and the use of radar guns.

This ban will bring 70 radar guns out of service, and troopers will use units with transmitters mounted to the outside of their vehicles.

Destiny 2 Changes almost Everything in Forsaken Expansion

Coming next week on September 4th, Destiny 2 (D2) will be launching its new expansion named Forsaken. In Forsaken, many components that make D2 the game that it is are going to change, including the death of a fan favorite non-player character (NPC).

This NPC is named Cayde-6, and is one of the three leaders of the Guardians–humanities last hope, and warriors of the Light. Cayde helped oversee a prison in the Reef, and when a disturbance occurs, he goes to fix what is happening. While he’s there, he’s killed by Uldren Sov, an NPC who hasn’t been seen since the beginning of the second year of the original Destiny game. In a video released on August 28th, we see how the rest of the Vanguard and the main character (you) react to Cayde’s death.



Some of the other changes that are coming are that the mod system is being changed, the weapon slots are being revamped, class skills are changing and getting a boost, and the in-game economy is changing as well.

All of these changes (except for Cayde’s death) were things that the Destiny community as a whole wanted to happen. While nobody wanted Cayde to die, it was something that needed to happen. Destiny was losing a lot of players, and this is definitely what could bring them back.

Transferring in, Diego Marquez

Diego Marquez is a junior at Morningside who transferred in from the University of South Dakota. He is originally from Sioux City, and decided to transfer to Morningside because it’s closer to home, and gave him some better opportunities.

Marquez is on the dance team, and is a mass communication major. In his free time he naps, and spends time with his friends. He said that his after school plans involve being an admissions councilor and working at a news station.

Profile Paper

Jim Sykes is the head coach of the Men’s Basketball team here at Morningside. During his time here, he has put together one of the most impressive coaching resumes since he was promoted to the position of head coach in January of the team’s 2003-2004 campaign. He has recorded a .647 winning percentage, and a 277-151 win loss record (Coaches). Jake Brand, a current student at Morningside and a former men’s basketball player said, “Coach Sykes is a really good guy. He’s always been very professional on and off the court, and has never been rude to me.”

But how did Sykes make it to Morningside? Why did he decided to become a coach? In an interview with Sykes in the spring semester of last year, I found out the answers to these questions.

Jim Sykes first decided he wanted to be an elementary teacher and a coach after he was influenced by his 6th grade teacher Mr. Neumeier. Athletics were always at the core of what Sykes wanted to do. He played several sports in school, and thought the coaching aspect might be fun as well. “I figured if I wasn’t good enough to play, maybe I’d be good enough to coach,” Sykes said in the interview.

When Sykes first started working as a teacher and a coach, he was teaching elementary school in Waverly, Nebraska. He helped as an assistant coach on the football team, and was the head coach of the basketball team. He said that the sport he chose to be the head coach for was a close call. He liked the atmosphere that football provided, but also liked being able to coach five guys on a court, and being in charge of both offense and defense. Zach Polk, a Morningside alumni and former basketball player under Sykes said, “His coaching style is intense. You have to be able to handle the intensity of his coaching style or you might crumble under the pressure. You have to realize though, he’s doing the things he’s doing because he wants the team to succeed.”

The chance to coach at Morningside was an opportunity for Sykes. An acquaintance of his got the head coaching position for the Men’s Basketball team, and asked if Sykes would be interested in being his assistant. As was stated earlier, Sykes gained the head coaching position after being promoted there in the middle of the 2003-2004 season.



Coaches. (n.d.). Retrieved December 1, 2017, from

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