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.”
The smell of baby back ribs welcomed The Master’s College students as they entered Oak Manor on a Friday afternoon. Hosted by the Off Campus staff, the BBQ Dinner offered an afternoon of fun and fellowship.
Immediately after work, Steve Ross rushed to Oak Manor, fired up the grill, and began barbequing on the patio. He worked alongside TMC junior Cari Logston, who decorated cupcakes.
In previous years, the off-campus leadership team was larger, allowing for greater planning and executing of events. This year, the team consists only of Ross, the resident director of commuter life and Logston, the off-campus commuter assistant. Several weeks before the event, the two brainstormed ideas for a large semester event. They settled on the BBQ Dinner.
This was the first off-campus event of the semester. Although difficult to execute with only two team members, student volunteers like off-campus junior Jessica Alamilla are a great help.
Oak Manor and Ross’ apartment have been inviting places for TMC students. Around 4 p.m, Ross, Ross’ family, Logston, and Alamilla greeted the students as they witnessed a patio full of food.
Ross’ ribs were the affair of the night. His son, Justus Ross echoed this feeling.
“Those ribs were gone super-fast. I didn’t even get to have my last one,” he said.
The afternoon consisted of food and music for students who lived on and on campus. It gave them a chance to catch up with friends and to get to know new people. Living off-campus presents TMC commuters with the tough problem of getting involved. On a typical Tuesday, immediately following work, Alamilla scrambles to school. After classes, she heads home to finish her homework.
This atmosphere is exactly what the students needed.
“This is so fun. It’s nice to see people outside of campus. I love just seeing everyone out of the pressure of school,” Alamilla said.
Logston shared Alamilla’s enthusiasm.
“I was really excited for the BBQ. I just wanted to be able to get as many commuters out as possible, usually because many of them do have commitments. I wanted to reach out to the smaller number and give them a chance to make friends,” Logston said.
The BBQ Dinner fulfilled this need.
“It was a desire to get everyone you don’t usually see, together,” Ross said.
Next year, the leadership team will expand to include seven new members. Chosen by Ross, these individuals parallel Logston’s and Alamilla’s aspiration to see a greater execution of similar events. This passionate team will be ready to manage the 250 off-campus students.
The smell of popcorn begged TMC students to enter the C. W. Smith lounge on the night of March 17. As they walked in, they witnessed C3 Unity’s display of the semester’s S.O.A.Pbox.
Several days before, a poster in the Lower Cafeteria featured the words “CDub going up on a Tuesday.” Another poster pinned on the student board described the meaning of these words, and provided a date and time of the event. With their artistically unique detail, they provided the students with a glimpse of what it was going to be about.
As soon as the students entered the room, a mixture of dim lighting, Christian rap, and popcorn greeted them. There were many new faces, some the students had never seen. The look of curiosity was evident as many of them walked into an unfamiliar event.
Fifteen minutes before the show, TMC student Sam Hebert quietly sat down and rehearsed his lines. Meanwhile others, like senior Paul Alkhato, awaited their turn to approach the mic. As seen on the event posters days before, some students approached the C3 Unity club with a desire to perform, while Steve Ross, the club staff advisor, asked others.
Before the first performer, C3Unity President David Mendoza explained the meaning behind the acronym S.O.A.P. Coined by TMC Alum Edward Robinson, the words stand for sophistically opinionated artistically passionate. This is exactly what C3Unity desired to put on display that evening as it provided students with a medium to express their creativity through poetic verses.
Comprised of a 20 member team, C3 Unity is a multicultural club that celebrates the diversity of the body of Christ as demonstrated in Colossians 3:11. It meets every Friday at 2 p.m., to plan and coordinate events like the S.O.A.Pbox. Stationed forever with ASB, and supported by Ross, Coordinator of Multicultural Student Advancement, it laboriously strives to promote cross cultural relationships.
“C3 Unity celebrates the barrier breaking power of the gospel… It also celebrates the unity in the body of Christ with a focus on the Christian witness,” Ross said.
This club desires to get the whole school to be a part of events in which the atmosphere might be possibly unknown to many. For example, students like Alkhato, a communication major, were able to express their creativity.
“We’re trying to get new faces to come out. It’s an open club and we want everyone to join,” said C3Unity member, Sarah Hutchinson.
Snapping after each performance, and attention were required as the students munched on their nachos, and watched the first performer approach the mic. Troy Christmas began the night by speaking about the gospel in the sense of our depravity, and was followed by Simeon Washington who shared his personal testimony.
After several acts, there was an intermission, which permitted the students to socialize, eat more free food and purchase a Smiths Smoothie.
The night ended with Nick Bravo, one of the guest speakers who Ross asked to perform. God’s greatness was the focus of the event. Bravo tied it back to the talents we do possess, and the origin of those.
“We tend to worship men that exercise His power,” said Bravo.
It was lines like these that caught Brittany Anderson’s attention that night. A faithful attendee of the S.O.A.P.boxes.
“I love S.O.A.P.boxes because I don’t get to listen to them very often,” she said. “I am always blessed by [them]. I often hear people say S.O.A.P.boxes are boring…but that kinda discourages me. All you have to do is listen to the words the speakers are saying. I wish the whole school would have been here.”
Just like Anderson, C3Unity C3 desires to integrate the student body in a creative way, through its S.O.A.Pbox.
As The Master’s College students hungrily settled for dinner in their seats of the Mustang Grille on February 4th, they were greeted by long, white strips of paper laid across the tables by members of Bon Appetit Management Company. To familiarize the students with the cafeteria policy, the information was planted directly before them.
“If you get a to-go box, please do not eat your food in the cafeteria” the white strips demanded. During lunch and dinner of Feb. 4 and 5, students devoured their meals as they glanced past the usual white strips while others paid no attention to them.
These strips of paper are printed at the beginning of each semester by Leonardo Reyes, the General Manager of Bon Appetit. This idea was a major initiative of his, and continues to be one he presents to the student body every semester.
Eight years ago, the school management realized the necessity for this policy. As the student body increased, it posed a problem for the capacity of individuals allowed in the cafeteria. Reyes, along with others noticed the way the cafeteria overflowed with students during lunch and dinner, therefore, to make good use of the allotted space, to-go boxes were created.
These boxes were originally sold to the students in an attempt to cover the costs incurred. However, as time passed, they became available for free. With this option, students were able to eat their meals outside and were able to better accommodate their busy schedules.
However, over the years, students have taken advantage of the system. Instead of taking the boxes and eating the food outside the cafeteria, many eat their meals in these boxes, inside of the cafeteria, defeating the original intent for them. This poses many problems for the management team.
“The college sees it as more money to pay for boxes. This also means more trash, more rats, more ants and more work for the employees. We want to be aware of the way it affects the environment,” Reyes said.
Because of this, he continually makes the effort to present the policy to the student body.
It needs to be continually introduced every semester, as it is easy for them to disregard these announcements.
“I had never noticed those pieces of paper were placed on the table until now,” said TMC junior Tim Simon, a current on-campus student.
Although small, this policy presents a solution that eliminates costs, rats, ants and extra work for the employees as Reyes mentioned.
On Monday nights the third floor lounge in C.W. Smith Residence Hall (CDub) is taken over by the creative members of the newly started Art Society called, Tambourines & Roller-skates. Their purpose? To express individuality through the use of various artistic mediums.
Tambourines & Roller-skates began on The Master’s College campus in February after junior Taylor Brooks, the founder, ironed out the final logistics.
“There’s no place or classroom to express creative ability and I know a lot of creative people,” Brooks said. “So I thought why not open up a place where people can come be creative together.”
This society meets every Monday at 7 p.m. in CDub to work on various art projects and crafts. Group members also plan to host design workshops such as a flower crown workshop toward the end of February.
Each meeting is different, but throughout the spring semester members will choose three themes from a list including: nature, travel, chaos and monochromatic, etc. and express them with any medium.
For example, on Monday, Feb. 9 the meeting revolved around creating Valentine’s Day cards for friends. The tables were scattered crafting materials such as colorful paper, scissors, paint, thread and leaves.
The third floor lounge smells of coffee and displays creativity on Monday nights, while the members create and design in a relaxing environment.
“Mondays are always a drag and having this to look forward to is great,” said TMC freshman Deenie Hutchinson.
This society, while new to The Master’s College, is striking a chord.
“Meeting new people and seeing how they express themselves is unique,” Hutchinson said.
The society hopes to host an art gallery in May to display the compilation of each member’s work.