Brandon and Goliath – By Gaby Colón


vanhorn-brandonBrandon Van Horn was stretching between the dugout and home plate. He was at bat next for the 1,000th time in his career and the first in his senior year. There was a man on first. Swing. Hit. Foul. And a second strike for the batter before him. A drop of sweat edged from Van Horn’s hairline to his right temple and slid down his cheek. He looked over at the man on first then looked at the floor. As he lifted his chin to watch the next pitch he brought his arms in front of his chest and leaned his shoulders to opposite sides. Swing. Hit. Double. A man on second and third.

“Up next for the Mustangs is senior shortstop, #25 Brandon Van Horn,” revealed the young announcer as Van Horn power walked to the plate.

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Back on the Track – By Jonathan Wais

ingoldsby-rachaelThe pistol cracked on the afternoon of April 28, signaling Rachael Ingoldsby and the six other women to begin the 3000m Steeplechase at the 2016 GSAC Championships. Ingoldsby raced into the wind, clearing each hurdle as it came. Then she felt her right knee slam into a hurdle. It hurt, but she kept running.

A few laps from the finish line, an opposing runner pulled even with Ingoldsby. Both girls ran stride for stride approaching the eight-foot water jump. They leaped and pushed off the hurdle. The other girl face planted in the water but Ingoldsby landed on her feet kept and running—leaving the past behind and focusing on what lay ahead.

Ingoldsby ran her first 3000m Steeplechase for The Master’s College at Occidental Distance Carnival on March 11, 2015. She clocked 11:40.15 and came eight seconds short of the “B” standard she needed to qualify for the 2015 NAIA National Championships.

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Theatre Arts rehearsing for Fiddler on the Roof – By Kailey Richardson


Twirling dancers. Jumping feet. Tales told in melodious harmonies. Spotlights and stages. This is the magic of musicals. This spring, The Master’s College welcomes back a full musical for the first time in 17 years. Director Tricia Hulet, along with her co-directors James Phillipps and Elisa Adams, will be putting on the classic, Fiddler on the Roof.

The show has a special place in Hulet’s heart as it is the first show she was a part of during her time as a student at TMC. It was also during her time that the theatre program got shut down until she returned as a faculty member and rebooted it.

The theatre arts program has come a long way. Shows that used to require seven crew-members now require 48. The stage has evolved from simple to complex and abstract. Sets used to be one wall with paint and a window. Last year, during the production of Great Expectations, the set had three levels, real moss, bushes and two massive trees that had been used in actual movies, such as Star Trek. TMC theatre arts is now branching into a new genre.

“These guys and gals we’ve got slated to be in this production are quality students, and the three of us are itching to start working with them”, said assistant director, James Phillipps.

They plan on putting together a live orchestra of both student and professional musicians. TMC Alumnus Taylor Arnone is being brought on as the music director and junior Sabrina Michaels will be the choreographer.

Hulet relayed that musicals will only be done every five years for various reasons. Yet, the student body and community anticipate this new step for The Master’s College.

Phillipps stated, “It’s changed quite a bit in presentation, but what I love about TMC Theatre is that it hasn’t changed a bit at the core. The commitment to Christ and excellence that Tricia and Kellie instilled in the program that first year still characterize it today.”

By Kailey Richardson


A women’s camping trip in 2016? – By Desiree Teichroeb



When mid-November comes, The Master’s College men look forward to their annual Men’s Camping Trip. Promotion across campus includes setting up a campfire outside the cafeteria: the smoky scent drawing men to sign up for a weekend in the woods. Annual events on the trip include cooking over an open fire, hatchet throwing contests and sleeping under the stars.

As the stories from the men’s trip circulate, women on TMC’s campus wonder about the possibility of beginning a women’s camping trip.

Stephanie LaFerriere, Resident Director for the C.W. Smith Hall women, said she believes the men’s trip is unique to them because it allows them the opportunity to build relationships with each other without the typical distractions of campus life.

Stories accompany pictures on social media, focusing on the unique cuisine: scrambled eggs, sock coffee and lots of hot dogs. The trip spans three days and two nights, requiring planning and cooperation, skills that LaFerriere believes help the men bond.

“I think it is really cool to see the guys have a special moment where they get to just be men,” LaFerriere said, “whether it’s from just doing events that we probably wouldn’t think are normal, but the bonding that happens. I think that is really cool to hear back about.”

Kaitlyn Phillips, a senior kinesiology student, agrees that the camping trip is something the men look forward to, not only for the sock coffee.

“I think it’s a lot of fun for them,” she said, “I think that girls can have one too.”

Closely related to the outcomes of the men’s trip, the purpose of a women’s camping trip would allow women to get off campus and experience the outdoors while building into each other through worship and devotionals.

Although LaFerriere has heard of many mini-camping trips already occurring among the girls in her dorm, she thinks there is definitely interest among the women to start an annual trip.

“For girls, I think because we are so relational and love spending time with each other, those things happen a lot more naturally,” she said.

Phillips hopes an annual trip will allow all the campus women to come together and use their gifts to serve one another. When asked about perceived obstacles for the trip, Phillips sees the only opposition as people not putting in the time to plan it.

For sophomore liberal studies student Kelsey Crichton, not having an accessible bathroom is a tough reality.

“Girls are high maintenance,” she said with a chuckle.

Phillips would like to see a trip take place for the spring 2016 semester, before she graduates.

“We can build off of what the guys have done,” she said. “That will make it a lot easier.”

By Desiree Teichroeb

TMCprobz: The school’s student-driven Instagram presence – By Gabrielle Colón


“It kind of started as a joke,” TMCprobz creator says. Almost 650 followers and 107 posts later, it is a hit.

Instagram accounts for comedic commentary on campus affairs have grown in popularity at The Master’s College over the past couple of years and students and faculty seem to be taking a particular liking to this one.

Master’s sophomore Jordan Hargrove thinks TMCprobz stands out because “they’re relatable and they take suggestions from people.”

“They do a good job of pointing out very obvious scenarios that everybody sees everyday… I think it’s hilarious,” says student Wesley Chenette. “They pull out the stereotypes and it’s just so true.”

“I love TMCprobz!” shouts sophomore Abby Montilla. “They don’t even know how much joy they bring to the campus. I go through the feed every single night before I go to sleep and they’re all so relatable and I laugh all the time.”

The sophomore who runs the account started it Nov. 2014 when she wanted to post a funny clip on Instagram with a comment on something Master’s related, but didn’t want the recognition for it on her own profile. She thought of making an entire page for similar posts and, with the encouragement of hall-mates and friends, she made TMCprobz.

“I’ll just keep it up for as long as it will last,” she had thought. “It’ll probably just die out…”

But it didn’t die out. It has passed its first birthday and is still growing in popularity everyday. According to a social media analytics website Iconosquare, TMCprobz currently gains an average of three followers per day—gaining the most on days with new posts.

The Instagram account is based on lighthearted entertainment through memes about campus society, but its creator and manager says it’s more than that—it unites the campus through humor. “…if there’s a funny thing in chapel, or a funny thing in the café,” she says, “taking those and being able to unite our student body in a way [is my favorite part].”

TMC sophomore, Vanessa Kingery followed TMCprobz when they followed her months ago.

“I think they’re really funny and relatable,” she says. “I think it’s cool that they take submissions from people… they always post stuff right after it happens… they made a joke about something said in chapel and… everyone was in chapel and everyone understood; it was just kind of like a campus thing… it promotes unity—I heard a bunch of people talking about the post. It’s just really fun for there to be an account for us to post funny things that basically just happen at Master’s because [it’s] just such a unique environment…”

TMCprobz followers include students of every gender, dorm, age, class level, major and race. The vice president of student life Joe Keller, alumni and future Mustangs follow the account as well.

This diverse range of followers receiving the same content provides a platform for unity on campus. So many people from so many backgrounds are laughing at the same memes when this Wednesday’s chapel theme was taboo or the food in the cafeteria on Friday wasn’t a campus favorite. Dorm stereotypes disappear within the comment box of a picture-turned-meme of Professor Jensen. People comment their favorite quotes from the general education history professor and most everyone understands.

The unity travels off campus when alumni follow the page and remember the experiences they had at Master’s. TMC faculty and staff can relate to students by seeing what they always loved and laughed about the college. Some professors might find they’re a favorite. Other professors might find their exams are feared by many. Joe Keller might find he’s very quotable.

Since TMCprobz’s following has grown, its posts mainly come from follower submissions. Its creator attributes the account’s universal nature to this. She says “[submissions come] from so many different people and from so many different groups. This person who’s in a really popular group of friends, he’ll send something in and this girl who’s really quiet will send something in. And with everyone’s ideas… it’s just a really cool thing.”

By Gabrielle Colón

Lui’s Hotchstitch a hit – By Samantha Dick

From Smith Smoothies to the recently launched Hotchstitch, the entrepreneurial spirit runs high at The Master’s College. Students are becoming increasingly creative and successful at meeting the needs of their peers. Most recently, Fall Thing was the buzz of the campus, and freshman communication major, Jenna Lui, found a way to bring in clients for her new sewing company, Hotchstitch.

Hotchstitch is a sewing company that I started in September. I think it was the week after WOW [Week of Welcome] week,” says Lui. “I saw that there was a need for sewing and for someone to fix things within Hotchkiss at least. I figured I have my sewing machine, so I might as well fulfill that need and make a few bucks off of it if I can.”

Lui is from the Santa Clarita Valley. She taught herself to sew in the second grade and continues teaching herself new techniques. She began by sewing clothes for her and her sister’s Barbie dolls and stuffed animals. Lui has taken those skills and combined them with her natural entrepreneurial spirit to create this sewing business that now pays dividends on her college education.

Her business has mostly spread through word-of-mouth and business cards. Hotchstitch has rapidly drawn in clients. Lui described how she would wake up some mornings with a long list of text messages on her phone from people she didn’t even know who had heard of her business. Meeting new people through sewing is one of Lui’s favorite parts about Hotchstitch.

“[One] benefit [of Hotchstitch] is definitely getting to know people on campus. People approach me that I have never met but they know me and suddenly they know my name,” Lui said.

In one of Lui’s classes, she had to give a speech so she chose Hotchstitch as her topic. Soon, more people were coming to her with jeans that needed patches and as Fall Thing drew near, costumes that needed to be made.

Freshman Keenan Schmidt was one of those new clients who commissioned Lui to help him with a costume. In four days, Lui made wolf ears, a wolf tail, and a red sash to add to his wolf costume. She also created a red cloak from scratch, complete with ropes that scrunch the hood, for his date’s Little Red Riding Hood costume. Lui received only glowing reviews.

“She’s super fun to work with,” Schmidt said. “She’s willing to hear your ideas and she wants to hear what you have to say and then she’ll throw in her twist. … She had some great ideas with the simple basic stuff I had in mind. I would definitely recommend her to anyone.”

Before Fall Thing, the bulk of Lui’s sewing jobs consisted of jeans that needed fixing, patches that needed to be sewn on and buttons that needed repairing. Near the beginning of the semester, a friend of Lui’s came to her with five pairs of shorts that needed patches sewn on because they weren’t dress code.

“[The dress code] has actually helped my business,” said Lui while laughing.

Despite how much she enjoys working on projects and meeting people, Lui admitted that managing a business during her first semester of college is not without its challenges. In fact, some projects can take an entire day.

“When I was getting the [business] cards, I was like, ‘this is ridiculous. I’m not going to have time to do any of this. I’m going to be crunched. I’m not going to have a social life.’ But God is good and He’s blessed me. I’ve found the time to talk to my friends and make friends and sew,” Lui said.

Lui hopes to work in costume design, so Fall Thing was the perfect opportunity to gain experience in that area. Through Hotchstitch, she’s establishing a foundation in sewing and business. She’s already taught herself how to use Excel to manage her finances. Eventually, she would like to turn Hotchstitich into a side business, like an Etsy shop. However, Lui said that she’ll “always carry the name Hotchstitch.”

“I don’t think it’s something I’ll stop doing after college,” she said.

By Samantha Dick

Chasing the best season – a commentary by Elijah Paniagua



In a competitive game like soccer, every season can be the best season. For The Master’s College men’s soccer team, the mustangs, my team, the fall of 2015 saw a group full of potential looking forward to their own best season. With an 8-1-1 record in preseason and a fierce desire to win, we entered into the Golden State Athletic Conference, or GSAC, with an almost crazed hunger. This season was ours.

September 23, 2015

Kicking off the GSAC with an away game at defending champions Vanguard (who beat us in the final last year to secure the GSAC trophy) was an invitation to come onto the scene in earnest. If we wanted everyone to fear us we had to win this game. Unfortunately, we didn’t. Defensive lapses and a lack of fire in the front led to a 2-0 defeat. 0-1-0 in GSAC

October 1, 2015

With a chance to bounce back from a poor showing against Vanguard, we drooled at the chance to show the nation that our season opener loss was a fluke. Arizona Christian was no match for us at home as we handed them a 6-0 defeat. 1-1-0 in GSAC

October 3, 2015

After beating Arizona soundly, our next challenge was a home game against GSAC newcomers William Jessup University. We knew we were the better team and we were able to prove it. William Jessup fell 4-0 against our superior offense. 2-1-0 in GSAC

October 7, 2015

Westmont. Everyone who has ever played for the Mustangs has wanted to beat Westmont with every fiber of their being at least once in their life. Playing away, we gave an impressive display of skill that went unrewarded by a goal throughout regulation time. In overtime, a bad penalty call gave Westmont the golden goal to win 1-0. 2-2-0 in GSAC

October 10, 2015

With the sting of defeat still fresh in our hearts we came to a crossroads. Vanguard was coming to our home field. A win would redeem our failures up to this point but a loss condemned us to an uphill battle for a playoff spot. The game was as tight as it could have been with both sides displaying dominance for periods of time. Vanguard took a 1-0 lead but we stole back a goal in the late minutes of the game to take it into overtime. Moments into overtime, a brilliant display of skill from Benjamin Tembo gave Humphrey Mahowa the game-winning goal. When the ball flew into the back of the net, the crowd erupted, the players charged the field and there was tumultuous celebration for hours for the victory over our toughest competition. 3-2-0 in GSAC

October 15, 2015

In any sport, the greatest teams always face the peril of arrogance. We travelled to Menlo thinking we were the best in the GSAC. Menlo showed us we weren’t even the best in Menlo. Our overconfidence led to us barely scraping out a 1-1 tie after double overtime expired. 3-2-1 in GSAC

October 17, 2015

Travelling to William Jessup for another replay in conference gave us the chance to shake off our arrogance and play the way we knew we could. William Jessup challenged us on a cold, rainy day, but in the end, our talent overcame their hard work and we won 3-0. 4-2-1 in GSAC

October 21, 2015

In TMC soccer culture, San Diego Christian is known as a bit of an archrival. Though historically San Diego had never really been a top three team that often, they always gave us trouble. Even when they were losing, they would still fight, hit, scratch, and battle for every blade of grass on the field. We, the superior team on paper, gave San Diego the chance to take us on through our foolhardy underestimation of them. We suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat. 4-3-1 in GSAC

October 24, 2015

Finally, the classic rivalry, TMC vs. Biola. For many athletes, this rivalry game was the biggest they ever participated in. We played as though our mistakes against San Diego had never been a problem. In one of our best team performances of the year, we held off first place Biola to secure a 2-1 win in overtime. 5-3-1 in GSAC

October 31, 2015

The regular season was coming to an end. Our mistakes earlier in the season made this last GSAC game a must win. Triumph would take us into fourth place where we would have a home game in the GSAC quarterfinals. A loss would drop us into fifth where playoffs would be an uphill battle on the road. Though we produced a lackluster performance, a spectacular goal by Zach Klindworth took the game into overtime where won on a penalty goal from Lloyd Virgill. 6-3-1 in GSAC

November 6, 2015: GSAC Quarterfinals

Our last win gave us a home game against San Diego who humiliated us earlier in the season. In this GSAC quarterfinal game, revenge was at hand. With the chance to knock San Diego out of playoffs, the locker room was a tense knot of anticipation and nerves. We managed to put together a good team performance reminiscent of our overtime defeat of Biola to put San Diego away 2-1.

November 12, 2015: GSAC Semifinals

For the third time in as many months we were to play Vanguard. The same Vanguard who opened our regular season with a shutout loss. The same Vanguard who beat us in the GSAC final last year. It was fair to say there was a lot at stake that night. Emotions ran high in a game where we utterly dominated our opposition for a majority of the game. The story of our season was summed up in this game. We were the better team, whether in paper or on the field, but we couldn’t find a goal to prove it. In a game where we hit the frame of the goal twice on top of nine other shots on goal, we only scored once. Vanguard scored twice. Our hearts shattered when the final whistle blew. In the few seconds it took Vanguard to score the game-winning goal in overtime, our season came to a crashing halt. Bitter tears filled the eyes of every Mustang that night.


This was supposed to be our best season. Unfortunately, we fell short when it mattered most. In a mostly successful season pockmarked with egregious failures, we couldn’t live up to the hype. Often that’s how sports go. All-star teams don’t win every game and we ended up losing the one that we couldn’t afford to drop. But there’s always next year and it looks like 2016 could be our best season yet.

By Elijah Paniagua

Travel costs make holiday homecoming a challenge for international students – By Deenie Hutchinson


Holidays are just round the corner and students at The Master’s College are eager as ever to head home to their comfortable beds, a stress-free environment, and most importantly, seeing their families, but what happens to the students who live out of the country?

According to on, leaving the country in time for Thanksgiving and coming back in time for class averages to about $1,150. That’s a hefty amount of cash. When asking several international students, they made it clear that heading home for Thanksgiving wasn’t an option and so, they’re forced to stay in southern California with no chance to see their family.

Although students who live out of state or even in state living in northern California face this issue, there’s nothing like being 8,000 miles away from home.

Brittany Jack, an international student from Australia is one of those students.

“It makes me sad because everybody gets to go home to see their family and I’m not able to because they are so far away,” says Jack.

Because of this, Jack and her brother plan to spend Thanksgiving at Pastor Harry Walls home with his family. She usually doesn’t find herself getting homesick but feels it heavy this semester.

“I have a lot of friends who offer their home up for me to spend Thanksgiving, so it’s not a problem for me, but there might be some internationals that don’t have that connection,” says Jack.

TMC transforms into a ghost-town when the holidays roll around. Most campus buildings shutdown for several days leaving students no place to eat, workout, or simply gain access to computers. Although Carlo Teran, a student from Mexico, and Emma Hurley, a student from Uganda don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, they fully understand how discouraging it is when everyone is away off campus.

Hannah Willoughby from Germany found herself very emotional when expressing her feelings on not being able to spend Thanksgiving with her family. Being her first time spending Thanksgiving away from home, the weight of homesickness grows heavy on her.

“It sucks…I’m going to cry. I’m not going to see my family,” says Willoughby. “It’s going to be hard, and I’m going to be on campus. It’s going to be empty.”

Right along with her is her brother, Kaleb Willoughby, and just like Hannah, Kaleb stresses how much Thanksgiving just won’t be the same, but is enlightened by the fact that they have each other.

“It’s nice to spend Thanksgiving with a different family,” says Kaleb, “but we would often just spend it at our own house in Germany or the whole family goes to another family’s house and we have a big meal and everything.”

The Willoughby’s will be spending Thanksgiving with a TMC professor and are very thankful for it.

Fortunately enough, the Willoughbys and Jacks have a place to go for Thanksgiving, but Teran and Hurley are still unsure of what their holiday plans look like. What can TMC do to help out the internationals who have no place to go?

After  suggesting the idea, Willoughby encouraged the thought that setting up a system similar to how Outreach Week works, (a week where students sign up to serve at a church) international students are encouraged to fill out a questionnaire asking whether or not they have a place to go for the holidays.

Professors and staff members, or even students, who are willing and able to open up their home for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas are assigned a certain amount of international students to welcome into their home for those who have no place to go. This idea was encouraging to Hannah, but wasn’t really to Hurley.

“One Christmas, I spent it here. It was miserable because Christmas here is very family oriented. Back in Uganda, it’s more communal,” Hurley says. “It felt like I was intruding on people’s personal time.”

Is the only solution to this problem flying international students home, or bringing their families here? That’s a large load of cash both TMC and the students just can’t afford. Most of the international students understand how hard it is but accept the fact that it’s just another part of being in college. They only hope it’ll only be four or less Thanksgivings and Christmases they’ll have to miss.

“To me it’s part of life and I accepted it and, yeah, it sucks,” says Kaleb. “But hey, we’ll all be together in heaven.”

By Deenie Hutchinson





TMC’s new men’s choir making a name for itself on campus — and off — By Keith Brooks

Sheet music

For the first time, The Master’s College has an official men’s choir. Started by Hotchkiss resident director Siona Savini, the choir consists of 21 men. The choir performed for the first time at Church of the Canyons and then again at TMC chapel last month.

“I was so proud this morning.” Savini said after they performed at chapel.

The men’s choir sang again at the Christmas concerts.

“It’s really encouraging…where the Lord has brought us,” said choir member Jonathan Libby.

Another choir member, Christopher Enloe, said, “There are spots where we need to hone it in.”

After the Christmas concert, Savini plans on holding auditions during finals week for those interested in being a part of the choir next semester.

“I would love for it to double,” Savini said of the choir. “[I’d love to] maintain a 40-member men’s choir.”

Everyone in the choir is a volunteer. Students take time out of their day each Monday to practice with the group. Because most of the members are also a part of Chorale or Collegate, Savini hopes that soon the new choir will be recognized as a credited class for the music department to provide an extra incentive to join.

When Savini stepped down from leading chapel band in the 2014 school year he was freed up to think about other projects. He brought the idea of a men’s choir to Dr. Plew and this year he approved it.

“The music department has been very supportive,” Savini said.

If the choir continues to do well, they will prove themselves as a needed group on campus.

“We’re a baby,” said Curt McClure, also a member. “Since we’re still new we have a lot of room for development.”

The men’s choir will be singing next at the Truth and Life conference Jan. 13-15.

By Keith Brooks