A decision that may have flowed the wrong way

By: Starr Davis In a city of over 90,000 residents, Flint, Michigan is struggling to provide its citizens with clean and safe water, causing many to suffer from different illnesses such as lead poisoning, autism, and More »


What is Bible Camp?

By: Kaily Iwasa Snow sparkles on the ground as 80 students approach the little chapel on the hill. They enter the tiny space and shake the snow off their boots. It is cold, More »


Students celebrate international diversity

By: Patrick Miller Every year Andrews Academy has a special tradition of holding a celebration to appreciate our cultural diversity. Being a part of a large international university campus makes our students More »


Thailand Mission Trip in Need of Funds

By: Jessica N. On March 9th, Andrews Academy Silhouettes and String Orchestra will be boarding a plane to Thailand. After a 22-hour flight and a 3-hour layover in Dubai they will land in More »


Row, Row, Row Your Boat: Students in new course build boats

By: Jessica N. A unique class has been added to Andrews Academy this year: Nautical Arts. The class is taught by Mr. VanDenburgh and gives students the option of earning both English and Applied More »

A decision that may have flowed the wrong way


By: Starr Davis

In a city of over 90,000 residents, Flint, Michigan is struggling to provide its citizens with clean and safe water, causing many to suffer from different illnesses such as lead poisoning, autism, and myriad diseases.

The nightmare began in 2014 when Flint’s local government decided to stop using the Detroit water system and switched to the Flint River to save money; little did they know they would be paying a high price. State regulators failed to require the city to properly treat the water. Back in October 2015, the city switched back to Detroit water, but the damage was already done, and it would take millions of dollars to replenish the water system.

People have named Governor Snyder and the State Department of Environmental Quality as the reason for what’s happening in Flint. Just like our neighboring town of Benton Harbor, the city of Flint has a city manager which the governor appoints; therefore, since he appointed the manager and, being aware of the problem, did not address the situation until after the fact, the blame, according to some, falls on Snyder. Others do not blame him; rather, they say that this issue has been occurring for years and years, even before Governor Snyder was elected into office.

Other people are questioning whether or not this would have occurred in a predominantly white city. Would those in charge settle for less even if it’s too dangerous to the “white” citizens who live there? As of 2010 Census, the racial makeup of the city was 37.4% White, 56.6% African American. So does race play a factor?

Pastor Jamel Dorsett, a student at Andrews University Seminary, went to Flint and particpated in the Flint Relief Effort. There he observed the people affected by the crisis. I asked him: “Is the Flint water problem a race or class issue?” Dorsett replied that it is both an issue of race and class.

“The people in Flint are poor and voiceless, and because of their economic plight, the prevailing powers committed the unthinkable when they disconnected their water source from the Detroit System and connected it to a local river. This type of malicious act would have never happened in a White affluent suburban community. Therefore, the indignant of the City of Flint are victims of a systematic system that has long plagued this country in light of racism and classism.”

Citing socio-economic factors, including income and education, Dorsett says “what the statistics teach us is that in affluent cities in America, which are “predominantly” white, these kinds of practices are unheard of. Everyone knows that Black communities are governed differently than others.”

And as far as who is ultimately responsible, Dorsett says both sides are: “For Flint to be in a Democratic State (MI), where is the advocacy on behalf of the city residents?”

The latest news coming out of Flint is that on Feb. 26, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a 30 million package in supplemental aid to help pay Flint residents’ water bills. Kerry Nelson, who is the city-council president said, “It would take at least $60 million to help, double the amount of the Flint Water Relief Bill.”

Flint’s mayor, Karen Weaver, said the bill is a step in the “right direction” but she also stressed the need for more resources to cover the city’s water bill debt. The good news is that victims will get a 65 percent credit on their water bills for paying for water they could not consume. The flip side of that is Snyder said “They must make arrangements to pay outstanding sewer and waste fees”, so if they are not caught up on the bills, they will not benefit from the relief bill, and they will be stuck in their situation since aid will not be available through that avenue.

With all of this crisis happening a few hours away, is it affecting our community here? And how do we respond to it?

As a student body, Andrews Academy came together and collected cases of water to help in this endeavor. It is nice to see students involved but do they really know about the crisis and has it made an impression on them?

Jasmine Fraser and Anaya Abdul-Haqq, AA sophomores both agree that the Governor and his administration should have done more, that they addressed the problem too late. Fraser and Abdul-Haqq said, “It is sad to see people rely on water bottles when the damage could’ve been avoided.”

Based on all the news reports and the stories which are coming out of Flint, it is becoming more obvious that this is truly a tragedy for many of the people who live in that city. Henceforth, as this story continues to unfold we will better be able to examine what groups of decision makers were ultimately responsible for this decision, which may have flowed the wrong way for the people of Flint.

Cardinal Classic: Wins and losses

Each week every player on the Andrews Junior Cardinal teams work 8-12 hours in game and practice preparing for the The Cardinal (Newmyer) Classic. This is the 11th annual tournament, and the entire season is systematically built for this competition. Forty teams came from as far as California, Virginia & Canada to play the game they all love. Players are supposed to be at the peak of their performance; each team puts blood, sweat and tears on the court hoping to become the Classic Champions.

Saturday, February 5 the long awaited division 1 & 2 championship games took place. The night started out with the junior varsity boys playing against the varsity MCAC wildcats. The Cardinal boys had a nail-biting battle against this outside shooting team. Even though the JV came with a 4-0 record in the tournament, it was prospected that they were underdog because they were against a varsity homeschool team.

The game began rocky with several turnovers by the guards, losing a lead, but back to back three’s helped bring back the confidence of the boys. The JV boys won in the last minute with an ending score of 30-29 proving the crowd wrong. The boys executed exceptional defense, especially sophomore forward CJ Arthur. Offensive points were mainly scored by the Newmyer Classic MVP sophomore Guard Nate Greenhaw, who dropped 11 points.

The next game was the long-awaited division 1 girls championship game. The Cardinal girls teams have not been lucky in the past; this is the first time the girls have played for a championship. The girls faced the reigning champs, the MCAC Wildcats, who are one of the strongest offensive teams in the entire tournament, able to sink three’s from almost anywhere on the court with little space and time.

The Wildcats began the game with a bang, hitting a three pointer on the fly at the baseline, intimidating the girls. Senior captain Heidi Smoot was leading scorer for the night with 10 points. She hit the first few shots for the Cardinals to steady the game out. Defensive rebounds are what killed the game for the ladies and let the wildcats make second attempts at the very few shots they missed. It was a heartbreaking loss for the ladies who had a perfect record. 44-27 was the final score.

Senior captain and tournament MVP Taylor Ferris says, “Even though we lost and it’s heartbreaking, making it into the championship had not been done. We made history, and for that we are proud.”

The Varsity boys have participated in 10 of the 11 championship games and have taken home 1st place 9 of the 10 times. They are known for significant leads over their opponents, and they kept that legacy going this year.

The varsity men created a large lead from the start when tournament MVP’s Caleb Gomez and Mutungi Menani hit the first few shots. Considering their rough season up to this point, this was a glory moment for the boys, proving that they can pull together and produce. The boys placed 1st overall against rivals Collegedale Adventist Youth in Action (CAYA) Eagles with a 44-29 win.

What is Bible Camp?


By: Kaily Iwasa

Snow sparkles on the ground as 80 students approach the little chapel on the hill. They enter the tiny space and shake the snow off their boots. It is cold, but no one feels chilled, for the warmth of friendship surrounds them. Packed in among their friends, the students start to sing. Praises fill the air, inviting God to fill the place, spreading peace and joy to all who hear.

Going to the little chapel in the woods, nestled in the midst of Hartwick Pines near Camp Au Sable, has been a beautiful tradition for Bible Camp attendees. It looks like an ordinary building from the outside, but inside it has a whole new feeling. So many prayers, songs, and testimonies have been heard in that place. Those who go there return new, changed people, having been touched by the atmosphere of the chapel.

The chapel in the woods is just one of the many amazing events students experience at Bible Camp. Every year in January, students from Andrews Academy attend Winter Bible Camp at Camp Au Sable in Grayling, Michigan. Students participate in carefully-planned events and meetings, like singing in the chapel Sabbath afternoon, that foster spiritual discipline and renewal.


Getting out into the nature of Camp Au Sable is one way students are able to grow closer to God during Bible Camp.

Typically, Friday afternoon the girls and boys split up and prepare for the special Communion service Friday evening. The girls bond in the kitchen, making delicious soups and communion bread, while the boys prepare a place for the Communion, decorate and get everything ready.

Every year Bible Camp is planned around a different theme. This year the theme was God’s Grace. Students had the opportunity to attend spiritual meetings where they sang, watched a dramatic skit, and learned more about how truly amazing God is. Many made a stand for Christ, committing their lives to His work.

Senior Victoria Carmona said, “Bible Camp was really, really fun. To me, it meant spending time with friends and getting closer to God.”


Tsion, Jessica N., Jessica G., and Kay enjoying the beautiful sunshine and the sparkling snow.


Noah, Justin, and John performed in a moving skit that helped students to see God’s grace in a different light.

People return home from Bible Camp happy and spiritually refreshed, having made new friends and taken a stand in their spiritual journey. But what is Bible Camp really about? Is it just about making new friends? Or cultivating a deeper relationship with Jesus? Maybe it is a little of both.

Freshman Ruchama Hilaire shared Vicky’s feelings about Bible Camp. She said, “Bible Camp was an experience to make new friends and also grow in Jesus.”

So to answer the question “What is Bible Camp?” Bible Camp is a chance to get away from everyday life. It provides an opportunity for new students to get to know others, and for experienced students to make new friends. Most importantly, it is a chance to get to know the Creator better.


Brianna, Dawson, Chris and Liz having fun after one of the meetings.


Bible Camp created many friendships and helped people to get out of their comfort zones.

Students celebrate international diversity


By: Patrick Miller

Every year Andrews Academy has a special tradition of holding a celebration to appreciate our cultural diversity. Being a part of a large international university campus makes our students members of a very broad ethnic community. Kids hailing from China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Cuba, Colombia, St. Lucia, Jamaica, Panama, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, The Philippines, and many other places walk our school’s halls. Once a year we host an International Appreciation Week and Assembly to celebrate this diversity and make dishes of food that are typical of our cultures.

The students also take part in a fashion show that presents the styles of dress popular in their home countries. There are a variety of internationally themed skits, comedy and otherwise, and some special musical presentations.


This year’s international day was made especially notable by the appearance of the “Bridge to China Dance Troupe,” a dance group composed of women from China who live in the area. Ms. Chao contacted them and they agreed to come, but would not accept any money as they do not consider themselves a “professional” dance group.

AA_ChineseI’m sure that any student that watched them would beg to differ, as their fan twirling performances were elegantly and beautifully choreographed. Also, when their leader found out that there would be a potluck after the assembly, she insisted on bringing traditional Chinese food for the students and once again would not accept any money for it. Ms. Chao said, “Even after they came they would not stop saying ‘Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for having us!’ and I tried to say ‘No thank YOU for coming!’ but they kept on saying it.”

Also of note was the hysterical act involving Mr. VanDenburgh’s 8:00 newswriting class. Four students, namely, Sandra Mosimbwa, Starr Davis, Ben Gerrans, and Patrick Miller, picked up the AA tradition of having a mock International Newscast. They presented various humorous news stories, supplemented by their ever-ready wit and sharp commentary, and they got the audience laughing in no time.

AA_NewsA crowd favorite was the weather segment of the newscast, which was presented in a video done by Kaily Iwasa and Jessica Newkirk. They pretended to be newscasters of different countries commenting about how the respective climates behind them closely resembled a Michigan winter, which of course they did, as the video was filmed at Camp Au Sable in Grayling, Michigan.

There were several other notable events during the assembly, one of them being another Chinese festival presentation of a choreographed confrontation between a man and a lion. The man dances with the lion, dodging its attacks, and eventually tames it.


Several Chinese exchange students were involved in the act. There were Seniors Will Wang and Joven Wu manning the elaborate and beautiful lion costume. Other members of the skit were Gary Yang as the lion tamer, and Stella Zhao providing the instrumental accompaniment.

“We all practiced together only a couple of times, but I know that Will and Joven put in a lot of time and effort practicing the movements of the lion,” said Stella when asked about the practice for the skit, “and they watched videos on YouTube to make sure they were doing it right.”

The biggest item of the assembly was the international fashion show, with styles from Jamaica, China, India, Papua New Guinea, and many other places. Ms. Chao made an appearance dressed in her traditional chinese costume, reinforcing the Chinese flair that the assembly had been taking. Also, the Newkirk sisters in their traditional Chilean dresses, as well as the Caballero sisters in Panamanian outfits, elegantly graced the stage with their presence. Two groups represented the American contingent, with Olivia Woodard and Josiah Everett as corporate American business people, and Connor Scott and Jared Goolsby represented the American Wild West in their plaid shirts and cowboy hats. Claudia Applewhite single-handedly represented Japan in her flowery kimono and, after she had traversed the runway, she stopped and sang a song in Japanese for the students. After this the students were dismissed to go and dig in to the feast in the commons.

Thailand Mission Trip in Need of Funds


By: Jessica N.

On March 9th, Andrews Academy Silhouettes and String Orchestra will be boarding a plane to Thailand. After a 22-hour flight and a 3-hour layover in Dubai they will land in Bangkok.

“The goal of the trip is to be missionaries spreading God’s love through music,” says music teacher Hector Flores. For 10 days they will be performing at different venues such as churches, schools, and hospitals. Jeannie Leiterman, principal of Andrews Academy, will be joining the group on their trip.


Silhouettes, AA’s select choir, performs at the Paw Paw SDA church, January 16.

While in Thailand the group will spend time exploring the beautiful countryside and famous landmarks as well as enjoying the warm weather. Flores plans on taking the group on a boat ride around Phuket Island.

Flores’ connection with Thailand started when a previous music teacher at Andrews Academy, Mr. Karlton Keller, called asking for old recordings from the school. The two soon made plans to have the music groups make a trip to Thailand during spring break.

A trip like this is not easy to put together and requires much time and planning, as well as significant funding. Each student must raise 1,500 dollars. And although 53 students will be making the trip, those funds are barely enough to cover all expenses.

Offerings from local community churches during performances have provided additional funding, but more is still needed as the departure date approaches.

Students who cannot raise enough money are feeling the pressure of not making the trip to Thailand. Flores has provided prewritten letters for the students to send to family members and friends. Many students have been proactive, sending as many letters as possible, while others have been slack in their fundraising. In the past Flores would never leave students behind because of financial problems, but he says this year may be different due to the lack of effort from many of the students.

Although money is a big issue, Director Flores says the biggest challenge is dealing with the long distance planning that he is not able to supervise. He is asking for prayers that everything will go smoothly.

Anyone wishing to contribute to tour expenses is encouraged to contact Mr. Flores through Andrews Academy’s front office.


New class pushes students’ horizons beyond Berrien Springs

Pastor Glassford’s new Christian Service class meets to help students learn and understand what organizations do for people around the world, focusing on understanding how the organization works and how students can get involved.

One such organization students are studying is MSF, an organization that goes into other countries whenever there is a crisis. Helping people around the world, MSF works with doctors without borders to provide medical care to anyone, regardless of their religion, culture, or race. 

Glassford’s goal, he says, is to “push students’ horizons further than Berrien Springs.” Pastor Glassford says he wants students to “get excited about the challenges and rewards of living a selfless life.”

Christian Service class learns about other organizations as well: ADRA,, fundraising projects, investment projects in the Seventh-day Adventist traditions such as food and clothing drives by Andrews Academy for surrounding communities.

Instead of a textbook, this class has a lab fee of $25 dollars for all the different activities that will occur in class and to help with other projects that Glassford sees appropriate for the class. The course description emphasizes the Christian service core: “An introduction to a counter-cultural worldview that sees every human being as a brother/sister and every moment, every relationship and every resource a means of restoring in them the image of our maker.”

Students’ responses to the class have been positive. Senior Sandra Mosimbwa said, “I’m actually learning more than I thought I would. I would also consider becoming a humanitarian, but I’m not totally sure if I’m up for it.” When asked if she would recommend the class to other students, she said “Yes, I would. It would help open their eyes to many things.”


Andrews Cardinals vs Kalamazoo Homeschool

By: Olivia Woodard

The AA Junior Cardinal basketball teams are half way through their season. All four teams (JVG,JVB,VG,VB) have gone to[gone to is weak- what about “competed”, a good, strong verb?] a tournament [date?]at our sister college, Southern, in Collegedale, Tennessee. The teams fought tirelessly, with little sleep and hectic schedules.

The Girls Varsity won the Championship for 1st place and the Boys Varsity brought home the 3rd place trophy. Each week every player on the teams works 6-8 hours in the gym preparing for our[their] upcoming tournament: The Cardinal (Newmyer) Classic. But before they get to that on February 4-6 there are several games ahead of them against some tough opponents. 2/4 of the game days there were this week were cancelled due to snow and hazard.

The games last night[date] were tight games. The night started off with the Junior Varsity boys, coached by Jim Dronen, challenging the Kalamazoo homeschool in a hard back and forth lead battle all night. Kalamazoo pulled ahead in the end for a tough loss of 47-51. The tough fight was helped by sophomore Nate Greenhaw’s 11 points, freshman Max Dronen’s 9 points, and junior Chris Nwoke’s 6 points.

Varsity boys, coached by Bryan von Dorpowski and Christopher Davisson, followed the JV game, competing against tough competitor Varsity Kalamazoo Homeschool. This game was a hard-fought battle, ending with a tied score of 34-34 at half-time. Seniors David Sherman and Joseph Bradley played fantastic defense, trying to pull the game back with two blocks. Varsity boys eventually fell to the Homeschool after the tireless fight, 47-60. Michael von Dorpowski, senior captain, scored the game high of 12 points followed by seniors Chelliot Osuntade (Captain) and Mutungi Menani with 7 points.

Andrews Cardinals vs MCAC Wildcats

By: Olivia Woodard

Monday night the Varsity boys and girls team faced long-time opponents, the MCAC Wildcats. The cardinals have a history with this team in both the regular season and the Cardinal (Newmyer) Classic. For the past 10 years, the MCAC Wildcat Varsity girls have been undefeated against the Cardinal Women. They have also won the Cardinal Classic numerous times and are the reigning champions and number one threat.

Monday night’s double header started off with the varsity girls who charged into man-to-man defense right away in an attempt to secure a lead, then moving in to 2-3 zone D.

The girls showed hustle rebounding and scrapping for the stray balls, which is what kept them in the game, against the wildcats wide range shooters.

The Cardinal girls were tied at the half, 19-19. After a pep talk, they were ready to finish with the W. Going back into a shifting 2-3 zone secured the game. This exceptional defense is what shut down the usually unstoppable offense from the wildcats, who are notorious for hitting deep three’s.

It was a rough back and forth lead, foul-filled game, but the Cardinal Ladies were victorious against this team for the first time in 10 years, resulting in a score of 30-28.

This was a primarily defensive game but senior captain, Antoinette Cave, scored the game high of 9 points along with co-captain Taylor Ferris sinking 6 points, pulling 5 boards, and dumping 3 assists.

The triple header concluded with the varsity boys who started off solid and played exceptional defense.

The Wildcats had a great shooting night, which made the Cardinals step up their game once again.

In the end of the fourth quarter, the Cardinals were ahead 3 points, but a foul put the game on the line. The Wildcats were allowed two free throws, which were both sunk. Andrew’s attempt to tighten the defense succeeded and the Cardinal varsity boys took their first win at home.

Senior captain Chelliot Osuntade was on fire and scored a career high of 21 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 block. Junior starting point guard, Caleb Gomez, scored 11 points, and tossed 2 dimes. Senior, Mutungi Menani, contributed offensively with 10 points and Senior Joseph Bradley III helped the team defensively with 7 rebounds.


Andrews Cardinals vs La Lumiere

By: Olivia Woodard

Thursday night the Junior cardinal teams played returning competitors La Lumiere from Laporte, Indiana. The results varied dramatically, starting off with the Junior Varsity boys, coached by Jim Dronen and John Dronen, against JV La Lumiere boys. Our boys played a well structured, fast paced game and blew out the other team 70-33, giving all the player’s equal opportunity to get good playing time and score on ease.

The next game on this cold Thursday night was the Varsity Girls, coached by Anthony Cave, assistant coach Christopher Davisson and Cardinal Alumna Hayley Smoot. The Cardinal girls were lacking players due to many people absent due to bible camp, so they had to pull up a few girls from the JV. It was hard fought and back and forth the entire time, but the La Lumiere girls pulled ahead in the fourth quarter for a devastating loss to the Varsity girls, 30-35. Senior Captain Taylor Ferris had the game high of 14 points followed by senior Olivia Woodard, with 8 points and 4 rebounds and freshman starter Illiana Mun with 7 points and 7 boards.

The final game was the Varsity boys, coached by Bryan von Dorpowski and Christopher Davisson, against La Lumiere Varsity Boys. This game was exciting to watch with good plays by the Cardinals who were short in numbers as well.

The boys exercised fantastic Christian sportsmanship against the opponents, even in the end when it was becoming a tight game, it resulted in a 47-52 loss.

Senior captain Michael von Dorpowski scored the game high of 16 points with 4 three pointers. Senior Joseph Bradley III had his breakout game almost resulting in a double-double with 10 points and 9 rebounds. Senior captain Chelliot Osuntade came in with 9 points and 3 dimes. Overall the boys played very well taking into account circumstances, and it was a well played game.

How can we fix song service?

By: Patrick Miller

One of the many distinctive features of Andrews Academy’s student life is that a schoolwide chapel is held every day. Between the 8:00 and 9:20 class periods, a 20-minute block is reserved for all the students to gather for worship and praise together. Amazingly, the faculty sponsor is usually able to find a different speaker each day, and if an outside speaker is unavailable a teacher or student will step forward to give a spiritually themed talk.

While this could be a truly engaging spiritual time, it turns out that not too many people pay attention. When asked about the percentage of students that sleep during chapel and what percent are awake and listening, Andrews Academy junior Daniel Morant answers, “Depending on the speaker, I would say at least 30% of students sleep during chapel, and only 70% are awake and maybe listening to the sermon. But that’s on a good day.”

So what could we do to fix about our chapel? What will help wake students up and engage them?

One important thing I would change is the song service. Before the scheduled program begins, most days we have several students who go up front and lead the other students in praise songs. An effective song service will set the tone of worship and encourage us into a frame of mind where we will listen to the message. If we have people getting excited about the music, students might actually be awake for the rest of the chapel.

When I was a freshman, it seems to me that the seniors were very active in leading the praise service, and many students really participated in singing and doing the motions. However, as I have gotten older and become an upperclassman, there has been a prevailing culture to not sing in front of others. What happens when people get up front is that they end up performing a kind of special music for everyone in the audience.

So what can we do to improve the musical worship in our chapel? Senior Olivia Woodard said, “The singers who are up front need to be coordinated well, and sound good together. That way people won’t be focusing on their flaws and mistakes, and will focus on the music instead.”

Senior Sandra Mosimbwa said, “We should sing different songs that people like, and have song leaders that interact with the audience and encourage them to sing. It’s not like the audience is singing right now anyway, so song leaders have nothing to lose by being pushy and calling people out.”

All of this advice is good, but in order for it to work we need song leaders who are willing to use their talents up front for God. So I encourage you, readers, if you have a gift, step up. The rest of us are just waiting for someone to lead out.

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