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January 2016 - page 3

Three Cities. Two Locations. One Heartbeat

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Students flocked from near and far to the 2016 Passion Conference to kick off the new year. The annual passion conference took place on January 2-4th. The conference is a Christian gathering of eighteen to twenty five year old high school seniors and college students who participate in worship, listen to renowned speakers and join community groups with new faces from all across the world.

This year, Passion’s motto was “3 locations. 2 cities. One heartbeat.” Students gathered in both Philips Arena and Infinite Energy Arena in Atlanta and at the Toyota Center in Houston. Every sermon took place in an individual arena and was lived streamed to the others so it was live for everyone at all times. Famous Christian artists such as Rend Collective, Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, Lecrae, the Passion band and many others traveled to each arena to perform.

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South Africans Join Wesleyan Community

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Who exactly are these South Africans that became part of Wesleyan’s family this past month anyway? Tegan Pienaar and Jess Otter joined the Wesleyan community temporarily in the month of January to attend the Passion Conference.

Tegan has been to Atlanta three times now, while Jess experienced Atlanta for the first time. Students Hannah Cook, Rebekah Middlebrooks and Lolly Zimmerman opened their homes to these South Africans during their stay in Atlanta. When asked about Atlanta, Otter said, “Atlanta is a great place to come and visit. There are so many cool things to see and good food to eat.”

While in Atlanta, Otter experienced not only the Passion Conference, but also Chick-Fil-A for the first time. Although her travel partner, Tegan, is not a fan, she expressed how much she enjoyed it and how often she ate it. Ponce City Market was also a common spot to find Otter, shopping and exploring the more in-town parts of the city.

Tegan had less to see, considering it was his third time visiting, but he still did many new and cool things. Book of Mormon at the Fox Theatre was a highlight for Tegan. After the show, Tegan was thorough in explaining the excellence of the show. Tegan also had the opportunity to speak at Wesleyan again in the Friday morning chapel. Speaking about the theme of the month, “You are Redeemed”, Tegan put a spin on the Gospel that challenged many to reevaluate their lives.

Although they had to leave after a long stay, there will be many more visits to come from these two. When wrapping up the trip, Tegan said, “Wesleyan is always lekka (good) at showing Southern Hospitality. We are both so thankful for this trip and hope to rejoin our Wesleyan family soon.”  Jess was quick to agree that America exceeded her expectations.

Wesleyan Plays Important Role in Developing Peachtree Corners

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As the city of Peachtree Corners undergoes a variety of changes, the Wesleyan community has the opportunity to be a part of various new developments. Wesleyan has been a part of Peachtree Corners (formerly known as Norcross) since it moved to the campus on Spalding Drive years ago. The relationship between the school and the rest of the community has been productive and healthy, and all signs show that Wesleyan will continue to thrive within Peachtree Corners as the city continues to grow.

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Fantasy Football Update: 2016

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    Russell Wilson Credit: Peter Yang

Fantasy football has wrecked us all again this season. As the season has finally winded down, the majority of boys are murmuring how they do not want to play again because of the emotional turmoil that it caused in the recent months.

Wesleyan has several leagues that run within it. The seniors have a large league that has been in tact since 8th grade. This year’s winner, Clint Prettyman, said, “This was my first time winning the league. I have made the playoffs many times but have never been able to capitalize. I won the championship this year as the last team into the playoffs as the 4th seed.”

When asked about his team, Clint commented that his team struggled at times during the season. He said, “Some key contributors to my team this year was the QB duo between Carson Palmer and Russell Wilson and Amari Cooper.” He also managed to pick up Devonta Freeman and Doug Martin as free agents. Congratulations to Clint Prettyman as the winner of the senior league.

Now to look at the other side of the spectrum. The loser of the senior league, Drew Aspinwall, was pretty upset about his season. Aspinwall said, “It’s a game of inches.” Aspinwall managed to drop Todd Gurley before his spree of good play. Aspinwall also commented, “There is a slim difference from first to last.”

The junior class also had a good league this past year which ended with a winner of Ryan Weed.  There were leagues throughout all grades at Wesleyan, across the Metro Atlanta area, and even around the world.  Fantasy football is a huge activity that captures the male’s attention around the country and hold their focus for 17 weeks a year.

Fantasy football is a curse in the modern day. Money, time and effort all get poured into a single team in which you may be disappointed in for a year. The game does have upsides though. Quality time with friends and family, and constant updates on the NFL, which make good conversation starters.  Fantasy football is now over, for now, but next year it will surely make yet another strong return.

What Can Cause Winter Blues?

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The term “Winter Blues” is often paired with Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. SAD is a very common disorder which usually comes around Fall and affects the person until the winter months are over, but there are also many other reasons that one could be unhappy during the winter months.

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